NEC Versa L320 User Manual
NEC Versa L320 User Manual

NEC Versa L320 User Manual

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  • Page 1 Versa L320 ® Notebook Computer User’s Guide...
  • Page 2 NERGY guidelines for energy efficiency. NEC is a registered trademark; Versa is a U.S. registered trademark; and PortBar, VersaBay, and VersaGlide are trademarks of NEC Corporation and/or one or more of its subsidiaries. All are used under license. E NERGY is a U.S.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Text Conventions ... x Related Documents ... x 1 Introducing the NEC Versa Before You Begin ... 1-2 About Your NEC Versa L320 Notebook... 1-3 Around the Front of the System ... 1-4 Opening Your System ... 1-4 Base Unit ... 1-4 Control Panel ...
  • Page 4 Battery Handling... 2-9 Replacing the Battery ... 2-9 Charging the Battery ... 2-11 Battery Precautions ... 2-12 Precautions for Recharging the Battery... 2-12 Using a Secondary Battery ... 2-13 Secondary Battery Precautions ... 2-13 Replacing the Secondary Battery ... 2-13 System Care...
  • Page 5 NEC Utilities ... 4-6 NEC Customize Utility... 4-6 NEC Customize Utility Screen... 4-6 Using the NEC Customize Utility ... 4-6 PHDISK Utility for Windows 98 SE... 4-7 Preparing Your System for the PHDISK Utility... 4-7 Running the PHDISK Utility ... 4-7 Applet for Intel SpeedStep2 Technology...
  • Page 6 Using the Phoenix BaySwap Utility... 5-3 Removing a Device from the NEC Modular Bay Slot... 5-4 Installing a Device in the NEC Modular Bay Slot ... 5-5 Removing a Device from the NEC VersaBay IV Slot... 5-5 Installing a Device in the NEC VersaBay IV Slot... 5-6 Variable-Speed CD-ROM Drive...
  • Page 7 Connecting Using a LAN ... 7-4 8 Using External Devices Keyboard/Mouse... 8-2 USB Device ... 8-3 Serial Devices ... 8-4 NEC Cable PortBar ... 8-5 Monitor... 8-6 S-Video Supported Device ... 8-7 IEEE 1394 Devices ... 8-8 Parallel Devices ... 8-9 Audio Options...
  • Page 8 10 Solving System Problems Problem Checklist... 10-2 Startup Problems... 10-3 POST Error Messages ... 10-4 If You Need Assistance... 10-5 11 Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information ... 11-2 Web Site... 11-3 Support Services ... 11-4 E-mail to Support Services ... 11-4 A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You...
  • Page 9: Using This Guide

    ® The NEC Versa the use of your NEC Versa notebook computer. Read this guide to familiarize yourself with the NEC Versa and its features. For specific information see T Chapter 1, “Introducing the NEC Versa,” to acquaint yourself with the system hardware.
  • Page 10: Text Conventions

    See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa notebook computer: T The NEC Versa L320 Quick Setup sheet helps get your system up and running. T The NEC Versa L320 Quick Reference card provides an easy-to-carry reference to LED meanings, controls, function key combinations, and NECC help numbers.
  • Page 11: Introducing The Nec Versa

    Introducing the NEC Versa Before You Begin About Your NEC Versa L320 Notebook Around the Front of the System Around the Back of the System Around the Left Side of the System Around the Right Side of the System Around the Bottom of the System...
  • Page 12: Before You Begin

    After completing the steps in the quick setup sheet that comes with your computer, your NEC Versa L320 system is ready to go! To get started, do the following: T Read Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,” for guidelines that help you use your computer productively and safely.
  • Page 13: About Your Nec Versa L320 Notebook

    About Your NEC Versa L320 Notebook The NEC Versa L320 notebook computer offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for business users. Standard features include a powerful Mobile ® ® Intel Pentium III Processor-M running at 933 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.13 GHz, or higher.
  • Page 14: Around The Front Of The System

    Around the Front of the System The NEC Versa is compact with features on every side. First, look at the front of the system. Opening Your System Open your NEC Versa L320 notebook computer by sliding the LCD panel latch to the right.
  • Page 15: Control Panel

    (see the section, “Status LEDs”). Control Panel The NEC Versa L320 control panel provides the features shown in the following figure. The control panel features are described after the figure. Introducing the NEC Versa 1-5...
  • Page 16: Security And Personal Code Buttons

    T In Windows 98 and Windows 2000, go to Start, Shutdown, Standby to put your system into Standby mode. 1-6 Introducing the NEC Versa Control panel E – Personal Code Enter Button F –...
  • Page 17: Shortcut Buttons

    Settings Utility” in Chapter 4 for information about configuring the buttons. Status LEDs The NEC Versa L320 system uses status lights marked with icons to communicate power status and operating status. Most of these LEDs are on the control panel (see the following figure).
  • Page 18: Power Status Leds

    LCD panel. You can see these LEDs when you are behind your notebook computer or when the LCD panel is closed. Operating Status LEDs Operating status LEDs keep you informed of your NEC Versa L320’s current operating status. T E-mail Notification LED — Some systems have an LED that lights when new e-mail is received.
  • Page 19: Keyboard Panel

    T Drive Activity LED — Lights when the NEC Versa L320 accesses the hard disk or an NEC VersaBay™ IV drive (second hard disk, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, or combination CD-RW and DVD-ROM drive). T NEC Modular Bay Drive Activity LED — Lights when the NEC Versa L320 writes data to or retrieves data from the diskette drive in the NEC Modular Bay.
  • Page 20 See the specific application’s user guide for information about how each function key works within the application you are using. The following function key combinations are pre-programmed for the NEC Versa L320. Fn-Left Ctrl —...
  • Page 21 Num Lock again, the keys revert to their normal functions as key, or when Num Lock , and are controls used in conjunction with other Shift ” means to hold down the Ctrl C Introducing the NEC Versa 1-11 is active.
  • Page 22: Front Features

    B – Speakers C – IR Port D – Built-In Microphone T LCD Panel Latch — Slide the latch to the right to open the NEC Versa L320 system. T Stereo Speakers — Provide stereo sound for your multimedia presentations or listening pleasure.
  • Page 23: Around The Back Of The System

    Around the Back of the System You’ll find system ports for connecting your NEC Versa L320 to optional devices (like a printer or external monitor) on the back of your NEC Versa L320. The ports are described after the figure.
  • Page 24: Around The Left Side Of The System

    B – Fan C – LAN Port T AC Power Port — Lets you attach the NEC Versa L320 to the AC power source using the AC adapter that comes with your system. Keep the system connected to AC power whenever possible to keep the battery pack and internal CMOS battery charged.
  • Page 25: Around The Right Side Of The System

    Around the Right Side of the System The right side of the NEC Versa L320 offers the features shown in the following figure. The right side features are described after the figure. A – Radio Wave Status LED B – NEC Modular Bay Slot T Radio Wave Status LED —...
  • Page 26: Around The Bottom Of The System

