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Product Support Bulletin
Subject: Proper Method for Running Benchmark and Diagnostics Programs
Date: 06/04/93
Page(s): 1 of 1
PSB No: S-0158
Originator: MWT
This bulletin describes the proper method for running any benchmark or diagnostics
programs. This applies to any computer system.
In most cases, the computer should be started using an MS-DOS boot diskette
that’s ‘clean’ - in other words, one with no CONFIG.SYS or AUTOEXEC.BAT files.
The appropriate executable can then be run, either from diskette or hard drive.
There will be some exceptions to the above rule. In attempting to benchmark or
troubleshoot any add-on that requires a device driver (CD-ROM, local area network,
etc.), obviously the necessary device driver(s) must be loaded. Also, some
programs will require a minimum number of FILES or BUFFERS to be defined in
the CONFIG.SYS file. Such programs will usually display this requirement if they
are run without the necessary CONFIG.SYS file.
For the most consistent results, use the absolute minimal boot configuration that’s
allowed by the hardware being tested.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Equity/Apex Compatibility with the SOTA 386si
Date:
Page:
3/02/90
1 of 3
PSB No:
Originator:
S-0111
MS ;. CL5
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the 80386 Accelerator board test
results, conducted by the Computer Product Support Center, involving the
SOTA 386si from SOTA Technology, inc.
The Equity models tested were the Equity I, Equity II Equity I + and Equity le.
The Apex models tested were the Apex, Apex Plus and Apex 100. All were
tested with Norton Utilities and MS - DOS.
The table below shows compatibility and the Norton SI rating of the
various systems.
Model
Norton SI
Compatibility
Equity I
12.0
Functioned normally with Norton Utilities and
MS- DOS 2.11
Equity I+
12.0/16.9
Functioned normally with MS - DOS 3.3 and
Norton Utilities at both CPU speeds.
Equity le
NA
Unable to boot at 10MHz. Performance
erratic at 4.77MHz
Equity II
14.3
Functioned normally with MS - DOS 3.2 and
Norton Utilities. (Tested only at 7.16MHz.)
Apex
15.9
Unable to boot at 4.77MHz. Functioned
normally at 8MHz with MS - DOS 3.2 and
Norton Utilities.
Apex Plus
11.5
Unable to boot at 9.54MHz. Functioned
normally at 4.77MHz with MS - DOS 3.2 and
Norton Utilities.
Apex 100
12.0/16.9
Functioned normally with MS - DOS 3.3 and
Norton Utilities.
PSB No: S-0111
Page: 2 of 3
Installation of the board in most of the units was quick and simple to do when
following the installation instructions accompanying the boards. Installation of
the SOTA 386si in the Equity I and the Equity II is rather difficult. Due to the
amount of disassembly required, we strongly recommend that only Authorized
Service Centers install the board in the Equity I and Equity II.
Installation Instructions
Equity I
1. Remove the following from the main unit:
a) upper case
b) rear panel
c) front panel
d) FDD/power supply block.
2. Follow instructions for a standard installation for the SOTA 386si in an
8088 - based system. Take care to fold the SOTA connector cable so as
not to prevent reassembly. The cable is sturdy and will tolerate being
folded.
3. Reassemble the main unit and go through the testing and initialization
procedure outlined in the SOTA manual.
Equity II
1. Remove the following from the main unit:
a) upper case
b) rear panel
c) front panel
d) FDD/power supply block.
2. Follow instructions for a standard installation for the SOTA 386si in an
8086 - based system. Take care to fold the SOTA connector cable so as
not to prevent reassembly. This will necessitate routing the cable so that it
does not conflict with the power connection to the main system board.
The cable is sturdy and will tolerate being folded.
3. Reassemble the main unit and go through the testing and initialization
procedure outlined in the SOTA manual.
PSB No: S-0111
Page: 3 of 3
Our Computer Product Support Center receives numerous calls requesting
information and recommendations on 80386 Accelerator boards for use with the
Equity and Apex (8088- and 8086 - based) personal computers.
We have found that the SOTA 386si may meet your requirements and are
competitively priced!
Although these boards were tested by qualified product support specialists,
Epson America makes no representations that these third party products are
compatible with all hardware configurations or software applications.
We recommend that you certify these products with your specific hardware and
software requirements and consult with the third party vendor to ensure reliable
operation.
SOTA Technology can be reached at:
SOTA Technology, Inc.
657 N. Pastoria Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone: (408) 245 - 3366
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Equity and Apex Series Compatibility with the Sysgen OmniBridge
Controller and BridgeFiler External Floppy Drives
Date:
Page:
04/11/90
1 of 3
PSB No:
Originator:
S-0088B
KAS 60
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the results of compatibility testing
conducted by the Computer Product Support Center with the Sysgen
OmniBridge controller and Bridge - Filer external floppy disk drives.
Comments
Equity I
The Equity I was found compatible with the OmniBridge
controller. It was able to support one or two external
disk drives (daisychained) together. The external drives
could be used as high density (1.2M and 1.44M) or
normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity II
The Equity II was found to be totally incompatible with
the OmniBridge controller.
Equity III
The Equity III was found compatible with the OmniBridge
controller. It was able to support one or two external
disk drives (daisychained) together. The external drives
could be used as high density (1.2M and 1.44M) or
normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity I +
The Equity I + was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity le
The Equity le was found compatible with the OmniBridge
controller. It was able to support only one external
floppy drive, unlike the other models tested. The drive
could be used as a high density (1.2Mb and 1.44Mb) or
normal (360K and 720K) disk drive.
PSB No: S-0088B
Page: 2 of 3
Equity II +
The Equity II + was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity lIe
The Equity Ile was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity Ill +
The Equity III + was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
144M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity 386SX
The Equity 386SX was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
144M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
Equity 386/20
The Equity 386/20 was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
APEX
The Epson APEX was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
APEX +
The Epson APEX was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
PSB No: S-008B
Page: 3 of 3
APEX 100
The Epson APEX 100 was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
APEX 200
The Epson APEX 200 was found compatible with the
OmniBridge controller. It was able to support one or
two external disk drives (daisychained) together. The
external drives could be used as high density (1.2M and
1.44M) or normal (360K and 720K) disk drives.
NOTE:
The recommended switch settings for the OmniBridge controller are
as follows:
1-1
1-2
1-3
1-4
DOWN
DOWN
DOWN
DOWN
2-1
2-2
2-3
2-4
DOWN
DOWN
UP
UP
These settings select NO ADDRESS for the OmniBridge BIOS and
allow it to coexist with the internal FDC of the computer in which it
is being installed. This way you do not need to disable the internal
FDC or connect any cables from the OmniBridge to internal floppy
drives. This was found to be a universal setting for all of the
computers listed above as compatible with the OmniBridge controller.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Apex / Apex Plus / Equity Series Keyboards
PSB No: S-0080
Originator: REMAL
Date: 4/19/89
Page: 1 of 1
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information on the various keyboards
used with the Apex, Apex Plus and Equity series computers and the part
numbers of the keyboard subassemblies used with these keyboards.
The Apex and Apex Plus computer keyboards are to be replaced as whole
units.
The
The Equity series keyboards are repaired to the subassembly level.
Equity III keyboard PCB assembly is the only one that comes with the key top
set attached.
Since some of the keyboards have the same model numbers, the difference
can be determined by the FCC ID number in those cases.
The chart below provides a quick reference to determine the part number of
the main keyboard PCB assembly, key top set, control logic subassembly, and
keyboard cable.
Apex / Apex Plus
Keyboard
Unit
Model
Apex
Apex Plus
Equity I, II, Ill
Model
A265091A
93553905410
Equity I/II
Equity Ill
Keyboard
PCB Assy
Y145501001
KAFLZ3AEPS1
Keyboard
Cable
Key Top
set
Y145501021
attached
Y144305000
KACCL060UCA
Equity I +, II +, Ill+, 386/20
Model
Code
FCC ID
Keyboard
PCB Assy
Control
Board
attached
attached
none
Y171501017
Key Top
set
Keyboard
Cable
Y127501022
Y127501022
Y127501022
Y127501022
Y127501031
Y127501031
Y163502020
Y163504006
Equity le
Model
E1160A
Code
FCC ID
Keyboard
PCB Assy
-
C9S4D84701-201
Y163504007
Control
Board
Y171501017
Key Top
set
Y171501007
Keyboard
Cable
Y171501006
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Equity Series HDD Controllers Jumper Settings
Date:
Page:
6/12/89
1 of 8
PSB NO.: S-0070A
Originator: APA ap’
This bulletin provides information on the jumper settings for the hard
disk controllers used in Epson Equity computers.
Please refer to the following pages for information regarding specific
hard disk controllers:
Model #
Page #
WD1002A - WX1 . . . . . . . . . .
2
WD1002S - WX2 . . . . . . . . . .
3
WD1003 - WAH
. . . . . . . . .
4
WD1002 - WAH
. . . . . . . . .
5
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6
WHDC
WD1006S - WAH . . . . .
.
7
ACB - 2320 . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8
HDD Controller WD1002A-WX1 (8-bit)
Model number --------
-- Extra jumper
FACTORY SETTINGS
Position
Description
W1
N/A
Not used.
W2
N/A
Not used.
W3
1 to 2
BIOS ROM is enabled (on controller).
W4
2 to 3
Device address 320H.
W5
* hard-wired 1 to 2
BIOS ROM size (32K or 64K).
W6
2 to 3
Reduced write current (< = 8 heads).
W7
* hard-wired 1 to 2
IRQ 5.
W8
2 to 3
Disk controller I. D. (set to be the first).
Jumper
* No jumper pins - 1 and 2 are connected by a PCB board etch.
HDD Controller WD1002S-WX2 (8-bit)
Jl
‘--Extra jumper
I
FACTORY SETTINGS
Jumper
0
I
Model number--j
Position
Description
W1
1 to 2
Required for this configuration.
W-2
1 to 2
Required for this configuration.
W3
1 to 2
BIOS ROM is enabled (on controller).
W4
2 to 3
Device address 320H.
W5
* hard-wired 1 to 2
BIOS ROM size (32K or 64K).
W6
2 to 3
Reduced write current (< = 8 heads).
W7
* hard-wired 1 to 2
IRQ 5.
* No jumper pins - 1 and 2 are connected by a PCB board etch.
HDD Controller WD1003-WAH (16-bit)
Model number
FACTORY SETTINGS
Jumper
W1
W2
W3
W4
W5
W6
Position
1 to 2
No jumper
* No jumper
2 to 3
2 to 3
2 to 3
* No jumper pins.
Connection of LED indicator cable :
Description
Model
Pin 1 of J6
Status read is latched.
Primary address selected.
Required for this configuration.
Required for this configuration.
Standard configuration.
Standard configuration.
Equity III
Equity II +
Equity III +
Orange wire
Blue wire
Red wire
HDD Controller WD1002-WAH (16-bit)
FACTORY SETTINGS
Model number -~ j
Jumper
Position
Description
W1
1 to 2
Primary base address.
W2
Center to NL
HDD activity LED only lights when the controller accesses the drive.
Connection of LED indicator cable :
Model
Pin 1 of J4
Equity III
Equity II +
Equity III +
Orange wire
Blue wire
Red wire
HDD Controller WHDC (16-bit)
CN6
n l
:
-4
0
FACTORY SETTINGS
Connection of LED indicator cable :
Jumper
Position
Description
Model
Pin 1 of CN6
* JP1 (J1)
* JP2 (J2)
* JP3 (J3)
JP4 to JP8
*2 to 3 (B to C)
* 1 to 2 (A to B)
* 1 to 2 (A to B)
No jumper pins.
Primary address selected.
