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    The NEC product(s) discussed in this document are warranted in accordance with the terms of the Warranty Statement accompanying each product. However, actual performance of each such product is dependent upon factors such as system configuration, customer data, and operator control.

  • Page 2: Using This Guide

    6000 User’s Guide gives you the information you need to maximize the use of your NEC Versa 6000 notebook computer. Read this guide to familiarize yourself with the NEC Versa 6000 and its features. For specific information see Chapter 1, “Getting Started,” to acquaint yourself with system hardware.

  • Page 3: Related Documents

    For example, type and press Enter RELATED DOCUMENTS See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa 6000 notebook computer: Your NEC Versa 6000 Quick Setup sheet. Your NEC Versa 6000 Quick Reference card. Depending on the operating system installed, the Windows 95, or Micro- ®...

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Controls and Microphone ...............1-4 Status Icons ................1-5 Keyboard ..................1-6 NEC VersaGlide ................1-7 Diskette Drive, CD-ROM Reader and the NEC VersaBay II ...1-7 Around the System — Back..............1-8 Around the System — Left Side ............1-9 Around the System — Right Side ............1-10 Around the System —...

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    2 Introducing the Software Windows Introduction .................2-2 Windows 95 ...................2-2 Windows for Workgroups ..............2-3 DOS Introduction................2-3 Guide to Online Help................2-4 NEC Versa 6000 InfoCenter............2-4 Additional Online Topics..............2-5 Guide to NEC Utilities ................2-6 Setup .....................2-6 Battery Gauge Utility ..............2-6 PowerPanel ..................2-6 Other Software..................2-6...

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    PowerPanel Menu ................3-12 Preferences................3-12 Customize .................3-13 Profile Manager ................3-13 Minimize...................3-13 Help..................3-13 Setup Utility and PowerPanel ............3-14 4 Using Your NEC Versa 6000 LCD ....................4-1 Keyboard ....................4-2 NEC VersaGlide .................4-4 Making VersaGlide Adjustments..........4-5 VersaGlide Tips ................4-5 NEC VersaBay II ................4-6 Removing a Device from the VersaBay II ........4-7 Installing a Device in the VersaBay II ..........4-9...

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    MIDI Files ..................5-7 Video ....................5-7 Using Digital Video Files..............5-7 Using Animation Files ..............5-8 Multimedia Applications ..............5-8 VideoSaver ..................5-8 6 Traveling with Your NEC Versa 6000 Power Connections................6-1 Checklists ...................6-2 What to Take .................6-2 Preparing Your NEC Versa for Travel..........6-2 vi Contents...

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    Restoring System Files in Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups ..............7-11 If You Need Assistance ...............7-11 Getting Help..................7-11 NEC Warranty/Non-Warranty Repair Service ........7-12 A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You ..........A-1 Arrange Your Equipment..............A-2 Adjust Your Chair................A-2...

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    viii Contents...

  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Healthy Work Environment. After completing the steps in the quick setup sheet that comes with your computer, your NEC Versa 6000 is ready to go! To get started, look at the following: Read Appendix A, Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment, for guide- lines that help you use your computer productively and safely.

  • Page 11: Getting To Know Your Nec Versa 6000

    GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEC VERSA 6000 The NEC Versa 6000 Series notebook computer offers you a portable sys- tem filled with exciting resources for home, business or travel. Standard ® features include a powerful Intel Pentium 100 MHz or 133 MHz micro- processor that works together with the latest Peripheral Component Inter- connect (PCI) architecture.

  • Page 12: Around The System - Front

    (LCD). LCD features Your NEC Versa 6000 comes with a color LCD that you can adjust for a comfortable viewing position. Depending on your model, the LCD provides an 11.3-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT), Super Video Graphics Array (SVGA) display, a 12.1-inch SVGA display, or a 12.1-inch Extended...

  • Page 13: Controls And Microphone

    Controls and Microphone NEC Versa 6000 controls and built-in microphone are shown in the follow- ing figure. These features are described after the figure. Controls and microphone LCD Status Bar — A liquid crystal status panel that keeps you informed of your NEC Versa’s current operating status.

  • Page 14: Status Icons

    Suspend mode when you need to be away from your system for a short period of time and want to return to where you left off. Press the S/R button again to bring the NEC Versa 6000 out of Suspend mode. Specifically, Suspend mode shuts down all devices in the system while retaining data and system status.

  • Page 15: Keyboard

    Battery 2 appears when you have an optional battery installed in the VersaBay II. Keyboard The NEC Versa 6000 keyboard uses 83 keys (79 keys for international sys- tems), with the standard QWERTY-key layout. See Chapter 2, “Using the Keyboard” for complete details. You can also refer to the online information in the NEC Versa 6000 InfoCenter.

  • Page 16: Nec Versaglide

    VersaGlide to select menu items. Diskette Drive, CD-ROM Reader and the NEC VersaBay II™ A 1.44-MB diskette drive comes installed in the NEC VersaBay II on the front of your system. You can use this diskette drive, or remove it from the VersaBay II and replace it with the 6x CD-ROM reader that also ships with your system.

