Epson ActionNote 890C User's Manual | Manualzz
ActionNote 890 Series Update
This update sheet contains additional information about your
Upgrading the Memory
Your system comes with 8MB RAM. In this system’s
configuration, 4MB is on the system board and 4MB is on a
separate memory module inserted in the memory module
socket. To upgrade memory, you have to remove the 4MB
memory module from the socket and replace it with a larger
capacity memory module.
The maximum memory for this computer is 24MB. Use this
table to determine the size of the memory module you need to
buy. For information on how to replace a memory module, see
Chapter 5 of your User’s Guide.
You want to upgrade to
Memory module size to buy
PC Card Software
We have provided SystemSoft CardSoft and Card Wizard
drivers and utilities for you to use if you select MS-DOS and
Windows 3.11 as your operating system. If you select Windows
95 as your operating system, you can use the PC Card
(PCMCIA) utilities in the control panel.
Setup Option Changes
The power management functions in your BIOS contain more
options to let you customize your ActionNote. In addition to the
options documented in your User’s Guide, you can also enable a
time out interval for the serial port, the parallel port, and the
diskette drive (FDD). Also, the default for the Power
Management option is Enabled.
Also, the options on page 3 of your system’s Setup program
now support your system’s capabilities more easily. The
following table lists these Setup options:
Setup page 3 options
Internal Cache
External Cache
Controls the processor's Internal cache
Controls the processor's external cache
operation when external cache is installed
Serial Port
Assigns the serial part address
Serial Part 2
Assigns the part address for the
fax/modem or lrDA device, when Installed
Parallel Port
Controls the parallel port operation
Audio I/O
Identifies the l/O setting the audio card
Audio RQ
Identifies the IRQ setting the audio card
Pointing Device
lets you
Block DE
Enables support for block mode transfers.
if your turd disk drive supports it
Lets you define serial Port 2 as either the
optional Fax/modem or lrDA interface
Serial 2
disable the built-h touchpad, In
case you connect a serial mouse
Autodetects ECP or EPP devices when connected and turned on at system
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About Your Software
Before you set up and use your EPSON® ActionNote™ computer, be
sure to read the information on this card about the software and
online manuals installed on your system. This information is also
available in the About Your Software online documentation.
You must use a modem with several of the software applications.
If your system didn’t come with one installed, you can install an
optional internal fax/modem, connect an external modem to your
serial port, or use a fax/modem PC card. See your User’s Guide for
Where to Go for Help
All ActionNote systems come with the software listed below
installed on the hard disk drive. If you have trouble using any of
these programs, first check to see if the software includes online help
or an online user manual. Many programs also provide support
through CompuServe® forums; check your software documentation
for information.
If these sources do not help you solve the problem, contact the
software manufacturer for assistance at any of the numbers given
on this card. Some 800 numbers may not be available in Canada.
(Windows ® 3.1 and MS-DOS0 installation only) Microsoft
MS-DOS 6.22 operating system software installed on the hard
disk drive; for more information, type HELP at the DOS prompt.
Technical support:
Microsoft FastTips,
a free 24-hour automated service
at (800) 936-4200
or: EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back (310) 782-4214
(Windows 3.1 and DOS installation only) Microsoft Windows
3.11 graphical user interface software installed on the hard disk
drive; including a documentation fulfillment card and online
help; for more information, press the F1 key.
Technical support:
Microsoft FastTips,
a free 24-hour automated service
at (800) 936-4200
or: EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
(Windows 95 installation only) Microsoft Windows95 graphical
user interface software installed on the hard disk drive;
including the Introducing Windows 95 manual and online help;
for more information, press the F1 key.
Technical support
Microsoft FastTips,
a free 24-hour automated service
at (800) 936-4200
Microsoft and WINNEWS areas
of America Online, Prodigy, and
CompuServe, or Microsoft’s Internet
web page
or: EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
SystemSoft® PC card software utilities including CardSoft and
CardWizard installed on the hard disk drive; printed and online
PCMCIA Card Software Users’ Guide.
Technical support
EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
Lotus® SmartSuiteTM version 3 integrated application package
installed on the hard disk drive; for more information, see the
online help; brochure and Lotus Technical Support information
Technical support
EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
OAG® (Official Airline Guide) FlightDisk* Worldwide edition;
for DOS/Windows 3.1 software installed on the hard disk drive
(send in the coupon for the latest version for Windows 95);
brochure and subscription information included.
Technical support: (800) 525-1138
America Online®news and information service software
installed on the hard disk drive; brochure, subscription, and
free trial information included.
Technical support: (800) 827-6364
BBS (800) 827-5808
CompuServe WinCIM® Information Manager for CompuServe
news and information service; software installed on the hard
disk drive; brochure, subscription, and free trial information
Technical support
(800) 848-8990
PRODIGY® news and information service; software installed
on the hard disk drive; brochure, subscription, and free trial
information included.
Technical support
(800) 776-3449
NetComTM NetCruiser Internet access service; brochure,
subscription, and free trial information included.
Technical support
(408) 983-5970
(ActionNote 895 only) Delrina WinComm and WinFax Lite
modem/fax communications software installed on the hard
disk drive; printed manual included.
Technical support
EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
ARK® Workspace™ alternative interface for Win dows installed
on the hard disk drive.
Technical support
EPSON Connection
at (800) 922-8911 (U.S. and Canada)
Fax-back: (310) 782-4214
EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. ActionNote is a trademark
and EPSON Connection Is a service mark of Epson America, Inc. Other trademarks are
trademarksof their respective owners,
Copyright © 1995 by Epson America, Inc.
Torrance, California, USA
Choosing Your Operating System
Your EPSON® ActionNote™ allows you a one time installation
choice of either windows® 95 or windows 3.1 (which includes
MS-DOS ®) as your operating system the first time you start your
computer. Regardless of the operating system you choose, you
can use the all of the applications that come with your ActionNote.
Be careful as you go through the procedure. If you decide you
want the other operating system, you must purchase it.
Before you can make your final operating system selection, you
see several screens that refer to Windows 95. Although
Windows 95 does some preliminary setup activity, it is not
already selected as the operating system.
When you start your ActionNote, Windows Setup checks your
system and records information about all the hardware devices it
finds. You see its progress on the System Detection screen.
Next, you see the Welcome to Windows Setup screen. Follow
these steps to select your operating system.
1. From the windows 95 setup screen, choose the Next
2. Select your Regional Setting and choose Next.
Select the keyboard layout and you want and choose Next.
4. Type your user information and choose Next.
Read the license agreement and select I accept the
agreement, then choose Next. (You must do this even if you
plan to choose Windows 3.1/MS-DOS; if you do not accept
the agreement, the process ends.)
Type the registration number from your Windows 95
Certificate of Authenticity located in your accessories box;
then choose Next. You must enter the registration number or
you cannot proceed.
To find out how many formatted disks you need, follow the
instruction below to start the utility. It tells you how many disks
you need for the application you have chosen. At that point,
you can stop if you need to get the right number of
pre-formated disks.
create Application Disks with windows 3.1/MS-DOS
Follows these steps to create application disks:
1. From the Program manager, open Make Diskettes. You see
an icon for each application for which you can create disks.
2. Double click on the application icon you want. For example,
if you want to create for the audio application software,
double click the Audio Application icon.
3. The process is automated. Follow the instructions on the
screen and insert blank, pre-formatted disks when prompted.
4. When disk creation is complete, the utility gives you a
summary of its activity.
To receive Windows 3.1/MS-DOS disks and documentation,
send in your Windows 95 manual with the fulfillment card
attached to this document.
Create Application Disks with Windows 95
Follow these steps to create disks:
1. With Windows 95 loaded, open the EPSON software group
on the Startup button.
2. Open the Utilities folder within the EPSON software folder.
The Make Diskettes folder contains an icon for each
application for which you can create disks.
3. Double click on the icon you want. For example, if you want
to create disks for the PC card utilities software, double-click
the PC Card Drivers icon.
The process is automated. Follow the instructions on the
screen and insert blank, pre-formated disks when prompted.
You can skip a disk if you want by clicking cancel when you
are prompted to insert a blank disk for that program disk.
When the process is complete, the utility gives you a summary of
how many disks were created.
To create a set of Windows 95 system disks, run create system
Disks from the System Tools folder. You need 30 pre-formatted
disks to make a complete set.
Maintaining System Backups
As well as creating for your applications, you should
maintain up-to-date copies of the other files on your hard hand disk.
Your operating system includes a backup utility. Use it to make
backup copies of your system and data files. In addition, make
backup copies of any software for which you do not have the
original program disks.
If you need to reinstall any software and you do not have a
backup, you may need to obtain program disks from the
manufacturer. Contact them at the number(s) listed in your
About Your Software documentation.
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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 and AC power adapter.
Turn off the computer before cleaning. Clean with o
damp cloth only. Do not spill liquid on the computer.
Use only the type of power source indicated on the
computer’s label.
Avoid using outlets on the same circuit OS 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 on extension cord with the computer, make
sure the total Amp rating of the devices plugged into the
extension cord does not exceed the cord’s Amp rating
Make sure the total of all devices plugged into the wall
outlet does not exceed 15 Amps
Except as specifically explained in this Users Guide, do
not attempt to service the computer yourself.
