Contents Before Use ...6 Notice ...6 Documentation ...7 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...20 Connecting a Power Source ...22 Using the Battery Pack ...23 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...29 Using Your VAIO Computer ...30 Using the Keyboard ...31 Using the Touch Pad ...33 Using Special-function Buttons ...34...
Using Peripheral Devices...75 Connecting External Speakers ...76 Connecting an External Display ...77 Selecting Display Modes...81 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...83 Connecting an External Microphone ...85 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...86 Connecting a Printer ...89 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...90 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...92 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...93 Setting the Password ...94...
Precautions ...126 On Handling the LCD Screen ...127 On Using the Power Source ...128 On Handling Your Computer...129 On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...131 On Handling Floppy Disks ...132 On Handling Discs ...133 On Using the Battery Pack...134 On Using Headphones...135 On Handling Memory Stick Media...136 On Handling the Hard Disk ...137 On Updating Your Computer ...138...
Mouse ...173 Speakers ...174 Touch Pad...175 Keyboard...176 Floppy Disks ...177 Audio/Video...178 Memory Stick Media ...179 Peripherals ...180 Support Options ...181 Sony Support Information ...181 e-Support ...182 Trademarks ...184...
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Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Guides are provided in PDF format, which you can easily browse through and print out. The My Club VAIO portal is a perfect starting point to use your computer — a comprehensive collection of everything you need to get the most from your computer.
Instant Mode — Provides a guide to use Instant Mode. Booklets containing the following information: Sony GUARANTEE conditions, Safety / Regulations, Modem Regulations, Wireless LAN Regulations, Bluetooth Regulations, End User Software License Agreement, and Sony Support services.
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Ergonomic Considerations You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and portable environments: Position of your computer – Place the computer directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, touch pad, or external mouse.
Before Use Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness setting of the display as well.
Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. Locating Controls and Ports (page 14) About the Indicator Lights (page 20) Connecting a Power Source (page 22) Using the Battery Pack (page 23) Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 29) Getting Started...
Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 36) LCD screen (page 127) Num lock indicator (page 20) Caps lock indicator (page 20)
Left Security slot Air vent Monitor (VGA) port (page 77) S VIDEO OUT port (page 79) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 86) i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 90) Microphone jack (page 85) Headphones jack (page 76) WIRELESS switch (page 62) Support high-/full-/low- speeds.
Back DC IN port (page 22) Battery connector Air vent Modem port (page 61) Getting Started...
Bottom Air vents Illumination lamp Getting Started...
About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights. Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates when the power of the computer is on, blinks when the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is in Hibernate mode or off. Battery e Illuminates when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery pack is running out of power, and double-blinks when the battery pack is charging.
Indicator Functions Wireless Illuminates when the WIRELESS switch is set to ON and the wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth functionalities are enabled. Getting Started...
Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source for your computer. Using the AC Adapter Use your computer only with the supplied AC adapter. To use the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3).
Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Installing the Battery Pack To install the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid. Slide the battery LOCK switch (1) inward. Slide the battery pack into the battery compartment until it clicks into place.
When your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. Certain rechargeable batteries do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony...
Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery pack (the battery indicator light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges).
Getting Started Charge the battery pack as described in this manual from your first battery charge. When the battery pack is running out of power, both the battery and power indicator lights blink. Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer.
To use the battery care function You can select your desired maximum charge level with the battery care function to reduce battery degradation. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Double-click Power Management and Battery Care Function. Click to select the Enable Battery Care Function check box.
Removing the Battery Pack You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while your computer is on and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery pack while the computer is in Sleep mode. To remove the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below. To shut down your computer Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically.
Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. Using the Keyboard (page 31) Using the Touch Pad (page 33) Using Special-function Buttons Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Using the Optical Disc Drive (page 39) Using the ExpressCard Module Using the Memory Stick Media...
Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer keyboard, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. The VAIO-Link Web site (http://support.vaio.sony.eu) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system finished launching.
Combinations/Feature Fn + (F12): Hibernate Functions Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states of the system and the peripheral devices are written to the hard disk drive and the system power is turned off. To return the system to its original state, use the power button to turn on the power.
