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    You are prompted to register your computer the first time you turn on the computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the registration process. If you are not able to register your computer during the first session, you can register your computer online at the Sony VAIO PC Registration Web site. Go to http://www.sony.com/vaioregistration.

  • Page 2: Getting Started

    Getting Started Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO state-of-the-art computer functionality with the latest audio, video and information technology features.  Unpacking Your Computer  Planning an Ergonomic Work Space computer! Your new, high-performance, multimedia computer combines ®...

  • Page 3: Unpacking Your Computer

    Unpacking Your Computer Your computer may not be supplied with all of the accessories shown, depending on the computer configuration purchased. For details on the accessories supplied with your computer, see the online Your VAIO computer is not supplied with System or Application Recovery CDs. Use the VAIO Recovery Wizard utility to ®...

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     Create music CDs with: SonicStage software — Burn music CDs from MP3, WMA, and WAV; create ATRAC CDs for your Sony ATRAC CD Walkman; or make backup copies of your CDs. SonicStage Mastering Studio software — Burn music CDs of your collection of vinyl records or cassette tapes.

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    A software library, containing the Microsoft software and Sony end-user license agreements. ® ® Y our c omputer may not be equipped with M ic ros oft Windows XP M edia C enter E dition operating s ys tem or M edia C enter hardware features . See your ®...

  • Page 6: Planning An Ergonomic Work Space

    Planning an Ergonomic Work Space Before you set up your new computer, find the best location for your new computer and plan your work space. There are several ergonomic factors to consider when you arrange your work space:  Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support the computer and other peripheral equipment.

  • Page 7: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls And Ports This section is intended to familiarize you with the controls, ports and jacks on your computer and supplied accessories. Your computer may not be equipped with all of these hardware features or accessories. The location of the controls, ports, and jacks may vary from the illustrations shown in this section.

  • Page 8: About The Front Panel

    About the Front Panel The front panel of your VAIO Computer enables access to drives, memory card readers, ports and jacks that enable you to ® connect compatible peripheral devices. Front panel Your computer may not be equipped with all of these hardware features or accessories. The location of the controls, ports, and jacks may vary from the illustrations shown in this section.

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    . ® i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software programs, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products , Memory Stick Pro , and Memory Stick Duo ®...

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    with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other. Refer to the documentation that came with your compatible i.LINK device for information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting compatible i.LINK devices to your computer, such as an optical or hard disk drive, confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.

  • Page 11: About The Back Panel

    About the Back Panel The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your computer. Back panel The available ports and jacks on your computer may vary from those shown in this illustration, based on the computer model purchased.

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    Modem line jack Connection for an RJ-11 telephone cable (optional). i.LINK 6-pin S400 port (IEEE 1394) Connection and power for a compatible digital device, such as a Sony Digital Handycam Ethernet port Connection for a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-T Ethernet. (The port marked with (Network) is for LAN connections only.)

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    Connection for the supplied speakers (2-channel), front speakers (5.1 speaker system Line In jack Connection for an audio device. Woofer/Center jack Connection for a Sub-woofer , control module, or center speaker (5.1 speaker system Rear jack Connection for rear speakers (5.1 speaker system Monitor port Connection for a VGA monitor.

  • Page 14: About The Keyboard

    About the Keyboard This section describes the special and standard functions available for your keyboard. A wireless or PS/2 keyboard may be ®1 supplied with your VAIO computer, based on the computer model purchased. See your computer's specifications sheet for ®...

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    About the wireless keyboard Set up your wireless keyboard and insert the batteries before attempting to establish communication between the keyboard and the computer. For instructions, see the section, Wireless keyboard (bottom ) Keyboard feet Extend the feet to adjust the keyboard height. CONNECT button Press to enable the wireless keyboard to communicate with the computer.

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    DESCRIPTION Function The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function key may vary between software programs. Numeric keypad Use the numeric keypad area to type numbers or to perform basic math calculations. Press the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad.

