Contents Read this first ... 5 Notice... 5 ... 6 NERGY Owner's record ... 6 Welcome ... 7 Documentation pack ... 8 Ergonomic considerations ... 11 Using your VAIO computer ... 13 Connecting a power source ... 14 Using the battery pack ... 15 Setting the password ...
Connecting to a network (LAN)... 141 Customising your computer ... 142 Setting up your language with Windows XP Professional ... 143 Configuring your modem ... 146 Setting a Sony wallpaper ... 148 Installing and updating applications... 149 Managing drivers ... 154...
Upgrading your VAIO computer... 165 Adding and removing memory* ... 165 Changing the Video Memory Size ... 178 Getting help ... 180 Sony support options ... 180 Other sources of information ... 180 e-Support ... 181 Precautions ... 183 On handling the hard disk... 184 On handling the LCD screen ...
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U.S. registered mark. NERGY Owner's record The serial number, model number and product code are located on the bottom of your Sony computer. Record the numbers and refer to them if you call VAIO-Link. See also the printed Specifications sheet.
Portability – The rechargeable battery pack provides hours of use without AC power. Sony audio and video quality – The high-resolution LCD screen and high-quality stereo speakers* enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.
Documentation pack Your documentation pack contains printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Guides are provided in PDF format, which you can easily browse through and print out. The My Info Centre portal is a perfect starting point to using your VAIO computer - a comprehensive collection of everything you need to get the most from your computer.
Printed documentation A Specifications sheet, containing a table of specifications, a list of bundled software, an overview of all connectors and, on the reverse side, a guide to setting up your VAIO computer. Troubleshooting Guide, where you will find solutions to common problems. Recovery Guide, where you will find an explanation of how to recover your computer's system if you need to.
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Ergonomic considerations You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations to both stationary and portable environments: Position of your computer – Place the computer directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, touchpad, or external mouse.
Welcome Lighting – Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can also purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.
Using your VAIO computer Once you have read and followed the information in the printed Specifications sheet, you can start using your computer safely and confidently. Read on to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. Connecting a power source (page 14) Setting the password (page 22)
Connecting a power source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source. Using the AC adapter To use the AC adapter, proceed as follows: Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter. Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet (2).
Installing the battery pack VGN-A series To install the battery pack, proceed as follows: Turn off your computer and close the LCD. Slide the lock lever (1) on the bottom of the computer to the UNLOCK position. Slide the release lever (2) on the bottom of the computer to the RELEASE position. Remove the battery compartment cover.
Turn over the battery pack attached to the battery compartment cover. Insert the tab on the battery compartment cover into the notch, and push the battery pack down into the compartment until it clicks into place. Slide the lock lever to the LOCK position to secure the battery pack on the computer. PCG-K series To install the battery pack, proceed as follows: Turn off your computer and close the LCD.
Charging the battery pack To charge the battery pack, proceed as follows: Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery (the battery indicator flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery charges). Battery indicator status Single blink Double blink...
Using your VAIO computer When the battery is running out of power, both the battery and power indicators blink. Keep the battery pack installed in the computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer. If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either attach the AC adapter to recharge the battery or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack.
Removing the battery pack VGN-A series To remove the battery pack, proceed as follows: Turn off your computer and close the LCD. Slide the lock lever (1) on the bottom of the computer to the UNLOCK position. Slide the release lever (2) on the bottom of the computer to the RELEASE position. The right edge of the battery compartment cover is pushed up.
PCG-K series To remove the battery pack, proceed as follows: Turn off your computer and close the LCD. Open the cover of the battery bay. Pull out the battery pack. Close the cover of the battery bay. You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while the computer is on and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery pack while the computer is in Standby mode.
Setting the password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will have to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears. In this way, you can protect your computer from unauthorized access. You cannot start your computer without entering the password.
Select Password when Power ON under Security. Press Enter, use M or m to select Enabled, and then press Enter. Use < or , to select Exit and then Exit (Save Changes); and press Enter. On the Save configuration changes and exit setup? screen, confirm that OK is selected and then press Enter. PCG-K series To add the password, proceed as follows: Turn on your computer.
Changing/removing the password VGN-A series To change or remove the password, proceed as follows: Turn on your computer. Press F2 when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, press F2 several times. Enter the current password for Enter CURRENT Password: Use <...
PCG-K series To change or remove the password, proceed as follows: Turn on your computer. Press F2 when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. Enter the current password for Enter Password: Use < or , to select Security to display another screen, select Set Machine Password, and then press Enter. On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and then a new password twice;...
Setting up your computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to consult system information and specify preferences for system behaviour. To use VAIO Control Center, proceed as follows: Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar. In All Programs, click VAIO Control Center.
Select the desired control item. Once finished, click OK. The item has been changed. For more information about each option, click Help on the VAIO Control Center window to display the help file. Some of the control items will not be visible If you open VAIO Control Center as a limited user. Using your VAIO computer...
Shutting down your computer safely It is important that you shut down your computer properly so you do not lose unsaved data. To shut down your computer, proceed as follows: Turn off any peripherals connected to your computer. Click the Start button. Click Turn Off Computer.
