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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer V G N - N R S e r i e s...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...6 Documentation ...7 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...19 Connecting a Power Source ...20 Using the Battery Pack ...21 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...25 Using Your VAIO Computer ...26 Using the Keyboard ...27 Using the Touch Pad ...29 Using Special-function Buttons ...30...
  • Page 3 Using Peripheral Devices...62 Connecting External Speakers ...63 Connecting an External Display ...64 Selecting Display Modes...67 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...68 Connecting an External Microphone ...70 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...71 Connecting a Printer ...74 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...75 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...77 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...78 Setting the Password ...79...
  • Page 4 Precautions ...96 On Handling the LCD Screen ...97 On Using the Power Source ...98 On Handling Your Computer...99 On Handling Floppy Disks ...101 On Handling Discs ...102 On Using the Battery Pack...103 On Using Headphones...105 On Handling Memory Stick Media...106 On Handling the Hard Disk ...107 On Updating Your Computer ...108 Troubleshooting ...109...
  • Page 5 Keyboard...140 Floppy Disks ...141 Audio/Video...142 Memory Stick Media ...143 Peripherals ...144 Support Options ...145 Sony Support Information ...145 Program Support Information...149 Trademarks ...160...
  • Page 6: Before Use

    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.
  • Page 7: Documentation

    ❑ 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://esupport.sony.com/CA http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/BR/...
  • Page 8 ❑ VAIO Recovery Center User Guide — Provides information about restoring individual software programs, software drivers, and drive partition(s) or your entire hard disk drive to the original factory installed settings. To access this on-screen guide: Click Start and Help and Support. Click Manuals &...
  • Page 9: Help And Support

    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.
  • Page 10 ❑ 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...
  • Page 11: Ergonomic Considerations

    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.
  • Page 12 ❑ 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.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    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.
  • Page 14: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front S1 button (page 30) AV MODE button (page 30) Num lock indicator (page 19) Caps lock indicator (page 19) Scroll lock indicator (page 19) Power button LCD screen...
  • Page 15 Back DC IN port (page 20) Battery connector (page 21) Network (Ethernet) port (page 77) Modem port (page 53) Getting Started...
  • Page 16 Right ExpressCard/34 slot (page 40) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 71) i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 75) Headphones jack (page 63) Microphone jack (page 70) Monitor (VGA) port (page 64) Air vent Support high-/full-/low- speeds. Getting Started...
  • Page 17 Left Security slot Optical disc drive (page 31) Optical disc drive indicator (page 19) Drive eject button (page 31) Manual eject hole (page 127) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 71) Support high-/full-/low- speeds. Getting Started...
  • Page 18 Getting Started Bottom Air vents...
  • Page 19: About The Indicator Lights

    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.
  • Page 20: Connecting A Power Source

    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).
  • Page 21: Using The Battery Pack

    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...
  • Page 22: Charging The Battery Pack

    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 flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges).
  • Page 23 Getting Started Charge the battery pack as described in this manual from your first battery charge. ✍ 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.
  • Page 24: Removing The Battery Pack

    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.
  • Page 25: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    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.
  • Page 26: Using Your Vaio Computer

    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 27) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 29) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 30) ❑...
  • Page 27: Using The Keyboard

    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 + % (F2): speaker switch Fn + 2 (F3/F4): speaker volume...
  • Page 28 Combinations/Feature Fn + (F12): Hibernate Functions Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states of the system and the connected peripheral devices are written to the hard disk drive and the system power is turned off. To return the system to its original state, use the power button to turn on the power.
  • Page 29: Using The Touch Pad

    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.
  • Page 30: Using Special-function Buttons

    Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Special-function button S1 button AV MODE button Functions By default, the S1 button turns the volume on and off. ✍ The default button assignment may be different from the above. In such a case, you can change the assignment in the window for changing the S1 button assignment.
  • Page 31: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    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 until the disc clicks into place. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 32 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.
  • Page 33 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.
  • Page 34 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.
  • Page 35 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"...
  • Page 36 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.
  • Page 37 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 disc media. ❑...
  • Page 38: Playing Cds

    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.
  • Page 39: Playing Dvds

    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.
  • Page 40: Using The Expresscard Module

    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;...
  • Page 41: Inserting An Expresscard Module

    Inserting an ExpressCard Module Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍ You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module. To insert an ExpressCard module Carefully slide the ExpressCard module into the slot until it clicks into place.
  • Page 42: Removing An Expresscard Module

    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 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 43: Using The Memory Stick Media

