Epson ActionNote 880C User`s guide

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consequential damages, so this exclusion may not apply to you.
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contained herein. Nor is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein. Further, this publication and features described herein are
subject to change without notice.
TRADEMARKS
EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation
ActionNote, ActionPort, and ActionPoint are trademarks of Epson America, Inc.
EPSON Connection and EPSON Direct are service marks of Epson America, Inc.
General notice: Other product names used herein are for identification purposes only and
may be trademarks of their respective owners. EPSON disclaims any and all rights in
those marks.
Printed in Taiwan
Copyright © 1995 by Epson America, Inc.
Torrance, California, USA
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Important Safety Instructions
Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference. Follow
all warnings and instructions marked on the computer.
Turn off the computer before cleaning. Clean with a damp cloth only.
Do not spill liquid on the computer.
Use only the type of power source indicated on the computer’s label.
Avoid using outlets on the same circuit as photocopiers or air control
systems that regularly switch on and off.
Do not let the computer’s power cord become damaged or frayed.
If you use an extension cord
ampere rating of the devices
not exceed the cord’s ampere
devices plugged into the wall
with the computer, make sure the total
plugged into the extension cord does
rating. Also, make sure the total of all
outlet does not exceed 15 amperes.
Except as specifically explained in this User's Guide, do not attempt
to service the computer yourself.
Unplug the computer and refer servicing to qualified service
personnel under the following conditions:
If the power cord or plug is damaged; if liquid has entered the
computer; if the computer has been dropped or the cabinet damaged;
if the computer does not operate normally or exhibits a distinct
change in performance. Adjust only those controls that are covered
by the operating instructions.
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.
If you plan to use the computer in Germany, observe the following:
To provide adequate short-circuit protection and over-current
protection for this computer, the building installation must be
protected by a 16 Amp circuit breaker.
Beim Anschluß des Computers an die Netzversorgung muß
sichergestellt werden, daß die Gebäudeinstallation mit einem
16 A Überstromschutzschalter abgesichert ist.
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Importantes Instructions de Sécurité
Lire attentivement les instructions suivantes et les conserver pour les
consulter en cas de besoin. Observer soigneusement tous les
avertissements et directives marques sur l’ordinateur.
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Debrancher l’ordinateur avant de le nettoyer. N’utiliser qu’un chiffon
humide. Veiller a ne pas renverser de liquides sur l’appareil.
Utiliser seulement le type de source d’alimentation électrique indiqué
sur l’etiquette.
Ne jamais utiliser une prise sur le méme circuit qu’un appareil a
photocopies ou un systéme de contrôle de ventilation avec
commutation marche-arrét automatique.
S’assurer que le cordon d’alimentation de l’ordinateur n’est pas
abîme ni effiloché.
Dans le cas où on utilise un cordon de rallonge avec l’ordinateur,
s’assurer que l’intensite en amperes requise pour tous les appareils
branches sur ce cordon ne soit pas supérieure à la capacité du cordon.
S’assurer aussi que cette intensté ne dépasse jamais la somme de 15
amperes pour l’ensemble des appareils.
Sauf dans les cas spécifiques expliqués dans ce manuel de l’usager,
ne pas essayer d’entretenir ou de réparer l’ordinateur soi-méme.
Debrancher l’ordinateur et contacter un technicien qualifié dans les
circonstances suivantes:
Si le cordon ou la prise sont abîmés; si un liquide a pénéré a
l’intérieur de l’appareil; si on a laissé tomber l’appareil ou si le bonîer
est endommagé; si l’ordinateur ne fonctionne pas normalement ou
fonctionne d'une maniére trés différente de l’ordinaire. N’ajuster que
les commandes dérites dans les directives.
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Pour les voyages par avion, prendre l’ordinateur avec soi dans la
cabine comme bagage à main, pour éviter qu’il soit transporté dans
une soute non pressurisée.
Pour utiliser l’ordinateur en Allemagne, il est nécessaire que le
bâtiment soit muni d’un disjoncteur de 16 amperes pour protéger
l’ordinateur contre les courts-circuits et le survoltage.
Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise
Bitte lesen Sie diese Sicherheitshinweise, und heben Sie sie zur späteren
Verwendung auf. Beachten Sie alle Warnungen und Anweisungen, die
auf dem Computer angebracht sind.
Schalten Sie den Computer vor der Reinigung aus. Verwenden Sie
zur Reinigung nur ein sauberes Tuch. Achten Sie darauf, daß keine
Flüssigkeiten auf dem Computer verschüttet werden.
Verwenden Sie nur die auf dem Typenschild des Computers
angegebene Stromversorgung.
Schließen Sie den Computer nicht an denselben Stromkreis an wie
Fotokopiergeräte oder Klimaanlagen, die sich regelmäßig ein-und
ausschalten.
Achten Sie darauf, daß das Netzkabel des Computers stets in
einwandfreiem Zustand ist.
Stellen Sie bei Verwendung eines Verlängerungskabels sicher, daß
der gesamte Amperewert aller an das Verlängerungskabel
angeschlossenen Geräte den zulässigen Höchstwert des Kabels nicht
überschreitet. Stellen Sie ferner sicher, daß der Gesamtwert aller an
die Wandsteckdose angeschlossenen Geräte 15 Ampere nicht
überschreitet.
Führen Sie keine Wartungsarbeiten am Computer durch, die über
das im Benutzerhmdbuch beschriebene Ausmaß hinausgehen.
Ziehen Sie den Computer heraus, und rufen Sie qualifiziertes
Wartungspersonal, wenn eine der folgenden Bedingungen auftritt:
Das Netzkabel oder der Netzstecker ist beschädigt; Flüssigkeit ist in
den Computer eingetreten; der Computer wurde fallengelassen oder
das Gehäuse ist beschädigt; der Computer funktioniert nicht
ordnungsgemäß oder die Leistung hat sich merklich geändert. Stellen
Sie nur die Bedienelemente ein, die in der Gebrauchsanweisung
beschrieben sind.
Nehmen Sie den Computer bei Flugreisen als Handgepäck mit in den
Fluggastraum, damit er nicht in einem drucklosen Frachtraum
verstaut wird.
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Beachten Sie den folgenden Hinweis, wenn Sie den Computer in
Deutschland in Betrieb nehmen:
Beim Anschlulß des Computers an die Netzversorgung muß
sichergestellt werden, dalß die Gebäudeinstallation mit einem 16 A
Überstromschutzschalter abgesichert ist.
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FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
FOR AMERICAN USERS
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio and
television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
Consult an experienced radio/ TV technician for help.
WARNING
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will
invalidate the FCC Certification of this device and may cause interference levels that
exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the
user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this
equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to
unused interfaces.
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
FOR CANADIAN USERS
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class Blimits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
Le présent appareil numkique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques d&passant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe Bprescrites dans le réglement sur le
brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministére des Communications du Canada.
Contents
Introduction
Computer Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power-saving Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What This Manual Covers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Conventions Used in This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where to Get Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CompuServe On-line Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 1
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Setting Up the Computer
Opening the Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Identifying the System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Front View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Rear Panel and Left Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the AC Adapters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the Lightweight AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the International AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning the Computer On and Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reading the Indicator Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Making Backup Copies of Your Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Running the Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When to Run Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Starting the Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting, Deleting, and Changing a Password . . . . . . . . . .
Exiting Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Chapter 2
Using Your Computer
Caring for the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Protecting the Hard Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Energy Wisely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Fn Key Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Trackpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Resetting the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the CPU Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the LCD Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Password Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Entering a System Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Entering a Setup Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Diskettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Video Drivers and Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using CardSoft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using CardView . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Fax/ Modem PC Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using PC Cards with Instant On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Additional PC Card Drivers and Utilities . . . . .
Chapter 3
Powering the Computer
Using the AC Adapter . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Low Battery Protection . . . . . . . .
Replacing the Battery . . . . . . . . .
Recharging the Battery . . . . . . . .
Using the Power Management Features
Automatic Features . . . . . . . . . .
Manual Features . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using Instant On and Saving to Disk
Using the APM Interface . . . . . . .
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Chapter 4
Ins falling Optional De vices
Connecting External Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using an External Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using the Serial Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Using an External Keyboard or Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a PC Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Internal Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing a Memory Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Upgrading the Microprocessor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Replacing the Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the Processor Speed, CPU Type, and Voltage Switches
Installing the Fax/ Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Phone Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Chapter 5
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Troubleshoofing
Identifying Your System . . . . . . .
Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Computer Won’t Start . . . . . .
Battery Problems . . . . . . . . . . . .
AC Adapter Problems . . . . . . . .
The LCD Screen Is Blank . . . . . . .
The External Monitor Screen Is Blank
The Computer Locks Up . . . . . . .
Password Problems . . . . . . . . . .
Trackpad Problems . . . . . . . . . .
External Pointing Device Problems
Diskette Problems . . . . . . . . . . .
Diskette Drive Problems . . . . . . .
Hard Disk Problems . . . . . . . . . .
Software Problems . . . . . . . . . . .
Printer Problems . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory Module Problems . . . . . .
Fax/ Modem Problems . . . . . . . .
PC Card Problems . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix A Specifications
CPU and Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Controllers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Trackpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fax/ Modem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mass Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LCD Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Power Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Environmental Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Physical Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Optional Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Appendix B
Fax/Modem Command Set
AT Commands . .
Dial Modifiers
AT S Registers . . .
Fax Commands . .
Result Codes . . . .
Appendix C
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Using Your Audio Card
Index
EPSON U.S. and International Marketing Locations
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Introduction
The EPSON ® ActionNote TM 800 Series notebook computers
provide exceptional speed, display quality, and flexibilityall delivered by the latest in notebook computer technology.
With the ActionNote’s standard memory and pre-installed
M S - D O S ,® Microsoft ® Windows, TM and other software, you can
run a vast array of the latest applications, utilities, and games
designed for productivity and for fun.
Your high-capacity hard disk drive will hold the hundreds of
program and data files you will create as you use your
computer. With optional components like the internal audio
card and fax/ modem, you can extend the capabilities of your
ActionNote.
And when you’re ready to upgrade, you can add memory, a
higher-performance processor, or a larger hard disk drive. Your
computer’s two PCMCIA card slots allow you to quickly and
easily add a fax/ modem, flash RAM, local area network (LAN),
or other PC card options.
You can even use your computer like a desktop PC by
connecting an external monitor, keyboard, mouse, and printer.
With the optional ActionPort TM Replicator, you can quickly
switch from portable to desktop usage. The port replicator
includes two PCMCIA slots and an additional serial port, as
well as duplicating the computer’s I/O ports.
Introduction 1
Computer Features
Upgradable 486 microprocessor with integrated math
coprocessor and 8KB of internal cache memory in
write-back mode
4MB or 8MB of RAM, expandable up to 24MB
Backlit LCD screen; 9.5-inch monochrome version emulates
VGA color with 64 shades of gray; 10.3-inch dual-scan STN
and 10.4-inch active-matrix TFT versions offer 256 colors
Upgradable hard disk drive
Video controller with high-speed, 32-bit, local bus
technology supporting resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in
16 colors on an external monitor
State-of-the-art
ActionPoint TM trackpad with two buttons
Built-in 3.5-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive
Two built-in PCMCIA slots supporting two Type I or
Type II cards or one Type III card
Serial port, bidirectional parallel port, PS/ 2® keyboard/
mouse port, auto-sensing external video port, and port
replicator connector
Long-lasting, rechargeable NiMH (nickel metal hydride)
battery
Lightweight AC adapter
Advanced power management features and “instant-on”
support
Support for security lock
2 Introduction
Preinstalled software on your hard disk drive, including
the latest versions of MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows;
on-line version of this User's Guide, Windows manual, and
other manuals, providing instructions and information
while you are on the road
Your ActionNote has been configured for you and the hard
disk drive already contains most of the software you need. In
addition, drivers and utilities for your PCMCIA card slots,
video system, and trackpad have already been installed.
See the About EPSON on-line group for the latest information
about your computer and the software, manuals, diskettes, and
brochures that are included.
Optional Equipment
You can easily upgrade your ActionNote with the equipment
listed below. See Chapter 4 for instructions on installing
internal options.
Internal 14.4 fax/ modem, including software
16-bit stereo audio card; Business Audio and Sound Blaster
PRO’“-compatible, with drivers and software applications
4MB, 8MB, 16MB, or 20MB memory module
Higher-performance
microprocessor
Higher-capacity hard disk drive
Extra battery pack
Extra AC adapter or international AC adapter
Auto adapter
Introduction 3
External battery charger
Security lock
ActionPort Replicator
Type I, II, and III PC cards.
For information on purchasing optional equipment, see the
Accessories icon in the About EPSON on-line group.
Power-saving Features
This computer complies with the United States Environmental
Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, which promotes the
manufacture of energy-efficient printers, computers, and
monitors. Your computer’s power management features place
the system in a low-power suspend mode when it has been
inactive for a specified period of time. The Setup program lets
you select different time-out periods for the hard disk drive
and LCD screen so you can ensure that the power management
features fit the way you work.
Note
If you use an Energy Star compliant external monitor with
your computer, it also goes into a low-power standby mode
because it is not receiving video signals from your computer.
(Screens on non-compliant monitors go blank but do not
enter a low-power mode.)
4 Introduction
What This Manual Covers
You do not need to read everything in this book to use your
computer; see the following chapter summaries:
Chapter 1 provides steps for setting up your computer.
Chapter 2 covers basic information about using the computer.
Chapter 3 explains how to power your computer with the AC
adapter or the battery and how to conserve battery power.
Chapter 4 describes how to connect optional devices and
upgrade your computer.
Chapter 5 provides troubleshooting tips.
Appendix A lists the computer’s specifications.
Appendix B summarizes the built-in commands for the
optional internal fax/ modem.
Appendix C provides basic information about the optional
audio card and audio software.
At the end of the manual, you’ll find an Index and a list of
EPSON’s U.S. and international marketing locations.
Introduction 5
Conventions Used in This Manual
This manual uses the following conventions in the text:
ExampIe
Meaning
Enter
Keysyou presson the keyboard
Fn F10
Keysyou press at the same time; hold down the
key marked Fn and press the F10 key
C:\DOS
Text as it appearson the screen
DISKCOPY
A:
C:
Text that you type exactly as shown
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. EPSON also provides support services through the
EPSON Connection.” In the United States, dial (800) 922-8911.
In Canada, dial (800) GO-EPSON.
Call the EPSON Connection for the following:
Technical assistance with the installation, configuration,
and operation of EPSON products
Assistance in locating your nearest Authorized EPSON
Reseller or Customer Care Center
Assistance with Extra Care Road Service
Customer relations
EPSON technical information library fax service
Product literature on current and new products.
6 Introduction
You can purchase accessories, manuals, or parts for EPSON
products from EPSON Accessories at (800) 873-7766 (U.S. sales
only). In Canada, call (800) GO-EPSON.
When you call for technical assistance, be ready to identify
your system and its configuration, and provide any error
messages to the support staff. See Chapter 5 for more
information.
If you purchased your computer in the United States or
Canada, EPSON also provides Extra Care Road Service. Your
ActionNote package should contain information on this
program; if not, call the EPSON Connection.
If you purchased your computer outside the United States or
Canada, contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the
marketing location nearest you for customer support and
service. International marketing locations are listed at the end
of this manual.
If you need help with any software application program you
are using, see the documentation that came with that program
for technical support information.
