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    NECCSD is pro- hibited. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation and Versa is a U.S. registered trademark of NEC Technologies, Inc.; all are used under license by NEC Computer Systems Division (NECCSD), Packard Bell NEC, Inc.

  • Page 2: Declaration Of Conformity

    NEC Computer Systems Division, A Division of Packard Bell NEC, Inc. DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY We, the Responsible Party NEC Computer Systems Division Packard Bell NEC, Inc. 1414 Massachusetts Avenue Boxborough, MA 01719 (508) 264-8000 declare that the product NEC V2600 Series is in conformity with part 15 of the FCC Rules.

  • Page 3: Using This Guide

    ® The NEC Versa 2600 Series User’s Guide gives you the information you need to maximize the use of your NEC Versa 2600 Series notebook computer. Read this guide to familiarize yourself with the system and its features. For specific information see: Chapter 1, “Getting Started,”...

  • Page 4: Text Setup

    Environment,” provides guidelines to help promote a healthy work setting. Appendix B, “Specifications and Environment,” to re- view NEC Versa 2600 Series system specifications and operating conditions. Appendix C, “Using DOS Programs,” explains how to use power management in DOS mode and how to set up DOS mode games in Windows 95.

  • Page 5: Related Documents

    See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa 2600 Series notebook computer: The NEC Versa 2600 Series Quick Setup sheet helps you get your system up and running. The NEC Versa 2600 Series Quick Reference card pro-...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Using this Guide Text Setup..............x Related Documents ........... xi 1 Getting Started Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 2600 ....1-2 Around the Front of the System......1-3 LCD Panel............1-3 Brightness or Contrast Control......1-4 Power Button and Status LEDs....... 1-4 Keyboard............

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    Windows 95 ............2-3 Windows for Workgroups ........2-3 DOS Introduction ............. 2-4 Guide to Online Help ..........2-5 Guide to the NEC Setup Utility ......... 2-6 Other Software ............2-6 CardWizard™ ............. 2-6 LapLink............... 2-7 How to Use LapLink........2-8 McAfee AntiVirus Software.........

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    Using Keys ............... 3-4 Checking/Setting System Parameters....3-4 Using Power Management.........3-13 Power Saving Modes ...........3-13 Power Management Settings ........3-14 Using Fn-F3 ............3-15 4 Using Your NEC Versa LCD................. 4-1 Keyboard..............4-2 Function Keys............4-3 NEC VersaGuide ............4-5 Making VersaGlide Adjustments ......4-6 Windows 95 VersaGlide Adjustments....

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    External Monitor ..........4-28 Printer ..............4-29 Parallel Devices ..........4-30 Serial Devices..........4-31 External Keyboard or Mouse .......4-33 Left Side..............4-35 NEC Port Replicator 2600 ........4-36 Attaching the Port Replicator 2600 ....4-36 Port Replicator Ports ........4-36 Detaching the Port Replicator......4-37 5 Using Multimedia Audio ............... 5-1 Recording ............

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    6 Traveling with Your NEC Versa Power Connections ........... 6-1 Checklists..............6-2 What to Take............6-2 Preparing Your NEC Versa for Travel ....6-3 7 Solving Problems Problem Solving ............7-1 Start-Up Problems ............ 7-3 POST Error Messages ......... 7-3 If You Need Assistance..........

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    viii Setting Up Your Computer...

  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Appendix A, Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment. After completing the steps in the quick setup sheet that comes with your computer, your NEC Versa 2600 Series system is ready to go! To get started: Read Appendix A, Setting Up a Healthy Work Envi- ronment, for guidelines that help you use your computer productively and safely.

  • Page 13: Getting To Know Your Nec Versa 2600

    GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEC VERSA 2600 The NEC Versa 2600 Series notebook computer offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for home, business, or travel. Standard features include a powerful ® Intel Pentium 133-MHz or 150-MMx microprocessor that...

  • Page 14: Around The Front Of The System

    Around the Front of the System The NEC Versa 2600 is compact with features on every side. First, look at the front of the system. The following sections describe front features, beginning with the liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. LCD Panel...

  • Page 15: Brightness Or Contrast Control

    NEC Versa systems offer the following features on the hinge just under the LCD panel: Power Button — The Power button turns NEC Versa 2600 power on and off. Press the button to turn power on; press it again to turn power off. When power is on, the Power LED lights.

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    Power LED turns to yellow, flashes yellow, or the system beeps. Failure to do so can result in data loss. Hard Disk Drive – Lights when the NEC Versa 2600 writes data to or retrieves data from the hard disk drive.

  • Page 17: Keyboard

    – Orange – the battery is recharging. – Light Off – the AC adapter is disconnected. Keyboard The NEC Versa 2600 Series system comes with an 86-key keyboard, featuring an embedded numeric keypad and in- verted T cursor keys. See Chapter 4, “Using Your NEC Versa,”...

  • Page 18: Microphone And Speakers

    Versa 2600. Drive Bays The NEC Versa 2600 comes with the following drives pre- installed as standard features: CD-ROM Reader — A 10X CD-ROM lets you load and start programs from compact discs, or insert and play your favorite audio CDs.

  • Page 19: Around The Back Of The System

    It is assigned drive letter C. AROUND THE BACK OF THE SYSTEM System ports for connecting your NEC Versa 2600 to op- tional devices (like a printer or external monitor) are located on the back of the system. For an understanding of each feature, see the descriptions that follow the figure.

