Epson ActionNote 4SLC2-50 User Manual

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  • Page 2 TRADEMARKS Epson is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. ActionNote is a trademark and Epson Connection is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. General notice: Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies, Copyright ©...
  • Page 3 ® EPSON ActionNote 4SLC2-50 ™ User’s Guide...
  • Page 4 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.
  • Page 5 This equipment complies with FCC rules, Part 68. On the underside of your computer is a label that contains, among other things, the FCC Registration Number and Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) for this equipment. You must, upon request, provide this information to your telephone company.
  • Page 6: 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 7 11. If you use an extension cord with the computer, make sure the total of the ampere ratings of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the ampere rating for the extension cord. Also, make sure the total of all products plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed 15 amperes.
  • Page 8 Instructions Importances de Sécurité Lire complètement les instructions qui suivant et les conserver pour réfénces futures. Bien suivre tous les avertissements et les instructions indiqués sur l’ordinateur. Débrancher l’ordinateur de toute sortie murale avant le nettoyage. Utiliser un chiffon humide; ne jamais utiliser un nettoyeur liquide ou une bonbonne aérosol.
  • Page 9 11. Dans le cas où on utilise un cordon de rallonge avec l’ordinateur, on doit s’assurer que la valeur totale d’ampèsres branchés dans le cordon n’excède en aucun temps les amperes du cordon de rallonge. La quantité totale des appareils branchés dans la prise murale ne doit jamais excéder 15 ampères.
  • Page 10: Table Of Contents

    Contents INTRODUCTION Standard Configuration ......1 Optional Equipment ....3 Where to Get Help .
  • Page 11 Using Diskettes ..... . 2-11 Inserting and Removing Diskettes ....2-12 Write-protecting Diskettes .
  • Page 12 CHAPTER 5 RUNNING SETUP Starting the Setup Program ....Changing the Settings ....Automatically Configuring Your System .
  • Page 13 Printer Problems ......Memory Module Problems ..... Trackball or Pointing Device Problems .
  • Page 14: Standard Configuration

    Introduction With your purchase of the Epson computer, you have chosen state-of-the-art notebook computing. The 486SLC2-50 microprocessor chip, designed for portable computers, provides high-speed performance in a compact, lightweight, notebook-size form. Standard Configuration The ActionNote is a versatile computer supporting a wide range of applications and hardware.
  • Page 15 Rechargeable battery pack AC adapter for powering the computer and recharging the battery pack Socket for an optional numeric coprocessor Two processing speeds: high and low (8 MHz) Suspend mode to save battery power Carrying case with room for the computer, AC adapter, power cable, diskettes, and manuals.
  • Page 16: Optional Equipment

    Call the Epson Connection for the following: Technical assistance with the installation, configuration, and operation of Epson products Sales of accessories, manuals, or parts for your Epson products Assistance in On-Site Warranty Service for your Epson products Assistance in locating your nearest Authorized Epson Reseller...
  • Page 17 See Appendix A for more information. If you purchased your computer in the United States, Epson also provides On-Site Warranty Service. Your ActionNote package should contain a packet describing the program. If a packet is not included, call the Epson Connection for information.
  • Page 18: How To Use This Manual

    How to Use This Manual This manual explains how to setup and operate your computer and install options. You do not need to read everything in this book to use your computer; see the following chapter summaries to find the sections you need: Chapter 1 provides steps for setting up your computer.
  • Page 19: Conventions Used In This Manual

    Conventions Used in This Manual This manual uses the following type conventions to represent commands: Example Enter Ctrl C Fn F1 \DOS DISKCOPY A: B: path \fileneme COM 1 6 Introduction Meaning Keys you press on the keyboard Keys you press at the same time; hold down the key marked Ctrl and then press the letter C, or hold down the key marked Fn and then press the F1 key...
  • Page 20: Chapter 1 Setting Up The Computer

    Chapter 1 Setting Up the Computer This chapter describes how to complete the basic setup of your ActionNote computer. It covers: Identifying the system parts Connecting the AC adapter Opening the screen Connecting the trackball Turning on the computer. Instructions for installing optional equipment (such as a memory module or a numeric coprocessor) or connecting external equipment (such as a monitor or printer) are provided in Chapter 4.
  • Page 21: Identifying The System Parts

    Identifying the System Parts Before getting started, refer to the illustrations below to identify the different parts of your computer. Front View The main components on the front and right side of the ActionNote are shown below. Setting Up the Computer...
  • Page 22: Lcd Screen

    LCD screen Your ActionNote has a backlit, monochrome LCD that supports VGA resolutions up to 640 x 480 dots in 32 shades of gray. Suspend/resume switch Slide this switch to the right to suspend power to the computer when it is on. This places the computer in a very low power consumption state.
  • Page 23 LEDs The LEDs (light emitting diodes) on your computer provide information about its operation, Power—Indicates the computer is on; either the AC adapter, battery pack, or automobile adapter is supplying power to the computer. Low battery—When flashing, indicates the battery capacity is less than 20%.
  • Page 24: Rear Panel And Left Side