    Around the Bottom of the System The bottom of the NEC Versa L320 offers the features shown in the following figure. The features are described after the figure. A – Battery Release Latch B – Primary Battery Bay C – Mini PCI and MDC Bay Cover D –...
  • Page 27: About The Nec Cable Portbar

    About the NEC Cable PortBar The NEC Cable PortBar is an accessory that duplicates some of the ports on the back of your NEC Versa L320 system, including a power connector. Ports include a LAN port for a network connection. Keep the NEC Cable PortBar in your office connected to peripherals while you take your NEC Versa L320 on the road.
  • Page 28: About Nec Wireless Lan

    NEC Cable PortBar power connectors A – 19-volt DC Power Connector for the NEC Versa L320 system B – 15-volt DC Power Connector (for future use) About NEC Wireless LAN Some NEC Versa L320 notebook computers come with built-in wireless LAN capabilities featuring the Wi-Fi™...
  • Page 29: Getting Started

    Getting Started NEC VersaGlide Touchpad Power Sources for Your NEC Versa AC Adapter System Batteries Using the Primary Battery Using a Secondary Battery System Care...
  • Page 30: Nec Versaglide Touchpad

    NEC VersaGlide Touchpad The NEC VersaGlide touchpad is an easy way to control the cursor with your finger. Lightly glide your finger across the NEC VersaGlide and the cursor follows. Use the VersaGlide touchpad as follows. T Single tap the touchpad — equivalent to a single click of the primary mouse button.
  • Page 31: Versaglide Adjustments

    VersaGlide Adjustments The NEC VersaGlide offers a number of options that let you customize how it functions. The options let you control the cursor speed, select button orientation, enable or disable tapping, define auto jumps, enable easy-scrolling, and configure gestures to initiate selected functions by tapping in a designated area of the touchpad.
  • Page 32: Ac Adapter

    Contact the local dealer to purchase the correct power cable. Connect the AC adapter as follows. Connect the AC adapter cable to the power port on the left side of your NEC Versa notebook. 2-4 Getting Started AC adapter C –...
  • Page 33: Powering On Your System

    120- or 240-volt, 50- or 60-Hz wall outlet. adapter clear of objects lets the adapter cool properly during use. Only use the AC adapter that comes with your NEC Versa L320. Although other adapters look similar, using them can damage your system.
  • Page 34: System Batteries

    System Batteries Your NEC Versa notebook is equipped with a primary lithium ion battery that helps to prevent data loss. In addition, you can insert an optional secondary lithium ion battery in the NEC Modular Bay slot to give you more on-the-go power.
  • Page 35: Using The Primary Battery

    Read the precautions printed on the battery. Determining Battery Status Your NEC Versa system provides tools to help you keep track of the main (and an optional) battery’s power level. If your system is configured (default setting) to display the Power icon on the taskbar, an electrical plug appears when the system is connected to an AC power source or a battery icon appears when the system is not connected to an AC power source.
  • Page 36: Low Battery Status

    T Power off the system, remove the spent battery, and replace it with a fully charged battery. T Leave the spent battery in the system and connect your NEC Versa notebook to the AC adapter and a wall outlet. Returning the Battery to its Normal State To return the battery to its normal state, try the following: T Remove and then reinstall the battery.
  • Page 37: Battery Handling

    Battery Handling Keep the following in mind when removing or replacing a battery. T Use only the battery designed for your NEC Versa notebook. Mixing other manufacturers’ batteries, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can deteriorate battery and equipment performance.
  • Page 38 Slide the battery release latch toward the edge of the system and hold firmly. Locating the battery bay release latch A – Battery Release Latch B – Indentation Grasp the edge of the battery at the indentation in the system case. Lift the battery up slightly.
  • Page 39: Charging The Battery

    Charge the primary battery and optional secondary (Modular Bay) battery by simply connecting your NEC Versa L320 system to an AC power source. To monitor the charging activity, observe the battery charging LED on the front of the system. The battery charging LED lights as follows: T Lights amber when the primary battery is charging.
  • Page 40: Battery Precautions

    Battery Precautions To prevent accidental battery ignition, rupture, or explosion, adhere to the following precautions. incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. To avoid personal injury and property damage, read these battery precautions on handling, charging, and disposing of Li-Ion batteries.
  • Page 41: Using A Secondary Battery

    Replacing the Secondary Battery See “Removing a Device from the NEC Modular Bay Slot” and “Installing a Device in the NEC Modular Bay Slot” in Chapter 5 for instructions on installing or removing the optional 8-cell secondary battery from the Modular Bay.
  • Page 42: System Care

    T Turn computer power off before attaching or removing non-plug and play devices that are not warm- or hot-swappable. T Do not push any foreign objects into the NEC Versa bays, connectors, and slots. T Do not set the computer on top of a magnetized area. Doing so can destroy the data on your hard disk drive.
  • Page 43: Storage Requirements

    Special screen wipes are available through your local computer dealer. T System case — NEC Computers recommends that you carefully wipe the case with a slightly damp, almost dry cloth. If the temperature of the NEC Versa notebook suddenly rises...
  • Page 44: Using The Bios Setup Utility

    Using the BIOS Setup Utility Introducing BIOS Setup Entering BIOS Setup Checking/Setting System Parameters Managing System Power Checking Switch Settings Updating the BIOS...
  • Page 45: Introducing Bios Setup

    Introducing BIOS Setup Your NEC Versa L320 computer comes with a hardware program called the BIOS Setup utility that allows you to view and set system parameters. BIOS Setup also allows you to set password features that protect your system from unauthorized use.
  • Page 46: Bios Setup Main Menu

    BIOS Setup Main Menu After you press , the system displays the BIOS Setup Main Menu screen, similar to the following menu. BIOS Setup Main Menu Use the up and down arrow keys (located on the lower right corner of the keyboard) to toggle through the BIOS Setup menu items.
  • Page 47: Looking At Screens

    Looking at Screens BIOS setup screens have three areas as shown next. T Parameters — The left side of the screen. This area lists parameters and their current settings. T Available Options and Help — The right side of the screen. This area lists alternate settings and Help text for each parameter.
  • Page 48: Using Keys

    Using Keys The following table lists the BIOS Setup keys and their functions. Function Displays help. Exits the current screen and returns to the Main Menu screen. From the Main Menu screen, displays the prompt, “Quit without saving.” Moves the cursor between the displayed parameters. Moves the cursor between menu items.
  • Page 49: Resetting System Parameters

    To set the time, use the keys to change the numbers within each field. F5/F6 T Date — Sets your NEC Versa’s calendar month, day and year. The calendar clock is year 2000-compliant. These settings remain in memory even after you turn off system power.
  • Page 50: Advanced Menu

    T PS/2 Mouse — Auto allows the PS/2 mouse to be active if it is detected. Both allows the NEC VersaGlide touchpad and an external mouse to be active at the same time. Disabled turns off the internal mouse and prevents an external mouse from being active.
  • Page 51: Diskette Drive

