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MC-12

Software Version 3.0

Hardware & Software Installation Instructions

 


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SAFETY SUMMARY

The following general safety precautions must be observed during all phases of operation, service, and repair of
this unit. Failure to comply with these precautions or with specific warnings elsewhere in these instructions violates
safety standards of design manufacture and intended use of this unit. Lexicon, Inc. assumes no liability for failure
to comply with these requirements.

GROUND THE INSTRUMENT

To minimize shock hazard, the unit chassis and
cabinet must be connected to an electrical ground.
The unit is equipped with a three-conductor AC
power cable. The power cable must be either
plugged into an approved three-contact electrical
outlet or used with a three-contact to two-contact
adapter with the grounding wire (green) firmly
connected to an electrical ground (safety ground) at
the power outlet. The power jack and mating plug of
the power cable meet International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC) safety standards.

DO NOT OPERATE IN AN EXPLOSIVE
ATMOSPHERE

Do not operate the unit in the presence of flammable
gasses or fumes. Operation of any electrical
instrument in such an environment constitutes a
definite safety hazard.

KEEP AWAY FROM LIVE CIRCUITS

Operating personnel must not remove unit covers.
Component replacement and internal adjustments
must be made by qualified maintenance personnel.
Do not replace components with power cable
connected. Under certain conditions, dangerous
voltages may exist even with the power cable

removed. To avoid injuries, always disconnect power
and discharge circuits before touching them.

DO NOT SERVICE OR ADJUST ALONE

Do not attempt internal service or adjustment
unless another person capable of rendering first aid
resuscitation is present.

DO NOT SUBSTITUTE PARTS OR
MODIFY INSTRUMENT

Because of the danger of introducing additional
hazards, do not install substitute parts or perform
any unauthorized modification to the unit.

DANGEROUS PROCEDURE WARNINGS

Warnings such as the example below precede
potentially dangerous procedures throughout this
document. Instructions contained in the warnings
must be followed.

Dangerous voltages capable of
causing death are present in
this instrument. Use extreme
caution when handling, testing,
or adjusting.

WARNING

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE
(ESD) PRECAUTIONS

CAUTION

The following practices minimize possible
damage to EPROMs resulting from electrostatic
discharge or improper insertion.

• Keep parts in original containers until ready

for use.

• Avoid having plastic, vinyl, or Styrofoam in the

work area.

• Wear an anti-static wrist strap.

• Discharge personal static before handling

devices.

• Remove and insert boards with care.

• When removing boards, handle only by

non-conductive surfaces and never touch
open-edge connectors except at a static-free
workstation. To make a plastic-laminated
workbench anti-static, wash with a solution of
liquid detergent, and allow to dry without
rinsing.

• Minimize handling of EPROMs.

• Handle each EPROM by its body.

• Do not slide EPROMs or boards over any

surface.

• Insert EPROMs with the proper orientation,

and watch for bent pins on EPROMs.

• Use static-shielded containers for handling

and transport.

 


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Lexicon, Inc.
3 Oak Park
Bedford, MA  01730-1413  USA
Tel

781-280-0300

Fax

781-280-0490

www.lexicon.com

Customer Support
Tel

781-280-0300

Fax

781-280-0495 (Sales)

Fax

781-280-0499 (Service)

Lexicon Part No. 070-15928  |  Rev 0  |  05/03

DOCUMENTATION CONVENTIONS

This document contains hardware and software installation instructions for Software Version 3.0. Refer to the MC-12 User Guide
(Rev 2) for general safety, installation, and operation instructions.

Appears on the component to indicate the presence of uninsulated, dangerous voltage inside the enclosure –
voltage that may be sufficient to constitute a risk of shock.

Appears on the component to indicate important operating and maintenance instructions in the accompanying
literature.

Calls attention to a procedure, practice, condition or the like that, if not correctly performed or adhered to, could
result in injury or death.

Calls attention to a procedure, practice, condition or the like that, if not correctly performed or adhered to, could
result in damage or destruction to part or all of the product.

