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User Guide
Personal Computer
V G C - J S s e r i e s

Summary of Contents

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    User Guide Personal Computer V G C - J S s e r i e s...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...5 Notice ...6 Documentation ...7 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...18 Setting Up Your Computer ...19 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...22 Using Your VAIO Computer ...23 Using the Keyboard ...24 Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...27 Using the Optical Disc Drive ...30 Using the Memory Stick ...38...

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    Using Peripheral Devices...61 Connecting External Speakers ...62 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...64 Connecting a Printer ...66 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...67 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...69 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...70 Setting the Password ...71 Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center...76 Using the Power Saving Mode...77 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...79 Adding and Removing Memory...80...

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    Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...105 Networking ...108 Bluetooth Technology ...111 Optical Discs ...115 Display ...119 Printing ...120 Microphone ...121 Mouse ...122 Speakers ...123 Keyboard...125 Floppy Disks ...126 Audio/Video...127 Memory Stick ...130 Peripherals ...131 Support Options ...132 Sony Support Information ...133 e-Support ...134 Trademarks ...136...

  • Page 5: Before Use

    Before Use ® Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing experience. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.

  • Page 6: Notice

    In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.

  • Page 7: Documentation

    ❑ 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, Bluetooth regulations, end user software license agreement, and Sony support services information.

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    ❑ 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.

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    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.

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    Before Use Further Sources ❑ Consult the help files included with the software you are using for detailed information on features and troubleshooting. ❑ Go to http://www.club-vaio.com to find online tutorials about your favorite VAIO software.

  • Page 11: Ergonomic Considerations

    Ergonomic Considerations Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations: ❑ Position of your computer – Place the display directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, pointing device, or external mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.

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    ❑ Viewing angle of the display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well. While adjusting the viewing angle, do not exert excessive pressure on your computer to eliminate a risk of mechanical damage.

  • Page 13: 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 18) ❑ Setting Up Your Computer (page 19) ❑ Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 22) Getting Started...

  • Page 14: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front LCD screen (page 87) Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 27) WIRELESS indicator (page 18) Hard disk drive/Optical disc drive indicator Power indicator (page 18)

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    Back The area around the air vent (1) becomes hot while your computer is on. Be sure to wait until the computer cools down before you touch it. Air vent Cable clamps (page 19), (page 20) Prop-up stand (page 90) DC IN port (page 20) Network (Ethernet) port...

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    Right Optical disc drive (page 30) Manual eject hole (page 115) Drive eject button (page 30) Getting Started...

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    Left Memory Stick slot (page 38) Media Access indicator (page 18) SD memory card slot (page 44) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 64) Headphones jack (page 62) Microphone jack Connect an external microphone. Line In jack Connect an external audio device for audio input. WIRELESS switch (page 48) Your computer supports both standard- and Duo-size Memory Stick.

  • Page 18: About The Indicator Lights

    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, illuminates in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is off. Built-in MOTION EYE camera Illuminates while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use.

  • Page 19: Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Computer Connecting the Keyboard and the Mouse A USB keyboard and a USB mouse are supplied with your computer. To connect the keyboard and the mouse Plug the keyboard cable (1) and the mouse cable (2) to your desired USB ports (3) on the back of the computer. Route the mouse cable (2) through the cable clamp (4) on the back of your computer.

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    Connecting a Power Source You need an AC adapter to connect your computer to an AC power source. ✍ Use only the supplied AC adapter for your computer. To connect the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3). Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet (2).

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    The shape of the DC In plug varies depending on the AC adapter. ✍ To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, unplug the AC adapter when the computer is off. Make sure that the AC outlets are easily accessible. If you unplug the AC adapter from your computer while the computer is on or in Sleep mode, you may lose all unsaved data.

  • Page 22: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    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.

  • Page 23: Using Your Vaio Computer

    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 24) ❑ Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 27) ❑ Using the Optical Disc Drive (page 30) ❑...

  • Page 24: Using The Keyboard

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Keyboard A USB keyboard is supplied with your computer. The keyboard uses a standard key arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. The VAIO-Link web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard.

