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Summary of Contents for NEC VERSA LXI - VERSION 02-2000
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Around the Bottom of the System ..................1-16 2 Getting Started NEC VersaGlide .........................2-2 Making VersaGlide Adjustments ................2-3 VersaGlide Tips......................2-3 Power Sources for Your NEC Versa ..................2-3 AC Adapter.........................2-4 Connecting the AC Adapter ..................2-4 Powering On Your System..................2-5 Main Battery Pack ......................2-6 Determining Battery Status ..................2-6...
System Care........................2-14 Precautions for System Use..................2-14 Storage Requirements....................2-15 Routine Cleaning.......................2-15 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 ......................3-4 Using Keys ........................3-5 Checking/Setting System Parameters .................3-5 Resetting System Parameters..................3-6 Standard CMOS Setup ....................3-6 Advanced CMOS Setup ....................3-7...
NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility ..................5-4 Installing the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility ............5-4 Using the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility..............5-5 Removing a Device from the NEC VersaBay III ............5-6 Installing a Device in the NEC VersaBay III ..............5-7 Other NEC VersaBay III Devices ................5-8 24X CD-ROM Drive ......................5-9...
6X DVD-ROM Drive .......................5-12 Hard Disk Drive........................5-13 Memory Modules ......................5-18 6 Communicating with Your NEC Versa PC Cards..........................6-2 Type II Cards.......................6-2 Type II Extended Cards....................6-2 Type III Cards ......................6-2 Communication Cards ....................6-2 Storage Cards ......................6-3 Other Cards........................6-3 PC Card Slots ......................6-3 Using the PC Card Slots ....................6-4...
External Keyboard/Mouse ....................8-5 External Television Connections ..................8-6 External Audio Options ......................8-8 USB Devices ........................8-9 NEC Versa Dock ......................8-10 NEC Versa PortBar ......................8-11 PortBar Ports ......................8-11 9 Using Multimedia Audio ..........................9-2 Recording ........................9-2 Playing Back........................9-3 Optimizing the Sound Quality..................9-3 Line-In.........................9-4 CD-ROM Input......................9-4 Microphone .........................9-4...
Adjust Your Input Devices ....................A-3 Adjust Your Screen or Monitor ..................A-4 Vary Your Workday ......................A-5 Pre-Existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors............A-5 B Specifications System Components ......................B-2 Memory Map ........................B-9 Interrupt Controllers ......................B-10 C Frequently Asked Questions External Mouse........................C-2 Display..........................C-2 PC Cards..........................
The NEC Versa LXi 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.
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.
See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa notebook computer: The NEC Versa LXi Quick Setup sheet helps get your system up and running. The NEC Versa LXi Quick Reference card provides an easy-to-carry reference to LED meanings, controls, function key combinations, and NECC help numbers.
Introducing Your NEC Versa Before You Begin About Your NEC Versa LXi 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...
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 LXi notebook computer is ready to go! To get started, do the following: Read Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,”...
About Your NEC Versa LXi Notebook The NEC Versa LXi notebook computer offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for home, business or travel. Standard features include a powerful ® Intel Pentium III 450-MHz, 500-MHz, 600 MHz with SpeedStep™, or 650 MHz with Speedstep microprocessor, all with AGP (advanced graphics port).
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 LXi comes with a 1024x768, 64K color LCD panel that you can adjust for a comfortable viewing position.
Base Unit The base unit of your NEC Versa offers the following features, which are described after the figure. LCD panel and base unit A – Stereo Speakers D – Operating Status LEDs B – Keyboard E – Power Button C –...
G – Power Button D – Scroll Lock IDE/VBIII devices — lights when the NEC Versa writes data to or retrieves data from the internal hard disk drive, a SuperDisk drive in the file bay, or a device in the VersaBay III.
(Windows 98) mode and proceed with normal operation. — Hold the Power button in place for 4 or more seconds to initiate power override (powers off the system). Only use this option if you cannot power off your system using Start, Shutdown. Introducing Your NEC Versa 1-7...
Keyboard The NEC Versa keyboard offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Keyboard A – Function Keys D – Windows Keys B – Numeric Keys E – Control Key C – Cursor Control Keys F – Control Keys Function keys —...
