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NEC Computer Systems Division,
A Division of Packard Bell NEC, Inc.


We, the Responsible Party
NEC Computer Systems Division
Packard Bell NEC, Inc.
1 Packard Bell Way
Sacramento, CA 95828-0903
declare that the product
NEC Versa SX
is in conformity with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation of this
product is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.


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  • Page 1: Declaration Of Conformity

    NEC Computer Systems Division, A Division of Packard Bell NEC, Inc. DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY We, the Responsible Party NEC Computer Systems Division Packard Bell NEC, Inc. 1 Packard Bell Way Sacramento, CA 95828-0903 1-800-632-4525 declare that the product NEC Versa SX is in conformity with part 15 of the FCC Rules.
  • Page 2 Reproduction of this document or portions thereof without prior written approval of NEC CSD is prohibited. As an ENERGY STAR partner, NEC Computer Systems Division has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency.
  • Page 3: Using This Guide

    SX 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 the NEC Versa,” to acquaint yourself with system hardware.
  • Page 4: Text Setup

    Appendix B, “Specifications,” to review NEC Versa system specifications. Appendix C, “Frequently Asked Questions,” (FAQs) for a look at questions that users commonly ask and the answers to those questions. Glossary a listing of technical terms with definitions from this user’s guide.
  • Page 5: Related Documents

    Related Documents See the following documents for additional information on your NEC Versa notebook computer: The NEC Versa SX Quick Setup sheet helps get your system up and running. The NEC Versa SX Quick Reference card provides an easy-to-carry reference to LED meanings, controls, function key combinations, and NEC CSD help numbers.
  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Around the Right Side of the System ..........1-14 Around the Bottom of the System...........1-15 2 Getting Started Power Sources for Your NEC Versa ..........2-2 Using the AC Adapter ..............2-2 Powering On ................. 2-4 Using the Main Battery Pack ............2-5 Determining Battery Status............
  • Page 7 Power Connections..............2-18 Checklists..................2-18 What to Take................2-18 Preparing your NEC Versa for Travel ........2-19 3 Using the Software BIOS Setup ..................3-2 How to Enter the BIOS Setup ............. 3-2 BIOS Setup Utility Main Menu ..........3-3 How to Use BIOS Setup ............. 3-3 Looking at Screens ..............
  • Page 8 NEC VersaGlide................4-5 Making VersaGlide Adjustments ..........4-6 VersaGlide Tips ................. 4-7 NEC VersaBay III ................4-7 Removing a Device from the VersaBay III........4-8 Installing a Device in the VersaBay III ........4-10 Customizing Your System with the VersaBay III .......4-11 24X CD-ROM Reader ..............4-12...
  • Page 9 8 Getting Services and Support Quick Reference Chart ..............8-2 NEC NOW..................8-3 NEC CSD Web Site................. 8-3 NEC CSD FTP Site ................. 8-4 NEC CSD FaxFlash Service ............8-4 E-mail/fax To Support Services ............8-6 NEC CSD Bulletin Board ..............8-7 NEC CSD Support Services.............
  • Page 10 A Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment Making Your Computer Work for You ..........A-2 Arrange Your Equipment..............A-3 Adjust Your Chair ................A-3 Adjust Your Input Devices ..............A-4 Adjust Your Screen or Monitor............A-5 Vary Your Workday ................A-6 Pre-Existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors ......A-7 B Specifications System Components ................B-2 Memory Map ..................B-9...
  • Page 11: Introducing The Nec Versa

    Introducing the NEC Versa Getting to Know Your NEC Versa NEC Versa SX Around the Front of the System Around the Back of the System Around the Left Side of the System Around the Right Side of the System Around the Bottom of the System...
  • Page 12: Getting To Know Your Nec Versa

    “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment.” After completing the steps in the quick setup sheet that comes with your computer, your NEC Versa SX notebook computer is ready to go! To get started, look at the following: Read Appendix A, “Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment,” for guidelines that help you use your computer productively and safely.
  • Page 13: Nec Versa Sx

    NEC Versa SX The NEC Versa SX notebook computer offers you a portable system filled with exciting resources for home, business or travel. Standard ® features include a powerful Intel Pentium 233-MMX, or the Intel Pentium II 233 MHz or 266-MHz microprocessor that works together with the latest Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) architecture.
  • Page 14: Around The Front Of The System

    NEC Versa. The following sections describe front features, beginning with the liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. LCD Panel Your NEC Versa SX comes with a color LCD panel that you can adjust for a comfortable viewing position. Depending on the model, your system is equipped with: a 13.3-inch color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Extended Graphics...
  • Page 15: Control Panel

    Control Panel The NEC Versa control panel provides the features shown in the figure. These features are described after the figure. Control panel A - LCD Panel B - Power/Sleep Button C - LED Control Panel D - Speaker E - Microphone F - Power Status LEDs G - VersaGlide H - Keyboard Operating Status LEDs —...
  • Page 16 Operating status LEDs A - Hard Drive B - VersaBay III C - Caps Lock D - Scroll Lock E - Num Lock Hard Drive — lights when the NEC Versa writes or reads data from the hard drive. VersaBay III™ — lights when the NEC Versa writes data to or retrieves data from a device in the VersaBay III.
  • Page 17: Keyboard Panel And Base Unit

    A - Power/Sleep Button Power/Sleep Button — press the Power/Sleep button to power on, power off, and to put the computer into Suspend mode. Your NEC Versa ships with the power on and power off function, to use the Sleep functionality, refer to “BIOS Setup” in Chapter 3 for setting up the Power/Sleep functions.
  • Page 18 Chapter 4 for complete details. (Models purchased outside of the U.S. and Canada ship with country-specific keyboard layouts.) NEC VersaGlide — The NEC VersaGlide works like a standard computer mouse. Simply move your fingertip over the VersaGlide to control the position of the cursor. Use the selection buttons below the VersaGlide to select menu items.
  • Page 19 Battery Charging LED — lights green for secondary battery or amber to indicate primary battery charging activity. Microphone — A strategically positioned built-in microphone allows you to record monophonic sound directly into your notebook computer. See Chapter 6, “Using Multimedia,” for details about recording. Introducing the NEC Versa 1-9...
  • Page 20: Around The Back Of The System

