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  • Page 2 This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio and television reception However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a...
  • Page 3 Epson America makes no representations or warranties, either express or implied, by or with respect to anything in this manual, and shall not be liable for any implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose or for any indirect, special, or consequential damages.
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    Important Safety Instructions Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the computer. Unplug the computer from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a damp cloth for cleaning; do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners Do not spill liquid of any kind on the computer.
  • Page 5 13. Except as specifically explained in this User’s Guide, do not attempt to service the computer yourself. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. 14. Unplug the computer from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: A.
  • Page 6 Instructions Importantes de Séurité Lire complètement les instructions qui suivent et les conserver pour références futures. Bien suivre tous les avertissements et les instructions indiqués sur l'ordinateur. Debrancher l'ordinateur de toute sortie murale avant le nettoyage. Utiliser un chiffon humide; ne jamais utiliser un nettoyeur liquide ou une bonbonne aérosol.
  • Page 7 13. Sauf tel que spéifié dans la notice d'utilisation, on ne doit jamais tenter d'effectuer une reparation de l'ordinateur. On doit référer le service de cet appareil à un technicien qualifié. 14. Débrancher l'ordinateur de la prise murale et confier le service au personnel de service qualifié...
  • Page 8: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction Where to Get Help What This Manual Covers ..... 3 Conventions Used in This Manual....setting up the computer Chapter 1 Opening the Screen .
  • Page 9 Setting the Default Speed ..... . Setting the Power Management Options ... . . Saving Your Settings and Exiting SETUP .
  • Page 10 Powering the Computer Chapter 4 Using the AC Adapter Using the Battery Replacing the Battery ..... 4-2 Recharging the Battery ..... . . 4-4 Low Battery Indicator .
  • Page 11 Troubleshooting Appendix A Identifying Your System ..........Error Messages The Computer Won’t Start .
  • Page 12 Introduction The Epson® ActionNote a wide range of applications and hardware in a compact, subnotebook-size form. Its 33 MHz, 486SLC microprocessor chip, designed for portable computers, provides high-speed performance. Standard features include: 2MB, 4MB, or 8MB of RAM Backlit, monochrome LCD screen, which supports VGA...
  • Page 13: Introduction

    Extra Care Road Service. Your ActionNote package should contain a packet describing this program. If a packet is not included, call the Epson Connection. For your convenience there is a sticker located on the bottom of your computer with the number to call for assistance.
  • Page 14: What This Manual Covers

    If you purchased your computer outside the United States, contact your Epson dealer or the marketing location nearest you for customer support and service. International marketing locations are listed inside the back cover of this manual. If you need help with any software application program you are using, see the documentation that came with that program for technical support information.
  • Page 15: Conventions Used In This Manual

    Conventions Used in This Manual This manual uses the following type conventions: Example c:\DOS DISKCOPY A: B: path\filename VIDEO 4 introduction Meaning Keys you press on the keyboard Keys you press at the same time; hold down the key marked the letter , or hold down the key and press the...
  • Page 16: Setting Up The Computer

    Chapter 1 Setting Up the Computer This chapter describes how to set up your computer. It covers: Opening the screen Identifying the computer parts Connecting the AC adapter Connecting an external diskette drive Turning on the computer. Note For instructions on installing or connecting additional equipment, such as a memory module, a monitor, or a printer, see Chapter 5.
  • Page 17: Opening The Screen

    Opening the Screen Follow these steps to open the LCD screen: 1. Place the computer on a level surface. 2. Turn the computer so its front is facing you. 3. Slide the release latch on the cover to the right and lift up the screen.
  • Page 18: Identifying The System Parts

    Identifying the System Parts Before getting started, look at the illustrations below to identify the different parts of your computer. Front View The main components on the front and right side are shown here. LCD screen Your computer has a backlit, monochrome LCD that supports VGA resolutions up to 640 x 480 dpi x 64 shades of gray.
  • Page 19: Power Switch

    Brightness switch This switch controls the background brightness of the LCD screen. Slide the switch down to lighten the screen or up to darken it. Contrast switch This switch controls the contrast between the background and foreground on the LCD screen. Slide the switch down to lighten the contrast or up to darken it.
  • Page 20: Indicator Lights

    Indicator lights The indicator lights on your computer provide information about its operation. Power-Indicates the computer is turned on. Low battery-Flashes to indicate the battery capacity is less than 20%. Suspend mode-Indicates the computer is in Suspend mode. Hard disk drive-Indicates the computer is accessing the hard disk drive.
  • Page 21: Rear Panel And Left Side

    Rear Panel and Left Side The components on the rear panel and left side of the computer are shown here. PC card slot Insert PCMCIA version 2.0, Type I or II PC cards here. See Chapter 3 for instructions. Battery The rechargeable NiCad battery powers your computer when the AC adapter is not connected.
  • Page 22 EXT KB (external keyboard/mouse port) Use this port to connect any PS/2-compatible keyboard or keypad. Additionally, if you attach the adapter to this port, you can connect a mouse or other pointing device and a keyboard or keypad. When used along with the PRINTER port, this port also supports an external diskette drive.
  • Page 23: Connecting The Ac Adapter

