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  • Page 2 NEC and Versa are registered trademarks of NEC Corporation and/or one or more of its subsidiaries. UltraCare is a service mark of NEC Corporation and/or one or more of its subsidiaries. All are used under license. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. registered trademark.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Using This Guide........................ix Text Setup ..........................x Related Documents....................... xi 1 Introducing Your NEC Versa Before You Begin.......................1-2 About Your NEC Versa FX Notebook................1-3 Around the Front of the System..................1-4 LCD Panel........................1-4 Base Unit........................1-5 Power Button......................1-8 Keyboard Panel ......................1-8 Front Features......................1-11...
  • Page 4 System Care........................2-13 Precautions for System Use ..................2-13 Storage Requirements....................2-14 Routine Cleaning ...................... 2-14 3 Using the BIOS Setup Utility Introducing BIOS Setup ....................3-2 Entering BIOS Setup ......................3-2 Pausing the Screen...................... 3-2 BIOS Setup Main Menu ..................... 3-3 Looking at Screens .....................
  • Page 5 Connecting the External Floppy Diskette Drive............5-3 Disconnecting the External Floppy Diskette Drive .............5-4 External 24X CD-ROM Drive....................5-4 Using the CD-ROM Drive with your NEC Versa ............5-7 Using the CD-ROM Drive as a Stand-Alone CD Player..........5-9 Disconnecting the CD-ROM Drive ................5-9 CD Care........................5-10...
  • Page 6 Storage Cards......................6-3 Other Cards......................... 6-3 PC Card Slots ......................6-3 Inserting a PC Card..................... 6-4 Removing a PC Card ....................6-4 Mini-PCI LAN........................6-5 Connecting the Mini-PCI LAN .................. 6-5 Internal Modem ......................... 6-6 Connecting the Internal Modem ................. 6-6 Installing the Online Modem Guide ................
  • Page 7 10 Solving System Problems Problem Checklist ......................10-2 Start-Up Problems ......................10-3 Post Error Messages ....................10-4 Beep Codes........................10-6 If You Need Assistance ....................10-7 11 Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information ................11-2 NECC Web Site........................11-3 NECC FTP Site ........................11-3 NECC Support Services ....................11-3 Email/Fax to Support Services ..................11-4 NECC Customer Assistance Center .................11-5 A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment...
  • Page 8: Using This Guide

    The NEC Versa FX User's Guide gives you the information you need to maximize the use of your NEC Versa notebook computer. Read this guide to familiarize yourself with the NEC Versa and its features. For specific information see Chapter 1, “Introducing Your NEC Versa,” to acquaint yourself with system hardware.
  • Page 9: Text Setup

    Appendix C, “Frequently Asked Questions,” (FAQs) for a look at questions that users commonly ask and the answers to those questions. Text Setup To make this guide as easy to use as possible, text is set up as follows. Warnings, cautions, and notes have the following format: Warnings alert you to situations that could result in serious personal injury or loss of life.
  • Page 10: Related Documents

    See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa notebook computer: The NEC Versa FX Quick Setup sheet helps get your system up and running. The NEC Versa FX Quick Reference card provides an easy-to-carry reference to LED meanings, controls, function key combinations, and NECC help numbers.
  • Page 11: Introducing Your Nec Versa

    Introducing Your NEC Versa Before You Begin About Your NEC Versa FX Notebook Around the Front of the System Around the Back of the System Around the Left Side of the System Around the Right Side of the System Around the Bottom of the System...
  • Page 12 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 FX notebook computer is ready to go! To get started, do the following: Read Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,”...
  • Page 13 About Your NEC Versa FX Notebook The NEC Versa FX notebook computer offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for home, business or travel. Standard features include a Celeron 400-MHz or Pentium III 400-MHz or 500-MHz microprocessor that works together with the latest Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) architecture.
  • Page 14: Lcd Panel

    Around the Front of the System The NEC Versa is compact with features on every side. First, look at the front of the NEC Versa. The following sections describe front features, beginning with the liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. LCD Panel Your NEC Versa FX comes with a 12.1-inch color Thin Film Transistor (TFT)
  • Page 15: Base Unit

    Base Unit The base unit of your NEC Versa offers the following features which are described after the figure. After extended use, the surface of the base unit, below the keyboard, may become hot to the touch. LCD panel and base unit A –...
  • Page 16 Internet Shortcut Key — Launches your dial-up networking connection (if not connected to a LAN) and Microsoft Internet Explorer. For details about configuring your Internet Connection and modifying the shortcut keys, see Chapter 6, “Communicating with Your NEC Versa.” Email/Internet keys A – Email Shortcut Key B –...
  • Page 17 B – Caps Lock D – Num Lock — Hard Disk Drive — lights when the NEC Versa writes data to or retrieves data from the internal hard disk drive. — Caps Lock — lights when Caps Lock is in effect.
  • Page 18: Power Button

    — Hold the Power button in place for 4 or more seconds to power off the system (power override). Only use this option if you cannot power off your system using Start, Shut Down. Keyboard Panel The NEC Versa keyboard offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Keyboard A – Function Keys D –...
  • Page 19 Function keys are application-driven. See the specific application's user guide for information about how each function key works within the application you are using. The following function key combinations are preprogrammed for the NEC Versa FX computer. Fn-F3 — toggles between three video modes; LCD, CRT, or both (LCD and CRT).
  • Page 20 Typewriter keys — The typewriter keys (also called alphanumeric keys) are used to enter text and characters. Keys with blue printing on them behave differently when combined with control keys or the key. 1-10 Introducing Your NEC Versa...
  • Page 21: Front Features

