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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer VGN-P series...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use... 4 Finding More about Your VAIO Computer ... 5 Ergonomic Considerations ... 7 Getting Started... 9 Locating Controls and Ports... 10 About the Indicator Lights ... 15 Connecting a Power Source ... 16 Using the Battery Pack... 17 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...
  • Page 3 Precautions... 105 Handling the LCD Screen ... 106 Using the Power Source ... 107 Handling Your Computer... 108 Handling the Built-in Camera ... 111 Handling Discs ... 112 Using the Battery Pack... 113 Using Headphones... 114 Handling the Memory Stick ... 115 Handling the Built-in Storage Device ...
  • Page 4: Before Use

    Before Use ® Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing experience. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
  • Page 5: Finding More About Your Vaio Computer

    Before Use > Finding More about Your VAIO Computer Finding More about Your VAIO Computer This section provides support information about your VAIO computer. 1. Printed Documentation ❑ Quick Start Guide — An overview of components connection, set-up information, etc. ❑...
  • Page 6 ❑ For online purchases, visit the web site at http://www.sonystyle-europe.com. ❑ For other Sony products, visit the web site at http://www.sony.net. When you contact VAIO-Link by telephone, have the serial number of your VAIO computer ready at hand. The serial number is located on the bottom, the back panel, or inside the battery compartment of your VAIO computer.
  • Page 7: Ergonomic Considerations

    Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations 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: ❑...
  • Page 8 Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations ❑ 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.
  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting Started > Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 10) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 15) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 16) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 17) ❑...
  • Page 10: Locating Controls And Ports

    Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front WIRELESS switch (page 46), (page 53), WIRELESS indicator (page 15) SD memory card slot (page 39) Media Access indicator (page 15)
  • Page 11 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Built-in speakers (stereo) Pointing stick (page 29) Left button (page 29) Center button (page 29) Right button (page 29) Window arrangement button (S2 button) XMB (Xross Media Bar) button (S1 button) Num lock indicator (page 15) Caps lock indicator (page 15)
  • Page 12 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Back SIM card slot (page 53) Battery connector (page 17)
  • Page 13 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Right Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 83) I/O port (page 72) Supports high-/full-/low- speeds.
  • Page 14 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Left DC IN port (page 16) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 83) Headphones jack (page 65), (page 75) Supports high-/full-/low- speeds.
  • Page 15: About The Indicator Lights

    Getting Started > About the Indicator Lights About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights: Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green when the computer is on, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is off or in Hibernate mode.
  • Page 16: Connecting A Power Source

    Getting Started > Connecting a Power Source Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack for supplying power to your computer. Using the AC Adapter ✍ Use only the supplied AC adapter for your computer. To use the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3).
  • Page 17: Using The Battery Pack

    Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. 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.
  • Page 18 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...
  • Page 19: Charging The Battery Pack

    Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack 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 computer to a power source with the AC adapter. The charge indicator light turns on while the battery pack is charging.
  • Page 20 Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack ✍ 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. If the battery charge level falls below 10%, you should either connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack.
  • Page 21 Follow steps 1 and 2 in To enable the battery care function and the quick charge function above, click Advanced, and check detailed information. If the battery charge capacity is low, replace the battery pack with a new genuine Sony battery...
  • Page 22 Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack Using the Battery Life Conserving Wallpaper You can conserve your battery life just by setting the specific wallpaper as your desktop background. To set the battery life conserving wallpaper Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Display and then Long Battery Life Wallpaper Setting.
  • Page 23: Removing The Battery Pack

    Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack 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.
  • Page 24: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    Getting Started > Shutting Down Your Computer Safely Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below. To shut down your computer Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and then Shut Down.
  • Page 25: Updating Your Computer

    Getting Started > Updating Your Computer Updating Your Computer Be sure to install the latest updates on your computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. ❑ Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. ❑...
  • Page 26: Using Your Vaio Computer

