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  • Page 2 STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. NEC is a registered trademark, Versa is a U.S. registered trademark, VersaBay, VersaGlide, and PortBar are trademarks, and UltraCare is a U.S. registered service mark of NEC Corporation, and/or one or more of its subsidiaries, used under license.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Text Setup ..........................x Related Documents ......................xi 1 Introducing Your NEC Versa Before you Begin ....................... 1-2 About Your NEC Versa LXi Notebook ................1-3 Around the Front of the System ..................1-4 LCD Panel........................1-4 Base Unit........................1-5 Operating Status LEDs ....................
  • Page 4 Optional Battery ......................2-14 System Care........................2-15 Precautions for System Use..................2-15 Storage Requirements ....................2-16 Routine Cleaning.......................2-16 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...
  • Page 5 Launching the CD with Windows 2000/NT ............... 4-9 Application and Driver CD Dialog Box..............4-9 Installing the A&D Software ..................4-10 NEC Info Center ......................4-10 Installing the NEC Info Center ................. 4-10 Uninstalling the NEC Info Center................4-10 Partition Magic......................... 4-11 Product Recovery CD ...................... 4-11 Guidelines for Using the Product Recovery CD ............
  • Page 6 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 CD Loading.......................5-10...
  • Page 7 Serial Devices ......................8-4 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 .......................
  • Page 8 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 A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You................A-2 Arrange Your Equipment ....................
  • Page 9: Using This Guide

    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.
  • Page 10: 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 11: Related Documents

    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.
  • Page 12: Introducing Your Nec Versa

    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...
  • Page 13 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,”...
  • Page 14 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 650-MHz, 700-MHz, 750-MHz, 800 MHz or 850 MHz with Speedstep™...
  • Page 15: 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 LXi comes with a 1024x768, 16M color LCD panel that you can adjust for a comfortable viewing position.
  • Page 16: Base Unit

    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 –...
  • Page 17: Operating Status Leds

    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.
  • Page 18: Power Button

    (Windows 2000/98) 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...
  • Page 19: Keyboard

    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 —...
  • Page 20 The cursor indicates where the next text typed is inserted. Windows keys — In the Windows environment, you can use the following two keys to facilitate your work. Quick access to shortcut menus Displays the Start menu Introducing Your NEC Versa 1-9...
  • Page 21: Front Features

    Keys with blue printing on them behave differently when combined with control keys or the key. 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 –...
  • Page 22: Around The Back Of The System

    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 –...
  • Page 23: Around The Left Side Of The System

    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.
  • Page 24: Around The Right Side Of The System

    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 –...
  • Page 25 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.
  • Page 26: Around The Bottom Of The System

    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 an 8X DVD-ROM drive comes installed in the NEC VersaBay III on the front of your system.
  • Page 27 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.
  • Page 28: Getting Started

    Getting Started NEC VersaGlide Power Sources for Your NEC Versa AC Adapter Main Battery Pack System Batteries System Care...
  • Page 29 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.
  • Page 30: 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 31: 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 32: 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 LXi. Although other adapters look similar, using them can damage your system.
  • Page 33: 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 in the Windows environments, an electrical plug appears when the system is connected to an AC power source.
  • Page 34: Battery Gauge Leds

    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.
  • Page 35: 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 36: Battery Handling

    Battery Handling Keep the following in mind when removing or replacing a battery. Use only the battery designed for your system in the NEC Versa. Mixing other manufacturers’ batteries, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can deteriorate battery and equipment performance.
  • Page 37 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 38 Continue to hold the battery release latch as you slide the battery out of the system. Removing the battery 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.
  • Page 39 Inserting the battery pack Turn over the system. 2-12 Getting Started...
  • Page 40: Battery Precautions

    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.
  • Page 41: System Batteries

    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.
  • Page 42: 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 43: 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 44: 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 45: Pausing The Screen

    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.
  • Page 46: 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 47: 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 48: 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. PgUp/PgDn Toggles through the current parameter settings. For some parameter settings, moves the cursor between the subfields.
  • Page 49: Resetting System Parameters

    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.
  • Page 50: Advanced Cmos Setup

    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.
  • Page 51: System Security Setup