    Front Features The front features of your NEC Versa are described after the figure. Features on the front of the system A – Power Status LED D – IR Port B – Battery Charging LED E – Headphone Jack/External Speakers C –...
  • Page 22: Around The Back Of The System

    See Chapter 9, “Using Multimedia,” for details about recording. IR Port — Use this infrared (IR) port to transfer files between your NEC Versa and an IR-equipped desktop or notebook computer or to print to an IR-capable printer.
  • Page 23: Around The Left Side Of The System

    C – LAN Cable Jack RJ-11 Jack — Connects the internal modem to an analog telephone line. AC Power Port — Attaches the NEC Versa to a DC power source, such as the AC adapter or the optional DC auto adapter.
  • Page 24: Around The Right Side Of The System

    Around the Right Side of the System The right side of the NEC Versa offers the features, which are described after the figure. Right side features A – USB Ports C – USB Port B – CD-ROM Port D – Kensington Lock USB Ports —...
  • Page 25: Around The Bottom Of The System

    Around the Bottom of the System The bottom of the NEC Versa offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Bottom features A – Memory Module Bay D – Main Battery B – Battery Release Latch E – Vents C –...
  • Page 26: Getting Started

    Getting Started NEC VersaGlide Power Sources for Your NEC Versa AC Adapter Main Battery Pack System Batteries System Care...
  • Page 27: Nec Versaglide

    Your NEC Versa FX notebook computer is equipped with the latest in touchpad technology! 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. The NEC VersaGlide provides standard mouse functionality, plus more.
  • Page 28: Making Versaglide Adjustments

    See Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,” for more information. Power Sources for Your NEC Versa The NEC Versa can be powered using three different sources, making it a truly portable system. Operate your NEC Versa just about anywhere using one of the following power...
  • Page 29: Ac Adapter

    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. Use the AC adapter whenever a wall outlet is nearby.
  • Page 30: Powering On Your System

    Do not cover or place objects on the AC adapter. Keeping the adapter clear of objects lets the adapter cool properly during use. Only use the AC adapter that comes with your NEC Versa FX. Although other adapters look similar, using them can damage your system.
  • Page 31: Main Battery Pack

    Read the precautions printed on the battery. Determining Battery Status Your NEC Versa system provides tools to help you keep track of the main (and an optional) battery's power level. If your system is configured (default setting) to display the power icon on the taskbar, an electrical plug appears when the system is connected to an AC power source or a battery icon appears when the system is not connected to an AC power source.
  • Page 32: Low Battery Status

    Power off the system, remove the battery pack and replace it with a fully charged battery. Leave the battery pack in the system and connect your NEC Versa to the AC adapter and a wall outlet. If you connect the system to AC power and keep the system within standard operating temperatures, the battery recharges in approximately 2–3 hours whether or not you use your system.
  • Page 33: Replacing The Battery

    Replace the battery pack installed in your NEC Versa system as follows. Note Use the batteries in the NEC Versa computer for which they are designed. Installing another manufacturer’s battery, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can deteriorate battery and equipment performance.
  • Page 34: Removing The Battery

    Continue to hold the battery release latch as you slide the battery out of the system. Removing the battery A – Battery Bay Connectors C – Standard Lithium-Ion Battery B – Battery Bay Release Latch Getting Started 2-9...
  • Page 35: Charging The Battery

    Charging the Battery Charge the main (primary) battery and secondary (optional) battery by simply connecting your NEC Versa FX system to an AC power source. To monitor the charging activity, observe the battery charging LED on the front of the system. The battery charging LED lights as follows: Lights amber when the primary battery is charging.
  • Page 36: Battery Precautions

    Battery Precautions To prevent accidental battery ignition, rupture, or explosion, adhere to the following precautions. There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 37: System Batteries

    Main Battery The standard Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery provides the main power source in your NEC Versa FX computer. See Appendix B for a list of battery specifications. In addition to this battery, the CMOS battery and bridge battery also provide system power.
  • Page 38: System Care

    System Care The NEC Versa is a durable, dependable system built for extensive use and travel. Follow these guidelines to maintain the condition and performance of your computer. Immediately turn off and unplug the NEC Versa under the following conditions: The power cord is damaged or frayed.
  • Page 39: Storage Requirements

    Store the computer and AC adapter in an environment that meets the following conditions: If the temperature of the NEC Versa suddenly rises or falls (for example, when you move the system from a cold place to a warm place), vapor condenses inside the system.
  • Page 40: Using The Bios Setup Utility

    Using the BIOS Setup Utility Introducing BIOS Setup Entering BIOS Setup Checking/Setting System Parameters Managing System Power Updating the BIOS...
  • Page 41: Introducing Bios Setup

    Introducing BIOS Setup Your NEC Versa FX computer comes with a hardware program called BIOS Setup that allows you to view and set system parameters. BIOS Setup also allows you to set password features that protect your system from unauthorized use.
  • Page 42: Bios Setup Main Menu

    BIOS Setup Main Menu After you press , the system displays the BIOS Setup Main Menu screen, similar to the following. BIOS Setup Main Menu Use the up and down arrow keys (located on the lower right corner of the keyboard) to toggle through the BIOS Setup menu items.
  • Page 43: Looking At Screens

    Looking at Screens BIOS setup screens have three areas as shown next. Advanced CMOS Setup Parameters — The left side of the screen. This area lists parameters and their current settings. Available Options and Help — The right side of the screen. This area lists alternate settings and Help text for each parameter.
  • Page 44: Using Keys