Status read is non-latched (select = drive busy).
WAH mode (dual HDD controller).
Hardwired to factory settings.
Equity III
Equity I I +
Equity I I I +
Orange wire
Blue wire
Red wire
* “JP” may labeled as “J”, “1” as “A”, “2” as “B” and “3” as “C”.
HDD Controller WD1006S-WAH (16-bit)
Model number
FACTORY SETTINGS
Connection of LED indicator cable :
Jumper
Position
Description
Model
Pin 1 of J1
W1
W2
W3
W4
W5
W6
* 1 to 2
1 to 2
No jumper
* No jumper
* 1 to 2
* No jumper
LED lights for drive selection (non- latched).
No reduced write current,
Enables cacheing.
Isolates mounting bracket from logic ground.
Primary controller port.
Non-latched mode.
Equity 386/20
Red wire
* No jumper pins.
HDD Controller ACB-2320 (16-bit)
FACTORY SETTINGS
Jumper
J5
J6
J7
J8
J9, J10, J11
J12
J13
Position
No jumpers
No jumpers
No jumper
No jumpers
No jumpers
1 to 2
No jumper
Description
Connection of LED indicator cable :
Model
Used for hardware port addressing.
Equity 386/20
Manufacturing test points (DO NOT JUMPER).
Serial monitor output (DO NOT JUMPER).
Manufacturing test points (DO NOT JUMPER).
Not used.
Selects IRQ 14.
ACB-BIOS disabled (no ROM present in location U25).
Pin 1 of J4
Red wire
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
SERVICE
PSB NO. : S-0068
DATE:
1/25/89
ORIGINATOR:
RE
PAGE: 1 of 6
II AND III MAIN BOARD JUMPER CONFIGURATIONS
SUBJECT: EQUITY I,
This bulletin describes the jumper locations and settings
on the Equity I MRS board and Equity II MCY board used for
configuring the computers for third party keyboards and for
It also describes the
enabling an 8087 math coprocessor.
various releases of the Equity II MCY boards and the features
that each version supported.
The Equity III main board dip switch settings, to set up or
change system configuration, are also provided.
Index
Equity
I
MRS
Board
jumpers........................Page
2
Equity
II MCY Board P/N Y1442071000 Rev. OO.......Page 3
Equity
II MCY Board P/N Y1442071000 Rev. O1.......Page 4
Equity
II MCY Board P/N Y1442071000 Rev. O2.......Page 4
Equity II MCY Board P/N Y1442075000 . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Page 5
Equity II MCY Board P/N Y1442076000 . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Page 5
Equity
EPSON
III Main
AMERICA
Board
SERVICE,
Dip-switch
23610
TEL0
configuration....Page
AVENUE,
TORRANCE,
CALIF.
6
90505
u
EQUITY I MARS
BOARD
CONFIGURATIONS
JUMPER
I
I
I
I
CN2
CN1
1
8250
1
i
CN3
8087 socket 3D
1
MRS-MT
BOARD
8OC88
CPU
MARS
BOARD
4D
CN12 CN11
FDD(B) (A)
ml
[ROM
B I O S ]
CN10 CN9
PLEASE NOTE
Since setting the
jumpers requires
almost complete
disassembly of the
Equity I computer
it should be done
only by authorized
Epson Customer Care
Centers.
1
opt. 256KB
RAM Board
CN5
82C59
I
1
A
=p]
Reset
Dip
Switch
Keyboard
* NON-EPSON KEYBOARD SUPPORT - Install jumpers in positions J2 and
position J3 (Early systems did not have this capability and do not
have these jumper positions installed.)
NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE EPSON KEYBOARD WITH THESE JUMPERS
INSTALLED AS DAMAGE WILL RESULT!
* 8087 SUPPORT - Remove the jumper from position J1.
* EGA MONITOR SUPPORT - Set dip switches 6 and 7 to the on position.
----- Page 2 of 6 -----
EQUITY II MCY BOARD Y147201000 REV. 00 JUMPER CONFIGURATIONS
Reset
Dip Switch
Vol.
Keyboard
JUMPER CONFIGURATIONS
* There are no jumpers on this version board. The board is hard-wired
to provide RAM refresh to the option slots.
* An 8087 coprocessor cannot be used.
* There is no provision for using alternate keyboards.
----- Page 3 of 6 -----
EQUITY II MCY BOARD Y147201000 REV. 01 & 02 JUMPER CONFIGURATIONS
MCY board Y147201000
revision 01 and 02
differences.
Revision 02 MCY
boards have the
following improvements over the 01
revision MCY board.
* Serial port works
over 1200 baud.
* Concurrent operation of 8087 &
optional Dynamic
RAM or EGA/VGA.
* Topview fix incorporated on
MCY (main) board.
Reset
JUMPER
Dip Switch
Vol.
Keyboard
CONFIGURATIONS
* J1 and J2 should be in position 2 to enable DMA RAM refresh to the
option slots for expanded memory boards or EGA/VGA video boards.
An 8087 will function concurrently with dynamic RAM boards on
Rev. 02 boards with the jumpers in position 2.
* J1 and J2 should be in position 1 to disable DMA RAM refresh. The
V30 runs about 20% faster in this position.
8087-2 enabled on
Rev. 01 MCY board.
* J3 and J4 are not available on these versions of MCY board.
Non-Epson keyboards cannot be used.
----- Page 4 of 6 -----
EQUITY II MCY BOARD Y147205000 & Y147206000 JUMPER CONFIGURATIONS
MCY board Y147205000
and Y1472056000
differences.
MCY P/N Y147206000
boards have the
following improvements over the
Y147205000 board.
* Serial port works
over 1200 baud.
* Concurrent operation of 8087 &
optional Dynamic
RAM or EGA/VGA.
* Topview fix incorporated on
MCY (main) board.
On
Batt
Off
Reset
I
JUMPER
Dip Switch
Vol.
Keyboard
CONFIGURATIONS
* J1 and J2 should be in position 2 to enable DMA RAM refresh to the
option slots for expanded memory boards or EGA/VGA video boards.
The 8087 will work in DMA refresh mode with the Y147206000 board.
* J1 and J2 should be in position 1 to disable DMA RAM refresh.
The V30 runs about 20% faster in this position. The jumpers must be
in position 1 to enable an 8087 with the Y147205000 MCY board
* J3 and J4 should be in position 1 to use an IBM compatible keyboard.
* J3 and J4 should be in position 2 (default) for the Equity II
keyboard.
NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE EPSON KEYBOARD WITH JUMPERS J3 AND
J4 IN POSITION 1 AS DAMAGE MAY RESULT!
----- Page 5 of 6 -----
EQUITY Ill MAIN BOARD DIP-SWITCH SETTINGS
DIP
Switch
SWITCH
FUNCTIONS
Function
(*Factory
On
settings)
Off
1-1
RAM size
Monitor type
PROM size
Disable
640KB*
Monochrome*
Color
See Table 4-2 in User's Guide
2-1
Serial Port
Unused
Floppy Disk FDC
Parallel Port
Enable*
1-2
1-3 - 1-6
;I;
2-4
Enable*
Enable*
Disable
Disable*
Disable
Disable
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Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Equity Compatibility with the SOTA 286i and the PC Technologies
286 Express
Date:
Page:
7/12/89
1 of 3
PSB No:
S-0066A
Originator: KAS +@
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide the 80286 Accelerator board test
results, conducted by the Computer Product Support Center, involving the
SOTA 286i from SOTA Technology, Inc. and the 286 Express from PC
Technologies, Inc.
The Equity models tested were the Equity I, Equity II and Equity I+. All three
were tested with Norton Utilities and Windows/286. (The memory of the Equity
I used in the test was upgraded to 512K in order to accommodate
Windows/286.)
The table below shows compatibility and the Norton SI rating of the
various combinations.
Model
Accelerator
Equity I
286 Express
NA
Not able to load driver to
access 80286.
Equity I
SOTA 286i
11.5
Functioned normally with
Windows/286, Notion Utilities
and MS-DOS 2.11.
Equity II
286 Express
NA
Not able to load driver to
access 80286.
Equity II
SOTA 286i
13.7
Functioned normally with
Windows/286, Norton Utilities
and MS- DOS 3.1 and 3.2.
Equity I +
286 Express
16.5
Functioned normally with
Windows/286, Norton Utilities
and MS - DOS 3.2.
Equity I+
SOTA 286i
13.7
Functioned normally with
Windows/286, Norton Utilities
and MS - DOS 3.2.
Norton SI
Compatibility
PSB No: S-0066A
Page: 2 of 3
Installation of either board in the Equity I + was quick and simple to do when
following the installation instructions accompanying the boards.
Installation of the SOTA 286i in the Equity I and the Equity II is rather difficult.
Due to the amount of disassembly required, we strongly recommend that only
Authorized Service Centers install the board in the Equity I and Equity II.
Installation Instructions
Equity I
1. Remove the following from the main unit:
a) upper case
b) rear panel
c) front panel
d) FDD/power supply block.
2. Follow instructions for a standard installation for the SOTA 286i in an
8088 - based system. Take care to fold the SOTA connector cable so as
not to prevent reassembly. The cable is sturdy and will tolerate being
folded.
3. Reassemble the main unit and go through the testing and initialization
procedure outlined in the SOTA manual.
Equity II
1. Remove the following from the main unit:
a) upper case
b) rear panel
c) front panel
d) FDD/power supply block.
2. Follow instructions for a standard installation for the SOTA 286i in an
8086 - based system. Take care to fold the SOTA connector cable so as
not to prevent reassembly. This will necessitate routing the cable SO that it
does not conflict with the power connection to the main system board.
The cable is sturdy and will tolerate being folded.
3. Reassemble the main unit and go through the testing and initialization
procedure outlined in the SOTA manual.
PSB No: S-0066A
Page: 3 of 3
Our Computer Product Support Center receives numerous calls requesting
information and recommendations on 80286 Accelerator boards for use with the
Equity I and I + (8088 - based) and the Equity II (8086 - based) personal
computers.
We have found that the SOTA 286i and 286 Express products may meet your
requirements and are competitively priced! They join the PC Elevator board
(for use with the Equity I + and Equity II) as accelerator boards recommended
for use with Epson 8088 and 8086 - based personal computers.
Although these boards were tested by qualified product support specialists,
Epson America makes no representations that these third party products are
compatible with all hardware configurations or software applications.
We recommend that you certify these products with your specific hardware and
software requirements and consult with the third party vendor to ensure reliable
operation.
Vendor Reference
**
Applied Reasoning
(PC Elevator)
86A Sherman St.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Phone: (617) 492-0700
PC Technologies, Inc.
(286 Express)
704 Airport Blvd.
Box 2090
Ann Arbor, Ml 48106
Phone: (313) 996-9690
Sota Technology, Inc.
(SOTA 286i)
657 N. Pastoria Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone: (408) 245-3366
** NOTE:
Applied Reasoning is no longer producing the PC Elevator
board that is recommended as an accelerator board for the
Equity I+ and Equity II. However, it may still be available in
distribution stock.
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
SERVICE
PSB NO.:
S-0065
DATE:
1/5/89
ORIGINATOR:
AGE: 1 of 1
REM/
SUBJECT: DISABLING THE FLOPPY DISK CONTROLLER IN EPSON COMPUTERS
This bulletin covers the ability or inability to
floppy disk controller in the Epson computers.
