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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer V G N - A W 1 0 0 S e r i e s...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...6 Documentation ...7 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...21 Connecting a Power Source ...23 Using the Battery Pack ...24 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...31 Using Your VAIO Computer ...32 Using the Keyboard ...33 Using the Touch Pad ...34 Using Special-function Buttons ...35...
  • Page 3 Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) ...81 Using the Bluetooth Function ...84 Using Peripheral Devices...89 Connecting External Speakers ...90 Connecting an External Display ...92 Selecting Display Modes...97 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...98 Connecting an External Microphone ...100 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...101 Connecting a Printer ...104 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...105 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...107...
  • Page 4 Precautions ...139 Handling the LCD Screen ...140 Using the Power Source ...141 Handling Your Computer ...142 Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...144 Handling Floppy Disks ...145 Handling Discs ...146 Using the Battery Pack ...147 Using Headphones ...149 Handling the Memory Stick ...150 Handling the Hard Disk ...151 Updating Your Computer ...152 Troubleshooting ...153...
  • Page 5 Mouse ...190 Speakers ...191 Touch Pad...193 Keyboard...194 Floppy Disks ...195 Audio/Video...196 Memory Stick ...199 Peripherals ...201 Support Options ...202 Sony Support Information ...203 Program Support Information...207 Trademarks ...218...
  • Page 6: 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 7: Documentation

    Before Use Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Printed Documentation ❑ Welcome mat — Contains an overview of components connection, set-up information, etc. ❑ Safety Information — Contains safety guidelines and owner information.
  • Page 8 ❑ Specifications — The online specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/BR/...
  • Page 9 ❑ SmartWi ™ Connection Utility Help — Provides information about setting up Bluetooth functions. To access this on-screen guide: Click Start, All Programs, and SmartWi Connection Utility. Click SmartWi Connection Utility Help. * The Bluetooth and wireless WAN functions are available on selected models only. See the online specifications to find out whether your model supports the functions.
  • Page 10: Help And Support

    Access your VAIO user guide, interactive help in the form of VAIO tutorials, how-to articles, the VAIO technology page, specifications, and system and software information. ❑ Troubleshoot my VAIO Maintain and troubleshoot your VAIO computer with VAIO Care, system restore, backup and recovery, and contact Sony support. Before Use...
  • Page 11: Ergonomic Considerations

    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.
  • Page 12 ❑ 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.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. Before starting your computer for the first time, do not connect any other hardware that did not originally come with your computer. Be sure to start up your computer with only the supplied accessories connected and set up your system. Upon completion, connect one device (for example, a printer, an external hard disk drive, a scanner, and so on) at a time, following the manufacturers' instructions.
  • Page 14: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. The appearance of your computer may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications. It may also vary in some countries or areas.
  • Page 15 Front Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 37) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in microphone (monaural) LCD screen (page 140) Built-in speakers (stereo) Fingerprint sensor (page 116) Numeric keypad Use the numeric keypad to type numbers or to perform basic math calculations. Keyboard (page 33) Touch pad...
  • Page 16 S1/S2 buttons (page 35) Play/Pause button (page 35) Stop button (page 35) Previous track button (page 35) Next track button (page 35) AV MODE button (page 35) Num lock indicator (page 21) Caps lock indicator (page 21) Scroll lock indicator (page 21) Muting button (page 36)
  • Page 17 Getting Started Back Battery connector (page 24)
  • Page 18 Right Headphones/OPTICAL OUT jack (page 90) (Optical Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 KHz/48.0 KHz/96.0 KHz) Microphone jack (page 100) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 101) Optical disc drive (page 40) Optical disc drive indicator (page 21) Substitute drive eject button (page 40) Manual eject hole (page 180)
  • Page 19 Left DC IN port (page 23) Security slot Air vent Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 101) Monitor port (page 93) HDMI port (page 93) ExpressCard/34 slot (page 63) CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot CF memory card release button (page 76) CF memory card indicator (page 21) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port...
  • Page 20 Bottom Subwoofer speakers for bass frequencies Air vents Memory module compartment cover (page 133) Getting Started...
  • Page 21: 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, 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.
  • Page 22 Indicator Functions WIRELESS Illuminates when the WIRELESS switch is turned on. On selected models only. Your computer may be equipped with two built-in flash memory storage drives along with a hard disk drive depending on the model you purchased. See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration.
  • Page 23: Connecting A Power Source

