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Epson Equity 386SX Product Support Bulletin

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Product Support Bulletin
Subject: Proper Method for Running Benchmark and Diagnostics Programs
Date: 06/04/93
Page(s): 1 of 1
This bulletin describes the proper method for running any benchmark or diagnostics
programs. This applies to any computer system.
In most cases, the computer should be started using an MS-DOS boot diskette
that's 'clean' - in other words, one with no CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
The appropriate executable can then be run, either from diskette or hard drive.
There will be some exceptions to the above rule. In attempting to benchmark or
troubleshoot any add-on that requires a device driver (CD-ROM, local area network,
etc.), obviously the necessary device driver(s) must be loaded. Also, some
programs will require a minimum number of FILES or BUFFERS to be defined in
the CONFIG.SYS file. Such programs will usually display this requirement if they
are run without the necessary CONFIG.SYS file.
For the most consistent results, use the absolute minimal boot configuration that's
allowed by the hardware being tested.
EPSON
PSB No: S-0158
Originator: MWT

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  • Page 1 EPSON Product Support Bulletin Subject: Proper Method for Running Benchmark and Diagnostics Programs Date: 06/04/93 PSB No: S-0158 Originator: MWT Page(s): 1 of 1 This bulletin describes the proper method for running any benchmark or diagnostics programs. This applies to any computer system.
  • Page 2 Due to the influx of third party SlMMs on the market, there are some that are not compatible with Epson products. This bulletin is intended to be an aid in ensuring that only compatible SlMMs are chosen for use in Epson’s Equity Series of computers.
  • Page 3 Recent testing has shown that the Equity 386/25 Plus, Equity 386/25, Equity 386/20 and the Equity 386SX Plus will support three (3) parallel ports along with two (2) serial ports. The key factor in providing support for a third parallel port is the need for a parallel interface card that can be set to the IBM Monochrome Graphics/Parallel printer I/O address at 3BCh.
  • Page 4 Note that the problem does not occur with the latest version, Advanced NetWare 286 2.15c. Unless this version of NetWare 286 is being used, we cannot recommend non - dedicated file server operation with any Epson 80386 - based computer.
  • Page 5 - 3 Release 3.0 has raised a number of questions regarding memory management for the Epson Equity computers, specifically the Equity 386/20, Equity 386SX and Equity Ile. The purpose of this document is to discuss the memory requirements for Lotus 1 - 2 - 3 Release 3.0 and recommendations for installation.
  • Page 6 8Mhz. What is the Auto Speed function? The Equity 386SX is capable of operating at 16MHz or 8MHz. Some copy- protected applications require the computer to run at 8MHz while accessing the program diskette. By enabling the Auto speed function the computer automatically switches to 8MHz when accessing the diskette drive.
  • Page 7 16MHz. This allows extra processing power for math intensive programs like Lotus 1 - 2 - 3 or AUTOCAD. Can the Equity 386SX use option cards that are available for the IBM PC/AT? The Equity 386SX uses an AT- compatible ISA (Industry Standard...
  • Page 8 IBM 5250 Board IRMA/2 DCA Inc. SDLC Q12. Does the Equity 386SX have a battery for the Real Time Clock? The Equity 386SX is using a “Dallas” model DS1287 which incorporates an HD146818 compatible real-time clock with an internal battery. Q13.
  • Page 9 How many internal device bays does the Equity 386SX have and will it support a full - height device? The Equity 386SX has 3 half - height bays to support up to 3 half - height devices. The separator between bays 2 & 3 can be removed to allow for the installation of a full - height device.
  • Page 10: Hard Disk Drives

    Setting) HARD DISK DRIVES: Q19. What kind of hard disk drives are available for the Equity 386SX? The Equity 386SX is available in two hard disk configurations. A 40Mb 3.5” hard disk, (Conner CP- 344, 29ms access time) and a 100Mb 3.5”...
  • Page 11: Floppy Drives

    ST- 251 and the ST - 4096 hard disks, as well as, several ESDI drives. By providing this support for 3rd party hard disk drives, the Equity 386SX has the capability to use most 3rd party 8 - bit 16 - bit hard disk controllers. SCSI drives have their own controllers attached to the drive and should work correctly when attached to the bus with a host adapter.
  • Page 12 MEMORY: Q26. What type of RAM chips are used in the Equity 386SX? The Equity 386SX utilizes eight (8) 514256 - 70 (256x4), 70 nSec RAM chips plus parity on the system board. Q27. How do I increase the memory of the Equity 386SX? The standard Equity 386SX system includes 1Mb of on - board memory.
  • Page 13 What SIMM chips should be used when adding memory to the Equity 386SX? Use the Epson 70 nSec - 9 bit SIMM module kits, either 1 - MB kit (4- 256Kb SIMM’s, Part # A808231) or the 2MB kit (2 - 1Mb SIMM’s, Part # A808101), to extend the system memory.
  • Page 14 Subject: Using High Capacity ESDI and SCSI Hard Disk Drives with the Current Equity Series Computers PSB No: S-0091A Date: 10/10/90 Originator: PNM Page(s): 1 of 2 The purpose of this bulletin is to provide some specific examples of how to install high capacity ESDI and SCSI hard disk drives in the current Equity Series computers.
  • Page 15 The use of high capacity SCSI drives is another area where we are able to provide a solution for those customers who require storage capacities greater than the Epson Supplied options. When using a SCSI type hard disk drive, the hard disk controller usually is a part of the hard drive unit.
  • Page 16 Product Support Bulletin Subject: Equity and Apex Series Compatibility with the Sysgen OmniBridge Controller and BridgeFiler External Floppy Drives PSB No: S-0088B Date: 04/11/90 Originator: KAS 60 Page: 1 of 3 The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the results of compatibility testing conducted by the Computer Product Support Center with the Sysgen OmniBridge controller and Bridge - Filer external floppy disk drives.
  • Page 17 (1.2M and 144M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives. Equity 386SX The Equity 386SX was found compatible with the OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and...
  • Page 18 PSB No: S-008B Page: 3 of 3 APEX 100 The Epson APEX 100 was found compatible with the It was able to support one or OmniBridge controller. two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and 1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.