Additional System Capabilities ...16 VAIO Action Setup ...21 To Use the Shortcut Keys...21 To Set the Internal Timer ...22 To Change the Sony Software Window Design...23 VAIO AV Applications ...25 Overview of Preinstalled Software ...26 DigitalPrint Software...29 DVgate Software ...37 MovieShaker Software ...39...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Configuring Your VAIO Computer...63 Hard Disk Drive Partition ... 63 i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility ... 64 System, Application, And Driver Recovery CDs ...67 To Use the System Recovery CD(s) ... 68 To Use the Application Recovery CD(s) ... 70 To Use the Driver Recovery CD...
Welcome Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO® computer! Your new computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use functionality. The information provided here is designed to help you to become familiar with the hardware and software applications included...
Locating Controls And Connectors Front Panel Overview The front panel of your VAIO® MX computer enables access to the optical drive, MiniDisc drive, Memory Stick®, and PC Card slots. The front panel also provides access to the Universal Serial Bus (USB) and i.LINK® ports to connect your compatible peripheral devices.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide DVD-RW drive Reads data from DVD or CD media. Writes data to a DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, or CD-RW media. MiniDisc drive Plays and records music to and from a MiniDisc media. Supports Net MD protocol for secure music transfers. LCD display screen Displays the current operating mode and status of the computer.
DVD-RW eject button Ejects a disc from the DVD-RW drive. MiniDisc media eject button Ejects a MiniDisc media from the MiniDisc drive. Previous/Rewind button Skips to the previous track on the current playback of a DVD, CD or MiniDisc media. Next/Fast Forward button Skips to the next track on the current playback of a DVD, CD or MiniDisc media.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Back Panel Overview The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories. The back panel also provides access to Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder ports and jacks. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports and jacks on your computer.
Printer port Connection for a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner. i.LINK 6-pin port (IEEE1394) Connection for a compatible digital device. Serial port Connection for a compatible serial device. Monitor port Connection for a standard display. DVI (LCD) Monitor port Connection for an LCD display.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Remote Control Overview The functions of the VAIO® MX Computer can be controlled using the remote control (supplied). The remote control can control the functions for the computer, FM Tuner, MiniDisc player, Memory Stick® media slot, Giga Pocket functions, and DVD/CD-ROM player.
Power button Press to turn the computer on or off. DVD button Press to control a DVD player. TV/VIDEO button Press to start or stop Giga Video Recorder. Giga Video Recorder is a feature of the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder system. Channel number buttons Press to select specific channels.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Direction (center) button Press in the arrow directions to locate desired content, such as a song or Continued Video Capsule. Press down to select desired content. Next/FF button Press to fast forward to the next selection. Stop button Press to stop playback.
Audio Select button Press to select audio mode. Continued EQ button Press to adjust your equalizer. Angle button See the Media Bar™ DVD Player software online Help file for more information. Subtitle button See the Media Bar DVD Player software online Help file for more information.
Additional System Capabilities To use the Memory Stick media slot Your VAIO® MX computer is designed to support the Sony MagicGate™ Memory Stick® media. A Memory Stick media is a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with similarly equipped products.
Remove the Memory Stick media from the slot carefully. ✍ Sony Memory Stick media do not support AVI file playback. First copy the AVI file to your hard disk drive and then playback the file. Protecting data on Memory Stick media from accidental changes Memory Stick media contain a write-protect tab.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide To use PC card slot Your computer has a card bus PC card slot that supports Type I or Type II PC (PCMCIA) cards. You do not need to shut down your computer when inserting a PC card.
When the message “Safe to Remove Hardware” appears, push the PC card Eject button on the front panel of the system unit. You may need to extend the Eject button out from the computer before you can eject the card. When the PC card ejects from the PC card slot, remove it by holding the edges and pulling it out carefully.
VAIO Action Setup VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your VAIO® keyboard's Shortcut keys (S keys) and your computer's internal timer. To Use the Shortcut Keys The programmable S Keys are set to perform the following functions: S1 — Outlook® Express ❑...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide The Confirmation Application Name window appears. Click Next. You may now type a new name and description, if desired. Then click Finish. To Set the Internal Timer The VAIO Action Setup utility enables you to set your computer’s internal timer to launch certain applications or documents automatically.
To Change the Sony Software Window Design You can select from different window designs for your Sony software and create your own personal computing environment. Changing the window design Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select the Control Panel.