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 27) ❑ Using the Pointing Device (page 29) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 31) ❑...
  • Page 27: Using The Keyboard

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Using the Keyboard Your keyboard has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍ Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system is finished launching. Combinations/Feature Fn + % (F2): speaker switch Fn + 2 (F3/F4): volume...
  • Page 28 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Combinations/Feature Fn + (F12): hibernate Functions Provides the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states of the system and the connected peripheral devices are saved to the built-in storage device and the system power is turned off.
  • Page 29: Using The Pointing Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Pointing Device Using the Pointing Device The keyboard contains a cursor-pointing device, the pointing stick (1). You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the pointing stick in combination with the buttons located below the space bar. The pointer (2) moves in the direction that you push the pointing stick.
  • Page 30 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Pointing Device Action Description Point Push the pointing stick to place the pointer on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) or tap on the pointing stick once. Double-click Press the left button or tap on the pointing stick twice in a row. Right-click Press the right button (5) once.
  • Page 31: Using Special-function Buttons

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Special-function Buttons Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Special-function button XMB (Xross Media Bar) button (S1 button) Window arrangement button (S2 button) Functions While the computer is off or in Hibernate mode, the XMB button starts the Instant Mode.
  • Page 32: Using The Instant Mode

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Instant Mode Using the Instant Mode The Instant Mode enables you immediately to play music and videos or access the Internet without launching the Windows operating system. For detailed information on operating instructions, see the help file included with the Instant Mode. Starting the Instant Mode To start the Instant Mode, your computer must be off or in Hibernate mode.
  • Page 33: Using The Built-in Camera

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Built-in Camera Using the Built-in Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. With the preinstalled image capture software, you can perform the following operations: ❑ Capturing still images and movies ❑...
  • Page 34: Using The Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Memory Stick Using the Memory Stick The Memory Stick is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and other devices. Because it is removable, it can be used for external data storage.
  • Page 35: Inserting And Removing A Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Memory Stick Inserting and Removing a Memory Stick To insert a Memory Stick Your computer is supplied with a slot protector in the Memory Stick slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Locate the Memory Stick slot.
  • Page 36 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Memory Stick Be sure to hold the Memory Stick with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the media, do not force the Memory Stick into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Before using a Memory Stick Micro (M2), be sure to insert it into an M2 Duo adaptor.
  • Page 37: Formatting A Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Memory Stick Formatting a Memory Stick To format a Memory Stick The Memory Stick has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use. If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps. Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports the Memory Stick when formatting the media.
  • Page 38 Notes on Using the Memory Stick ❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of January 2009. However, not all the Memory Stick that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 39: Using Other Modules / Memory Cards

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using the SD Memory Card Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices.
  • Page 40 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To insert an SD memory card Your computer is supplied with a slot protector in the SD memory card slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Locate the SD memory card slot.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To remove an SD memory card Insert the SD memory card slot protector to block any particles from entering the slot when not using the SD memory card. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the SD memory card slot protector into the slot.
  • Page 42 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Notes on Using Memory Cards General notes on using the memory card ❑ Be sure to use memory cards that are compliant with the standards supported by your computer. ❑...
  • Page 43: Using The Internet

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Internet Using the Internet Before using the Internet, you need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and set up devices required for connecting your computer to the Internet. The following types of Internet connection services may be available from your ISP: ❑...
  • Page 44: Using The Network (lan)

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Network (LAN) Using the Network (LAN) You need the display/LAN adapter to connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the display/LAN adapter and the other end to your network.
  • Page 45 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Network (LAN) Do not plug a telephone cable into the network (Ethernet) port on the display/LAN adapter. If the network (Ethernet) port is connected to one of the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the port may cause damage, overheating, or fire.
  • Page 46: Using The Wireless Lan

