Installing External Devices

Most external devices connect to the Notebook via the connectors on the rear of the notebook as shown in Figure 2-1. Additional connectivity can be obtained by installing an optional Port Expander to the Notebook's PCI Expansion Bus.

Figure 2-1 I/O Connector Locations

2.5.1 Installing an External Keyboard/Mouse

As shown in Figure 2-2, the notebook has one external PS/2 port on the rear of the Notebook for installing a PS/2 compatible device (keyboard, mouse, etc.). Additional PS/2 devices may be installed using the Port Expander option. Pinouts for the PS/2 port on the rear of the Notebook are also provided in Figure 2-2.

Mouse/Keyboard Connector

Pin No.

Signal Name

1

MDATA/KDATA

2

3

MSGND

4

MSVcc

5

MCLK/KCLK

6

Figure 2-2 PS/2 Port Assignments/Pinouts

To install an external keyboard or external PS/2 mouse on the notebook, use the following procedure:

  1. Ensure that the notebook is powered off.
  2. Locate the external PS/2 port at the rear of the notebook (refer to Figure 2-2).
  3. Attach the PS/2 cable from your mouse and/or keyboard cable to the PS/2 port.
  4. Power on any other peripheral devices you may have connected to the notebook, and then power up the notebook.
  5. 5.2 Installing External Parallel Printer

The Notebook is equipped with a bidirectional, ECC/EPP compatible, 25-pin parallel printer port. The connector pinouts and connector location are shown in Figure 2-3.

PARALLEL PORT PINOUTS

PIN

SIGNAL

i

STROBE

2

DATA BIT 0

3

DATA BIT 1

4

DATA BIT 2

5

DATA BIT 3

a

DATA BIT 4

i

DATA BIT 5

B

DATA BIT 6

9

DATA BIT 7

iO

ACKNOWLEDGE *

ii

BUSY

ii

PAPER OUT

i3

SELECT

i4

AUTO LINEFEED *

ia

ERROR *

ia

INITIALIZE PRINTER

ii

SELECT IN *

iB

GROUND

ig

GROUND

20

GROUND

ii

GROUND

NOTE: * ACTIV

22

GROUND

23

GROUND

24

GROUND

25

GROUND

Figure 2-3 Parallel Port Location/Pinouts

2.5.3 Installing External Serial Port Device

The notebook contains an RS-232 serial port with a male DB-9 connector as shown in Figure 2-4. The serial ports are used to interconnect such devices as:

  • External Modem
  • Serial Printer
  • Any device that uses an RS-232 interface

To connect a printer to the notebook, ensure that both the notebook and the printer are turned off.

Caution: Never connect a parallel device to a serial port or a serial device to a parallel port or video port; this may cause damage to the Notebook and/or peripheral device. If you are uncertain of what type connector the external device has, refer to the technical manual for the external device.

SERIAL PORT PINOUTS

PIN

SIGNAL

1

DCD (CARRIER DETECT)

2

RXD (RECEIVE DATA)

3

TXD TRANSMIT DATA)

4

DTR (DATA TERMINAL READY)

5

GND (GROUND)

6

DSR (DATA SET READY)

7

RTS (REQUEST TO SEND)

8

CTS (CLEAR TO SEND)

9

RI (RING INDICATOR)

Figure 2-4 Serial Port Location/Pinouts

2.5.4 Installing External SVGA Monitor

The notebook is capable of driving both its internal LCD display and an external SVGA monitor (LCD only, simultaneous, or SVGA only). The external monitor connector pinouts and connector locations are shown in Figure 2-5. To install an external monitor with the notebook, use the following steps:

  1. Ensure that both the notebook and the external monitor are turned off.
  2. Locate the 15-pin female SVGA port on the Port Adapter.
  3. Attach the appropriate end of the monitor cable to the SVGA port on your notebook. If the monitor cable connectors have retaining screws, tighten them down.
  4. If necessary, connect the monitor power cable to the monitor, and plug the monitor power cable into an electrical outlet.
  5. Power on the monitor, as well as any other peripheral devices connected to the notebook; then power up the notebook.

PIN

SIGNAL NAME

DIRECTION

1

RED VIDEO

OUTPUT

2

GREEN VIDEO

OUTPUT

3

BLUE VIDEO

OUTPUT

4

NOT USED

5

GROUND

6

RED RETURN

INPUT

7

GREEN RETURN

INPUT

8

BLUE RETURN

INPUT

9

NOT USED

10

GROUND

11, 12

NOT USED

13

HORIZONTAL SYNC

OUTPUT

14

VERTICAL SYNC

OUTPUT

15

NOT USED

Figure 2-5 Connecting an External SVGA Monitor

2.5.5 Installing SIR Devices

The Serial Infrared (IR) port offers wireless communication with a variety of IRDA-compliant devices made by other manufacturers. Ensure that the third-party manufacturer supplies you with the appropriate IR drivers before attempting connection. As shown in Figure 2-6, the Notebook SIR port is located just above the serial port connector on the rear of the notebook. Align this port with the SIR port on a printer, notebook or other device equipped with an SIR port.

Serial

Infrared

Port

Figure 2-6 Communicating with SIR-Equipped Devices

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