Contents Before Use ...5 Documentation ...6 Ergonomic Considerations ...9 Getting Started ...11 Locating Controls and Ports...12 About the Indicator Lights ...17 Setting Up Your Computer ...18 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...31 Using Your VAIO Computer ...32 Using the Keyboard ...33 Using the Mouse ...37 Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...40 Using the Optical Disc Drive ...42...
Using Peripheral Devices...97 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...98 Connecting a Printer ...100 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...101 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...103 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...105 Setting the Password ...106 Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Central ...109 Using the Power Saving Mode...110 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...112 Adding and Removing Memory...113...
Internet ...150 Networking ...152 Optical Discs ...155 Display ...159 Printing ...161 Microphone ...162 Mouse ...164 Speakers ...165 Keyboard...166 Floppy Disks ...167 PC Cards ...168 Audio/Video...170 Memory Stick Media ...173 Peripherals ...174 Support Options ...175 Sony Support Information ...175 Program Support Information...179...
Before Use ® Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
❑ Specifications — The online Specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online Specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support for customers in Canada http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/...
❑ VAIO Recovery Center User Guide — Provides information about restoring individual software programs, software drivers, and drive partition(s) or your entire hard disk drive to the original factory installed settings. To access this on-screen guide: Click Start and Help and Support. Click Manuals &...
VAIO Media Setup and Windows Network and Sharing Center, and access to wireless tutorials. ❑ Security Keep your data safe and your computer running efficiently with updates and maintenance programs from Microsoft and Sony. ❑ VAIO Sites Contains links to other Internet sites you might find interesting and useful.
Ergonomic Considerations Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations: ❑ Position of your computer – Place the display directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, pointing device, or external mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.
❑ Viewing angle of the display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well. While adjusting the viewing angle, do not exert excessive pressure on your computer, especially on the center of the speaker grill, to eliminate a risk of mechanical damage.
Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. Before starting your computer for the first time, do not connect any other hardware that did not originally come with your computer. Be sure to start up your computer with only the supplied accessories connected and set up your system. Upon completion, connect one device (for example, a printer, an external hard disk drive, a scanner, and so on) at a time, following the manufacturers' instructions.
Press this button to turn off the LCD backlight Power button Remote sensor* Point the supplied remote commander to this sensor for operations. Remote sensor indicator (page 17) SONY logo lamp (page 109) LCD screen (page 126) Hard disk drive indicator (page 17) DISPLAY OFF indicator (page 17) On selected models only.
Back Back panel cover Remove the back panel cover to access the ports and jacks behind it (page 18). i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 101) Microphone jack Connect an external microphone. Line In jack Connect an external audio device for audio input. OPTICAL OUT port (Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 KHz/48.0 KHz/96.0 KHz) Connect an S/PDIF-compatible device such as digital...
Air vent Hard disk bay cover (page 120) Capture angle adjuster (page 41) DC IN port (page 20) Modem port (page 88) Network (Ethernet) port (page 103) Cable clamps (page 22) Subwoofer speaker for bass frequencies INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT jack S VIDEO input port (page 63) A/V INPUT jack...
About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights. Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green when the power of the computer is on, illuminates in orange when the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is off. Built-in MOTION EYE camera Illuminates while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use.
Setting Up Your Computer Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover Before accessing some ports and jacks on the back of your computer, you need first to remove the back panel cover from the computer. To remove the back panel cover Gently face down your computer.
To replace the back panel cover Put the prop-up stand (1) through the opening of the back panel cover (2). Align the cover with the back of the computer and push it in. Be sure to keep the back panel cover on the computer unless access to the back panel is necessary. Getting Started...
Connecting a Power Source You need an AC adapter to connect to an AC power source and it must be plugged into the power source before you can establish communication with your wireless keyboard and mouse. ✍ Use your computer only with the supplied AC adapter. To connect the AC adapter Remove the back panel cover from the computer.