    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).
  • Page 24: Using The Battery Pack

    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...
  • Page 25 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. Rotate the battery pack in the direction of the arrow, and push the battery pack down into the compartment until it clicks into place.
  • Page 26 Getting Started ✍ When your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony battery packs.
  • Page 27: Charging The Battery Pack

    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 AC adapter to the computer. The charge indicator light turns on while the battery pack is charging. When the battery pack charges close to the maximum charge level you selected with the battery charge functions, the charge indicator turns off.
  • Page 28 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.
  • Page 29 To check the battery wear level Follow steps 1 and 4 in To enable the battery care function above and check detailed information. If the battery wear level is high, replace the battery pack with a new genuine Sony battery pack. Getting Started...
  • Page 30: Removing The Battery Pack

    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.
  • Page 31: 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 32: Using Your Vaio Computer

    Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 33) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 34) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons ❑ Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑...
  • Page 33: Using The Keyboard

    Using the Keyboard Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer keyboard, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍ Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system is finished launching. Combinations/Feature Fn + 8 (F5/F6): brightness control Fn +...
  • Page 34: Using The Touch Pad

    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.
  • Page 35: Using Special-function Buttons

    Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Buttons on the touch panel Special-function button S1/S2 buttons u Play/Pause button x Stop button . Previous track button > Next track button AV MODE button Use the WinDVD BD software for playback.
  • Page 36 Buttons above the numeric keypad Special-function button Muting button Volume control buttons Drive eject button Functions Turns the volume on and off. Decrease (-) and increase (+) the volume. Ejects the optical disc drive tray. If this button does not work, try the substitute drive eject button on the optical disc drive. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 37: 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.
  • Page 38: To Capture A Still Image

    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.
  • Page 39 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 40: 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) to open the drive. The tray slides out. ✍ If the drive eject button does not work, try the substitute drive eject button on the optical disc drive. If the power supply to the optical disc drive is disabled by the VAIO Power Management, it will take a while to eject the drive tray.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer Close the 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 plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
  • Page 42: Reading And Writing Optical Discs

    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.
  • Page 43 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.
  • Page 44 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,"...
  • Page 45 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. ❑...
  • Page 46: Playing Cds

    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.
  • Page 47: Playing Dvds

    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.
  • Page 48 Playing Blu-ray Disc Media To play a Blu-ray Disc media Close all running software applications. Insert a Blu-ray Disc media into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, All Programs, and the desired Blu-ray Disc software to play the disc. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file included with your software.
  • Page 49: Using The Tv Function

    Using the TV Function Your computer may have a TV tuner board installed and may be supplied with an external digital cable tuner to enhance your audio and visual experience in conjunction with the Windows Media Center. See the online specifications to find out about your TV tuner board configuration.
  • Page 50 Using Your VAIO Computer Setting Up TV Connections The following connections may not be available in some countries or areas. The best method to connect your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type of cable connection available in your home.
  • Page 51 Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) To connect in CATV mode (Option 1) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (not supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the MMCX antenna converter cable (3) (supplied). Connect the MMCX antenna converter cable (3) to the VHF/UHF input port (4) on the computer.
  • Page 52 To connect in CATV mode (Option 2) Connect the two metal hooks on a 75-ohm/300-ohm RCA transformer cable (1) (not supplied) to the screw-type grips at your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (3) (not supplied) to the transformer end of the RCA transformer cable (1). Connect the other end to the MMCX antenna converter cable (4) (supplied).
  • Page 53 Connecting to a standard antenna You can connect your computer to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or Option 2 from the previous section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (not supplied) to connect the computer and the indoor/outdoor antenna system.
  • Page 54 To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 1) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (not supplied) to your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3). Connect one end of another TV coaxial cable (5) (not supplied) to the feed connector (4).
  • Page 55 To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a 300-ohm twin lead cable (1) (not supplied) to the screw-type grips at your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to the grips on a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3).
  • Page 56 Connecting with a cable or satellite set-top box (STB) You can connect your computer to cable service access that uses a set-top box (cable or satellite). When using the set-top box (STB) setup, you can change channels only through the STB, using its controls or the supplied remote commander. When using the STB setup: ❑...
  • Page 57 To connect in STB mode Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (not supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF input port on the back panel of your set-top box (STB) (3). Connect a second TV coaxial cable (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF output port on the set-top box (STB) (3).
  • Page 58: Using The Remote Commander

