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  • Page 2: Upgrading The Memory

    ActionNote 890 Series Update This update sheet contains additional information about your computer. Upgrading the Memory Your system comes with 8MB RAM. In this system’s configuration, 4MB is on the system board and 4MB is on a separate memory module inserted in the memory module socket.
  • Page 3 Also, the options on page 3 of your system’s Setup program now support your system’s capabilities more easily. The following table lists these Setup options: Setup page 3 options Setting Internal Cache External Cache Serial Port Serial Part 2 Parallel Port Audio I/O Audio RQ Pointing Device...
  • Page 4: About Your Software

    About Your Software Before you set up and use your EPSON sure to read the information on this card about the software and online manuals installed on your system. This information is also available in the About Your Software online documentation. You must use a modem with several of the software applications.
  • Page 5 ® (Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS MS-DOS 6.22 operating system software installed on the hard disk drive; for more information, type Technical support: (Windows 3.1 and DOS installation only) Microsoft Windows 3.11 graphical user interface software installed on the hard disk drive;...
  • Page 6 PCMCIA Card Software Users’ Guide. Technical support Lotus® SmartSuite installed on the hard disk drive; for more information, see the online help; brochure and Lotus Technical Support information included. Technical support OAG® (Official Airline Guide) FlightDisk* Worldwide edition; for DOS/Windows 3.1 software installed on the hard disk drive (send in the coupon for the latest version for Windows 95);...
  • Page 7 ® PRODIGY news and information service; software installed on the hard disk drive; brochure, subscription, and free trial information included. Technical support NetCom NetCruiser Internet access service; brochure, subscription, and free trial information included. Technical support (ActionNote 895 only) Delrina WinComm and WinFax Lite modem/fax communications software installed on the hard disk drive;...
  • Page 8 Choosing Your Operating System ® Your EPSON ActionNote™ allows you a one time installation choice of either windows ® MS-DOS ) as your operating system the first time you start your computer. Regardless of the operating system you choose, you can use the all of the applications that come with your ActionNote.
  • Page 10 NOTE To find out how many formatted disks you need, follow the instruction below to start the utility. It tells you how many disks you need for the application you have chosen. At that point, you can stop if you need to get the right number of pre-formated disks.
  • Page 11 Double click on the icon you want. For example, if you want to create disks for the PC card utilities software, double-click the PC Card Drivers icon. The process is automated. Follow the instructions on the screen and insert blank, pre-formated disks when prompted. You can skip a disk if you want by clicking cancel when you are prompted to insert a blank disk for that program disk.
  • Page 12 Mail order to: EPSON Windows 3.1 Offer P.O. Box 3802 Salinas, CA 93912 Type of kit Windows 3.1/MS-DOS User Pack (diskettes and User’s Guide) •Add shipping and handling (check one only) U.S. Canada Express U.S. Express Canada State Sales Tax (Residents of CA, MA, NY, TX must add state sales tax) TOTAL Method of payment (choo8.
  • Page 14: Important Notice

    IMPORTANT NOTICE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY Epson America makes no representations 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 Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages so this exclusion may not apply to you...
  • Page 15: 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 and AC power adapter. Turn off the computer before cleaning. Clean with o damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the computer. Use only type of power source indicated on the computer’s label.
  • Page 16 Sécurité Lire attentivement les instructions suivantes et les conserver pour les consulter en cas de besoin. Observer soigneusement tousles overtissments et directives marqués sur I'ordinateur et I'adaptateur secteur. Débrancher I'ordinateur avant de le nettoyer. N’utiliser qu’un chiffon humide. Veiller à ne pas renverser de liquides sur l'appareil.
  • Page 17: Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise

    Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise Bitte lesen Sie diese Sicherheitshinweise, und he ben Sie sich zur späteren Verwendung auf. Beachten Sie alle Wamungen und Anweisungen, die auf dem Computer und dem Wechselstromadapter angebracht sind Schalten Sie den Computer vor der Reinigung aus. Verwenden Sie zur Reinigung nur ein souberes Tuch Achten Sie darauf, daß...
  • Page 18: Fcc Compliance Statement

    FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT FOR AMERICAN USERS This equipment has the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Port 15 of the FCC Rules These limits ore designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses, and con radiate radio frequency energy used in accordance with the instructions may cause harmful interference to radio and television reception.
  • Page 19: Table Of Contents

    Contents 1 Getting Started Opening Your Computer ... . Powering Your Computer ..Connecting the AC Power Adapter . . . Turning the Computer On and Off .
  • Page 20 Caring for Your Computer Protecting the Hard Disk Drive ....Moving and Storing the Computer ..Cleaning Your ActionNote ....Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad Cleaning the Diskette Drive .
  • Page 21 Troubleshooting Your ActionNote ... 7-5 The Computer Won’t Start ... 7-6 The LCD Screen Is Blank ... 7-8 The Computer Locks Up ... 7-9 Your Password Isn’t Working ... 7-9 You Can’t Access Data on a Diskette ... 7-10 The Diskette Drive Isn’t Working..7-10 You Can’t Access Files on the Hard Disk Drive ...
  • Page 22: Getting Started

    Getting Your EPSON® ActionNote™ computer is all set up and ready to use. This chapter gives you the information you need to get started. You’ll find a list of the computer’s features on the back cover of this manual, illustrations of your system on the inside front cover, and a place to write important information about your ActionNote on the inside back cover.
  • Page 23: Opening Your Computer

    Opening Your Computer To open your ActionNote, slide the latches on each side of the computer’s lid forward and lift up the screen. Powering Your Computer Your computer is shipped with a charged battery and is ready to use when you take it out of the box.
  • Page 24: Connecting The Ac Power Adapter

    Connecting the AC Power Adapter The lightweight AC power adapter included with your ActionNote operates in the input ranges 100 to 250 VAC and 40/63 Hz. NOTE If you purchased your computer States, you have the international AC power adapter. See “Using the international AC Power Adapter”...
  • Page 25: Turning The Computer On And Off

    Recharging the battery takes about 3 hours with the computer turned on, and about 1.5 hours when it is turned off. While it recharges, the charge indicator light is orange. When the battery is fully charged, it is green. Turning the Computer On and Off The on/off button is beneath the screen on your right Press the button and hold it briefly to turn on...
  • Page 26 The following table identifies the indicator lights for your ActionNote. lndicator lights Name Power mode Green Flashing green Suspend mode: Green Flashing green Charge mode: Orange Flashing orange Green Diskette drive Hard disk drive PC card Num Lock Caps Lock scroll Lock Description Computer is on...
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Screen Controls

    Adjusting the Screen Controls The screen contrast and brightness controls are located at the bottom of the screen. Slide the contrast control to the right to increase the contrast, or to the left to decrease it. On dual scan screens, slide the brightness control to the right to lighten the screen, or to the left to darken it Unless you need a bright screen, you can...
  • Page 28 To move the cursor, slide your finger along the ActionPoint touchpad. If your finger is too close to the edge, lift it and put it down on the opposite edge. The cursor moves only when your finger touches the pad. See “Customizing Your ActionPoint”...
  • Page 29: Learning More About Actionpoint

    When software manuals tell you to use your mouse, use these ActionPoint equivalents: Touchpad movements Mouse Click Double-click Drag Click and drag select Right mouse button Learning More About ActionPoint For information about changing the speed and sensitivity of your touchpad, see “Customizing Your ActionPoint”...
  • Page 30: Using The Fn Key

    The keyboard on the ActionNote is available with different layouts for different languages. You can also use the operating system to reassign the layout of your keyboard. See your operating system documentation. Using the Fn Key To use special functions, hold down the and then press the second key.
  • Page 31: Creating Software Diskettes

    Press Num Lock and off. To enter the letter while in Num Lock press plus the key. With Num Lock off, you can enter a number or symbol on the numeric keypad by pressing Creating Software Diskettes Your computer came with software installed; the program diskettes are not included.
  • Page 32: Powering The Computer

    If you plan to use the computer in countries other than the U.S. or Canada, you’ll need to purchase the international AC power adapter. EPSON also offers an automobile adapter. See “Using the International AC Power Adapter” Powering the Computer 2-1...
  • Page 33: Using The Battery

