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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer V G C - LV 1 0 0 S e r i e s...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...5 Documentation ...6 Ergonomic Considerations ...9 Getting Started ...11 Locating Controls and Ports...12 About the Indicator Lights ...17 Setting Up Your Computer ...18 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...33 Using Your VAIO Computer ...34 Using the Keyboard ...35 Using the Touch Pad ...39 Using the Mouse ...40 Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...43...
  • Page 3 Using Peripheral Devices...104 Connecting External Speakers ...105 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...107 Connecting a Printer ...109 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...110 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...112 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...114 Setting the Password ...115 Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center...120 Using the Power Saving Mode...121 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...124 Adding and Removing Memory...125...
  • Page 4 Bluetooth Technology ...167 Optical Discs ...171 Display ...176 Printing ...177 Microphone ...178 Mouse ...179 Speakers ...180 Touch Pad...182 Keyboard...183 Floppy Disks ...184 Audio/Video...185 HDMI ...188 Memory Stick ...190 Peripherals ...191 Support Options ...192 Sony Support Information ...193 Program Support Information...196 Trademarks ...206...
  • Page 5: 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 6: 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://www.sony.ca/support/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/ http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/BR/...
  • Page 7 ❑ VAIO Recovery Center User Guide — Provides information about restoring individual software programs, hardware drivers, and drive partition(s) or your entire hard disk drive to the original factory settings. To access this on-screen guide: Click Start and Help and Support. Click Use My VAIO.
  • Page 8: Help And Support

    Access your VAIO user guide, interactive help in the form of VAIO tutorials, how-to articles, the VAIO technology page, specifications, and system and software information. ❑ Troubleshoot my VAIO Maintain and troubleshoot your VAIO computer with VAIO Care, system restore, backup and recovery, and contact Sony support. Before Use...
  • Page 9: 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 (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, pointing device, or external mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides.
  • Page 10 ❑ Viewing angle of the 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. While adjusting the viewing angle, do not exert excessive pressure on your computer, especially on the center of the speaker grill, to eliminate a risk of mechanical damage.
  • Page 11: 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 12: Locating Controls And Ports

    Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 43) Power indicator (page 17) Remote sensor Point the supplied remote commander to this sensor for operations. SONY logo lamp (page 120) LCD screen (page 139) HDMI SELECT indicator (page 17) WIRELESS indicator (page 17)
  • Page 13 Back Power button DISPLAY OFF button Press this button to turn off the LCD backlight. While the HDMI input is selected (page 76), pressing this button also turns off the volume. Capture angle adjuster (page 43) Back panel cover Remove the back panel cover to access the ports and jacks behind it (page 18).
  • Page 14 The area around the air exhaust vent (1) becomes hot while your computer is on. Be sure to wait until the computer cools down before you touch it. Air exhaust vent (page 142) HARD DISK DRIVE ACCESS BAY cover Memory module compartment cover (page 127) AC In port (page 23)
  • Page 15 Right Optical disc drive (page 47) Drive eject button (page 48) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 107) WIRELESS switch (page 96) HDMI SELECT button (page 76) MENU button (page 76) Up/Down buttons (page 76) OK button (page 76) Support high-/full-/low- speeds. On selected models only.
  • Page 16 Left ExpressCard/34 slot (page 82) Memory Stick slot (page 86) Media Access indicator (page 17) SD memory card slot (page 92) Headphones jack (page 105) Microphone jack Connect an external microphone. Line In jack Connect an external audio device for audio input. Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 107) Your computer supports both standard- and Duo-size Memory Stick.
  • Page 17: About The Indicator Lights

