Nec READY ES PRO user Manual

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Contents

 

System upgrades ........................................................................

1

Choosing options..............................................................................

2

Getting started..................................................................................

2

Precautions ..................................................................................

3

Working inside the system ................................................................

4

Handling computer parts...................................................................

4

Connecting/disconnecting cables.......................................................

5

A look inside ................................................................................

7

Taking off the cover .........................................................................

8

Taking a quick look inside ..............................................................

11

Looking at the system board ...........................................................

12

Replacing the cover ........................................................................

13

System memory.........................................................................

15

Looking at memory upgrade kits.....................................................

16

Checking the memory in your system ..............................................

17

Adding memory modules ................................................................

19

Removing a memory module...........................................................

21

Expansion boards .....................................................................

23

Adding boards ................................................................................

24

Removing a board...........................................................................

28

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System processor ......................................................................

31

Removing the processor.................................................................

32

Adding a processor ........................................................................

35

Storage devices..........................................................................

39

Preparing the device.......................................................................

40

Identifying the cables you need.......................................................

41

System power cables .................................................................

42

Diskette drive cable ...................................................................

43

IDE cables.................................................................................

44

Connecting cables to your device ...................................................

45

Cabling an IDE device...............................................................

45

Cabling a diskette drive .............................................................

47

Installing storage devices................................................................

48

Adding a 3 1/2-inch hard disk ....................................................

48

Adding a 5 1/4-inch device ........................................................

52

External options .........................................................................

59

Locating external connectors..........................................................

60

Connecting an NEC CS500 monitor...............................................

64

Connecting an NEC C700 monitor .................................................

66

Connecting a printer.......................................................................

68

System resources ......................................................................

71

Looking at communication ports ....................................................

72

Looking at COM port and IRQ settings .........................................

72

Viewing system resources ..............................................................

73

Checking jumper settings ...............................................................

74

Clearing your password..................................................................

77

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System specifications...............................................................

79

System chassis ................................................................................

80

Power supply .............................................................................

80

Expansion board slots ................................................................

81

Storage device slots ...................................................................

81

System unit dimensions and weight ............................................

81

System board..................................................................................

82

Processor ...................................................................................

83

Secondary cache ........................................................................

84

System memory..........................................................................

84

Intel TX PCI chipset ..................................................................

85

PCI local bus..............................................................................

86

Expansion board slots ................................................................

87

BIOS .........................................................................................

87

IDE ports...................................................................................

88

I/O ports and connectors ............................................................

88

Universal serial bus ....................................................................

89

Graphics accelerator...................................................................

90

Power management ....................................................................

91

Plug and play .............................................................................

91

Feature connector ......................................................................

92

Diskette drive .................................................................................

92

Hard disk........................................................................................

93

CD-ROM reader.............................................................................

94

Keyboard........................................................................................

97

Mouse ............................................................................................

98

Fax/modem/sound board.................................................................

98

Sound ........................................................................................

99

Fax/modem ..............................................................................

101

Graphics board .............................................................................

102

 

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Ethernet network board ...............................................................

103

Game pad ....................................................................................

104

Environmental specifications ........................................................

104

Tables

Diskette drive specifications ...........................................................

92

CD-ROM reader specifications.......................................................

94

CD-ROM reader jumper block A settings.......................................

96

CD-ROM reader jumper block B settings.......................................

96

vi Contents

This guide

This guide provides information for adding system upgrades to your Ready computer. The guide also includes system specifications.

Who should use this guide?

We’ve written this guide for anyone who wants to install an upgrade option in the Ready computer or who needs system specifications.

How should I use this guide?

We recommend that you read:

T“System upgrades” for information about choosing upgrades and getting started.

T“Precautions” for safety guidelines when you work inside the system and when you handle computer parts.

T“A look inside” to become familiar with the inside of your computer and to locate upgrade features. Also see this section to remove and replace the system cover.