COMPUTER
Equity I
II
Equity
III
I+
Equity II+
1OMHz
12MHz
Equity
the
HOW
No
Equity
Equity
FDC CAN
BE
DISABLED
disable
III+
No
Yes
CPU Board - Switch 2-3 off
Yes
CPU Brd - Jumper 1 in Position B
Multi-function
No
Yes
Board
- Jumper 2 in Position B
Yes
Multi-function
Board
- Jumper 1 in Position B
- Jumper 2 in Position B
Apex
Apex Plus
EPSON
AMERICA
Yes
Motherboard
-
Remove
Jumper
El
No
SERVICE,
23610
TEL0
AVENUE,
TORRANCE,
CALIF.
90505
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject: History of ROM Versions for the Equity Computers
Date: 12/03/93
Page(s): 1 of 18
PSB No: S-0062I
Originator: MTD
The purpose of this Product Support Bulletin is to provide a comprehensive history of the ROM
versions released for use in the Equity series computers.
EQUITY I
VER
2.1D
2.1I
2.20
2.21
PART #
DESC
TYPE
LOC
Y144800101
Y144800102
Y144800301
MSA-B1
MSA-B2
MSA-B3
M27128
M27128
M27128
12F
12F
12F
Y144800401
MSA-B4
M27128
12F
REASON
INITIAL RELEASE
Corrects problems with EGA, PCNET, and hardcards. Adds support for
4 FDDs. See MIB SM0003 (6/2/86)
and ECN EQ1-001 (7/29/86).
Allows use of the Canon MD-5201-55
FDD. See ECN EQ1-002 (1/19/87).
EQUITY I+
VER
1.00
1.03
PART #
Y144519071
Y144803000
DESC
AGB-A1
AGB-A2
TYPE
M27128
M27128
LOC
5M
5M
REASON
INITIAL RELEASE
Fixes serial port problem with MS
Word and keyboard problem with
3COM software.
TIonON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Equity I Computer - Answers to Common Questions
PSB No: S-0060A
Originator: REMfi
Date: 4/23/90
Page: 1 of 8
The following questions and answers have been compiled from the support
calls received at the Epson Product Support Center.
Floppy Disk Drives
Q1. What type of floppy disk drives are used in the EQUITY I? Can other
IBM compatible floppy disk drives be used?
A. The following models of half - height, 5.25”, 360KB floppy disk drives have
been used. The most common type was the MD- 5201- 55.
1. CANON MDD- 531- 51
2. CANON MD- 5201- 55
3. EPSON SD- 525- 501
Because of the non-standard FDD interface, other floppy disk drives
cannot be used.
Q2. Can a 3.5”, 720KB or 1.44MB Floppy disk drive be installed?
A. No, the Equity I does not support 3.5” floppy drives.
Q3. Can a 1.2MB floppy disk drive be installed?
A. No, the Equity I does not support 1.2MB floppy disk drives.
Q4. What is a “601” error on power - up?
A. This is a floppy disk controller (FDC) error caused by an invalid response
during the FDC status check. Refer to the Equity I diagnostics manual. It
may indicate that the FDD cables are not connected properly or the
controller is faulty.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 2 of 8
Q5. Is it possible to disable the Equity I floppy disk controller?
A. No. the floppy disk controller cannot be disabled.
Hard Disk Drives (See Hardware Update information on page 7)
Q6. Does the Equity I have enough power to support 2 floppy disk drives and a
hardcard type hard disk drive?
A. Yes, although the power supply is rated for 53 watts the Equity I main system board
was designed with many low power custom C - MOS components which draw
very little current. In order to conserve available power, it is recommended to
use a hardcard which draws 12 watts or less.
Q7. Is the Plus Development Hardcard 20 compatible with the Equity I?
A. Yes, the manual installation procedure in the Plus Development installation
instructions must be followed.
Q8. Can a hardcard be installed in addition to a hard disk drive?
A. No, this is not recommended as it may overload the power supply.
Q9. What type of hard disk does Epson supply with the Equity I and what is the
average disk access time.
A. Epson originally supplied a half - height, 5.25”, 20 MB, Epson model HD- 860 hard
disk (89ms) with controller. This drive has since been replaced with the
HMD - 720 with an average access time of 69ms.
Q10. What hard disk controllers can be used?
A. The Western Digital (WD1002A - WX1 or WX2) hard disk controller is recommended
for use in the Equity I for MFM type HDDs. Most other IBM PC/XT compatible controllers will also work.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 3 of 8
Q11. Can hard disks from other vendors be used?
A. Yes, the customer should purchase a 1/2 height, low power unit such as the
HMD- 720 offered by Epson.
Q12. Can an EGA or VGA adapter board and monitor be used with the Equity I?
What are the dip switch settings for EGA and VGA video mode?
A. Yes, but ensure the ROM BIOS is version 2.20 or 2.21 and set the front panel dip
switch 1 - 6 and 1 - 7 to “on”.
Q13. Some programs requiring Hercules graphics will not display graphics on the
monochrome monitor used with the Epson MGA multigraphics adapter. Is there
anything to correct this?
A. It may require a patch program that has been developed to overcome some
compatibility problems that may occur with a few application programs.
See PSB# 0024. The patch utility files (PATCH.ARC) can be downloaded from
the Epson Product Support RBBS system and from Compuserve's Epson Forum.
They are compressed and can be uncompressed with ARC.
The Product Support RBBS system can be accessed anytime by remote modem
at Tel. (213) 534- 8506.
Protocol: no panty, 1 stop bit, 8 data bits, 1200/2400 Baud.
Q14. Is the NEC Multisync monitor compatible with the Equity I?
A. Yes, with the appropriate EGA video card.
Q15. My color monitor display blinks on and off when in 40 column mode using the
Epson MRS- CR, CGA color video board.
A. This can be corrected by replacing the MRS - CR board with an MGA video board
or by modifying the MRS - MT board. The modification consists of cutting the
printed circuit between CN1 - B30 and CN2 - B30 and adding a 39 Ohm 1/4 watt
resistor in series with the OSC dock to the option slots.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 4 of 8
General Information
Q16. What is the latest MS - DOS version available for the Equity I?
A. Epson’s MS - DOS 3.2 has been certified for use with the Equity I. It is available
from Epson’s Accessories Sales Department at 1-800- 873- 7766.
Q17. What is the latest ROM BIOS version for the Equity I?
A ROM BIOS version 2.21 (P/N Y144800401).
Q18. What kind of memory upgrade is available for the Equity I?
A. Epson offers a 384KB RAM board with Real Time Clock and Calendar (part number
Q515A - AA). It replaces the MRS - MT expansion slot board and provides 640KB
memory. It is available from Epson’s Accessories Sales department. A similar
board called the Tahiti Board is available from Image Technology Inc. at Tel. #
(383) 799-8433. If the Equity I originally came with 512KB, the 256KB RAM board
plugged into the system board next to the floppy disk drive assembly must be
removed.
Q19. How do you set the Epson 384K RAM Board Real Time Clock, date and time?
A. Use the SETRTC utility program supplied with the 384K RTC board.
Q20. After installing a 384K RTC board the Equity I will no longer boot What could
the problem be?
A. Make sure the Epson RTC driver (RTCDEV.SYS) is the first file loaded from the
CONFIG.SYS file.
Q21. Does The Equity I have panty check for RAM?
A. No, the Equity I does not have panty checking capability.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 5 of 8
Q22. Which Math- Coprocessor chip do I need?
A. An 8087 Math-Coprocessor chip which runs at 4.77MHz is recommended. Jumper
J1 must be removed for 8087 operation. Refer to figure 1 on page 8.
Q23. Where is the 8087 socket located?
A. The 8087 socket is located on the main system board next to the CPU chip toward
the rear of the board. The upper chassis, which holds the power supply and FDD
assembly must be removed to install the 8087. Refer to figure 1 on page 8.
Q24. Will IBM compiled BASIC programs run on the EQUITY I?
A. BASIC programs written for the IBM PC- XT will run as long as they do not
require IBM’s BASICA. BASICA is resident in IBM’s copyrighted ROMs. Equity
computers. use a version of GW - BASIC which is loaded from diskette. Due to
some differences in BASIC, some programs will not operate correctly if they require
BASICA. Some applications look for the file name BASICA. Renaming the
GW - BASIC file to BASICA can sometimes solve these problems.
Q25. I can’t find some of the programs referred to in the MS - DOS manual on the
MS - DOS diskette. Where are they?
A. The GW - BASIC diskette contains many of the utility programs, such as EDLIN
and XTree, which are referred to in the MS - DOS manual.
Q26. Can I use a third party type keyboard with the Equity I?
A. Yes, except for early production units which do not have any keyboard jumpers on
the main logic board. Third - party “enhanced- style” keyboards such as the IBM
XT - 101, NorthGate C/T - 101, Datadesk Turbo - 101, Keytronics 101, 5150 and
5151 or the standard PC/XT type 84 - key keyboards can be used. Jumpers must
be installed in positions J2 and J3 on the main MRS board. The original keyboard
may not be used once the jumpers have been installed. Refer to figure 1 on page
8.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 6 of 8
Q27. Can the Epson Plus series “Enhanced” keyboard be used with the Equity I?
A. No, the Epson Enhanced keyboards are not supported.
Q28.
IS
the Equity I compatible with any 286 or 386 accelerator boards?
A. Yes, it has been tested with the Sota 286i from Sota Technologies, Tel.#
(408) 245- 3366 and the PC Elevator board from Applied Reasoning Corp,
(617) 492-0700. It has not been tested with any 386 accelerator boards.
Q29. Can the 8088 CPU be replaced with an NEC V20 CPU chip to increase the
processing speed?
A. Yes, but Epson does not support this configuration.
Q30. Is there any upgrade to run copy protected software?
A. No, due to the copy protection scheme used on various software programs such
as most Electronic Arts game software, they are not compatible with the Equity I.
A non - copyprotected version is sometimes available from the manufacturer.
Q31. Can BACKUP and RESTORE be used to copy files over to an Equity I hard disk
from another system?
A. Only if the Equity I is using MS - DOS version 3.2.
not supported with MS - DOS 3.1 or earlier.
BACKUP and RESTORE was
Q32. What streamer tape drives can I use for high speed backup?
A. The Equity I is compatible with most IBM PC/XT streamer tape backup units.
Q33. Will the Equity I work in foreign countries?
A. Yes, the Equity I computer can be used internationally by using a 220 VAC
to 110 VAC voltage stepdown transformer.
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 7 of 8
*** HARDWARE UPDATES ***
EQUITY I MRS - BD (Main Board)
Initial Release
P/N Y144201000 00 (With VFO SUB BOARD)
P/N Y144201000 01 (VFO SUB BOARD eliminated)
VFO/MRS - SUB BOARD
Initial Release - Version CAA (wouldn’t work with a hard disk)
VFO upgraded to Version CAC (Required for HDD operation)
Units beginning with the following serial numbers have the CAC version VFO.
Model
Q501A-AA (1 FDD)
Q501A-AB (2 FDD)
Q501A-AE (2 FDD)
Serial Number
018670
022722
024510
PSB No: S-0060A
Page: 8 of 8
PLEASE
NOTE
Since setting the
jumpers requires
almost complete
disassembly
of the
Equity I computer
it should be done
only by authorized
Epson Customer Care
Centers.
jumpers in positions J2 and
and do not
position J3 (Early systems did not have this capability
have these jumper positions installed.)
* NON-EPSON KEYBOARDSUPPORT - Install
NOTE: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE EPSON KEYBOARD WITH THESE JUMPERS
INSTALLED AS DAMAGEWILL RESULT!
* 8087 SUPPORT - Remove the jumper from position J1.
* EGA/VGA SUPPORT - Set dip switches
6 and 7 to the on position.
Product Support Bulletin
Subject:
Using Expanded Memory with Equity and Apex Computers
Date:
Page:
3/2/90
1 of 6
Q1.
A.
Q2.
A.