    Power button This button turns the computer on and off. DC input port Connect the AC adapter cable here. See page 1-8 for instructions. Release button Press this button to eject a diskette from the drive. Diskette drive Your computer includes a 3½-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive. For instructions on using diskettes, see Chapter 2.
  • Page 25 Battery compartment cover Turn the computer upside down and open this cover to access the battery pack. The rechargeable NiCad battery pack powers your computer when the AC adapter is not connected. For a full description, see Chapter 3. External VGA port (VIDEO) You can connect a VGA monochrome or color monitor to this port.
  • Page 26: Connecting The Ac Adapter

    External keyboard port (EXT KB) Use this port to connect any PS/2-compatible pointing device. This port also supports a mouse/keyboard adapter for attaching both an external PS/2-type keyboard and a pointing device at the same time. See Chapter 4 for instructions on installing optional devices. Connecting the AC Adapter The AC adapter is designed to be used in most countries, as it can operate in the ranges 100 to 240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz (auto-sensing).
  • Page 27 Follow these steps to connect the adapter to the computer: 1. Connect the AC adapter plug to the DC input port on the right side of the computer. 2. Connect the power cable to the AC adapter. 3. Connect the other end of the power cable to a grounded (earthed) electrical outlet.
  • Page 28: 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 latches on the front sides of the computer toward the sides and lift up the screen.
  • Page 29: Connecting The Trackball

    Connecting the Trackball Your computer package includes a trackball, which you connect to EXT KB port on the left side of the computer. You can attach the trackball to the right or left side of your keyboard or LCD screen; you can also configure it as left- or right-handed.
  • Page 30: Turning On The Computer

    For information on using the trackball, or if you would like to know more about its device driver and utilities, see the documentation that came with it. Turning On the Computer When you first use the ActionNote, the battery may not be charged;...
  • Page 31 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. The computer displays several messages during the diagnostics, including this prompt: < D E L > , If the tests indicate a problem with the system or change in configuration, you will see an error message followed by this prompt...
  • Page 32 Because your computer was set up at the factory, the configuration information should be accurate, If you have changed the computer’s setup so that this information does not match your configuration, run the Setup program described in Chapter 5 to correct it.
  • Page 33: Chapter 2 Using Your Computer

    Chapter 2 Using Your Computer This chapter describes how to use your ActionNote computer on a daily basis. It provides information on the following procedures: Taking care of the computer Making a backup copy of the VGA utilities Using the password function Using the keyboard Resetting the computer Turning off the computer...
  • Page 34: Taking Care Of The Computer

    Taking Care of the Computer Before you begin using your computer, read the following guidelines to ensure proper maintenance of the ActionNote: Keep the computer and AC adapter dry, and do not subject them to extreme heat or cold. Do not place external devices on top of the computer, even if it is closed, to prevent damage to the LCD display.
  • Page 35: Backing Up The Vga Utilities

    Backing Up the VGA Utilities Your computer comes with VGA drivers and utilities already loaded on the hard disk. To protect these important files, you should back them up onto a diskette. The files are located in the \VGAUTILS directory. Follow these steps to backup your VGA drivers and utilities: 1.
  • Page 36: 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 5 for instructions. If you forget your password, call the Epson Connection at 1-800-922-8911 for assistance. Using Your Computer Delete to start Setup.
  • Page 37: Using The Keyboard

    Using the Keyboard Although the keyboard on the ActionNote has only 84 keys (85 on the international version), it still provides all the functions of a full-size (102-key) keyboard. For example, a full-size keyboard has a separate numeric keypad you can use for both numeric entry and cursor control.
  • Page 38: Special Keys

    This section describes how to use the following features on your keyboard: Special keys The F11 and F12 keys The embedded numeric keypad. Special Keys Certain keys on your keyboard serve special functions when your computer is running MS-DOS or application programs. The special keys are described in the following table.
  • Page 39 key functions (continued) Special Purpose Moves the cursor back one space, Backspace Ends a line of keyboard input or executes a Enter command. Control cursor location. Home End PgUp PgDn Cancels the current command line or operation. Perform special functions within application F 1 - F 1 0 programs, F11 F12...
  • Page 40: Using F11 And F12

    Using F11 and F12 The F11 application programs. You activate these keys by using and F2 keys. Hold down hold down Using Embedded Numeric Keypad The embedded numeric keypad allows you to enter numeric characters from the keyboard when the Num Lock function is on. You can also use the keypad to control the cursor.
  • Page 41: Resetting The Computer

    The following table summarizes how to use the embedded numeric keypad. Embedded keypad functions Embedded numeric keys Keys pressed by themselves Keys pressed with Shift Keys pressed with Fn Keys pressed with Shift and Fn Resetting the Computer If necessary, you can clear the computer’s current settings or its memory without turning it off;...
  • Page 42: Turning Off The Computer