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Remote Commander If your computer supports the TV function, then a remote commander is supplied with the computer for using a wide variety of AV related software applications, including Media Center.
  • Page 59 ✍ Illustrated above is the English remote commander as an example. Using Your VAIO Computer Pause X button Press to pause media playback. Press again to resume playback. Stop x button Press to stop media playback or TV recording session. Forward M button Press to fast-forward media at three speeds.
  • Page 60 Guide button Press to view the TV program guide for your area. Alphanumeric buttons Press to select specific channels or enter text. (Press ENTER or OK to activate the channel selection.) CLEAR button Press to backspace and delete entered text. APPLICATION SELECT button Press to switch among open applications.
  • Page 61 Before you use the remote commander Before using the remote commander, you need to insert the supplied AA manganese batteries to enable communication between the computer and the remote commander. To insert batteries Turn the remote commander over. Slightly push down the dented area (1), slide the battery cover in the direction of the arrow, and remove the cover. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 62 Insert the supplied two AA batteries into the remote commander. Put the battery cover back on the remote commander and slide it in the reverse direction of the arrow illustrated above until the cover clicks into place. ✍ If the remote commander does not operate properly, you may need to replace the batteries. When the remote commander is not going to be used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
  • Page 63: Using The Expresscard Module

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard slot or an ExpressCard/34 slot for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) or ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide) module as shown below and the latter can accommodate only an ExpressCard/34 module...
  • Page 64: Inserting An Expresscard Module

    Inserting an ExpressCard Module Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍ You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module. To insert an ExpressCard module Locate the ExpressCard slot.
  • Page 65: Removing An Expresscard Module

    Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module ✍ To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 4. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 66: 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.
  • Page 67 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.
  • Page 68: Inserting A Memory Stick

    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.
  • Page 69 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.
  • Page 70 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...
  • Page 71: Removing A Memory Stick

    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 72: Using The Sd Memory Card

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the SD Memory Card Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices.
  • Page 73: 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.
  • Page 74: Inserting An Sd Memory Card

    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.
  • Page 75: Removing An Sd Memory Card

    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 76: Using The Cf Memory Card

    Using the CF Memory Card Your computer may be equipped with a CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. See the online specifications to find out whether your model is equipped with the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major CF memory cards available as of May 2008.
  • Page 77 Inserting a CF Memory Card Your computer is supplied with a slot protector in the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot. Use care when inserting or removing the CF memory card from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. To insert a CF memory card Locate the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot.
  • Page 78 Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot protector to block any particles from entering the slot when not using an CF memory card. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the CF (CompactFlash) memory card slot protector into the slot. ✍...
  • Page 79 Removing a CF Memory Card Follow the steps below to remove the CF memory card while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. Do not remove the CF memory card while the CF memory card 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 CF memory card.
  • Page 80: Using The Internet

    Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line with a telephone cable (not supplied) and have an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). To connect a telephone cable Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem port Plug the other end into the wall jack (2).
  • Page 81: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    This eliminates the need to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet connectivity, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
  • Page 82 Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels). Therefore, before activating the WLAN function, read the Safety Information carefully. WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a /b/g standard or the IEEE 802.11n draft standard, which specifies the used technology.
  • Page 83 Using Your VAIO Computer The communication speed varies depending on the distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the device configuration, the radio conditions, and the software in use. In addition, communications may be cut off depending on the radio conditions. The communication range varies depending on the actual distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the radio conditions, the ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls, and the software in use.
  • Page 84: 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 33 feet (10 meters) in an open area.
  • Page 85 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 ❑...
  • Page 86 ❑ 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.
  • Page 87 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.
  • Page 88: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    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.
  • Page 89: 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 90) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 92) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 97) ❑...
  • Page 90: 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 both analog and digital signals through the headphones/OPTICAL OUT jack, you can alternately connect an S/PDIF device such as digital headphones or an AV amplifier to the jack and enhance the sound quality of your computer.
  • Page 91 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 92: Connecting An External Display