The cursor indicates where the next text typed is inserted. Windows keys — If you have Windows 98 or 95, you can use the following two keys to facilitate your work. Introducing Your NEC Versa 1-9...
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...
Front Features The front features of your NEC Versa are described after the following figure. Features on the front of the system A – NEC VersaBay III C – Battery Charging LED B – Power Status LED D – LCD Lid Latch NEC VersaBay III™...
Around the Back of the System You'll find system ports for connecting optional devices (like a printer, a docking station, or an external monitor) on the back of your NEC Versa. These ports are described after the figure. Ports on the back of the system A –...
The cover of the NEC Versa Dock is specially designed to allow for proper system cooling. 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 auto adapter.
PC Card slots — Provide two slots for inserting two Type II PC cards or one Type III PC card. Around the Right Side of the System The right side of the NEC Versa offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Right side features A –...
Plugging in an external microphone disables the built-in microphone. 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.
NEC VersaBay III™ Release Lock — Unlocks the VersaBay III for device removal. NEC VersaBay III — A 24X CD-ROM drive, a SuperDisk drive, a CD Read/Write drive, or a 6X DVD-ROM drive comes installed in the NEC VersaBay III on the front of your system. 1-16 Introducing Your NEC Versa...
The NEC VersaBay III lets you add options, including an optional second Li-Ion battery, or an additional hard disk drive. See the section, “Other NEC VersaBay III Devices,” in chapter 5 for details about NEC VersaBay III options. NEC VersaBay III Release Latch — Releases a device from the NEC VersaBay III.
Getting Started NEC VersaGlide Power Sources for Your NEC Versa AC Adapter Main Battery Pack System Batteries System Care...
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. The NEC VersaGlide provides standard mouse functionality, plus more. VersaGlide features include: Single tap to the touchpad, equivalent to a single click of the primary mouse button.
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...
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.
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 LXi. Although other adapters look similar, using them can damage your system.
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 in the Windows environments, an electrical plug appears when the system is connected to an AC power source.
Lithium-Ion battery A – Battery Gauge LEDs C – LED Status Button B – Alignment Grooves Battery Gauge LEDs To check battery status, press the LED status button to illuminate the LEDs. The battery gauge LEDs indicate the following: Battery Gauge LEDs Note If the battery gauge LEDs display a combination other than those depicted in the illustration, recharge the battery overnight.
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.
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.
Slide the battery release latch toward the back of the system and hold firmly. Locating the Battery bay release latch A – Battery Release Latch Continue to hold the battery release latch as you slide the battery out of the system. Removing the battery 2-10 Getting Started...
Insert the new battery as follows: Locate the alignment groove on the edge of the battery. Locate the alignment groove inside the battery bay. Align the grooves on the battery with the grooves in the bay. Slide the battery into the bay until securely locked into place. Inserting the battery pack Turn over the system.
Precautions for Recharging the Battery Adhere to the following precautions when recharging the primary or secondary battery. Use only the NEC battery charger designed for your NEC Versa battery type. Different NEC Versa models require different batteries and battery chargers.
Main Battery The twelve-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery provides the main power source in your NEC Versa LXi 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.
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.
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.
Introducing BIOS Setup Your NEC Versa LXi 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.
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.
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.
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. PgUp/PgDn Toggles through the current parameter settings. For some parameter settings, moves the cursor between the subfields.
SuperDsk, Not installed These setup items are only visible when system is docked 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.
Docking Station Drives — Enables or disables the drives installed in a docking station. (These options are only available when the NEC Versa is docked.) Advanced CMOS Setup Use the Advanced CMOS Setup to set the following functions.
Graphics Aperture Size — Selects the graphics aperture size used by the AGP video device, a memory window that optimizes access to accelerated graphics memory. System Security Setup Use the System Security Setup to establish system passwords. System Security Setup Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s)
Your NEC Versa allows you to establish password protection for the internal hard disk drive and for an optional hard disk drive installed in the NEC VersaBay III. Hard disk drive (HDD) password protection restricts access to the drive, only if the drive is removed from your NEC Versa and installed in another system.
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 and for an HDD installed in the NEC VersaBay III. Follow these steps to establish HDD passwords and to enable HDD password protection.