Note:

Calls attention to information that is essential to highlight.

This document uses the term MC-12 to refer to the MC-12 and MC-12 Balanced Digital Controllers.

Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

© 2003 Lexicon, Inc. All rights reserved.

This document should not be construed as a commitment on the part of Lexicon, Inc. The information it contains is subject to change without notice. Lexicon, Inc.
assumes no responsibility for errors that may appear within this document.

WARNING

CAUTION

 


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UPGRADE KIT CONTENTS

The MC-12 Software Version 3.0 Upgrade Kit includes the following:

Item (Quantity)

Part No.

Software Version 3.0 Memory Flash-ROM

350-15922

Decoder Board Assembly

023-15436

Decoder Board Bracket

701-15744

IC Extractor Tool

780-01925

M3x6mm Screws (2)

640-10498

Anti-Static Wrist Strap

750-10755

Software Version 3.0 CD-ROM

750-14977

MC-12 User Guide

070-14773

MC-12 Release & Errata Notes

070-14710

MC-12 Software Version 3.0 Hardware &

070-15928

Software Installation Instructions*

* This document

The MC-12 Software Version 3.0 Upgrade Kit does not include
the following items, which are also required to perform the
hardware installation:

Item

Notes

Allen Hex-Head Wrench

2.5mm

Phillips-Head Screwdriver

Magnetic tip recommended

ADDITIONAL HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

The MC-12 Software Version 3.0 Upgrade Kit does not include
the hardware listed below, which is required to perform the
software installation and MC-12 upgrade.

Personal Computer (PC)

• Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, or XP operating system

• 2.5MB of available hard drive space

• RS-232 or USB connector

USB-to-Serial Port Adapter

A USB-to-Serial port adapter is required if the computer has only a
USB connector. It is not required if the computer has an RS-232
connector.

Certain adapters have been reported to be incompatible with the
upgrade kit. The adapters listed in the table below were known to
be compatible with the upgrade kit at the time of publication.
These adapters were tested with a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600
Laptop running the Windows® 98 SE operating system. For a more
current list of known-compatible adapters, visit the knowledgebase
area of the Lexicon website at www.lexicon.com/kbase.

Model Name

Model No.

Belkin Multiport USB Hub

F5U012x2

Belkin USB PDA Adapter*

F5U109

IOGEAR USB PDA/Serial Adapter*

GUC232A

* Cable adapters

 


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Serial Extension Cable

• DB-9 RS-232 connector (9-pin)

• Male-to-female straight-through cable

When the MC-12 is powered off with the rear panel power switch,
the male connector on the cable should be connected to the
RS-232 connector labeled 1 on the MC-12 rear panel. Then, the
female connector on the cable should be connected to the
appropriate connector on the computer. If this is a USB connector,
a USB-to-Serial port adapter is required. Refer to Figure I below for
more information about serial extension cable connections.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Completing the Software Version 3.0 installation process requires:

A. Installing new hardware in the MC-12

B. Installing the new software on a Personal Computer (PC)

C. Upgrading the MC-12

Note:

The new hardware must be installed before Software
Version 3.0 can be installed or the MC-12 can be
upgraded. Software Version 3.0 features are not
available unless the new hardware is installed.

Performing these steps is a straightforward process. But, to avoid
problems, carefully read and follow the instructions included in
this document. Pay particular attention to the 

Safety Summary

precautions on page 2, the 

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)

Precautions

on page 2, and other precautions included throughout

this document. 

Damage caused during installation might void

the manufacturer’s warranty or standard repair policies.

Figure I: Serial Extension Cable Connections

Wiring requirements for a 9-pin to 9-pin serial connection require a male-to-female
straight-through cable as shown in Figure I above.

MC-12 

COMPUTER

2

3

5

2

3

5

Transmit Data

Receive Data

Ground

Receive Data

Transmit Data

Ground

9-pin D-shell (Male)

Cable Ends

9-pin D-shell (Female)

• Never make or break connections to the MC-12 unless the

MC-12 and all associated components are powered off.