Tthe appropriate section for the upgrade you want to add to your computer. Sections include procedures for adding system memory, expansion boards, processor, and storage devices.

T“External options” to connect a device to the connectors at the back of the system, such as a monitor or printer.

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T“System resources” to find a description of your computer’s resources, such as communication ports and interrupts, default settings, and how to view available resources. You can also find jumper setting information to check factory settings.

T“Specifications” for information about the features, characteristics, and capabilities of your Ready system.

What about text conventions?

This guide uses the following text conventions.

T Warnings, cautions, and notes have the following meanings:

! WARNING

Warnings alert you to situations that could result in serious personal injury or loss of life.

! CAUTION

Cautions indicate situations that can damage the hardware or software.

Note: Notes give important information about the material being described.

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TNames of keyboard keys are printed as they appear on the keyboard, for example, Ctrl, Alt, or Enter.

TText or keystrokes that you enter appear in boldface type. For example, type exit and press Enter.

TMouse input is a single click of the left mouse button unless indicated otherwise.

Where else can I find information?

Use the following documentation with this guide for upgrade information:

TNEC Ready Multimedia Computers User’s Guide

In addition to describing your computer’s features, this printed guide provides quick steps for accomplishing ordinary office tasks in some new, easier ways using your Ready computer.

TNEC Help Center

The NEC Help Center is your comprehensive source of information about your system. Go to the NEC Help Center for detailed information about upgrading your computer. Choose the System Upgrades category.

You can also choose topics from categories such as System Tour, The Basics, Advanced Topics, Questions & Answers, and Service & Support.

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System upgrades

Your Ready computer comes with high-performance, state-of-the-art components designed to deliver the power and speed necessary for most of today's computing. New technologies and additional requirements demand more power and more speed.

Upgrade options let you increase system power, memory, and storage capabilities to meet your growing computer needs.

Your Ready system supports a variety of NECCSD and industrystandard options. Many optional upgrade components are available for customizing your computer.

System upgrades 1

Choosing options

For help in choosing options for your computer, see:

T“Upgrade Options” in your online NEC Help Center for a list of supported options

Tyour authorized NECCSD dealer for assistance in determining which options are best for you

Tthe software box or software documentation for hardware recommendations.

Getting started

If you are ready to install an upgrade, see these sections in sequence:

T“Precautions” for guidelines about handling chips, boards, system board components, and cables. Follow the recommendations for your personal safety and to protect your hardware from damage.

T“A look inside” to remove the cover and get acquainted with the upgrade features inside your system. You'll also find steps for replacing the cover.

Tthe appropriate section for your upgrade (for example “System memory,” “Expansion boards,” and “Storage devices”).

Get started — you'll find easy-to-follow steps ahead!!

Note: For detailed upgrade information and photo-like figures in color, view the System Upgrades category in the online NEC Help Center!

2 System upgrades

Precautions

Before you begin your system upgrade, please take a few minutes to look at the simple guidelines in this section. Follow these guidelines when you

Twork inside the system

Thandle computer parts.

Precautions 3

Working inside the system

Take care when you work inside the system. Avoid electric shock or personal injury by observing the following warning.

! WARNING

Before you remove the system cover and work inside the unit, turn off all system power and disconnect the system and its peripherals from their power sources.

Handling computer parts

Static electricity and improper installation procedures can damage your computer components. Protect your computer components by following these safety instructions:

TLeave an upgrade option, such as a board or chip, in its antistatic packaging until you are ready to install it.

TDissipate static electricity before handling any system components (boards, chips, and so on) by touching a grounded metal object, such as the system's unpainted metal chassis.

If possible, use anti-static devices, such as wrist straps and floor mats.

TAlways hold a chip or board by its edges. Avoid touching the components on the chip or board.