Using the keyboard Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer's, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. For more information on the standard keys, see Windows Help and Support Center. The VAIO-Link website (www.vaio-link.com) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard. Combinations and functions with the <Fn>...
Indicators Indicator Functions Power 1 Power on: lights green. Standby mode: flashes umber. Battery e Indicates the status of the battery. Wireless LAN Turns on when the Wireless LAN is activated. Turns off when the Wireless LAN is not activated. Turns on when the Bluetooth functionality is activated.
Troubleshooting the keyboard A key top has fallen off If any of the following keys falls off, replace the key top as shown below. VGN-A series: Caps Lock, Shift, Backspace, Enter, or space bar PCG-K series: Enter, Caps Lock, Ctrl, Tab, space bar, left Shift If any other key top falls off, place it back into position and push it in from above until it clicks.
Using your VAIO computer Space bar key, left Shift key If any key top other than the above keys falls off, see the figure below to place it back into position. To replace a key top Hook the catches (1) on the key top onto the screen side corners of the key top support (2), place the key top back into position, and then press it from above (3) until it clicks.
Using the touchpad The keyboard contains a cursor-pointing device, your touchpad (1). You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the built-in touchpad. Action Description Point Slide one finger on the touchpad to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
Stream your recorded TV contents via Ethernet (or WLAN) to connected PCs. Sony cannot guarantee the streaming of recorded content if it is beyond a certain level of high quality. For details on using VAIO Zone and the remote control, please see the dedicated guide. Otherwise read the help files within the software itself.
Using your VAIO computer Using the mouse (VGN-A series) Your VAIO computer is delivered with a wireless optical mouse, which has no cables to plug in and uses a light-emitting diode (LED) instead of a ball. You can use the mouse anywhere you feel comfortable within a range of approx. 80 cm* of the main unit. Avoid using the mouse on a piece of glass or other transparent material, as this can interfere with smooth cursor movement on the screen.
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 Turn 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).
Before you use the mouse Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, you must enable communication between the computer and the mouse. Two AA batteries, specific for use in the wireless mouse, are supplied with your computer. They are identified by a sticker "For mouse" on the packaging.
Turn the wireless mouse over, slide the power switch to the ON position, and press the CONNECT button. Communication between the wireless mouse and the computer is now active. Step 3 and 4 must be carried out within 10 seconds of each other. If your wireless mouse does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced.
Using special buttons (VGN-A series) Your VAIO computer is provided with special buttons to help you use the computer. Mute button Turns on and off the speaker volume. The LED turns on when the volume is turned off. Volume buttons (Volume up and Volume down) Increase and decrease the volume.
Magnify button (Zoom) Changes the image resolution in all applications, except in those that use the DVD player. The default resolutions of the standard view and the magnified view depend on the model as listed below. For the type of LCD screen equipped with your computer, see LCD screen in the printed Specifications sheet.
S1 button The S1 button, by default, launches VAIO Zone. You also can link another action that you execute often to this shortcut button. See Setting up your computer with VAIO Control Center Troubleshooting special buttons (VGN-A series) Pressing the Magnify button does not change the screen resolution If the default resolution has been changed using the Display Properties window, pressing the Magnify button may not work.
Using the optical disc drive Your VAIO computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc, proceed as follows: Turn on the computer. Press the eject button (1) to open the drive. The tray slides out. Place a disc in the middle of the tray with the label side facing up until the disc clicks into place. Close the tray by pushing it gently.
Reading and writing CDs and DVDs To achieve optimum performance when writing data on to disc (also called "burning"), follow these recommendations: To make the data on a disc readable on an optical disc drive, you need to close the session when you eject it. To complete this process, follow the instructions included with your software.
Playing DVDs To achieve optimum performance when playing DVDs, you should follow these recommendations. You can play DVDs using the optical disc drive and the VAIO Zone software. See the help file on the VAIO Zone software for details. Close all open applications before playing a DVD movie. Do not use resident disc utilities or resident utilities to speed up the access of discs, because they may cause the system to become unstable.
Troubleshooting the optical disc drive I cannot switch from LCD display to TV and vice versa (PCG-K series) If a DVD disc is inserted in the optical disc drive, remove the disc. My optical disc drive tray does not open Make sure the computer is turned on and press the disc eject button*.
I cannot play a DVD If a region code warning appears when you are using your DVD player, it could be that the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the optical disc drive on your computer. The region code is listed on the packaging of the disc. Change the resolution under Control Panel - Display to a lower resolution.
I cannot play a DVD when using two screens On PCG-K series, the following errors will occur when you use two screens at the same time (LCD and TV / LCD and CRT): When you play a DVD with Windows Media Player 10 or VAIO Zone, you can only watch the content on the primary display. You will not have a problem in the following situations: When you use a CRT or an LCD display on its own.
Using the A/V port replicator (VGN-A series) Your VAIO computer comes with an A/V port replicator. Attaching the A/V port replicator* enables you to connect additional peripherals to your computer, such as a printer and an external display. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. Network connector (page 141) Monitor/VGA connector...
