Contents Before Use ...6 Notice ...7 Documentation ...8 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...20 Connecting a Power Source ...21 Using the Battery Pack ...22 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...30 Using Your VAIO Computer ...31 Using the Keyboard ...32 Using the Touch Pad ...34 Using the Special-function Button ...35...
Using the Network (LAN) ...66 Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN) ...67 Using the Bluetooth Function ...74 Using Peripheral Devices...80 Connecting External Speakers ...81 Connecting an External Display ...82 Selecting Display Modes...85 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...86 Connecting an External Microphone ...88 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...89 Connecting a Printer ...92 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...93...
Precautions ...128 Handling the LCD Screen ...129 Using the Power Source ...130 Handling Your Computer ...131 Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...133 Handling Floppy Disks ...134 Handling Discs ...135 Using the Battery Pack ...136 Using Headphones ...137 Handling the Memory Stick ...138 Handling the Hard Disk ...139 Updating Your Computer ...140 Troubleshooting ...141...
Information in the supplied manuals including this User Guide is intended for users of the VAIO computers with the Microsoft 32-bit operating system. You may find differences in the information when your computer comes preinstalled with the 64-bit operating system. ® computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has Before Use ®...
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❑ Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide — Contains solutions to problems other than those you encounter during normal operation. ❑ Regulations, Guarantee, EULA and Service Support — Contains Sony guarantee conditions, safety / regulations, modem regulations, wireless LAN regulations, wireless WAN regulations, ®...
❑ 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 http://www.vaio-link.com. ✍ You may have a separate disc that includes documentation for the bundled accessories.
Before Use Windows Help and Support Windows Help and Support is a comprehensive resource for practical advice, tutorials, and demonstrations to help you learn to use your computer. Use the search feature, index, or table of contents to view all Windows Help resources, including those on the Internet. To access Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support.
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 for 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, touch pad, or external mouse.
❑ Viewing angle of the computer's 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.
Getting Started Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 14) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 20) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 21) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 22) ❑...
Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 40) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in microphone (monaural) LCD screen (page 129) Built-in speakers (stereo) Keyboard (page 32) Touch pad...
CAPTURE button (page 35) Playback control area : Fast-rewind : Play/Pause : Fast-forward For information on how to use the touch sensor buttons above, see Controlling Music and Video Playback AV MODE button (page 36) Volume control area : Volume : Muting For information on how to use the touch sensor buttons above, see Controlling Music and Video Playback...
Left DC IN port (page 21) Air vent Monitor port (page 82) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 89) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 93) Microphone jack (page 88) Headphones jack (page 81) Support high-/full-/low- speeds. Getting Started...
About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights: Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green when the computer is on, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is off or in Hibernate mode. Illuminates while the battery pack is charging.
Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack for supplying power to your computer. Using the AC Adapter ✍ Use only the supplied AC adapter for your computer. To use the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3).
Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. Installing the Battery Pack To install the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid. Slide the battery LOCK switch (1) inward. Getting Started...
Getting Started Slide the battery pack diagonally into the battery compartment until the projections (2) on either side of the battery compartment fit into the U-shaped cuts (3) on either side of the battery pack.
When your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. Certain rechargeable batteries do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony battery packs designed for this model.
Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the computer to a power source with the AC adapter. The charge indicator light turns on while the battery pack is charging.
Getting Started ✍ Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer. If the battery charge level falls below 10%, you should either connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack.
To check the battery charge capacity Follow steps 1 to 3 in To enable the battery care function above and check detailed information. If the battery charge capacity is low, replace the battery pack with a new genuine Sony battery pack. Getting Started...
Using the Battery Life Conserving Wallpaper You can conserve your battery life just by setting the specific wallpaper as your desktop background. To set the battery life conserving wallpaper Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Display and then Long Battery Life Wallpaper Setting. Click Set Long Battery Life Wallpaper.
Removing the Battery Pack You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while your computer is on and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery pack while the computer is in Sleep mode. To remove the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
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 then 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 32) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 34) ❑ Using the Special-function Button (page 35) ❑...
Using the Keyboard Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer keyboard, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. The VAIO-Link web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍...
Combinations/Feature Fn + (F12): hibernate Functions Provides the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states of the system and the connected peripheral devices are saved to the hard disk drive and the system power is turned off. To return the system to its original state, use the power button to turn on the power.
Using the Touch Pad You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad. Action Description Point Slide your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
Using the Special-function Button Your computer may be equipped with a special button to help you use specific functions of the computer. See the online specifications to find out whether your computer is equipped with the special button. Special-function button CAPTURE button Functions Launches the WebCam Companion 2 and captures still images and movies with the built-in MOTION EYE...