    About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights: Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green when the computer is on, illuminates in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is off. Built-in MOTION EYE camera Illuminates while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use.
  • Page 18: Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Computer Removing and Replacing the Covers Before accessing some ports and jacks on the back of your computer, you first need to remove the back panel cover from the computer and the base stand cover from the base stand. To remove the back panel cover and the base stand cover Gently face down your computer on a flat surface.
  • Page 19 Getting Started Grasp the back panel cover (1) with both hands, gently lift it, and remove it from the computer. Put your fingertips underneath the back panel cover (2) when removing the cover from the computer.
  • Page 20 Getting Started Slide the base stand cover (3) in the direction of the arrow and remove it from the base stand.
  • Page 21 Getting Started To replace the back panel cover and the base stand cover Put the base stand cover (1) back on the base stand and slide it in the direction of the arrow.
  • Page 22 Getting Started Put the back panel cover (2) so as to fit the projections inside the cover into the respective holes on the back of the computer and push in the cover toward the computer. Keep the back panel cover and the stand cover on the computer unless access to the back panel is necessary.
  • Page 23 Connecting a Power Source and Cables You need a power cord to connect your computer to an AC power source and it must be plugged into the power source before you can establish communication with your wireless keyboard and mouse. In addition, you need to connect other cables if you want to use some functions of your computer, such as the TV function.
  • Page 24 To connect the power cord and other cables Remove the back panel cover and the base stand cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Covers Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC outlet (2), put the other end through the hole (3) in the base stand, and plug it into the AC In port (4) on the computer as illustrated below.
  • Page 25 Connect other cables to the computer, if necessary. ❑ To set up TV connections available on models with the TV tuner board, see Setting Up TV Connections ❑ To connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI INPUT port for using the HDMI Input function, see Using the HDMI Input Function (page 75).
  • Page 26: Connecting The Wireless Keyboard

    Connecting the Wireless Keyboard A wireless keyboard and four AA alkaline batteries for use in the keyboard are supplied with your computer. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard, you must install the batteries and establish communication between the computer and the keyboard.
  • Page 27 Getting Started ✍ You can check the battery indicator ( ) in the LCD window on the wireless keyboard for its battery power level. If the wireless keyboard does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. If you do not intend to use the wireless keyboard for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
  • Page 28: Connecting The Wireless Mouse

    Connecting the Wireless Mouse A wireless mouse and two AA alkaline batteries for use in the mouse are supplied with your computer. Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, you must install the batteries and establish communication between your computer and the mouse. ✍...
  • Page 29 Slide the power switch on the bottom of the mouse to the ON position. Press the CONNECT button (1) on the back of the computer. Press the CONNECT button on the bottom of the mouse within 10 seconds from step 4. Communication between the mouse and the computer should now be established.
  • Page 30: Preparing For Wall Mounting

    Preparing for Wall Mounting Your computer is equipped with four holes on its back panel, which look similar to those compliant with the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mounting standard, for connecting to your mounting system. Be sure to establish wireless communication between your computer and the wireless mouse and keyboard before mounting the computer on the wall. It is recommended that you allow adequate clearance between the wall and the back of your computer when mounting the computer on the wall so that you can access the ports and buttons on the back of the computer.
  • Page 31 To reveal the mounting holes Remove the back panel cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Covers Unscrew the six screws (1) and remove the base stand (2). (page 18) for the procedure. Getting Started...
  • Page 32 Getting Started Use the four holes (3) for mounting by following the instructions described in the manual that came with your mounting system.
  • Page 33: 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 then 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 34: 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 35) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 39) ❑ Using the Mouse (page 40) ❑...
  • Page 35: 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. Using the Wireless Keyboard To maintain good communication, operate the wireless keyboard within the distance limitations of keyboard: approximately 32.8 feet (10 m) from your computer.
  • Page 36 ✍ Illustrated above is the English keyboard as an example. Using Your VAIO Computer Zoom buttons Change the view size of your screen. Press to make the screen view look smaller and further away (zoom out). Press to make the screen view look bigger and closer (zoom in).
  • Page 37 Indicators (Battery): turns on while the AA batteries for the wireless keyboard are sufficient and switches to batteries wear out. (Num lock): Turns on while in the Num Lock state. (Caps lock): Turns on while in the Caps Lock state. (Scroll lock): Turns on while in the Scroll Lock state.
  • Page 38 Using Your VAIO Computer Keyboard feet Flip open to adjust the keyboard angle. CONNECT button (page 26) Press to enable the wireless keyboard to communicate with the computer. Battery compartment Storage compartment for the AA batteries.
  • Page 39: 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 40: Using The Mouse