  • Page 20: Around The Sides Of The System

    AC Power Port — This 4-pin AC power port lets you attach the NEC Versa 2600 to the AC power source us- ing 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 21: The Left Side

    The Left Side The left side of your NEC Versa 2600 provides the features shown in the following figure. (Features are described after the figure.) Line In Headphones Microphone Volume Control Dial Left side features Line In — Lets you use another audio system, like a home stereo, as an input source.

  • Page 22: Around The Bottom Of The System

    Kensington Lock. AROUND THE BOTTOM OF THE SYSTEM The bottom of the NEC Versa 2600 is the location of the system's memory module sockets, reset switch, battery pack release latch, and support legs, as described next.

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    Power button. Legs — Drop down the two support legs, and tilt your NEC Versa forward for more comfortable keyboard op- eration. Battery Release Latch — Lets you remove the battery pack installed in the battery bay.

  • Page 24: Nec Versa Power Sources

    Using the AC Adapter Use the AC adapter and power cable that came with your NEC Versa 2600 to run your computer on alternating cur- rent (AC) power, or to recharge the battery pack. Use the AC adapter whenever a wall outlet is nearby.

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    100 – 240 Volts AC. Verify that the cord and plug are appropriate for your AC source. CAUTION Use only the AC adapter that comes with your NEC Versa 2600 Series system. Although other AC adapters may look similar, using them can damage the system.

  • Page 26: Powering On

    LCD screen and push it in. To power off the system, push the power button a second time. Using the Main Battery Pack The NEC Versa 2600 Series system comes with either of two rechargeable batteries: a Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH) battery pack, or a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery pack (models 2650CDT and 2655CDT only).

  • Page 27: Installing The Battery Pack

    When remaining battery power falls to 10%, the system emits a single beep; when battery power falls to 5%, the system beeps once every 60 seconds. Installing the Battery Pack Install the battery pack in your system as follows. (For in- formation about replacing a battery pack, see “Replacing the Battery Pack,”...

  • Page 28: Battery Handling

    Place your system in Suspend Mode. Install a charged battery pack (see "Replacing the Bat- tery Pack"). Press the power switch to resume your system. WARNING To prevent accidental battery ignition or explosion, adhere to the following: Keep the battery away from extreme heat. Keep metal objects away from the battery termi- nals to prevent a short circuit.

  • Page 29: Replacing The Battery Pack

    Replacing the Battery Pack Replace the battery pack installed in your NEC Versa 2600 system as follows. Save your files, exit Windows, and turn off system power. Close the LCD and turn the system over.

  • Page 30: Battery Life

    Pack Turn the system over, open the LCD panel, and power on the system. Battery Life The NEC Versa 2600 battery life, on a single charge, is as follows. For NiMH batteries 2 4 hours, with power management enabled 2 hours, without power management...

  • Page 31: Extending Battery Life

    Your actual operation time on a single battery charge may vary significantly, depending on the intensity of system us- age. Extending Battery Life While on the road, it is important to be aware of the simple things you can do to extend the life of the system’s main battery.

  • Page 32: Battery Precautions

    Battery Precautions Always comply with the following battery precautions. WARNING There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incor- rectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufac- turer’s instructions.

  • Page 33: Battery Disposal

    Only an authorized NEC service technician can replace the CMOS battery. Bridge Battery The bridge battery provides power to the NEC Versa 2600 when main battery power is very low (and the system is about to shut down), and during the time a spent main bat- tery is removed and replaced.

  • Page 34: System Care

    Only an authorized NEC dealer can change a bridge battery. SYSTEM CARE The NEC Versa 2600 is a durable, dependable system built for extensive use and travel. Follow these guidelines to maintain the condition and performance of your computer. CAUTION...

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    Turn computer power off before attaching or removing non-plug and play devices. Do not push any foreign objects into the NEC Versa op- tion bays, connectors, and slots. Avoid using the computer or AC adapter for extended periods in direct sunlight.

  • Page 36: Storage Requirements

    CAUTIONS This equipment uses an ungrounded power cable. Replace the cord if it becomes damaged. U.S. and Canadian replacement cords must be UL-approved (CSA certified in Canada) type SPT-2, 18 AWG, 2- conductor cord with a permanently attached NEMA type 5-15P plug at one end, and a permanently at- tached connector body on the other.

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    CAUTION If the temperature of the NEC Versa 2600 suddenly rises or falls (for example, when you move the sys- tem from a warm place to a cold place), vapor con- denses inside the system. Turning on the system under this condition can damage the internal system components.

  • Page 38: Routine Cleaning

    Special screen wipes are available through your local computer dealer. System case — NEC recommends that you carefully wipe the case with a slightly damp, almost dry cloth. Getting Started 1-27...

  • Page 39: Introducing The Software

    Introducing the Software This chapter introduces you to the software that comes with the NEC Versa 2600 Series system, including: the Windows 95 operating system or the Windows for Workgroups operating system with MS-DOS Online Help Setup Utility Other Software CardWizard™...

  • Page 40: Windows Introduction

    Microsoft Internet Explorer Official Airline Guide (OAG ) WINDOWS INTRODUCTION Some NEC Versa 2600 Series models give you the option of loading either Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups to use on your system. (Other models come standard with Windows 95 already loaded.) When you select one operat- ing system, the other is automatically deleted.

  • Page 41: Windows 95

    NEC Versa 2600 InfoCenter — gives you easy access to online help and customer service information. Windows for Workgroups Windows for Workgroups offers the well-established Win- dows interface.