If the hard drive is installed in another NEC Versa system with hard disk drive security enabled, the password must be entered to allow access to the hard drive. If this NEC Versa system does not support hard disk drive security, you cannot access the data on the hard drive.
Power Management Setup If your Versa LXi system ships with the Windows 98 operating system, the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) controls most power management functions through the Power Management Properties screen in Windows. For details about ACPI power management, see the section, “Managing System Power,” later in this chapter. The BIOS Power Management Setup screen is described next.
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 disabled (default setting). If you enable this parameter, the system automatically activates the power management profile you set, even when AC power is used.
Custom Timeout Options Option Definition Audio Device Sets the time delay before your audio device powers Timeout off. Standby Timeout Selects the system standby timeout period. Auto Suspend Defines how much time elapses from the time the Timeout system enters Standby mode to the time the system automatically enters Suspend mode.
Quick Boot — Specifies whether or not the system performs all tests during system boot. Silent Boot — Specifies whether or not to display the NEC logo during the system boot. Boot Display Device — Specifies the display device(s) for system boot messages.
Docking Station Video — Selects whether or not a video card installed in the Docking Station is enabled at system boot. BootUp NumLock — Specifies whether NumLock is On or Off at system startup. Boot Devices — Specifies the sequence of boot devices and whether or not the system attempts to boot from a device other than those specified.
Managing System Power In the Windows 98 environment, your NEC Versa manages its power resources using the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) while the system is powered on using AC or DC (battery) power. ACPI enables the operating system to manage the power given to each attached device and to turn off a device when not in use.
Windows 98 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 or DC (battery) power. Power Schemes Parameter Default Setting...
Windows 98 Alarms Use the Alarms screen to define when 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 Sound alarm...
Windows 98 Advanced The Advanced window allows you to select behaviors for the taskbar icon, standby password, LCD panel, when closed, and the Power button. Advanced Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Always show icon on checked unchecked taskbar Prompt for password unchecked checked when computer goes off...
Windows 98 Power Management States ACPI uses different levels or states of power management. The 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 —...
Windows 95/NT Power Management States APM uses different levels or states of power management. These power management states occur automatically, based on your system’s default settings, or manually, when invoked. Settings are configured to occur while on battery power or on AC power. The Windows 95/NT APM power management states include: Standby —...
Disable the BIOS Flash Setting Obtaining the BIOS Update If you are informed that the default BIOS needs an update contact Support Services at (800) 632-4525, Fax (801) 981-3133, or access the web site, www.nec-computers.com to obtain a copy of the BIOS update. Note If you purchased and are using this computer outside the U.S.
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.
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. Make sure the system is powered off and that no peripheral devices are attached. Open the LCD panel.
Gently lift up the edge of the keyboard nearest the LCD and slide the keyboard toward the LCD screen to release the tabs that secure it. Lifting the keyboard Be careful not to disconnect the keyboard or keyboard cable entirely from the system. Gently rest the keyboard on top of the base unit to view and access the dip switch block.
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.” 3-28 Using the BIOS Setup Utility...
Reassemble the system as follows: Lift up the keyboard and align the tabs on the front of it with the grooves in the system. Reseat the keyboard in its original position. Slide the keyboard retainers back onto the system. Reassembling the system Follow the instructions later in this chapter, “Performing the BIOS Update.”...
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 Versa is docked, please exit the BIOS Update Utility, power down, and undock your Versa before running the utility.
Windows Introduction Your NEC Versa comes pre-installed with either the Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 2000 (when available) operating system. ® These Microsoft operating systems provide a means of running applications, navigating through your file structure, and using your notebook computer. Each operating system offers its own look and employs its own tools through an easy-to-use graphical interface.
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.
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.
If you are using this product outside of the United States or Canada, some online services may require a long-distance or international call. NEC Customize — Gives you the option to launch the Application and Driver CD, install NEC custom wallpaper, access the IR Setup Utility, or install the NEC VersaBay Swap III Utility.
Application and Driver CD — You must use this option to install software applications, drivers, etc. NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility (Windows 98 and 95, only) — You must use this option to take advantage of warm swapping your VersaBay III devices.
Using HDPREPEZ with Windows 98/95 In Windows 98 or 95, run the HDPREPEZ Utility if you increase the memory capacity in your NEC Versa beyond the factory installed base memory or if you install a generic Windows 98 or 95 operating system.