    T Summary Screen — When set to Enabled, system configuration information is displayed on the screen during boot. T Silent Boot — When set to Enabled, the NEC logo screen is displayed during system boot. When set to Disabled, the Power-On Self-Test (POST) information is displayed during system boot.
  • Page 52: Password Protection

    T Internal HDD Password — Enables or disables the HDD password. Password Protection Your NEC Versa supports a password for system security on several levels. Keep in mind that you must set the supervisor password before the BIOS Setup utility allows you to set a user password.
  • Page 53: Power Management

    Hard disk drive (HDD) password protection restricts access to the drive, only if the drive is removed from your NEC Versa and installed in another system. You are not prompted to enter your hard disk drive passwords while the drive remains in your current system.
  • Page 54: Establishing Hard Disk Drive Passwords

    If the hard drive is installed in another NEC Versa system with hard disk drive security enabled, the password must be entered to allow access to the hard drive. If this NEC Versa system does not support hard disk drive security, you cannot access the data on the hard drive.
  • Page 55: Using Hard Disk Drive Password Protection

    If the hard drive is installed in another NEC Versa system with hard disk drive security enabled, the password must be entered to allow access to the hard drive. If this NEC Versa system does not support hard disk drive security, you cannot access the data on the hard drive.
  • Page 56: Power Menu

    Use the Power menu to control some power saving functions in your system. Note that the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) controls most power management functions of Versa L320 systems running the Windows 98 SE or Windows 2000 operating system. In Windows 98 SE, ACPI is configured through the Power Management Properties dialog box.
  • Page 57 Use while traveling long distances. — Disabled — Disables power management and all device timeouts. Works well in an office environment while powering your NEC Versa with AC power. — Customized — Lets you define power management levels and specific device timeouts according to your own needs and present environment.
  • Page 58: Boot Menu

    T Refresh Battery — Launches the Refresh Battery utility. Once launched, the utility fully discharges your battery to eliminate any residual memory effect. Once refreshed, your battery is conditioned to recharge to its full capacity. To recharge the battery, connect your NEC Versa to AC power. Using the BIOS Setup Utility 3-15...
  • Page 59: Managing System Power

    ® In the Windows environments, your NEC Versa notebook manages its power resources using the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) while the system is powered on using AC or battery (DC) power. ACPI enables the operating system to manage the power given to each attached device and to turn off a device when not in use.
  • Page 60: Windows 2000 Power Schemes

    Windows 2000 Power Schemes Use the Power Schemes options to define the appropriate Power scheme for your system, and to set timeouts for standby, LCD panel, and hard disk. Define parameters for your system when running under AC (plugged in) or DC (running on batteries) power.
  • Page 61: Windows 2000 Alarms

    T Power Schemes — Defines the most appropriate power scheme for your computer. T Turn off monitor — Selects the time delay before your LCD panel turns off. T Turn off hard disks — Selects the time delay before your hard disk(s) power down. T System standby —...
  • Page 62: Windows 2000 Power Meter

    Windows 2000 Power Meter The Power Meter screen displays the remaining battery power and charging status for the primary and secondary batteries. Choose to display either a percentage progress bar or a battery icon with percentage indicator for your battery status information. Windows 2000 Advanced The Advanced window allows you to select behaviors for the taskbar icon, standby password, LCD panel, when closed, and the Power button.
  • Page 63: Windows 2000 And Intel Speedstep Technology

    Windows 2000 and Intel SpeedStep Technology Use the Intel SpeedStep technology (available in systems with Intel Pentium III processors) to optimize processing speed and conserve battery life. Enable Intel SpeedStep technology through the Power menu (Intel SpeedStep2) in the BIOS Setup utility. The available settings are Disabled and Enabled. Use Disabled to turn off Intel SpeedStep2 technology.
  • Page 64: Windows 98 Se Power Schemes

    Windows 98 SE Power Schemes Use the Power Schemes options to define the appropriate Power scheme for your system, and to set timeouts for standby, LCD panel, and hard disk. Define parameters for your system when running under AC (plugged in) or DC (running on batteries) power.
  • Page 65: Windows 98 Se Alarms

    Windows 98 SE Alarms Use the Alarms screen to define the point at which the battery alarm activates. Define the alarm to either sound, display a warning message, or invoke Standby, Hibernate or Shutdown. Parameter Low battery alarm Alarm Action Notification Alarm Action Power Level Critical battery alarm Alarm Action Notification...
  • Page 66: Windows 98 Se Advanced

    Windows 98 SE Advanced The Advanced window allows you to select behaviors for the taskbar icon, standby password, LCD panel, when closed, and the Power button. Parameter Always show icon on taskbar Prompt for password when computer goes off standby When I close the lid on my computer When I press the Power...
  • Page 67: Windows 98 Se And Intel Speedstep Technology

    Windows 98 SE and Intel SpeedStep Technology Use the Intel SpeedStep technology (available in systems with Intel Pentium III processors) to optimize processing speed and conserve battery life. Enable Intel SpeedStep technology through the Power menu (Intel SpeedStep2) in the BIOS Setup utility.
  • Page 68: Recognizing The Windows Power Management States

    Recognizing the Windows Power Management States It is important to recognize your system’s behavior when in each of these power management states. The following table describes the system behavior for each power management state. Windows Power Management Behavior LCD Timeout Default 2 Minutes, DC power.
  • Page 69: Checking Switch Settings

    Checking Switch Settings System switches (an eight-position dip switch) are located on the bottom of the system in the Mini PCI/MDC bay. To access the switches, follow the procedure in “Accessing Switches.” For a description of switch settings, see “Looking at Switch Settings.” Accessing Switches Follow these steps to access the switches under the Mini PCI/MDC bay.
  • Page 70: Looking At Switch Settings

    T Switch 3, Reserved for Factory Use — The default setting is “OFF.” T Switch 4, Password Override Switch — The default setting is “OFF.” If you forget your password and cannot access the data on your NEC Versa, change the setting to “ON” to erase your current password.
  • Page 71: Updating The Bios

    PIN if the password has been set. Note If you set a Personal Security code and forget the code, call NEC Computers Support Services at 1-800-632-4525 for information about how to reset the code. T Switch 7, Reserved for Factory Use — The default setting is “OFF.” (For U.S.) T Switch 8, RTC Reset —...
  • Page 72: Preparing The Bios Update Diskette

    Preparing the BIOS Update Diskette Before using the BIOS update diskette, you must make the diskette BIOS flash ready. Refer to the readme.txt file on the diskette before using the diskette. Follow these instructions to prepare the BIOS Update Diskette. Scan your hard drive for any computer viruses.
  • Page 73 Remove the diskette and press any key to continue. The utility updates the BIOS. Power off your computer. The next time you power on your computer, you will have the latest NEC Versa L320 computer BIOS revision level. Power on your computer. A CMOS Checksum message appears and prompts you to press to enter Setup.
  • Page 74: Using The Operating System And Utilities