Unplug the computer and refer servicing to qualified
service personnel if the power cord or plug is damaged;
if liquid has entered the computer; if the computer has
been dropped or the cabinet damaged; or 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 comportment 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
To provide adequate short-circuit protection and overcurrent protection for this computer, the building
installation must be protected by a 16 Amp circuit
Lire attentivement les instructions suivantes et les
conserver pour les consulter en cas de besoin. Observer
soigneusement tousles overtissments et directives
marqués sur I'ordinateur et I'adaptateur secteur.
Débrancher I'ordinateur avant de le nettoyer. N’utiliser
qu’un chiffon humide. Veiller à ne pas renverser de
liquides sur l'appareil.
Utiliser seulement le type de source d’alimentation
électrique indiqué sur l'étiquette.
Ne jamais utiliser une prise sur le même circuit qu’un
appareil à photocopies ou un système de contrôle de
ventilation avec commutation marche-arrêt
S’assurer que le cordon d’alimentation de l’ordinateur
n’est pas a bimé ni effiloché.
Dons le cos oú on utilise un cordon de rallonge avec
l’ordinateur, s’assurer que l'intensité en ampères requise
pour tous les apparells branchés sur ce cordon n'est pas
supérieure à la capacité du cordon. Sassurer aussi que
cette intensité ne dépasse jamais la somme de
15 ampères pour l’ensemble des appareils branchés sur
la prise secteur.
Souf dons les cas spécifiques expliqués dans ce manuel
de l’usager, ne pas essayer d’entretenir ou de réparer
l'ordinateur soi-même.
Débrancher l’ordinateur et contacter un technicien
qualifié dans les circonstances suivantes:
Si le cordon ou lo prise sent abimés; si un liquide a
Pénétré à l'intérieur de l'appareil; si on a laissé tomber
l'aapparil ou si le bottier est endommagé; si l’ordinateur
ne fonctionne pas normalement ou fonctionne d'une
manière très différente de l’ordinaire. N’ajuster que les
commandes décrites dons les directives
Pour les voyages par avion, prendre l’ordinateur avec
soi dans la cobine comme bagage à main, pour éviter
qu’il soit transporté dons une soute non pressurisée.
Pour utiliser l’ordinateur en Alle magne, il est nécessaire
que le badmentWtfment soit muni d’un disjoncteur de
16 ampères pour protéger l’ordinateur contre les courtscircuits et le survoltage.
Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise
Bitte lesen Sie diese Sicherheitshinweise, und he ben Sie sich
zur späteren Verwendung auf. Beachten Sie alle
Wamungen und Anweisungen, die auf dem Computer und
dem Wechselstromadapter angebracht sind
Schalten Sie den Computer vor der Reinigung aus.
Verwenden Sie zur Reinigung nur ein souberes Tuch
Achten Sie darauf, daß keine Flüssigkeiten auf dem
Computer verschüttet werden
Verwenden Sie nur die auf dem Typenschild des
Computers angege bene Stromversorgung.
Schiießen Sie den Computer nicht on denselben
Stromkreis on 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 Verlängerungska bels
sicher, daß der gesamte Amperewert aller on das
Verlängerungskabel angeschlossenen Geräte den
zulässigen Höchstwert des Kabels nicht überschreitet
Stellen Sie ferner sicher, daß der Gesamtwert aller on
die Wandsteckdose angeschiossenen Geräte 15 Ampere
nicht überschreitet.
Führen Sie keine Wartungsarbeiten am Computer
durch, die über das im Benutzerhandbuch beschrie bene
Ausmaß hinausgehen.
Ziehen Sie den Computer heraus und rufen Sie
qualifiziertes Wartungspe rsonal wenn eine der
folgenden Bedingungen auftritt:
DOS Netzkabel oder der Netzstecker lst beschädigt;
Flüssigkeit ist in den Computer eingetreten; der
Computer wurde fallengelassen oder das Gehäuse ist
beschädigt; der Computer funktioniert nicht
ordnungsgemäß oder die Leistung hot 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 omit er nicht in
einem drucklosen Frachtraum verstaut wird
Beachten Sie den folgenden Hinweis wenn Sie den
Computer in Deutschland in Betrieb nehmen:
Beim Anschluß des Computers on die Netzversorgung
muß sichergestellt werden, daß die Gebäudeinstallation
mit einem 16 Ampere Überstromschutzschalter
abgesichert ist
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a class B digital device, pursuant to Port 15 of
the FCC Rules These limits ore designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates uses, and
con radiate radio frequency energy 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
con be determined by turning the equipment off and OR
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
I Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and
Connect the equipment into on outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected
I Consult on experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The connection of o 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
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for
radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in
the radio interference regulations of the Canadian.
Deportment of Communications.
Le present appareil numérique n'émet pas de bruits
radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux
appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dons k
règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le
Ministère des Communications du Canada.
1 Getting Started
Opening Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Powering Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Connecting the AC Power Adapter . . .. . 1-3
Turning the Computer On and Off . . . . . . . . 1-4
Checking the Indicator Lights.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Adjusting the Screen Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Using the ActionPoint Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 1-6
Learning More About ActionPoint . . . . . . . 1-8
Using the Keyboard . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . . . . . . 1-8
Using the Fn Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad . . 1-9
Creating Software Diskettes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Powering the Computer
Using the AC Power Adapter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...2-1
Using the Battery . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .2-2
Recharging the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 2 - 3
Replacing the Battery . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .2-3
Using Power Management .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .2-5
Low Battery Protection .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .2-6
Using Energy Wisely . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .2-8
Getting to Work
Using Passwords .............................
Entering a Password. ...................
Using Diskettes ...............................
Resetting the Computer .....................
Working Comfortably .......................
. ..3-1
. ..3-1
. ..3-2
. ..3-3
. ..3-4
Caring for Your Computer
Protecting the Hard Disk Drive . . . . . . . . .. . . .... ...... . . 4-2
Moving and Storing the Computer . . . . . . 4-3
Cleaning Your ActionNote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad
Cleaning the Diskette Drive . . . . . ....... 4-4
5 Upgrading Internal Components
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive ................. 5-1
Removing the Hard Disk Drive ............. 5-2
Replacing a Hard Disk Drive .............. .5-4
Removing and Replacing the Keyboard ....... .5-7
Removing the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-7
Replacing the Keyboard .................... 5-10
Upgrading Your Memory ....................... .5-11
Removing a Memory Module ............... 5-12
Installing a Memory Module .............. .5-13
Installing a Fax/Modem or Infrared Device .... 5-14
Connecting a Phone Line ................... 5-17
Customizing Your Computer
Customizing Your ActionPoint . . . . . .
Customizing Computer Settings . . . . . . . .
Starting Setup.. , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Changing the Settings . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing Power Management . . . . . .
Using Instant On and Saving to Disk
Using Password Security . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting or Changing a Password . . . . .
Setting a Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Deleting or Changing a Password . . .
Using Video Drivers and Utilities . . . . . . . . .
.... ..6-1
.... ..6-3
...... 6-4
.... ..6-4
.... ..6-8
.... ..6-9
..... .6-11
.... ..6-11
.... ..6-12
... ...6-13
.... ..6-13
7 Troubleshooting
Where to Get Help.. ............................. .7-1
Electronic Support Services ................ .7-2
Identifying Your System ......................... 7-4
Error Messages .................................. ..7-5
Troubleshooting Your ActionNote .............. 7-5
The Computer Won’t Start ................ 7-6
The LCD Screen Is Blank ................... 7-8
The Computer Locks Up .................... 7-9
Your Password Isn’t Working ............... 7-9
You Can’t Access Data on a Diskette ....... 7-10
The Diskette Drive Isn’t Working. .......... 7-10
You Can’t Access Files on the Hard Disk
Drive ..................................... 7-11
A PC Card Isn’t Working ................... 7-11
The ActionPoint Isn’t Working Correctly . . . . . . 7-13
An External Monitor Is Blank ............. 7-14
An External Pointing Device Doesn’t
Work ..................................... .7-14
Your Printer Isn’t Working ................. .7-16
The Memory Count Is Incorrect ........... 7-16
Your Software Isn’t Working Correctly ... .7-16
A Specifications
CPU and Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1
Controllers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2
Interfaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4
ActionPoint Touchpad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4
Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..A-4
Mass Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5
LCD Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5
Setup Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-5
Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6
Power Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..A-6
AC Power Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..A-6
AC Power Adapter Dimensions................... . . . A-7
Fax/Modem Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-7
Environmental Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-8
Physical Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-8
Your EPSON® ActionNote™ computer is all set
up and ready to use. This chapter gives you
the information you need to get started. You’ll
find a list of the computer’s features on the
back cover of this manual, illustrations of
your system on the inside front cover, and a
place to write important information about
your ActionNote on the inside back cover.
If you have questions, this manual or the
online version should provide you with
answers Read the troubleshooting
information in Chapter 7 or call the EPSON
ConnectionalSM at (800) 922-8911 for help.
Getting Started 1-1
Opening Your Computer
To open your ActionNote, slide the latches on
each side of the computer’s lid forward and
lift up the screen.
Powering Your Computer
Your computer is shipped with a charged
battery and is ready to use when you take it
out of the box. You don’t need to plug it in. To
conserve battery power, however, (or if your
battery has lost its charge while in storage,)
you should use the AC power adapter to
connect your computer to an electrical outlet
whenever possible. The adapter also recharges
your battery.