    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)
  • Page 52 Assign Supervisor Password — Establishes password protection for entering the BIOS Setup Utility, booting the system, and resuming from Standby. (Resume from Standby, not applicable in Windows 2000/98 with ACPI.) Assign User Password — Establishes a user password once a supervisor password is set.
  • Page 53: Establishing System Passwords

    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.
  • Page 54: Changing Hard Disk Drive Passwords

    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.
  • Page 55: Moving The Hard Disk Drive

    With hard disk drive security enabled on the original NEC Versa system, the system boots normally. If the hard drive is installed in another NEC Versa system with security enabled, you must enter the master password to access the hard disk drive. If the hard drive is installed in another NEC Versa system with security disabled, you are prompted to enter the master password and then a new user password.
  • Page 56 Use the Power Management Setup to balance high performance and energy conservation. Power Management Setup Parameter Default Alternate Setting(s) Setting System Switch Power Button Sleep Button Power Management under AC Power Savings Level Longest Life High Perform/Custom/Off CPU Speed Control 100% 12.5, 25, 50% Hard Disk Timeout...
  • Page 57 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.
  • Page 58: Boot Device Setup

    Automatic STF — Enables the system, after 30 minutes in Suspend mode, to save the current working environment to a special file on the hard disk and to power down the system. Pressing the Fn-Power key combination also puts the system into Save to File mode (Windows NT, only).
  • Page 59 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.
  • Page 60: Peripheral Setup

    Peripheral Setup 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. Peripheral Setup Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) USB Controller Disabled Enabled Internal Hard Drive Both Enabled/Disabled Primary/Secondary...
  • Page 61: 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 62: Windows 2000 Power Options Properties

    Windows 2000 Power Options Properties In Windows 2000, most ACPI power management settings are controlled through Windows Power Options Properties, not through the BIOS Setup utility. To access Windows 2000 Power Options Properties, go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double click Power Options.
  • Page 63: Windows 2000 Alarms

    Power Schemes Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) System Standby After 20 Minutes 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, (Plugged In) 30, 45 minutes; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 hours; Never System Standby After 5 Minutes 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, (Running on batteries) 30, 45 minutes;...
  • Page 64: Windows 2000 Power Meter

    Critical battery alarm — Allows you to define a critical battery alarm percentage, notification, and system action. Run a program — Allows you to run a specific program when an alarm occurs. Windows 2000 Power Meter The Power Meter screen displays the remaining battery power and charging status for the primary and secondary batteries.
  • Page 65: Windows 2000 Hibernate

    Control Panel. Note When powering on your NEC Versa running the Windows 2000 operating system, you may encounter a warning message suggesting that a problem exists with the hibernation file on your system. The warning message is inaccurate. To disable this message, simply follow the instructions in the previous paragraph to enable hibernate support.
  • Page 66: Windows 98 Power Schemes

    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...
  • Page 67: Windows 98 Alarms

    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...
  • Page 68: Windows 98 Advanced

    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...
  • Page 69: Intel Speedstep Technology

    Intel SpeedStep Technology The Intel SpeedStep Technology window allows you to modify your system’s performance settings while running on batteries or when connected to an AC power source. Intel SpeedStep Technology Options Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Automatically change checked unchecked performance when the power source changes.
  • Page 70: Advanced Intel Speedstep Technology Options

    Advanced Intel SpeedStep Technology Options The Advanced Intel SpeedStep Technology Options include the following settings. Intel SpeedStep Technology Options (advanced) Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Disable Intel SpeedStep unchecked checked technology control. Remove icon from unchecked checked taskbar. Disable audio notification unchecked checked when performance...
  • Page 71: Recognizing The Windows 2000/98 Power Management States

    Recognizing the Windows 2000/98 Power Management States It is important to recognize your system’s behavior when in each of these power management states. The following table describes the system behavior for each power management state. Windows 2000/98 Power Management Behavior LCD Timeout Standby (STR) Hibernate (STF)
  • Page 72: Recognizing The Windows Nt Power Management States

    Save-to-file (STF) — also known as Save-to-Disk, STF mode manages power by saving the current working environment to an area on your hard disk, then powering off your system. Conserves the most battery power. Recognizing the Windows NT Power Management States It is important to recognize your system’s behavior when in each of these power management states.
  • Page 73: Updating The Bios