    Using the Operating System and Utilities Windows Introduction NEC Utilities SpeedStep Applet SoftDVD Player NEC CD-RW CD Application and Driver CD Personal Code Setting Utility NEC Info Center PartitionMagic Product Recovery CD One-Touch Start Button Settings Utility...
  • Page 75: Windows Introduction

    LAN card installed for network access. Your NEC Versa comes with all the software you need to get started on the most popular services available today. For a fee, online services give you access to the Internet, e-mail, the world wide web, travel information, news reports, and more.
  • Page 76: Taskbar Icons

    If you are using this product outside the United States or Canada, some online services may require a long-distance or international call. T NEC Customize — Gives you the option to launch the Application and Driver CD. T Internet Explorer — Provides your default Internet program. Also access Internet Explorer under Start, Programs, Internet Explorer.
  • Page 77 T Online Services — Includes setup icons for a variety of online services. Your NEC Versa comes with all the software you need to get started on the most popular services available today. For a fee, online services give you access to the Internet, e-mail, the world wide web, travel information, news reports, and more.
  • Page 78: Taskbar Icons

    Access Power Management Properties under Start, Settings, Control Panel, Power Management. T NEC VersaGlide — Allows you to adjust your VersaGlide (mouse) properties. Also access NEC VersaGlide under Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mouse. T Volume Control — Adjusts the volume and speaker balance when you play audio files.
  • Page 79: Nec Utilities

    T PHDISK utility (Windows 98 SE). NEC Customize Utility The NEC Customize utility gives you the option to install or launch the: T Application and Driver CD — Use this option to install a variety of software applications, drivers, utilities, internet browsers, and the NEC Info Center.
  • Page 80: Phdisk Utility For Windows 98 Se

    Running the PHDISK Utility Follow these steps to run the PHDISK utility. With system power on, insert the NEC Application and Driver CD in the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For more information on using the Application and Driver CD, see “Application and Driver CD” in this chapter.
  • Page 81 Select the PHDISK utility for installation. Follow the prompts to install the appropriate files on your hard drive. Once the files have been installed, exit the Application and Driver CD interface and remove the CD. Restart your system in MS-DOS mode by clicking Start and clicking Shut Down. Select ‘Restart in MS-DOS mode’...
  • Page 82: Applet For Intel Speedstep2 Technology

    If your NEC Versa system comes with a CD-RW drive preinstalled, you have the NEC CD-RW CD. The CD-RW drive lets you load and start programs from a CD and write information to a CD. The NEC CD-RW CD provides a driver, CDINIT, and two applications, Easy CD Creator and DirectCD.
  • Page 83: Application And Driver Cd

    Center are provided on the Application and Driver (A&D) CD that ships with your NEC Versa L320 system. Some of the drivers are already installed as part of your operating system environment. The additional software on the A&D CD lets you take full advantage of your system resources.
  • Page 84: Application And Driver Cd Dialog Box

    Use the Personal Code Setting utility along with the personal code buttons on the NEC Versa L320 (available on some systems) to set a personal code and secure the system. Once the personal code is set, the system will not boot until you enter the personal code.
  • Page 85: Identifying Personal Code Setting Buttons

    See the following sections for procedures on establishing personal codes, clearing a personal code, using a personal code to access the system, and using a personal code to bring the system out of a power-saving state. Identifying Personal Code Setting Buttons The following figure shows the locations of the Personal Code Setting buttons on the system.
  • Page 86: Clearing A Personal Code

    When the Supervisor or User personal code is being cleared or reset, the Security LED flashes. Note If you forget your password (personal code), contact NEC Computers Support Services for information about clearing it. See Chapter 11, “Getting Service and Support,” for contact information.
  • Page 87: Using The Personal Code To Access The System

    To install the NEC Info Center simply follow the instructions, presented earlier in this chapter, for launching the Application and Driver CD and installing the software. For the most current version of the NEC Versa L320 User’s Guide, periodically check the NEC Computers web site at 4-14 Using the Operating System and Utilities button.
  • Page 88: Uninstalling The Nec Info Center

    PartitionMagic Special Edition is for use with Windows 98 and Windows NT operating systems. Windows 2000 operating systems do not support PartitionMagic. Your NEC Versa notebook ships with an internal hard disk drive consisting of a single FAT 32 partition, drive C:. Use PartitionMagic Special Edition if you want to create multiple partitions and convert your hard disk drive to FAT 16 partitions.
  • Page 89: Product Recovery Cd

    Recovery CD. Product Recovery CD The Product Recovery CD contains the NEC Product Recovery utility that allows you to restore your system to its initial installation state. If you determine that you need to restore your system to its initial installation state, use the instructions that follow.
  • Page 90: Product Recovery Cd Options

    The Product Recovery CD and utility provides you with a number of choices. Move the cursor over each selection on the NEC Product Recovery utility screen to display a description of the selection in the window at the right side of the screen.
  • Page 91 You have the option of accepting or declining the agreement. If you decline the agreement, the recovery utility exits. In the NEC Product Recovery utility screen, use the VersaGlide touchpad to choose Full Disk Drive to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory installed state.
  • Page 92: Partition Only Restore

    You have the option of accepting or declining the agreement. If you decline the agreement, the recovery utility exits. In the NEC Product Recovery utility screen, use the VersaGlide touchpad to choose Partition Only to restore drive C: of a multiple partitioned drive to its original factory installed state.
  • Page 93: One-Touch Start Button Settings Utility

    You are required to reenter your Microsoft license number. One-Touch Start Button Settings Utility The One-Touch Start Button Settings utility lets you configure shortcut buttons I and II on the Versa L320 control panel to launch your default Internet browser and default e-mail application. Note You can use the One-Touch Start Button Settings utility to configure shortcut buttons I and II to launch programs other than your Internet browser and e-mail.
  • Page 94 To run the utility, click Start, highlight Programs, and highlight One-Touch Start Button Settings Utility. Click One-Touch Start Button Settings Utility. The utility launches. For each button, browse and select the default program you wish to launch. You can rename the program (for example, “My browser”). Note The name of the program displays on your screen by default.
  • Page 95: Using The System Drives And Bays

    Using the System Drives and Bays NEC Modular Bay Slot NEC VersaBay IV Slot Phoenix BaySwap Utility Variable-Speed CD-ROM Drive Variable-Speed CD-RW Drive Variable-Speed DVD-ROM Drive Combination CD-RW and DVD-ROM Drive Memory Modules...
  • Page 96: Nec Modular Bay Slot

    NEC Modular Bay Slot The NEC Modular Bay slot is located on the right side of the system. Your NEC Versa notebook ships with a diskette drive installed in the bay. The NEC Modular Bay slot lets you maximize your computer’s capabilities and is designed for ease-of-use.
  • Page 97: Phoenix Bayswap Utility

    T Windows 2000 supports hot swapping without use of the Phoenix BaySwap utility. Swap devices in the NEC VersaBay IV slot or the NEC Modular Bay slot as follows: If you have files open on the device you are planning to remove, close them.
  • Page 98: Removing A Device From The Nec Modular Bay Slot

