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This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio and
television reception. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio and television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
0 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
0 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
Cl Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected
0 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The connection of a non-shielded equipment interface cable to this equipment will
invalidate the FCC Certification of this device and may cause interference levels that
exceed the limits established by the FCC for this equipment. It is the responsibility of the
user to obtain and use a shielded equipment interface cable with this device. If this
equipment has more than one interface connector, do not leave cables connected to unused
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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
Department of Communications.
Le present appareil numerique n’emet pas de bruits radioelectriques depassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numeriques de Classe B prescrites dans le reglement sur le
brouillage radioelectrique edict6 par le Ministere des Communications du Canada.
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Copyright © 1992 by Epson America, Inc.
Torrance, California
Important Safety Instructions
Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the computer.
Unplug the computer from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a
damp cloth for cleaning; do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners.
Do not spill liquid of any kind on the computer.
Do not place the computer on an unstable cart, stand, or table.
Slots and openings in the cabinet and the back or bottom are
provided for ventilation; do not block or cover these openings.
Do not place the computer near or over a radiator or heat
Operate the computer using the type of power source indicated
on its label. If you are not sure of the type of power available,
consult your dealer or local power company.
If you plan to operate the computer in Germany, observe the
following safety precaution:
To provide adequate short-circuit protection and over-current
protection for this computer, the building installation must be
protected by a 16 Amp circuit breaker.
Beim AnschuliS des Computers an die Netzversorgung mui3
sichergestellt werden daI3 die Gebaudeinstallation mit einem
16 A ijberstromschutzschalter abgesichert ist.
Connect all equipment to properly grounded (earthed) power
outlets. If you are unable to insert the plug into an outlet, contact
your electrician to replace your outlet. Avoid using outlets on
the same circuit as photocopiers or air control systems that
regularly switch on and off.
10. Do not allow the computer’s cord to become damaged or frayed.
11. If you use an extension cord with the computer, make sure the
total of the ampere ratings of the devices plugged into the
extension cord does not exceed the ampere rating for the
extension cord. Also, make sure the total of all products plugged
into the wall outlet does not exceed 15 amperes.
12. Do not insert objects of any kind into this product through the
cabinet slots.
13. Except as specifically explained in this User’s Guide, do not
attempt to service the computer yourself. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
14. Unplug the computer from the wall outlet and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
A. When the power cord or plug is damaged.
B. If liquid has entered the computer.
C. If the computer does not operate normally when the operating
instructions are followed. Adjust only those controls that are
covered by the operating instructions. Improper adjustment
of other controls may result in damage and often requires
extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the
computer to normal operation.
D. If the computer has been dropped or the cabinet has been
E. If the computer exhibits a distinct change in performance.
Instructions Importantes de S&wit6
Lire completement les instructions qui suivant et les conserver
pour references futures.
Bien suivre tous les avertissements et les instructions indiques sur
Debrancher l’ordinateur de toute sortie murale avant le nettoyage.
Utiliser un chiffon humide; ne jamais utiliser un nettoyeur
liquide ou une bonbonne aerosol.
Ne jamais renverser un liquide d’aucune sorte sur l’ordinateur.
Ne pas placer l’ordinateur sur un chariot, un support, ou une table
Les events dans le meubles, a l’arriere et en dessous sont concus
pour l’aeration; on ne doit jamais les bloquer. Ne pas placer
l’ordinateur pres d’une source de chaleur directe.
Le fonctionnement de l’ordinateur doit s’effectuer conformement
au type de source d’alimentation indiquee sur l/etiquette. Dans le
cas d’un doute de la source disponible, on doit communiquer
avec le concessionaire ou la compagnie d’electricite.
Lorsqu’on desire utiliser l’ordinateur en Allemagne, on doit
observer les normes securitaires qui suivent:
Afin d’assurer une protection adequate a l’ordinateur contre les
court-circuits et le survoltage, l’installation de l’edifice doit
comprendre un disjoncteur de 16 amp.