    Using the Mouse A wireless mouse is supplied with your computer. Using the Wireless Mouse The wireless optical mouse has no cables to plug in and uses a light-emitting diode (LED) instead of a ball. To maintain good communication, operate the wireless mouse within the distance limitations of mouse: approximately 32.8 feet (10 m) from your computer.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer 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. Central wheel Rotate the central wheel to scroll up or down a page. Press the wheel once to lock the scroll action and control the movement by moving the entire mouse (the scroll function is available only with applications that support it).
  • Page 42 Adjusting the Mouse Functions Click Start and Control Panel. Click Mouse under Hardware and Sound. The Mouse Properties window appears. Change the settings. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 43: Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software and enables you to capture still images and movies with the preinstalled image capture software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera.
  • Page 44 Using Your VAIO Computer The viewer window may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, if you view a rapid-moving object. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. You cannot operate the built-in MOTION EYE camera with the Microsoft Windows Movie Maker software.
  • Page 45: To Capture A Still Image

    Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Capture icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder. Click the Capture button below the displayed image.
  • Page 46: Capturing Movies

    Capturing Movies To capture a movie Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Record icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder. Click the Record Video button below the displayed image to start movie recording. When finished, click the Record Video button once again to stop movie recording.
  • Page 47: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc Be sure to attach the 8 cm disc adapter to an 8 cm disc before inserting the disc into the optical disc drive slot. Slide the disc straight into the slot so as not to apply excessive pressure to the disc or slot.
  • Page 48: To Remove A Disc

    To remove a disc The drive eject button is disabled when your computer is turned off. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in Sleep mode. Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. Be sure not to pull out the optical disc forcefully before it completely slides out. Check that the Hard disk/Optical disc drive indicator light (1) is unlit.
  • Page 49 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 50 Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM Blu-ray Disc Combo Blu-ray Disc P 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 51 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 52 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. ❑ Do not strike or shake your computer while the optical disc drive is writing data to a disc. ❑...
  • Page 53: Playing Cds

    Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, 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 Insert a disc into the optical disc drive.
  • Page 54: 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, 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 included with your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Close all running software applications.
  • Page 55: Playing Blu-ray Disc Media

    Playing Blu-ray Disc Media The Blu-ray Disc playback function is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs To play a Blu-ray Disc media Close all running software applications.
  • Page 56: Using The Tv Function

    Using the TV Function To enhance your audio and visual experience in conjunction with the Windows Media Center, your computer may have some TV tuner boards installed: one analog tuner board and one ATSC tuner board, or one analog tuner board only. See the online specifications to find out about your TV tuner board configuration.
  • Page 57: Setting Up Tv Connections

    Setting Up TV Connections The following connections may not be available in some countries or areas. The best method to connect your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type of cable connection available in your home. TV signal reception strength will vary widely depending on service availability in your area as well as the type of connection available.
  • Page 58: Connecting To Standard Cable Access (catv)

    Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) The appearance of your computer and the location of the ports may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications. It may also vary in some countries or areas. To connect in CATV mode (Option 1) Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2).
  • Page 59 To connect in CATV mode (Option 2) Connect the two metal hooks on a 75-ohm/300-ohm RCA transformer cable (1) (not supplied) to the screw-type grips at your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (3) (supplied) to the transformer end of the RCA transformer cable (1). Connect the other end to the CABLE/ANT ANALOG input port (4) on the computer.
  • Page 60: Connecting To A Standard Antenna

    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 (not supplied) to connect the computer and the indoor/outdoor antenna system.
  • Page 61 To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 1) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your antenna outlet (2). Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3). Connect one end of another TV coaxial cable (5) (not supplied) to the feed connector (4).
  • Page 62 To connect in land-based (terrestrial) broadcasting mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a 300-ohm twin lead cable (1) (not supplied) 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) (not supplied). Connect a coaxial cable feed connector (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (3).
  • Page 63 To connect to an antenna (air) for digital television system (ATSC signal standard) If you have an antenna for receiving the over-the-air signals transmitted by a digital TV broadcasting system, you can connect it to receive these signals for digital televisions, for example high definition TVs. Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to an ATSC antenna (not supplied) (2).
  • Page 64: Connecting With A Cable Or Satellite Set-top Box (stb)

    Connecting with a cable or satellite set-top box (STB) You can connect your computer to cable service access that uses a set-top box (cable or satellite). When using the set-top box (STB) setup, you can change channels only through the STB, using its controls or the supplied remote commander. When using the STB setup: ❑...
  • Page 65 Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 66 To connect in STB mode (Option 2) Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF input port on the back panel of your set-top box (STB) (3). Connect a second TV coaxial cable (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF output port on the set-top box (STB) (3).
  • Page 67 Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 68: Using The Remote Commander