1-2 Getting Started
Connecting the AC Power Adapter
The lightweight AC power adapter included
with your ActionNote operates in the input
ranges 100 to 250 VAC and 40/63 Hz.
If you purchased your computer out side the United
States, you have the international AC power
adapter. See “Using the international AC Power
Adapter” in Appendix B for more information.
Follow these steps to connect the AC power
Plug the connector into the DC-in port on
the back of the computer.
Flip the adapter’s two prongs out of their
compartment, then plug the adapter into
an electrical outlet.
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Recharging the battery takes about 3 hours
with the computer turned on, and about
1.5 hours when it is turned off. While it
recharges, the charge indicator light is orange.
When the battery is fully charged, it is green.
Turning the Computer On and Off
The on/off button is beneath the screen on
your right
Press the button and hold it briefly to turn on
the computer. As the computer starts, it does a
complete self test of its circuits and drives.
To turn the computer off, press and hold the
button for two seconds. Be sure to save your
work before you turn off the computer.
Checking the Indicator Lights
The indicator lights above the keyboard give
you information about your computer.
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The following table identifies the indicator
lights for your ActionNote.
lndicator lights
Power mode
Computer is on
Flashing green
Suspend mode:
Flashing green
Charge mode:
Very low battery; system is
about to power down
Standby mode: press any key to
return to full power
Suspend mode: press Suspend/
Resume to return to full power
Battery is charging normally
Battery is not installed
correctly or is damaged
Battery is fully charged
Diskette drive
Computer is accessing diskette
Hard disk drive
Computer is accessing hard
disk drive
PC card
PC card is inserted
Num Lock
Num Lock is on, whichactivates
the embedded numeric keypad
Caps Lock
Caps Lock is on
scroll Lock
Scroll Lock is on
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Adjusting the Screen Controls
The screen contrast and brightness controls
are located at the bottom of the screen.
Slide the contrast control to the right to
increase the contrast, or to the left to decrease
it. On dual scan screens, slide the brightness
control to the right to lighten the screen, or to
the left to darken it
Unless you need a bright screen, you can
extend battery life and save energy by
making it dimmer.
Using the ActionPoint Touchpad
You can move your cursor on the screen by
sliding your finger along the built-in
ActionPoint™ touchpad. It works with any
software application that uses PS/2®
compatible mouse drivers, and has a utility
that lets you adjust its response.
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To move the cursor, slide your finger along
the ActionPoint touchpad. If your finger is too
close to the edge, lift it and put it down on the
opposite edge. The cursor moves only when
your finger touches the pad. See “Customizing
Your ActionPoint” in Chapter 6 or the utility’s
online help for more about cursor settings.
To click, quickly press and release the left
touchpad button or gently tap the touchpad
To select and move an item (click and drag),
doubletap on the touchpad and then slide
your finger across it. You can also hold down
the left touchpad button while sliding your
finger along the touchpad.
When you reach the edge of the touchpad
surface, the pointer continues to move in the
same direction until you lift or move your
finger. This feature is called “Edge Motion.”
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When software manuals tell you to use your
mouse, use these ActionPoint equivalents:
Touchpad movements
Click and drag
Double-tap, slide
Right mouse button
Right touchpad button
Learning More About ActionPoint
For information about changing the speed
and sensitivity of your touchpad, see
“Customizing Your ActionPoint” in Chapter 6.
You can also access the online help in the
touchpad’s control panel
Using the Keyboard
Your computer’s keyboard has 85 keys that
provide the same functions as a full-sized
keyboard, thanks to function keys and an
embedded numeric keypad. The Fn key
provides a second function for other keys.
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The keyboard on the ActionNote is available
with different layouts for different languages.
You can also use the operating system to
reassign the layout of your keyboard. See your
operating system documentation.
Using the Fn Key
To use special functions, hold down the Fn key
and then press the second key. A key’s special
function is labeled in blue.
Fn key functions
Fn F8
Set Up
Displays Power Management screen
Fn F9
Toggles between normal and reverse
video (passive matrix only)
Fn F10
Toggles between displaying the image
on the LCD, external monitor, or both
Using the Embedded Numeric Keypad
In Num Lock mode, the keys in the embedded
numeric keypad give you the number or
symbol for that key instead of the letter.
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Press Num Lock to turn Num Lock mode on
and off. To enter the letter while in Num Lock
press Fn plus the key. With Num Lock off, you
can enter a number or symbol on the numeric
keypad by pressing Fn plus the key.
Creating Software Diskettes
Your computer came with software installed;
the program diskettes are not included.
However, you may need the diskettes to set up
a new printer or re-install a program. You
have utilities that let you create these
diskettes See your “Choosing Your Operating
System” documentation for information
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2 Powering the
This chapter describes how to conserve your
computer’s battery and save energy using the
power management tools supplied.
Using the AC Power Adapter
The AC power adapter charges the battery
and runs the computer off power from an
electrical outlet. Use the adapter whenever
you have access to an outlet, especially when
you are using a PC card
Check the charge indicator light to monitor
charging status when you use the adapter.
Battery charging status
Battery is charging normally
Battery is fully charged
Flashing orange
Battery is not installed properly or is
If you plan to use the computer in countries
other than the U.S. or Canada, you’ll need to
purchase the international AC power adapter.
EPSON also offers an automobile adapter. See
“Using the International AC Power Adapter”
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and “Using the Automobile Adapter” in
Appendix B of the online manual for more
To avoid damaging the computer, use on/y adapters
designed for the Action/Vote 890 series computers.
Using the Battery
The removable NiMH battery can provide
between 4 and 6 hours of power when you use
your computer’s power management features.
How long the battery lasts depends on how
you use the computer. It consumes more
power when you do the following:
Use a bright screen display
Access the drives often
Use a PC card
Your operating system may provide ways to
view your battery’s status and additional
power management features Check your
operating system documentation.
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Recharging the Battery
The battery that comes with your system is
rechargeable. 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 3 hours.
If you find that over time the battery is losing
its charge faster, the battery life may be
reaching its end. Try letting it discharge
completely; then recharge it. You can also use
the optional external battery charger to
recondition the battery.
Replacing the Battery
If you have additional batteries, keep them
fully charged so you can replace your battery
when it runs low. This is especially useful
when you’re traveling.
Use only the NiMH battery pock designedfor the
ActionNote 890 series computers.
You can use the optional external battery
charger to charge an extra battery while
using another one in your computer. See
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“Using the Battery HyperCharger/
Conditioner” in Appendix B of the online
manual for more information.
Contact your local government agency for recycling
information on NiMH batteries.
Follow these steps to replace the battery:
Save the files you’re revising.
Press the on/off button
Close the screen and turn the computer
To avoid a short, do not touch the battery
contacts with metal objects.
Press the battery release lever, then lift the
battery up and out of the case.
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Insert the new battery at an angle and
then lower it into place.
Using Power Management
Your ActionNote offers a variety of power
management features to help you conserve
battery power. Your computer has three
power-saving modes Idle, Standby, and
Suspend These modes progressively reduce
computer functions and save battery life by
turning off various system components when
they are not in use, as described in the
following table:
Power saving modes
System idle
CPU clock speed reduced
CPU clock speed further reduced, screen
backlight turned off, hard disk drive and
other components in low power state
CPU clock stopped, screen and hard disk
drive turned off, ad other components
The screen and hard disk drive also have their
own independent timeout periods and the
screen backlight turns off whenever you close
the cover.
You can press the Suspend/Resume button
(located between the brightness and contrast
controls) at any time to enter Suspend mode
Powering the
Computer 2-5
and temporarily stop system activity. 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 becomes dark.
In environments where you con perform background
tasks, the system may appear to be inactive when it
is performing one of these tasks. Check this
possibility before pressing Suspend/Resume.
With a fully charged battery, the computer
can remain in Suspend mode for several hours
without losing data. To resume activity, press
the Suspend/Resume button again.
Low Battery Protection
The ActionNote’s power management
features protect your data when the 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 and
either connect the AC power adapter or turn
off the computer and replace the battery (as
described earlier in this chapter).
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In addition, the computer can be set up to
enter Suspend mode when the battery power
reaches a minimum level. This protects the
contents of your computer’s memory for
several hours.
You can also configure your ActionNote to
save your data to the hard disk drive
whenever your battery can no longer provide
enough power. With this configuration, the
memory contents are saved on the hard disk
drive and protected indefinitely.
To resume activity where you left off after
saving to disk, replace your battery and press
the on/off button.
Your ActionNote also provides a similar
Instant On feature. When you set up your
computer to use Instant On, you can press the
Suspend/Resume button to save your data
and turn off the power at the same time. To
start up again “instantly” (without reloading
your operating system or software
applications), simply press the on/off button.
For instructions on setting up your ActionNote
to use the Save to Disk and Instant On
features, see “Using Instant On and Saving to
Disk” in Chapter 6.
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Using Energy Wisely
By purchasing this Energy Star compliant
computer, you join a growing number of users
concerned about conserving energy. Here are
a few energy-saving tips:
When using a printer and external
monitor, check to see if they are Energy
Star compliant. If not, 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.
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3 Getting to Work
This chapter contains practical information
about using your ActionNote. Reading it now
can save you time later.
Using Passwords
Passwords help protect data from theft. Your
ActionNote offers two types of passwords a
Setup password that controls access to the
Setup utility, and a System password that
controls access to your computer.
