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Using This Guide Text Setup..........................x Related Documents........................x 1 Introducing Your NEC Versa Before you Begin........................1-2 About Your NEC Versa SXi Notebook................1-3 Around the Front of the System..................1-4 LCD Panel ........................1-4 Base Unit ........................1-5 Operating Status LEDs and Microphone..............1-6 Power Button......................1-7 Keyboard ........................1-8...
System Care........................2-12 Precautions for System Use..................2-12 Storage Requirements....................2-13 Routine Cleaning.......................2-13 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 ......................3-3 Using Keys ........................3-4 Checking/Setting System Parameters .................3-4 Resetting System Parameters..................3-5 Standard CMOS Setup ....................3-5 Advanced CMOS Setup ....................3-6...
NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility ..................5-3 Installing the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility ............5-3 Using the NEC VersaBay III Swap Utility..............5-3 Removing a Device from the NEC VersaBay III ............5-4 Installing a Device in the NEC VersaBay III ..............5-5 Other NEC VersaBay III Devices ................5-6...
Changing the Auto Play Setting ..................5-8 CD Read/Write Drive ......................5-9 8X DVD-ROM Drive ......................5-9 Hard Disk Drive........................5-10 Memory Modules ......................5-14 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...
Serial Devices......................8-3 External Keyboard/Mouse ....................8-4 External Audio Options ......................8-4 USB Devices ........................8-5 Port Replicator........................8-5 9 Using Multimedia Audio ..........................9-2 Recording ........................9-2 Playing Back........................9-3 Optimizing the Sound Quality..................9-3 CD-ROM Input......................9-4 Microphone .........................9-4 Mixing .........................9-4 Using Headphones.......................9-4 Using External Stereo Speakers ..................9-5 Using the Built-In Speakers..................9-5 Digital Audio Output....................9-5 MIDI Files ........................9-5...
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..........................C-3 Diskette Drive........................C-5 Booting ..........................C-6 Power Management ......................C-7 Miscellaneous ........................C-10 Glossary Index Regulatory Statements...
The NEC Versa SXi 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.
See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa notebook computer: The NEC Versa SXi Quick Setup sheet helps get your system up and running. The NEC Versa SXi 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 SXi 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 SXi notebook computer is ready to go! To get started, do the following: Read Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,”...
8X DVD-ROM drive. To optimize your connectivity options, some models ship with an internal mini-PCI modem or combination internal mini-PCI LAN/modem. As a multimedia system, your NEC Versa also provides the tools needed to create and present impressive images using video clips and sound.
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 SXi comes with a 1024x768, 16 million 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 – Keyboard D – LCD Panel B – Operating Status LEDs E – NEC VersaGlide C –...
C – Microphone F – Num Lock IDE Device — lights when the NEC Versa writes data to or retrieves data from the internal hard disk drive VBIII Device — lights when the NEC Versa writes data to or retrieves data from a device in the VersaBay III.
(Windows NT) 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 – Control Keys B – Numeric Keys E – Windows Keys C – Cursor Control Keys F – Typewriter Keys Function keys —...
To use control keys, press and hold the control key while pressing another key. For example, “press ” means to hold down the Ctrl c key and type the letter c. How the key combination works depends on the Ctrl application you are running. Introducing Your NEC Versa 1-9...
G – Parallel Port D – Serial Port 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. Kensington Lock — Provides added security by installing an optional Kensington Lock.
Serial Port — Connects an external modem or other serial device. Expansion Port — Use this port to connect the NEC Port Replicator. Video Port — Attaches an external monitor to your NEC Versa. You can run the LCD display and the external monitor simultaneously or run either alone.
Volume Control — Allows you to control the speaker and headphone volume. 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.
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 – Battery Release Latch (Right) D – VersaBay III B – Right Stereo Speaker E –...
Around the Bottom of the System The bottom of the NEC Versa offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Bottom features A – Height Adjustment Feet D – Battery Bay B – NEC VersaBay III Release Lock E –...
About the Port Replicator The NEC Port Replicator is an accessory that duplicates some of the ports found on the back of your NEC Versa SXi system. The Kensington lock secures the NEC Versa SXi to the Port Replicator and secures the Port Replicator to the desk. Keep the NEC Port Replicator in your office connected to peripherals while you take your NEC Versa SXi on the road.
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.
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 SXi. 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 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.
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.
Hot to the touch. Strange odor. Replace the battery pack installed in your NEC Versa system as follows. Save your files, exit Windows, and put your system into Standby mode (Windows 98/2000), Suspend mode (Windows NT) or turn off system power.
Locate and press the battery release latches. Pressing the battery release latches A – Battery Release Latches Slide the battery out of the system. Removing the battery 2-8 Getting Started...
