Contents Before Use ...6 Notice ...7 Documentation ...8 Ergonomic Considerations ...11 Getting Started ...13 Locating Controls and Ports...14 About the Indicator Lights ...19 Connecting a Power Source ...20 Using the Battery Pack ...21 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...25 Using Your VAIO Computer ...26 Using the Keyboard ...27 Using the Touch Pad ...29 Using Special-function Buttons ...30...
Using Peripheral Devices...61 Connecting External Speakers ...62 Connecting an External Display ...63 Selecting Display Modes...66 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...67 Connecting an External Microphone ...69 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...70 Connecting a Printer ...73 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...74 Connecting to a Network (LAN) ...76 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ...77 Setting the Password ...78...
Precautions ...97 On Handling the LCD Screen ...98 On Using the Power Source ...99 On Handling Your Computer...100 On Handling Floppy Disks ...102 On Handling Discs ...103 On Using the Battery Pack...104 On Using Headphones...105 On Handling Memory Stick Media...106 On Handling the Hard Disk ...107 On Updating Your Computer ...108 Troubleshooting ...109...
Keyboard...138 Floppy Disks ...139 Audio/Video...140 Memory Stick Media ...141 Peripherals ...142 Support Options ...143 Sony Support Information ...143 e-Support ...144 Trademarks ...146...
Before Use ® Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing experience. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
❑ Regulations, Warranty, EULA and Service Support — Contains Sony GUARANTEE conditions, Safety / Regulations, Modem Regulations, Wireless LAN Regulations, Wireless WAN Regulations, Bluetooth Regulations, End User Software License Agreement, and Sony Support services information.
❑ Specifications — The online Specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online Specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support Web site at http://www.vaio-link.com. ✍ You may have a separate disc for the documentation of bundled accessories.
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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.
❑ Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well.
Getting Started Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 14) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 19) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 20) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 21) ❑...
Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front S1 button (page 30) AV MODE button (page 30) Num lock indicator (page 19) Caps lock indicator (page 19) Scroll lock indicator (page 19) Power button LCD screen...
Back DC IN port (page 20) Battery connector (page 21) Network (Ethernet) port (page 76) Modem port (page 53) Getting Started...
Right ExpressCard/34 slot (page 40) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 70) i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 74) Headphones jack (page 62) Microphone jack (page 69) Monitor (VGA) port (page 63) Air vents Support high-/full-/low- speeds. 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.
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).
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 batteries designed for this model.
Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery pack (the battery indicator light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges).
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.
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 Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 27) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 29) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 30) ❑...
Using the Keyboard 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://www.vaio-link.com) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍...
Combinations/Feature Fn + (F10): zoom Fn + (F12): Hibernate Functions Changes the screen resolution to magnify/restore your computer's screen view. ✍ The default resolutions of the standard view and the magnified view are as follows: Standard view: 1280 x 800 pixels Magnified view: 1024 x 600 pixels The magnified view is not as clear as the standard view, as it is implemented by applying a lower resolution to the computer screen with a higher resolution.
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. Special-function button S1 button AV MODE button Functions By default, the S1 button launches VAIO Help and Support Center. ✍ The default button assignment may be different from the above. In such a case, you can change the assignment in the window for changing the S1 button assignment.
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, and Blu-ray Disc media, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM CD-RW/ DVD-ROM DVD-ROM Blu-ray Disc P Blu-ray Disc Combo Supports writing data to DVD-R discs compliant with DVD-R for General Version 2.0/2.1. Supports writing data to DVD-RW discs compliant with DVD-RW Version 1.1/1.2. The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with a removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
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"...
Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Use only Sony recommended software, which is preinstalled on your computer, to write data to a disc. Other software programs may not be fully compatible and errors may result. ❑ To make data on a disc readable on the optical disc drive, you need to close the session before you eject it. To complete this process, follow the instructions included with your software.
Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. ❑ Some CD players and computers' optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD- RW disc media. ❑...
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 (34mm wide) or ExpressCard ™ ExpressCard /34 module only.