Using the Touch Pad You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad. Action Description Point Slide your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. The AV MODE, Play/Pause, Stop, Previous track, and Next track buttons support Instant Mode. To activate Instant Mode, the computer must be off or in Hibernate mode. See the printed Instant Mode booklet for more information on the Instant Mode.
Special-function button Functions Starts or pauses playback of a CD or DVD disc media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Play/Pause button Stops playback of a CD or DVD disc media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Stop button Plays the previous chapter/file during video playback or the previous song/file during audio playback.
Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software and enables you to capture still images and movies with VAIO Camera Capture Utility. This utility will automatically launch when you press the CAPTURE button.
Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. VAIO Camera Utility launches automatically. Click the Still icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer.
Capturing Movies To capture a movie Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. VAIO Camera Utility launches automatically. Click the Movie icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to start movie recording.
Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc Turn on the computer. Press the drive eject button (1) to open the drive. The tray slides out. Place a disc in the middle of the tray with the label side facing upward and gently push it until the disc clicks into place. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Using Your VAIO Computer Close the tray by pushing it in gently. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. If you plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, or Blu-ray Discs, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM CD-RW/ DVD-ROM DVD-ROM 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 removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
Due to the multiple formats of discs now available, when buying pre-recorded or blank discs for use with a VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc packaging carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO CD drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD"...
Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on writing data to a disc Use only Sony recommended software, which is preinstalled on your computer, to write data to a disc. Other software programs may not be fully compatible and errors may result.
Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. Some CD players and computer's optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW disc media. Some DVD players and computer's optical disc drives may not be able to play DVDs created with the DVD+R DL, DVD- R DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM disc media.
Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired CD software to play the CD. If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option. Copying Files to CDs To copy files to a disc Do not strike or shake your computer while writing data to a disc.
Playing DVDs To play a DVD Close all running software applications. Insert a DVD into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired DVD software to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file on your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ™ ExpressCard /34 (34 mm wide) or ExpressCard ™ ExpressCard /34 module only.
Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is delivered with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot for the first time. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module.
Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer.
Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with the Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 8 GB that are available as of January 2007.
Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media Locate the Memory Stick PRO/Duo media slot. Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the Memory Stick PRO/Duo media slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick media is automatically detected by your system and the content of the Memory Stick media is displayed.
Your computer supports Memory Stick Duo media and is equipped with the Memory Stick PRO/Duo media slot that is compatible with both standard- and duo-size media. For more information on the Memory Stick Duo media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. You can insert a Memory Stick Duo media directly into the slot.
To format a Memory Stick media The Memory Stick media has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use. If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps. Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports the Memory Stick media when formatting the media. Formatting the Memory Stick media erases the entire data on the media.
At the confirmation prompt, click OK. The formatting process starts. It may take time to format the Memory Stick media depending on the media. Once completed, click OK. Click Close. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media Check that the Memory Stick PRO/Duo media indicator is off. Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot. Always remove the Memory Stick media gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
MultiMediaCard (MMC) Secure Digital (SD) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, visit the Sony online support Web site regularly. Always insert the correct memory card into the SD memory card slot. SD memory cards with capacity of over 2 GB, such as SD High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards, are not supported.
Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card Locate the SD memory card slot. Hold the memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the memory card slot. Carefully slide the memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
Removing a Memory Card Do not remove a memory card while the To remove a memory card Check that the SD memory card indicator light is off. Press the extended part of the memory card, causing it to extend out from the slot. When the card extends, carefully pull it out of the slot.
Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line with a telephone cable (not supplied). Once you have set up your telephone cable connection, you are ready to connect to the Internet. To connect a telephone cable Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem port Plug the other end into the wall jack (2).
(radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet activities, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
Using Your VAIO Computer IEEE 802.11b/g is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. IEEE 802.11a is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 54 Mbps. IEEE 802.11n is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 300 Mbps * Actual communication speed varies depending on your access point settings and so on.
Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a local network is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) The IEEE 802.11n standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The Wireless indicator lights up. Double-click ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select your desired wireless option(s) and click OK.
An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied), for example the Sony Access Point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN.
To connect to a wireless network Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The Wireless indicator lights up. Double-click ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window.