  • Page 17: Around The System - Back

    AROUND THE SYSTEM — BACK You’ll find system ports for connecting your NEC Versa 6000 to optional devices (like a printer, docking station, or external monitor) on the back of your NEC Versa. For an understanding of each feature, see the descriptions that follow the figure.

  • Page 18: Around The System - Left Side

    AROUND THE SYSTEM — LEFT SIDE The left side of your NEC Versa 6000 has two slots for inserting two Type I or Type II PC cards (formerly called PCMCIA cards). You can also insert one Type III PC card.

  • Page 19: Around The System - Right Side

    AROUND THE SYSTEM — RIGHT SIDE The internal modem, hard disk drive, Kensington lock socket, audio ports and AC power port are located on the right-side of the NEC Versa 6000. For an understanding of each feature, see the descriptions that follow the figure.

  • Page 20

    Plugging in an external microphone disables the built-in microphone. AC Power Port — Use the power jack to attach the NEC Versa to a DC power source, such as the AC adapter or the optional DC car adapter.

  • Page 21: Around The System - Bottom

    AROUND THE SYSTEM — BOTTOM The bottom of the NEC Versa 6000 contains the features shown. For an un- derstanding of each feature, see the descriptions that follow the figure. Bottom features Hard Disk Drive Bay — Contains the system’s standard hard disk drive.

  • Page 22: Power Sources For Your Nec Versa

    Read the following sections for specific steps on powering on the system. Using the AC Adapter Use the AC adapter and power cable that came with your NEC Versa to run your computer on alternating current (AC) power, or to recharge the battery pack.

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    NOTE The AC power cable type that your system uses depends on the country your using it in. Contact the local dealer to purchase the correct power cable. Connecting the AC adapter 1-14 Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 24: Powering On

    Locate the latch on the front of the LCD panel, press the latch up, and raise the panel. Locate the power button and slide it to the right to turn on system power. Powering on the system Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000 1-15...

  • Page 25: Using The Main Battery Pack

    It's easy to install and remove. Your NEC Versa 6000 system provides two tools to help you keep track of the main (or an optional) battery's power level. These include the status bar icons described earlier in this chapter, and the battery gauge in PowerPanel.

  • Page 26: Determining Battery Status

    To return the battery to its normal state, try the following: remove and then reinstall the battery reinstall the battery in your NEC Versa and fully recharge the battery (to 100%). if the you are using a battery that has been in storage for an extended pe- riod of time.

  • Page 27: Battery Handling

    Battery Handling Keep the following in mind when removing or replacing a battery. Use Li-Ion batteries only in the NEC Versa computer for which they are designed. Use only the Li-Ion battery designed for your system in the NEC Versa.

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    Close the LCD and turn the system over. Release the battery cover latch and slide the battery bay cover away from the system. Removing the cover Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000 1-19...

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    Place a finger in the notch on the battery and lift the battery out of the system. WARNING Always lift the battery out of the system by the notch. Failure to do so can damage the battery terminals. Removing the battery 1-20 Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000...

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    Locate the grooves on the end of the battery opposite the terminals. Align the grooves with the projections inside the battery bay. Lower the notched end of the battery into the battery compartment. Inserting the battery pack Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000 1-21...

  • Page 31: Battery Precautions

    Li-Ion batteries. Keep the battery away from heat sources including direct sunlight, open fires, microwave ovens, and high-voltage containers. Temperatures over 140º F (60ºC) may cause damage. 1-22 Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 32

    Recharging Battery Precautions Adhere to the following precautions when recharging the Li-Ion battery. Use only the NEC battery charger designed for your NEC Versa battery type. Different NEC Versa models require different batteries and battery chargers.

  • Page 33: Nec Versabay Ii Battery And Adapter Kit

    Maximizing Battery Life, Battery Charging and Disposal. Using the DC Car Adapter Another way to power your NEC Versa 6000 is via car battery power using the optional DC car adapter. Connect your system to the optional DC car adapter as follows.

  • Page 34: Internal Batteries

    INTERNAL BATTERIES As you have seen, an eight-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery provides the main power source in your NEC Versa 6000 computer. See Appendix B for a list of Li-Ion battery specifications. In addition to this battery, the CMOS battery and bridge battery also provide system power.

  • Page 35: Bridge Battery

    Only an authorized NEC dealer can change a bridge battery. SYSTEM CARE The NEC Versa 6000 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 36: Storage Requirements

    Maintain storage temperatures between –4°F and 104°F (–20°C and 40°C). CAUTION If the temperature of the NEC Versa suddenly rises or falls (for ex- ample, 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 damage the internal system components.

  • Page 37: 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. 1-28 Getting to Know Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 38: Introducing The Software

    Introducing the Software This chapter introduces you to the software that comes with the NEC Versa 6000, including: the Windows 95 operating system, or the Windows for Workgroups op- erating system with MS-DOS Online Help NEC Utilities Setup Battery Gauge Utility Backup Utility Phoenix PowerPanel™...

  • Page 39: Windows Introduction

    WINDOWS INTRODUCTION Your NEC Versa 6000 gives you the option of loading either Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups to use on your system. During the initial sys- tem start-up, selecting one operating system deletes the other. Both Micro- soft operating systems provide a means of running applications, navigating through your file structure, and using your notebook computer.