Using HDPREPEZ with Windows NT If you increase the memory capacity of your NEC Versa beyond 256 MB or you install a generic Windows NT operating system on your NEC Versa LXi, use the Application and Driver (A&D) CD to load the HDPREPEZ utility to increase the size of or to create...
Launching the CD with Windows NT Follow these procedures to launch the Application and Driver CD using NEC Customize with Windows NT. Insert the Application and Driver CD into the CD-ROM drive. Double click the NEC Customize icon. Select Launch Application and Driver CD.
Installing the NEC Info Center 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 LXi User’s Guide, periodically check our web site at...
Visually create, format, shrink, expand, and move hard disk partitions in minutes. Your NEC Versa with Windows 98 or Windows 95, 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.
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.
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 Full Disk Drive to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory installed state.
Use the Product Recovery Utility to perform a Partition Only restore as follows: Check the Product Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. Put the CD into the CD-ROM drive tray, close the drive door, and reboot your computer.
In the NEC Product Recovery Utility screen, use the VersaGlide touchpad to choose Partition Only to restore drive C: of a multiple partitioned drive to its original factory installed state. Choose your restore option carefully to prevent losing data and applications installed on your system.
Using the System Drives and Bays NEC Versa File Bay SuperDisk Drive NEC VersaBay III NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility 24X CD-ROM Drive 6X DVD-ROM Drive Hard Disk Drive Memory Modules...
NEC Versa File Bay The NEC Versa File Bay is the bay located at the rear of the system’s right side. Your NEC Versa ships with a standard 3.5-inch, 1.44-MB diskette drive or a SuperDisk™ drive installed in the bay.
VersaBay III supports warm swapping which allows you to remove and replace a device while your NEC Versa is in a sleep state. For details about using the warm swap utility, refer to the section, “NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility,” later in this chapter.
DVD-ROM drive, or NEC VersaBay III Battery Pack in the NEC VersaBay III while your system is in a sleep state. Use the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility to put your system into a sleep state before swapping a device in the Windows 98 or Windows 95 environments.
CD-ROM drive, CD Read/Write drive, SuperDisk drive, DVD-ROM drive, and the NEC VersaBay III Battery Pack, the balloon message may not be accurate if you install a hard disk drive. Your system must be powered off before installing a hard disk drive in the NEC VersaBay III.
Your system must be in a sleep state or powered off before removing or inserting devices in the NEC VersaBay III. Use the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility to put your system into a sleep state or power off the system.
Slide the lock to the unlocked position, if necessary. Slide the latch toward the battery bay and hold it. Align the device in the NEC VersaBay III and push it in until it locks into place. Using the System Drives and Bays 5-7...
Remove the installed device from the NEC VersaBay III as described in steps 2-6 in “Removing a Device from the NEC VersaBay III.” Install the new hard drive in the NEC VersaBay III as described in steps 2-9 in “Installing a Device in the NEC VersaBay III.”...
24X CD-ROM Drive Your NEC Versa may ship with a 24X CD-ROM drive that features the latest in CD-ROM technology. The CD-ROM drive is assigned an available drive letter. Use the CD-ROM drive to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD) or to play your audio CDs.
CD Loading To insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive, follow these steps. Press the Release button. The CD tray emerges a short way out of the drive door. Gently pull the tray out until you can easily position a disc in the tray. Put your CD, printed side up, into the circular impression in the tray.
To activate the new setting, reboot the system when prompted. CD Read/Write Drive Your NEC Versa may ship with a CD-Read/Write drive with Easy CD Creator that features the latest in CD-ROM technology. Use the CD Read/Write drive to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD) or to play your audio CDs.
The drive uses the latest DVD technology which reads from specially designed DVD discs as well as standard audio and video CDs. In addition, some DVD-ROM drives ship with the NEC SoftDVD Player that allows you to play movies in DVD format. For detailed information about using the 6X DVD-ROM drive and installing the NEC SoftDVD Player, refer to the accessory sheet that ships with your system.
You can increase the system's storage capacity by replacing the standard hard disk drive or adding a second hard disk drive in the NEC VersaBay III. Adding a second hard disk drive is described in the section, “Other NEC VersaBay III Devices.”...