    Appendix B of the online manual for more information. CAUTlON To avoid damaging the designed for the Action/Vote 890 series Using the Battery The removable NiMH battery can provide between 4 and 6 hours of power when you use your computer’s power management features.
  • Page 34: Recharging The Battery

    This is especially useful when you’re traveling. CAUTION Use only the NiMH battery pock designedfor the ActionNote 890 series computers. You can use the optional external battery charger to charge an extra battery while using another one in your computer. See...
  • Page 35 “Using the Battery HyperCharger/ Conditioner” in Appendix B of the online manual for more information. NOTE Contact your local information on NiMH batteries. Follow these steps to replace the battery: Save the files you’re revising. Press the on/off button Close the screen and turn the computer over.
  • Page 36: Using Power Management

    Insert the new battery at an angle and then lower it into place. Using Power Management Your ActionNote offers a variety of power management features to help you conserve battery power. Your computer has three power-saving modes Idle, Standby, and Suspend These modes progressively reduce computer functions and save battery life by turning off various system components when...
  • Page 37: Low Battery Protection

    and temporarily stop system activity. After press Suspend/Resume, for the computer to enter Suspend mode. Then the Suspend indicator light comes on and the screen becomes dark. NOTE In environments where you con perform background tasks, the system may appear to be inactive when it is performing one of these tasks.
  • Page 38 In addition, the computer can be set up to enter Suspend mode when the battery power reaches a minimum level. This protects the contents of your computer’s memory for several hours. You can also configure your ActionNote to save your data to the hard disk drive whenever your battery can no longer provide enough power.
  • Page 39: Using Energy Wisely

    Using Energy Wisely By purchasing this Energy Star compliant computer, you join a growing number of users concerned about conserving energy. Here are a few energy-saving tips: When using a printer and external monitor, check to see if they are Energy Star compliant.
  • Page 40: Getting To Work

    3 Getting to Work This chapter contains practical information about using your ActionNote. Reading it now can save you time later. Using Passwords Passwords help protect data from theft. Your ActionNote offers two types of passwords a Setup password that controls access to the Setup utility, and a System password that controls access to your computer.
  • Page 41: Using Diskettes

    your system (for the System password) or access Setup (for the Setup password), you see this prompt: Enter password: Type the correct password and press Enter. To protect your password, the screen does not display the characters you type. If you type the password incorrectly, the computer displays this message and repeats the password prompt: Password is incorrect...
  • Page 42: Resetting The Computer

    To insert a diskette, hold it with the label facing up and the shutter leading into the drive. Slide it all the way into the drive. To remove the diskette, make sure the diskette drive light is off. Then press the release button and pull out the diskette.
  • Page 43: Working Comfortably

    To reset the computer, hold down the Ctrl key and press the Alt and Del keys simultaneously. Then follow any instructions you see-. Working Comfortably It’s easy to spend a lot of time working on the computer. But too much work time without a break can cause repetitive motion strain on your hands and arms.
  • Page 44: Caring For Your Computer

    Caring for Your Computer Although it has been built for years of use, your ActionNote contains fragile circuits and needs to be handled with care to keep it in good working order: Keep the computer and AC power adapter dry, and do not subject them to extreme heat or cold.
  • Page 45: Protecting The Hard Disk Drive

    Protecting the Hard Disk Drive Your hard disk drive is designed for travel and lots of use. Follow these precautions, however, to protect your data and prolong hard disk life. Never turn off or reset the computer when it is copying data to or from the hard disk drive (the indicator light is on).
  • Page 46: Moving And Storing The Computer

    Moving and Storing the Computer Before you move your ActionNote, make sure the power is off and the screen is closed. Remove any diskettes. Use a carrying case or equivalent. If you have any devices attached, make sure they are turned off and unplugged. The ActionNote has an operating temperature range of 42 to 95°...
  • Page 47: Cleaning Your Actionnote

    Cleaning Your ActionNote You may need to clean your ActionNote occasionally. Clean the exterior with a soft, damp cloth Spray glass cleaner on a lint-free, soft cloth to clean the LCD screen; do not spray the cleaner directly onto the screen. Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad The ActionPoint is sensitive to moisture which may affect your cursor movement Use a soft,...
  • Page 48: Upgrading Internal Components