  • Page 42: Dos Introduction

    Games — Gives you a way to practice your VersaGlide skills or just relax. NEC Versa 2600 InfoCenter — Includes online topics specific to the NEC Versa 2600 Series, NEC Customer Support and the operating system (Windows 95 or Win- dows of Workgroups) installed in your NEC Versa 2600.

  • Page 43: Guide To Online Help

    NEC offers you, our customer. We provide information to help you become self-sufficient with your NEC Versa, but if you need help, we’re there for you. (If you purchased your system outside of the United States, please contact your local NEC dealer for customer support information.)

  • Page 44: Guide To The Nec Setup Utility

    NEC Versa run more efficiently. This program is known as the Setup utility. Setup utility automatically configures your NEC Versa 2600 each time you start it up. This utility is not accessible from Windows. Access Setup at power-on. Just press Fn-Esc when the following prompt appears.

  • Page 45: Laplink

    receive help to address resource conflicts and memory allocation problems. Once CardWizard identifies and resolves configuration issues, it automatically configures PC cards each time they are installed. CardWizard is not available in Windows 95 because the card management software is built into Windows 95. LapLink LapLink helps you stay in touch with your home office system or get in touch with other systems through the infra-...

  • Page 46: How To Use Laplink

    How to Use LapLink Follow these steps to get started using LapLink. Once you have LapLink up and running, refer to the LapLink online help for more information. Start LapLink as follows: In Windows for Workgroups, locate and double click the LapLink group icon.

  • Page 47: Mcafee Antivirus Software

    WebScan VirusScan are two scanning software tools included on the NEC Versa 2600 Series system. In Windows for Work- groups, a Vshield icon is shipped minimized as an icon on the desktop to easily determine whether virus protection software is running or not, as well as provide a virus alert chime message when a virus is resident.

  • Page 48: Videosaver

    Before you can use the WebScan software and connect to the Internet, you must first purchase and install a modem card into your NEC Versa 2600 computer. Make sure the PC card is connected to a working phone line. The line must be an analog line.

  • Page 49: Mediamatics Arcade™ Mpeg Player

    Press the Preview button to see the current video clip selected. To modify the video settings, press the Settings button. The settings screen shows the available video clips and gives you options to: Rearrange the order in which the clips appear. Mute the sound.

  • Page 50: Microsoft Money

    24 hours a day. You select the types of information you wish to receive, and schedule the times for your NEC Versa 2600 to get the latest news. ONLINE SERVICES Your NEC Versa comes with the most popular online services available today including America Online, AT&T...

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    NOTE It is strongly recommended that you install the modem card in your NEC Versa prior to running the online service setup program. As part of the setup program, it recognizes your modem information. If...

  • Page 52: America Online

    NEC and its products. Use America Online to E-mail technical questions to NEC’s Technical Support staff, post technical questions and mes- sages on the Message Board, and access the NEC Software Library to download files. 2-14 Introducing the Software...

  • Page 53: At&t Worldnet

    From the Go To menu, click Keyword. At the prompt, type either NECTECH or NEC, then press Enter or click on Go. From the NEC menu, double-click on one of the follow- ing topics, then follow the prompts: About NEC Terms and Conditions News...

  • Page 54: Compuserve And Wow! From Compuserve

    Log onto CompuServe. At the opening screen, click on Service, type in NEC TECH at the prompt, and click At the NEC menu, double-click on one of the following topics, then follow the prompts: NEC Bulletin Board Information About This Service...

  • Page 55: Microsoft Internet Explorer

    Windows operating system software. In Windows 95 systems, plug in your PC modem card, then start your NEC Versa 2600 system. Follow this Path with your cursor clicking on each item to advance to the next: Start\Programs\Internet Explorer and then click on Internet Explorer.

  • Page 56

    NOTE Before setting up Netscape Navigator, con- nect your modem. During the setup procedure, the system tries to detect the modem. If it is not con- nected, the process stops. If you connect the modem and the system fails to detect it, open the Windows Control Panel, select the modem icon, and specify your modem type and port.

  • Page 57: Official Airline Guide (oag)

    The Official Airline Guide is an online service that gives you access to flight details for all commercial airlines worldwide. NEC provides a sample of the monthly data that OAG provides. You can call OAG for a free copy of the most current information.

  • Page 58

    The first time you open OAG, an agreement screen ap- pears. Follow the on-screen instructions. In the Trip Plan screen, fill in the fields with the trip in- formation requested. Press Enter after making selections from the available drop-down lists. To retrieve seat availability and price information, press the appropriate button.

  • Page 59: Using Setup And Power Management

    This chapter describes these NEC Versa 2600 features. SETUP UTILITY The NEC Versa 2600 Setup program lets you view and set system parameters. Setup also includes security features that protect your system from unauthorized use.

  • Page 60: How To Use Setup

    NOTE The Fn key is located on the front-left of the NEC Versa 2600 keyboard. The Esc key is located on the rear-left of the NEC Versa 2600 keyboard. The Setup screen appears, displaying current system pa- rameter settings. When you press...

  • Page 61: Menu Bar

    Menu Bar SystemSoft SCU Nov 18, 1996 12:25:23 pm Startup Components Security Power Miscellaneous Exit System Information System CPU Type = Pentium Hard Drive : 1031 MB CPU Clock = 133 MHz Current Display : LCD LCD type : TFT (800x600) Battery Remain : 54% Password...

  • Page 62: Using Keys

    Item-Specific Help Area The bottom of the screen describes the highlighted sys- tem configuration parameter and the available settings for that parameter. USING KEYS The following table lists Setup keys and their functions. Setup Key Functions WHAT IT DOES Activates the menu bar, by highlighting Startup. Scrolls, left or right, along the menu bar, and highlights the current menu selection Enter or...

