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  • Page 1 NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation; Versa is a U.S. registered trademark of NEC Technologies, Inc.; MiniDock 6000 is a U.S. trademark of NEC Technologies, Inc.; all are used under license by NEC Computer Systems Division (NECCSD) Packard Bell NEC, Inc.
  • Page 2: Using This Guide

    MiniDock™ 6000 User’s Guide gives you the information you need to maximize the use of your MiniDock. Read this guide to become familiar with the NEC MiniDock 6000 and its features. For specific infor- mation, see the following chapters. Chapter 1 introduces you to MiniDock 6000 capabilities and features.
  • Page 3: Text Setup

    Text that you must type or keys that you must press are presented in bold type. For example, type and press Enter RELATED DOCUMENTS See the following documents for information related to the NEC MiniDock 6000 and NEC Versa operation: The NEC MiniDock 6000 Quick Setup sheet. Your NEC Versa user’s guide. ®...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Routine Care ................. 1-10 Battery Charging ................1-10 Docking and Undocking Connecting the Power Cable..............2-1 Preparing the NEC Versa for Docking..........2-4 Docking the NEC Versa..............2-6 Undocking the NEC Versa ..............2-11 Setting Up and Using the Software Using the Setup Utility................
  • Page 5 Removing a PC Card ..............4-6 Windows 95 Systems..............4-6 Windows for Workgroups Systems ........... 4-6 Windows NT Systems............... 4-7 Connecting External Devices............... 4-7 External Monitor ................4-7 External Monitor Stand............. 4-8 Parallel Devices ................4-9 External Keyboard and Mouse ............4-10 USB Devices .................
  • Page 6: Introducing The Nec Minidock 6000

    MiniDock, install your CD-ROM reader in the MiniDock VersaBay II, attach your joystick to the MIDI/Game port, and you're ready to work hard or play! Undock the NEC Versa from the MiniDock and you're ready for the road.
  • Page 7: Minidock Features

    Front and top features Docking Guides — The docking guides on the glide panel ensure that your NEC Versa is aligned properly for docking. These guides fit into specially placed notches on the bottom of the notebook computer. 1-2 Introducing the NEC MiniDock 6000...
  • Page 8 NEC Versa to allow for docking. AC Port Guard — The adjustable AC port guard keeps you from acci- dentally docking the NEC Versa while it is still plugged into the AC adapter. When the notebook is docked, the MiniDock supplies power to run the system and charges the battery installed in the NEC Versa.
  • Page 9: Left Side

    Docking Status – When power is on to the MiniDock, this LED lights as follows: – Steady green when the NEC Versa is properly docked, powered up, and locked onto the MiniDock. – Blinks green while processing an undocking request.
  • Page 10 Volume Control — This knob gives you control over the volume of ex- ternal speakers or headphones attached to the MiniDock. Introducing the NEC MiniDock 6000 1-5...
  • Page 11: Right Side

    Undocking Button — This button releases the locking mechanism and prepares the NEC Versa for undocking. For warm undocking, you must press the Undocking button before pressing the Eject lever to success- fully undock. (See Chapter 2, “Docking and Undocking,” for details about undocking the system.)
  • Page 12: Back

    VersaBay II Eject Button — This button ejects a device installed in the VersaBay II. Power Button — The Power button lets you power on and off the NEC Versa notebook computer docked on the MiniDock. (The computer power button does not work while the unit is docked.) Back Features on the back of the MiniDock are shown in the following figure.
  • Page 13: The Right Environment

    USB Port — lets you connect a USB device or devices to the MiniDock. If your NEC Versa supports USB device connection, this port on the MiniDock works. If your NEC Versa does not support USB device con- nection, this port does not work.
  • Page 14: Operating Environment

    MiniDock. Precautions Follow these precautions when using and storing the NEC MiniDock 6000. Do not use or store the MiniDock in direct sunlight or near radiant heat sources for an excessive length of time. Heat from these sources can raise the internal temperature of the unit and damage its parts.
  • Page 15: Routine Care

    BATTERY CHARGING The MiniDock charges the battery installed in your NEC Versa notebook computer or in the NEC Versa VersaBay II as long as the computer is docked, the MiniDock is plugged into AC power, and the main MiniDock power switch is on.
  • Page 16: Docking And Undocking