Getting Started ✍ You can bundle the AC adapter cable along with other cables to keep them tidy. Snap open the cable clamp, route the cables through it, and then snap the cable clamp back shut as shown below: To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, unplug the AC adapter. Make sure that the AC outlets are easily accessible.
Connecting the Wireless Keyboard A wireless keyboard and four AA alkaline batteries for use in the keyboard are supplied with your computer. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard, you must install the batteries and establish communication between the computer and the keyboard.
Getting Started ✍ You can check the battery indicator ( ) in the LCD window on the wireless keyboard for its battery power level. If the wireless keyboard does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. If the wireless keyboard is not being used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
Connecting the Wireless Mouse A wireless mouse and two AA alkaline batteries for use in the mouse are supplied with your computer. Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, you must install the batteries and establish communication between your computer and the mouse. To connect the wireless mouse To connect the wireless mouse, it must be located within a range of approximately 11.8 inches (30 cm) to approximately 39.4 inches (1 m) from the computer.
Slide the power switch on the bottom of the mouse to the ON position. Press the CONNECT button (1) on the back of the computer. Press the CONNECT button on the bottom of the mouse within 10 seconds from step 5. Communication between the mouse and the computer should now be established.
Getting Started Replace the back panel cover. See Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover (page 18) for the procedure. ✍ If the wireless mouse does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. If the wireless mouse is not being used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
Preparing for VESA Mounting Your computer complies with the VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) mounting standard (100 mm x 100 mm) and is equipped with four holes on its back panel for connecting to your mounting system. To reveal the VESA mounting holes Remove the back panel cover from the computer.
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below. To shut down your computer Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 33) ❑ Using the Mouse (page 37) ❑ Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 40) ❑...
Using the Keyboard A wireless keyboard is supplied with your computer. The wireless keyboard uses a standard key arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. Using the Wireless Keyboard To maintain good communication, operate the wireless keyboard within the distance limitations of keyboard: approximately 32.8 feet (10 m) from your computer.
✍ Illustrated above is the English keyboard as an example. Using Your VAIO Computer Function keys Perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function key varies among software applications except the following combinations with the Fn key. Fn+F5: Decreases lighting intensity of the LCD screen. Fn+F6: Increases lighting intensity of the LCD screen.
Sleep button Provides for the lower level of power consumption. For details on power management, see Using the Power Saving Mode (page 110). POWER switch Slide the POWER switch to turn on and off the wireless keyboard. Indicators (Battery): turns on while the AA batteries for the wireless keyboard are sufficient and switches to batteries wear out.
Using Your VAIO Computer Keyboard feet Flip open to adjust the keyboard angle. CONNECT button (page 23) Press to enable the wireless keyboard to communicate with the computer. Battery compartment Storage compartment for the AA batteries.
Using the Mouse A wireless mouse is supplied with your computer. Using the Wireless Mouse The wireless optical mouse has no cables to plug in and uses a light-emitting diode (LED) instead of a ball. To maintain good communication, operate the wireless mouse within the distance limitations of mouse: approximately 32.8 feet (10 m) from your computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer Left button Click or double-click the left button to select items. To drag and drop items, hold the left button down while sliding the mouse, then release the button to drop the item. Central wheel Rotate the central wheel to scroll up or down a page. Press the wheel once to lock the scroll action and control the movement by moving the entire mouse (the scroll function is available only with applications that support it).
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera, so the computer is ready for a video conference using such software.
Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. When capturing an image in a dark place, click Start, All Programs, VAIO Camera Capture Utility, and VAIO Camera Capture Utility to start VAIO Camera Capture Utility.
Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc Be sure to attach the 8cm disc adapter to an 8cm disc before inserting the disc into the optical disc drive slot. Slide the disc straight into the slot so as not to apply excessive pressure to the disc or slot.