Removing the battery Remove the disk drive as follows: Remove the screw that secures the hard disk drive. Place your finger in the center notch of the hard drive lever and pull up the lever. Be sure that both sides of the lever are raised. If you encounter any resistance when lifting the lever, carefully loosen both sides of the lever before lifting.
With the lever raised, place your fingers on the inside edge of the lever and on each side of the center notch. Pull the drive toward the open side of the battery bay. Do not apply pressure to the drive surface as you pull. Disconnecting the drive Once the drive is disconnected, use the lever to lift the drive out of the system.
Replace the new drive as follows: Holding the drive by its sides, pull up the hard drive lever. Keeping the lever raised, lower the new drive into the drive bay. Lowering the drive into the bay Align the drive connector with the connector in the drive bay. Pressing against the outer edge of the lever, slide the drive toward the connectors and push firmly to secure the connection.
Press down on both sides of the drive lever to lock it into place. Replace the screw to secure the hard disk drive. Securing the drive A – Screw C – Hard Disk Drive B – Hard Disk Drive Lever Replace the battery pack as follows: Locate the alignment groove on the edge of the battery.
Memory Modules Your NEC Versa computer comes standard with 64 or 128 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM). You can increase system memory to a maximum of 512 MB, depending on your model. The RAM combinations vary depending on which two of the listed single bank SO-DIMMs are used.
Turn over the system and locate the memory module bay. Locating the memory module bay A – Screw B – Memory Module Bay Cover Remove the screw and bay cover. Removing the screw and bay cover Using the System Drives and Bays 5-19...
Locate the connectors and alignment key on the SO-DIMM. SO-DIMM features A – Connectors B – Alignment Key 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.
If you are replacing a SO-DIMM and need to remove one that is already installed, do so as follows: Press the locking tabs away from the sides of the SO-DIMM and hold while gently lifting on the edge of the SO-DIMM. When the edge of the SO-DIMM pops up and is at approximately a 60 degree angle, pull the SO-DIMM from the socket.
PC Cards Your NEC Versa LXi system is equipped with two PC card slots. Type II cards are supported in both slots, while Type III cards only are supported in the bottom slot. PC cards are all approximately the same size and vary only in thickness. All have a standard 68-pin connector.
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.
To ensure optimal functionality when using SRAM cards in your NEC Versa, insert the SRAM card in the top PC card slot. Before using two PC cards at the same time in your NEC Versa system, you may have to disable another system device to release an IRQ (system interrupt) for PC card use.
Press the button on the side of the PC card in the slot. In Windows NT, use SystemSoft’s CardWizard to monitor the status of your system’s PC card activity. Access CardWizard via the taskbar icon or via the Programs menu. Communicating with Your NEC Versa 6-5...
PC Card Modems You can use a PC card modem with your NEC Versa to communicate with others via fax, email, or connect to an online service or bulletin board. Depending on the PC card modem that you purchase, you may have to install PC card drivers, prior to using the card.
Mini-PCI LAN Your NEC Versa LXi 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.
Network adapters (if your system is equipped with an optional LAN or an optional combination LAN/modem) to identify the name of your system’s LAN. Use the A&D CD to install the online guide of the same name to your NEC Versa hard drive. Internet Connections Your NEC Versa LXi system is equipped with the Windows operating system to provide a fully-integrated internet experience.
Connecting to the Internet in Windows NT In Windows NT, use the operating system’s network configuration options to establish your internet connection. For details about using the network configuration options, refer to the Windows NT online help. Communicating with Your NEC Versa 6-9...
IR Port The IR port on the right side of your system lets your NEC Versa LXi 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.
Click Apply, then click OK to close the Infrared Monitor window. Enabling the IR Port in Windows 95 Your NEC Versa LXi system ships with the IR port disabled. Before using the IR port, use the IR setup utility to enable the port.
Click OK to reboot your system. Be sure to reboot your system a second time before attempting to use the IR port for infrared communication. Click Exit to close the NEC Customize utility window. 6-12 Communicating with Your NEC Versa...
Traveling Tips Preparing for Travel Packing for Travel Using Power Sources Getting Through Customs Using Your Modem...
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...
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.
