Short: This is the IBM Palmtop PC 110 - FAQ version 1.40
IBM Palmtop PC 110 FAQ
version 1.40 - 27. Jun '98
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PC110FAQ v1.30 - Aug'97)
What is the IBM Palmtop PC 110?
Pictures and Internet/WWW-Sites with additional information, mailing-lists
Models and prices
Availability (or: Where can I buy it?)
Advanced information about the ...
keyboard and special FN-keystrokes
pointing-head and mouse-buttons
keyboard and mouse connector
smart pico-flash slot
rechargeable battery (incl. some reports 'how long last ...')
port-replicator (docking station), its ports and the floppy-drive
RAM & upgrade
- 3. The
Personaware-software supplied on the internal flash-disk
General usage for non-Japanese reading users
Advanced usage (and features on the main menu screen)
Description, help and usage for each application (general&advanced)
Other software supplied on disks and/or harddisk (YDW-Model)
The English/Japanese IBM DOS J7.0/V
tvcc (converts wav<>tvc for voice-features of the internal modem)
PS2 (configures the PC110)
The Japanese Windows 3.1J
TranXit (IR-Software for Windows)
EasyFax-Lite (Fax-Software for Windows)
Other small programmes (inkdrv, lrgptr, ..)
driver (PCMCIA/..., used in config.sys or windows)
install an other (english/national) DOS-Version
install windows 3.1 (english/national)
install windows 95 (english/national)
install linux (english/national)
install other operating systems
install the new version (v1.01) of the Personaware software
change / remove the password
upgrade the internal modem
Questions and Answers (Feel free to mail me your questions and/or answers)
Can I run Personaware from an english/national (MS) DOS?
How do I get into the BIOS-Setup?
SCSI on the PC110 with PCMCIA?
What about TV/Video capture with PCMCIA? (Nogatech PCMCIA-cards)
Several problems, questions and answers to an installation of Win95
Some notes for using a PCMCIA-HD together with another PCMCIA-card and a
I have problems with PCMCIA-Flash-Cards. What to do?
What do the error codes mean after booting?
About this FAQ
Thanks to ..
How to contact the author
1. What is the IBM Palmtop PC 110?
1.1. Short descriptionThe PC110 is the smallest "notebook" and most
powerful high-end Palmtop available at the moment. It has about the size of a
VHS-video cassette (about 1/6 smaller in width). At this small size you have the
power of a 486 CPU with a color screen, internal voice-fax-modem, telephone,
soundcard, mouse and the expandability through PCMCIA-II/III ports and a small
1.2. Technical specifications
- i486sx33 (SL Enhanced)
- 4 MB (low-end model YD0), 8 MB (mid/high-end model YD1/YDW), 12 and 20 MB
with 3d-party memory-upgrades, and maybe even more
- Internal Flash:
- 4 MB (incl. DOS/V 7.0 and Personaware-OrganiserSoftware)
- Chips&Technologies 65535 SVGA, 512k RAM; ROM incl. Japanese fonts
- 4.7", STN, 256 Colors, 640x480, backlight
- 90 keys, English/Japanese layout
2xPCMCIA-II (can be used as 1xPCMCIA-III)
- WingJack; FAX Class2/2.0 9600bps, DATA 2400/MNP5, VOICE (no standard)
- Speaker/Microphone on the front, 2 connectors for headset (2.5mm)
- Soundblaster compatible (8bit Mono) incl. microphone
- PointingHead (trackpoint-like) with 2x2 buttons (left&right)
- MemoPad, only useable in Personaware software or with special drivers
- LCD-display for battery charge, time display, ...
- AC 100V (50/60hz) -> DC 10.5V/1.3A/13.7W
- 630g (incl. battery),
715g (incl. batt. & HD)
- VGA-, Serial-, Parallel-, PS/2-Keyboard-, PS/2-Mouse-Port,
Floppy-connector (incl. in YDW-model)
- 260 MB PCMCIA-III (incl. in YDW-model)
- 3.5" 1.44/1.2M/720k (incl. in YDW-model)
1.3. Pictures and Internet/WWW-Sites with additional information
In Japan, the PC110 often is called "PT110", so if you want to search the WWW
with Lycos or Alta-Vista or anything else, look for "PC110" and "PT100" ..
1.4. Models and pricesThe PC110 only was produced 1995 and 1996 in
Japan. Some Japanese retailers still seem to have some PC110s left on stock. In
the meantime, many PC110 users sell their PC110s, maybe because of upgrading to
the Toshiba Libretto - which is bigger, but much more powerful than the PC110.
IBM Japan has only sold the 4MB and 8MB version, but there exist
3d-party-memory- upgrades with up to 20MB .. check out section 2.18
how to upgrade memory..
Sorry, I have no actual prices, so ask the suppliers!
1.5. Availability (or: Where can I buy it?)Non-japanese may buy a
PC110 from this location:
bought my RAM-upgrade there)
(I bought my PC110 there)
2. Advanced information about the ...
2.1. screen/VGA-DisplayThe internal display has 640x480 pixels. The
VGA-Card can display max. 256 colors. If you connect a VGA-Monitor to the
vga-port of the docking station, you can also obtain 800x600x16 under
As it has 512k of RAM, it should be possible to display 800x600
with 256 colors. No problem to do so with linux, but I don't know how it is
possible with dos/win. Universal VESA-drivers' 800x600x256 won't work. The
built-in vesa-driver (no need to load one) has only 2 entries: 640x480x256 and
800x600x16. You can also use the standard vga-modes of course.
Use "ps2 vexpansion on" (or FN-V) to enable the vertical screen expansion,
this means that you'll get e.g. the 320x200 fullscreen (320x240), it works with
DOS-text-modes also. There seems to be no special software for the VGA-Card to
be able to use 800x600x256 on an external monitor or to have more than 60Hz on a
You can adjust contrast and brightness of the internal display. Whereas the
brightness only has 3 steps, the contrast is very good to adjust (wide range
from totally black to totally white). However I found that if you make the
contrast high enough to display the dark colours correctly in an image, the
light grey borders in Personaware's buttons are too white then.
installed a graphic software under windows, I found out that the display has a
gamma of 1.6. Maybe I had the contrast too high.
It is a very small (4.7"!) display, if you look the whole day on it you'll
get problems with your eyes :) And if you're used to it after some days, don't
look at 10.5" 640x480 LCDisplays :) It's a real good display (good
contrast/colors/..). A color-dot/pixel has about the size of 0.148mm.
compare the size and the display with a 14"-monitor, you would have to use a
1600x1200 screenmode to see how small characters on the PC110 display are. ;-)
2.2. LCD-displayThe PC110 also has a small LCD-Display with 4 chars
and some symbols which indicate numlock, scrollock and capslock. It shows the
clock if the power is off, or shows clock&battery charge if it's in
suspended mode. "AC" shows that the external power is connected and a "<"
indicates that the battery is recharged.
"IBM" is shown if you power on the
PC110, "HI/M/LO" shows the power consumption (this is adjustable with FN-F11
when no power supply connected.)
