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  • Page 1 The information disclosed in this document, including all designs and related materials, is the valuable property of NEC Corporation (NEC) and/or its licensors. NEC and/or its licensors, as appropriate, reserve all patent, copyright and other proprietary rights to this document, including all design, manufacturing, reproduction, use and sales rights thereto, except to the extent said rights are expressly granted to others.
  • Page 2: Using This Guide

    Chapter 1 gives introduces the computer, its features, and how to care for Chapter 2 explains how to use the NEC Versa 2000 hardware. Chapter 3 describes the software that comes with your NEC Versa 2000. Chapter 4 discusses traveling with your NEC Versa 2000.
  • Page 3 In addition to this guide, a number of other documents ship with your Versa system, including: The NEC Versa 2000 Series Quick Setup shows you how to set up your system after you unpack it. The Versa 2000 Series Quick Reference Guide contains brief descrip- tions of function keys, LEDs, NEC help telephone numbers and trouble- shooting tips.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Using This Guide Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 2000 Around the System ........... Front..............LCD .............. Contrast Control..........Brightness Control.......... Switches............LEDs ............. Keyboard ............NEC VersaGlide ..........Rear..............Left Side ............. Right Side ............Underside............System Care.............
  • Page 5 Serial Devices ..........2-11 External Keyboard ..........2-12 Mouse..............2-13 Internal Modem........... 2-15 PCMCIA ............2-16 NEC Versa MediaDock 2000 ......2-17 NEC Versa MiniDock 2000......... 2-17 3 About the Software Windows Introduction ..........Windows 95 ............Windows for Workgroups ........
  • Page 6 5 Solving Problems Problem Checklist ............ Start-Up Problems............ POST Error Messages......... If You Need Assistance ..........Direct Technical Support........Remote Technical Support........Features ............6 Getting Help A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You ..... Arrange Your Equipment..........
  • Page 7: Getting To Know Your Nec Versa 2000

    Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 2000 Your NEC Versa™ 2000 is ready to go! It’s packed with features to make your work experience fun and productive. Take the online System Tour or flip through this guide to familiarize yourself with the NEC Versa.
  • Page 8: Brightness Control

    You can adjust the screen backlight brightness with the control slide switch on the side of the screen. Contrast Control Brightness Control Switches The NEC Versa 2000 has the following switches: Power Management Power Suspend/Resume Reset — Slide right to turn on; slide right again to turn off.
  • Page 9: Leds

    — This recessed switch resets the system if the NEC Versa does not respond to keyboard input or VersaGlide movement. Use it before powering down the system and restarting it. LEDs The NEC Versa 2000 has several LED lights to let you know what’s hap- pening on your system. Power Management...
  • Page 10: Keyboard

    Diskette — Green when the NEC Versa 2000 is writing data to or retriev- ing from the diskette in the A drive. — Green is On; no color is Off. Num Lock — Green is On; no color is Off.
  • Page 11: Nec Versaglide

    This is the mechanism by which you control the pointer on the screen. It serves the same function as the mouse or trackball on other systems. For more information on the VersaGlide, see “Learning to Use the Hardware.” Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 2000 1-5...
  • Page 12: Rear

    Rear The rear of the system has ports for connecting your NEC Versa 2000 to other devices, like a printer or an external mouse, and power sources. AC Power Jack Docking Video Connector Connector Serial Port Parallel Port Keyboard/Mouse Port —...
  • Page 13: Left Side

    Left Side The left side of your NEC Versa 2000 has two slots for PCMCIA cards and a hard disk drive compartment. PCMCIA Slots Hard Disk Drive PCMCIA Slots — PCMCIA is a standard interface for peripheral devices like fax/modems, local area network (LAN) cards, storage cards, and pagers.
  • Page 14: Right Side

    Right Side On the right side of the NEC Versa 2000 is a diskette drive and a removable battery. Diskette Drive Battery Diskette Drive — You can save your files to diskette and install software from diskette using the diskette drive, called drive A.
  • Page 15: System Care

    CMOS battery. You should not attempt to remove this battery. SYSTEM CARE The NEC Versa 2000 is a durable, dependable system built for extensive use and travel. Follow these guidelines to maintain the condition and perform- ance of your computer.
  • Page 16: Storage Requirements