    To reset the computer, the operating system must be either on the hard disk or on a diskette in drive A. If you are using MS-DOS, hold down Ctrl and for a moment and then the computer reloads MS-DOS. If resetting the computer does not correct the problem, you probably need to turn it off and back on again.
  • Page 43: Using The Lcd Screen

    If necessary, press Then, to change to low speed, press high speed, make sure Num Lock is on, and press Ctrl Note You must press – or + on the embedded numeric keypad only. Using the LCD Screen The screen on your ActionNote is a backlit monochrome LCD. You can adjust the brightness and contrast with the two controls on the top left side of the computer.
  • Page 44: Inserting And Removing Diskettes

    Inserting and Removing Diskettes To insert a diskette, hold it with the label facing up and the metal shutter leading into the drive, Slide it into the drive until it clicks into place. When you want to remove the diskette, make sure the drive light is off, then press the release button.
  • Page 45: Write-Protecting Diskettes

    Write-protecting Diskettes You can write-protect a diskette to prevent its data from being altered. When a diskette is write-protected, you can read it and copy data from it, but you cannot store new data on it or delete any files it contains. If you try to change data stored on a write-protected diskette, you see an error message.
  • Page 46: Making Backup Copies

    Making Backup Copies It is important to make copies of all your data and system diskettes. Make backup (working) copies of all diskettes that contain programs, such as your MS-DOS and Windows diskettes; then use only the copies. Store the original diskettes away from your working diskettes.
  • Page 47: 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” earlier in this chapter for more information.) Using a Hard Disk The hard disk installed in the ActionNote has been prepared for use at the factory and has MS-DOS and Windows installed.
  • Page 48: Using Memory

    Using Memory Your computer comes with 4MB or 8MB of memory, and you may have installed an optional expansion memory module to increase the total amount. This section describes how the memory in your computer works. Also be sure to see your MS-DOS manual for complete information on memory management.
  • Page 49 Extended memory memory with addresses in the range lMB to 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 50: Chapter 3 Powering The Computer

    Chapter 3 Powering the Computer You can operate your ActionNote using the AC adapter, optional automobile adapter, or the removable battery pack. This chapter describes how to use these power sources, and how to best conserve energy when using the battery pack. Using the AC Adapter To conserve the battery, use the AC adapter whenever you have access to an electrical outlet.
  • Page 51: Using The Battery Pack

    Using the Battery Pack The removable NiCad battery pack powers the computer when the AC adapter is not connected. The length of time the battery can provide power depends on how you use the ActionNote. If you operate the computer using a bright screen display and access the hard disk often, you will consume more battery power and shorten the length of the charge.
  • Page 52 4. Press down on the release buttons on the battery compartment cover and slide the cover toward you. 5. Pull up on the cloth tab and lift out the low battery. 6. Remove the fully charged battery pack from its carrying case and slide it into the slot.
  • Page 53 7. Slide the battery cover back into place making sure the tabs on the cover fit into the slots on the computer’s cover. Press the cover from the back side until it snaps closed. Note When you replace the battery pack, make sure the new battery is fully charged;...
  • Page 54: Recharging The Battery

    Recharging the Battery The battery pack that comes with your ActionNote is rechargeable. You may need to charge the battery pack before using it for the first time, and you must charge it when it runs low on power. Your computer warns you when the battery is low through the low battery light.
  • Page 55: Low Battery Indicator

    To reduce the memory effect and extend the life of your battery, you should let it discharge completely whenever possible before recharging it. If you use the computer every day, you should completely discharge the battery at least once a week. If you find that over time the battery is losing its charge sooner, the life of the battery may be reaching its end.
  • Page 56: Using The Suspend/Resume Switch

    Once your computer starts beeping, you have approximately two minutes to save your data. If the batteries run out suddenly, you will lose any data you have not saved. Turn off the computer before replacing the battery pack. Otherwise, you will lose data, and you may even damage the computer.
  • Page 57: Using Setup To Conserve Battery Power

    Slide the suspend/resume switch to the right to temporarily stop system activity when you do not need to use your computer for short periods of time. The screen goes dark and the computer suspends power to its components and devices; it continues to supply power to the RAM.
  • Page 58: Chapter 4 Connecting Optional Devices

    Chapter 4 Connecting Optional Devices This chapter describes how to connect the following optional devices to your ActionNote: External monitor Parallel printer or other device Serial device Trackball, mouse, or other pointing device, or an external keyboard Internal fax/modem Expansion memory modules Numeric coprocessor.
  • Page 59: Connecting An External Monitor

    VIDEO, PRINTER, The interfaces for the and COM 1 ports are located COM 2, LINE, on the back of the computer. The interfaces for the EXT KB ports are located on the left side of the computer. To access any of these ports, open the port cover by pulling down on the notch at the top.
  • Page 60 2. Connect the monitor cable to the port labelled 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 61: Connecting A Parallel Printer