    Bay Slot” or “Removing a Device from the NEC VersaBay IV Slot). Click OK after the device is removed. Insert a different device in the NEC VersaBay IV slot or the NEC Modular Bay slot (see “Installing a Device in the NEC Modular Bay Slot” or “Installing a Device in the NEC VersaBay IV Slot”).
  • Page 99: Installing A Device In The Nec Modular Bay Slot

    Remove the Modular Bay device or weight-saving module from the Modular Bay slot. Align the device in the NEC Modular Bay slot and push it in until it fits securely into the bay. Make sure the latch secures the device.
  • Page 100: Installing A Device In The Nec Versabay Iv Slot

    Use the Phoenix BaySwap utility or power off the system. Remove the VersaBay IV device or weight-saving module from VersaBay IV slot. Align the device in the NEC VersaBay IV slot and push it in until it fits securely into the bay.
  • Page 101: Variable-Speed Cd-Rom Drive

    Press the Power button to power on or resume operation. Variable-Speed CD-ROM Drive Your NEC Versa notebook might ship with a 24X maximum/12X minimum variable- speed CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM drive is assigned an available drive letter. Use the CD-ROM drive to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD) or to play your audio CDs.
  • Page 102: Cd Loading

    A – CD-ROM Drive B – CD-ROM Drive Status LED CD Loading To insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive, follow these steps. With system power on, press the Eject button. The CD tray emerges a short way out of the drive door. Gently pull the tray out until you can easily position a disc in the tray.
  • Page 103: Changing The Auto Play Setting

    repellent, or any other chemical on the disc. Chemicals and cleaners can damage the disc. Changing the Auto Play Setting Your system’s shipping configuration may not allow a CD to automatically play upon insertion. Although this feature makes using your CDs very convenient, it may interfere with the system’s power management function.
  • Page 104: Variable-Speed Cd-Rw Drive

    Note CD-RW media must be formatted before you use it. Systems with CD-RW drives ship with an NEC CD-RW Software CD. Install the software on your system from this CD (see “NEC CD-RW CD” in Chapter 4.) Variable-Speed DVD-ROM Drive...
  • Page 105: Combination Cd-Rw And Dvd-Rom Drive

    Note CD-RW media must be formatted before you use it. Systems with CD-RW drives ship with an NEC CD-RW Software CD. Install the software on your system from this CD (see “NEC CD-RW CD” in Chapter 4.) DVD-ROM drive features C –...
  • Page 106: Memory Modules

    Combination CD-RW and DVD-ROM drive features A – Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive B – Combo Drive Status LED Note Software and drivers for the combination CD-RW and DVD-ROM drive are provided separately on a CD. Printed installation instructions are packaged with the CD. Memory Modules The notebook computer offers two 64-bit memory slots using 144-pin SO-DIMMs (Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Modules).
  • Page 107 Turn the system over and locate the screw on the memory bay cover. Memory bay cover and screw A – Memory Bay Cover Remove the screw and lift off the memory bay cover. If you need to remove a module for the upgrade, remove it as follows (see the following figure).
  • Page 108 Locate the alignment notch on the upgrade module. Locate the memory module slot. Align the notch on the module with the notch in the slot connector and install the module as follows (see the following figure): electricity from yourself and your clothing by touching a nearby unpainted metal surface. Hold the memory module at a 60-degree angle and align its connector with the slot in the system.
  • Page 109 Installing the memory module Reassemble the NEC Versa L320 components as follows. Replace the memory bay cover. Replace the screw. Turn the system over. Using the System Drives and Bays 5-15...
  • Page 110: Communicating With Your Nec Versa

    Communicating with Your NEC Versa MDC Modem Mini PCI LAN PC Cards Internet Connections IR Port Mini PCI Wireless LAN...
  • Page 111: Mdc Modem

    When using a modem outside the U.S. and Canada, you might need an international telephone adapter, available at most electronics supply stores. Locate the analog phone cable that ships with the NEC Versa L320. Each end of the cable has a RJ-11 connector that plugs into a standard wall outlet.
  • Page 112: Mini Pci Lan

    Mini PCI LAN Some NEC Versa L320 systems ship with Mini PCI LAN, a 10/100Base-TX interface that allows connection of your system to a local area network and supports both Wake- on-LAN and Network Boot functions. To take advantage of the interface, simply connect an RJ-45 cable to the LAN port on the left side of the system (see “Around the Left Side of the System”...
  • Page 113: Communication Cards

    Storage Cards When you insert a memory or storage card in an NEC notebook computer, it appears as a unique drive as long as the system has an available interrupt for the card. Interface Cards You can connect most standard Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) devices using an optional PC Card SCSI card.
  • Page 114: Other Cards

    T Audio — Enables the use of sound (for example, in voice mail). PC Card Slots Your NEC Versa L320 has two Cardbus slots for inserting two PC or Cardbus cards. The slots support two Type II cards or one Type III PC Card.
  • Page 115: Removing A Card

    You receive a message saying that it is safe to remove the card. Press the button on the side of the PC Card in the slot twice. 6-6 Communicating with Your NEC Versa Other two-tone sequences such as high, then low tones...
  • Page 116: Internet Connections

    Internet access. Accessing the Internet Your NEC Versa L320 system is equipped with an Internet shortcut button, located just above the keyboard. The first time that you press the Internet shortcut button, the Internet Connection Wizard launches, allowing you to configure your system for Internet access.
  • Page 117: Sending And Receiving E-Mail

    Chapter 4 for information about running this utility. IR Port The IR port on the front of your system lets your NEC Versa L320 communicate with other devices that also use infrared technology. To locate the IR port, see “Front Features”...
  • Page 118: Enabling The Ir Port

    Double click the Infrared icon. Select the Options tab. Check the box to “Enable infrared communication.” Click Apply and clickOK. Your NEC Versa ships with the IR port disabled. Before using ,” appears. Communicating with Your NEC Versa 6-9 when the prompt, “...
  • Page 119: Using The Ir Port

    Follow these guidelines when using the IR port to communicate with another infrared device. T Position the NEC Versa L320 no more than three feet away from the IR peripheral device you are using. T Make sure that there is no greater than a 30º angle between the computer and the device.
  • Page 120: Mini Pci Wireless Lan

    T view/modify the wireless LAN configuration settings. The Client Manager software starts automatically when you power on the NEC Versa L320 system. The Client Manager icon (stepped vertical bars) in the Windows system tray indicates that your system is running the Client Manager program.
  • Page 121: Viewing/Changing Configuration Settings

    For Client Manager options: T Left-click the Client Manager icon to bring up a detailed status overview. T Right-click the Client Manager icon to display a menu with more options. 6-12 Communicating with Your NEC Versa Client Manager Status Radio Signal Excellent radio connection.
  • Page 122 T identify your network (ID name of access point) T set security/encryption T set power management (default is power consumption high performance) T set TCP/IP behavior (requires an IP address from your system administrator). Communicating with Your NEC Versa 6-13...
  • Page 123: Traveling Tips