    Around the Back of the System You'll find system ports for connecting optional devices (like printers, docking station, or external monitor) on the back of your NEC Versa. These ports are described following the figure. Ports on the back of the system...
  • Page 21 DC 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 car adapter.
  • Page 22: Around The Left Side Of The System

    Around the Left Side of the System The left side of your NEC Versa offers the following features, which are described after the figure. Left side features A - Audio Ports and Volume Control B - USB Port C - Fan Vent D - Kensington Lock Slot E - PC Card Slot F - PC Card Ejection Buttons Audio ports and a volume control knob.
  • Page 23 USB Port — The Universal Serial Bus (USB) port allows you to connect up to 127 USB-equipped peripheral devices (printers, monitors, scanners, etc. with optional USB hub) to your NEC Versa. Fan Vents — Allow your system to cool properly and maintain a safe operating temperature.
  • Page 24: Around The Right Side Of The System

    Around the Right Side of the System The right side of the NEC Versa offers the features shown in the following figure. Features are described after the figure. Right side features A - VersaBay III NEC VersaBay III — A diskette drive, 24X CD-ROM reader, an SuperDisk drive, or a DVD module comes installed in the NEC VersaBay III on the right side of your system.
  • Page 25: Around The Bottom Of The System

    Around the Bottom of the System The bottom of the NEC Versa offers the features shown next. Descriptions of the features follow the figure. Bottom features A - Coin Screw B - Memory Expansion Bay Cover C - Battery Bay Release D - Battery E - VersaBay III Device F - VersaBay Release Latches Memory Expansion Bay Cover —...
  • Page 26: Getting Started

    Getting Started Power Sources for Your NEC Versa System Care Introducing the Software Traveling with your NEC Versa...
  • Page 27: Power Sources For Your Nec Versa

    Using the 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 packs. Use the AC adapter whenever a wall outlet is nearby.
  • Page 28 Connect the AC adapter as follows: 1. Connect the AC adapter cable to the power port on the back of your NEC Versa. 2. Plug one end of the AC power cable into the AC adapter and the other end into a properly grounded 100- or 240-volt wall outlet.
  • Page 29: Powering On

    1. Locate the latch on the front of the LCD panel, slide it to the right, and raise the panel. 2. Locate the Power/Sleep button and press it to turn on system power. For additional information about the Power/Sleep button and power LED’s, refer to Chapter 1, “Introducing the NEC Versa.” 2-4 Getting Started...
  • Page 30: Using The Main Battery Pack

    It's easy to install and remove. Your NEC Versa system provides tools to help you keep track of the main (or an optional) battery's power level. These include the power status LED described in Chapter 1, and SystemSoft’s Powerprofiler (for Windows NT systems, only) described later in this chapter.
  • Page 31: Determining Battery Status

    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 hours whether or not you use your system.
  • Page 32 WARNING If the second and forth LEDs are on and the third is off. The battery should be charged overnight. If the LEDs are not all on in the morning after pressing the Test button, the battery may have reached its normal end of life and need to be replaced.
  • Page 33: When To Change The Battery

    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 SX. Mixing other manufacturer's batteries, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can deteriorate battery and equipment performance.
  • Page 34: Replacing The Battery

    Replacing the Battery Replace the battery pack installed in your NEC Versa SX system as follows. Note: Use the batteries in the NEC Versa SX computer for which they are designed. Also, installing another manufacturer’s battery, or using a combination of very old and new batteries can deteriorate battery and equipment performance.
  • Page 35 Lower the battery into the battery compartment while at the same time slide the battery lock lever out of the way and press gently to secure the terminal connections. Release the lock latch and your NEC Versa battery is installed. Reinstalling battery 2-10 Getting Started...
  • Page 36: 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 recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Page 37: Recharging Battery Precautions

    Internal Batteries A nine-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery provides the main power source in your NEC Versa SX computer. See Appendix B for a list of battery specifications. In addition to this battery, the CMOS battery and bridge battery also provide system power.
  • Page 38: Cmos Battery

    The bridge battery saves your system status in Suspend mode for up to five minutes. This gives you time to install a fully charged battery or plug in AC power when your battery charge becomes low. Only an authorized NEC CSD service technician can change a bridge battery. ! CAUTION...
  • Page 39: 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. ! CAUTION Immediately turn off and unplug the NEC Versa under the following conditions: The power cord is damaged or frayed.
  • Page 40: Storage Requirements

    Do not push any foreign objects into the NEC Versa bays, connectors, and slots. Avoid using the computer or AC adapter for extended periods in direct sunlight. Do not use the system in humid or dusty environments. Do not use the system close to magnets or magnetic currents.
  • Page 41: Routine Cleaning

    ! CAUTION If the temperature of the NEC Versa suddenly rises or falls (for example, when you move the system from a warm place to a cold place), vapor condenses inside the system. Turning on the system under this condition can damage the internal system components.
  • Page 42: Introducing The Software

    System case — NEC recommends that you carefully wipe the case with a slightly damp, almost dry cloth. Introducing the Software Your NEC Versa SX system ships with either the Windows 95 or Windows NT operating system. Follow the quick setup instructions to install your operating system and related drivers.
  • Page 43: Power Connections

    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. There are a few countries with areas that use direct current (DC) as their main power source.
  • Page 44: Preparing Your Nec Versa For Travel

    Insert a fully charged battery to make sure your system is ready to quickly boot up at the airport security check. Fully charge all your batteries. Tape your business card to your NEC Versa, AC adapter, and batteries. Getting Started 2-19...
  • Page 45: Using The Software

    Using the Software BIOS Setup Windows Introduction NEC CSD Utilities NEC Help Center Software Applications...
  • Page 46: Bios Setup

    BIOS Setup Your NEC Versa SX 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 47: Bios Setup Utility Main Menu

    BIOS Setup Main Menu AMIBIOS HIFLEX SETUP UTILITY – VERSION X.XX (C)1996 American Megatrends, Inc. All Rights Reserved NEC Versa SX BIOS Version Standard CMOS Setup Advanced CMOS Setup System Security Setup Power Management Setup...
  • Page 48: Looking At Screens