The A/V port replicator can be powered only with the AC adapter supplied with your computer. Do not remove the AC adapter from the A/V port replicator or the AC outlet when using the A/V port replicator; this may cause data damage or hardware malfunctions. When video cables are connected to S-Video out and Video out simultaneously, only the S-Video out connector can be used.
Attaching your computer to the A/V port replicator To attach your computer to the A/V port replicator, proceed as follows: Disconnect all peripherals from the computer. Plug the power cord (1) into the AC adapter and an AC outlet. Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter (2) into the DC In port (3) on the A/V port replicator (4). Open the A/V port replicator cover.
A/V port replicator may cause a temporary loss of power. Use the AC adapter that comes with your computer or the optional Sony adapter. Do not move your computer while attached to the port replicator, as it may detach the port replicator and cause damage to the port replicator and the computer.
Disconnecting your computer from the A/V port replicator Make sure to turn off your computer before disconnecting it from the port replicator to prevent loss of unsaved data. To disconnect your computer from the A/V port replicator, proceed as follows: Stop the connected peripherals.
Using your VAIO computer Close the A/V port replicator connector cover on the bottom of your computer. It is extremely important to close the A/V port replicator connector cover after disconnecting your computer from the A/V port replicator. If the cover is left open, dust may get inside and damage the computer.
Using the external speakers (VGN-A series) Your VAIO computer comes with a pair of external speakers* in order to make great use of the VAIO Zone software. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. Volume control The right speaker is equipped with the volume control.
Connecting the supplied external speakers to the audio port replicator Connect the supplied external speakers to the audio* or A/V* port replicator attached to your computer. To use the supplied remote commander to control the volume, make sure to connect the USB cable from the left speaker to one of the USB connectors on the audio* or A/V* port replicator.
Using the remote commander (VGN-A series) Your VAIO computer comes with a remote commander* in order to make great use of the VAIO Zone software. The infrared sensor for the remote commander is located on the left external speaker. Make sure to attach your computer to the supplied A/V port replicator and connect the supplied speakers to your computer before using the remote commander.
MUTING button Turns off the external speakers. Press the MUTING button to turn on the speakers. Direct buttons Activate individual features of VAIO Zone. Channel control button Switches the channel in the ascending or descending order. Operation buttons Use these buttons for VAIO Zone operations.
Using PC Cards Your VAIO computer is equipped with a PC Card slot. PC Cards allow you to connect portable external devices. You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing a PC Card. Inserting a PC Card To insert a PC Card, proceed as follows: Insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot with the front label facing upwards.
Using your VAIO computer Some devices may not function properly if you repeat returning to Normal mode from Standby mode or Hibernate mode. The computer will return to its original state if you restart it. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the PC Card manufacturer. If an "!"...
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. If you want to remove a PC Card when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. To remove a PC Card, proceed as follows: Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the system tray.
If you remove the PC Card from the computer when it is still turned on, your system might crash and you might lose data that you did not save before. Before you remove the PC Card, click the PC Card icon on the taskbar and close the card. Close any applications that use the PC Card before removing the card. Otherwise, data may be lost.
See the printed Specifications sheet to see which Memory Stick types are compatible with your VAIO and if there are any limitations. You can purchase Memory Sticks from the Sony Style website (www.sonystyle-europe.com), or from your local Sony dealer. Detailed information about which VAIO computers are compatible with which Memory Sticks can be found here: www.vaio-link.com.
Inserting a Memory Stick There are two ways you can insert a Memory Stick in your computer: Using the Memory Stick slot; Using a PC Card slot. To do this, you need an optional PC Card adapter. You can only insert one Memory Stick at a time. To insert a Memory Stick using the Memory Stick slot, proceed as follows: Once you have stored your data from your digital device, insert the Memory Stick with the arrow facing up and toward the Memory Stick slot.
The location of the Memory Stick slot depends on the model of your computer. See the Specifications sheet for details on your model. Hold the Memory Stick with the arrow pointing in the correct direction when you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging the computer or the Memory Stick, do not force the Memory Stick into the slot if it does not insert smoothly.
Using the modem Your VAIO computer is equipped with an internal modem. You need to connect to a phone line to take advantage of online services and the Internet, as well as to register your computer and software online, and to contact VAIO-Link. To connect a phone line, proceed as follows: Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem connector Plug the other end into the wall jack (2).
Troubleshooting the modem My modem does not work or cannot establish a connection Check that the phone line is plugged into your computer. Make sure that the modem is the only device connected to your phone line. Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by plugging in an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone. Check that the phone number the program is dialling is correct.
My modem connection is slow Many factors 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, check the following: Have your phone company check that your phone line is free from any line noise.
Using the Bluetooth functionality (VGN-A series) If your VAIO computer is equipped with the Bluetooth functionality*, you can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables and up to 10 metres range in open space.
Using your VAIO computer Bluetooth security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to make sure with whom you communicate. With the authentication function, you can avoid any anonymous Bluetooth device to access your computer. The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common Passkey (a password required for authentication) should be determined for both devices to be registered.
