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  • Page 1 ® VAIO User Guide PCV-J100...
  • Page 2 MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE THEREOF. Sony Electronics Inc. reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
  • Page 3 Caution: For ADSL modem models, to reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunication line cord. Pour changer la pile de rechange, veuillez contacter votre centre de service Sony le plus près.
  • Page 4 L’appareil doit être le plus près possible d’une prise murale pour en faciliter l’accès. For questions regarding your product or for the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888- 476-6972 in the United States or 1-800-961- 7669 in Canada. Sony Customer Support can be reached at...
  • Page 5: Regulatory Information

    Regulatory Information Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: PCV-J100 Responsible Sony Electronics Inc. Party: Address: 1 Sony Drive Park Ridge, NJ 07656 Telephone: 201-930-6972 This phone number is for FCC-related matters only. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules.
  • Page 6: United States

    Repair of this equipment should be made only by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized agent. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). This equipment cannot be used on public coin service provided by the telephone company.
  • Page 7 In some areas the disposal of lithium ion batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1- 888-476-6972 in the United States or 1-800- 961-7669 in Canada. Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium ion batteries.
  • Page 8 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Repairs to certified equipment should be coordinated by a representative designated by the supplier. Equipment malfunctions or any repairs or alterations made by the user to this equipment may give the telecommunications company cause to request that the user disconnect the equipment.
  • Page 9: Table Of Contents

    Front Panel Overview ...12 Back Panel Overview ...14 VAIO Action Setup ...16 Pre-setting i.LINK devices ...17 Changing the Window Design of Sony Software ...18 Sony Digital Media Park Applications ...19 Movie Shaker ...20 Importing Images and Sound Clips ...20 Create a Movie using Shaker ...20 Editing Clips and Scenes ...21...
  • Page 10 Using the Application Recovery CD(s) ... 30 Troubleshooting ... Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Troubleshooting To Reach Sony ... 41 Notes on Use ... 41 On the Power Source ... 41 On Disposal of the Lithium Battery ... 43 On Handling ... 43 On Installation ...
  • Page 11: Welcome

    Welcome Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO computer! Your new computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use functionality. This User Guide contains information about the applications included with your system, contact information for software vendors, and the specifications for your computer.
  • Page 12: Front Panel Overview

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can also purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare.
  • Page 13 HD (drive) access indicator light Lights in amber while reading/writing data from/to the hard disk. Power switch and indicator light Turns on/off the computer. The indicator light is green while the power is on and amber when the computer is in standby mode. Floppy disk drive Reads/writes data from/to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
  • Page 14: Back Panel Overview

    (IEEE1394) TELEPHONE jack Connects the phone to the computer. LINE jack Connects a phone cable to the wall jack. Two i.LINK 6-pin connectors (IEEE1394) Connects a digital device such as a Sony Digital Handycam Power Line Telephone ® Camcorder.
  • Page 15 ETHERNET connector 10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface. The connector marked with EMPTY PCI SLOT For a PCI Add-On Card (not supplied). MIC (Microphone) connector* Connects a microphone (not supplied). LINE IN connector Connects an audio device. PHONES (Headphones) connector* Connects headphones (not supplied). Games/MIDI connector Connects a game or MIDI device.
  • Page 16: Vaio Action Setup

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide VAIO Action Setup VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer’s Shortcut keys (S Keys) and i.LINK interface. The programmable S Keys come with the following applications as their default settings: S1 — Outlook Express S2 —...
  • Page 17: Pre-setting Devices

    Pre-setting i.LINK devices You can pre-set your i.LINK-equipped devices to launch desired functions, such as automatically starting DVgate applications or connecting two VAIO computers. To pre-set your i.LINK device to launch a desired function: From the Start menu, select Programs > VAIO Action Setup > VAIO Action Setup.
  • Page 18: Changing The Window Design Of Sony Software

    Sony software will match the “UI Design Selector” window. To try another selection, click << or >>. Then, click OK. The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design displays. You may use the feature with UI Design Selector-compatible software only.
  • Page 19: Sony Digital Media Park Applications

    Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture manages the i.LINK® connection between your computer and a Sony Digital Handycam Camcorder, or other cameras that support the i.LINK interface. Smart Capture allows you to capture and compress video or still images that you can save or share via e-mail.
  • Page 20: Movie Shaker

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Movie Shaker This application can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, motion pictures can be combined with special effects, still images (pictures), and music files and then saved in a format most computers can play.
  • Page 21: Editing Clips And Scenes

    Click the Shake tab. Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shaker tray. Click saved to the Product tray. To preview, switch the Work Panel to Product tray mode and press play. Scenes created with Shaker begin with black frame and after processing are placed in the first available slot on the Product tray.
  • Page 22: Saving A Movie

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Adding effects to a scene or a clip: Double-click the clip or scene to move it to the Working Panel. Select the Effects tab from the Editing tray. Drag and drop the Effect you want to add from the Effects tray to the Effects palette on the Working Panel.
  • Page 23: Using Digital Video

    Using Digital Video Connecting a Digital Video Recorder Before connecting a digital video camera recorder to your computer, turn off the power on the camera. After connecting the camera, turn the power back on. You do not need to turn off the computer when connecting a camera. Using DVgate When capturing clips: Do not use DVgate when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer...
  • Page 24: Hard Drive Partition

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide When recording AVI files to tape: Do not use DVgate when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral. You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded. To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.
  • Page 25: (ieee1394) Compatibility

    10V to 12V. The total power supplied by the 6-pin i.LINK connector cannot exceed 6 watts. The following Sony i.LINK 400 Mbps cables are available and recommended for use with your computer: VMC-IL4615, VMC-IL4635, VMC-IL6615, and VMC- IL6635. Sony computer supplies, accessories, and peripherals can be purchased from your dealer or by contacting Sony at http:/ /
  • Page 26: Enabling Smart Connect

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide To connect an i.LINK (IEEE1394) device Use the symbol to locate the Plug the i.LINK cable into this connector. See the manual that came with your i.LINK (IEEE1394)-equipped device for more information on setting it up and using it. Enabling Smart Connect Your computer comes with preinstalled Smart Connect software.
  • Page 27: Enabling Ethernet

    Click the Enable Device button. Click OK. The Sony i.LINK(1394) Adapter icon should no longer have an “X” on it. This means Smart Connect is now enabled. Close all windows and restart your computer in order for the new settings to take effect.
  • Page 28: System And Application Recovery Cd(s)

    The System Recovery CD program allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased. Application Recovery CD(s)
  • Page 29 You need to complete the Windows registration process when you use the System Recovery CD(s). Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the CD-RW drive. The System Recovery utility boots from the CD-RW drive. It must be in the drive when you turn on the computer.
  • Page 30: Using The Application Recovery Cd(s)

    To use the Application Recovery CD(s): Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all applications. When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Sony Application Recovery CD in the CD-RW drive. The Application Recovery utility loads automatically.
  • Page 31: Troubleshooting

    This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer Support. Topic: My computer does not start. Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on.
  • Page 32 You can change the parallel port type using the System Setup utility (CMOS Setup Utility). To access System Setup: From the Start menu, select Shut Down, and then select Restart. When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard. Select the Advanced tab from the CMOS Setup Utility screen.
  • Page 33 Select “I/O Device Configuration” and use the arrow keys to highlight Parallel Port Mode. You can toggle between the Normal (bi-directional), EPP, ECP, and ECP+EPP options using the Plus (+) or Minus (-) keys. When the desired setting displays, press the Escape key. Topic: My CD drive tray does not open.
  • Page 34 When you insert a music CD, the Sony Media Bar™ automatically launches to play your CD. When the Sony Media Bar is running, the Microsoft CD Player does not have access to the CD. Close Media Bar to use the Microsoft CD Player.
  • Page 35 Topic: Why is there no sound in any application? There are independent controls for your system volume. Check that the speakers are plugged into the If the speakers have a mute button, make sure it is off. If the speakers are powered by batteries, check that the batteries are inserted properly and that they are charged.
  • Page 36 Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct. Verify that the software you are using is appropriately configured to recognize and interact with the Sony computer modem. Call the software publisher if you do not know how to configure the software to recognize the modem.
  • Page 37 Topic: How do I set up faxing capability in Windows ® Windows 98 Second Edition does not provide a built-in fax utility. Sony has included the Symantec WinFax From the Start menu, select Programs > Symantec WinFax Basic Edition >...
  • Page 38 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Topic: My mouse does not work. Check that the mouse is plugged into the There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse, follow these steps: Turn off your computer and turn the mouse upside down. Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning clockwise the ring that covers the mouse ball.
  • Page 39 For memory upgrades, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM modules. For information on installing memory, please see the online document Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO Sony computer supplies, accessories and peripherals can be purchased from your dealer or by contacting Sony at http:/ / ®...
  • Page 40 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Click Enable Device and then click OK. Click Close. Topic: How do I install a printer? Always check the printer manufacturer's website for the latest drivers for Windows 98 before proceeding. Some printers do not function properly without updated drivers for Windows 98.
  • Page 41: To Reach Sony