    Using Keys The following table lists the BIOS Setup keys and their functions. BIOS Setup Key Functions Function Moves the cursor between the displayed parameters. Fn-PgUp/ Toggles through the current parameter settings. Fn-PgDn For some parameter settings, moves the cursor between the subfields.
  • Page 45: Resetting System Parameters

    Boot Sector Virus Disabled Enabled Protection Date — Sets your NEC Versa's calendar month, day and year. The calendar clock is year 2000-compliant. These settings remain in memory even after you turn off system power. To set the date use the or arrow keys to move from field to field.
  • Page 46: Advanced Cmos Setup

    External Drive — Assigns devices to the external drive in your system. Boot Sector Virus Protection — Write protects the boot sector of the hard disk drive to avoid infection by some virus types. Advanced CMOS Setup Use the Advanced CMOS Setup to set the following functions. Advanced CMOS Setup Parameter Default Setting...
  • Page 47: Establishing Passwords

    Hard disk drive (HDD) password protection restricts access to the drive, if the drive is removed from your NEC Versa and installed in another system. You are not required to enter your hard disk drive passwords while the drive remains in your current system.
  • Page 48: Establishing Hard Disk Drive Passwords

    Establishing Hard Disk Drive Passwords To establish password protection for your system’s hard disk drive you must establish a master password, establish a user password, and enable the established passwords for the internal HDD. Follow these steps to establish HDD passwords and to enable HDD password protection.
  • Page 49: Moving The Hard Disk Drive

    HDD passwords. Power Management Setup Your Versa FX system ships with the Windows 98 operating system that uses the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) to control most power management functions through the Power Management Properties screen in Windows.
  • Page 50 System Switch — Sets the Power button as a power switch or a sleep button. Power Management Under AC — Specifies whether to enable power management features when AC power is in use. When AC power is connected to your NEC Versa system, power management is usually disabled. If you enable this parameter, the system automatically activates the power management profile you set, even when AC power is used.
  • Page 51 — Off — disables power management and all device timeouts. Works well in an office environment while powering your NEC Versa with AC power. — Custom — lets you define power management levels and specific device timeouts according to your own needs and present environment. Custom lets you set the following timeouts.
  • Page 52: Boot Device Setup

    Bootable device when set to IDE hard drive. Only one IDE device is allowed to be bootable. Quick Boot — Specifies whether the system performs all tests during system boot. Silent Boot — Specifies whether to display the NEC logo during the system boot. Boot Display Device — Specifies the display device(s) for system boot messages.
  • Page 53: Peripheral Setup

    In the Windows 98 environment, most device management is controlled through the Windows device manager. Use the Windows device manager to enable and disable devices on your NEC Versa FX system. The Peripheral Setup menu displays the connection locations between the system and the Input/Output (I/O) ports and lets you specify different port assignments as needed.
  • Page 54: Other Bios Setup Options

    Once refreshed, your battery is conditioned to recharge to its full capacity. To recharge the battery, connect your NEC Versa to AC power. This process may take up to four hours to complete.
  • Page 55: Power Schemes

    Power Schemes Use the Power Schemes options to define the appropriate Power scheme for your system, and to set timeouts for standby, LCD panel, and hard disk. Define parameters for your system when running under AC (plugged in) or DC (running on batteries) power.
  • Page 56: Alarms

    Alarms Use the Alarms screen to define the point at which the battery alarm activates. Define the alarm to either sound, display a warning message, or invoke Standby, Hibernate or Shutdown. Alarms Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Low battery alarm 0 - 100% Alarm Action Notification Display message...
  • Page 57: Hibernate

    Advanced Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Always show icon on checked unchecked taskbar Prompt for password unchecked checked when computer goes off standby Hibernate, Shutdown, When I close the lid on my None Standby computer Standby, Hibernate When I press the Power Shutdown button on my computer When None is selected, LCD panel turns off when closed.
  • Page 58: Windows 98 Power Management States

    Windows 98 Power Management States ACPI uses different levels or states of power management. These power management states occur automatically, based on the system’s default settings, or manually, when invoked. Settings are configurable to occur while on battery power or AC power. The Windows 98 ACPI power management states include: LCD timeout —...
  • Page 59: Updating The Bios

    Obtaining the BIOS Update If you are informed that the default BIOS needs an update contact NECC Support Services at (800) 632-4525, Fax (801) 981-3133, or access the web site, to obtain a copy of the BIOS update.
  • Page 60: Identifying The Switch Settings

    The following list identifies each switch setting and its function. Switch 1, Password Override Switch — The default setting is “OFF.” If you forget your password and cannot access the data on your NEC Versa, change the setting to “ON” and your current password is erased.
  • Page 61: Enabling The Bios Flash Switch

    Default switch settings Dip switches 2, 3, and 4 set to “On.” Enabling the BIOS Flash Switch Before performing the BIOS update, be sure to enable the BIOS flash switch. Set switch 5 to “ON” before performing the BIOS update. Follow these steps to enable the BIOS flash switch.
  • Page 62 Turn over the system and locate the memory module bay. Locating the memory module bay A – Memory Module Bay Cover B – Screw Remove the screw and bay cover. Removing the screw and bay cover Using the BIOS Setup Utility 3-23...
  • Page 63 Locate the dip switch block. Using a fine-tipped object, change switch 5 to “ON” to enable the BIOS flash. Never use a pencil to change switch settings. Residue from the pencil can damage the system. BIOS flash switch enabled Dip switches 2, 3, 4, and 5 set to “On.” Note The system memory expansion slot is also located here.
  • Page 64: Performing The Bios Update

    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 FX computer BIOS revision level. Power on your computer. A CMOS Checksum message appears and prompts you to press to enter Setup.
  • Page 65: Using The Operating System And Utilities