Using Your Modem Whether you are on a business trip or vacation, connecting to the Internet while you travel can be expensive and frustrating unless you are prepared. Here are some tips on how to avoid frustration and expense while on the road. Before leaving home, check with your Internet Service Provider to see if it has: a local access number at your point of destination.
Using Peripheral Devices External Monitor Printer External Keyboard/Mouse External Television Connections External Audio Options USB Devices NEC Versa Dock NEC Versa PortBar...
External Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa using a display signal cable (usually provided with the monitor). One end of the cable must have a 15-pin connector for the system. Note For optimal performance when connecting an external monitor, use only a DDC-compliant monitor.
Windows Control Panel. Connect a parallel device to your NEC Versa as follows. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. Open the left-most port cover on the back of the system and locate the parallel port.
Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. Open the left-most port cover on the back of the system and locate the serial port.
External Keyboard/Mouse You can add a full-size PS/2-style keyboard or PS/2-style mouse to your NEC Versa using the Plug and Play feature. The PS/2 style keyboard and the PS/2 style mouse are warm insertable allowing you to connect the devices while the NEC Versa is powered on.
NEC Versa Dock, see the NEC Versa Dock User's Guide. External Television Connections Your NEC Versa LXi is equipped with two TV out ports that allow you to use a television as an external display device. The RCA TV out port requires an RCA-to-RCA cable and a television equipped with a standard RCA input jack.
RCA jack on your television or VCR. Connect one end of the S-video cable into the TV Out (S-video) port on your NEC Versa and the other end of the cable into the S-video input jack on your television.
The NEC Versa does not support the SECAM signals used in some countries. 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.
USB Devices Your NEC Versa LXi is equipped with two USB ports that increase your connectivity choices. The USB ports on the left side of your system allow you to connect up to 127 USB-equipped peripheral devices to your NEC Versa notebook computer for Windows 98 and Windows 95 systems, only.
USB, parallel, serial, external monitor, external keyboard, mouse, audio, and MIDI/game devices. If you purchased an NEC Versa Dock prior to October 29, 1999, the monitor stand that shipped with the docking station cannot accommodate the NEC Versa LXi with 14.5- inch and 15-inch LCD panels.
NEC Versa PortBar The NEC Versa PortBar™ duplicates the ports found on the back of your NEC Versa LXi system. Plus, the PortBar adds a 15-pin MIDI/game port connector. Keep the NEC Versa PortBar in your office connected to peripherals while you take your NEC Versa notebook on the road.
Connect one end of the audio cable to the Line-Out jack on the external device. (On some devices, you can record from the headphones port.) Connect the other end of the cable to the Line-In port on the NEC Versa. (You can also use the microphone port to record monaural sound.) Go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment (Windows 98) or Multimedia (Windows 95), and select Sound Recorder.
You can play back your recorded soundtrack through stereo headphones, the internal NEC Versa stereo speakers, or external stereo speakers. You can play .wav and .mid files as well as CD audio. Adjust the volume with the volume control knob on the right side of the system or through the software using the sound horn on the taskbar.
Line-In accepts analog signals from external devices such as a tape deck, a stereo CD-player, a docking station, or a stereo tuner. The Line-In port has a mini-pin connector. You may need an adapter to connect your input device to the NEC Versa through Line-In.
The NEC Versa LXi 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 XGA TFT display has high resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Multimedia Applications A growing number of multimedia applications are available for PC users. These multimedia software packages include graphics packages, animation software, and presentation authoring systems as follows: Animation software allows you to create 3-D effects and 3-D titles and add interest to an otherwise static presentation.
Solving System Problems Problem Checklist Start-Up Problems If You Need Assistance...
Problem Checklist First check the items in the following list. If these items don't help, see the table that follows the list. The computer is powered on and the Power LED illuminates green. The electrical outlet to which your AC adapter is connected is working. Test the outlet by plugging in a lamp or other electrical device.
Troubleshooting Problem Resolution An optional component Make sure the component is securely installed or does not work. connected. Verify that the system parameter for the I/O port configuration is set correctly in Setup. The Power button does If system does not resume, it may have automatically not resume the system entered Suspend (Windows 95/NT) or Standby from:...
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. Post Error Messages The NEC Versa LXi computer has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the system power on.