PSB No:
Originator:
S-0047C
KAS ‘/“p&
What is Expanded Memory?
Conventional memory, managed by MS - DOS, is limited to 640K. In
response to the need for greater amounts of accessible memory, the
LIM EMS (Lotus/Intel/Microsoft Expanded Memory Specification) was
introduced in 1984. EMS, version 3.2, provides usable memory
beyond the 640K limit through “bank switching”. The expanded
memory is divided into 16K portions called “pages”. The computer
accesses these pages through a “page frame” or “window” which is
64K of memory located between 768K and 896K in 80286 - based
systems and between 800K and 960K in 8086 - or 8088 - based
systems. 16K pages of memory are allocated for an application’s
use and the EMM (Expanded Memory Manager) handles the job of
mapping the pages in and out of the page frame as they are
needed. However, in order to make use of expanded memory, the
software must be written to take advantage of the EMS. Software
such as Lotus 1 - 2 - 3, Microsoft Windows and Borland’s SideKick
Plus make use of expanded memory. EMS is limited to 8Mb of
expanded memory.
What is EEMS?
A superset of EMS, AQA EEMS (AST/Quadram/Ashton - Tate
Enhanced Expanded Memory Specification) provides greater flexibility
in the mapping of expanded memory. However, it also uses the
technique of “bank switching” and has its own memory manager
which accommodates such specially written software as Quarterdeck’s
DESQview. EEMS is also limited to 8Mb of expanded memory.
PSB No: S-0047C
Page: 2 of 6
Q3.
A.
Q4.
A.
Q5.
A.
What about the 155Mb RAM listed as the maximum for the Equity
III +?
This larger amount of RAM is the maximum usable memory range
for an 80286 microprocessor and generally refers to extended
memory. Extended memory starts at the 1Mb boundary and extends
out to 16Mb. As it requires a 24 - bit address to access memory in
this range, extended memory is handled by the protected mode of
the 80286. Examples of currently available software that can switch
into protected mode to use extended memory are Framework II,
AutoCAD, the VDisk RAM disk and Xenix OS.
How does LIM EMS 4.0, the latest version, differ from the earlier
version, LIM EMS 3.2?
EMS 4.0 supports up to 32Mb of expanded memory where EMS 3.2
supported only 8Mb. EMS 4.0 has been changed to make it easier
for applications to share expanded memory. In EMS 4.0, page
mapping has been streamlined and new functions allow application
programs to dynamically increase and decrease the amount of
expanded memory allocated to them. In previous versions of EMS,
the page frame was located in an unused 64K block of memory
between 640K and 1Mb. EMS 4.0, subject to limitations in the
system hardware, supports the page frame anywhere in the first 1Mb
of memory. Before EMS 4.0, the page frame held four pages. Now
you can define a page frame of up to eight pages in memory above
640K. The size of the page frame is limited only by the amount of
available memory. There has also been a change to support the
smaller than standard (16K) memory pages used by some expanded
memory boards.
Is EMS 4.0 compatible with my old expanded memory board?
The EMM 4.0 driver works with existing hardware. You don’t need
to buy a new expanded memory board. However, until you use
applications that have been written to take advantage of EMS 4.0,
you probably won’t notice much improvement in performance over
your older version.
PSB No: S-0047C
Page: 3 of 6
Q6.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity I and
Equity II?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity I and
II:
All Card w/MMU Multifunction
Liberty PC
Mini Magiccard (EV - 138)
AST SixPak Premium
AST Rampage
All Computers, Inc.
Quadram Corporation
Everex Systems, Inc.
AST Research
AST Research
Q7.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity Ill?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity Ill:
Grande Byte
Intel Above Board AT
Liberty AT
AST Advantage
AST Rampage AT
AST Ramvantage
STB Systems
Intel Corporation
Quadram Corporation
AST Research
AST Research
AST Research
Q8.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity I +?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity I +:
64/256KB Expansion Option
Above Board PC (1985)
Fastcard IV (1.6)
IBM
Intel Corporation
Thesys
Q9.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity le?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity le:
64/256KB Expansion Option
Quad Board II
Fastcard IV
RAMpage
IBM
Quadram
Thesys
AST Research
Note: The Intel Above Boards do not currently operate reliably with
the Equity le.
PSB No: S-0047C
Page: 4 of 6
Q10.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity II +
and Equity Ill + (10MHz models)?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity II +
and Equity Ill + (10MHz models):
Advantage Premium
Rampage 286 *
Above Board 286
Above Board 286 p/s
*
Grande Byte
*
Rio Grande
Elite 16
AST Research
AST Research
Intel Corporation
Intel Corporation
STB Systems
STB Systems
Profit Systems
* Will run at 8MHz, not at 10MHt.
Q11.
What memory expansion boards are compatible with the Equity II +
and Equity Ill + (12MHz models)?
A.
The following boards have been tested by Epson in the Equity II +
and Equity III + (12MHz models):
Rampage 286 Plus
Elite 16
Above Board Plus
AST Research
Profit Systems
Intel Corporation
NOTE: Previously boards from Micron Technology were listed as compatible
with the 12MHz models of the Equity II + and Equity Ill +. They
have been removed from the list because Micron no longer produces
ISA memory boards.
Q12.
A.
How do you expand the memory of the Equity 386/20?
Memory expansion in the Equity 386/20 can be accomplished by
adding SlMMs (single in - line memory modules) to the CHET - RM
board. Both 256K and 1Mb SlMMs are available from Epson
America. The 256K SlMMs are sold in 1Mb kits and the 1Mb
SlMMs are sold in 2Mb kits. Compatible third party 1Mb SlMMs are
available from Matsushita, Toshiba and CDC Enterprises. You can
also use third party memory expansion boards such as those listed
above for the Equity II +/Ill +.
PSB No: S-0047C
5 of 6
Page:
Q13.
A.
Are there any guidelines to installing the SlMMs in the Equity
386/20?
Yes, when SlMMs are installed to increase memory beyond 1Mb,
they must be installed so that banks of SlMMs are installed as
matched pairs. See the matrix below:
Memory
Bank 0
1MB
2MB
4MB
4MB
8MB
10MB
16MB
4X256KB
4X256KB
4X256KB
4X1MB
4X1 MB
4X1 MB
4X1 MB
Note:
Bank 1
Bank 2 Bank 3
4X256KB
4X256KB 4X256KB 4X256KB
4X1 MB
4X1 MB
4X1 MB
4X256KB 4X256KB
4X1 MB 4X1 MB
Refer to PSB S - 0095 for 18MB RAM Setup information.
Q14.
Is there a driver supplied with the Equity 386/20 to allow the use of
the extended memory as expanded memory?
A.
Yes, the Equity 386/20 system software includes the device driver
EEMM386EXE. This driver emulates LIM EMS 4.0 memory using
the extended memory supplied by the additional SIMMs. It will
support only the onboard memory above 1 MB, up to 15MB. This is
the maximum memory that can be installed on the CHET- RM
board. It will not support memory installed on memory expansion
boards.
Q15.
Are there any expanded memory boards that are compatible with the
Equity LT?
A.
No, the option slots on the LT require a special connector. The
hard drive controller and the LT cartridge modem are the only option
cards currently available from Epson America.
Q16.
What expanded memory boards are compatible with the Apex by
Epson?
A.
The Above Board PC from Intel Corporation has been tested by
Epson in the Apex.
PSB No: S-0047C
Page:
6 of 6
Q17.
Are there any general guidelines for determining the chip speed to
install on the memory expansion boards?
A.
Yes, if the CPU speed is 8MHz or less, use 150ns RAM chips. If
the CPU speed is 10/12MHz, use 120ns RAM chips.
Q18.
Is there anything that should be kept in mind during the installation
procedure for the memory expansion boards?
A.
Yes, when installing the memory boards in the Equity II + and Equity
Ill + (12MHz models), remember that the bus speed is 12MHz. For
example, the Intel Above Board 288 and Above Board Plus allow
you to set up the bus speed and chip speed in their installation
programs.
Q19.
What is meant by backfilling memory when using software such as
DESQview?
A.
Backfilling is a function of many expanded memory boards which
allows a portion of the board’s memory to be used as conventional
memory. In this way, you could turn a 256K system into one with
840K memory or more. In certain situations, you may want to
disable some of the computer’s conventional memory and the use
the memory on the expansion board (i.e. DESQview).
Q20.
Which Epson computers have memory settings that allow backfilling
memory?
A.
The Equity I, Equity I +, Equity II + and Equity Ill + allow backfill.
The Equity I comes with 256K standard and the Apex comes with
512K, thus allowing backfill. The Equity I + has DIP switch settings
allowing system memory to be disabled to 256K or 512K. The
Equity II+ and Equity Ill + have jumpers on the system memory
boards to allow memory to be disabled to 256K and 512K.
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
DATE:
3/28/88
SUBJECT: EPSON EQUITY
I/II/III
ENHANCED
KEYBOARD
NUMBER:
S-0041
COMPATIBILITY
to provide
information
The purpose of this bulletin is
third party enhanced "AT" style
the compatibility of
with the Equity I, Equity II and Equity III computers.
1.
Keyboard
regarding
keyboards
Compatibility
The enhanced Equity "Plus" series keyboard cannot be used on an
III.
The enhanced Equity keyboard (as with
Equity
I,
II
or
which is not
requires
explicit
ROM BIOS
IBM's)
support
available in the earlier machines.
however, to use a third-party "enhanced-style"
It is possible,
IBM XT-101,
NorthGate C/T-101, Datadesk
keyboard such as the
5151. Please note that
Turbo-101,
Keytronics
101,
5150
and
early versions of the Equity I (serial numbers unavailable) and
(below serial
number
29875) were not designed to
Equity II
support any third party keyboards (they do not have any
keyboard-select jumpers on the main board).
The
correct
jumper
Equity I:
Equity II:
settings
for
non-Epson
keyboards
J2 and J3 jumpered
J3, J4 and J5 set for position
PLEASE
are:
1
NOTE
Once the above jumper changes
have been made, attempting to
use the original Epson keyboard
will result in damage to the
keyboard and Equity main board.
Page 1 of 1
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
DATE:
SUBJECT:
NUMBER: S-0039
3/3/88
EQUITY SERIES POWER AVAILABLE & CONSUMPTION
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information
regarding the available power and the power consumption of the
option boards and system subassemblies of the Equity series
computers.
Page 2 provides the Equity series computer power supply
available current output and typical current draw of the
individual subassemblies found in each computer.
Page 3 provides information on the typical current draw of
Epson supplied option boards, floppy disk drives and hard disk
drives for the Equity series computers.
Page 1 of 3
EQUITY SERIES COMPUTERS AVAILABLE POWER VERSUS
SYSTEM BOARD SUBASSEMBLIES CURRENT DRAW REQUIREMENTS
Output Voltage
Keyboard
I
110mA
I
7.5A
I
0
I+ Avail.
Equity II Avail. power I
4.4A
300mA 1300mA 1
MCY board
0
1.8A
0
0
Keyboard
0
110mA
0
0
I
Equity II+ Avail. power 1
10A
1
300mA 1300mA 1
ANDRO Board
(Including ADR-RM3)
0
2.5A
0
0
SPFG/SPF2
0
600mA
0
0
300mA
300mA
Equity III+
Available power
4.8A
20A
ANTA Board
0
1.23A
0
0
ANT-RM
0
500mA
0
0
SPFG
0
540mA
0
0
WHDC
0
530mA
0
0
Page
2
of
3
EQUITY OPTIONS POWER CONSUMPTION
+12V
+5V
-12V
Color Video Adapter
0
500mA
0
0
Monochrome Video Adapt.
0
270mA
0
0
MGA Multimode Video Bd.