VAIO AV Applications Your VAIO® computer has a preinstalled collection of audio and video (AV) applications that make it easy to use advanced multimedia technology. This section describes the VAIO AV applications. ✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software applications listed, depending on the system configuration you purchased.
Sony Electronics Inc. This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony digital still camera, or a Sony Mavica® camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an...
Sony Electronics Inc. Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture manages the i.LINK® connection between your notebook and a Sony Digital Handycam® Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to capture compressed video or still images and save them to your hard disk drive or share via e-mail.
DigitalPrint Software DigitalPrint is designed to creatively manage your digital pictures. With its easy-to-use features, you can quickly load images from your digital camera or camcorder, print high-quality photos, and make personalized photo albums and labels to share with friends and family. DigitalPrint main window Using PhotoCapture Capture and import your digital pictures from your digital camera or camcorder...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide PhotoCapture window Click the camera icon to open the Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box. You can enter a name for a new folder or click Select Photo Folder to import your pictures to an existing folder. Click OK. Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box...
Click Capture to capture still images. You can preview a thumbnail version of your pictures in the selection view window. Capture Pictures from Video window Select the desired pictures, and click Get Pictures. The PhotoCapture picture editor window appears. Click View to see an enlarged version of a selected picture. You can use (Rotate) to change the position of a selected picture.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Using PhotoCollection You can select and print your favorite digital pictures, using your computer and home printer. Click (Photo) to open the PhotoCollection window. A list of folders is displayed on the left side of the window, with the folder contents displayed as thumbnail pictures on the right.
Printer and Paper selection window Click Print All to print all pages, or click “Print the selected page only” to print a specific page of photos. Using PhotoDecor You can decorate your favorite photos with clip art, stamps, or your own drawing talent.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Select the desired folder. From the thumbnail view, click to select the pictures you want to decorate. The PhotoDecor editing window appears. Use the decoration features on the right side of the window by clicking on the desired decoration icon, and then dragging the decoration onto your photo.
Click Create New Album. The Select Photo window appears. Select the photos you want to include in your album from the available folders displayed. Click List to select individual pictures from each folder. The Select Design window appears. Select a design template for your album. Use the scroll bar to see all available designs.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Click an icon to select a media type. A new window opens. Click the paper layout icon. The Select Design window appears. Select a design template. Use the decoration and customization features on the right by clicking an icon and dragging it onto your template. ✍...
DVgate Software Connecting a digital video camcorder Turn off the power to your digital video camcorder before connecting it to your computer. After connecting the device, turn its power back on. You do not need to turn off the computer when connecting the camcorder. To use DVgate™...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide To use DVgate software to record AVI files to tape ✍ You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded. Do not use DVgate™ software when the connected digital video device is in ❑...
MovieShaker Software MovieShaker™ software can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any previous knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, video files can be made from still images with added special effects and music. You can save your personal video creation in a format that is compatible with most computers.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Creating movies with MovieShaker software Using your imported clips, you can create a short movie using the Shake feature. The Shake feature selects clips from the Story Board tray, adds effects, and combines them randomly into a 30-second movie. After you “Shake” your video, you can edit it by adding effects and text, by adjusting the color and contrast, and by modifying its length.
Using the Shake feature Click the Shake tab. The Shake tray appears Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shake pattern tray. Shake tray Shake tab Shake! button Playback buttons Click the Shake! button. A 30-second movie is automatically generated. Optional: Add text to your new movie by clicking on the Input button.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Adding effects to a scene or a clip Double-click or drag the desired clip or scene to move it to the Story Board tray. Click the Effect button on the Effect tray. Effect tray window (Effect button selected) Effect button Effect...
Adding text effects to a scene or clip Double-click or drag the clip or scene to move it to the Story Board tray. Click the Text button on the Editing tray. Effects Tray (Text button selected) Click the Text Setting button to create customized text. The Text Setting dialog box appears.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Saving a movie Verify that the movie or clips you want to save are located on the Story Board tray. Click the Export button on the Story Board tray. Select the format in which you want the movie to be saved. ✍...
Using ImageStation online service with MovieShaker software ImageStation is an online service that allows you to store your pictures and movies on the Internet to share with family and friends. ImageStation requires an Internet connection and registration for the Web-based service. You must be connected to the Internet before uploading your pictures or movies using MovieShaker and ImageStation applications.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide When the ImageStation application on your computer connects with ImageStation online, your files are uploaded to the Web site. The Image Uploader window appears and displays the Internet connection and upload status. Image Uploader window Go to http://www.imagestation.com to view your uploaded pictures or movies.