    Looking at Screens BIOS setup screens have three areas as shown next. Advanced CMOS Setup menu AMIBIOS SETUP – ADVANCED CMOS SETUP (C)1996 American Megatrends, Inc. All Rights Reserved LCD Panel View Expansion Item-specific help text PS/2 Port Hot Swap Enabled appears here.
  • Page 49: 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 Modifies the current parameter settings. For some parameter settings, moves the cursor between the subfields.
  • Page 50 BIOS Setup Parameters Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Standard CMOS Setup System Date mm/dd/yyyy System Memory Auto detect: total memory Auto detected shown in MB System Time hh/mm/ss hh/mm/ss Diskette Drive A 1.44 MB, 3.5 Not installed/ 1.2 MB, 5.25 1.44 MB, 3.5 Diskette Drive B Not installed...
  • Page 51 BIOS Setup Parameters Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Power Management Setup ACPI Aware O/S System Switch Power Button Sleep Button Power Button Power Management Under AC Power Savings Level Longest Life Custom High Perform Longest Life Hard Disk Time-out 2 min 5 seconds 30 seconds 45 seconds...
  • Page 52 BIOS Setup Parameters Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Standby Time-out 4 min 1 minutes 2 minutes 4 minutes 6 minutes 8 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes Auto Suspend Time-out 10 min 5 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 25 minutes 30 minutes LCD Suspend/Resume Suspend Option...
  • Page 53 BIOS Setup Parameters Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Peripheral Timeout Audio Device Timeout Standby Timeout 4 minutes Auto Suspend Timeout 10 minutes System Security Setup Change Supervisor Password Change User Password Boot Password Required Resume Password Required Power Management Timeout High Performance Boot Device Setup Setup Question...
  • Page 54 BIOS Setup Parameters Parameter Default Setting Alternate Setting(s) Boot Device Floppy LS-120 CD-ROM Disabled IDE HD IDE Hard Drive Internal VersaBay DS Internal DS VersaBay IDE Hard Drive VersaBay DS Internal DS VersaBay Internal IDE Hard Drive DS Internal DS VersaBay Internal VersaBay IDE Hard Drive...
  • Page 55: Bios Setup Menus

    When you select the Standard CMOS Setup screen you will see System Time and System Date parameters as well as drive parameters. Date — Set 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 56 Internal Hard Disk Drive — Allows you to enable or disable the internal hard drive(s) in your system. Docking Station Drives — Enable and disable the drives installed in a docking station. (These options are only available when the NEC Versa is docked.) Advanced CMOS Setup Advanced CMOS settings let you define the following functions.
  • Page 57 Power Management Setup Your NEC Versa uses the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) which enables the operating system to manage the power given to each attached device and to turn off a device when not in use. In addition, ACPI enables manufacturers to develop computers that automatically power up with a touch to the keyboard.
  • Page 58 Suspend Option — Allows you to specify either Suspend or Save to File (STF) as the default power management mode. In Suspend, after a specified amount of inactivity, your NEC Versa shuts down all devices as you specified in Power Management Setup or applies default timeouts.
  • Page 59 Modem Ring Resume — Lets you choose whether the system resumes automatically when an external modem receives a ring signal. Wake Up from Suspend Alarm/Resume Alarm Time — Lets you set a resume time from Suspend mode. Boot Device Setup Boot Device Setup allows you to define the following functions.
  • Page 60: Other Bios Setup Options

    Setup. Password Protection Your NEC Versa supports a password for system security on several levels. Once you set a password, you must enter it before you can enter BIOS Setup, access the system at startup, or resume from Suspend, depending on your configuration selection.
  • Page 61: Using Bios Setup To Set Power Management

    Using the Save to File (STF) Feature STF protects the integrity of your working files. For example, if you are called away from your NEC Versa and Suspend mode is selected with auto Save to File active, your system automatically goes into Suspend mode after 10 minutes.
  • Page 62: Updating The Bios

    PgUp key and select STF. 5. Save the settings and exit BIOS Setup. There are two ways to invoke the NEC Versa's STF feature, one automatic and one manual. After 30 minutes of inactivity, your NEC Versa automatically invokes STF, provided you have configured STF in the BIOS Setup utility.
  • Page 63: Performing The Bios Update

    A message similar to the following appears: The NEC BIOS Update Utility should not be used to modify the BIOS in a Versa system which is docked. If your Versa is docked, please exit the BIOS Update Utility, power down, and undock your Versa before running the utility.
  • Page 64: Windows Introduction

    7. Remove the diskette and press any key to continue. The utility updates the BIOS. Power off your computer. The next time you power on your computer, you will have the latest NEC Versa SX computer BIOS revision level. 8. Enter Setup at Start up by pressing at power on to restore the default parameter settings.
  • Page 65: Windows Nt

    Applications and Drivers CD and the IR Setup Utility. NEC Help Center — Includes online topics specific to the NEC Versa, NEC customer support, and Windows. (In some countries, the system ships with an online user's guide instead of the Online Help Center.)
  • Page 66: Nec Csd Utilities

    NEC Help Center — Includes online topics specific to the NEC Versa, NEC customer support, and Windows. (In some countries, the system ships with an online user's guide instead of the Online Help Center.) NEC Customization Utilities — Includes NEC custom wallpaper and launches the Applications and Driver CD.
  • Page 67: Hdprepez Utility

    Using HDPREPEZ in Windows 95 In Windows 95, run the HDPREPEZ utility if you increase the memory capacity in your NEC Versa beyond the factory installed base memory. Follow these steps to run the HDPREPEZ utility. 1. Power off and restart your NEC Versa.
  • Page 68: Using Hdprepez In Windows Nt

    The STF file is created. When complete, a warning message indicates that the system will reboot. NEC Help Center The NEC Help Center is a fully navigational, HTML-based online document. The Help Center includes multimedia elements, a full search capability, index, and a glossary function.
  • Page 69: Software Applications And Drivers

    Setting Up a Healthy Work Environment System Specifications Service and Support includes Chapter 8, “Getting Services and Support,” from the printed user’s guide, as well as the NEC Versa UltraCare Product Guide. FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) provides answers to the questions that NEC Versa users most frequently ask.
  • Page 70: Using The Applications And Drivers Cd