CompuServe On-line Support
Your computer includes the CompuServe WinCIM ®
information manager installed on your hard disk drive and a
free trial subscription to CompuServe’s extended services and
forums. The brochure that came with your computer describes
all the CompuServe services and how to access them, as well as
providing subscription information.
Note
To access CompuServe, you must have a modem. you can
install the optional internal fax/ modem, connect an external
modem to your serial port, or install a fax/ modem PC card.
Introduction 7
The fastest way to access helpful tips, specifications, drivers,
application notes, and bulletins for EPSON products is through
the Epson America Forum on CompuServe.
To access the Epson America Forum in WinCIM, simply click
on the green traffic light icon and type EPSON at the menu
prompt.
8 Introduction
Chapter- 1
Setting Up the Computer
This chapter describes how to set up your computer. It covers:
Opening the screen
Identifying the system components
Connecting the AC adapter
Turning the computer on and off
Reading the indicator lights
Backing up files
Running the Setup program
Opening the Screen
To open the LCD screen, slide the latches on each side of the
computer’s lid and lift up the screen.
Setting Up the Computer
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Identifying the System Components
Before getting started, refer to the illustrations in this section to
identify the different parts of your computer.
Front View
*These parts function only with the optional audio card installed.
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Rear Panel and Left Side
* Available only with the optional internal fax/modem installed.
Using the AC Adapters
The lightweight AC adapter included with your computer
operates in the input ranges 100-240 VAC and 50/ 60 Hz.
If you purchased your computer outside the United States, you
will have the international AC adapter, which includes a
ground pin and operates within the same input ranges as the
lightweight adapter.
EPSON also offers an auto adapter (A882241).
Caution
Use only adapters designed for the Action Note 800 Series
(lightweight adapter A882051, international adapter
A882101), or you could damage the computer.
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Connecting the Lightweight AC Adapter
Connect the AC adapter cable to the DC-in port at the back of
the computer.
Then flip the adapter’s two prongs out of their compartment
and connect the adapter to an electrical outlet.
Connecting the International AC Adapter
If you are using the international adapter in a country other
than the one where you purchased your computer, make sure
you have the correct power cable before you connect the AC
adapter to an electrical outlet.
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Follow these steps to connect the international AC adapter:
1.
Connect the adapter cable to the DC-in port at the back of the
computer.
2.
Connect the power cable to the AC adapter
3.
Connect the other end of the power cable to a grounded
electrical outlet.
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1-5
For more information about powering the computer with the
AC adapter, see Chapter 3. For instructions on connecting
optional equipment to your computer, see Chapter 4.
Turning the Computer On and Off
The first time you use your computer, the battery may not be
charged; so make sure the AC adapter is connected. Then press
the power button below the screen to turn on the computer.
The computer displays copyright information and then begins
a series of power-on diagnostics that check the circuit boards,
memory, ports, keyboard, and disk drives. It displays several
messages, including this prompt:
Press F8 to run S E T U P
(Ignore this prompt for now, you just want to make sure the
computer works properly.)
You then see a prompt asking if you want to load PC card
drivers. If you do not respond to the prompt within 5 seconds,
the computer loads the drivers and continues to boot. Ignore
this prompt also. (See “Configuring PC Cards” in Chapter 2 for
more information about this prompt.)
Your computer comes with MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows
installed on the hard disk, so it starts up in Windows as soon as
it completes power-on diagnostics.
Note
If you want to adjust the brightness and contrast of the
display, use the sliding control buttons below the screen.
For more information about adjusting your display, see
Chapter 2.
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If you plan to use another operating system, such as OS/ 2, ®
U N I X , ® or Windows NT, you can install it now. See the
documentation that came with it for installation instructions.
Before you turn off your computer, save your data and exit the
program you are currently using. Make sure the computer is
not accessing data from the diskette drive, hard disk drive, or a
PC card; then press the power button to turn off the computer.
Caution
Always make sure the computer is off before you connect or
disconnect equipment, such as a printer or external
keyboard. You can, however, insert or remove a PC card
while the computer is on.
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Reading the Indicator Lights
The indicator lights on your computer provide information
about the computer’s operation.
Indicator for lights
Icon
Name
Meaning
Power
Computer is on
Suspend
Green-Standby mode: press any key to
return to full power
Flashing green-Suspend mode: press
Suspend/Resume button to return to full
power
Charge
Orange-battery is charging normally
Green-battery is fully charged
Flashing orange-battery is not installed
correctly or is damaged
Diskette drive
Computer is accessing the diskette drive
Hard disk drive
Computer is accessing the hard disk drive
PCMCIA
Computer is accessing a PC card
Num Lock
Num Lock is on, which activates the
embedded numeric keypad
Caps Lock
Caps Lock is on
Scroll Lock
Scroll Lock is on
c l
A
For more information about the Power, Suspend, and Charge
lights, see Chapter 3.
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Making Backup Copies of Your Files
Before you start using your computer, it’s a good idea to make
a backup copy of your hard disk drive. Use the MWBACKUP
utility in the Windows Applications group or the MS-DOS
BACKUP command to back up the contents of the drive. Refer
to the Windows Help utility for instructions on using
MWBACKUP; use the MS-DOS help utility for instructions on
using BACKUP.
You should make backup copies of any diskettes you have that
contain programs and store the copies away from your
originals. Also be sure to regularly back up your hard disk
drive to preserve the files and programs you store there.
Your hard disk drive includes a C:\ BACKUP directory
containing important system configuration files. If you need to
restore the original versions of these files, use DOS or the
Windows File Manager to copy them from the BACKUP
directory. Copy CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT to C:\
Copy *.INI to C:\ WINDOWS.
Running the Setup Program
The Setup program defines your system’s configuration so the
computer recognizes all of its devices. The Setup program is
stored in the computer’s ROM (read only memory), where you
can access it any time you turn on or reset the computer.
The configuration you define through Setup is stored in a
special area of memory, which is backed up by a battery and is
not erased when you turn off or reset the computer.
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When to Run Setup
Because your computer was set up and configured for you, the
configuration information may be correct for your needs.
However, you may want to run Setup to enter the correct time
and date, set a password, or customize the power management
features. In addition, any time you change the computer’s
configuration (by installing or removing optional devices, for
example), you need to run Setup to update the configuration.
Starting the Program
To start Setup, make sure there is no diskette in the diskette
drive; then turn on your computer. (If your computer is already
on, exit any program you are using and press Ctrl Alt Del to
reset the computer.) During power-on diagnostics you see the
following prompt at the bottom of your screen:
Press F8 to run S E T U P
As soon as you see this message, press F8.
If you do not press F8 within 5 seconds, the computer loads
Windows. If this happens, exit Windows and press Ctrl Alt Del
to reset the computer.
Changing the Settings
When the computer starts Setup, you see the Page 1 screen,
which displays your computer’s memory configuration in
addition to the settings you can change. Your total system
memory consists of the base memory plus extended memory.
Use the
keys to move the cursor from option to
option. Once you have highlighted an option you want to
change, press the + or --key as many times as necessary to
scroll through the settings and select the one you want. Press
PgDn or PgUp to go to the next or previous Setup screen.
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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
Setting
Description
Options
System Time
Sets the time used by the
system
format)
hh:mm:ss
(24 hour
System Date
Sets the date used by the
system
mmm dd, yyyy
Update Flash
Allows you to upgrade your
BIOS from a diskette
Enabled
Disabled*
Hard Disk 1
Sets the type of drive installed
or allows you to define the
type
Auto (automatically
detected)*
User
None
CPU Speed
Sets the processor speed
Fast*
Slow
Quick Boot
Allows you to skip
non-essential diagnostic tests
at startup
Disabled*
Enabled
Boot Drive
Sets the drive from which
operating system will be
loaded at startup
C:, A*
A:, C
Password
See “Setting, Deleting, and
Changing a Password” below
Disabled*
Enabled
Security
Applies password protection
to entire system or Setup only
SETUP*
SYSTEM
Boot Display
Sets the display mode at
startup: Auto lets the system
select the LCD screen or
monitor (if connected): Simul
displays on both
Auto*
Simul
* Default setting
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The table below lists the power management options. For a
complete description of the power management features, see
Chapter 3.
Power management options
Setting
Options
Power Management
Enabled
Disabled
AC Disabled *
System Idle
Disabled
Enabled *
System Standby
Disabled
1 to 15 minutes
System Suspend
Disabled
1 to 15 minutes
Hard Disk Timeout
Disabled
1 to 15 minutes
Screen Timeout
Disabled
1 to 15 minutes
Low Battery
Suspend*
Save to HDD
Disabled
Instant On
Enabled
Disabled
* Default setting
You can also use the F2 and F3 keys to automatically set all the
power management features. See Chapter 3 for more
information.
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The table below lists the Setup options for advanced features
and support of external devices.
Setup page 3 options
Setting
Description
Options
Internal Cache
Controls the processor’s
internal cache operation
Enabled*
Disabled
External Cache
Controls the processor’s
external cache operation
when external cache is
installed
Enabled*
Disabled
Serial Port
Assigns the serial port
address
3F8h (COM1)*
2F8h (COM2)
Disabled
Fax/Modem
Assigns the port address for
the fax/modem when it is
installed
3F8h (COM1)
2F8h (COM2)*
Disabled
Parallel Port
Controls the parallel port
operation
378h (LPT1)*
Disabled
Audio
Allows you to disable the
audio card (when installed),
in case you need to use the
IRQ or memory address for
another device
Enabled*
Disabled
Pointing Device
Allows you to disable the
built-in trackpad, in case
you connect a serial mouse
Enabled*
Disabled
* Default setting
Setting, Deleting, and Changing a Password
You can set two types of passwords for your computer: a
system password and a Setup password. The system password
prevents an unauthorized user from accessing any programs or
data on your computer, including the Setup program. The
Setup password prevents access only to the Setup program and
your system configuration information.
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1-13
If you set a system password, the computer will prompt you to
enter it each time you turn on or reset your computer. If you set
a Setup password, the computer prompts you to enter it each
time you press F8 to run Setup.
Follow the instructions in the next sections to set, delete, or
change your password. Then see the instructions in Chapter 3
for entering your password when the system prompts you for
it.
Setting a pass word
Follow these steps to set a password:
1.
Highlight the Password option. You see a warning and
message prompting you to press Enter.
2.
Press Enter. You see a message prompting you to enter a
password.
3.
Type a password up to seven characters long. As you type,
you see only squares displayed on the screen.
4.
Press Enter. You see a message asking you to verify the
password by entering it again.
5.
Type the password again and press Enter. (If you enter an
incorrect password, you must start the process over again.
Keep trying until you have entered the password correctly
twice in a row.)
You see a message confirming your password installation
6.
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Press any key to continue. The Password option setting is
changed to Enabled.
Setting Up the Computer
7.
You can now highlight the Security option and select
either SETUP , which applies the password to the Setup
program, or S Y S T E M , which applies the password to all
programs and data on your computer. If you choose
S Y S T E M , you will be prompted to enter the password
whenever you turn on the computer or try to run Setup.
Deleting or changing a password
If you want to delete or change a password, follow these steps:
1.
Highlight the Password option. You see a warning and
message prompting you to press Enter.
2.
Press Enter. You see a message prompting you to enter your
password.
3.
Type your password. You see only squares on the screen.
4.
Press Enter. You see another message prompting you to
enter a new password or press the / key to remove the
password.
5.
If you are deleting your password, press the / key. The
Password option setting is changed to Disabled.
If you are changing your password, type the new password.
You see only squares displayed on the screen.
6.
Press Enter. You see a message asking you to verify the
password by entering it again.
7.
Type the password again and press Enter. (If you enter an
incorrect password, you must start the process over again.
Keep trying until you have entered the password correctly
twice in a row.) You see a message confirming your
password installation.
8.
Press any key to continue.
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Exiting Setup
When you are ready to exit the Setup program, press ESC
You see the exit menu. Press one of the following keys:
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Esc
Returns you to the main Setup or Power
Management Setup screen
F4
Saves your settings and reboots the
computer
F5
Loads the default settings for all the
options and returns to Setup
F6
Exits Setup without saving your settings.
Setting Up the Computer
Using Your Computer
This chapter describes the daily use of your computer,
including:
Caring for the computer
Using energy wisely
Using the keyboard
Using the trackpad
Resetting the computer
Changing the CPU speed
Adjusting the LCD screen
Using password security
Using diskettes
Using video drivers and utilities
Configuring PC cards.
Using Your Computer
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Caring for the Computer
Following these guidelines will keep your computer working
well:
Keep the computer and AC adapter dry, and do not subject
them to extreme heat or cold.
To prevent damage to the LCD, do not place external
devices on top of the computer, even if it is closed.
When you are not using the serial, parallel, or video ports,
or the port replicator, keep their covers closed to prevent
damage to the pins in the ports.
Occasionally clean the exterior with a soft, damp cloth.
Occasionally clean the LCD screen using glass cleaner on a
soft cloth; do not spray the cleaner directly onto the screen.
Be sure you turn off the system before you connect any
peripheral devices other than PC cards.
Protecting the Hard Disk
Follow these precautions to protect your hard disk and data:
Never turn off or reset the computer when the Hard Disk
Drive indicator light is on. This light indicates that the
computer is copying data to or from the hard disk.
Never remove the hard disk drive when the computer is
on.
After turning the power off, wait 20 seconds before moving
the computer. This allows the disks in the drive to stop
spinning and the hard disk read/ write heads to lock in
place so you do not damage the drive.
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Although the hard disk is very reliable, be sure to back up
your files regularly. Make copies of all your system and
program diskettes before copying them to the hard disk.
Caution
When traveling 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.
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 additional energy-saving tips:
If your printer and external monitor aren’t Energy Star
compliant, turn them off when you’re not using them.
Use the print preview option in your software before you
print something. You’ll be able to catch formatting errors
before you commit them to paper.
If you have an electronic mail system available to you, send
E-mail rather than memos. Not only is this faster, but you’ll
save paper and storage space too.
Use recycled paper and recycle your used paper whenever
you can.
Using Your Computer
2-3
Using the Keyboard
Although the keyboard on your computer has only 85 keys, it
provides all the functions of a full-sized (101- or 102-key)
keyboard. It has an embedded numeric keypad that you can
access using the Num Lock or Fn keys. You can also control
other features, such as the LCD screen, using the Fn key. The
embedded numeric keypad and the Fn key functions are
described below.
Note
The keyboard on the ActionNote is available with different
layouts for different languages. Additionally, you can use
MS-DOS or Windows to reassign the layout of your
keyboard to duplicate that of another country. Use the
Windows International utility in the Control Panel or the
MS-DOS KEYEB utility.
Using the Fn Key Functions
When pressed with other keys, the Fn key lets you control
certain operations, as described in the following table. To use
these commands, hold down the Fn key and then press the
second key. Note that the special function keys are labeled on
the keyboard.
Fn key functions
Key
2-4
command Label
Function
Fn F8
Set Up
Displays the Power Management screen
Fn F9
Invert
Toggles between normal and reverse video
(monochrome and passive matrix LCDs only)
Fn F10
Display
Toggles between the LCD, the external
monitor, and simultaneous display
Using Your Computer
Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad
The embedded numeric keypad (shown below) allows you to
enter numbers and symbols from a keypad arrangement on the
main keyboard.
