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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer VPCL2 Series...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use... 4 Finding More about Your VAIO Computer ... 5 Ergonomic Considerations ... 9 Getting Started... 11 Locating Controls and Ports... 12 About the Indicator Lights ... 18 Setting Up Your Computer ... 19 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ... 26 Using the Power Saving Mode...
  • Page 3 Precautions... 137 Safety Information ... 138 Care and Maintenance Information... 140 Handling Your Computer... 141 Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen ... 143 Using the Power Source ... 144 Handling the Built-in Camera ... 145 Handling Discs ... 146 Handling "Memory Stick"... 147 Handling the Built-in Storage Device ...
  • Page 4: Before Use

    How to find specifications Some features, options, and supplied items may not be available on your computer. To find out about the configuration of your computer, visit the Sony online support web site at the following URLs: ❑ For customers in USA http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/...
  • Page 5: Finding More About Your Vaio Computer

    Before Use > Finding More about Your VAIO Computer Finding More about Your VAIO Computer This section provides support information about your VAIO computer. 1. Printed Documentation ❑ Quick Start Guide — An overview of components connection, set-up information, etc. ❑...
  • Page 6 Maintain and troubleshoot your VAIO computer with the VAIO Care, system restore, backup and recovery, and contact Sony support. ❑ Program help files — May be included with the preinstalled software programs on your computer. You may be able to access the help files from the help menu on a specific program.
  • Page 7 3. Support Web Sites ❑ Sony online support web site The Sony online support web site 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.
  • Page 8 4. Customer Information Center If you do not find the information you are looking for at our site, you may call Sony directly. You can find the contact numbers on the Sony online support web site. In order to receive the fastest and most efficient services, have the following information...
  • Page 9: Ergonomic Considerations

    Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations Ergonomic Considerations Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations: ❑ Position of your computer – Place the display directly in front of you. Keep your forearms horizontal, with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard or the pointing device.
  • Page 10 Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations ❑ Viewing angle of the computer display – Use the display 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 11: Getting Started

    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. Upon completion, connect one device (for example, a printer, an external hard disk drive, a scanner, and so on) at a time, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Page 12: Locating Controls And Ports

    Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. The appearance of your computer may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications.
  • Page 13 This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. (Edge Access Operation Guide button) 3D button (page 51) SONY logo lamp (page 129) Remote sensor Point the supplied remote commander to this sensor for operations.
  • Page 14 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Back The area around the air exhaust vent (1) becomes extremely hot while your computer is on. Be sure to wait until the computer cools down before you touch it. Air exhaust vent Foot stand (page 138) CABLE/ANT (DIGITAL/ANALOG) input port...
  • Page 15 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Right Optical disc drive (page 56) Manual eject hole (page 169) Drive eject button (page 56) VOL (+/-) buttons (page 74) MENU button (page 74) V/v (Up/Down) buttons (page 74) INPUT/OK button (page 74) DISPLAY OFF button (page 51)
  • Page 16 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Left Media Access indicator (page 18) "Memory Stick Duo"/SD memory card combined slot* (page 80), (page 87) USB ports* (page 116) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 118) Headphones jack (page 104) Microphone jack (page 115) ASSIST button (page 51)
  • Page 17 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Bottom Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in speakers (stereo)/Air intake vents...
  • Page 18: About The Indicator Lights

    Getting Started > About the Indicator Lights About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights: Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green while the computer is in Normal mode, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is turned off.
  • Page 19: Setting Up Your Computer

    Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Setting Up Your Computer Connecting a Power Source You need an AC adapter to connect your computer to an AC power source. ✍ Use only the supplied AC adapter for your computer. To connect the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (2).
  • Page 20 Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Route the AC adapter cable through the hole of the foot stand and plug it into the DC IN port (4). The shape of the DC In plug varies depending on the AC adapter. If you unplug the AC adapter from your computer while the computer is on, you will lose all unsaved data.
  • Page 21: Preparing For Wall Mounting

    Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Preparing for Wall Mounting Four screws, which are compliant with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mounting standard, are supplied with your computer for connecting the computer to your mounting system. Before connecting your computer to your mounting system or changing your computer setup from the desktop type to the wall-mount type, make sure that: The weight of your computer is within the range of supported weight of your mounting system.
  • Page 22 Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer To set up the computer for mounting Gently face down your computer on a flat surface. When facing down your computer, be sure to place it on a soft cloth to avoid damage to the screen frame. Remove the four screws and take the foot stand off the computer.
  • Page 23 Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Remove the 17 screws (1) from the back of the foot stand and take off the mounting base plate (2). Be sure to keep the removed screws for future use.
  • Page 24 Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Remove the two screws (3) on the back of the computer.
  • Page 25 Getting Started > Setting Up Your Computer Flip over the mounting base plate (4) and screw it onto the back of the computer using the six screws (5) attached at the same place in step 3. Be sure to tighten the screws with adequate torque. Secure your wall mount attachment to your computer with the supplied four screws.
  • Page 26: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    Getting Started > 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. Save your data and close all running software applications.
  • Page 27: Using The Power Saving Mode

