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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer V G N - U X 2 0 0 S e r i e s...

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...6 Documentation ...6 Getting Started ...8 Locating Controls and Ports...9 About the Indicator Lights ...18 Holding Your Computer ...19 Connecting a Power Source ...21 Using the Battery Pack ...22 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...26 Using Your VAIO Computer ...27 Using the Keyboard ...28 Using the Touch Panel...29 Using the Pointing Device ...31...

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    Using Peripheral Devices ...62 Connecting the Port Replicator ...63 Connecting the Display/LAN Adapter ...69 Connecting an Optical Disc Drive ...70 Connecting External Speakers ...73 Connecting an External Display ...74 Selecting Display Modes...79 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...80 Connecting an External Microphone ...82 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...83 Connecting a Printer ...86 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...87...

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    Precautions ...126 On Handling the LCD Screen ...127 On Using the Power Source ...128 On Handling Your Computer...129 On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...131 On Handling Floppy Disks ...131 On Handling Discs ...132 On Using the Battery Pack...133 On Using Headphones...134 On Handling Memory Stick Media...135 On Handling the Hard Disk ...136 On Using the Adapter Holding Band ...137...

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    Microphone ...169 Speakers ...170 Pointing Device ...171 Keyboard...173 Floppy Disks ...174 Audio/Video...175 Memory Stick Media ...176 Peripherals ...177 Support Options ...178 Sony Support Information ...178 Program Support Information...179...

  • Page 6: Before Use

    Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Printed Documentation Welcome mat — Contains an overview of connections, setting up information, etc. Safety Information — Contains safety guidelines and owner information. ® computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has Before Use...

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    Specifications — The online Specifications describe the hardware and software configuration of your VAIO computer. To view the online Specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support Web site at http://www.sony.ca/support American countries or areas, or at VAIO Recovery Guide —...

  • Page 8: Getting Started

    Getting Started This section describes how to get started with using your VAIO computer. Before starting your computer for the first time, do not connect any new hardware that did not originally come with your computer. Make sure to start up your computer with only the supplied accessories connected and set up your system.

  • Page 9: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Air vent Focus selection switch (page 36) Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media slot Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media indicator CAPTURE button (page 36) Your computer supports Memory Stick Duo media and Memory Stick PRO Duo media with high speed and high capacity capabilities.

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    Front Left button (page 31) Right button (page 31) Center button (page 31) Launcher button (page 33) WIRELESS switch (page 45) Touch panel LCD screen (page 29) Getting Started...

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    Built-in speaker Fingerprint sensor (page 99) Front camera (MOTION EYE) (page 36) Front camera (MOTION EYE) indicator Getting Started (page 18)

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    Multi-pointer (page 31) Zoom In/Out buttons (page 33) Power indicator (page 18) POWER switch Built-in microphone (monaural) Getting Started...

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    Back Rear camera (MOTION EYE) (page 36) Rear camera (MOTION EYE) indicator Stylus Slide up and pull out the stylus for touch panel operations. Air vents WWAN antenna When using your computer in the vertical orientation, rotate the antenna by 90 degrees counterclockwise. Getting Started (page 18)

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    Right Strap holes Fasten the supplied wrist strap to your computer through either hole. Battery connector (page 22) Getting Started...

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    Left Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 83) SIM card slot Unscrew the screw and remove the cover to access the SIM card slot. See the SmartWi Connection Utility Guide for more information. Air vent Supports high-/full-/low- speeds. Getting Started...

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    Bottom Battery indicator (page 18) Hard disk drive indicator (page 18) Num lock indicator (page 18) Caps lock indicator (page 18) Scroll lock indicator (page 18) Bluetooth indicator (page 18) WLAN (Wireless LAN) indicator (page 18) WWAN (Wireless WAN) indicator (page 18) Getting Started...

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    DC IN port (page 21) Air vent I/O connector (page 69) Headphones jack (page 73) Microphone jack (page 82) Getting Started...

  • Page 18: About The Indicator Lights

    About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights. Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates when the power of the computer is on, blinks when the computer is in Standby mode, and turns off when the computer is in Hibernate mode or off. Battery e Illuminates when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery pack is running out of power, and double-blinks when the battery pack is charging.

  • Page 19: Holding Your Computer

    Holding Your Computer You can hold and use your computer in either a horizontal or vertical orientation to suit your preferences. In either orientation, make sure to fasten the supplied wrist strap to your computer and wear it to prevent accidental dropping of the computer from your palms.

