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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer V G N - S Z s e r i e s...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use ...6 Notice ...7 Documentation ...8 Ergonomic Considerations ...12 Getting Started ...14 Locating Controls and Ports...15 About the Indicator Lights ...21 Connecting a Power Source ...23 Using the Battery Pack ...24 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...29 Using Your VAIO Computer ...30 Using the Keyboard ...31 Using the Touch Pad ...33 Using Special-function Buttons ...34...
  • Page 3 Using the Internet...61 Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) ...62 Using the Bluetooth Functionality ...69 Using Peripheral Devices...76 Connecting a Docking Station...77 Connecting External Speakers ...86 Connecting an External Display ...87 Selecting Display Modes...91 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...93 Connecting an External Microphone ...95 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...96 Connecting a Printer ...99 Connecting an i.LINK Device ...100...
  • Page 4 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...158 Adding and Removing Memory...159 Precautions ...166 On Handling the LCD Screen ...167 On Using the Power Source ...168 On Handling Your Computer...169 On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...171 On Handling Floppy Disks ...172 On Handling Discs ...173 On Using the Battery Pack...174 On Using Headphones...175 On Handling Memory Stick Media...176...
  • Page 5 Printing ...210 Microphone ...211 Mouse ...212 Speakers ...213 Touch Pad...214 Keyboard...215 Floppy Disks ...216 PC Cards ...217 Audio/Video...219 Memory Stick Media ...220 Peripherals ...221 Docking Station ...222 Support Options ...223 Sony Support Information ...223 e-Support ...224 Trademarks ...226...
  • Page 6: 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. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
  • Page 7: 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 8: Documentation

    Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Guides are provided in PDF format, which you can easily browse through and print out. The My Club VAIO portal is a perfect starting point to use your computer — a comprehensive collection of everything you need to get the most from your computer.
  • Page 9: Printed Documentation

    Recovery Guide — Contains an explanation of how to make a backup copy of your data and recover your computer system, and solutions to computer malfunctions. Booklets containing the following information: Sony GUARANTEE conditions, Safety / Regulations, Modem Regulations, Wireless LAN Regulations, Bluetooth Regulations, End User Software License Agreement, and Sony Support services.
  • Page 10 Feeling creative? Click this icon for an overview of your software and check out our upgrade options. Wallpapers Click this icon and check out our most popular Sony and Club VAIO wallpapers. Links Click this icon and check out our most popular Sony and Club VAIO Web sites. Before Use...
  • Page 11 Windows Help and Support Windows Help and Support is a comprehensive resource for practical advice, tutorials, and demonstrations to help you learn to use your computer. Use the Search feature, Index, or table of contents to view all Windows Help resources, including those that are on the Internet.
  • Page 12: 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 to 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.
  • Page 13 Before Use Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness setting of the display as well.
  • Page 14: Getting Started

    Getting Started This section describes how to get started with using your VAIO computer. Locating Controls and Ports (page 15) About the Indicator Lights (page 21) Connecting a Power Source (page 23) Using the Battery Pack (page 24) Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 29) Getting Started...
  • Page 15: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Please note that the illustrations in this manual may not necessarily apply to your model. Front Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 35) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in microphone (monaural) LCD screen...
  • Page 16 Power indicator (page 21) Battery indicator (page 21) Hard disk drive indicator (page 21) WLAN (Wireless LAN) indicator (page 21) Bluetooth indicator (page 21) S1/S2 buttons (page 34) STAMINA mode indicator (page 21) Performance selector switch (page 105) SPEED mode indicator (page 21) WIRELESS switch (page 62)
  • Page 17 Back DC IN port (page 23) Battery connector (page 24) Air vents Security slot Getting Started...
  • Page 18 Right Optical disc drive (page 36) Optical disc drive indicator (page 21) Manual eject hole (page 203) Drive eject button (page 36) ™ ExpressCard /34 slot (page 48) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 96) Network (Ethernet) port (page 102) Modem port (page 61) Referred to as the ExpressCard slot hereinafter.
  • Page 19 Left Microphone jack (page 95) Headphones jack (page 86) Air vents i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 100) Monitor (VGA) port (page 88) PC Card slot (page 45) PC Card release button (page 47) Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media indicator Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media slot Your computer supports Memory Stick Duo media and Memory Stick PRO Duo media with high speed and high capacity capabilities.
  • Page 20 Bottom Docking station connector (page 78) Air vents Getting Started...
  • Page 21: About The Indicator Lights

