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C o n t e n t s 1 Getting Started Opening Your Computer ... 1-2 Powering Your Computer ... 1-2 Connecting the AC Power Adapter ... 1-3 Turning the Computer On and Off ... 1-4 Checking the Indicator Lights ... 1-4 Adjusting the Screen Controls ...
Caring for Your Computer Protecting the Hard Disk Drive ..Moving and Storing the Computer ..Cleaning Your ActionNote ... Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad.
7 Troubleshooting Where to Get Help ..7-1 Electronic Support Services ..7-2 Identifying Your System ... 7-4 Error Messages ..7-5 Troubleshooting Your ActionNote ..7-5 The Computer Won’t Start ..7-6 The LCD Screen Is Blank ..7-8 The Computer Locks Up ...
B Using Optional Equipment Using PC Cards ....... B-1 Using the ActionPort Replicator ... . . B-3 Connecting the Computer to the ActionPort Replicator .
Your Operating System.” If you have questions, this manual or the online version should provide you with answers. Read the troubleshooting information in Chapter 7 or call the EPSON Connection at (800) 922-8911 for help. computer is all set GettingStarted 1-1...
Opening Your Computer To open your ActionNote, slide the latches on each side of the computer’s lid forward and lift up the screen. Powering Your Computer Your computer is shipped with a charged battery and is ready to use when you take it out of the box.
Connecting the AC Power Adapter The lightweight AC power adapter included with your ActionNote operates in the input ranges 100 to 240 VAC and 50-60 Hz. NOTE If you purchased your computer outside the United States, you have the international AC power adapter.
Recharging the battery takes about 3 hours with the computer turned on, and about 2 hours when it is turned off. While it recharges, the charge indicator light is orange. When the battery is fully charged, it is green. Turning the Computer On and Off The on/off button is beneath the screen on your right.
Adjusting the Screen Controls The screen contrast and brightness controls are located at the bottom of the screen. Slide the contrast control to the right to increase the contrast, or to the left to decrease it. On dual scan screens only, slide the brightness control to the right to lighten the screen, or to the left to darken it.
Using the ActionPoint Touchpad You can move your cursor on the screen by sliding your finger along the built-in ActionPoint touchpad. It works with any software application that uses PS/2 compatible mouse drivers, and has a utility that lets you adjust its response. To move the cursor, slide your finger along the ActionPoint touchpad.
When you reach the edge of the touchpad surface, the pointer continues to move in the same direction until you lift or move your finger. This feature is called. “Edge Motion.” When software manuals tell you to use your mouse, use these ActionPoint equivalents: movements Touchpad Mouse...
Using the Keyboard Your computer’s keyboard has 85 keys that provide the same functions as a full-sized 101-key keyboard, thanks to function keys and an embedded numeric keypad. The provides a second function for other keys. The keyboard on the ActionNote is available with different layouts for different languages.
Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad In Num Lock mode, the keys in the embedded numeric keypad give you the number or symbol for that key instead of the letter. Press to turn Num Lock mode on Num Lock and off. To enter a letter while in Num Lock, press plus the key.
If you plan to use the computer in countries other than the U.S. or Canada, you’ll need to purchase the international AC power adapter. EPSON also offers an automobile adapter. See t h e Powering the Computer 2-1...
“Using the International AC Power Adapter” and ‘Using the Automobile Adapter” in Appendix B of the online manual for more information. CAUTION To avoid damaging the computer, use only adapters designed for the ActionNote 900 series computers. Using the Battery The removable NiMH battery can provide between 4 and 6 hours of power when you use your computer’s power management features.
Recharging the Battery The battery that comes with your system is rechargeable. It takes approximately 2 hours to charge a completely discharged battery when the computer is off or when it is in Suspend mode. If you use the system while the battery is recharging, it can take up to 3 hours.
Conditioner” in Appendix B of the online manual for more information. NOTE Contact your localgovernment agency for recycling information on rechargeable batteries. Follow these steps to replace the battery: Save any open files and close your applications. Shut down or exit Windows. Press the on/off button.
Insert the new battery into the compartment at an angle and then lower it into place. Using Power Management Your ActionNote offers a variety of power management features to help you conserve battery power. Your computer has three power-saving modes: Idle, Standby, and Suspend.
can press the (located between the brightness and contrast controls) at any time to enter Suspend mode and temporarily stop system activity. After press Suspend/Resume, for the computer to enter Suspend mode. Then the Suspend indicator light comes on and the screen becomes dark.
either connect the AC power adapter or turn off the computer and replace the battery (as described earlier in this chapter). In addition, the computer can be set up to enter Suspend mode when the battery power reaches a minimum level. This protects the contents of your computer’s memory for several hours.