    Selection Tabs — Located just below the title bar, each tab represents a software category. The selection tabs include applications, drivers, utilities, Internet browsers, and the online NEC Help Center. Description — Located in the bottom portion of the dialog box, the text describes the selected or highlighted software category or application, driver, etc.
  • Page 71: Partition Magic

    Exit — Clicking the Exit button closes the Applications and Drivers CD dialog box. Once the Applications and Drivers CD dialog box appears, follow these steps to install the desired software. 1. Click the selection tab of your choice. 2. Click the plus (+) box beside the desired application, driver, etc. to expand the selection.
  • Page 72: Intel Landesk Client Manager

    This monitoring function interrupts the auto suspend feature that invokes after 30 minutes of inactivity. If you install Intel's LANDesk Client Manager the NEC Versa auto suspend feature may be disabled. 3-28 Using the Software...
  • Page 73: Systemsoft Powerprofiler

    Set up the LANDesk Client Manager software on your NEC Versa using the easy-to-follow setup program. Follow these installation suggestions when installing LANDesk Client Manager. To install on a user’s system, run Client setup, only. To install on a system administrator’s system, run Client setup first, then run Administration setup.
  • Page 74: Systemsoft Cardwizard

    Control access each remote system has to your data. Before using Intellisync 97 for infrared transfer, enable the IR port on your NEC Versa. For details about how to enable the IR port, see Chapter 4, “Using the Hardware.” Before using Intellisync 97 for parallel or serial communication, connect the appropriate cable to the appropriate port on the back of your NEC Versa.
  • Page 75: Mcafee Virusscan

    For more information about Intellisync 97, install the application from the Applications and Drivers CD and refer to the online Help Center. McAfee VirusScan The McAfee VirusScan software detects, identifies, and disinfects known computer viruses. It checks memory as well as both system and data areas of your disks for virus infections.
  • Page 76: Using The Hardware

    Using the Hardware LCD Panel Keyboard NEC VersaGlide NEC VersaBay III 24X CD-ROM Reader DVD-ROM Reader PC Card Slots IR Port Increasing System Storage and Memory Switch Settings...
  • Page 77: Lcd Panel

    LCD Panel You control the brightness of the NEC Versa notebook LCD panel, with the function keys on the NEC Versa keyboard. Press to increase the brightness and to decrease brightness. There are a total of 8 settings for brightness. Use a low brightness setting to conserve energy.
  • Page 78 Nine keys are preprogrammed with dual functions, seven of which are printed in blue on the key. For more information about each function key, see the NEC Versa SX Quick Reference Card. Function keys are application-driven. See the specific application's user guide for information about how each function key works within the application you are using.
  • Page 79 — toggles between various power management levels. Beeps Fn-F7 indicate the level chosen as follows: 1 beep 2 beeps Custom 3 beeps Highest Performance 4 beeps Longest Life — adjusts the LCD panel brightness. Fn-F8 adjusts brightness (gradually) up for XGA panels. —...
  • Page 80: Nec Versaglide

    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.
  • Page 81: Making Versaglide Adjustments

    Making VersaGlide Adjustments The NEC VersaGlide offers a number of options that let you customize how it functions. To access these options, locate the Control Panel and double click on the mouse icon.
  • Page 82: Versaglide Tips

    NEC VersaBay III The NEC VersaBay III is the drive bay on the right side of the NEC Versa SX Series. Your NEC Versa ships with a standard 3.5 inch, 1.44- MB diskette drive or a SuperDisk LS-120 drive installed in the bay.
  • Page 83: Removing A Device From The Versabay Iii

    Use the following steps to remove the standard diskette drive, SuperDisk LS-120 drive, or other device from the VersaBay III. 1. Make sure the NEC Versa is powered off, all options are disconnected, and the LCD panel is closed. 4-8 Using the Hardware...
  • Page 84 ! CAUTION Your system must be powered off before removing or inserting devices in the VersaBay III. 2. Turn the system upside down. 3. Locate the VersaBay III release latches on the bottom of the unit. VersaBay III release latches 4.
  • Page 85: Installing A Device In The Versabay Iii

    Your system must be powered off before removing or inserting devices in the VersaBay III. 1. Make sure the NEC Versa is powered off, all options are disconnected, and the LCD panel is closed. 2. Turn the system upside down.
  • Page 86: Customizing Your System With The Versabay Iii

    7. Power on the system. Customizing Your System with the VersaBay III Customizing your NEC Versa is easy using the VersaBay III. If you find you require additional hard disk space or increased battery longevity, simply remove the standard device and plug in an optional hard disk drive or battery.
  • Page 87: 24X Cd-Rom Reader

    24X CD-ROM Reader Your NEC Versa comes with a 24X CD-ROM reader that features the latest in CD-ROM technology. The CD-ROM reader is assigned an available drive letter. Use the CD-ROM reader to load and start programs from a compact disc (CD).
  • Page 88: Cd Loading

    Status LED — lights during data read operations. Do not eject the CD or turn off the NEC Versa when the indicator is lit. CD Loading To insert a CD into the CD-ROM reader, follow these steps. 1. Press the Release button. The CD tray emerges a short way out of the reader door.
  • Page 89: Changing The Auto Play Setting

    Changing the Auto Play Setting Your system is not configured so that a CD inserted into the reader will automatically start playing. Although this feature makes using your CDs very convenient, it interferes with the system's power management function. Follow these instructions to enable or disable the Auto play feature. 1.
  • Page 90: Pc Cards

    PC Cards PC Card Slots Your NEC Versa SX notebook integrates two card bus slots for inserting two Type II PC cards or one Type III PC card. The 32-bit card bus also has zoomed video support in the both slots.
  • Page 91: Removing A Card

    Inserting a card A – Ejection Buttons 3. Use the software preinstalled on your system to check PC card slot availability. In Windows 95, look for the PC Card icon in the control panel or on the right side of the taskbar. It shows which slot contains a PC card (PCMCIA) and which is empty.
  • Page 92: Cardwizard Services

    It provides a variety of system-specific functions, such as system slot and card detection while the system is operating. Communication Cards You can use both fax/modem and network PC cards with your NEC Versa. Here are some suggestions to help you get the best system performance.
  • Page 93: Storage Cards