Communicating with another Bluetooth device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer or a mobile phone without any cables. To communicate with another Bluetooth device, proceed as follows: Turn on the Wireless switch. Choose Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Bluetooth Devices. The Bluetooth Device dialog appears.
If the documentation of the other bluetooth device contains a password, click Use the passkey found in the documentation and enter the passkey. If you want to create your own passkey, click Let me use my own passkey and enter a passkey. If your device does not use a passkey, click Don't use a passkey.
Communicating with another Bluetooth device using the Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard You can easily transfer data, such as files or pictures, to another Bluetooth device. To transfer data from or to another Bluetooth device, proceed as follows: Choose Start > All Programs > Accessories > Communications > Bluetooth File Transfer WIzard. The Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard appears.
Stopping the Bluetooth connection To stop the Bluetooth connection, turn off the Wireless switch. The Bluetooth LED turns off. Additional information The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices Distance between devices Material used in walls Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions...
Troubleshooting the Bluetooth functionality I cannot use the Bluetooth functionality If the Bluetooth LED is off, turn on the Wireless switch. You cannot use the Bluetooth functionality when the computer is in a power saving mode. Return to normal mode, then turn on the Wireless switch located on your computer.
The data transfer speed is slow The data transfer speed depends on the obstacles and/or the distance between the two devices, but also on the radio wave quality, the operating system or the software used. Try to move your computer or try to place the two devices closer. I cannot communicate with the other device although the distance between both devices is within 10 metres The data transfer distance can be shorter than 10 metres depending on existing obstacles between the two devices, on radio wave quality, on the operating system or the software used.
Using your VAIO computer The message The Bluetooth device requires authentication appears in the notification area. The target Bluetooth enabled device is requesting connection authentication. Mutual authentication is required to enable Bluetooth communications with this device. Cannot connect to service supported by target Bluetooth device. Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer equipped with the Bluetooth functionality.For more details, refer to the Bluetooth Device Help in Windows XP and/or the operating instructions or electronic manual for the targeted Bluetooth device.
(radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet activities, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
Communicating without Access Point (ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a local network 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.
Enter a Network name (SSID)*. You can choose a 32-digit alphanumeric name. Select Open from the Network Authentication drop-down box. Select WEP from the Data Encryption drop-down box. Deselect the The key is provided for me automatically option button. Some information becomes visible. 10 Fill in the Network key*.
* If you want to communicate between two or more computers, you need to configure all these computers the exact same way. This means that you need to enter the same Network name and the same Network key on all computers as on the first computer you configure. ** Hexadecimal: A number representation using the digits 0-9, with their usual meaning, plus the letters A-F (or a-f) to represent hexadecimal digits with values of (decimal) 10 to 15.
An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an Access Point, 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.
Type the Network Key. If you are using the Sony Access Point, by default, you don't need to enter any encryption key (WEP/WPA). To be able to communicate, you must select the box Allow me to connect to the selected wireless network, even though it is not secure.
Using the WiFi protected access (WPA) WPA is a wireless security enhancement that allows you to transfer data in a highly secure way*. * For more information on the access point, refer to the documentation that came with your access point. To use WPA on your computer, proceed as follows: Turn on the Wireless (VGN-A series) or Wireless LAN (PCG-K series) switch.
Wireless LAN channel selection In a 802.11b/g configuration, channel 1 to 13 can be used. (a) With an access point ("Infrastructure") The channel used will be the channel selected by the access point. For details on how to select the channel that will be used by the access point, refer to the documentation that came with your access point. (b) Without access point ("Ad-Hoc") If the Wireless connection is initiated by the VAIO computer, channel 11 will be selected.
Troubleshooting Wireless LAN I cannot use the Wireless LAN functionality Check if the Wireless (VGN-A series) or Wireless LAN (PCG-K series) switch is turned on. The Wireless LAN Access Point and your computer cannot communicate Check if the Wireless (VGN-A series) or Wireless LAN (PCG-K series) switch is turned on. Check if the power of the Access Point is turned on.
The data transfer speed is slow The maximum communication speed can vary depending on the obstacles or the distance between the communication devices, the radio waves, the operating system or the software you use. Remove the obstacle or make the distance between the Access Point and your machine smaller.
I cannot use a Wireless LAN network Check if the Wireless Zero Configuration service is active. To check the status of the Wireless Zero Configuration service, proceed as follows: Click Start and then Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Click the Performance and Maintenance icon.
Using power saving modes When you use a battery as the source of power for your computer, you can take advantage of power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate.
If you press the power button for more than four seconds, the computer will switch off automatically. You will lose any unsaved data. When the computer is in Standby mode, you cannot insert a disc. The computer comes out of Standby mode quicker than out of Hibernate mode. Standby mode uses more power than Hibernate mode.
To return to Normal mode, proceed as follows: Turn on the computer by pressing the power button. The computer returns to its previous state. If you press the power button for more than four seconds, the computer will switch off automatically. If you do not use the AC adapter for a long period of time, put your computer into Hibernate mode.