You use the Num Lock key to control the operation of the
embedded numeric keypad. Press Num Lock to turn Num Lock
mode (and its indicator light) on and off.
When you use a key in the embedded numeric keypad with
Num Lock mode on, you see the number or symbol for that key
instead of the letter. To enter the letter on the key, press F n
plus the key.
With Num Lock mode off, you can enter a number or symbol
by pressing Fn plus the key.
The following table summarizes the functions of the embedded
numeric keypad.
Embedded numeric keys
Num Lock on
Num Lock off
Keys pressed by themselves
Numeric
Alphabetic
Keys pressed with Fn
Alphabetic
Numeric
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Using the Trackpad
The trackpad on your ActionNote is a state-of-the-art pointing
device which you can use to move the cursor, select text or
objects, cut and paste, or choose menu items. The trackpad is
compatible with most software applications that support
pointing devices with PS/2 compatible drivers.
To use the trackpad, simply move your fingertip across the pad
in the direction you want to move the cursor. If you get to the
edge of the pad, lift your finger and place it back down on the
other side. If you have to lift your finger too often, you can
increase the sensitivity of the trackpad using the Trackpad
utility program in the Windows Control Panel.
Instead of pressing the left button, you can tap lightly on the
trackpad to make menu selections or block text. This is the
equivalent of clicking the left button on a mouse. Tap twice to
double-click.
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To move objects around the screen (click and drag), tap twice
and then hold your finger down and move it across the
trackpad. This is like double-clicking, but you leave your finger
down after the second tap. You can also use the buttons below
the trackpad.
To customize the trackpad and learn more about its features,
use the Trackpad utility in the Control Panel.
Resetting the Computer
If necessary, you can reset the computer without turning it off
by pressing a combination of keys. This allows you to reload
the operating system and try again.
To reset the computer, press Ctrl Alt Del. (If you are in
Windows, you first see a warning screen reminding you to save
your data and exit any open applications. Press Ctrl Alt Del
again to reset.) The screen goes blank for a moment and then
the computer resets itself.
Caution
Resetting the computer erases any data in memory that you
have not saved, so do not use the reset function unless
necessary. Also, some programs classify and store new data
only when you exit them properly; so do not reset the
computer before you exit a program, if possible.
If resetting the computer does not correct the problem, you
probably need to turn it off, wait five seconds, and turn it back
on again.
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Changing the CPU Speed
Your computer’s processor can operate at two speeds: fast or
slow (8 MHz). The slow speed is available to provide
compatibility with older application programs, such as those
that are copy-protected or have a specific timing requirement.
You may also want to select the slower speed to save power
when you are using programs that do not require a high
processor speed.
Your computer is set up to start at fast speed. If you want to
switch to the slower speed, you can do so using Setup. See
Chapter 1 for instructions.
Adjusting the LCD Screen
You can adjust the brightness and contrast of the LCD with the
two controls below the screen. Slide the brightness switch to
the right to lighten the screen, and to the left to darken the
screen. Slide the contrast switch to the right to increase the
contrast. and to the left to decrease the contrast.
Using Password Security
Your ActionNote offers two types ofpasswords: a Setup
password and a system password.
If you set a Setup password, the computer prompts you to
enter the password only when you press F8 to run the Setup
program. If you set a system password, you must enter the
password every time you turn on or reset your computer or
run Setup.
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Using Your Computer
If you want to use a system or Setup password, run the Setup
program as described in Chapter 1 to enter, change, or delete
the password.
When the computer prompts you to enter a password, see the
next sections.
Note
Remember that once you set a system password, you cannot
access your system unless you enter it correctly. Write down
your password and keep it in a safe place. If you forget your
password, call the EPSON Connection for assistance.
Entering a System Password
When the computer requires you to enter a system password,
you see this prompt after you turn on or reset the computer:
Enter password:
Type the correct password and press Enter. To protect your
password, the screen does not display the characters you type.
If you do not type the correct password, the computer displays
this message and repeats the password prompt:
Password is incorrect
Try typing the password again. The computer allows you three
tries to enter it correctly. After the third incorrect attempt, the
system locks up and you see the following message:
System halted! Must power down.
Turn off the computer, wait five seconds, and try again.
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Entering a Setup Password
When you have defined a Setup password, the computer
prompts you for it only after you have pressed F8 to enter
Setup. After you press F8 but before you see the main Setup
screen, you see a message prompting you to enter your
password. Type your password and press Enter. (The screen
does not display the characters you type.) Then you see the
Page 1 Setup screen.
If you type your password incorrectly, the computer allows
you three tries to retype it correctly. After the third incorrect
attempt, your system continues the boot process without
loading the Setup program.
Using Diskettes
You can use either of the following types of diskettes in your
3.5-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive:
720KB, double-sided, double-density (usually labeled 2DD)
1.44MB, double-sided, high-density (usually labeled 2HD).
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To insert a diskette, hold it with the label facing up and the
shutter leading into the drive. Slide it into the drive until it
clicks into place.
To remove the diskette, make sure the diskette drive light is off;
then press the release button. When the diskette pops out,
remove it and store it properly.
Caution
Never remove a diskette or reset or turn off the computer
while the diskette drive is being accessed; you could lose
data. Also, be sure to remove the diskette before you turn off
the computer.
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Using Video Drivers and Utilities
Your system includes high-resolution video display drivers for
Windows installed on your hard disk drive. You can use these
drivers to display in resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in 16 colors on
an external monitor. To select these drivers, you can use the
Windows Setup utility or the ChipsCPL utility in the Windows
Control Panel.
ChipsCPL allows you to select the resolution (screen size),
color, and font size for your display. To run the utility, select its
icon in the Windows Control Panel. You can also use ChipsCPL
to switch your display between the LCD screen and an external
monitor, select a cursor size, and enable backlight and display
timeout periods.
If you select a higher resolution for your LCD screen, your
display will be larger than the screen itself. You will have to
scroll up and down and from side to side to see the entire
display.
Note
Your ActionNote is configured to display in standard VGA
resolution on your LCD or an external monitor. You can
toggle between displaying on the LCD, the CRT, or on both
screens simultaneously by pressing Fn F10. You can also set
the default video mode by using the Setup program; see
Chapter 1 for more information.
To check on the availability of drivers for non-Windows
applications, call the EPSON Connection or access the Epson
America Forum on CompuServe.
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Your system also includes two DOS video utilities, SETVGA
and SETCOL, located in the C:\ UTIL directory. For more
information, type one of the following commands and press
Enter at the DOS prompt in the C:\ UTIL directory:
SETCOL
SETVGA
Configuring PC Cards
Whenever you turn off or reset your computer, you see a
prompt asking if you want to load the PC card drivers. You
must load the drivers (the default setting) if you are going to
use a PC card. If you are not going to use a PC card, do not load
the drivers (press 2 and Enter at the prompt) because they take
up system memory that could be free for other uses.
Once you have loaded the drivers and inserted a PC card, your
computer configures most PC cards automatically using the
installed CardSoft TM and CardView TM software. CardSoft drivers
and utilities are for use with MS-DOS and CardView is for use
with Windows.
Caution
If you run the MS-DOS MEMMAKER utility, or load a
memory manager program (such as EMM386.EXE), you
must ensure that these programs do not interfere with the
memory addresses and other settings used by your PCMCIA
card drivers. See “PC Card Problems” in Chapter 5 for
instructions on using these programs.
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Using CardSoft
The PCMCIA driver and utilities, collectively called CardSoft,
help you configure and manage PC cards in the MS-DOS
environment. The CardSoft programs are located in the
CARDSOFT directory on your computer’s hard disk drive.
The following drivers and utilities are already included in the
CARDSOFT directory:
SSVADEM.EXE PCMCIA Socket Services driver
CS.EXE
PCMCIA Card Services driver
CSALLOC.EXE (described below)
ATADRV.EXE
Driver for ATA Type III hard disk drive cards
or flash cards
MTSRAM.EXE
Driver for SRAM cards
MTDDRV.EXE
Drive letter display utility for SRAM and flash
memory cards
CARDID.EXE
Driver for detecting card insertion and removal,
and for configuring the socket and card
CARDINFO.EXE Card and slot information display utility.
Note
If you are not using the type of card supported by one or
more of these programs, you can remove the driver from the
CONFIG.SYS file to free up the resources the programs use.
For example, if you did not install an ATA Type III card, you
can use the Windows Sysedit utility in the Applications
group to delete the command line containing the
ATADRV.EXE driver from the CONFIG.SYS file.
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CSALLOC utility
CSALLOC is an MS-DOS program that scans the system for
available memory, I/O port, and IRQ resources each time you
start your system and maintains the information it collects in a
file called CSALLOC.INI. You need to run CSALLOC only if
you want to display the available system resources if you’ve
changed port, IRQ, or memory settings on your system. You
should also run CSALLOC when you install new hardware or
software that requires specific system resources so that
CardSoft does not use the resources instead.
You must run CSALLOC from the MS-DOS prompt; you
cannot run it from within Windows. Type CSALLOC /H and
press Enter to see a list of the CSALLOC command switches
you can use.
Note
Remove any PC cards from the PCMCIA slots before you
run the CSALLOC utility.
CARDINFO Utility
The CARDINFO utility provides various types of information
about your PC cards and slots. You can run CARDINFO from
the MS-DOS prompt or from the MS-DOS icon within
Windows. Log onto the C:\CARDSOFT directory, type
CARDINFO /?, and press Enter to see a list of the CARDINFO
command switches you can use.
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Configuration Utility
The configuration utility allows you to customize your system
or reconfigure it when you have trouble using a PC card. You
can change the following configurations for your PC cards
using this utility:
IRQs and COM port assignment order for fax/ modem cards
I/O port address, IRQ, and memory areas for network cards
Addresses for ATA cards
Card insertion parameters.
You can also use the utility to modify the resource allocation
that the program scanned when you started your system. In
addition, the configuration utility allows you to define the type
of video display you want to use with this utility.
Note
This utility modifies the CARDID.INI and the CASLLOC.INI
files. Changes you make to your configuration using this
utility don't take effect until you restart your sytem.
Follow these steps to start the configuration utility:
1.
Log onto the CardSoft directory.
2.
Type CONFIG and press Enter. You see an information screen
about the CardSoft Configuration Utility.
3.
Press Enter to continue. You see the main menu for the
configuration utility.
The Edit Configuration option on the File pull-down
menu provides options for editing modem card, network card,
and ATA card configurations, and card insertion parameters.
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Note
If your system is working properly, you don’t need to edit
any of the PC card configurations.
The Resource Allocation option on the Utility pull-down
menu provides a quick view of the system resources that are
available to CardSoft. You can also edit these system resources.
Caution
Do not change any resource allocation values unless you
understand how these resources work on your system.
You can assign a color, monochrome, or LCD display mode for
the CardSoft configuration utility by selecting the Display
pull-down menu. When you make your selection, the screen
immediately reflects the option you have chosen.
Once you have changed your configuration, make sure you
save the settings by selecting Save configuration from the
File pull-down menu.
Using removable storage card utilities
CardSoft provides several utilities to help you partition your
ATA cards and assign or identify drive letters. Both ATA cards
and SRAM cards are formatted using the MS-DOS FORMAT
command.
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Note
If you are using an ATA hard disk or ATA flash card, make
sure your CONFIG.SYS file contains this command:
DEVICEHIGH=C:\CARDSOFT\ATADRV.EXE
If you are using an SRAM card, make sure the CONFIG.SYS
file contains this command:
DEVICEHIGH=C:\CARDSOFT\MTSRAM.EXE
Both of these drivers are loaded in your computer’s
CONFIG.SYS file at the factory.
The following table describes the removable storage card
utilities.
ATA utility commands
Command
Function
ATAINIT*
Partitions the ATA card and identifies its physical
parameters: then you can use MS-DOS FORMAT to format
the drive.
ATADRV
Assigns the next available drive letter to the ATA drive.
When you start your system, you see a message identifying
the drive letter assigned to the drives in your PCMCIA slots.
MTDDRV
Displays the drive letter for SRAM and ATA cards. Since these
cards share drive letters, it is important to know where these
cards are installed.
* This command works only with ATA cards that are supported by the
ATADRV driver.
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Using Card View
CardView for Windows provides a user-friendly, graphical
interface for your CardSoft applications. CardView performs
the following functions:
Displays detailed information about installed cards,
including vendor name and type of card
Reconfigures PC cards and system resources, such as
modem COM ports
Notifies you of any status changes for the PC cards in your
system, such as when you insert or remove a card or when
the software detects a configuration conflict.
To run CardView, you must run Windows 3.1 in 386 enhanced
mode (the default).
To start CardView, open the CardView group and double click
on the CardView icon. You see the main CardView window.
Use the CardView on-line help utility for instructions on using
the available options. If you minimize this window, CardView
displays icons that identify the cards in the slots.
Note
If you choose not to load the PCMCIA drivers when you
start up your computer, CardView will not work.
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Using Fax/Modem PC Cards
You may need to change your port settings to use a
fax/ modem PC card in your ActionNote. With the card
inserted, start CardView and follow these steps to make sure
the settings are correct.
1. Select View.
2.
Check the COM port number, IRQ line, and base I/O port
address for the fax/ modem. The settings for the EPSON
fax/ modem PC card are as follows:
COM3
Base I/O port address 03E8
IRQ line 7
3.
In the Windows Control Panel, select the Ports icon.
4. Select COM3.
5.
Select the Settings option, and then the Advanced option.
6.
Change the base I/O port address and interrupt request
(IRQ) line to match the settings shown in CardView for
your fax/ modem.
7.
Save your data, close any open applications, and restart
Windows.
Using PC Cards with Instant On
The PCMCIA card and socket services provided with your
ActionNote are automatically loaded when you boot the
computer. During loading, the services are initialized so they
work correctly with your computer and PC cards.
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If you use Instant On or the Low Battery Save to HDD options,
the PCMCIA services are not reinitialized. In this case, your
computer recognizes SRAM PC cards, but does not recognize
most other PC cards, such as fax/ modem or LAN PC cards. To
reinitialize the services, exit any application programs you are
using and exit Windows. Then press Ctrl Alt Del to reboot your
computer.
Installing Additional PC Card Drivers and Utilities
While the ActionNote is fully compatible with PCMCIA
version 2.1 and JEIDA 4.1, some PC cards (such as LAN cards)
require that you install special drivers or software before the
card works correctly. For example, a LAN card may require
you to install a socket services enabler either as a device driver
or command that is executed when you load the network
operating system.
See the documentation that came with your PC card to see if
you need to install any special drivers. You can obtain the latest
information on available PC card drivers by checking the
Epson America Forum on CompuServe. See “Where to Get
Help” in the Introduction to this manual for information about
connecting to the Epson America Forum.
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Using Your Computer
Chapter 3
Powering the Computer
You can power your ActionNote with the compact AC adapter,
international AC adapter, removable NiMH battery, or optional
automobile cigarette lighter adapter. This chapter describes:
Using the AC adapter
Using the battery
Conserving energy by using the computer’s power
management features.
Note
In addition to the AC adapter and battery that come with
your computer, you can purchase extra NiMH batteries, an
AC adapter that plugs into an automobile cigarette lighter,
and an external battery charger. Contact your EPSON dealer
or EPSON Accessories for more information about these
options.