  • Page 40: 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. See the online Windows QuickStart in the NEC Information program group for detailed instructions on using Windows.

  • Page 41: Guide To Online Help

    Windows for Workgroups operating system.. GUIDE TO ONLINE HELP The NEC Versa 6000 has plenty of information for you online. The NEC In- formation group contains information about your NEC Versa 6000, war- ranty coverage, and customer services.

  • Page 42: Additional Online Topics

    The Windows QuickStart 3.11 Guide This online “book” provides lessons on using Microsoft Windows, which runs on the NEC Versa 6000. (This file is available only when you choose the Windows for Workgroups 3.11 operating system.) The MS-DOS 6.2.2 QuickStart Guide This online “book”...

  • Page 43: Guide To Nec Utilities

    Panel menu button, the rightmost button on the toolbar. OTHER SOFTWARE Your NEC Versa 6000 comes with other programs that let you take full ad- vantage of your system resources. The rest of this chapter discusses each program, including what it can do for you, how to get started, and how to use the program help.

  • Page 44: Cardwizard

    NEC provides a sample of the monthly data that OAG provides. (You can call for the software company for a free copy of the most current information.) OAG offers NEC Versa owners a special rate when they subscribe to OAG for monthly updates.

  • Page 45: Laplink

    The first time you open OAG, an agreement screen appears. Follow the on-screen instructions. In the Trip Plan screen, fill in the fields with the trip information re- quested. Press Enter after making selections from the available drop- down lists. To retrieve seat availability and price information, press the appropriate button and follow the on-screen instructions to register for a free trial of the OAG travel service.

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    In Windows for Workgroups, locate and double click the LapLink group icon. Select LapLink for Windows. In Windows 95, press Start, slide the cursor over to Programs, and locate the LapLink for Windows 95 folder. In the folder, highlight the LapLink line and press the VersaGlide selection button or tap the VersaGlide pad once.

  • Page 47: Mcafee Anti-virus

    To find out more about LapLink capabilities and uses, refer to the online help that is available when you open LapLink. McAfee Anti-Virus The McAfee AntiVirus software is set up to scan your system daily. You can change these settings through the VShield Configuration Manager. Ac- cess the configuration manager as follows.

  • Page 48: Faxworks With Voice And Data Communications

    Chapter 5, “Using Multimedia” for instructions on using this application. Online Services Your NEC Versa comes with all you need to get started on any one of the most popular online services available today. For a fee, online services give you access to the Internet, e-mail, the World Wide Web, travel information, news reports, and more, depending on the service selected.

  • Page 49: America Online

    America Online To find out about America Online features, highlight “America Online” in the America Online program group. Double click in Windows for Work- groups or simply release the mouse button in Windows 95. From the Help drop-down menu, select “Contents.” CompuServe To find out about CompuServe features, highlight “Compuserve Directory”...

  • Page 50: Using Setup

    Using Setup SETUP UTILITY Your NEC Versa 6000 comes with a hardware program called Setup that allows you to view and set system parameters. Setup also includes security features that protect your system from unauthorized use. Use Setup to set the current time and date...

  • Page 51: How To Use Setup

    How to Use Setup The following sections describe how to use Setup, including these topics: Looking at screens Using keys Checking and setting system parameters. Looking at Screens Setup screens have four areas as shown next. Item-Specific Help Menu Bar Peripherals Security Exit Main...

  • Page 52: Using Keys

    Item-Specific Help The right part of the screen. This area describes each parameter and its available settings. Key Status Bar The bottom part of the screen. These lines display the keys available to move the cursor, select a particular function, and so forth. Using Keys The following table lists Setup keys and their functions.

  • Page 53: Checking/setting System Parameters

    Checking/Setting System Parameters See the following table for a list of parameters, their factory default settings, and alternate settings. As you set each parameter, its available settings are explained in the Item-Specific Help area in the right part of the screen. Reset the parameters on the displayed screen to their factory default settings by pressing .

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    DEFAULT ALTERNATE PARAMETER SETTING SETTINGS Peripherals IR Location Front Front (Defaults to front when docked, rear when mobile.) COM3 IRQ9** Reconfigurable/Disabled IR Serial Port MIR/SIR IR Serial Mode Serial Port COM1** Reconfigurable/Disabled LPT1** Reconfigurable/LPT1/LPT2/Disabled Parallel Port Parallel Mode Unidirectional Unidirectional/Enhanced (EPP) Bi-directional Modem Port COM2**...

  • Page 55: Main

    DEFAULT ALTERNATE PARAMETER SETTING SETTINGS Power Savings Power Management under AC Power Savings Longest Battery Highest Performance Life Custom /Off Hard Disk Timeout 30 sec. 1/2/4/6/8/10/15 min/Off 15/30/45 sec Panel Backlight Standard Full Video Highlight Standard Full Video Timeout 2 min. 1/2/4/6/8/10/15 min/Off 15/30/45 sec Serial Timeout Standby Timeout...

  • Page 56: Drives

    Power Management Under AC Normally, whenever AC power is con- nected to the NEC Versa 6000, power management is disabled. If you enable this parameter, the system automatically activates the power man- agement profile you set.