PictureGear Software PictureGear™ software is a digital image management application that allows you to view all the images stored in any directory on your computer. Thumbnail views provide quick reminders of your pictures. Use PictureGear software to brighten, add contrast, enhance, resize, crop, and color-correct your pictures. Create animations, screen savers, wallpaper, still pictures from MPEG, and HTML photo albums.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Creating a photo album Click the Folder tab in the main window and browse to locate your pictures. Select the pictures you want to include in your album. PIctureGear Album Maker window From the Utilities menu, select Album Maker. Choose a Design template for your album.
Click the “Customize the design” button to add pictures, frames, text, and effects. Custom Album window ✍ If you select the Custom Album process, the final album is created when you click the Finish button in the last dialog box. Custom album “Completed”...
Internet or through e-mail. ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Mode indicator Displays the current mode (Still or Net Movie). Mode dial Switches Smart Capture from Still mode to Net Movie mode with a single click of your mouse. Options button Displays the configuration options available for either Still or Net Movie mode.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Click the Options button to view the available options for your still image capture. The Still Image Options window appears. Still Image Options window The Still Image Options window has four tabs: Capturing Mode — You can choose between Normal, Self-timer, or ❑...
To capture a picture in Still mode Use your digital camera or camcorder to locate the image you want to capture. When you see the desired image in the Smart Capture window, click the Capture button. The Still Viewer window appears. You can capture one picture or several pictures at a time.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide ✍ You must be connected to the Internet before attempting to upload or e-mail your still images or videos. Using Net Movie Mode From the Start button in the Windows taskbar, select All Programs, select Smart Capture, and then click Smart Capture.
Destination — Select a file destination for your movies when recording ❑ video clips. Capture Button — Set the characteristics of the software’s on-screen ❑ Capture button. You can start and stop recording by clicking the Capture button (this is the default characteristic). You can select Anti-Ground Shooting, which allows recording to occur only while you click and hold the Capture button.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide You can review your movie from the Movie Player window by using the play, pause, and stop buttons. Click the arrows or drag the scroll bar to view your movie. Each frame is displayed with an identifying number in the queue.
Using ImageStation with Smart Capture software ImageStation is an online service that allows you to store your pictures and movies on the Internet to share with family and friends. The ImageStation service requires an Internet connection and registration for the Web-based service. You must be connected to the Internet before uploading your pictures or movies with Smart Capture and ImageStation applications.
✍ Sony recommends that your movie file size not exceed 254 MB if compressed, or 2 GB if not compressed. Large movie files take longer to upload to the ImageStation Web site.
Using VisualFlow software You can navigate in the VisualFlow application by using your mouse, the directional arrows on your keyboard, or the Sony Jog Dial™ control (on those models that offer the Sony Jog Dial™ control). Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select All Programs.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Click an icon in the Sort section on the main toolbar to select a sorting method. Placing your cursor on the left end of the main toolbar activates the current Memory Stick properties. Placing your cursor on the right end of the main toolbar activates a secondary toolbar with more functions.
VAIO® Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® that provides maximum compatibility and video quality for capturing video from your Sony digital camcorder. If your VAIO computer does not have Adobe Premiere software preinstalled and you subsequently purchase this software, install the VAIO Edit Component plug-in to ensure compatibility with Sony digital camcorders.
To improve the performance of Sony audio and video software applications, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. Some Sony software applications save files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition.
Your VAIO computer may include either 4-pin or 6-pin, or both types, of i.LINK ports. ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Connecting an i.LINK (IEEE1394) device Use the symbol to locate the i.LINK port on your compatible i.LINK device and on your computer. Plug the i.LINK cable connector into this port. Plug the other end of the cable into the corresponding 4- or 6-pin i.LINK port on your computer.
The System Recovery CD utility enables you to restore the operating system and software that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased. Application Recovery CD(s) Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide To Use the System Recovery CD(s) The System Recovery utility formats your hard disk drive and restores all the original software applications. Your computer is returned to the original factory settings. The System Recovery process removes all software that you may have installed since you started using your computer.
Using the System Recovery CD(s) Your system may take a few minutes to load necessary files. A blue screen appears during the downloading process. Insert the System Recovery CD in your computer’s optical drive. The System Recovery utility starts from the optical drive. The first CD must be in the drive when you turn on your computer.
Recovery utility. You may be prompted to insert the next CD(s), depending on the software application you wish to restore. If you have any questions about using the Application Recovery CD(s), visit http://www.sony.com/pcsupport, or contact Sony Customer Support at 1-888-4-SONY-PC.