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    Getting Started Vertical orientation You can use your computer in this orientation with the help of the VAIO Touch Launcher software. Press the launcher button to start the software and select to rotate the screen view by 90 degrees clockwise. You might additionally want to change the default button assignments for easier operations, using VAIO Central.

  • Page 21: Connecting A Power Source

    Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source for your computer. Using the AC Adapter Use your computer only with the supplied AC adapter. To use the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3).

  • Page 22: Using The Battery Pack

    Slide the battery pack into the battery compartment until it clicks into place. 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 batteries. Getting Started...

  • Page 23: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery pack (the battery indicator light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges).

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    Getting Started When the battery pack is running out of power, both the battery and power indicator lights blink. 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.

  • Page 25: 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 Standby mode. To remove the battery pack Turn off the computer.

  • Page 26: 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 and then Turn Off Computer. The Turn off computer window appears.

  • Page 27: Using Your Vaio Computer

    Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your computer. Using the Keyboard (page 28) Using the Touch Panel (page 29) Using the Pointing Device (page 31) Using Special-function Buttons Blocking Unintentional Operations Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Using the Memory Stick Media Using the Internet...

  • Page 28: Using The Keyboard

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Keyboard The keyboard on your computer is located underneath the touch panel LCD screen. Slide up the screen to reveal the keyboard as shown below for operations. Keep your fingers off the screen surface while sliding up the touch panel LCD screen.

  • Page 29: Using The Touch Panel

    Using the Touch Panel Your computer is equipped with the touch panel LCD screen for operations with the stylus (1), including software launches. Make sure to use only the supplied stylus for touch panel operations. Use of any other writing utensils, such as a ball-point pen, may damage the touch panel surface.

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    Action Double-tap Drag At your very first Windows startup, you are prompted to calibrate the touch panel for smooth operations. Follow the on-screen instructions. You can calibrate the touch panel at any time later when you feel uncomfortable with using it. Click Start, point to All Programs and Touch Panel, then click Calibration and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Page 31: Using The Pointing Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Pointing Device Your computer is equipped with a cursor-pointing device, the multi-pointer (1), to enable you to point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the computer screen. Push the multi-pointer in the direction that you want to move the pointer on the screen. The harder you push the multi-pointer, the faster moves the pointer.

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    The pointer may move on its own in rare occasions, which does not indicate a malfunction. Leave the multi-pointer untouched for a while. The pointer will come to a halt. The cap at the tip of the multi-pointer is a consumable. When it wears out, replace it with one of the supplied spare caps. See On Replacing the Multi- pointer Cap (page 139) for more information on replacement.

  • Page 33: Using Special-function Buttons

    Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Using Your VAIO Computer Launcher button Launches VAIO Touch Launcher by default. You can change this button assignment with VAIO Central. See Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Central (page 117) and find out more in its help file.

  • Page 34: Blocking Unintentional Operations

    Using Your VAIO Computer Blocking Unintentional Operations While you are carrying your computer around, you might press a button on the computer unintentionally and find an operation that you never expected in progress. To block such unintentional operations, your computer is provided with the function to lock certain components of the computer.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer The components to be locked by this function are as follow: Touch panel Keyboard Left button Right button Center button Launcher button Multi-pointer Zoom In/Out buttons CAPTURE button Fingerprint sensor Activating this function will turn off the touch panel LCD screen and the screen will go blank. To bring your computer back into Normal mode, slide back up the power switch (in the direction of f on the switch).

  • Page 36: Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with two built-in MOTION EYE cameras: front camera (MOTION EYE) (1) and rear camera (MOTION EYE) (2). These cameras are not designed for simultaneous use, so you must first select the one that is suitable for your purpose, using VAIO Camera Utility.

  • Page 37

    Using Your VAIO Computer The VAIO Camera Capture Utility software does not allow parallel use of the camera by any other software. Make sure to exit such software before capturing still images and movies with VAIO Camera Capture Utility. You cannot use the front and rear cameras at the same time. When the screen view is rotated, the front and rear cameras are both disabled.

  • Page 38: To Capture A Still Image

    Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. VAIO Camera Utility is also launched automatically. Click the Still icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject.

  • Page 39: Capturing Movies

    Capturing Movies To capture a movie Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. VAIO Camera Utility is also launched automatically. Click the Movie icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject. For macro closeup capturing, slide the focus selection switch to the The focus selection switch is only effective for the rear camera (MOTION EYE).