    Special screen wipes are available through your local computer dealer. System case — If the NEC Versa 2000 case gets dirty, carefully wipe it with a slightly damp, almost dry cloth. Be extremely careful not to drip any moisture onto or into the NEC Versa 2000.
  • Page 17 CAUTION: If the environmental temperature of the NEC Versa suddenly rises (for example, when you move the system from a warm place to a cold place), vapor condenses inside the system. Turning on the system under this condition can cause damage to the internal components.
  • Page 18: Learning To Use The Hardware

    Learning to Use the Hardware Like any computer, the NEC Versa 2000 is made up of the hardware — the physical unit and its components — and the software — the programs that run on the computer. This chapter discusses the hardware. The topics in-...
  • Page 19: Battery Pack

    Li-Ion battery while your system is off or in Suspend mode or leave it in the system and simply plug in your NEC Versa 2000 into a wall outlet. The battery recharges over a period of 1.6 hours while in the NEC Versa 2000 and the system is powered off.
  • Page 20: Keyboard

    Make sure the battery is properly installed in the battery bay. Read the precautions printed on the battery and in the online Basics . Keyboard The NEC Versa 2000 keyboard is equipped with many features. They in- clude the following. Function keys Cursor control keys...
  • Page 21: The Nec Versaglide

    The NEC VersaGlide The NEC VersaGlide is an easy way to control the screen pointer (cursor) with your finger. Simply glide your finger across the NEC VersaGlide pad and the cursor follows. You select in either of two ways: Double click the left button (this is the primary button) Double tap your finger on the VersaGlide pad.
  • Page 22: Autocentering

    You can add a number of options and connect a number of external devices and PCMCIA cards to your NEC Versa 2000. You can get details on how to obtain these options from the online NEC Versa 2000 Options Catalog.
  • Page 23: Hard Disk

    Memory Expansion Your NEC Versa 2000 comes standard with either 4 or 8 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM). You can increase system memory to a maximum of 36 or 40 MB, respectively, by installing any one or two of the following memory modules in the system.
  • Page 24 Use the following steps to install a memory card. Make sure the system power is off. Turn the NEC Versa 2000 upside down. Remove the memory compartment cover from the system by releasing the small latch and lifting the cover off the system...
  • Page 25: External Monitor

    NEC Versa 2000, behind the right-rear cover, for the monitor connector.) Follow these steps to connect an external monitor to your NEC Versa 2000. Check that the NEC Versa 2000 is in Suspend mode or powered off and the monitor power switch is turned off.
  • Page 26: Printer

    Follow any setup instructions in the monitor manual. Turn on power to the monitor. Press the Suspend button to resume Active mode or power on the NEC Versa 2000. Toggle the function key combination to select both the LCD and Fn + F3 CRT monitor.
  • Page 27: Parallel Printers

    Windows QuickStart Guide or Using Windows 95 for instructions on using the Control Panel. To connect a parallel printer to your NEC Versa 2000, do the following. Check that both the NEC Versa and printer power are off. Open the left-rear cover of the system and locate the printer port.
  • Page 28: Serial Devices

    Windows QuickStart Guide or Using Windows 95 for instructions on using the Control Panel. Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa 2000. Check that both the NEC Versa 2000 and the device power are off.
  • Page 29: External Keyboard

    Make sure your printer is online before trying to print. See the printer guide for instructions. External Keyboard You can add a full-size PS/2-style keyboard to your NEC Versa 2000 using the Plug and Play feature. You can still use the system keyboard while an external keyboard is connected.
  • Page 30: Mouse

    Mouse You can add an external mouse to your NEC Versa 2000 to use in place of the NEC VersaGlide for moving the pointer. Use the following procedure to connect a PS/2-style mouse to the system. The Plug and Play feature allows you to do this with the system powered on, but in Suspend mode.
  • Page 31 CAUTION: Make sure the NEC Versa 2000 is in Suspend mode or powered off whenever you add or remove a mouse. Doing so with the power on in Active mode may damage the system. Connect the mouse cable connector to the keyboard/mouse port on the system.
  • Page 32: Internal Modem

    Your NEC Versa 2000 comes with fax software and several online service gateways — all the basics you need to communicate with the outside world. Use the following procedure to connect a phone line to the NEC Versa 2000. Unplug the telephone cable from the telephone.
  • Page 33: Pcmcia