    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.
  • Page 44 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 8 GB that are available as of September 2007.
  • Page 45 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.
  • Page 46 Be sure to hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the Memory Stick media, do not force the Memory Stick media into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the slot.
  • Page 47 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.
  • Page 48 At the confirmation prompt, click OK. The formatting process starts. It may take time to format the Memory Stick media depending on the media. Once completed, click OK. Click Close. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 49 Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media Check that the Media Access indicator light is off. Push the Memory Stick media in 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.
  • Page 50: Using Other Memory Cards

    ❑ 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 September 2007. However, not all memory card media that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 51: Inserting A Memory Card

    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.
  • Page 52: Removing A Memory Card

    Removing a Memory Card Do not remove a memory card while the To remove a memory card Check that the Media Access indicator light is off. Press the extended part of the memory card, causing it to extend out from the slot. When the card extends, carefully pull it out of the slot.
  • Page 53: Using The Internet

    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). Once you have set up your telephone cable connection, you are ready to connect to the Internet. 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).
  • Page 54 To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet Click Start and Control Panel. Click Connect to the Internet under Network and Internet. The Connect to the Internet window appears. Click Dial-up. Follow the on-screen instructions. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 55: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    (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.
  • Page 56 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...
  • Page 57: Communicating Without An Access Point (ad-hoc)

    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.
  • Page 58 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 or WIRELESS LAN switch.
  • Page 59 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.
  • Page 60 To connect to a wireless network Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The Wireless LAN indicator lights up. If the VAIO Smart Network window is not displayed on the desktop, follow these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
  • Page 61 Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication Click the button next to or above the WLAN icon in the VAIO Smart Network window. Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
  • Page 62: Using Peripheral Devices

    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 63) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 64) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 67) ❑...
  • Page 63: Connecting External Speakers

    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.
  • Page 64: Connecting An External Display

    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.
  • Page 65: Connecting A Multimedia Computer Display

    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 (VGA) port (3) a on the computer.
  • Page 66: Connecting A Projector

    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 an RGB signal cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer.
  • Page 67: Selecting Display Modes

    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 68) for more information.
  • Page 68: Using The Multiple Monitors Function

    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 (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
  • Page 69 To select the Multiple Monitors mode Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. ✍ You can also change the S1 button assignment to activate the Multiple Monitors mode with the S1 button. To change the S1 button assignment, press and hold the S1 button to display the window for changing the assignment.
  • Page 70: Connecting An External Microphone

    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. ✍...
  • Page 71: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    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 A USB mouse is supplied with selected models only.
  • Page 72: Connecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    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.
  • Page 73: Disconnecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    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 ✍...
  • Page 74: Connecting A Printer

    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.
  • Page 75: Connecting An I.link Device

    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. ❑...
  • Page 76: Connecting A Digital Video Camcorder

    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.
  • Page 77: Connecting To A Network (lan)

    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.
  • Page 78: Customizing Your Vaio Computer

    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 79) ❑...
  • Page 79: Setting The Password

    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.
  • Page 80 To add the power-on 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. Press the <...
  • Page 81: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on 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.
  • Page 82: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Control Center

    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. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Select the desired control item and change the settings.
  • Page 83: Using The Power Saving Modes

    Using the Power Saving Modes When you use a battery pack as the power source for your computer, 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.
  • Page 84: Using Sleep Mode

    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 light flashes during 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.
  • Page 85 If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode. To modify this, you can change the Sleep mode settings. To change the Sleep mode settings Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
  • Page 86: Using Hibernate 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. ✍...
  • Page 87 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...
  • Page 88: Managing Power With Vaio Power Management

    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.
  • Page 89: Upgrading Your Vaio Computer

    ❑ 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 145).
  • Page 90: Adding And Removing Memory

    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 ❑...
  • Page 91 ❑ 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.
  • Page 92: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    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. Unscrew the screw (1) on the bottom of the computer, hook your fingertip under the tab (2), and lift the memory module compartment cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it from the computer.
  • Page 93 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). Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
  • Page 94 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. 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.
  • Page 95: Viewing The Amount Of Memory

    Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. 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.
  • Page 96: Precautions

    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 97) ❑ On Using the Power Source (page 98) ❑ On Handling Your Computer (page 99) ❑...
  • Page 97: On Handling The Lcd Screen

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 98: On Using The Power Source

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 99: On Handling Your Computer

    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.
  • Page 100 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 before cleaning your computer.
  • Page 101: On Handling Floppy Disks

    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.
  • Page 102: On Handling Discs

    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: ❑...
  • Page 103: On Using The Battery Pack

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 104 Precautions ❑ If, after fully charging the battery pack, the battery power is still low, the battery pack may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced. ❑ You do not need to discharge the battery pack before recharging. ❑...
  • Page 105: On Using Headphones