    Getting Started > Using the Power Saving Mode Using the Power Saving Mode In addition to the normal operating mode, your computer has a distinct power saving mode called Sleep mode. Turn off your computer if you do not intend to use it for an extended period of time. Mode Description Normal mode...
  • Page 28: Using Sleep Mode

    Getting Started > Using the Power Saving Mode Using Sleep Mode To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Sleep. ✍ Alternatively, you can press the sleep button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander (if supplied) to place your computer into Sleep mode. To return to Normal mode ❑...
  • Page 29 Getting Started > Using the Power Saving Mode 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 Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Power Options.
  • Page 30: Keeping Your Computer In Optimum Condition

    Getting Started > Keeping Your Computer in Optimum Condition Keeping Your Computer in Optimum Condition Updating Your Computer Be sure to update your VAIO computer with the following software applications for enhancing your computer's efficiency, security, and functionality. The VAIO Update automatically notifies you of new updates available on the Internet, and downloads and installs them on the computer.
  • Page 31 Getting Started > Keeping Your Computer in Optimum Condition Using the Antivirus Software for Your Computer Protect your computer against computer viruses by using the antivirus software. You can keep the antivirus software current with the latest updates by downloading and installing the updates from the web site of the manufacturer.
  • Page 32: Using The Vaio Care

    Getting Started > Keeping Your Computer in Optimum Condition Using the VAIO Care With the VAIO Care, you can regularly conduct performance checks and tune-ups on your computer to keep it running at an optimum level. Launch the VAIO Care whenever a problem is found on your computer. The VAIO Care will provide appropriate measures to solve the problem.
  • Page 33: 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 34) ❑ Using the Mouse (page 41) ❑ Using the Touch Screen (page 46) ❑...
  • Page 34: Using The Keyboard

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Using the Keyboard A wireless keyboard is supplied with your computer. The wireless keyboard uses a standard key arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. You cannot use the wireless keyboard in conjunction with the HDMI/VIDEO input function (page 72).
  • Page 35: Using The Wireless Keyboard

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Using the Wireless Keyboard One alkaline AA battery is supplied with your wireless keyboard. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard, remove the battery compartment cover (1) from the bottom of the wireless keyboard and install the supplied AA battery (2) into the battery compartment.
  • Page 36 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Disabled while you are using the Quick Web Access function. ✍ Illustrated above is the English keyboard as an example. Function keys Perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function key varies among software applications except the following combinations with the Fn key to change the LCD brightness of your computer screen.
  • Page 37 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Zoom buttons Change the size of an image or a document displayed on some software. Press to make the view look smaller and further away (zoom out). Press to make the view look bigger and closer (zoom in). See the help file included with the VAIO Control Center for more information.
  • Page 38 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Keyboard feet Flip open to put the wireless keyboard in a more 'ergonomic' position. Battery compartment (page 35) Storage compartment for the AA battery.
  • Page 39 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard To connect the wireless keyboard When the supplied wireless keyboard does not seem to be working, use the supplied wireless mouse and follow these steps to reconnect the keyboard with your computer. You can perform the connection operations using an optional USB keyboard as well.
  • Page 40 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Wait until the Windows starts, and then click Start and Computer. Double-click Local Disk (C:), WConnectTool, and WConnect. If the User Account Control window appears, click Yes. Wait until the utility window for re-connection appears, and then slide the power switch on the wireless keyboard to the ON position.
  • Page 41: Using The Mouse

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Mouse Using the Mouse A wireless mouse is supplied with your computer. The wireless mouse has no cables to plug in and uses a laser sensor instead of a ball.
  • Page 42: Using The Wireless Mouse

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Mouse Using the Wireless Mouse One alkaline AA battery is supplied with your wireless mouse. Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, remove the battery compartment cover (1) from the bottom of the wireless mouse and install the supplied AA battery (2) into the battery compartment.
  • Page 43 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Mouse Left button Click or double-click the left button to select items. To drag and drop items, hold the left button down while sliding the mouse, then release the button to drop the item. Right button Press the right button once to display a context-sensitive shortcut menu (if any).
  • Page 44 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Mouse To connect the wireless mouse When the supplied wireless mouse does not seem to be working, use the supplied wireless keyboard and follow these steps to reconnect the mouse with your computer. You can perform the connection operations using an optional USB mouse as well.
  • Page 45 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Mouse Adjusting the Mouse Functions Click Start and Control Panel. Click Mouse under Hardware and Sound. The Mouse Properties window appears. Change the settings.
  • Page 46: Using The Touch Screen