For instructions on setting up your ActionNote to use the Save to Disk and Instant On features, see “Using Instant On and Saving to Disk” in Chapter 6. Using Energy Wisely By purchasing this Energy Star compliant computer, you join a growing number of users concerned about conserving energy.
3 Getting to Work This chapter contains practical information about using your ActionNote. Reading it now can save you time later. Using Passwords Passwords help protect data from theft. Your ActionNote offers two types of passwords: a Setup password that controls access to the Setup utility, and a System password that controls access to your computer.
Entering a Password Whether the computer is configured with a System or Setup password, you enter the password in the same way. When you turn on your system (for the System password) or access Setup (for the Setup password), you see this prompt: Enter password: Type the correct password and press...
Using Diskettes You can use either 720KB double-density or 1.44MB high-density, double-sided diskettes in your 35-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive. To insert a diskette, hold it with the label facing up and the shutter leading into the drive. Slide it all the way into the drive. To remove the diskette, make sure the diskette drive light is off.
Resetting the Computer Occasionally, when the computer doesn’t respond, you may need to reset it. Resetting clears the memory and reloads the operating system. To reset the computer, hold down the and press the Then follow any instructions you see. Working Comfortably It’s easy to spend a lot of time working on the computer.
Caring for Your Computer Although it has been built for years of use, your ActionNote contains fragile circuits and needs to be handled with care to keep it in good working order: Keep the computer and AC power adapter dry, and do not subject them to extreme heat or cold.
Protecting the Hard Disk Drive Your hard disk drive is designed for travel and lots of use. Follow. these precautions, however, to protect your data and prolong hard disk life. Never turn off or reset the computer when it is copying data to or from the hard disk drive (the indicator light is on).
Moving and Storing the Computer Before you move your ActionNote, make sure the power is off and the screen is closed. Remove any diskettes. Use a carrying case or equivalent. If you have any devices attached, make sure they are turned off and unplugged. The ActionNote has an operating temperature range of 42 to 95°...
Cleaning Your ActionNote You may need to clean your ActionNote occasionally. Clean the exterior with a soft, damp cloth. Spray glass cleaner on a soft, lint- free cloth to clean the LCD screen; do not spray the cleaner directly onto the screen. Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad The ActionPoint is sensitive to moisture, which may affect your cursor movement.
Your ActionNote supports EPSON-qualified, IDE hard disk drives with a 2.5-inch form factor and a maximum height of 19 mm. Contact the EPSON Connection or your dealer to find out about the latest upgrade options. CAUTION Before you replace your hard disk drive, be sure to make backup copies of all your files andprograms.
Follow these steps to remove the drive: Turn off the computer and disconnect any external devices or cables. Close the LCD screen and turn the computer over. Press the latch away from the hard disk drive cover and slide the cover back slightly.
Pull on the two metal tabs to disconnect the drive, and remove it from the case. If you need to disconnect the connector card, hold it by the edges and pull it away from the drive, as shown below. Upgrading internal Components 5-3...
Replacing a Hard Disk Drive Follow these steps to replace a hard disk drive. If your new drive already has the connector card attached, start with step 3. If necessary, attach the connector card. Align the holes in the card with the group of 44 pins on the right side of the drive connector.
The hard disk drive compartment on your ActionNote can accommodate standard drives up to 19 mm high. If the drive that came with your computer is less than 19 mm high, it is installed above a black foam spacer. If you are going to install a 19 mm drive, remove the spacer from the compartment before you perform step 3.
Position the drive cover over the compartment so that the small arrow on the cover aligns with the first notch in the latch Lower the cover and then slide it until it snaps shut. Before installing the operating system, run Setup as described under “Customizing Computer Settings”...
Removing and Replacing the Keyboard You need to remove the keyboard to install memory. However, you don’t need to disconnect the keyboard cables. Removing the Keyboard Follow these steps to remove the keyboard Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power adapter.
Use a small screwdriver to gently pry up the plastic strip above the keyboard. You can pry in the center as shown here, or in front of the left and right hinges. Lift up the strip and remove it from the case.