• Turn off and disconnect all power to the MC-12 prior to

installing the hardware upgrade.

WARNING

 


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A-7. Position the MC-12 as shown in Figure III on the next page.

The numbered items that begin below correspond with the
numbers in Figure III.

1. The video boards are on the top.

2. The analog board is in the middle.

3. The main board is on the bottom.

4. The memory board is located on the right side of the

main board. The screw that secures the memory board
to the MC-12 chassis is identified with a white arrow.

5. The decoder board expansion slot is located on the left

side of the main board.

STEP A: INSTALLING THE HARDWARE

A-1. Make sure the MC-12 and all associated components are

powered off.

A-2. Disconnect the MC-12 from the electrical outlet and all

associated components.

A-3. Place the MC-12 on a flat, level surface such as a table or

workbench. Do not place the MC-12 on a surface that is
unstable or unable to support all four of its feet. 

Note:

Work at a static-free workstation to avoid damaging
the EPROM. Damage resulting from failure to work
on a static-free surface might void the manufacturer’s
warranty or standard repair policies.

A-4. Use a 2.5mm Allen hex-head wrench to remove the twelve

2.5mm hex screws securing the MC-12 top cover. These
screws are identified in Figure II at the top of the next
column.

A-5. Remove the top cover from the MC-12 by sliding the top

cover toward the rear panel.

A-6. Put on the anti-static wrist strap included in the upgrade kit.

Figure II: Top Cover Screws

MC-12 Rear Panel

MC-12 Front Panel

 


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Y

3

5

1

2

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Figure III: MC-12 Interior

Figure V: Memory Board (Location U3)

Figure VI: Straightening EPROM Pins

Figure IV: IC Extractor Tool

Location U3

The numbers in the illustration shown above correspond with the numbered items in
step A-6 on the previous page.

A-8. Use a Phillips-Head screwdriver to remove the screw securing

the memory board to the MC-12 chassis. This screw is
identified with a white arrow in Figure III (below).

A-9. Disconnect the memory board from the main board. Then,

place the memory board on an anti-static surface.

A-10. Use the IC extractor tool as shown in Figure IV (below) to

remove the currently installed EPROM from location U3 on
the memory board. Location U3 is identified in Figure V
(below).

A-11. Examine the Software Version 3.0 EPROM included in the

upgrade kit. The manufacturing process sometimes leaves
EPROM pins slightly angled from the EPROM body. The pins
must be straightened before the EPROM is inserted.

To straighten the EPROM pins, place the EPROM on its side
on a flat, static-free surface. Exerting gentle pressure downward,
roll the EPROM as shown in Figure VI (below) to force the
pins into a position parallel to the surface. 

. . . Step A: Installing the Hardware continues on page 8

 


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Step A: Installing the Hardware 

(continued from page 7)

A-12. Install the Software Version 3.0 EPROM at location U3 on the

memory board. Location U3 is identified in Figure V on the
previous page.  

The socket’s Pin 1 is near location RA15 on the memory
board. The EPROM’s Pin 1 should face toward the left as
shown in Figure VII (below). Take care to properly align the
EPROM to avoid bending pins. When the EPROM is inserted,
carefully examine each pin to make sure it has been correctly
inserted without bending.

A-13. Reconnect the memory board to the main board.

A-14. Replace the screw that secures the memory board to the MC-12

chassis. This screw is identified with a white arrow in Figure
III on the previous page.

A-15. Place the decoder board and decoder board bracket included

in the upgrade kit on a static-free surface.

A-16. Use a Phillips-Head screwdriver and one M3x6mm screw to

attach the decoder board to the decoder board bracket as
shown at the left in Figure VIII on the next page.

A-17. Connect the decoder board to the expansion connector

labeled J25 on the main board as shown at the center in
Figure VIII on the next page. This connector is identified in
Figure III on the previous page.

A-18. Use a Phillips-Head screwdriver and one M3x6mm screw to

attach the decoder board bracket to the main board option
bracket as shown at the right in Figure VIII on the next page.

