Apricot Easy Manager
Easy Manager is the entertainment management software that is pre-installed onto your computer. This section aims to give you help and guidance when you get stuck. We will cover such items such as the Answerphone facility and Sending and Receiving faxes, and any updates to your software will be provided here.
Sending and Receiving Faxes
As the functionality and usage of modems has increased over the last two years, particularly with home users, it has become apparent that setup and configuration issues are causing problems to some customers. Listed here are some of the questions and answers which have been raised in connection with Apricot MMxxxxx and MFxxxxx consumer PCs.
How do I setup the Fax service?
On Apricot systems which have the Infotrade Internet access offer, we have simplified the Fax setup procedure by including it under the Internet Access Setup icon located on the Windows 95 desktop. Double click on this icon and the "Free Internet / Fax Setup" window will be displayed. By entering details found on your Infotrade Internet leaflet, supplied in the box with your PC, and entering the telephone number your computer is connected to, both Fax and Internet elements of Windows 95 will be setup automatically.
How do I receive Faxes?
In order to receive a Fax message, either Microsoft Exchange (the Inbox icon on the desktop) or Apricot Message Center needs to be loaded and running. Once one of these programs has been loaded, the Fax icon will appear in the "System Tray" portion of the "Status Bar".
By left mouse button clicking on the Fax icon, The "Microsoft Fax Status" windows will be displayed. Left mouse button click on the "Options" menu and select "Modem Properties...".
The default setting for answer mode is "Don't answer" so this needs to be changed to either "Manual" or "Answer after (x) rings".
How do I send a Fax?
There are two methods of sending a Fax using the Windows 95 Fax services but before starting the process, make sure that the Fax service has been setup (see "How do I setup the Fax service?"). As standard, Apricot MMxxxxx and MFxxxxx consumer PCs are pre configured to include the necessary Windows 95 components.
From the "Start" button, select "Programs", "Accessories", "Fax" and "Compose New Fax". The Fax icon will appear in the "System Tray" and the following Windows will be displayed.
Enter the names and Fax numbers of the people you want to send the Fax to. If you want to send the same Fax to more that one person, use the "Add to List" button to enter names into the "Recipient list", then click on "Next >" to display the cover page windows.
At this point you can enter the topic of your Fax, in the "Subject" box, and the text you wish to send, in the "Notes" box. If you want to send a more advanced Fax, one which includes pictures in addition to text, then this will need to be prepared in advance using your favorite word processor and attached to the Fax at a later stage. If you are only intending to send text then the "Notes" box will probably cover most requirements. When all your notes have been completed, click on the "Next >" button to show the file attachment windows.
At this point, if required, you can attach a previously created file(s) by clicking on the "Add File" button and selecting it from the displayed list (you will need to remember the directory the file was saved in). Now click on the "Next >" button to complete the process and display the final window.
Once the Fax has been sent the modem will disconnect from the phone line and the Fax Status windows will disappear.
This method still uses the Microsoft Fax services to transmit the Fax but rather than using the "Compose New Fax" application, the starting point is your favorite word processor.
From the printer name list, select Microsoft Fax and click the "OK" button. The "Compose New Fax" application will start as previously covered in Method 1 and the steps may be followed as before. The only difference between Method 2 and Method 1 is that you will not be asked if you wish to attach a file to the Fax transmission.
The Apricot Answerphone answers your incoming telephone calls automatically. Calls may be either voice or fax messages.
Note - The Answerphone program does not enable your computer to be used as a "hands-free" telephone, even if a microphone is attached.
To turn on or off the Answerphone
Double-click the Answerphone icon in the Windows 95 taskbar.
Now, when an incoming voice message is received, the Answerphone records it (for up to a maximum of three minutes) and it can be played back in the Message Centre.
To set up the Answerphone to receive faxes
Once received, fax messages can be viewed in the Message Centre.
Software Updates / Troubleshooting
After upgrading to Windows 98 on an MS series machine, you may find that the message light (and on systems with it fitted, the message button) features of the Easy Manager software do not function as expected.
According to Mitsubishi/Apricot, and I quote - "Easy Manager is tightly integrated with a number of core components in the OEM supplied version of Windows 95 as supplied on the MS Series systems, and as such will NOT operate with the same degree of functionality under Windows 98, which has a different driver and kernel structure. Both of the above problems have been investigated, but due to the nature of the Easy Manager product, Mitsubishi Electric PC Division will NOT be releasing an upgrade to Easy Manager for use with Windows 98. Also, the existing Easy Manager product will NOT be supported on systems running Windows 98."
Disabling Easy Manager
On the most recent Apricots, if you look in the C:\APRICOT directory, you will find EZ-CONFIG. Double click on this and you can disable easy manager. The same directory also contains backups of soundblaster, video, modem software, and other stuff which might save using the recovery CD.