  • Page 63: Setup Parameters

    Reset the parameters on the displayed screen to their factory default settings, selecting Default Values on the Exit screen. Setup Parameters DEFAULT ALTERNATE PARAMETER SETTING SETTINGS Startup DAY, MO, YR, HR, Date and Time MIN, SEC Hard Disk C Boot Device Floppy Disk A/ Hard Disk C CRT, LCD and CRT...

  • Page 64

    DEFAULT ALTERNATE PARAMETER SETTING SETTINGS Audio DMAC DMA1 DMA0 Midi Port 330h 300h, 320h, DISABLED Speaker Enabled (checked) Disabled (unchecked) Security Password no password user defined U.S.A. U.K., French, Germany, Keyboard Type Japanese Typmatic Delay 500 ms 250 ms, 750 ms, 1000 ms Typmatic Rate 10 CPS 2, 6, 15, 20, 30 CPS...

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    DEFAULT ALTERNATE PARAMETER SETTING SETTINGS Lid Close Suspend Standby, Backlight off PCMCIA Power (Suspend) Enabled (checked) Disabled (unchecked) Miscellaneous Enabled (checked) Disabled (unchecked) Low battery beep Disabled One Time, Every Day Wake Up Alarm User input Hour Minute User input L2 Cache Enabled (checked) Disabled (unchecked)

  • Page 66

    Hard Disk, drive C first to the Diskette, drive A, and then to drive C. Boot Display Lets you specify the system display screen as the NEC Versa 2600 LCD screen (the default), an external CRT display, or both.

  • Page 67

    Security Your NEC Versa 2600 supports a password for system security. Using the Security screen, you can require that a password be entered at each startup or boot. You are not prompted to enter a password until you set an initial password.

  • Page 68

    (The check mark should be removed from the word “Password” on the Security drop-down menu.) These menu settings control the functionality of your NEC Versa 2600 keyboard, and include Keyboard Type Lets you select the desired keyboard format. U.S.A. is the default.

  • Page 69

    Battery Operation Maximum Battery life Sets power savings to a maximum and system perform- ance to a minimum, by running the CPU at half speed all of the time. Good Battery life Provides good power savings and moderate system per- formance, by reducing CPU clock speed to one-half of its maximum speed any time the CPU is not engaged for one-half a second.

  • Page 70

    10%, and every 60 seconds, when battery power falls to 5%. Wake Up Alarm Lets you specify Resume time for your NEC Versa 2600 anytime of day from Suspend mode one time only or everyday at the same time.

  • Page 71: Using Power Management

    USING POWER MANAGEMENT Power Management in the NEC Versa 2600 lets you con- serve energy, save battery power, extend the life of your LCD backlight, and protect against data loss due to low battery power. You can set some features to function automatically or acti- vate them manually with the keyboard or a button.

  • Page 72: Power Management Settings

    You can set your system to enter Standby or Suspend modes automatically after a specified number of minutes of system inactivity. System activity includes keyboard, VersaGlide, diskette or hard disk drive access, PC Card modem, network, or LAN card, serial, or printer port communications.

  • Page 73: Using Fn-f3

    NOTE In Windows 95 systems, power management settings under Windows override the settings estab- lished in Setup. Make the Windows 95 power saving settings match those in Setup for the best results. Using Fn-F3 Press the Fn-F3 key combination to shut off the LCD panel when you need to be away from your system for a short pe- riod of time and want to return to where you left off.

  • Page 74: Using Your Nec Versa

    Using Your NEC Versa The more you use your NEC Versa 2600 Series system, the more proficient you will become at everything — from using function keys to setting up presentations. This chapter gives concise information on these and other...

  • Page 75: Keyboard

    Fn-F1 decreases LCD brightness Fn-F2 increases LCD brightness Use the slide control on the right side of the LCD to adjust contrast. KEYBOARD The NEC Versa keyboard is equipped with many features. These include: Function keys Cursor control keys Typewriter keys Numeric keypad Control keys.

  • Page 76: Function Keys

    Function Keys A number of function keys ( through F12, Esc, Setup, are included in the NEC NumLk, PadLk, Scroll Lock) Versa keyboard. These keys work together with the to activate special functions. Keys that are pre-programmed with dual functions are identified by a blue icon or phrase depicting the function.

  • Page 77

    The keypad lets you type numbers, a decimal point and mathematical operands (+, –, *, /) as you would on a calculator. The keypad is ideal for entering long lists of numbers. To use the numeric keypad, first press Fn-F9/NumLk then either 4-4 Using Your NEC Versa...

  • Page 78: Nec Versaglide

    . How the key combination works depends on the applications you are running. NEC VERSAGLIDE The NEC VersaGlide is an easy way to control the cursor with your finger. Lightly glide your finger across the NEC VersaGlide and the cursor follows. You can select items in one of two ways: Tap your finger on the VersaGlide.

  • Page 79: Making Versaglide Adjustments

    Making VersaGlide Adjustments The NEC VersaGlide lets you customize how it functions with the cursor. You can control the size and color of the cursor, cursor speed, double-click speed, and selection but- ton orientation.

  • Page 80: Windows 95 Versaglide Adjustments

    Cancel you make. Windows for Workgroups VersaGlide Adjustments To access and adjust your VersaGlide and cursor, follow these steps. From the Program Manager, open the Main program group, and double-click the Control Panel icon. Using Your NEC Versa 4-7...