    5 Upgrading Internal Components Several internal components in your ActionNote can be upgraded including the hard disk drive and system memory. In addition, if your computer did not come with the internal audio card, you can have your Authorized EPSON Servicer install one. Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive If you need to remove the existing drive, just follow the instructions below.
  • Page 49: Removing The Hard Disk Drive

    Removing the Hard Disk Drive Follow these steps to remove the drive: Turn off the computer and disconnect any external devices or cables. Close the LCD screen and turn the computer over. Press the latch away from the hard disk drive cover and slide the cover back slightly.
  • Page 50 Pull up on the two metal tabs to disconnect the drive, and remove it from the case. If you need to disconnect the connector card, hold it by the edges and pull it away from the drive, as shown below. Upgrading Internal Components 5-3...
  • Page 51: Replacing A Hard Disk Drive

    Replacing a Hard Disk Drive Follow these steps to replace a hard disk drive. If your new drive already has the connector card attached, start with step 3. If necessary, attach the connector card Align the holes in the card with the group of 44 pins on the right side of the drive connector.
  • Page 52 The hard disk drive compartment on your ActionNote can accommodate IDE standard drives up to 19 mm high If the drive that comes with your computer is less than 19 mm high, it is installed above a black foam spacer. If you are going to install a 19 mm drive, remove the spacer from the compartment before you perform step 3.
  • Page 53 Position the drive cover over the compartment so that the small arrow on the cover aligns with the first notch in the latch Lower the cover and then slide it until it snaps shut Run Setup as described under “Customizing Computer Settings” in Chapter 6 to make sure the computer recognizes your new drive.
  • Page 54: Removing And Replacing The Keyboard

    Removing and Replacing the Keyboard You need to remove the keyboard to install memory. However, you don’t need to disconnect the keyboard cables. Removing the Keyboard Follow these steps to remove the keyboard: Turn off the computer and disconnect the AC power adapter.
  • Page 55 Remove the plastic caps on both sides of the case below the screen. Use a small screwdriver to pry each cap loose and then slide it off, as shown. Use a small screwdriver to gently pry up the plastic strip above the keyboard. You can pry in the center as shown here, or in front of the left and right hinges.
  • Page 56 Lift up the strip and remove it from the case. Being careful not to pull on the keyboard cables, gently lift the keyboard, holding it by the top edge. Remove it from the case and place it on a flat surface in front of the computer.
  • Page 57: Replacing The Keyboard

    Replacing the Keyboard When you are ready to replace the keyboard, refer to the illustrations in the previous section as you follow these steps: Carefully lift up the keyboard and position it over the case. Hold the keyboard at a 45° angle and align it so that the clips on the bottom edge fit into the case.
  • Page 58: Upgrading Your Memory

    Slide the plastic caps over the screws on each side of the case and snap them into position Make sure you use the correct cap for the left or right side; they do not slide into place on the wrong side. After you have replaced the keyboard, check that the keys operate smoothly.
  • Page 59: Removing A Memory Module

    Removing a Memory Module Your computer may have a memory module installed. If you want to replace it with a higher-capacity module, follow the steps below to remove the original memory module. If it doesn’t have a module installed, see the next section, “Installing a Memory Module,”...
  • Page 60: Installing A Memory Module

    Installing a Memory Module Follow these steps to install the new memory module: CAUTION Computer memory modules are electricity. Ground yourself by touching surface before you touch the memory module. Keep safe inside its anti-static packaging until you are ready to installit. Remain as stationary as possible while you install it.
  • Page 61: Installing A Fax/Modem Or Infrared Device

    Press down on the module until it snaps into the retaining clips on the sides Replace the keyboard as described in the previous section. Run Setup, as described under “Customizing Computer Settings’ in Chapter 6, to make sure your computer recognizes the new memory.
  • Page 62 Refer to the illustration below to locate the connector on the system board. Remove the plastic insert covering the port opening on the left side of the computer, next the tip of a screwdriver through the slot in the plastic cover and carefully pry the cover off.
  • Page 63 Insert the phone jack end of the fax/ modem card or the LED window of the infrared card into the port opening and align the connector on the card with the connector on the system boar4 as shown below. Make sure the pins in the connector are directly over the holes in the connector on the system board Then gently push the card straight into the connector.
  • Page 64: Connecting A Phone Line