    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.
  • Page 22 Indicator Functions Press the Scr Lk key to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll lock Scroll lock indicator is off. The Scr Lk key functions differently depending on the program you are using and does not work with all programs.
  • Page 23: Connecting A Power Source

    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).
  • Page 24: Using The Battery Pack

    Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Installing the Battery Pack To install the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid. Slide the battery lock switch (1) to the UNLOCK position. Slide the battery pack into the battery compartment until it clicks into place.
  • Page 25 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 26: Charging The Battery Pack

    Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery pack (the battery indicator light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges).
  • Page 27 Getting Started 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.
  • Page 28: Removing 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. To remove the battery pack Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
  • Page 29: 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 Shut Down. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically.
  • Page 30: 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 31) Using the Touch Pad (page 33) Using Special-function Buttons Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Using the Optical Disc Drive (page 36) Using PC Cards (page 45)
  • Page 31: Using The Keyboard

    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 Some functions are not available before Windows launches.
  • Page 32 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.
  • Page 33: Using The Touch Pad

    Using the Touch Pad You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad. Action Description Point Slide one finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
  • Page 34: 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 S1/S2 buttons Functions By default, the S1 button launches VAIO Help and Support Center and the S2 button lowers the CPU speed to reduce the fan noise.
  • Page 35: Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera, so the computer is ready for a video conference using such software.
  • Page 36: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    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...
  • Page 37 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 CD/DVD program.
  • Page 38: Reading And Writing Optical Discs

    Reading and Writing Optical Discs Your computer plays and records CDs and DVDs, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
  • Page 39 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"...
  • Page 40 Using Your VAIO Computer To play copyright protected Blu-ray Discs continually, you need to update the AACS key. Note that the AACS key update requires Internet access. As with other optical media devices, circumstances may limit compatibility or prevent Blu-ray Disc playback. VAIO computers may not support movie playback on packaged media recorded in AVC or VC1 formats at high bit rates.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on writing data to a disc Use only Sony Value-added software when writing to CD/DVD media. (e.g. Click to DVD) 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.
  • Page 42 Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing DVDs, you should follow these recommendations. Close all open applications before playing a DVD movie. Some CD players and computer's optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW disc media.
  • Page 43: Playing Cds

    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.
  • Page 44: Playing Dvds

    Playing DVDs To play a DVD Close all running software applications. Insert a DVD into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, 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.
  • Page 45: Using Pc Cards

    Using PC Cards PC Cards allow you to connect portable external devices to your computer. Inserting a PC Card Some PC Cards or their functions may not be compatible with your computer. You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing a PC Card. To insert a PC Card Push the PC Card release button so that the release button pops out.
  • Page 46 Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the PC Card slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using a PC Card. Before moving your computer, make sure to insert the PC Card slot protector into the slot. Some devices may not function properly if you continually switch to Normal mode from Sleep mode or Hibernate mode. For some PC Cards, if you alternate between Normal mode and Sleep or Hibernate mode while the card is inserted, you may find that a device connected to your system is not recognized.
  • Page 47: Removing A Pc Card

    Removing a PC Card Follow the steps below to remove the PC Card while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove a PC Card To remove a PC Card when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 48: Using The Expresscard Module

    Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard slot digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ™ ExpressCard /34 (34 mm wide) or ExpressCard ™ ExpressCard /34 module only.
  • Page 49: Inserting An Expresscard Module

    Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is delivered with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot for the first time. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module.
  • Page 50 Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, make sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer.
  • Page 51: Removing An Expresscard Module

    Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 52: Using The Memory Stick Media

    For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with the Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 4 GB that are available as of September 2006.
  • Page 53: Inserting A Memory Stick Media

    Inserting a Memory Stick Media There are two ways you can insert a Memory Stick media into your computer. Using the Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media slot The Memory Stick media slot accommodates a small-size Memory Stick media: Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media.
  • Page 54 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.
  • Page 55 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.
  • Page 56 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...
  • Page 57: Removing A Memory Stick Media

    Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media from the Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media slot Check that the Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media indicator is off. Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot.
  • Page 58: Using Other Memory Cards

    SD memory cards with capacity of over 2 GB, such as SD High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards, are not supported. As for the Memory Stick PRO media, only Sony branded media is recommended to use with the adapter. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory card media available as of September 2006. However, not all memory card media that meet the same conditions as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 59: Inserting A Memory Card

    Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card to the memory card adapter Insert any one of the memory cards (2) to the memory card adapter (1). Make sure to insert a memory card into the memory card adapter in the correct direction to avoid possible damage to the memory card adapter. See Inserting an ExpressCard Module (page 49) to insert the memory card adapter into the ExpressCard slot.
  • Page 60: Removing A Memory Card

    Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a Memory Card To remove a memory card from the memory card adapter See Removing an ExpressCard Module (page 51) to remove the memory card adapter from the ExpressCard slot. Then, firmly grasp the extended part of the memory card and carefully pull it out of the memory card adapter.
  • Page 61: Using The Internet

    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're 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).
  • Page 62: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    (radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet activities, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
  • Page 63 Using Your VAIO Computer In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels). Therefore, before activating the WLAN functionality, read the Regulations Guide carefully. WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a /b/g standard, which specifies the used technology. The standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA).
  • Page 64 Using Your VAIO Computer The communication speed varies depending on the distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the device configuration, the radio conditions, and the software in use. In addition, communications may be cut off depending on the radio conditions. The communication range varies depending on the actual distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the radio conditions, the ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls, and the software in use.
  • Page 65: Communicating Without An Access Point (ad-hoc)

    Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a local network is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
  • Page 66 To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The Wireless LAN indicator lights up. On models that support the Bluetooth functionality the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select your desired wireless option(s) and click OK. Click Start and Control Panel.
  • Page 67: 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), 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.
  • Page 68 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. On models that support the Bluetooth functionality the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window.
  • Page 69: Using The Bluetooth Functionality

    Using the Bluetooth Functionality You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables and up to 10 meters range in open space. To connect to a Bluetooth device Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
  • Page 70 Notes on using the Bluetooth functionality The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices Distance between devices Material used in walls Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions Device configuration Type of software application Type of operating system...
  • Page 71 The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous use of the Bluetooth functionality and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in poorer communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
  • Page 72: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables.
  • Page 73: Stopping The Bluetooth Connection

    Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you need first to set up the Bluetooth functionality. For setting up and using the Bluetooth functionality, see the help file on the Bluetooth utility software. To see the help file Right-click the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, and select Help from the menu.
  • Page 74: Using The Bluetooth Headset

    Using the Bluetooth Headset The Bluetooth headset (not supplied) will come in handy during a video conference over the Internet using instant messaging software. For details on using the Bluetooth headset, see the manual that came with your Bluetooth headset. To connect the headset with your computer Press and hold the headset power button for at least five seconds to turn on the Bluetooth headset.
  • Page 75 To disconnect the headset from your computer Right-click the Bluetooth icon The Bluetooth Settings window appears. Right-click the headset icon and select Disconnect from the menu. Click Yes. on the taskbar and select Bluetooth Settings from the menu. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 76: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. Connecting a Docking Station Connecting External Speakers Connecting an External Display Selecting Display Modes (page 91) Using the Multiple Monitors Function Connecting an External Microphone Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device Connecting a Printer...
  • Page 77: Connecting A Docking Station

    Connecting a Docking Station Attaching a docking station enables you to connect additional peripherals to your computer, such as a printer and an external display. A docking station is not supplied with your computer and is available as an optional accessory. Locating Ports on the Docking Station Back The docking station can be powered only through the AC adapter supplied with your computer.
  • Page 78: Attaching Your Computer To The Docking Station

    Attaching Your Computer to the Docking Station When your computer has no battery pack installed, do not attach the computer to the docking station. To attach your computer to the docking station To prevent loss of unsaved data, be sure to turn off your computer before attaching it to the docking station. Disconnect all peripherals from the computer.
  • Page 79 Using Peripheral Devices Slide open the docking station connector cover on the bottom of the computer.
  • Page 80 Using Peripheral Devices Align the rear bottom corners and the left side of the computer with the guides on the docking station.
  • Page 81 Gently push down the computer until it clicks into place. Turn on the computer. Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer. Do not move your computer while attached to the docking station; this may detach the docking station and cause damage to both units. Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 82: Disconnecting Your Computer From The Docking Station