    Preparing the NEC Versa for docking and docking it on the MiniDock. Powering on the NEC Versa. This chapter also describes how to undock the NEC Versa from the Mini- Dock when you want to use the notebook by itself.
  • Page 17 NOTE If you need to replace the MiniDock power cable, make sure it meets the following specifications. In North America, the cable should be rated for 120 V, 7 A. The plug is a NEMA 5-15P. Use an SVT or SJT 18/3 AWG cable that is less than 15 feet (4.5 m) long.
  • Page 18 CAUTION Make sure the Main Power switch on the back of the MiniDock is powered on before docking the NEC Versa. Docking the NEC Versa while the MiniDock is powered off can result in a system crash. Powering on the MiniDock...
  • Page 19: Preparing The Nec Versa For Docking

    Follow the procedure given next to prepare the NEC Versa for docking. Set NEC Versa power for your system as follows. If you have a Plug and Play NEC Versa, you can either put your sys- tem into Suspend mode or leave it in full Operation mode for docking.
  • Page 20 Opening the NEC Versa expansion port cover Stowing the expansion port cover Verify that the power cord is plugged into the MiniDock and that MiniDock power is turned on. (See “Connecting the Power Cable” for details.) When the Docking Status LED lights steady amber, power to the Mini- Dock is turned on and it is ready for docking.
  • Page 21: Docking The Nec Versa

    MiniDock power on. This procedure can be used with NEC Versa systems that run the Windows 95 operating system. Hot Docking — with NEC Versa power on and the system in full opera- tion mode. This procedure can be used with NEC Versa systems with the Windows 95 operating system.
  • Page 22 Locate the docking connector and the docking guides on the MiniDock. Adjusting the AC Port Guard For easier docking, close the LCD panel on the NEC Versa. (This is not required, but is recommended.) Align the docking guides on the MiniDock with the docking grooves on the bottom of the NEC Versa.
  • Page 23 Place your fingers in the docking grips and your thumbs on the front of the NEC Versa. Firmly push against the computer with equal pressure against the left front and right front of the NEC Versa. Continue to press until the connection between the computer and the MiniDock is secure.
  • Page 24 Opening the LCD panel Press the Power button on the side of the MiniDock to power on the NEC Versa. When the Docking Status LED lights a steady green, the docking process has successfully completed and the NEC Versa is powered on.
  • Page 25 Starting at step 2 in this procedure, try redocking the system. NOTE If the LED continues to blink, call your authorized service rep- resentative. Powering on Once docked, the NEC Versa is locked onto the MiniDock and cannot be removed without following the appropriate undocking procedure. 2-10 Docking and Undocking...
  • Page 26: Undocking The Nec Versa

    UNDOCKING THE NEC VERSA Undock your NEC Versa as follows. Check the status of your NEC Versa power: If you are running Windows 95, you can either put your system into Suspend mode or leave the system in Operation mode to undock.
  • Page 27 Wait until the LED turns amber before disconnecting the NEC Versa. You cannot undock the computer while the LED is green. To use Windows 95 software to undock the NEC Versa, locate and select the “Eject PC” icon in the Windows 95 Start menu. When you select this icon, a “Dock Change”...
  • Page 28: Setting Up And Using The Software

    ® user’s guide and CardWizard PC card drivers. Follow the instructions in this section to install the online user’s guide on your NEC Versa and load the appropriate drivers. NOTE If your system requires the CardWizard drivers, you must in- stall them before docking for the first time.
  • Page 29 When a MiniDock software setup screen (similar to the one shown next) appears, proceed as follows. Main Setup screen In Installation Type, select your operating system. Choose Windows 95, Windows 3.11 (for Windows for Workgroups), or Windows NT 4.0. In the Applications and Drivers Selection box, highlight a selection and press Setup.
  • Page 30 If you have another selection to load, repeat steps 4 and 5. From the Main Setup screen, press Exit. You are now ready to dock your NEC Versa on the MiniDock with full functionality! Setting Up and Using the Software 3-3...
  • Page 31: Adding Options And Connecting Peripherals

    PS/2- keyboard and PS/2- mouse USB (for NEC Versa systems that offer USB support) Audio External FDD connector Serial MIDI/Game. This chapter describes how to install and connect devices to the NEC MiniDock 6000. Adding Options and Connecting Peripherals 4-1...
  • Page 32: Using The Minidock Versabay Ii

