Contents Before Use ...6 Documentation ...7 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...20 Connecting a Power Source ...22 Using the Battery Pack ...23 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...28 Using Your VAIO Computer ...29 Using the Keyboard ...30 Using the Touch Pad ...31 Using Special-function Buttons ...32...
Using Peripheral Devices...72 Connecting External Speakers ...73 Connecting an External Display ...74 Selecting Display Modes...78 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...79 Connecting an External Microphone ...81 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...82 Connecting a Printer ...85 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...86 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...88 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...89 Setting the Password ...90...
Precautions ...122 On Handling the LCD Screen ...123 On Using the Power Source ...124 On Handling Your Computer...125 On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...127 On Handling Floppy Disks ...128 On Handling Discs ...129 On Using the Battery Pack...130 On Using Headphones...132 On Handling Memory Stick Media...133 On Handling the Hard Disk ...134 On Updating Your Computer ...135...
Mouse ...172 Speakers ...173 Touch Pad...174 Keyboard...175 Floppy Disks ...176 Audio/Video...177 Memory Stick Media ...178 Peripherals ...179 Support Options ...180 Sony Support Information ...181 Program Support Information...184 Trademarks ...195...
Before Use ® Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing experience. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
Before Use Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Printed Documentation ❑ Welcome mat — Contains an overview of components connection, set-up information, etc. ❑ Safety Information — Contains safety guidelines and owner information. ❑...
❑ Specifications — The online specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/BR/...
Contains links to other Internet sites you might find interesting and useful. ❑ VAIO Tutorials Sony provides guided help tutorials that help you accomplish a task. It can either perform the task for you or show you how to do it step by step.
❑ You will receive an e-coupon good for purchase of eligible accessories at SonyStyle.com. ❑ Extended Service Plan Sony VAIO products come with a 1 year Limited Warranty. Protect your investment further by purchasing an optional Extended Service Plan. Before Use...
Ergonomic Considerations You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and portable environments: ❑ Position of your computer – Place the computer directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, touch pad, or external mouse.
❑ Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well.
Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. Before starting your computer for the first time, do not connect any other hardware that did not originally come with your computer. Be sure to start up your computer with only the supplied accessories connected and set up your system. Upon completion, connect one device (for example, a printer, an external hard disk drive, a scanner, and so on) at a time, following the manufacturers' instructions.
Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 34) LCD screen (page 123) Num lock indicator (page 20) Caps lock indicator (page 20)
Left Security slot Air vent Monitor port (page 74) S VIDEO OUT port (page 76) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 82) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 86) Microphone jack (page 81) Headphones jack (page 73) WIRELESS (Wireless LAN/Bluetooth functionality (page 59) Support high-/full-/low- speeds.
Back DC IN port (page 22) Battery connector Air vent Modem port (page 58) 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 Sleep 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.
Indicator Functions WIRELESS Illuminates when the WIRELESS switch is set to ON and the wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth functionalities enabled. On selected models only. Getting Started...
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 lock switch (1) to the LOCK position to secure the battery pack on the computer. ✍ 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 delivery. 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 double-blinks 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.
Using the Battery Care Function You can select your desired maximum charge level with the battery care function to reduce battery degradation. To use the battery care function Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Double-click Power Management and Battery Care Function. Click to select the Enable Battery Care Function check box.
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 Sleep mode. To remove the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
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, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 30) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 31) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 32) ❑...
Using the Keyboard Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer keyboard, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍ Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system finished launching. Combinations/Feature Fn + 8 (F5/F6): brightness control Fn +...
Using the Touch Pad You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad. Action Description Point Slide your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. The AV MODE, Play/Pause, Stop, Previous track, and Next track buttons support Instant Mode. To activate Instant Mode, the computer must be off or in Hibernate mode. See the printed Instant Mode booklet for more information on Instant Mode. Special-function button AV MODE button Muting button...
Special-function button Functions Starts or pauses playback of a CD or DVD media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Play/Pause button Stops playback of a CD or DVD media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Stop button Plays the previous chapter/file during video playback or the previous song/file during audio playback.
Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software and enables you to capture still images and movies with the preinstalled image capture software. This software will automatically launch when you press the CAPTURE button.
Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch WebCam Companion 2. Click the Capture icon in the main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer. The current image in the finder view is captured and its thumbnail image is added to the thumbnail view in the left pane of the main window.
Capturing Movies To capture a movie Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch WebCam Companion 2. Click the Record icon in the main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to start movie recording. When finished, press the CAPTURE button once again to stop movie recording.
Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc Turn on the computer. Press the drive eject button (1) to open the drive. The tray slides out. Place a disc in the middle of the tray with the label side facing upward and gently push it down until the disc clicks into place.
Using Your VAIO Computer Close the tray by pushing it in gently. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. ✍ If you plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs ™ Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc media, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM Blu-ray Disc P Blu-ray Disc Combo Supports writing data to DVD-R discs compliant with DVD-R for General Version 2.0/2.1. Supports writing data to DVD-RW discs compliant with DVD-RW Version 1.1/1.2. The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with a removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
Due to the multiple formats of discs now available, when buying pre-recorded or blank discs for use with a VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc packaging carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO CD drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD"...
Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Use only Sony recommended software, which is preinstalled on your computer, to write data to a disc. Other software programs may not be fully compatible and errors may result. ❑ To make data on a disc readable on the optical disc drive, you need to close the session before you eject it. To complete this process, follow the instructions included with your software.
Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. ❑ Some CD players and computers' optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW media. ❑...
Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired CD software to play the CD. If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option. Copying Files to CDs To copy files to a disc Do not strike or shake your computer while writing data to a disc.
Playing DVDs To play a DVD Close all running software applications. Insert a DVD into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired DVD software to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file on your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard slot or an ExpressCard/34 slot for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ExpressCard/34 (34mm wide) or ExpressCard/54 (54mm wide) module as shown below;...
Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is delivered with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍...
Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. ✍ If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer.
Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module ✍ To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 4. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Media Memory Stick media is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones and other devices. Because it is removable, it can be used for external data storage.
For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of January 2008.
Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media Locate the Memory Stick slot. Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the Memory Stick slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick media is automatically detected by your system and the contents on the Memory Stick media are displayed.
To format a Memory Stick media The Memory Stick media has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use. If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps. Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports the Memory Stick media when formatting the media. Formatting the Memory Stick media erases the entire data on the media.
Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media Check that the Memory Stick indicator is off. Push in the Memory Stick media toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot. Always remove the Memory Stick media gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
❑ SDHC memory card ❑ MultiMediaCard (MMC) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Sony Support Information support Web site. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory card media available as of January 2008. However, not all memory card media that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card Locate the SD memory card slot. Hold the memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the memory card slot. Carefully slide the memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
Removing a Memory Card Do not remove a memory card while the To remove a memory card Check that the SD memory card indicator light is off. Push in the memory card toward the computer. The memory card ejects. Pull the memory card out of the slot. indicator light is on.
Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line with a telephone cable (not supplied) and have an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). To connect a telephone cable Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem port Plug the other end into the wall jack (2).
(radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet connectivity, 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 The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 54 Mbps. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 144 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz bandwidth or up to 300 Mbps...
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN 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) You cannot select the 5 GHz bandwidth, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied), 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 switch. Double-click ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select your desired wireless option(s) and click OK.
Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication Turn off the WIRELESS switch. Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
Using the Bluetooth Functionality The Bluetooth functionality is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to see whether your model supports the Bluetooth functionality. You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone.
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 ❑...
❑ 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, search for Bluetooth information using Windows Help and Support. To open Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support.
Using the Bluetooth Headset The Bluetooth headset (not supplied) 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 connect the headset with your computer Press and hold the headset power button for at least five seconds to turn on the Bluetooth headset.
Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers (page 73) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 74) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 78) ❑...
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 (not supplied) to your computer. For example, you can use the computer with a computer display or a projector. ✍ Connect the power cord of your external display after connecting all other cables. Connecting a Computer Display You can connect a computer display (monitor) to your computer.
Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone 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 port (3) a on the computer.
