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CONTENTS Safety and regulatory notices General Standards Power connection information FT1200 power switch Power - UK only Introducing your computer Pictorial guides Front view Rear view Removing panels The internal layout Using your computer Using the 3.5 diskette drive Using the CD-ROM drive Optional DAT drive Cleaning your drives Adding new drives...
C o n t e n t s Troubleshooting Problems when starting Troubleshooting checklist The system’s disk drives System motherboard Major board features Jumpers and connections Replacing the CMOS battery Upgrading the motherboard Adding more memory Upgrading the processor System BIOS and setup Entering setup Setup runs on its own Control keys...
SAFETY AND REGULATORY NOTICES Electrical The computer uses a safety ground and must be earthed. The system unit AC power cord is its ‘disconnect device’. Ensure that the system unit is positioned close to the AC power outlet and that the plug is easily accessible.
S a f e t y a n d r e g u l a t o r y n o t i c e s Standards Safety This product complies with the European safety standard EN60950 and amendments 1, 2, 3 and all European country deviations. Electro-magnetic Compatibility (EMC) This product complies with the following European EMC standards: Emissions...
Read the power guidelines which can be found in the ‘Safety and Regulatory Notices’ section of this manual before using the computer for the first time. Standard Features The standard features of the Apricot FT1200 system include: ♦ Intel PentiumPro system processor with upgrade capability. ♦...
I n t r o d u c i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Front View COM PAC Not in use on this model Power button Lifting point Lockable front door (keep the keys in a safe place) (not to be used on its own) Floppy diskette drive...
I n t r o d u c i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Rear View 10 10 1 Rear of expansion bay Handles to assist side panel removal Not fitted on this model * Security loop for cable or padlock Parallel or printer port AC power output for monitor...
I n t r o d u c i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Removing panels For normal access to the motherboard, only the main side panel requires removing, but for fitting expansion boards the main side panel and the top panel both have to be removed.
I n t r o d u c i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r 10 10 1 Other side panel This panel only needs to be removed for access to the drive bay fixing screws.
USING YOUR COMPUTER This chapter provides useful information on the correct operation of the drives fitted to your computer. Using the 3.5" diskette drive The floppy disk drive is usually configured in the system BIOS as drive A:, with a capacity of 1.44 Mbytes. Inserting a diskette A diskette is inserted into the diskette drive slot shutter-foremost, and with its label side facing up.
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Removing a diskette Before attempting to remove a diskette, make sure that the drive is not currently in use (the diskette activity indicator, opposite the drive’s eject button must be unlit).
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r The CD-ROM LED flashes when the CD-ROM tray is opened, and when it is active. The CD-ROM drive has the following features: COM PAC Disc drawer Headphone jack and headphone volume level Busy indicator...
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Inserting a compact disc Press the button on the front of the drive and place the CD label up on the platter: COM PAC Push the button again, or gently push the front of the platter to draw it back into the drive.
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r metal rod (such as an unwound paper clip) into the emergency eject hole and push, see below: COM PAC Care of CDs Keep CDs well away from dust and moisture, and avoid touching the surface of the CD.
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Optional DAT tape drive It is recommended to regularly make a backup of the software on the system hard drives. A DAT tape drive is one of the simplest and most convenient methods.
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Inserting a DAT tape COM PAC Hold the cassette with its metal plate downward and the open tape edge towards the computer. Without using undue force, press the cassette against the drive tape slot.
U s i n g y o u r c o m p u t e r Make sure that labels are secure before use and do not leave cassettes in the drive when the computer is switched off or not in use. Cleaning your drives Cleaning a floppy drive Do not insert cotton buds or other implements into the drive door.
ADDING NEW DRIVES New drive locations First hard disk drive (HDD) Spare drive bay Space for second HDD Bay for two SCSI HDDs Caution Caution Apricot Computers Ltd tests many types of hard disks from a variety of manufacturers and all of our upgrade parts are guaranteed. The quality or compatibility of drives obtained from any other source cannot be guaranteed.
A d d i n g n e w d r i v e s Second hard drive Turn off the computer and unplug all power cords. Take suitable anti-static precautions and remove the system side panels. Detailed instructions for this are given in chapter 1. Caution Caution If you are unfamiliar with the recommended anti-static precautions,...
A d d i n g n e w d r i v e s Connect the hard disk ribbon cable to the new drive. The ribbon is striped to indicate pin 1, which usually goes to the end nearest the power connector. Refit the system side panels, metal plate and bezel insert.