    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. Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 93: To Connect A Computer Display

    Connecting a Computer Display You can connect a computer display (monitor) to your computer. To connect a computer display The monitor port on your computer is disabled when an external display is connected to the HDMI port. If necessary, plug one end of the display's power cord (1) into your display, and the other end into an AC outlet. If you want to connect an analog monitor, plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor port (3) a on the computer.
  • Page 94: Connecting A Multimedia Computer Display

    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.
  • Page 95: Connecting A Tv

    Set up the TV configuration system. If a device driver other than the one provided by Sony is used, the image will not be displayed and the audio will not be heard. Always use the device driver provided by Sony for updates.
  • Page 96: Connecting A Projector

    Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. To connect a projector The monitor port on your computer is disabled when an external display is connected to the HDMI port. Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet.
  • Page 97: Selecting Display Modes

    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 98) for more information.
  • Page 98: Using The Multiple Monitors Function

    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.
  • Page 99 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. ✍ You can also change one of the S button assignments to activate the Multiple Monitors function with the corresponding S button. To change the S button assignments, press and hold either S button to display the window for changing the assignment.
  • Page 100: Connecting An External Microphone

    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. ✍...
  • Page 101: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    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)
  • Page 102: Connecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    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.
  • Page 103: Disconnecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    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 ✍...
  • Page 104: 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 105: 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.
  • Page 106: Connecting A Digital Video Camcorder

    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 107: 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 computer and the other end to your network.
  • Page 108: 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 109) ❑...
  • Page 109: 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.
  • Page 110 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.
  • Page 111 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.
  • Page 112: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    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.
  • Page 113 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 114: Adding The Windows Password

    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.
  • Page 115: Changing/removing The Windows 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.
  • Page 116: Using Fingerprint Authentication

    Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located at the upper right of the keyboard is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.
  • Page 117: Precautions On Using Fingerprint Authentication

    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.
  • Page 118: Registering A Fingerprint

    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.
  • Page 119 If you have failed to register a fingerprint, follow these steps to try again. Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1). Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 120 Customizing Your VAIO Computer 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. Let the fingerprint sensor take about one second to scan your fingerprint. You may not be able to register and/or have your fingerprint(s) recognized if your finger is excessively dry or wet, wrinkled, injured, dirty, etc.
  • Page 121 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 109).
  • Page 122: Using The Password Bank

    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.
  • Page 123: Erasing The Registered Fingerprints

    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 Your computer may be equipped with two built-in flash memory storage drives along with a hard disk drive depending on the model you purchased.
  • Page 124: 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 125: Using The Power Saving Modes

    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, which allows you to turn off specific devices, 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.
  • Page 126: Using Sleep Mode

    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.
  • Page 127 If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode. To modify this, you can change the Sleep mode settings. To change the Sleep mode settings Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
  • Page 128: Using Hibernate Mode

    Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk drive runs down, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is unlit in this mode. Your computer may be equipped with two built-in flash memory storage drives along with a hard disk drive depending on the model you purchased. See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration.
  • Page 129: To Return To Normal 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. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 130: Managing Power With Vaio Power Management

    Managing Power with 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.
  • Page 131: Vaio Power Management Viewer

    VAIO Power Management Viewer You can view performance with the power plan that was modified with the VAIO Power Management. To start VAIO Power Management Viewer Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Power Management and VAIO Power Management Viewer. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 132: Upgrading Your Vaio Computer

    ❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For the type of module and the amount of memory installed on your model, see the online specifications. For assistance, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 203).
  • Page 133: 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 ❑...
  • Page 134 ❑ 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.
  • Page 135: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    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.
  • Page 136 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.
  • Page 137 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.
  • Page 138: Viewing The Amount Of Memory

    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 139: 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 140) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 141) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 142) ❑ Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 144) ❑...
  • Page 140: 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 141: Using The Power Source

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 142: 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.
  • Page 143 If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information ❑ Make sure you disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery pack before cleaning your computer.
  • Page 144: 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 145: 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 146: 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 147: Using The Battery Pack

    ❑ Do not charge the battery pack in any way other than as described in this user guide or as designated by Sony in writing. ❑ For your safety, Sony recommends using the genuine Sony battery pack and AC adapter that are provided with this product.
  • Page 148 ❑ If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time, the remaining battery life may become short. However, this is normal and does not indicate a malfunction, because the battery pack will gradually discharge over time even when not in use.
  • Page 149: Using Headphones

    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.
  • Page 150: 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 151: 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 152: 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 153: 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 visiting the Sony online support web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ for customers in USA http://www.sony.ca/support/...
  • Page 154 Troubleshooting ❑ Keyboard (page 194) ❑ Floppy Disks (page 195) ❑ Audio/Video (page 196) ❑ Memory Stick (page 199) ❑ Peripherals (page 201)
  • Page 155: 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 rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 156: What Should I Do If The Green Power Indicator Light Turns On But My Screen Remains Blank

    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 157: What Should I Do If My Computer Or Software Stops Responding

    What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. ❑...
  • Page 158: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Or Hibernate Mode

    ❑ If the problem persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the battery pack and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 203).
  • Page 159 ❑ If the problem persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the battery pack and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 203).
  • Page 160: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    What should I do if I cannot remember the power-on password? If you have forgotten the power-on password, contact an authorized Sony Service Center to reset it. A reset fee will be charged. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information How can I change the boot device order? You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the boot device order.
  • Page 161: To The Computer

    Troubleshooting 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 162: How Do I Reduce The Volume Of The Recovery Partition

    How do I reduce the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device* contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored. To reduce the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. Insert the recovery disc into the optical disc drive while your computer is on, turn off the computer, and then turn it on once again.
  • Page 163 How do I check the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 164: 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 165: Battery

    Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 27). 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? ❑...
  • Page 166: Can My Computer Enter Hibernate Mode While Using Battery Power

    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.
  • Page 167: 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 168 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.
  • Page 169: Why Can't I Use The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    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 170: Internet

    ❑ 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.) ❑...
  • Page 171: Why Is My Modem Connection Slow

    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: ❑...
  • Page 172: 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 may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. ❑...
  • Page 173: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑...
  • Page 174: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    ❑ 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 175: 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. ❑ 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.
  • Page 176 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 177: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    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.
  • Page 178: Can I Use A Device With Bluetooth Technology On Airplanes

    Troubleshooting Why can't I use the services supported by the connected Bluetooth device? Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth function. For more details, search for Bluetooth information using Windows Help and Support. To open Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support.
  • Page 179 Troubleshooting Why can't I use the Bluetooth devices when I switch users? If you switch users without logging off your system, the Bluetooth devices will not work. Be sure to log off before switching users. To log off your system, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Log Off. Why can't I exchange business card data with a mobile phone? The business card exchange function is not supported.
  • Page 180: 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 181 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. ❑...
  • Page 182 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 183: Why Can't I Write Data To Blu-ray Disc Media

    What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media? You may not be able to play some Blu-ray Disc contents on your computer. To play such contents, download and install the latest updates for WinDVD BD using VAIO Update. To download and install the updates on the computer, it must be connected to the Internet.
  • Page 184: Display

    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 125) ❑...
  • Page 185: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    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.
  • Page 186: What Should I Do If The External Display Remains Blank

    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.
  • Page 187: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    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.
  • Page 188: 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 189: 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 190: Mouse

    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? ❑...
  • Page 191: 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 192 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 193: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad 34). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 194: Keyboard