    Using the Operating System and Utilities Windows Introduction NEC Utilities Application and Driver CD NEC Info Center Partition Magic Product Recovery CD...
  • Page 66: Windows Introduction

    Windows Introduction Your NEC Versa comes pre-installed with the Windows 98 operating system. The ® Microsoft operating system provide a means of running applications, navigating through your file structure, and using your notebook computer. Each operating system offers its own look and tools and employs its own easy-to-use graphical interface.
  • Page 67: Taskbar Icons

    Online Services — Includes setup icons for a variety of online services. Your NEC Versa comes with all the software you need to get started on the most popular services available today. For a fee, online services give you access to the Internet, email, the world wide web, travel information, news reports, and more.
  • Page 68: Nec Utilities

    NEC Customize Utility HDPREPEZ Utility NEC Customize Utility In Windows 98 systems the NEC Customize Utility gives you the option to install or launch the: Application and Driver CD — Use this option to install a variety of software applications, drivers, utilities, internet browsers, and the NEC Info Center.
  • Page 69: Using The Nec Customize Utility

    Follow the on-screen instructions to process the selected option. For some of the selected options you are prompted to reboot your system. If necessary, click Exit to close the NEC Customize dialog box. HDPREPEZ Utility The HDPREPEZ utility automatically configures your NEC Versa’s system’s save-to- file (STF) area on the hard disk drive.
  • Page 70: Application And Driver Cd

    NEC Info Center are provided on the Application and Driver (A&D) CD that ships with your NEC Versa FX system. Some of the drivers are already installed as part of your operating system environment. The additional software on the Application and Driver CD lets you take full advantage of your system resources.
  • Page 71: Installing The A&D Cd Software

    To install the NEC Info Center simply follow the instructions, presented earlier in this chapter, for launching the A&D CD and installing the software. For the most current version of the NEC Versa FX User’s Guide, periodically check our web site at
  • Page 72: Partition Magic

    Visually create, format, shrink, expand, and move hard disk partitions in minutes. Your NEC Versa ships with an internal hard disk drive consisting of a single FAT 32 partition, drive C:. Use Partition Magic if you want to create multiple partitions and convert your hard disk drive to FAT 16 partitions.
  • Page 73: Guidelines For Using The Product Recovery Cd

    The Product Recovery CD and Utility provides you with a number of choices. Move the cursor over each selection on the NEC Product Recovery Utility screen to display a description of the selection in the window at the right side of the screen.
  • Page 74: Full Disk Drive Restore

    Check the Product Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. Power off your system before connecting the external CD-ROM drive to your NEC Versa. Put the CD into the CD-ROM drive tray, close the drive door, and power on your system.
  • Page 75 Choose your restore option carefully to prevent losing data and applications installed on your system. Read the Warning screen. A warning displays indicating that your hard disk is about to be erased. Select Continue to proceed to perform a Full Disk Drive restore. If you select Back, the recovery utility returns to the prior screen which has an exit option.
  • Page 76: Partition Only Restore

    Check the Product Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. Power off your system before connecting the external CD-ROM drive to your NEC Versa. Put the CD into the CD-ROM drive tray, close the drive door, and reboot your computer.
  • Page 77: System Diagnostics

    Check the Product Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. Power off your system before connecting the external CD-ROM drive to your NEC Versa. Put the CD into the CD-ROM drive tray, close the drive door, and reboot your computer.
  • Page 78 You have the option of accepting or declining the agreement. If you decline the agreement, the recovery utility exits. In the NEC Product Recovery Utility screen, use the VersaGlide touchpad to choose System Diagnostics to launch the Laptop Assurance Test (LAT).
  • Page 79: Using The System Drives And Bays

    Using the System Drives and Bays External Floppy Diskette Drive External 24X CD-ROM Drive External Drive Connect Utility Hard Disk Drive Memory Modules...
  • Page 80: External Floppy Diskette Drive

    The NEC Versa FX ships with a standard 3.5-inch, 1.44-MB external floppy diskette drive and cable. Use the floppy diskette drive to install applications, create a BIOS update diskette, or simply copy files to and from your NEC Versa FX notebook computer.
  • Page 81: Connecting The External Floppy Diskette Drive

    FDD/Parallel port on the left side of your system. Connecting the External Floppy Diskette Drive Follow these steps to connect the external floppy diskette drive to your NEC Versa FX system. Locate the external floppy diskette drive and cable that ships with your system.
  • Page 82: Disconnecting The External Floppy Diskette Drive

    A – Release clips External 24X CD-ROM Drive Your NEC Versa FX ships with an external 24X CD-ROM drive and cable that feature the latest in CD-ROM technology. Use the CD-ROM drive to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD). You can also use the CD-ROM drive to play your audio CDs.
  • Page 83 Status LED — Lights green when powered on or connected to the NEC Versa. Lights amber during data read operations. Do not eject the CD or turn off the NEC Versa when the indicator lights amber.
  • Page 84 Cable Connectors — Use either connector to attach the cable to the CD-ROM drive or to the CD-ROM port on the right side of your NEC Versa FX system. 5-6 Using the System Drives and Bays...
  • Page 85: Using The Cd-Rom Drive With Your Nec Versa

    NEC Versa FX notebook computer. Note The first time that you connect the CD-ROM drive to your NEC Versa FX system, the system must be powered off. Once you install the External Drive Connect Utility, use the utility to connect the CD-ROM drive to your system while the system is powered on.
  • Page 86 Slide the release latch toward the front of the unit to open the cover. Opening the CD-ROM drive cover A – Release Latch Put your CD, printed side up, into the circular impression in the drive. Inserting a CD Close the drive cover. Run the setup, installation program or other instructions provided with the software application to start or load the CD contents.
  • Page 87: Using The Cd-Rom Drive As A Stand-Alone Cd Player

