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Contents Using This Guide Text Setup.....................vii Related Documents................viii 1 Introducing the NEC Versa Dock Carton Contents ...................1-2 NEC Versa Dock Features..............1-3 Front and Top .................1-4 Left Side ..................1-7 Right Side..................1-8 Back....................1-10 The Right Environment ..............1-11 Operating Environment ..............1-12 Storage Environment..............1-12 NEC Versa Dock Care...............1-12...
4 Installing Options and Connecting Devices Installing Devices in the File Bays ............4-3 Removing Trays, Panels, and Covers..........4-3 Disconnecting the Cables from the Motherboard......4-6 Connecting IDE Device Cables............4-8 Installing an IDE Hard Drive ............4-10 Connecting VersaBay III Adapter Kit Cables ......4-10 File Bay Installation ..............4-11 Reconnecting the Cables to the Motherboard ......4-15 Replacing Covers, Panels, and Trays ...........4-17...
A Specifications Features ....................A-2 Input/Output Facilities................A-2 Expansion Capabilities ...............A-3 Indicator LEDs ...................A-3 Power Supply..................A-3 Power Cables ..................A-4 Dimensions ..................A-4 Environmental Requirements .............A-4 Index Table of Contents v...
Using This Guide The NEC Versa Dock User’s Guide gives you the information you need to maximize the use of your docking station. Read this guide to become familiar with the NEC Versa Dock and its features. For specific information, see the following chapters.
Text that you must type or keys that you must press are presented in bold type. For example, type dir and press Enter. Related Documents See the following documents for information related to the NEC Versa Dock and NEC Versa operation: The NEC Versa Dock Quick Setup sheet.
The NEC Versa Dock lets you maximize your NEC Versa LX and SX capabilities without minimizing portability. Connect an external monitor and keyboard to the ports on the back of the NEC Versa Dock, install your CD-ROM reader in the optional NEC Versa Dock VersaBay III,...
15 feet (4.5 m) long. Use connector type EN60320. NEC Versa Dock Keys. NEC Versa Dock Features NEC Versa Dock features are found on all sides of the unit. To become familiar with these features, read each of the following sections. Introducing the NEC Versa Dock 1-3...
These guides provide positioning for docking with the monitor stand in place. Two File Bays — Allows you to install IDE file devices in your NEC Versa Dock. The left file bay supports any 5.25-inch IDE device (like a tape drive, hard disk drive, or SuperDisk drive.) It also supports 3.5-...
Adapter Kit. With the VersaBay III Adapter kit installed, you can use any of your VersaBay III options in the file bay. Power Button — Allows you to power on and off the NEC Versa LX or SX notebook computer while docked on the NEC Versa Dock.
Normal position, and the NEC Versa Dock is ready for docking. – Steady Green – The NEC Versa is docked on the NEC Versa Dock and is either powered on or in Standby mode. – Fast Blinking Amber – A docking or undocking error has occurred or the docking tray is in the wrong position for the system.
– Steady Green – The battery installed in the optional VersaBay III Adapter Kit is being charged. You can charge the battery whether the NEC Versa Dock is powered on or off or is in Standby mode. You can also charge the battery in the optional VersaBay III Adapter Kit when no system is docked in the NEC Versa Dock.
MIDI/Game Port — Supports MIDI/Game devices, such as a joystick or MIDI keyboard. Right Side The keylock switch on the right side of the NEC Versa Dock is shown in the following figure. A description follows the figure. 1-8 Introducing the NEC Versa Dock...
Keylock switch — Provides three settings that let you control NEC Versa removal. An alarm sounds if someone tries to remove the NEC Versa while it is locked onto the NEC Versa Dock, even if the NEC Versa Dock is powered off or is disconnected from AC power.
Dock. External Monitor Port — Allows you to connect an external monitor to the NEC Versa Dock. (You may need to press Fn-F3 to get an image on the external monitor. See your NEC Versa User’s Guide for function key combinations.) PS/2-style Mouse Port —...
Precautions Follow these precautions when using and storing the NEC Versa Dock. Do not use or store the NEC Versa Dock in direct sunlight or near radiant heat sources. Heat from these sources can raise the internal temperature of the unit and damage its parts.
Keep the NEC Versa Dock away from machinery that generates strong electric or magnetic fields. Do not place heavy objects on the NEC Versa Dock. Make sure the CRT base is in position before placing an external monitor on it. The CRT base is designed to support an external monitor weighing no more than 55 pounds (25 kg).