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    the same type and manufacture of battery. Using incompatible batteries or mixing used/new batteries can damage the keyboard. Inserting batteries into the wireless keyboard If your wireless keyboard does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. When your wireless keyboard is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.

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    About the Keyboard (wired) Your VAIO keyboard uses a standard key arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. ® VAIO Keyboard DESCRIPTION Function The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function key may vary from one application to the next.

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    The Applications key displays a shortcut menu in certain software applications. Pressing this key is equivalent to clicking the right mouse button. Windows The key with the Microsoft clicking Start on the taskbar. INDICATORS FUNCTION Num Lock The Num Lock indicator lights when the numeric keypad is activated. When the indicator is off, the directional arrow and correction keys on the numeric keypad area are active.

  • Page 20: About The Wireless Mouse

    About the Wireless Mouse Your VAIO computer may be supplied with a wireless optical mouse ® with your computer, see the section, Wireless m ouse (top) Left mouse button Press to perform specific mouse functions. Wheel Rotate the wheel to scroll up or down on the LCD screen. Right mouse button Press to perform specific mouse functions.

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    Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the wireless mouse as shown. You can check your mouse's battery power level by clicking (wireless mouse icon), located in the Windows taskbar notification area. ® Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless mouse. Always use the same type and manufacture of battery.

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    About the Wireless Mouse Your VAIO computer may be supplied with a wireless optical mouse ® with your computer, see the section, Wireless m ouse (top) Left mouse button Press to perform specific mouse functions. Wheel Rotate the wheel to scroll up or down on the LCD screen. Right mouse button Press to perform specific mouse functions.

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    Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the wireless mouse as shown. You can check your mouse's battery power level by clicking (wireless mouse icon), located in the Windows taskbar notification area. ® Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless mouse. Always use the same type and manufacture of battery.

  • Page 24: About The Remote Control

    About the Remote Control The Media Center remote control is supplied with certain VAIO Windows XP Media Center Edition ® specifications sheet. Remote control The Media Center remote control can start and stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing preferences.

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    PAUSE button Press to pause media playback. Press again to resume playback. FWD button Press to fast-forward media at three speeds. SKIP button Press to move media forward, for example, one audio track, one DVD chapter, and 30 seconds of recorded TV or video. REPLAY button Press to move media backward, for example, one audio track, one DVD chapter, and seven seconds of TV or video.

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    (Press Enter or OK to activate the channel selection.) CLEAR button Use to backspace and delete entered text. STANDBY button Press to place the computer in Stand by mode to reduce power consumption. MY PICTURES button Press to view pictures or a slide show. MY VIDEOS button Press to view videos from your video collection.

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    LIVE TV button Press to view TV programming. ENTER button Press to activate feature or action, such as channel selection or return to previous channel. (This button's actions are similar to using the OK button.) Setting up the remote control Turn the remote control over.

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    About the i.LINK Port Your VAIO computer is equipped with a 4-pin and a 6-pin i.LINK ® connected i.LINK device. A 6-pin i.LINK port can supply power (10V to 12V) to a connected i.LINK device, if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. The total power supplied by the 6-pin i.LINK port does not exceed 6 watts.

  • Page 29: Setting Up Your Computer

    Setting Up Your Computer Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features described in the section. The location of the controls, ports, and jacks may vary from the illustrations shown in this section. See the online hardware configuration.

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    Connecting a Display (Monitor) The location, availability, and type of the monitor port may vary, depending on the model purchased. See the specifications sheet for your computer on the Sony Online Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport, for details about your computer's hardware configuration Plug the display's cable into the appropriate monitor port.

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    Connecting the Radio Frequency Receiver The radio frequency receiver enables your VAIO computer to communicate with the wireless keyboard and mouse ® C ertain V A I O c omputer models are s upplied with a wireles s keyboard and mous e. See your c omputer's s pec ific ations s heet for details on s upplied ®...