A d d i n g n e w d r i v e s Check before sliding the device into the system, that any device jumpers have been correctly set, for example, SCSI ‘ID’. Carefully slide the new device into the bay from the front and secure it with screws on both sides.
EXPANSION CARDS If, having read the following installation instructions, you do not feel confident about installing expansion cards yourself you may wish your supplier or service organisation to fit the card for you. The only tool required is a small cross-head screwdriver. Warning Warning Never carry out any work on the equipment with power applied.
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s Caution Caution This system complies with the CE marking directive and its strict legal requirements. Use only Apricot tested and approved parts. Failure to do so may result in invalidating both the compliance and your warranty. All expansion cards or upgrade components must carry CE marking.
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s Do not disable either one unless you have no intention of using the affected port. Similarly, if you have no intention of using the parallel port, you can disable it with the BIOS Setup utility, completely freeing IRQ7 for use by an expansion card.
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s I/O ports Default assignment 080h-09Fh DMA page register 0A0h-0A1h Interrupt controller 2 0B4h, 0B8h, 0BCh Local bus ATA/IDE 0C0h-0DFh DMA controller 2 0F0h, 0F1h Math coprocessor busy (clear/reset) 0F8h-0FFh Math coprocessor 1F0h-1F7h...
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s where the card’s memory begins within the address space. Typically, an expansion card’s memory must be mapped onto the addresses between C8000h and DFFFF in upper memory. With most modern expansion cards this is fully automatic.
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s 10 10 1 Full PCI Full ISA Full PCI/ISA shared slot If the card you are installing is configured by the means of jumpers or switches, check that it is correctly configured before proceeding.
E x p a n s i o n c a r d s Slide the card into the slot ensuring that the card edge connector engages correctly with the socket on the riser board. Do not use excessive force. Secure the card by replacing the screw that you removed in Step 4.
TROUBLESHOOTING This chapter offers advice if you suspect a fault with your computer. It is concerned mainly with problems caused by the computer itself, problems more often arise from other sources such as your operating system or application software. It must also be remembered that it can be very easy to leave off or dislodge cables and connectors inside the computer when fitting expansion cards, or upgrading the motherboard, or indeed anything that may require temporary removal of the system cover.
T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g Power-on self-test (POST) Whenever the computer is turned on, the power-on self-test (POST) routine tests various hardware components, including memory, and compares the actual configuration of the computer with that recorded in configuration (CMOS) memory.
T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g Boot failure message Explanation formatted. Insert a system diskette, press F1, and format the hard disk as described in your operating system manuals. Fixed disk read failure The hard disk may be defective.
T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g Monitor If there is no display check that the monitor is turned on, and the brightness and contrast controls are not too low. If you have fitted a new video controller expansion card and subsequently encounter problems try disabling the on-board video controller by removing a jumper from the motherboard.
T r o u b l e s h o o t i n g CD-ROM drive If you have problems accessing a CD, check that you have allowed a few seconds for the disk to spin up to full speed, that the disk is the correct way up in the drive, printed side upwards, and that it is a data CD.
SYSTEM MOTHERBOARD Major board features Parallel Com 2 Com 1 USB (optional) Mouse Key/Bd CD-ROM audio connector IDE primary connector VRM8 socket Aux. audio connector IDE secondary connector ZIF socket for processor modem audio input Floppy drive connector CMOS battery (CR2032) Main PSU connections PSU 3.3V aux.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Jumpers and control connections J80 - audio enable/disable PL74 and PL75 - fan connectors PL86 - speaker links J70 - Reserved. Do not move. J40 - hard disk LED select J72 - battery disconnect J71 - Reserved.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Processor clock multiplier, J1 to 4 Ratio 11/2 Strictly reserved I=jumper fitted O=No jumper X=Don’t care Bus speed select, J32 Frequency Jumper J32 60 MHz No jumper 66 MHz...
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Audio disable, J80 Audio J80 1-2, Enable Audio 2-3, Disable Audio On-board SCSI Interface, J90 & J91 Link SCSI Enable - J90 SCSI Type - J91 Link 1 - 2 Enable SCSI...
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Fan Connectors, PL73 & PL74 Pins CPU Fansink PL73 Pins Main fan PL74 Ground Ground Fan Fail Controlled supply + 12 volts Ground Front and panel connectors, PL70 &...
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Replacing the CMOS battery The battery is a 3 volt lithium type (CR2032 or equivalent) typically used in calculators, watches and other small, battery- powered electronic items.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Upgrading the motherboard Caution Caution Care must be taken in the purchase of upgrade parts to ensure both compatibility with the system and the compliance with appropriate approvals and certification, e.g.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Turn off the computer and unplug all power cords. Take suitable anti-static precautions and remove the main system side panel. Detailed instructions for this are given in chapter 1. Caution Caution If you are unfamiliar with the recommended anti-static precautions,...