Post Error Messages Message Resolution CMOS System Options The values stored in CMOS RAM are either corrupt or Not Set nonexistent. Run Setup to reset the value. CMOS Display Type The amount of memory on the system board is different Mismatch than the amount in CMOS RAM.
Post Error Messages Message Resolution Off Board Parity Error Parity error in an expansion slot. Contact your 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.
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.
Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information NECC Web Site NECC FTP Site NECC Support Services Email/Fax to Support Services...
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). The files are essentially the same files as on the NECC Web site and the NECC Bulletin Board System.
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.
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, fax number, model number and system serial number with the question. You will receive a response to your questions within one business day.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Specifications System Components Memory Map Interrupt Controllers...
System Components The following system component specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor Intel Pentium III, 450-MHz, 500-MHz, 600 MHz with SpeedStep, 650 MHz with SpeedStep, all with AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) Architecture 64-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus Random Access Memory Standard Main Memory —...
VGA — 1 port, 15-pin high-density D-sub External Keyboard/External Mouse — 1 port, PS/2, 6-pin MiniDin; exclusionary use or both supported with optional Y-cable adapter Expansion — 1 port, 240-pin for optional NEC Versa Dock and optional NEC Versa PortBar Microphone — 1 port, Mini Jack Stereo Headphones —...
PC Card Slots Two 32-bit card slots for two Type II PC cards or one Type III PC card, 5 V or 3.3 V interface 32-bit CardBus support LCD Panel The LCD panel varies, depending on the model. 14.1-inch or high resolution active matrix Thin Film Transistor (TFT), Extended Graphics Array (XGA) color display —...
SuperDisk™ Drive Formatted Capacity: — Optical diskette — 120 MB — High Density floppy diskette — 1.44 MB — Double Density floppy diskette — 720 KB Data Transfer Rate — 120-MB: 680 KB/S (max.) — 1.44-MB: 150 KB/S (max.) — 720-KB: 75 KB/S (max.) Track to track seek rate —...
24X-speed CD-ROM Drive Type — 5-inch CD-ROM Pack Average Data Transfer Rates — 2550 KB/second (mode 1) — 2907 KB/ second (mode2) Read Rate — 3600 KB/sec max, 2550 KB/sec avg Burst Transfer Rate — 16.7 MB/sec, PIO mode4/DMA mode Average Access Time —...
CD Read/Write Drive Speed — Read, max 20X — CDRW max 14X Read Transfer Rate — 150 KB/s, normal speed — 3000 KB/s, 20X, maximum speed — 16.6 MB/s, Mode 4 PIO — 16.6 MB/s, Multi Mode 2 DMA mode (not Ultra DMA) Write Transfer Rate —...
Bridge Battery When fully charged, backs up memory contents and system status when in Suspend (Windows 95) or Standby (Windows 98) mode, giving you time to install a fully charged main battery. Dimensions System with 14.1-inch LCD panel Width — 12.4 in. (317 mm) Depth —...
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 000000-0002FFh...
Real-time Clock Slave IRQ09 USB Port Slave IRQ10 PC CardBus Controller/Video Slave IRQ11 VersaBay in Versa Dock Slave IRQ12 PS/2 Mouse/NEC VersaGlide Slave IRQ13 Math Coprocessor (built into CPU) Slave IRQ14 Hard Disk Controller 1 Slave IRQ15 VersaBay III Slave IRQ03...
Why won't a serial mouse work when connected to the PS/2 port with the appropriate adapter? The NEC Versa LXi computer is designed to find a mouse connected to the PS/2 port only. The system does not recognize a serial mouse with an adapter.
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).
If my NEC Versa LXi system is docked in the NEC Versa Dock and I'm using a PC card, the card does not work.
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? To provide a stable platform free of conflicts, NECC excluded some resources from PC card use.
How do I format a diskette? In Windows, double click on the My Computer icon and then right click (click the right-hand mouse button) on the 3.5-inch Floppy or SuperDisk icon (depending upon your hardware configuration. Select Format and choose the format process that best suits your needs.
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.
What is the purpose of Suspend to RAM? (Windows 95/NT) You can initiate full Suspend-to-RAM in Windows 95/NT by pressing the Power button and holding it in place for 4 or fewer seconds. This places the system in a deeper state of “sleep” and requires that you press the Power button again to bring it back to Active mode.