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    To connect the Radio frequency receiver Plug the radio frequency receiver unit to a USB port located on either the front or back panel of your computer. Press the CONNECT button on the bottom of the radio frequency receiver, to activate communication between the wireless keyboard and the computer.

  • Page 33: Connecting A Wireless Keyboard

    Connecting a Wireless Keyboard Your VAIO computer may be supplied with a wireless keyboard ® enable communication between the computer and the keyboard. To connect your wireless keyboard, it must be within 11 inches of the computer When attempting to connect the wireless keyboard, confirm that the AA batteries (supplied) are properly inserted into the keyboard before your computer is turned on.

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    To connect the wireless keyboard Press the CONNECT button, located on the bottom of the radio frequency receiver. Turn the wireless keyboard over. Press the CONNECT button on the bottom of the keyboard, to activate communication between the wireless keyboard and the computer. Connecting the keyboard Additional information about using a wireless keyboard The wireless keyboard requires unobstructed communication with the radio frequency receiver for proper operation.

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    Connecting the Wireless Optical Mouse Your VAIO computer may be supplied with a wireless mouse ® enable communication between the computer and the mouse. To connect your wireless mouse, it must be within 11 inches of the computer. When attempting to connect the wireless mouse, confirm that the AA batteries (supplied) are properly inserted into the mouse before your computer is turned on.

  • Page 36: Connecting The Keyboard And Mouse

    Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse Your VAIO computer may be supplied with a PS/2 ® computer, see the online Specifications Plug the keyboard cable into the keyboard port on the back of the computer. Plug the mouse cable into the mouse port on the back of the computer. To connect the keyboard and m ouse keyboard and mouse.

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    Connecting 5.1 (6-Channel) Speaker Systems Certain VAIO computers are supplied with a 5.1 channel speaker system, or you may wish to use your 5.1 (6-channel) ® speaker system. Speaker configuration can vary, depending on the speaker components used. To set up the speakers with your computer: ...

  • Page 38: Configuring Software For Your Speaker System

    Configuring Software for Your Speaker System When using 5.1 channel (digital or analog) speaker systems, certain software programs require setting changes to enable proper audio performance. To configure your sound output: For 6 channel-analog speakers Click Start in the Windows ®...

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    Press on the remote control to return to the Media Center Start menu. To configure WinDVD software Click Start in the Windows ® Point to InterVideo WindDVD, and the click on InterVideo WinDVD for VAIO. The InterVideo WinDVD for VAIO window opens. Right-click in the WinDVD window.

  • Page 40: Connecting The Telephone And Modem

    Connecting the Telephone and Modem Your computer is equipped with a single modem line jack to connect your installed modem with your telephone wall jack. To use your wall jack for both telephone and modem lines, purchase an additional RJ-11 telephone cable and a "1-to-2" jack adapter device (splitter).

  • Page 41: Connecting The Power Cords

    Connecting the Power Cords Plug the power cord into the back of the computer. Plug both the display and computer power cords into a grounded AC wall outlet or a power strip. To connect the power cords Page 41...

  • Page 42: Turning On Your Computer

    Turning On Your Computer When you start your computer for the first time, your computer may detect new equipment and display a dialog box that prompts you to restart your computer. Respond to this prompt immediately. If your computer has Microsoft required to use these features before you turn on the computer.

  • Page 43: Setting Up Media Center

    Setting Up Media Center Certain VAIO computer models have the Microsoft enhancing your music, TV, and video enjoyment. Media Center provides many options for TV, DVD, and music viewing, personal video recording, and music playback. This section describes how to set up your TV, set-top box, and other equipment.

  • Page 44: Setting Up Tv Connections

    Setting Up TV Connections The best method of connecting your computer, TV monitor or display, and TV programming access, is determined by the type of cable service connection available in your home. Your computer's hardware configuration may vary from the illustrations shown in this section.

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    Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) Option 1 Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end of the TV coaxial cable to the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your computer. To connect in CATV m ode (Option 1) Option 2 Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access.