Using the AC Adapter
The AC adapter allows you to connect the ActionNote to a
standard electrical outlet to power the computer and charge the
battery. You should use it whenever you have access to an
electrical outlet, especially when you are using a PC card or
fax/ modem, to conserve battery power.
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The AC adapter included with your computer is designed to
operate in 100-240 VAC ranges with a frequency of 50/60 Hz. If
you use the international AC adapter in a country other than
the one where you purchased your computer, be sure to use
the correct plug adapter to fit the electrical outlet.
To connect the AC adapter, see the instructions in Chapter 1.
After you turn on your computer, the Power indicator light
comes on. The Charge light is green if the battery is fully
charged; it is orange if the battery is charging normally. See
page 3-4 for information on charging the battery.
Using the Battery
The removable NiMH battery powers the computer when the
AC adapter is not connected. The battery provides from 4 to 6
hours of power (color version) or 5 to 7 hours of power
(monochrome version) when you use your computer’s power
management features.
The length of time the battery provides power depends on how
you use the computer. It consumes more battery power if you
use a bright screen display, access the hard disk and diskette
drive often, or if you are using a PC card or fax/ modem.
To increase the amount of time you can use the computer
without the AC adapter, you can keep a supply of additional
charged batteries. This allows you to replace a spent battery
and continue your work.
Caution
Use only the NiMH battery (A882291) designed for use with
the ActionNote 800 series computers.
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Low Battery Protection
The ActionNote includes special power management features
that protect your data when your battery runs low. When you
have only a few minutes of power left, the Power indicator
light flashes and the computer beeps. At this point, you should
immediately save your data. To resume activity, you must
either turn off the computer and replace the battery (as
described below), or connect the AC adapter.
If the Low Battery option in Setup is set to Suspend, the
computer automatically enters Suspend mode when the battery
power reaches a critically low level. The contents of memory
are protected for several hours. If the Low Battery option is
set to Save to H D D, the memory contents are saved in a file
on your hard disk drive, so they are always available. For more
information, see “Using Instant On and Saving to Disk.”
If you are using Windows, you can select the Power icon in the
Control Panel to see a screen that displays your battery’s status.
For more information about the power management features
available through Windows, see “Using the APM Interface”
later in this chapter.
Replacing the Battery
Follow these steps to replace the battery:
1.
Complete your current activity and save your data.
2.
Press the power button to turn off the computer.
3.
Close the LCD screen and turn the computer over
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4.
Press the battery release lever. Then lift the battery up and
out of the case.
battery
release lever
Caution
As you handle your batteries, avoid touching the battery
contacts with any metal objects, such as keys or coins
because they may short out the battery’s circuits.
5.
Insert the new battery into the compartment at an angle and
then lower it into place.
Recharging the Battery
The battery that comes with your system is rechargeable. You
may need to charge the battery before using it for the first time,
and you must recharge it when it runs out of power.
If you have additional batteries, it’s a good idea to keep them
fully charged so you can replace the battery in your computer
when it runs low. This is especially useful if you are traveling
and run the computer only off the battery.
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Note
You can also purchase an optional external battery charger
so you can charge an extra battery while using another in
your computer.
To charge the battery, leave it in the computer. Then connect
the AC adapter. The computer automatically charges the
battery whenever the AC adapter is attached.
It takes approximately 1.5 hours to charge a completely
discharged battery when the computer is off or when it is in
Suspend mode. If you use the system while the battery is
recharging, it can take up to 2.5 hours.
If you find that over time the battery is losing its charge sooner,
the life of the battery may be reaching its end. Try letting the
battery discharge completely; then recharge it. If this fails,
replace it with a new battery.
Note
NiMH batteries are recyclable. When you need to discard
your battery, contact your local government agency for
recycling information.
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The computer’s charge light changes color as follows to show
the battery charging status:
Green-battery is fully charged
Orange-battery is charging norm ally
Flashing orange-the battery is not installed properly or is
damaged; remove the battery, examine it, and try
reinstalling it.
Using the Power Management Features
Your ActionNote offers a variety of automatic and manual
power management features to help you conserve battery
power. These features turn off various system
components—such as the CPU, the hard disk, and the LCD
screen-when they are not being used.
There are three power-saving modes that your computer can
enter: Idle, Standby, and Suspend. Each of the three modes
provides progressively increased power conservation and
affects the functioning of progressively more components in
your computer. You can also set individual timeouts for the
hard disk drive and video components. In addition, the LCD
backlight turns off automatically when you close the cover.
Note
You can use all of the computer’s power management
features in conjunction with the Intel® / Microsoft Advanced
Power Management (APM) interface, version 1.0 or higher.
This interface is provided with Windows and may be
provided with other software on your system. See page 3-10
for more information about how APM works along with
your computer’s power management features.
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The three power-saving modes are summarized in the
following table:
Power-saving operations
Mode
Entered when...
Description
Exited
System
Idle
CPU is not used
CPU clock speed
reduced
When CPU is
required: full system
performance
immediately
System
Standby
System is not
used for set
period of time
CPU speed further
reduced: LCD
backlight turned
off: HDD and other
components in low
power states
Any system use or
fax/modem ring: full
performance in a
few seconds
System
Suspend
System inactivity
continues for
next set period
CPU clock stops:
LCD and HDD
turned off: other
components
suspended
Fax/modem ring:
Resume button: full
performance in 15
seconds
You can enable any or all of these power-saving modes by
using a combination of automatic and manual features, as
described in the next section.
Automatic Features
Using the Power Management screen in Setup, you can set
individual system inactivity time periods, at the end of which
your computer will automatically enter the selected
power-saving mode. You can access the Power Management
screen in two ways:
When you start your computer, run Setup and press P g D n
to display the screen.
Press Fn F8 at any time.
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The Power Management screen also lets you do the following:
Disable any or all of the power-saving modes
Set individual timeout periods for the video and hard disk
drive components
Set up the computer to enter Suspend mode or save your
data automatically when your battery power is low
Enable Instant On
(See Chapter 1 for information on setting the Power
Management screen options.)
You can use these two function keys at the Power Management
screen to automatically configure your timeout periods:
F2—Selects Maximum Performance mode; maximizes
system performance in all power management states, but
allows some features to power down
F3—Selects Maximum Battery mode; minimizes battery
usage and decreases system performance in low power
states.
You may want to experiment to find the settings that work best
for you.
Manual Features
If you are not using Instant On, you can press the Suspend/
Resume button at any time to enter Suspend mode and
temporarily stop system activity when you do not need to use
your computer for short periods of time. After you press
Suspend/ Resume, it takes a moment for the computer to enter
Suspend mode. Then the Suspend indicator light comes on and
the screen goes dark.
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With a fully charged battery, the system can operate in
Suspend mode for several hours without losing data. To
resume activity, press the Suspend/ Resume button again. The
computer resumes normal operation at the point at which you
suspended it.
Note
The Power Management option is set to AC Disabled
and the Low Battery option is set to Suspend at the
factory. This protects your data by allowing the system to
enter Suspend mode automatically if you are running only
on battery power and the battery runs low. Even if you
select longer timeout periods or disable some of the features,
we recommend that you leave the Power Management
option set to either Enabled or AC Disabled, and the
Low Battery option set to Suspend or Save to HDD.
Using Instant On and Saving to Disk
The Low Battery option in Setup allows you to select either
Suspend or Save to H D D. In the Suspend mode, the
computer continues to use a very small amount of power. If
you select Suspend and leave your system suspended, the
battery will eventually run out, and your data will be lost.
If you select Save to H D D, the contents of your system and
video memory are saved to a special partition on your hard
disk drive. Even if your battery runs out, your data is
protected. Instant On works the same way, except that your
data is saved to disk after you press the Suspend button.
To resume activity after saving to disk, replace your battery (if
necessary) and press the power button. Your computer will
return you to wherever you were when your battery ran out or
you pressed Suspend.
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Your hard disk drive is partitioned at the factory so that you
can use the Instant On or Save to HDD o p t i o n s . A 2 5 M B
area of your disk is set aside for the saved data; this ensures
that there is enough space for all memory configurations.
Because this area is a non-DOS partition, it is invisible to your
DOS-based software. The amount of disk space available to you
for normal data storage is reduced.
To prepare your hard disk drive, you need to run the PHDISK
utility, located in the C:\ PM directory. Type the following
command at the DOS prompt and press Enter:
PHDISK/CREATE
If you want to reclaim some of the hard disk space, you can run
FDISK. Be sure to back up your entire hard drive before you
begin; FDISK will erase all data on the disk. You will have to
reinstall DOS from diskettes and then restore your hard drive
files. See your MS-DOS on-line help utility for more
information.
Using the APM Interface
In addition to your computer’s power management features,
your system also supports the Intel/ Microsoft Advanced
Power Management (APM) interface, version 1.0 or higher.
This interface enhances your system’s power-saving abilities by
providing increasing inactivity detection and lower CPU power
states without degrading performance.
APM is supported by MS-DOS versions 6.0 and higher, OS/ 2,
and Windows 3.1. APM is already enabled in the versions of
MS-DOS and Windows installed on your computer. MS-DOS
provides APM through the POWER.EXE utility. See your
MS-DOS on-line help utility for more information about
POWER.EXE.
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Windows provides a Power icon in the Control Panel that
allows you to select Standard, Advanced, or no power
management modes and includes a battery status gauge. Use
the Windows Power utility on-line help for more information
about these features.
Once you have enabled your computer’s power management
features and APM, the following operations are performed by
APM:
Takes over power management functions from the system
BIOS
Monitors all system activity
Detects true inactive states and power demands of the
operating system and applications
Determines when to activate the necessary power
management features
Allows MS-DOS, the computer’s BIOS, and your
application programs to share power management features
in the most efficient manner.
Note
If you disable your computer’s power management features,
APM is also disabled, even if you have configured your
software to use it.
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Chapter- 4
Installing Optional Devices
This chapter explains how to connect or install these devices:
External monitor
Serial device
External keyboard, keypad, mouse, or other PS/2 device
PC card
Hard disk drive
Expansion memory module
Higher-performance microprocessor
In tern al fax/ modem.
Connecting External Components
You can use the ports on the back of your computer to connect
an external monitor, parallel printer or scanner, serial device
such as a mouse or modem, or an external keyboard or keypad.
If you frequently connect and disconnect these components,
you may want to use the optional ActionPort Replicator.
You can attach your monitor, printer, and other external
devices to the port replicator, and then connect the port
replicator to your ActionNote. When you need to take the
ActionNote away from your desk, you can leave all of the other
parts of your system connected, so that you can quickly
reconnect them when you return.
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See the instructions that came with the port replicator for
information about connecting it and using it with your
computer.
Use the following illustration to locate the ports on the back of
your computer as you connect external components.
Follow these steps to connect external components:
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1.
Make sure both the computer and external component are
turned off.
2.
If necessary, open the port cover on the back of the computer.
3.
Connect the component to the appropriate port.
4.
If the connector has retaining screws, tighten them.
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Using an External Monitor
When you connect an external monitor, make sure you turn it
on before you turn on the computer. Your system automatically
detects the external monitor and displays your data on its
screen. You can press Fn F10 to switch your display from the
monitor to the LCD screen or to display on both screens
simultaneously. You can also change the default display mode
at start-up through the Boot Display option in Setup. See
Chapter 1 for instructions.
Your computer includes special Windows drivers and the
ChipsCPL utility that allow you to enhance the display
characteristics of your LCD and/ or external monitor. You can
also use the utility to select your display. For details, see “Using
Video Drivers and Utilities” in Chapter 2.
Using the Serial Port
You can use the serial port to connect a device such as a serial
mouse or fax/ modem. If you connect a serial mouse, you
should use the Setup program to disable the built-in trackpad,
as explained in Chapter 1.
The serial port is capable of sending and receiving data at a
variety of speeds and with many different protocols. This
means you need to configure the port to match the signals of
the serial device you connect.
As a general rule, choose the highest speed (baud rate) and the
protocol that provides the best error detection. Also, check the
documentation that came with your serial device to see if you
need to adjust any of the device settings.
Your computer’s default setting for the serial port is 3F8H
(COM1). If you want to change this setting, run Setup as
described in Chapter 1.
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Using an External Keyboard or Mouse
You can use the external keyboard/ mouse port to connect a
variety of PSI 2 compatible devices, including an external
keyboard, keypad, or mouse.
Your computer automatically detects and configures the
device you connect (as long as the computer is off before you
connect it).
Note
When you connect a pointing device to this port, the built-in
trackpad is au tom atically disabled.
Before you can use the device with your applications, you may
need to install the special software driver that came with it. See
the documentation supplied with the device for instructions.
Installing a PC Card
A PC card is a credit card-sized device that meets the PCMCIA
universal standard for adding memory, storage, and interface
capabilities to portable systems. Your computer’s built-in
PCMCIA slots support up to two Type I and Type II PC cards,
or one Type III card. The ActionNote also supports the Intel®
ExCA standard for hot insertion, which means you can insert a
PC card into the card slot with the computer turned on.
The upper slot is slot 0 and the lower slot is slot 1. If you are
using a type III PC card, you must install it in the lower slot
(slot 1).
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Follow these steps to install a PC card:
1.
Open the door covering the PC card bay on the left side of
your computer.
2.
Hold the PC card so the 68-pin connector on the edge of the
card faces the PC card slot and the card’s label faces up.
release buttons
3.
Align the card in the card guides of the appropriate slot.
Then push the card gently but firmly into the slot as far as it
will go. (Part of the card extends from the slot.) When you
feel resistance, stop pushing; do not force it into the slot.
When you have fully inserted the card, the release
button on the side of the slot pops out slightly. The button
on the left is for the upper slot; the one on the right is for
the lower slot.
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Caution
Do not change the setting of a PC memory card’s
write-protect switch while the card is installed in the
computer or you may damage the card. First eject the card,
then change the switch setting and reinsert it.
When you want to remove the PC card, check the PC card
indicator light to verify that the computer is not accessing the
card. If you are using a LAN card, you may also want to log
out. Then press the appropriate release button to eject the card
and store it properly in the case that came with it.
See Chapter 2 for instructions on configuring your PC card(s).
Removing and Replacing the Hard Disk
If you want to install a higher capacity hard disk drive in your
ActionNote or remove the existing drive for service, you can
follow the instructions below. You should not need any tools.
Your ActionNote supports hard disk drives that have a 2.5-inch
form factor and a standard IDE interface, with a maximum
height of 19 mm.
Caution
Before you replace your hard disk drive, be sure to make
backup copies of all your files and programs. Use the
MWBACKUP utility in the Windows Applications group or
the MS-DOS BACKUP command. Refer to the Windows
Help utility for instructions on using MWBACKUP; use the
MS-DOS help utility for instructions on using BACKUP.
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Follow these steps to remove and replace the drive:
1.
Turn off the computer and disconnect any external devices
or cables.
2.
Close the LCD screen and turn the computer over.
3.
Press the latch away from hard disk drive cover and slide
the cover back slightly. Then lift the cover off, as shown
below.
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4.
Pull up on the two metal tabs to disconnect the drive, and
remove it from the case.
5.
Grasp the connector card by the edges and pull it away from
the drive, as shown below. Set the drive aside.
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6.
To install a new drive, you first need to attach the connector
card. Align the holes in the card with the group of 44 pins
on the right side of the drive connector. The metal tabs on
the card should be facing up. Make sure the connector does
not cover the group of four pins on the left side of the drive
connector.