Inserting an ExpressCard Module Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍ You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module. To insert an ExpressCard module Carefully slide the ExpressCard module into the slot until it clicks into place.
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.
Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Media Memory Stick media is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones and other devices. Because it is removable, it can be used for external data storage.
For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 8 GB that are available as of May 2007.
Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media Locate the Memory Stick slot. Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the Memory Stick slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick media is automatically detected by your system and the content of the Memory Stick media is displayed.
Be sure to hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the Memory Stick media, do not force the Memory Stick media into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the slot.
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 Media Access indicator light is off. Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot. Always remove the Memory Stick media gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
❑ SDHC memory card ❑ MultiMediaCard (MMC) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Sony Support Information support Web site. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory card media available as of May 2007. However, not all memory card media that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
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 Media Access indicator light is off. Press the extended part of the memory card, causing it to extend out from the slot. When the card extends, carefully pull it out of the slot.
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 connectivity, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
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.
Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
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 LAN indicator lights up and the VAIO Smart Network window appears. If the VAIO Smart Network window does not appear, follow these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
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 LAN indicator lights up and the VAIO Smart Network window appears. If the VAIO Smart Network window does not appear, follow these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Double-click Network Connections and VAIO Smart Network. Click the button next to the WLAN icon. Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss. ✍...
Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers (page 62) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 63) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 66) ❑...
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 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.
Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to be used as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, etc.) is connected to your computer. If you want to work on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 67) for more information.
Using the Multiple Monitors Function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display connected to the monitor (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
To select the Multiple Monitors mode Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. ✍ Additionally, you can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors mode. 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. ✍...
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 ✍...
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. ❑...
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 (page 78) ❑...
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 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Press the <...
Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Select the desired control item and change the settings.
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 intend to use your computer for a long period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off.
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. ✍...
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 or battery power to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operation of your computer and longer battery life.
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 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. ❑...
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 ❑...
❑ 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.
Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screw (1) on the bottom of the computer, hook your fingertip under the tab (2), and lift the memory module compartment cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it from the computer.
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. 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 Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ On Handling the LCD Screen (page 98) ❑ On Using the Power Source (page 99) ❑ On Handling Your Computer (page 100) ❑...
❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of making the change.
❑ 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.
❑ 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.
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.
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: ❑...
❑ 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.
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. ❑...
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: ❑...
Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before contacting VAIO-Link. ❑ Computer (page 110) ❑ System Security (page 117) ❑ Battery (page 118) ❑...
❑ 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.
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. ❑...
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.
Troubleshooting 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. ❑...
Troubleshooting Why doesn't my screen turn off when the time selected for the automatic turn-off action has passed? The VAIO Original Screen Saver disables the timer setting, which you can select using the Windows power options, for your screen to turn off. Select the screen saver other than the VAIO Original Screen Saver.
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.
Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 22). When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? ❑...
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.
❑ 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.) ❑...
Troubleshooting Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/ V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), do any of the following: ❑...
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. ❑...
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. ❑...
❑ 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.
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. ❑...
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. ❑...
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 82) ❑...
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.
How do I run Windows Aero? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Customize colors under Appearance and Personalization. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. The Appearance Settings window appears.
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. ❑...
Troubleshooting Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the microphone jack on your computer. How can I prevent microphone feedback? Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker.
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? ❑...
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. ❑...
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 29). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
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.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of 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.
Internet. Using a personalized account, you can log your technical queries with ease. ❑ 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.
Support Options e-Support What is e-Support? You have searched our user guides and Web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) but have not found an answer to your question/ issue? e-Support is the ideal solution for you! Our e-Support Web Portal is an interactive Web site on which you can submit any technical query you may have regarding your computer and receive answers from our dedicated support team.
Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but keep in mind that our e-Support Team can only treat your queries from Monday till Friday between 8am and 6pm. Is there a cost involved for using e-Support? No, this is a complete free of charge service offered to all registered VAIO customers! How do I know when the e-Support Team has handled my query/case? As soon as your case has been dealt with by our e-Support Team, you will receive an e-mail, notifying you that your case has...
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