    Audio — enables the use of sound (for example, in voice mail) IR Port The IR port on the front of your system lets your NEC Versa SX Series computer communicate with other devices that also use infrared technology. The IR port is Infrared Data Association (IrDA) compatible.
  • Page 94: Increasing System Storage And Memory

    For the infrared technology to work, you need to follow these guidelines: Position the NEC Versa no more than three feet way from the IR peripheral device you are using. Make sure there is no greater than a 30° angle between the computer and the device.
  • Page 95: Hard Disk

    “Customizing Your System with the VersaBay III.”) Memory Module Installation Your NEC Versa SX computer comes standard with 32 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM). You can increase system memory to a maximum of 192 MB or 256 MB depending on model. The RAM...
  • Page 96 1. Make sure that the system is powered off and that no peripheral devices are attached. 2. Close the LCD panel, turn the NEC Versa over. 3. Locate the coin screw and remove it from the notebook by turning counter clockwise.
  • Page 97 Installing the SO-DIMM 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 98: Switch Settings

    Switch 1, Password Override Switch — The default setting is “OFF.” For example, if you forget your password and cannot access the data on your NEC Versa, change the setting to “ON” and your current password dissolves. Switch 2 — Keyboard type; default is “ON” for 85 key US.
  • Page 99: Changing Switch Settings

    2. Locate and remove the rubber cap and the Phillips-head screw on the upper left hand corner of the keyboard cover of the NEC Versa. Locating the rubber cap 3. Press down using slight pressure on the right hand side of the keyboard retainer and slide to the left.
  • Page 100 Keyboard retainer 4. 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. 5. Carefully tilt the keyboard and place it against the LCD panel. Be careful not to twist or disconnect the keyboard cable.
  • Page 101 Lifting the keyboard 6. Locate the dip switch block. Using a fine-tipped object, change the appropriate switch to the required setting. See “Switch Settings” for dip switch functions and settings. ! CAUTION Never use a pencil to change switch settings. Residue from the pencil can damage the system.
  • Page 102 Dip Switch 7. Reassemble the system as follows: Reposition the keyboard and align the tabs with the grooves in the system. Reseat the keyboard in its original position. Replace the keyboard retainer on the system. Replace the screw and insert the rubber cap. Using the Hardware 4-27...
  • Page 103: Using External Devices

    Using External Devices External Monitor Printer External Keyboard/Mouse External Bar Code Scanner External Audio Options USB Devices NEC Versa Dock NEC Versa PortBar...
  • Page 104: External Monitor

    External Monitor You can add a standard external monitor to your NEC Versa. You need a display signal cable (usually provided with the monitor). One end of the cable must have a 15-pin connector for the system. Follow these steps to connect an external monitor to your NEC Versa.
  • Page 105: Printer

    Windows control panel. Connect a parallel device to your NEC Versa as follows. 1. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. 2. Open the port cover on the back of the system and locate the parallel port.
  • Page 106: Serial Devices

    Connecting a parallel printer 5. Connect the power cable to the device and a properly grounded wall outlet. 6. Turn on power to the system and the device. Note: Check that the device is online before you try to use it. See the instructions that came with the device for more information.
  • Page 107 Follow these steps to connect a serial device to your NEC Versa. 1. Check that power to both the NEC Versa and the device is off. 2. Open the port cover on the back of the system and locate the serial port.
  • Page 108: External Keyboard/Mouse

    NEC Versa using the Plug and Play feature. The PS/2 style keyboard and the PS/2 style mouse are hot insertable allowing you to connect the devices while the NEC Versa is powered on. You can continue to use the system keyboard and VersaGlide touchpad while an external keyboard or mouse is connected.
  • Page 109: External Bar Code Scanner

    External Bar Code Scanner You can use an external bar code scanner using a PS/2-style connector with your NEC Versa's Plug and Play feature. You can still use the system keyboard while a scanner is connected. To connect a bar code scanner, follow the instructions under “External Keyboard/Mouse.”...
  • Page 110 1. Locate the audio port that you want to use. 2. Plug the jack into the port on the side of the NEC Versa. Audio ports A - Microphone B - Line-In C - Headphones/Speaker D - Volume Knob...
  • Page 111: Usb Devices

    USB device USB devices called USB hubs can serve as connection ports for other USB peripherals. Only one device needs to be plugged into your NEC Versa. Additional peripherals can be connected in a daisy chain configuration where one device is connected to another in a series. Up to 127 devices can be connected together in this way.
  • Page 112: Nec Versa Dock

    Versa Dock. The cover is specially designed to allow for proper cooling during system operation. NEC Versa PortBar The NEC Versa PortBar™ duplicates the ports found on the back of your NEC Versa SX system, providing the following and an additional USB port:...
  • Page 113 DC In Port Keep the PortBar in your office connected to peripherals while you take your NEC Versa on the road. See the instruction sheet that comes with the PortBar for details about connecting and using the PortBar. Using External Devices 5-11...
  • Page 114: Using Multimedia

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

    The NEC Versa provides entertainment-level sound quality through stereo speakers. It handles MIDI files, digital audio files, and analog audio sources. This means the NEC Versa recognizes .WAV, .MID, and .AVI files. The system is 3D-positioning, Sound Blaster PRO™ compatible.
  • Page 116: Cd-Rom Input

    “Recording” to record sound from your CD player. Microphone You can capture and record sounds through the internal microphone on the NEC Versa or through an external microphone that connects to the system through the microphone port. You can record voice-overs for narration, reminders, or special instructions.
  • Page 117: Using Headphones

    NEC Versa. Adjust the volume with the audio software on the NEC Versa to the maximum and then you will have the full range of adjustment using the volume knob.
  • Page 118: Midi Files

    MIDI files require only a fraction of the storage space of digital audio files. Video The NEC Versa SX Series computer features a dazzling TFT color high- resolution display for sharp effective visuals right 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 119 Animation software allows you to create 3-D effects and 3-D titles and add interest to an otherwise static presentation. Authoring packages let you pull all the elements of your design into an exciting, interactive multimedia presentation. 6-6 Using Multimedia...
  • Page 120: Solving System Problems

    Solving System Problems Problem Checklist Start-Up Problems Using the Product Recovery CD If You Need Assistance...
  • Page 121: Problem Checklist