Using the Bluetooth Functionality You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables and up to 10 meters range in open space. To connect to a Bluetooth device Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
Notes on using the Bluetooth functionality The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices Distance between devices Material used in walls Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions Device configuration Type of software application Type of operating system...
The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous use of the Bluetooth functionality and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in poorer communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables.
Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you need first to set up the Bluetooth functionality. For setting up and using the Bluetooth functionality, see the help file on the Bluetooth utility software. To see the help file Right-click the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, and select Help from the menu.
Using the Bluetooth Headset The Bluetooth headset (not supplied) will come in handy during a video conference over the Internet using instant messaging software. For details on using the Bluetooth headset, see the manual that came with your Bluetooth headset. To connect the headset with your computer Press and hold the headset power button for at least five seconds to turn on the Bluetooth headset.
To disconnect the headset from your computer Right-click the Bluetooth icon The Bluetooth Settings window appears. Right-click the headset icon and select Disconnect from the menu. Click Yes. on the taskbar and select Bluetooth Settings from the menu. Using Your VAIO Computer...
Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. Connecting External Speakers Connecting an External Display Selecting Display Modes (page 81) Using the Multiple Monitors Function Connecting an External Microphone Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device Connecting a Printer (page 89)
Connecting External Speakers You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external speakers. To connect external speakers Plug the speaker cable (1) into the headphones jack (2) i. Plug the other end of the speaker cable to the external speaker (3). Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Connecting an External Display You can connect an external display (not supplied) to your computer. For example, you can use the computer with a computer display or a projector. Connect the power cord after connecting all other cables. Connected external displays are used as secondary screens. On the Windows operating system, you can also use an external display to set up multiple monitors.
Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone to your computer. To connect a multimedia computer display Plug the power cord of your multimedia computer display (1) into an AC outlet. Plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer.
Connecting a TV You can connect a TV to your computer. To connect a TV to your computer Plug the power cord of your TV into an AC outlet. Plug one end of an S Video cable (not supplied) into the S VIDEO OUT port on the computer and the other end to the TV. Plug one end of an audio cable (not supplied) into the headphones jack on the computer and the other end to the TV.
Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. To connect a projector Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet. Plug an RGB signal cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer.
Using Peripheral Devices Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to be used as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, etc.) is connected to your computer. The procedure for selecting a display depends on the video controller used in the computer. See the online Specifications for detailed information on the video controller.
To select a display Models with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. You may not be able to display the same contents on your computer screen and the external display or projector at the same time, depending on the type of your external display or projector.
Using the Multiple Monitors Function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display attached to the monitor (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
To select the Multiple Monitors mode To find which video controller your model includes, see the online Specifications. Models with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings.
Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an External Microphone If you need to use a sound input device (for example, to chat over the Internet) you need to plug in an external microphone (not supplied). To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To prevent your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following: When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid any shock or force to the USB ports. Do not put the computer into a bag or carrying case when it has USB devices connected. Connecting a USB Mouse To connect a USB mouse Choose the USB port (1)
Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive You can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB floppy disk drive cable (2) into the USB port. Your USB floppy disk drive (3) is now ready for use.
Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 8.
Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a Printer Using the USB Port You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to the computer. To connect a printer using the USB port Plug the power cord (1) of your printer into an AC outlet.
Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device such as a digital video camcorder. The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports. The i.LINK port supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps;...
On Sony digital video cameras, ports labeled DV Out, DV In/Out, or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camcorder shown here is an example; your digital video camcorder may need to be connected differently. You cannot access the pictures stored on a Memory Stick media when using an i.LINK connection.
Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc. Setting the Password...
Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Adding the Power-on Password The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Adding the Windows Password The Windows password comes in handy when you have to share a single computer with other people. By setting the Windows password, you can protect your user account from unauthorized access. Entry of the Windows password will be prompted after you select your user account. Make sure not to forget the password.
Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password. Click Change password.
Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located between the left and right touch pad buttons is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.
The fingerprint authentication technology does not assure complete user authentication or complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor.
Enrolling a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication functionality, you must enroll your fingerprint(s) in your computer. Set the Windows password on your computer before enrollment. See Adding the Windows Password To enroll a fingerprint Up to 10 fingerprints can be enrolled for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer If you have failed to enroll a fingerprint, follow these steps to try again. Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1).