    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) 578-5101, or access the web site, to obtain a copy of the BIOS update. Note If you purchased and are using this computer outside the U.S.
  • Page 74: Identifying The Switch Settings

    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 75: Enabling The Bios Flash Switch

    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.
  • Page 76 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.
  • Page 77 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.” 3-34 Using the BIOS Setup Utility...
  • Page 78: Performing The Bios Update

    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.”...
  • Page 79 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.
  • Page 80: Using The Operating System And Utilities

    Using the Operating System and Utilities Windows Introduction NEC Utilities SpeedStep Applet Application and Driver CD NEC Info Center Partition Magic Product Recovery CD...
  • Page 81: Windows 2000

    LAN card for network access. 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 82: Taskbar Icons

    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. Internet Explorer — Provides your default internet program. Also access Internet Explorer under Start, Programs, Internet Explorer.
  • Page 83 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 84: Taskbar Icons

    Infrared Monitor — Allows you to enable, disable, and control the infrared communication on your notebook computer. NEC VersaGlide — Allows you to adjust your VersaGlide (mouse) properties. Also access NEC VersaGlide under Start, Settings, Control Panel, Mouse. SpeedStep Applet — Allows you to customize high-performance computing on your notebook computer.
  • Page 85: Windows Nt

    Internet Explorer — Allows you to browse the internet or view local HTML files. Also access Internet Explorer under Start, Programs, Internet Explorer. NEC Customize — Gives you the option to launch the Application and Driver CD, or install the NEC-supplied mouse driver.
  • Page 86: Nec Customize Utility Screen

    NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility (Windows 98, only) — You must use this option to take advantage of warm swapping your VersaBay III devices. NEC-supplied mouse driver (Windows NT, only) — Use this option to take advantage of the VersaGlide features described in Chapter 2 of your user’s guide.
  • Page 87: Using Hdprepez With Windows 98

    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...
  • Page 88: Launching The Cd With Windows 98

    You can also access an application through the Start, Programs menu. Launching the CD with Windows 98 Follow these procedures to launch the Application and Driver CD using NEC Customize with Windows 98. Insert the Application and Driver CD into the CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 89: Installing The A&D Software

    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...
  • Page 90: Partition Magic

    Visually create, format, shrink, expand, and move hard disk partitions in minutes. Your NEC Versa with Windows 98, 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 91: 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 92: Full Disk Drive Restore

    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.
  • Page 93 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 94: Partition Only Restore

    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 Partition Only to restore drive C: of a multiple partitioned drive to its original factory installed state.
  • Page 95 Read the Warning screen. A warning displays indicating that drive C: (the primary drive/partition) is about to be erased and formatted. It may be necessary to reinstall software to the other drives (partitions) to reestablish Start Menu links and other configuration requirements stored on drive C:.
  • Page 96: Using The System Drives And Bays

    Using the System Drives and Bays NEC Versa File Bay SuperDisk Drive NEC VersaBay III NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility 24X CD-ROM Drive CD Read/Write Drive 8X DVD-ROM Drive Hard Disk Drive Memory Modules...
  • Page 97: Nec Versa File Bay

    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.
  • Page 98: Formatting Diskettes In The Superdisk Drive

    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.
  • Page 99: Nec Versabay Iii Swap Utility

    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 environment.
  • Page 100: Using The Nec Versabay Iii Swap Utility

    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.
  • Page 101: Removing A Device From 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.
  • Page 102: Installing A Device In The Nec Versabay Iii

    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...
  • Page 103: Other Nec Versabay Iii Devices

    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.”...
  • Page 104: 24X Cd-Rom Drive

    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.
  • Page 105: Cd Loading

    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.
  • Page 106: Cd Read/Write Drive

    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.
  • Page 107: 8X Dvd-Rom Drive

    DVD into or remove a DVD from the drive. Status LED — lights during data read operations. Do not eject the DVD or turn off the NEC Versa when the indicator is lit. Emergency Eject Hole — allows you to manually remove a disc from the DVD-ROM drive if the eject function is disabled by software or a power failure.
  • Page 108: Hard Disk Drive