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Touch Screen Using the Touch Screen Embedded infrared optical sensors of your computer's touch screen enable direct interaction with the computer using your finger(s). You can perform various gestures on the touch screen to compensate for mouse operations, such as selecting items and scrolling.
  • Page 47 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Touch Screen Gesture Description Flick Put a finger on the touch screen and slide it linearly in quick motion. You can assign an individual task to up to eight flicks. There are four default flick assignments: you can flick left to move backward, flick right to move forward, flick up to scroll up, and flick down to scroll down.
  • Page 48 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Touch Screen To enable or disable the touch screen function Follow these steps to enable or disable the touch screen function. Touch and hold located at the lower right edge of the computer screen for more than two seconds. The touch function settings window appears.
  • Page 49 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Touch Screen Notes on Using the Touch Screen ❑ To repeat tapping, be sure to lift your finger at least 1/6 inch (4 mm) off the touch screen after each tap. ❑ When tapping triggers an unintentional operation, make sure that no other parts of your body, including your clothes, are in contact with the touch screen.
  • Page 50: Using The Edge Access

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Edge Access Using the Edge Access The Edge Access provides you with instant access to various functions, such as skipping to the next chapter, zooming in or out text and photos, and displaying the on-screen keyboard. You can use such functions just by touching black glass sections around the edges of the computer screen.
  • Page 51: Using Special-function Buttons

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Special-function Buttons Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
  • Page 52 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Special-function Buttons Special-function button 3D button VAIO button On models equipped with a 3D-capable LCD screen only. Located on the wireless keyboard (page Functions Activates or deactivates the 3D function and illuminates while you are playing 3D content on your computer. See Using the 3D Function (page 63) for information on the 3D function.
  • Page 53: Using The Quick Web Access Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Quick Web Access Function Using the Quick Web Access Function The Quick Web Access function enables you immediately to access the Internet without launching the Windows operating system. Activating the Quick Web Access Function To activate the Quick Web Access function, your computer must be off.
  • Page 54 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Quick Web Access Function Notes on Using the Quick Web Access Function While the Quick Web Access function is activated, you cannot use: ❑ the ASSIST button. ❑ any function key, the Scr Lk key, and the E key in combination with the Fn key for shortcuts. ❑...
  • Page 55: Using The Built-in Camera

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Built-in Camera Using the Built-in Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in camera. With the communication software, such as Windows Live Messenger, you can make a video call through the Internet. For detailed information on how to use the software, see the help file included with the software.
  • Page 56: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. To insert a disc Turn on the computer.
  • Page 57 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Hold the back of the drive tray with one hand, place a disc in the middle of the drive tray with the label side facing toward you, and gently push it toward the drive tray until the disc clicks into place. Do not exert pressure on the drive tray.
  • Page 58 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Supported Discs Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc See the reference chart below to find out which type of optical disc drive supports which types of media. CD-ROM CD-R/RW DVD-ROM DVD-R/ DVD SuperMulti Drive P...
  • Page 59 When you buy pre-recorded or blank discs for use with your VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc package carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO optical disc drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD,"...
  • Page 60 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Notes on Using the Optical Disc Drive Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs in any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage the optical disc drive.
  • Page 61 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Notes on region codes Region code indicators are labeled on the discs or packages to indicate in which region and on what type of player you can play the disc. If the region code indicates "all," you can play this disc in most regions of the world. If the region code for your residence area is different from the label, you cannot play the disc on your computer.
  • Page 62: Playing Discs

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Playing Discs To play a disc Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. Close all running software applications before playing a disc. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, All Programs, and your desired software to play the disc. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file included with the software.
  • Page 63: Using The 3d Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the 3D Function Using the 3D Function If your computer is equipped with a 3D-capable LCD screen, you can use the 3D function which enables you to view various types of 3D content on the computer screen or external 3D-capable displays, such as a 3D TV, using cutting-edge 3D technology.
  • Page 64 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the 3D Function What you can do with the 3D function ❑ On models equipped with a 3D-capable LCD screen ❑ Playing Blu-ray 3D ™ Disc media on the computer ❑ Viewing 3D images on the computer screen by connecting a 3D-capable device to the HDMI INPUT port on the computer ❑...
  • Page 65: Using The Tv Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function Using the TV Function Your computer may have a TV tuner board installed. The Windows Media Center included in your operating system enables TV program viewing, recording and playback. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
  • Page 66: Setting Up Tv Connections

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function Setting Up TV Connections The following connections may not be available in some countries or regions. The state of receiving TV signals widely varies depending on services available in your country or region as well as connection types. No TV coaxial cables are supplied with your computer.
  • Page 67 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function To connect in CATV mode (Option 2) Connect the two metal hooks on a 75-ohm/300-ohm RCA transformer cable (1) to the screw-type grips at your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (3) to the transformer end of the RCA transformer cable (1).
  • Page 68: Connecting To A Standard Antenna