    CD-ROM drive. Connect the outlet plug of the AC adapter to an active electrical wall outlet. Follow steps 4-6 in the procedure, “Using the CD-ROM drive with your NEC Versa,” to open the drive cover and insert a CD. Press the Play button to activate your audio CD!
  • Page 88: Cd Care

    External Drive Connect Utility The NEC Versa FX supports warm connecting of the external 24X CD-ROM drive, extending the power of Plug-and-Play technology on your system. Use the External Drive Connect Utility to put your system into a sleep state before connecting a device in the Windows 98 environment.
  • Page 89: Installing The External Drive Connect Utility

    Installing the External Drive Connect Utility Use the NEC Customize Utility to install the External Drive Connect Utility. For details about using the NEC Customize Utility, refer to Chapter 4 , “Using the Operating System and Utilities.” Once the utility is installed on your system, a small icon appears in the lower right hand corner of the Windows taskbar.
  • Page 90: Hard Disk Drive

    Hard Disk Drive Your NEC Versa FX comes equipped with an internal fixed 2.5-inch, 9.5mm hard disk drive with a capacity of either 6.x, or 12.x GB, depending on your system configuration. When you power on your system for the first time, the hard disk drive contains the Windows operating system and some resident drivers and utilities.
  • Page 91 Follow these steps to install a memory module. Make sure that the system is powered off and that no peripheral devices are attached. Turn over the system and locate the memory module bay. Locating the memory module bay A – Memory Module Bay Cover B –...
  • Page 92 Remove the screw and bay cover. Removing the screw and bay cover Locate the connectors and alignment key on the SO-DIMM. SO-DIMM features A – Connectors B – Alignment Key 5-14 Using the System Drives and Bays...
  • Page 93 Locate the SO-DIMM expansion port and proceed as follows: Hold the SO-DIMM at a 45 degree angle and align the SO-DIMM contacts with the socket in the system. Push the connector into the socket. Press down on the edge of the SO-DIMM opposite the contacts until the lock tabs on the sides snap into place, securing the module.
  • Page 94 Removing an installed SO-DIMM Note The system switches are also located in the memory module bay. Therefore, if you need to set any system switches, you might want to do so while the system is already disassembled. The system switches are defined in Chapter 3. Replace the memory module bay cover and screw.
  • Page 95: Communicating With Your Nec Versa

    Communicating with Your NEC Versa PC Cards Mini-PCI LAN Internal Modem Internet Connections IR Port...
  • Page 96: Pc Cards

    PC Cards Your NEC Versa FX system is equipped with two PC card slots that support both Type II and Type III PC cards. PC cards are all approximately the same size and vary only in thickness. All have a standard 68-pin connector.
  • Page 97: Storage Cards

    Storage Cards When you insert a memory or storage card in an NEC notebook computer, it appears as a unique drive as long as the system has an available interrupt for the card. Other Cards Many other kinds of PC cards are available for notebook computers.
  • Page 98: Inserting A Pc Card

    If all applications using the card are closed, services for that card are shut down. You receive a message saying that it is safe to remove the card. Press the button on the side of the PC card in the slot. 6-4 Communicating with Your NEC Versa...
  • Page 99: Mini-Pci Lan

    Mini-PCI LAN Your NEC Versa FX system may ship with an internal mini-PCI LAN that allows you to connect your system to a local area network. The internal LAN is a 10/100Base-TX interface that supports both Wake on LAN and Network Boot functions.
  • Page 100: Internal Modem

    Follow these steps to connect an RJ-11 telephone cable to the internal modem. Locate the RJ-11 telephone cable that ships with your NEC Versa. Each end of the cable has an RJ-11 connector that plugs into a standard telephone outlet.
  • Page 101: Installing The Online Modem Guide

    NEC Versa hard drive. Internet Connections Your NEC Versa FX system is equipped with the Windows operating system to provide a fully-integrated internet experience. Use the Internet Connection Wizard on your desktop to configure your system for email and internet access. Sign up for a new account or configure your system to use an existing account.
  • Page 102: Accessing The Internet

    B – Internet Shortcut Key Sending and Receiving Email Your NEC Versa FX system is equipped with an Email shortcut key, located just above the keyboard. The first time that you press the Email shortcut key, the Internet Connection Wizard launches, allowing you to configure your system for email access.
  • Page 103: Ir Port

    IR Port The IR (infrared communication) port on the front of your system lets your NEC Versa FX computer communicate with other devices that also use infrared technology. The IR port is Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compatible. 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 104: Enabling The Ir Port

    Enabling the IR Port The IR port on your NEC Versa FX computer ships disabled. When you use your system for the first time, the infrared icon on the right side of the taskbar displays with an “x.” When you move the cursor over the infrared icon, the pop-up displays “Infrared disabled.”...
  • Page 105: Traveling Tips

    Traveling Tips Preparing for Travel Packing for Travel Using Power Connections Getting Through Customs Using Your Modem...
  • Page 106: Preparing For Travel

    Carry the AT&T’s Worldwide Calling Guide. (For more information, see the section later in this chapter, “Using Your Modem.” Packing for Travel The following are what you should take with you when you travel with your NEC Versa. Extra fully charged batteries...
  • Page 107: Using Power Connections

    The United States, Canada, and most of Central and South America use 120-volt alternating current (AC). Most other countries of the world use 240-volt AC. The NEC Versa adapts to voltages ranging from 100 to 240 volts, 50 or 60-Hz.
  • Page 108: Using Your Modem