Slide the battery into the bay until securely locked into place. Inserting the battery pack Getting Started 2-9...
Precautions for Recharging the Battery Adhere to the following precautions when recharging the main battery. Use only the NEC battery charger designed for your NEC Versa battery type. Different NEC Versa models require different batteries and battery chargers. Charge the battery for the specified charge time only.
Main Battery The eight-cell or twelve-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery provides the main power source in your NEC Versa SXi 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 SXi 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.
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.
Disabled Enabled Protection Date — Sets your NEC Versa’s calendar month, day and year. These settings remain in memory even after you turn off system power. To set the date use the or arrow keys to move from field to field. Use the...
Boot Sector Virus Protection — Write protects the boot sector of the hard disk drive to avoid infection by some virus types. Advanced CMOS Setup Use the Advanced CMOS Setup to set the following functions. Advanced CMOS Setup Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) LCD Panel View Expansion...
System Security Setup Use the System Security Setup to establish system passwords. System Security Setup Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Assign Supervisor Press Enter Password Assign User Password Press Enter Boot Password Required Resume Password Required Assign HDD Password Press Enter Internal HDD Password Disabled Enabled...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use while traveling long distances. — Off — disables power management and all device timeouts. Works well in an office environment while powering your NEC Versa with AC power. — Custom — lets you define power management levels and specific device timeouts according to your own needs and present environment.
Suspend Warning Tone — Specifies whether the system warning tone sounds when Suspend mode starts. It is best to keep this option enabled. Remote Power On — Allows the modem or LAN to wake the system on a ring signal. Wake Up from Suspend Alarm/Resume Alarm Time —...
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.
Managing System Power In the Windows 98/2000 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 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.
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.
Windows 2000 Hibernate Use the Hibernate window to enable hibernate support, see the amount of free disk space, and the amount of disk space required to hibernate. When your system hibernates it performs a save-to-disk or save-to-file (STF). Your current working environment is saved to the hard disk.
Windows 98/2000 Power Management Behavior LCD Timeout Standby (STR) Hibernate (STF) Default 2 Minutes, DC power 5 Minutes, DC power 30 minutes after Standby. Setting 15 Minutes, AC power 20 minutes, AC power Manually Close LCD panel. Go to Start, Shutdown, Close LCD panel.
Recognizing the Windows NT 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 NT Power Management Behavior Standby Suspend (STR) Save-to-File (STF)
Perform the BIOS Update 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.
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.
Switch 3 — Logo select; Default is “OFF” for U.S. Switch 4, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Application and Driver CD — You must use this option to install software applications, drivers, etc. NEC VersaBay III Swap utility (Windows 98 only) — You must use this option to take advantage of hot 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 4, “Using the System Drives and Bays.” NEC Customize Utility Screen The NEC Customize utility screen consists of the following.
Using HDPREPEZ with Windows NT If you install a generic Windows NT operating system on your NEC Versa SXi, use the Application and Driver (A&D) CD to load the HDPREPEZ utility to increase the size of or to create the STF file.
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.
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 SXi User’s Guide, check our web site at http://www.nec- computers.com/.
Visually create, format, shrink, expand, and move hard disk partitions in minutes. Your NEC Versa 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.
Plug-and-Play technology to your NEC VersaBay III devices by allowing you to swap a CD-ROM drive, CD read/write drive, SuperDisk drive, or DVD-ROM drive in the NEC VersaBay III while your system is on. This dynamic solution further increases the flexibility of your already versatile notebook computer.
If you have files open on the device you are planning to remove, close them. Double click on the swap utility taskbar icon to display the menu. A dialog box appears identifying the device in the NEC VersaBay III along with a Swap Device button.
Slide the lock to the unlocked position, if necessary. Slide the latch toward the rear of the system 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 5-5...
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 Care When handling CDs, keep the following guidelines in mind. Always pick up the disc by its edges. Avoid scratching or soiling the side of the disc that has no printing or writing on it. This is the data side of the disc. Do not write on or apply labels to either side of the disc.
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.
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.”...
Slide the battery out of the system. Removing the battery Remove the disk drive as follows: Locate the disk drive lock lever. Push the lock lever to the left. Locating the lock lever A – Lock Lever Using the System Drives and Bays 5-11...
Pull the lever toward the front of the system and pull the drive out of the bay. Removing the drive 5-12 Using the System Drives and Bays...
Replace the new drive as follows: Slide the drive into the drive bay. Push the lock lever toward the rear of the system. Slide it to the right to secure the drive. Replacing the drive Slide the battery into the battery bay until securely locked into place. Inserting the battery Using the System Drives and Bays 5-13...
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.