    PCMCIA You can easily install and interchange peripheral devices, such as modems, LAN cards, and storage cards in your NEC Versa 2000. The NEC Versa 2000 series notebook computers have software that automatically allocates system resources when you install or remove a PC card using PCMCIA technology.
  • Page 34: Nec Versa Mediadock 2000

    NEC Versa MiniDock 2000 The Versa MiniDock 2000 option provides you with the convenience of a dock at your desk without taking up a lot of space. With your NEC Versa 2000 securely attached to the MiniDock, you can have one connection with all your peripheral resources —...
  • Page 35: About The Software

    Online Help NEC Utilities WINDOWS INTRODUCTION Your NEC Versa 2000 gives you the option of loading either Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups to use on your system. Both Microsoft operat- ing systems provide a means of running applications, navigating through your file structure, and using your notebook computer.
  • Page 36: Windows For Workgroups

    NEC Information — Includes online topics specific to the NEC Versa, NEC customer support, and Windows and DOS. NEC Utilities — Includes small programs written by NEC to help you manage your NEC Versa computer. Every application in Windows is assigned an icon. Application icons are placed in group windows, which are represented by group icons.
  • Page 37: Dos Introduction

    The Tour takes about five minutes. Basics Basics describes the NEC Versa 2000 main features, how to travel with the system, use power management, and care for the system. It includes a glos- sary.
  • Page 38: Additional Topics

    NEC Versa 2000 Series Options Catalog The NEC Versa 2000 Series Options Catalog lists options such as memory cards, hard drives, carrying cases, and PCMCIA cards that you can purchase for the NEC Versa 2000.
  • Page 39: Guide To Nec Utilities

    This utility lets you create distribution diskettes for the system contents. Use the distribution diskettes to make a backup copy of all the programs that came on your NEC Versa 2000. Save the diskettes in case you need reload the system.
  • Page 40: Nec Battery Gauge

    You’ll need a large number of diskettes for this. This utility is used on Windows for Workgroups only. Auto Setup Utility Auto Setup automatically configures your NEC Versa 2000 each time you start it up. This utility also lets you change your system start-up settings. Use Auto Setup as follows: Reboot your system.
  • Page 41 About the Software 3-7...
  • Page 42: Traveling With Your Nec Versa

    Traveling with Your NEC Versa The NEC Versa 2000 makes a natural traveling companion. Using a battery, you can use the computer anywhere you go. Here is some information you might find helpful when taking the NEC Versa on the road.
  • Page 43: Power Connections

    POWER CONNECTIONS With the right accessories, you can run your NEC Versa 2000 almost any- where! Your system self-adjusts to various power sources. The United States, Canada, and most of Central and South America use 110-volt alter- nating current (AC).
  • Page 44: Checklists

    CHECKLISTS The following checklists can help you prepare for your trip with your NEC Versa 2000. Look them over and use what fits your situation. What to Take The following are what you should take with you when you travel with your NEC Versa 2000.
  • Page 45: Solving Problems

    Solving Problems Once in a while you may encounter a problem with your NEC Versa 2000. The NEC Information program group has Questions and Answers that might be helpful to you. 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.
  • Page 46 A disk drive might be busy. Wait until the disk drive does not work stops and try again. The docking station might be connected to the NEC Versa 2000. Some power management functions do not work when the docking station is connected.
  • Page 47: Start-Up Problems

    Follow the instructions. If you see other error messages, the hardware might need repair. NOTE When the NEC Versa 2000 detects an error related to display devices, it cannot display on either the LCD or a CRT. The system warns you by beeping.
  • Page 48 POST Error Messages MESSAGE WHAT TO DO If there’s still a problem, drive A might need repair. Diskette read failure – Remove the diskette from drive A and press press to run Auto start the system from the hard disk. Setup.
  • Page 49: If You Need Assistance

    Your NEC Versa 2000 is supplied with remote diagnostic software and a built-in modem s (NEC Versa 2000C only) so a TSC technician may be able to diagnose the system remotely. Solving Problems 5-5...
  • Page 50: Direct Technical Support

    Follow these steps to prepare your system for remote support. You must have the modem connected to a telephone line. With the system power off, insert the NEC Hardware Utilities diskette into the diskette drive. Turn on the system power. A menu appears.
  • Page 51: Features

    Features Remote Support Session has the following features: The remote screen (technician's screen) looks like your computer's screen. The technician can access data, run and control applications on your system, and print reports using the remote keyboard and mouse. Or the technician can simply observe your computer’s operations.
  • Page 52: Getting Help