    You can also connect some third-party external diskette drives to this port. Check with the Epson Connection for product compatibility requirements. If you do connect an external diskette drive to this port, be sure to run the Setup program to identify the drive.
  • Page 62: Connecting A Serial Device

    4. If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them by hand or with a screwdriver. 5. 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. 6.
  • Page 63 2. Connect the serial cable to the COM 1 or COM 2 port. 3. If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them by hand or with a screwdriver. Connect the other end of the cable to the serial device. If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them.
  • Page 64: Checking The Serial Port Settings

    Checking the Serial Port Settings COM 1 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 65: Connecting An Optional Pointing Device

    Connecting An Optional Pointing Device You can connect a PS/2-type mouse or other pointing device to EXT KB port as shown below, Before you can use the mouse or other pointing device with your applications, you need to install the special software driver that came with it. See the documentation supplied with the device for instructions.
  • Page 66: Connecting The Internal Fax/Modem

    Note If your computer did not come with the internal fax/modem installed, you must have an Authorized Epson Servicer install it. If you purchased a fax/modem with your computer, a telephone cable is included in your package. Insert one end of the modular jack cable into the insert the other end into a modular jack outlet.
  • Page 67: Adding Memory Modules Or A Numeric Coprocessor

    Caution It is best to have your Authorized Epson Servicer install the memory module or a numeric coprocessor for you because they can be damaged easily if installed incorrectly. If you prefer to install them yourself, carefully follow all the instructions in this section.
  • Page 68: Removing The Keyboard

    Removing the Keyboard To remove the keyboard, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the computer is turned off. 2. Disconnect all cables from the ports and connectors on both the sides and back of the computer. (Unplug the AC adapter from its wall outlet, if necessary.) 3.
  • Page 69 8. Carefully detach the keyboard by lifting upon the front and sides of the keyboard. Then pull it toward you. 9. Turn the keyboard upside down by tilting the front of the keyboard up and back toward the LCD. Carefully set the keyboard on top of the computer.
  • Page 70: Installing A Memory Module

    Installing a Memory Module Your computer comes with 4MB or 8MB of memory. Two MB are soldered directly onto the system board, and a 2MB (or 6MB) memory module is installed in the computer (as shown above). You can increase your memory to 8MB by replacing the 2MB memory module with a 6MB module.
  • Page 71 Follow these steps to install a memory module: 1. Remove the keyboard as described above. that attaches the 2MB memory module to the 2. Remove the screw system board. 3. Gently disconnect the memory module from its socket by sliding the module toward the front of the computer. 4-14 Connecting Optional Devices...
  • Page 72 4. Lift the memory module out of the computer. 5. Lower the new memory module straight down into the computer until its connector aligns with the socket on the system board. Make sure the hole for the attachment screw is on your left.
  • Page 73: Installing A Numeric Coprocessor

    Contact the Epson Connection or your sales representative for additional information on choosing a numeric coprocessor compatible with the Cyrix 486SLC2-50 CPU.
  • Page 74 Caution If you need to remove the math coprocessor, do not try to do it yourself. This procedure requires a special extraction tool. Contact your Authorized Epson Servicer. Connecting Optional Devices 4-17...
  • Page 75: Replacing The Keyboard

    Replacing the Keyboard After installing a memory module or numeric coprocessor, you must replace the keyboard. Follow these steps: Carefully lift the keyboard off the top of the computer, turn it right side up, and align it over the front of the computer. Make sure the keyboard cables are not twisted.
  • Page 76 4. Turn the computer upside down with the front facing you and replace the three screws on the front side of the cover. 5. Replace the battery pack. 6. Turn the computer right side up. 7. Connect any optional devices that you may have installed previously.
  • Page 77: Chapter 5 Running Setup

    Chapter 5 Running Setup The Setup program defines your system’s configuration so the computer uses all of its devices properly. Because your computer was set up at the factory, the configuration information is accurate when you first setup the computer. If you change the computer’s configuration by adding optional devices, however, you need to run the Setup program to update the system.
  • Page 78: Starting The Setup Program

    Starting the Setup Program To start the Setup program, you must turn on or reset the computer. During the memory test, press program. If you have already enabled the Password function for the Setup program, you will be prompted to enter it now. You see the first menu screen: Press screen displays a brief description of the highlighted menu item.
  • Page 79: Changing The Settings

    When you select one of the SETUP options, you see this screen: Press any key to continue, or press E Changing the Settings At the bottom of each Setup screen, you see a list of the keys you can use to select options on that screen. Their functions are described in the following table.
  • Page 80: Automatically Configuring Your System