  • Page 81: Versaglide Tips

    Follow these basic ergonomic tips while working: Use a light touch on the VersaGlide surface. Set up the NEC Versa with your keyboard and VersaGlide at a comfortable height. Keep your forearms parallel to the floor. Your wrists should be relaxed and straight.

  • Page 82: 10x Cd-rom Reader

    CD into or remove a CD from the reader. Status LED — lights during data read operations. Do not eject the CD or turn off the NEC Versa when the indicator is lit. Using Your NEC Versa 4-9...

  • Page 83: Cd Loading

    Put your CD, printed side up, into the circular impres- sion in the tray. Push the CD tray in until it clicks shut. NOTE Some CDs vibrate when playing. This does not affect CD-ROM reader functioning. 4-10 Using Your NEC Versa...

  • Page 84: Using Audio Cds In Windows For Workgroups

    Playing Audio CDs Play audio CDs in Windows for Workgroups as follows: If you have not yet done so, insert a CD into the tray. From Windows, double click on the Accessories pro- gram group. Using Your NEC Versa 4-11...

  • Page 85: Using Audio Cds Under Windows 95

    CD-ROM reader. Exit the installation utility. Select to save your settings. Click on the game icon created when you ran the CD title’s installation utility. You are now ready to play! 4-12 Using Your NEC Versa...

  • Page 86: Cd Care

    Type I Cards Type I cards have a thickness of 3.3 millimeters (mm). Type I cards are often used for memory devices such as RAM and Flash cards. Using Your NEC Versa 4-13...

  • Page 87: Type Ii Cards

    LAN card), and small hard drive storage. Communication Cards You can use both fax/modem and network PC cards with your NEC Versa. Here are some suggestions to help you get the best system performance. Network Cards Fax/Modem Cards You can insert a fax/modem in either slot.

  • Page 88: Pc Card Modems

    PC Card Modems You can use a PC card modem with your NEC Versa to communicate with others via fax, e-mail, or connect to an online service or bulletin board.

  • Page 89: Interface Cards

    Slot 0, high-speed memory card Slot 1, high-speed memory card Interface Cards You can connect most standard Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) devices using the optional NEC PCMCIA SCSI card. This PC card is also known as the New Media Card. Other Cards Many other kinds of PC cards are available to notebook computer users.

  • Page 90: Pc Card Enablers

    Disabling Preloaded PCMCIA Drivers You can disable all of the PCMCIA drivers that come pre- loaded in your NEC notebook computer. However, doing so limits some of the flexibility of PCMCIA. You can still use PC cards that have Enabler software, but you can install and run only one at a time.

  • Page 91: Pc Card Slots

    By default MTSRAM.exe and MTDRAM are remarked out. PC Card Slots Your NEC Versa has two PC card slots for inserting PC cards. One or two Type I or Type II PC cards (formerly called PCMCIA cards), or one Type III PC card and one Type I or Type II PC card may be inserted.

  • Page 92: Inserting A Pc Card

    To insert a PC card, open the slot cover and follow these steps. NOTE NEC recommends that you keep the PC card slot cover open if you are using a PC card for a long period of time. Some PC cards can overheat and damage the system.

  • Page 93: Removing A Card

    PC cards draw power even when not in use. To save energy, press the button to disconnect the card when it is not in use. You can leave the card in the slot while it is disconnected for easy storage. 4-20 Using Your NEC Versa...

  • Page 94: Ir Port

    Pull the card out of the slot. IR Port The IR port on the back of your system lets your NEC Versa communicate with other devices that also use infrared technology. The IR port is Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compatible.

  • Page 95: Increasing System Storage And Memory

    Removing the Hard Drive Make sure your NEC Versa is powered off, all external op- tions are disconnected, and the LCD panel is closed. Then perform the following steps:...

  • Page 96: Inserting The New Hard Drive

    Continue pulling on the latch, until you have removed the hard drive from its bay. Hard Drive Remove hard drive (Step 3) Inserting the New Hard Drive Insert the new hard drive into the hard drive bay. Using Your NEC Versa 4-23...

  • Page 97: Installing Memory Modules

    After you install the drive, you may need to go into Setup to specify your new drive type. Installing Memory Modules Your NEC Versa comes standard with 16 megabytes (MB) of Extended Data Out (EDO) memory. This new technology gives your system higher performance. You can increase...

  • Page 98

    Locate and open the DIMM memory socket cover, as shown next. DIMM Memory Socket Cover Open DIMM memory socket cover Locate the DIMM sockets. Look at the DIMM card. Locate the notched corner on the DIMM. Using Your NEC Versa 4-25...

  • Page 99

    Press down on the DIMM until the locking tabs on the sides snap into place, securing the mod- ule. (Repeat these two steps for the second DIMM card.) Double Inline Memory Module Card (DIMM) Memory Sockets (2) Inserting DIMMs 4-26 Using Your NEC Versa...

  • Page 100: Reviewing The Memory Map

    PnP BIOS / PCI BIOS 000D0000h-000DFFFFh 64 KB Setup / PCMCIA Window (Extended Memory or Upper Memory Block) 000E0000h-000FFFFFh 128 KB System BIOS ROM -00FFFFFFh 16 MB Total Base Memory -FFFEFFFFh 80 MB Total Expansion Memory Using Your NEC Versa 4-27...

  • Page 101: Installing Options

    See the following sections for steps on using the options. External Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa. 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.