To remove a disc The drive eject button is disabled when your computer is turned off. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in Sleep mode. Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. Be sure not to pull out the optical disc forcefully before it completely slides out. Check that the optical disc drive indicator (1) is off.
Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs ™ Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs , depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM CD-RW/ DVD-ROM DVD-ROM Blu-ray Disc P Blu-ray Disc Combo Supports writing data to DVD-R discs compliant with DVD-R for General Version 2.0/2.1. Supports writing data to DVD-RW discs compliant with DVD-RW Version 1.1/1.2. The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
Due to the multiple formats of discs now available, when buying pre-recorded or blank discs for use with a VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc packaging carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO CD drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD"...
Using Your VAIO Computer To play copyright protected Blu-ray Discs continuously, you need to update the AACS key. Note that the AACS key update requires Internet access. As with other optical media devices, circumstances may limit compatibility or prevent Blu-ray Disc playback. VAIO computers may not support movie playback on packaged media recorded in AVC or VC1 formats at high bit rates.
Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Use only Sony recommended software, which is preinstalled on your computer, to write data to a disc. Other software programs may not be fully compatible and errors may result. ❑ To make data on a disc readable on the optical disc drive, you need to close the session before you eject it. To complete this process, follow the instructions included with your software.
Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. ❑ Some CD players and computers' optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW disc media. ❑...
Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired CD software to play the CD. If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option. Copying Files to CDs To copy files to a disc Do not strike or shake your computer while writing data to a disc.
Playing DVDs To play a DVD Close all running software applications. Insert a DVD into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired DVD software to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file on your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Insert a disc into the optical disc drive.
Playing Blu-ray Discs The Blu-ray Disc playback function is available on selected models only. See the online Specifications to find the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs To play a Blu-ray Disc Close all running software applications. Insert a Blu-ray Disc into the optical disc drive.
Using the TV Function Your computer may have a TV tuner board installed or may be delivered with an external digital cable tuner to enhance your audio and visual experience in combination with Windows Media Center. See the online Specifications to find if your model is equipped with the TV tuner board or delivered with the digital cable tuner.
Setting Up TV Connections The following connections may not be available in some countries or areas. The best method to connect your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type of cable connection available in your home. TV signal reception strength will vary widely depending on service availability in your area as well as the type of connection available.
Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) To connect in CATV mode (Option 1) Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF input port (3) on the computer. Using Your VAIO Computer...
To connect in CATV mode (Option 2) Connect the two metal hooks on a 75-ohm/300-ohm RCA transformer cable (1) (not supplied) to the screw-type grips at your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (3) (supplied) to the transformer end of the RCA transformer cable (1). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF input port (4) on the computer.
Connecting to a standard antenna You can connect your computer to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or Option 2 from the previous section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (not supplied) to connect the computer and the indoor/outdoor antenna system.
To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 1) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (not supplied) to your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3). Connect one end of another TV coaxial cable (5) (supplied) to the feed connector (4).
To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a 300-ohm twin lead cable (1) (not supplied) to the screw-type grips at your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to the grips on a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3).
To connect to an antenna (air) for digital television system (ATSC signal standard) If you have an antenna for receiving the over-the-air signals transmitted by a digital TV broadcasting system, you can connect it to receive these signals for digital televisions, for example high definition TVs. Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to an ATSC antenna (not supplied) (2).
Connecting with a cable or satellite set-top box (STB) You can connect your computer to cable service access that uses a set-top box (cable or satellite). When using the set-top box (STB) setup, you can change channels only through the STB, using its controls or the supplied remote commander. When using the STB setup: ❑...
To connect in STB mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF IN port on the back panel of your set-top box (STB) (3). Connect a second TV coaxial cable (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF OUT port on the set-top box (STB) (3).
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Remote Commander If your computer supports the TV function, then a remote commander is supplied with the computer for using Media Center features, including TV channel selection.