4 Precautions

Connecting/disconnecting cables

Take care when you connect or disconnect cables. A damaged cable can cause a short in the electrical circuit. Misaligned pins can damage system components at power-on. Prevent damage by following these guidelines:

TAlign cable connector pins carefully before you connect the cable. Check for instructions that show connector keys or alignment pins for the correct pin alignment.

TRoute a cable in the system so it is not pinched by other components. Check that the cable is out of the path of the system cover.

TWhen you disconnect a cable, always pull on the cable connector or strain-relief loop, not on the cable.

Precautions 5

A look inside

See the following sections to:

Ttake off the system unit cover

Tget a quick look inside your system unit

Tlook at the upgrade features on the system board

Treplace the system unit cover.

A look inside 7

Taking off the cover

Use the following steps to remove the system unit cover.

! WARNING

Before you remove the system unit cover, turn off system power and unplug the system power cable. Power is removed only when you unplug the power cable.

1.Turn off and unplug the system unit.

2.Unplug the keyboard, mouse, monitor, and any other attached devices (such as a printer) from the back of the system unit.

! CAUTION

Electrostatic discharge can damage computer components. Discharge static electricity by touching a metal object before you remove the system unit cover.

3.If you have a cover lock, unlock it and remove it from the system unit.

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4.Remove the three cover screws from the back of the system unit.

Removing cover screws

A look inside 9

5.Release the cover by pulling it about an inch away from the front panel.

Note: The cover fits tightly. You might need to press the front edge of the cover to release it from the front panel. Also try pressing your thumbs against the rear panel to slide the cover one inch away from the front panel.

Releasing the cover

6. Lift the cover up and away from the system unit.

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Nec READY ES PRO user Manual

Taking a quick look inside

Take a quick look at the following figure to become familiar with the features in your system unit. Some systems ship with a graphics board, fax/modem/sound board, or Ethernet network board (not shown), depending on system configuration.

Note: For a detailed description of these features and to view them in color, see “System Upgrades” in your NEC Help Center. Then choose “Looking at Your System.”

Inside your system unit

A look inside 11

Looking at the system board

See the following figure to locate the memory and processor upgrade sockets on your system board.

System board upgrade sockets

12 A look inside

Replacing the cover

Use the following steps to replace the system unit cover.

! CAUTION

To prevent damage to the system cables, carefully tuck the cables out of the path of the cover.

1.With the cover about an inch away from the front of the system unit, carefully align the top and bottom cover tabs into the slots and tabs in the system unit frame.

Be sure that the cover tabs on the sides of the cover align inside the frame of the unit.

Aligning the cover

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2. Slide the cover forward to meet the front panel.

Note: The cover fits tightly. If the cover does not slide all the way to the front panel, place one hand on the front of the unit while you slide the cover forward from the rear.

3.Secure the cover with the three cover screws removed earlier (see “Taking off the cover”).

4.If you have a cover lock, replace it and secure it.

5.Connect the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other external devices to the back of the system unit.

6.Plug in your power cables.

14 A look inside

System memory

See the following sections for information about:

Tthe memory upgrade kits for your computer

Thow to identify the memory in your system

Twhere to install additional memory

Thow to add memory.

System memory 15

Looking at memory upgrade kits

Memory upgrade kits are installed in two memory upgrade sockets on the system board. Your system board ships with 32 MB of high-speed memory and supports up to 128 MB of memory.

Note: Memory upgrade kits for your computer contain modules referred to in the computer industry as “dual in-line memory modules” or “DIMM” sticks.

Your system supports the following 60-ns 64-bit (non-parity) synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM) configurations:

T1-MB by 64-bit DIMM stick (4-MB module)

T2-MB by 64-bit DIMM stick (8-MB module)

T4-MB by 64-bit DIMM stick (16-MB module)

T8-MB by 64-bit DIMM stick (32-MB module)

T16-MB by 64-bit DIMM stick (64-MB module).

! CAUTION

To avoid corrosion between different metals, only use memory modules with gold-plated connectors.