    Connecting the AC Adapter The AC adapter is designed to be used in most countries, as it can operate in the ranges 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz. If you are using the adapter in a country other than the one where you purchased your computer, make sure you have the correct power cable for the electrical socket.
  • Page 24 2. Connect the power cable to the AC adapter. 3. Connect the other end of the power cable to a grounded (earthed) electrical outlet. The indicator lights on the AC adapter tell you the adapter is working properly: Indicates the adapter is connected to an outlet. Flashes when the battery is recharging;...
  • Page 25: Connecting An External Diskette Drive

    Connecting an External Diskette Drive An external diskette drive is a portable device for accessing data on diskettes. You can connect an Epson 3.5-inch external diskette drive every time you use your computer, or just when you want to use diskettes. Follow these steps: 1.
  • Page 26: Turning On The Computer

    Tighten the retaining screws to secure the connection. 5. Run SETUP as described in Chapter 2 to set the Option to 1.44MB, 3.5”. Turning On the Computer When you first use your computer, the battery may not be charged; so make sure the AC adapter is connected when you turn it on for the first time.
  • Page 27 The computer displays copyright information and then performs a series of power-on diagnostics that check the circuit boards, memory, ports, keyboard, and disk drives. It displays several messages, including this prompt: Press Delete to run SETUP You may also see an error message followed by this prompt: Press <F1>...
  • Page 28: Chapter 2 Running Setup

    Chapter 2 Running SETUP The SETUP program defines your system’s configuration so the computer recognizes all of its devices. Because your computer was set up at the factory, the configuration information is accurate the first time you start the computer. If you change the computer’s configuration by adding optional devices, however, you need to update the SETUP settings.
  • Page 29: Starting The Setup Program

    The configuration you define through SETUP is stored in a special area of memory called CMOS RAM. This memory is backed up by a battery, so it is not erased when you turn off or reset the computer. Whenever you start the computer it checks the settings, and if it discovers a difference between the information in CMOS RAM and your system’s configuration, it prompts you to run SETUP.
  • Page 30 When you press for each setting are shown in the following table. options SETUP options Setting Parallel Trackball Halt On Shadow security Boot Sequence Virus Warning Default Speed Drive C: Note If you are having trouble seeing your cursor position, press to change the screen colors.
  • Page 31: Setting The Date And Time

    The table below lists the keys you can use to perform SETUP operations. Setup function keys Setting the Date and Time The real-time clock in your computer continuously tracks the date and time--even when the computer is turned off. The first time you run SETUP, you’ll want to enter the correct date and time.
  • Page 32: Setting The Diskette Drive Or Printer

    Parallel option lets you select one of the following: 1.44MB, 3.5-inch Ext printer. If you want to connect the Epson external diskette drive, select 1.44MB, 3.5-inch. For a printer, select Ext printer. Setting the Trackball This option enables or disables the computer’s built-in trackball.
  • Page 33: Setting The Self Test (Halt On) Error Level

    Setting the Self Test (Halt On) Error Level When you start your system, it performs a self test. The Halt option determines the point at which the system will stop if it finds an error during the self test. This option allows flexibility in your configuration. If your computer is running without an external diskette drive or it must always start, you can choose one of the options in the following table to ensure the computer will boot.
  • Page 34: Setting The Password (Security) Options

    The Shadow option lets you choose what to place in the shadow RAM area. Shadow RAM options Select System & Video’ Video BIOS System BIOS Disabled Default setting Setting the Password (Security) Options The SETUP program lets you enter, change, or disable an optional password to control who can access your system.
  • Page 35: Changing Or Deleting A Password

    Follow these steps to enter a password: 1. Move your cursor to the security option. System Access; then press 3. You’ll see the following prompt in a window at the center of the screen: Enter Password: Enter the password you want to use. As you type the password, the screen displays an asterisk for each letter.
  • Page 36: Setting The Hard Disk Drive(S)

    The SETUP program lets you set the type of hard disk drive installed in your computer. The system is set at the factory for the type of hard disk drive installed, so you should only change this setting if you purchase an additional Epson ActionNote drive with a different capacity. Caution...
  • Page 37: Defining Your Own Drive Type

    Defining Your Own Drive Type If the parameters for your hard disk (listed in its documentation) do not match either of the types listed by SETUP, you can define your own type. Follow these steps: 1. With the cursor on the drive you are defining, press until you see Type Press Enter the appropriate values for these parameters or...
  • Page 38: Checking System Memory

    Checking System Memory Your computer comes with either 2MB, 4MB, or 8MB of random access memory. MS-DOS and application programs that run under MS-DOS use the first 640KB of memory. You can use the memory above 1MB as extended or expanded memory.
  • Page 39: Setting The Rooting Sequence

    Setting the Booting Sequence The booting sequence determines the order in which the computer checks the drives when it looks for the operating system. For example, if you select A, c, each time you turn on the computer it first checks drive A (the external diskette drive) for an operating system diskette and loads the operating system from that diskette.
  • Page 40: Setting The Default Speed

    If you install an operating system, it writes to the boot sector as you install it. In this case, you probably do not want the virus warning feature enabled. Therefore, your system initially has the virus warning feature disabled. This way you won’t need to respond to the virus warning prompts if you install an operating system.
  • Page 41: Setting The Power Management Options

    Setting the Power Management Options The options on the POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP screen allow you to set custom timeout periods to conserve battery power. Each setting is described in the following table. POWER MANAGEMENT SETUP Options Option Power management function HDD timeout System timeout Highlight the option you want to change and press the...
  • Page 42: Saving Your Settings And Exiting Setup