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function Connecting to a standard antenna You can connect your computer to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or Option 2 from the previous section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer to connect the computer and the indoor/outdoor antenna system.
  • Page 69 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 1) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) to your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF combiner/ transformer (3).
  • Page 70 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a 300-ohm twin lead cable (1) to the screw-type grips at your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to the grips on a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3).
  • Page 71 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the TV Function To connect to an antenna (air) for digital television system (ATSC signal standard) If your computer is equipped with a digital TV input port and you have an antenna for receiving the over-the-air signals transmitted by a digital TV broadcasting system, you can connect the antenna to the computer to receive these signals for digital televisions, for example high definition TVs.
  • Page 72: Using The Hdmi/video Input Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function Your computer is equipped with an HDMI INPUT port and VIDEO INPUT jacks that enable you to connect an external audio/ video device, such as an HDD video recorder and a video game player. With the HDMI/VIDEO input function, you can receive high-definition audio and video signals from the connected device and play the audio/video content on your computer without turning on the computer and starting Windows.
  • Page 73 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function Connecting an External Audio/Video Device To connect an external audio/video device to the HDMI INPUT port or the VIDEO INPUT jacks cable or an audio/video cable with triple RCA plugs. No HDMI cables or audio/video cables with triple RCA plugs are supplied with your computer.
  • Page 74 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Control Buttons The HDMI/VIDEO input control buttons are located on the right of your computer VIDEO input function, including input source selections and On-Screen Display (OSD) menu operations. The following table describes the task(s) assigned to each control button.
  • Page 75 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function Using the OSD Menu The OSD menu is provided for customizing your computer to suit your preference. Press the MENU button on the right of your computer to display the OSD menu and use the V/v buttons to navigate through options until you find your desired one.
  • Page 76 2 Select the desired language. 3 Press the INPUT/OK button. ✍ To change the settings while the computer input is selected, see Changing the default SONY logo lamp activity 129) for the procedure. You can select one of the three Input Sensing modes: AUTO ON, AUTO OFF (Normal), and AUTO OFF (Power Save).
  • Page 77: Using The Remote Commander

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Remote Commander Using the Remote Commander If your computer supports the TV function wide variety of audio/video related software applications, including the Windows Media Center. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
  • Page 78 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Remote Commander ✍ Some button functions may not be available. Illustrated above is the English remote commander as an example. INPUT SELECT t button Press to switch the audio/video input source among the computer input, the HDMI input, and the video input.
  • Page 79 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Remote Commander Alphanumeric buttons Press to select specific channels or enter text. (Press ENTER or OK to activate the channel selection.) CLEAR button Press to backspace and delete entered text. Teletext TV program mode buttons Red button Press to jump to the red shortcut link in teletext TV program mode.
  • Page 80: Using "memory Stick

    ❑ "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo" Your computer supports only Duo-size "Memory stick", and does not support standard-size "Memory Stick". ✍ The "Memory Stick Duo" slot also works as the SD memory card slot. For the latest information about "Memory Stick", visit http://www.sony.net/memorycard/.
  • Page 81 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Inserting and Removing "Memory Stick" To insert "Memory Stick" Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot Hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the media into the slot.
  • Page 82 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" ✍ If "Memory Stick" does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. When you insert "Memory Stick" into the slot for the first time, you may be prompted to install driver software. If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
  • Page 83 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" To remove "Memory Stick" Do not remove "Memory Stick" while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load, so make sure the indicator light is unlit before removing "Memory Stick".
  • Page 84: Formatting "memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Formatting "Memory Stick" To format "Memory Stick" "Memory Stick" is formatted by default 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 "Memory Stick" when formatting the media. Formatting "Memory Stick"...
  • Page 85 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Click Start. Follow the on-screen instructions. It may take time to format "Memory Stick" depending on the media type.
  • Page 86 Notes on Using "Memory Stick" ❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded "Memory Stick" with capacity of up to 32 GB that are available as of January 2011. However, not all "Memory Stick" are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 87: Using Other Modules / Memory Cards

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using the SD Memory Card Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices.
  • Page 88 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To insert an SD memory card Locate the SD memory card slot Hold the SD memory card with the arrow pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
  • Page 89 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To remove an SD memory card Locate the SD memory card slot Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit. Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release. The SD memory card ejects.
  • Page 90 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Notes on Using Memory Cards General notes on using the memory card ❑ Be sure to use memory cards that are compliant with the standards supported by your computer. ❑...
  • Page 91: Using The Internet

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Internet Using the Internet Before using the Internet, you need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and set up devices required for connecting your computer to the Internet. The following types of Internet connection services may be available from your ISP: ❑...
  • Page 92: Using The Network (lan)

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Network (LAN) Using the Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T type networks with a LAN cable. Connect one end of a LAN cable (not supplied) to the LAN port on the back of the computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices required for LAN access, ask your network administrator.
  • Page 93: Using The Wireless Lan