  • Page 57: Security

    Power Savings screen of Setup. The Setup power settings are not in effect until the next power-on. Security Your NEC Versa 6000 supports a password for system security on several levels. Using the Security screen, you can require that a password be entered to use Setup at each startup or boot each time the system resumes from Suspend mode.

  • Page 58: Setting An Initial System Password

    Suspend mode. A Keyboard Lock feature lets you lock your keyboard when you are away from your NEC Versa 6000. This feature works only if you set a password in Setup.

  • Page 59: Removing A Password

    If you remove your password, you can no longer lock the key- board. POWERPANEL Your NEC Versa 6000 system gives you a tool that simplifies changing the system configuration settings discussed previously in this chapter, including power management. Use the VersaGlide to move the cursor over the desired icon, and select the icon with a touch of the left selection button.

  • Page 60: Reviewing Powerpanel Default Power Settings

    Work requires enabling the rear IR port Volume high During a presentation Video/LCD off Using an external monitor instead of the NEC Versa 6000 LCD Save to file You need to leave your system for a short period of time Suspend When trying to conserve battery power.

  • Page 61: Powerpanel Menu

    PowerPanel Menu Click on the PowerPanel menu button represented by the atom icon to: display a menu of selections you can use to customize PowerPanel access online help, with detailed instructions for PowerPanel use. The PowerPanel menu items are described next. These include Preferences, Customize, Profile Manager, Minimize and Online Help.

  • Page 62: Minimize

    You can use the Profile Manager to create your own profiles. Select “Create” from the Profile Manager screen, and then enter the requested in- formation. While you are working, the current profile is the one with the button that appears pressed down. For more information on creating profiles, see the online PowerPanel help.

  • Page 63: Using Your Nec Versa 6000

    Using Your NEC Versa 6000 The more you use your NEC Versa 6000 system, the more proficient you will become at everything from using function keys, to setting up a presen- tation to accessing the speakerphone. This chapter gives concise information on these and other important tasks,...

  • Page 64: Keyboard

    KEYBOARD The NEC Versa 6000 keyboard is equipped with many features. These in- clude: Function keys Cursor control keys Typewriter keys Numeric keypad Control keys. Feature keys are located as shown in the following figure. Key operations are described after the figure.

  • Page 65

    The following function key combinations are pre- programmed for the NEC Versa 6000. Highlight Highlight LCD/CRT LCD/CRT Backlight Backlight Speaker System Speaker Volume P/M Lev Power Management (P/M) ScrLock Scroll Lock On/Off Windows 95 keys — If you have Windows 95, you can use the following two key combinations to facilitate your work.

  • Page 66: Nec Versaglide

    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: Double tap your finger on the VersaGlide.

  • Page 67: Making Versaglide Adjustments

    Making VersaGlide Adjustments The NEC VersaGlide offers a number of options that let you customize how it functions with the cursor. To access these options, locate the Control Panel and double click on the VersaGlide icon. (In Windows 3.11, look in the Main program group;...

  • Page 68: Nec Versabay Ii

    The NEC VersaBay II is the drive bay located below the VersaGlide. Your NEC Versa 6000 ships with a standard 3.5 inch, 1.44-MB diskette drive in- stalled in the bay. However, if you choose, you can remove the diskette drive and install the 6x CD-ROM reader pack that also ships with your system.

  • Page 69: Removing A Device From The Versabay Ii

    VersaBay II, it becomes the master drive from which the system boots. Make sure the NEC Versa 6000 is powered off, all options are discon- nected, and the LCD panel is closed. Turn the system upside down with the front facing you.

  • Page 70

    NOTE If you release the front latch before completely removing the device, the device casing catches on the inside of the latch. Releasing the device 4-8 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 71: Installing A Device In The Versabay Ii

    To use a hard disk drive in the VersaBay II, the drive must be connected to the appropriate adapter. See the Options Catalog or your authorized NEC dealer for details about the Hard Disk Drive Adapter Kit. Align the CD-ROM reader in the VersaBay II and push it in until it locks into place.

  • Page 72: Customizing Your System With The Versabay Ii

    Customizing Your System with the VersaBay II It’s easy to customize your NEC Versa using the VersaBay II. If you find you require additional hard disk space or increased battery longevity, simply remove the standard device and plug in an optional hard disk drive or bat- tery.

  • Page 73: 6x Cd-rom Reader

    6X CD-ROM READER Your NEC Versa 6000 comes with a 6x-CD-ROM reader that features the latest in CD-ROM technology. The CD-ROM reader is assigned the next available drive letter. Use the CD-ROM reader to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD).

  • Page 74: Cd Loading

    Now you can manually open the drawer. Status LED — lights during data read operations. Do not eject the CD or turn off the NEC Versa 6000 when the indicator is lit. CD Loading To insert a CD into the CD-ROM reader, follow these steps Press the release button.

  • Page 75: Card Bus/pc Card Slots

    Chemicals and cleaners can damage the disc. Card Bus/PC Card Slots Your NEC Versa 6000 notebook integrates two card bus slots for inserting two Type I, or Type II PC cards. You can also insert one Type III PC card. NOTE This 32-bit CardBus structure is backward compatible, but also accepts new CardBus cards.