Connecting a TV You can connect a TV to your computer. To connect a TV to your computer Plug the power cord of your TV into an AC outlet. Plug one end of an S Video cable (not supplied) into the S VIDEO OUT port on the computer and the other end to the TV. Plug one end of an audio cable (not supplied) into the headphones jack on the computer and the other end to the TV.
Connecting a Projector You can 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. Plug a display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor port (3) a on the computer.
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 79) 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 connected to the monitor 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 and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. 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...
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 (not supplied). To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. ✍...
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 (Sleep or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍...
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 ❑ Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports. ❑...
On Sony digital video cameras, ports labeled DV Out, DV In/Out, or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camcorder shown here is an example; your digital video camcorder may need to be connected differently. You cannot access the pictures stored on a Memory Stick media when using an i.LINK connection.
Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can 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 computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc. ❑ Setting the Password (page 90) ❑...
Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Adding the Power-on Password The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the 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 Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password. Click Change password.
Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located between the left and right touch pad buttons is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.
❑ The fingerprint authentication technology does not ensure complete user authentication or complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor.
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 10 fingerprints can be enrolled for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer If you have failed to enroll a fingerprint, follow these steps to try again. Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1).
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. 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.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer 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 (page 90).
Customizing Your VAIO Computer 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 information required to access the password-protected Web sites. You may not be able to use the Password Bank feature depending on the Web site you access.
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 drive. To erase the enrolled fingerprints Turn on the computer.
Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select the desired control item and change the settings. Once finished, click OK.
Using the Power Saving Modes You can take advantage of the 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: Sleep and Hibernate. When using battery power, you should be aware that the computer will automatically enter Hibernate mode if the remaining battery life becomes short, regardless of the power management setting you select.
Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The umber power indicator light blinks in this mode. If you do not intend to use your computer for a long period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off.
To return to Normal mode ❑ Press any key. ❑ Press the power button on your computer. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. You will lose all unsaved data. If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode.
Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk drive 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 return to Normal mode Press the power button. The computer returns to its normal state. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. ✍ It takes more time to return to Normal mode from Hibernate mode than from Sleep mode. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
Managing Power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power schemes for running on AC or battery power 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 operation of your computer and longer battery life.
❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For the type of module and the amount of memory installed on your model, see the online specifications. For assistance, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 181).
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the memory by installing optional memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages.
Notes on adding/removing memory modules ❑ Be careful when changing memory. Improper installation of memory modules may cause damage to your system. This damage may void your manufacturer's warranty. ❑ There are two memory module slots in the memory module compartment. If your computer has only one memory module installed at the time of delivery, it has been inserted in the upper slot.
❑ Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.
Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down. Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...
Unscrew the screw (1) first and then other five screws (2) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover. Touch a metal object to discharge static electricity. Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...
Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: ❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. ❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2). ✍...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. Do not touch any other components on the motherboard. If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the upper slot. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot.
Replace the memory module compartment cover. 10 Tighten the screws on the bottom of the computer. Do not install the screw (1) in step 4 into other screw holes, as doing so may cause damage to your computer because the length of the screw (1) is longer than that of other screws (2).
Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Double-click the System Information icon under the System Information folder. You can view the amount of system memory. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the whole installation procedure and restart the computer.
Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ On Handling the LCD Screen (page 123) ❑ On Using the Power Source (page 124) ❑ On Handling Your Computer (page 125) ❑...
❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of making the change.
❑ 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, see Sony Support Information ❑ Make sure you disconnect the power cord and remove the battery pack before cleaning your computer.
On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ 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.
On Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from magnets. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from any liquid. Do not let them get wet. When you are not using your floppy disk, always remove it from the floppy disk drive and use a storage case.
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: ❑...
❑ Do not charge the battery pack in any way other than as described in this user guide or as designated by Sony in writing. ❑ For your safety, Sony recommends using the genuine Sony battery pack and AC adapter that are provided with this product.
❑ If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time, the remaining battery life may become short. However, this is normal and does not indicate a malfunction, because the battery pack will gradually discharge over time even when not in use.