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    ✍ Illustrated above is the English keyboard as an example. Using Your VAIO Computer Function keys Perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function key varies among software applications except the following combinations with the Fn key. Fn+F5: Decreases lighting intensity of the LCD screen. Fn+F6: Increases lighting intensity of the LCD screen.

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    Muting button Turns the volume on and off. Volume control buttons Increase (+) or decrease (-) the volume. Windows key Displays the Start menu. E key Ejects the optical disc drive tray when used in combination with the Fn key. Applications key Displays a shortcut menu in certain software applications.

  • Page 27: Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    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.

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    Capturing Still Images To capture a still image 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. Click the Capture button below the displayed image.

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    Capturing Movies To capture a movie 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. Click the Record Video button below the displayed image to start movie recording. When finished, click the Record Video button once again to stop movie recording.

  • Page 30: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    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) or the Fn+E keys to open the drive. The tray slides out. Hold the back of the tray with one hand, place a disc in the middle of the tray with the label side facing toward you, and gently push it toward the tray until the disc clicks into place.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in Sleep mode. Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. ✍ If you plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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,"...

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    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. ❑...

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    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 disc into the optical disc drive.

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    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 Close all running software applications.

  • Page 38: Using The Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick 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.

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    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 May 2008.

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    Inserting a Memory Stick To insert a Memory Stick Locate the Memory Stick slot (page Hold the Memory Stick with the arrow 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. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, Computer, and double-click the Memory Stick icon.

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    To view the contents on the Memory Stick Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window. Double-click the Memory Stick icon to view the list of data files saved in the Memory Stick. 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.

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    Click Start. Follow the on-screen instructions. It may take time to format the Memory Stick depending on the media type. Using Your VAIO Computer...

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    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.

  • Page 44: Using The Sd Memory Card

    ❑ 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 May 2008. However, not all memory cards that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.

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    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 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.

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    Removing an SD Memory Card Do not remove an SD memory card while the 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. The SD memory card ejects.

  • Page 47: Using The Internet

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Internet To use the Internet, you need to connect an external modem device, for example a USB telephone modem, an xDSL modem, or a cable modem, to your computer. For the detailed instructions on connection setups and modem configuration, see the manual that came with your modem.

  • Page 48: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Sony Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with 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.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth. Wireless LAN devices using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth cannot communicate with devices using the 5 GHz bandwidth because the frequencies are different. The 2.4 GHz bandwidth used by wireless LAN compatible devices is also used by other various devices.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.

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    To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) You cannot select the 5 GHz bandwidth, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. Turn on the WIRELESS switch.

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    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.

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    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 Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Network Connections and VAIO Smart Network. Click Advanced in the right pane.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication 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.

  • Page 55: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using the Bluetooth Function 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 at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area. To start Bluetooth communications Turn on the WIRELESS switch.

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    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 ❑...

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    ❑ 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...

  • Page 61: Using Peripheral Devices

    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 62) ❑ Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device (page 64) ❑ Connecting a Printer (page 66) ❑...

  • Page 62: Connecting External Speakers

    Connecting External Speakers You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. Since your computer is capable of outputting digital signals through the OPTICAL OUT port, you can connect an S/PDIF device such as digital headphones or an AV amplifier to the port and enhance the sound quality of your computer. For more information, see the manual that came with your S/PDIF device.

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    Using Peripheral Devices ✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. Do not place floppy disks on the speakers. Their magnetic field may damage the data on the disks.

  • Page 64: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact when moving the computer with USB devices connected. Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive You can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.

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    Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in Sleep mode may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍...

  • Page 66: Connecting A Printer

    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.

  • Page 67: Connecting An I.link Device

    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 external devices that are generally powered through i.LINK ports.

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    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.

  • Page 69: Connecting To A Network (lan)

    Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the back of the computer and the other end to your network.

  • Page 70: Customizing Your Vaio Computer

    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 71) ❑...

  • Page 71: Setting The Password

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Page 76: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Control Center

    Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select the desired control item and change the settings. Once finished, click OK.

  • Page 77: Using The Power Saving Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Power Saving Mode In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has a distinct power saving mode called Sleep mode. Using Normal Mode This is the normal state of the computer when it is in use. The green power indicator light is lit in this mode. To save power while not working, you can turn off a specific device such as the LCD screen or the hard disk drive.