7.
When you are sure the holes and pins are properly aligned,
carefully push the card straight onto the pins, pressing
firmly on the card until it is fully seated.
Caution
The hard disk drive compartment on your ActionNote
can accommodate 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 spacer. If you are going to install a
19 mm drive, remove the spacer from the compartment
before you perform step 8.
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8.
4-10
Insert the drive and card into the drive compartment,
aligning the connector on the card with the pins in the
compartment. Press down on the metal tabs until the drive
is fully seated.
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9.
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
10. Run Setup as described in Chapter 1 to make sure the
computer recognizes your new drive.
If you want to use the Instant On or Low Battery Save to HDD
features, you need to run FDISK and leave sufficient space on
the disk unpartitioned. The amount of space should be equal to
your system memory plus 2MB. For example, if you have 4MB
of RAM, you should leave 6MB unpartitioned. Then run the
PHDISK utility to configure the storage space on the drive. See
“Using Instant On and Saving to Disk” in Chapter 3 for more
information.
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Installing Internal Components
You can easily upgrade your computer by installing the
following internal components:
Memory module
Higher-performance microprocessor
Fax/ modem.
You must first remove the computer’s keyboard, as described
in the following section.
Caution
Be sure to ground yourself when you install internal
components. If you are not properly grounded, you could
generate an electric shock that could damage one of the
computer’s components when you touch it.
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Removing the Keyboard
Follow these steps to remove the keyboard :
1.
Turn off the computer, remove the battery, and disconnect
the AC adapter.
2.
Disconnect any peripheral devices
3.
Remove the plastic caps on both sides of the case below the
screen. Use a small screwdriver to release each cap and
then slide it off, as shown.
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4.
5.
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Use a small screwdriver to gently loosen the plastic strip
above the keyboard.
Lift up the strip and remove it from the case.
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6.
Gently lift the keyboard from the top edge, remove it from
the case, and place it on a flat surface in front of the
computer. Be careful not to pull on the keyboard cables.
Replacing the Keyboard
When you are ready to replace the keyboard, refer to the
illustrations above and on page 4-14 as you follow these steps:
1.
Carefully lift up the keyboard and position it over the case.
2.
Insert the bottom edge of the keyboard into the case
3.
Gently press down on the upper edge of the keyboard until
it is securely in place. Make sure the flat cables are not
caught under the edge of the keyboard.
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4.
Position the plastic strip above the keyboard and snap it into
place. The strip fits tightly, but it should not obstruct the
function keys.
5.
Slide the plastic caps over the screws on each side of the case
below the screen and snap them into position. Make sure
you use the correct cap for the left or right side; they will
not slide into place on the wrong side.
After you have replaced the keyboard, check that the function
keys operate smoothly. If any of the keys tend to stick, repeat
the keyboard replacement procedure.
Installing a Memory Module
Your computer comes with 4MB of memory soldered on the
system board. If it has more than 4MB memory, it already has a
memory module installed. You can check the amount of
memory installed by running the Setup program. See “Running
the Setup Program” in Chapter 1 for instructions.
You can increase your computer’s memory up to 24MB by
installing a 4, 8, 16, or 20MB memory module.
Caution
The memory module can be easily damaged and is
expensive to replace; so if you don’t feel confident about
installing it yourself, ask your Authorized EPSON Servicer
for assistance.
If your computer already has a memory module installed on
the board, and you want to replace it with a higher-capacity
module, you need to remove the original memory module.
Follow these steps:
1.
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Remove the keyboard as described on pages 4-13 to 4-15.
Installing Optional Devices
2.
Press one of the plastic retaining clips toward the side of the
socket and lift up on the edge of the memory module until
it is released. (See the illustration below.)
3.
Grasp the module firmly and pull it out of the socket. You
are now ready to install the new memory module.
Follow these steps to install the new memory module:
1.
Holding the memory module with the notch on the upper
right corner, align it with the connector at the edge of the
socket.
2.
Insert the memory module into the socket at an angle as
shown, pressing along the edge until it clicks into place.
3.
Press down on the module until it snaps into the plastic
retaining clips on the sides.
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4.
If you are finished installing internal components, replace
the keyboard as described on pages 4-15 to 4-16.
5.
Run the Setup program, as described in Chapter 1, to make
sure your computer recognizes the new memory
configuration. (As soon as you turn on the computer, it will
prompt you to run Setup because of the memory size
mismatch.) If you later remove or change the memory
module, be sure to run the Setup program again.
Upgrading the Microprocessor
You can upgrade your computer by installing a higherperformance microprocessor. The PGA (pin grid array) socket
on the computer’s main board can accept both a processor on a
daughterboard and a processor installed directly in the socket.
A processor on a daughterboard may include 256KB of external
cache; all supported processors include 8KB of internal cache.
Contact your nearest computer dealer for information on
obtaining a new microprocessor.
Before you purchase a new microprocessor, call the EPSON
Connection or your Authorized EPSON Servicer to make sure
the processor can be used in your ActionNote. The following
table lists the speed and voltage of some of the microprocessors
you can install. If your processor is not on the list, see the
documentation that came with the processor for information
about its voltage and operating speed.
Microprocessor upgrades
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Microprocessor
Supply Voltage
(V)
Internal
External
frequency (MHz) frequency (MHz)
Intel DX4/75
3.3
75
25
Intel DX4/100
3.3
100
33
Cx486DX2-V80
4.0
80
40
Installing Optional Devices
Caution
Removing the existing microprocessor requires the use of a
chip puller. The microprocessor can be easily damaged and
is expensive to replace; so if you don’t feel confident about
installing it yourself, ask your Authorized EPSON Servicer
for assistance.
Depending on the type of microprocessor you are installing,
you may need to adjust one of the processor switches. If you
need to set the CPU type switch, you must do so before you
install the processor chip. See “Setting the Processor Speed,
CPU Type, and Voltage Switches” for more information.
Replacing the Processor
Follow these steps to replace the processor chip :
1.
Remove the keyboard as described on pages 4-13 to 4-15.
2.
Refer to the illustration below to locate the microprocessor in
the center of the system board.
microprocessor
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Caution
Make sure you ground yourself before you touch the
processor chip. Then remain as stationary as possible
while you install it. Do not touch the pins on the
processor chip. Handle the microprocessor only by the
edges of its case.
3.
Position the chip puller between the processor chip and the
socket.
4.
Gently pull the processor chip straight up and set it aside.
5.
Remove the new chip from its package and inspect the pins.
If they are bent, do not install the chip. Contact your
vendor for a new microprocessor.
6.
Position the processor chip over the socket, aligning the
notched or marked corner of the chip with the pin 1 hole on
the socket.
pin 1
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Installing Optional Devices
Caution
Note that two holes in the socket are labeled “pin l." If
you are installing a processor chip directly in the socket,
insert pin 1 in the second row of holes from the right.
You will see an empty row of holes in the socket to the
right of the chip. If you are installing a processor on a
daughterboard, insert pin 1 in the outer row of holes.
7.
When you are sure the microprocessor is positioned
correctly, gently push it straight into the socket, pressing
evenly on all sides.
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Setting the Processor Speed, CPU Type, and Voltage
Switches
Check the table on page 4-18 or refer to the processor’s
documentation to determine the external frequency (speed)
and supply voltage of the processor you installed. If necessary,
follow these steps to adjust the processor speed, CPU type, and
voltage switches for the new microprocessor.
1.
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Use the illustration below to locate the switches
Installing Optional Devices
2.
To set the processor speed switch, use the tip of a small
screwdriver or other tool to move the switch to the
appropriate position.
25
3.
40
If necessary, use the tip of a small screwdriver or other tool
to set the CPU type switches, located in the processor
socket.
Intel QFP/PGA
4.
33
Cyrix PGA
Cyrix QFP
If necessary, use the tip of a small screwdriver or other tool
to set the voltage switch, located on the underside of the
power converter board.
4.0
3.6
3.3
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4-23
5.
If you are finished installing internal components, replace
the keyboard as described on pages 4-15 to 4-16.
6.
Run the Setup program, as described in Chapter 1, to update
your computer’s configuration with the new
microprocessor.
Installing the Fax/Modem
If your computer did not come with the internal fax/ modem,
you can install it yourself. See the Introduction for information
about obtaining optional accessories for your ActionNote
computer.
Follow these steps to install the fax/ modem:
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1.
Remove the keyboard as described on pages 4-13 to 4-15
2.
Refer to the illustration on page 4-25 to locate the fax/ modem
connector next to the power converter on the system board.
3.
Remove the plastic insert covering the fax/ modem port
opening on the left side of the computer, next to the PC
card slots. Insert the tip of a screwdriver through the slot in
the plastic cover and carefully pry the cover off. You may
need to use gently increasing presure to break the cover
away from the case and push it out.
Installing Optional Devices
4.
Insert the phone jack end of the fax/ modem card through
the port opening and align the connector on the card with
the connector on the system board, as shown:
fax/modem
connectors
5.
Make sure the pins in the fax/ modem connector are directly
over the holes in the connector on the system board. Then
gently push the card straight into the connector.
6.
If you are finished installing internal components, replace
the keyboard as described on pages 4-15 to 4-16.
7.
Run the Setup program, as described in Chapter 1, to make
sure the port address is set correctly for the fax/ modem.
The default setting is COM2.
Installing Optional Devices
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Connecting a Phone Line
You can connect your telephone line directly to the fax/ modem
in your ActionNote with a standard RJ-11 telephone cable.
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. Then insert the cable into the phone jack. (Connect
the other end of the cable to the modular jack outlet for your
phone line, if necessary.)
Once you connect the phone line, you’ll need to install the
software that came with your fax/ modem. See your software
manuals for instructions on installing these programs and
using them with your system.
Note
Your fax/ modem also has an internal modem command set
that you may need to use in certain situations to control data
transmission. See Appendix B for a summary of the modem
commmand set.
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Installing Optional Devices
Chapter- 5
Troubleshooting
You probably won’t encounter any difficulties as you set up
and use your ActionNote. If anything out of the ordinary
happens, however, refer to this chapter for help. The following
issues are covered:
Identifying your system
Error messages
Computer won’t start
Battery or AC adapter problems
LCD or external monitor problems
Computer locks up
Password problems
Trackpad or external pointing device problems
Diskette or diskette drive problems
Hard disk problems
Software problems
Printer problems
Memory module problems
Fax/ modem problems
PC card problems
Troubleshooting
5-1
If the suggestions here do not solve the problem, perform the
steps below to identify your system and make a note of any
error messages your computer displays. Then contact your
Authorized EPSON Servicer or call the EPSON Connection at
(800) 922-8911 (in the U.S.) or (800) GO-EPSON (in Canada).
ldentifying Your System
When you request technical assistance, be ready to provide the
serial number of your computer, its system BIOS version
number, its configuration (including the types of disk drives
and options), and the names and version numbers of any
software programs you are using.
Use these guidelines to gather information about your system:
5-2
Serial number
Look on the underside of the
computer to find the serial number.
System BIOS
version
Restart your system. The computer
displays the system BIOS version
number as it performs power-on
diagnostics.
System
configuration
Press F8 during start-up; write down
the BIOS version number and the
configuration settings shown on the
Setup screens.
Windows version
When your computer has loaded
Windows, select Help from the menu
bar. Then select About Program
Manager to see the version number.
Troubleshooting
Software versions
In Windows applications, select
About from the Help menu, or read
the version number from the banner
screen displayed when the program
starts, or check your software manual.
MS-DOS version
In Windows, select the MS-DOS
Prompt icon. When the MS-DOS
prompt appears, type V ER and press
Enter to display the MS-DOS version
number.
CONFIG.SYS
In Windows, use the Sysedit utility in
the Applications group to see a list of
the system configuration commands
in the file. At the MS-DOS prompt,
type TYPE C:\CONFIG.SYS and
press Enter.
AUTOEXEC.BAT
In Windows, use the Sysedit utility in
the Applications group to see a list of
the system startup commands in the
file. At the MS-DOS prompt, type
TYPE C: \A U T O E X E C . BAT and press
Enter.
SYSTEM.INI and
WIN.INI
Use the Sysedit utility in the
Applications group to see the
Windows initialization commands in
these files.
Troubleshooting 5-3
Note
Your hard disk drive includes a C:\ BACKUP directory
containing important system configuration files. If you need
to restore the original versions of these files, use DOS or the
Windows File Manager to copy them from the BACKUP
directory. Copy CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT to C:\
Copy *.INI to C:\WINDOWS.
Error Messages
Your computer’s built-in memory (ROM) contains a series of
diagnostic programs, called power-on diagnostics, which your
computer runs automatically every time you turn it on. These
programs check internal devices such as ROM, RAM, the timer,
the keyboard controller, and the hard disk drive.
When the diagnostics test RAM, you can see the total amount
of memory currently installed in your system.
If the computer finds an error, it displays an error message on
the screen. Write down the message and give it to the person
who is helping you when you report the problem.
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 or the EPSON Connection to
report the problem.
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Troubleshooting
The Computer Won't Start
If your computer does not start when you press the power
button, try the following:
1.
Check the Power light. If the light is not on, go to step 3. If it
is on, check the Suspend light. If the light is on, press any
key. If it is flashing, press the Suspend/ Resume key.
2.
Check the Charge light. If it is flashing orange, the battery
may be damaged or incorrectly installed.
3.
Press the power button to turn off the computer. If you are
using the battery, remove it and reinstall it. If you are using
the AC adapter, disconnect it and then reconnect it. Then
turn the power on again.
4.
If the computer still does not start, the problem is probably
caused by the power source; see “Battery Problems” or
“AC Adapter Problems,” below.
Battery Problems
If you have trouble running the computer from a battery,
follow the steps in this section to find the problem. (Be sure to
read Chapter 3 for information on powering your system.)
1.
The battery power may be very low. If you have
battery that is fully charged, use it to replace the
computer. If the computer then works properly,
to recharge the other battery. See Chapter 3 for
a second
one in the
you need
instructions.
2.
If you replace the battery and the computer does not work
properly, the new battery may also not be fully charged.
Recharge this battery until it reaches its maximum capacity.
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5-5
3.
If the charge light is flashing orange, the battery may not be
installed properly. Try removing and reinstalling it
according to the instructions in Chapter 3.
4.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer and plug the
adapter into an electrical outlet. Turn on the computer and
see if it works using the AC adapter.
5.
If the computer does not work with the AC adapter, see
“AC Adapter Problems.”
If the computer works using the AC adapter, the problem
may be that you have not used the battery in a long time
(three months or more), and you may need to recharge it.
If the charge light is orange, the battery is charging.
See Chapter 3 for more information about charging the
battery.
6.
If you find that over time the battery is losing its charge in
less and less time, it may be reaching the end of its life. You
may need to replace it with a new battery.
Note
NiMH batteries are recyclable. When you need to discard
your battery, contract your local government agency for
recycling information.
5-6
Troubleshooting
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 supplying
power to the computer and charging the battery.
If it is not on, follow these steps to find the problem:
1.
Disconnect the AC adapter and then reconnect it
2.
Make sure the AC adapter is securely connected to the
computer and the electrical outlet.
3.
If the connections are secure, check the electrical outlet to
make sure it is supplying power. (For example, plug a lamp
into the socket and turn it on.) If the outlet is working and
the connections are secure, there may be something wrong
with your AC adapter.