    Saving Your Settings and Exiting SETUP When you leave the SETUP program, you can choose to either save the settings you have changed or exit the program without saving any changes. Follow these steps: 1. Press PRESS F5 TO PRESS F1 TO EXIT 2.
  • Page 43: Post-Setup Procedures

    Post-SETUP Procedures If you have just run SETUP for the first time and your system has not been configured, you now need to install the operating system on your computer. See your operating system manual for instructions. After you have installed your operating system, you can install any software you plan to use.
  • Page 44: Using Your Computer

    Chapter 3 Using Your Computer This chapter describes daily use of your computer, including: Taking care of the computer Using the password Using the keyboard Stopping a co mmand or program Resetting the computer Turning off the computer Adjusting the LCD screen Using the trackball Using diskettes Using the hard disk...
  • Page 45: Taking Care Of The Computer

    Taking Care of the Computer Before you use your computer, take note of these guidelines to ensure proper maintenance: Keep the computer and AC adapter dry, and do not subject them to extreme heat or cold. To prevent damage to the LCD display, do not place external devices on top of the computer, even if it is closed.
  • Page 46: Typing The Password

    If you want to change your current password or disable the password function, you need to use the SETUP program. See Chapter 2 for instructions. If you forget your password, call the Epson Connection at 1-800-922-8911 for assistance. to start SETUP. To protect your...
  • Page 47: Using The Keyboard

    Note The keyboard on the ActionNote is available with different layouts for different languages. Special keytop sets are available in some countries. Additionally, you can use MS-DOS to reassign the layout of your keyboard to duplicate that of another country.
  • Page 48: Special Keys

    Special Keys Certain keys on your keyboard serve special functions when your computer is running MS-DOS or application programs. These special keys are described below. Special key functions Purpose Moves the cursor one tab to the right in normal mode and one tab to the left in shift mode. Changes the letter keys from lower- to uppercase;...
  • Page 49: Using F11 And F12

    Special key functions (Continued) to turn on them once the function is on, the corresponding light above the keyboard is lit. Using F11 and F12 application programs. You activate these keys by using with the to produce produce Using Your Computer Purpose Perform special functions within application programs.
  • Page 50: Display Key Combinations

    Display Key Combinations You can use the key combinations listed below in most DOS applications to control the display. Display Combinations Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad The embedded numeric keypad allows you to enter numeric characters from the keyboard when the Num Lock function is on.
  • Page 51: Stopping A Command Or Program

    Press press the key in Num Lock mode, you enter the off. When you numeric character instead of the letter. You can press plus the key to enter the alphabetic character on the key; press uppercase. When Num Lock is off, you can generate the numeric character by pressing Stopping a Command or Program You may sometimes need to stop a co mmand or program while...
  • Page 52: Resetting The Computer

    Resetting the Computer If necessary, you can reset the computer without turning it off by pressing a combination of keys. This clears the computer’s RAM and restores any default configuration settings. For example, if an error occurs and the computer does not respond to your keyboard entries, you can reset it to reload the operating system and try again.
  • Page 53: Turning Off The Computer

    Turning Off the Computer Before turning off the computer, save your data and exit the program you are using. Make sure the hard disk drive and the diskette drive lights are off, then turn off the computer by sliding the power switch on the right side of the computer. Caution Always make sure the computer is off when you connect or disconnect equipment, such as a printer or diskette drive.
  • Page 54: Changing The Cpu Speed

    Changing the CPU Speed Your computer’s processor can operate at two speeds: High (33 MHz) or Low (8 MHz). At the higher speed, the computer performs all tasks faster. You may need to select the slower speed, however, to run some copy-protected programs or a program that has a specific timing requirement.
  • Page 55: Adjusting The Lcd Screen

    Adjusting the LCD Screen The screen your ActionNote is a backlit monochrome LCD. You can adjust the brightness and contrast with the two switches next to the screen. Adjust these switches to produce the best display for your viewing angle.
  • Page 56: Using The Trackball

    Using the Trackball The trackball in the upper right comer of your ActionNote is a built-in pointing device very similar to a mouse. You can use it with most software applications that support pointing devices. Inside your application, use the trackball to move the cursor, select text or objects, cut and paste, or choose menu items.
  • Page 57: Using Diskettes

    Using Diskettes Be sure to purchase highquality diskettes to ensure reliability. For the 3.5-inch, 1.44MB, external diskette drive, you either of the following types of diskettes: 720KB, double-sided, doubledensity (usually labelled 2DD) 1.44MB, double-sided, highdensity (labelled 2HD). Inserting and Removing Diskettes To insert a diskette, hold it with the label facing up and the metal shutter leading into the diskette drive.
  • Page 58: Write-Protecting Diskettes

    To remove the diskette, make sure the drive light is off; then press the release button. When the diskette pops out, remove and store it properly. Caution Never remove a diskette or reset or turn off the computer while the drive light is on. You could lose data. Also, be sure to remove all diskettes before you turn off the computer.
  • Page 59: Making Backup Copies

    MS-DOS expects a computer to have at least two diskette drives (A and B), and displays prompts and messages accordingly. Your ActionNote supports one 3.5-inch external diskette drive; this is drive A. MS-DOS uses the one drive as two by displaying alternate prompts for the source and target diskettes.
  • Page 60: Using A Hard Disk