    If you are finished installing internal components, replace the keyboard as described under “Replacing the Keyboard.” Run Setup, as described under "Customizing Computer Settings” in Chapter 6, to make sure the port address is set correctly for the fax/modem or the Infrared device.
  • Page 65 Position the phone line connector so the tab faces down and aligns with the notch in the phone jack on the left side of your computer. CAUTION Some commercial telephones have digital telephone modem. If in doubt, check before connecting. Insert the cable into the phone jack.
  • Page 66: Customizing Your Computer

    6 Customizing Your Computer You can customize your ActionNote in a variety of ways covered in this chapter. Customizing Your ActionPoint You can adjust the amount of pressure you need to apply to your touchpad as well as the speed and precision of the cursor movement. Select the ActionPoint Configuration control panel utility.
  • Page 67 ActionPoint configuration panels (continued) Panel Features Sensitivity Motion settings Double-click speed Acceleration Extra precision Orientation Set rotation settings Set buttons Shortcuts Autojumps settings Hotspots Custom assignments 6-2 Customizing Your Computer Description Adjusts the response of the pointer to the motion of the pointing device Adjusts how quickly you must double-click...
  • Page 68: Customizing Computer Settings

    ActionPoint configuration panels (continued) Features Panel Edge motion Touchpad settings Touch threshold Gestures To select a setting click the button for that setting then adjust the controls. When you’ve made changes, click Your settings take effect immediately. Customizing Computer Settings Setup configures your ActionNote and stores the settings in the computer’s CMOS ROM (read-only memory) Because this area of...
  • Page 69: Starting Setup

    Starting Setup To start Setup, turn on your computer. (If your computer is already on, save any files you’ve been working on, then restart your computer.) During power-on diagnostics you see the following prompt: Press F8 to run SETUP As soon as you see this message, press F8 If you do not press F8 within 5 seconds, the computer loads the operating system.
  • Page 70 Help information is available for each option. Highlight the option you want to change and press F1 to get Help. Setup lets you change or verify the settings listed in the following tables. Setup page 1 options Options Setting System hh:mm:ss (24 hour format) Time...
  • Page 71: 6-6 Customizing

    The table below lists the page 3 Setup options. Setup, page 3 options options Setting Internal Enabled* Cache Disabled External Enabled Cache Disabled* Serial Port 3F8h (COM1)* 2F8h (COM2) Disabled Fax/Modem 3F8h (COM1) 2F8h (COM2)* Disabled (LPT1)* Parallel 378h Port** Disabled 220* Audio I/O...
  • Page 72: Power Management

    The table below lists the power management options Additional information about power management follows the table. Power management options (Setup page 2) Options Setting Enabled Power Disabled Management AC Disabled* Disabled System Idle Enabled* System Disabled 1 to 15 Standby minutes;...
  • Page 73: Customizing Power Management

    When you are ready to exit Setup, press Esc. You see the exit menu. Press one of the following keys: Setup exit command keys Description Retuns you to the main Setup or Power Management Setup screen Saves your new settings and restarts the computer Loads the default settings for all the options and returns to Setup Exits Setup without saving your settings...
  • Page 74: Using Instant On And Saving To Disk

    You may want to experiment to find the settings that work best for you. You can access the Power Management screen (without running Setup) by pressing Fn F8, so you can adjust your settings at any time. You should not, however, change the Power Management and Low Battery options.
  • Page 75 button Before you can use either of these features, you have to configure your hard disk drive. The drive is already partitioned to set aside a 25MB area for the saved data (allowing space for all memory configurations). This area is invisible to your software, and the amount of disk space available to you for normal data storage is reduced...
  • Page 76: Using Password Security

    Using Password Security This section tells you how to set up a password to prevent unauthorized people from using your ActionNote. NOTE Remember that once you set a systempassword, you cannot access your system unless you enter it Write correctly. down your password and keep it in a safe place.
  • Page 77: Setting A Password