    Traveling Tips Preparing for Travel Packing for Travel Using Power Connections Getting Through Customs Connecting to the Internet...
  • Page 124: Preparing For Travel

    T Fully charge all your batteries. T Tape your business card to your NEC Versa, AC adapter, and batteries. T If you run your system with battery power, maximize battery life by using power-saving features whenever possible.
  • Page 125: Using Power Connections

    The United States, Canada, and most of Central and South America use 120-volt alternating current (AC). Most other countries of the world use 240-volt AC. The NEC Versa adapts to voltages ranging from 100 to 240 volts, 50 or 60-Hz.
  • Page 126: Connecting To The Internet

    Connecting to the Internet Whether you are on a business trip or vacation, connecting to the Internet while you travel can be expensive and frustrating unless you are prepared. Here are some tips on how to avoid frustration and expense while on the road. Connecting Using a Modem If you have access to a standard telephone jack while you are traveling, you can probably use your modem for dial-up access to your favorite sites.
  • Page 127 T Try launching your browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Netscape Communicator, for example): — If your TCP/IP network settings are already configured to “Use DHCP for WINS Resolution” you should be able to access the Internet. — If your TCP/IP network settings are not set to use DHCP, a help screen may appear, or you may be directed to call the LAN provider for assistance configuring your system.
  • Page 128: Using External Devices

    Using External Devices Keyboard/Mouse USB Devices Serial Devices NEC Cable PortBar Monitor S-Video Supported Devices IEEE 1394 Devices Parallel Devices Audio Options...
  • Page 129: Keyboard/Mouse

    Keyboard/Mouse You can add a full-size PS/2-style keyboard or PS/2-style mouse to your NEC Versa using the Plug and Play feature. The PS/2-style keyboard and the PS/2-style mouse are warm insertable, allowing you to connect the devices while the NEC Versa is powered on.
  • Page 130: Usb Device

    USB Device Your NEC Versa L320 system is equipped with two USB ports that increase your connectivity choices. The USB ports on the back of your system each allow you to connect up to 127 USB equipped peripheral devices to your NEC Versa notebook computer.
  • Page 131: Serial Devices

    Windows Control Panel. Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. Align and connect the 9-pin connector with the serial port on the system. Secure the connection with the screws provided.
  • Page 132: Nec Cable Portbar

    NEC Cable PortBar Use the following steps to connect the NEC Versa L320 to the optional NEC Cable PortBar. Disconnect the devices from the back of the NEC Versa that you want to connect to the PortBar. Align the PortBar connector with the port on the back of the system.
  • Page 133: Monitor

    Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa L320. You need a display signal cable (usually provided with the monitor). One end of the cable must have a 15-pin connector for the system. Follow these steps to connect an external monitor to your NEC Versa L320.
  • Page 134: S-Video Supported Device

    S-Video connector on the back of your NEC Versa L320 notebook computer. Follow these steps to connect an S-Video supported device to your NEC Versa L320. Check that the NEC Versa L320 is turned off and the device power switch is turned off.
  • Page 135: Ieee 1394 Devices

    IEEE 1394 Devices Your NEC Versa L320 system is equipped with two IEEE 1394 ports that increase your connectivity choices. The IEEE 1394 ports on the back of your system each allow you to daisy chain up to 63 IEEE 1394 devices to your system. IEEE 1394 devices support Plug and Play connectivity for transfer rates of up to 400 Mbps.
  • Page 136: Parallel Devices

    Windows control panel. Connect a parallel device to your NEC Versa as follows. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. Align and connect the 25-pin parallel cable connector to the parallel port on the system.
  • Page 137: Audio Options

    The NEC Versa comes equipped with built-in audio ports that let you record and play sound. Connect an external microphone or headphones to the microphone in or headphone in port on the front of the NEC Versa system. See “Front Features” in Chapter 1 for port locations. Note If you are using an external microphone and experience sound distortion or feedback, lower the speaker volume.
  • Page 138: Using Multimedia

    Using Multimedia Audio Video Multimedia Applications...
  • Page 139: Audio

    The following procedure describes how to use the Sound Recorder in the Microsoft Windows Accessories group to record sound into a file on the NEC Versa L320. (For details, see the online help that is available when you open the Sound Recorder.)
  • Page 140: Cd-Rom/Dvd-Rom Input

    You can play back your recorded soundtrack through stereo headphones, the internal NEC Versa L320 stereo speakers, or external stereo speakers. You can play .WAV and MIDI files as well as CD audio. Adjust the volume through the software (a volume control feature can be found in Accessories or on the system tray in the Toolbar) or with the volume control knob on the front of the system.
  • Page 141: Using Headphones

    The NEC Versa L320 headphone port delivers sound at half a watt. Stereo headphones plug in through the headphone jack located on the front of the NEC Versa L320. Use the audio software that comes on your system to adjust the volume.
  • Page 142: Using Digital Video Files

    With commercial video capture hardware and application software, you can plug any video device, including VCRs, televisions, camcorders, and laser disc players into your NEC Versa L320 and record motion graphics to your hard drive. Use a video frame grabber and store a stream of grabbed stills on your hard disk.
  • Page 143: Solving System Problems

    Solving System Problems Problem Checklist Startup Problems If You Need Assistance...
  • Page 144: Problem Checklist

    Once in a while you may encounter a problem with your NEC Versa L320. If the screen is blank, the instructions don’t help, or no error message appears, use the information here to determine and fix the problem. You still may be able to solve the...
  • Page 145: Startup Problems

    Follow the instructions. If you see other error messages, the hardware might need repair. If the system frequently loses the setup configuration data, the internal CMOS battery may need to be replaced at an authorized NEC repair center. Troubleshooting What to Do Use power-saving modes.
  • Page 146: Post Error Messages

    POST Error Messages The NEC Versa L320 has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the system power on. This diagnostic test is called the Power-On Self-Test (POST). If the system finds a problem during POST, the system displays an error message.
  • Page 147: If You Need Assistance

    If you still have a problem, see Chapter 11, “Getting Service and Support,” for details about contacting NEC. Note If you purchased and are using this product outside the U.S. or Canada, please contact the local NEC office or their dealers for the support and service available in your country. POST Error Messages Explanation POST loads default values and offers to run Setup.
  • Page 148: Getting Service And Support

    Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information Web Site Support Services E-mail to Support Services...
  • Page 149: Service And Support Contact Information

    Not only do these services provide information about your NEC system, they can also be used to answer your questions and help solve any problems you may have with your system, should that ever be necessary.
  • Page 150: Web Site

    Web Site If you have a modem or are connected to a network, you can access the NEC Computers Web site. You can do this through a commercial online service or through your Internet account. The Web site contains general information about NEC Computers and its products, press releases, reviews, a reseller locator, and service and support information.
  • Page 151: Support Services

    Please have your system accessible while calling for technical support to ensure that NEC Computers support personnel can successfully troubleshoot your system. For outside the U.S. or Canada, please contact your local NEC office or dealer for the support and service available in your country.
  • Page 152: Setting Up A Healthy Work Environment