  • Page 76: Inserting A Pc Card

    Setup or the PowerPanel, no sound is emitted.) Other two-tone sequences such as high, then low tones indicate that the card is inserted, but the card type is unknown. Inserting a card 4-14 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 77: Removing A Card

    Press the button on the side of the PC Card in the slot. Pull the card firmly out of the slot. Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-15...

  • Page 78: Connecting The Built-in Modem

    NOTE The NEC Versa 6000 is not a cellular phone. If you want to take advanatge of your system’s cellular connector, you will need to use your own cellular phone.

  • Page 79: Downloading A File

    System not equipped with a built-in modem in Asia and Europe. Downloading a File To receive data from an outside source, such as the NEC Bulletin Board System (BBS), complete these steps. Double-click the FaxWorks icon in the program group.

  • Page 80: Sending A Facsimile

    Once connected, follow the on-screen instructions provided to download the file. Sending a Facsimile Send facsimiles via your NEC Versa 6000 modem with the FaxWorks soft- ware loaded on your system using the following steps. First, change your current printer driver to the FX-WORKS driver on COM-2 as follows: Open the document you want to fax in a .doc application, like MS-...

  • Page 81: Receiving A Facsimile

    In Call Center, select “New Faxes” to view the fax. Connecting a Cellular Phone Follow these instructions to connect your cellular phone to your NEC Versa 6000 cellular phone connector. This procedure requires an optional cellular phone cable.

  • Page 82: Making A Call

    As you select a number, it appears in the keypad box to the left. Select “Dial.” NOTE The built-in microphone located near the suspend button picks up your voice at a comfortable distance. You do not have to speak directly into it. 4-20 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 83

    Open the Call Center in FaxWorks. The top two boxes tells you how many messages you have. To listen to new messages select “Play New.” To listen to old messages select “Play Old.” Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-21...

  • Page 84: Ir Ports

    IR Ports The IR ports on the front (and back) of your system let your NEC Versa communicate with other devices that also use infrared technology. The IR ports are Fast-Infrared (F-IR), Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compati- ble. You can easily transfer files between your NEC Versa and an IR- equipped desktop, or print to an IR-equipped printer without using cables.

  • Page 85: Increasing System Storage And Memory

    VersaBay II. Replace the hard disk drive as follows. Check that the NEC Versa power is off. Turn the NEC Versa 6000 upside down with the front of the unit facing you. Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-23...

  • Page 86

    While maintaining pressure, slide the drive towards the front of the system. CAUTION Do not lift the drive out of the system before releasing it from the system connector. Doing so can damage the connectors. 4-24 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 87

    Once the drive is disconnected, lift the drive up and out of the system. Removing the hard disk drive Lower the new drive into the drive bay and align its connector with the hard disk drive connector in the system. Inserting the hard disk drive Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-25...

  • Page 88

    Slide the cover towards the center of the unit. Gently push the cover until it snaps into place. Replacing the drive bay cover Turn the system over, power on, and run Setup to check the new configu- ration. 4-26 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 89: Installing A Memory Module

    Installing a Memory Module Your NEC Versa 6000 comes standard with 16 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM). You can increase system memory to a maximum of 48 MB by installing one of the following memory modules in the system.

  • Page 90

    Lower the module into the drive bay. Align the module with the system connectors and corner tab. Inserting the memory module Press the module into the connectors. CAUTION Only press the module directly over the connectors. Pressing else- where can damage the module. 4-28 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 91

    Replacing the drive Replace the cover as follows: Align the tabs on the drive cover with the slots on the system chassis. Slide the cover to the right. Push the cover until it snaps into place. Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-29...

  • Page 92: Installing Options

    Turn the system over and power on. The system automatically configures the new memory. The Setup summary screen displays the total memory installed. INSTALLING OPTIONS The back of your NEC Versa 6000 notebook provides industry-standard connectors so that you can integrate the following. External monitor Printers (parallel and serial)

  • Page 93: External Monitor

    See the following sections for steps on using the options. External Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa 6000. 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 94

    Follow any setup instructions in the monitor’s user’s guide. Turn on power to the monitor. Press the Suspend button to resume Active mode or power on the NEC Versa 6000. Press the function key combination to toggle between the LCD, Fn + F3 CRT, or simultaneous display on both.

  • Page 95: Printer

    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 6000 as follows. Check that both the NEC Versa and parallel device power are off.

  • Page 96

    Turn on power to the system and the device. NOTE Check that the device is online before you try to use it. See the instructions that came with the device for more information. 4-34 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 97: Serial Devices

    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 6000. Check that both the NEC Versa and the device power are off.

  • Page 98: External Keyboard/mouse

    External Keyboard/Mouse You can add a full-size PS/2-style keyboard or PS/2-style mouse to your NEC Versa 6000. You can continue to use the system keyboard while an external keyboard is connected. If you want to attach both an external keyboard and a external mouse at the same time, use the optional NEC Y-adapter.

  • Page 99

    (Only the numeric keypad on the external keyboard works in this case.) NOTE For instructions on connecting an external keyboard or external mouse to a docking station, see the user's guide that came with your docking station. Using Your NEC Versa 6000 4-37...

  • Page 100: External Bar Code Scanner

    External Bar Code Scanner You can use an external bar code scanner using a PS/2-style connector with your NEC Versa 6000’s Plug and Play feature. You can still use the system keyboard while a scanner is connected. To connect a bar code scanner, follow the instructions under “External Keyboard.”...