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with the built-in WLAN function communicate freely with each other through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.
  • Page 47 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band. Wireless LAN devices using the 2.4 GHz band cannot communicate with devices using the 5 GHz band because the frequencies are different.
  • Page 48: Communicating Without An Access Point (ad-hoc)

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by 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.
  • Page 49 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) The IEEE 802.11a standard, using the 5 GHz band, and the IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band, are not available on ad-hoc networks.
  • Page 50: Communicating With An Access Point (infrastructure)

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Communicating with an Access Point (Infrastructure) An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied). The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN network.
  • Page 51 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using 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 switch. Click the button next to or above your desired wireless option(s) in the VAIO Smart Network window.
  • Page 52: Stopping Wireless Lan Communications

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Stopping Wireless LAN Communications To stop wireless LAN communications Click the button next to or above the WLAN icon in the VAIO Smart Network window. Turning off the wireless LAN function while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
  • Page 53: Using The Wireless Wan

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless WAN Using the Wireless WAN Using the wireless WAN (WWAN) allows you to extend your network and communicate with each other in a wide range of areas. The WWAN may not be available in some countries or areas. See Wireless WAN Regulations Guide in Regulations, Guarantee, EULA and Service Support to find out in which countries or areas the WWAN is available.
  • Page 54: Inserting A Sim Card

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless WAN Inserting a SIM Card To use the wireless WAN function, you first need to insert a SIM card into the SIM card slot on your computer. Your SIM card is contained within a base plate, about the size of a credit card. ✍...
  • Page 55 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless WAN Insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot with its printed circuit side down. Do not touch the printed circuit on the SIM card. Be sure to hold your computer firmly before inserting or removing the card. Do not damage the SIM card in any way, either by bending or exerting pressure on the card.
  • Page 56 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless WAN Starting the Wireless WAN Communications To start the wireless WAN communications Turn on the WIRELESS switch. Click the button next to or above the WWAN icon in the VAIO Smart Network window. Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
  • Page 57: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Using the Bluetooth Function You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other Bluetooth or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area. Notes on using the Bluetooth function ❑...
  • Page 58 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function ❑ Video and audio may not be synchronized if you play videos on your computer with audio output from a connected Bluetooth device. This is a frequent occurrence with Bluetooth technology and is not a malfunction. ❑...
  • Page 59 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Bluetooth Security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to communicate. With the authentication function, you can prevent any anonymous Bluetooth devices from accessing your computer.
  • Page 60: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables. To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function.
  • Page 61: Stopping Bluetooth Communications

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Stopping Bluetooth Communications To stop Bluetooth communications Turn off the Bluetooth device that is communicating with your computer. Click the button next to or above the Bluetooth icon in the VAIO Smart Network window.
  • Page 62: Using The Gps Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the GPS Function Using the GPS Function You can view location information in the Internet Explorer window with the VAIO Location Search feature that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS). Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
  • Page 63 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the GPS Function Using the VAIO Location Search The VAIO Location Search feature takes advantage of GPS functions on a Wide Area Network (WAN) module to obtain and provide location information, such as your current location or nearby area information. This feature is integrated into the Internet Explorer and appears as one of its toolbars, as shown below, when you launch the Internet Explorer.
  • Page 64: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Using the Noise Canceling Headphones (page 65) ❑ Connecting a Display/LAN Adapter (page 71) ❑ Connecting an Optical Disc Drive (page 73) ❑...
  • Page 65: Using The Noise Canceling Headphones