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Checking the memory in your system

Use the following procedure to:

Tcheck the memory installed in your system

Tdetermine the memory configuration you need to increase your memory

Tidentify the correct sockets for the memory upgrade.

1.If you don’t know how much memory is installed in your system, you can check the amount in Windows® 95. On the

Windows 95 desktop, point to My Computer and click the right mouse button.

With the left mouse button, click Properties. The General tab shows the random access memory (RAM). This is the amount of system memory in your computer.

You can also find the amount of memory by selecting the Performance tab.

2.Remove the system unit cover (see “Taking off the cover”).

! WARNING

Be sure that the system unit power is turned off and the system is unplugged before you begin the installation procedure.

System memory 17

3.Determine the amount of memory you want to add and the modules you need. Modules do not need to be added in pairs. You may add modules singly.

4.Use the following figure to locate and identify the memory upgrade sockets for the installation.

If any cables block access to the sockets, label the cables and disconnect them.

If any expansion boards block access to the sockets, remove the expansion boards (see “Expansion boards”).

Identifying the memory sockets

18 System memory

Adding memory modules

Use the following steps to install memory modules.

1. Remove the system unit cover (see “Taking off the cover”).

! WARNING

Be sure that the system unit power is turned off and the system is unplugged before you begin the installation procedure.

2.Locate the memory upgrade sockets for your configuration (see “Checking the memory in your system”).

If you need to remove a memory module, see “Removing a memory module” in this guide.

! CAUTION

Before you install a memory module, reduce static discharge by touching the system’s metal chassis.

3.Insert the memory module as follows:

T Press out the plastic locking clips at the ends of an empty socket.

TAlign the notches on the module with the keys in the memory socket.

TInsert the module into the socket.

TPress in the plastic locking clips at the ends of the socket until they lock in place on the module.

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! CAUTION

Be careful when handling the memory module. The module and socket clips are fragile.

Inserting the module

4.Replace any cables or boards that you removed during this procedure (see “Expansion boards”).

5.Replace the system unit cover (see “Replacing the cover”).

Note: If you find a discrepancy in the amount of memory displayed at the Power-On Self-Test with the amount of memory that you installed, check that you installed the memory modules correctly.

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Removing a memory module

If your memory configuration requires the removal of a module, remove the module as follows.

! CAUTION

To reduce static discharge, touch the system’s metal chassis.

1.Press the plastic locking clips at the ends of the socket away from the memory module.

2.Gently rock the memory module while pulling it up from the socket.

Removing a module

System memory 21

Expansion boards

You’ll find information in the following sections about:

Thow to add a board to your computer

Thow to remove a board from your computer.

Note: See the board removal procedure when a board is in the way of adding other options or connecting cables.

Expansion boards 23

Adding boards

Use the following steps to add a board to your system unit.

! WARNING

Be sure that the system unit power is turned off and the system is unplugged before you begin the installation procedure.

1.Follow any preinstallation instructions that come with your expansion board (such as setting switches or jumpers on the board).

2.See the information that comes with your board to determine which type of board you have:

Tan 8-bit or 16-bit Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) board

Ta 32-bit Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) board.

3.Remove the system unit cover (see “Taking off the cover”).

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4. Locate the appropriate ISA or PCI slot for your board.

Locating a slot for your board

Expansion boards 25

5.Remove the screw securing an expansion slot cover and remove the cover. Save the screw for installing the board.

Store the slot cover in case you choose to remove the board in the future.

The following figure shows boards removed for clarity.

Removing a slot cover

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6.Hold the board by its edges and install it into the slot:

T If you have a full-width board, align it with the guide rail at the front of the system unit.

TAlign the connector end of the board with the slot connector.

TPress the board firmly into the slot connector. You might have to gently rock the board from side-to-side to seat it into the connector.

TInsert the screw you removed earlier to secure the board to the support bracket.

Inserting a board

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