    NOTE You can access only one diskette drive attached to the NEC Versa. Do not install a diskette drive or SuperDisk drive in the Mini- Dock if you already have a diskette or SuperDisk drive installed in the notebook computer or attached via an External FDD connector.
  • Page 33: Removing A Device From The Versabay Ii

    VersaBay slot. Aligning the device Slide the device into the VersaBay. Power on the MiniDock and the NEC Versa or take it out of Suspend mode. Removing a Device from the VersaBay II Remove a device installed in the VersaBay II as follows: Power off the NEC Versa and the NEC MiniDock 6000 or put the MiniDock into Suspend mode.
  • Page 34: Pc Card Slot

    Type III PC card in the top slot and one Type II card in the bottom slot. You can use the PC card slots on both the MiniDock and the NEC Versa. If you use the PC card slots in both devices at the same time, you must free up resources by disabling other devices on the NEC Versa.
  • Page 35: Installing A Pc Card

    (Press the Power button on the side of the MiniDock to power down the NEC Versa.) For Modem cards or an ATA drive, the NEC Versa can be pow- ered on or off. Locate the PC card slot on the side of the MiniDock and open the card slot door.
  • Page 36: Removing A Pc Card

    Slide the card into either slot. A low tone followed by a high tone lets you know that the card is fully inserted and recognized. (If you turn off PC speaker sound through the function keys, no sound is emitted.) Fn-F6 In Windows for Workgroups, other tone sequences (such as a high then low tone or a single tone) may sound.
  • Page 37: Windows Nt Systems

    PC card. A double tone sounds. (Go to step 2.) LAN, Combo cards, or SCSI cards — press the Power button on the side of the MiniDock to power off the NEC Versa. Press the button on the side of the slot containing the PC card.
  • Page 38: External Monitor Stand

    TV Out (on systems that support TV Out). External Monitor Stand NEC offers an optional external monitor stand. The optional stand lets you dock your NEC Versa, slide the MiniDock and computer under the stand, and keep your monitor at a comfortable viewing level. See your authorized NEC dealer for more information about the stand.
  • Page 39: Parallel Devices

    Parallel Devices To install a parallel device such as a printer, you need a cable with a male 25-pin connector for the system and, for most parallel printers, a ® Centronics -compatible 36-pin connector. NOTE When you connect a printer, be sure to install the appropriate printer driver through the Windows Control Panel.
  • Page 40: External Keyboard And Mouse

    Follow these steps to connect an external keyboard or mouse to your system. Power off the NEC Versa. CAUTION Make sure the NEC Versa is powered off whenever you add or remove an external keyboard or mouse. Connecting an external keyboard or mouse to the system in Operation mode can cause the system or device to malfunction.
  • Page 41 Connect the keyboard cable connector to the keyboard port on the Mini- Dock. Connect the mouse cable connector to the mouse port on the MiniDock. Connecting an external keyboard and mouse Power on the system. The system immediately recognizes the keyboard or mouse. NOTE After you connect an external keyboard, you can use both the built-in keyboard and external keyboard simultaneously.
  • Page 42: Usb Devices

    The USB port is active only on systems that support USB. If your NEC Versa does not come with a USB port, the USB port on the MiniDock does not function. Locate the USB port on the back of the MiniDock.
  • Page 43: External Audio Options

    If you connect external speakers or headphones to the headphone port on the MiniDock, the NEC Versa system speakers are disabled. If you con- nect external speakers to the Line Out port on the MiniDock, the NEC Versa system speakers remain enabled.
  • Page 44: External Fdd Connector

    If no speakers are attached to either the MiniDock or the NEC Versa, the NEC Versa volume control knob controls NEC Versa speaker volume. NOTE If you are using external speakers or an external microphone and experience sound distortion or feedback, lower the volume.
  • Page 45: Serial Devices

    When you connect a printer, be sure to install the appropriate printer driver through the Windows Control Panel. Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC MiniDock 6000. Check that both the NEC Versa and the device power are off.
  • Page 46: Midi/Game Devices

    The MIDI/Game port lets you attach a joystick or MIDI device to your MiniDock. Connect a joystick or MIDI device as follows: Check that both the NEC Versa and the device power are off. Locate the MIDI/Game port on the side of the MiniDock.
  • Page 47: Solving Problems