  • Page 40: Using The Memory Stick Media

    Your computer has been tested and found compatible with the Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 4 GB that are available as of May 2006. However, not all Memory Stick media that meet the same conditions as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer Write-protecting a Memory Stick Media Some versions of Memory Stick media are designed with an erasure prevention switch to protect valuable data from accidental erasure or overwriting. Move the tab horizontally or vertically to set or release write-protection. When the erasure prevention switch is off, data can be saved on the Memory Stick media.

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    Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media Hold the Memory Stick media so that the arrow surface of the media and the front of the computer face in the same direction and the arrow points toward the Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place.

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    To view the contents of the Memory Stick media Click Start and then My Computer to open the My Computer window. Double-click the Memory Stick media icon to view the list of data files saved in the Memory Stick media. To format a Memory Stick media Use the Memory Stick Formatter software.

  • Page 44: 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, and 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 45: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    (radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet activities, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.

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    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 functionality, read the Safety Information carefully. WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a /b/g standard, which specifies the used technology. The standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).

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    Using Your VAIO Computer 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. Deploying IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g products on the same wireless network may reduce the communication speed due to radio interference.

  • Page 48: Communicating Without An Access Point (ad-hoc)

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

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    To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The WIRELESS LAN indicator lights up. Except in Peru and Venezuela, you cannot select the 5 GHz bandwidth, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks.

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    12 Enter the network key The network key should be 5 or 13 alphanumeric characters or 10 or 26 hexadecimal whichever you want. 13 Enter exactly the same network key again for confirmation. 14 Select the check box This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used at the bottom of the window.

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    To disconnect from a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network Click Start and then Control Panel. Click Network and Internet Connections. Click Network Connections. The Network Connections window appears. In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, right-click Wireless Network Connection. Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties window appears.

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    An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point, for example the Sony Access Point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the Wireless LAN.

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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 or WIRELESS LAN switch. The WIRELESS LAN indicator lights up. On models that support the Bluetooth functionality the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window.

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    To connect to a wireless network (models with the Wireless Setup Utility software only) Use the Wireless Setup Utility software to guide you through the set up process and provide you with more detailed information about wireless connections. Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information.

  • Page 55: Using The Bluetooth Functionality

    Using the Bluetooth Functionality You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables and up to 33 feet (10 meters) range in open space.

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    Notes on using the Bluetooth functionality The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices Distance between devices Material used in walls Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions Device configuration Type of software application Type of operating system...

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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 functionality and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in poorer communication speeds and distances than the standard values.

  • Page 58: 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.

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    Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you need first to set up the Bluetooth functionality. For setting up and using the Bluetooth functionality, see the help file on the Bluetooth utility software. To see the help file Right-click the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, and select Help from the menu.

  • Page 60: Using The Bluetooth Headset

    Using the Bluetooth Headset The Bluetooth headset is available as an optional accessory. It will come in handy during a video conference over the Internet using instant messaging software. For details on using the Bluetooth headset, see the manual that came with your Bluetooth headset.

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    To disconnect the headset from your computer Right-click the Bluetooth icon The Bluetooth Settings window appears. Select HBH-608, click Next, and select Disconnect from the Bluetooth menu. Click Yes. on the taskbar and select Bluetooth Settings from the menu. Using Your VAIO Computer...

  • Page 62: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your computer by using the various ports on the computer. Connecting the Port Replicator Connecting the Display/LAN Adapter Connecting an Optical Disc Drive Connecting External Speakers Connecting an External Display Selecting Display Modes (page 79) Using the Multiple Monitors Function Connecting an External Microphone...

  • Page 63: Connecting The Port Replicator

    Using Peripheral Devices Connecting the Port Replicator Attaching the supplied port replicator enables you to connect additional peripherals to your computer, such as an i.LINK device and an external display.

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    Locating Ports on the Port Replicator The port replicator can be powered only through the AC adapter supplied with your computer. Do not unplug the AC adapter from the port replicator and the AC outlet while using the port replicator; this may cause data damage or hardware malfunctions. i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 87) MONITOR (VGA) port...

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    Attaching Your Computer to the Port Replicator To attach your computer to the port replicator To prevent loss of unsaved data, be sure to turn off your computer before attaching it to the port replicator. Disconnect all peripherals from the computer. Attach the guide holder (1) to the port replicator.

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    Plug one end of the power cord (2) into the AC adapter (3) and the other end into an AC outlet. Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter (3) into the DC IN port (4) on the port replicator (5). Using Peripheral Devices...

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    Slide down the computer along the guide holder until it is fixed on the port replicator. Turn on the computer. Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer. Keep the battery pack installed on your computer when attaching the computer to the port replicator. Do not move your computer while attached to the port replicator;...