  • Page 102: Printer

    Follow any setup instructions in the monitor’s user’s guide. Turn on power to the monitor. Power on the NEC Versa. Printer You can attach a printer with either a parallel or a serial connector. A parallel printer connector has 25 pins; a serial connector has 9 pins.

  • Page 103: Parallel Devices

    When you connect a printer, be sure to install the appropriate printer driver through the Windows Control Panel. Connect a parallel device to your NEC Versa as follows. Check that both the NEC Versa and parallel device power are off.

  • Page 104: Serial Devices

    To install a serial device such as a printer or an external modem, you need a cable with a female 9-pin connector. If installing a serial mouse, see the information under “Serial Mouse Use” following the device connection instructions. Using Your NEC Versa 4-31...

  • Page 105

    When you connect a printer, be sure to install the appropriate printer driver through the Windows Control Panel. Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa. Check that both the NEC Versa and the device power are off.

  • Page 106: External Keyboard Or Mouse

    When you use an external mouse, the VersaGlide is dis- abled. NOTE The NEC Versa 2600 does not support an op- tional Y-adapter with two external devices. Only one device will operate when using a Y-adapter. Using Your NEC Versa 4-33...

  • Page 107

    Power off the NEC Versa. CAUTION Make sure the NEC Versa is powered off whenever you add or remove the keyboard or external mouse. Doing so while in Operating mode can damage the keyboard controller chip.

  • Page 108: Left Side

    Left Side The NEC Versa comes equipped with built-in audio ports that let you record and play sound. Connect audio jacks, like a microphone or external speak- ers, to the audio ports as follows. Locate the audio port that you want to use.

  • Page 109: Nec Port Replicator 2600

    NEC Port Replicator 2600 The NEC Port Replicator™ 2600 duplicates the ports found on the back of your NEC Versa 2600 Series system. Keep the NEC Port Replicator 2600 in your office con- nected to peripherals while you take your NEC Versa on the road.

  • Page 110: Detaching The Port Replicator

    AC Adapter Port — Connects to the AC Adapter for AC power operation and battery recharging. Detaching the Port Replicator Detach the Port Replicator by: Pushing the Release Latches outward and forward Separating the NEC Versa 2600 from the Port Replica- tor. Using Your NEC Versa 4-37...

  • Page 111: Using Multimedia

    With its fast Pentium™ processor and enhanced audio and video capabilities, you can perform fantastic multimedia feats with your NEC Versa 2600! This section describes the NEC Versa 2600’s multimedia features and how you can use them to create high-quality, powerful presentations.

  • Page 112

    The following procedures give an example of recording sound using the Sound Re- corder and saving it to a file on the NEC Versa. (For de- tails, see the online help that becomes available when you open the Sound Recorder.)

  • Page 113: Line-in

    (In Windows 95, the package is called AudioRack32.) Line-In Analog signals come in through the NEC Versa 2600’s Line-In port. The analog signals are converted into digital bits and bytes (digitized) through a converter known as an ADC (analog-to-digital converter).

  • Page 114: Microphone

    You can play .WAV and MIDI files as well as CD audio. Adjust the volume through the thumbwheel on the left side of the NEC Versa 2600 or the software. (A volume control feature can be found in Accessories\Multimedia\Volume Control.)

  • Page 115: Using Headphones

    The NEC Versa headphone port delivers sound at half a watt. Stereo headphones plug in through the headphone jack located on the left side of the NEC Versa. Use the audio software that comes on your system or the volume control wheel to adjust the volume.

  • Page 116: Using External Stereo Speakers

    MIDI files require only a fraction of the storage space of digital audio files. VIDEO The NEC Versa 2600 features a DSTN or TFT (depending on your system) backlit SVGA color display for sharp ef- fective visuals right on the system or projected onto an ex- ternal CRT monitor.

  • Page 117: Using Animation Files

    Open your file and press the button. (To play full Play screen MPEG video, you may need to press the Window maximize button to bring your video to full size.) Using Animation Files You can create a dynamic presentation using an animation application.

  • Page 118

    To view additional video clips, insert the VideoSaver CD into the CD-ROM drive. While the VideoSaver is running, it automatically accesses the CD and presents the new clips. (If you don’t insert the CD in the reader, a blank screen briefly appears when the VideoSaver tries to access the CD.) Modify how the screen saver runs as follows.

  • Page 119

    Click Start, Settings, and the Control Panel. Double click the Display icon from the Control Panel. The Display Properties screen appears. Click the Screen Saver tab from the choices along the top of the screen. Scroll through the screen saver choices. Highlight and click on Video Saver.

  • Page 120: Traveling With Your Nec Versa

    Take along any application or data files on diskette that you might need. POWER CONNECTIONS With the right accessories, you can run your NEC Versa 2600 Series system almost anywhere! Your system self- adjusts to various power sources. The United States, Can- ada, and most of Central and South America use 120-volt alternating current (AC).

  • Page 121: Checklists

    Madeira, and South Africa. CHECKLISTS The following checklists can help you prepare for your trip with your NEC Versa. 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.

  • Page 122: Preparing Your Nec Versa For Travel

    Put your system into Suspend or Standby mode so you can quickly boot up at the airport security check. Fully charge all your batteries. Tape your business card to your NEC Versa, AC adapter, and batteries. Traveling with Your NEC Versa 6-3...

  • Page 123: Solving Problems

    Solving Problems Once in a while you may encounter a problem with your NEC Versa 2600. 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...

  • Page 124

    Troubleshooting PROBLEM WHAT TO DO The system does not If you are operating the system with battery power, power on. check that the battery pack is correctly inserted. Attach the AC adapter to recharge the battery. If you have the AC adapter attached, check that the electrical outlet you are using works.