For details on setting both types of passwords,
see “Setting a Password” in Chapter 6.
The passwords described here are not related to the
password you may set through you operating
Entering a Password
Whether the computer is configured with a
System or Setup password, you enter the
password in the same way. When you turn on
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your system (for the System password) or
access Setup (for the Setup password), you see
this prompt:
Enter password:
Type the correct password and press Enter. To
protect your password, the screen does not
display the characters you type.
If you type the password incorrectly, the
computer displays this message and repeats
the password prompt:
Password is incorrect
Enter password:
Try typing the password again. The computer
allows you three tries to enter it correctly. If
you don’t enter a System password correctly,
the system locks up. Turn off the computer,
wait 30 seconds, and try again. If you don’t
enter a Setup password correctly, the
computer loads the operating system without
letting you access Setup. See “Using Password
Security” in Chapter 6 for more information
Using Diskettes
You can use either 720KB double-density or
1.44MB high-density, double-sided diskettes in
your 3.5-inch, 1.44MB diskette drive.
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To insert a diskette, hold it with the label
facing up and the shutter leading into the
drive. Slide it all the way into the drive.
To remove the diskette, make sure the diskette
drive light is off. Then press the release button
and pull out the diskette.
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.
Resetting the Computer
Occasionally, when the computer doesn’t
respond, you may need to reset it Resetting
clears the memory and is easier on the
hardware than turning the computer off.
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To reset the computer, hold down the Ctrl key
and press the Alt and Del keys simultaneously.
Then follow any instructions you see-.
Working Comfortably
It’s easy to spend a lot of time working on the
computer. But too much work time without a
break can cause repetitive motion strain on
your hands and arms. Follow these
suggestions to relieve strain:
Your ActionNote is ergonomically
designed with a palm rest and embedded
ActionPoint touchpad. Try to take
advantage of these while you’re working.
If you do a lot of typing avoid wrist strain
by resting your forearms on an arm rest
or other surface while you type.
Keep your fingers relaxed, and don’t press
too hard on the keys.
Remove your hands from the keyboard
when you are not typing take frequent
breaks, and stretch your fingers.
Getting to Work
4 Caring for Your
Although it has been built for years of use,
your ActionNote contains fragile circuits and
needs to be handled with care to keep it in
good working order:
Keep the computer and AC power adapter
dry, and do not subject them to extreme
heat or cold.
To prevent damage to the LCD, do not
place external devices on top of the
computer, even when it is closed.
When you are not using the serial,
parallel, video ports, or the PC card slots,
keep their covers closed to prevent
damage to the pins in the ports.
Be sure you turn off the computer before
you connect devices other than PC cards
that support hot swapping.
Caring for Your Computer 4-1
Protecting the Hard Disk Drive
Your hard disk drive is designed for travel and
lots of use. Follow these precautions, however,
to protect your data and prolong hard disk
Never turn off or reset the computer when
it is copying data to or from the hard disk
drive (the indicator light is on).
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 read/write heads to lock
in place.
Although the hard disk drive is very
reliable, be sure to back up your files
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Moving and Storing the
Before you move your ActionNote, make sure
the power is off and the screen is closed.
Remove any diskettes. Use a carrying case or
equivalent. If you have any devices attached,
make sure they are turned off and unplugged.
The ActionNote has an operating temperature
range of 42 to 95° Fahrenheit, or 5 to
35° Centigrade. You should keep your
computer well within that range to prevent
If you will not be using your ActionNote for a
while. store it in a dry place, protected from
dust and moisture.
The ActionNote can tolerate storage
temperatures from -4 to 140° Fahrenheit, or
-20 to 60° Centigrade. Also, if temperatures
change more quickly than 5° Centigrade per
hour, it may damage your hard disk drive or
When traveling by air, be sure to take your computer
as carry-on luggage to prevent it from being stored
in an unpressurized storage area.
Caring for Your Computer 4-3
Cleaning Your ActionNote
You may need to clean your ActionNote
occasionally. Clean the exterior with a soft,
damp cloth Spray glass cleaner on a lint-free,
soft cloth to clean the LCD screen; do not spray
the cleaner directly onto the screen.
Cleaning the ActionPoint Touchpad
The ActionPoint is sensitive to moisture which
may affect your cursor movement Use a soft,
lint-free cloth to clean the ActionPoint. If you
need something stronger, lightly moisten the
cloth with glass cleaner. Do not spray the
cleaner directly onto the ActionPoint, and
make sure its surface is completely dry before
you use it.
Cleaning the Diskette Drive
It’s a good idea to clean the diskette drive
occasionally. The drive heads are exposed to
magnetic contaminants in the air and on
diskettes Many diskette manufacturers offer
diskette drive cleaning kits Just follow the
instructions in the kit
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5 Upgrading Internal
Several internal components in your
ActionNote can be upgraded including the
hard disk drive and system memory.
In addition, if your computer did not come
with the internal audio card, you can have
your Authorized EPSON Servicer install one.
Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive
If you need to remove the existing drive, just
follow the instructions below. You won’t need
any tools.
Your ActionNote supports EPSON-qualified,
IDE hard disk drives with a 2.5-inch form
factor and a maximum height of 19 mm.
Contact the EPSON Connection or your dealer
to find out about the latest upgrade options
Before you replace your hard disk drive, be sue to
make backup copies of all your files andprograms.
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Removing the Hard Disk Drive
Follow these steps to remove the drive:
Turn off the computer and disconnect any
external devices or cables.
Close the LCD screen and turn the
computer over.
Press the latch away from the hard disk
drive cover and slide the cover back
slightly. Then lift the cover off, as shown.
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Pull up on the two metal tabs to
disconnect the drive, and remove it from
the case.
If you need to disconnect the connector
card, hold it by the edges and pull it away
from the drive, as shown below.
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Replacing a Hard Disk Drive
Follow these steps to replace a hard disk drive.
If your new drive already has the connector
card attached, start with step 3.
If necessary, attach the connector card
Align the holes in the card with the group
of 44 pins on the right side of the drive
Make sure the connector does not cover
the group of four pins on the left side of
the drive connector.
4-pin group
When the holes and pins are properly
aligned, carefully push the card straight
onto the pins, pressing firmly on the card
until it is in place.
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The hard disk drive compartment on your
ActionNote can accommodate IDE
standard drives up to 19 mm high If the
drive that comes with your computer is
less than 19 mm high, it is installed above
a black foam spacer. If you are going to
install a 19 mm drive, remove the spacer
from the compartment before you
perform step 3.
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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Position the drive cover over the
compartment so that the small arrow on
the cover aligns with the first notch in the
latch Lower the cover and then slide it
until it snaps shut
Run Setup as described under
“Customizing Computer Settings” in
Chapter 6 to make sure the computer
recognizes your new drive.
After installing the operating system,
run the PHDISK utility to create a 25MB
partition on the drive. See “Using Instant
On and Saving to Disk” in Chapter 6 for
more information.
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Removing and Replacing
the Keyboard
You need to remove the keyboard to install
memory. However, you don’t need to
disconnect the keyboard cables.
Removing the Keyboard
Follow these steps to remove the keyboard:
Turn off the computer and disconnect the
AC power adapter.
Disconnect any attached external devices
and cables.
Open the screen to 180°, or as wide as you
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Remove the plastic caps on both sides of
the case below the screen. Use a small
screwdriver to pry each cap loose and
then slide it off, as shown.
Use a small screwdriver to gently pry up
the plastic strip above the keyboard. You
can pry in the center as shown here, or in
front of the left and right hinges.
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Lift up the strip and remove it from the
Being careful not to pull on the keyboard
cables, gently lift the keyboard, holding it
by the top edge. Remove it from the case
and place it on a flat surface in front of
the computer.
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Replacing the Keyboard
When you are ready to replace the keyboard,
refer to the illustrations in the previous
section as you follow these steps:
Carefully lift up the keyboard and
position it over the case.
Hold the keyboard at a 45° angle and
align it so that the clips on the bottom
edge fit into the case.
3. Gently lower the top of the keyboard until
it is securely in place. You should not have
to force it. Make sure the flat cables are
not caught under the edge of the
The top edge of the keyboard should not
overlap the bronze-colored ledge of the
case. If you have difficulty aligning the
keyboard try the following approach
hold the top of the keyboard in the center
with the keyboard at a 45° angle and line
up the clips on the bottom of the keyboard
with the case. Gently lift up the keyboard
until the clips are aligned.
Position the plastic strip above the
keyboard and push it back until it snaps
Into place. The strip fits tightly but should
not obstruct the function keys
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Slide the plastic caps over the screws on
each side of the case and snap them into
position Make sure you use the correct
cap for the left or right side; they do not
slide into place on the wrong side.
After you have replaced the keyboard, check
that the keys operate smoothly. If any of the
keys stick, press back again on the plastic strip
under each hinge cover and in the center of
the plastic strip. If the keys still stick, repeat
the keyboard replacement procedure.
Upgrading Your Memory
Your ActionNote comes with 8MB of memory.
You can increase your computer’s memory to
up to 24MB by installing a 4, 8, or 16MB snapin memory module.
If you are using Instant On or Save to Disk,
you need to rerun the PHDISK utility after you
have changed the amount of memory. See
Chapter 6 for more information
A memory module is delicate and needs careful
handling. If you don’t fee/ confident installing it
yourself, ask your Authorized EPSON Servicer for
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Removing a Memory Module
Your computer may have a memory module
installed. If you want to replace it with a
higher-capacity module, follow the steps
below to remove the original memory module.