  • Page 68

    Disconnecting Your Computer from the Port Replicator To prevent loss of unsaved data, be sure to turn off your computer before disconnecting it from the port replicator. To disconnect your computer from the port replicator Turn off the computer and the connected peripherals. Slide the computer up along the guide holder and away from the port replicator.

  • Page 69: Connecting The Display/lan Adapter

    Connecting the Display/LAN Adapter Connect the supplied display/LAN adapter (1) to the I/O connector (2) on the bottom of your computer to expand connectivity to the computer. The display/LAN adapter has the following ports: AV Out jack (page 76) Monitor (VGA) port (page 74) Network (Ethernet) port (100BASE-TX / 10BASE-T) Using Peripheral Devices...

  • Page 70: Connecting An Optical Disc Drive

    Connecting an Optical Disc Drive To use optical CDs and DVDs with your computer, you need to connect an external optical disc drive of your own via the port replicator. Connecting an Optical Disc Drive Make sure to connect an external optical disc drive before you launch any preinstalled CD/DVD software. To connect an optical disc drive Attach your computer to the port replicator.

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    Using Peripheral Devices Connect the external optical disc drive (2) to a AC power source (4) with an AC adapter. See the manual that came with your external optical disc drive for the detailed instructions on connecting the i.LINK cable and the AC adapter to the drive.

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    Disconnecting an Optical Disc Drive You can disconnect an optical disc drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. If the computer is off, you can unplug the i.LINK cable from the computer at any time.

  • Page 73: Connecting External Speakers

    Connecting External Speakers You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external speakers. To connect external speakers Plug the speaker cable (1) into the headphones jack (2) i. Plug the other end of the speaker cable to the external speaker (3). Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.

  • Page 74: Connecting An External Display

    Connecting an External Display You can connect an external display to your computer. For example, you can use the computer with a computer display or a projector. Connect the power cord after connecting all other cables. Connected external displays are used as secondary screens. On Windows systems only, you can also use an external display to set up multiple monitors.

  • Page 75: Connecting A Multimedia Computer Display

    Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You need the supplied port replicator or display/LAN adapter to connect a multimedia computer display 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 (VGA) port (3) a on the port replicator or on the display/LAN adapter.

  • Page 76: Connecting A Tv

    Connecting a TV You need the supplied port replicator or display/LAN adapter to connect a TV to your computer. To connect a TV to your computer Plug the power cord of your TV (1) into an AC outlet. Plug one end of an audio/video cable (2) into the AV Out jack (3) T on the port replicator or on the display/LAN adapter and the other to the TV.

  • Page 77

    Using Peripheral Devices You need to use an AV cable that has a minijack connector on one end and 3 RCA (also called cinch) connectors on the other end. If your TV does not have RCA connectors, but it has a SCART connector, you need an RCA to SCART converter. If your computer has an S VIDEO port, you can use this port as an alternative means of connection.

  • Page 78: Connecting A Projector

    Connecting a Projector You need the supplied port replicator or display/LAN adapter to connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. To connect a projector Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet.

  • Page 79: Selecting Display Modes

    Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to be used 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 80) for more information.

  • Page 80: 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 attached to the monitor (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.

  • Page 81

    To select the Multiple Monitors mode Right-click on the desktop to display the context menu. Click the menu item for graphic properties. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. Additionally, you can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors mode. Using Peripheral Devices...

  • Page 82: Connecting An External Microphone

    Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an External Microphone If you need to use a sound input device (for example, to chat over the Internet) you need to plug in an external microphone. To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.

  • Page 83: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To prevent your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following: When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid any shock or force to the USB ports. 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 84: 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 85: 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 (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. If the computer is off, you can unplug the USB cable directly from the computer.

  • Page 86: 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 87: Connecting An I.link Device

    Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices You need the supplied port replicator to connect an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder, or another VAIO computers in order to copy, delete or edit files. The i.LINK port on the port replicator does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports. The i.LINK port supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps;...

  • Page 88: Connecting To A Network (lan)

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

  • Page 89: Customizing Your Vaio Computer

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc. Setting the Password...

  • Page 90: Setting The Password

    Setting the Password In addition to the Windows password, you can use BIOS functions to set two types of passwords to protect your computer: power-on password and hard disk password. Once you have set the power-on password, you will have to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer.

  • Page 91

    To add the power-on password Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Fn key and press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer, press and hold the Fn key and press F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 92: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Fn key and press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer, press and hold the Fn key and press F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 93: Adding The Hard Disk Password

    Adding the Hard Disk Password The hard disk password provides additional security for the data stored on your hard disk. If you enable the hard disk password, this adds an extra level of security. When adding the hard disk password, you must set both the master and user passwords. The master password is provided for users with administrator rights on the computer to reset the user password on the BIOS setup screen.