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN The Wireless LAN (WLAN) allows your computer to connect to a network through a wireless connection. The WLAN uses the following IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standard, which specifies the type of technology used. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
  • Page 94 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Notes on Using the Wireless LAN Function General notes on using the wireless LAN function ❑ In some countries or regions, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels).
  • Page 95 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Note on the data encryption The WLAN standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Proposed jointly by the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance, both WPA2 and WPA are specifications of standards based on interoperable security enhancements that increase the level of data protection and access control for existing Wi-Fi networks.
  • Page 96 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Starting Wireless LAN Communications You first need to establish wireless LAN communications between your computer and an access point (not supplied). See Windows Help and Support for more information. For help on setting up a wireless network, click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Easy Connect, and then follow the on-screen instructions of the Easy Internet Connection Setup.
  • Page 97 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Stopping Wireless LAN Communications To stop wireless LAN communications Click the switch next to Wi-Fi to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window. Turning off the wireless LAN function while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
  • Page 98: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the BLUETOOTH Function Using the BLUETOOTH Function You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other BLUETOOTH computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 33 feet / 10 meters in an open area.
  • Page 99: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the BLUETOOTH Function 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. To communicate with another BLUETOOTH device To communicate with another BLUETOOTH device, you first need to set up the BLUETOOTH function.
  • Page 100 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the BLUETOOTH Function Stopping BLUETOOTH Communications To stop BLUETOOTH communications Turn off the BLUETOOTH device that is communicating with your computer. Click the switch next to BLUETOOTH to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window.
  • Page 101 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the BLUETOOTH Function Notes on Using the BLUETOOTH Function ❑ The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: ❑ Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices ❑ Distance between devices ❑ Material used in walls ❑...
  • Page 102 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the BLUETOOTH Function ❑ The BLUETOOTH function may not work with other devices, depending on the manufacturer or the software version employed by the manufacturer. ❑ Connecting multiple BLUETOOTH devices to your computer may cause channel congestion, resulting in poor performance of the devices.
  • Page 103: 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 or Headphones (page 104) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 105) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 112) ❑...
  • Page 104: Connecting External Speakers Or Headphones

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting External Speakers or Headphones Connecting External Speakers or Headphones You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. To connect external speakers ✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
  • Page 105: Connecting An External Display

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Connecting an External Display Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
  • Page 106: To Connect A Computer Display

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Connecting a Computer Display You can connect an external display, such as a computer display, to your computer. To connect a computer display Plug the power cord (1) of your external display into an AC outlet. Plug one end of a display cable (2) to an HDMI to DVI-D adapter (3) and the other end to the external display.
  • Page 107: Connecting A Tv With An Hdmi Input Port

    Set up the TV configuration system. If a device driver other than the one provided by Sony is used, the image will not be displayed and the audio will not be heard. Always use the device driver provided by Sony for updates.
  • Page 108 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display ✍ See the manual that came with your TV for more information on installation and use. The HDMI cable carries both video and audio signals.
  • Page 109 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Playing Blu-ray 3D Disc media Some features and options may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. On models with the Blu-ray Disc Drive and Blu-ray 3D-capable display adaptors*, you can play Blu-ray 3D Disc media and view 3D images on a 3D-capable display, such as a 3D TV, by connecting the display to the computer with an HDMI cable.
  • Page 110 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Right-click on the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel. Select an item for the 3D function settings. Click to select a check box to enable the 3D function. Follow the instructions in the initialization wizard. After the settings are complete, playback of the 3D-demo video automatically starts.
  • Page 111 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display To connect a high-quality digital sound output device between your computer and a TV You can connect a high-quality home theater receiver or other surround sound decoder devices between your computer and TV using an HDMI connection.
  • Page 112: Selecting Display Modes

    Using Peripheral Devices > Selecting Display Modes Selecting Display Modes When an external display is connected, you can select either your computer screen or the connected display to use as the primary monitor. ✍ You may not be able to display the same content on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, depending on the type of your external display.
  • Page 113: Using The Multiple Monitors Function

    Using Peripheral Devices > 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 your computer, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
  • Page 114: To Use The Multiple Monitors Function

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function To use the Multiple Monitors function ✍ Your external display may not support the Multiple Monitors function. Certain software applications may not be compatible with Multiple Monitors settings. Make sure that your computer does not enter Sleep mode while you are using the Multiple Monitors function, or the computer may not return to Normal mode.
  • Page 115: Connecting An External Microphone

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Microphone Connecting an External Microphone You can connect an external microphone (not supplied) to your computer. To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. ✍ Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
  • Page 116: Connecting A Usb Device