On doit brancher tout l’equipement dans une sortie reliee a la
masse. Lorsqu’il est impossible d’inserer la fiche dans la prise, on
doit retenir les services d’un electricien ou remplacer la prise. Ne
jamais utiliser une prise sur le meme circuit qu’un appareil a
photocopie ou un systeme de controle d’aeration avec
commutation marche-arret.
10. S’assurer que le cordon d’alimentation de l’ordinateur n’est pas
11. Dans le cas ou on utilise un cordon de rallonge avec l’ordinateur,
on doit s’assurer que la valeur totale d’amperes branches dans le
cordon n’excede en aucun temps les amperes du cordon de
rallonge. La quantite totale des appareils branches dans la prise
murale ne doit jamais exceder 15 amperes.
12. Ne jamais inserer un objet de quelque sorte que ce soit dans les
cavites de cet appareil.
13. Sauf tel que specific dans la notice d’utilisation, on ne doit jamais
tenter d’effectuer une reparation de l’ordinateur. On doit referer
le service de cet appareil a un technicien qualifie.
14. Debrancher l’ordinateur de la prise murale et confier le service au
personnel de service qualifie selon les conditions qui suivent:
A. Lorsque le cordon d’alimentation ou la prise sont
B. Lorsqu’un liquide s’est infiltre dans l’ordinateur.
C. Lorsque l’ordinateur refuse de fonctionner normalement
m@me en suivant les instructions. N’ajuster que les
commandes qui sont enumerees dans les instructions de
fonctionnement. Tout ajustement inadequat de tout autre
controle peut provoquer un dommage et souvent necessiter
des reparations elaborees par un technicien qualifie afin de
remettre l’appareil en service.
D. Lorsqu’on a echappe l’ordinateur ou que l’on a endommage le
E. Lorsque l’ordinateur demontre un changement note au niveau
de sa performance.
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where to Get Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Preparing to Set Up the System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Optional Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting Peripheral Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Parallel Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Serial Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting a TPE LAN Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting an AUI LAN Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting an External SCSI Device . . . . . . . . . . . .
Connecting the Power Cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Turning On the Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Configuring Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Installing Your Operating System and Software . . . . . . . . .
This booklet gives step-by-step instructions for setting up your
Epson® ExpressStation™ for the first time. It explains how to
connect the physical devices and define your system’s
configuration. Be sure to read each section carefully to make
sure you follow the correct procedures.
Before you begin, read “Important Safety Instructions” at the
beginning of this book; these provide information about
properly caring for your computer and operating it correctly.
Where to Get Help
If you purchased your computer in the United States, Epson
America provides local customer support and service through a
nationwide network of authorized Epson dealers and Service
Centers. Epson also provides the following support services
through the Epson Customer Resource Center at (800) 922-8911:
Technical assistance with the installation, configuration,
and operation of Epson products
Assistance in locating your nearest Authorized Epson
Reseller or Service Center
Sales of ribbons, supplies, parts, documentation, and
accessories for your Epson product
Customer Relations
Epson technical information library fax service
Product literature with technical specifications on your
current and new products.
Setup Guide 1
If you purchased your computer outside of the United States,
please contact your dealer or the marketing location nearest
you for customer support and service. International marketing
locations are listed on the inside back cover of this manual.
Preparing to Set Up the System
It’s important to choose a safe, convenient location for your
system that provides the following:
A flat, hard surface. Surfaces like carpeted floors and beds
attract static electricity, which can erase data on your disks,
damage the computer’s circuitry, and prevent proper
Good air circulation. Leave several inches of space around
the computer so air can move freely.
Moderate environmental conditions. Select a cool, dry area
and protect your computer from extremes in temperature,
humidity, dust, and smoke. Avoid direct sunlight or any
other source of heat.
No electromagnetic interference. Do not place your system
too close to any electrical device, such as a telephone, that
generates an electromagnetic field.