  • Page 94

    To add the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Fn key and press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer, press and hold the Fn key and press F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 95

    Changing the Hard Disk Password To change the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Fn key and press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer, press and hold the Fn key and press F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 96

    Removing the Hard Disk Password To remove the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press and hold the Fn key and press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer, press and hold the Fn key and press F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 97: 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. Make sure not to forget the password.

  • Page 98: Changing/removing The Windows Password

    Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and then Control Panel. Click the User Accounts icon. Click your user account under or pick an account to change. Click Change my password. Enter the current password under Type your current password. Enter a new password under Type a new password and the same password under Type the new password again to confirm.

  • Page 99: Using Fingerprint Authentication

    Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer is equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located at the upper left of the touch panel LCD screen is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.

  • Page 100

    Precautions on Using Fingerprint Authentication The fingerprint authentication technology does not assure 100% verification. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint authentication technology does not assure complete protection of your data and hardware.

  • Page 101

    When swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor, keep the following in mind: Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping.

  • Page 102

    Enrolling a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication functionality, you must enroll your fingerprint(s) in your computer. Set the Windows password on your computer before enrollment. See Adding the Windows Password To enroll a fingerprint Up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis for logging onto your system using the Boot Security functionality. If you share your computer with other people, you may not be able to use your enrolled fingerprint to log onto your system.

  • Page 103

    Swipe your finger across the fingerprint sensor four times to perform a swipe test, and then click Next. The Enrollment window appears. See To scan a fingerprint (page 104) for the scan procedure. Click on the finger of which fingerprint you want to enroll. Swipe the finger across the fingerprint sensor three times.

  • Page 104

    To scan a fingerprint Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1). Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping. Fingerprint enrollment may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow.

  • Page 105: Logging Onto Your System

    Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication functionality 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 To log onto Windows If your fingerprints are enrolled for your user account, you will be able to substitute fingerprint recognition for password entry when logging onto Windows.

  • Page 106

    With the Automatic logon after boot verification check box selected, you can start your system and launch Windows by swiping your finger only once. If only the Enable boot security check box has been selected, you will be prompted to swipe your finger or enter the password before Windows is launched.

  • Page 107

    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 required information and access the password-protected web sites. Adding an Entry to the Password Bank To access a password-protected web site using the fingerprint authentication functionality, you need to add a password bank entry for the web site.

  • Page 108

    Using a Password Bank Entry to Access a Web Site Once you have added an entry to the password bank, you can use it to access the corresponding password-protected web site. To access a password-protected web site Visit the desired password-protected web site to display the user account and password entry window. A message balloon appears to indicate that you have a password bank entry for the site.

  • Page 109

    Importing/Exporting Password Bank Entries You can export/import entries to/from the password bank for a backup or recovery purpose. To export an entry Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor to display the Protector Suite QL menu. Select Settings.

  • Page 110

    Using the My Safe Folder The encrypted My Safe folder is provided to protect your data against unauthorized access. With the fingerprint authentication functionality, you can decrypt (unlock) this folder to access your data. Note that you need to initialize and create the folder before you use the My Safe folder for the first time. To show the My Safe icon on the desktop Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor to display the Protector Suite QL menu.

  • Page 111

    To initialize the My Safe folder Double-click the My Safe icon on the desktop. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. Click Next. Enter a backup password twice and click Next. The password should be at least 8 alphanumeric characters long. You will need the backup password if the fingerprint sensor fails.

  • Page 112

    To resize the My Safe folder Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor to display the Protector Suite QL menu. Select Settings. The Protector Suite QL window appears. Click the My Safe tab. Click Change Size. The window for changing the folder size appears.

  • Page 113

    Using the Application Launcher The application launcher feature is available on your computer for launching your preferred application (executable file) that is assigned to one of your fingers with the enrolled fingerprint. Once you have assigned an application to your finger, you can then swipe the finger across the fingerprint sensor to launch the assigned application and eliminate tiresome menu selections.

  • Page 114

    Launching an Application with Your Finger Swipe your finger with your desired application assignment across the fingerprint sensor to launch the corresponding application. Swiping the finger with no application assignment across the fingerprint sensor will display the Protector Suite QL menu. Changing an Application Assignment to Your Finger To change an application assignment to your finger Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor to display the Protector Suite QL menu.