You can define LCD&Power timeout and CPU
power (33/16/8MHz) for each mode with the PS2-programme (this feature however is
only available in its userinterface-mode, which only works under an Japanese
DOS-environment. The charge of battery is displayd with
0%,5%,10%,20%,30%,.....,90%,100% if the machine is in suspend-mode. (FN-F4 or
With FN-B, you can change what it is displayed, time only, battery
only, or both.
2.3. keyboardWell, imagine the size and you'll know that this is
not the keyboard you want to type whole day&night on it :) However, it is
indeed possible to do so. No more words to say as this is very subjective. How
large are your fingers? Etc.
It has 90 keys incl. 1xFN, 2xCTRL, 2xALT, 2xSHIFT and the whole other needed
keys. PageUP/PageDOWN/Home/End are in the first row above the backspace key.
(Well, I like the FN-cursor on some notebooks more). There also exist special
Japanese keys. If you load a national keymap ("keyb gr" for example) some of
these keys are remapped, others are useless. Maybe you could define it with some
tools. If someone has such a utility and it works, please let me know, because
one key from the german keyboard is not remapped and 2 japanese keys are
undefined (+ 3 keys which seem to be alt-styled).
You can turn on/off the key-click with "ps2 click on/off"
There are some special (secret) FN-keys which are not described in the
FN+V = toggles vertical expansion of the screen
on/off (PS2 vexpansion on/off)
FN+M = toggles speaker
FN+B = toggles LCD-Status. Look at the number
displayed in the LCD, it means:
0 = show battery status if on,
batt.&time if off (="ps2 _@stat auto")
1 = always show the time (="ps2
2 = always show battery status (="ps2 _@stat batt")
always toggle between battery status and time
Anyone knows other keys? (For example to turn the backlight off?)
2.4. pointing-head and mouse-buttonsThe pointing-head (not 100% the
same as the thinkpad trackpoints) is on the left above the keyboard. Two of the
mouse-buttons are also here, but on the right side there are also the two
mouse-buttons. "left/right" is same on both sides, the left are not remapped for
the left hand. This is really a nice idea, as you can either use the mouse and
buttons with only the left hand, or move the mouse with the left hand and use
the right hand to press the buttons. Of course it's faster to use windows with a
real mouse, however I think it is better and faster as a trackpad. My opinion!
2.5. keyboard and mouse connectorThere is a small special
keyboard/mouse-connector on the back of the PC110. You need a special cable
however, then you'll have a PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector. With a PS/2-Y-Adaptor
you can then have a keyboard and a mouse attached at the same time without
having to use the docking station.
2.6. memopadBetween the two mouse-buttons on the left and the two
on the right there is the memopad. Here you can draw and write. However this
will only work in Personaware's "draw memo"-application of Personaware. As the
digitizer is pretty slow, you cannot write your signature fast. And of course
you cannot see where you draw. A trackpad may have been better to include here.
The only real usage in my opinion is to write your signature, 'cause you can use
the drawmemos with the internal fax-software. However I would prefer a real
pen-organizer to draw "memos" (Even the small Casio NX-4000 has a faster
Robin O'Leary has written a driver for Linux to use the memopad without
Personaware. Check out his source if you want to port it to another OS ;-). http://swan.ml.org/pc110/ or check http://toy.cabi.net/drivers.html
Also, a Win3.1 and Win95 driver was written by Rex K. Perkins, it is possible to use the
memopad as a mouse (relative movements) as well as a pad (absolute movements).
It can be found on his homepage: http://www.pobox.com/~rexkp
2.7. PCMCIA-slot(s)On the left side under the keyboard there are
two PCMCIA-II-slots which can be used as one PCMCIA-III slot. If you've bought
the YDW-model, you'll find the HD here. Of course you cannot use the
PCMCIA-III-HD together with, say, a PCMCIA-CDROM or -Modem. Although IBM Japan
says they give no warranty for compatibility with non-japanese PCMCIA-cards, I
don't think there will be any problems. I tried my Zenith Z-Player CDROM, works
fine. The PCMCIA-Port is bootable, if a HD is attached, the PC110 remaps the
drives (C: = HD, D:= internal flash) and boots off that one. For
sysinfo-programmes, this simply is an IDE-controller then. There's no need to
load any PCMCIA-drivers. With this feature you could have for example two
PCMCIA-HDs, one with Dos&Windows and another one with Linux. You can define
the boot-drive(s) in the BIOS-Setup. Default is Floppy->HDD->Flash.
2.8. smart pico-flash slotOn the other side under the keyboard is
the smart-pico-flash-slot. There exist 4MB, 10MB, 15MB ones, nowadays upto 30 MB
and more I think. Some of the new digital cameras uses these cards, too.
2.9. infrared portShould be a standard IRDA, I use it successfully
with the HP48G and the Nokia 9000 Communicator. However: It is not possible, to
use the infrared port together with the RS232C - in the bios-setup you CAN setup
which port# to use for infrared, modem, RS232, but you cannot use the IR as #1
and the RS232 as #2 for example :( Also I don't know if it's possible to control
2.10. modemWell, the internal modem seems to be one of the worst
they could include ;-) Ok, if you look at the PC110 you cannot imagine that they
found enough space for a modem at all. FAX is class2/2.0 with max. 9600 BPS.
This is ok. DATA however is 2400/MNP5 max. No V42bis, no >2400. However, it
has a voice-feature! I don't know if this works with existing versions of
voice-mailbox-software, I haven't found any on one of my CDs. There is a small
utility on one of the PC110-disks called "tvcc" which converts .tvc to .wav -
whereas tvc is the format the modem sends and receives voice. I don't know if it
is possible to answer a call in voice/fax mode, I tried it once and it did not
work, but I don't know each AT-command. There are only a few AT-commands
available. For example, there is neither an ATL to set the volume nor an
AT&W to save your settings. In the PC110-manual only a few AT-commands are
listed, the AT-commands for the voice-mode are listed in a (japanese) textfile
supplied with the "tvcc"-utility. I partly translated this text, but its too
long to add it in the FAQ, if you want to have it, get it: pc110voi.txt.
Please write me if you 've written or configured a Voice-Mailbox-Software to
work with this modem. As it uses "AT+V..."-commands, it's not rockwell-, but
also not ZyXel-compatible ... :-(
Addendum '98: A modem-upgrade now exists, but it is said to be a bit
difficult to do it on your own: 5.8.
How to upgrade the internal modem.
2.11. telephoneWith the modem connected to the phone line, you are
also able to use the PC110 as a telephone. On the front you have a speaker on
the left and a microphone on the right. The microphone is also a switch to go
on/off hook. You can answer a call with the PC110 off, but you cannot dial then
(this can be either done with Personaware or an ATD-command sent to the modem).
The phone-ring can be turned on/off with a switch on the right above the
2.12. headset-connectorsThere exist two headset-connectors
(mic/speaker-combo), one on the front next to the mic, and the other one on the
back. The front connector seems only to control the phone line, the back
connector uses the soundcard _and_ the PC-Speaker! So it is up to you what you
will connect here ;-). The "input" here is microphone and not "line", if you
want to record in windows (or whereever), be sure to select "microphone" and not
"line" as input. The real micro in the front and the speaker will be disabled
when you plug something in here..