    When you swap diskettes this way, it is a good idea to write-protect the original diskette so you don’t accidentally write over it. (See “Write-protecting Diskettes” on page 3-15.) Using a Hard Disk The removable hard disk in your computer has been prepared for use at the factory.
  • Page 61: Removing And Inserting The Hard Disk

    Removing and Insetting the Hard Disk You can easily remove and replace the hard disk drive in your computer. This is useful for sharing the computer among several people, keeping data confidential, or managing very large programs. To remove the hard disk drive, slide it to the left as far as it will go.
  • Page 62: Saving Battery Power

    Caution Use only the appropriate Epson hard disk drives. Inserting an incompatible drive could damage your system. Saving Battery Power If you are using the hard disk while the computer is running on the battery, remember that it uses more battery power.
  • Page 63: Using Pc Cards

    Using PC Cards A PC card is a credit card-sized adapter for your personal computer designed to meet the PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) version 2.0 universal standard for adding memory, storage, and interface capabilities to portable systems. Your computer accepts Type I and Type II PC cards such as fax/modem cards, RAM cards, FLASH memory cards, and LAN (local area network) cards.
  • Page 64: Inserting A Pc Card

    Inserting a PC Card Follow these steps to insert a Type II PC card into the computer: 1. Open the PCMCIA slot cover on the right side of the computer by pulling down the notch at the top. Insert the card into the slot as far as it will go. (A portion of the card may extend from the slot;...
  • Page 65: Using Memory

    Using Memory Your computer can use up to 8MB of memory. This section describes how the memory in your computer works. Also be sure to see your operating system manual for complete information on memory management. A computer’s memory is divided into three types: conventional, reserved, and extended.
  • Page 66 is memory with addresses in the range 1MB to Extended memory 8MB, and is used only by the following: Certain operating systems, such as OS/2 Some MS-DOS interfaces, such as Windows Some RAM disk programs, such as VDISK Some hard disk caching programs, such as SMARTDRV Certain specially-written MS-DOS applications.
  • Page 67: Powering The Computer

    Chapter 4 Powering the Computer You can operate your ActionNote with the AC adapter or the removable battery. This chapter describes how to use these power sources, and how to best conserve energy when using the battery. Using the AC Adapter To conserve the battery, use the AC adapter whenever you have access to an electrical outlet.
  • Page 68: Using The Battery

    Maintaining a supply of charged batteries allows you to replace a spent battery and continue your work. Note Use only the battery designed for use with the ActionNote (model number A880632). Replacing the Battery Follow these steps to replace the battery in the computer with a new one: 1.
  • Page 69 4. If the AC adapter is connected, disconnect it. 5. Turn the computer so that the left side is facing you. 6. Slide the battery to the left as far as it will go. (You’ll feel it ease away from the case.) 7.
  • Page 70: Recharging The Battery

    8. Insert the replacement battery into the compartment as far as it will go and slide it to the right until it snaps into place. Note When you fully charged; otherwise you may run out of power unexpectedly. Recharging the Battery The battery that comes with your system is rechargeable.
  • Page 71 AC adapter. Rechargeable batteries like the one supplied with your ActionNote have a charge “memory.” If you frequently start to recharge the battery before it runs out completely, it starts to “remember” this discharge level. When you use it again, it may stop supplying power at that level.
  • Page 72: Low Battery Indicator

    Low Battery Indicator When the battery’s power is getting low, and you have approximately 8 to 12 minutes of power left, the low battery light starts to flash. Immediately before the battery runs out, the computer starts beeping. At this point you have only approximately 1 to 3 minutes to save your data.
  • Page 73: Using The Suspend Mode

    Using the Suspend Mode The Suspend mode provides an efficient way to save battery power. There are three ways to enter Suspend mode: Close the computer cover. Press + Set the Power Management options in SETUP. An easy way to enter Suspend mode is to close the computer’s cover.
  • Page 74: Using Setup To Conserve Battery Power

    Using SETUP to Conserve Battery Power The SETUP program includes Power Management options that enable you to conserve battery power. These options allow you to set timeout periods for your system and/or hard disk drive so you don’t waste power. For instructions on running SETUP, see chapter 2.
  • Page 75: Connecting Optional Devices

    Chapter 5 Connecting Optional Devices This chapter shows you how to connect these optional devices to your computer: External monitor Parallel printer Serialdevice External keyboard, keypad, mouse, or other pointing device Expansion memory modules Numeric coprocessor. Make sure the computer is turned off before you install or connect any of these devices.
  • Page 76: Connecting An External Monitor

    The interfaces for the located on the back of the computer. To access any of these ports, open the port cover by pulling down on the notch at the top. The EXT KB port is on the far right, next to the battery. Connecting an External Monitor The VIDEO port on your computer allows you to connect an external color or monochrome VGA monitor.
  • Page 77 2. Connect the monitor cable to the port labelled VIDEO on the back of the computer. 3. If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them by hand or with a screwdriver. 4. Connect the other end of the cable to the monitor, if it is not already attached.
  • Page 78: Connecting A Parallel Printer

    Connecting a Parallel Printer as a Centronics ® printer, check the manual that came with it to see if you need to change any of its settings. Note If you are using an external diskette drive, you’ll have to disconnect it before you can connect a printer to this port. You cannot use both devices at the same time.
  • Page 79: Connecting A Serial Device