Versa Dock is plugged into AC power. The NEC Versa Dock charges a battery installed in the optional NEC VersaBay III Adapter Kit as long as the NEC Versa Dock is plugged into AC power. Battery charging occurs whether or not your NEC Versa notebook computer is powered on.
Versa Dock and AC power before docking the computer. The power cable that came with the NEC Versa Dock provides power to both the NEC Versa Dock and the NEC Versa when docked. Note: If you need to replace the NEC Versa...
230. 1. Position the NEC Versa Dock on a flat surface close to an AC outlet. 2. Attach one end of the cable to the AC power port on the NEC Versa Dock.
Note: Make sure your system is in the appropriate mode for docking. 2. If you are running the NEC Versa on AC power, save any open files, close open applications and disconnect the AC adapter cable from the NEC Versa.
Versa port covers are closed. Opening the NEC Versa expansion port cover Stowing the expansion port cover 4. Verify that the power cord is plugged into the NEC Versa Dock. (See “Connecting the Power Cable” for details.) Docking and Undocking 2-5...
A - Docking status LED Docking the NEC Versa You can dock the NEC Versa in one of the following modes (for use with dual boot systems, see “Dual Booting”): Cold Docking — with NEC Versa system power off. This method works for all NEC Versa models that support docking.
1. Locate the height lever on the left side of the unit. Locating the height lever A - Height lever position II B - Height lever position I 2. Set the height lever on the side of the NEC Versa Dock to match your system as follows: CAUTION It is important that the height lever is set to the correct height for system docking.
If you have an NEC Versa SX, set the lever to II by sliding the lever to the rear. 3. Verify that the keylock switch is in the “Normal” position. Keylock switch in the Normal position 4. Close the LCD panel on the NEC Versa.
A - NEC Versa Dock locking teeth Locating the locking slots A - NEC Versa locking slots Once the notebook is properly seated on the docking teeth, the docking connector and the expansion port are properly aligned. Docking and Undocking 2-9...
Aligning the NEC Versa with the NEC Versa Dock A - Docking connector on the NEC Versa Dock B - Docking connector on the NEC Versa (not shown) C - Dock/Undock button 6. Verify that the Docking LED is a steady yellow.
9. If using the NEC Versa without an external monitor, open the LCD panel. 10. If the system was cold docked, press the Power button on the NEC Versa Dock to power on the NEC Versa. 11. Verify that the Docking Status LED is steady green, indicating the NEC Versa is properly docked on the NEC Versa Dock.
Locking the NEC Versa Turn the key on the side of the NEC Versa Dock to lock the NEC Versa onto the NEC Versa Dock. You can choose one of the three following locking states. Locked – This setting keeps the NEC Versa from being removed from the NEC Versa Dock.
Turning the keylock switch to Normal Manual – Allows you to remove the NEC Versa by hand. Use the unlocked position for emergency undocking only. Otherwise, use the Normal lock setting for normal use and the Locked setting to secure your system to the NEC Versa Dock.
NEC Versa Dock. Off – The NEC Versa is not docked. Steady Amber – The NEC Versa is docked but not locked on the NEC Versa Dock. The key is in either the Normal position with the NEC Versa turned off, or in the Manual position with the NEC Versa on or off.
Undocking the NEC Versa Undock your NEC Versa as follows. 1. Check the status of your NEC Versa power: If you are running a non-Plug and Play operating system such as Windows NT 4.0, save your files, close any open applications and exit Windows.
Keylock Switch in the Normal Position 4. Press the Dock/Undock button on the front of the NEC Versa Dock. As the docking tray slides forward, the NEC Versa mechanically ejects from the NEC Versa Dock. Docking/Undock Button A - Dock/Undock button To use Windows 95 software to undock the NEC Versa, locate and select the “Eject PC”...
Emergency Undocking To undock your NEC Versa Dock in the event of a power failure or other emergency, undock the unit as follows. 1. Turn the keylock switch to the Manual position. Keylock switch in the Manual position CAUTION Ensure that all cables connected to the sides of the NEC Versa are disconnected prior to undocking the system.
Releasing the NEC Versa from the NEC Versa Dock 2-18 Docking and Undocking...
Before docking the NEC Versa in the NEC Versa Dock, be sure to prepare your NEC Versa notebook computer for use in the NEC Versa Dock. This involves three procedures. Flashing the NEC Versa notebook computer’s BIOS, using the correct BIOS Update Diskette for your NEC Versa.