Appropriate power cords. Connect all your equipment with
the appropriate power cords for the power source in your
area. If you are operating the computer in a country other
than the one in which you purchased it, see “Power Source
Requirements” in Appendix B of the User's Guide for a list
of the cords you should use.
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Installing Optional Devices
Before you set up and connect your system components, you
may want to install any optional equipment you plan to use.
Your User’s Guide gives complete instructions for installing
options such as disk drives, memory modules, a math
coprocessor, and option cards.
Note that the order in which you install your option cards
depends on the type of cards you have. If you will be installing
only ISA option cards that did not come with their own
configuration (CFG) files, you should install them before you
connect your peripheral devices. Follow the instructions in
your ISA card manual to set the card’s switches or jumpers for
your system.
If you will be installing EISA cards, you should also install
them before you connect peripheral devices so your computer’s
configuration program will automatically detect the card and
configure it correctly.
If you will be installing ISA cards that came with their own
CFG files, you should install them after you have connected the
necessary peripheral devices and run the computer’s
configuration program. This allows you to add the CFG file
information to your configuration so the program can give you
the card’s correct jumper and switch settings. Then you can set
the switches and jumpers and install the card.
Be sure to check your computer’s option slot power limits in
Chapter 3 of your User’s Guide before you install any option
cards. Then follow the instructions there to install the cards.
Setup Guide 3
Connecting Peripheral Devices
You may not want to install all your peripheral devices before
you configure your computer for the first time. If you will be
installing ISA option cards after configuring your computer
(as described above), you may want to connect only those
peripheral devices necessary to run the configuration program:
a monitor and keyboard, and possibly a printer and mouse. If
you connect other devices, you will need to disconnect them
later to install the ISA cards.
Here are the components on the front and back panels.
hard disk
access light
access light
release latch
power light
power outlet
option slots
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m o u s e
p o r t
LAN Port
These icons identify the built-in interfaces on the computer’s
back panel:
serial port 2
SCSI port
Refer to these illustrations while you follow the instructions in
this section. But first, make sure the power buttons or switches
on the computer and peripheral devices are turned off.
Setup Guide 5
Connecting a Monitor
If your monitor has a detached cable, connect it to the back of
the monitor first. Then, if you have a VGA monitor, connect the
other end of the cable to the VGA monitor port on the
computer’s back panel.
Tighten any screws to secure the connection. Then connect the
monitor’s power cord to the monitor, if necessary. You can plug
the other end of the cord into the power outlet on the back of
the computer (if you have a compatible cable) or into an
electrical outlet.
If you are connecting any other type of monitor, you need to
install a video option card. See “Installing Optional Devices” on
page 3, for information about installing option cards. Then
connect your monitor to the interface on the video option card,
as described above.
6 Setup Guide
Connecting a Parallel Printer
Connect one end of the parallel cable to your printer, as
described in your printer manual. Connect the other end to
your computer’s parallel port and tighten the retaining screws.
Then connect the printer’s power cord to the printer (if
necessary) and to an electrical outlet.
Setup Guide 7
Connecting a Serial Device
Connect one end of the serial cable to your serial device, as
described in its manual. Then connect the other end to one of
your computer’s serial ports and tighten the retaining screws.
If you are installing two serial devices, you must choose one
device to be the primary serial device (COM1) and the other
to be the secondary device (COM2). Connect the primary
serial device to serial port 1 and the secondary device to
serial port 2. You can also change the serial port assignment
using the BIOS SETUP program or System Configuration
utility; see the Software Guide for more information.
Then connect the device’s power cord to the device (if
necessary) and to an electrical outlet.
8 Setup Guide
Connecting the Keyboard
Connect the keyboard cable to the keyboard port.
Although the keyboard and mouse ports are physically
identical, you cannot use them interchangeably. Be sure to
plug the keyboard and mouse connectors into the correct
Setup Guide 9
Connecting a Mouse
If you will be using an IBM® PS/2TM compatible mouse, connect
its cable to the mouse port.