Hold the SO-DIMM at a 45 degree angle and align the SO-DIMM contacts with the socket in the system. Push the connector into the socket. Press down on the edge of the SO-DIMM opposite the contacts until the lock tabs on the sides snap into place, securing the module. Installing the SO-DIMM If you are replacing a SO-DIMM and need to remove one that is already installed, do so as follows:...
Replace the memory module bay cover and screw. Turn over the system and power on. 5-16 Using the System Drives and Bays...
PC Cards Your NEC Versa SXi 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.
PC card activity. Access CardWizard via the taskbar icon or via the Programs menu. 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 Modem Your NEC Versa SXi may ship with a mini-PCI modem. The mini-PCI modem is an internal modem that allows you to connect to the Internet, send a fax, or access your email. To take advantage of the mini-PCI modem, simply connect an RJ-11 cable to the modem port on the left side of your system.
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 6-7...
IR Port The IR port on the right side of your system lets your NEC Versa SXi 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.
From the Windows taskbar, select Start, Settings, Control Panel, and double click the Wireless Link icon. Select the Hardware tab and click the Properties button. Under Device usage:, select Use the device (enable). Click OK, then click OK again to close the Wireless Link window. Communicating with Your NEC Versa 6-9...
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.
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.
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 port cover on the back of the system and locate the parallel port. Align and connect the 25-pin parallel cable connector to the parallel port on the system.
The headphone/external speaker port supports SP/DIF. Locate the audio port that you want to use. Plug the jack into the appropriate port on the left side of the NEC Versa. Note If you are using external speakers or an external microphone and experience sound distortion or feedback, lower the volume.
USB Devices Your NEC Versa SXi is equipped with one USB port that increases your connectivity choices. The USB port 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 systems, only.
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 Microphone port on the NEC Versa (to record monaural sound).
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 left side of the system or through the software using the sound horn on the taskbar.
The NEC Versa SXi 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.
Using Animation Files You can create a dynamic presentation using an animation application. Animation can illustrate a concept, drive home an important point, or command attention. Graphics animation can add punch to a presentation with an animated illustration, a flashing arrow, or a flying logo.
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 NT) or Standby (Windows from:...
LCD or a CRT. The system warns you by beeping. Post Error Messages The NEC Versa SXi computer has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the system power on. This diagnostic test is called the Power-On Self-Test (POST).
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.
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, 650-MHz, 700-MHz, 750-MHz with SpeedStep Architecture 64-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus Random Access Memory Standard Main Memory — 64-MB SDRAM 3.3V SO-DIMM, 64 bit data path, 100-MHz, CBR-refresh Optional Expansion —...
External Keyboard/External Mouse — 1 port, PS/2, 6-pin MiniDin; exclusionary use or both supported with optional Y-cable adapter Expansion — 1 port, 100-pin for optional NEC Port Replicator Microphone — 1 port, Mini Jack Stereo Headphones — 1 port, Mini Jack, .5 watts per channel DC In —...
LCD Panel The LCD panel is a 14.1-inch or high resolution active matrix Thin Film Transistor (TFT), Extended Graphics Array (XGA) color display — Resolution — 1024 x 768 — Colors — 16 million, maximum Keyboard Membrane 85 keys (both U.S. and International) with standard QWERTY-key layout (International keyboards are country-specific) Function keys —...
Hard Disk Drive Specifications vary depending upon model: Ultra DMA/33 support Capacity — Internal 6.x, 12.x, or 18.x GB Drive height — 9.5 mm Read/write track-to-track seek rate — 3 ms – 4.5 ms Average seek time — 12 ms – 14 ms Revolutions per minute —...
8X DVD-ROM Drive Dimensions — 12.7 mm (h), 128.0 mm (w), 127.0 mm (d) Burst Transfer Rate — 16.67 MB/sec, PIO/Multiword DMA Read Rate — CD, 3600 KB/sec max. — DVD, 8115 KB/sec max. Average Access Time — DVD, 270 ms (Random), 480 ms (Full Stroke) —...
Operating Conditions — Shock, 1G (11ms)/read, 0.5G (11ms)/write — Vibration, 0.2G/read, 0.1G/write Power AC Adapter Input Voltage — 100 to 240 volts (V) AC, 50 or 60 Hz, 1.5 A Output Voltage — 19.0 V DC, 60 Watt Australia, Europe and Asia use an AC power cable specific to each country’s standards.
Recommended Environment Operation Temperature — 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C) Relative Humidity — 20% to 80% (Noncondensing) Storage Temperature — -4°F to 104°F (-20°C to 40°C) Relative Humidity — 20% to 80% (Noncondensing) B-8 Specifications...
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...