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones Using the Noise Canceling Headphones A pair of noise canceling headphones may be supplied with your computer. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. The noise canceling headphones are equipped with a built-in microphone that catches ambient noise and outputs an antiphase sound to reduce the noise.
  • Page 66 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones Before You Use the Noise Canceling Headphones ❑ You can enable the noise canceling function only when the supplied noise canceling headphones are connected to the headphones jack that supports this function. ❑...
  • Page 67 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones ❑ The noise canceling function is to reduce low-frequency noise in the ambient environment but not high-frequency noise. Nor is it to implement a 100% noise-free audio environment. ❑ When the noise canceling function does not seem to be working, unplug the supplied noise canceling headphones completely and then plug them back again.
  • Page 68 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones Connecting the Noise Canceling Headphones To connect the noise canceling headphones Plug the headphones cable into the headphones jack i. icon appears on the taskbar to indicate that the noise canceling function is enabled and a balloon message pops up from the icon.
  • Page 69: Adjusting The Effect Of The Noise Canceling Function

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones Adjusting the Effect of the Noise Canceling Function The noise canceling headphones supplied with your computer is configured to yield the optimum effect by default. If you feel that the noise canceling function is not fully in effect, you may be able to adjust the effect with the Noise Canceling Control slider on the Noise Canceling Headphones window.
  • Page 70 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Noise Canceling Headphones What to do if the icon and the balloon do not appear When the noise canceling function icon ( the icon, change the noise canceling function settings. To display the balloon message and the icon Click Start and Control Panel.
  • Page 71: Connecting A Display/lan Adapter

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a Display/LAN Adapter Connecting a Display/LAN Adapter A display/LAN adapter may be supplied with your computer to expand connectivity. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. Locating Ports on the Display/LAN Adapter Monitor port (page 76)
  • Page 72 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a Display/LAN Adapter Connecting the Display/LAN adapter to Your Computer To connect the display/LAN adapter to your computer Do not move your computer while the display/LAN adapter is connected, as it may disconnect the display/LAN adapter and cause damage to both units. Slide out the I/O plug (1) in the direction of the arrow and route the I/O plug cable (2) to the right of the tab (3).
  • Page 73: Connecting An Optical Disc Drive

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an Optical Disc Drive Connecting an Optical Disc Drive To use optical CDs and DVDs with your computer, connect an external optical disc drive (not supplied) to your computer. Connecting an Optical Disc Drive Be sure to connect an external optical disc drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program. To connect an optical disc drive Plug the power cord (if any) of your external optical disc drive (not supplied) (1) into an AC outlet.
  • Page 74 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an Optical Disc Drive Disconnecting an Optical Disc Drive You can disconnect an optical disc 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 an optical disc drive ✍...
  • Page 75: Connecting External Speakers Or Headphones

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting External Speakers or Headphones Connecting External Speakers or Headphones You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. To connect external speakers ✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
  • Page 76: Connecting An External Display

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display 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 of your external display after connecting all other cables. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
  • Page 77: Connecting A Projector

    Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. You need a display/LAN adapter to 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.
  • Page 78: Selecting Display Modes

    Using Peripheral Devices > Selecting Display Modes Selecting Display Modes When an external display is connected, you can select either your computer screen or the connected display to use as the primary monitor. If you want to work on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 80) for more information.
  • Page 79 Using Peripheral Devices > Selecting Display Modes To select a display ✍ 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. Turn on the external display before turning on your computer.
  • Page 80: Using The Multiple Monitors Function

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function Using the Multiple Monitors Function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display connected to the monitor port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
  • Page 81 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function To use the Multiple Monitors function ✍ Your external display may not support the Multiple Monitors function. Certain software applications may not be compatible with Multiple Monitors settings. Make sure that your computer does not enter Sleep or Hibernate mode while you are using the Multiple Monitors function. Otherwise, the computer may not return to Normal mode.
  • Page 82 Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function ✍ You can also change one of the S button assignments to activate the Multiple Monitors function with the corresponding S button. To change the S button assignments, press and hold either S button to display the window for changing the assignment. Additionally, you can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors function.
  • Page 83: Connecting A Usb Device

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Connecting a USB Device You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device to your computer, such as a mouse, floppy disk drive, speaker, and printer. To connect a USB device Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB device cable (2) into the USB port.
  • Page 84 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Notes on connecting a USB device ❑ You may need to install the driver software supplied with your USB device before use. See the manual that came with the USB device for more information. ❑...
  • Page 85: Customizing Your Vaio Computer