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    Connecting to a standard antenna (air) system You can connect your computer to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or 2 from the previous section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV) combiner/transformer (optional) to connect your computer and the indoor/outdoor antenna system. If you are connecting to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, you may need to reorient the antenna for better reception.

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    Connecting a Cable or Satellite Set-top Box You can connect your computer to cable or satellite service that requires a set-top box. Option 1 Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the In jack on the back panel of your set-top box.

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    You can connect your computer to a set-top box using an S-video cable (optional) and an audio cable (optional) instead of a stereo A/V dubbing cable (optional). See Connecting Other Devices. Page 48...

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    Connecting the Remote Sensor and Remote Sensor Controls The remote sensor communicates with the Media Center remote control, enabling you to change channels and to perform other functions. If you are using a cable or satellite set-top box, you can attach the remote sensor control which enables you to control the set-top box using the Media Center remote control.

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    To connect the remote sensor Connect the remote sensor unit to a USB port located on either the front or back panel of your computer. Position the remote sensor to enable unobstructed communication with your remote control. Connecting the rem ote sensor (back panel) Page 50...

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    To connect the remote sensor control Plug the remote sensor control's cable into either jack (1 or 2) located on the back of the remote sensor. When you attach the remote sensor control to a cable or satellite set-top box, you can control the set-top box functions with your remote control.

  • Page 52: Connecting Other Devices

    Connecting Other Devices This section illustrates how to connect other devices to your VAIO connection capability. You can locate the appropriate connections on the back panel of the computer. You can connect a VCR or camcorder, using the composite audio In jacks. Your VCR or camcorder may have either standard video or S-video connection capability.

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    Connecting a TV monitor (display) Connect the video connector end of the video cable adapter to the TV Out (S-video/video) jack on the back panel of your computer. Connect the jack end of the video cable adapter to either end of a video cable (optional). Connect the other end of the video cable to the Video-In jack on your TV monitor or display, located on either the side or back of your TV monitor/display.

  • Page 54: Turning Off Your Computer

    Turning Off Your Computer Follow these steps when you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of time. To avoid loss of data, do not use the Power button to turn off the computer. To turn off your computer Click Start in the Windows ®...

  • Page 55: Registering Your Computer

    If you are not able to register your computer during the first session, you can register your computer online at the Sony VAIO PC Registration Web site. Go to http://www.sony.com/vaioregistration. Sony produc t regis tration is voluntary; failure to regis ter will not diminis h your limited warranty rights . Page 55...

  • Page 56

    Using Memory Cards and Memory Card Readers This section provides basic information about using your computer's installed memory card readers.  About Your Memory Card Readers  Inserting a Memory Card  Removing a Memory Card  About Memory Stick Media ...

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    About Your Memory Card Readers Your VAIO computer is equipped with memory card readers that are compatible with many popular types of memory cards. ® You can use your computer's memory card readers to transfer data between digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices Mem ory card readers and com patible m edia Page 57...

  • Page 58: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a Memory Card Your memory card reader(s) may be located behind a protective cover on the front of the computer. The style and location of front panel cover varies, depending on the computer model purchased. Certain VAIO memory card reader(s) or the readers may be located on the side panel. See your computer's specification sheet for details about your computer's memory card reader configuration.

  • Page 59: Removing A Memory Card

    Removing a Memory Card The correct way to remove a memory card from a memory card reader varies, depending upon the media, reader, or computer model. Use care when removing a memory card to avoid damage to the reader or card. Do not remove a memory card while the media access indicator light is on.

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    — Provides the same features and benefits of MagicGate form that is 1/3 smaller in size. Compatibility between software programs and Memory Stick media formats may vary. At this time, Sony suggests using only MagicGate Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with SonicStage Visit the Sony online support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on Memory...

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    Sharing Memory Cards If you plan to share your memory card between your VAIO the card must be formatted properly.  Format the memory card by using it in the device first. See the information supplied with the device for details how to format the memory card.

