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VAIO Digital Studio™
Computer User Guide
PCV-RX580/PCV-RX590G

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  • Page 1 VAIO Digital Studio™ Computer User Guide PCV-RX580/PCV-RX590G...
  • Page 2 Change to Current Document Title 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...
  • Page 3: Locating Controls And Connectors

    Bus (USB), and i.LINK® ports to connect compatible peripheral devices. ✍ 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.
  • Page 4 Change to Current Document Title Front panel (Model equipped with Giga Pocket shown) Optical drive 1 See the Specifications sheet for more information. Optical drive 2 See the Specifications sheet for more information. Floppy disk drive Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk. Floppy disk drive access indicator light Lights in green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk.
  • Page 5 Optical drive access indicator light Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical drives. Hard disk drive access indicator light Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk. Power switch and indicator light Turns the computer on and off.
  • Page 6: Back Panel Overview

    Change to Current Document Title Back Panel Overview The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your computer. Back panel (Model equipped with Giga Pocket shown) PS/2®...
  • Page 7 SP/DIF (TOSlink) optical out port Connection for a digital audio or optical device. i.LINK 6-pin port (IEEE1394) Connection for a compatible digital device such as a Sony Digital Handycam camcorder. Serial port Connection for a compatible serial device, such as a digital still camera.
  • Page 8 Connection for the phone cable to the computer. ✍ 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.
  • Page 9: Vaio Action Setup

    You can reprogram the S keys to launch other applications. ✍ 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.
  • Page 10: Changing The Settings Of The S Keys

    You may now type a new name and description, if desired. Then click Finish. 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.
  • Page 11 To Change the Sony Software Window Design When you have made your selection, click OK. The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design displays. ✍ You may only use this feature with compatible UI Design Selector software.
  • Page 12: Configuring Your Vaio Computer

    In order to improve the performance of Sony audio/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.
  • Page 13: Connecting An I.link (ieee1394) Device

    Change to Current Document Title ✍ 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.
  • Page 14: To Enable Ethernet Connectivity

    To Enable Ethernet Connectivity Your computer comes with a preinstalled Ethernet interface. To enable faster start-up time, your computer may ship with this function disabled. You can enable Ethernet connectivity by following the instructions below. Enabling the Ethernet connection Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel. From the Pick a Category list, select Performance and Maintenance.
  • Page 15: System, Application And Driver Recovery Cd(s)

    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.
  • Page 16: Using The System Recovery Cd(s)

    Change to Current Document Title You will lose any software you have installed and any other files you have created since you started to use your computer. You must reinstall any applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it. Using the System Recovery CD(s) Insert the System Recovery CD in your computer’s optical drive.
  • Page 17: To Use The Application Recovery Cd(s)

    If you need to reinstall all of the software that shipped with your computer, use the System Recovery CD(s). You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD utility. If you have any questions about using the Application Recovery CD(s), contact Sony Customer Support at 1-888-4-SONY-PC. Using the Application Recovery CD(s) Turn on your computer.
  • Page 18: To Use The Driver Recovery Cd

    Change to Current Document Title 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.
  • Page 19 Device Manager window From the Action menu, click Uninstall. This removes the device driver from your system. Click OK. Repeat for each device driver as necessary. Restart your computer. Click Start in the Windows taskbar, select Turn Off Computer, and then click Restart. When the desktop appears, Windows automatically reinstalls the device driver(s) from the Driver Recovery CD.
  • Page 20: Troubleshooting

    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 Topic: My computer does not start. ❑ Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on.
  • Page 21 Change to Current Document Title Topic: My computer or software application stopped responding. You can try to locate and close the software application that has stopped responding. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. The Windows Task Manager window appears. From the Applications tab, locate the application that has the status message, “Not responding.”...
  • Page 22 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.
  • Page 23 Change to Current Document Title Select Eject from the shortcut menu. ✍ Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CD media. Adhesive labels may come off while the CD media is in use in your optical drive(s) and may cause damage to the unit.
  • Page 24 Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select Control Panel. Select Appearances and Themes, then select “Change the screen resolution.” Click the Settings tab. Change the Screen resolution to 800 x 600 and the Color quality to 16-bit. Click Apply and then click OK. If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following: ❑...
  • Page 25 Change to Current Document Title See the online Help or documentation that came with your CD or DVD recording software application for details on adjusting write speed settings. Topic: How do I change the video resolution of my display? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select Control Panel. Select Appearances and Themes, then select “Change the screen resolution.”...
  • Page 26 Check that the access phone number (POP) is correct. ❑ All software applications that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with your computer modem. If you have installed other software, contact the software publisher for information on how to configure the software to recognize the modem.
  • Page 27 Change to Current Document Title ❑ If it appears that your modem is not functioning properly, check the device status. Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware and then select Phone and Modem Options.
  • Page 28 From the Audio tab, locate the Sound recording section and click the Volume button. The Recording Control dialog box appears. Select the Options menu and click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears. In the section, “Adjust volume for,” select the Recording option. Click OK. From the Recording Control dialog box, decrease the microphone volume level by moving the slider bar down.
  • Page 29 Change to Current Document Title Topic: My mouse needs to be set up for left-hand use. Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Mouse. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears. From the Buttons tab, select “Switch primary and secondary buttons”...
  • Page 30 Topic: How do I install a printer? ❑ If your printer has a USB, IEEE1394, or infrared connection, contact the printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for proper installation. ❑ Check the printer manufacturer’s Web site for the latest drivers for your operating system before proceeding with installation.
  • Page 31: Notes On Use

    Change to Current Document Title 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.
  • Page 32 Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. 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 33: Moisture Condensation

    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 34 ❑ Do not change the CRT display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and the DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony suggests that you keep your CRT display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz). ❑...
  • Page 35: Using The Hard Disk Drive

    Change to Current Document Title Using the hard disk drive ❑ Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock. ❑ Do not move the computer during operation. ❑ Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature. ❑...
  • Page 36: For Answers To Your Software Questions

    For Answers to Your Software Questions Sony Service Center For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972). This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. Adobe Acrobat Reader™, Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader, Adobe Photoshop®...
  • Page 37 (Online Support) phone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. Sound Forge® XP (Sonic Foundry) Web site http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support (Online support)
  • Page 38 Web site http://www.sony.com/pcsupport phone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. WordPerfect® (Corel Corporation) Web site http://www.corel.com/support/product_specific/wp9.htm phone 716-871-2325...
  • Page 39 Change to Current Document Title 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: VAIO QuickStart The QuickStart contains information on how to set up your computer quickly and easily.

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