Your system must be configured for STF. In the BIOS Power Management Setup, enable the “Auto save-to-file” parameter. What is the function of Suspend-to-File? (Hibernation in Windows 98) Suspend-to-File (Hibernation) provides the greatest power savings by putting the system into a maximum power shutdown. When the system goes into STF mode, it saves data and system status and then shuts off power to all components.
What is a time-out? A time-out is the amount of time your system or a particular component is inactive. Can I disable my system's power management features? Yes. In the Windows 95/NT environment, simply press the Power Management switch, Fn+F7 on the system keyboard until you hear a single beep.
How do I speed up my application? If the application you are using runs really slow, close any other applications you are not using - this should speed things up. If your application still runs slow, you might consider installing additional memory (see “Memory Modules”...
How do I save a file? You save a file by selecting File, then Save, from the drop down menu. If the file was not previously named, you will be prompted for a file name. In Windows, you can use up to 255 characters to name a file. I'm having a problem using the IR port.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. peripheral Input or output device not under direct computer control. A printer is a peripheral device.
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. Resolution is usually specified in pixels by scan lines, for example, 640 by 480.
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 or more colors. Universal Serial Bus. This new external bus standard supports the connection of up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards.
VersaGlide A small, touch-sensitive pad used as a pointing device on your NEC Versa notebook computer. With the VersaGlide, you can move your finger along the pad to move the cursor or simulate a mouse click by tapping the pad.
zoomed video A direct high-speed connection between the video, audio, and graphics subsystems within the computer that provides the high-quality path required for smooth video playback or TV tuner transmission. Zoomed video technology allows data transfer directly between a PC card and VGA controller allowing notebook computers to connect via PC card to real-time multimedia devices such as video cameras.
Index main, 2-13 optional, 2-13 AC adapter, 7-2 precautions, 2-12 connecting, 2-4 recharging precautions, 2-12 using, 2-4 refresh, 3-17 AC Power port, 1-13 release latch, 1-16 ACPI, 3-12, 3-18 system, 2-13 advanced power settings, 3-21 when to change, 2-9 alarms, 3-20 BIOS hibernation, 3-21 disabling flash switch, 3-30...
CD-ROM drive, 5-9, 9-4 PC cards, C-3 features, 5-9 power management, C-7 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 2-15 File bay, 1-15, 1-16, 5-2 Closing LCD panel, 3-21 FTP site, 11-3 CMOS battery, 2-13 Full disk restore, 4-13 Connecting Function keys, 1-8...
Low battery NEC Versa Dock, 8-10 alarm, 3-20 NEC Versa file bay, 5-2 power, 2-8 NEC Versa PortBar, 8-11 NEC VersaBay III, 1-11, 1-16, 5-3 installing devices, 5-7 Main battery, 2-6, 2-13 other devices, 5-8 Main power source release latch, 1-17...
support services, 11-4 button, 1-5, 1-7, 3-13 web site, 11-3 connections, 7-3 Numeric keypad, 1-9 meter, 3-20 pressing button, 3-21 schemes, 3-19 status LEDs, 1-11 Obtaining BIOS update, 3-24 Power management, 3-18 Operating systems setup, 3-12 Windows 95, 4-4 states in Windows 95/NT, 3-23 Windows 98, 4-2 states in Windows 98, 3-22 Windows NT, 4-5...
User password, 3-8 Supervisor password, 3-8 Using Support services, 11-4 AC adapter, 2-4 Suspend modem, 7-4 mode, 3-14, 3-23 NEC VersaGlide, 2-2 warning tone, 3-14 power sources abroad, 7-3 Switch settings, 3-25 TV out port, 8-7 System batteries, 2-13 Vents, 1-17...
tips, 2-3 Video, 9-6 Video out type, 3-7 Volume control, 1-14 Wake up from Suspend, 3-14 Warm swap, 5-4 Web site, 11-3 Windows 95, 4-4 98, 4-2 98 desktop icons, 4-2 98 taskbar icons, 4-3 introduction, 4-2 keys, 1-9 NT, 4-5 power management, 3-18 Y-cable adapter, 1-12 Index-6...
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.
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.
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 LXi is in compliance with FCC CFR47 part 15 for Class B digital devices.