    Click Microsoft Find Fast. Click the Remove button. Click Close. Click OK. To Reach Sony For further assistance, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). Notes on Use On the Power Source Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only. If you are operating this computer outside of North America or Japan, please verify that the local AC specifications match before plugging in the computer.
  • Page 42 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral equipment into the same AC supply line. AC derived from different supply lines may result in voltage differences that can cause unstable operation or unwanted weak currents at the time of connection.
  • Page 43: On Disposal Of The Lithium Battery

    The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire. Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 44: On Moisture Condensation

    Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects. Your Sony computer will not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).
  • Page 45: On Handling A Crt Display

    practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. Disconnect the system from its power source and from any telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system or follow any of the procedures described in the online document “Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO result in personal injury or equipment damage.
  • Page 46: On Handling Cd Media

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide On Handling CD Media Do not touch the surface of the disc. Do not drop or bend the disc. On Cleaning CD Media Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Proper care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability.
  • Page 47: Resources

    Resources Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When you have questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources for answers, in the following sequence: Quick Start User Guide Electronic Documentation Manuals and online help files that may...
  • Page 48: For Answers To Your Software Questions

    VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide For Answers to Your Software Questions Sony Service Center For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476- 6972). This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
  • Page 49 Basic (Intuit, Inc.) Web site phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Sony Applications (Sony Electronics, Inc.) Web site http://www. phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
  • Page 50 98 Second Edition Operating System, Internet Explorer, ® Outlook Express (Microsoft Corporation) Web site http://www. phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
  • Page 51: Specifications

    Intel Celeron † 15 GB 64 MB PC-100 SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Shared with system memory “Sony Tuned” MPEG Digital Video supports full-screen video playback Intel 810 Yamaha AC-XG Audio 3.5” 1.44 MB FDD 32X max. CD-ROM reading, 8X max. CD-R writing, 32X max.
  • Page 52 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide Model Supplied Accessories Service Limited Warranty Power Requirements Dimensions Weight Operating Temperature * MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance. † GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary. ‡...
  • Page 53: Index Index

    Index AC input connector 15 adding additional hardware precaution 42 adjusting voltage settings 41 air circulation 44 Application Recovery CD 28, 30 applications launching problems with 34 back panel 14 battery disposing 43 cables 44 CD tray opening problems with 33 CD-ROM drives troubleshooting 33 CD-RW drive 13...
  • Page 54 VAIO PCV-J100 Computer User Guide disposal of lithium ion battery 6 eject button, for floppy disk 13 eject hole, for CD-RW 13 electronic documentation 47 equipment 43 Ethernet connector 15 European power settings 41 floppy disk drive 13 front panel 12 games/MIDI connector 15 glare 12 handling diskettes 45...
  • Page 55 12 selecting locations 43 serial connector 15 setting up your computer precautions 43 shutting down your computer 42 Sony Fax-on-Demand service 47 Sony Multimedia Computer Display problems with 31 setting up 11 Sony Online Support options 47 speakers...
  • Page 56 15 upgrading your computer 44 UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) 42 VAIO Action Setup 16 ventilation 11, 44 viewing the taskbar problems with 38 voltage settings 41 window design of Sony software 18 Windows taskbar problems viewing 38 work surfaces 11...

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