    Setup function keys Key(s) F2 or F3 Automatically Configuring Your System You can use the AUTO CONFIGURATION WITH BIOS DEFAULTS option to automatically configure your system to the factory default settings. When you select this option, the program asks you to confirm that you want to load the defaults. Saving Your Selections The changes you make in the Setup program are temporary until you save them.
  • Page 81: Changing The Standard Cmos Setup

    You can also exit the Setup program without saving the new selections to CMOS RAM. Select the DO NOT WRITE TO CMOS AND EXIT option. The program asks you if you want to quit without saving the current settings. Press with the previous configuration settings.
  • Page 82 The options on the STANDARD CMOS SETUP screen are described in the following table. Note that the Setup program displays the possible settings for each option at the bottom of the screen when the option is highlighted. STANDARD CMOS SETUP options Option Date Time...
  • Page 83: Changing The Advanced Cmos Setup

    Changing the Advanced CMOS Setup when you select the main menu, you see this screen: Note This screen shows the BIOS default settings. Press an option is highlighted, you can press about the option, including the possible settings. Use PgDn to change the value of an option.
  • Page 84 ADVANCED CMOS SETUP options Option Typematic Rate Programming Typematic Rate Delay Typematic Rate PS/2 Mouse Support Option Above 1 MB Memory Test Memory Test Tick Sound Hit <Del> Message Display Hard Disk Type 47 Data Area Wait For <F1> If Any Error System Boot Up Num Lock Floppy Drive...
  • Page 85 ADVANCED CMOS SETUP options (continued) Option Function System Boot Up Specifies the order in which the computer checks the drives when looking for the operating system; the Sequence default (C:, A:) loads the operating system from drive C; if you want to load the operating system from diskette, change this setting to A:, C: Password Enables or disables password security;...
  • Page 86: Changing The Advanced Chipset Setup

    Changing the Advanced Chipset Setup These configuration settings include the power management functions that allow you to conserve battery power. When you select the ADVANCED CHIPSET SETUP option from the main menu, you see this screen: Press an option is highlighted, you can press about the option including the possible settings.
  • Page 87 The options on the ADVANCED CHIPSET SETUP screen are described in the following table. You can display the possible settings for each option when the option is highlighted and you press the key. ADVANCED CHIPSET SETUP options Option Power Management Function Display Timeout Counter...
  • Page 88: Changing The Password

    PASSWORD option to specify the password. Caution If you do set a password, be sure it is easy to remember, If you forget your password, you will have to call the Epson Connection for assistance. When you select the following prompt: Enter CURRENT Password: Type the current password.
  • Page 89: Hard Disk Utility

    If you are unsure whether formatting is necessary, contact your Authorized Epson Servicer or call the Epson Connection (1-800-922-8911) for assistance. In addition to destroying all the data on the hard disk, formatting removes any partitions and logical formatting defined on the disk by your operating system.
  • Page 90: Hard Disk Format

    you select the HARD DISK UTILITY from the main Setup When menu, you see this screen: The three options listed on the bottom half of the screen are hard disk diagnostic tests. These tests are destructive in that they destroy data on the hard disk. Therefore, if possible, be sure to back up any data on your hard disk before performing these tests.
  • Page 91: Auto Interleave

    This test identifies the bad tracks on the hard disk by analyzing the surface of the disk to find them. You should not select this option unless advised to do so by an authorized Epson representative. Caution The Media Analysis test destroys any data on your hard disk.
  • Page 92: Chapter 6 Using The Vga Utilities

    The ActionNote’s built-in VGA adapter is 100% compatible with ® 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: Microsoft Windows, Version 3.1

    However, the display drivers provide resolutions up to 800 x 600 in 16 colors for Windows applications. To obtain drivers for other applications, call the Epson Connection. Note These drivers and utilities are designed for systems running MS-DOS.
  • Page 94: Using The Vgaconf Utility Program

    From the Display menu, select Other provided by Enter. press 5. The program prompts you to insert your display driver diskette into drive A. 6. Replace A: \ with C: \VGAUTILS\ Enter. The program displays a list of drivers and their associated resolutions.
  • Page 95: Viewing The Display Status

    Enter. The sections below explain each option on the main menu. Viewing the Display Status The Display Status option displays the current settings. For example: Press any key to return to the main menu. Changing Settings with Select Option Option allows you to change the current settings.
  • Page 96 Highlight the option you want to change and press You see a submenu of the available selections. Use to highlight the desired setting and press SELECT OPTION menu. Some options are designed for a specific display mode: CRT, SimulSCAN, or panel. CRT mode refers to a VGA monitor VIDEO connected to the screen and a VGA monitor;...
  • Page 97: Setting The Standby Timer

    Setting the 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 you see this menu: Select Timer set a timeout period, or select Normal to disable standby mode.
  • Page 98: Using Vgaconf From The Command Line