2.13. soundcardIt's a soundblaster-compatible soundcard, 8bit mono.
The default-settings are IRQ 5, adr. 220h, I think. You can change this with the
PS2-programme. The sound comes out off the right speaker which is located on the
battery-cover. You can adjust the volume with FN-PgUp/PgDn in 8 steps. I suggest
to lower the volume before using the modem as this is very loud compared to
system- beeps for example.
2.14. rechargeable battery (incl. some reports 'how long last
...')The battery is 7.2V, 1200mAh. You can use also a Sony NP-520 which
has 1350mAh. It is said they last about 1.5-3h without HD and 1-1.5h with
My experience (20 MB RAM, standard battery): ~1.5h without HD, CPU=mid;
<1h with HD/Win95, CPU=low. Though the Sony NP-520 has more mAh, I am not
satisfied with it at all: It's a bit bigger, making it a bit more complicated to
get it out of the PC110, and does not last as long as the standard
The LCD displays the status of the battery (0%...100%,
When the PC110 is turned on, the battery will not be charged
unless you use a small utility called "ultrachg" (not included). (However, the
charging then takes MUCH more time!). Otherwise, the PC110 has to be in
suspend-mode (FN-F4 or closed) for charging. Also no recharge when the PC110 is
Addendum '98: In the meantime, there exist some more
The Hitachi VM-BPL 13, 1350mAh, one user reported about 2h with
and the Sony NP-F550, 1500mAh.
2.15. power supplyThe AC power supply is 100V, 50/60Hz. Various
people use it in the US with 110/115V without problems so far. In Europe
however, where you have 220/230V, it is impossible to use this without an
adaptor. As I have not found any such converter, I use a 9V/1.3A power supply.
Officially the PC110 needs 10.5V/1.3A, but 9V/1.3A works fine. My
MiniDisc-Walkman's power supply does not work, but the car-adaptor of this
(*German on*: Ich benutze den "Mainy 9V/1.3A", den's z.B. beim Conrad gibt
und von Egston aus Oesterreich hergestellt wird. Er ist sehr handlich, wird kaum
warm und funktioniert problemlos. Natuerlich hat der Stecker nicht gepasst, da
musste der originale 'ran. Wenn man die kleine "Egston-Abdeckung" wegmacht,
findet sich ein Potentiometer, eine knappe viertel Drehung nach rechts (Aus der
Sicht, daß der Stecker links liegt) bewirkt eine Steigerung auf 10.5V. (Thanks
to Joerg) *German off*)
2.16. port-replicator (docking station), its ports and the
floppy-driveI would call it "docking station", IBM Japan calls it "port
replicator". (I think because of its small size and the possibility to use it
without external power from the PC110 battery). Its size is about the same of
the PC110 and it is stuck under it, that means the "unit" is then twice as
thick. You'll get standard serial, parallel, VGA- ports on the back and PS/2
keyboard, mouse and power on the left. On the right is the floppy-drive
connecter, (Floppy-drive is also supplied with the YDW-model). The station is
very light-weighted (~380g) and you can use it without external power from the
PC110 battery. Some words about the ports:
- 9pin, fifo. can be used as COM1 or COM2, however you have to define in the
BIOS wether to use COM1/COM2 as internal modem, IR, serial or PCMCIA. So no
- uni- and bidirectional. No EPP. Iomega ZIP-drive gets about 95k/s write
and 110k/s read.
- it is impossible to use mouse and pointing head together. A serial mouse
with a ser<>ps/2 adaptor won't work, you need a special PS/2-mouse.
- when a keyboard is connected, the internal keyboard is switched off. You
can use "ps2 _@keyboard device both" to use both keyboards, but be sure to
turn it to "auto" if there's no external keyboard connected!!
2.17. storage devicesIn every PC110 there's an internal 4 MB flash
disk. If you don't want to use a HD or you want to have both PCMCIA-slots free,
you could buy smart pico flash disks which are about half the size of a
PCMCIA-card. There is one slot for such a card, which are available in 4, 10 and
15 MB at the moment. Of course you could also buy PCMCIA-II flash cards. And of
course you can use a PCMCIA-III harddisk, with a 260 MB HD being supplied with
the YDW model. The PC110 has support for a PCMCIA-III HD already built-in, that
means if a HD is found in the PCMCIA-slot you can boot off it, this drive is C:
and the internal flash D: then, you don't have to load any PCMCIA-drivers.
Sysinfo-programmes report it as an IDE-controller and -drive. On the internal
flash there's the Personaware software and a very small PC-Dos/V7.0J. There are
about 450k free. To have more free space, you could delete the japanese
dictionary file and install stacker on it. I got about 3 MB "fake" free space
then. Also no problem to use stacker on the PCMCIA-HD of course.
2.18. RAM & upgradeThere exist 3d-party 8 and 16 MB RAM
upgrades, to get a total of 12 and 20 MB of RAM. If you have a 8MB-model, you'll
already have a 4 MB card in. To upgrade the memory, you have to open the PC110
from the bottom, but this is not difficult. After you've opened the case you'll
see a small card (or free slot) on the right. This is the RAM-card (or the place
for it). (Well, you may lose your warranty, you know ..) Now you can exchange
the 4 MB card with a 8 MB card to have 12 MB RAM. If you have more than 8 MB,
you seem to need a small bios-upgrade, otherwise you have problems with the
256-color-VGA-drivers for Win/Win95 .. (Be sure to ask for the Bios-Upgrade-Disk
when ordering a RAM-Upgrade!!)
3. The Personaware-software supplied on the internal
flash-diskGeneral keyboard usage as usual (ESC=cancel/abort, ENTER=ok;
NOTE: Seamus Waldron has written an english version of Personaware, as well
as a Win95-Personaware-Software. You may find it here: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~seamus-waldron/pc110/pt_down.htm#pw
3.1. General usage for non-Japanese reading usersGenerally I'd say:
Just take a bit time and try everything out :) You cannot format your flash, you
could only delete some files, so make a backup first :) Ok, serious: After
starting Personaware (say, after booting the PC110 from the internal
flash-disk), use the mouse or cursor buttons to select an application and press
Enter. Exit an app. with F12. In the most app. you'll come back to the same page
the next time you start it. You can copy&insert text with ctrl-c/v/x (mark
with shift-cursor). By pressing F1 you'll get help, of course always in
Japanese, but you could see how special keys are assigned in this prg.). On the
main screen you can turn on/off the button bar with F12 or by pressing the
mousebutton in the right bottom corner. The icons are generally easy to
3.2. Advanced usage (and features on the main menu screen)You can
change each icon, picture, description from the main screen, you can also add
and delete applications or move their position. It's possible to have more appl.
installed than you can see on the screen (scroll with cursor or F7/F8). This are
some of the keys&features on the main screen:
The icons are OS/2-icons, I found no programme
for dos/win yet to convert or edit them.
- Add a new application. See F4 for the description of the requester. You
can install every com or exe file which could be found in the PATH, even
- Delete the selected application.
- Change the selected application. A requester is popped up where you can
enter the following:
(C)=Description (shown under the clock),
(I)=filename of the icon,
(P)=filename of the picture.