Using the Touch Sensor Buttons Your computer may be equipped with the touch sensor buttons. You can control music and video playback or adjust the playback volume by pressing the button or swiping your fingertip over the playback control area or the volume control area. The built-in lamps underneath the touch sensor buttons illuminate according to operations you perform with the buttons.
Using Your VAIO Computer Controlling Music and Video Playback You can use the software you launched with the VAIO Launcher, for example the Windows Media Center, for music or video playback, and control playback or adjust the playback volume with the touch sensor buttons.
To control music and video playback Play Pause Stop Fast-forward Skip to the beginning of the next track or chapter Fast-rewind Skip to the beginning of the current track or chapter ✍ You can start swiping from anywhere on the playback control area to control music and video playback. Actions Press Press...
To adjust the playback volume Increase the volume Keep increasing the volume Decrease the volume Keep decreasing the volume Turn off the volume Restore the volume ✍ You can start swiping from anywhere on the volume control area to adjust the playback volume. Actions Press Press and hold...
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 and enables you to capture still images and movies with the preinstalled image capture software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera.
Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Press the CAPTURE button on your computer, if equipped, or click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Capture icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder.
Capturing Movies To capture a movie Press the CAPTURE button on your computer, if equipped, or click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Record icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder.
Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc Turn on the computer. Press the drive eject button (1) to open the drive. The drive tray slides out. Place a disc in the middle of the drive tray with the label side facing upward and gently push it down until the disc clicks into place.
Using Your VAIO Computer Close the drive tray by pushing it in gently. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. ✍ If you use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs ™ Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc media, 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 Blu-ray Disc Combo Blu-ray Disc P 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 a removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
When you buy pre-recorded or blank discs for use with your VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc package carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO optical disc drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD,"...
Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs in any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage the optical disc drive. ❑ Do not strike or shake your computer while the optical disc drive is writing data to a disc. ❑...
Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. ❑ Some CD players and computer optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW media. ❑...
Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, 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 Insert a recordable disc into the optical disc drive.
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, 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 included with your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
Playing Blu-ray Disc Media The Blu-ray Disc playback function is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs To play a Blu-ray Disc media Close all running software applications.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with an ExpressCard/34 slot for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. This slot can only accommodate an ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) module Referred to as the ExpressCard slot and the ExpressCard module in this manual.
Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is supplied 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. ✍...
Removing an ExpressCard Module Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to block any particles from entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick The Memory Stick 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, visit the Memory Stick web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of September 2008.
Inserting a Memory Stick To insert a Memory Stick Locate the Memory Stick slot. Hold the Memory Stick with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick is automatically detected by your system and the contents on the Memory Stick are displayed.
To format a Memory Stick The Memory Stick has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use. If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps. Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports the Memory Stick when formatting the media. Formatting the Memory Stick erases the entire data on the media.
Removing a Memory Stick Do not remove the Memory Stick while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load, so make sure the indicator is unlit before removing the Memory Stick. To remove a Memory Stick Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
❑ 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 cards available as of September 2008. However, not all memory cards that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
Inserting an SD Memory Card To insert an SD memory card Locate the SD memory card slot. Hold the SD memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
Removing an SD Memory Card Do not remove an SD memory card while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, the card or its data may become damaged. To remove an SD memory card Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit. Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release.
Using the Internet Before using the Internet, you need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and set up devices required for connecting your computer to the Internet. The following types of Internet connection services may be available from your ISP: ❑...
To connect a telephone cable The following procedure applies to models with a built-in modem only. Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem port Plug the other end into the wall jack (2). ✍ Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).
Using the 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 computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator.
Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with the built-in WLAN function 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 The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band.
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 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 band, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band, is not available on ad-hoc networks. Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with an Access Point (Infrastructure) An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied). The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN network.
To connect to a wireless network Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Turn on the WIRELESS switch. Click the button next to or above your desired wireless option(s) in the VAIO Smart Network window. Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communications To stop wireless LAN communications Click the button next to or above the WLAN icon in the VAIO Smart Network window. Turning off the wireless LAN function while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
Using the Bluetooth Function You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area. To start Bluetooth communications Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
Notes on using the Bluetooth function ❑ 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 ❑...
❑ The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous use of the Bluetooth function and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in reduced communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
Bluetooth Security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to communicate. With the authentication function, you can prevent any anonymous Bluetooth devices from accessing 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables. To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function.
Stopping Bluetooth Communications To stop Bluetooth communications Turn off the Bluetooth device that is communicating with your computer. Click the button next to or above the Bluetooth icon in the VAIO Smart Network window. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers (page 81) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 82) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 85) ❑...
Connecting External Speakers You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. To connect external speakers Plug the speaker cable (1) (not supplied) into the headphones jack (2) i. Plug the other end of the speaker cable to the external speaker (3). Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Connecting an External Display You can connect an external display (not supplied) to your computer. For example, you can use the computer with a computer display or a projector. ✍ Connect the power cord of your external display after connecting all other cables. Connecting a Computer Display You can connect a computer display (monitor) to your computer.
Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone to your computer. To connect a multimedia computer display Plug the power cord of your multimedia computer display (1) into an AC outlet. Plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor port (3) a on the computer.
Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. To connect a projector Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet. Plug a display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor port (3) a on the computer.
Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to use as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, etc.) is connected to your computer. If you want to work on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 86) for more information.
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 connected to the monitor port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
To use the Multiple Monitors function Click Start and Control Panel. Click Adjust screen resolution under Appearance and Personalization. Right-click the number 2 monitor and select Attached. Click OK. At the confirmation prompt, click Yes. ✍ Additionally, you can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors function. Using Peripheral Devices...
Connecting an External Microphone If you need to use a sound input device (for example, to chat over the Internet), you need to plug in an external microphone (not supplied). To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. ✍...
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following: ❑ When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact. ❑ Do not put the computer into a bag or carrying case when it has USB devices connected. Connecting a USB Mouse To connect a USB mouse Choose the USB port (1)
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. Plug the USB floppy disk drive cable (2) into the USB port. Your USB floppy disk drive (3) is now ready for 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 a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate) 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 an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to an external device. If the external device requires external power, be sure to connect it to a power source.
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 when using an i.LINK connection.
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. ❑ Setting the Password (page 96) ❑...
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.
To add the power-on password (machine 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.
To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user 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.
Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine 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.
To change or remove the power-on password (user 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.
Adding the Windows Password The Windows password comes in handy when you have to share a single computer with other people. By setting the Windows password, you can protect your user account from unauthorized access. Entry of the Windows password will be prompted after you select your user account. Be sure not to forget the password.
Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password. Click Change password.
Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located between the left and right touch pad buttons is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.
Sony assumes no liability for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor. ❑ The fingerprint recognition rate depends on your operating conditions and varies among individuals as well.
Registering a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication function, you must register your fingerprint(s) in your computer. ✍ Set the Windows password on your computer before registration. See Adding the Windows Password To register a fingerprint Up to 10 fingerprints can be registered for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be registered for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping. Fingerprint registration may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication function in place of password entry to log onto your system, you need to set the power- on and Windows passwords and configure your computer for fingerprint authentication. For setting the power-on and Windows passwords, see Setting the Password (page 96).
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Password Bank Once you have registered your user information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) for web sites in the Password Bank, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering information required to access the password-protected web sites. For detailed information, see the help file included with the Protector Suite QL.
Erasing the Registered Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data registered on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk drive. To erase the registered fingerprints Turn on the computer.
Setting Up Your Computer with the VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use the VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select the desired control item and change the settings.
Using the Power Saving Modes You can take advantage of the power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Sleep and Hibernate. When using battery power, you should be aware that the computer will automatically enter Hibernate mode if the remaining battery life becomes short, regardless of the power management setting you select.
Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The orange power indicator light blinks slowly in this mode. If you do not intend to use your computer for a long period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off.
To return to Normal mode ❑ Press any key. ❑ Press the power button on your computer. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. You will lose all unsaved data. ✍...
Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk drive and power is turned off. Even when the battery runs out of power, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is unlit in this mode. ✍...
To return to Normal mode Press the power button. The computer returns to its normal state. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. ✍ It takes more time to return to Normal mode from Hibernate mode than from Sleep mode. You can use the VAIO Control Center to configure your computer to return to Normal mode when you open the LCD screen lid.
Managing Power with the VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power plans for running on AC or battery power to suit your requirements for power consumption. The 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 operation of your computer and longer battery life.
VAIO Power Management Viewer You can view performance with the power plan that was modified with the VAIO Power Management. To start the VAIO Power Management Viewer Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Power Management and VAIO Power Management Viewer. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
Configuring Your Modem Before you can start using your internal modem (not all modems are built-in), or each time you use your modem while traveling, make sure that the country of the active location defined in the Phone and Modem Options window matches the country you are dialing from.
Check that your modem is listed on the Modems tab. If your modem is not listed, click Add and follow the wizard. 10 Click Apply/OK. Your modem is configured. Before applying new country settings, make sure your phone cable is disconnected from your computer. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid invalidation of the warranty during your product warranty period, we recommend that: ❑ You should contact your dealer to install a new memory module. ❑...
Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the amount of 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 ❑...
❑ Do not open the memory module package before you are ready to change the module. The package protects the module from ESD. ❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑...
Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait about an hour until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screw (indicated by the arrow below) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover.
Touch a metal object to discharge static electricity. 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. If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the slot closer to the front of your computer. 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 Control Center. Click System Information and System Information. You can view the amount of system memory in the right pane. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the installation procedure and restart the computer.
Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 129) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 130) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 131) ❑ Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 133) ❑...
❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as this may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liability for any malfunctions arising from changes to the settings.
❑ When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet. ❑ 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.
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.
❑ Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal overheating. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs, blankets, couches, or beds, or near materials such as curtains or draperies that may block its air vents. ❑ Your computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. If this occurs, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set.
Handling 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 lens of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually and touch the internal components 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 put it in a storage case.
Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of 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: ❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time. ❑ Certain rechargeable battery packs do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony battery packs designed for this model. If an unauthorized battery pack is installed, the battery pack will not be charged and the computer will not function.
Using Headphones ❑ Road safety – Do not use headphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play loud music while walking, especially at pedestrian crossings.
Handling the Memory Stick ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose the Memory Stick. ❑...
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.
Updating Your Computer Be sure to install the latest updates on your computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. ❑ Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. ❑...
Troubleshooting 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 contacting VAIO-Link. ❑ Computer (page 143) ❑ System Security (page 149) ❑ Battery (page 150) ❑...
❑ 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 rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ If the illumination lamp is on, press any key. ❑ Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to close the application window. An application error may have occurred. ❑...
Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep or Hibernate mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep or Hibernate mode. To restore your computer to Normal mode Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart.
What should I do if a message appears notifying of either incompatibility or the improper installation of the battery pack and my computer then enters Hibernate mode? ❑ This problem could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To resolve this problem, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack.
What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing? ❑ Check the web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download. ❑ Make sure you have installed the latest video driver. ❑...
Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time 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 a screen saver other than the VAIO original screen saver. What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device.
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 to download the updates.
Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 25). When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? ❑...
Troubleshooting Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm? No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm when it is powering your computer. Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power? Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode.
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. ❑...
Troubleshooting Why does movie playback show dropped frames when my computer is running on the battery? The battery pack is running out of power. Connect your computer to an AC power source. 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.
❑ 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 ISP, do any of the following: ❑...
Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ Connection capability 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. ❑...
❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. To change the settings, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
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 obstacles or closer to any access point you may be using.
❑ Wireless LAN communication uses 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.
Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot find my computer? ❑ Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth function enabled. ❑ If the WIRELESS indicator light is unlit, turn on the WIRELESS switch. ❑ You cannot use the Bluetooth function when your computer is in a power saving mode. Bring the computer back to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.
What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, follow these steps: Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and Bluetooth Settings. Click the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box.
Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? ❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstructions and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each other.
Troubleshooting Why can't I use the Bluetooth function when I log onto my computer as a user with a standard user account? The Bluetooth function may not be available to a user with a standard user account on your computer. Log onto the computer as a user with administrative rights.
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 facing upward. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑...
Click Device Manager in the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the drivers.
What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media or my computer becomes unstable during Blu-ray Disc playback? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 45) to find out about the supported disc media.
Why can't I write data to Blu-ray Disc media? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 45) to find out about the supported disc media.
Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer loses power or enters a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 112) ❑...
Why doesn't my screen display a video? ❑ If the display output is directed to the external display and the external display is disconnected, you cannot display a video on your computer screen. Stop video playback, change the display output to the computer screen, and then restart video playback.
What should I do if the LCD brightness of my screen changes? The LCD brightness setting, adjusted with the Fn+F5/F6 keys, is temporary and may be restored to the original setting when your computer returns to Normal mode from Sleep or Hibernate mode. To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
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. Select Windows Aero from the Color scheme options on the Appearance tab.
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 your computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑...
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. ❑ Your sound input device may have been incorrectly configured. To configure the sound input device, follow these steps: Close all open programs.
Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. ❑ Restart your computer with your mouse connected. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? ❑...
Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ 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. ❑...
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. ❑...
Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad before connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your computer's 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.
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.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation 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.
How do I change the sound output device? If you do not hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the USB port, HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack, you need to change the device for sound output. Close all open programs.
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 a Memory Stick? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick-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.
Internet. Using a personalized account, you can log your technical queries with ease. ❑ VAIO-Link help lines: Before contacting VAIO-Link by telephone, try to solve the problem by reading the printed and non- printed documentation. ❑ Visit the other Sony web sites: ❑ http://www.club-vaio.com if you want to know more about VAIO and become part of the growing VAIO community.
Support Options e-Support What is e-Support? If you have searched our user guides and web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) but have not found an answer to your question or issue, use e-Support to solve it. Our e-Support Web Portal is an interactive web site on which you can submit any technical query you may have regarding your computer and receive answers from our dedicated support team.
Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but keep in mind that our e-Support Team can only answer your queries from Monday till Friday between 8 am and 6 pm. Is there a cost involved for using e-Support? No, this is a free of charge service offered to all registered VAIO customers.
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