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 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 drive 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 drive 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 Updating Your Computer Confirm that the latest updates have been installed on your computer using the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. To confirm that they have been installed on the computer, follow these steps for each software application: ❑...
Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before visiting the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ for customers in USA http://www.sony.ca/support/...
❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
Select Exit Setup, and press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. Your computer restarts. If this occurs frequently, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support Information (page 181).
What should I do if the power indicator (Green) lights but my screen remains blank? ❑ If the illumination lamp is on, press any key. ❑ Press the DISPLAY OFF button. The LCD backlight of your computer may have been turned off. ❑...
What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. ❑...
❑ If the issue 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, see Sony Support Information (page 181).
❑ If the issue 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, see Sony Support Information (page 181).
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, see Sony Support Information (page 181).
What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device. Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears. How do I check the volume of the recovery partition? Your hard disk drive contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored.
System 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. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 24). 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? ❑...
Troubleshooting Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm? No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm when it is powering your computer. 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.
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. ❑...
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.
Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? ❑ 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. ❑...
❑ Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone. ❑ Make sure that the telephone number the program is dialing is correct. ❑ Make sure the software you are using is compatible with your computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.) ❑...
Troubleshooting Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your ISP, do any of the following: ❑...
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. ❑...
What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑...
❑ 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 WIRELESS 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. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer check box.
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. ❑...
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 Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? ❑ Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label facing upward. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑...
Click Device Manager on the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the drivers.
What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? ❑ Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. ❑ Stop using the keyboard. ❑ If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage.
Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer loses power or enters a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 106) ❑...
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. To change the screen resolution, follow these steps: Right-click the desktop and select Personalize.
Why doesn't my screen display a video? ❑ If the external display is selected for the display output and the external display is disconnected, you cannot display a video on your computer screen. Stop video playback, change the display output to the computer screen, and then restart video playback.
What should I do if the LCD brightness of my screen changes? The LCD brightness setting, adjusted with the Fn+F5/F6 keys, is temporary and may be restored to the original setting when your computer returns to Normal mode from Sleep or Hibernate mode. To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
How do I run Windows Aero? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Customize colors under Appearance and Personalization. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. Select Windows Aero from the Color scheme options on the Appearance tab.
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. ❑...
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. How can I prevent microphone feedback? Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker.
Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. ❑ Restart your computer with your mouse connected. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? ❑...
Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information. ❑...
Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad 31). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
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 Control Panel.
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.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation 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 if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer and the preinstalled software. ❑ Sony Support Information (page 181) ❑ Program Support Information (page 184)
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit the Sony online support Web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support/...
For customers in Latin American countries or areas Customer Information Center If you do not find the information you are looking for at our site, you may call Sony directly. In order to receive the fastest and most efficient services, have the following information readily available:...
Support Options In order to contact a Sony technical support representative, call the following numbers: ❑ In Argentina: (011) 6770-SONY (7669) ❑ In Mexico: In Mexico City: 5002-9819 In the Mexican Republic: 01-800-759-7669 ❑ In Colombia: 01-800-550-7000 ❑ In Peru: 0-801-1-7000 or 511-6100 ❑...
Program Support Information Depending on the computer model and particular configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of the software programs listed below. Contacts for Sony software products are listed below: ❑ For customers in USA Web site http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...
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® 60-Day Trial Version of Microsoft The Microsoft Office 60-Day Trial software included with this computer system is intended for evaluation purposes only. The software has been installed and you must activate the software before you can use it. Product activation procedures will be detailed during initial launch of the software; activation requires Internet access.
Protector Suite QL Sony Electronics Inc. Protector Suite QL Edition allows you to easily setup your fingerprint sensor equipped on your computer. Protector Suite QL supports fingerprint logon, fast user switching, file encryption, registering forms and more. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...
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Vegas Movie Studio Sony Electronics Inc. Professional video, audio and DVD creation ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/default.asp ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support (page 184). (page 184). (page 184).
❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp Telephone 1-800-772-6735 Zoom Utility Sony Electronics Inc. The Zoom Utility will allow you to magnify a portion of the screen. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 184).
PS/2 is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation. Blu-ray Disc and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license.
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