Bottom buttons: Ok, Cancel, Help
- Move the selected application
- Scroll up/down if more than 2x8 applications are installed.
- Secretary, will show the schedules today and in near future and also your
(S)=Settings, first field: what should be done if a RING
occures on the internal modem (fax/?/nothing), the second field is called
alarm in the documentation and in the third I think you can specify the time
the PC110 should wake up.
one-click/doubleclick to start prg.
(X)=Exchange title&button names
Tools-F11 (big field) will exit Personaware and
turn off the PC110.
- Turns the button-bar off.
- Quit Personaware
The pictures are 190x250 16color
BMP-files with standard-color map. No problem here to convert and draw your own
All pictures&icons are located in \pw\system\ - where also exist some
more icons and bmp-files used by the applications. For example, I've created a
new background and new button-images and enhanced some other things. In
\pw\data\ you'll find all files used by the applications: datafiles
(schedule/address/..), .ini-files and so on. You may want to have a look at some
of the .ini-files, but it's most useless...
3.3. Description, help and usage for each application
you look at the DEFAULT.SCD-file, you'll see the format of the file in the first
line: date,time,to date,to time,subject,place,alarm,alarm lead time,
repeat,repeat,every,start date,end date,note
- add entry: Description, secret, start time, start date, end time, end
date, place, alarm on/off (x minutes before), note
- abort edit
- save new entry
- repeat: P=Period (from date - to date, every X days/weeks/...)
d=daily, w=weekly (monday, tuesday, ... sunday)
m=monthly: per day,
per .. weekday (? .. japanese ..)
- delete entry (if you delete a repeated entry, press Y to delete only this
and N to delete all (after the first ok/return to delete)
- switch to another view. Press d/w/m/y/l to jump "fast" to a view.
- go to ..d., opens a small calendar.
- go to today and now
- zoom in/out (change font size)
- switch to to-do-list
- tools: (F)=file: O=open, S=save(?), D=delete
(S)=secret area (->
(R)=printer settings (IBM or
(T)=settings: default entry duration (60/30/15 minutes), (E)=don't
display time in day-view (if selected)
(H)=special days which are on the
same day every year: A=Add, E=Erase. D=month/day, N=name of the day (holidays)
they're marked as "red" but their names aren't listed in any of the views
(Y)=(It seems you can give names to periods of years here)
- save&exit to main screen
- week-view (left=sunday, right=saturday)
- month-view (left=sunday, right=saturday)
- change selected entry (look at "F2" for further information)
This means it's only a
comma-separated list, which makes it very easy to convert to/from Personaware!
3.3.2. ToDo ListSorry, as I didn't need this yet, I cannot say
anything :) However, from the DEFAULT.TDD-file: date,to
date,subject,category,priority, done,done date,note
3.3.3. NotebookNot many differences to the "main" operation things,
buttons&tools. Should be no problem to check how it works. DEFAULT.NTD calls
its fields: date,time,subject,category,note
If you take a look at the DEFAULT.ADD-file, you see the format of the
file in the first line: yomi,name,category,home tel number,home fax number,home
zip,home address,birth day,office,station,post,office tel number,office fax
number,office zip,office address,email,photo file name,voice file name,note1,
- add entry: name,category,secret,"yomi" (here you HAVE to insert some
special japanese letters),birthday,Tel1,Fax1,Zip1,Adress1,office(?),
F11: o: add picture to this entry (YES! You can add an 150x150
16-color BMP-file to each entry. Nice, eh? :) )
n: no picture
- delete entry
- change view (list-view/list&entry-view)
- display only entries with selected category
- zoom in/out (change font-size)
- dial selected entry
- (F)=file (same function as in 'schedule')
(R)=printer settings ('')
(O)=which entries should
be displayd in the list-view
- save&exit to main screen
- Ctrl/Shift-Cursor in list-view
- change the size of the selected column
- view/change selected entry (look at "F2" for further information)
This means it's again only a ","-separated list, this makes it
very easy to convert to/from Personaware! And no, I don't see anything about
"voice file" in the application. Maybe on newer versions ;)
And no again, the
birthday isn't included into the schedule automatically, but it's displayd in
the "info"-field of the secretary (It's like an adventure to find out and
understand everything of this programme ;-) )
3.3.5. E-MailThis is not a special email-programme, no, it's a
Either there is no ansi/vt100 or I haven't found a way to activate it ;)
- hang up
- capture on/off
- ? (dial japanese services)
- download file
- upload file
- zoom in/out (change font size)
- settings: phonebook,userid,password,dial-mode,pre-number,?,?,bit,stopbits,
parity,com1/2, transfer protocol (X/Zmodem),path,init-string
Faxes are sent in fine-mode with a japanese header incl.
- view fax (hm.. ?!)
- normal/"service"-mode ("service" means you call a number and receive a
- choose an entry to dial from the address/phonebook
- choose if you'd like the fax to be text-only, text with header picture or
text with bottom picture. Then you can edit the text and draw something on the
memopad for example.
- settings: dialmode, pre/out-number (inserted before the number is dialed),
com-port, your phone-number (I think), (your phone number again ?)
3.3.7. TelephoneDials a phone number with the built in modem. If
you have problems with one of the default settings, just try another one ;-)
3.3.8. IR ConnectAs I have no other notebook with infrared port, I
have no experience with this part yet.
3.3.9. World ClockFirst you should get my english
so you can see the name of the cities in english and not in japanese ;-) Should
be installed in \pw\data\ - directory. I think you cannot add cities in the
worldclock- application, you have to edit this text-file directly with an
- add selected city. You can see max. 4 cities & times simultaneously.
The symbol next to the time is daylight-saving-time on/off. You are then asked
wether to adjust the clock +1/-1h or not.
- delete selected city-view/clock. (Doesn't delete the city from the file)
- use the selected city (from the map) as the city displayed in the selected
- "what's the time in X (Y,...) if its ..:.. in the selected city".
- move selected city (well, its position in the clock-line)
- set alarm
- unzoom & center the map to your home-town.
- zoom map in/out
- change time and home town
3.3.10. CalculatorJust a calculator. Really? No, it has more
features than you might have thought at the first look :) Press F6 to switch
through its modes: scientific, measure/ weight/.. and financial.
mode: you can use "s" as sin and so on, look in the F1-help for the
F9: display everything in decimal&hex-mode.
measure/weight: you can change the kind of transformation with the
button-list on the left. Here's a complete list, the first number is the line-nr
of the left button-list and then the bigger buttons in the mid are listed from
left to right, top to bottom (you'll see the english in the display):
ft, cm, yard, m, mile, km, (japanese), inch, (japanese)
2: m^2, (japanese),
(japanese), (japanese), ha, acre, (japanese)
3: cc, gal(us), l, (japanese),
m^3, (japanese), pint, (jap.), quart, (jap.)
4: g, (japanese), kg,
(japanese), t, (japanese), oz, lb
5: degree celsius, fahrenheit, kelvin
financial mode: too much japanese here. Look at F1 and the documantation for
the formulas used here, maybe you can check it out yourself..