Managing power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you to set up power schemes of your computer that is running on AC power or batteries to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operations of your computer and for longer battery life.
Activating VAIO Power Management power schemes VAIO Power Management provides several predefined power schemes. Each power scheme consists of a group of power management settings that are designed to meet specific power management goals, ranging from maximum power management to no power management.
If you have a computer with a mobile CPU (see the printed Specifications sheet), a CPU control icon may appear on the taskbar. The CPU control icon indicates the CPU control status (Performance, Adaptive, Battery Life, Degrade). To make the icon appear, click the Advanced button on the VAIO Power Management tab. Select the Show CPU status icon in the taskbar box and then click OK.
To identify and locate the ports on your computer, see the printed Specifications sheet. Sony computer supplies, accessories and peripherals can be purchased from your local retailer or from the Sony website: For more information about connection compatibility, go to the VAIO-Link website:...
Connecting a port replicator (VGN-A series) Your computer supports the use of an optional port replicator. Attaching a port replicator enables you to connect additional peripherals to your computer, such as a printer and an external display. Network connector (page 141) Monitor/VGA connector (page 107) DC In connector...
Attaching your computer to the port replicator To attach your computer to the port replicator, proceed as follows: Disconnect all peripherals from the computer. Plug the power cord (1) into the AC adapter and an AC outlet. Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter (2) into the DC In port (3) on the port replicator (4). Slide open the port replicator cover on the bottom of your computer.
Use the AC adapter that comes with your computer or the optional Sony adapter. Do not move your computer while attached to the port replicator, as it may detach the port replicator and cause damage to the port replicator and the computer.
Disconnecting your computer from the port replicator Make sure to turn off your computer before disconnecting it from the port replicator to prevent loss of unsaved data. To disconnect your computer from the port replicator, proceed as follows: Turn off the computer and the connected peripherals. Slide the lock lever to UNLOCK.
Connecting peripheral devices Close the port replicator connector cover on the bottom of your computer. It is extremely important to close the port replicator connector cover after disconnecting your computer from the port replicator. If the cover is left open, dust may get inside and damage the computer.
Connecting an external display You can connect an external display to your VAIO computer. For example, you can use your computer with a computer display or a projector. Connect the power cord after connecting all other cables. Connected external displays are used as second screens. On Windows systems only, you can also use an external display to set up multiple monitors.
Connecting a computer display You can connect a computer display (monitor) either directly to your computer or via the (optional) port replicator*. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. VGN-A series To connect a computer display, proceed as follows: If necessary, plug one end of the display's power cord (1) into the display, and the other end into an AC outlet.
Connecting peripheral devices VGN-A series is equipped with the DVI-D connector. DVI-D stands for Digital Visual Interface - Digital. It is a kind of DVI connector that only supports digital video signals, so no analogue video signals. It has 24 pins.
Connecting a multimedia computer display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone either directly to your computer or via the (optional) port replicator*. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. To connect a multimedia computer display, proceed as follows: Plug the power cord of the multimedia computer display (1) into an AC outlet.
Connecting a TV You can connect a TV directly or via the (optional) port replicator*. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. To connect a TV to the computer, proceed as follows: Plug the power cord of the TV (1) into an AC outlet. Plug one end of an audio/video cable (2) into the AV Out connector (3) T on the computer and the other to the TV.
See the manual supplied with your peripheral for more information on installation and use. If you insert a DVD in your DVD-ROM drive to watch a video on your TV, the <Fn>+<F7> key combination might not activate the function to toggle between your LCD and TV.
Which cable can I use to connect my VAIO equipped with an Audio/Video port to a TV? You need to use an AV cable which has a minijack connector on one end and 3 RCA (also called cinch) connectors on the other end. For example, the Sony VMC-20FR which is available via direct sales and various retailers. Note that not all TVs have RCA in, if your TV does not have RCA in, you need an RCA to Scart converter (provided of course that your TV has a Scart in).
Connecting a projector You can connect a projector (such as the Sony LCD projector) either directly to your computer or via the (optional) port replicator*. * Depending on your model. See the printed Specifications sheet for more information. To connect a projector, proceed as follows: Connect the power cord (1) of the projector into an AC outlet.
Troubleshooting external displays I cannot use the Plug and Display function (VGN-A series) Depending on the external display or the way it is connected, the Plug and Display function may not be available. Use the shortcut key with the Fn key to select the output destination. I cannot display contents on two or more displays at the same time You cannot display contents on multiple external displays at the same time.
Connecting peripheral devices 10 Click Yes once again. Click to check the above button only if the external display with the DVI-D connector does not display properly with the default settings. The external display with the DVI-D connector does not display the boot-up screen and the BIOS setup screen at startup. To change the BIOS settings, use your computer's screen.
Selecting display modes Your VAIO computer uses the ATI video controller. You can select which display to be used as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, TV, etc.) is connected to the computer. If you want to work on your computer's LCD and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors function To change the primary monitor, proceed as follows: Click the Start button, and then Control Panel.
Using the Multiple Monitors function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display attached to the monitor/VGA connector, your computer's LCD and the external display can function as a single desktop.