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Connecting a USB Device You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device, such as a mouse, a floppy disk drive, a speaker, or a printer, to your computer. To connect a USB device Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.
  • Page 117 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Notes on connecting a USB device ❑ You may need to install the driver software supplied with your USB device before use. See the manual that came with the USB device for more information. ❑...
  • Page 118: Connecting An I.link Device

    ✍ 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 119: Connecting A Digital Video Camcorder

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an i.LINK Device Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder To connect a digital video camcorder Plug one end of an i.LINK cable (1) (not supplied) into the i.LINK port (2) on the computer and the other end into the DV In/ Out port (3) on the digital video camcorder.
  • Page 120: 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. ❑ Setting the Password (page 121) ❑...
  • Page 121: Setting The Password

    If you forget the machine password, the password needs to be reset and a fee will be charged. To reset the password, contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO...
  • Page 122: Setting The Power-on Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Setting the Power-on Password To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer and press the F2 key repeatedly until the VAIO logo disappears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and try again. Press the <...
  • Page 123 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer and press the F2 key repeatedly until the VAIO logo disappears. The BIOS setup screen appears.
  • Page 124 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer and press the F2 key repeatedly until the VAIO logo disappears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and try again. Enter the user password and press the Enter key.
  • Page 125: Setting The Windows Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Setting the Windows Password To add the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Create a password for your account under Make changes to your user account. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter the password for your account.
  • Page 126 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To remove the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Remove your password. In the Current password field, enter the current password that you want to remove. Click Remove password.
  • Page 127: Using The Vaio Control Center

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Control Center Using the VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use the VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select your desired control item and change the settings.
  • Page 128 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Control Center Using S-FORCE Front Surround 3D S-FORCE Front Surround 3D is a virtual surround technology which allows you to enjoy powerful and realistic surround sound using the built-in speakers. Its effect is especially noticeable when you are watching movies. To enable S-FORCE Front Surround 3D Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
  • Page 129 Using the VAIO Control Center Changing the default SONY logo lamp activity The SONY logo lamp illuminates when you turn on your computer. You can change this default activity of the lamp to make it stay unlit by following these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
  • Page 130: Upgrading Your Vaio Computer

    ❑ You should not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer. ❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For assistance, contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer (page The type of module and the amount of memory installed on your computer may differ depending on the model you purchased.
  • Page 131: Adding And Removing Memory

    Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the amount of 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 132 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory ❑ Do not open the memory module package before you are ready to change the module. The package protects the module from ESD. ❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑...
  • Page 133: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect the AC adapter and the peripheral devices from the power sources.
  • Page 134 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory 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 135 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. Do not touch any components on the motherboard other than the memory module. If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the lower slot.
  • Page 136: Viewing The Amount Of Memory

    Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click System Information and System Information. You can view the amount of system memory in the right pane. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the installation procedure and restart the computer.
  • Page 137: Precautions

    Precautions > Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. ❑ Safety Information (page 138) ❑ Care and Maintenance Information (page 140) ❑...
  • Page 138: Safety Information

    Precautions > Safety Information Safety Information Computer ❑ Use your computer on a solid, stable surface. ❑ Do not grasp the foot stand to lift your computer as the stand may break and cause the main unit to fall, resulting in damage to the computer or personal injuries.
  • Page 139 Precautions > Safety Information Battery Cell If the battery liquid is leaking: ❑ Do not touch the battery liquid directly. ❑ Be sure to follow the instructions below. If your eyes, skin, or clothing comes into contact with the battery liquid, wash well with pure water. If you have skin inflammation or a wound results, consult a doctor immediately.
  • Page 140: Care And Maintenance Information

    Precautions > Care and Maintenance Information Care and Maintenance Information Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry or lightly moistened cloth with a mild detergent solution. Do not use an abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer. ❑...
  • Page 141: Handling Your Computer

    If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 142 Precautions > Handling Your Computer ❑ To avoid losing data when your computer is damaged, back up your data regularly. ❑ To lift or move your computer, grasp the main unit on the sides with both hands from behind the computer to avoid any damage to the LCD screen/touch screen.
  • Page 143: Handling The Lcd Screen/touch Screen

    Precautions > Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen ❑ Due to the mechanical design of your computer's LCD screen/touch screen, some areas of the screen surface may become warm while you are using the computer for an extended period of time. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
  • Page 144: Using The Power Source

    ❑ You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device helps prevent damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges, in an electrical storm, for example. ❑ 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 145: Handling The Built-in Camera

    Precautions > Handling the Built-in Camera Handling the Built-in Camera ❑ Do not scratch or soil the area on and around the built-in camera, as it may cause poor quality images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
  • Page 146: Handling Discs

    Precautions > Handling Discs Handling Discs ❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Be sure to hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: ❑ Never affix an adhesive label to a disc. This will affect the use of the disc and may result in irreparable damage.
  • Page 147: Handling "memory Stick