3.3.11. EditorFirst you have to choose the file you want to edit.
Note that this is an ASCII-editor, that
means there are no styles or fonts saved.
- Open another file
- Search (and replace)
- Scroll up/down
- zoom in/out (change font size)
- switch font (roman/monospaced, roman/proportional, helvetica/proport.)
- next file (if more than one are opened)
- Settings: (F)=foreground color, (B)=background color, (T)=font (roman/
mono, roman, helvetica), (S)=size, (W)=wordwrap, (D)=default
- change header-line (filename with/without path)
- find/replace next
- find/replace previous
3.3.12. Draw MemoHere you can draw on the memopad and with the
mouse (hold down left button)
- new memo
- delete this memo
- save this memo
- erase memo
- switch between draw-mode and thumbnail/index-view
- settings: path of memos, max. nr. of memos (6-99), small size (150x130)
3.3.13. GameInstructions: Clear the table. Remove the tiles by
clicking the left mouse button, however you can only remove at least two of the
same tiles (above/under/ left/right). The more tiles you can remove at one time
(they'll be highlighted when you move the mouspointer over them) the more points
you'll get. F1-Help says (n-2)^2. If you remove one tile-type completely
(house/frog/orange/bird/ rose) you'll get bonus points. I cleared the table two
times now with about 3100 points each.
- new game
- undo move (-10 points)
- show points for this game and highscore
- "magic" (-100 points). Place this to a tile where you want a new one and
press the mouse button. Maybe it was good, maybe it was bad. I think it's only
useful if you've cleared the table except a few ones and want a entry in the
highscore. Otherwise the risk&cost is too high...
- set sound on/off
3.3.14. PersonalThis is your private area. First you have to define
a password. Then you can input your private data: Name, bloodgroup (A/B/AB/0),
birthday (year-m-d), secret, RH (blood/rhesus, + or -),secret, phone &
address1, phone & address2, fax, mobile phone number, EMail
The birthday you enter here is used by the
secretary (F10 from the main menu) to calculate your biorhythm.
- scrolls to the next view: insurance card number, day of issue, drivers'
license number, valid until, passport number,valid until; card name, number,
validity, (contact address when lost?)
- again scrolls to the last view: holiday/memorial day, memo(randum), secret
- set/change password
3.3.15. DOSOpens a DOS-Box. It seems that it is not possible to
hear the alarm of a schedule-entry if you started a dos-programm or exit
Personaware. Enter "exit" to return to Personaware.
3.3.16. Power MGTStarts the PS2-programme with its user interface.
This can only be used within the japanese dos-environment. Here you can adjust
much more than with the command-line options of PS2. For example you can define
the low/med/ high-power-modes, it seems you can enter LCD & power timeout,
and of course you can set everything else you could do from the commandline.
I've not checked out yet how to spin-down the harddisk however. The small icon
on the F12-key-label looks like it would spin down the HD too, but it seems to
do nothing. In fact, on the "bigger" Thinkpads it will suspend the laptop into a
A translation for the Japanese PS/2-screen-layout, posted by
firstname.lastname@example.org to the PC110-mailing list:
1. POWER SETTING
[ ] High [ ] Med [ ] Low [ ] A/C
Suspend Time 
Display Timeout 
[ ] High [ ] Med [ ] Low
2. DISPLAY SETTING
[ ] LCD [ ] CRT
[ ] Vertical Expansion X=ON
3. SYSTEM SETTING
[ ] IRQ5 [ ] IRQ10 [ ] Disable
[ ] DMA1 [ ] DMA3
[ ] 0220h
[ ] IRQ5 [ ] IRQ10 [ ] Disable
[ ] 15E0h [ ] 25E0h [ ] 35E0h
4. COM PORT SETTING
[ ] COM1 [ ] COM2 [ ] Disabled
[ ] COM1 [ ] COM2 [ ] Disabled
[ ] COM1 [ ] COM2 [ ] Disabled
[ ] COM1 [ ] COM2 [ ] Disabled
ENTER=SAVE F1=HELP F3=EXIT SPACE=SELECT
4. Other software supplied on disks and/or harddisk (YDW-Model)
4.1. The English/Japanese IBM DOS J7.0/VYou can use the supplied
DOS in english mode without problems. Even in japanese mode the commands are
still in english. Some supplied programmes may only work in japanese mode
4.2. CoSession (host-programme)This is one of the programs which
works only in japanese DOS-mode ;-). It's a TSR to receive data calls, I don't
know if it also checks for FAX or VOICE calls... it's totally useless for
non-japanese reading users I fear..
4.3. tvcc (converts wav<>tvc for voice-features of the internal
modem)You can find this prg. on one of the disks, it converts .wav
<-> .tvc files. .tvc is the file-format which uses the internal modem with
its voice modes. In the tvcc-directory there's also a large text-file which
describes all AT-voice-commands of the modem; all in japanese, but you could
read and test the AT-commands. Here is my partly translated version: pc110voi.txt
4.4. PS2 (configures the PC110)This is a prg. to configure the
PC110. Type "ps2 ?" from DOS for its command- line-options or "ps2" for its user
interface, but this is only usable from an japanese dos-environment. I think the
command-line-options are easy to understand (hey, they're really in english ;) )
- however there would be more options in the user-interface, where you could
define timeouts for the low/med/high-power modes and some more settings ...
Type "ps2 _@???" and you'll get the "hacker" options of PS2:
Usage : PS2 _@Keyboard Device Auto | Both
Auto=Use internal _or_ external keyboard; both=Use _both_ keyboards
Usage : PS2 _@Keyboard Response Normal | Long
Usage : PS2 _@Token ring 4Mbps | 16Mbps
Usage : PS2 _@DEFAULT
Usage : PS2 _@CMOS [OR | AND | XOR] [XXH[=YYH]] (XX=Index, YY=Data)
Usage : PS2 _@BATTery Standard | Other
Usage : PS2 _@STATus Auto | Time | Battery
What the LCD should display .. (You can also toggle this with FN+B, cf. "2.3.
keyboard and special FN-keystrokes".)
Usage : PS2 _@OFF
Usage : PS2 _@COMB RS232 | IRda | MIDI | ASK
Usage : PS2 _@LPT BI | UNI | ECP | EPP
OK, you can change the LPT to "EPP", but don't hope that your parallel ZIP
will work with EPP too - it doesn't! It works with 'bi-directional' and won't
get more than ~100k/s :-(
Usage : PS2 _@ATA Primary | Secondary
Usage : PS2 _@IRQClear Disable | Enable
Usage : PS2 _@PCIC Disable | Enable
Usage : PS2 _@PCCD3v Disable | Enable
Play around with the last two settings if you have problems with
Usage : PS2 _@FDDPM Disable | Enable
Usage : PS2 _@FNkey NO[=YYH] (NO=Number, YY=Code)
More information about the _@FNkey-command can be found here: http://home.highway.or.jp/digiyama/pc/pt110fnk.html
(Thanks to Jason C. Patterson for the link)
Anyone has an idea what COMB, IRQCLEAR does or why someone may use it? =>
EMail me please ;-)
4.5. The Japanese Windows 3.1JOn the HD supplied with the YDW-model
there's a japanese Win3.1 - I'd say: forget it, however you might have to copy
some of the drivers to your win3.1 installation! (At least I had to, for example
the display drivers and some other, which can also be found on one of the
4.6. TranXit (IR-Software for Windows)Also on the HD. Can be
started from non-japanese Win, however you cannot read anything :) It's too
complex and japanese for any serious usage for us non-japanese I think...