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    Upgrading and Maintaining your VAIO Computer In the future you may want to increase the functionality of your VAIO basic upgrades and maintenance on your system.  Overview  About Opening the Computer  About Add-on Card Installation  About Installing Memory ...

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    Overview The upgrading procedures described in this section assume that you are familiar with the general terminology associated with personal computers, safety practices, required regulatory compliances, and the modification of electronic equipment. Before upgrading your computer Disconnect the computer from its power source and from telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the unit or follow any procedures described in this section.

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    About Opening the Computer Removing the side cover Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and disconnect any peripheral devices. Position the system unit with the back panel facing towards you. Unscrew the side cover release screws located on the edge of the back panel and set them aside.

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    Tilt the side cover away from the computer and set aside. If you remove the cover immediately after you shut down your computer, the components may be too hot to touch. Wait until the internal parts of the system unit cool down before you attempt to remove the cover. Replacing the cover Hold the side cover against the side of the computer, with the side cover extending about 2 inches past the back of the computer.

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    9.05 inches. Add-on card configuration varies by model. Some models, such as Configure-to-Order (CTO) systems, may contain preinstalled add-on cards. Observe the proper safety precautions when you add cards to your Sony computer. See computer. Installing an add-on card Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer.

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    Attach any internal cables that the card requires. See the instructions supplied with the add-on card. Replace the side cover. See Replacing the cover. Reconnect the power cord and all peripheral devices. Turn on the computer. Page 67...

  • Page 68: About Installing Memory

    For memory replacement or upgrades, use the correct memory module for your computer's configuration. See the specifications sheet for your computer on the Sony online support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport, for details about the amount and type of memory installed in your computer.

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    Installing a memory module Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Remove the side cover. See Gently place the unit on its side. If necessary, remove any cables, add-on cards, or other components to access the memory module slots.

  • Page 70: About The Lithium Battery

    Dispose of the lithium battery properly. In some areas, the disposal of lithium batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. You can return your unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory Service Center. To locate a Service Center near you, visit the Sony online support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

  • Page 71: About Hard Disk Drive Installation

    Click Start from the Windows From the Performance and Maintenance window, click VAIO Recovery Wizard. Your computer must have an active Internet connection to access the Sony online support Web site. Observe the proper safety precautions when you upgrade your Sony computer. See computer.

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    Remove the side cover and place the unit on its side. See Configure the jumpers on your new drive as a slave, using the configuration instructions supplied with the drive. Detach the power and drive cables from the original hard disk drive in your computer. Release the drive holder from the chassis by removing the drive holder screw(s).

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    11. Reinsert and tighten the drive holder screw(s) to lock the drive holder back into position. 12. Reconnect the IDE and power connectors to the original drive. 13. Connect the second drive connector to the new drive. Orient the connector to align pin 1 on the red side of the ribbon cable with pin 1 on the new drive.

  • Page 74: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems and provides helpful information about using your computer's hardware features and preinstalled software. Your computer may not be equipped with all of the features or software discussed in this section, depending on the computer model or configuration purchased. ...

  • Page 75: About Vaio Computer Functions

    About VAIO Computer Functions My computer does not start.  Verify that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on. Check that the power indicator is lit on the front panel of the computer. ...

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    About VAIO Computer Functions My computer does not start.  Verify that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on. Check that the power indicator is lit on the front panel of the computer. ...

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    What can I do if my computer or software stop responding? You can try to locate and close the software program that has stopped responding. Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window appears. From the Applications tab, locate the software program that has the status message, "Not responding." Select the software program that has a Not Responding status and click End Task.

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    Why does the Windows operating system stop responding during shutdown? The Windows operating system may not shut down properly for many reasons, including incompatible or conflicting drivers, damaged files, or non-responsive hardware. For troubleshooting information, you can search Windows Help. Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select Help and Support.

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    Why is my computer running slowly?  The computer's responsiveness varies depending with the number of software programs that are open and running. Close any programs that you are not currently using.  Increasing the computer memory may also help. For information on installing memory, please see the online VAIO User Guide.