    Precautions > Handling "Memory Stick" Handling "Memory Stick" ❑ Do not touch the "Memory Stick" connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with "Memory Stick". ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose "Memory Stick". ❑...
  • Page 148: Handling The Built-in Storage Device

    Precautions > Handling the Built-in Storage Device Handling the Built-in Storage Device The built-in storage device (hard disk drive or solid state drive) has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged if improperly used. If the built-in storage device is damaged, the data cannot be restored.
  • Page 149: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting > Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. If these suggestions fail to solve your problems, use the VAIO Care. To launch the software, see Using the VAIO Care (page 32).
  • Page 150 Troubleshooting > ❑ Touch Screen (page 184) ❑ Keyboard (page 185) ❑ Floppy Disks (page 186) ❑ Audio/Video (page 187) ❑ HDMI/VIDEO Input Function (page 190) ❑ "Memory Stick" (page 191) ❑ Peripherals (page 192)
  • Page 151: Computer Operations

    ❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony AC adapter, which is supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 152 Troubleshooting > Computer Operations What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ If the orange DISPLAY OFF indicator light is lit, press the DISPLAY OFF button. ❑ Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source. To change the display input, press the INPUT/ OK button on the computer (page 74) ❑...
  • Page 153 Troubleshooting > Computer Operations 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 and the Shut down button to turn off your computer. ❑...
  • Page 154: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Mode

    Troubleshooting > Computer Operations Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep mode. To restore your computer to normal mode Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
  • Page 155: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    Troubleshooting > Computer Operations Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time has passed? Some software applications or screen savers are designed to temporarily disable the feature of your operating system that turns off the computer screen or places the computer into Sleep mode after a certain period of inactivity. To solve this problem, exit the running software application(s) or change the current screen saver.
  • Page 156: System Update / Security

    Troubleshooting > System Update / Security System Update / Security How can I find important updates for my computer? You can find and install the latest updates on your computer with the software applications: the Windows Update and the VAIO Update. See Updating Your Computer How do I schedule the installation of Windows updates to my computer? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer.
  • Page 157: Recovery / Recovery Media

    Troubleshooting > Recovery / Recovery Media Recovery / Recovery Media How can I create Recovery Media? You can create Recovery Media using the VAIO Care. The media are used to restore your computer system to its factory default settings. To create the media, launch the VAIO Care Create Recovery Media.
  • Page 158: How Do I Check The Volume Of The Recovery Area

    Troubleshooting > Recovery / Recovery Media How do I check the volume of the recovery area? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery area where the data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery area, follow these steps: Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 159: Partition

    Troubleshooting > Partition Partition How can I create a hard disk partition? The Windows feature allows you to create a partition without recovering your computer system. Click Start, Control Panel, System and Security, and Create and format hard disk partitions under Administrative Tools.
  • Page 160: Built-in Camera

    Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera Built-in Camera Why does the viewfinder show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. Exit the current application before launching another. On models with Media Gallery, you cannot use another camera application that uses the built-in camera while using the gesture function of Media Gallery.
  • Page 161: What Should I Do If Captured Images Flicker

    Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera What should I do if captured images contain dropped frames and audio interruptions? ❑ The effect settings on your software application may cause dropped frames. See the help file included with your software application for more information. ❑...
  • Page 162: Networking (lan/wireless Lan)

    Troubleshooting > Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) What should I do if the VAIO Smart Network icon is not displayed on the taskbar? ❑ Click on the taskbar and check if the VAIO Smart Network icon ❑ If the VAIO Smart Network icon change the setting to display the icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 163 Troubleshooting > Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ Connection capability is affected by distance and obstructions. You need to place your computer away from obstructions or move any access point you may be using closer to the computer. ❑...
  • Page 164: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    Troubleshooting > Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) 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 165: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    ❑ Wireless LAN communication uses 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 166: Bluetooth Technology

    Troubleshooting > BLUETOOTH Technology BLUETOOTH Technology What should I do if other BLUETOOTH devices cannot find my computer? ❑ Make sure both devices have the BLUETOOTH function enabled. ❑ Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer. ❑...
  • Page 167: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Troubleshooting > BLUETOOTH Technology What should I do if other BLUETOOTH devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I cannot find the BLUETOOTH device I want to communicate with? (page 166). ❑...
  • Page 168 Troubleshooting > BLUETOOTH Technology Why can't I use the BLUETOOTH function when I log onto my computer as a user with a standard user account? The BLUETOOTH function may not be available to a user with a standard user account on your computer. Log onto the computer as a user with administrative rights.
  • Page 169: Optical Discs