Selecting the Multiple Monitors mode To select the Multiple Monitors mode, proceed as follows: Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes. Click the Display icon. Select the Settings tab. Click the monitor icon marked 2. Select the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box.
Setting the colours and resolution for each display You can set the display colours and resolution for each display that is part of multiple monitors. To set the display colours and resolution for each display, proceed as follows: Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar. Click Control Panel.
Customising the multiple monitors You can customise the Multiple Monitors mode by changing the position of the two monitors comprising the multiple monitors. To customize Multiple Monitors mode, proceed as follows: Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes.
Deactivating the Multiple Monitors function To deactivate the Multiple Monitors function, proceed as follows: Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes. Click the Display icon. Click the Settings tab. Click the monitor icon 2. Deselect the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box.
Connecting external speakers You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external speakers. To connect external speakers, proceed as follows: Plug one end of a speaker cable (1) into the headphone connector (2) i on the computer. Plug the other end of the speaker cable to the external speakers (3).
Troubleshooting sound My speakers are not producing sound VGN-A series The built-in speakers may be turned off (the Mute % indicator is on). Press the Mute button to turn on the speakers. The speaker volume may be turned to the minimum. Press the Volume up button to increase the volume. PCG-K series The built-in speakers may be turned off.
Connecting peripheral devices Connecting an external microphone If you need to use a sound input device, for example to chat on the Internet, you need to plug in an external microphone. To connect an external microphone, proceed as follows: Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone connector (2) m on the computer. Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
Troubleshooting sound My microphone does not work If you are using an external microphone, check that the microphone is plugged into the microphone connector correctly. My microphone volume is too high or too low Proceed as follows to adjust the volume. Click Start and then Control Panel.
Only left-channel audio is recorded with a monaural microphone (VGN-A series) Proceed as follows to change the audio channel setting. Click Start and then Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices and then Sounds and Audio Devices. Click Volume under Sound recording on the Audio tab.
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device You can connect a USB device (for example, a mouse, floppy disk drive, keyboard, printer) to your computer. USB devices are hot plug and play devices. You do not need to shut down your computer prior to connecting these devices unless the manual supplied with the device states otherwise.
Connecting a USB mouse To connect a USB mouse, proceed as follows: Choose the USB connector (1) Plug the USB mouse cable (2) into the USB connector. You can now use your USB mouse (3). The VAIO USB mouse software driver is preinstalled on your computer, therefore, you only need to plug the USB mouse into the USB connector and you can start working.
Connecting a USB floppy disk drive As an optional extra, you can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive, proceed as follows: Choose the USB connector you prefer to use. Plug the USB floppy disk drive cable into the USB connector.
Inserting a floppy disk To insert a floppy disk, proceed as follows: Hold the disk (1) with the label side facing up. Gently push the disk into the drive (2) until it clicks into place. Connecting peripheral devices...
Removing a floppy disk To remove a floppy disk, proceed as follows: When you have finished using the floppy disk, wait until the LED indicator (1) turns off and then press the eject button (2) to remove the disk. Before pressing the eject button, make sure that the LED indicator is turned off. If the disk does not come out by pressing the eject button, disconnect the floppy disk drive from the computer.
Troubleshooting floppy disks My USB floppy disk drive cannot write to a floppy disk The floppy disk is write-protected. Disable the write-protect feature or use a floppy disk that is not write-protected. Check that the disk is properly inserted into the floppy disk drive. Your disk may be corrupt.
Connecting a printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a printer using the USB connector You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to your computer. To connect a printer using the USB connector, proceed as follows: Plug the printer power cord into an AC outlet (1).
Connecting a printer using the printer connector To connect a printer using the printer connector, proceed as follows: Plug the printer power cord (1) into an AC outlet. Plug the printer cable (2) supplied with your printer into the printer connector (3) replicator*.
Troubleshooting printers Make sure that the printer driver supports Windows XP. Ask the manufacturer of your printer for the driver that supports Windows XP. The printer connector on the port replicator is internally connected to the USB. If your printer is connected to the printer connector on the port replicator, proceed as follows to check the printer port settings.
If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer may enable printing. Proceed as follows: Click Start and then Control Panel. Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon. Click the Printers and Faxes icon. Right-click the printer to select Properties.
Connecting an i.LINK device Your computer includes an i.LINK (IEEE1394) connector, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device such as a digital video camera recorder or to connect two VAIO computers in order to copy, delete or edit files. The i.LINK connector of your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK connectors.
Connecting a digital video camera recorder To connect a digital video camera recorder, proceed as follows: Plug one end of the i.LINK cable (1) into the i.LINK connector (2) of the computer and the other end into the DV In/Out connector (3) on the digital video camera recorder.
On Sony digital video cameras, connectors labelled DV Out, DV In/Out or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camera recorder is an example; your digital video camera recorder may need to be connected differently. If your digital video camera recorder includes a Memory Stick slot, you can copy images from it to your computer via a Memory Stick. To do so, simply copy images on the Memory Stick, then use a special PC Card adapter to insert it into your computer.