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
EGA Video Adapter Bd.
TBA
TBA
TBA
TBA
0
0
310/375mA
0
0
1.5A
0
0
630mA
0
0
OUTPUT VOLTAGE
Epson Mouse & Interface
0
8087/80287 Coprocessor
0
WD1002-WAH HDC
WD1002-WX2 HDC
WD1003-WAH HDC
MD5201-57/58 360KB FDD
Equity II/II+/III+
50mA
0.5mA
0
0.5mA
1.0A
10mA
-5V
0
250mA(Typ)
460mA(Max)
1.31A Start
140mA(Typ)
180mA(Max)
0
0
MD-5501-61 1.2MB FDD
Equity II+/III+
240mA(Typ)
1.66A(Max)
150mA(Typ)
170mA(Max)
0
0
FD1155C 1.2MB FDD
Equity II+/III+
210mA(Typ)
460mA(Typ)
390mA(Max)
900mA Start
0
0
400mA(Typ)
1A(Max)
0
0
HMD-720 3.5" 20MB HDD
580mA(Typ) 200ma(Typ)
2A Start up
360mA(Max)
0
0
NEC D5146 (40MB) HDD
(Half height)
Equity III
1.2A(Typ)
2A Seek
3A Start
1A(Max)
0
0
CDC 92405 (40MB) HDD
(Half height)
Equity II/III+
1.5(TYP)
2A (Max)
4.5A Start
400mA(Typ)
600mA(Max)
1A Start
0
0
Miniscribe (40MB) HDD
(Full Height)
Equity III+
800mA(Typ)
1.8A (Max)
3.5A Start
900mA(Typ)
0
0
SMD-489 3.5" 720KB FDD
Equity I+/II+/III+
0
Page 3 of 3
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
DATE:
SUBJECT:
3/3/88
EQUITY
SERIES
FLOPPY
DISK
DRIVE
NUMBER: S-0038
SPECIFICATIONS
The
purpose of this bulletin
is to provide information on
technical specifications of Epson supplied floppy disk drives
used in the Equity series computers.
Also contained in this document is information on
drive adjustments, test points, and service tools.
Page 1 of 2
floppy
disk
Page 2 of 2
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
NUMBER:
S-0031
DATE:
12/14/87
Equity Series with Microsoft Word and Serial Printers
SUBJECT:
This bulletin is to inform you of a potential problem when using
Microsoft Word, certain Equity computers and a serial printer. The
situation exists on:
Equity
Equity
Equity
Equity
Equity
Apex
I
I+
II+
III+ (10 MHz)
III+ (12 MHz)
BIOS
BIOS
BIOS
BIOS
BIOS
BIOS
rev. 2.21 or earlier
rev. 1.02
rev. 2.00
rev. 1.50 or earlier
rev. 2.00
rev. 1.00
When Word is configured to drive a serial printer via COM1 or
COM2, it will print a character every 1 to 2 seconds. A single line
of text may take up to a minute to print.
(serial output)
Word uses BIOS interrupt 14h
function 1 (send
character to port) for driving either COM port. The function number
is placed in the AH register and the interrupt called. On return, AH
is supposed to contain the line control status. However, AH is still
set to 1, indicating that a character is ready to be received. Word
then calls interrupt 14h, function 2 (receive character) and attempts
to receive the character. After 1 to 2 seconds, the routine times out
and transmission is resumed.
There are three methods of correcting this situation:
1)
If the printer supports hardware handshaking, redirect
the printer output (MODE LPT1:=COM1:) and configure
Word for LPT1. This works reliably with Epson printers
or similar devices.
2)
Epson has developed a patch program (SERFIX.COM).
This is a TSR that insures that proper status is
returned from INT 14h,
function 1. This program is
CompuServe
(Epson and Microsoft
available
from
Forums) and the Product Support Center BBS.
3)
A revised ROM BIOS has been developed for 'the above
systems. This is a limited release and will only be
supplied on an as-needed basis.
Method 1 is the easiest solution. Method 2 is effective and is
recommended for individual users. Method 3 should be reserved for
large, multi-unit upgrades on an as-needed basis.
Please contact the Systems
information.
Support Group
Page 1 of 1
if you
need additional
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
SERVICE
B NO.: S-0028A
UBJECT:
EPSON
DATE:
3.5"
720KB
PAGE: 1 of 1
6/29/88
FLOPPY
DISK
DRIVE
COMPATIBILITY
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information
regarding the compatibility
of the
Epson 3.5", 720KB
floppy disk drive (Product Code A112A-AA) with the Apex
and Equity series computers.
The 3.5" floppy disk drive must be used with MS-DOS 3.2
or higher.
Please refer
information.
to
Apex
No
Equity
1
the
I
special
Not
Equity
II
Equity
III
1
table
setup
for
compatibility
required
supported
Must
Not
following
include
DRIVPARM
=
/D:1 /F:2 in CONFIG.SYSI
supported*
Equity
I+
No
special
setup
required
Equity
II+
No
special
setup
required
I
Equity
III+ 1
special
setup
required
I
No
The Epson 3.5" floppy disk drive is not compatible with the
Equity I or the Equity III.
*
Manzana Microsystems Inc. offers a 3.5", 720KB floppy disk
drive which is compatible with the Equity III computer
when used with their 3FIVE device driver.
Refer to Product Support Bulletin # S-0027A for detailed
information on
using the DRIVPARM command to configure
Equity II systems for using the 3.5" floppy disk drive.
EPSON
AMERICA
SERVICE,
23610
TEL0
AVENUE,
TORRANCE,
CALIF.
90505
E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
DATE:
SUBJECT:
BULLETIN
SUPPORT
PRODUCT
11/3/87
EQUITY I/II
NUMBER:
PATCH
S-0024
PROGRAMS
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information on the
availability of patch programs which have been developed to
overcome some compatibility problems which may occur with a few
application programs on the Equity I and Equity II computers.
These programs are available from the Epson America Inc. Service
Department, Product Support - Systems Group on diskette.
The patch disk files (PATCH.ARC) can also be downloaded from the
Epson Product Support RBBS system and from CompuServe's Epson
Forum, they are compressed and can be uncompressed with ARC.
The Product Support RBBS system can be accessed 24 hours/day
7 days/week by remote modem at Tel. (213) 534-8506.
Protocol:
no parity,
1 stop bit, 8 data bits,
1200/2400
-
Baud.
The following is a list of the files which comprise the Patch disk:
AUTOEXEC.BAT
COMPOSIT.BAT
COMPOSIT.MOD
EGAN-PAT.ASM
EGAN-PAT.COM
EQRAMDVR.DOC
EQRAMDVR.SYS
FIXRPORT.ASM
FIXRPORT.COM
FLOPPY.BAS
GOLDCARD.BAT
GOLDCARD.MOD
PATCHES2.TXT
PATCHES3.TXT
PSHERC.ASM
PSHERC.COM
READYPAT.ASM
READYPAT.COM
ROMPATCH.COM
ROMPATCH.DOC
VPHERC.COM
VPREAD.ME
HARDISK.BAS
HERCDUMP.ASM
HERCDUMP.COM
H G C . C O M
H G C . D O C
MATHBLAS.DOC
M O D E . C O M
M O D E . D O C
MODEHERC.COM
MODEHERC.DOC
MUSTREAD.DOC
PATCHES.TXT
The disk contains patch programs and documentation (TXT and DOC)
files which are also contained in this Product Support Bulletin.
A detailed explanation of each patch
explained on the following pages.
program
and
their
use
is
Page 1 of 9
FOR EQUITY I:
COMPOSIT.BAT
- Modifies DU.EXE, SETUP.EXE, ARCHIVE.EXE and
HDSIT.EXE to improve the brightness of
messages when using a composite monitor.
GOLDCARD.BAT
-
EQRAMDVR.SYS
- For those RAM DISK utilities which need it, an
"empty" space disk drive is created. (See pages
6 and 7 for instructions on installing and using
this file.)
ROMPATCH.COM
- Equity I systems with ROM BIOS versions earlier
than 2.20 will require this patch to increase the
stack space in order to run certain application
programs (Lotus 1-2-3 Version 2, for example).
(See page 9 for instructions on installing and
using this file.)
Modifies DU.EXE, SETUP.EXE, ARCHIVE.EXE,
SETPRINT.EXE and XTREE.EXE so they will run
with the QUADRAM Goldcard with the Keysaver
enabled.
READYPAT.COM - Allows screen dump to take place while Living
Videotext's READY! is loaded.
MATHBLAS.COM -
PSHERC.COM
Allows Math Blaster to run correctly. (See
5 for instructions on using this file.)
page
- Allows Print Shop to run in Hercules graphics
mode. Run PSHERC.COM before loading Print Shop.
EGAN-PAT.COM - Allows use of Honeywell's PC VIP terminal
emulation
software.-
Page 2 of 9
FOR EQUITY II
ROMPATCH.COM
- Equity II systems with ROM BIOS versions earlier
than 1.11 will require this patch to increase the
stack space in order to run certain application
programs (Lotus 1-2-3 Version 2, for example).
(See page 9 for instructions on installing and
using this file.)
MODE.COM - The supplied version of MODE did not function
properly when used to switch from color to
monochrome display (MODE MONO); this version does.
MODE.COM is a modified version of the Equity II
MODE utility. The MODE utility supplied with the
Equity II will not work properly in the following
configuration:
Internal
video:
Set to monochrome mode with
monochrome monitor attached.
External
video:
IBM Enhanced Graphics Adapter (or
equivalent) installed with color
monitor
attached.
Using the MODE utility to switch from color to
monochrome display (MODE MONO) will freeze the
cursor in one position on the monochrome display,
or the cursor will disappear completely. The
modified MODE utility will fix this problem. It
will work exactly the same as the normal MODE
utility in all situations, even when the IBM EGA
adapter (or equivalent) is not installed.
MODEHERC.COM -
RAM-resident utility which allows the use of
Hercules monochrome graphics. MODEHERC.COM allows
programs such as Lotus 123 release 1A to use
Hercules emulation on the Equity II. These programs
require that you run the Hercules utility HGC.COM
(usually HGC FULL) to be able to utilize graphics.
SuperCalc 3 exhibits a different problem. It will
display one graph successfully, then subsequent
graphic displays will be garbled.
MODEHERC.COM
will also fix this problem.
Since MODEHERC.COM remains resident in memory, it
only needs to be run once.
It is recommended that
MODEHERC.COM be the last memory resident program
loaded on the system.
For example, if you will be
using Sidekick, run MODEHERC after Sidekick has
been loaded into memory.
Page 3 of 9
EQUITY II PATCHES
HGC.COM
(continued)
- Epson utility which allows the use of Hercules
monochrome graphics. (See page 8 for instructions
on installing and using HGC.COM.
PSHERC.COM - Allows Print Shop to run in Hercules graphics
mode. Run PSHERC.COM before loading Print Shop.
EGAN-PAT.COM - Allows use of Honeywell's PC VIP terminal
emulation
software.
HERCDUMP.COM -
Allows screen dump in Hercules Graphics mode. It
is a memory resident program used in conjunction
with GRAPHICS. The GRAPHICS program must be run
first.
VPHERC.COM - Allows VP Planner to work in Hercules mode.
READYPAT.COM
HGC.COM
FIXRPORT.COM
- Allows screen dump to
Videotext's READY! is
take place
loaded.
while
Living
- Epson utility which allows the use of
Hercules monochrome graphics. (See page 8 for
instructions on installing and using HGC.COM.)
- Program to let Lotus Report Writer use Equity II
Color mode. Report Writer apparently forces the
Equity II into monochrome video mode even when a
color video adapter is attached.