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Remote Commander If your computer supports the TV function, then a remote commander is supplied with the computer for using a wide variety of AV related software applications, including Media Center.
  • Page 69 ✍ Illustrated above is the English remote commander as an example. Using Your VAIO Computer Pause X button Press to pause media playback. Press again to resume playback. Stop x button Press to stop media playback or TV recording session. Forward M button Press to fast-forward media at three speeds.
  • Page 70 Guide button Press to view the TV program guide for your area. 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. APPLICATION SELECT button Press to switch among open applications.
  • Page 71 Before you use the remote commander Before using the remote commander, you need to insert the supplied AA manganese batteries to enable communication between the computer and the remote commander. To insert batteries Turn the remote commander over. Slightly push down the dented area (1), slide the battery cover in the direction of the arrow, and remove the cover. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 72 Insert the supplied two AA batteries into the remote commander. Put the battery cover back on the remote commander and slide it in the reverse direction of the arrow illustrated above until the cover clicks into place. ✍ If the remote commander does not operate properly, you may need to replace the batteries. When the remote commander is not going to be used for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
  • Page 73 To connect the remote sensor control ✍ If you are using a cable or satellite set-top box, you can attach the remote sensor control to the set-top box, which enables you to control the set-top box with the remote commander. You need to remove the back panel cover from the computer before connecting the remote sensor control.
  • Page 74 Remove the adhesive tape cover from the bottom of the remote sensor control (1). Attach the remote sensor control (1) onto the set-top box (3) near the infrared sensor (4). Do not cover the infrared sensor when attaching the remote sensor control. The remote sensor must be visible in a line of sight with the remote commander in order to function properly.
  • Page 75: Using The Hdmi Input Function

    Using the HDMI Input Function Your computer may be equipped with an HDMI INPUT port that enables you to connect a device with the HDMI output port, such as a hard disk drive recorder, to the computer. With the HDMI Input function, the computer can receive the high- definition video and sound outputs from the connected device and you can view and hear them on the computer without turning on your computer and starting Windows.
  • Page 76 Using the HDMI Input Control Buttons The HDMI input control buttons allow you to switch the display and sound input between the computer input and the HDMI input from the connected device and change the display and sound settings for the HDMI input. HDMI input control buttons HDMI SELECT button MENU button...
  • Page 77 Connecting and Using the HDMI-Compatible Device You need to connect the HDMI-compatible device to your computer with an HDMI cable to display the HDMI input from the device on the computer. Be sure to use an HDMI cable approved by HDMI Licensing, LLC. To connect your computer to the HDMI-compatible device ✍...
  • Page 78 To change the HDMI input volume Press the Up (V) or the Down (v) button to increase or decrease the volume. While the HDMI input is selected: - You can only use the Up/Down buttons to change the volume. You cannot use the volume control buttons on the wireless keyboard or the supplied remote commander to change the volume.
  • Page 79 You can change the display and sound settings for the HDMI input with the OSD menu. The following shows how to change the language mode of the OSD menu, enable or disable the Auto Input Sensing feature, and change the default SONY logo lamp activity while the HDMI input is selected.
  • Page 80 Viewing TV Programs with the HDMI Input Function If you are using a set-top box with an HDMI output port to view TV programs, you can display them on your computer with the HDMI Input function. You cannot record the HDMI input, such as a TV program, displayed on your computer or control the Windows Media Center with the HDMI Input function.
  • Page 81 To connect a set-top box using the HDMI INPUT port Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) (supplied) to your cable service access (wall outlet) (2). Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF input port on the back panel of your set-top box (STB) (3). Connect a second TV coaxial cable (4) (not supplied) to the VHF/UHF output port on the set-top box (STB) (3).
  • Page 82: 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 (34 mm wide) or ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide) module as shown below and the latter can accommodate only an ExpressCard/34 module...
  • Page 83: Inserting An Expresscard Module

    Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is supplied with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍...
  • Page 84 Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to block any particles from entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. ✍ If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer.
  • Page 85: 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 4. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 86: Using The Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Memory Stick 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 87 For the latest information about the Memory Stick, 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 with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of May 2008.
  • Page 88 Inserting a Memory Stick To insert a Memory Stick Locate the Memory Stick slot (page Hold the Memory Stick with the arrow pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick is automatically detected by your system and the contents on the Memory Stick are displayed. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, Computer, and double-click the Memory Stick icon.
  • Page 89 Be sure to hold the Memory Stick with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the Memory Stick, do not force the Memory Stick into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Do not insert more than one Memory Stick into the slot.
  • Page 90 To format a Memory Stick The Memory Stick 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 when formatting the media. Formatting the Memory Stick erases the entire data on the media.
  • Page 91 Removing a Memory Stick Do not remove the 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 is unlit before removing the Memory Stick. To remove a Memory Stick Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
  • Page 92: Using The Sd Memory Card

    ❑ 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 cards available as of May 2008. However, not all memory cards that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 93: Inserting An Sd Memory Card

    Inserting an SD Memory Card 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 94 Removing an SD Memory Card Do not remove an SD memory card while the To remove an SD memory card 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 95: Using The Internet

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Internet To use the Internet, you need to connect an external modem device, for example a USB telephone modem, an xDSL modem, or a cable modem, to your computer. For the detailed instructions on connection setups and modem configuration, see the manual that came with your modem.
  • Page 96: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Sony Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with built-in WLAN function communicate freely with each other through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.
  • Page 97 Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels). Therefore, before activating the WLAN function, read the Safety Information carefully. WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a /b/g standard or the IEEE 802.11n draft standard, which specifies the used technology.
  • Page 98 Using Your VAIO Computer The communication speed varies depending on the distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the device configuration, the radio conditions, and the software in use. In addition, communications may be cut off depending on the radio conditions. The communication range varies depending on the actual distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the radio conditions, the ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls, and the software in use.
  • Page 99: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using the Bluetooth Function The Bluetooth function is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to find out whether your model supports the Bluetooth function. You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone.
  • Page 100 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 ❑ Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones ❑...
  • Page 101 ❑ The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous use of the Bluetooth function and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in reduced communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
  • Page 102 Bluetooth Security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to communicate. With the authentication function, you can prevent any anonymous Bluetooth devices from accessing your computer. The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common passkey (a password required for authentication) should be determined for both devices to be registered.
  • Page 103: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables. To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function.
  • Page 104: 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 105) ❑ Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device (page 107) ❑ Connecting a Printer (page 109) ❑...
  • Page 105: Connecting External Speakers

    Connecting External Speakers You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. Since your computer is capable of outputting digital signals through the OPTICAL OUT port, you can connect an S/PDIF device such as digital headphones or an AV amplifier to the port and enhance the sound quality of your computer. For more information, see the manual that came with your S/PDIF device.
  • Page 106: To Connect External Speakers

    To connect external speakers Plug the speaker cable (1) (not supplied) 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 107: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact when moving the computer with USB devices connected. 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.
  • Page 108: 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 Sleep mode may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍...
  • Page 109: 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 110: 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 an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices that are generally powered through i.LINK ports.
  • Page 111: 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 when using an i.LINK connection.
  • Page 112: Connecting To A Network (lan)

    Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/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 back of the computer and the other end to your network.
  • Page 113 Using Peripheral Devices Do not plug a telephone cable into the network (LAN) port on your computer. If the network (LAN) port is connected to one of the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the port may cause damage, overheating, or fire.
  • Page 114: 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 115) ❑...
  • Page 115: 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 116 To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 117 To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 118: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 119 To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 120: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Control Center

    Some of the control items will not be visible if you open the VAIO Control Center as a standard user. 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 121: Using The Power Saving Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Power Saving Mode In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has a distinct power saving mode called Sleep mode. Using Normal Mode This is the normal state of the computer when it is in use. The green power indicator light is lit in this mode. To save power while not working, you can turn off a specific device such as the LCD screen or the hard disk drive.
  • Page 122: Using Sleep Mode

    Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the hard disk drive and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The orange power indicator light illuminates in this mode. Turn off your computer if you do not intend to use it for a long period of time. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep.
  • Page 123 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. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
  • Page 124: 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 193).
  • Page 125: 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 126 ❑ Use the special bag supplied 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 127: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect peripheral devices from the accessible ports and jacks. Remove the back panel cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Covers Disconnect the power cord and the rest of the peripheral devices.
  • Page 128 Touch a metal object to discharge static electricity. Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: ❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. ❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2). Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 129 Remove the new memory module from its packaging. Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. Do not touch any other components on the motherboard. If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the lower slot. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot.
  • Page 130 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 10 Replace the memory module compartment cover and tighten the screw. 11 Connect the power cord and the peripheral devices that you disconnected in step 3. 12 Replace the back panel cover. See Removing and Replacing the Covers (page 18) for the procedure.
  • Page 131: 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. 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 132: Adding The Hard Disk Drive

    If you need assistance to install a hard disk, contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Sony Support...
  • Page 133: Installing An Additional Hard Disk Drive

    Installing an Additional Hard Disk Drive To install an additional hard disk drive Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect peripheral devices from the accessible ports and jacks. Remove the back panel cover from the computer. See Removing and Replacing the Covers Disconnect the power cord and the rest of the peripheral devices.
  • Page 134 Unscrew the two screws (3) securing the drive holder. Pull out the drive holder (4) from the HARD DISK DRIVE ACCESS BAY and set it aside. Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 135 Place a new drive into the drive holder and align the holes on each side of the drive holder. Secure the drive to the drive holder with screws, through the holes on each side of the drive holder. A new hard disk drive comes with the necessary screws. Do not overtighten these screws when securing the drive to the drive holder. 10 Slide the drive holder into the drive bay until it clicks into place and secure it with the screws.
  • Page 136 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 11 Connect the Serial ATA power cable and the Serial ATA cable. 12 Tighten the screws to secure the drive holder. 13 Replace the drive bay cover and tighten the screws. 14 Connect the power cord and the peripheral devices that you disconnected in step 3. 15 Replace the back panel cover.
  • Page 137: Identifying The Additional Hard Disk Space

    Identifying the Additional Hard Disk Space When you initialize the new hard disk, it must be configured as an extended partition in Windows NT file system (NTFS) format. To identify the additional hard disk space Log on to Windows as a user with administrative rights. Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 138: Precautions

    Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 139) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 140) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 141) ❑ Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 144) ❑...
  • Page 139: 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 this may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liability for any malfunctions arising from changes to the settings.
  • Page 140: Using The Power Source

    ❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for a long period of time. ❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. ❑ Use the power cord supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other power cord as it may cause a malfunction.
  • Page 141: Handling Your Computer

    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 142 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 143 ❑ To avoid losing data when your computer is damaged, back up your data regularly. ❑ Do not grasp the base 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 144: Handling The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
  • Page 145: Handling Floppy Disks

    Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually and touch the internal components 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 put it in a storage case.
  • Page 146: Handling Discs

    Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of 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: ❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
  • Page 147 ❑ An 8 cm disc adapter exclusively designed for your model is provided for use of 8 cm discs on your computer. ❑ Be sure to attach the adapter to an 8 cm disc before using it on your computer. Not using the supplied adapter or using a similar kind of the adapter with the disc may cause a disc recognition error or result in a stuck disc, a damaged disc, or a malfunction of your computer.
  • Page 148: Using Headphones

    Precautions Using Headphones Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.
  • Page 149: Handling The Memory Stick

    Handling the Memory Stick ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose the Memory Stick. ❑...
  • Page 150: Handling The Hard Disk

    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 151: Updating Your Computer

    Updating Your Computer Be sure to install the latest updates on your computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. ❑ Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. ❑...
  • Page 152: 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://www.sony.ca/support/...
  • Page 153 Troubleshooting ❑ Audio/Video (page 185) ❑ HDMI (page 188) ❑ Memory Stick (page 190) ❑ Peripherals (page 191)
  • Page 154: Computer

    ❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony power cord. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony power cord, which is supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 155 What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ If the orange DISPLAY OFF indicator is lit, press the DISPLAY OFF button. ❑ Make sure the computer input is selected. To change the display input, press the HDMI SELECT button on the right of the computer.
  • Page 156 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 157: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Mode

    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 Lock button, and Restart. If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart.
  • Page 158: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    What should I do if I cannot remember the power-on password? If you have forgotten the power-on 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 How can I change the boot device order? You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the boot device order.
  • Page 159: How Do I Check The Volume Of The Recovery Partition

    Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time 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 a screen saver other than the VAIO Original Screen Saver. What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device.
  • Page 160: 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 161: Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑...
  • Page 162: Why Can't I Use The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed. To reduce flicker noise, change the direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g.
  • Page 163 Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters a power saving mode while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use? ❑ Do not place your computer into Sleep mode while you are using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑...
  • Page 164: Networking

    Networking 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 165: Why Is The Data Transfer Speed Slow

    ❑ 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 Troubleshooting Why does the network connection stop when I change the encryption key? Two computers with the wireless LAN function may lose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed. You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key matches.
  • Page 167: 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. ❑ If the WIRELESS indicator light is unlit, turn on the WIRELESS switch. ❑ Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices are within 33 feet (10 meters) of each other.
  • Page 168 What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, follow these steps: Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and Bluetooth Settings. Click the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box.
  • Page 169: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? ❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstructions and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move Bluetooth devices closer to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 170 Troubleshooting 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 171: 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 172 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 173 Click Device Manager on the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the drivers.
  • Page 174 What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 49) to find out about the supported disc media.
  • Page 175 Why can't I write data to Blu-ray Disc media? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 49) to find out about the supported disc media.
  • Page 176: 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 177: 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 178: 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. ❑ Your sound input device may have been incorrectly configured. To configure the sound input device, follow these steps: Close all open programs.
  • Page 179: 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. ❑ Make sure the supplied AA batteries are properly installed. ❑...
  • Page 180: 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 181 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 182: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad. Press the Fn+F11 keys to enable the touch pad. ❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑...
  • Page 183: 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 184: 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 185: 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 186: How Do I Change The Sound Output Device

    How do I change the sound output device? If you do not hear sound from the device connected to the OPTICAL OUT port, you need to change the device for sound output. Close all open programs. Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Page 187 How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Page 188: Hdmi

    HDMI This Q & A entries apply to models with an HDMI INPUT port only. See the online specifications to find out whether your computer is equipped with the HDMI INPUT port. What should I do if I cannot change the volume with the Up/Down buttons? You cannot change the volume with the Up/Down buttons while the computer input is selected.
  • Page 189 How do I turn off the Sony logo lamp while viewing the HDMI input? You need to change the settings with the OSD menu to turn off the Sony logo lamp. See Changing the Display and Sound Settings for the HDMI Input (page 79) for more information.
  • Page 190: Memory Stick

    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? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick-compatible digital cameras.
  • Page 191: 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 192: Support Options

    Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer and the preinstalled software. ❑ Sony Support Information (page 193) ❑ Program Support Information (page 196)
  • Page 193: Sony Support Information

    This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit the Sony online support web site at the following URLs: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/ http://www.sony.ca/support/...
  • Page 194 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 195 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 196: 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 197 ® America Online (Dial-Up) America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® ™ BlueString America Online, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.aol.com ® ™ Instant Messenger America Online, Inc. ❑...
  • Page 198 Click to Disc Sony Electronics Inc. At the touch of a button, Click to Disc 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 199 ® Microsoft Internet Explorer, Movie Maker, Media Player, Works Microsoft Corp. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://support.microsoft.com ® Microsoft Office Basic Edition, Office Professional Edition, Office Small Business Edition, Office Ready Microsoft Corp. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://support.microsoft.com ®...
  • Page 200 ® 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 201 ® 14-Day Trial Version of Napster Napster, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.napster.com Protector Suite QL UPEC, Inc. Protector Suite QL 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 202 Web site http://support.sonic.com/ ™ 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 203 ® VAIO Edit Component Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Edit Component provides enhanced editing functionality when using Adobe Elements on your VAIO computer. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ® VAIO Hardware Diagnostic Sony Electronics Inc. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information ®...
  • Page 204 DVD, digital still camera, or camcorder. For contacts about the software, see Program Support Information (page (page ® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony online support web site for (page (page Support Options 196).
  • Page 205 Vegas Movie Studio Sony Electronics Inc. Professional video, audio and DVD creation ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/default.asp ™ WebCam Companion ArcSoft, Inc. ❑ For customers in USA and Canada Web site http://www.arcsoft.com/support/ ® ® WinDVD for VAIO InterVideo, Inc.
  • Page 206: Trademarks

    PS/2 is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation. Blu-ray Disc and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license.
  • Page 207 Trademarks 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. HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
  • Page 208 © 2008 Sony Corporation...

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