    If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them by hand or with a screwdriver. Connect the other end of the cable to the printer. If the printer interface has retaining clips, squeeze them gently until they snap into place. Connect the printer’s power cable to a grounded (earthed) electrical socket.
  • Page 80 2. Connect the serial cable to the COM 1 port. 3. If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them. 4. Connect the other end of the cable to the serial device. 5. If the serial device has a power cable, connect it to a grounded (earthed) electrical socket.
  • Page 81: Checking The Serial Port Settings

    Checking the Serial Port Settings 1 port is capable of sending and receiving data at a variety of speeds and with many different protocols. This means you need to configure the port to match the signals of the serial device. As a general rule, choose the highest speed (baud rate) and the protocol that provides the best error detection.
  • Page 82: Connecting An External Keyboard Or Keypad

    Note If you are using an external back of its connector cable to connect a PS/2 device. on the Connecting an External Keyboard or Keypad If you are typing text or entering numbers for extended periods of time, you may want to connect an optional external keyboard or keypad.
  • Page 83: Connecting A Mouse Or Other Pointing Device

    If an external diskette drive is connected to the computer, plug the keyboard connector into the 6-pin port on the back of the drive connector cable, as shown below. Connecting a Mouse or Other Pointing Device You can connect your computer using Follow these steps: system.
  • Page 84 If an external diskette drive is connected to the computer, connect the adapter to the 6-pin port on the back of the drive’s connector cable, as shown below. Connect the pointing device plug to the lower connector on the adapter. Connecting Optional Devices 5-10...
  • Page 85: Installing A Memory Module Or A Numeric Coprocessor

    Note You can also connect an external keyboard to the second port on the adapter. However, note that connecting several devices will quickly drain the battery, so you may want to use the AC adapter to power the computer if you connect more than one device.
  • Page 86: Installing A Memory Module

    4. Insert a small flathead screwdriver in the notch on top of the cover to release it from the case. Then lift it off and set it aside in a safe place. Installing a Memory Module Your computer comes with 2MB of memory soldered directly onto the system board.
  • Page 87 Follow these steps to install a memory module: 1. Remove the access cover as described on page 5-11. 2. If there is no memory module installed, go to step 4. If a memory module is installed (as shown below) and you need to remove it, go to step 3.
  • Page 88 3. Gently disconnect the module from its socket by sliding it toward the front of the computer, as shown below. Then lift the memory module out of the computer and store it safely in case you need to use it again. Lower the new memory module straight down into the computer with the chip side up.
  • Page 89 5. Carefully slide the module connector straight into the socket, as shown below. The connector pins and socket are designed so they fit together only if you have aligned them correctly; so do not force them. If you have trouble, remove the module and try again.
  • Page 90: Installing A Numeric Coprocessor

    The coprocessor chip can be easily damaged and is expensive to replace; so if you don’t feel confident about installing it yourself, ask your Authorized Epson Servicer for assistance. To install the coprocessor, follow these steps: 1. Remove the access cover as described on page 5-11.
  • Page 91: Replacing The Access Cover

    3. Replace the access cover as described in the next section. The computer automatically detects the coprocessor. When you turn on the computer, the system configuration screen shows that a numeric coprocessor is present. Replacing the Access Cover After installing a memory module or numeric coprocessor, you must replace the access cover.
  • Page 92: Using The Vga Utilities

    IBM ® VGA. This adapter allows you to use the computer with Epson VGA monitors, other brands of VGA monitors, and VGA-compatible, multifrequency monitors that use analog input. The drivers and utilities described in this chapter work with any of these monitors.
  • Page 93 The following table lists the applications for which high resolution VGA drivers are provided, as well as the supported text modes or graphics resolutions and colors for each application. (For additional driver support, call the Epson Connection.) Supported applications Application Lotus 1-2-3®, version 2.x...
  • Page 94: Lotus 1-2-3, Version 2.X

    Lotus 1-2-3, Version 2.x The Lotus display driver supports text mode operations for Lotus 1-2-3, version 2.x, at a resolution of 100 x 60. To install the driver, follow these steps: Log onto the Lotus directory on your hard disk that contains the Lotus INSTALL files.
  • Page 95: Microsoft Windows, Version 3.0

    800 x 600 with 16 colors. Note Even though this driver specific to Windows 3.0, you can use it with Windows version 3.1. Check with the Epson Connection for the availability the Windows 3.1 driver. To install the driver, follow these steps: 1.
  • Page 96: Wordperfect, Version 5.1

    4. From the Display menu, select Other (Requires disk provided by a hardware manufacturer) and press 5. The program prompts you to insert your display driver diskette into drive A. Insert the Reference diskette into the external diskette drive. 6. Type WIN3 as the pathname and press displays a list of drivers and their associated resolutions.
  • Page 97: Using The Vgaconf Utility Program

    Start WordPerfect. display the Setup menu, press Select Display by typing 2. If you are installing the driver for text mode, select Text Screen Type. If you are installing the driver forgraphics mode, select Graphics Screen Type. Move the cursor until Cirrus Logic list, and choose SELECT.
  • Page 98: Display Status

    2. Type VGACONF and press MAIN MENU Display Statue Select option Standby Timer Quit you want and press below. Display Status The Display Status option displays the current VGACONF settings. For example: Display Status Reverse video is set to enable text and disable graphics Bold font is disabled Contrast enhancement is Expanded mode is enabled...
  • Page 99: Select Option