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. See Chapter 2 for instructions.
2.
You may have switched your display to external monitor
mode. Press Fn F10 until you see the display on your LCD
screen. Make sure the default display selected in Setup and
the setting in the Windows ChipsCPL utility are correct for
your system. See Chapters 1 and 2 for more information.
3.
The computer may be in suspend mode; press any key or
the Suspend/ Resume button to resume. Press the Power
button to resume if you are using Instant On. See Chapter 3
for more information.
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5-7
4.
You may have set a timeout period for the LCD screen in
Setup or with the Windows ChipsCPL utility. This turns off
the screen automatically after a specified period of time has
elapsed with no system activity. Press any key to restore
the display. (See Chapters 1 and 3 for information about the
power management options, and Chapter 2 for information
on the ChipsCPL utility.)
The External Monitor Screen Is Blank
If you are using an external monitor and no image appears on
its screen, follow these steps to solve the problem :
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1.
Make sure the monitor and then the computer are turned on.
2.
Adjust the brightness and contrast of the monitor screen
using the controls on the monitor.
3.
Check that the monitor’s power cable is securely connected
to the monitor and to an electrical outlet. Be sure the
monitor cable is properly connected to both the monitor
and the computer. If you need to adjust the connection,
turn the computer off, adjust the cables, and then turn on
the computer again.
4.
Make sure the monitor is set for the correct input. Some
monitors can accept input from two sources. See your
monitor manual for more information.
5.
You may have switched your display to LCD mode. Press
Fn F10 until you see the display on your external monitor.
Make sure the default display selected in Setup and the
setting in the Windows ChipsCPL utility are correct for
your system. See Chapters 1 and 2 for more information.
Troubleshooting
6.
If the monitor still does not work, turn off both the computer
and the monitor. Then check the electrical outlet for power.
Plug a lamp into the outlet and turn it on to see if the outlet
supplies power.
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 or the EPSON Connection.
The Computer Locks Up
If the computer locks up, try the following:
1.
Some operations take longer than others to perform. For
example, a spreadsheet program takes a long time to
recalculate a spreadsheet and many program calculations
can take several minutes to complete. Wait a few minutes
to see if the computer returns to normal operations.
2.
The computer may be in standby or suspend mode. Press
any key, or press the Suspend/ Resume button to resume
activity.
3.
You may be able to resume activity by cancelling the current
operation. If you are executing an MS-DOS command, try
pressing Ctrl C or Ctrl Break. In Windows, press Ctrl Alt Del
to reset the system.
4.
Try pressing the Num Lock key. If the Num Lock light does
not come on, the computer is probably locked up.
5.
If the computer remains locked up after you’ve tried the
solutions listed above, reset it by pressing Ctrl Alt Del.
6.
If resetting does not work, you need to turn off the computer,
wait five seconds, and turn it back on.
Troubleshooting
5-9
Password Problems
If you set a password and you have trouble using it, try the
following:
1.
If you type the password and then see the password prompt
again, type the password again and press Enter. If you type
it incorrectly three times, you must turn off the computer,
wait 5 seconds, and try again.
2.
If you know the current password but you want to change or
delete it, see Chapter 1 for instructions.
3.
If you have forgotten your password, call the EPSON
Connection for assistance.
Trackpad Problems
If your trackpad does not seem to be working properly, check
the following:
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1.
Make sure the trackpad is enabled in Setup. See Chapter 1
for instructions.
2.
Make sure the trackpad drivers are loaded. See Chapter 2 for
more information.
3.
If you still have trouble with the trackpad, contact your
Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection for
assistance.
Troubleshooting
External Pointing Device Problems
If your external keyboard, mouse, or other PS/ 2 compatible
pointing device does not work properly, try these solutions:
1.
Did you install any necessary drivers and load them into
your computer’s memory? See the documentation that
came with your device for instructions.
2.
Your computer’s built-in trackpad is automatically disabled
when a device is connected to the external keyboard/
mouse port. If you connect a pointing device to the serial
port, you must disable the built-in trackpad through Setup.
See Chapter 1 for instructions.
3.
Is the external device connected properly? Make sure you
connected it to the external keyboard/ mouse port before
you turned on the computer, as described in Chapter 4.
4.
If the device is connected to the computer’s serial port, make
sure the device and the Serial port option in Setup are
set to use the same memory address or COM port. See
Chapter 1 for more information.
5.
If you still have trouble with an external device, check the
manual that came with it or contact the manufacturer.
Troubleshooting
5-11
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 and make sure it is inserted with the label facing
up.
2.
Are you using the right type of diskette for your drive? The
3.5-inch drive in your computer can read either 720KB or
1.44MB diskettes.
3.
Is the diskette write-protected? If the write-protect switch is
set, first make sure the diskette does not contain files you
do not want to change or lose. Then move the switch to
remove the write protection. Ordinarily, it’s a good idea to
leave program diskettes write-protected, but some
programs don’t work properly using write-protected
diskettes.
4.
Is the diskette formatted? A new diskette must be formatted
before you can store data on it. See your MS-DOS on-line
help utility or your on-line Windows manual for
instructions.
5.
Is the diskette damaged? If you have a backup copy of the
diskette, use it to repeat the operation that caused the
problem. If it works using the copy, the original diskette is
probably damaged. Discard the original and use the copy.
If you need to save the files on the original diskette, try
copying one file at a time.
6.
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Try formatting a blank diskette to determine if the diskette
drive is operating properly. If you cannot format a diskette,
see the next section.
Troubleshooting
Diskette Drive Problems
If you are having problems with the diskette drive, check the
following:
1.
If the drive does not seem to be working as it should, try
performing a similar operation with a diskette in another
computer’s drive, if you have access to one.
2.
If the drive is making loud or unusual noises, stop the
current operation immediately and contact your
Authorized EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection.
Hard Disk Problems
If you have problems with your hard disk drive, check the
following:
1.
Check the Hard Disk Drive indicator light. If you enter
commands that access the hard disk, the light should come
on. If the light is blinking continually, there may be a
problem with the hard disk. Contact your Authorized
EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection if this occurs.
2.
If you have set a timeout for the hard disk on the Power
Management screen in Setup and the drive powered down,
the hard disk may still be coming back up to speed. Your
drive needs about 15 seconds to resume speed when you
access it again.
3.
Make sure the Hard Disk 1 option is set correctly in Setup
If your hard disk drive is not automatically detected, select
User and enter the appropriate hard disk drive parameters
yourself. See Chapter 1 for instructions.
4.
If you replaced or upgraded the hard disk drive, make sure
it is installed correctly. See Chapter 4.
Troubleshooting
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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.
2.
If the program is running, see if it includes on-line help to
assist you in diagnosing the problem.
3.
Your computer can run at either high speed or low speed.
While almost all programs work properly at high speed,
some must run at the slower speed. Check your software
manual to see if this is the case, and change the CPU Speed
setting in Setup if necessary. See Chapter 1 for instructions.
4.
If you have entered an MS-DOS command that you want to
stop, press Ctrl C or Ctrl Break. If you are using Windows,
press Ctrl Alt Del to reset the system.
5.
An application program can occasionally lock up the
computer, making it unresponsive to the keyboard. If your
computer does not respond when you press the Num Lock
key, turn off your system, wait five seconds, and then turn
it back on and restart your application program.
6.
If none of these solutions solve your software problem,
contact the software manufacturer for technical support.
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Printer Problems
You can solve most printer problems by following the
instructions in your printer manual. 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 for serial operation settings. Check the settings in
your software to make sure the correct port is selected.
Memory Module Problems
If you have trouble with memory you have added to your
system, check the following:
1.
Make sure the power-on diagnostic memory count and the
Setup program are displaying the correct amount of
memory. See Chapter 1 for more information.
2.
Did you insert the memory module correctly? See “Installing
a Memory Module” in Chapter 4.
3.
Have you defined the memory properly in your
CONFIG.SYS file? See your MS-DOS on-line help utility for
more information.
Troubleshooting
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Fax/Modem Problems
If you are having trouble using your fax or modem software,
see their respective software manuals for information.
Also check the memory address (COM port)
Fax/Modem option in Setup. It should match
your fax and modem software programs. In
sure you are using the correct baud rate for
you are attempting.
setting in the
the setting in
addition, make
the transmission
If you are using a PC card fax/ modem, see Chapter 2 for
configuration instructions.
PC Card Problems
If you are having trouble with a PC card inserted in your PC
card slot, check the following:
1.
Did you insert the card properly? Press the release button to
remove the card; then try inserting it again. See Chapter 4
for installation instructions.
2.
Have you loaded the right PCMCIA drivers and utilities?
Your computer is set up to work with most PCMCIA cards,
but some cards require that you install special drivers or
software. For example, a LAN card may require you to
install a socket services enabler—either as a device driver
or command that is executed when you load the network.
See the documentation that came with the card for details.
The ActionNote comes with PCMCIA drivers and utilities
(for MS-DOS and Windows) that you can use with your
card. For details, see Chapter 2.
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Troubleshooting
3.
If you inserted a RAM or hard disk card, did you format it?
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 the card for instructions.
4.
Is your PC card compatible with the ActionNote? The PC
card slots on your computer support PCMCIA version 2.1
or earlier and accept up to two Type I or II cards, or one
Type III card. If you aren’t sure your card is compatible, call
the EPSON Connection or your Authorized EPSON
Servicer to ask about tested cards.
5.
Did you run the MS-DOS MEMMAKER utility or load a
memory manager (such as MS-DOS EMM386.EXE)? If so,
you must ensure that these programs do not interfere with
the memory addresses and other settings used by your
PCMCIA drivers by editing your CONFIG.SYS file.
Your system comes with EMM386.EXE loaded from the
CONFIG.SYS file. This memory manager already excludes
the PCMCIA driver memory range D000h to DFFFh. If you
ran a non-MS-DOS memory manager program, see your
memory manager documentation for instructions on
excluding the address range D000h-DFFFh. If you ran the
MS-DOS MEMMAKER program, it may have modified the
command line for EMM386.EXE in the CONFIG.SYS file so
that it no longer excludes the memory range D000h to
DFFFh.
To edit the EMM386.EXE command line, use the Windows
Sysedit utility in the Applications group. Then change the
EMM386.EXE command line to read as follows:
DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE RAM X=D000-DFFF
You should also use Sysedit to make sure the
SMARTDRV.EXE command line in your AUTOEXEC.BAT
file contains the / X switch.
Troubleshooting
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Be sure to save your changes to both files and then reboot
your system for the changes to take effect.
Note
You can also rename your modified CONFIG.SYS,
AUTOEXEC.BAT, and/ or Windows.INI files and then
copy backup versions of your original files from the
C:\ BACKUP directory. Copy the CONFIG.SYS and
AUTOEXEC.BAT files to C:\, and copy the Windows
.INI files to the C:\ WINDOWS directory.
6.
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If none of these solutions solve your problem, contact the
card manufacturer or call your Authorized EPSON Servicer
or the EPSON Connection for assistance.
Troubleshooting
Appendix A
Specifications
CPU and Memory
CPU
Upgradable 486 microprocessor installed
in a PGA socket; includes 8KB of internal
cache in write-back mode and integrated
math coprocessor
System speed
Fast speed and slow speed (8 MHz)
available; speed selection through Setup
Memory
4MB RAM soldered on the system board;
configuration may include additional
memory module; expandable up to 24MB
using a 4, 8, 16, or 20MB memory
expansion module
ROM
128KB Flash ROM device containing the
system and video BIOS and Setup
program code
video RAM
512KB DRAM supports resolutions up to
640 x 480 in 256 colors on the color LCD
and up to 1024 x 768 in 16 colors or
800 x 600 in 256 colors on external monitor
Cache
8KB internal; supports 256KB of external
cache on a CPU daughterboard; selectable
through Setup
Clock/
calendar
Real-time clock, calendar, and CMOS
RAM; backed up by internal battery
Specifications A-1
Controllers
Video
Chips and Technology® 65535 video
controller; 32-bit local bus interface to the
microprocessor; supports enhanced video
modes on an external monitor; supports
resolutions from 640 x 480 in 256 colors on
the color LCD and up to 1024 x 768 in 16
colors on an external monitor; automatic
external monitor detection; simultaneous
display with LCD screen using Fn F10
command or software
Diskette drive
Built-in super I/O controller for one
internal 3.5-inch diskette drive; supports
720KB and 1.44MB formats
Hard disk
Built-in super I/O controller has interface
to one 2.5-inch, IDE internal hard disk
drive; automatically recognizes and
configures drives up to 19 mm high that
support the IDE interface
PCMCIA
Built-in Vadem ® VG-468 controller for two
stacked slots; supports two Type I or II
cards, or one Type III; PCMCIA version
2.01 and JEIDA 4.1 compatible; supports
low power and suspend modes; supports
hot insertion (including ExCA standards);
register compatible with Intel 82365SL
A-2 Specifications
Interfaces
External VGA
Auto-sensing, 15-pin, D-sub, female
connector for analog monitor
Parallel
Centronics ® compatible; 25-pin, D-sub,
fern ale connector; standard S-bit parallel;
supports standard (AT compatible) and
bidirectional (PS/2 compatible) modes
Serial
RS-232C, programmable, asynchronous,
9-pin, D-sub male connector
External
keyboard/
mouse
Auto-sensing, 6-pin, mini-DIN connector
for a PSI 2-type external keyboard,
keypad, or pointing device
Phone jack
Standard RI-11 connector with optional
internal fax/ modem installed
Speaker
Internal; automatically disabled when
optional audio card is installed and
Line-out is used
Audio input
and output
Connectors for microphone, Line-in, and
Line-out when optional audio card is
installed
Port replicator
Connector for ActionPort Replicator
Keyboard
Trackpad
85 keys; 101-key keyboard compatible;
embedded numeric keypad; Fn key for hot
key commands
Built-in pointing device with two buttons
Specifications
A-3
Fax/Modem
Optional internal 14.4 baud send/ receive
fax/ modem
Volume Control
Knob adjusts sound of internal speaker or
audio card (if installed)
Mass Storage
Hard disk drive
One removable internal IDE hard disk
drive, 2.5-inch form factor; maximum
height 19 mm; Setup automatically
recognizes and configures drives that
support IDE interface
Diskette drive
Internal 3.5-inch diskette drive; 720KB or
1.44MB format; supports lower power
consumption
LCD Screen
Screen type
(all backlit)
Monochrome
Passive color
Active color
Resolutions
and colors
640 x 480,64
gray shades
640 x 480
256 colors
640 x 480
256 colors
Diagonal
measurement
9.4 inches
10.3 inches
10.4 inches
Setup Program
A-4 Specifications
Stored in ROM; accessible by pressing F8
at system startup; includes power
management utilities
Software
See the Software Support icon in the
About EPSON on-line group for the latest
information about the software included
with your system and installed on the
hard disk drive
Power Sources
Battery
Rechargeable 12 Volt NiMH battery;
current regulation by thermistor
AC adapters
Lightweight
AC adapter
(A882051)
International
AC adapter
(A882101)
AC connection
2 folding
connectors
6 ft (2 meter)
cable
DC cable
6 ft (2 meters)
6 ft (2 meters)
Input voltage
100 VAC to 240
VAC
100 VAC to 240
VAC
Input frequency
50/60 Hz
50/60 Hz
Output voltage
19 VDC, 1.23
Amp maximum
19 VDC, 1.5
Amp maximum
Length
3.4" (86 mm)
3.4" (86 mm)
Width
2.2" (56 mm)
2.2" (56 mm)
Height
1.1" (28 mm)
1.1" (28 mm)
Weight
7.8 oz (220 g)
9 oz (255 g)
Specification
Size
Specifications A-5
Caution
Use only the adapters and replacement batteries designed
for use with the ActionNote 800 series (lightweight AC
adapter model number A882051, international AC adapter
model number A882101, auto adapter model number
A882241, and battery A882291).