    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.
  • Page 195: 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 196: 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 197 How do I change the sound output device? If you do not hear sound from the device connected to the HDMI port or the headphones/OPTICAL OUT jack, you need to change the device for sound output. Close all open programs. Click Start and Control Panel.
  • Page 198 How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF or HDMI-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF or HDMI-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel.
  • Page 199: Memory Stick

    Copyright protected music can only be checked out to Memory Stick with the MagicGate logo. 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. to save data or images.
  • Page 200 Troubleshooting 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. Why can't I write data to Memory Stick? Some versions of Memory Stick are equipped with an erasure prevention switch to protect data from accidental erasure or overwriting.
  • Page 201: 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 202: Support Options

    Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer and the preinstalled software. ❑ Sony Support Information (page 203) ❑ Program Support Information (page 207)
  • Page 203: Sony Support Information

    This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit the Sony online support web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support/...
  • Page 204 VAIO Update When your computer is connected to the Internet, VAIO Update automatically notifies you when critical software and security information is posted on the support web site. Click the VAIO Update notice to open the VAIO Support web site and view the information.
  • Page 205 For customers in Latin American countries or areas Customer Information Center If you do not find the information you are looking for at our site, you may call Sony directly. In order to receive the fastest and most efficient services, have the following information readily available:...
  • Page 206 Support Options In order to contact a Sony technical support representative, call the following numbers: ❑ In Argentina: (011) 6770-SONY (7669) ❑ In Mexico: In Mexico City: 5002-9819 In the Mexican Republic: 01-800-759-7669 ❑ In Colombia: 01-800-550-7000 ❑ In Peru: 0-801-1-7000 or 511-6100 ❑...
  • Page 207: Program Support Information

    Program Support Information Depending on the computer model and particular configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of the software programs listed below. Contacts for Sony software products are listed below: ❑ For customers in USA Web site http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...
  • Page 208 ® America Online (Dial-Up) America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® ™ BlueString America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® ™ Instant Messenger America Online, Inc. ❑...
  • Page 209 Click to Disc Sony Electronics Inc. At the touch of a button, Click to Disc allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video (DV) device. Create DVDs by capturing video contents straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can also edit the video.
  • Page 210 ™ Magic-i Visual Effects ArcSoft, Inc. A smart and simple webcam application designed to enhance users' video chat experience through frames, effects, and themes. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.arcsoft.com/support/ ® Microsoft Internet Explorer, Movie Maker, Media Player, Works Microsoft Corp.
  • Page 211 ® Microsoft Office Professional 2007 60-Day Trial Version This trial software will work only for 60 days after you first use it. You will not be able to use the software if you do not activate it as described the first time you use the software.
  • Page 212 ® ™ Microsoft Windows Live OneCare This trial software will work for ninety (90) days after you first use it. You will not be able to use the software if you do not activate it as described the first time you use the software. You can activate the software by Internet: Internet service charges may apply. If you want to keep using the software after the 90-day trial period, you must buy a subscription.
  • Page 213 Web site http://support.sonic.com/ ™ SmartWi Connection Utility Sony Electronics Inc. SmartWi Connection Utility allows you to easily switch between the various wireless components (wireless LAN, wireless ® WAN, and Bluetooth technology connectivity) that came with your computer. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 207).
  • Page 214 ™ SonicStage Mastering Studio Sony Electronics Inc. Use SonicStage Mastering Studio to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer and output them to CDs, DVDs, or audio files in WAV format. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...
  • Page 215 ® VAIO Launcher Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ™ VAIO Media plus Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Media plus brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and still image files between ®...
  • Page 216 ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/default.asp ™ WebCam Companion ArcSoft, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.arcsoft.com/support/ ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support web site for (page (page Support Options 207). 207).
  • Page 217 ® ® WinDVD for VAIO InterVideo, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp Telephone 1-800-772-6735 Support Options...
  • Page 218: Trademarks

    PS/2 is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation. Blu-ray Disc and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. 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.
  • Page 219 ® CompactFlash is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. MultiMediaCard is a trademark of MultiMediaCard Association. HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
  • Page 220 © 2008 Sony Corporation...

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