If it doesn’t have a module installed, see the
next section, “Installing a Memory Module,” to
Install one.
Remove the keyboard as described In the
previous section.
Press each of the retaining clips toward
the side of the memory module socket and
lift the module until it is released.
Pull the module out of the socket You are
now ready to install the new memory
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Installing a Memory Module
Follow these steps to install the new memory
Computer memory modules are sensitive to static
electricity. Ground yourself by touching a metal
surface before you touch the memory module. Keep
it safe inside its anti-static packaging until you are
ready to installit. Remain as stationary as possible
while you install it.
Holding the memory module with the
notch on the upper right corner, align it
with the connector at the edge of the
Insert the memory module Into the socket
at an angle, pressing along the edge until
it clicks into place.
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Press down on the module until it snaps
into the retaining clips on the sides
Replace the keyboard as described in the
previous section.
5. Run Setup, as described under
“Customizing Computer Settings’ in
Chapter 6, to make sure your computer
recognizes the new memory. (When you
turn on the computer, it might warn you
of a memory size mismatch.)
Installing a Fax/Modem or
Infrared Device
If your computer did not come with the
internal fax/modem, you can install either a
fax/modem or an infrared device yourself. If
you have a fax/modem already installed, you
can replace it with an infrared device. Follow
these steps to install the device:
Remove the keyboard as described under
“Removing the Keyboard.”
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Refer to the illustration below to locate
the connector on the system board.
Remove the plastic insert covering the
port opening on the left side of the
computer, next 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 pressure to pull the cover away
from the case and push it out.
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Insert the phone jack end of the fax/
modem card or the LED window of the
infrared card into the port opening and
align the connector on the card with the
connector on the system boar4 as shown
Make sure the pins in the connector are
directly over the holes in the connector on
the system board Then gently push the
card straight into the connector.
If you are installing an infrared device,
you must cover the port opening with the
clear plastic cover provided with the
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If you are finished installing internal
components, replace the keyboard as
described under “Replacing the
Run Setup, as described under
"Customizing Computer Settings” in
Chapter 6, to make sure the port address is
set correctly for the fax/modem or the
Infrared device. The default setting Is
For information about using your fax/modem,
see the following section. For more
information on using an infrared device, see
Appendix B in the online manual.
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.
Before you connect the phone line, you 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.
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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.
Some commercial telephones have high-voltage
digital telephone lines that can damage the fax/
modem. If in doubt, check before connecting.
Insert the cable into the phone jack. (Connect
the other end of the cable to the modular jack
outlet for your phone line.)
You fax/modem also has an internal modem
command set that you may need in certain situations
to control data transmission. See the manual that
came with you modem for more information.
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6 Customizing Your
You can customize your ActionNote in a
variety of ways covered in this chapter.
Customizing Your ActionPoint
You can adjust the amount of pressure you
need to apply to your touchpad as well as the
speed and precision of the cursor movement.
Select the ActionPoint Configuration control
panel utility. Then use the table below to
change your settings
ActionPoint configuration panels
Color ad
Lets you choose from nine
pointers in three color
schemes and three sizes
When enabled, medium or
large pointers grow to the
selected size while moving,
and shrink back to a small
size while at rest
Pointer tails
When enabled, ghost
images follow the pointer
to increase visibility on
LCD screens; can also
adjust tail length
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ActionPoint configuration panels (continued)
Adjusts the response of the
pointer to the motion of
the pointing device
Adjusts how quickly you
must double-click
Increases the cursor speed
in relation to sensitivity
Lets you shift the screen
pointer temporarily into
one of four special-purpose
operating modes: slow
motion, freeze motion,
horizontal motion, and
vertical motion
Set rotation
Adjusts the direction of the
Set buttons
Lets you swap left and
right buttons
Sets the pointer to jump to
a predefined location
whenever a dialog box
Sets the pointer to jump
to a predefined location
when you press a key
Lets you assign key
combinations to
predefined keyboard and
mouse actions
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ActionPoint configuration panels (continued)
Edge motion
Lets you extend cursor
motion when your finger
reaches the edge of the
Controls how much finger
pressure you must apply
before the touchpad
Lets the touchpad
recognize several tapping
gestures that replace right
or left mouse button clicks
To select a setting click the button for that
setting then adjust the controls.
When you’ve made changes, click OK to exit.
Your settings take effect immediately.
Customizing Computer Settings
Setup configures your ActionNote and stores
the settings in the computer’s CMOS ROM
(read-only memory) Because this area of
memory is backed up by a battery, it is not
erased when you turn off or reset the computer.
The current configuration is probably fine for
most of your needs. However, you may need to
run Setup when you upgrade your computer
or connect new equipment You can also run
Setup to customize power management.
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Starting Setup
To start Setup, turn on your computer. (If your
computer is already on, save any files you’ve
been working on, then restart your computer.)
During power-on diagnostics you see the
following prompt:
Press F8 to run SETUP
As soon as you see this message, press F8
If you do not press F8 within 5 seconds, the
computer loads the operating system. You can
restart the computer and try again.
Changing the Settings
When the computer starts Setup, you see the
Page 1 screen, which displays your computer’s
memory configuration in addition to other
settings you can change. Base memory plus
extended memory is total system memory.
Use the right, left, down, and up arrow keys to
move the cursor from option to option. Once
you have highlighted an option you want to
change, press the + or - key 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
hh:mm:ss (24
hour format)
mmm dd, yyy
Hard Disk 1 Auto
Sets the time used by the
Sets the date used by the
Lets you upgrade your BIOS
horn a diskette
Sets the type of drive
installed of allows you to
define the type
CPU Speed
Sets the processor speed
Quick Boot
Lets you skip non-essential
diagnostic tests at startup
Boot Drive
C:, A
A:, C*
Sets the drive from which
the operating system will
be loaded at startup
See ‘Setting or Changing a
Password- below
Security Setup*
Applies password
protection to entire system
or Setup only
Sets the display mode at
startup; Auto lets the
system select the LCD
screen or monitor (if
connected); Simul displays
on both
*Default setting
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The table below lists the page 3 Setup options.
Setup, page 3 options
Controls the processor’s
internal cache operation
Controls the processor’s
external cache operation
when external cache is
Serial Port
3F8h (COM1)*
2F8h (COM2)
Assigns the serial port
Fax/Modem 3F8h (COM1)
2F8h (COM2)*
Audio I/O
Audio IRQ
378h (LPT1)*
I Disabled
Assigns the port address
for the fax/modem when
it is installed
Controls the parallel port
Identifies the I/O address
the audio card uses
Identifies the IRQ setting
the audio card uses
Lets you die the builtin touchpad, in case you
connect a serial mouse
* Default setting
** Autodetects ECP or EPP devices when connected and
turned on at system start-up
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The table below lists the power management
options Additional information about power
management follows the table.
Power management options (Setup page 2)
Lets you enable power
management at all times,
disable it completely, or
disable it only when you
use an adapter
AC Disabled*
System Idle
Lets you disable the Idle
1 to 15
2 minutes*
Lets you disable or set the
period of inactivity
before the Standby mode
takes effect
1 to 15
10 minutes*
Lets you disable or set the
period of inactivity
(following the Standby
period) before the
Suspendmode takes
Hard Disk
1 to 15
5 minutes*
Lets you disable or set the
period of in activity
before the hard disk drive
turns off
1 to 15
2 minutes*
Lets you disable or set the
period of inactivity
before the screen turns off
Low Battery
Save to HDD
Instant On
See ’Customizing Power
Management' below
See ‘Customizing Power
Management’ below
*Default setting
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When you are ready to exit Setup, press Esc.
You see the exit menu. Press one of the
following keys:
Setup exit command keys
Retuns you to the main Setup or Power
Management Setup screen
Saves your new settings and restarts the computer
Loads the default settings for all the options and
returns to Setup
Exits Setup without saving your settings
Customizing Power Management
In addition to the timeout options listed
above, the Power Management screen also lets
you press one of the following function keys to
configure your timeout options
Function key
Selects Maximum Performance mode;
maximizes system performance in al
power management states, but allows
some features to power down
Selects Maximum Battery mode;
minimizes battery usage and decreases
system performance in low power states
6-8 Customizing Your Computer
You may want to experiment to find the
settings that work best for you. You can access
the Power Management screen (without
running Setup) by pressing Fn F8, so you can
adjust your settings at any time.
You should not, however, change the Power
Management and Low Battery options.
These features protect your data when your
battery is about to run out.
For more information about how your power
management features work, see “Using Power
Management“ in Chapter 2.
Using Instant On and Saving to Disk
The Low Battery option in Setup allows you
to select Suspend or Save to HDD, which
perform the following functions
The computer continues to use a very
small amount of power. If you select
Suspend ad leave your system
suspended, the battery eventually runs
down and your data will be lost.
Save to HDD
Contents of your system and video
memory are saved to a special partition on
your hard disk drive. Even if your battery
MS down, your data is protected.