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities. ❑ Setting the Password (page 86) ❑...
  • Page 86: Setting The Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Setting the Password In addition to the Windows password, you can use BIOS functions to set two types of passwords to protect your computer: the power-on password and the hard disk password. Once you have set the power-on password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer.
  • Page 87 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Adding the Power-on Password The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access. There are two types of the power-on passwords: the machine password and the user password. The machine password is provided for users with administrative rights on the computer to change all the setup options in the BIOS setup screen, as well as to start the computer.
  • Page 88 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 89 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears.
  • Page 90: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 91 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 92: Adding The Hard Disk Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Adding the Hard Disk Password The hard disk password provides additional security for the data stored on your built-in storage device. If you enable the hard disk password, this adds an extra level of security. When adding the hard disk password, you must set both the master and user passwords.
  • Page 93 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 94 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Changing/Removing the Hard Disk Password To change the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 95 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To remove the hard disk password Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 96: Using The Vaio Control Center

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Control Center Using the VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use the VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select the desired control item and change the settings.
  • Page 97: Using The Power Saving Modes

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the Power Saving Modes Using the Power Saving Modes You can take advantage of the power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Sleep and Hibernate. When using battery power, you should be aware that the computer will automatically enter Hibernate mode if the remaining battery life becomes short, regardless of the power management setting you select.
  • Page 98: Using Sleep Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the Power Saving Modes Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the built-in storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The orange power indicator light blinks slowly in 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.
  • Page 99 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the Power Saving Modes 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.
  • Page 100: Using Hibernate Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the Power Saving Modes Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the built-in storage device(s) and power is turned off. Even when the battery runs out of power, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is unlit in this mode. ✍...
  • Page 101: To Return To Normal Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the Power Saving Modes To return to Normal mode Slide the power switch (in the direction of G on the switch). The computer returns to its normal state. If you slide (in the direction of G on the switch) and hold the power switch for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. ✍...
  • Page 102: Using The Vaio Power Management

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Power Management Using the VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power plans for running on AC or battery power to suit your requirements for power consumption. The 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.
  • Page 103: Vaio Power Management Viewer

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Power Management VAIO Power Management Viewer You can view performance with the power plan that was modified with the VAIO Power Management. To start the VAIO Power Management Viewer Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Power Management and VAIO Power Management Viewer.
  • Page 104: Protecting The Hard Disk

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Protecting the Hard Disk Protecting the Hard Disk If your computer is equipped with a built-in hard disk drive, then it has the VAIO HDD Protection utility preinstalled for customizing your settings for protecting your hard disk drive against shock hazards. You can select the sensitivity level of the built-in shock sensor to set the appropriate protection level.
  • Page 105: Precautions

    Precautions > Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 106) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 107) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 108) ❑...
  • Page 106: Handling The Lcd Screen

    ❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as this may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liability for any malfunctions arising from changes to the settings.
  • Page 107: Using The Power Source

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 108: Handling Your Computer

    Precautions > Handling Your Computer Handling Your Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet and the LCD panel with a soft cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer.
  • Page 109 Precautions > Handling Your Computer ❑ We advise not to use your computer directly on your lap. The temperature of the bottom of the unit may rise during normal operation, and after an extended period of time, could cause discomfort or burns. ❑...
  • Page 110 Precautions > Handling Your Computer ❑ Do not exert pressure on the LCD screen or its edges when opening the LCD screen lid or lifting your computer. The LCD screen may be sensitive to pressure or added stress, and exerting pressure may damage the screen or cause it to malfunction.
  • Page 111: Handling The Built-in Camera

    Precautions > Handling the Built-in Camera Handling the Built-in Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
  • Page 112: Handling Discs

    Precautions > Handling Discs Handling Discs ❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: ❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
  • Page 113: Using The Battery Pack