Although the keyboard and mouse ports are physically
identical, you cannot use them interchangeably. Be sure to
plug the keyboard and mouse connectors into the correct
If you have a serial mouse, see “Connecting a Serial Device”
on page 8; if you have a bus mouse, see “Option Cards” in
Chapter 3 of your User’s Guide for instructions on installing the
mouse controller card.
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Connecting a TPE LAN Cable
If you will be using the built-in LAN controller and connecting
it to your network with a Twisted Pair EthernetTM (TPE)
10BASET cable, connect the cable to the TPE port.
Connecting an AUI LAN Cable
If you will be using the built-in LAN controller and connecting
it to your network with an Attachment Unit Interface (AUI)
cable, connect the cable to the AUI port.
Be sure to tighten the retaining screws to secure the cable to the
Setup Guide 11
Connecting an External SCSI Device
Before you connect any external SCSI devices to the computer’s
built-in external SCSI device port, read Chapter 4 of the
User’s Guide for instructions on setting the SCSI ID numbers
and properly terminating your SCSI devices.
Then connect the first external device to the external SCSI
device port.
See Chapter 4 of the User’s Guide and the documentation that
came with your SCSI devices for information on cabling the
SCSI devices to each other.
12 Setup Guide
Connecting the Power Cord
When you finish connecting all of your peripheral devices,
connect the computer’s power cord to the power inlet.
Then plug the other end of the cord into the electrical outlet. Be
sure to read the next section before you turn on the computer.
Turning On the Computer
Before you turn on your system, read the following safety rules
to avoid damaging your computer or injuring yourself:
Do not connect or disconnect any power or peripheral
device cables when the computer’s power is on.
Never turn on the computer when its cover is off.
Never turn off or reset your computer while a disk drive
access light is on. This can destroy data stored on the disk.
Always wait at least five seconds after you turn off the
power before you turn it on again. This prevents possible
damage to the computer’s electrical circuitry.
Do not leave a beverage near your system or any of its
components. Spilled liquid can damage the circuitry of
your equipment.
Setup Guide 13
Always turn off the power, disconnect the computer’s
power cord, and wait 30 seconds before you remove the
cover. Only remove the cover to access internal
Never press the computer’s power or reset buttons when
the cover is off.
Now you are ready to turn on your system. Press the power
button on the computer’s front panel. You may need to adjust
your monitor’s brightness and contrast to get the best display.
Then read the next section for guidelines on running the
appropriate configuration program and installing software.
Configuring Your System
There are two programs you can use to configure your
computer: the BIOS SETUP program and the System
Configuration utility. Which one you use depends on the
option cards you may have installed in your computer.
You should use the BIOS SETUP program to configure your
computer in the following situations:
You did not install any option cards
Q You installed an ISA option card that did not come with a
configuration (CFG) file.
You should run the System Configuration utility to configure
your system if either of the following is true:
Ll You have installed an EISA option card
You have installed an ISA card that came with a CFG file.
14 Setup Guide
Your computer’s SETUP program is stored in the system BIOS
ROM. You can run SETUP whenever you turn on or reset the
computer, regardless of whether you have installed an
operating system. See Chapter 1 of the Software Guide for
instructions on running the program.
The System Configuration utility is on the Reference diskette.
See Chapter 2 of the Software Guide for instructions on running
this utility.
Installing Your Operating System and Software
Once you have configured your computer with one of the
configuration programs, you can install your operating system
and any application programs you want to use. Your computer
must have an operating system before it can run any software
applications. See the manuals that came with your operating
system and software applications for instructions on installing
and using them.
If you’ll be using the built-in SCSI or LAN controllers, or your
built-in VGA display adapter with extended VGA resolutions,
you may need to install device drivers to support certain
capabilities. See Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Software Guide for
more information.
Setup Guide 15
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