Instant On works through the same process as
Save to HDD, except that your data is saved to
disk when you press the Suspend/Resume
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button Before you can use either of these
features, you have to configure your hard disk
The drive is already partitioned to set aside a
25MB area for the saved data (allowing space
for all memory configurations). This area is
invisible to your software, and the amount of
disk space available to you for normal data
storage is reduced
If you need to partition a drive, for example if
you install a new one, copy the utility into the
PM directory; then run the PHDISK utility
program by typing the following commands
at the DOS prompt:
The PHDISK program formats the partition on
your hard disk drive. After you run this
program, you can use the Save to Disk and
Instant On functions available on the Power
Management screen. These options take effect
immediately. You might need to run this
utility again if you change the memory size.
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Using Password Security
This section tells you how to set up a password
to prevent unauthorized people from using
your ActionNote.
Remember that once you set a systempassword, you
cannot access your system unless you enter it
correctly. Write down your password and keep it in a
safe place. If you forget it, call the EPSON
Connection for assistance.
Setting or Changing a Password
You can set two types of passwords for your
computer: a system password and a Setup
If you set a system password, the computer
prompts 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 See
"Entering a Password” in Chapter 3 for
information on using a password
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Setting a Password
Follow these steps to set a password
Highlight the Password option.
Press Enter.
Type a password up to seven characters
long As you type, you see only symbols
displayed on the screen
Press Enter.
Type the password again and press 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.)
Press any key to continue. The Password
option setting is enabled
You can now highlight the Security option
and select SETUP , which applies the
password to the Setup program. You can
also select SYSTEM. If you select SYSTEM,
you are prompted to enter the password
whenever you turn on the computer or
run Setup.
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Deleting or Changing a Password
If you want to delete or change a password,
follow these steps:
Highlight the Password option
Press Enter.
Type your password. You see only squares
on the screen
Press Enter.
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
Press Enter.
Type the password again and press Enter.
Press any key to continue.
Using Video Drivers and Utilities
Your system includes high-resolution video
display drivers for Windows® installed on
your hard disk drive. If you are using
Windows 3.1, you can use these drivers to
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display in resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in
16 colors on an external monitor. Windows 95
provides the Chips and Technology drivers to
do the same thing To select these drivers, use
your operating system’s video display or
control panel utility.
If you select a higher resolution for your LCD
screen, your display is larger than the screen
itself. As you move your cursor up and down
and from side to side, the screen pans to show
the entire display.
Your Action/We is configured to display in standard
VGA resolution on your LCD or an external monitor.
You can toggle between displaying on the LCD, on
the external monitor, or on both screens
simultaneously bypressing Fn F10. You can also set
the default video mode by using Setup; see
"Charging the Settings” for more information.
To check on the availability of drivers for nonWindows applications, call the EPSON
Connection or access one of the EPSON
electronic support services, as described under
“Where to Get Help” in Chapter 7.
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7 Troubleshooting
You probably won’t have any problems as
you set up and use your ActionNote. If
anything out of the ordinary happens,
however, see this chapter for help.
Where to Get Help
If you purchased your computer in the United
States or Canada, EPSON provides customer
support and service through a network of
Authorized EPSON Customer Care Centers
EPSON also provides the following services
when you dial (800) 922-8911.
Technical information on the installation,
configuration, and operation of EPSON
Assistance in locating your nearest
Authorized EPSON Reseller or Customer
Care Center
Customer relations
EPSON technical information library fax
Product literature on current and new
Troubleshooting 7-1
You can purchase printed manuals,
accessories, or parts for EPSON products from
EPSON Accessories Call (800) 873-7766 (U.S.
sales only) from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. Pacific
time. In Canada, call (800) BUY EPSON.
If you purchased your computer outside the
United States or Canada, contact your EPSON
dealer or the marketing location nearest you
for customer support and service.
If you need help with any application
program you are using see the documentation
for that program for technical support
Electronic Support Services
If you have a modem, the fastest way to access
helpful tips, specifications, drivers, application
notes, and bulletins for EPSON products is
through the online services below.
To access electronic support services, you must have
a modem. You can install an internal fax modem, a
fax/modem PC card, or connect an external modem
to you serial port.
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EPSON bulletin board service
You can call the EPSON bulletin board service
(BBS) 24 hours a day at (310) 782-4531. No
membership is required. Make sure your
communications software is set to 8 data bits
with no parity and 1 stop bit, and any modem
speed up to 28.8 Kbps. See the documentation
that came with your communications
software for more information.
CompuServe’s EPSON America Forum
EPSON also maintains the EPSON America
Forum on CompuServe.® If you have questions
about your EPSON product, this is a good place
to get them answered.
Your computer includes the CompuServe
WinCIM ® Information Manager® installed on
your hard disk drive and a free trial
subscription to CompuServe’s services and
forums The brochure that comes with your
ActionNote describes all the CompuServe
services and how to access them, as well as
providing subscription information.
To access the EPSON America Forum in
WinCIM, simply click on the green traffic light
icon and type EPSON at the menu prompt.
Troubleshooting 7-3
Identifying Your System
When you request technical assistance, be
ready to provide the following
EPSON product name and model (on the
logo for your ActionNote)
EPSON product code (Axxxxxx)
Serial number (on base of ActionNote)
System BIOS version (displayed during
System configuration information from
Operating system version number
Hardware configuration (connections to
external devices, memory size, and so on)
Names and version numbers of software
you’re using
Any installed options
Any error message displayed
Once you gather this information, write it
down at the back of this manual to keep it
handy whenever you need it.
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Error Messages
Your computer contains power-on diagnostics
that check internal devices every time you
turn it on. If the computer finds an error, it
displays an error message on the screen. Many
error messages suggest a remedy. For example,
if you have installed a component, you might
need to check that it was installed correctly.
If the error is serious, the error message
remains on the screen and the computer locks
up. If this happens, contact your Authorized
EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection
Troubleshooting Your ActionNote
If you have trouble with your ActionNote,
look through the headings in this chapter to
see if the problem is covered. Then follow the
suggestions to see if you can solve the problem.
If your computer is still not working correctly,
call (800) 922-8911 or access any of the
electronic support services described earlier in
this chapter.
Troubleshooting 7-5
The Computer Won’t Start
The computer won’t start when you press
the on/off button.
If the Power light is on, check the Suspend
light. Press any key if it is on; press the
Suspend/Resume button if it is flashing
Check the Power fight. If it is flashing
green, it means the battery is too low to
power the computer.
Make sure the brightness and contrast
controls are not turned down If an
external monitor is connected, make sure
it’s turned on
If you replaced your hard disk drive,
make sure you installed it correctly.
off the computer. If you are using the
battery, remove it and reinstall it. If you
are using an AC power adapter,
disconnect it and then reconnect it Then
turn the power on again
You have trouble running the computer
from a battery
The battery power may be low. If you
have a second fully charged battery, use it
to replace the one in the computer and
recharge the original battery.
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If you replace the battery and the
computer does not work properly, the new
battery may also not be fully charged.
Recharge it.
When the charge light is flashing orange,
the battery may not be installed properly.
Try removing and reinstalling it.
Connect the AC power adapter to the
computer and plug the adapter into an
electrical outlet If you have not used the
battery in a long time (three months or
more), you may need to recharge it
When you find that, over time, the battery
is losing its charge faster, it may be
reaching the end of its life. You may need
to replace it with a new battery.
When you need to discardyour battery, contact
you local government agency for information
about recycling NMH batteries.
The computer doesn’t work properly with
the AC power adapter.
Make sure the AC power adapter is
securely connected to the computer and
the electrical outlet.
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Make sure the electrical outlet is
supplying power. If the outlet is working
there may be something wrong with your
AC power adapter.
The LCD Screen is Blank
Use the brightness and contrast controls to
adjust the screen display. See “Adjusting
the Screen Controls” in Chapter 1.
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 video display
control panel utility are correct for your
system. See ‘Using Video Drivers and
Utilities” in Chapter 6.
The computer may be in Suspend mode;
press any key or the Suspend/Resume
button to resume. Press the on/off button
to resume if you are using Instant On See
Chapter 2 for more information.
You may have set a timeout period for the
LCD screen in Setup or with your
operating system. This turns off the screen
after a specified period of time has
elapsed with no system activity. Press any
key to restore the display. (See “Using
Power Management” in Chapter 2.)
7-8 Troubleshooting
The Computer Locks Up
Some operations take longer than others
to perform. Wait a few minutes to see if
the computer returns to normal operation.
The computer may be in Standby or
Suspend mode. Press any key or the
Suspend/Resume button to resume
Try pressing the Num Lock key. If the
Num Lock light does not come on, the
computer is probably locked up.
You may be able to resume activity by
cancelling the current operation. Press
Ctrl Alt Del. Then follow any instructions
on the screen
Turn off the computer, wait thirty
seconds, and turn it back on
Your Password Isn’t Working
If you type the password and then see the
password prompt again, type the
password again and press Enter.
If the computer locks up, turn it off, watt
30 seconds, and try again
If you have forgotten your password, call
the EPSON Connection for assistance.
Troubleshooting 7-9
You Can’t Access Data on a Diskette
Remove the diskette and make sure it is
inserted with the label facing up.
Make sure the diskette is either 720KB or
If the write-protect switch is set, and you
are trying to save a file to the diskette,
either use a different diskette, or move the
writeprotect switch
If the diskette is damaged, use a backup
copy to repeat the operation. If you need
the files on the original diskette, try
copying one file at a time.
Try cleaning the diskette drive heads.
See “Cleaning the Diskette Drive” in
Chapter 4.