    Getting Help NEC is ready and willing to help you with our products. Here's how to reach us. NEC Versa Diskette Fulfillment Center (800) 842-6446 To purchase backup diskettes and manuals. NEC Customer Service and Support (800) 632-4525 (508) 635-4666 Spare parts ordering, warranty claims, repair services, technical support, and service authorizations.
  • Page 53 Worldwide Web Address www.nec.com NEC is a member of TSANet (Technical Support Alliance Network). 6-2 Getting Help...
  • Page 54: A Setting Up A Healthy Work Environment

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment WARNING Prolonged or improper use of a computer worksta- tion may pose a risk of serious injury. To reduce your risk of injury, set up and use your computer in the manner described in this appendix. Contact a doctor if you experience pain, tenderness, swelling, burning, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, weakness, soreness, tingling and/or numbness in...
  • Page 55 Although some studies have shown an association between increasing hours of keyboard use and the development of some musculoskeletal disorders, it is still unclear whether working at a computer causes such disorders. Some doctors believe that using the keyboard and mouse may aggravate existing musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Page 56: 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 57: Adjust Your Input Devices

    Use armrests or forearm supports to support your fore- arms. If adjustable, the armrests or forearm supports should initially be lowered while all the other adjust- ments discussed in this appendix are made. Once all these adjustments are completed, raise the armrests or adjust the forearm supports until they touch the forearms and allow the shoulder muscles to relax.
  • Page 58: Adjust Your Screen Or Monitor

    Press the keys gently; do not bang them. Keep your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers relaxed. ADJUST YOUR SCREEN OR MONITOR Correct placement and adjustment of the screen or external monitor can reduce eye, shoulder, and neck fatigue. Check the following when you position the screen or external monitor.
  • Page 59: Vary Your Workday

    Position whatever you are looking at most of the time (the screen or reference material) directly in front of you to minimize turning your head while you are typing. Get regular eye check-ups. VARY YOUR WORKDAY If you use your computer for prolonged periods, follow these instructions.
  • Page 60: Pre-Existing Conditions And Psychosocial Factors

    PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS AND PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS Pre-existing conditions that may cause or make some people more susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders include the following: hereditary factors, vascular disorders, obesity, nutritional deficiencies (e.g., Vitamin B deficiency), endo- crine disorders (e.g., diabetes), hormonal imbalances, con- nective tissue disorders (e.g., arthritis), prior trauma (to the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back, or legs), prior musculoskeletal disorders, aging, fluid retention due to...
  • Page 61 Specifications and Environment The following specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor P24C-75Mhz (Intel 486 DX4-75) Random Access Memory (RAM) Standard Main Memory — 4-MB high-speed interleaved access (DSTN model) 8-MB high-speed interleaved access (Active-matrix model) Expansion Optional Two slots for DIMM sockets. Expandable in 4-MB, 8-MB, 16-MB increments.
  • Page 62 Membrane Ultra Low Profile 83 keys with standard QWERTY-key layout (79 keys for International) Function keys 12 keys (5 keys for the Versa 2000) Cursor Control keys 8 keys; arrow keys arranged in inverted T layout Numeric keypad — embedded...
  • Page 63 Capacity 720 KB or 1.44 MB Access Time (average) — 94 ms Transfer Rate 250 to 500K bps Interleave 1:1 Controller NS PC87334VJG Hard Disk Drive Internal 2.5-inch, 350-MB, 540-MB, or 720-MB drive, removable Track-to-track seek rate Aversage seek ms (read ms (write) Revolutions per minute I/F data rate...
  • Page 64 4.5 in. (114.5 mm) Height 0.85 in. (21.8 mm) Weight NEC Versa 2000C TFT System 6.51 lb (2.95 kg) NEC Versa 2000D or /75 DSTN System — 6.31 lb (2.86 kg) Battery Pack 1.16 lb (527.6 kg) Recommended Environment Operation Temperature 41°F to 95 F (5 C to 35 C)
  • Page 65 BATTERY REPLACEMENT A lithium battery in your computer maintains system configuration information. In the event that the battery fails to maintain system configuration information, NEC recommends that you replace the battery. Have an authorized NEC service representative replace the battery. WARNING There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly re- placed.

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