Gently lift the keyboard, holding it by the top edge. Remove it from the case and place it on a flat surface in front of the computer. Do not pull on the keyboard cables. Replacing the Keyboard When you are ready to replace the keyboard, refer to the illustrations in the previous section as you follow these steps: Carefully lift up the keyboard and...
The top edge of the keyboard should not overlap the bronze-colored ledge of the case. If you have difficulty aligning the keyboard, try the following approach: hold the top of the keyboard in the center. With the keyboard at a 45° angle, line up the clips on the bottom of the keyboard with the case.
CAUTION module is delicate and needs careful memory handling. If you don’t fee/ confident installing it yourself, ask your Authorized EPSON Servicer for assistance. Removing a Memory Module Your computer may have a memory module installed. If you want to replace it with a higher-capacity module, follow the steps below to remove the original memory module.
Press each of the retaining clips toward the side of the memory module socket and lift up on the edge of the module until it is released. Pull the module out of the socket. You are now ready to install the new memory module.
Holding the memory module with the notch on the upper right corner, align it with the connector at the edge of the socket. Insert the memory module into the socket at an angle, pressing along the edge until it clicks into place. Press down on the module until it snaps into the retaining clips on the sides.
6 Customizing Your Computer You can customize your ActionNote in a variety of ways covered in this chapter. Customizing Your ActionPoint You can adjust the amount of pressure you need to apply to your touchpad as well as the speed and precision of the cursor movement. Select the ActionPoint Configuration control panel utility (the Mouse utility in Windows 95).
ActionPoint configuration panels Features Panel notion Sensitivity settings Double-click speed Acceleration Extra precision Orientation Set rotation settings Set buttons Shortcuts Autojumps settings Hotspots Custom assignments Touchpad Edge motion settings Touch threshold Gestures 6-2 Customizing Your Computer (continued) Description Adjusts the response of the pointer to the motion of the pointing device Adjusts how quickly you...
To select a setting click the button for that setting, then adjust the controls. When you’ve made changes, click Your settings take effect immediately. N O T E If you install another pointing device and then want to return to the ActionPoint, you need to reinstall the ActionPoint drivers.
Starting Setup To start Setup, turn on your computer. (If your computer is already on, save any files you’ve been working on, then restart your computer using Ctrl Alt Del.) During power-on diagnostics you see the following prompt: Press F8 to run SETUP As soon as you see this message, press If you do not press computer loads the operating system.
Help information is available for each option. Highlight the option and press Setup lets you change or verify the settings listed in the following tables. Setup page 1 options Options Setting system hh:mm:ss (24 Time hour format) mmm dd, yyyy system Date Update...
The table below lists the power management options. Additional information follows. Power management options Setting Options Power Enabled Management Disabled System Idle Disabled Enabled* system Disabled 1 to 15 Standby minutes; 2 minutes* system Disabled Suspend 1 to 15 minutes; 10 minutes* Hard Disk Disabled...
The table below lists the page 3 Setup options. Setup page 3 options Setting Options Internal Enabled* Cache Disabled External Enabled* Cache Disabled Serial Port 1 3F8h* 2F8h 3E8h 2E8h Disabled Serial Port 2 3F8h 2F8h* 3E8h 2E8h Disabled Parallel 278h* Port** 378h...
When you are ready to exit Setup, press Esc. You see the exit menu. Press one of the following keys: command keys Setup, exit Description Returns you to the main Setup or Power Management Setup screen Saves your new settings and restarts the computer Loads the default settings for all the options and returns to Setup Exits Setup without saving your settings...
You may want to experiment to find the settings that work best for you. You can access the Power Management screen (without running Setup) by pressing adjust your settings at any time. You should, however, exercise caution when changingthe Power Management and options.
Instant On works through the same process as Save to HDD, except that your data is saved to disk when you press the button. Before you can use either of these features, you have to configure your hard disk drive. The drive is already partitioned to set aside a 26MB area for the saved data (allowing space for all memory configurations).
Remember that once you set a system password, you cannot access your system unless you enter it correctly. Write down yourpassword and keep it in a safe place. If you forget it, call the EPSON Connection for assistance. You can set two types of passwords for your computer: a system password and a Setup password.
Setting a Password Follow these steps to set a password Highlight the Password option. Press Enter. Type a password up to seven characters long. As you type, you see displayed on the screen. Note whether and Caps Lock are on when Num Lock you type your password.