    Always check the phone line to determine whether or not it is digital vs. analog. NEVER use your modem with a digital phone line. The internal modem in your NEC Versa system has built-in protection that detects the presence of a digital phone line and displays a warning message to alert you.
  • Page 109: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices External Monitor Parallel Devices External Audio Options USB Devices...
  • Page 110: External Monitor

    External Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa FX system using a display signal cable (usually provided with the monitor). One end of the cable must have a 15-pin connector for the system. Follow these steps to connect an external monitor to your NEC Versa.
  • Page 111: Parallel Devices

    Parallel Devices You can attach a parallel device to the FDD/Parallel port on the left side of your NEC Versa FX system. To install a parallel device you need the cable with a female 25-pin connector that ships with your system and, for most parallel printers, a ®...
  • Page 112: Disconnecting A Parallel Device

    Failure to squeeze the release clips may result in damage to the cable connectors. External Audio Options The NEC Versa comes equipped with built-in audio ports that let you record and play sound. Connect audio jacks, like a microphone, headphones, or external speakers to the audio ports as follows.
  • Page 113: Usb Devices

    USB Devices Your NEC Versa FX system is equipped with three USB ports that increase your connectivity choices. The USB ports on the right side of your system allow you to connect up to 127 USB-equipped peripheral devices to your NEC Versa notebook computer.
  • Page 114: Using Multimedia

    Using Multimedia Audio Video Multimedia Applications...
  • Page 115: Audio

    CDs must be digitized before being recorded and stored on disk. You can make microphone level recordings on your NEC Versa FX computer using the internal microphone or an external microphone plugged into the microphone jack on the front of the system.
  • Page 116: Microphone

    Mixing With the Microsoft Sound Recorder on your NEC Versa, 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 voice-over or another more prominent sound.
  • Page 117: Using Headphones

    The NEC Versa FX computer features a dazzling TFT, 16 million color, high- resolution display for sharp, effective visuals on the NEC Versa or on an external CRT monitor. The NEC Versa SVGA TFT display has high resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.
  • Page 118: Using Animation Files

    Using Animation Files You can create a dynamic presentation using an animation application. Animation can illustrate a concept, drive home an important point, or command attention. Graphics animation can add punch to a presentation with an animated illustration, a flashing arrow, or a flying logo.
  • Page 119: Solving System Problems

    Solving System Problems Problem Checklist Start-Up Problems If You Need Assistance...
  • Page 120: Troubleshooting

    Problem Checklist First check the items in the following list. If these items don't help, see the table that follows the list. Power is on to the computer. The electrical outlet to which your AC adapter is connected is working. Test the outlet by plugging in a lamp or other electrical device.
  • Page 121: Start-Up Problems

    Setup utility to set current system parameters. Note When the NEC Versa detects an error related to display devices, it cannot display on either the LCD or a CRT. The system warns you by beeping. Solving System Problems 10-3...
  • Page 122: Post Error Messages

    Post Error Messages The NEC Versa FX computer 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 or emits a series of beep signals.
  • Page 123 Post Error Messages Message Resolution CMOS Display Type The amount of memory on the system board is different Mismatch than the amount in CMOS RAM. Run Setup to reset the value. CMOS Time and Date Not Run Setup to set the time and date. Diskette Boot Failure The boot diskette is corrupt.
  • Page 124: Beep Codes

    Post Error Messages Message Resolution Off Board Parity Error Parity error in an expansion slot. Contact your NECC service representative to be sure that the memory module is installed correctly. The error format is: OFF BOARD PARITY ERROR ADDR(HEX) = (XXXX) XXXX is the hex address where the error occurred.
  • Page 125: If You Need Assistance

    Beep Codes Number of Error Description Beeps Processor Failure The CPU on the motherboard generated an error. Gate A20 Failure The keyboard controller may be bad. The BIOS cannot switch to protected mode. Processor Exception The CPU generated an exception Interrupt Error interrupt.
  • Page 126: Getting Service And Support

    Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information NECC Web and FTP Sites NECC Support Services NECC Customer Assistance Center...
  • Page 127 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.
  • Page 128: Necc Web Site

    NECC also offers direct technical support through Support Services. (NECC Support Services is for U.S. and Canadian customers only; international customers should contact the local NEC office or dealer for the support and service available in your country.) Getting Service and Support 11-3...
  • Page 129: Email/Fax To Support Services

    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.
  • Page 130: Necc Customer Assistance Center

    NECC Customer Assistance Center NECC offers Customer Service for extended warranty and contract information, spare parts ordering, warranty claims, repair services, and service authorizations. Direct assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 8:00p.m. EST. Call the NECC Customer Assistance Center, toll free, at 1-888-632-9128 (U.S.
  • Page 131: A Setting Up A Healthy Work Environment

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You Arrange Your Equipment Adjust Your Chair Adjust Your Input Devices Adjust Your Screen or Monitor Vary Your Workday Pre-Existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors...
  • Page 132: Making Your Computer Work For You

    Making Your Computer Work for You Computers are everywhere. More and more people sit at computers for longer periods of time. This appendix explains how to set up your computer to fit your physical needs. This information is based on ergonomics - the science of making the workplace fit the needs of the worker.
  • Page 133: Arrange Your Equipment

    Arrange Your Equipment Arrange your equipment so that you can work in a natural and relaxed position. Place items that you use frequently within easy reach. Adjust your workstation setup to the proper height (as described in this appendix) by lowering the table or stand that holds your computer equipment or raising the seat height of your chair.
  • Page 134: Adjust Your Screen Or Monitor