A-19. Replace the top cover of the MC-12 by sliding it toward the

front panel.

A-20. Use a 2.5mm Allen hex-head wrench to replace the twelve

2.5mm hex screws that secure the MC-12 top cover. These
screws are identified in Figure II on page 6.

A-21. Reconnect the MC-12 to the electrical outlet and all

associated components.

Incorrect EPROM insertion will cause damage to the
EPROM and might also cause damage to the PCB
assembly.

CAUTION

Figure VII: Aligning EPROM Pins

 


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Figure VIII: Installing the Decoder Board

Attach the decoder board to the decoder
board bracket.

Connect the decoder board to the expansion
connector labeled J25 on the main board.

Attach the decoder board bracket to the
main board option bracket.

WINDOWS® OPERATING SYSTEM NAVIGATION

When the software is installed (Step B, next page) or the MC-12 is
upgraded (Step C, page 11), the following buttons can be used to
navigate windows that appear on the computer monitor:

Back

Returns to the previous window.

Cancel

Cancels the software installation or upgrade. When pressed, the
Install window will appear on the computer monitor containing the
message, "Setup is not complete…" Press the Resume button to
return to the previous window and proceed with the installation or
upgrade. Press the Exit Setup button to cancel the installation.
When the installation or upgrade is canceled, the MC-12 will
continue to run on the current software version.

Exit

Closes the window appearing on the computer monitor and
cancels the software installation or upgrade. When the installation
or upgrade is canceled, the MC-12 will continue to run on the
current software version.

 


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STEP B: INSTALLING SOFTWARE VERSION 3.0

Note:

Installing Software Version 3.0 is a simple,
intuitive process. Step B instructions are included for
reference.

B-1. Exit all Windows® operating system programs before

installing the new software.

B-2. Insert the Software Version 3.0 installation CD included in

the upgrade kit in the computer CD drive.

B-3. Use the My Computer shortcut or a preferred option to open

the CD drive on the computer.

B-4. Select the mc-12_Software_v3-00.exe file. 

B-5. The Welcome window will open on the computer monitor.

Read the notes included in the Welcome window. Then,
press the Next button to continue.

B-6. The Choose Destination Location window will open on the

computer monitor. If desired, press the Browse… button to
choose a location on the hard drive in which to install the
new software. Otherwise, the default location – C:\Program
Files\Lexicon\MC12 – is automatically selected. When the
desired location is selected, press the Next button to continue.

B-7. The Start Installation window will open on the computer

monitor. Press the Next button to begin copying the
Software Version 3.0 files onto the computer.

B-8. The Installing window will open on the computer monitor to

indicate the progress of the file transfer. When this process is
complete, the Installation Complete window will open on
the computer monitor. Press the Finish button to complete
the installation.

B-9. The MC12V300 icon shown at the right

will appear on the computer desktop. The
software can also be accessed from the
location selected in step B-6.

Note:

It is not necessary to restart the computer before
proceeding to Step C: Upgrading the MC-12.

MC12V300

 


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STEP C: UPGRADING THE MC-12

Preserving User Settings

The upgrade process will preserve user settings, except in the
circumstances listed below. Before upgrading the MC-12, it is
recommended to create an archive of current user settings. To do
this, use the Configuration Tool available at www.lexicon.com/
mc12/downloads.asp to download current user settings to a
computer. Otherwise, record current user settings on the
installation worksheet that begins on page 14. This will expedite the
process of reconfiguring the MC-12 in the rare event that user
settings are not preserved.

Note:

The MC-12 is designed to preserve the MC-12
upgrade process during serial communication failures.
However, certain factors such as serial cable type,
serial cable length, and environmental conditions
sometimes cause communication to fail. If this occurs,
attempt the MC-12 upgrade again. If problems
persist, contact Lexicon Customer Service at 781-
280-0300 or www.lexicon.com.

User settings will NOT be preserved if:

The message “WAITING FOR DOWNLOAD” appears on the
on-screen display before the MC-12 upgrade process begins.