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You Arrange Your Equipment Adjust Your Chair Adjust Your Input Devices Adjust Your Screen or Monitor Vary Your Workday Pre-existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors...
  • Page 153: Making Your Computer Work For You

    Making Your Computer Work for You Computers are everywhere. More and more people sit at computers for longer periods of time. This appendix explains how to set up your computer to fit your physical needs. This information is based on ergonomics — the science of making the workplace fit the needs of the worker.
  • Page 154: Arrange Your Equipment

    Arrange Your Equipment Arrange your equipment so that you can work in a natural and relaxed position. Place items that you use frequently within easy reach. Adjust your workstation setup to the proper height (as described in this appendix) by lowering the table or stand that holds your computer equipment or raising the seat height of your chair.
  • Page 155: Adjust Your Input Devices

    Adjust Your Input Devices Note the following points when positioning your notebook computer or any external input devices. T Position your keyboard directly in front of you. Avoid reaching when using your keyboard or mouse. T If you use a mouse, position it at the same height as the keyboard and next to the keyboard.
  • Page 156: Vary Your Workday

    T If reflected light makes it hard for you to see your screen or external monitor, use an anti-glare filter. T Clean your screen or external monitor regularly. Use a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth and a non-alcohol, neutral, non-abrasive cleaning solution or glass cleaner to minimize dust.
  • Page 157 Psychosocial factors associated with these disorders include: workplace stress, poor job satisfaction, lack of support by management, and/or lack of control over one’s work. Contact a doctor if you experience pain, tenderness, swelling, burning, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, weakness, soreness, tingling and/or numbness in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back, and/or legs.
  • Page 158: Specifications

    Specifications System Components Interrupt Controllers Memory Map...
  • Page 159: System Components

    System Components Note Components may vary. The specifications provided in this section are similar, but not necessarily identical to those in your system. System Processor T Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor-M featuring Intel SpeedStep™ technology — 933 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.13 GHz or higher T 133-MHz Front-Side Bus (FSB) Random Access Memory (RAM) T Standard Main Memory —...
  • Page 160 T PS/2 Port — 1 port, PS/2, 6-pin MiniDin T Parallel — 1 port, 25-pin D-sub T USB Ports — 2 ports, base connector T Expansion — 1 port for NEC Cable PortBar T Serial — 1 port, 9-pin D-sub T VGA — 1 port, 15-pin high-density D-sub T Infrared —...
  • Page 161 T NEC VersaBay IV — houses CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, or DVD-ROM/ CD-RW drive (one comes with system); optional hard drive in a cradle; or weight- saving module) T NEC Modular Bay — houses diskette drive, optional secondary battery, or weight- saving module) B-4 Specifications...
  • Page 162 Hard Disk Drives T Internal, 2.5 inch, IDE T Can be placed in optional cradle for use in NEC VersaBay IV slot T Capacity (depending on the model) 15-GB, 20-GB, 30-GB or larger hard disk drive Note When referring to storage capacity, GB stands for one billion bytes.
  • Page 163 Extra, CD-RW, CD-R), CD-R (read), CD-RW (read) T DVD Compatibility — DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18, DVD-R (read, single border) CD-RW Drive T Housed in NEC VersaBay IV slot T Speed — Read, up to 20x maximum variable speed — CD-RW, up to 14x maximum variable speed T Read Transfer Rate —...
  • Page 164 DVD-ROM and CD-RW Combination Drive T Housed in NEC VersaBay IV slot T Data capacity — DVD, 2,048 bytes/block — CD, 2048 bytes/block (mode 1), 2,336 bytes/block (mode 2) T Rotational speed — DVD, 3,792 (2.5 – 6X CAV) — DVD-Video, 1,377-2,222 rpm (1.6X – 2.4X PCAV) —...
  • Page 165 MDC Modem (built-in) T K56flex™ compatible T V.34 extended rate protocol T V.90 compliant T Enhanced AT command set T Class 1 and 2 Fax protocols T Built-in speaker with software controllable volume Mini PCI LAN T 10Base-T and 100Base-TX T Resume-on-LAN support T Full duplex support T Software support for management server...
  • Page 166 Dimensions System T Width — 12.8 in (327 mm) max T Depth — 10.4 in. (268 mm) max T Height — 1.5 in. to 1.6 in. (39.2 mm to 40.5 mm) Weight T Minimum 7.1 lbs. (3.2kg) Recommended Environment Operation T Temperature —...
  • Page 167: Interrupt Controllers

    The following table shows default interrupt level assignments 0 through 15. Note These resources may change after this user’s guide goes to print. Please refer the NEC Versa L320 Release Notes that came with your NEC Versa L320. IRQ# IRQ00...
  • Page 168: Memory Map

    Memory Map The system supports system and video shadowing, both controlled through complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). The system supports BIOS as a cacheable area with write protection. The following table shows the system’s memory map. Memory Space 00000000h-0009FFFFh 000A0000h-000BFFFFh 000C0000h-000DFFFFh 000E0000h-000FFFFFh 01000000h-01FFFFFFh...
  • Page 169: C Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions External Mouse Display PC Cards Diskette Drive Booting Power Management Miscellaneous...
  • Page 170: External Mouse

    How can a mouse and an external keyboard be connected to the notebook at the same time? The NEC Versa L320 is equipped with two USB ports that allow you to connect any combination of two USB devices, at the same time. If you purchase a USB mouse and a USB keyboard, simply plug each device into any of the USB ports on your system.
  • Page 171: Diskette Drive

    In Setup, I disabled or reconfigured peripheral devices (like the ports or sound), yet I am unable to use the freed IRQs or I/O address resources with my PC Cards? To provide a stable platform free of conflicts, NEC Computers excluded some resources from PC Card use. Diskette Drive Why can’t I boot from the diskette drive?
  • Page 172: Booting

    Enter. If you want a bootable diskette, type format a:/s and press Enter. What type of diskette do I use in my diskette drive? Your NEC Versa L320 ships with a 1.44-MB* diskette drive that uses 3.5- inch high density (HD) diskettes. These diskettes are also called double-sided, high-density (DSHD) diskettes.
  • Page 173: Power Management

    What is the difference between a warm boot and a cold boot? A warm boot restarts the system while system power is on. A warm boot is also a software reset. A warm boot clears volatile system memory and reloads the operating system.
  • Page 174 There are also activities that draw larger amounts of battery power. If possible, operate your system on AC power in these circumstances to conserve your battery. For example, NEC Computers recommends running the system on AC power while using external devices such as a printer or a USB drive, when connected to a network, or while playing DVD movies.
  • Page 175: Miscellaneous

    Miscellaneous How do I set the time and date? You can change the time and date in Windows 2000/98 by double clicking the time in the lower right corner of the screen. Change the date and time as needed. How do I speed up my application? If the application you are using runs really slow, close any other applications you are not using —...
  • Page 176 How do I save a file? You save a file by selecting File, then Save, from the drop down menu. If the file was not previously named, you will be prompted for a file name. In Windows 2000/98, you can use up to 255 characters to name a file. *When referring to storage capacity, MB stands for one million bytes.
  • Page 177: Glossary