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping. Fingerprint enrollment may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication functionality in place of password entry to log onto your system, you need to set the power-on and Windows passwords and configure your computer for fingerprint authentication. For setting the power-on and Windows passwords, see Setting the Password (page 94).
Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Password Bank Once you have registered your user information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) for Web sites in the password bank, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering information required to access the password-protected Web sites. For detailed information on using the password bank, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file.
Erasing the Enrolled Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk drive. To erase the enrolled fingerprints Turn on the computer.
Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to consult system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Select the desired control item and change the settings.
Using the Power Saving Modes When you use a battery pack as the power source for your computer, you can take advantage of the power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Sleep and Hibernate.
Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The umber power light flashes during this mode. If you do not use your computer for a long period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep.
If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode. To modify this, you can change the Sleep mode settings. To change the Sleep mode settings Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk drive and power is turned off. Even when the battery runs down, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is off in this mode. If you do not use your computer for a long period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode.
To return to Normal mode Press the power button. The computer returns to its normal state. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. It takes more time to return to Normal mode from Hibernate mode than from Sleep mode. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
Managing Power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power schemes for running on AC power or batteries to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operation of your computer and longer battery life.
Activating VAIO Power Management Power Schemes VAIO Power Management provides several predefined power schemes. Each power scheme consists of a group of power management settings that are designed to meet specific power management needs, ranging from maximum power management to no power management. To activate a VAIO Power Management power scheme Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
Configuring Your Modem Before you can start using your internal modem (not all modem are built-in), or each time you use your modem while traveling, make sure that the country of the active location defined in the Phone and Modem Options window matches the country you are dialing from.
Check that your modem is listed on the Modems tab. If your modem is not listed, click Add and follow the wizard. 10 Click Apply/OK. Your modem is configured. Before applying new country settings, make sure your phone cable is disconnected from your computer. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid invalidation of the warranty during your product warranty period, we recommend that: You should contact your dealer to install a new memory module. You should not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer.
Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the memory by installing optional memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages. Notes on adding/removing memory modules Be careful when changing memory.
Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty. Do not place the memory module in a location subject to: Heat sources such as radiators or air ducts Direct sunlight...
Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screws (indicated by the arrows below) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover.
Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2). Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
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 use only one memory module, be sure to insert it to the upper slot. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot.
Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Double-click the System Information folder in the VAIO Control Center window. Double-click the System Information icon in the System Information folder. You can view the amount of system memory.
Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. On Handling the LCD Screen On Using the Power Source (page 128) On Handling Your Computer (page 129) On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera On Handling Floppy Disks (page 132) On Handling Discs...
Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when another option is available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of the change.
Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet. Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other AC adapter as it may cause a malfunction.
On Handling Your Computer Clean the cabinet with a soft cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer.
Precautions Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise, problems may occur. Do not use cut or damaged connection cables. If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer.
Precautions On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Do not touch the front mirror plate over the lens of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may make scratches on the plate and such scratches will appear on the captured images. Do not let the direct sunlight get into the scope of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause a malfunction of the camera.
Precautions On Handling Floppy Disks Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk. Keep floppy disks away from magnets. Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Keep floppy disks away from any liquid. Do not let them get wet. When you are not using your floppy disk, always remove it from the floppy disk drive and use a storage case.
Precautions On Handling Discs Do not touch the surface of the disc. Do not drop or bend the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability.
Certain rechargeable batteries do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony batteries designed for this model. When installing another kind of battery, the battery will not be charged and the computer will not function.
Precautions On Using Headphones Road safety – Do not use headphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play loud music while walking, especially at pedestrian crossings.
On Handling Memory Stick Media Do not touch the Memory Stick media connector with your finger or metallic objects. Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick media as a label. Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the Memory Stick media. Do not disassemble or modify Memory Stick media.
On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk drive has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged by mechanical vibration, shock, or dust. Although the hard disk drive has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer.
On Updating Your Computer Confirm that the latest updates have been installed on your computer using the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. To confirm that they have been installed on the computer, follow these steps for each software application: Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.
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 contacting VAIO-Link. Computer (page 140) System Security (page 146) Battery (page 147) Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Internet (page 152) Networking...
Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
What should I do if a BIOS error appears when I turn on my computer? If the message "Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup" appears at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps: Press the F2 key. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Shut Down.
Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep or Hibernate mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep or Hibernate mode. To restore your computer to normal operating stability Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart.
What should I do if a message window, notifying of incompatibility or improper installation of the battery pack, appears and my computer enters Hibernate mode? This symptom could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To resolve this symptom, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack.
What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing? Check the Web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download. Make sure you have installed the latest video driver. On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system.
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.
Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? When the battery level falls below 10 percent.
Troubleshooting Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm? No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm when it is powering your computer. Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power? Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode.
Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images? The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. The video memory of your computer may have become insufficient for displaying images from the built-in MOTION EYE camera.
Why does movie playback show dropped frames when my computer is running on the battery? The battery pack is running out of power. Connect your computer to an AC power source. Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed.
Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. If the problem persists, you must reinstall the driver software for the camera.
Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone. Make sure that the telephone number the program is dialing is correct. Make sure the software you are using is compatible with your computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.) Make sure the modem is the only device connected to your telephone line.
Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/ V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), do any of the following: Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise.
Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. Make sure the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch is on and the Wireless indicator is lit on your computer.
What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.
Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point.
Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot discover my computer? Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth functionality enabled. If the Wireless indicator is off, turn on the WIRELESS switch. You cannot use the Bluetooth functionality when your computer is in a power saving mode. Return to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.
What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? Make sure the other device is authenticated. Your computer may not allow connections from other devices. To enable Bluetooth device connections, follow these steps: Right-click the Bluetooth icon Select Options from the menu.
Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? The data transfer speed depends on the obstacles and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each other. The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices.
Troubleshooting Why can't I connect to a Bluetooth device by specifying its IP address on a Personal Area Network (PAN)? The Bluetooth utility software uses Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to assign IP addresses to active wireless devices. If you specify a fixed IP address for the device to which you want to connect, the utility cannot assign a dynamic IP address to the device and fails.
Optical Discs Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label facing upward. Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. If a disc is dirty or damaged, your computer will stop responding.
Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer. Double-click the desired drive. You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details. Click OK to close the window. Make sure an adhesive label is not affixed to a disc.
What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. Stop using the keyboard. If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage.
Display Why did my screen go blank? Your computer screen may go blank if the computer loses power or enters a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 110) Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on.
How do I change the screen resolution on my TV screen? Your TV screen may not show the whole screen image of a video if the screen resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller. If you are using the AV Out jack, plug the audio-video (AV) cable into your computer before you start it.
Why doesn't my screen display a video? If the external display is selected for the display output and the external display is disconnected, you cannot display a video on your computer screen. Stop video playback, change the display output to the computer screen, and then restart video playback.
What should I do if the LCD brightness of my screen changes? The LCD brightness setting, adjusted with the Fn+F5/F6 keys, is temporary and may be restored to the original setting when your computer returns to Normal mode from Sleep or Hibernate mode. To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
On models with the ATI video controller, you may find your computer screen temporarily goes blank: When you connect or disconnect the AC adapter Immediately after you start the computer with battery power To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel.
What should I do if the external display stays blank? If you cannot change the display output with the Fn+F7 keys, you need to change the settings for the external display with VAIO Control Center. To change the settings, launch the VAIO Control Center, select the control item for the external display, and then click to select the check box for changing the options to detect the external display.
Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and computer. Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer.
Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the microphone jack on your computer. How can I prevent microphone feedback? Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker.
Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. Restart your computer with your mouse connected. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? Make sure another mouse is not connected.
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. Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.
Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad 33). Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window.
Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your computer's keyboard is labeled on the packaging box. If you choose a different regional keyboard when you complete the Windows setup, the key configuration will be mismatched. To change the keyboard configuration, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel Click Clock, Language, and Region, and click Regional and Language Options.
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.
Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK connection can communicate with each other.
Use of recorded music requires permission from the copyright holders. Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources. Can I copy images from a digital camera using Memory Stick media? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible digital cameras.
Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
VAIO-Link help lines: Before contacting VAIO-Link by telephone, try to solve the problem by reading the printed and non- printed documentation. Visit the other Sony Web sites: http://www.club-vaio.com if you want to know more about VAIO and become part of the growing VAIO community.
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