    Using VGACONF From the Command Line To quickly change one or more VGA configuration settings, you can access VGACONF from the command line with option parameters. At the command prompt, enter the VGACONF command in the following format: VGACONF [options] In place of the options parameter, substitute one or more of the following option names, separated by spaces.
  • Page 99 VGACONF command options (continued) Option name NOEXPAND Disable expand mode CENTER BOTTOM PANEL SIMUL 16BIT NO16BIT 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 sample VGACONF commands: VGACONF SIMUL VGACONF SIM...
  • Page 100: Appendix A Troubleshooting

    Appendix A Troubleshooting You probably won’t encounter any difficulties as you setup and use your ActionNote. If anything out of the ordinary happens, refer to this appendix for help. It provides you with the following problem-solving sections: The computer won’t start Battery problems AC adapter problems The LCD screen is blank...
  • Page 101: Identifying Your System

    Then contact your Authorized Epson Servicer or call the Epson Connection at 1-800-922-8911. Identifying Your System When you request technical assistance, be ready to provide the...
  • Page 102: Error Messages

    If the error is serious, the computer cancels further checking and halts system initialization. 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 103: Battery Problems

    Battery Problems If you have trouble running the computer from the battery pack, follow the steps in this section to find the problem. (Be sure to read Chapter 3 for 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 104: Ac Adapter Problems

    AC Adapter Problems If the computer does not work properly with the AC adapter, check the power light. If it is on, the AC adapter is working and supplying power to the computer. If it is not on, follow these steps to find the problem: 1.
  • Page 105: 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 time-out period for the LCD screen in the Setup program or with the VGACONF utility.
  • Page 106: The Computer Locks Up

    7. 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. The Computer Locks Up If the computer locks up and does not respond to your keyboard entries, try the following: 1.
  • Page 107: Password Problems

    Press again. 2. If you know the current password but you want to change it, see Chapter 5 for instructions. 3. If you have forgotten your password, call the Epson Connection for assistance. Troubleshooting NumLock. If the computer does not respond, it is...
  • Page 108: Diskette Problems

    Diskette Problems If you have trouble accessing data on a diskette, follow these steps to identify the problem: 1. Is the diskette properly inserted in the drive? Remove the diskette from the drive and make sure it is inserted with the label facing up.
  • Page 109: Diskette Drive 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 time-out for the hard disk in the Setup...
  • Page 110: 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 111: Printer Problems

    If resetting the computer doesn’t help, turn off your system, wait five seconds, and then turn it back on. Then you can restart your application program. 6. If none of these solutions solve your software problem, contact the software manufacturer for technical support. Printer Problems You can solve most printer problems by following the instructions in your printer manual.
  • Page 112: Trackball Or Pointing Device Problems

    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. EXT KB port or to the adapter as EXT KB port.
  • Page 113: Numeric Coprocessor Problems

    If you have installed a numeric coprocessor but it doesn’t seem to be operating properly, check the documentation that came with it for troubleshooting information and for any diagnostic procedures you can perfom. Contact your Authorized Epson Servicer or call the Epson Connection if you cannot solve the problem. Caution Do not attempt to remove the numeric coprocessor yourself;...
  • Page 114: Appendix B Fax/Modem

    See the BitCom and WinFax LITE software manuals for more information about how to use them. Note If your computer did not come with an internal fax/modem, you must have an Authorized Epson Servicer install it for you. Fax/Modem B-1...
  • Page 115 The following table provides specifications for the fax/modems that may be installed in your ActionNote computer: Fax/modem specifications F a x / M o d e m...
  • Page 116: Built-In Command Set

    Built-in Command Set If you are not using a telecommunications program, you can use the fax/modem’s built-in command set. These commands are compatible with the Hayes Note When you use a telecommunications software program like BitCom or WinFax LITE, it provides its own set of commands that control the fax/modem.
  • Page 117: At Command Summary

    AT Command Summary Command F a x / M o d e m Description Escape code Repeat last command string Answer immediate (incoming call) CCITT V.22 protocol at 1200 bps Bell 103/212A protocol at 1200 bps Dial; originates a call Echo off (command mode) Echo on (command mode) On hook;...
  • Page 118 AT Command Summary (continued) Description Command Reads value stored in Sr=n Sets register Returns result codes as numbers Returns result codes as words Enables basic result codes (0-4) Enables extended result codes (0-5, 10) Enables extended result codes (0-6, 10) Enables extended result codes (0-5, 7, 10) Enables all result codes Disable long space disconnect...
  • Page 119: Dial Modifiers

    AT Command Summary (continued) Command &V &W0 &W1 &Y0 &Y1 &Zn=x Dial Modifiers Modifier Fax/Modem Description Display configuration values and dialog settings Save storable parameters as user configuration 0 Save storable parameters as user configuration 1 Load user configuration O on power up Load user configuration 1 on power up Store phone number x in location n (n=0-3) Description...
  • Page 120: Mnp Command Summary