    Setting a Password Follow these steps to set a password Highlight the Press Enter. Type a password up to seven characters long As you type, you see only symbols displayed on the screen Press Enter. Type the password again and press (If you enter an incorrect password, you must start the process over again.
  • Page 78: Deleting Or Changing A Password

    Deleting or Changing a Password If you want to delete or change a password, follow these steps: Highlight the Press Enter. Type your password. You see only squares on the screen Press Enter. If you are deleting your password, press the / key.
  • Page 79 display in resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in 16 colors on an external monitor. Windows 95 provides the Chips and Technology drivers to do the same thing To select these drivers, use your operating system’s video display or control panel utility. If you select a higher resolution for your LCD screen, your display is larger than the screen itself.
  • Page 80: Troubleshooting

    7 Troubleshooting You probably won’t have any problems as you set up and use your ActionNote. If anything out of the ordinary happens, however, see this chapter for help. Where to Get Help If you purchased your computer in the United States or Canada, EPSON provides customer support and service through a network of Authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers...
  • Page 81 You can purchase printed manuals, accessories, or parts for EPSON products from EPSON Accessories Call (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales only) from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. Pacific time. In Canada, call (800) BUY EPSON. If you purchased your computer outside the United States or Canada, contact your EPSON dealer or the marketing location nearest you for customer support and service.
  • Page 82 EPSON bulletin board service You can call the EPSON bulletin board service (BBS) 24 hours a day at (310) 782-4531. No membership is required. Make sure your communications software is set to 8 data bits with no parity and 1 stop bit, and any modem speed up to 28.8 Kbps.
  • Page 83: Identifying Your System

    Identifying Your System When you request technical assistance, be ready to provide the following EPSON product name and model (on the logo for your ActionNote) EPSON product code (Axxxxxx) Serial number (on base of ActionNote) System BIOS version (displayed during startup) System configuration information from Setup...
  • Page 84: Electronic Support Services

    Error Messages Your computer contains power-on diagnostics that check internal devices every time you turn it on. If the computer finds an error, it displays an error message on the screen. Many error messages suggest a remedy. For example, if you have installed a component, you might need to check that it was installed correctly.
  • Page 85: The Computer Won't Start

    The Computer Won’t Start The computer won’t start when you press the on/off button. If the Power light is on, check the Suspend light. Press any key if it is on; press the Suspend/Resume Check the Power fight. If it is flashing green, it means the battery is too low to power the computer.
  • Page 86 If you replace the battery and the computer does not work properly, the new battery may also not be fully charged. Recharge it. When the charge light is flashing orange, the battery may not be installed properly. Try removing and reinstalling it. Connect the AC power adapter to the computer and plug the adapter into an electrical outlet If you have not used the...
  • Page 87: The Lcd Screen Is Blank

    Make sure the electrical outlet is supplying power. If the outlet is working there may be something wrong with your AC power adapter. The LCD Screen is Blank Use the brightness and contrast controls to adjust the screen display. See “Adjusting the Screen Controls”...
  • Page 88: The Computer Locks Up

    The Computer Locks Up Some operations take longer than others to perform. Wait a few minutes to see if the computer returns to normal operation. The computer may be in Standby or Suspend mode. Press any key or the Suspend/Resume activity.
  • Page 89: You Can't Access Data On A Diskette

    You Can’t Access Data on a Diskette Remove the diskette and make sure it is inserted with the label facing up. Make sure the diskette is either 720KB or 1.44MB. If the write-protect switch is set, and you are trying to save a file to the diskette, either use a different diskette, or move the writeprotect switch If the diskette is damaged, use a backup...
  • Page 90: You Can't Access Files On The Hard Disk Drive