    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.”...
  • Page 109 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.
  • Page 110 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.
  • Page 111 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.
  • Page 112 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.
  • Page 113: Memory Modules

    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.
  • Page 114 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...
  • Page 115 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.
  • Page 116 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.
  • Page 117: Communicating With Your Nec Versa

    Communicating with Your NEC Versa PC Cards Mini-PCI Modem Mini-PCI LAN Mini-PCI LAN/Modem Internet Connections IR Port...
  • Page 118: Type Ii Cards

    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.
  • Page 119: 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 120: Using The Pc Card Slots

    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.
  • Page 121: Removing A Card

    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...
  • Page 122: Pc Card Modems

    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.
  • Page 123: Mini-Pci Lan

    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.
  • Page 124: Installing The Online Lan/Modem Guides

    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.
  • Page 125: Connecting To The Internet In Windows 98

    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 device, or print to an IR-equipped printer without using cables.
  • Page 126: Using The Ir Port

    Using the IR Port Your NEC Versa ships with the IR port disabled. Before using the IR port for the first time, you must enable the device. To enable your system’s IR device, you must: First, enable the IR serial port in the system BIOS.
  • Page 127: Transferring Files Using The Ir Port With Windows 2000

    Follow these steps to transfer files using the IR port with Windows 2000. Position the NEC Versa LXi no more than three feet away from the IR device you are using and be sure that there is no greater than a 30º angle between the computer and the device.
  • Page 128 Right click the file(s) for transfer, then select and click Infrared Recipient. During the file transfer, an Infrared Monitor window may appear on the receiving IR device. Click Yes to accept the file transfer. 6-12 Communicating with Your NEC Versa...
  • Page 129: Traveling Tips

    Traveling Tips Preparing for Travel Packing for Travel Using Power Sources Getting Through Customs Using Your Modem...
  • Page 130: 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 131: Using Power Sources

    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.
  • Page 132: Using Your Modem

    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.
  • Page 133: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices External Monitor Printer External Keyboard/Mouse External Television Connections External Audio Options USB Devices NEC Versa Dock NEC Versa PortBar...
  • Page 134 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.
  • Page 135: Printer

    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.
  • Page 136: Serial Devices

    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.
  • Page 137: External Keyboard/Mouse

    External Keyboard/Mouse You can add a full-size PS/2-style keyboard or PS/2-style mouse to your NEC Versa 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.
  • Page 138: External Television Connections

    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.
  • Page 139 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.
  • Page 140: External Audio Options

    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.
  • Page 141: Usb Devices

    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 2000 and Windows 98 systems.
  • Page 142: Nec Versa Dock

    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.
  • Page 143: Nec Versa Portbar

    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.
  • Page 144: Using Multimedia

    Using Multimedia Audio Video Multimedia Applications...
  • Page 145: Recording

    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 2000/98), and select Sound Recorder.
  • Page 146: Playing Back

    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.
  • Page 147: Line-In

    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.
  • Page 148: Mixing

    NEC Versa. 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.
  • Page 149: Midi Files

    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.
  • Page 150: Multimedia Applications

    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.
  • Page 151: Solving System Problems

    Solving System Problems Problem Checklist Start-Up Problems If You Need Assistance...
  • Page 152 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.
  • Page 153 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 NT) or Standby (Windows from:...
  • Page 154: Post Error Messages

    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.
  • Page 155 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.
  • Page 156: Beep Codes

    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.
  • Page 157: 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 158: Getting Service And Support

    Getting Service and Support Service and Support Contact Information NECC Web Site NECC FTP Site NECC Support Services Email/Fax to Support Services...
  • Page 159 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 160 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 161 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 162: 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 163: 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 164: 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 165: 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 166: 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 167 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 168 Specifications System Components Memory Map Interrupt Controllers...
  • Page 169: System Components