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    How do I change the video resolution of my display? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select Control Panel. Select Appearance and Themes, and then select Change the screen resolution. Click the Settings tab. Change the Screen resolution and Color quality to the desired levels. Click Apply and then click OK.

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    Why doesn't my computer resume normal operation from Stand by mode?  If your keyboard has a Stand by key  If your keyboard is not equipped with a Stand by key, press any key to resume normal operation.  For troubleshooting information, you can search Windows Help.

  • Page 82

    About System Security This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats to your computer's 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 ®...

  • Page 83

    About System Security This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats to your computer's 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 ®...

  • Page 84

    How do I keep my preinstalled antivirus software updated? You can keep the preinstalled Norton Internet Security Corporation. To download and install the latest security update Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon If you have not previously registered the antivirus software, a series of information wizards appear. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete each wizard Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon again.

  • Page 85

    About Media Center The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system is not installed on all VAIO Digital Studio computers. ® ® ® See your online specifications sheet for more information about your computer's configuration. Why doesn't the REW button on the remote control work when I use My Music? The REW button does not "rewind"...

  • Page 86

    About Media Center The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system is not installed on all VAIO Digital Studio computers. ® ® ® See your online specifications sheet for more information about your computer's configuration. Why doesn't the REW button on the remote control work when I use My Music? The REW button does not "rewind"...

  • Page 87

    Why aren't my song information edits visible in My Music? If you record a song in OpenMG ATRAC format and make edits, such as title, artist, or genre, using SonicStage software, the changes become visible when the music file is played in My Music. If you make changes to a music file using Media Center, the changes are not visible when played in SonicStage software.

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    Why do my song information edits revert to the original content when I use My Music? When you record songs with SonicStage software, and then use Windows Media Player software to edit the song's ® information, you may not see your changes when you play the song in My Music. Windows Media Player supports playback of songs recorded in OpenMG (ATRAC3 or ATRAC3+ ) format, but does not support any edits made to the OpenMG format music files.

  • Page 89

    Why do my optimized music files take so long to appear in My Music? When you use SonicStage software to optimize music files to ATRAC3 or ATRAC3+ format, it may take a few moments for the music files to be available in My Music. To access these files sooner, start Windows Media Player software first, and then play the song with My Music.

  • Page 90

    Why do I get the error message, "The input media is invalid" when I try to play an MP3 file in My Music? If you have added cover art to the MP3 file using SonicStage software, your file may contain an unsynchronized ID3v2 header.

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    Why won't My Music show the albums (playlists) I recorded with SonicStage software? Playlists (albums) recorded with SonicStage software may not be immediately available in the Media Center Album window. To access these files sooner, start Windows Media Player software first, and then play the song with My Music. ®...

  • Page 92

    Why did my Click to DVD software recording session capture television instead of video? If Media Center starts a scheduled TV recording while you are capturing analog video with Click to DVD programming may be captured instead of the video and the timed recording may fail. Media Center and the analog capture feature of Click to DVD software both require the use a TV tuner/MPEG encoder card and cannot access the card at the same time.

  • Page 93

    Why can't I view or record a movie when my computer is connected to an external device, such as a VCR or DVD player, or when I am using an analog input connection? If you see a blue background in the View window, the movie may be copyright-protected. Your computer is not able to display or record a video or DVD that is copyright-protected by Macrovision or CGMS-A (Copy Generation Management System - Analog).

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    Why can't I fast forward or rewind a video? The rewind and fast forward features are not supported by all video formats. Try using the Skip or Replay buttons, which provides a similar function. Page 94...

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    How do I use the Media Center software or remote control to adjust my monitor when viewing TV programs? Media Center software and remote control do not have video adjustment capability. Use the controls on the monitor to adjust video settings, such as contrast, hue, and brightness. See the information provided with your monitor for instructions on adjusting its video controls.