  • Page 101: Nec Versa Portbar 6000

    NEC Versa PortBar 6000 The NEC Versa PortBar™ 6000 duplicates the ports found on the back of your NEC Versa 6000 system providing the following, Monitor Port...

  • Page 102: Setting Switches

    See the NEC Versa Docking Station 6000 User's Guide for instructions on connecting and using the docking station. NOTE Whenever you dock the NEC Versa 6000, the back IR port is automatically disabled and the front IR port is enabled. SETTING SWITCHES A four-position dip switch is located next to the hard disk drive connector in the hard disk drive bay.

  • Page 103: Updating The System Bios

    Updating the System BIOS Use the following steps to update your NEC Versa 6000 system BIOS with the BIOS Update diskette (BUD). Specifically, the BIOS is the code transmitted onto your system’s microprocessor, or central processing unit (CPU). NOTE You only need to update the BIOS if NEC makes significant improvements or fixes to the current system BIOS.

  • Page 104

    A message similar to the following appears: FLASH ROM EQUIPPED WARNING: The BIOS Update Procedure is about to begin, press ENTER to continue. To abort, remove the diskette and reset the unit. Press Enter to continue. 4-42 Using Your NEC Versa 6000...

  • Page 105

    BIOS. Power off your computer. The next time you power on your computer, you will have the latest NEC Versa 6000 computer BIOS revision level. When the update is complete, reset the dip switch to the “on” position, and enter Setup to restore the default parameter settings.

  • Page 106: Using Multimedia

    The NEC Versa 6000 provides entertainment-level sound quality through stereo speakers. It handles MIDI files, digital audio files, and analog audio sources. This means the NEC Versa 6000 recognizes .WAV, .MID, and .AVI files. The system is Sound Blaster 16™ compatible.

  • Page 107

    Wave Studio to record sound on your system. The following procedure gives an example of recording sound from a portable tape player into a file on the NEC Versa. To do this, you need a cable that has an audio jack on both ends.

  • Page 108: Line-in

    Line-In Analog signals come in through the NEC Versa 6000’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). The resulting digital sound bytes can be stored, edited, processed, and transferred. You can record ambient sound effects, specific sound effects, or music to en- hance a presentation.

  • Page 109: Microphone

    Microphone You can capture and record sounds through the internal microphone on the NEC Versa 6000 or through an external microphone that connects to the system through the microphone port. You can record voice-overs for narrations for narration, reminders, or special instructions.

  • Page 110: Mixing

    Mixing With the Audio Station software on your NEC Versa 6000, you can mix data from two separate wave files to create a new sound file. You can also mix the microphone volume to create soft background sounds to accompany a voiceover or another more prominent sound.

  • Page 111: Using Headphones

    Press the square Stop button to stop playing the audio. Using Headphones The NEC Versa 6000 headphone port delivers sound at half a watt. The ste- reo headphones plug in through the headphone jack located on the right side of the NEC Versa 6000. Adjust the volume with the audio software on the NEC Versa 6000.

  • Page 112: Midi Files

    With commercial video capture hardware and application software, you can plug any video device, including VCRs, televisions, camcorders, and laser disc players into your NEC Versa 6000 and record motion graphics to your hard drive. Use a video frame grabber and store a stream of grabbed stills on your hard disk.

  • Page 113: Using Animation Files

    Using Animation Files You can create a dynamic presentation using an animation application. Ani- mation can illustrate a concept, drive home an important point, or command attention. Graphics animation can add punch to a presentation with an ani- mated illustration, a flashing arrow, or a flying logo. MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS A growing number of multimedia applications are available for PC users.

  • Page 114

    Double click the Display icon in the Control Panel. Go to the Screen Saver tab and select Videos. 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 Rearrange the order in which the clips appear.

  • Page 115: Traveling With Your Nec Versa 6000

    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 6000 almost any- where! Your system self-adjusts to various power sources. The United States, Canada, and most of Central and South America use 120-volt alter- nating current (AC).

  • Page 116: Checklists

    CHECKLISTS The following checklists can help you prepare for your trip with your NEC Versa 6000. 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 117

    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 6000 6-3...

  • Page 118: Solving Problems

    Solving Problems Once in a while you may encounter a problem with your NEC Versa 6000. The Online 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 119: Start-up Problems

    A disk drive might be busy. Wait until the disk drive button does not work. stops and try again. The NEC Versa may be connected to a docking station. Some power management functions do not work when the NEC Versa is docked.

  • Page 120: Post Error Messages

    POST Error Messages The NEC Versa 6000 has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the system power on. This diagnostic test is called the Power-On Self-Test (POST). If the system finds a problem during the POST, the system displays an error message.

  • Page 121

    POST Error Messages MESSAGE WHAT TO DO Non-system disk or Remove the diskette from drive A and press any disk error; Replace key to start the system from the hard disk. and press any key Or, insert a bootable disk in drive A and press when ready any key.

  • Page 122: Using The Restore Cd

    USING THE RESTORE CD If you are running the Windows 95 operating system, you can use theWin- dows 95 Restore CD that comes with your NEC Versa 6000 to restore sys- tem software. If you selected the Windows for Workgroups operating system and want to...