    If the drive is making loud or unusual noises, contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection You Can’t Access Files on the Hard Disk Drive If you have set a timeout for the hard disk drive in Setup and the drive powered down, it may still be coming back up to speed Your drive takes about 15 seconds to resume speed...
  • Page 91 is compatible, call the EPSON Connection or your Authorized EPSON Servicer for the latest information about tested cards. Like a diskette, a new PC RAM or hard disk card may need to be formatted (initialized) before you can use it. See the documentation that came with your card or driver for instructions.
  • Page 92: The Actionpoint Isn't Working Correctly

    restart your computer; then, if necessary, select the option to load your PCMCIA card drivers at the prompt. See the EPSON PCMCIA Card Software User’s Guide for information about configuring PC cards using the drivers supplied with your computer. If none of these solutions solve your problem, contact the card manufacturer or call your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection for assistance.
  • Page 93: An External Monitor Is Blank

    An External Monitor Is Blank Adjust the brightness and contrast of the monitor screen Check that the monitor’s power cable is securely connected to the monitor and to an electrical outlet. Make sure the monitor is set for the correct input and can support the video mode you have selected.
  • Page 94 Your ActionPoint touchpad is disabled when you connect a device to the external keyboard/mouse port and use it before you use the touchpad. If you connect a pointing device to the serial port (rather than the mouse port), however, you must disable the touchpad in Setup.
  • Page 95: Your Printer Isn't Working

    Your Printer Isn’t Working If you have just connected the printer, check that the printer has power and is properly connected to the computer. If you have a serial printer or if you have problems feeding paper, check the printer manual for the correct DIP switch settings and settings for serial operation.
  • Page 96 your software manual to see if this is the case, and change the CPU Speed setting in Setup if necessary. See “Changing the Settings” in Chapter 6 for details. If you have entered a command that you want to stop, press Ctrl the instructions on the screen An application program can occasionally lock up the computer.
  • Page 97 Check that there is no obstruction between the ActionNote IrDA port and the receiving device’s IrDA port. There must be a clear line of sight between the two communicating ports. Make sure that the communicating IrDA ports are within three feet of each other, and are positioned at a 30°...
  • Page 98: A Specifications

    Specifications CPU and Memory System speed M e m o r y Video RAM Cache Clock/calendar 486 DX4 microprocessor installed in a PGA socket; includes 8KB of internal cache in write-back mode and integrated math coprocessor Fast speed and slow speed selectable in Setup the system board expandable up to 24MB using...
  • Page 99: Controllers

    Controllers Video Diskette drive Hard disk PCMCIA A-2 Specifications Chips and Technology video controller; 1MB DRAM; 32-bit VL Local bus; supports 640 by 480 in 256 colors on LCD 800 by 600 in 256 colors or 1024 by 768 in 16 colors on external monitor;...
  • Page 100: Interfaces

    Interfaces External VGA Parallel Serial External keyboard/mouse Phone jock Infrared Auto-sensing, 15-pin, D-sub, female connector for analog monitor, supports simultaneous display with LCD using Fn F10 hot key sequence or software command ® Centronics compatible; 25-pin, D-sub, female connector, bidirectional 8-bit parallel;...
  • Page 101: Keyboard

    Speaker Audio input and output Port replicator Security Keyboard 85 keys 101-key keyboard compatible; embedded numeric keypad; Fn key for hot key commands ActionPoint Touchpad Built-in pointing device with two buttons compatible with PS/2 mouse driver software; can be disabled with Setup Volume Control Knob adjusts sound of internal speaker or audio card (if installed)
  • Page 102: Mass Storage

    Mass Storage Hard disk drive Diskette Drive LCD Screen Screen type Resolutions (all backlit) and color Monochrome 640 by 480, 64 gray shades Passive color 640 by 480 256 colas Active color 640 by 480 256 colors Setup Program Stored in ROM; accessible by pressing F8 at system startup;...
  • Page 103: Software

    Power Sources Sources include internal removable battery, lightweight AC power adapter, or optional international AC power and automobile adapters Battery Rechargeable 12 Volt NiMH battery, current regulation by thermistor...
  • Page 104: Ac Power Adapter Dimensions

    Height 1.1 inches (28 mm) Weight 7.8 oz (220 g) CAUTION Use on/y the adapters and replacement batteries designed for use with the ActionNote 890 series. Fax/Modem Specifications Characteristic Compatibility Group 3, CCITT G3 V.2.1, V.27ter. V.29 (send only) speeds 14.4K, 9600, 7200,...
  • Page 105: Environmental Requirements