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    What can I do if my computer freezes and restarts while I'm watching a DVD or live TV? Verify that the monitor refresh rate is set to 60 Hz, using the following steps: Right-click on the desktop, and click Properties from the shortcut menu. The Display Properties window appears.

  • Page 97: About The Mouse And Keyboard

    About the Mouse and Keyboard Why doesn't my mouse work properly?  Confirm that the mouse is plugged securely into the mouse port. If you are using a USB mouse, verify that the mouse is plugged securely into the appropriate USB port. ...

  • Page 98

    Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless mouse. Always use the same type and manufacture of battery — do not mix alkaline with manganese batteries. Using incompatible batteries or mixing used, new or different types of batteries can damage the mouse. For wireles s or s tandard optic al mic e.

  • Page 99

    About the Mouse and Keyboard Why doesn't my mouse work properly?  Confirm that the mouse is plugged securely into the mouse port. If you are using a USB mouse, verify that the mouse is plugged securely into the appropriate USB port. ...

  • Page 100

    Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless mouse. Always use the same type and manufacture of battery — do not mix alkaline with manganese batteries. Using incompatible batteries or mixing used, new or different types of batteries can damage the mouse. For wireles s or s tandard optic al mic e.

  • Page 101

    How do I set up my mouse for left-hand use? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Mouse. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears. From the Buttons tab, select Switch primary and secondary buttons under the Button Configuration options. Click Apply, then click OK.

  • Page 102

    Why doesn't my keyboard work properly?  Check that the keyboard is securely plugged into the keyboard port.  Save and close all open software programs. Turn off your computer, wait approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer.  If you are using a wireless keyboard: ...

  • Page 103: About The Modem

    About the Modem Why is my modem connection slow? Many factors can influence modem connection speed, such as:  Telephone line noise.  Incompatibility with other telephone equipment such as fax machines or other modems.  Internet Service Providers (ISP) connection capability may vary. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your ISP, check the following: ...

  • Page 104

    About the Modem Why is my modem connection slow? Many factors can influence modem connection speed, such as:  Telephone line noise.  Incompatibility with other telephone equipment such as fax machines or other modems.  Internet Service Providers (ISP) connection capability may vary. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your ISP, check the following: ...

  • Page 105

    Check that the access telephone number (POP) is correct.  All software programs that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with your computer's modem. If you have installed other software, contact the software publisher for information on how to configure the software in order to recognize the modem.

  • Page 106

    How do I change my modem to rotary or touch-tone dialing? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Phone and Modem options. From the Dialing Rules tab, click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box appears. Select the Tone or Pulse option.

  • Page 107

    How do I set up a dial-up connection? After you have connected your computer's modem to a telephone wall jack, follow these steps to set up your dial-up connection to the Internet: Click Start from the Windows taskbar and select All Programs. Point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click New Connection Wizard.

  • Page 108: About The Speakers

    About the Speakers Why is there no sound in any software program?  Check that the speakers are plugged into the Headphones jack.  If your speakers have a mute button, verify that it is turned off.  If your speakers are powered by batteries, verify that the batteries are inserted properly and that they are charged.

  • Page 109

    About the Speakers Why is there no sound in any software program?  Check that the speakers are plugged into the Headphones jack.  If your speakers have a mute button, verify that it is turned off.  If your speakers are powered by batteries, verify that the batteries are inserted properly and that they are charged.

  • Page 110

    Why is the S/PDIF option disabled in the Microsoft S/PDIF is enabled in Media Center setting is not selected in the InterVideo To change audio settings in the WinDVD software program Click Start in the Windows ® Point to InterVideo WindDVD 5, and the click on InterVideo WinDVD 5 for VAIO. The InterVideo WinDVD for VAIO window opens.

  • Page 111

    Why can't I hear dialogue during DVD movie playback, using my 5.1 channel  Verify that your speaker system is connected correctly.  Change the computer's audio settings to 6-channel, to match your 5.1 speaker system.  Change the audio settings in the RealTek ...