    Select Option S e l e c t Option allows you to change the current settings. You see this screen: Highlight the option you want to change and press You see a submenu of the available selections. Use press to return to the SELECT OPTION menu. Some options are designed for a specific display mode: CRT, SimulSCAN, or panel.
  • Page 100: Standby Timer

    VGACONF options and display modes Option Reverse Bold Contrast enhancement Expand Vertical position Display Bus width Inhibit font Cursor Standby Timer Standby Timer allows you to set a timeout period for the LCD display panel if the Display option is set to PANEL. When you select Standby Timer your see this menu: Select Timer to set a timeout period, or select Normal to disable standby mode.
  • Page 101: Quit

    Enter the number of minutes to wait before entering standby mode and press activity. If you enter if there is no keyboard activity for the specified number of minutes. If you enter if video memory is not accessed for the specified number of minutes.
  • Page 102 VGACONF parameters Option name Description -? or -H Display the help screen Display status information Disable standby mode -K=xx Set standby timer for keyboard to xx minutes -M=xx Set standby timer for memory access to xx minutes ETDG Enable text and disable graphics reverse video mode NOREVERSE Disable text and graphics reverse video REVERSE...
  • Page 103 VGACONF parameters (continued) Option name INHFONT FULLHGT NOFULLHGT W259 W529 W295 W592 W925 W952 You can abbreviate any of the VGACONF options by typing only the first three characters of the option name. The following examples show how to enter the VGACONF command with the options parameters: VGACONF SIMUL VGACONF SIM...
  • Page 104: Appendix A Troubleshooting

    Appendix A Troubleshooting If you encounter a problem while using your computer, refer to this appendix. It provides the following problem-solving sections: The computer won’t start Battery problems AC adapter problems The LCD screen is blank The external monitor screen is blank The computer locks up Password problems Diskette problems...
  • Page 105: Identifying Your System

    If the suggestions here do not solve the problem, perform the steps below to identify your system and make a note of any error messages your computer displays. Then contact your Authorized Epson Servicer or call the Epson Connection at 1-800-922-8911. Identifying Your System...
  • Page 106: Error Messages

    The error message remains on the screen and the computer locks up. If this happens, contact your Authorized Epson Servicer as soon as possible to report this information and the error message. The Computer Won’t Start...
  • Page 107: Battery Problems

    Battery Problems If you have trouble running the computer from the battery, follow the steps in this section to find the problem. (Be sure to read Chapter 4 for complete information on the battery.) 1. Check the low battery light. If it is blinking, the battery is low and you need to recharge it.
  • Page 108: Ac Adapter Problems

    6. If you have not used a battery in a long time (three months or more), you may need to recharge it. 7. If you find that over time the battery is losing its charge in less and less time, it may be reaching the end of its life. You may need to replace it with a new battery.
  • Page 109: The Lcd Screen Is Blank

    The LCD Screen Is Blank If the computer starts up but no image appears on the LCD screen, follow these steps to solve the problem: 1. Use the brightness and contrast controls to adjust the screen display. 2. To save power, you may have set a timeout period for the system in the SETUP program.
  • Page 110: The External Monitor Screen Is Blank

    Plug a portable lamp into the outlet and turn it on to see if the outlet supplies power. 6. If the outlet works and an image still does not appear on your monitor when you turn on the computer, contact your Authorized Epson Servicer. Troubleshooting A-7...
  • Page 111: The Computer Locks Up

    The Computer Locks Up If the computer locks up and does not respond to your keyboard entries, try the following: 1. Wait a few minutes to see if the computer really is disabled. Some operations take longer than others to perform. For example, a spreadsheet program takes longer to recalculate an entire spreadsheet than to record one figure.
  • Page 112: Diskette Problems

    2. If you know the current password but you want to change it, see Chapter 2 for instructions. 3. If you have forgotten your password, call the Epson Connection for assistance. Diskette Problems If you have trouble accessing data on a diskette, follow these steps to identify the problem: 1.
  • Page 113: External Diskette Drive Problems

    PRINTER port, and that the retaining screws are tightened to secure the connection. See Chapter 1 for instructions. 2. Are you using the Epson external diskette drive? Other drives may not work with your system. 3. Is your computer set to recognize the external diskette drive? Run SETUP as described in Chapter 2 to make sure the Parallel option is set to 1.44MB, 3.5".
  • Page 114: Hard Disk Problems

    If the light is blinking, there may be a problem with the hard disk. Contact your Authorized Epson Servicer if this occurs. If you have set a timeout for the hard disk in the SETUP...
  • Page 115: Software Problems

    Software Problems If you are having trouble with an application program, try the following solutions: 1. If the application program does not start, check that you are following the correct procedure for starting the program, and that it is installed correctly. If the program is stored in a directory on the hard disk drive, make sure you are working in or specifying the correct directory.
  • Page 116: Printer Problems

    1. Make sure the card is the right type for your system. The ActionNote accepts Type I and Type II cards that conform to PCMCIA version 2.0. 2. Is the PC card inserted properly in the slot? Press the release button to remove the card;...
  • Page 117: Mouse Or Pointing Device Problems

    See the documentation included with your card for instructions. 6. If none of these solutions solves your PC card problem, contact the card manufacturer or call the Epson Connection for assistance. Mouse or Pointing Device Problems If you installed a mouse or other PS/2 compatible pointing device and it doesn’t work properly, try these solutions:...
  • Page 118: External Keyboard Problems