The computer hard drive does not contain the 46kB of free
space required to preserve user settings. Additional space is
also required. Refer to the Personal Computer (PC) specifications
on page 4 for more information.

A communication error occurs when user settings are
downloaded to the upgraded MC-12. Communication errors
might occur if the serial extension cable is disconnected, the
MC-12 is powered off, or the computer experiences a problem.
Refer to the Note: in the previous column for more information
about serial communication failures.

Note:

Upgrading the MC-12 is a simple, intuitive
process. Step C instructions are included for
reference.

It will take about 45 minutes to upgrade the
MC-12. Avoid working with the MC-12 while the
upgrade is in progress.

To upgrade the MC-12:

C-1. Exit all Windows® operating system programs before

installing the new software.

C-2. Make sure the MC-12 and all associated components are

powered off.

C-3. Connect the male end of the serial extension cable to the

RS-232 connector labeled 1 on the MC-12 rear panel. Then,
connect the female end of the serial extension cable to the
appropriate connector on the computer. If this is a USB
connector, a USB-to-Serial port adapter is required.

. . . Step C: Upgrading the MC-12 continues on page 12

 


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Step C: Upgrading the MC-12

(continued from page 11)

C-4. Power on the MC-12 with the rear panel power switch.

C-5. When the MC-12 completes the start-up process, select the

MC12V300 icon on the computer desktop or select the
software from the location that was selected in step B-6
(page 10).

C-6. The LexMC12 window will open on the computer monitor.

Select the computer COM port that is connected to the
MC-12. Then, press the Update MC-12 button to continue.
If a USB-to-Serial port adapter is connected to the computer,
refer to the adapter documentation for assistance selecting
the appropriate COM port.

C-7. The message “About to download to MC-12. Want to

continue?” will appear on the computer monitor. Press the
OK button to begin downloading the new software to the
MC-12. Press the cancel button to cancel the MC-12
upgrade.

Note:

When the MC-12 upgrade is cancelled, the message
“Update of MC-12 cancelled by user” will appear in
the MC12 window on the computer monitor. The
MC-12 continues to run on the currently installed
software version.

C-8. Before the new software is downloaded to the MC-12, the

upgrade kit will attempt to retrieve current user settings to
be restored once the download is complete. If it is possible
to retrieve user settings, the message “Getting configuration

data from MC-12…” will appear on the computer monitor
and the MC-12 will mute. It will take about 2 minutes for the
upgrade kit to retrieve user settings.

If it is not possible to retrieve user settings, the message “Failed
to communicate with MC-12. Please check connections and
try again” will appear on the computer monitor. If this occurs,
press the OK button. The message “Could not retrieve or
save your current MC-12 configuration. Would you like to
update? If you do, you will lose your current configuration”
will appear on the computer monitor.

• Press the Yes button to continue the MC-12 upgrade

without preserving user settings.

• Press the No button to cancel the MC-12 upgrade. The

message “Update cancelled by user” will appear on the
computer monitor. When the MC-12 upgrade is cancelled,
user settings will be preserved. The MC-12 will continue to
run on the currently installed software version.

C-9. Note the following as the MC-12 upgrade continues:

• The message “Preparing MC-12 for download” will appear

on the computer monitor.

• The MC-12 will restart and the message “WAITING FOR

DOWNLOAD” will appear on the MC-12 front panel
display.

• The message “Verifying checksum…” will appear on the

computer monitor. It will take about 30 seconds to validate
the download data.

• The message “Exchanging file data” will appear on the

computer monitor.

 


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• The message “RECEIVING DATA…” will appear on the

MC-12 front panel display, along with a status percentage
indicating the progress of the download.

• The message “Sending bytes…” will appear on the

computer monitor.

C-10. When the download is complete, the message “Waiting for

MC-12 to restart” will appear on the computer monitor.
When the MC-12 restarts and finishes the start-up process,
the upgrade kit will attempt to download preserved user
settings to the MC-12. If no user settings were preserved, the
upgrade kit will download factory-default settings to the
MC-12.