    MNP Command Summary Command Description Sets the MNP block size to 64 characters Sets the MNP block size to 128 characters Sets the MNP block size to 192 characters Sets the MNP block size to 256 characters Sets transmit break to 300ms Disable data compression during MNP level 5 reliable link connection Enable data compression during MNP level 5 reliable...
  • Page 121 MNP Command Summary (continued) Command F a x / M o d e m Description Force a reliable link independent of whether or not the modem originated or answered the call Disable flow control Enable XON/XOFF flow control Enable RTS/CTS flaw control Enable XON/XOFF software flow control Enable unidirectional hardware flow control, keeping CTS off until connection is established...
  • Page 122 MNP Command Summary (continued) Fax/Modem B-9...
  • Page 123: At Register Summary

    AT Register Summary B - 1 0 F a x l M o d e m...
  • Page 124: Option Registers

    AT Register Summary (continued) Option Registers Bit mapped configuration register FaxlModem B-11...
  • Page 125 Bitmapped configuration register S22 Bitmapped configuration register B-12 Fax/Modem...
  • Page 126 S22 Bitmapped configuration register (continued) Bitmapped configuration register Fax/Modem B-13...
  • Page 127: Mnp Register Summary

    Bitmapped configuration register MNP Register Summary Negotiate failure treatment Protocol selection S48 V.42 negotiation action B-14 Fax/Modem...
  • Page 128: Result Code Summary

    Break handling; affected by \ K commands Result Code Summary Fax/Modem B-15...
  • Page 129: Appendix C Specifications

    Appendix C Specifications This appendix lists the specifications for your ActionNote. It also includes the specifications for international power cables. Main Unit System memory ROM BIOS Numeric coprocessor Clock/ calendar Video RAM 486SLC2-50 microprocessor 4MB or 8MB; expandable to a maximum of 8MB;...
  • Page 130: Controllers

    Controllers Diskette drive Hard disk External Parallel Serial (2) Pointing device or external keyboard Speaker Modem Phone jack Specifications Built-in controller for one internal 3½-inch diskette drive; supports 1.44MB and 720KB formats Built-in controller for internal hard disk drive Built-in controller supporting standard monochrome LCD;...
  • Page 131: Keyboard

    Keyboard Mass Storage Diskette drives Hard disk drive LCD Display Power Supply adapter Battery pack Caution Use only the AC adapter, optional automobile adapter, and battery designed for use with the ActionNote (AC adapter model number AP-3S25, automobile adapter A880461 and battery model number A880451).
  • Page 132: Physical Dimensions

    Physical Dimensions Height Width Depth Weight (with battery pack installed) Environmental Requirements Temperature Humidity Acoustical Noise Altitude Caution When travelling by airplane, be sure to take your computer into the passenger compartment as carry-on luggage to prevent it from being stored in an unpressurized storage area. C-4 Specifications 42 mm (1.6 in.) 280 mm (11.0 in.)
  • Page 133: Power Source Requirements

    Power Source Requirements 120 Volt power source requirements 240 Volt power source requirements Specifications C-5...
  • Page 134: Glossary

    Glossary 387SX 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 a Cyrix 8S387 multifrequency numeric coprocessor. 486SLC A CMOS process technology integrated circuit; the central processing unit (CPU) of your ActionNote which controls all the processing of your computer.
  • Page 135 Batch file A type of file that allows you to execute a series of MS-DOS commands by typing one command. Batch files are text files with the filename extension, .BAT. In a batch file, each command is entered on a separate line. When you type the filename, MS-DOS executes each command in the file in sequence.
  • Page 136 CMOS A special type of low-power memory in your ActionNote that records information about your system configuration. Unlike RAM, CMOS ROM is backed up by a battery and is not erased when you turn off the computer. COM1 The name that MS-DOS uses to identify the primary serial port. COM2 The name that MS-DOS uses to identify the secondary serial port.
  • Page 137 Coprocessor optional integrated circuit (chip) that assists the CPU in performing certain numeric calculations faster. See also 387SX. 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 are using it.
  • Page 138 Double-density A type of diskette format. A 3½-inch, double-density diskette has a capacity of 720KB. Drive See Disk drive. Driver A program that controls a specific piece of equipment in the system. Examples of drivers include expanded memory managers, display drivers, printer drivers, and mouse drivers. Embedded numeric keypad See Numeric keypad.
  • Page 139 File A group of related pieces of information (sometimes called records or entries) stored together on a disk. Text files consist of words and sentences. Program files consist of codes, which computers use to perform instructions. A key provided on the ActionNote keyboard to access alternate key functions for the embedded numeric keypad and the keys.
  • Page 140: Math Coprocessor

    Interface A hardware or software connection used to transmit data between equipment or programs. Kilobyte. A unit used to measure storage space in a computer’s memory or on a disk. One kilobyte equals 1,024 bytes. Liquid Crystal Display. A thin, backlit panel containing thousands of pixels that can be turned on and off individually by electric currents.
  • Page 141: Memory Module