    If you use a mouse, position it at the same height as the keyboard and next to the keyboard. Keep your wrists straight and use your entire arm when moving a mouse. Do not grasp the mouse tightly. Grasp the mouse lightly and loosely. 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.
  • Page 135: Vary Your Workday

    Adjust the screen or external monitor's brightness and contrast controls to enhance readability. Use a document holder placed close to the screen or external monitor. Position whatever you are looking at most of the time (the screen or reference material) directly in front of you to minimize turning your head while you are typing.
  • Page 136 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, and/or legs. This appendix was prepared in consultation with Dr. David Rempel of the University of California/San Francisco Ergonomics Program and Mr.
  • Page 137 Specifications System Components Memory Map Interrupt Controllers...
  • Page 138: System Components

    System Components The following system component specifications are standard except where noted. Note The components that ship with the system are subject to change without notice. System Processor 400-MHz, Celeron 400-MHz, Pentium III 500-MHz, Pentium III Architecture 64-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Random Access Memory Standard Main Memory —...
  • Page 139 Input/Output (I/O) Facilities Integrated industry-standard interfaces FDD/Parallel — 1 port, 25-pin D-sub — FDD, PC8477 compatible, 16 byte FIFO, burst and non-burst modes — Parallel, IEEE 1284 compatible, ECP and EPP support CD-ROM (IDE) — 1 port, 50-pin Infrared — 1 port, IrDA-1 compatible VGA —...
  • Page 140 Keyboard Membrane 85 keys (both U.S. and International) with standard QWERTY-key layout (International keyboards are country-specific) Function keys — 12 keys Cursor Control keys — 8 keys; arrow keys arranged in inverted T layout Numeric keypad — embedded Fn key — function key for ROM-based key functions Stroke —...
  • Page 141 24X-speed CD-ROM Drive Type — 5-inch CD-ROM Pack Average Data Transfer Rates — 1545 KB/second to 3600 KB/second Burst Transfer Rate — 16.7 MB/sec, PIO mode4/DMA mode Average Access Time — 190 ms (Random) — 350 ms (Fullstroke) Interface — IDE (ATAPI) Photo CD Compatibility —...
  • Page 142 Battery Pack Type — three-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Optional Batteries — six-cell Li-Ion and nine-cell Li-Ion Output Voltage — 10.8 V Capacity — 1,550 mAH Recharging Time —- Approximately 2.7 hours when the system is on or off. Bridge Battery When fully charged, backs up memory contents and system status, in Standby mode, giving you time to install a fully charged battery or connect to AC power when your battery charge becomes low.
  • Page 143: Memory Map

    Memory Map The system supports system and video shadowing, both controlled through complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). The system supports BIOS as a cacheable area with write protection. The following table shows the system's memory map. System Memory Map Memory Space Size Function 0000 0000h-0009 FFFFh...
  • Page 144: Interrupt Controllers

    INT from Controller 2 IRQ08 Real-time Clock IRQ09 Reserved for ACPI SCI IRQ10 PC Cardbus/LAN//Video/USB IRQ11 Available IRQ12 PS/2 Mouse/NEC VersaGlide IRQ13 Numeric Data Processor IRQ14 Hard Disk Controller 1 IRQ15 Not Used IRQ03 or IRQ04 Infrared Port IRQ04 or IRQ03...
  • Page 145: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions External Mouse Display PC Cards Diskette Drive Booting Power Management Miscellaneous...
  • Page 146: External Mouse

    How can a mouse and an external keyboard be connected to the notebook at the same time? The NEC Versa FX is equipped with three USB ports that allow you to connect any combination of three USB devices, at the same time. If you purchase a USB mouse and a USB keyboard, simply plug each device into any of the USB ports on your system.
  • Page 147: Pc Cards

    PC Cards In which slots do my PC cards go? Your PC cards can go into either slot if they are NEC-approved cards. Other software may not support the use of both slots. Type III cards only fit in the bottom slot (slot 0).
  • Page 148: Diskette Drive

    Why do certain PC cards cause my battery life to drop noticeably? Certain hard disk cards and wireless radio cards consume more power than others and can impact battery life. When not using any PC card, close all applications using the card and pop it part of the way out of the slot to save power. In Setup, I disabled or reconfigured peripheral devices (like the ports or sound), yet I am unable to use the freed IRQs or I/O address resources with my PC Cards?
  • Page 149 Enter. What type of diskette do I use in my diskette drive? Your NEC Versa FX ships with an external 1.44-megabyte (MB) diskette drive that uses 3.5-inch high density (HD) diskettes. These diskettes are also called double-sided, high-density (DSHD) diskettes.
  • Page 150: Booting

    Booting What is the difference between a warm boot and a cold boot? A warm boot restarts the system while system power is on. A warm boot is also a software reset. A warm boot clears volatile system memory and reloads the operating system.
  • Page 151 What is the purpose of Suspend to RAM (Standby)? You can initiate full Suspend-to-RAM by accessing Start, Shut Down, Standby. This places the system in a deeper state of “sleep” and requires that you slide the Power button to the right to resume operation. Putting your system into Standby initiates the Standby power-saving mode and is a convenient way of conserving energy when you are going to be away from your system for a short period of time.
  • Page 152: Miscellaneous