Try formatting a new blank diskette to
determine whether the problem is with
the diskette or the drive. See your
operating system documentation or
online help for instructions
The Diskette Drive Isn’t Working
Try reading from or writing to the
diskette in another computer’s drive, if
you have access to one.
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If the drive is making loud or unusual
noises, contact your Authorized EPSON
Servicer or the EPSON Connection
You Can’t Access Files on the Hard Disk
If you have set a timeout for the hard disk
drive in Setup and the drive powered
down, it may still be coming back up to
speed Your drive takes about 15 seconds
to resume speed
Make sure the Hard Disk option is set
correctly in Setup. If your hard disk drive
is not detected, you will have to configure
the appropriate hard disk drive
parameters yourself.
If you replaced or upgraded the hard disk
drive, make sure it is installed correctly
and that the operating system is installed
See “Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive” in
Chapter 5.
A PC Card Isn’t Working
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
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is compatible, call the EPSON Connection
or your Authorized EPSON Servicer for the
latest information about tested cards.
Like a diskette, a new PC RAM or hard
disk card may need to be formatted
(initialized) before you can use it. See the
documentation that came with your card
or driver for instructions.
Press the release button to remove the
card; then try inserting it again See “Using
PC Cards” in Appendix B for instructions.
Your computer is set up to work with most
PC cards, but some cards require that you
install other software drivers. See the
documentation that came with your card
The ActionNote comes with PCMCIA
drivers and utilities that you can use with
your card Your operating system may
also include drivers. For details, see “Using
PC Cards” in Appendix B.
You may need to restart your computer
and select the appropriate option at the
PCMCIA driver prompt Then try your PC
card operation again.
When you resume from Suspend to Disk
mode, your PCMCIA drivers may not be
reloaded or reinitialized. Exit any
application programs you are using and
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restart your computer; then, if necessary,
select the option to load your PCMCIA
card drivers at the prompt.
See the EPSON PCMCIA Card Software User’s
Guide for information about configuring PC
cards using the drivers supplied with your
computer. If none of these solutions solve your
problem, contact the card manufacturer or
call your Authorized EPSON Servicer or the
EPSON Connection for assistance.
The ActionPoint Isn’t Working Correctly
Make sure the touchpad has not been
disabled in Setup. See “Changing the
Settings” in Chapter 6 for instructions.
Make sure the touchpad drivers are
loaded and the ActionPoint is configured
the way you want See “Customizing Your
ActionPoint” in Chapter 6 for more
The touchpad is highly sensitive to
moisture. Clean the ActionPoint (see
“Cleaning your ActionNote” in Chapter 4);
then wash and dry your hands
If you still have trouble with the
ActionPoint, contact your Authorized
EPSON Servicer or the EPSON Connection
Troubleshooting 7-13
An External Monitor Is Blank
Adjust the brightness and contrast of the
monitor screen
Check that the monitor’s power cable is
securely connected to the monitor and to
an electrical outlet.
Make sure the monitor is set for the
correct input and can support the video
mode you have selected. See your monitor
manual for more information.
You may have switched your display to
LCD mode. Press Fn F10 until you see the
display on your external monitor.
If the monitor still does not work, turn off
both the computer and the monitor. Then
check the electrical outlet for power.
Contact your Authorized EPSON Servicer
or the EPSON Connection for assistance.
An External Pointing Device Doesn’t
If you have disabled the pointing device
in Setup, make sure your new pointing
device driver is installed and loaded See
the documentation that came with your
device for instructions
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Your ActionPoint touchpad is disabled
when you connect a device to the
external keyboard/mouse port and use it
before you use the touchpad.
If you connect a pointing device to the
serial port (rather than the mouse port),
however, you must disable the touchpad
in Setup. See “Changing the Settings” in
Chapter 6 for instructions
Make sure you connected the device to
the external keyboard/mouse port (or
serial port) before you turned on the
computer, as described in “Using an
External Keyboard, Mouse, or Other
Pointing Device” in Appendix B.
If the device is connected to the
computer’s serial port, make sure the
device and the serial port options in Setup
are set to use the same memory address or
COM port See “Changing the Settings” in
Chapter 6 for more information
If you still have trouble with an external
device, check the manual that came with
it or contact the manufacturer.
Troubleshooting 7-15
Your Printer Isn’t Working
If you have just connected the printer,
check that the printer has power and is
properly connected to the computer.
If you have a serial printer or if you have
problems feeding paper, check the printer
manual for the correct DIP switch settings
and settings for serial operation.
Check the settings in your software to
make sure the correct port is selected
The Memory Count Is Incorrect
Reinsert the memory module following the
instructions under “Installing a Memory
Module” in Chapter 5.
Your Software Isn’t Working Correctly
If the application program does not start,
check that you are following the correct
procedure for starting the program, and
that it is installed correctly.
If it’s available, see the software’s online to
help you diagnose the problem.
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
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your software manual to see if this is the
case, and change the CPU Speed setting in
Setup if necessary. See “Changing the
Settings” in Chapter 6 for details.
If you have entered a command that you
want to stop, press Ctrl Alt Del and follow
the instructions on the screen
An application program can occasionally
lock up the computer. If your computer
does not respond when you press the
Num Lock key, turn off your computer,
wait 30 seconds, and then turn it back on
and restart your application program.
If none of these solutions solves your
software problem, contact the software
manufacturer for technical support.
Your Optional Infrared Port Isn’t
Make sure you have the infrared utility
software running and check the software
utility’s communications indicator to see
if the port is active The IrDA device polls
for data until it finds another IrDA signal
To check that it is communicating hold a
mirror up to the port so that it receives its
own reflected signal The signal will show
in the utility software’s indicator.
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Check that there is no obstruction
between the ActionNote IrDA port and
the receiving device’s IrDA port. There
must be a clear line of sight between the
two communicating ports.
Make sure that the communicating IrDA
ports are within three feet of each other,
and are positioned at a 30° angle.
Check that the IrDA port’s COM
assignment is correct. The default setting
is COM2.
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A Specifications
CPU and Memory
486 DX4 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
selectable in Setup
8MB RAM on the system board
expandable up to 24MB using
a 4, 8, or 16MB memory
expansion module
128KB Flash ROM device
containing the system and
video BIOS and Setup program
code. The BIOS is shadowed in
DRAM for faster access
Video RAM
512KB DRAM supports
resolutions up to 640 by 480 in
256 colors on LCD and up to
1024 by 768 in 16 colors or
800 by 600 in 256 colors on
external monitor
8KB internal
Real-time clock, calendar, and
CMOS RAM; backed up by
internal battery
Specifications A-1
Chips and Technology® 65535
video controller; 1MB DRAM;
32-bit VL Local bus; supports
640 by 480 in 256 colors on
LCD 800 by 600 in 256 colors
or 1024 by 768 in 16 colors on
external monitor; automatic
external monitor detection;
simultaneous display with
LCD screen using Fn F10
command or software
Diskette drive
Super I/O controller for one
internal 3.5-inch diskette
drive; supports 720KB and
1.44MB formats
Hard disk
Super I/O controller has
interface for one internal hard
disk drive; automatically
recognizes and configures
drives that support the IDE
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 JElDA 4.1
compatible; supports low
power and suspend modes;
supports hot insertion
(including ExCA standards)
register compatible with
Intel® 82365SL
A-2 Specifications
External VGA
Auto-sensing, 15-pin, D-sub,
female connector for analog
monitor, supports
simultaneous display with
LCD using Fn F10 hot key
sequence or software
Centronics ® compatible;
25-pin, D-sub, female
connector, bidirectional 8-bit
parallel; autodetects ECP or
EPP devices when connected
and turned on at system
RS-232C, programmable,
asynchronous, 9-pin, D-sub
male connector
Auto-sensing, 6-pin, mini-DIN
connector for a PS/2-type
external keyboard, keypad, or
pointing device
Phone jock
Standard RJ-11 connector with
optional internal send/receive
fax/modem installed
Supports optional IrDAcompliant interface; up to
115.2 kbits/second to a
distance of 3.3 feet (1 meter)
within a 30° viewing ang1e;
can use COM1 (3F8h) or COM2
Specifications A-3
Internal; automatically
disabled when the audio
output port is used with the
optional audio cord
Audio input and
Connectors for stereo line-in,
stereo line-out and for
monaural microphone when
optional audio card is
installed; IRQ 5 (default), 7, 9,
or 10; I/O address of 220
(default), 230 or 240
Port replicator
Connector for ActionPort™
Connector for security cable
85 keys 101-key keyboard compatible; embedded
numeric keypad; Fn key for hot key commands
ActionPoint Touchpad
Built-in pointing device with two buttons
compatible with PS/2 mouse driver software; can
be disabled with Setup
Volume Control
Knob adjusts sound of internal speaker or audio
card (if installed)
A-4 Specifications
Mass Storage
Hard disk drive
Removable internal IDE hard
disk drive, 2.5-inch form factor;
maximum height 19 mm;
Setup automatically
recognizes and configures
drives that support IDE
Diskette Drive
Internal 3.5-inch diskette
drive; 720KB or 1.44MB format;
supports lower power
LCD Screen
Screen type
(all backlit)
640 by 480,
64 gray shades
9.5 inches
Passive color
640 by 480
256 colas
10.4 inches
Active color
640 by 480
256 colors
10.4 inches
and color
Active area, diagonal
Setup Program
Stored in ROM; accessible by pressing F8 at
system startup; includes power management
Specifications A-5
See the Software Support icon in the About My
ActionNote folder or group for the latest
information about the software included with
your system and installed on the hard disk drive
Power Sources
Sources include internal removable battery,
lightweight AC power adapter, or optional
international AC power and automobile
Rechargeable 12 Volt NiMH battery, current
regulation by thermistor
AC Power Adapter
Lightweight AC
power adapter
International AC
power adapter
AC Connection
2 folding
6 ft (1.8 meter)
DC cable
6 ft (1.8 meters)
6 ft (1.8 meters)
Input voltage
100 VAC to
250 VAC
100 VAC to
250 VAC
Input frequency 40/63 Hz
40/63 Hz
Output voltage
19 VDC,
1.5 Amp maximum
19 VDC,
1.23 Amp maximum
A-6 Specifications
AC Power Adapter Dimensions
Lightweight AC
power adapter
International AC
power adapter
3.4 inches
(86 mm)
(120 mm)
2.2 inches
(56 mm)
2.04 inches
(60 mm)
1.1 inches
1.5 inches
4.7 inches
(28 mm)
7.8 oz
(220 g)
(37 mm)
9 oz
(255 g)
Use on/y the adapters and replacement batteries
designed for use with the ActionNote 890 series.