    ❑ For safety reasons, battery charging may be suspended at higher or lower temperatures. ❑ Certain rechargeable battery packs do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony battery packs designed for this model. If an unauthorized battery pack is installed, the battery pack will not be charged and the computer will not function.
  • Page 114: Using Headphones

    Precautions > Using Headphones 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.
  • Page 115: Handling The Memory Stick

    Precautions > Handling the Memory Stick Handling the Memory Stick ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose the Memory Stick. ❑...
  • Page 116: Handling The Built-in Storage Device

    Precautions > Handling the Built-in Storage Device Handling the Built-in Storage Device The built-in storage device (hard disk drive or solid state drive) has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged if improperly used. If the built-in storage device is damaged, the data cannot be restored.
  • Page 117: Handling The Display/lan Adapter

    Precautions > Handling the Display/LAN Adapter Handling the Display/LAN Adapter To help you keep the display/LAN adapter at hand, the display/LAN adapter is designed to be attached to the AC adapter. To attach the display/LAN adapter to the AC adapter The appearance of your AC adapter may be different from those illustrated below in some countries or areas.
  • Page 118: Troubleshooting

    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. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. ❑...
  • Page 119 Troubleshooting > ❑ Audio/Video (page 155) ❑ Memory Cards (page 157) ❑ Peripherals (page 158)
  • Page 120: Computer

    ❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery...
  • Page 121: What Should I Do If The Green Power Indicator Light Turns On But My Screen Remains Blank

    Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to close the application window. An application error may have occurred. ❑ Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow ❑...
  • Page 122: What Should I Do If My Computer Or Software Stops Responding

    Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. ❑...
  • Page 123: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Or Hibernate Mode

    Troubleshooting > 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 mode Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart.
  • Page 124 Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if a message appears notifying of either incompatibility or the improper installation of the battery pack and my computer then enters Hibernate mode? ❑ This problem could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To resolve this problem, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack.
  • Page 125: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    Troubleshooting > Computer 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 software. ❑...
  • Page 126 Troubleshooting > Computer Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time has passed? The VAIO original screen saver disables the timer setting, which you can select using the Windows power options, for your screen to turn off. Select a screen saver other than the VAIO original screen saver.
  • Page 127: How Do I Reduce The Volume Of The Recovery Partition

    Troubleshooting > Computer How do I reduce the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where the data for the system recovery is stored. If your computer includes a solid state drive, you might want to reduce the volume of the recovery partition by following these steps: Insert a recovery disc into an external optical disc drive (not supplied) while your computer is on, turn off the computer, and then turn it on once again.
  • Page 128 Troubleshooting > Computer How do I check the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where the data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 129: System Security

    Troubleshooting > System Security System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
  • Page 130: Battery

    Troubleshooting > Battery Battery How do I find the battery charging status? You can check the charge indicator for the battery charging status. See Charging the Battery Pack information. 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? ❑...
  • Page 131: Can My Computer Enter Hibernate Mode While Using Battery Power

    Troubleshooting > Battery 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.
  • Page 132: Instant Mode

    Troubleshooting > Instant Mode Instant Mode What should I do if the Instant Mode does not start? ❑ To start the Instant Mode, turn off the computer or place it into Hibernate mode, and then press the XMB button. When your computer is on, pressing the XMB button starts the VAIO Media plus software by default.
  • Page 133 Troubleshooting > Instant Mode 10 Once again, click Advanced on the General tab. 11 Click to cancel the Compress contents to save disk space check box under Compress or Encrypt attributes and click OK. 12 Click OK in the window for changing properties. 13 Click OK in the confirmation window for attribute changes.
  • Page 134: Built-in Camera

    Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera Built-in Camera Why does the viewfinder show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. Exit the current application before launching another. ❑ The viewfinder may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, if you view a rapid-moving object. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
  • Page 135 Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera What should I do if movie playback shows 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. What should I do if captured images flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed.
  • Page 136: Networking