4.7. EasyFax-Lite (Fax-Software for Windows)Same as above. I
suggest you to use e.g. WinFax-lite/light which is also freely available.
"Generic class2" as modem works well.
4.8. Other small programmes (inkdrv, lrgptr, ..)
- INKDRV :
- This is the driver for the memopad. You have to load it if you want to
draw on it, this is already done in the original autoexec.bat.
- HP2PW :
- Found on the Personaware-disk in directory \omake\. It seems you can
convert data-files (address/schedule..) from HP-palmtops to the Personaware
- A tool for windows to make the mouse pointer bigger.
4.9. driver (PCMCIA/..., used in config.sys or windows)From the
config.sys for the internal flash....:
- a small driver to use japanese fonts. This is the only driver you have to
load if you want to use Personaware from your non-japanese DOS.
- japanese dos-screen-mode. PS/2 needs this I think, however non-japanese
dos-programmes have problems.
- I don't know, the japanese output prints some "EMS" and "UMB", but what it
- power manager (english)
- DOS PCMCIA socket services 2.1 Special command switches: /NC0=1 and /NC0=2
to disable one of the both PCMCIA-slots for the pcmcia-drivers.
- DOS PCMCIA Card services driver 2.10
- PC card power management driver
- PCMCIA-ATA/SRAM device driver
- PC card auto configurator
5. HowTo ...
5.1. install an other (english/national) DOS-VersionFor example you
can do this by booting off a disk with your dos-version and install it to your
PCMCIA-harddisk with the sys- or format-command. There are many ways and it's
always the same on every dos-compatible ;). You should have a look at the
drivers-sections of this FAQ...
5.2. install windows 3.1 (english/national)Same as above, however I
suggest you copy your win from your other PC (if you have one), compare win.ini
and system.ini with the japanese win and copy some needed files from the
system-directory of the japanese win back to yours and change the
win.ini/system.ini. If you don't have the HD-model, you might have got some
disks with special win-drivers for display and/or soundcard.
5.3. install windows 95 (english/national)
Compare also "6.5.
Problems, questions and answers to a Win95-installation", which partly
update this section also!
- From Amandas WWW-homepage:
- Hints for Windows / Windows 95 Users
The PC110's screen uses a Chips & Tech SVGA controller
chipset. Win95 will automatically detect this and install an
appropriate driver--you can switch from 640x480x16
(default resolution) to 640x480x256 in the Display control
Win95 will auto-detect an ESS488 AudioDrive sound
card, but it won't work. Remove the driver and install the
SoundBlaster driver. For Windows 3.1, use "SoundBlaster
1.5". Haven't gotten the FM music part working under 95
yet, but the rest of it works nicely.
Do not try to install either the PC-DOS PCMCIA drivers
or the Win95 32-bit drivers. Life gets very complicated,
and the only power management feature you lose is hard
drive spindown. I'm still experimenting with this. More
news as it happens.
The internal modem autodetects as a "Standard Modem"
and supports data at 2400bps, fax at 9600bps. Works great
with both Microsoft Fax and dialup networking, even if it is
a bit slow.
Haven't figured out how to tell Windows to use the JP
keyboard layout, so touch typists will have an advantage
with some of the symbol keys.
5.4. install linux (english/national)You don't have to load
PCMCIA-driver or take a PCMCIA-kernel if you want to use the HD only. It's a bit
tricky to install lilo if you want be able to boot (dos) off the internal flash
(wihout the HD) and to boot dos/linux from the HD. I suggest you to use
"loadlin", this is much easier.
For X11 you have to take the
SVGA-display-driver. From a message from Vaughan Pratt:
X-windows (XFree86) was very easy to configure. I linked /var/X11R6/bin/X
to /usr/X11/bin/XF86_SVGA, and copied /usr/X11/lib/X11/XF86Config.eg to
/etc/XF86Config, with some minor changes: uncomment the four FontPath
entries and Emulate3Buttons, replace "Microsoft" and "/dev/mouse" with
"PS/2" and "/dev/psaux", and add
to the generic svga device entry. (The actual chip is a 65535, which
XFree86 doesn't know about, anyone know what it adds to the 65530?)
Works like a charm.
It's also possible to use 800x600x256 on an external (multisync) monitor
with linux, just have a look at the mode-entries and modedb-file!
5.5. install other operating systemsThere should also be no problem
to install any other OS like OS/2 or GEOS or any of the emulators for the PC
(say, C64, Amiga or Psion-Emulator, well, I used all three). You might have a
look at the other "install ...." sections for information about the used
5.6. install the new version (v1.01) of the Personaware softwareYou
can find an update of Personaware on IBMs FTP in the directory: ftp://ftp.ibm.co.jp/pub/aspc/file/othersw/Personaware/v101/pw101/
Start "pw101.exe a:" with a formatted disk in drive A: and answer "Y" twice.
Then enter the pin-number of your Personaware software. This is not the No.
found on the disk, it's the small number on the right(!) bottom(!) of the
license card. Then it will unpack to your floppy. Begin the update with
"updatepw c:\pw" (or where you have your Personaware-software installed). On the
disk still exists a directory "metpml" now. "updatepw" won't install this (don't
know why), so you have to do it by hand. Look at the metpml.txt file how to
install these files.
Some things seem to be better, however, I dislike one fact: In the new
version the application saves the path of the default-file in the .ini-file!
(old: "DataFileName=DEFAULT.ADD" - new: "DataFileName=c:\pw\data\default.add"
This is extremely bad if you want to use Personaware when booting off the flash
_and_ booting off the HD, 'cause the flash drive is C: in the first case and D:
in the second! Maybe a "subst d: c:" in the autoexec.bat of the flash-drive
would do the job...)
BTW: There exist also some c-sources and includes from Personaware: http://www.ibm.co.jp/pc/software/pwsrc.html
5.7. change / remove the passwordFrom:
email@example.com (Rich Belgard)
To change a password on the IBM PC110
At the password prompt, type the
password, a space, the new password, another space, the new password again, then
To remove a password on the IBM PC110
At the password prompt, type the
password, then a space, then Enter.
5.8. upgrade the internal modemA post from Adam Lambert to the PC110-mailing-list (Fri,
13 Feb 98)
I will try and write up some directions this weekend. Until then, here are a
couple hints I sent to another list member, in case anyone can't
wait....(Actually, I'm convinced that the instructions are close to useless.
