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    IMPORTANT NOTICE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY Epson America makes no representations or warranties, either[...]

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    Important Safety Instructions Read all of these instructions and save them for later reference. Foll[...]

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    Importantes instructions de sécurité Lire attentivement les instructions suivantes et les conserve[...]

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    FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT FOR AMERlCAN USERS This equipment has been tested and found to comply with [...]

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    Contents Introduction Video .................................. . 2 Energy Saving s .................[...]

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    Chapter 2 Using Your Computer Working Comfortably ........................ . 2-1 Stopping a Comman d[...]

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    Chapter 5 Trobleshooting Identifying Your System ....................... . 5-1 The Computer Will Not[...]

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    Hardware Interrupt s ......................... . A-13 System Memory Ma p ......................... .[...]

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    lntroduction Your EPSON ® computer provides powerful system performance and offers a wide range of [...]

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    Five 16-bit, ISA-compatible option slots Space for up to seven mass storage devices (four externally[...]

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    Energy Savings In standard configurations, this computer complies with the United States Environment[...]

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    Optional Equipment You can easily upgrade your computer by installing additional memory and a wide v[...]

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    How to Use This Manual You do not have to read everything in this manual; check the following chapte[...]

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    Where to Get Help If you purchased your computer in the United States or Canada, EPSON provides cust[...]

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    If you need help with any software application program you are using, see the documentation that cam[...]

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    Chapter 1 Setting Up Your System This chapter briefly describes how to set up your computer. It incl[...]

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    If you purchased any optional equipment that goes inside the computer-such as option cards, memory m[...]

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    caution Before you turn on the power to your system, make sure the voltage selector is set to the ap[...]

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    Connecting System Components Use the following illustration to locate the ports on the back of your [...]

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    Your system also includes two removable panels below the option slots; these panels provide access t[...]

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    Then turn on the computer by pressing the power button located on the left side of the front panel. [...]

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    Whenever you turn off your system, be sure to save your data and exit any application program you ar[...]

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    The SETUP program and the factory default settings are stored in the computer’s ROM BIOS (read-onl[...]

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    The table below lists the keys you can use to perform SETUP operations. SETUP function keys Key Func[...]

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    The System Setup Option From the System Setup screen, you can set the options described below. Setti[...]

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    Setting the diskette drive type(s) On your system, diskette drive A is the 3.5-inch high-density dri[...]

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    To define your own drive type, follow these steps: 1. Move the cursor to me and select User. 2. Type[...]

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    Configuring memory shadow The system can configure the Memory Shadow options or you can manually set[...]

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    Setting the Boot Options When you select Boot Options from the Main Menu, you see the boot Options s[...]

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    Disabling power-on diagnostic error messages The Pause on POST errors option allows you to disable t[...]

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    If you enable the Password on boot option, you must enter the Supervisor or User password each time [...]

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    Note You must delete the User password before SETUP will allow you to access the Supervisor password[...]

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    You can also protect your system by selecting Write protect for the Fixed disk boot sector option. W[...]

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    If you select a time period for the Lockout Timer as well as the Inactivity Timar1 option, the syste[...]

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    Exiting SETUP When you leave SETUP, you can save your settings, or exit SETUP without saving your se[...]

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    You may also want to install the optional extended video drivers for some of your application progra[...]

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    Chapter 2 Using Your Computer This chapter briefly describes the following operations: Working comfo[...]

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    If you use a copy stand, keep it at the same eye level as your screen. This reduces eye and neck str[...]

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    Resetting the Computer Occasionally, you may want to clear the computer’s memory without turning i[...]

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    Using Energy Wisely By purchasing this low-power, Energy Star compliant computer, you join a growing[...]

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    Note Some hard disk drives do not support a low-power standby mode. Also, the delay caused by the ha[...]

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    Not e You can use the commands listed above while you are running a program. However, if the program[...]

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    Chapter 3 Installing and Removing Options You can enhance the performance of your computer by adding[...]

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    Removing the Cover You need to remove the computer’s cover to install any of the options described[...]

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    5. Grasp the sides of the cover and pull it straight back, until it clears the computer. 6. Set the [...]

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    Replacing the Cover When you are ready to replace the computer’s cover, follow these steps: 1. 2. [...]

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    Locating the Internal Components As you follow the instructions in this chapter, refer to the follow[...]

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    Changing the Jumper Settings The jumpers on the main system board control certain functions and are [...]

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    Miscellaneous Jumper settings (Continued) Jumper Jumper number Setting Function J3 0 1- 4 Selects ex[...]

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    Note To use an external display adapter in an expansion slot, you must disable the built-in VGA adap[...]