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d To remove a DIMM Gently press the tabs on both of the end clips at the same time. This will release the DIMM and lift it out of its socket. Lift the module clear of its socket.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Changing the processor To remove the existing processor: Turn off the computer and unplug all power cords. Take suitable anti-static precautions and remove the main system side panel.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d Lift the processor out of the socket and place it on an anti- static surface outside the system unit. Hold the processor by its edges and avoid touching any of the metal pins.
S y s t e m m o t h e r b o a r d To fit the upgrade processor Ensure that the securing lever on the ZIF socket is still in the upright position. Take the upgrade processor out of its anti-static packaging. Hold the processor by its edges and avoid touching the metal pins.
SYSTEM BIOS AND SETUP The basic input-output system (BIOS) is permanently encoded in an area of read-only memory (ROM). It can be modified or upgraded if necessary, but this is recommended to be undertaken by an authorised engineer. It requires specialist software. BIOS Setup is a utility within the computer BIOS.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Keys to use Function To toggle values or settings. The enter key, to select the highlighted item. Numbers, used in places where values are to be entered.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p The Save Settings options saves any changes that you have made so far. The Restore Settings option restores the settings that were in effect when you started the BIOS Setup utility (with the notable exception of the Date and Time settings).
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Any parallel port devices that you may wish to attach, such as a tape streamer or external hard drive etc., should have full instructions supplied with them that will tell you if the port capabilities need to be manually altered to one of the extended options listed.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Hard disk drives Hard disk size, type and mode, is auto-detected when the computer is turned on, and the most suitable mode will have been selected. Do not alter this mode as it may cause your hard disk to be inaccessible, or the data to be lost.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p If you want the computer to ask for the power-on password, ensure that Password Prompt is set to “On”. If this option is set to “Off”, the computer will still require the password but will not ask for it.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Keyboard Numlock State If set to ‘On’ (default), the keys on the numeric keypad (on the right-hand side of the keyboard) will produce numbers when pressed.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Power On Self Test The POST can be selected to either run only a ‘Quick’ set of tests or a more thorough (but longer) ‘Enhanced’ set. Virus Detection If this option is ‘Enabled’, each time the computer boots the BIOS will check the startup device to find if a boot sector virus has crept...
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p PCI Settings The only configurable PCI setting is Palette Snooping. This can be ‘Enabled’ or ‘Disabled’ and should be enabled only for PCI video expansion cards that specify it as being required.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Power Management The power management features provided aim to reduce the amount of electricity consumed by your computer if it should be left idle.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Repeating short beeps. Usually indicative of a keyboard key stuck down, but may be due to the keyboard interface failing. One long and one short beep. POST has detected an error on the video adapter in the system.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Error Messages If you get an error which is not listed or the problem persists, call your maintenance provider. Code Cause Code Cause Keyboard locked Keyboard clock line failure Boot failure.
S y s t e m B I O S a n d S e t u p Notes Use this area to make a note of your current BIOS settings for future reference. 7/14 FT1200 OWNER’S HANDBOOK...
ANTI-STATIC PRECAUTIONS Static electricity can cause permanent damage to electronic components. You should be aware of this risk, and take precautions against the discharge of static electricity into the computer. Static electricity can be generated by moving on a chair, brushing against desks or walls, or simply walking across an ordinary carpet.
A n t i - s t a t i c p r e c a u t i o n s ♦ Handle static-sensitive items with extreme care. Hold expansion cards and add-on components only by their edges, avoiding their electrical contacts. Never touch the components or electrical contacts on the motherboard or on expansion cards.
CLEANING AND TRANSPORTING Cleaning the computer Do not use solvents or abrasives, they might damage the system unit surfaces. Do not use aerosols or sprays near any part of the system, in particular, air vents or grills, ports, or removable-media drives, as microscopic droplets can remain in the air for some time and then be sucked in when you switch on and cause irreparable damage.
C l e a n i n g a n d T r a n s p o r t i n g The keyboard When necessary, clean the keycaps with a slightly damp clean cloth and a minimum amount of a non-abrasive cleaning agent. Regularly check the keyboard cable for wear and tear, particularly near table or shelf edges.
C l e a n i n g a n d T r a n s p o r t i n g Inside the mouse there are three small rollers. Using a cotton swab moistened with a solvent cleaner, gently wipe off any oil or dust that has collected on the rollers, rotating them to reach all of their surfaces.
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