Using Your VAIO Computer Pause X button Press to pause media playback. Press again to resume playback. Stop x button Press to stop media playback or TV recording session. Forward M button Press to fast-forward media at three speeds. Skip B? button Press to move media forward, for example, one audio track, one DVD chapter, and 30 seconds of recorded TV or video.
Guide button Press to view the TV program guide for your area. Alphanumeric buttons Press to select specific channels or enter text. (Press ENTER or OK to activate the channel selection.) CLEAR button Press to backspace and delete entered text. APPLICATION SELECT button Press to switch among open applications.
Before you use the remote commander Before using the remote commander, you need to insert the supplied AA manganese batteries to enable communication between the computer and the remote commander. To insert batteries Turn the remote commander over. Slightly push down the dented area (1), slide the battery cover in the direction of the arrow, and remove the cover. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Insert the supplied two AA batteries into the remote commander. Put the battery cover back on the remote commander and slide it in the reverse direction of the arrow illustrated above until the cover clicks into place. ✍ If the remote commander does not operate properly, you may need to replace the batteries. When the remote commander is not going to be used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
If you are using a cable or satellite set-top box, you can attach the remote sensor control to the set-top box, which enables you to control the set-top box with the remote commander. To connect the remote sensor control Plug the cable from the remote sensor control (1) into the INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT jack (2) on the computer. Remove the adhesive tape cover from the bottom of the remote sensor control (1).
Using Your VAIO Computer Attach the remote sensor control (1) onto the set-top box (3) near the infrared sensor (4). Do not cover the infrared sensor when attaching the remote sensor control. The remote sensor must be visible in a line of sight with the remote commander in order to function properly.
Using PC Cards PC Cards allow you to connect portable external devices to your computer. Inserting a PC Card Some PC Cards or their functions may not be compatible with your computer. You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing a PC Card. To insert a PC Card Locate the PC Card slot (page...
Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ Some devices may not function properly if you continuously switch to Normal mode from Sleep mode. For some PC Cards, if you alternate between Normal mode and Sleep mode while the card is inserted, you may find that the device connected to your system through the PC card is not recognized. Restart your system to correct the problem.
Removing a PC Card Follow the steps below to remove the PC Card while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove a PC Card ✍ To remove a PC Card when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ™ ExpressCard /34 (34mm wide) or ExpressCard ™ ExpressCard /34 module only.
Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is delivered with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍...
Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. ✍ If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer.
Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module ✍ To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Media Memory Stick media is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones and other devices. Because it is removable, it can be used for external data storage.
For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with the Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 8 GB that are available as of May 2007.
Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media Locate the Memory Stick slot (page Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow pointing toward the Memory Stick slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick media is automatically detected by your system and the content of the Memory Stick media is displayed.
To view the contents of the Memory Stick media Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window. Double-click the Memory Stick media icon to view the list of data files saved in the Memory Stick media. To format a Memory Stick media The Memory Stick media has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use.
Click Start. At the confirmation prompt, click OK. The formatting process starts. It may take time to format the Memory Stick media depending on the media. Once completed, click OK. Click Close. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media Check that the Media Access indicator light is off. Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot. Always remove the Memory Stick media gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
❑ SDHC memory card ❑ MultiMediaCard (MMC) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Sony Support Information support Web site. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory card media available as of May 2007. However, not all memory card media that meet the same conditions as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card Locate the SD memory card slot Hold the memory card with the arrow pointing toward the memory card slot. Carefully slide the memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
Removing a Memory Card Do not remove a memory card while the To remove a memory card Check that the Media Access indicator light is off. Firmly grasp the extended part of the memory card. Carefully pull it out of the slot. indicator light is on.
Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line with a telephone cable (not supplied). Once you have set up your telephone cable connection, you are ready to connect to the Internet. To connect a telephone cable ✍...
To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet Click Start and Control Panel Click Connect to the Internet under Network and Internet. The Connect to the Internet window appears. Click Dial-up. Follow the on-screen instructions. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Sony Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with built-in WLAN functionality communicate freely with each other through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.