    If you still need help, see the section “If You Need Help” at the end of this chapter. PROBLEM CHECKLIST Check the items in the following list if you cannot get the NEC MiniDock 6000 to work. If these do not help, continue to the “Troubleshooting” section of this chapter.
  • Page 48: Replacing The Battery

    You can also try adjusting the Mic control in the Mixer. When docked, your NEC Versa does not work as it did when docked previously and the settings seem to have changed. Reboot your system, go into the NEC Versa Setup utility, and reset the parameters.
  • Page 49 Turn the MiniDock over and locate the battery bay on the bottom of the unit. Remove the screw that secures the battery bay cover. Insert a tip of a flat-head screwdriver into the notch and lift the cover off the unit. Removing the battery bay cover Remove the battery as follows: Lift the battery out of the MiniDock.
  • Page 50 Align the new battery cable connector with the connector inside the MiniDock battery bay. Connecting the battery cable connector WARNING Be sure to align the cable connectors properly. The battery could explode if inserted incorrectly. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recom- mended by the manufacturer.
  • Page 51: Battery Precautions

    Battery Precautions To prevent accidental battery ignition, rupture, or explosion, adhere to the following precautions. WARNING There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type. Discard used batter- ies according to the manufacturer’s instructions. (See the Battery Disposal page at the end of this guide.) Keep the battery away from heat sources including direct sun- light, open fires, microwave ovens, and high-voltage containers.
  • Page 52: If You Need Help

    NOTE If you purchased or are using the MiniDock or NEC Versa outside of the United States, please contact a local NEC office or dealer for the help available in your area. If you purchased your NEC Versa outside of the United States, see the booklet, “Getting Service and Support in Asia, Australia, and...
  • Page 53 FAX-0088) by requesting catalog number eight. The international FaxFlash number is 508-635-6090. If you purchased your MiniDock or computer outside of the U.S., please contact the local NEC office or the NEC dealers in your area for your specific warranty service. Solving Problems 5-7...
  • Page 54: Specifications And Environment

    Port replication of most NEC Versa ports, including: PS/2-style keyboard, PS/2-style mouse, serial, parallel, monitor Port replication of NEC Versa ports not found on all systems, including: external FDD connector, MIDI/Game port, and USB port Audio jacks and volume control, including stereo line in/out, monaural...
  • Page 55 Headphone/Speaker jack — 3.5-mm jack; accepts stereo mini- headphones or speaker jack Line-In jack — 3.5-mm jack; accepts stereo mini-line-in jack Line-Out jack — 3.5-mm jack; accepts stereo mini-line-out jack Indicator LEDs Docking Status LED IDE Drive Access LED Diskette Drive Access LED Power Supply North America —...
  • Page 56 Dimensions Height: 3.66 in. (94 mm ) Width: 11.58 in. (297 mm) Depth: 16.25 in. (416.6 mm) Weight: 6.61 lb (3.0 kg) Environmental Requirements Operating Environment Temperature: 41 F to 95 F (5 C to 35 C) Humidity: 20% to 80% (non-condensing) Storage Environment Temperature: –4 F to 140 F (–20 C to 60 C) Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
  • Page 57: Pin Assignments

    Pin Assignments KEYBOARD AND MOUSE PORTS The ports for the external keyboard and mouse are 6-pin mini-DIN female ports. The keyboard and mouse connectors are male connectors. Keyboard and mouse ports KEYBOARD/MOUSE PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS Signal Function KBDATA Keyboard data (MOUSEDATA) (Mouse data) —...
  • Page 58: Serial Port

    SERIAL PORT Serial port pin assignments are as follows. Serial port SERIAL PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS Function Carrier Detect Receive Data Transmit Data Data Terminal Ready Signal Ground Data Set Ready Request to Send Clear to Send Ring Indicator B-2 Pin Assignments...
  • Page 59: Parallel Port

    PARALLEL PORT Parallel port pin assignments are as follows. Parallel port PARALLEL PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS Function Strobe Data Bit 0 Data Bit 1 Data Bit 2 Data Bit 3 Data Bit 4 Data Bit 5 Data Bit 6 Data Bit 7 Acknowledge Busy Select...
  • Page 60: Monitor Port