  • Page 115

    Removing an Application Assignment to Your Finger To remove an application assignment to your finger Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor to display the Protector Suite QL menu. Select Settings. The Protector Suite QL window appears. Click the Applications tab.

  • Page 116

    Erasing the Enrolled Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk. To erase the enrolled fingerprints Turn on the computer.

  • Page 117: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Central

    Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Central The VAIO Central utility allows you to consult system information and specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Central Click Start, point to All Programs, and click VAIO Central. The VAIO Central window appears. Select the desired control item and change the settings.

  • Page 118: Using The Power Saving Modes

    Using the Power Saving Modes When you use a battery pack as the power source for your computer, you can take advantage of power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate.

  • Page 119: Using Standby Mode

    Using Standby Mode Standby mode turns off the LCD screen and places the hard disk and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The umber power light flashes in this mode. To activate Standby mode Click Start and then Turn Off Computer. Click Stand By.

  • Page 120

    To change the Standby mode settings Click Start and then Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance. Click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears. Select the Power Schemes tab. Change the System Standby settings. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...

  • Page 121: Using Hibernate Mode

    Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk and power is turned off. Even when the battery runs down, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is off in this mode. To activate Hibernate mode Click Start and then Turn Off Computer.

  • Page 122: Managing Power With Vaio Power Management

    Managing Power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power schemes for running on AC power or batteries to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operations of your computer and longer battery life.

  • Page 123: Activating Vaio Power Management Power Schemes

    Activating VAIO Power Management Power Schemes VAIO Power Management provides several predefined power schemes. Each power scheme consists of a group of power management settings that are designed to meet specific power management goals, ranging from maximum power management to no power management. To activate a VAIO Power Management power scheme Click Start and then Control Panel.

  • Page 124

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer VAIO Power Management Viewer To start VAIO Power Management Viewer Click on the VAIO Power Management tab. Alternatively, you can use VAIO Central to start VAIO Power Management Viewer. Double-click the Power Management folder on the System Information tab in the VAIO Central window, and then double-click the VAIO Power Management Viewer icon.

  • Page 125: Protecting The Hard Disk

    Protecting the Hard Disk Your computer has the VAIO HDD Protection utility preinstalled for customizing your settings for protecting your hard disk drive against shock hazards. You can select the sensitivity level of the built-in shock sensor to set the appropriate protection level.

  • Page 126: Precautions

    Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your computer from potential damage. On Handling the LCD Screen On Using the Power Source (page 128) On Handling Your Computer (page 129) On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera On Handling Floppy Disks (page 131) On Handling Discs...

  • Page 127: On Handling The Lcd Screen

    Precautions On Handling the LCD Screen Do not leave the LCD screen facing the sun. This could damage the LCD screen. Be careful when using your computer near a window. Do not scratch the LCD screen or exert pressure on it. This could cause a malfunction. Using your computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the LCD screen.

  • Page 128: On Using The Power Source

    Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. 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 129: On Handling Your Computer

    On Handling Your Computer Clean the cabinet with a soft cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer.

  • Page 130

    If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, visit the Sony online support Web site.

  • Page 131: On Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Do not let the direct sunlight get into the scope of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause a malfunction of the camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera is disabled while videos or still images are imported from an i.LINK-compatible device connected to the i.LINK port.

  • Page 132: On Handling Discs

    Precautions On Handling Discs Do not touch the surface of the disc. Do not drop or bend the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability.

  • Page 133: On Using The Battery Pack

    Charge battery packs at temperatures between 50°F to 86°F (10°C to 30°C). Lower temperatures require longer charging time. This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries. While the battery pack is in use or being charged, heat builds up in the battery pack. This is normal and is not cause for concern.

  • Page 134: On Using Headphones

    Precautions On 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 135: On Handling Memory Stick Media

    On Handling Memory Stick Media Do not use the media in a location subject to static electricity or electrical noise. Do not touch the Memory Stick media connector with your finger or metallic objects. Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick media as a label. Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the Memory Stick media.

  • Page 136: On Handling The Hard Disk

    On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged by mechanical vibration, shock, or dust. Although the hard disk has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer.

  • Page 137: On Using The Adapter Holding Band

    On Using the Adapter Holding Band An adapter holding band is supplied with your computer for bundling the display/LAN adapter, the AC adapter, and the power cord together when you are not using them with your computer. Make sure to put them in proper place as shown below: Make sure to insert the display/LAN adapter from its I/O connector end until the adapter fits into place.