  • Page 123: Restoring All Application Files In Dos

    NEC lets you restore individual files in the DOS-based or Windows 95 environment. The DOS-based version restores all application files to their original state (excluding operating system files). The Windows 95 version gives you the option of restoring specific files only.

  • Page 124: Restoring Individual Files In Windows 95 And Windows For Workgroups

    Restoring Individual Files in Windows 95 and Windows for Workgroups Restore individual files to your hard disk as follows: With system power on, insert the NEC Versa Series Product Recovery CD into the CD-ROM reader. On the Windows 95 desktop, double click “My Computer.”...

  • Page 125: Selecting Files

    Select files to restore — This is where you select the specific files you want to restore. Check list of files to be restored — This area lets you check the files you selected for restoration. The following sections explain how to use the Restore Individual Files screen.

  • Page 126: Restoring The Files

    Go the next step to complete the restoration. Cancel — click this option to cancel the restoration. This returns you to the NEC System Restore menu. To proceed with the restoration, click “Restore the files listed.” When the restoration is completed, a file restore message appears.

  • Page 127: System Recovery In Dos

    Windows 95 CD that ships with your system for the appropriate Windows for Workgroups Restore CD. Call the NEC Diskette Fulfillment Center at 1-800-842-6446 for information on receiving the Windows for Workgroups Restore CD.

  • Page 128: Restoring System Files In Windows 95 Or Windows For Workgroups

    Restoring System Files in Windows 95 or Windows for Workgroups Restore application and operating system files to your hard disk as follows: With system power on, insert the NEC Versa Series Product Recovery CD into the CD-ROM reader. On the Windows 95 desktop, double click “My Computer.”...

  • Page 129: If You Need Assistance

    If you have a problem with your computer, first review the checklist and troubleshooting table in the previous section. If you still have a problem, call the NEC Technical Support Center (TSC), toll free, at 1-800-632-4525. Direct technical assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Page 130: Getting Help

    GETTING HELP NEC is ready and willing to help you with our products. Here's how to reach NOTE If you purchased and are using this product outside the U.S., please contact the local NEC office or their dealers for the support and service available in your country.

  • Page 131: Nec Warranty/non-warranty Repair Service

    Worldwide Web Address: NEC is a member of TSANet (Technical Support Alliance Network). NEC WARRANTY/NON-WARRANTY REPAIR SERVICE Before you call for repair service, see the previous sections in this chapter to determine if you can solve the problem yourself, within your company, or through your NEC authorized dealer.

  • Page 132: A Setting Up A Healthy Work Environment

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment WARNING Prolonged or improper use of a 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. NOTE Contact a doctor if you experience pain, tenderness, swelling, burning, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, weakness, soreness, tingling...

  • Page 133: Arrange Your Equipment

    Some people are more susceptible to developing these disorders due to pre- existing conditions or psychosocial factors (see “Pre-existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors” later in the appendix). To reduce your risk of developing these disorders, follow the instructions in this appendix. If you experience discomfort while working at your computer or afterwards, even at night, contact a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Page 134: Adjust Your Input Devices

    Use the entire seat and backrest to support your body. Tilt the backrest slightly (90° to 105°). The angle formed by your thighs and back should be 90° or more. Your seat depth should allow your lower back to comfortably contact the backrest.

  • Page 135: Adjust Your Screen Or Monitor

    Type with your hands and wrists floating above the keyboard. Use a wrist pad only to rest your wrists between typing. Avoid resting your wrists on sharp edges. Type with your wrists straight. Instead of twisting your wrists sideways to press hard-to-reach keys, move your whole arm. Keep from bending your wrists, hands, or fingers sideways.

  • Page 136: Vary Your Workday

    Position whatever you are looking at most of the time (the screen or ref- erence 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. Vary your tasks throughout the day.

  • Page 137

    Contact a doctor if you experience pain, tenderness, swelling, burning, cramping, stiffness, throbbing, weakness, soreness, tingling and/or numb- ness in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back, and/or legs. This appendix was prepared in consultation with Dr. David Rempel of the Uni- versity of California/San Francisco Ergonomics Program and Mr.

  • Page 138: Specifications

    Specifications The following specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor NEC Versa 6000 — P54LM/100 (Intel Pentium-100) NEC Versa 6030 — P54CSLM/133 (Intel Pentium-133) Architecture 64-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Random Access Memory (RAM) Standard Main Memory — 16-MB high-speed interleaved access Optional Expansion 1 slot.

  • Page 139

    6-pin MiniDin; exclusionary use or both supported with optional Y- adapter Expansion 1 port, for optional NEC Docking Station 6000, optional PortBar 6000, or optional External Diskette Drive. Modem (except in Asia and Europe) — 2-pin tip/ring connector, 9-pin cellular phone connector Mono MIC IN —...

  • Page 140

    LCD Display 11.3-inch active matrix Thin Film Transistor (TFT) CCFT Super VGA (SVGA) single-backlit color Resolution 0 x 600 pixels Dot Pitch 0.29 mm Colors 18 bits 12.1-inch high resolution active matrix Thin Film Transistor (TFT) CCFT Super VGA (SVGA) single-backlit color Resolution 800 x 600 pixels Dot Pitch...