A message similar to the following appears: The NEC BIOS Update Utility should not be used to modify the BIOS in a Versa system which is docked. If your NEC Versa is docked, please exit the BIOS Update Utility, power down, and undock your NEC Versa before running the utility.
7. Remove the diskette and press any key to continue. The utility updates the BIOS. Power off your computer. The next time you power on your computer, you will have the latest NEC Versa LX or SX computer BIOS revision level. The following message appears also.
Installing Drivers The drivers for the NEC Versa Dock can be found on the NEC Versa Dock Software Setup CD. Refer to the readme.txt file on the CD for details on driver installation for the NEC Versa Dock. The Software Setup CD dialog box consists of the following components.
6. Click the Installation selection to activate the Install button. 7. Click the Install button to install your selection. 8. Click Exit to close the NEC Versa Dock Software Setup CD dialog box. Follow the on-screen instructions to install your selection.
4. Click OK to launch the Setup program. The Setup program installs the online version of this user’s guide. 5. To access the user’s guide, double click on the NEC Versa Dock User’s Guide icon that appears on the desktop.
Installing Options and Connecting Devices Installing Devices in the File Bays Installing PCI Cards Connecting External Devices...
NEC Versa Dock. Options can be installed in the following bays and slots: File Bays — two file bays on the front of the NEC Versa Dock give you external access to installed devices. In the left front file bay, you can install any optional 5.25-inch IDE device, and with a 3.5-inch Universal Installation Kit, you...
VersaBay III Adapter Kit. Removing Trays, Panels, and Covers Before installing a device in one of the NEC Versa Dock file bays, you must remove the docking tray, front panel, and cable cover. Do so as follows: 1.
Dock. Removing the docking tray 5. Remove the front panel from the NEC Versa Dock by removing the two screws at the bottom and freeing the four tabs from the top of the panel. Put the screws in a safe place for use when replacing the front panel.
Removing the front panel A - Front panel tabs (4) B - Front panel screws (2) 6. Slide the rear part of the docking tray towards the front of the NEC Versa Dock until it stops. 7. Remove the cable cover by locating and removing the two top screws.
8. Lift the cable cover up and off the NEC Versa Dock. Removing the cable cover You are now ready to disconnect the cables from the motherboard. (See the instructions in “Disconnecting the Cables from the Motherboard” for details.) Disconnecting the Cables from the Motherboard Disconnect the cables from the motherboard as follows.
Left-hand bay cables A - Power cable port B - IDE signal port C - Audio cable port D - Audio cable E - IDE signal cable F - Power cable Installing Options and Connecting Devices 4-7...
3. If you are installing a device in the right-hand file bay and you need an audio cable, remove the audio cable from behind the left-hand bay. The NEC Versa Dock comes with only one audio cable. You are now ready to attach the cables to the appropriate ports on the back of the device.
2. Locate the power cable and IDE signal cable port, and if necessary, the audio cable port on the back of the IDE device. Locating and connecting the cables to the IDE device A - Audio cable port B - IDE signal cable port C - Power cable port D - Power cable E - IDE signal cable F- Audio cable 3.
Installing an IDE Hard Drive When installing an IDE hard drive in the NEC Versa Dock, you should enter DOS to perform any drive operations such as formatting and partitioning. The system must be booted to DOS twice. When done, reboot the system twice to enter Windows 9x or Windows NT 4.0...
1. Before handling any internal components, discharge static electricity from yourself and your clothing by touching a nearby metal surface. 2. Remove the NEC Versa Dock docking tray, front panel, and cable cover. (See the instructions in “Removing Trays, Panels, and Covers”...
6. Verify that the keylock switch is in the Manual position. The device bracket will not slide out of the file bay unless the keylock is in the Manual position. 7. Slide the device bracket out of the NEC Versa Dock. 4-12 Installing Options and Connecting Devices...
Removing the bracket 8. Fit the IDE device into the bracket and determine which of the two front-to-back positions best suits the type of device you are installing. CAUTION Installing a 3.5-inch IDE device in the file bays without a 3.5-inch Universal Installation Kit can short circuit and burn out the device.
A - Device bracket screws (4) 10. Slide the device and bracket into the file bay. Sliding the device and bracket into the file bay 11. Secure the screw that attaches the bracket to the NEC Versa Dock. 4-14 Installing Options and Connecting Devices...