    Problem Checklist First check the items in the following list. If these items don't help, see the table that follows the list. Power is on to the computer. The electrical outlet to which your AC adapter is connected is working. Test the outlet by plugging in a lamp or other electrical device.
  • Page 122: Troubleshooting

    If the system does not resume, check that Auto Play is disabled. See "Changing the Auto Play Setting" in Chapter 4 for details. The NEC Versa may be connected to a docking station. Some power management functions do not work when the NEC Versa is docked.
  • Page 123: Start-Up Problems

    LCD or a CRT. The system warns you by beeping. Post Error Messages The NEC Versa SX Series computer has a built-in checking program that automatically tests its components when you turn the system power on. This diagnostic test is called the Power-On Self-Test (POST). If the system finds a problem during the POST, the system displays an error message or emits a series of beep signals.
  • Page 124 Error in the DMA controller. Contact your NEC CSD service representative to replace the CMOS battery. DMA#1 Error Error in the first DMA channel. Contact your NEC CSD service representative for service. DMA#2 Error Error in the second DMA channel. Contact your NEC CSD service representative for service.
  • Page 125 Contact your NEC CSD service representative to check all appropriate connections. INTR #1 Error Interrupt channel 1 failed POST. Contact your NEC CSD service representative for service. INTR #2 Error Interrupt channel 2 failed POST. Contact your NEC CSD service representative for service.
  • Page 126 If beep codes occur during POST, check the items in the Problem Checklist (at the start of this chapter), verify that all the hardware is set up properly and securely connected, and try rebooting. If you still get a beep code, go to the section “If You Need Assistance” at the end of this chapter.
  • Page 127: Using The Product Recovery Cd

    Using the Product Recovery CD If you determine that you need to restore your system to its initial installation state follow the instructions given here. In the Windows NT environment you can use the repair/emergency disk to restore your system to its current state of operation without reverting to its initial installation state.
  • Page 128: Full/Express Restore

    Note : Use partition restore if your hard disk is partitioned into two or more partitions (drives). Express — A full restore option that completely rebuilds your hard disk drive, destroying all existing data in the process. Once you choose this option, the recovery proceeds without requiring any intervention or responses on your part.
  • Page 129 Use the Recovery CD to perform a full/express restore as follows: 1. Check the Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. 2. Put the CD into the CD-ROM reader tray, close the reader door, and reboot your computer.
  • Page 130 6. If you chose Full, read the Confirm Your Choice screen. A warning displays indicating that your hard disk is about to be erased. 7. Select Continue to proceed to perform a Full restore. If you select Go Back, the restore program returns to the prior screen that has an exit option.
  • Page 131: Partition Restore

    Use the Recovery CD to perform a partition restore as follows: 1. Check the Recovery CD title and make sure that it is the correct CD for your NEC Versa computer and operating system. 2. Put the CD into the CD-ROM reader tray, close the reader door, and reboot your computer.
  • Page 132 ! CAUTION Choose your restore option carefully to prevent losing data and applications installed on your system. If the hard disk was configured with multiply or extended partitions you may have to reinstall some software because configuration settings and shared files may be lost.
  • Page 133: If You Need Assistance

    Note: If you purchased and are using this product outside the U.S. or Canada, please contact the local NEC CSD office or their dealers for the support and service available in your country. Reference the booklet, "Getting Service and Support in Asia, Australia, and Europe"...
  • Page 134: Getting Services And Support

    Getting Services and Support Quick Reference Chart NEC NOW NEC CSD Web NEC CSD FTP Sites NEC CSD FaxFlash Service Email/fax To Support Services NEC CSD Bulletin Board NEC CSD Support Services NEC CSD Customer Assistance Center Versa Laptop Fulfillment Hotline...
  • Page 135: Quick Reference Chart

    800-842-6446 Note: If you purchased your computer outside of the U.S. or Canada, please contact the local NEC office or their dealers for support and service. See the booklet, Getting Service and Support in Asia, Australia, and Europe" to find out how to contact the local office in your country.
  • Page 136: Nec Now

    1-888-306-4636 NEC CSD Web Site If you have a modem or a network board, you can access the NEC CSD Web site. You can do this through a commercial online service or through your Internet account. The NEC CSD Web site contains general information about NEC CSD and its products, an online store, press releases, reviews, and service and support information.
  • Page 137: Nec Csd Ftp Site

    (video drivers, printer drivers, BIOS updates, and Setup Disk files). The files are essentially the same files as on the NEC CSD Web site and the NEC CSD Bulletin Board System. To access the NEC CSD FTP site, enter the following Internet ftp address through your service:
  • Page 138 If you are new to FaxFlash, first order one of the following catalogs. Each catalog lists the available documents and their document numbers. Current catalogs include: Catalog 1, NEC CSD Telephone Directory and Online Service Information Catalog 3, NEC CSD Computer Product Specifications, Warranty Policy, UltraCare Guidelines, and Sales Information Catalog 5, NEC ProServa™...
  • Page 139: E-Mail/Fax To Support Services

    Internet network if you have a modem. The Internet address is: You can also fax technical questions to the NEC CSD Support Services if you have access to a fax machine or fax/modem. The fax number is: (978)-635-4100...
  • Page 140: Nec Csd Bulletin Board

    NEC CSD Bulletin Board If you have access to a modem, you can use the NEC CSD Bulletin Board System (BBS) to get the latest information on hardware and software. The BBS allows you to download files (video drivers, printer drivers, BIOS updates, etc.) to a diskette for system enhancements and...
  • Page 141 Parity: none Data bits: 8 Stop bits: 1 Flow control: Xon/Xoff (select Hardware if using 14.4 bps or higher). 5. Following the HyperTerminal instructions, enter the BBS phone number (978-635-4706). Your business phone system and/or location might require a prefix. Note: The first time that you use the BBS, you are requested to provide information for a new user...
  • Page 142: Nec Csd Support Services

    For outside the U.S. and Canada, please contact your local NEC office or dealer for the support and service available in your country. Getting Services and Support 8-9...
  • Page 143: Nec Csd Customer Assistance Center

    Versa Laptop Fulfillment Hotline (800) 842-6446 NEC CSD provides driver files and BIOS updates free of charge through our Bulletin Board System (BBS). Also, diskettes containing these updates can be mailed at a rate of $15/per disk for duplication, shipping and handling.
  • Page 144: 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 145: 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 146: Arrange Your Equipment