Environmental Requirements
Condition
Operating
Non-operating
Temperature
42° to 95° F
(5° to 35° C)
-4° to 140° F
(-20° to 60° C)
Humidity
(non-condensing)
30% to 90%
5% to 95%
Altitude
-200 to 12,000 ft
(-67 to 4,000 m)
-200 to 30,000 ft
(67 to 9,000 m)
Acoustical noise
35 dB @ 1 meter
(maximum)
Caution
When traveling by airplane, take the computer into the
passenger compartment as carry-on luggage to prevent it
from being stored in an unpressurized storage compartment.
Physical Dimensions
Model
Depth
Width
Height
Weight
inches
mm
inches
mm
inches
mm
lb
kg
Monochrome
8.8
220
11.7
292
1.6
40
5.5
2.5
Color
8.8
220
11.7
292
1.7
43
6
2.7
A-6 Specifications
Optional Equipment
4MB, 8MB, 16MB, or 20MB memory expansion module
Higher-performance microprocessor
Hard disk drive upgrades in various capacities
14.4 internal fax/ modem
16-bit stereo audio card
Additional NiMH batteries
Extra AC adapter or international AC adapter
Adapter for an automobile cigarette lighter
External battery charger
External keyboard
Numeric keypad
PCMCIA Type I, II, and III cards including flash RAM,
SRAM, modem, fax/ modem, and LAN cards
ActionPort Replicator.
Specifications A-7
A-8 Specifications
Appendix B
Fax/Modem Command Set
This appendix summarizes the built-in set of commands for the
ActionNote fax/ modem. These commands are compatible with
the Hayes ® S m a r t m o d e m ® series.
The fax/ modem comes with software that you can use to
manage your data and fax communications most of the time.
You may not need the commands listed in this appendix unless
the software program instructs you to use them in certain
situations.
The following table lists the specifications for your fax/ modem.
Fax/modem specifications
Characteristic
FaX
Modem
Compatibility
Group 3, CCITT G3
V.2.1, V.27ter, V.29
(send only)
Bell 103, 212A, CCITT
V.22, V.22 bis
Speeds
14.4K, 9600, 7200, 4800,
2400, 300 baud
14.4K, 9600, 2400, 1200,
300 baud
Command set
Class 1
Enhanced AT
Data correction
MNP 2 to 4, V.42
Data compression
MNP 5 V.42 bis
Dialing type
Touchtone or pulse
Fax/Modem Command Set B-1
AT Commands
B-2
Command
Description
+++
Escape code
A/
Repeat last command string
AT
Attention
A
Answer immediate (incoming call)
B0
CCITT V.22 protocol at 1200 bps
B1
Bell 103/212A protocol at 1200 bps
Cl
Carrier control option
D
Dial; originates a call
E0
Echo off (command mode)
El
Echo on (command mode)
HO
On hook; hang up immediately
H1
Off hook; ready to dial
I0
Returns modem’s product ID code
I1
Returns modem’s ROM checksum
I2
Tests modem’s internal memory
L3
Speaker volume high
MO
Speaker always off
Ml
Speaker on until carrier is detected
M2
Speaker always on
M3
Speaker on after last digit dialed; off when carrier is detected
O0
Return on-line
O1
Return on-line and initiate equalizer retrain (2400 bps)
Q0
Result codes on
Q1
Result codes off
Sr
Sets pointer to register
r
Sr?
Reads value stored in
r
Sr=n
Sets register r to
n
V0
Returns result codes as numbers
V1
Returns result codes as words
X0
Enable basic result codes (O-4)
Xl
Enable extended result codes (O-5, 10)
x2
Enable extended result codes (O-6, 10)
Fax/Modem Command Set
AT commands (continued)
Command
Description
x3
Enable extended result codes (O-5, 7, 10)
x4
Enable all result codes
Y0
Disable long space disconnect
Y1
Enable long space disconnect
Z0
Software reset; recalls user configuration 0
Z1
Software reset: recalls user configuration 1
&C0
DCD signal always on
&C1
DCD signal on when carrier present
&DO
lgnore DTR signal
&D1
Returns to command mode when an on-to-off DTR transition
occurs
&D2
Hangs up and returns to command mode when an on-to-off
DTR transition occurs
&D3
Resets when an on-to-off DTR transition occurs
&F
Loads factory configuration settings
&GO
No guard tone in CCITT mode
&G1
550 Hz guard tone in CClTT mode
&G2
1800 Hz guard tone in CClTT mode
&Jn
Auxiliary relay control
&L0
Dial up line
&MO
Asynchronous communications mode
&P0
Pulse dial make/break ratio = 39%/61% (U.S.)
&P1
Pulse dial make/break ratio = 33%/67% (U.K.)
&Q0
Asynchronous communications mode
&Sn
Data set ready option
&Tn
Test command selection
&Q6
Normal mode
&Y0
Recall user profile 0 at power up
&Y1
Recall user profile 1 at power up
Ln
Transmit level attenuation
%Dn
DTMF level attenuation
%V
Load
&V
Display configuration values and dialog settings
&W0
Save storable parameters as user configuration 0
secondary
defaults
Fax/Modem Command Set B-3
AT commands (continued)
Command
Description
&W1
Save storable parameters as user configuration 1
&Y0
Load user configuration o on power up
&Y1
Load user configuration 1 on power up
&Zn=x
Store phone number x in location n (n=0-3)
Dial Modifiers
Description
Modifier
!
Hookflash (0.5 seconds1
'
Pause (2 seconds)
;
Return to command state after dialing
@
Wait for 5 seconds if silent answer
P
Pulse dialing
R
Reverse to answer mode
S
T
Dial stored number
Touchtone dialing
Wait 30 seconds for second dial tone
W
AT S Registers
Command
Description
Range
Unit
S0
S1
Auto-answer ring number
O-255
1 ring
000
Ring counter
O-255
1 ring
000
S2
Escape code character
O-127
ASCII
043
S3
Carriage
O-127
ASCII
013
S4
S5
S6
Linefeed character
O-127
ASCII
010
Backspace character
O-31,127
ASCII
Wait time, dialing
2-255
1 sec
008
002
S7
Wait time, before carrier
1-255
1 sec
030
S8
Dial pause duration
O-255
1 sec
002
S9
Carrier response time
1-255
1/10 sec
006
return
character
B-4 Fax/Modem Command Set
Default
AT S registers (continued)
Command
Description
Range
Unit
S10
Carrier loss disconnect
1-255
1/10 sec
S11
Tone duration and spacing
10-255
Escape guard time
0-255
1/1000 sec
1/50 sec
095
S12
S13
Reserved
-
-
-
S14*
Option register
Reserved
None
-
AAH
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
S15
S16
Default
014
050
S17
Self-test register
Reserved
S18*
Self-test timer value
-
-
-
S19
Reserved
-
-
-
S20
Reserved
-
-
-
S21*
Option register
None
-
00H
S22*
Option register
None
-
76H
S23*
Option register
None
-
07H
S24
Reserved
-
-
-
S25*
DTR delay value
0-255
1/100 sec
005
-
-
-
40H
S26*
RTS to CTS turnaround delay
-
S27*
Option register
None
S28
Option register
*
This option register is stored in the modem’s non-volatile RAM upon receipt
of the &W command: contents are Preserved when the modem is off.
Fax/Modem Command Set B-5
Fax Commands
Fax command
Function
+FCLASS=n
Select service class
+F<command>?
Report active configuration
+F<command>?
Report
+ FAA=n
Data/fax auto answer
+FF
Enhanced flow control
+FTS=n
operating
capabilities
Stop transmission and wait
+FRS=n
Receive silence
+FTM=n
Transmit
data
+FRM=n
Receive data
+FTH=n
Transmit data with HDLC framing
+FRH=n
Receive data with HDLC framing
Result Codes
Word
Number
Description
OK
0
Command executed
CONNECT
1
Connect at 300 bps
RING
2
Telephone is ringing
NO CARRIER
3
Carrier lost or not detected
ERROR
4
Command entry error
CONNECT 1200
5
Connect at 1200 bps
NO DIALTONE
6
No dial tone detected
BUSY
7
Called line was busy
NO ANSWER
8
Called line did not answer
CONNECT
10
Connect at 2400 bps
DATA
13
Data
FAX
15
Fax transmission
+FCERROR
+F4
Error
2400
B-6 Fax/Modem Command Set
transmission
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Epson America, Inc.
20770 Madrona Avenue
Torrance, CA 90509-2842
Tel: (310) 782-0770
Fax: (310) 782-5051
EPSON Connection
Tel: (800) 922-8911 (in U.S.)
(800) GO-EPSON (in Canada)
EPSON DirectSM
P.O. Box 2858
20770 Madrona Avenue
Torrance, CA 90509-1111
Computer system sales:
Tel: (800) 374-7300
(310) 782-5478
Fax: (310) 782-4455
Epson America (International)
Epson Latin America
Miami, FL, USA
Tel: (305) 265-0092
Fax: (305) 265-0097
Epson Mexico, S.A. De C.V.
Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Tel: (525) 395-9944
Hot line: (91800) 50326
Fax: (525) 395-9499
Epson Argentina, S.A.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: (541) 322-6898
Fax: (541) 322-9725
Epson Do Brasil
São Paulo, SP Brazil
Tel: (5511) 813-3044
Fax: (5511) 210-9290
Epson Chile, S.A.
Santiago, Chile
Tel: (562) 232-8966
Fax: (562) 233-3197
Epson Venezuela, S.A.
Caracas, Venezuela
Tel: (582) 241-0433
Fax: (582) 241-4561
Epson Costa Rica, S.A.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Tel: (506) 234-6666
Fax: (506) 225-5709
Epson Canada Limited
Willowdale, Ontario, Canada
Tel: (416) 498-9955
Fax: (416) 498-4574
EPSON U.S And International Marketing Locations
Epson Deutschland GmbH
Zülpicher Straße 6,
40549 Dusseldorf 11
Germany
Phone: (49) (211) 56030
Fax: (49) (211) 504-7787
Epson France S.A.
B.P. 320, 68 Bis Rue Marjolin
92305 Levallois-Perret
Cedex, France
Phone: (33) (1) 4087-3737
Telex: (42) 610657
Fax: (33) (1) 4737-2240
Epson Iberica, S.A.
Avda. de Roma 18-26
08290 Cerdanyola de1 valles
Barcelona, Spain
Phone: (34) (3) 582-1500
Fax: (34) (3) 582-1555
Telex: 50129
Epson Italia s.p.a.
V.le F.lli Casiraghi, 427
20099 Sesto, S. Giovanni
Milano, Italy
Phone: (39) (2) 26233
Fax: (39) (2) 244-0750
Telex: 315132
Epson Hong Kong Ltd.
Rooms 4706-10, 47th Floor,
China Resources Building,
26 Harbour Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Phone: (852) 585-4600
Fax: (852) 827-4346
Telex: 65542 EPSCO HX
Epson Australia Pty. Ltd.
1/70 Gibbes Street
Chatswood 2067 NSW
Australia
Phone: (61) (2) 415-9000
Fax: (61) (2) 417-0077
Telex: 71-75052
Epson Electronics Trading Ltd.
Taiwan Branch
10F, No. 287, Nanking E. Road,
Sec. 3, Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.
Phone: 886-2-717-7360
Free phone: 886-080-211172
Fax: 886-2-712-9164
Telex: 785-24444
Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd.
No. 1 Raffles Place #26-00,
Oub Centre, Singapore 0104
Phone: (65) 533-0477
Fax: (65) 533-8119
Telex: 87-39536
Epson (U.K.) Ltd.
Business Management Dept. (PC)
Campus 100, Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead, Herfordshire,
HP2 7EX, UK
Phone: (44) (442) 227-355
Free phone: linkline 0800 289622
Fax: (44) (442) 227-427
Telex: 51-824767
—Distributors
South America
SISCO
São Paulo, SP Brazil
Tel: (5511) 549-4846
Fax: (5511) 549-4571
Siser Ltda.
La Paz, Bolivia
Tel: (591-2) 34-32-45
Fax: (591-2) 35-92-68
McSilver, S.A.
Bogota, Colombia
Tel: (571) 270-4303
Fax: (571) 230-9205
Merisel Colombia
Bogota, Colombia
Tel: (571) 257-7800
Fax: (571) 610-0674
C.I.L.D.S.E.
Quito, Ecuador
Tel: (593) 2-54-3418
Fax: (593) 2-55-4780
Ace Computers &Electronics
Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: (592) 25-65-48
Fax: (592) 26-39-67
A.J. Vierci
Asuncion,
Tel: (595)
Fax: (595)
Alvimer S.R.L. Trading Inc.
Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay
Tel: (595) 61-60234
Fax: (595) 61-64573
& CIA
Paraguay
(21) 449-220
(21) 606-514
Infocenter
Asuncion, Paraguay
Tel: (595) 21-49-862
Fax: (595) 214-49514
Control De Procesos Informaticos
Lima, Peru
Tel: (5114) 42-3973
Fax: (5114) 35-5017
Peru Mercantil, S.A.
Lima, Peru
Tel: (5114) 62-2566
Fax: (5114) 61-8256
Interfase S.A.
Montevideo, Uruguay
Tel: (598) (2) 49-4600
Fax: (598) (2) 49-3040
Caribbean
Caribbean Computer Systems, Ltd.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Tel: (809) 429-7050
Fax: (809) 429-6509
Da Costas Limited
Bridgetown, Barbados
Tel: (809) 427-5854
Fax: (809) 436-9870
Computer Business Systems
Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (809) 925-8600
Fax: (809) 925-8115
WTG/APTEC Systems Limited
Kingston, Jamaica
Tel: (809) 929-9250
Fax: (809) 929-8296
Boolchand Pessomal N.V.
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Tel: (599) 961-2262
Fax: (599) 961-4345
Computer
Hato Rey,
Tel: (809)
Fax: (809)
Gallery
Puerto Rico
753-0500
753-0552
IMCON Limited
Micro International, S.A.
Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana Castries, St. Lucia, West Indies
Tel: (809) 452-6130
Tel: (809) 535-8110
Fax: (809) 452-3883
Fax: (809) 535-3218
Complete Computer Systems
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Tel: (809) 625-1204
Fax: (809) 623-5426
Central America
Equipos Electronicos Valdez y Cia
San Salvador, El Salvador
Tel: (503) 23-73-43
Fax: (503) 24-53-82
PS2000
Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel: (502-2) 31-1129
Fax: (502-2) 31-2449
Servicio Integral De Computacion, S.A.
Guatemala, Guatemala
Tel: (502-2) 31-11-70
Fax: (502-2) 32-52-22
CODASA
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Tel: (504) 33-5685
Fax: (504) 58-0255
Micro-Tee
Managua, Nicaragua
Tel: (505-2) 66-27-15
Fax: (505-2) 66-27-58
Sonitel, C .A.