    2. If you think there is something wrong with the keyboard, consult the dealer from whom you purchased it, or call the Epson Connection for assistance. Memory Module Problems If you have added extra memory to your system and that memory is not operating properly, check the following: 1.
  • Page 119: Numeric Coprocessor Problems

    Servicer or call the Epson Connection if you cannot solve problem. CMOS Battery Problems The Dallas® clock chip in your computer preserves the contents of CMOS RAM even when last more than a year before you need to replace it.
  • Page 120: Appendix B Specifications

    Appendix B Specifications This appendix lists the computer’s specifications. It also includes the specifications for international power cables. Main Unit System memory ROM BIOS Video RAM Shadow RAM Clock/ calendar Numeric coprocessor 486SLC microprocessor; 33 MHz (and simulated 8 MHz) clock speed; 1 MHz in Suspend mode 2MB of DRAM soldered on main system board, expandable to 4MB or 8MB using a...
  • Page 121: Controllers

    Controllers Diskette drive Hard disk Video PCMCIA Speaker Interfaces External VGA Parallel Serial B-2 Specifications Built-in controller for one external 3.5-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive; supports 1.44MB and 720KB diskette formats Built-in controller for removable internal hard disk drive Cirrus GD6410B 16-bit VGA controller fully backward compatible with CGA and EGA;...
  • Page 122: Input Devices

    Pointing device or external keyboard AC adapter Input Devices Trackball Keyboard Mass Storage Hard disk drive Diskette drive Monochrome VGA LCD 6-pin, mini-DIN connector for a PS/2-type pointing device or keyboard; keyboard supported directly, pointing device requires adapter DC input port for external AC adapter; 4-pin, mini-DIN connector Built-in, two-button trackball 79/80 (US) keys;...
  • Page 123: Power Supply

    Power Supply AC adapter Battery Caution Use only the ActionNote AC adapter (model number AP-006) and battery (model number A880632). Physical Dimensions Height Width Depth Weight (with battery and hard disk drive installed) B-4 Specifications +12VDC (to computer), +l6VDC (to battery charger) 2.4A continuous AC...
  • Page 124: Environmental Requirements

    Environmental Requirements Temperature Humidity Acoustical no&e Altitude Caution When travelling by airplane, bring your computer into the passenger compartment as carry-on luggage to prevent it from being stored in an unpressurized storage area. Operating: 5° to 40° C (41° to 104° F) Non-operating: -20°...
  • Page 125: Power Source Requirements

    Power Source Requirements 120 Volt power source requirements AC plug 240 Volt power source requirements AC plug B-6 Specifications Reference Plug type standards North America ANSI C73.11 NEMA 5-15-P 125V.10A IEC 83 Reference standards Plug type Europe CEE 7/7 24OV. 10A to IEC 83 IEC 127 HD 21...
  • Page 126: Glossary

    Glossary 387SX/SL A special-purpose CMOS integrated circuit used to assist the microprocessor chip and speed up certain kinds of mathematical calculations and graphics displays. The computer has a socket to accommodate either a Cyrix Cx387SLC multifrequency numeric coprocessor. 486SLC A CMOS process technology integrated circuit; the central processing unit (CPU) of your computer.
  • Page 127: Baud Rate

    Backlighting (or backlit) The internal fluorescent illumination of the computer’s LCD screen. LCD screens that are not backlit are difficult to see without an external source of light. Batch file A type of file that allows you to execute a series of MS-DOS commands by typing one command.
  • Page 128 CMOS RAM A special type of low-power memory that records information about your system configuration. Unlike ordinary RAM, CMOS RAM is backed up by a battery and is not erased when you turn off the computer. Command prompt The characters the operating system displays to indicate it is loaded and ready to receive instructions.
  • Page 129 Copy-protected program A type of program that cannot be copied. Some copy-protected programs require you to leave the program diskette in the diskette drive while you use them. Some also require the computer to be running at low speed instead of high speed. Central Processing Unit.
  • Page 130: Diskette Drive

    Diagnostics The tests and procedures the computer performs to check its internal circuitry and set up its configuration. DIP switch Dual In-line Package switch. A small switch on a piece of hardware, such as a printer, that controls a particular function. Directory A group of files stored in a particular area on a disk;...
  • Page 131: Embedded Numeric Keypad

    Frame buffer The portion of the computer’s display memory that holds the contents of a single Screen image. The VGA controller on the ActionNote enables simultaneous dual Scan on the LCD screen and an external monitor.
  • Page 132 Hard disk A sealed mass storage device you use to store large amounts of data. Hard disk drive. See Hard High-density A type of diskette format. A 3.5-inch, high-density diskette has a capacity of 1.44MB. Input/Output (I/O) port See Port. lntegrated circuit See Chip.
  • Page 133: Main Memory

    Main memory The amount of memory in the computer below 1MB that is available to your operating system and application programs-usually 640KB. Also called base or conventional memory. Math coprocessor See Coprocessor. Megabyte. A unit used to measure storage space in a computer’s memory or on a disk.
  • Page 134: Numeric Keypad