    Some people are more susceptible to developing these disorders due to pre-existing conditions or psychosocial factors (see “Pre-existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors” later in the appendix). To reduce your risk of developing these disorders, follow the instructions in this appendix. If you experience discomfort while working at your computer or afterwards, even at night, contact a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Page 147: Adjust Your Input Devices

    Keep your body in a relaxed yet upright position. The backrest of your chair should support the inward curve of your back. Use the entire seat and backrest to support your body. Tilt the backrest slightly (90° to 105°). The angle formed by your thighs and back should be 90°...
  • Page 148: Adjust Your Screen Or Monitor

    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. If you do not have armrests or forearm supports, your upper arms should hang comfortably at your sides.
  • Page 149: Vary Your Workday

    Position the screen or external monitor at a 90° angle to windows and other light sources to minimize glare and reflections. Adjust the monitor tilt so that ceiling lights do not reflect on your screen or external monitor. If reflected light makes it hard for you to see your screen or external monitor, use an anti-glare filter.
  • Page 150: Pre-Existing Conditions And Psychosocial Factors

    Note: For more information on workstation setup, see the American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations. ANSI/HFS Standard No. 100-1988. The Human Factors Society, Inc., P.O. Box 1369, Santa Monica, California 90406. Pre-Existing Conditions and Psychosocial Factors Pre-existing conditions that may cause or make some people more susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders include the following:...
  • Page 151: Specifications

    Specifications System Components Memory Map Interrupt Controllers...
  • Page 152: System Components

    System Components The following system component specifications are standard except where noted. System Processor Intel Pentium — 233-MHz MMX Intel Pentium II — 233-MHz, 266 MHz Architecture 32-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Random Access Memory Standard Main Memory — 32 or 64-MB SO-DIMM Optional Expansion —...
  • Page 153 External Keyboard/External Mouse — 1 port, PS/2, 6-pin MiniDin; exclusionary use or both supported with optional Y-adapter Expansion — 1 port, for optional NEC Versa Dock, optional Versa PortBar, or optional external FDD Connector Kit. Microphone — 1 port, 3-pin, Mini Pin Jack Stereo Headphones —...
  • Page 154 Speakers Two built-in, 0.3 watts (W) each with a maximum 0.5 watts (W) output 16-bit stereo Sound BlasterPRO compatible Sound Controller - ESS 1978SA 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 Card Bus support LCD Panel...
  • Page 155 Keyboard Membrane 85 keys (both U.S. and International) with standard QWERTY-key layout (International keyboards are country-specific) Function keys — 12 keys Cursor Control keys — 8 keys; arrow keys arranged in inverted T layout Numeric keypad — embedded Fn key — function key for ROM-based key functions Stroke —...
  • Page 156 Hard Disk Drive Capacity — Internal 2.1 GB or 3.2 GB 9.5 mm removable IDE hard disk drive Track-to-track seek rate — 3 ms Average seek time — 13 ms (read), 14 ms (write) Revolutions per minute — 4200 Data transfer rate — 16.6 MB/sec Media data rates —...
  • Page 157 Power AC Adapter Input Voltage — 100 to 240 volts (V) AC, 50 or 60 Hz, 1.0 A Output Voltage — 15.0 V DC, 4.0 A (60W) Australia, Europe and Asia use an AC power cable specific to each country's standards. Battery Pack Type —...
  • Page 158 Width — 3.44 in. (87.4 mm) Depth — 5.63 in. (143 mm) Height — 0.78 in. (19.8mm) Weight NEC Versa — 4.74 lb (2.15 kg) Battery Pack — .85 lb (.38 kg) Recommended Environment Operation Temperature — 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C) Relative Humidity —...
  • Page 159: 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 160: Interrupt Controllers

    PS/2 Mouse Slave IRQ13 Math Coprocessor (built into CPU) Slave IRQ14 Hard Disk Controller 1 Slave IRQ15 IDE NEC Versa Dock or PC card in NEC Versa Dock Master IRQ03 Not used, available Master IRQ04 Serial Port Master IRQ05 Sound...
  • Page 161: Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions External Mouse Display PC Cards Diskette Drive Booting Power Management Miscellaneous...
  • Page 162: External Mouse

    The NEC Versa SX computer has only one PS/2 port that accommodates either a mouse or a keyboard. You can get around this by purchasing an optional Y adapter, NEC Versa Dock or NEC Versa PortBar. These options provide two PS/2-style ports.
  • Page 163: Display

    Display What is the maximum resolution I can run in simultaneous mode? The maximum resolution in simultaneous mode is 1024 x 768 because this is the maximum resolution supported by the LCD panel. You can obtain higher resolutions if you connect a higher- resolution external monitor and switch to CRT-only mode.
  • Page 164: 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 one slot.
  • Page 165 If the PC card was not supplied by NEC, check for the following: If it is a modem card, the NEC Versa beeps twice when you insert the card, letting you know that it is recognized. If it's a network card (LAN, Ethernet), an NEC PC card is the only one that works directly.
  • Page 166 NEC CSD cannot comment on the suitability of non-NEC PC cards. NEC notebook computers are preloaded with SystemSoft's CardWizard software. Refer to the manual that came with any non-NEC PC card for information on the drivers it provides. Can I run two of the same type cards simultaneously? Yes, Windows 95 configures each card.
  • Page 167 PC card, pop it part of the way out of the slot to save power. If my NEC Versa SX Series system is docked in the NEC Versa Dock and I'm using a LAN card, the card does not work. You probably have an address conflict between your PC LAN card and your Docking Station.
  • Page 168 The PC card controller is configured in a manner that makes IRQ lines 4 and 10 unavailable for PC card use. Choose another IRQ for use with the PC Card. To provide a stable platform free of conflicts, NEC CSD excluded some resources from PC card use. C-8 Frequently Asked Questions...
  • Page 169: Diskette Drive

    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 drive A: 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.
  • Page 170 How do I format a diskette? In Windows 95 or Windows NT, double click on the My Computer icon and then right click (click the right-hand mouse button) on the 3.5 Floppy (A:) icon. Select Format and select the format process that best suits your needs.
  • Page 171: Booting

