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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 —...
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.
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.
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...
Built-in speaker Fingerprint sensor (page 99) Front camera (MOTION EYE) (page 36) Front camera (MOTION EYE) indicator Getting Started (page 18)
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)
Right Strap holes Fasten the supplied wrist strap to your computer through either hole. Battery connector (page 22) Getting Started...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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;...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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)
Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive You can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB floppy disk drive cable (2) into the USB port. Your USB floppy disk drive (3) is now ready for use.
Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. If the computer is off, you can unplug the USB cable directly from the computer.
Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a Printer Using the USB Port You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to the computer. To connect a printer using the USB port Plug the power cord (1) of your printer into an AC outlet.
Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices 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;...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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