They over-simplify things greatly. )
There are no special instructions (like, for instance, dip switch changes or
new wiring) required to install it. If you can disassemble the pc110 enough to
remove the current modem, you can replace it with the new one and go. (except
for one PS2 _@cmos command, which is in ledgible english in the manual)... but,
the hard part is disassembling the pc110... figuring out that took quite a
while.. essentially it took us more than 2-1/2 hours to disassemble the pc110...
less than 1 hour to put it back together once I knew what to expect... there are
many seriously thin ribbon cables, and many little tiny plastic tabs which keep
the housing together. and a lot of screws ;-) (I have two extra, and I have no
idea where they came from ;-) )
There are four ribbon cables which connect the keyboard to the motherboard in
the front; be careful with those... be VERY careful with the right-side mouse
bottons.. there are a couple layers of plastic film stuck via adhesive to the
aluminium frame.. make sure to remove the LOWEST piece.. it seems like there is
an extra stick-em-to-it level, but there isn't... this will make more sense when
you get to that point (ie, trying to remove the keyboard) Anyway, the mouse
buttons are connected to the motherboard via, yup, you guessed it, another tiny
ribbon cable. Make sure to disconnect the front four from their latches, and
make sure the mouse buttons are unattached from the frame before attempting to
raise the keyboard up.
No matter what, make sure to allocate yourself a good block of time, and do
NOT rush. I've been fixing and upgrading computers since 1982, but this little
guy is not like any other computer I've had apart. But then again, you already
knew that ;-)
(PS -the modem does not come with a reference manual - there is no reference
for it's extended command set.. I have been trying for a couple hours different
initialization commands - too many permutations to to try randomly! - but I am
getting hints from other IBM-type modems... anyway, its a pain to get a v34,
ARQ, v42bis,LAPM connection, but I think I've got it working now.. will test it
on my trip this weekend)
6. Questions & Answers (Feel free to mail me your questions and/or
6.1. Can I run Personaware from an english/national (MS) DOS?Yes,
you can, however you have to load the $font.sys-device in your config.sys Then
you can also run it from within a dos-box under windows. The $font.sys-device
doesn't use much RAM, because the japanese fonts are in the ROM.
6.2. How do I get into the BIOS-Setup?Switch the PC110 on and press
and hold the F1-key. Here you can configure the serial ports, boot-sequence,
test the boards, ...
And a special hint from Daniel Basterfield:
If you press whilst in EasySetup Test page, you'll get a little
jingle, then some extra test options that allow you to repetitively test (for
6.3 SCSI on the PC110 with PCMCIA?I bought the "Adaptec SlimSCSI
1460 PCMCIA-to-SCSI-II-Adaptor" and here are my experiences:
I connected a Seagate 1 GB HD, a Toshiba 4x CDROM
and a Mustek FlatBed-Scanner and after 2 days of config everything works now ;-)
(Well, I needed one day to find the problem with the
ASPI-for-windows-and-ZIP-problem and another day "fight" with this sh** MS-DOS
and HD-Partitions ("I don't want to have 10 devices but I also don't want to
format with clustersize >4/8k" and so on). The PC110 boots off the internal
flash, loads the PCMCIA-Drivers and that's it. It could make problems if a
programme only wants to install on drive C: (as this is the small flash :-) ),
but that's the programmers fault... Linux: This is a real problem: There exist
kernels with PCMCIA-support, but none of them seems to boot off a SCSI-HD. So
you have to boot linux and load the PCMCIA-SCSI-driver first to get to a
Linux-Partition on the external HD. It's not a problem if you have a
II-III-Adaptor and a PCMCIA-HD (or a flash of course) installed together with
the SCSI-adaptor, but if not, you only have the internal 4 MB. No problem to
make 2 Partitions here (1-2 MB are enough for dos as you could use stacker to
double the space). You could boot linux with "loadlin" from the dos-installation
and then find a way to make some 'reassignments' from "/" to your external HD
- Don't install the supplied "CardWizzard"-Software, it will detect an IBM
but the socketservices won't work.
- You cannot boot off an SCSI HD.
- The SCSI HDs aren't available as BIOS-Drives, that means you need adaptecs
"fdisk"-replacement "afdisk" and cannot use "permanent swap" under WIN3.1 on a
- After installing the PCMCIA-Drivers (SCSI-HD&CDROM) I have 0k free UMB
and only 540k (conv.) RAM left. (And I already have disabled drivers for
power- management and some of the IBM-PCMCIA-Drivers (e.g. "pawatas" for
- Problems with a parallel ZIP-Drive: When I load the device-driver for the
ZIP, I cannot use any Software under Windows that uses "ASPI" (-> adaptecs
windows-tools and twain-scanner-driver). I tried several things, tried Iomegas
SCSI-Driver but I always get "Couldn't initialize ASPI for Windows" whenever I
want to start such a programme then. Now, I have the SCSI-ZIP and no more
problems of course..
6.4. What about TV/Video capture with PCMCIA? (Nogatech
PCMCIA-cards)It works. And it works very well :) I hadn't expected such
a good quality and speed on a 486sx33 and a 640x480x256 color display. (At least
if you have a halv/quarter-size monitor on your windows-screen) Nogatech says
that the VideoCapture-Card is not compatible with IBM Thinkpads. As it works on
the PC110 this is another fact that the PC110 doesn't have the same standard
IBM-PCMCIA as the bigger IBM's. However, the Win95-version won't run, because
the Win95-PCMCIA-Drivers don't seem to work with the PC110 PCMCIA ... the
Win3.1-version works fine however, even with Win95... well, ok, the system often
hangs when you close the TV-Window ...
Addendum '98: Though I installed the Win95-32bit-PCMCIA-driver, still no luck
with the Win95-version of the Nogatech Software. The TV-window remains white,
regardless which gfx-card-configuration in the .INI-file I use...
6.5. Several problems, questions and answers to an installation of
Win95There are thousands of ... at least if you have a SCSI-card like
me. If not, there are only some hundreds :-)
- After a complete installation to a PCMCIA-HD you won't be able to boot off
the internal flash. This is due to the fact that the Win95-Setup checks all
HDs and makes only one bootable.
- One solution would be to make a "SYS x:" where x is the actual drive-
letter of your internal flash. If you don't want to have a win95 boot here,
you should make the SYS-command from a disk with a previous MS-DOS-Version.
- What do I have to do after the successfull installation of Win95?
- remove the Win95-PCMCIA-Driver. See below for more information
- Com1 is not automatically detected, so you have to install it, then you
can choose to autodetect the internal modem.
- Change the settings for the ESS-Audio-Card-Driver (IRQ 5, 220, ..) or
remove it and install the Soundblaster driver (you'll miss the volume-icon
in the traybar however!)
- check the hardware section and remove things you don't have (e.g. a
Joystick) and maybe install some other drivers/software ...
- turn the "16 colors" to "256 colors" in the display-settings (you don't
have to, but why not?!)
- configure win95 as you like it...
- What about 32bit Win95-PCMCIA-driver (KING/SmartPC from IBM Japan)?
- Ok, now there DO exist a working driver for the PCMCIA-ports of the PC110
which enables win95-software for PCMCIA-cards and hot-swapping of cards
You can find it here: ftp://ftp.ibm.co.jp/pub/pccsvc/other/smartpc/v102/SMARTPC.LZH
Some installation notes: (Thanks to David Eckert (Eckert@m2.people.or.jp)
for posting to the mailing-list)
Soft Name: Option Diskette for IBM Smart PC Card Drive ver 1.02
File name: SMARTPC.LZH
Maker: IBM Japan Corporation
1.Decompress the file using LHA
>LHA E SMARTPC (Enter)
2.Prepare the disk you want to use as the Option Diskette
-Use a formatted 1.44MB disk [i.e. put it in the floppy drive]
>SMARTPC A: (Enter)
Distribution Conditons:[blah blah, same as usual-no selling no modifying, etc.]