Deleting or Changing a Password If you want to delete or change a password, follow these steps: 1. Highlight the Password option. Press Enter. Type your password. You see only squares on the screen. Press Enter. If you are deleting your password, press the I key.
Using Video Drivers and Utilities Your system includes high-resolution video display drivers for Windows your hard disk drive. If you are using Windows 3.1, you can use these drivers to display in resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in 256 colors on an external monitor. Windows 95 provides the Chips and ®...
To check on the availability of drivers for non- Windows applications, call the EPSON Connection or access one of the EPSON electronic support services, as described under “Where to Get Help” in Chapter 7. Using Your Audio Card The 16-bit stereo audio card in your ActionNote is Business Audio ®...
Recording Control regulates the recording level and stereo balance of multiple input sources. The Mixer combines signals from several audio sources during playback, controlling the volume and balance of each source. The Extended Recorder records, compresses, stores, and plays sounds directly to (or from) your hard disk drive.
Using Your Infrared Port The IrDA-compliant infrared port provides “point and beam” wireless serial communications capability for mobile computer users, and replaces network, printer, and other cable connections between IrDA- compliant devices. The IrDA infrared data link standard gives ActionNote users the capability of transferring data at speeds much faster than a standard modem.
IrDA device indicates when the units are communicating. See the Puma TranXit online help for more information. Customizing Your Computer 6-18...
Where to Get Help If you purchased your computer in the United States or Canada, EPSON provides customer support and service through a network of Authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers. also provides the following services EPSON when you dial (800) 922-8911.
You can purchase printed manuals, accessories, or parts for EPSON products from EPSON Accessories. Call (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only) from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pacific time. In Canada, call (800) BUY EPSON. If you purchased your computer outside the...
CompuServe’s Epson America Forum EPSON also maintains the Epson America Forum on CompuServe. about your EPSON product, this is a good place to get them answered. Your computer includes the CompuServe ® WinCIM...
Identifying Your System When you request technical assistance, be ready to provide the following: EPSON product name and model (on the logo for your ActionNote) EPSON product code (on base of ActionNote) Serial number (on base of ActionNote) System BIOS version (displayed during...
If the error is serious, the error message remains on the screen and the computer locks up. If this happens, contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection. Troubleshooting Your ActionNote If you have trouble with your ActionNote, look through the headings in this chapter to see if the problem ls covered.
The Computer Won’t Start The computer won’t start when you press the on/off button. If the Power light is on, check the Suspend light. Press any key if it is on; press the Suspend/Resume button if it is flashing. Check the Charge light. If it is flashing orange, the battery may be damaged or installed incorrectly.
You have trouble running the computer from a battery. (Be sure to read Chapter 2 for information on powering your system.) The battery power may be low. If you have a second fully charged battery, use it to replace the one in the computer and recharge the original battery.
N O T E When you need to discardyour battery, contact your local government waste management agency for recycling information on rechargeable batteries. The computer doesn’t work properly with the AC power adapter. Make sure the AC power adapter is securely connected to the computer and the electrical outlet.
The computer may be in Suspend mode; press any key or the button to resume. Press the on/off button to resume if you are using Instant On. See Chapter 2 for more information. You may have set a video timeout period in Setup or with your operating system.
Try cleaning the diskette drive heads. See “Cleaning the Diskette Drive” in Chapter 4. If the drive is making loud or unusual noises, contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection. You Can’t Access Files on the Hard Disk Drive...
Type I or II cards, or one Type III card. If you aren’t sure your card is compatible, call the EPSON Connection or your Authorized EPSON Servicer for the latest information about tested cards. Like a diskette, a new PC RAM or hard disk card may need to be formatted (initialized) before you can use it.
If none of these solutions solve your problem, contact the card manufacturer or call your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection for assistance. The ActionPoint Isn’t Working Correctly Make sure the touchpad has not been disabled in Setup.
ActionNote” in Chapter 4); then wash and dry your hands. If you still have trouble with the ActionPoint, contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection. An External Monitor Is Blank Adjust the brightness and contrast of the monitor screen.
Contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection for assistance. An External Pointing Device Doesn’t Work Your ActionPoint touchpad is disabled when you connect a device to the external keyboard/mouse port and use it before you use the touchpad. If you used the touchpad first, turn the computer off and then on.
If the device is connected to the computer’s serial port, make sure the device and the serial port options in Setup are set to use the same memory address or COM port. See “Changing the Settings” in Chapter 6 for more information. If you still have trouble with an external device, check the manual that came with it or contact the manufacturer.