    Environmental Requirements Condition Temperature Humidity (non-condensing) Altitude Acoustical noise CAUTION When traveling by airplane, take the computer into thepassenger compartment as carry-on luggage to prevent it from being stored in an unpressurized storage compartment. Physical Dimensions D i m e n s i o n s * Depth Width Height...
  • Page 106: Index

    A-6 using 1-2, 2-1 Adapter, automobile, 2-2 Adapter, see AC adapter Audio input/output, A-4 volume control, A-4 Automobile power adapter, 2-2 backing up files, 4-2 Battery charging 1-2, 2-1, 2-3-2-4 checking status 1-4 configuration, 2-7 conserving power, 1-6, 2-2, 2-5...
  • Page 107 Battery (continued) Save to Disk 5-6 specifications A-6 using 2-2-2-5 Boot password, 6-12 Brightness 1-6 Cache, A-1 Calendar, A-1 Caps Lock indicator light 1-5 Charge light 2-1 Cleaning the computer, 4-4 Clock, A-1 CompuServe, 7-3 Computer specifications, A-1-A-8 Contrast 1-6 Controllers, A-2 CPU specifications A-1 Customization...
  • Page 108 Energy, conserving, 2-8 Environmental requirements, A-8 EPSON Accessories 7-2 bulletin board, 7-2 Connection 1-1 Customer Care Centers, 7-1 electronic support service, 7-2 parts 7-2 services 7-1 Ergonomics, 3-4 Error messages 7-5 External battery charger, see Battery External monitor, see Monitor, external External pointing device, see Pointing device External VGA, see VGA Fax/modem...
  • Page 109 Hard disk drive controller, A-2 dimensions 5-1 indicator light, 1-5 partition, 6-10 precautions 4-2 problems, 7-11 removing, 5-2 replacing, 5-4 specifications, A-5 timeout 2-5 upgrading 5-1-5-6 Indicator Lights 1-4, 1-5 Infrared, 5-14-5-17, A-3 Instant On feature, 2-7, 6-9-6-10 Interface specifications A-3-A-4 IrDA, 5-14-5-17, A-3 Keyboard embedded numeric keypad, 1-9...
  • Page 110 Mass storage, see Diskette drive, Hard disk drive Memory capacity, 5-11 module, 5-12 problems 7-16 specifications, A-1 upgrading 5-11-5-14 Model number, 7-4 Moisture, 4-4 Monitor, external, 6-14, 7-14 Mouse problems, 7-14 Moving the computer, 4-3 NiMH battery, 2-3 Num Lock indicator light 1-5 key, 1-9 On/off button, 1-4...
  • Page 111 PHDISK utility, 5-6, 5-11, 6-10 Phone line, connecting, 5-17 Pointing device, see Keyboard, Mouse, Touchpad Ports, enabling, 6-6 Power AC adapter, 1-2, 1-4 automobile adapter, 2-2 battery, 1-2 conserving 1-6, 2-5-2-8 consumption with battery, 2-2 function keys 6-9 hard drive, 4-2...
  • Page 112 Problems, 7-6-7-17 diskette drive, 7-10 external monitor, 7-14 hard disk drive, 7-11 memory, 7-16 password, 7-9 PC card, 7-11 printer, 7-16 software, 7-16 touchpad, 7-13 Product code, 7-4 Protection, see Password Security Questions, 1-1 Recharging the battery, 2-3 Replacing the battery, 2-4 ROM, A-1 Save to HDD mode, 6-9 Screen controls 1-6...
  • Page 113 Telephone, see Phone line, connecting Temperature ranges 4-3 Timeout, 2-5 Touchpad cleaning 4-4 clicking 1-7 compatibility, 1-6 configuring 6-1 mouse equivalents 1-7 problems, 7-13 selecting an item, 1-7 specifications A-4 using Troubleshooting 7-1-7-17 error messages 7-5 function keys sticking 5-11 Turning computer on and off, 1-4, 4-1 Typing avoiding strain 3-4 Upgrading hard disk drive, 5-1...