Page 4 of 9
MATHBLAS.COM
INSTALLATION
and
Math Blaster is an educational game produced by Davidson
It works well with the
entire
Associates in Torrance Calif.
The large
Equity series except the Equity 1 running color mode.
that Math Blaster places on the screen are done in
numbers
mode.
These numbers appear as square blocks of garble
graphics
on the Equity 1 color screen. Unlike the GWBASIC used on the Equity
initialize
1 does not
II and III, GWBASIC for the Equity
areas.
certain memory
In particular, area 510 of segment 0 is
not initialized (this area is used by BASIC to hold the default
data segment value).
have been run on ROM BIOS versions 2.1i, 2.20 and 2.21.
Tests
The
programs have proved to be an effective
fix
following
for
cases tested so far:
HARDISK.BAS - For hard disk versions:
10 PRINT)" This patch
20 DEF SEG =0
30 POKE &H510,&HC9
40 POKE &H511,&H14
50 RUN "color
will
not
work
with
config.sys
files"
FLOPPY.BAS - For Floppy disk versions.
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
DEF SEG =0
PRINT "this is a fix for the floppy disk system"
PRINT "make sure no CONFIG.sys file is active"
PRINT "try this version on floppy systems"
POKE &H510,&HC3
POKE &H511,&H14
RUN "color
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT move things around in memory.
These
programs will not work if either of these two programs are
patch
activated on boot up.
Please copy the appropriate program to the disk that contains your
Math Blaster program.
Run these programs and they will run the
Math Blaster program for you.
Page 5 of 9
WHY AND HOW TO USE EQRAMDVR.SYS
Many RAM disk programs supplied with expansion boards do not
The Equity I
work with an Equity I with dual floppy disks.
supports only two floppy disk drives, and these programs
expect the operating system to treat it as a floppy disk.
RAM disk utilities that are in device driver form (must be
Any RAM disk
specified in CONFIG.SYS) should have no problems.
utility that is executed from the system prompt will have problems
These are the programs EQRAMDVR.SYS
on a dual floppy Equity.
was designed to support. The device driver EQRAMDVR.SYS provides
the support needed for these utilities by creating an 'empty' disk
drive that a RAM disk program can use when it is executed.
HOW TO USE EQRAMDVR.SYS
Since EQRAMDVR.SYS is a device driver, it must be specified in
See pages 3-1 to 3-4 in
the CONFIG.SYS file on your boot disk.
"MS-DOS for the Equity I" for a description of the CONFIG.SYS
file.
The boot disk can either be a floppy disk or a hard disk.
The file EQRAMDVR.SYS must also be copied to your boot disk.
In the following instructions, [ENTER] means press the ENTER key,
and [F6] means press the F6 key.
1. Boot your system with your working copy of MS-DOS.
If you have a hard disk that is set to autoboot, boot
from the hard disk.
2. When the MS-DOS prompt appears, place the disk with
EQRAMDVR.SYS in drive B: (A: for hard disk systems).
For a floppy disk system, type:COPY
B:EQRAMDVR.SYS
[ENTER]
For a hard disk system, type: COPY A:EQRAMDVR.SYS [ENTER]
3. Check if CONFIG.SYS already exists on your boot disk by
typing: DIR CONFIG.SYS [ENTER]
If the message "File not found" appears, follow step 4a,
otherwise follow 4b.
4a. Type:
4b.
COPY CON: CONFIG.SYS [ENTER]
DEVICE=EQRAMDVR.SYS /2 [ENTER]
[F6] [ENTER]
Type: COPY CONFIG.SYS + CON: CONFIG.SYS
DEVICE=EQRAMDVR.SYS /2 [ENTER]
[F6] [ENTER]
Note:
The /2 above is optional.
following section.
[ENTER]
It will be explained in the
5. Reset the system, and your Equity I is now ready to use
a RAM disk program.
Page 6 of 9
EQRAMDVR.SYS
OPTIONS
AND
OPERATION
Typing a /n (where n is a
There is one option for EQRAMDVR.SYS.
number from 1 to 4) after DEVICE=EQRAMDVR.SYS sets the number of
In the instructions above, the
RAM disks that can be supported.
If the /n
/2 will allow the Equity I to support two RAM disks.
option is omitted,- EQRAMDVR.SYS sets up support for one RAM disk.
When the system boots, EQRAMDVR.SYS
message similar to this:
RAM
disk
emulator
support
installed
will
at
display
drive(s)-C:,
There will from one to four drive letters
/n option.
When you execute your RAM disk
use the drive letter shown in the sign on
using Tecmar's MEMDISK program, you would
the MS-DOS prompt:
MEMDISK
D:
a
sign
on
D:
shown, depending on the
program, be sure to
message.
For example,
type this command at
-BUF160
This would set up a 160K RAM disk at drive D:.
If you attempt to use one of the EQRAMDVR.SYS drives before
running your RAM disk program, you will get one of the following
error messages:
Not ready error reading
Abort, Retry, Ignore?
drive
x
or
Bad command error reading
Abort, Retry, Ignore?
drive
x
The x would actually be the letter of the drive you tried to
access.
Press A to abort, then run your RAM disk program.
Page 7 of 9
HGC.COM INSTALLATION
In order to
The Equity II offers Hercules compatible graphics.
use Hercules modes with certain applications, for example Lotus 123
release 1A, you must select "HGC FULL" and for Enable V2.0 you must
select "HGC HALF" with the program HGC.
The program HGC.COM is designed to act like the Hercules Graphics
It supports three commands, which must
utility of the same name.
be on the command line after program name:
DIAG
-
Enter diagnostic mode (IBM monochrome
compatible). Type: HGC DIAG
HALF
-
Enter half-memory mode.
This enables Hercules
for page 0 at b0000-b8000. Type: HGC HALF
FULL
-
Enter full-memory mode.
This enables Hercules graphics
for both pages 0 at b0000-b8000 and 1 at b8000-c0000.
Type: HGC FULL
Note: 1.
2.
Commands may
This version
be upper or lowercase.
does not support the SAVE
VP
SYSTEM:
EQUITY
II
mode
HERCULES
PLANNER
7
graphics
command.
PATCH
MODE
VPHERC.COM is a TSR (MEMORY RESIDENT) program which enables VP
PLANNER to function properly when running on the Equity II
configured for HERCULES video support.
Run VPHERC before running
VP PLANNER.
It is suggested that you make a batch file in order to
accomplish this.
Page 8 of 9
ROMPATCH
INSTALLATION
INSTRUCTIONS
Some Equity I and Equity II computers have trouble running
certain application programs (Lotus 1-2-3 Version 2, for example)
because they have an early version of ROM BIOS. This diskette
contains a patch named ROMPATCH.COM which either corrects the
problem (by patching the ROM) or tells you that your computer
does not need it.
Follow the instructions below to install the patch if you have an
Equity I or an Equity II,
Installing
the
Patch
ROMPATCH
At the MS-DOS system prompt, type:
One of the following messages appears:
Resident
portion
of
ROMPATCH
version
1.0
and
press
Enter.
loaded
This indicates that the patch was necessary and has been
properly installed in the lowest available memory. If you
see this message, you need to install this patch every
time you load MS-DOS. You may want to include ROMPATCH in
your AUTOEXEC.BAT file, so it is installed automatically
every time you boot your Equity. (See your MS-DOS manual
for instructions on creating an AUTOEXEC.BAT file.)
ROMPATCH
version
1.0
already
installed
This indicates that ROMPATCH.COM has
installed since you last booted your
No
need
to
install
ROMPATCH
version
already
Equity.
been
properly
1.0
This indicates that your Equity's ROM BIOS does not need
the patch and you can disregard this patch and these
instructions.
If your system does need the patch, remember to install it each
time you boot your Equity or include it in your AUTOEXEC.BAT
file.
Page 9 of 9
E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
SUPPORT
PRODUCT
DATE: 12/2/87
SUBJECT: EQUITY
SERIES/APEX
MATH
BULLETIN
NUMBER:
S-0019B
CO-PROCESSOR SELECTION GUIDE
The purpose of this bulletin is to assist in selecting the
appropriate numeric co-processor for use in the Epson,Equity
series computers and the Epson Apex computer.
Use the following table to determine
Co-Processor is recommended for the
EPSON
COMPUTER
CPU
SPEED
which type of Numeric
corresponding computer.
NUMERIC
CO-PROCESSOR
80287-6
*
NXP
SPEED
6 MHz
Product enhanced with increased CPU speed of 6/8/12Mhz
starting with all units manufactured in the U.S.A..
Page 1 of 1
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
SERVICE
SUBJECT:
PAGE: 1 of 1
DATE: 6/29/88
PSB NO.: S-0017A
EQUITY COMPUTERS AND FLOPPY DISK DRIVES
FDDs will work
There is still some
confusion regarding which
with which Equity. Here is a quick reference for FDD selection
(for detailed information, refer to PSB Number S-0001).
Equity
--- --I
Epson
Equity
I+
--- ---
Epson Q213A-AA (360 KB)
Epson A112A-AA (720 KB, 3.5")
Equity
II
--- ---
Epson Q213A-AA (360 KB)
Epson Q911A-AA (1.2 MB)2
Equity
II+
--- ----
Epson Q213A-AA (360 KB)
Epson Q212A-AA (1.2 MB)
Epson A112A-AA (720 KB, 3.5")
Equity
III
--- ----
Epson Q213A-AA (360 KB)
Epson Q212A-AA (1.2 MB)
Equity
III+
--- -----
Epson Q213A-AA (360 KB)
Epson Q212A-AA (1.2 MB)
Epson A112A-AA (720 KB, 3.5")
Q520A-AA
(360
KB)l
1 - This is the only FDD compatible with the Equity I.
2 - This is the only 1.2 MB FDD compatible with the Equity II.
One of the key issues is: NEVER USE ANY 1.2 MB FDD OTHER THAN
is slightly
THE Q911A-AA IN THE EQUITY II!
The interface
an AT-type
different from the AT "standard". As a result,
drive will work erratically (if at all). One of the problems
the directory
is a disk change error,
or continuing to use
from a previous disk.
MS-DOS 3.2 does not allow sufficient
Also on the Equity II,
Consistent
retries on diskette read/write with the Q911A-AA.
when
attempting
to
"Abort, retry, ignore?"
messages
result
retry
will
overcome
this
log a new disk.
Typically, "r" for
situation. MS-DOS 3.2 operation with the Q213A-AA is correct.
EPSON
AMERICA
SERVICE,
23610
TEL0
AVENUE,
TORRANCE,
CALIF.
90505
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT
SUPPORT
DATE: 08/25/87
SUBJECT: Equity Series Compatibility Certifications
BULLETIN
NUMBER: S-0016
Recently, four leading vendors of communications products have issued
certifications of compatibility for the Epson Equity series of PCS. The products
range from local-area networking to multi-user applications to micro-tomainframe connectivity.
Arnet Corporation
Arnet Corporation produces multi-user expansion boards that allow terminals to
be connected to PCs using multi-user operating systems. They have certified
the Equity I+ and III+ for use with their products.
A typical configuration would be an Equity III+ host, the Xenix operating
system, an Arnet Multiport Multi-8 board and cabling to connect other PCs
(such as the Equity I+) or standard ASCII terminals. Other compatible
operating systems include Microport Unix, Theos, BOS, PC MOS and Others.
The Arnet Twin port offers 2 serial ports for smaller installations.
Multiport board is available in Multi-4 or Multi-8 configurations, and
Multi-4 can be upgraded; The Smartport is an intelligent version of
Multiport that uses the 80186 processor to handle heavy data transfer.
Smartport is compatible only with the Equity III+.