  • Page 125: Start-up Problems

    LCD or a CRT. The system warns you by beeping. POST Error Messages The NEC Versa 2600 has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the sys- tem power on. This diagnostic test is called the Power-On Self-Test (POST).

  • Page 126

    POST Error Messages MESSAGE WHAT TO DO Diskette drive failure The diskette drive does not work or is not properly connected. Check that the drive is securely connected and power is on. Run the SCU to check the diskette drive parameters.

  • Page 127: If You Need Assistance

    24 hours a day, seven days a week. NOTE If you purchased your computer outside of the U.S., please contact the local NEC office or their dealers for the support and service available in your country. Solving Problems 7-5...

  • Page 128: 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 NEC provides driver files and BIOS updates free of charge through our Bulletin Board System (BBS). Also, diskettes containing these updates can be mailed at a rate of $15/per disk for duplication, shipping and handling.

  • Page 129: Updating The System Bios

    The NEC Electronic Bulletin Board is a remote database system containing files that are dedicated to enhancing the functions of NEC products. It also gives general public ac- cess to drivers for NEC products for use with various soft- ware applications. CompuServe Password “GO NECTECH”...

  • Page 130

    NEC FastFacts Service at 1-800-366-0476 by requesting catalog number seven. If you purchased your computer outside of the U.S., please contact the local NEC office or the NEC dealers in your area for your specific warranty service. 7-8 Solving Problems...

  • Page 131: A Setting Up A Healthy Work Environment

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment WARNING Prolonged improper computer workstation 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 the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back,...

  • Page 132

    Some nerve, tendon, and muscle disorders (musculoskeletal disorders) may be associated with repetitive activities, improper work environments, and incorrect work habits. Examples of musculoskeletal disorders that may be associated with certain forms of repetitive activities include: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, and trigger finger, as well as other nerve, tendon, and muscle disorders.

  • Page 133: Arrange Your Equipment

    NOTE To increase your comfort and safety when using your notebook computer as your primary computer system at your home or office, note the following recommendations: use a separate, external keyboard attached to your notebook computer use a separate, external monitor attached to your notebook computer.

  • Page 134: Adjust Your Input Devices

    Your seat depth should allow your lower back to comfortably contact the backrest. Make sure that the backs of your lower legs do not press against the front of the chair. Extend your lower legs slightly so that the angle between your thighs and lower legs is 90°...

  • Page 135: Adjust Your Screen Or Monitor

    Adjust the keyboard height so that your elbows are near your body and your forearms are parallel to the floor, with your forearms resting on either armrests or forearm supports, in the manner described previously. If you do not have armrests or forearm supports, your upper arms should hang comfortably at your sides.

  • Page 136: Vary Your Workday

    Rest your eyes periodically by focusing on an object at least 50 cm away. Blink often. Position the screen or external monitor at a 90° angle to windows and other light sources to minimize glare and reflections. Adjust the monitor tilt so that ceiling lights do not reflect on your screen or external monitor.

  • Page 137: Pre-existing Conditions And Psychosocial Factors

    Use a timer or reminder software to remind you to take breaks. To enhance blood circulation, alter your sitting posture periodically and keep your hands and wrists warm. NOTE For more information on workstation setup, see the American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations.

  • Page 138

    This appendix was prepared in consultation with Dr. David Rempel of the University of California/San Francisco Ergonomics Program and Mr. M.F. Schneider of HUMANTECH, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. A-8 Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment...

  • Page 139: Specifications

    Specifications The following specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor NEC Versa 2630CD, NEC Versa 2635CD — P54CSLM/133MHz (Intel Pentium-133) NEC Versa 2650CD, NEC Versa 2655CD, NEC Versa 2650CDT, NEC Versa 2655CDT — P55CL/150MMx (Intel Pentium-150) Architecture 32-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)

  • Page 140

    Video RAM 1 MB in models with TFT LCD screens (NEC Versa 2650CDT and NEC Versa 2655CDT) 1.5 MB in models with DSTN LCD screens (NEC Versa 2630CD, NEC Versa 2635CD, NEC Versa 2650CD and NEC Versa 2655CD) Cache RAM...

  • Page 141

    Stereo Line-In — 1 port Microphone — 1 port DC In — 1 port, for AC adapter cable Main Battery Size Lithium-Ion Nickel Metal- (Li-Ion) Hydride (NiMH) NEC Versa 2600 2650CDT, 2630CD, models: 2655CDT 2635CD, 2650CD, 2655CD Output Voltage: 14.4V 9.6V...

  • Page 142

    Super VGA (SVGA) color display of one of the following types: Dualscan Super-Twisted Nematic (DSTN) in NEC Versa 2630CD, NEC Versa 2635CD, NEC Versa 2650CD and NEC Versa 2655CD models, or Thin Film Transistor (TFT), in NEC Versa 2650CDT and NEC Versa 2655CDT...

  • Page 143

    Depth 229.5 mm (9.04 in.) Height 52 mm (2.05 in.) Weight NEC Versa 2600 Series — from 3.1 to 3.3 kg (6.8 lb to 7.3 lb) depending on LCD screen and battery types Recommended Environment Operation Temperature 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)

  • Page 144

    Interrupt Controllers The following table shows default interrupt level assignments 0 through 15. IRQ Settings CHANNEL DEVICE IRQ00 System Timer IRQ01 Keyboard IRQ02 Second Interrupt Controller IRQ03 IR Port IRQ04 COM1 (internal serial port) IRQ05 Sound Chip, MIDI (default) IRQ06 Floppy Disk Drive Controller IRQ07 LPT1 Default (internal printer port)

  • Page 145

    DMA Settings CHANNEL DEVICE DMA00 Assigned Device DMA01 Sound Chip (default) DMA02 Floppy Disk Drive Controller DMA03 Not Used DMA04 Cascade from DMA Controller DMA05 Not Used DMA06 Not Used DMA07 Not Used Specifications B-7...