Securing the bracket and device screw A - File bay bracket screw 12. If you have another file bay device to install, do so before replacing the cable cover, front panel, and docking tray. You are now ready to reconnect the cables to the motherboard. (See the instructions in “Reconnecting the Cables to the Motherboard”...
Locating ports and reconnecting cables to the left side of the motherboard A - Power cable port B - IDE signal cable port C - Audio cable port D - Audio cable E - IDE signal cable F - Power cable 4-16 Installing Options and Connecting Devices...
Also connect the audio cable or VersaBay III cable, if necessary, to the motherboard. You are now ready to replace the NEC Versa Dock cable cover. (See the instructions in “Replacing Covers, Panels, and Trays” for details.) Replacing Covers, Panels, and Trays Replace the NEC Versa Dock cable cover, front panel, and docking tray as follows.
Lowering the cable cover onto the NEC Versa Dock 3. Replace the two screws on the top of the cable cover. Replacing the cable cover screws...
4. Slide the rear part of the docking tray towards the back of the NEC Versa Dock until it is seated properly. Note: Make sure the docking connector is aligned with the hole in the docking tray as you slide the docking tray into place.
A - Front panel tabs (4) B - Front panel screws (2) 7. Replace the front part of the docking tray. Lower the front part of the docking tray onto the NEC Versa Dock, secure the three screws, then finish with the three rubber feet.
Installing PC (PCMCIA) Cards If you plan to use a PC card while your NEC Versa is in the NEC Versa Dock, it is recommended that you dock the system before installing the card. The IDE controller inside the NEC Versa Dock uses IRQ11 and if the card is installed before docking it could cause a resource conflict with the system.
Locating and Removing the Back Cover Screws A - Back cover screws (2) 4. Locate and remove the slot cover screw. If you are installing a full- size card, remove the top PCI slot cover screw and the slot cover. Removing the slot cover screw A - Wake-On LAN connector B - Slot cover screws 5.
Inserting the card 6. Firmly push against the card until the connection is secure. If internal SCSI devices are being installed, the device cable(s) must be routed from the PCI card to the file bays. Feed one end of the cable through the left side of the back of the unit and gently pull it toward to the back of the SCSI device.
8. Attach device cables to the installed PCI card. 9. Replace the back cover of the NEC Versa Dock and secure it with the two screws. 10. Reconnect the power cable. Using PCI Cards When using PCI cards, it is important that you check that the device is not enabled in all configurations in the Device Manager.
Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa Dock. 1. Check that both the NEC Versa and the device power are off. 2. Align and connect the 9-pin connector to the serial port on the NEC Versa Dock.
External Keyboard and Mouse You can connect a full-size PS/2-style keyboard and/or PS/2-style mouse to your NEC Versa Dock. You can continue to use the system keyboard or VersaGlide while an external keyboard or mouse is connected. Follow these steps to connect an external keyboard or mouse to your system.
External Monitor The NEC Versa Dock is equipped with an industry standard 15-pin VGA monitor connector. The monitor connector supports a video graphics array of various resolutions. See the monitor’s user’s guide for details.
Carefully center the external monitor on the monitor base. Lowering the monitor base into place 3. Attach the 15-pin cable connector to the monitor port on the NEC Versa Dock. 4. Secure the cable connection with the screws provided on the cable.
2. Align and connect the 25-pin parallel cable connector to the parallel port on the NEC Versa Dock. Secure the cable with the screws provided. 3. Align and connect the other end of the cable to the parallel port on the device.
Any external USB hubs you wish to connect to the NEC Versa Dock must have an external power supply. 1. Locate the USB ports on the back of the NEC Versa Dock. 2. Plug in the USB connector. Connecting a USB device...
AC power, the line out port is recommended. If the audio device is unpowered, the headphone jack is recommended. 3. Plug the jack into the port on the side of the NEC Versa Dock. 4-32 Installing Options and Connecting Devices...
4. Power on the NEC Versa Dock and NEC Versa. Connecting External Speakers When the NEC Versa is docked, the system defaults to the NEC Versa speakers. If you want to use optional external speakers with your NEC Versa Dock, do so as follows.
5. Change the Output Audio To button from "Notebook Speakers" to "Docking Station Speakers." This resets the default speakers to the NEC Versa Dock optional external speakers. When you undock the system, your NEC Versa speakers will be functional. When you dock again, the external speakers will be functional.
Note: If you are using external speakers or an external microphone and experience sound distortion or feedback, lower the volume. Having the microphone and speakers too close to each other can also cause feedback. Moving the external audio options away from each other may help. Installing Options and Connecting Devices 4-35...