    What is a time-out? A time-out is the amount of time your system or a particular component is inactive. Miscellaneous How do I set the time and date? You can change the time and date in Windows 98 as follows. Double click the time in the lower right corner of the screen.
  • Page 153 Why do I get a message “Insufficient memory” when I run some games? I have 64 MB of memory. The “Insufficient memory” refers to the 640 kilobytes of (DOS) base memory. Since there are drivers being loaded at power on, the amount of memory can be lower than the game requires.
  • Page 154 I'm having a problem using the IR port. What can I do? Use the taskbar icon to enable the IR port. Next, enter the BIOS Setup Utility and access the Peripheral Setup menu and to verify that the IR serial port setting contains an available COM port and IRQ setting.
  • Page 155: Glossary

    Glossary AC adapter A device that connects an NEC Versa notebook 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 156 bits per second (bps) A unit of transmission. Also called baud rate. board Printed circuit board (PCB). Board on 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 electrical power from one device to another.
  • Page 157 A thin flexible platter coated with a magnetic material for storing information. diskette drive 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. Glossary 3...
  • Page 158 A denser, faster CD that can hold video as well as audio and computer data. Short for digital versatile disk or digital video disk, this new type of CD-ROM holds a minimum of 4.7-GB (gigabytes), enough for a full-length movie. enhanced VGA A video interface that offers more colors or higher resolution than VGA.
  • Page 159 Technology that uses infrared waves to communicate data between the IR-equipped devices without the use of cables. The IR port on the NEC Versa is Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compatible. interface A connection that enables two devices to communicate.
  • Page 160 However, only software especially written to call MMX instructions — MMX-enabled software — can take advantage of the MMX instruction set. mode A method of operation; for example, the NEC Versa operates in either normal or power-saving modes. modem MOdulator-DEModulator. A device that links computers over a telephone line.
  • Page 161 multimedia Integrated forms of media such as sound, text, graphics, and video. nonvolatile memory Storage media that retains its data when system power is turned off. Nonvolatile memory in the Versa is a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip which is backed up by an internal battery. The backup battery preserves the clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS.
  • Page 162 password A string of characters that the user must enter before the system allows access or system privileges. PC Cards A credit card sized peripheral interface standard for portable devices. Types of PC cards (also known as PCMCIA cards) currently offered by major vendors include fax/modems, LAN, storage cards, and wireless communications devices.
  • Page 163 Read-Only Memory. Memory in which stored data cannot be modified by the user except under special conditions. reset The process of returning a device to zero or to an initial or arbitrarily selected condition. resolution The degree of screen image clarity. Video display resolution is determined by the number of pixels on the screen.
  • Page 164 When sent to a television, s-video produces sharper images and superior color definition. Thin Film Transistor. A type of NEC Versa LCD color screen that supports 256 colors. Universal Serial Bus. This new external bus standard supports the connection of up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards.
  • Page 165 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. See nonvolatile memory. warm boot Process of resetting the computer without turning off the power through keyboard input (pressing Ctrl, Alt, and Del keys simultaneously).
  • Page 166: Index

    Index optional, 2-12 precautions, 2-11 recharging precautions, 2-11 AC adapter, 7-2 refresh, 3-15 connecting, 2-4 removing, 2-9 using, 2-4 replacing, 2-8 AC Power port, 1-13 system, 2-12 Accessing the Internet, 6-8 using, 2-6 ACPI, 3-10, 3-15 when to change, 2-8 advanced power settings, 3-17 Beep codes, 10-6 alarms, 3-17...
  • Page 167 5-9 using, 5-4, 5-7 CD-ROM port, 1-14 FAQs Charging the battery, 2-10 booting the system, C-6 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 2-14 diskette drive, C-4 Closing LCD panel, 3-18 display panel, C-2 CMOS battery, 2-12 external mouse, C-2 Connecting...
  • Page 168 9-4 port, 1-13 LCD panel closing, 3-18 NEC Customize Utility display, 1-5 using, 4-5 features, 1-4 NEC Info Center, 4-7 Suspend, 3-12 installing, 4-7 view expansion, 3-7 uninstalling, 4-7 Load defaults, 3-15 NEC utilities, 4-4 Locating dip switch block, 3-24...
  • Page 169 Power management, 3-15 setup, 3-10 Panel brightness, 3-12 under AC, 3-11 Parallel device Windows 98, 3-15 connecting, 8-3 Powering on, 2-5 disconnecting, 8-4 Power-on self test (POST), 3-2 Parallel port, 1-13, 3-14 Preparing BIOS update disk, 3-20 Partition Only restore, 4-12 Preparing for travel, 7-2 Password Pressing Power button, 3-18...
  • Page 170 Standby password, 3-18 animation files, 9-5 Start-up problems, 10-3 main battery, 2-6 Stereo speakers, 1-5 modem, 7-4 Storage requirements, 2-14 NEC VersaGlide, 2-2 Supervisor password, 3-7 Using peripheral devices Suspend mode, 3-12 audio, 8-4 Suspend warning tone, 3-12 external monitor, 8-2...
  • Page 171 Windows introduction, 4-2 keys, 1-10 power management, 3-15 Windows 98, 4-2 desktop icons, 4-2 taskbar icons, 4-3 Index-6...
  • Page 172: Regulatory Statements

    Regulatory Statements The following regulatory statements include the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Radio Frequency Interference Statement, compliance statements for Canada and Europe, battery disposal and replacement information, and the Declaration of Conformity. FCC Statement for United States Only 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.
  • Page 173: Battery Replacement

    European Community Directive Conformance Statement 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 EN55022. Battery Replacement A lithium battery in some computers maintains system configuration information.
  • Page 174: Declaration Of Conformity

    NEC Computers Inc. DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY We, the Responsible Party NEC Computers Inc. 15 Business Park Way Sacramento, CA 95828 declare that the product NEC Versa FX is in compliance with FCC CFR47 part 15 for Class B digital devices.

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