  • Page 138: On Using The Wrist Strap

    Precautions On Using the Wrist Strap To prevent accidental dropping, make sure to fasten the supplied wrist strap to your computer through one of the strap holes and wear it when you use the computer on your palms. Do not grasp the wrist strap to carry your computer around as it may cause the computer to hit against something, resulting in damage to the computer.

  • Page 139: On Replacing The Multi-pointer Cap

    On Replacing the Multi-pointer Cap The cap at the tip of the multi-pointer is a consumable. When it wears out, replace it with one of the two supplied spare caps. Make sure to put the spare cap firmly in place. Make sure that the side with a small projection (1) of the spare cap faces upwards when putting it.

  • Page 140: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before visiting the Sony online support Web site at for customers in USA, at http://www.sony.ca/support customers in Latin American countries or areas, or at...

  • Page 141: Computer

    Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only genuine Sony rechargeable battery packs and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.

  • Page 142

    Select Yes, and press the Enter key. Your computer restarts. If this occurs frequently, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, visit the Sony online support Web site. What should I do if the power indicator (Green) lights but my computer screen stays...

  • Page 143

    Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? It is best to turn off your computer using the Turn Off Computer option on the Microsoft Windows Start menu, located on the taskbar. Using other methods, including those listed below, may result in loss of unsaved data. Click Start, point to Turn Off Computer, and then click Turn Off.

  • Page 144: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Standby Or Hibernate Mode

    If the symptom 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, visit the Sony online support Web site.

  • Page 145

    If the symptom 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, visit the Sony online support Web site.

  • Page 146

    What should I do if I cannot remember the BIOS password? If you have forgotten the BIOS password, contact an authorized Sony Service Center to reset it. A reset fee will be charged. To find the nearest center or agent, visit the Sony online support Web site.

  • Page 147: How Can I Change The Volume Of The Startup Sound

    What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the external device connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the external device, for example the USB floppy disk drive and the USB/i.LINK optical disc drive, you need to change the boot device. Turn on your computer, press and hold the Fn key and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears.

  • Page 148: System Security

    System Security This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats to the computer's 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.

  • Page 149: How Do I Keep My Antivirus Software Updated

    To use the Automatic Updates feature Connect to the Internet. Click the Automatic Updates icon on the taskbar. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates. To visit the Windows Updates web site Connect to the Internet. Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ in the address bar of your browser.

  • Page 150: Battery

    Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 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? When the battery level falls below 10 percent.

  • Page 151: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Hibernate Mode

    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. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data.

  • Page 152: 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. The video memory of your computer may have become insufficient for displaying images from the built-in MOTION EYE camera.

  • Page 153

    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 154: Why Can't I Use The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Click Device Manager on the Hardware tab. Double-click Imaging devices. Right-click Sony Visual Communication Camera VGP-VCC3 and click Update Driver. What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters Standby or Hibernate mode while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use? Do not place your computer into Standby or Hibernate mode while you are using the built-in MOTION EYE camera.

  • Page 155: Networking

    Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. Make sure the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch is on and the WIRELESS LAN indicator is lit on your computer.

  • Page 156: Why Is The Data Transfer Speed Slow

    Why is the data transfer speed slow? The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points. Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

  • Page 157

    Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point.

  • Page 158: Bluetooth Technology

    Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot discover my computer? Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth functionality enabled. If the Bluetooth indicator is off, turn on the WIRELESS switch. You cannot use the Bluetooth functionality when your computer is in a power saving mode. Return to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.

  • Page 159

    What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? Make sure the other device is authenticated. Your computer may not allow connections from other devices. To enable Bluetooth device connections, follow these steps: Right-click the Bluetooth icon Select Options from the menu.

  • Page 160: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? The data transfer speed depends on the obstacles 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. The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices.

  • Page 161

    Troubleshooting Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes? With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use of the Bluetooth functionality on the computer is permitted.

  • Page 162: Optical Discs

    Optical Discs What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? Do not launch any software application or allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. Do not use the keyboard. Do not use a CD-R/RW disc that has an adhesive label affixed to it. This could cause a write error or other damage. What should I do if I cannot write data to DVD media? Make sure you are using the correct DVD recordable media.

  • Page 163

    What should I do if I cannot write data to DVD-RAM media using Windows functions? Follow these steps to change the settings: Click Start and then My Computer. Right-click the optical disc drive icon and select Properties. Click the Recording tab. Click to cancel the Enable CD recording on this drive check box.

  • Page 164: Display

    Display Why did my computer screen go blank? Your computer screen may go blank if the computer has lost power or has entered a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Standby mode, press any key to activate the computer screen. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 118) The power switch may be in the HOLD position.