NEC Versa Dock by firmly pulling the front of the NEC Versa with equal pressure to the right front and the left front. Continue to pull until the NEC Versa is free from the NEC Versa Dock. In Chapter 2, see the instructions in the “Emergency Undocking”...
Reboot your system, go into the NEC Versa Setup utility, and reset the parameters. The battery in the NEC Versa Dock may need to be replaced. See “Replacing the Battery” in this chapter for instructions. The floppy disk drive in the optional VersaBay III Adapter Kit is not detected when the NEC Versa is powered on.
Replacing the Battery A Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery in the NEC Versa Dock maintains the system configuration for the last system docked. If the NEC Versa Dock fails to maintain the system configuration information, you may need to replace the battery.
NEC Versa Dock battery A - NEC Versa Dock battery B - Battery cable connector 6. Remove the battery by lifting it out of the NEC Versa Dock. 7. Gently pull the cable connector on the battery until it is disconnected from the NEC Versa Dock.
See the instructions in Chapter 4, “Installing Devices in the File Bays” for details. 11. Replace the cable cover, docking tray, and front panel of the NEC Versa Dock. See the instructions in Chapter 4, “Replacing Covers, Panels, and Trays” for details.
WARNING There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (See the Battery Disposal page at the end of this guide.) Keep the battery away from heat sources including direct sunlight, open fires, microwave ovens, and high-voltage containers.
If You Need Help If you have a problem with your NEC Versa Dock, first review the checklist and the problems listed previously. Note: If you purchased or are using the NEC Versa Dock or the NEC Versa outside of the United States or Canada, please contact a local NEC office or dealer for help available in your area.
Not only do these services provide information about your NEC system, they can also be used to answer your questions and help solve any problems you may have with your system, should that ever be necessary.
Reseller's area (password accessible). To access NECC's Home Page, enter the following Internet Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in your browser: http://www.nec-computers.com/ NECC FTP Site Use the Internet to access the NECC FTP (file transfer protocol) site to download various files (video drivers, printer drivers, BIOS updates, and Setup Disk files).
Please have available your system's name, model number, serial number, and as much information as possible about your system's problem before calling. For outside the U.S. or Canada, please contact your local NEC office or dealer for the support and service available in your country. E-mail/Fax Support Services The NECC Support Services offers technical support by e-mail over the Internet network if you have a modem.
When using the email or fax support service, you should include the following words in the subject field for prompt response from the appropriate technical person: Desktop Monitor Notebook. You should provide as much specific information about your questions as possible. Also, if you are sending a fax, please include your voice telephone number and your fax number with the question.
Two PCI card slots for one full-size card and one half-size card or two half-size cards. Optional 10/100 Versa Dock PCI Ethernet Card that provides a networking solution for the NEC Versa Dock. Two file bays that support the installation of a 5.25-inch or 3.5 inch (with a 3.5-inch Universal Installation Kit) IDE drive such as an...
Line-Out/Speaker jack — 3.5-mm jack; accepts stereo mini-line-out jack Expansion Capabilities Drive Bays — Two half-height 5.25-inch drive bays that support IDE devices; one of the bays also supports the installation of an optional VersaBay III Adapter Kit to convert the bay into a VersaBay III slot. Expansion Slots —...
Over-voltage protection: +5V – trip point <7.0V, recycle AC to reset +3.3V – trip point <+4.6V, recycle AC to reset +12V – trip point <+16.0V, recycle AC to reset Power Cables North America Rating: 120 V, 7 A Plug: NEMA 5-15P Cable: SVT or SJT 18/3 AWG;...
Temperature: 41(F to 95(F (5(C to 35(C) Humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) Storage Environment Temperature: –4(F to 140(F (–20(C to 60(C) Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing) Specifications A-5...
BATTERY REPLACEMENT A lithium battery in some computers maintains system configuration in- formation. In the event that the battery fails to maintain system configu- ration information, NECC recommends that you replace the battery. For battery replacement information, call your NECC dealer or the NECC Support Services.
This product is in conformity with the protection requirements of EC Council Directive 89/336/EEC on the approximation of laws of the Member States relating to electro-magnetic compatibility. This product satisfied the Class B limits of EN 55022. NEC Computers Inc. 15 Business Park Way...
15 Business Park Way Sacramento CA 95828 declare that the product NEC Versa Dock is in conformity with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this product is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.