  • Page 146

    Using DOS Programs USING POWER MANAGEMENT IN DOS MODE If you run a program or application using a boot diskette, power management features normally initiated from the hard disk drive at boot up are bypassed. You can enable power management features in MS-DOS. To enable power management and change the diskette start-up files when running programs from diskette, follow the instructions given here for your operating system.

  • Page 147

    Scroll to the end of the file and proceed as follows: Look for the category line [COMMON]. If it is not listed, add it. If it is listed, go to the next bullet. Under Common, position the cursor after the last line and add the following line.

  • Page 148

    Under Common, position the cursor after the last line and add the following line: DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND\POWER.EXE Select File, then Save to save changes. Select File, then Exit to exit Notepad. The next time you use the diskette to boot the system and start up an application, power management features are enabled.

  • Page 149

    The game icon or a generic Windows icon appears on the screen with the name of the game. To specify that the game is to run in MS-DOS mode, proceed as follows: Right click the new game icon. Select “Properties” from the menu that appears. Click the Program Tab to put it on top.

  • Page 150

    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.

  • Page 151

    Glossary AC Adapter A device that connects an NEC Versa portable 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 152

    Binary digit. The smallest unit of computer data. bits per second (bps) A unit of transmission. Also called baud rate. board Printed circuit board. Board onto which computer components are soldered and thin wires are printed to connect the components. boot To start up a computer.

  • Page 153

    CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. A chip that contains nonvolatile memory in the Versa. CMOS is backed up by an internal battery that preserves clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS. cold boot Process of starting up the computer by turning on the power.

  • Page 154

    A magnetic drive that writes on and retrieves data from a diskette. DSTN Dualscan Super-Twisted Nematic. A type of technology used in some NEC Versa LCD screen displays. enhanced VGA A video interface that offers more colors or higher resolu- tion than VGA.

  • Page 155

    hard disk A rigid magnetic storage device that provides fast access to stored data. hardware The electrical and mechanical parts from which a computer is made. hertz (Hz) A unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second. hot key Combination of two or three keys that you press simultane- ously for a particular function.

  • Page 156

    Local Area Network. Liquid Crystal Display. An LCD consists of a thin sand- wich of two glass plates with sealed edges, containing nematic liquid-crystal material that forms the screen image. Versa displays are LCD type. load To copy a program into the computer's memory from a storage device.

  • Page 157

    mode A method of operation; for example, the Versa operates in either normal or power-saving modes. modem MOdulator-DEModulator. A device that links computers over a telephone line. MPEG The MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) standard is used to encode motion images. The MPEG player program in Windows for Workgroups and Windows 95 applications lets you play back MPEG files.

  • Page 158

    page A type of message transmission in which a message is sent or received via modem to a paging device from a computer (with paging communications software) or telephone. parallel interface Interface that communicates eight bits at a time. parallel printer A printer with a parallel interface.

  • Page 159

    port Provides the means for an interface between the microproc- essor and external devices. A cable connector is usually plugged into the port to attach the device to the computer. processor In a computer, a functional unit that interprets and executes instructions.

  • Page 160

    The main printed circuit board inside the system unit into which other boards and major chip components, such as the system microprocessor, are connected. Thin Film Transistor. A type of NEC Versa LCD color screen that supports 256 colors. 10 Glossary...

  • Page 161

    Video Graphics Array. Graphics technology that supports up to 256 colors and a graphics resolution of 640 by 480 pixels. volatile memory Storage media that loses its data when system power is turned off. Standard memory and memory that you add to the Versa are volatile memory.

  • Page 162

    CDs, 4-11, 4-12 AC Power port, 1-9 CD-ROM reader (10x) Active mode, 3-14 specifications, B-5 Ambient sound effects, 5-3 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 1-27 America Online, 2-14 CMOS battery, 1-22 Arrange your equipment, A-3 CompuServe, 2-14, 2-16 Audio Connecting the AC adapter, 1-14 .WAV files, 5-1...

  • Page 163

    5-7 using external speakers, 5-5 using headphones, 5-5 LapLink software, 4-21 video, 5-6 how to use, 2-8 LCD Panel NEC Versa 2600 system SVGA, 1-3 TFT, 1-3 specifications, B-1 LCD specifications, B-4 Numeric keys, 4-4 Line-In, 5-3...

  • Page 164

    PC card types Power-saving modes interface cards, 4-16 Local standby, 6-3 other types, 4-16 Suspend, 6-3 storage cards, 4-15 Preparing your NEC Versa for PC cards, 4-13 travel, 6-3 CardWizard, 2-6 Printer, 4-30 disabling preloaded drivers, 4-17 Problem checklist, 7-1...

  • Page 165

    System parameters, 3-5 System precautions, 1-23 System RAM, B-1 System software, 2-1 System weight, B-5 Traveling checklist, 6-2 Traveling with your system, 6-1 Typewriter keys, 4-4 Using the LCD panel, 4-1 Using the NEC VersaGlide, 4-5 Using Windows 95, 2-5 Index-4...

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