To Use the Driver Recovery CD The Driver Recovery CD utility enables you to reinstall individual drivers and repair software applications if they become corrupted or are erased. You can reinstall an individual driver to correct a problem that you are experiencing with your computer, peripheral hardware, or software application.
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. Topics My computer does not start. Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned ❑...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide My computer or software application stopped responding. You can try to locate and close the software application that has stopped responding. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window appears. From the Applications tab, locate the application that has the status message, “Not responding.”...
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and select Turn Off Computer. Select Restart. When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard. Select the Advanced tab from the Setup Utility screen. Select “I/O Device Configuration” and press Enter.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide I cannot play a DVD. If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player application, it may be that the region code of the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the region code setting of your optical drive.
I cannot play a DVD or CD. After inserting your optical disc, wait a few seconds for it to be detected ❑ before trying to access it. Verify that the disc is in the tray with the label side facing up. ❑...
Why is my computer operating improperly after downloading the CD-burning feature of RealJukebox® software? Sony does not guarantee the performance of the "Create CD" feature that is provided by the software, RealJukebox2 Basic for Sony. Some CD-ROM drives or drivers may experience problems when using this feature. For more information about this issue, visit the RealNetworks Service and Support Web site at http://service.real.com.
Select Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click “Adjust the system volume.” From the Volume tab, adjust the Device volume by moving the slider bar to the desired sound level. Verify that the Mute option is not selected. ❑ Check that the Mute check box is not selected in the Windows volume control.
The preinstalled Lucent™ Win Modem does not support the Wake On Ring (WOR) feature of the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system. For optimal use, Sony recommends that you do not change the preset modem settings in the Power Management Properties window.
How do I change my modem to rotary or Touch-Tone dialing? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Phone and Modem options. From the Dialing Rules tab, click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box appears. Select the Tone or Pulse option.
VAIO MX Computer User Guide My mouse does not work. Check that the mouse is plugged securely into the mouse port. ❑ ❑ Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer. There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism.
I cannot find the Windows® taskbar. The Windows taskbar may be hidden or minimized. Use the mouse to locate a hidden taskbar by pointing to the left, right, top, ❑ and bottom edges of the screen. The taskbar appears when the cursor is placed over its location.
Clear the printer memory by turning the printer off for approximately 10 seconds, and then turning it back on. To contact Sony for technical support For further technical assistance, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972) or access the Web site at: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
Notes on Use The power source Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only. ❑ 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.
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.
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).
Do not change the CRT display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and ❑ the DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony recommends that you keep your CRT display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz). Do not place the display near a strong magnetic force.
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual ❑ image on the screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal. A residual image may appear on the screen if the same image is displayed ❑...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide Handling MiniDisc media Attach the labels supplied with MiniDisc media, in the designated location. ❑ Do not break open the shutter on the case. ❑ Do not place the media where it will be subject to extreme temperatures, ❑...
This database provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Enter a description of your problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. Access the Sony Knowledge Database on the Sony Computing Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Index AC Input port 11 adding additional hardware precaution 85 adjusting voltage settings 85 air circulation 86 Audio In jack 11 Audio Out jack 11 audio problems 78 Back Panel AC Input port 11 Audio In jack 11 Audio Out jack 11 DVI (LCD) monitor port 11 Ethernet port 10 FM antenna port 11...
VAIO MX Computer User Guide DigitalPrint software 29 LabelMaker 35 PhotoAlbum 34 PhotoCapture 29 PhotoCollection 32 PhotoDecor 33 disconnecting power cords 85 Display button 9 Driver Recovery CD DRCD 71 cleaning media 90 handling media 89 media problems 77 playback 76 DVD-RW drive 8 eject button 9...
installing additional hardware precaution 85 interference 87 Internal Timer 22 setting application launch 22 start setting 22 Jog Dial 59 keyboard 81 Keyboard port 10 LCD display front panel screen 8 handling 88 LCD monitor port 11 Line IN jacks (R/L) 11 Line OUT jacks (R/L) 11 losing power 85 MagicGate Memory Stick media slot 9...
S/P DIF OUT/IN optical ports 11 Serial port 11 Shortcut keys 21 shutting down your computer 85 slot cover 88 Software 78 stopped responding 74 Sony online service 45 speaker precaution 86 Stereo speaker terminals 11 Stop button 8 Support resources 91 surge protectors 85...
Index voltage settings 85 Volume control buttons 9 window design 23 Windows taskbar locating 83...