Panama, Republica De Panama
Tel: (507) 63-98-00
Fax: (507) 63-98-15
Index
A
About EPSON on-line group, Intro-2
AC adapter
automobile, 1-3
connecting, 1-3-6
international, 1-3, 3-1—12
lightweight, 1-3
model numbers, A-6
precautions, 2-2
problems, 5-6—7
specifications, 3-2, A-5
using, 3-1—2
Acoustical noise, A-6
Airplane travel precautions, 2-3, A-6
Altitude, A-6
APM interface, 3-6,3-10—11
AT commands, B-2
AT S registers, B-4—5
ATA cards, 2-17
ATA disks
memory addresses, 2-16
partitioning, 2-17—18
ATADRV utility, 2-18
ATAINIT utility, 2-18
Audio input/ output, 1-2, A-3
Audio card, Intro-3, 1-13, C-1—2
AUTOEXEC.BAT, 1-9, 5-3
B
Backlighting, A-2
Backup copies, 1-9
Battery
charging, 3-1, 3-4
compartment, 1-3
internal, A-1
life, 3-2
low battery protection, 3-3
model number, 3-2, A-6
monitoring power, 3-3
Battery (continued)
precautions, 3-4
problems, 5-5—6
recharging, 3-4, 3-6, 5-5
recycling, 3-5, 5-6
replacing, 3-3—5
specifications, Intro-2, A-5
status, 3-3
using, 3-2—4, 3-6
BIOS, 1-11 ,5-2, A-1
Boot display, 1-11 ,4-3
Booting system, 1-11
Brightness, 1-2, 2-8, 5-8
C
Cable, power, 1-4—5
Cache, Intro-2, 1-13, A-1
Calendar, A-1
Caps Lock light, 1-8
CARDID.INI file, 2-16
CARDINFO utility, 2-15
CardSoft, 2-14—16
CardView, 2-19
Charge light, 1-8, 3-2, 3-6
ChipsCPL utility, 2-12, 4-3
Clock/ calendar, A-1
CMOS RAM, A-1
CompuServe, Intro-7, 2-21
Computer
caring for, 2-2
cleaning, 2-2
dimensions, A-6
features, Intro-2
locks up, 5-8
powering, 3-1—12
problems, 5-5, 5-9
resetting, 2-7, 5-9, 5-14
setting up, 1-1—16
Index
1
Computer (continued)
starting problems, 5-4
turning on and off, 1-6
using, 2-1—21
CONFIG.SYS, 1-9, 2-18, 5-3, 5-17—18
Configuration, 1-9, 5-2
Contrast, 1-2, 2-8, 5-8
Copy-protected programs, 2-8
CPU type switch, 4-22—23
CSALLOC utility, 2-14—15
Customer support, Intro-5
D
DC-in port, 1-3—5
Depth, A-6
Dial modifiers, B-4
Disk, saving to automatically
Configuring in Setup, 1-12
Preparing new drive, 4-11
Using with PC cards, 2-20—21
Using, 3-3, 3-9—10
Diskette(s)
formatting, 5-12
problems, 5-11—12
using, 2-10
write-protecting, 5-12
Diskette drive
controller, A-1—2
light, 1-8
problems, 5-12—13
specifications, Intro-2, A-4
using diskettes, 2-10
Display, controlling, 2-4, 2-12, 4-3
Drivers
external keyboard/ mouse, 4-4
PC card, 2-20
trackpad, 2-6
video, 2-12, 4-3
E
Embedded numeric keypad, 2-5
EMM386.EXE, 2-13, 5-17
2
Index
Energy saving tips, 2-3
Energy Star, Intro-4, 2-3
Energy, conserving, 2-3
Environmental requirements, A-6
EPSON
Accessories, Intro-6-7
America Forum, Intro-7, 2-20
Connection, Intro-5-7, 5-2, 5-10, 5-18
Extra Care Road Service, Intro-5—7
help, Intro-5-7
marketing locations, Intro-5
Error messages, 5-4
External cache, 1-13, A-1
External components, connecting,
4-1—26
External keyboard/ mouse
connecting, 4-4
connector, A-3
port, 1-3, 4-2
port specifications, Intro-2, A-3
problems, 5-10
External monitor
automatic detection, 4-3, A-2
connecting, 4-1, 4-3
connector, A-3
displaying on, 2-12
Energy Star-compliant, Intro-5
input, 5-8
problems, 5-7, 5-9
resolutions, A-2
specifications, Intro-2, A-3
F
Fax/modem,
internal
AT commands, B-2
AT S registers, B-4—5
command set, B-1—6
connecting to, 4-26
dial modifiers, B-4
fax commands, B-6
installing, 4-24—26
port address, 1-13, 5-16
problems, 5-16
Fax/ modem, internal (continued)
result codes, B-6
software, 4-26, 5-16, B-1
specifications, A-3, B-1
using, 3-1—2, 4-26
Fax/ modem PC card, 2-16, 2-20
FDISK, 3-10, 4-11
Flash cards, 2-18
Fn key functions, 2-4—5
H
Hard disk cards, partitioning,
2-17—18
Hard disk drive
backing up, 1-9, 2-3
connector, 4-8—9
compartment, 1-2, 4-7, 4-9, 4-11
controller, A-1—2
defining in Setup, 1-11
Instant On partition, 3-9—10
light, 1-8, 2-2, 5-13
power management, 3-7—8
problems, 5-12—13
protecting, 2-2
removing, 4-6—9
replacing, 4-6—4-11
specifications, A-4
test, 5-4
timeout, 1-12
Height, A-6
Help
EPSON, Intro-5-7
on-line, Intro-3, Intro-7, 5-14
Humidity, A-6
I
Identifying system, 5-2—3
Idle mode, 1-12, 3-6—7
Indicator lights
Charge, 3-6
defined, 1-8
locating, 1-2
Indicator lights (continued)
PC card, 4-6
Power, 3-3
Instant-on, 1-12, 3-9—3-10
Interfaces, A-3
Internal cache, 1-13, A-1
International marketing locations,
Intro-7
K
Keyboard
controller, 5-4
Fn key functions, 2-4
layouts, 2-4
removing, 4-13—15
replacing, 4-15—16
specifications, A-3
using, 2-4—5
Keypad, embedded, 2-5
L
LCD screen
adjusting display, 1-6, 2-8, 2-12, 4-3
cleaning, 2-2
controller, A-2
displaying on, 2-12, 4-3
opening, 1-1
precautions, 2-2
problems, 5-7
specifications, Intro-2, A-4
timeout, 1-12
Lights, indicator, see Indicator lights
Local bus video, A-2
Low Battery, 1-12, 3-3
M
Marketing locations, EPSON, Intro-5
Mass storage, A-4
Math coprocessor, A-1
Maximum battery mode, 3-8
Maximum performance mode, 3-8
MEMMAKER utility, 2-13, 5-17
Index
3
Memory
adding, 4-16
addresses, 2-16
cache, Intro-2, 1-13, A-1
configuring, 4-18
manager program, 2-13, 5-17
module, 4-16—18, 5-15, A-1
RAM, Intro-2, 5-4, A-1
ROM, 1-9, 5-4, A-1, A-4
specifications, Intro-2, A-1
Microphone, 1-2
Microprocessor, see Processor
Monitor, see External monitor
Mouse
configuring, 4-4
connecting, 4-4
port specifications, A-3
problems, 5-11
MS-DOS, Intro-1-8, 5-3
MTDDRV utility, 2-18
MTSRAM.EXE, 2-14
MWBACKUP utility, 1-9
N
Network card, 2-16
NiMH, see Battery
Num Lock
key functions, 2-4—5
light, 1-8, 5-9
Numeric keypad, embedded, 2-5
O
On-line help, Intro-3, Intro-7, 5-14
Optional equipment
available, A-7
installing, 4-1—26
OS/2, 1-7
P
Parallel port
configuring, 1-13
connector. A-3
4
Index
Parallel port (continued)
location, 1-3
specifications, A-3
using, 4-2
Password
changing, 1-15
deleting, 1-15
entering, 2-9—10
problems, 5-9—10
security, 1-15
setting, 1-13—14
using, 2-8—10
PC card
ATA, 2-16—18
configuration utility, 2-16—17
configuring, 2-13—21
controller, A-2
drivers, 2-13, 2-21
fax/ modem, 2-16, 2-20
installing, 4-4—5
LAN, 2-21
network, 2-15
problems, 5-16—18
removable storage, 2-17
removing, 4-6
slots, 1-3, 4-4, A-2
SRAM, 2-17
utilities, 2-13, 2-21
PCMCIA light, 1-8
PCMCIA card, see PC card
PCMCIA slots, 1-3, 4-4, A-2
PHDISK, 3-10, 4-11
Phone jack, 1-3, 4-26, A-3
Pointing device
port specifications, Intro-2, A-3
problems, 5-10—11
Port replicator, 1-3, 4-1, A-3
Power
AC adapters, A-5
button, 1-2
cable, 1-4—5
converter board, 4-21
light, 1-8, 3-2—3
Power (continued)
problems, 5-5
sources, 3-1—6, 5-5, A-5
Power Management
APM interface, 3-6, 3-10—11
automatic, 3-7—8
description, Intro-4, 3-6
features, 3-6
Idle mode, 3-7—8
Low Battery, 1-12, 3-3, 3-9
manual, 3-8—9
maximum battery mode, 3-8
maximum performance mode, 3-8
options, 1-12, 3-9, 5-8, 5-13
Setup screen, 1-12, 3-7—8
Standby mode, 3-7-8, A-2
Suspend mode, 3-3, 3-7—10
timeout periods, 3-9, 5-8, 5-13
Power-on diagnostics, 1-6, 1-10, 5-2,
5-4
Printer problems, 5-14—15
Processor
clock, 3-7-8
CPU type switch, 4-22-23
daughterboard, 4-18, 4-20
external cache, 4-18
external frequency, 4-18, 4-21
installing, 4-20—21
internal cache, 4-18
internal frequency, 4-18
PGA socket, 4-18—21
removing, 4-19—20
specifications, A-1
speed, 1-11, 2-7—8, 4-18, 4-21, 5-14,
A-1
speed, changing, 2-7
speed switch, 4-22—23
upgrading, 4-18—4-24
voltage, 4-18
voltage switch, 4-22—23
R
RAM, Intro-2, 5-4, A-1
Real-time clock, A-1
Resetting the computer, 2-7, 5-9, 5-14
Result codes, B-6
Reverse video, 2-4
ROM, 1-9, 5-4,
S
Safety instructions, iii-vi
Screen, see LCD screen
Scroll Lock light, 1-8
Security lock, Intro-2, Intro-4
Security, password, 1-15
Serial mouse, 4-3
Serial number, 5-2
Serial port
address, 1-13, 4-3
configuring, 1-13, 4-3
location, 1-3
specifications, A-3
using, 4-2—3
Service, Intro-5, Intro-7
SetCOL utility, 2-13
SetVGA utility, 2-13
Setup program
audio, 1-13
BIOS and Setup update, 1-11, A-1
changing settings, 1-10—13
CPU speed, 1-11, A-1
exiting, 1-16
external cache, 1-13
fax/ modem, 1-13, 5-16
hard disk drive, 1-11-12, A-4
internal cache, 1-13
parallel port, 1-13
pointing device, 1-13
power management, 1-12, 3-6—10,
A-4
Index
5
Setup program (continued)
power-on password, 1-11, 1-13—15
prompt, 1-10
running, 1-9—16
serial port, 1-13
setup password, 1-11, 1-13—15
starting, 1-10, A-4
system date, 1-11
system time, 1-11
when to run, 1-10
SMARTDRV.EXE, 5-17
Software
audio applications, C-1—2
manuals, Intro-3
preinstalled, Intro-3, A-5
problems, 5-14
version numbers, 5-2—3
Speaker, 1-2, A-3
Specifications, A-1—8
Speed, see Processor speed
SRAM cards, 2-17
SSVADEM.EXE, 2-14
Standby mode, 1-12, 3-7, A-2
Suspend light, 1-8
Suspend mode
automatic, 3-9
entering, 3-8
Low battery, 3-3, 3-9
preparing new hard disk, 4-11
PC cards, 2-19—20
problems, 5-5, 5-7, 5-9
setting, 1-12
Suspend/ resume button, 1-2, 3-8—9
System
BIOS version, 5-2
components, 1-2
configuration, 5-2—3
identifying, 5-2—3
System Idle mode, 1-12, 3-6—7
System Standby mode, 1-12, 3-6—7
System Suspend mode, 1-12, 3-6—7
SYSTEM.INI, 5-3
6
Index
T
Technical support, Intro-5, Intro-7
Temperature, A-6
Text conventions, Intro-6
Timeout periods, 1-12, 3-9, 5-8, 5-13
Trackpad
compatibility, 2-6
configuring, 2-7
disabling, 1-13, 4-4
drivers, 2-6
location, 1-2
problems, 5-10
specifications, A-3
using, 2-6—7
Travel precautions, 2-3, A-6
Troubleshooting, 5-1—18
Turning system on and off, 1-6—7
U
UNIX, 1-7
V
Video
controller, A-1
drivers and utilities, 2-12, 5-7—8
resolutions, A-1—2
port, 1-3, 4-2—3, A-3
specifications, A-1-2
Voltage switch, 4-22—23
Volume control, 1-2, A-4
w
Weight, A-6
Width, A-6
WinCIM, Intro-7
WIN.INI, 5-3
Windows, Intro-1, 5-3
Windows NT, 1-6
Appendix C
Using Your Audio Card
The optional 16-bit stereo audio card is Business Audio and
SoundBlasterPRO compatible. When the card is installed in
your ActionNote, the built-in audio input and output
connectors are activated, allowing you to use accessories such
as an external microphone, external speakers, or headphones.
If your ActionNote came with the audio card installed, your
system also includes a driver and software. The ESS
AudioDrive ® application software, which appears in the Audio
Applications group in Windows, allows you to record and play
back music and a variety of other sounds on your computer.
The following table summarizes the audio software available.
Audio applications
Application
Description
Audio
Recorder
Records, compresses, and plays sounds in .WAV and .AUD
formats
Recording
Control
Regulates the recording level and stereo balance of
multiple input sources
Volume
Control
Regulates the sound volume and stereo balance during
playback
Mixer
Combines signals from several audio sources during
playback, controlling the volume and balance of each
source
Extended
Recorder
Records, compresses, stores, and plays sounds directly to
(or from) your hard disk drive
Audio Clip
Library
Provides a variety of music, phrases, and other sounds, and
lets you add your own sound files
Calculator
Performs calculations with audible descriptions
Clock
Displays the time and announces it on request
Using Your Audio Card
C-1
Audio applications (continued)
Application
Description
Chime
Plays a selected sound at intervals of 15, 30, or 60 minutes
Reminder
Provides two alarms that you can set with a variety of
sounds
Stopwatch
Makes audio announcements of the time elapsed
Timer
Makes audio announcements of the time remaining
Setup
Allows you to change your audio card settings
For more information about the audio software, use the Help
utility available with each application.
Following are the configuration settings for your audio card:
Audio card configuration
C-2
I/O address
220
Interrupt (IRQ)
7
DMA channel
1
Using Your Audio Card