  • Page 165

    How do I change the screen resolution on my TV screen? Your TV screen may not show the whole screen image of a video if the screen resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller. If you are using the AV Out jack, plug the audio-video (AV) cable into your computer before you start it.

  • Page 166

    What should I do if the LCD brightness of my computer screen changes? The LCD brightness setting, adjusted with VAIO Touch Launcher, is temporary and this adjustment is overridden by the setting on the VAIO Power Management tab when another power scheme is selected. To save this preference for the brightness, follow these steps: To do the following procedure, you must have administrator rights on your computer.

  • Page 167

    Why can't I rotate my screen view with the rotate button on VAIO Touch Launcher? The color quality of the LCD screen may not be appropriate. To rotate the screen view, you must select Medium (16 bit) or Highest (32 bit) for Color quality on the Settings tab on the Display Properties window.

  • Page 168: 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 computer. Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer.

  • Page 169: Microphone

    Troubleshooting Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the microphone jack on your computer.

  • Page 170: Speakers

    Speakers What should I do if my speakers do not work? Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound. Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. If your speakers have a muting button, set the button to off. The speaker volume may have been turned off with VAIO Touch Launcher.

  • Page 171: Pointing Device

    Pointing Device What should I do if my pointing device does not work? Check if the power switch is in the HOLD position. If so, slide up the power switch (in the direction of f on the switch) to release the switch. Try restarting your computer.

  • Page 172

    How do I change the left and right button assignments? If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow these steps: Click Start and then Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware. Click Mouse.

  • Page 173: 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 then Control Panel Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and click Regional and Language Options.

  • Page 174: 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 175: Audio/video

    (page 87) i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK connection can communicate with each other.

  • Page 176: Memory Stick Media

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

  • Page 177: 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 the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.

  • Page 178: Support Options

    Sony Computing Support 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 http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...

  • Page 179: 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 users in USA Web Site http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...

  • Page 180

    ® America Online (Dial-Up) America Online, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.aol.com ® Music Now America Online, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.premiumservices.aol.com ® Explorer America Online, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.aol.com ®...

  • Page 181

    ® Instant Messenger™ America Online, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.aim.com Ask Search Assistant Ask Jeeves, Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information Ask Toolbar Ask Jeeves, Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...

  • Page 182

    Click to DVD software Sony Electronics Inc. At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video (DV) device. Create DVDs by capturing video content straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can also edit the video.

  • Page 183

    DVgate Plus software Sony Electronics Inc. Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK port and capture video clips and still images. Edit clips from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. Save your movies back to your digital video camera or in a variety of popular file formats.

  • Page 184

    ® Intel PROSet Intel Corporation For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.intel.com/network/connectivity/products/wireless/proset/proset_software.htm ® Microsoft Office Basic Edition, Office Professional Edition, Office Small Business Edition Microsoft Corp. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://support.microsoft.com 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft The Microsoft Office 2003 60-Day Trial software included with this computer system is intended for evaluation purposes only.

  • Page 185

    ® Microsoft Internet Explorer, Movie Maker, Media Player, Works Microsoft Corp. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://support.microsoft.com ® MobiTV MobiTV, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://www.mobitv.com/support/support.php ® Netscape Browser America Online, Inc. For users in USA and Canada Web Site http://browser.netscape.com ™...

  • Page 186

    ® PenPlus for VAIO Sony Electronics Inc. PenPlus for VAIO will allow you to write or draw directly on the screen with the stylus or create "sticky note" reminders. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information Protector Suite QL Sony Electronics Inc.

  • Page 187

    ™ 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 188

    ™ SonicStage Mastering Studio software Sony Electronics Inc. Use SonicStage Mastering Studio software to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer and output them to CDs, DVDs, or audio files in WAV format. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...

  • Page 189

    ® VAIO Action Setup Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Back-up Utility Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...

  • Page 190

    ® VAIO Central Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Central provides a central location that gathers resources to configure your VAIO computer and view your computer's configuration and specifications. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Diagnostic Sony Electronics Inc.

  • Page 191

    For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Security Center Sony Electronics Inc. Sony cares about your VAIO personal computer. The VAIO Security Center highlights some of the security features your machine includes. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Support Central Sony Electronics Inc.

  • Page 192

    TV programs and burn them to DVD. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 179). ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support (page 179). (page 179).

  • Page 193

    Telephone 510-651-0888 Wireless Setup Utility Sony Electronics Inc. The Wireless Setup Utility walks you through setting up your wireless network connection and offers useful diagnostic tests to help keep your wireless network running smoothly. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ™...

  • Page 194

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