    MONITOR PORT Monitor port pin assignments are as follows. Monitor port MONITOR PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS Function Green Blue VESA option (1) Ground Red return (ground) Green return (ground) Blue return (ground) Sync return (ground) VESA Option (2) VESA Data Horizontal sync Vertical sync VESA CLK B-4 Pin Assignments...
  • Page 61: Usb Port

    USB PORT USB pin assignments are as follows. USB PIN ASSIGNMENTS Signal DATA– DATA+ Pin Assignments B-5...
  • Page 62: Docking Port

    DOCKING PORT Pin assignments for the docking port are as follows. DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS Signal Description CD3# Docking Detect [3] 2 to 5 CHRPW Charge Power QVCC Q Buffer Vcc Not Used PRQB PCI Bus Request B GNTA# PC/PCI Bus Grants Digital GND PCIRST PCI Reset...
  • Page 63 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description IRDY# PCI Initiator Ready DEVSEL# PCI Device Select STOP# PCI Stop PERR# PCI Parity Error SERR# PCI System Error C/BE1# PCI Bus Command and Byte Enable 1 AD15 PCI Address and Data Bus [15] AD13 PCI Address and Data Bus [13] AD12...
  • Page 64 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description DSMICINL Barrack Board Mic In Left CD4# Docking Detect [4] VSYNC CRT SYNC 2 MB IN 1.6 MB FDD (Japan only) 63 to 64 Digital GND HSYNC CRT SYNC 66 to 67 Digital GND PREQA PCI Bus Request A Not Used...
  • Page 65 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description IRQ4 ISA IRQ 4 Digital GND IRQ3 ISA IRQ 3 TRDY# PCI Target Ready Digital GND LOCK# PCI Lock GND/NC Jumper to GND PCI Parity Not Used AD14 PCI Address and Data Bus [14] Not Used AD11 PCI Address and Data Bus [11]...
  • Page 66 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description DSMICINR Docking Station MIC-IN Right Channel VCR1 VCR Power On Detect [1] CONT VESA Control BLUE CRT Blue Digital GND AGNDV Analog GND for Video OPT2 VESA Option [2] OPT1 VESA Option [1] 128 to 129 Digital GND Request to Send...
  • Page 67 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description DSON# NB Power Control 5VDD Not Used Digital GND USBFAULT# Digital GND Not Used Digital GND USB DATA+ USB Signal Line USB DATA– USB Signal Line POWOK NB Power Good DCKINTR Dock Interrupt EXMSDAT External Mouse Data FD Select...
  • Page 68 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description VCR2# VCR Power On Detect [2] CD2# Docking Detect [2] GREEN CRT Green CRT Red 184 to 185 AGNDV Analog GND for Video VEDAT VESA Data VECLK VESA Clock 188 to 192 Not Used PCTYPE1 PC Type ID 1 Device Carrier Detect...
  • Page 69 DOCKING PORT PIN ASSIGNMENTS (CONT’D) Signal Description PSELECT Printer Select PDATA3 Printer Data [3] PBUSY Printer Busy PDATA4 Printer Data [4] PACK Printer Acknowledge PDATA5 Printer Data [5] PERROR# Printer Error PDATA6 Printer Data [6] Printer Paper Empty PDATA7 Printer Data [7] Docking Station Ring Indicate PSTROBE# Printer Data Strobe...
  • Page 70 Index AC port guard, 1-3 Game port, 4-16 Air vents, 1-3 Attaching a monitor, 4-7 Hardware setup, 2-1 Attaching parallel devices, 4-9 Hot docking, 2-6 Back-up battery, 5-2 IDE Drive Access LED, 1-4 Battery disposal, 5-5 If you need help, 5-6 Battery precautions, 5-5 Installing a device in the VersaBay II, 4-2 Installing a PC card, 4-5...
  • Page 71 Removing a PC card, 4-6 Replacing the battery, 5-2 Routine care, 1-10 Serial devices, 4-15 Serial port pin assignments, B-2 Setting up the NEC Versa for docking, 2-4 Setting up the hardware, 2-1 Setting up the software, 3-1 Solving problems, 5-1...
  • Page 72: Battery Replacement

    BATTERY REPLACEMENT A lithium battery in your MiniDock maintains system configuration information. In the event that the battery fails to maintain system configuration information, NECCSD recommends that you replace the battery. WARNING There is a danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.