Connecting to a network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T-type networks* via an Ethernet network cable. For the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, consult your Network Administrator. The default settings make your computer able to connect to the network. If the VGN-A series main unit is docked, you can only use the Ethernet network connector on the (optional) port replicator*.
The following sections briefly describe how to change the main settings of your computer. Among other things, you will learn how to prepare your modem for use, how to use and customise the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc.
Setting up your language with Windows XP Professional Windows XP Professional computers are equipped with the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) feature. It allows you to change the English operating system, some software applications and the keyboard layout into the language of your choice: French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Finnish, Greek, Portuguese and Swedish.
In the Advanced tab of the Regional and Language Options window, select your language from the Language for non-Unicode programs drop-down menu. To change the language of the Windows menus, dialog boxes and online help files provided by Microsoft Windows, select the Languages tab of the Regional and Language Options window.
To change the keyboard layout, proceed as follows: Click Start and then Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, double-click the Regional and Language Options icon. If you do not see this icon, click Switch to Classic View on the left side. In the Languages tab of the Regional and Language Options window, click the Details button.
Configuring your modem Before you can start using your internal modem (not all modem are built-in), or each time you use your modem while travelling, make sure that the country of the active location defined in the Phone and Modem Options dialog box matches the country you are dialling from. You may notice a Country Selector tab under your current modem driver options.
Updating the modem driver If you need to update the modem driver for any reason, proceed as follows: Click the Start button and open Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon. The Printers and Other Hardware window appears. Click the Phone and Modem Options icon.
Setting a Sony wallpaper Your Sony VAIO computer offers you, among many other features, a choice of wallpapers. You can change the wallpaper, the background of your desktop, as many times as you like. There are several VAIO-specific wallpapers to choose from.
Installing and updating applications This section explains how to install, run or uninstall a software. Furthermore, you will learn how to download the latest updates from our website. Installing software (page 150) Changing or removing software Caution (page 152) Downloading software (page 153) (page 151) Customising your computer...
Installing software To install bundled software from the supplied Recovery Disc or your hard disk drive, see the printed Recovery Guide for details. For software bundled with accessories, check first the installation procedure that comes with the accessory. To install other software, use the following procedure. Before installing the applications: Install and connect a hardware device, if necessary (see the Managing drivers Close all open applications.
Changing or removing software You can remove or change a software application any time you like. Before proceeding, close the application you want to change/ remove. To change or remove software, proceed as follows: From the Start menu, click Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears.
Customising your computer Caution Windows File protection Installing a program might overwrite shared system files such as dynamic-link libraries (DLL files)* and executable files (EXE files). When system files are overwritten, system performance becomes unpredictable, programs behave erratically, and the operating system can fail.
Downloading software Please note it is possible to download the latest upgrades of software for your computer from our website. To download the latest upgrades, proceed as follows: Go to www.vaio-link.com and choose your language. Select Drivers and Updates and follow the procedure. To install your application, see the Installing software (page 150) section.
Managing drivers A driver is a software enabling you to use hardware devices. For example, in order for you to be able to use a printer, you must first install its driver. Many drivers, such as the mouse driver, come with the operating system. This section explains how to install, check, update or uninstall a driver.
Installing a driver For more information on (re)installing drivers, see the printed Recovery Guide for details. To install a driver that is stored on the C: drive, proceed as follows: Go to the folder C:\Drivers. Select the correct folder. If you need to update a modem driver, for example, select the Modem folder. If there is an .exe file, double-click the .exe file and follow the online procedure.
Click Finish. You may be asked to restart your machine. Click Yes. The driver is installed. To install your device driver, you must log on to your computer as a user with administrator rights. Customising your computer...
Checking the driver's installation When the computer restarts, check that the device is working properly. To check the driver's installation, proceed as follows: From the Start menu, click Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. Click Performance and Maintenance. Click the System icon. The System Properties dialog box appears.
If the This device is working properly message is not displayed, the device is not working properly. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box, then reinstall the driver as follows: Right-click Uninstall. When the Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears, click OK. Click Yes and restart the computer.
Updating a driver To update the driver, proceed as follows: Click Start on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon. And then click the device you want to revert. On the Hardware tab, click Properties. On the Driver tab, click Update Driver.
Uninstalling a driver Leave the device connected to your computer while uninstalling the driver. To uninstall the driver, proceed as follows: Click Start on the taskbar. Click Control Panel. Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon. And then click the device you want to revert. On the Hardware tab, click Properties.
Customising your computer When the Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears, click OK. The driver is uninstalled. To uninstall your device driver, you must be logged on to your computer with administrator rights.
Restoring a driver System Restore is a feature of Microsoft Windows XP that restores your computer to a previous state, if a problem occurs, without losing your personal data files. System Restore monitors changes to the system, and it automatically creates easily identified restore points. These restore points allow you to revert the system to a previous time.
Click Start on the taskbar. Click My Computer from the menu. Click View system information on the left of the window. Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager. Double-click the option corresponding to the device you installed, then double-click your device. The Properties dialog box appears.