    Troubleshooting > Networking Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ You need to connect the display/LAN adapter (supplied) to your computer before configuring or accessing your network. ❑ Connection capability 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.
  • Page 137 Troubleshooting > Networking ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. To change the settings, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
  • Page 138: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    Troubleshooting > Networking What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑...
  • Page 139: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    ❑ Wireless LAN communication uses divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. ❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point.
  • Page 140 Troubleshooting > Networking How do I display the VAIO Smart Network window? To display the VAIO Smart Network window on the desktop, follow these steps: Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Network Connections and VAIO Smart Network. Click Advanced in the right pane.
  • Page 141: Bluetooth Technology

    Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot find my computer? ❑ Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth function enabled. ❑ Make sure the WIRELESS switch is on and the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer. ❑...
  • Page 142: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device I want to communicate with? 141). ❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated. ❑...
  • Page 143: Can I Use A Device With Bluetooth Technology On Airplanes

    Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes? With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on use of Bluetooth devices to avoid radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use of the Bluetooth function on the computer is permitted.
  • Page 144 Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology What should I do if I do not hear sound from my headphones or audio/video controller? Check the SCMS-T settings. If your headphones or audio/video controller does not support SCMS-T content protection, you need to connect the device using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Follow these steps: Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Bluetooth Devices.
  • Page 145: Gps

    Troubleshooting > What should I do if I cannot use the GPS function? ❑ Make sure the WIRELESS switch is on and the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer. ❑ Make sure the GPS icon is selected in the VAIO Smart Network window. What should I do if I cannot obtain location information or if the current location obtained is incorrect? ❑...
  • Page 146: Display

    Troubleshooting > Display 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 97) ❑...
  • Page 147: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    Troubleshooting > Display Why doesn't my screen display a video? ❑ If the display output is directed to the external display 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.
  • Page 148: What Should I Do If The External Display Remains Blank

    Troubleshooting > Display 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.
  • Page 149: Printing

    Troubleshooting > Printing Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? ❑ Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and your computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑...
  • Page 150: Microphone

    Troubleshooting > Microphone Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? ❑ Your computer is not equipped with the microphone jack. You cannot use an external microphone. ❑ Your sound input device may have been incorrectly configured. To configure the sound input device, follow these steps: Close all open programs.
  • Page 151: Speakers

    Troubleshooting > Speakers Speakers What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information.
  • Page 152: Pointing Device

    Troubleshooting > Pointing Device Pointing Device What should I do if my pointing device does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the pointing device before connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Pointing Device (page 29). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 153: Keyboard

    Troubleshooting > Keyboard 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.
  • Page 154: Floppy Disks

    Troubleshooting > Floppy Disks Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port.
  • Page 155: Audio/video

    Troubleshooting > Audio/Video Audio/Video How do I turn off the Windows startup sound? To turn off the Windows startup sound, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound. Click Manage audio devices under Sound. On the Sounds tab, click to cancel the Play Windows Startup sound check box. Click OK.
  • Page 156 Troubleshooting > Audio/Video What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the sound output device connected to the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack? You need to change the sound output device if you want to hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack.
  • Page 157: Memory Cards

    Troubleshooting > Memory Cards Memory Cards What should I do if I cannot find any memory card icons in the Computer window? The Memory Stick Duo icon and the SD / MMC icon do not appear in the Computer window before you insert either of the media.
  • Page 158: Peripherals

    Troubleshooting > Peripherals Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? ❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
  • Page 159: Trademarks

    Microsoft Windows Vista, the Windows logo, and BitLocker are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. Roxio Easy Media Creator is a trademark of Sonic Solutions.
  • Page 160 Trademarks > The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. SD Logo is a trademark.
  • Page 161: Notice

    In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
  • Page 162 © 2009 Sony Corporation...

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