  • Page 141

    Transfer Rate 250 to 500 K/bps Interleave 1:1 Controller NS PC87338VJG Hard Disk Drive Internal 2.5-inch, removable IDE hard disk drive 1.08-GB Hard Disk Drive Specifications Unformatted — 1.08-GB Formatted — 1-GB Track-to-track seek rate — 4 ms Average seek time — 13 ms (read), 14 ms (write) Revolutions per minute —...

  • Page 142

    1.44-GB Hard Disk Drive Specifications Formatted — 1.44-GB Track-to-track seek rate — 4 ms Average seek time — 13 ms (read), 14 ms (write) Revolutions per minute — 4009 Data transfer rate — 16.6 MB/sec Media data rates — 61.8 bit/sec 6x-speed CD-ROM Reader External 5-inch CD-ROM Pack...

  • Page 143

    3.5 in. (89.5 mm) Depth .2 in. (134.5 mm) Height 0.81 in. (20.7mm) Weight NEC Versa 6000 TFT — 7.1 lb (3.22 kg) Battery Pack — 1.16 lb (527.6 kg) Recommended Environment Operation Temperature 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)

  • Page 144

    Glossary AC Adapter A device that connects a Versa portable computer and an AC wall outlet to provide AC power for running the system or recharging the battery. A/D Conversion The process of converting an analog signal into a digital signal. animation The art of making things appear to move in two-dimensional (2-D) or three- dimensional (3-D) space and making events happen over time.

  • Page 145

    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. See cold boot and warm boot. An electronic circuit within a computer used for transmitting data or electri- cal power from one device to another.

  • Page 146

    Cathode-Ray Tube. A type of display screen used in desktop monitors. It forms the screen image using tiny dots called pixels. See also LCD. cursor A movable image on the display screen that indicates where the next entered data appears. default A value, option, or setting that the computer automatically selects until you direct it otherwise.

  • Page 147

    enhanced VGA A video interface that offers more colors or higher resolution than VGA. extended RAM The area of RAM above the first megabyte of memory in the system avail- able for enhancing system performance. FM synthesis A technique for synthesizing sound that uses a combination of modulated sine waves to produce different waveforms.

  • Page 148

    interface A connection that enables two devices to communicate. interrupt A special control signal from an I/O device that diverts the attention of the microprocessor from the program to a special address. kilobyte (KB) 1024 bytes. Local Area Network. Liquid Crystal Display. An LCD consists of a thin sandwich of two glass plates with sealed edges, containing nematic liquid-crystal material that forms the screen image.

  • Page 149

    MIDI Musical Instrument Digital Interface. A standard serial bus, digital interface designed to connect electronic musical devices. MIDI has no innate sound of its own. mode A method of operation; for example, the Versa operates in either normal or power-saving modes. modem MOdulator-DEModulator.

  • Page 150

    parallel printer A printer with a parallel interface. parameter A characteristic of a device or system. password A string of characters that the user must enter before the system allows ac- cess or system privileges. PCMCIA A credit card sized peripheral interface standard for portable devices. Types of PCMCIA cards currently offered by major vendors include fax/modems, LAN, storage cards, and wireless communications devices.

  • Page 151

    Random Access Memory. A storage device into which data is entered and from which data is retrieved in a nonsequential manner. read To extract data from a storage device such as a diskette. Read-Only Memory. Memory in which stored data cannot be modified by the user except under special conditions.

  • Page 152

    system board 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 Versa LCD color screen that supports 256 colors and provides exceptional screen display. Video Graphics Array.

  • Page 153

    Inserting the CD-ROM reader, 4-7 Installing options CardWizard, 2-7 external monitor, 4-31 CD-ROM input, 5-3 mouse/keyboard, 4-36 CD-ROM reader parallel device, 4-33 loading a CD, 4-12 printer, 4-33 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 1-28 serial device, 4-35 CMOS battery, 1-25 Index-1...

  • Page 154

    4-2 Multimedia applications, 5-8 typewriter keys, 4-2 Keyboard lock feature, 3-9 Keyboard port, 1-8 NEC utilities, 2-6 NEC Versa 6000 InfoCenter, 2-4 LapLink software, 4-22 NEC Versa 6000 system how to use, 2-8 specifications, B-1 when to use, 2-8...

  • Page 155

    Speakers, 4-1 Local standby, 6-3 Start-up problems, 7-2 Suspend, 6-3 Status icons Precautions, 1-26 battery 1, 1-5 Preparing your NEC Versa for travel, 6-2 battery 2, 1-5 Printer, 4-33 battery status, 1-5 Problem checklist, 7-1 cap lock, 1-5 diskette drive, 1-5...

  • Page 156

    Updating the BIOS, 4-41 Using keyboard lock, 3-10 Using LCD panel controls, 4-1 Using the battery pack, 1-16 Using the modem, 4-18 Using the NEC VersaGlide, 4-4 Using the setup utility time/date, 3-7 Using the speakerphone, 4-16 Using Windows 95, 2-5...

  • Page 157: Battery Replacement

    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. WARNING: There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Page 158

    (For United States Use Only) FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENT WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

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