    Megahertz See MHz. Memory The area where the computer stores data. Memory contents may be permanent (ROM) or temporary (RAM). See also ROM and RAM. Memory module An optional card that adds 6MB of extended memory to your computer. (Also called an extension memory module.) Memory-resident program A program that remains in RAM so you can access it while another program is running.
  • Page 142 NiCad Nickel-cadmium. The type of battery used by your ActionNote. Numeric coprocessor See Coprocessor. Numeric keypad The embedded numeric keypad in the ActionNote keyboard, which you can activate either by turning on the Num Lock function or by holding down the Operating speed See CPU speed.
  • Page 143 Pathname The list of directories the MS-DOS operating system must search through to locate a file. For example, the pathname for a file named CONTRACT.TXT that is located in the BUSINESS subdirectory is \BUSINESS\CONTRACT.TXT. Peripheral device An external device, such as a printer or mouse, connected to the computer.
  • Page 144 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 145: Shadow Ram

    Shadow RAM The function that copies the system BIOS and video BIOS from ROM into RAM to speed up performance. Suspend mode The power-saving mode your computer enters after you slide the suspend/resume switch to the right or it detects a standby timeout period specified in the Setup program.
  • Page 146 Index adapter, connecting, 1-7–8, 1-11 low battery, 3-6 problems, A-5 recharging battery, 3-5 specifications, C-3 using, 3-1 Acoustical noise, C-4 Adapter, automobile cigarette lighter, Intro-3, 3-1 mouse/keyboard, Intro-1, 4-7–8 Advanced chipset settings, 5-1, 5-10–11 Advanced CMOS settings, 5-1, 5-7-10 Alt key, 2-6 Altitude, C-4 Application programs, device drivers, 4-8...
  • Page 147 Drive light, 1-5 Embedded numeric keypad, see Numeric keypad EMM386.EXE memory manager, 2-18 End key, 2-7 Enter key, 2-7 Environmental requirements, C-4 Epson Connection, Intro-3–4 Error correction, fax/modem, B-2 Error messages, power-on diagnostics, A-3 Esc key, 2-7 Expanded memory, 2-18...
  • Page 148 Expansion memory module, see Memory module EXT KB port, 1-7, 4-2, 4-7–8 Extended memory, 2-16–18 External diskette drive, Intro-3, 4-4 External keyboard, connecting, 4-8 controller, C-2 port, 1-7,4-2,4-7–8 problems, A-13 External monitor, blank, A-6–7 connecting, 4-2–3 External VGA, controller, C-2 port, 1-6 F1–F12 keys, 2-7 Fax transmission software, Intro-2,...
  • Page 149 LCD screen, blank, A-6 controller, C-2 display characteristics, 4-3 resolution, 1-4, 6-l–2 specifications, C-3 standby mode, 6-5–4 timeout, 5-11 using, 2-11 LEDs, 1-4,2-8 LINE port, 1-6,4-2,4-9 Low battery LED, 1-4, 3-6, A-4 Low speed, Intro-2, 2-10–11 Main unit, specifications, C-1 Manual conventions, Intro-6 Mass storage, C-3 Math coprocessor, see Numeric...
  • Page 150 Password (continued), problems, A-8 Setup, 2-4 system, 2-4 using, 2-3–4 Pause key, 2-7 PgDn key, 2-7 PgUp key, 2-7 Phone jack, connecting fax/modem, 4-9–10 controller, C-2 LINE port, 1-6 Physical dimensions, C-4 Pointing device, connecting, 4-5,4-8 controller, C-2 enabling, 4-8 problems, A-13 Ports, 1-5–6 Power,...
  • Page 151 Shades of gray, Intro-1, 1-3, C-2–3 Shift key, 2-6,3-8 Simultaneous display, 6-2,6-5 Single diskette drive system, using, 2-14–15 Software, BitCom data communications, 4-9, B-1 problems, A-11–12 Windows, Intro-2, 1-13 WinFax LITE fax transmission, 4-9, B-1 Speaker, controller, C-2 Special keys, 2-6–7 Specifications, C-l–5 Speed, Intro-2, 2-10–11 Standard CMOS setup,...
  • Page 152 VGACONF utility (continued), parameters, 6-7–8 settings, 6-4 using, 6-3–8 Video graphics array, see VGA VIDEO port, 1-6,4-2–3 Video RAM, C-1 Windows, see Microsoft Windows WinFax LITE software, 4-9, B-1 Write-protecting, diskettes, 2-13 Index...
  • Page 153 Tel: (562) 232-8966 Fax: (562) 233-3197 Epson Costa Rica, S.A. San Jose, Costa Rica Tel: (506) 34-6666 Fax: (506) 25-5709 Epson Mexico, S.A. De C.V. Mexico, D. F., Mexico Tel: (525) 395-9897 Fax: (525) 395-9499 Epson Do Brasil São Paulo, SP Brazil...
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