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    3. Also, you may need to remove the rear internal drive bay bracket to access the jumpers. (If there[...]

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    Installing Memory Modules Your computer comes with 4MB or 8MB of memory on memory modules-also calle[...]

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    SIMM configurations (Continued) Bank 0 Bank 1 Total memory 16MB - 16MB 16MB 1MB 17MB 16MB 2MB 18MB 1[...]

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    Inserting SIMMs Follow these steps to install SIMMs: 1. Refer to the illustration on page 3-5 to loc[...]

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    6. Push the SIMM into the socket until it is seated firmly in the slot. Then tilt it upright, as sho[...]

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    7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the other SIMM, if necessary. 8. Replace the rear internal drive bay bra[...]

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    4. If necessary, follow the same procedure to remove the other SIMM. 5. Replace the rear internal dr[...]

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    Follow these steps to install an option card: 1. Remove the retaining screw securing the option slot[...]

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    3. Hold the card along the top comers and guide it into the slot, as shown below. (If you are instal[...]

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    Removing an Option Card You may need to remove an option card installed in your computer to access c[...]

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    The table below lists the video DRAM DIP chips that are approved for use in your computer. video DRA[...]

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    4. Position one of the memory chips over the socket as shown below, aligning the pins on the chip wi[...]

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    Installing External Cache You can install 64KB, 128KB, or 256KB of external cache on your system. To[...]

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    Note that your cache memory sockets may not look exactly like the ones shown here. If you’re not s[...]

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    4. Position one of the cache chips over the first socket as shown below, aligning the pins on the ch[...]

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    When the computer restarts, it displays the amount of external cache you have installed on the syste[...]

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    Replacing the Processor Chip Follow these steps to replace the processor chip: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Use th[...]

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    6. Position the processor chip over the socket, aligning the notched edge of the chip (marked with a[...]

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    9. Check the settings of jumpers J11 and J13 to be sure they are set for the type of microprocessor [...]

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    Chapter 4 Installing and Removing Drives This chapter describes how to install and remove optional d[...]

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    To install or remove a drive, first remove the computer’s cover as described in Chapter 3. Then re[...]

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    Removing Mounting Frames If you are installing a drive in a 3½-inch wide drive bay and there are mo[...]

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    Installing a Drive in the Front Internal Drive Bay Your computer may have a hard disk drive already [...]

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    3. If you already have one IDE hard disk drive installed, skip to step 7. If you just installed your[...]

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    5. Position the ribbon cable’s system board connector so that the side of the ribbon cable with th[...]

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    8. Position the connector on the ribbon cable so the red wire aligns with the side of the drive conn[...]

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    10. If you have finished installing or removing drives, replace the computer’s cover (described in[...]

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    2. 3. 4. 5. Remove the four screws securing the drive to the drive bay. There are two screws on each[...]

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    Installing a Drive in an External Drive Bay Follow these steps to install an internal or externally [...]

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    3. Slide the drive into the front of the bay and secure it to the drive bay using the four screws (t[...]

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    5. Now locate one of the power supply cables that lead from the power supply. (They have multi-color[...]

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    Removing a Drive From an External Drive Bay Follow these steps to remove a drive from an externally [...]

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    2. Remove the four screws (two on each side) securing the drive to the drive bay. Then slide the dri[...]

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    4. If you removed your only IDE hard disk drive, be sure to remove the drive’s ribbon cable from i[...]

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    3. 4. 5. Remove the four screws securing the rear internal drive bay bracket to the computer’s bac[...]

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    6. Place the bracket into the computer as shown below and secure it to the back panel with the four [...]

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    8. Hold the connector on the ribbon cable so the red wire aligns with pin 1 on the drive. Make sure [...]

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    Removing a Drive From the Rear Internal Drive Bay Follow these steps to remove a drive from the rear[...]

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    3. Remove the four screws securing the drive bay bracket to the computer’s back panel. Then slide [...]

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    5. Replace the bracket inside the computer as shown below and secure it to the back panel with the f[...]

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    Chapter 5 Troubleshooting If you have any problems as you set up and use your computer, refer to thi[...]

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    Use these guidelines to locate information about your system: Serial number: Look on the back panel [...]

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    The Computer Will Not Start The power light is on, but the computer does not start. Make sure the bo[...]

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    You may have installed a SIMM incorrectly. If the system doesn’t detect memory, it won’t start. [...]

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    Keyboard Problems The screen displays a keyboard error message when you turn on of reset the compute[...]

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    Monitor Problems There is no display on the screen. Check that the monitor’s power switch is on an[...]

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    If the light still does not come on, check the electrical outlet for power. Turn off your monitor an[...]