    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.
  • Page 106: On Handling Memory Stick Media

    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. ❑...
  • Page 107: On Handling The Hard Disk

    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.
  • Page 108: On Updating 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: ❑...
  • Page 109: Troubleshooting

    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://esupport.sony.com/CA...
  • Page 110 Troubleshooting ❑ Memory Stick Media (page 143) ❑ Peripherals (page 144)
  • Page 111: Computer

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 112 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 145).
  • Page 113 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. ❑...
  • Page 114: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Or Hibernate Mode

    ❑ 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 145).
  • Page 115 ❑ 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 145).
  • Page 116 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 145).
  • Page 117: How Do I Check The Volume Of The Recovery Partition

    Why doesn't my screen turn off when the time selected for the automatic turn-off action has passed? The VAIO Original Screen Saver disables the timer setting, which you can select using the Windows power options, for your screen to turn off. Select the screen saver other than the VAIO Original Screen Saver.
  • Page 118: System Security

    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.
  • Page 119: How Do I Keep My Antivirus Software Updated

    How do I keep my antivirus software updated? You can keep the Symantec-Norton Application software program current with the latest updates from Symantec Corporation. To download and install the latest security update For Norton Internet Security Click Start, All Programs, Norton, and Norton. Click Run LiveUpdate under Quick Tasks on the left pane.
  • Page 120: Battery

    Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 22). 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? ❑...
  • Page 121 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.
  • Page 122: Internet

    ❑ 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.) ❑...
  • Page 123: Why Is My Modem Connection Slow

    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 Internet Service Provider (ISP), do any of the following: ❑...
  • Page 124: Networking

    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. ❑...
  • Page 125: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    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. ❑...
  • Page 126: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 127: Optical Discs

    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.
  • Page 128 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. ❑...
  • Page 129 Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer. Double-click the desired drive. You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details. Click OK to close the window. ❑...
  • Page 130 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.
  • Page 131: Display

    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 83) ❑...
  • Page 132: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    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.
  • Page 133 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.
  • Page 134: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    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. The Appearance Settings window appears.
  • Page 135: Printing

    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. ❑...
  • Page 136: Microphone

    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.
  • Page 137: Mouse

    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? ❑...
  • Page 138: Speakers

    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. ❑...
  • Page 139: Touch Pad

    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. ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 140: Keyboard

    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.
  • Page 141: Floppy Disks

    Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still does not appear, follow these steps: Close all programs that are accessing the floppy disk drive.
  • Page 142: Audio/video

    ✍ 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.
  • Page 143: Memory Stick Media

    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.
  • Page 144: Peripherals

    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.
  • Page 145: Support Options

    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://esupport.sony.com/CA...
  • Page 146 Support Options VAIO Update When your computer is connected to the Internet, VAIO Update automatically notifies you when critical software and security information is posted on the support Web site. Click the VAIO Update notice to open the VAIO Support Web site and view the information.
  • Page 147 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:...
  • Page 148 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 ❑...
  • Page 149: Program Support Information

    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/...
  • Page 150 ® America Online service (Dial-Up) America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® Toolbar America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://help.aol.com/help ® ™ Instant Messenger application America Online, Inc. ❑...
  • Page 151 Click to Disc software Sony Electronics Inc. At the touch of a button, Click to Disc software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video (DV) device. Create DVDs by capturing video contents straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can also edit the video.
  • Page 152 ® 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.
  • Page 153 Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp 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.
  • Page 154 ® QuickBooks Free Starter Edition Intuit Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ Quicken 2008 Deluxe Intuit Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ ® ® Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 Suite Sonic Solutions ❑...
  • Page 155 ™ SmartWi Connection Utility Sony Electronics Inc. SmartWi Connection Utility allows you to easily switch between the various wireless components (Wireless LAN, Wireless ™ WAN, and Bluetooth technology connectivity) that came with your computer. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ™...
  • Page 156 ® VAIO Control Center Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Control Center provides a centralized location that gathers resources to configure your VAIO computer and view your computer's configuration and specifications. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Edit Component Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Page 157 For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Security Center Sony Electronics Inc. Sony cares about your VAIO personal computer. The VAIO Security Center highlights some of the security features your machine includes. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Smart Network Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Page 158 ® VAIO Wireless Switch Setting Utility Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page 149). ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support (page 149). (page 149). (page 149). Support Options...
  • Page 159 America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.xdrive.com/support 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 149).
  • Page 160: Trademarks

    SD Logo is a trademark. SDHC Logo is a trademark. The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. MultiMediaCard is a trademark of MultiMediaCard Association.
  • Page 161 Support Options All other names of systems, products and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ® marks may not be specified. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
  • Page 162 © 2008 Sony Corporation...

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