Downloading drivers Note that it is possible to download the latest versions of drivers for your computer on our website. To download the latest drivers, proceed as follows: Go to www.vaio-link.com and choose your language. Select Drivers and Updates and follow the procedure. For more information, follow the instructions you received with the device, or see the printed Recovery Guide.
Upgrading your VAIO computer Your computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid the invalidation of your guarantee by mishandling, it is recommended that: You contact your dealer to install a new memory module. You do not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer.
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) can damage memory modules and other components. Install the memory module only at an ESD workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted area, and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity (cellophane wrappers, for example).
Removing and installing a memory module VGN-A series To change or add a memory module to the memory module slot on the bottom of the computer, proceed as follows: Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down.
Remove the memory module: Pull the tabs 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. Install the memory module.
Close the memory module compartment cover and then tighten the screws on the bottom of the computer. 10 Reinstall the battery pack and turn on the computer. To change or add a memory module to the memory module underneath the keyboard, proceed as follows: Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices.
Introduce a sharp object (such as a fine screwdriver) between the keys indicated on the picture (1) and push gently upwards. Lift the keyboard from the touchpad side, turn it over the indicators, and gently prop it up against the LCD display. Be careful not to detach the cable when lifting the keyboard.
Remove the memory module: Pull the tabs 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). 10 Remove the new memory module from its packaging. Upgrading your VAIO computer...
Upgrading your VAIO computer 11 Install the memory module. Slide the memory module into the slot. Push in the memory module until it clicks into place. Do not touch any other components on the motherboard.
Upgrading your VAIO computer 12 Gently replace the keyboard and then press it into the computer. 13 Close the LCD and turn over the computer upside down. 14 Close the memory module compartment cover and then tighten the screws on the bottom of the computer. 15 Reinstall the battery pack and turn on the computer.
PCG-K series To change or add a memory module, proceed as follows: Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery. Wait until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screw on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover. Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of the computer) to discharge static electricity.
Remove the memory module: Pull the tabs 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. Upgrading your VAIO computer...
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. Replace the memory module compartment cover. 10 Tighten the screw on the bottom of the computer. 11 Reinstall the battery pack and turn on the computer.
Viewing the amount of memory To view the amount of memory, proceed as follows: Turn on the computer. Go to VAIO Control Center via the Start menu. Double-click the System Information folder in the VAIO Control Center window. Double-click the System Information icon in the System Information folder. You can view the amount of system memory.
Changing the Video Memory Size If your computer is the PCG-K415B model, you can change the video memory size. Disconnect all peripheral devices but the AC adapter before changing the video memory size. When the change is complete, connect all the peripheral devices back again.
When the message "Save configuration changes and exit now?" appears, select Yes and press the <Enter> key. Your computer restarts. 10 Check the video memory size. Click Start, point to All Programs, then click VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Click System Information to see the value indicated for Video Memory.
Getting help This section describes how to get help and support if something goes wrong with your computer. Sony offers you many support options for your computer. Sony support options See Documentation pack (page 8) further sources of reference. Other sources of information Go to the online help files that accompany your software for instructions on using the software.
Getting help e-Support What is e-Support? You have searched our user guides and website (www.vaio-link.com) but have not found an answer to your question/issue? e-Support is the ideal solution for you! Our e-Support Web Portal is an interactive website on which you can submit any technical query you may have regarding your VAIO and receive answers from our dedicated support team.
Getting help Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but please keep in mind that our e-Support Team can only treat your queries from Monday till Friday between 8am and 6pm. Is there a cost involved for using e-Support? No, this is a complete free of charge service offered to all registered VAIO customers! How do I know when the e-Support Team has handled my query/case? As soon as your case has been dealt with by our e-Support Team, you will receive an email, notifying you that your case has been...
Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your computer from potential damage. On handling the hard disk (page 184) On handling the LCD screen (page 185) On using the power source (page 186) On handling your computer (page 187) On handling floppy disks (page 188)
On handling the hard disk The hard disk 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 has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer.
Precautions On handling the LCD screen Do not leave the LCD facing the sun as it can damage the LCD. Be careful when using the computer near a window. Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This could cause a malfunction. Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the screen.
Make sure that the socket outlet is easily accessible. When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet. Use the AC adapter that comes 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 either 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. Should you drop a solid object or any liquid onto the computer, shut down your computer and then unplug it.
Precautions If the computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on your computer. If any problems occur, unplug your computer and contact VAIO-Link. Make sure you disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.
Precautions 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: Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability.
On using the battery pack Never leave the battery pack in temperatures above 60°C (140°F), such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight. Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures. Charge the batteries at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C (18°F to 86°F).
On handling Memory Sticks Do not touch the Memory Stick connector with your finger or metallic objects. Use only the label supplied with the Memory Stick as a label. Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the Memory Stick. Do not disassemble or modify Memory Sticks.
On handling the memory card adapter (VGN-A series) Do not touch the memory card adapter connector with your finger or metallic objects. Use only the label exclusively designed for the memory card adapter as a label. Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the memory card adapter. Do not disassemble or modify the memory card adapter.
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