I
The
the
the
The
lConfirmation o f Compatibility1
IArnet Product 1
E q u i t y I t 1 E q u i t y III+ 1
* Smartport is compatible only with AT type systems
IDEAssociates,
Incorporated
Offering a wide range of micro-to-mainframe and other connectivity and
enhancement products, IDEAssociates has certified the Equity It and III+ for
use with their 327x and 525x mainframe products (both bisync and SNA/SDLC),
their async 1200 baud modem, plus their range of hard disk and tape drives
and memory products.
Page 1 of 3
Recognized as a top alternative to IBM connectivity products, IDEAssociates
provides a full selection of 3270/78 and 5250/51 hardware and software
solutions for micro-to-mainframe applications. Please see the following list for
a complete breakdown of their Epson-compatible products.
Epson-compatible Products - IDEAssociates
Page 2 of 3
3Com Etherlink/Etherlink+
3Com Corporation has certified the entire Equity series for use with the
Etherlink and Etherlink+ networks, as follows:
*
**
Equity I not tested as a server. Workstation compatible.
Equity II has limited server capability; intended primarily
as a workstation.
We are uploading a copy of 3Com’s Application Note for the Equity II to the
Product Support BBS. Please feel free to read and/or download it.
Standard Microsystems Corporation
Finally, SMC has certified their ArcNet Network Controller Boards* on the
Equity I+ and III+. They have verified correct operation with all hardware
topologies - bus, star, and fiber optic. The software tested includes:
SMC NETBIOS Emulator
Novell Advanced Netware/86
Novell Advanced Netware/286
Novell SFT Level 1
Western Digital ViaNet
* ArcNet PC100, PC200, PC300 -- Rev. D and above
ArcNet PC110, PC220, PC330 -- All
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a
EPSON
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT SUPPORT BULLETIN
DATE:
3/9/88
SUBJECT: MS-DOS
NUMBER:
3.2
FOR
THE
EQUITY
S-0014A
I/II/III
on the
information
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide
availability of MS-DOS 3.2 for Equity I, Equity II and Equity III
installing MS-DOS 3.2
systems. Also included are instructions for
on hard drive systems currently using earlier revisions of MS-DOS.
The Equity I+ MS-DOS 3.2 package has been certified for use with
and Equity III. This software is now
the Equity I,
Equity II
available for customers who wish to upgrade their system.
It can be ordered
under Product Code Q390A-AA This
includes
MS-DOS
3.2/GW-BASIC
package
documentation for the Equity I+.
$85.00 retail.
software
with
The following is a simple procedure to perform the transfer of the
new MS-DOS 3.2 files to an existing hard disk system.
1.
Insert the MS-DOS 3.2 diskette into drive A.
2. If the system is powered up, press RESET.
If not, turn the
system on.
3. At the A> prompt, type SYS C: and press ENTER.
The
will respond with the message, SYSTEM TRANSFERRED.
system
4. At the A> prompt, type REPLACE A:\*.* C:\ /S and press ENTER.
This will replace the existing MS-DOS files with version 3.2
files.
5. At the A> prompt, type REPLACE A:\*.* C:\[path] /A and press
ENTER. This will copy new MS-DOS files to the subdirectory
indicated by [path].
6.
Remove the MS-DOS
into drive A.
diskette
and
insert
the
GW-BASIC
diskette
7. At the A> prompt, type C: and press ENTER.
8. Repeat steps 4 and 5 above.
5 as A>, will now be C>.)
9.
(Prompt,
listed in steps 4 and
Remove the GW-BASIC diskette from the drive.
Put the
original diskettes in a safe place for storage.
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E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
SUPPORT
PRODUCT
6/8/87
DATE:
EPSON
SUBJECT:
EQUITY
ENHANCED
KEYBOARD
NUMBER:
COMPATIBILITY
S-0012
The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information regarding
style Equity Plus series
the compatibility of the enhanced "AT"
keyboard with the Equity
family of computers and a general
statement on software support.
With the introduction of the Equity It and III+, Epson brought out
an enhanced keyboard design - very similar to the enhanced
keyboard introduced by IBM on the Model 339 AT. There are a couple
of areas to make note of.
1.
Keyboard
Compatibility
The enhanced keyboard cannot be used on an Equity -‘I, II or
III. The enhanced keyboard (as with
IBM's) requires explicit
ROM BIOS
support. The Equity It and Equity III+ incorporate
this support; the earlier machines do not.
It is possible, however, to use a third-party "enhanced-style"
keyboard (such as the Datadesk Turbo-101) which offers switch
selection for PC/XT or AT usage.
(Please note that early
versions of the Equity I and II did not support any third
party
keyboards.)
The
correct
jumper
Equity I:
Equity II:
settings
for
non-Epson
keyboards
are:
J2 and J3 jumpered
J 3 , J4 and J5 set for position 1
Also note that once the above jumper changes
have been made,
attempting to use the Epson keyboard will result in damage to
the keyboard-and main board.
2.
Software
Compatibility
Not all
applications "know"
about the enhanced keyboard. The
and mapping are subtly different. If you experience
scan codes
difficulties with certain applications
(particularly any that
re-program the keyboard), contact
the software vendor and ask
about enhanced keyboard support.
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E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT
DATE :
2/6/87
SUBJECT:
EQUITY
SUPPORT
BULLETIN
NUMBER:
I/II
HARD
DISK
S-0005
INITIALIZATION
This is a basic guide for the installation and initialization of
for the Equity I and II, Those of you that have the
hard drives
SPHDD.BAT may continue to use it;
there are also a number of
excellent
third-party utilities, such as SpeedStor, that may be
this
used.
However,
method can used with
just ‘the systems
software as provided with each machine.
1.
Before physically
installing
the drive,
either
copy the
information from the defect list on the top of the drive or
make sure
that you have the copy that was included with the
drive. What you'll be needing is the cylinder/head information
- you don't need the byte location.
2.
Verify that
the
terminating resistor pack is installed and
that the drive select jumper or switch is correctly set. The
drive
should be
selected as
the lowest number - i.e., DS0
assuming a range of DS0-DS3.
3.
Some drive manufacturers do the physical or "low-level"
format at the factory.
DON'T ASSUME THIS! One
indication is
this: start the HDFMTALL program. If the cylinder count-down
goes quickly (approx. 1
sec. per cylinder), then the physical
format is
very likely sound. If
longer than this,
it takes
other measures are called for. Re-boot the system and proceed
to step 4.
4.
Invoke
the DEBUG program. At
the dash (-) prompt, enter:
g=c800:5 and press ENTER. At this point, DEBUG executes (Goes
to) the instructions at hex address c800, offset 0005. This is
the ROM BIOS on the HD controller card. Stored at this address
is the physical formatting routine provided by the controller
manufacturer: You may encounter two types:
Western Digital or
National
Computer
Labs (NCL). The Western Digital is the
simpler of the two. It presents you with information about how
the drive number and
interleave
factor are stored in the AX
register and prompts "Press y to begin formatting drive C with
interleave 03". Press any key other than "y" and it aborts. If
you enter "y", it IMMEDIATELY proceeds with the
format. DON'T
PRESS "Y"
UNLESS YOU REALLY MEAN IT! It will then inform you
when the format is complete and return you to the A prompt.
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somewhat more complicated. It will ask you
format is
The NCL
for drive number (0), number of cylinders (615), number of
reduced write current (615), write precompensation
heads (4),
length (11). The
maximum
ECC data error burst
(615) and
parentheses
would
be
typical for the
given
here
in
numbers
all
is
correct;
if yes, it
HMD-720-802. It will then ask if
it
returns
you
to
the top of
proceeds with the format. If not,
format, it
the input menu. In any case, when it completes the
you
wish
to
enter
alternate
track
selections.
you
if
may ask
Tell it "no".
5. .
Invoke the program HDFMTALL. This program will allow you to
table, which we just knocked out
reconstruct
the bad track
with the physical format. HDFMTALL will ask if y o u want a
"standard" format; press "N". It will then ask if you want the
you can accept this
or change it.
default interleave of 3;
(I've found that an interleave of 6 seems to be pretty optimal
on the I and II.) HDFMTALL will then display the bad track
table and give you the chance
to edit it. If any bad tracks
are displayed, make sure that any bad locations from the error
list you took off of the drive are
indeed flagged. If not,
enter them manually. If the scan turned up an excessive (more
than 50)
number of bad tracks, you might want to delete them
and then manually enter the ones
from the error list. Press
"F" when you are
finished and HDFMTALL will proceed with the
warnings and then the actual format.
6.
You're now ready to use HDPART. This program
sets up the
MS-DOS partition and writes
the DOS file structure to the
disk. Typically' you'll use the entire disk for DOS, so that
simplifies
matters.
Just make
sure that the DOS partition is
specified as BOOTABLE.
When y o u exit HDPART,
the system
automatically re-boots.
7.
The
final
step - HDFORMAT.
From the A prompt,
enter the
following:
The
/S
switch
transfers
the
HDFORMAT C:
/s/v.
operating system to
the hard drive.
The /V switch causes
HDFORMAT to prompt you for a volume name for drive C. HDFORMAT
now performs the logical
format.
When finished'
remove the
floppy from drive A and press CTRL-ALT-DEL. The system should
boot from the C drive.
For those of you familiar with the IBM world, the DEBUG format
is the same. HDFMTALL
is the equivalent to IBM's Diagnostics
level format; HDPART is our version of FDISK,
and HDFORMAT is
the same as IBM's FORMAT.
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E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PRODUCT
DATE:
SUBJECT:
2/4/87
NEW RELEASE -
BULLETIN
SUPPORT
EQUITY
I
NUMBER:
S-0003
SOFTWARE/DOCUMENTATION PKG.
A
new
EQUITY I MS-DOS 2.11
Software/Documentation
package
Code Q595A-AB)
from
Epson America's
(Product
was released
Computer Products Division in January 1987.
--____------_-----------------------------------------------------_-------------------------------------------------------Mini
Std. Ord.
Product
HP
Unit of
Sugg.
Class
Quantity
Retail
Code
Class
Measure
Q595A-AB
SDYS
SD3
EA
4
$85.00
----_--------------------------------------------------------------^------------------------------------------------------This new version supports
the
floppy drive units
(MD-5201-55)
currently being
shipped with the Equity I CPUs
as well as all
previous floppy drive models. This version of software has been
shipped with all Equity I
units
since approximately
10/86
(starting with serial number 080001) with the introduction of the
Canon MD-5201-55 floppy drive. At that time the Equity I ROM BIOS
was also updated to MSA-B4 to support the
step rate of the new
floppy drives.
The MS-DOS
2.11 version software should be used
with the MSA-B4 Equity I ROM BIOS.
This new software package is
with the "S1" product code.
already
included
in
Equity I boxes
If you
currently have Q595A-AA software packages in your
inventory, they should only be used to replace software in Equity
I
units
not having
the
product code (units with serial
" S1 "
numbers below 080001), unless they are being retrofitted with the
MD-5201-55 floppy drives. In that case the ROM BIOS must also be
updated.
The new MS-DOS 2.11 software and new ROM BIOS
have no other
functional
differences
from the previous version other than
compatibility to the MD-5201-55 floppy disk drive.
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E P S O N
EPSON AMERICA INC.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT
SUPPORT
PRODUCT
DATE:
SUBJECT:
2/4/87
USING THE
PLUS
DEVELOPMENT
"HARDCARD"
BULLETIN
NUMBER:
S-0002
WITH EQUITY I/II
"HardCard" is a
The Plus Development
20 megabyte fixed disk
mounted on an expansion
slot card,
for use in IBM PC/XT and
compatible computers.