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    Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the hard disk drive and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The orange power indicator light illuminates in this mode. Turn off your computer if you do not intend to use it for a long period of time. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep.

  • Page 79: Upgrading 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. ❑...

  • Page 80: Adding And Removing Memory

    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 ❑...

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    ❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.

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    Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect the AC adapter and the peripheral devices from the power source. Gently face down your computer on a flat surface and wait about an hour until the computer cools down. When facing down your computer, be sure to place it on a soft cloth to avoid damage to the LCD screen.

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    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.

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    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 lower slot. 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.

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    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.

  • Page 86: Precautions

    Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 87) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 88) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 89) ❑ Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 91) ❑...

  • Page 87: Handling The Lcd Screen

    ❑ 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.

  • Page 88: Using The Power Source

    ❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for a long period of time. ❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. ❑ Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other AC adapter as it may cause a malfunction.

  • Page 89: Handling Your Computer

    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.

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    ❑ Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables. Otherwise, problems may occur. ❑ Do not use cut or damaged connection cables. ❑ If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer.

  • Page 91: Handling The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    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.

  • Page 92: Handling Floppy Disks

    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.

  • Page 93: Handling Discs

    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.

  • Page 94: Using Headphones

    Precautions Using Headphones Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.

  • Page 95: Handling The Memory Stick

    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. ❑...

  • Page 96: Handling The Hard Disk

    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.

  • Page 97: Updating 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. ❑...

  • Page 98: Troubleshooting

    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 99) ❑ System Security (page 104) ❑ Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 105) ❑...

  • Page 99: Computer

    ❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony AC adapter, which is supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.

  • Page 100

    What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to close the application window. An application error may have been occurred. ❑ Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart. ❑...

  • Page 101

    Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep mode. To restore your computer to normal mode Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart. If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart.

  • Page 102

    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. ❑...

  • Page 103

    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.

  • Page 104: System Security

    System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.

  • Page 105: Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    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. ❑...

  • Page 106

    Troubleshooting Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed. To reduce flicker noise, change the direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g.

  • Page 107

    Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? ❑ 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. ❑...

  • Page 108: Networking

    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 need to place your computer away from obstructions or move any access point you may be using closer to the computer. ❑...

  • Page 109

    ❑ 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.

  • Page 110

    Why does the network connection stop when I change the encryption key? Two computers with the wireless LAN function may lose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed. You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key matches.

  • Page 111: Bluetooth Technology

    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. ❑ Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices are within 10 meters of each other.

  • Page 112

    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.

  • Page 113

    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 Bluetooth devices closer to your computer. ❑...

  • Page 114

    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.

  • Page 115: Optical Discs

    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.

  • Page 116

    What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? ❑ Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label side facing toward you. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑...

  • Page 117

    Click Device Manager on 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.

  • Page 118

    What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? ❑ Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. ❑ Stop using the keyboard. ❑ If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage.

  • Page 119: Display

    Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer enters Sleep mode. If the computer is in Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Mode ❑...

  • Page 120: Printing

    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. ❑...

  • Page 121: Microphone

    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.

  • Page 122: Mouse

    Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? ❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected. ❑...

  • Page 123: Speakers

    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. ❑...

  • Page 124

    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. ❑...

  • Page 125: Keyboard

    Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of the 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.

  • Page 126: Floppy Disks

    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.

  • Page 127: Audio/video

    ✍ 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.

  • Page 128

    How do I change the sound output device? If you do not hear sound from the device connected to the OPTICAL OUT port, you need to change the device for sound output. Close all open programs. Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.

  • Page 129

    How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.

  • Page 130: Memory Stick

    Use of recorded music requires permission from the copyright holders. Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources. Can I copy images from a digital camera using Memory Stick? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick-compatible digital cameras.

  • Page 131: Peripherals

    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.

  • Page 132: Support Options

    Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer. ❑ Sony Support Information (page 133) ❑ e-Support (page 134)

  • Page 133: Sony Support Information

    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.

  • Page 134: E-support

    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.

  • Page 135

    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.

  • Page 136: Trademarks

    Ready 2007 and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. Roxio Easy Media Creator is a trademark of Sonic Solutions.

  • Page 137

    Trademarks The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

  • Page 138

    © 2008 Sony Corporation...

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