Fax/Modem Specifications
Group 3, CCITT G3
V.2.1, V.27ter. V.29
(send only)
Bell 103, 212A.
V.22, V.22 Bis
14.4K, 9600, 7200,
4800, 2400, 300
14.4K, 9600,
2400, 1200, 300
Command set
Class 1
MNP 2 to 4, V.42
MNP 5, V.42 bis
Dialing type
Touchtone or pulse
I Enhanced AT
Specifications A-7
Environmental Requirements
42° to 95° F
(5° to 35° C)
-4° to 140° F
(-20° to 60° C)
30% to 90%
5% to 95%
Acoustical noise
-200 to 12,000 ft
(-67 to 4,000 m)
-200 to 30,000 ft
(-67 to 9,000 m)
35 dB at 1 meter
When traveling by airplane, take the computer into
thepassenger compartment as carry-on luggage to
prevent it from being stored in an unpressurized
storage compartment.
Physical Dimensions
U. S
8.8 in
220 mm
11.7 in
292 mm
1.7 in (1.6 in)
43 mm (40 mm)
6 lb (5.5 lb)
2.5 kg (2.5 kg)
Dimensions for monochrome ActionNote are given in
A-8 Specifications
AC adapter
connecting 1-3
dimensions A-7
input ranges, 1-3
International, 1-3, 2-2
model numbers, 2-2
precautions 4-1
specifications A-6
using 1-2, 2-1
Adapter, automobile, 2-2
Adapter, see AC adapter
input/output, A-4
volume control, A-4
Automobile power adapter, 2-2
backing up files, 4-2
charging 1-2, 2-1, 2-3-2-4
checking status 1-4
configuration, 2-7
conserving power, 1-6, 2-2, 2-5
external charger, 2-3-2-4
indicator light, 1-5, 2-1
Instant On, 5-6
losing power, 2-3
low power protection, 2-6
NiMH, 2-3
operating in Suspend mode, 2-6
recharging 1-4, 2-3
reconditioning 2-3
recycling, 2-5
replacing, 2-3-2-5
Index 1
Battery (continued)
Save to Disk 5-6
specifications A-6
using 2-2-2-5
Boot password, 6-12
Brightness 1-6
Cache, A-1
Calendar, A-1
Caps Lock indicator light 1-5
Charge light 2-1
Cleaning the computer, 4-4
Clock, A-1
CompuServe, 7-3
Computer specifications, A-1-A-8
Contrast 1-6
Controllers, A-2
CPU specifications A-1
computer settings, 6-3-6-8
power management, 6-8-6-10
security, 6-11-6-13
touchpad, 6-1
DC-in port 1-3
computer, A-8
hard disk drive, 5-1
Disk Creation Utility, 1-10
Diskette drive
cleaning 4-4
controller, A-2
indicator light, 1-5
problems accessing, 7-10
specifications, A-5
inserting 3-2
size, 3-2
software, 1-10
2 Index
Energy, conserving, 2-8
Environmental requirements, A-8
Accessories 7-2
bulletin board, 7-2
Connection 1-1
Customer Care Centers, 7-1
electronic support service, 7-2
parts 7-2
services 7-1
Ergonomics, 3-4
Error messages 7-5
External battery charger, see Battery
External monitor, see Monitor, external
External pointing device, see Pointing device
External VGA, see VGA
command set 5-18
connecting phone, 5-17
FDISK utility, 5-6
Features, 1-1
Files, backing up, 4-2
Fn key functions, 1-8
Function keys
F8, 6-4
Power Management 6-9
sticking 5-11
Green light flashing, 2-6
Index 3
Hard disk drive
controller, A-2
dimensions 5-1
indicator light, 1-5
partition, 6-10
precautions 4-2
problems, 7-11
removing, 5-2
replacing, 5-4
specifications, A-5
timeout 2-5
upgrading 5-1-5-6
Indicator Lights 1-4, 1-5
Infrared, 5-14-5-17, A-3
Instant On feature, 2-7, 6-9-6-10
Interface specifications A-3-A-4
IrDA, 5-14-5-17, A-3
embedded numeric keypad, 1-9
external, A-3
Fn key functions 1-8
layouts 1-8
removing, 5-7-5-9
replacing, 5-10-5-11
specifications A-3-A-4
using 1-8
Keypad, embedded, 1-9
LCD screen
cleaning 4-4
drivers and utilities, 6-13
precautions, 4-1
resolution, 6-13
specifications A-5
timeout 2-5
Low Battery option, 6-9
4 Index
Mass storage, see Diskette drive, Hard disk drive
capacity, 5-11
module, 5-12
problems 7-16
specifications, A-1
upgrading 5-11-5-14
Model number, 7-4
Moisture, 4-4
Monitor, external, 6-14, 7-14
Mouse problems, 7-14
Moving the computer, 4-3
NiMH battery, 2-3
Num Lock
indicator light 1-5
key, 1-9
On/off button, 1-4
Opening your computer, 1-2
Parallel interface, A-3
Parallel port, enabling 6-6
changing, 6-13
deleting 6-13
entering 3-1
incorrect 3-2
losing 6-11
problems, 7-9
setting 6-11-6-12
setup 6-11
system, 6-11
types, 3-1, 6-11
using 3-1-3-2
Index 5
PC card
controller, A-2
indicator light, 1-5
problems 7-11
PCMCIA, see PC card
PHDISK utility, 5-6, 5-11, 6-10
Phone line, connecting, 5-17
Pointing device, see Keyboard, Mouse, Touchpad
Ports, enabling, 6-6
AC adapter, 1-2, 1-4
automobile adapter, 2-2
battery, 1-2
conserving 1-6, 2-5-2-8
consumption with battery, 2-2
function keys 6-9
hard disk drive, 4-2
Instant On feature, 2-7, 6-7, 6-9-6-10
Low Battery option, 6-9
low battery protection 2-6-2-7
managing 2-5-2-6, 6-8-6-10
precautions, 4-1
recharging 2-3
replacing battery, 2-7
resume mode, 2-6
saving to disk, 6-9-6-10
sources, A-6
suspend mode, 2-5
turning on and off, 1-4
Power modes 2-5
computer, 4-1
diskette drive, 4-4
hard disk drive, 4-2
touchpad, 4-4
when traveling 4-3
enabling port 6-6
problems, 7-16
6 Index
Problems, 7-6-7-17
diskette drive, 7-10
external monitor, 7-14
hard disk drive, 7-11
memory, 7-16
password, 7-9
PC card, 7-11
printer, 7-16
software, 7-16
touchpad, 7-13
Product code, 7-4
Protection, see Password Security
Questions, 1-1
Recharging the battery, 2-3
Replacing the battery, 2-4
ROM, A-1
Save to HDD mode, 6-9
Screen controls 1-6
Screen timeout 2-5
Scroll Lock, indicator light, 1-5
Scrolling 6-14
SCU password 6-12
Self-test 1-4
Serial interface, A-3
Serial number, 7-4
Serial port, enabling 6-6
diskettes, 1-10
problems, 7-16
Speaker, A-4
Specifications, computer, A-1-A-8
Storing the computer, 4-3
Strain, avoiding, 3-4
Suspend/Resume function 2-5, 6-10
in Windows 95, 2-6
Switches, contrast and brightness 1-6
Index 7
Telephone, see Phone line, connecting
Temperature ranges 4-3
Timeout, 2-5
cleaning 4-4
clicking 1-7
compatibility, 1-6
configuring 6-1
mouse equivalents 1-7
problems, 7-13
selecting an item, 1-7
specifications A-4
using 1-6
Troubleshooting 7-1-7-17
error messages 7-5
function keys sticking 5-11
Turning computer on and off, 1-4, 4-1
Typing avoiding strain 3-4
Upgrading hard disk drive, 5-1
VGA, A-3
resolution, 6-14
controller, A-2
drivers and utilities, 6-13
RAM, A-1
resolution, 6-13, 6-14
specifications A-5
Volume control, A-4
Wrist rest, 3-4
8 Index
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