The unit employs controller circuitry from
OMTI/Scientific Micro Systems, and uses 2,7 RLL encoding.
found to be compatible with the Equity I
The HardCard has been
confusion among
and
but there has been
some
II computers,
who are
customers
running through the installation procedures.
installation procedure
This is due to the HardCard's
special
which
designed
has been
specifically for use with PC-DOS.
Because of certain file name
differences between Epson's MS-DOS
and IBM's PC-DOS, the Plus install program will
not run using
Equity MS-DOS.
Unfortunately, Plus Development does not officially support the
use of the HardCard in the Equity computer series, because it has
not been formally tested and approved by Plus Development.
It
has,
however,
been
tested and officially approved by Epson's
Vendor support staff.
The HardCard is shipped in a partitioned and
formatted state,
with a number of files included on it.
The directory of files is
as follows:
INSTALL
HCD
HCD1
HCD2
HCD3
HCD3
HCD6
PREPARE
SHELL
LIGHT
SOUND
PATCHFMT
INSTALL
EXE
BAT
BAT
EXE
DAT
DIF
SCR
BAT
BAT
COM
COM
EXE
DAT
47479
30
128
54769
13440
704
4224
235
18
145
145
12670
425
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
1-01-80
12:06a
12:07a
12:07a
12:07a
12:07a
12:07a
12:07a
12:08a
12:07a
12:07a
12:07a
12:08a
12:06a
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installation
routine
(INSTALL.EXE,
files
comprise
the
These
INSTALL.DAT, PATCHFMT.EXE, PREPARE.BAT, and SHELL.BAT), the Plus
fixed disk menu program (HCD*.*), and supplemental
Development
utilities (LIGHT.COM and SOUND.COM).
Once the HardCard has been physically installed in the computer,
system with PC-DOS/MS-DOS (from the floppy
the
the user boots
drive), runs SYS.EXE (which is named SYS.COM on Equity MS-DOS) to
transfer the o/s to
the HardCard, then copies several DOS files
to the root directory of C:.
The user then invokes INSTALL.EXE
runs an 8-10 minute
"hands-off"
procedure
that fully
which
This consists of partitioning and
prepares the HardCard for use.
formatting, and loading their menu program and preparing it for
auto execution.
For Equity "power users" who are comfortable with MS-DOS, and who
don't wish to use the Plus-supplied menu program, they can set up
the HardCard by simply copying
files to a formatted
the Plus
floppy diskette, and then using HDPART and HDFORMAT in the normal
fashion (Equity II users should run SETUP.COM first to make sure
that drive C: is properly specified - for the HardCard, it should
be set as "Not installed or other").
Users may want to copy the
LIGHT.COM and SOUND.COM utilities back to the HardCard, as these
files
control
visual
and audible
signals
that are used to
indicate HardCard access.
The visual indicator is a flashing "+"
sign at the upper right of the display (defaults to ON), and the
audible indicator
is a buzzing sound (defaults to OFF). However,
if the user would like to set up the HardCard as though
the Plus
installation
was
(i.e. complete with their "shell"),
performed
then they should manually duplicate the Plus routine, as detailed
in the
following section.
This procedure was outlined by the
Plus Development technical
staff,
and I have
substituted the
alternate commands that the Equity MS-DOS uses.
Note that,
while some of the steps seem redundant, the procedure
was designed so that disk
swapping on a single
floppy system
would be minimized, and also for automatic operation.
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HARDCARD
INSTALLATION
- MODIFIED
FOR
EPSON
EQUITY
I/II
MS-DOS disk (EQUITY II
using the Epson
1. Boot the computer
USERS ONLY: run SETUP.COM and set drive C: for "Not installed
or others").
system to the
the operating
transfer
SYS c: to
2. Enter
hardcard.
3. Copy COMMAND.COM and FORMAT.COM from the MS-DOS diskette into
the root directory of the HardCard.
the MS-DOS diskette and insert a blank diskette in
4. Remove
the
Log onto C: and enter FORMAT A: to prepare
drive A:.
blank diskette.
from the HardCard to the formatted diskette.
5. COPY all files
Label this diskette "Plus Utilities".
6. Remove the Plus Utilities diskette and press the RESET button
from the HardCard.
The system should reboot
on the Equity.
7. Reinsert the Equity MS-DOS diskette (EQUITY II: insert the
Equity
GW-BASIC/UTILITIES
diskette), log onto drive A: and
and format
the
run HDPART and HDFORMAT/S to partition
HardCard. When finished, remove the Equity diskette and reset
Ensure that the Equity boots from the HardCard.
the system.
8. Reinsert the Plus Utilities diskette. Copy all the files from
the Plus Utilities diskette back into the root directory of
the HardCard. Remove the Plus Utilities diskette and-store in
a safe place.
into the root
files
from the Equity diskette(s)
9. Copy all
directory of the HardCard.
10. Log into the root directory of drive C: and enter the command
PREPARE.
This will run a batch file that will create 16
empty subdirectories on the HardCard, into which applications
software will later be loaded.
11. Also in this directory,
rename
the program SHELL.BAT to
This
AUTOEXEC.BAT.
will cause the system to automatically
Finally, erase
on bootup.12).
load the Plus menu "shell"
from the root
PATCHFMT.EXE,
PREPARE.BAT,
and INSTALL.*
directory of C:.
installation is now complete.
Test the system
12. The HardCard
by rebooting - the Plus menu "shell" should run.
NOTE:
The
original
Plus
install
program creates a
floppy
containing
files, as above, but also
diskette
the Plus
performs
several other operations to make it what they
"REINSTALL"
diskette.
This
Reinstall
refer to as the
later be used for reformatting of the
diskette can
HardCard.
Using
the modified Equity procedure, however,
"Plus Utilities" diskette
that is created cannot be
the
If an Equity user wants
used as the Reinstall diskette.
to reformat the HardCard, the user should use ARCHIVE to
back up the contents, run HDFORMAT/S, then use ARCHIVE to
restore the files.
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EPSON
EPSON AMERICA, INC.
P RODUCT
SERVICE
PSB
NO.:
SUBJECT:
S-0001C
EQUITY
I DATE:
SERIES
S UPPORT B ULLETIN
PAGE: 1 of 5
6/29/88
FDD/HDD
COMPATIBILITY MATRIX
This document provides updated compatibility information on
floppy disk drives, hard disk drives and hard disk controllers
which have been supplied or are currently being supplied with
the Equity series computers from Epson America, Inc.
Also included is information on which low level hard disk
format procedures should be used with the various versions
of hard disk controller boards.
Please refer to the Equity I, II, III IBM-PC COMPATIBLE
HARDWARE/ SOFTWARE DIRECTORY supplied by Epson America's
Marketing Department for information regarding third party
floppy disk and hard drive compatibility.
EPSON
AMERICA
SERVICE,
23610
TEL0
AVENUE,
TORRANCE,
CALIF.
90505
1
NUMBER:
S-0001C
PAGE:
2 of 5
JU-595-10 PANASONIC
COMMENT
A.
CODE
EXPLANATIONS:
Requires insulating sheet when installed in lower position in
Equity II. See TIB Equity 11-006.
B. Jumper block SS1 - Position DS0 for drive A, DS1 for drive B
C. Equity I must have ROM BIOS version 2.21(MSA-B4) and MS-DOS 2.11
Release 1.04 or higher to use this drive.
D. Must set drive select jumpers on FDD logic board for A
(position S1) or B (position S2).
E. It is not necessary to remove the terminating resistor pack.
F. Handle drive with care - possibility of short circuit between
screw head on frame and FDD logic board (could damage FDD)!
G. Terminator must be removed when used as 2nd floppy drive unit.
H. See Product Support Bulletin S-0020 for set-up information.
I. Same as MD-5201-57 except comes configured as 2nd drive.
J. Jumper block JJ1 - Position S1 for drive A, S2 for drive B.
I
NUMBER:
PAGE:
S-0001C
EQUITY SERIES HARD DISK DRIVE
3 of 5
COMPATIBILITY MATRIX
HMD-720-802
COMMENT
CODE
EXPLANATIONS:
A. Comes with black front bezel.
B.
When
used
with
Equity
III use format procedure #2 on page 5.
C. Follow format procedure #2 on page 5. The NCL Hard Disk
Controller Board (NDC5027-49) and DK-505-2 HDD must be used
D.
For Equity III - Only use HMD-720 hard drives NOT stamped
with:
"Do not use with Equity III”.
NUMBER:
PAGE:
S-0001C
EQUITY SERIES
PRODUCT
HARD
HARD
DESCRIPTION
DISK CONTROLLER
DISK CONTROLLER
COMPATIBLE
I
I+
WITH
II
4 of 5
COMPATIBILITY MATRIX
EQUITY
II+
COMMENTS
MODEL
III
III+
WD1002S-WX2C027
ROM 62-000062-010
X
WD1002S-WX2C027
ROM 62-000062-010-1
X
X
X
B
X
X
B,C,D
X
A
WD1002A-WX1E027
ROM
or
62-000062-010-1
62-000062-13
X
NCL
NDC5207-49
X
B,E
WD1002-WAH
ROM 62-001020-10
AND 62-001027-11
X
EPSON WHDC BOARD
P/N Y127203000
ROM VERSION
WD1015PL-27 or -27B
62-002008-011 or -061
X
X
F,G
CODE EXPLANATIONS:
A. Follow format procedure #2. NCL Hard Disk Controller
(NDC5027-49) and DK-505-2 HDD must be used together.
Board
B. Follow format procedure indicated on PSB # S-0005.
C.
Short
version
Western
Digital
HDC
board.
D.
ROM BIOS 62-000062-010-1 and 62-000062-13
Either ROM may be found on this board.
Released
are
late
1986.
equivalent.
E. This version HDC ROM BIOS with WD-1015-24 firmware CPU will
not allow auto-boot from hard disk. WD-1015-14 firmware CPU
will work.
F.
ROM BIOS # WD1015PL-27 is equivalent to 62-002008-011 these
ROMs have been updated to # WD1015PL-27B or 62-002008-061
which are also equivalent to each other.
G. HDC ROM BIOS must be revision
“B” to work with XENIX software.
NUMBER:
PAGE:
S-0001C
HARD
DISK
FORMATTING
5 of 5
INFORMATION
*****IMPORTANT**************IMPORTANT **++****+**+*+++++IMpQRTANT*****
*
*
*
*
ALWAYS FORMAT THE HDD WITH THE SAME VERSION CONTROLLER
*
*
BOARD AND HDC CPU FIRMWARE VERSION IT WILL BE USED WITH.
*
*
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO REFORMAT IF THE ROM BIOS IS
*
*
UPGRADED AS LONG AS THE SAME FIRMWARE CPU IS USED.
*
*
FOR
LOW
LEVEL FORMATTING:
1. EQUITY I/II F O R M A T
See PSB # S-0005 titled Equity I/II HDD intialization
procedure using software which is included with each system.
2. EQUITY III F O R M A T
a.
Run PFORMAT - Enter bad tracks - Time approx. 5 minutes.
b. Run HDFMTALL - Time approx. 8 minutes.
C.
Run HDPART - Time approx. 2 minutes.
d. Run HDFORMAT - Time approx. 5 minutes.
3.
EQUITY
III+ -
See
Product
Support
Bulletin
#
S-0006
Notes:
1. Early
production Equity I units without HDDS must be
upgraded with the CAC version VF0 SUB-board to operate
with a hard drive.
2. Equity I, DOS ver. 2.11 problem - Bad sector information
erased when HDFORMAT (MS-DOS utility) executes formatting.
Corrected in DOS version 2.2 (MSA-B3) and 2.21 (MSA-B4).
3.
Equity I/II - HDFMTALL erases bad sector
Delete HDFMTALL from the system disk.
information.
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