Using Your VAIO Computer IEEE 802.11b/g is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. IEEE 802.11a is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 54 Mbps. IEEE 802.11n is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 300 Mbps * Actual communication speed varies depending on your access point settings and so on.
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) You cannot select the 5 GHz bandwidth, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks. The IEEE 802.11n standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. ✍...
An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied), for example the Sony Access Point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN.
To connect to a wireless network ✍ You need to remove the back panel cover from the computer to access the WLAN switch. See Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover for the procedure. Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information.
Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Central. Double-click Network Connections and VAIO Smart Network. Click the button next to the WLAN icon. Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss. ✍...
Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device (page 98) ❑ Connecting a Printer (page 100) ❑ Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 101) ❑...
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To prevent your computer and/or USB devices from damage, avoid any shock or force to the USB ports when moving the computer with USB devices connected. Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive You can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.
Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in Sleep mode may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍...
Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a Printer Using the USB Port You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to the computer. To connect a printer using the USB port Plug the power cord (1) of your printer into an AC outlet.
Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices ❑ Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports. ❑...
On Sony digital video cameras, ports labeled DV Out, DV In/Out, or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camcorder shown here is an example; your digital video camcorder may need to be connected differently. You cannot access the pictures stored on a Memory Stick media when using an i.LINK connection.
Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the back of the computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator.
Using Peripheral Devices Telephone lines cannot be connected to the network (LAN) connector on your computer. If the network (LAN) connector is connected to the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the connector may cause damage, overheating, or fire. - Home (intercom speakerphone) or business-use telephone lines (multi-line business telephone) - Public telephone subscriber line - PBX (private branch exchange)
Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc. ❑ Setting the Password (page 106) ❑...
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
Adding the Power-on Password The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Once you have set the power-on password, you cannot start your computer without entering the password. Make sure not to forget the password. Write down your password and keep it safe and private from other people.
Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Some of the control items will not be visible if you open VAIO Central as a standard user. Changing the default SONY logo lamp activity The SONY logo lamp illuminates when you turn on your computer. You can change this default activity of the lamp to make it stay unlit by following these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Central.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Power Saving Mode In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has a distinct power saving mode called Sleep mode. Using Normal Mode This is the normal state of the computer when it is in use. The green power indicator light is on in this mode. To save power while not working, you can turn off a specific device such as the LCD screen or the hard disk drive.
Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the hard disk drive and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The orange power light is on during this mode. Turn off your computer if you do not intend to use it for a long period of time. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep.
❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For the type of module and the amount of memory installed on your model, see the online Specifications. For assistance, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 175).
Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the memory by installing optional memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages. Notes on adding/removing memory modules ❑...
❑ Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.
Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect peripheral devices from the accessible ports and jacks. Remove the back panel cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover Disconnect the AC adapter and the rest of the peripheral devices.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: ❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. ❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2).
Remove the new memory module from its packaging. Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. Do not touch any other components on the motherboard. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot.
Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Central. The VAIO Central window appears. Click the Categories tab. Double-click the System Information folder. Double-click the System Information icon. You can view the amount of system memory.
Installing an Additional Hard Disk Drive To install an additional hard disk drive Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect peripheral devices from the accessible ports and jacks. Remove the back panel cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover Disconnect the AC adapter and the rest of the peripheral devices.
Place a new drive into the drive holder and align the holes on each side of the drive bay. Secure the drive to the drive holder with screws, through the holes on each side of the drive holder. A new hard disk drive comes with the necessary screws. Do not overtighten these screws when securing the drive to the drive holder. 10 Slide the drive holder into the hard disk bay until it clicks into place and secure it with the screws.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 11 Replace the hard disk bay cover and tighten the screws. 12 Connect the AC adapter and the peripheral devices that you disconnected in step 3. 13 Replace the back panel cover. See Removing and Replacing the Back Panel Cover (page 18) for the procedure.