IRQ08 Real-time Clock Slave IRQ09 USB Port Slave IRQ10 Video/Sound Slave IRQ11 Available Slave IRQ12 PS/2 Mouse/NEC VersaGlide Slave IRQ13 Math Coprocessor (built into CPU) Slave IRQ14 Primary IDE Slave IRQ15 Secondary IDE Master IRQ03 Infrared Port, when enabled Master...
Why won't a serial mouse work when connected to the PS/2 port with the appropriate adapter? The NEC Versa SXi 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).
Can I run two of the same type cards simultaneously? Yes, Windows 98 or Windows 2000 configures each card. If they are both modems, configure each for a different Com port and different available interrupts under the ports icon in the Windows Control Panel or from Device Manager in Windows 98 or Windows 2000.
Diskette Drive Why can't I boot from the diskette drive? To boot from the diskette drive, be sure that you have a diskette in the diskette drive containing operating system files. Be sure to check the Boot Device Setup parameters in the BIOS Setup Utility to determine the designated sequence of boot devices.
What type of diskette do I use in my diskette drive? Some systems ship with a 1.44-megabyte (MB) diskette drive that uses 3.5-inch high density (HD) diskettes. These diskettes are also called double-sided, high-density (DSHD) diskettes. You can store 1.44 MB of information on these diskettes.
Power Management Does my system come with power management features enabled? Your system’s default settings are configured with power management features enabled when on DC (battery) power and disabled when on AC power. In Windows NT, use the BIOS Setup utility to modify the default settings, if desired. If you do not use the keyboard, mouse, or drives for the preset length of inactive time, your screen goes blank and your system goes into a power saving mode of operation.
What is the purpose of Suspend to RAM? (Standby in Windows 98/2000) You can initiate full Suspend-to-RAM in Windows 98/2000 by accessing Start, Shut Down, Standby. This places the system in a deeper state of “sleep” and requires that you press the Power button to resume operation. Putting your system into Standby initiates the Standby power-saving mode and is a convenient way of conserving energy when you are going to be away from your system for a short period of time.
What is the function of Suspend-to-File? (Hibernation in Windows 98/2000) 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. STF mode lets you save power without first saving your work.
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 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”...
I’m having a problem using the IR port. What can I do? Verify that the IR port is enabled. Enter the BIOS Setup Utility, access the Peripheral Setup menu and be sure that the IR serial port setting contains an available COM port and IRQ setting.
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.
Electronic timer used to synchronize computer operations. CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. A chip that contains nonvolatile memory in the NEC Versa. CMOS is backed up by an internal battery that preserves clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS. 2 Glossary...
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. 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. extended RAM The area of RAM above the first megabyte of memory in the system available for enhancing system performance. Fast Infrared, an infrared technology that sends data at 4.0 Mbit/second (4 million bits per second).
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.
Storage media that retains its data when system power is turned off. Nonvolatile memory in the NEC 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.
CMOS battery, 2-11 Connecting Hard disk AC adapter, 2-3 turning off, 3-21 Control keys, 1-9 Hard disk drive, 5-10 Critical battery alarm, 3-18, 3-22 moving, 3-10 Cursor control keys, 1-9 turning off, 3-17 HDD password, 3-7, 3-8 HDPREPEZ utility Determining battery status, 2-5 using, 4-8 Digital video files, 9-5 Headphones, 1-12, 9-4...
5-6 Low battery release latch, 1-14 alarm, 3-18, 3-21 release lock, 1-14 power, 2-6 removing devices, 5-4 NEC VersaBay III Swap utility, 5-3 installing, 5-3 Main battery, 2-5, 2-11 using, 5-3 Main power source NEC VersaGlide, 1-5 DC power, 7-3...
states in Windows NT, 3-24 system behavior in Windows 98/2000, 3-23 Packing for travel, 7-2 system behavior in Windows NT, 3-25 Panel brightness, 3-12 under AC, 3-11 Parallel Windows 98, 3-16 devices, 8-2 Power options port, 1-11, 3-15 Windows 2000, 3-20 Partition Magic, 4-11 Powering on, 2-4 Partition only restore, 4-14...
Start-up problems, 10-3 Using Stereo speakers, 1-12, 1-13 AC adapter, 2-3 Storage requirements, 2-13 modem, 7-4 SuperDisk drive, 5-2 NEC VersaGlide, 2-2 formatting diskettes, 5-2 power sources abroad, 7-3 Supervisor password, 3-7 Support services, 11-4 Suspend VersaGlide mode, 3-12, 3-24...
Windows 2000 power options, 3-20 taskbar icons, 4-3 Y-cable adapter, 1-11 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 SXi is in compliance with FCC CFR47 part 15 for Class B digital devices.