The message “Getting version data from MC-12…” will
appear on the computer monitor. It will take about 2 minutes
to retrieve version data. Once version data has been
retrieved, the message “Sending configuration data to the
MC-12…” will appear on the computer monitor. It will take
about 1 minute to download preserved user settings to the
MC-12.

Note:

The message referenced in step C-11 at the top of the
next column will appear on the computer monitor
when the download is complete. Though it might
seem otherwise, the MC-12 is not finished receiving
the download until this message appears on the
computer monitor. Do not attempt to work with the
MC-12 until the download is complete.

C-11. When the download is complete, the message “MC-12 was

successfully updated and previous configuration was
restored” will appear on the computer monitor. Press the OK
button to continue.

C-12. The MC-12 will restart. The message “Update and  restoration

of original configuration was successful” will appear on the
computer monitor. Press the Exit button to close the
application.

Note:

The “Update and restoration of original configuration
was successful” message appears on the computer
monitor even if user settings are not preserved during
the upgrade. If user settings are not preserved, the
upgrade kit downloads factory-default settings to the
MC-12, treating these as the “preserved user
settings.”

C-13. Power off the MC-12 with the rear panel power switch.

C-14. Disconnect the serial extension cable from the MC-12 and

the computer.

 


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INSTALLATION WORKSHEET

This Installation Worksheet that begins below is based on Software Version 2.0.

INPUT SETUP

DVD1

DVD2

LD

TV

SAT

VCR

CD

PVR

GAME

TAPE

TUNER

AUX

NAME

DIGITAL IN

ANALOG IN

ANLG IN LVL

VIDEO IN

COMPONENT IN

2-CH

D

5.1a

MAIN ADV

INPUT SELECT

ANALOG BYPASS

S-VIDEO 16:9

S-VIDEO OSD 4:3

COMPONENT OSD

ZONE2 IN   

RECORD IN

RECORD ADV

ANLG IN LVL

DIGITAL BYPASS

DIG OUT RATE

RECORD 

 


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DISPLAY SETUP

SETTING

ON-SCREEN DISPLAY

STATUS

POSITION

FORMAT

BACKGROUND

REMOTE STATE

FRONT PANEL DISPLAY

STATUS

BRIGHTNESS

A/V SYNC DELAY

CUSTOM NAME

SPEAKER SETUP

CUSTOM SETUP

THX SETUP

FRONT L/R

THX 80Hz

CENTER

THX 80Hz

SIDE L/R

THX 80Hz

REAR L/R

SUB L/R

MONO

SUB XOVER

THX 80Hz

LFE

0FF

SPEAKER DISTANCES

LEVELS CALIBRATION

FRONT LEFT

CENTER

FRONT RIGHT

SIDE RIGHT

REAR RIGHT

REAR LEFT

SIDE LEFT

SUB (MONO) or LEFT

SUB RIGHT

LFE

UNITS 

BASS PEAK LIMITERS

CAL NOISE

L/R LIMITER

L/R LIMIT ADJ

LFE LIMITER

LFE LIMIT ADJ

AUDIO CONTROLS

SETTING

BASS

TREBLE

TILT EQ

LOUDNESS

BALANCE

FADER

ZONE2 BALANCE

RECORD BALANCE

VOLUME CONTROL SETUP

SETTING

MAIN PWR ON

MUTE LEVEL

ZONE PWR ON

REC PWR ON

LOCK OPTIONS

SETTING

SETUP

AUDIO CNTRL

MODES

TRIGGER SETUP

SETTING

TRIGGER 1

TRIGGER 2

REAR PANEL CONFIG

(Circle One)

8 STEREO INPUTS

5 STEREO & 5.1 ANLG

 


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Lexicon, Inc.
3 Oak Park
Bedford, MA  01730-1413  USA
Tel

781-280-0300

Fax

781-280-0490

www.lexicon.com

Customer Support
Tel

781-280-0300

Fax

781-280-0495 (Sales)

Fax

781-280-0499 (Service)

Lexicon Part No. 070-15928  |  Rev 0  |  05/03