The following programs have been modified. The "A:\OPTION" [A:/OPTION if
running English DOS] directory means the Option Diskette [i.e. make sure
that disk is in the drive, not Q-bert or Monkey Island or something;)].
SMARTPC.SYS-IR communication function setup driver
PCs that contain certain motherboards experience a system hang [due to the
IR port? old version of this program? it's not clear]. Use this file in
your CONFIG.SYS to solve the problem.
CMD.COM-Self diagnostic Test Code A
DIAGS.COM-Self Diagnostic Test Code B
JP0IR.DGS-IR communications function Test Code
JP0KING.DGS-PCMIA function Test Code
Execute these files to solve the system hang problem PCs with certain motherboards have.
The following programs have been added. [be sure to use the right disk]
KING4W95.INF-Orientation file for the Socket Service Driver for Win95
KING4W95.VXD-Socket Service Driver for Win95
README.W95-Information about the orientation and program setup
And here's another installation review from Darryl Strickland
Here's what I did to get it working.
1. Enabled PCIC controller with the PS2 program.
2. Downloaded the SMARTPC.LZH file from Web site
3. Expanded SMARTPC.LZH with LHA tool.
4. Run: SMARTPC A: with formatted floppy in Drive A:
5. Answer 'Y' and Enter at every garbled prompt.
6. The SMARTPC software will burn on the floppy.
7. Run: Win95
8. Control Panel -> Add Hardware
9. Select PCMCIA Services
10. Click have Disk
11. Load the KING4W95.inf file from the Options Directory.
12. Complete SMARTPC install and install PCCARD 32-bit support.
13. Reboot and it's ready.
Now you have full pccard services under Win95. The bottom slot is still
controlled by the BIOS. But the top slot is fully functional for
modems, flash, cflash, scsi cards, and Etc. It's Great!!!!
- Is it possible to auto-power off the PC110 after Win95-shutdown?
- I'm not sure, but it is worth a try, posted by Karl Geng
(firstname.lastname@example.org) to the PC110-mailing-list:
If you want to make your PC110 behave like IBM's other Thinkpads and switch
power off automatically its easy to accomplish. Go into Japanese DOS (from
Personaware for instance)
type PS2 _@CMOS
then check on the bottom line
in position 9 (its F9 to be exact) - if there is a 10 you don't have it turned
To turn it on type: PS2 _@CMOS F9H=11H
that will do the
Now Windows 95 will turn the power of the PC110 off when it exits.
- What about Windows 98 ?
- The installation-programme (at least the one reported by beta-testers)
checks for a FPU and quits if it cannot find one. (And an 486 _SX_ doesn't
have one!) However, it is reported that Win98 runs fine, when you install it
on an other PC and then copy the whole to your PC110. The question remains, is
it worth the effort? The best solution for me is the old Win95 (not OSR2 !),
it needs the least HD space compared to Win95b or even Win98.
6.6. Some notes for using a PCMCIA-HD together with another PCMCIA-card and
a TypeII-III-Adaptor.If you want to use a PCMCIA-HD together with
another PCMCIA-card, you have to load the SSDPCIC1.SYS driver with the option
/NC0=1 or /NC0=2 to tell which PCMCIA-port shouldn't be used with the driver
(Well, you know, the HD is 'installed' as an IDE-Drive from the BIOS, so we
don't need a PCMCIA driver here. In fact, if you won't do it, the PCMCIA-drive
will just spin down and stop working when you boot off it and it executes the
loading of this socket services driver ....
6.7. I have problems with PCMCIA-Flash-Cards. What to
do?From: LLoo@POBoxes.com (Leon Loo)
I've discovered how I could use the PCCD3V switch with the PS2 program on the
PC110. I've got a 20mb Sundisk flash ram card which uses a combination of 12 and
5 volts. With the default PS2 settings my PC110 hangs with the flash ram card
installed. After I issued the 'PS2 PCCD3V DISABLE' my flash ram card worked!
I've sent this fix to another user and they reported that it worked for them
as well but it seemed to disable their suspend mode. Only after the re-enabled
the PCCD3V could they get their PC110 to go into suspend.
6.8. What do the error codes mean after booting?From:
Daniel Basterfield (email@example.com)
Here's what the FRU line would mean if this was a standard ThinkPad:
First, divide the 4-digit code into two two-digit codes. First pair is the first item to
try, second pair is the second item.
00 no action required
10 System board
11 Processor card
15 Audio card
32 External keyboard
33 External mouse
40 LCD assembly (whole lid usually)
45 External display
50 Floppy drive 1 (reseat/reconnect, then replace if necessary)
51 Floppy drive 2 (reseat/reconnect, then replace if necessary) *
60 Hard drive 1
61 Hard drive 2
70 PCMCIA on port replicator *
80 Cellular modem *
81 Internal modem
Those I've marked with an asterisk (*) are not relevant to the PC110 - if you get one of
these, ignore it and try the other code of the pair.
7. About this FAQ
- v1.0 / 17. May 96:
- First release of the FAQ
- v1.1 / 02. July 96:
- Addendum 1 (Update) to the FAQ v1.0 released
- v1.2 / 11. July 96:
- Second version and release of the FAQ.
New in v1.2 (to
Changed in v1.2 (to
- v1.21 / 25. Aug 96:
- Some news & changes, not posted to comp.sys.palmtops but to every user
who asked me by email...
New in v1.21 (to v1.2):
Changed in v1.21 (to v1.2):
- v1.30 / 08. Aug 97:
- Finally converted to html, various additions from users and updates
New in v1.30 (to v1.21):
Changed in v1.30 (to v1.21):
- v1.30b / 08. May 98:
- Corrected my English thanks to M. Goepfert
- v1.40 / 27. Jun 98:
- Another year later, again some additions from various users
in v1.40 (to v1.30):
v1.40 (to v1.30):
7.2. Thanks to ..I'd like to say thanks to ...
... all people mentionned in the FAQ for their contributions to it, their web
pages, their mails and their software.
... and especially to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Marcus Goepfert) - He corrected my english (FAQ v1.30).
I haven't thought I would have made soooo much mistakes, but I have to say I
wrote the FAQ not very carefully... :) I hope I made less mistakes in the
v1.40's addendums ;-)
.. and of course to IBM, Global Support and T-Zone - I wouldn't have this
nice little machine without them ;-)
7.3. How to contact the authorFeel free to enhance this FAQ, ask
questions or correct my english :)
... per EMail: email@example.com
... or better: firstname.lastname@example.org
... per FAX:
... my homepage: http://home.pages.de/~starli/
p.s.: *OFFICIAL* This FAQ includes some registered trademarks.
I give no warranty for everything in the FAQ to be true, for
damage or other problems you could have after reading
this FAQ. :-)