    Some systems ship with the SuperDisk LS-120 drive that uses 100 megabyte diskettes. You can store up to 100 MB of information on these diskettes. Booting What are all those messages on my screen when I start up my computer? At power on, the system displays configuration messages as it performs diagnostic tests.
  • Page 172 Why can't I boot from the diskette drive? To boot from the diskette drive, be sure that you have a diskette in drive A: 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.
  • Page 173: Power Management

    A cold boot is a system start with power off. A cold boot also resets the hardware. It checks the hardware and reloads the operating system. Press the system unit power switch to perform a cold boot. If power is on, turn the power off using the system unit power switch, wait at least five seconds, and then turn the power on.
  • Page 174 What is the function of Suspend mode? Suspend mode provides the greatest power savings by putting the system in a maximum power shutdown. When the system goes into Suspend mode, it saves data and system status and then shuts off power to all possible components. Suspend mode lets you save power without first saving your work.
  • Page 175 How do I bring my system out of Suspend mode? Pressing the Power/Sleep button brings the system out of Suspend mode. What is a time-out? A time-out is the amount of time your system or a particular component is inactive. Frequently Asked Questions C-15...
  • Page 176: Miscellaneous

    Can I change my system's power management level? Yes. Simply press the Power Management switch (Fn+F7) on the system keyboard. In Windows 95, 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 177 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 this doesn't help, save your work, close the application, and exit Windows.
  • Page 178 How do I find help in a Windows application? If you need help in a Windows application, click on a Help button or Help menu item. Most applications provide online help. If the application doesn't provide these, try pressing How do I save a file? You save a file by selecting File then Save from the drop down menu.
  • Page 179 I'm having a problem using the IR port. What can I do? Check that both the sending and receiving system device are using the same transmission application and version. If you are transmitting underneath a fluorescent light, try repositioning the system and device so that they are not directly under the fluorescent light.
  • Page 180 Applications and Drivers CD, 3-26 using, 3-26 CD-ROM reader, 6-3 Audio CD-ROM reader features, 4-12 AVI files, 6-2 Cleaning your NEC Versa, 2-16 MIDI files, 6-2 CMOS battery, 2-13 WAV files, 6-2 Control panel, 1-5 Auto Play, 4-14 Custom settings, power management,...
  • Page 181 FTP site, 8-4 numeric keypad, 4-2 support services, 8-9 Keyboard panel, 1-7 web site, 8-3 NEC Customize, 3-22 NEC Customize utility, 3-23 LCD panel controls, 4-2 NEC NOW, 8-3 LCD panel features, 1-4 NEC Versa Dock, 5-10 LCD panel view expansion, 3-12...
  • Page 182 Powering on, 2-4 Start-up problems, 7-4 Power-on self test (POST), 3-2 Storage requirements, 2-15 Precautions, 2-14 Supplemental CD, 2-17 Preparing your NEC Versa for travel, Suspend mode, 3-14 2-19 Suspend warning tone, 3-14 Problem checklist, 7-2 Switch settings, 4-23 Product Recovery CD...
  • Page 183 Traveling with your system, 2-17 Updating the BIOS, 3-18 USB port, 1-13, 5-9 Using the AC Adapter, 2-2 Using the battery pack, 2-5 Using the NEC VersaGlide, 4-5 Versa Laptop Fulfillment Hotline, 8-10 VersaBay, 4-7 customizing your system, 4-11 installing devices, 4-10...
  • Page 184: Glossary

    Glossary AC Adapter A device that connects an NEC Versa portable 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 185 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 186 CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. A chip that contains nonvolatile memory in the Versa. CMOS is backed up by an internal battery that preserves clock/calendar data and system configuration parameters stored in CMOS. cold boot Process of starting up the computer by turning on the power. If power is already on, the process means to turn off the computer and turn it on again.
  • Page 187 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. enhanced VGA A video interface that offers more colors or higher resolution than VGA.
  • Page 188 hot key Combination of two or three keys that you press simultaneously for a particular function. input/output (I/O) The process of transferring data between the computer and external devices. Intelligent Drive Electronics. A hard disk drive type that has controller electronics built into the drive and delivers high throughput.
  • Page 189 megabyte (MB) 1,048,576 bytes. memory Electronic storage area in a computer that retains information and programs. A computer has two types of memory — read-only memory (ROM) and random access memory (RAM). menu A video display of programs or options. microprocessor A semiconductor central processing unit that is the principal component of a microcomputer.
  • Page 190 MPEG The MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) standard is used to encode motion images. The MPEG player program in Windows for Workgroups and Windows 95 applications lets you play back MPEG files. multimedia Computer technology that integrates different forms of media such as sound, text, graphics, and video.
  • Page 191 parameter A characteristic of a device or system. password A string of characters that the user must enter before the system allows access or system privileges. PC Cards A credit card sized peripheral interface standard for portable devices. Types of PC cards (also known as PCMCIA cards) currently offered by major vendors include fax/modems, LAN, storage cards, and wireless communications devices.
  • Page 192 read To extract data from a storage device such as a diskette. Read-Only Memory. Memory in which stored data cannot be modified by the user except under special conditions. reset The process of returning a device to zero or to an initial or arbitrarily selected condition.
  • Page 193 The main printed circuit board inside the system unit into which other boards and major chip components, such as the system microprocessor, are connected. Thin Film Transistor. A type of NEC Versa LCD color screen that supports 256 colors. Universal Serial Bus. This new external bus standard supports the connection of up to 127 peripheral devices, such as mice, modems, and keyboards.
  • Page 194 waveform A graphic representation of a sound wave as displayed on an oscilloscope, which converts sound waves into electronic signals. write To record or store information to a storage device. Extended Graphics Array. This high-resolution graphics standard supports 640 x 480 – 1024 x 768 pixel and 65 thousand simultaneous colors. XGA also supports non-interlaced monitors.
  • Page 195 Battery Replacement A lithium battery in some computers maintains system configuration information. In the event that the battery fails to maintain system configuration information, NEC CSD recommends that you replace the battery. For battery replacement information, call your NEC CSD dealer or the NEC CSD Customer Assistance Center.
  • Page 196 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 EN 55022. NEC Computer Systems Division, Packard Bell NEC, Inc. 1 Packard Bell Way...

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