  • Page 112

    About Using a Microphone Why doesn't my microphone work properly? Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack. Page 112...

  • Page 113

    About Using a Microphone Why doesn't my microphone work properly? Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack. Page 113...

  • Page 114

    Why is my microphone so sensitive to background noise? If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound, you should adjust the microphone by following these steps: Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click Sounds and Audio Devices.

  • Page 115: About Using Peripheral Equipment

    About Using Peripheral Equipment How do I install a printer?  Connect your USB or IEEE 1284 printer to the appropriate port on your computer's front, back or side panels your printer has a USB, IEEE 1284, or infrared connection, contact the printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for proper installation.

  • Page 116

    About Using Peripheral Equipment How do I install a printer?  Connect your USB or IEEE 1284 printer to the appropriate port on your computer's front, back or side panels your printer has a USB, IEEE 1284, or infrared connection, contact the printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for proper installation.

  • Page 117

    The connected printer does not function properly when the computer resumes from a power saving mode.  Clear the printer memory by turning the printer off for approximately 10 seconds, and then turning it back on.  If your printer does not resume normal operations, try restarting your computer. Page 117...

  • Page 118: Notes On Use

    Notes On Use The information in this section provides basic procedures for handling your computer and common peripheral devices, and using storage media.  About the Power Source  About Handling the Computer  About Using a Monitor (Display)  About Disposing of the Lithium Battery ...

  • Page 119: About The Power Source

    About the Power Source Before opening your computer, turn the computer off and let it cool down for 10 minutes. This protects you against internal components that may be too hot to handle.  Your computer operates on 100-220, 200-240V AC 50/60 Hz only. ...

  • Page 120

    Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects.  Your Sony computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX). ...

  • Page 121

     Use the CONNECT buttons on the wireless device and your computer, if available, to establish communication between the equipment.  Avoid using radio-controlled toys or equipment, CB radios, and other wireless devices in the area near your wireless keyboard. These other devices may cause interference, causing your wireless keyboard or mouse to stop working properly.

  • Page 122

    About Using a Monitor (Display)  DVD playback and certain video-related software may not function correctly when your monitor is set to a high refresh rate. If your monitor does not play back video content properly, try setting the display to a lower refresh rate.

  • Page 123: About Disposing Of The Lithium Battery

    Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire. Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.

  • Page 124

    Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO Currently, Sony SonicStage ® Sony suggests using only the MagicGate Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with SonicStage and OpenMG software.  VAIO computers may not support all of the high-speed data transfer or access control features of the new Memory ®...

  • Page 125: Support Options

    Support Options Sony provides several options to help solve common problems or to locate support for your VAIO describes all available resources and offers suggestions on how to access this information for maximum results.  Immediate Help and Support ...

  • Page 126: Immediate Help And Support

    Y ou c an loc ate the online H elp for Sony s oftware programs by pointing to the individual s oftware program's ic on and s elec ting H elp from the s ubmenu.

  • Page 127: Software Help And Support

    Software Help and Support Technical support information for the preinstalled software on your computer is located in this section. Sony software support is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software discussed in this section, depending on the computer purchased.

  • Page 128

    Sony Electronics Inc. PictureGear Studio is picture management software that can display photos from your hard drive or a Sony digital still camera. The photos appear in a convenient light-table format so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder, create your own photo albums, and make prints.

  • Page 129

    888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day VAIO Edit Components Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe quality when capturing video with your Sony digital camcorder. Web site http://www.sony.com/pcsupport telephone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)

  • Page 130

    7 days a week, 24 hours a day WinDVD for VAIO ® ® InterVideo, Inc. Web site http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp telephone 510-651-0888 WordPerfect ® Corel Corporation Web site http://www.corel.com computer by regularly checking the Sony Online Support Web site for ® computers (media ® Page 130...

  • Page 131: Resources For Additional Help And Support

    Sony online support Web site Online help and support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when you visit the Sony online support Web site. You can access the Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

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