Your Software Isn’t Working Correctly If the application program does not start, check that you are following the correct procedure for starting the program, and that it is installed correctly. If the program is running, see the online help to assist you in diagnosing the problem.
Make sure the other drvice is IrDA- compliant. Make sure that the communicating IrDA ports are within three feet of each other, and are positioned at an angle of 30° or less. Check that the IrDA port’s COM assignment is correct. The default setting is COM2.
Specifications CPU and Memory Cyrix 5th generation 5x86 microprocessor installed as a QFP chip with Level 2 cache on a daughterboard System speed Fast and slow speeds selected in Setup Memory 8MB RAM on the system board expandable up to 24MB using a 4, 8, or 16MB memory expansion module l28KB Flash memory device...
Controllers Video Chips and Technology 65545 or 65548 video controller; 1MB DRAM; 32-bit VL local bus; supports 640 by 480 in 256 colors on LCD; 800 by 600 In 64K colors or 1024 by 768 in 256 colors on external monitor; automatic external monitor detection;...
Interfaces External Auto-sensing, 15-pin, D-sub, video female connector for analog monitor; supports simultaneous display with LCD using sequence or software command Parallel Centronics® compatible; 25-pin, D-sub, female connector; bidirectional 8-bit parallel; autodetects ECP or EPP devices when connected and turned on at system start-up Serial RS-232C, 16CSSOC-compatible...
input and Audio output replicator Port Security Keyboard 85 keys; 101-key keyboard compatible; embedded numeric keypad; ActionPoint Touchpad Built-In pointing device with two buttons compatible with PS/2 mouse driver software; can be disabled with Setup Volume Control Knob adjusts sound of internal speaker and audio card output Specifications Connectors for stereo line-in,...
Mass Storage Hard disk drive Removable Internal IDE hard disk drive, 2.5-inch form factor; maximum height 19 mm; Setup automatically recognizes and configures drives that support IDE or enhanced IDE Interfaces Internal 3.5-inch diskette Diskette Drive drive; 720KB or 1.44MB format; supports lower power consumption LCD Screen...
Power Sources Sources include internal removable battery, lightweight AC power adapter, or optional international AC power adapter, and automobile adapter Battery Rechargeable 12 Volt NiMH battery, current regulation by thermistor AC Power Adapters Lightweight AC Specification power adapter AC connection 2 folding connectors 6 ft (1.8 meters)
CAUTION Use only the adapters and replacement batteries designed for use with the ActionNote Environmental Requirements Condition Operating Temperature 42° to 95° F (5° to 35° C) Humidity 30% to 90% (non-condensing) Altitude -200 to 12,000 ft (-67 to 4,000 m) Acoustical noise 35 dB at 1 meter (maximum)
Index AC adapter automobile, B-10 connecting 1-3 dimension& A-6 input ranges, 1-3 international 1-3, 2-2, B-8 model numbers, 2-2 precautions, 4-1 specifications A-6 using 1-2, 2-1 ActionPort replicator, using B-3 Adapter, see AC adapter AUD sound format, 6-15 Audio card recorder, 6-15 recording control, 6-16 settings, 6-16...
(continued) Power Instant On feature, 6-6, 6-9–6-10 Low battery option, 6-9 managing 2-5–2-6, 6-8–6-10 precautions, 4-1 recharging 2-3 replacing battery, 2-7 saving to disk, 6-9–6-10 sources, A-6 turning on and off, 1-4 also AC adapter, battery, Power management Power adapters, 2-2 Power management Instant On, 2-7 low battery protection, 2-7...
Recharging the battery, 2-3 Replacing the battery, 2-4 ROM, A-1 Save to Disk 2-7 Save to HDD mode, 6-9 Screen controls, 1-6 Screen timeout, 2-5 Scroll Lock, indicator light, 1-5 Scrolling 6-14 Security, lock, B-11 Self test, 1-4 Serial interface, A-3 Serial number, 7-4 Serial port, enabling, 6-7 Setup password, 6-12...
Turning computer on and off, 1-4 Typing, avoiding strain, 3-4 Upgrading, hard disk drive, 5-1–5-6 Video, A-5 controller, A-2 drivers and utilities, 6-14 RAM, A-1 resolution, 6-14 Volume control, A-4 WAV sound format, 6-15 Wrist rest, 3-4 Index 9...