Identifying the Additional Hard Disk Space When you initialize the new hard disk, it must be configured as an extended partition in Windows NT file system (NTFS) format. To identify the additional hard disk space Log on to Windows as a user with administrator rights. Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ On Handling the LCD Screen (page 126) ❑ On Using the Power Source (page 127) ❑ On Handling Your Computer (page 128) ❑...
❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of making the change.
❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for a long period of time. ❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. ❑ Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other AC adapter as it may cause a malfunction.
On Handling Your Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer.
If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information ❑ Make sure you disconnect the power cord before cleaning your computer.
On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the scope of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause a malfunction of the camera.
On Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from magnets. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from any liquid. Do not let them get wet. When you are not using your floppy disk, always remove it from the floppy disk drive and use a storage case.
On Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of the disc. ❑ Do not drop or bend the disc. ❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: ❑...
❑ An 8cm disc adapter exclusively designed for your model is provided for use of 8cm discs on your computer. ❑ Be sure to attach the adapter to an 8cm disc before using it on your computer. Not using the supplied adapter or using a similar kind of the adapter with the disc may cause a disc recognition error or result in a stuck disc, a damaged disc, or a malfunction of your computer.
Precautions On Using Headphones Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.
On Handling Memory Stick Media ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick media connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick media as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the Memory Stick media. ❑...
On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk drive has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged by mechanical vibration, shock, or dust. Although the hard disk drive has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer.
On Updating Your Computer Confirm that the latest updates have been installed on your computer using the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. To confirm that they have been installed on the computer, follow these steps for each software application: ❑...
Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before visiting the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ for customers in USA http://www.sony.ca/support...
❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony AC adapter, which is supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
Select Exit Setup, and press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. Your computer restarts. If this occurs frequently, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 175).
What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. ❑...
Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep mode. To restore your computer to normal operating stability Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart. If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart.
What should I do if I cannot remember the BIOS password? If you have forgotten the BIOS password, contact an authorized Sony Service Center to reset it. A reset fee will be charged. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 175).
Troubleshooting Why doesn't my screen turn off when the time selected for the automatic turn-off action has passed? The VAIO Original Screen Saver disables the timer setting, which you can select using the Windows power options, for your screen to turn off. Select the screen saver other than the VAIO Original Screen Saver.
System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑...
Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed. To reduce flicker noise, change the pointing direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g.
Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters a power saving mode while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use? ❑ Do not place your computer into Sleep mode while you are using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑...
❑ Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone. ❑ Make sure that the telephone number the program is dialing is correct. ❑ Make sure the software you are using is compatible with your computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.) ❑...
Troubleshooting Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/ V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), do any of the following: ❑...
Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. ❑...
Why is the data transfer speed slow? ❑ The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points. Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.
❑ Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. ❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point.
Optical Discs Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? ❑ Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label side facing toward you. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑...
Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer. Double-click the desired drive. You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details. Click OK to close the window. ❑...
What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? ❑ Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. ❑ Stop using the keyboard. ❑ If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage.
Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer enters Sleep mode. If the computer is in Sleep mode, press the power button on the computer or the sleep button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander to bring the computer back into Normal mode.
How do I run Windows Aero? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Customize colors under Appearance and Personalization. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. The Appearance Settings window appears.
Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? ❑ Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑...
Troubleshooting Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the microphone jack on your computer. How can I prevent microphone feedback? Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker.
What should I do if I do not hear audio input from the built-in microphone through the built- in speakers or if the built-in microphone does not work? Follow these steps to disable the acoustic echo canceller function: Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make sure the power switch on the bottom of the wireless mouse is in the ON position. ❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected. ❑ Make sure the supplied AA batteries are properly installed. ❑...
Speakers What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information. ❑...
Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your wireless keyboard is labeled on the packaging box. If you choose a different regional keyboard when you complete the Windows setup, the key configuration will be mismatched. To change the keyboard configuration, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel Click Clock, Language, and Region, and click Regional and Language Options.
Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still does not appear, follow these steps: Close all programs that are accessing the floppy disk drive.
❑ See the manual that came with your PC Card for more information. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a Sony PC Card. ❑ If your PC Card, which worked normally before, does not work, you may need to install the most recent driver software.
Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices? For some PC Cards, if you alternate between Normal mode and Sleep mode while the card is inserted into the PC Card slot, your computer may not recognize the PC Card or the connected device. Restart the computer. Why can't I insert my PC Card? ❑...
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK connection can communicate with each other.
What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the device connected to the OPTICAL OUT port? Once you have connected a device to the OPTICAL OUT port, you need to change the device for sound output if you want to hear sound from the device.
How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.
Use of recorded music requires permission from the copyright holders. Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources. Can I copy images from a digital camera using Memory Stick media? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible digital cameras.
Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? ❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support...
Support Options VAIO Update When your computer is connected to the Internet, VAIO Update automatically notifies you when critical software and security information is posted on the support Web site. Click the VAIO Update notice to open the VAIO Support Web site and view the information.
For customers in Latin American countries or areas Customer Information Center If you do not find the information you are looking for at our site, you may call Sony directly. In order to receive the fastest and most efficient services, have the following information readily available:...
Support Options In order to contact a Sony technical support representative, call the following numbers: ❑ In Argentina: (011) 6770-SONY (7669) ❑ In Mexico: In Mexico City: 5002-9819 In the Mexican Republic: 01-800-759-7669 ❑ In Colombia: 01-800-550-7000 ❑ In Peru: 0-801-1-7000 or 511-6100 ❑...
Program Support Information Depending on the computer model and particular configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of the software programs listed below. Contacts for Sony software products are listed below: ❑ For customers in USA Web site http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...
® America Online (Dial-Up) America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® Toolbar America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://help.aol.com/help ® ™ Instant Messenger America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aim.com ™...
Click to DVD software Sony Electronics Inc. At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video (DV) device. Create DVDs by capturing video content straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can also edit the video.
Intel Corporation ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://support.intel.com LocationFree Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® Microsoft Office Basic Edition, Office Professional Edition, Office Small Business Edition, Office Ready, Office Ultimate Microsoft Corp.
® 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft The Microsoft Office 60-Day Trial software included with this computer system is intended for evaluation purposes only. The software has been installed and you must activate the software before you can use it. Product activation procedures will be detailed during initial launch of the software; activation requires Internet access.
Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp Protector Suite QL Sony Electronics Inc. Protector Suite QL Edition allows you to easily setup your fingerprint sensor equipped on your computer. Protector Suite QL supports fingerprint logon, fast user switching, file encryption, registering forms and more.
Web site http://www.safeit.com/support ™ SmartWi Connection Utility Sony Electronics Inc. SmartWi Connection Utility allows you to easily switch between the various wireless components (Wireless LAN, Wireless ™ WAN, and Bluetooth technology connectivity) that came with your computer. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 179).
™ SonicStage Mastering Studio software Sony Electronics Inc. Use SonicStage Mastering Studio software to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer and output them to CDs, DVDs, or audio files in WAV format. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...
® VAIO Hardware Diagnostic Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Edit Component Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Edit Component provides enhanced editing functionality when using Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe Premiere Elements on your VAIO computer.
® VAIO Security Center Sony Electronics Inc. Sony cares about your VAIO personal computer. The VAIO Security Center highlights some of the security features your machine includes. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information VAIO Smart Network Sony Electronics Inc.
® VAIO Wireless Switch Setting Utility Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 179). ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support (page 179). (page 179). (page 179). Support Options...
America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.xdrive.com/support Zoom Utility Sony Electronics Inc. The Zoom Utility will allow you to magnify a portion of the screen. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 179).