    Modem MOdulator/DEModulator. A serial device that allows the computer to send and receive data over the telephone lines. Your computer supports PCMCIA Type II modem cards. MS-DOS A common operating system for IBM-compatible computers developed by Microsoft. See also NiCad Nickel-Cadmium.
  • Page 135 Parameter A qualifier added to a command that tells the computer how to perform the command (such as what data file to use or what particular conditions to expect). For example, in the command FORMAT A I , the diskette in drive A. See also Stitch. Partition The area defined on a hard disk to run an operating system.
  • Page 136 Power-on diagnostics A set of testing routines the computer performs automatically each time you turn it on. Program A file that contains coded instructions telling the computer what to do and how to do it. Prompt A message on the screen that requests information or tells you the action you need to perform next Random Access Memory.
  • Page 137: Shadow Ram

    Reset To reload a computer’s operating system so you can retry a task or begin using a different operating system. Resetting erases any information stored in RAM. Read Only Memory. The portion of the computer’s memory that contains permanent instructions and cannot be modified. Unlike RAM, ROM retains its contents even after you turn off the computer.
  • Page 138: Suspend Mode

    Subdirectory A disk directory the root directory. Suspend mode The power-saving mode screen, press period specified in the SETUP program. Switch An option you can add to a command that modifies the way the command works. Switches are usually preceded by a / (forward slash).
  • Page 139 Write To record data on a disk. Write-protect To prevent a diskette from being overwritten. When a diskette is write-protected, you cannot erase, change, or record over its contents. 14 Glossary...
  • Page 140 I n d e x AC adapter, connecting, 1-8-9, 1-11 lights, 1-9 low battery, 4-2, 4-6 part number, 1-8, B-4 problems, A-5 recharging battery, 4-5-5 specifications, B-3-4 using, 1-8-9, 4-1 Access cover, location, 1-4 removing, 5-11-12 replacing, 5-17 AC plugs, B-6 Acoustical noise, B-5 Adapter, mouse/keyboard, 1-7,5-7,5-9-11...
  • Page 141 6-1-12 key combinations, 3-7 modes, 6-9 specifications, B-2 status, VGACONF, 6-7 VGACONF utility, 6-6-12 Disposal, battery, 4-5 Embedded numeric keypad, see Numeric keypad EMM386.EXE memory manager, 3-23 End key, 3-5 Enter key, 3-5 Environmental requirements, B-5 Epson Connection, Intro-2-3, A-24...
  • Page 142 Error messages, power-on diagnostics, 1-12, A-3 Esc key, 3-5 Expanded memory, 3-22-23 Expansion memory module, see Memory module EXT KB port, 1-6-7,5-7-9,5-11 Extended memory, 3-22-23 External diskette drive, connecting, 1-11-12 enabling, 2-5 problems, 2-6, A-10-11 SETUP, 2-5 External keyboard, connecting, 5-7-9, 5-11 controller, B-3 port, 1-6-7,5-7-9,5-11 problems, A-15...
  • Page 143 Keyboard/mouse adapter, 1-7, 5-7, 5-9-11 Keypad, external, 5-7-9 Keytop sets, 3-4 LCD screen, adjusting, 3-12 blank, A-6 controller, B-2 display characteristics, 6-1 opening, 1-2 problems, A-6 resolution, 1-3, 6-1, B-3 specifications, B-3 standby mode, 6-9 timeout, 2-14 using, 3-12 Lights, indicator, 1-5, 1-9 Lotus 1-2-3 VGA drivers, 6-2-4 Low battery light, 1-5,4-2,4-6, A-4 Low speed, Intro-1, 3-11...
  • Page 144 Numeric coprocessor, adding, 5-11, 5-16-17 problems, A-16 specifications, B-1 Numeric keypad, 3-4, 3-6—8 Opening screen, 1-2 Operating system(s), 1-12,2-16 Optional devices, 5-1-17 OS/2, 1-12 Parallel port, connecting diskette drive, 1-11-12 connecting printer, 5-4-5 controller, B-2 location, 1-6-7 problems, A-10-11, A-13 SETUP, 2-5 Parallel printer, connecting, 5-4-5 Parts, identifying, 1-3-7...
  • Page 145 RAM (random access memory), Intro-1, 2-1-2, A-3, B-1 Readme file, PC card, 3-20 Read-only memory (ROM), 2-1, A-3, B-1 Recharging, battery, 4-4-5 Reference diskette, 3-16, 6-1 Release button, diskette drive, 3-14 PC card, 3-21 Release latch, 1-3 Removable battery, 4-2-6 Removing, access cover, 5-11-12 battery, 4-2-4...
  • Page 146 Standby timer, VGACONF, 6-9 Stopping command or program, Suspend light, 1-5 Suspend mode, Intro-1, 3-19, 4-7 SVGA monitor, 6-1 SysReq key, 3-6 System, configuration, 1-12, 2-1—16 features, Intro-1 identifying, A-2 parts, 1-3—7 password security, 3-3 timeout, 2-14 System BIOS, version number, A-2 System board, memory, 5-11-15 System configuration, 1-12, 2-1—16 System memory, see Memory...
  • Page 147 Epson Iberica, S.A. Avda. de Roma 18-26 08290 Cerdanyola de1 valles 08036 Barcelona, Spain Phone: 3-582-15-00 Fax: 3-582-15-55 Telex: 50129 Epson Hong Kong Ltd. 25/F., Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road Wanchai, Hong Kong Phone: 831-4600 Fax: 572-5792 Telex: 65542 EPSCO I-IX Epson Electronics Trading Ltd.

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