    Glossary AC adapter A device that connects an NEC Versa notebook computer and an AC wall outlet to provide AC power for running the system and recharging the battery. A/D conversion The process of converting an analog signal into a digital signal.
  • Page 178 bits per second (bps) A unit of transmission. Also called baud rate. Bluetooth Wireless protocol that allows wireless connectivity from a Bluetooth module in your computer to a wireless communication device. board Printed circuit board (PCB). Board on which computer components are soldered and thin wires are printed to connect the components.
  • Page 179 CD-RW drive Compact Disc Read/Write. A computer controlled device that reads from and writes to high capacity optical discs. clock Electronic timer used to synchronize computer operations. CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. A chip that contains nonvolatile memory in the Versa notebook. CMOS is backed up by an internal battery that preserves clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS.
  • Page 180 diskette drive A magnetic drive that writes on and retrieves data from a diskette. Originally digital versatile disc but now digital video disc, this new type of disc can hold up to seven times the data of a compact disc. enhanced VGA A video interface that offers more colors or higher resolution than VGA.
  • Page 181 Technology that uses infrared waves to communicate data between the IR-equipped devices without the use of cables. The IR port on the NEC Versa notebook is Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compatible. interface A connection that enables two devices to communicate.
  • Page 182 Medium Infrared, an infrared technology that sends data at 1.152 Mbit/second (1,152,000 bits per second). mode A method of operation; for example, the NEC Versa notebook operates in either normal or power-saving modes. modem MOdulator-DEModulator. A device that links computers over a telephone line.
  • Page 183 nonvolatile memory Storage media that retains its data when system power is turned off. Nonvolatile memory in the Versa notebook is a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip that is backed up by an internal battery. The backup battery preserves the clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS.
  • Page 184 PC Card A credit-card–sized peripheral interface standard for portable devices. Types of PC cards (also known as PCMCIA cards) currently offered by major vendors include fax/modems, LAN, storage cards, and wireless communications devices. peripheral Input or output device not under direct computer control. A printer is a peripheral device.
  • Page 185 reset The process of returning a device to zero or to an initial or arbitrarily selected condition. resolution The degree of screen image clarity. Video display resolution is determined by the number of pixels on the screen. Resolution is usually specified in pixels by scan lines, for example, 800x600.
  • Page 186 S/PDIF Sony and Philips Digital Interconnect Format. S/PDIF enables a computer system to produce digital audio output through the use of an optical output cable to an optical disk device. Standby mode A state of power management that puts the system to “sleep.” Standby mode shuts down all devices in the system while retaining data and system status.
  • Page 187 VersaGlide touchpad A small, touch-sensitive pad used as a pointing device on your NEC Versa notebook computer. With the VersaGlide, you can move your finger along the pad to move the cursor or simulate a mouse click by tapping the pad.
  • Page 188: Index

    Index 1394 connecting devices, 8-8 devices, 1-13 port, 1-13 standard, 1-13 AC adapter connecting, 2-4, 2-5 cooling, 2-14 specifications, B-3 using, 2-4, 2-14 AC power cable, 2-4 AC power port, 1-14, 1-17, 2-5 Accessing the internet, 6-8 ACPI, 3-13, 3-16 advanced power settings, 3-19, 3-23 alarms, 3-18, 3-22 hibernation, 3-19, 3-23...
  • Page 189 Cold boot, C-4, C-5 Index 2 Colors, B-4 Combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 5-11 Connectors AC power port, 2-5 IEEE 1394, 8-8 NEC Cable PortBar, 1-13 Control keys, 1-11 Control panel buttons, 1-5, 1-6 locating, 1-5 Critical battery alarm, 3-18, 3-22 Cursor control keys, 1-11...
  • Page 190 Fan, 1-14 Fast IR, 6-9 Features back, 1-13 base unit, 1-4 bottom, 1-16 control panel, 1-5 front, 1-12 keyboard, 1-5, 1-9 left side, 1-14 right side, 1-15 standard, 1-3 VersaGlide touchpad, 1-5 FingerPrint protection, 3-10 FIR, 6-9 Full restore, 4-17 Function keys LCD brighness, 1-10 location, 1-10...
  • Page 191 1-12 port, 1-12 using, 9-2 Microprocessor, 1-3 Mini PCI LAN, 1-3, 1-14, 6-3, B-8 Mini PCI wireless LAN, 1-3. See also NEC Wireless LAN, Wireless LAN device Mini PCI/MDC bay, 3-26 Mini PCI/MDC bay cover, 1-16 Modem connecting, 6-2...
  • Page 192 1-15 removing a device, 1-15, 5-4 slot, 1-15 swapping devices, 1-15 weight-saving module, 2-13 NEC SoftDVD Player, 5-10 NEC utilities. See also Utilities NEC Customize utility, 4-6 PHDISK utility, 4-6 NEC VersaBay IV slot devices, 1-15, 1-16 location, 1-15, 1-16...
  • Page 193 Ports (cont'd) IR, 1-12 LAN, 1-14, 1-17 microphone, 1-12 modem, 1-14 NEC Cable PortBar, 1-17 parallel, 1-14, 1-17 PS/2, 1-13, 1-17 serial, 1-13, 1-17 S-video out, 1-13 USB, 1-13, 1-17 VGA, 1-13, 1-17 POST error messages, 10-4 Power button, 1-6, 3-14...
  • Page 194 2-7 seconary battery, 2-13 Utilities BIOS Setup utility, 3-2 BIOS Update, 3-28 NEC, 4-6 NEC Customize, 4-6 One-Touch Start Button Settings, 4-20 Personal Code Setting, 4-11 PHDISK, 4-6, 4-7 Phoenix BaySwap utility, 5-2 Product Recovery, 4-16 Refresh Battery, 3-15...
  • Page 195 Windows 98 SE, 4-2, 4-3 power management, 3-20 taskbar icons, 4-5 Windows keys, 1-11 Wireless device function keys, 1-10 Wireless LAN. See also NEC Wireless LAN Wireless LAN device, 1-9, 1-15, 3-8, B-8 Wireless radio technology, 1-18 XGA+ LCD panel, C-2 Index 8...
  • Page 196: Regulatory Statements

    Regulatory Statements The following regulatory statements include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Radio Frequency Interference Statement, compliance statements for Canada and Europe, battery disposal and replacement information, and the Declaration of Conformity. FCC Statement for United States Only by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 197: Battery Replacement

    Battery Replacement A lithium battery in some computers maintains system configuration information. In the event that the battery fails to maintain system configuration information, NEC Computers recommends that you replace the battery. For battery replacement information, call your NEC Computers dealer or NEC Computers Support Services.
  • Page 198: Declaration Of Conformity

    15 Business Park Way Sacramento, CA 95828 declare that the product NEC Versa L320 is in conformity with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this product is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

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