    System Components The following system component specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor Intel Pentium III, 650-MHz, 700-MHz, 750 MHz, 800-MHz, or 850-MHz with SpeedStep and AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) Architecture 64-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus Random Access Memory Standard Main Memory —...
  • Page 170 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 —...
  • Page 171 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 —...
  • Page 172 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 —...
  • Page 173 24X-speed CD-ROM Drive Type — 5-inch CD-ROM Pack Maximum Data Transfer Rates — 3600 KB/second (mode 1) — 4106 KB/ second (mode2) Read Rate — 3600 KB/sec max, 2575 KB/sec avg Burst Transfer Rate — 16.7 MB/second, PIO mode4/multi-word DMA mode 2 —...
  • Page 174 DVD Compatibility — DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, DVD-18, DVD-R (read, single border) 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 —...
  • Page 175 Capacity — 6,000 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 when in Suspend (Windows 95) or Standby (Windows 98) mode, giving you time to install a fully charged main battery.
  • Page 176: 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 000000-0002FFh...
  • Page 177: Interrupt Controllers

    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...
  • Page 178: C Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions External Mouse Display PC Cards Diskette Drive Booting Power Management Miscellaneous...
  • Page 179: External Mouse

    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.
  • Page 180: 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 181 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.
  • Page 182: Diskette Drive

    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.
  • Page 183 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.
  • Page 184: 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 185 What is the purpose of Suspend to RAM? (Windows NT) You can initiate full Suspend-to-RAM in Windows 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.
  • Page 186 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 2000/98) 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.
  • Page 187: Miscellaneous

    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? In Windows 2000/98, click on Start, Settings, Control Panel. In Control Panel, double click on the Power icon. In the Power Properties screen, uncheck “Allow Windows to manage power use on this computer.”...
  • Page 188 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”...
  • Page 189 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.
  • Page 190: 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 191 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 192 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 193 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 194 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 195 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 196 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 197 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.
  • Page 198 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.
  • Page 199 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.
  • Page 200 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.
  • Page 201 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.
  • Page 202: Index

    2-14 auto play, 5-10 charging LED, 1-11 care, 5-10 CMOS, 2-14 loading, 5-10 gauge LEDs, 2-7 Read/Write drive, 5-11 handling, 2-9 CD-ROM drive, 5-9, 9-4 inserting, 2-11 features, 5-9 main, 2-14 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 2-16 optional, 2-14 Index-1...
  • Page 203 Closing LCD panel, 3-21, 3-25, 3-26, 3-27 display panel, C-2 CMOS battery, 2-14 external mouse, C-2 Connecting miscellaneous, C-10 a TV, 8-7 PC cards, C-3 AC adapter, 2-4 power management, C-7 Connecting to the Internet File bay, 1-14, 1-15, 5-2 Windows 2000, 6-8 FTP site, 11-3 Windows 98, 6-9...
  • Page 204 NEC Versa Dock, 8-10 alarm, 3-20, 3-24 NEC Versa file bay, 5-2 power, 2-8 NEC Versa PortBar, 8-11 NEC VersaBay III, 1-10, 1-15, 5-3 installing devices, 5-7 Main battery, 2-6, 2-14 other devices, 5-8 Main power source release latch, 1-16...
  • Page 205 NECC PortBar notches, 1-11 email/fax, 11-4 POST error messages, 10-4 FTP site, 11-3 Power support services, 11-3 button, 1-5, 1-7, 3-13 web site, 11-3 button, pressing, 3-21 Numeric keypad, 1-9 connections, 7-3 meter, 3-21, 3-24 options, Windows 2000, 3-19 pressing button, 3-25 Obtaining BIOS update, 3-30 schemes, 3-19, 3-20, 3-23 Operating systems...
  • Page 206 Supervisor password, 3-9 User password, 3-9 Support services, 11-3 Using Suspend AC adapter, 2-4 mode, 3-14, 3-28 IR port, 6-10 warning tone, 3-15 modem, 7-4 Switch settings, 3-31 NEC VersaGlide, 2-2 power sources abroad, 7-3 TV out port, 8-7 Index-5...
  • Page 207 Vents, 1-16 VersaBay HDD password, 3-9 VersaGlide adjustments, 2-3 features, 2-2 tips, 2-3 Video, 9-6 Video out type, 3-7 Volume control, 1-13 Wake up from Suspend, 3-15 Warm swap, 5-4 Web site, 11-3 Windows 2000, 4-2 2000 power options, 3-19 2000, taskbar icons, 4-3 98, 4-3 98 desktop icons, 4-3...
  • Page 208: 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 209 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 210 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.

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