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    Something is wrong with the data in the files If you are using MS-DOS, run CHKDSK to repair the file[...]

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    You see a hard disk drive error when you start your system. Run SETUP and check that your system is [...]

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    You have been using your hard disk drive successfully far same time but notice a reduction in perfor[...]

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    Software Problems The application program does not start. Check that you are following the correct p[...]

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    Printer Problems The printer or scanner does not work at all. Check that the printer or scanner has [...]

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    Your system may need to operate at the slower processor speed to access the device. Try reducing the[...]

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    Controller Problems You see a controller error for the drive controllers of the I/O port controllers[...]

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    Appendix A Specifications CPU and Memory 32-bit CPU Green PC energy saver System speed Intel or Cyri[...]

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    ROM video RAM Memory relocation Cache Math coprocessor Clock/ calendar Memory 4MB or 8MB RAM standar[...]

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    Controllers Video Cirrus Logic ® GD5426 high-speed SVGA local bus controller supports resolutions u[...]

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    Mouse Option slots Game port Speaker Mass Storage PS/2 compatible mouse interface built into main sy[...]

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    Hard disk 3½-inch wide hard disk drive(s), third-, drives half-, or full-height size Other devices [...]

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    Physical Characteristics Width Depth Height Weight Power Supply Type Input ranges Maximum outputs Fr[...]

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    Environmental Requirements Condition Temperature Operating Non-operating range range Storage range 4[...]

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    Hard Disk Drive Types This computer comes with a hard disk auto-sensing feature. When you press Ente[...]

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    Hard disk drive types (continued) Size* Sectors/ Landing Write Drive Type (MB) Cylinders Heads track[...]

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    Drive Option Information Hard disk drive options for high-capacity, 1-1nch IDE drives Parameters Con[...]

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    IDE hard disk drive jumper settings Model number Single drive Master drive Slave drive Conner CP3008[...]

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    Tested Operating Environments Although your system will run most software applications, the followin[...]

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    Hardware Interrupts IRQ no. Function IRQ0 Timer output IRQ1 Keyboard IRQ2 Cascade from IRQ controlle[...]

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    System Memory Map Memory address range Usage 000000h to 09FFFFh 640KB base memory 0A0000h to 0BFFFFh[...]

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    System I/O address map (continued) Hox address Assigned device 2E1 GPIB (adapter 0) 2E2, 2E3 Data ac[...]

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    Connector Pin Assignments Parallel port connector pin assignments (CN5) Pin Signal Pin Signal 1 Stro[...]

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    Glossary AUTOEXEC.BAT FILE A batch file that MS-DOS executes automatically each time you turn on or [...]

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    Dtiver A program that controls a specific piece of equipment in the system. Examples of drivers incl[...]

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    Microprocessor see CPU. Parallel A way of organizing communications between two pieces of computer e[...]

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    serial A way of organizing communications between two pieces of computer equipment in which the sign[...]

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    Index A AC power inlet, 1-4-5,5-3 Advanced Chipset Control option, 1-13 Advanced System Setup option[...]

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    Connector pm assignments, A-1 6 Contrast, 1-6,5-6 Controllers diskette drive, A-3 hard disk drive, 3[...]

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    Errors configuration, 1-8 diskette drive, 5-8 had disk drive, 5-9 keyboard, 5-5 read/write, 5-10 Ext[...]

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    Inlet, AC power, 1-4-5,5-3 Input ranges, power supply, 1-2, A-6 Internal cache, Intro-1, A-2 Interna[...]

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    Monitor (continued) indicator light, 5-6 port, 1-4 power cord, 5-7 power switch, 56-7 problems, 5-6 [...]

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    Power requirements, option cards, 5-3-4, 5-13, A-6 Power supply frequency, A-6 input ranges, 1-2, A-[...]

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    SETW program (continued) starting, 1-8-9, A-5 system memory, 1-10 system security, 1-15-18, A-5 syst[...]

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    V VGA, see SVGA Video BIOS, Intro-1-2, A-2 card jumpers, 3-15 card option, 1-10 colors, Intro-2, A-3[...]

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    Epson America (USA) Epson America, Inc. 20770 Madrona Avenue Torrance, CA, 90509-2842 Tel: (310) 782[...]

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    EPSON Worldwide Subsidiaries Epson DkutschIand GmbH ZiiIpicher strabe 6, 4000 Dusseldorf 11 Germany [...]

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    Distributors South America SISCO so Paulo, SP Brazil Tel: (5511) 574-8877 Fax: (5511) 572-1306 Exhib[...]

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    Caribbean Caribbean Computer Systems, Ltd. Bridgetown, Barbados Tel: (809) 429-7050 Fax: (809) 427-6[...]