    Troubleshooting > 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. Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys may cause loss of unsaved data.
  • Page 170 Troubleshooting > Optical Discs 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 side facing toward you. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑...
  • Page 171 Troubleshooting > Optical Discs ❑ Make sure the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click System and Security. Click System. Click Device Manager in the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X"...
  • Page 172 Troubleshooting > Optical Discs What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media or my computer becomes unstable during Blu-ray Disc playback? ❑ Check if your optical disc drive supports the Blu-ray Disc media. ❑ To play copyright protected Blu-ray Disc media continually, you need to update the AACS key. If a message prompts you to update the AACS key, follow the message.
  • Page 173 Troubleshooting > Optical Discs Why can't I write data to Blu-ray Disc media? ❑ Check if your optical disc drive supports the Blu-ray Disc writing function. ❑ BD-R Disc media are not rewritable. You cannot add or erase data to or from the BD-R Disc media. What should I do if my external optical disc drive does not work properly? Make sure that your external optical disc drive is connected to an AC power source and the USB port on your computer.
  • Page 174: Display

    Troubleshooting > Display Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer enters Sleep mode. If the computer is in Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Mode ❑...
  • Page 175 Troubleshooting > Display What should I do if some items do not fit on the computer screen? Check that the text size is set to 100%. If not, some items, for example a software menu, may not be displayed correctly, depending on the software you are using.
  • Page 176: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    Troubleshooting > Display What should I do if 3D images are not displayed on my 3D TV connected to the HDMI output port? ❑ Change the 3D playback settings. To change the settings, click Tools in the upper right corner of the WinDVD BD window and select .
  • Page 177: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    Troubleshooting > Display What should I do if my screen is dark? Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source and press the Fn+F6 keys on the wireless keyboard to brighten your computer screen. To change the input source, press the INPUT/OK button on the computer INPUT SELECT button on the remote commander (if supplied) What should I do if the external display remains blank? Change the display output to your computer screen.
  • Page 178: Printing

    Troubleshooting > 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 your computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑...
  • Page 179: Microphone

    Troubleshooting > Microphone 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. ❑...
  • Page 180: Mouse

    Troubleshooting > Mouse Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make sure the power switch on the bottom of the wireless mouse is in the ON position. ❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected. ❑...
  • Page 181 Troubleshooting > Mouse What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? ❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected. ❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑...
  • Page 182: Speakers

    Troubleshooting > Speakers Speakers What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ 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 183 Troubleshooting > Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ 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 184: Touch Screen

    Troubleshooting > Touch Screen Touch Screen What should I do if the touch screen does not work? ❑ The HDMI input or the video input may be selected as the audio/video input source. Press the INPUT/OK button on the computer (page 74) or the INPUT SELECT button on the remote commander (if supplied) source to the computer input.
  • Page 185: Keyboard

    Troubleshooting > Keyboard Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your wireless 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 186: Floppy Disks

    Troubleshooting > Floppy Disks Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media 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.
  • Page 187: Audio/video

    Troubleshooting > Audio/Video Audio/Video What should I do if I cannot use my digital video camcorder? If a message appears stating that the i.LINK device is disconnected or turned off, the i.LINK cable may not be securely plugged into the port on your computer or camcorder. Unplug the cable, and plug it in once again. See Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 118) for more information.
  • Page 188 Troubleshooting > Audio/Video What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the sound output device connected to the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack? ❑ You need to change the sound output device if you want to hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack.
  • Page 189 Troubleshooting > Audio/Video How do I turn off sound along with the LCD backlight using the DISPLAY OFF button? You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the DISPLAY OFF button settings. Follow these steps: Turn on your computer and press the F2 key repeatedly until the VAIO logo disappears. The BIOS setup screen appears.
  • Page 190: Hdmi/video Input Function

    Troubleshooting > HDMI/VIDEO Input Function HDMI/VIDEO Input Function What should I do if I cannot change the volume or LCD brightness with the wireless keyboard? You cannot change the volume or the brightness with the wireless keyboard while using the HDMI/VIDEO input function. Use the OSD menu for brightness control.
  • Page 191: Memory Stick

    Troubleshooting > "Memory Stick" "Memory Stick" What should I do if I cannot use "Memory Stick" that was formatted on a VAIO computer on other devices? You may need to reformat your "Memory Stick". Formatting "Memory Stick" erases all data, including music data previously saved on it. Before you reformat "Memory Stick", back up important data and confirm that "Memory Stick"...
  • Page 192: Peripherals

    Troubleshooting > 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 an AC outlet.
  • Page 193: Trademarks

    S-FORCE is a trademark or registered trademark of Sony Corporation. i.LINK is a name to denote IEEE 1394. i.LINK and i.LINK logo " " are the trademarks of Sony Corporation. Intel, Intel Inside, Intel Core, Pentium, Intel SpeedStep, and Atom are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Page 194 SDHC Logo is a trademark. SDXC 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. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • Page 195 Trademarks > "PlaceEngine" was developed by Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. and is licensed by Koozyt, Inc. "TransferJet" and the "TransferJet" logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. "AVCHD" is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. All other names of systems, products, and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ®...
  • Page 196: Notice

    In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
  • Page 197 © 2011 Sony Corporation...

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