    Using Peripheral Devices Disconnecting Your Computer from the Docking Station To prevent loss of unsaved data, be sure to turn off your computer before disconnecting it from the docking station. Be sure that no devices connected to the docking station are in use before disconnecting your computer. Do not disconnect your computer from the docking station when the IN USE indicator is lit.
  • Page 83 To disconnect your computer from the docking station Press the UNDOCK button (1) and wait until the IN USE indicator (2) turns off. If the IN USE indicator is unlit, you do not have to press the UNDOCK button. Pressing the UNDOCK button while your computer is in a power saving mode returns the computer to Normal mode first, and then initiates the disconnection process.
  • Page 84 Lift the computer away from the docking station. Close the docking station connector cover on the bottom of the computer. Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 85 Alternatively, you can disconnect the computer from the docking station as follows: Click Start and Undock Computer. Make sure that a message balloon appears and the IN USE indicator turns off; and then lift the computer away from the docking station. Close the docking station connector cover on the bottom of the computer.
  • Page 86: Connecting External Speakers

    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.
  • Page 87: 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 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.
  • Page 88: To Connect A Computer Display

    Connecting a Computer Display You can connect a computer display (monitor) either directly to your computer or via the optional docking station. To connect a computer display If necessary, plug one end of the display's power cord (1) into your display, and the other end into an AC outlet. If you want to connect a VGA monitor, plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer or on the docking station.
  • Page 89: Connecting A Multimedia Computer Display

    Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone directly to your computer or via the optional docking station. 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 or on the docking station.
  • Page 90: Connecting A Projector

    Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) directly to your computer or via the optional docking station. To connect a projector Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet.
  • Page 91: Selecting Display Modes

    Using Peripheral Devices Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to be used as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, etc.) is connected to your computer. If you want to work on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 93) for more information.
  • Page 92: To Select A Display

    To select a display When using the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (STAMINA mode) Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. You may not be able to display the same contents on your computer screen and the external display or projector at the same time, depending on the type of your external display or projector.
  • Page 93: 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 attached to the monitor (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
  • Page 94 To select the Multiple Monitors mode When using the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (STAMINA mode) Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize from the shortcut menu. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. When using the NVIDIA video controller (SPEED mode) Click Start and Control Panel.
  • Page 95: Connecting An External Microphone

    Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an External Microphone If you need to use a sound input device (for example, to chat over the Internet) you need to plug in an external microphone (not supplied). To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
  • Page 96: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    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)
  • Page 97: Connecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    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.
  • Page 98: Disconnecting A Usb Floppy Disk Drive

    Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. If the computer is off, you can unplug the USB cable directly from the computer.
  • Page 99: Connecting A Printer

    Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a Printer Using the USB Port You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to the computer. To connect a printer using the USB port Plug the power cord (1) of your printer into an AC outlet.
  • Page 100: Connecting An I.link Device

    Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device such as a digital video camcorder or to connect two VAIO computers in order to copy, delete or edit files. The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports.
  • Page 101: Connecting A Digital Video Camcorder

    On Sony digital video cameras, ports labeled DV Out, DV In/Out, or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camcorder shown here is an example; your digital video camcorder may need to be connected differently. You cannot access the pictures stored on a Memory Stick media when using an i.LINK connection.
  • Page 102: Connecting To A Network (lan)

    Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T*/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the computer or the optional docking station and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator.
  • Page 103 Using Peripheral Devices Telephone lines cannot be connected to the network (LAN) connector on your computer. If the network (LAN) connector is connected to the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the connector may cause damage, overheating, or fire. - Home (intercom speakerphone) or business-use telephone lines (multi-line business telephone) - Public telephone subscriber line - PBX (private branch exchange)
  • Page 104: 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, etc. Selecting Performance Modes...
  • Page 105: Selecting Performance Modes

    Selecting Performance Modes Your computer is equipped with the performance selector switch (1) to select a performance mode for lower power consumption or faster performance. Once you have changed the performance mode with the performance selector switch, you must restart your computer to place it into the selected mode. A window appears to prompt you for computer restart.
  • Page 106: Setting The Password

    Setting the Password In addition to the Windows password, you can use one of the BIOS functions to set a power-on password to protect your computer. Once you have set the power-on password, you will have to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer.
  • Page 107 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 108 To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 109: Changing/removing The Power-on Password

    Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 110 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 111: Adding The Windows Password

    Adding the Windows Password The Windows password comes in handy when you have to share a single computer with other people. By setting the Windows password, you can protect your user account from unauthorized access. Entry of the Windows password will be prompted after you select your user account. Make sure not to forget the password.
  • Page 112: Changing/removing The Windows Password

    Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click the User Accounts and Family Safety icon. Click the User Accounts icon. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password.
  • Page 113: Using Fingerprint Authentication

    Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located between the left and right touch-pad buttons is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter.
  • Page 114: Precautions On Using Fingerprint Authentication

    The fingerprint authentication technology does not assure complete user authentication or complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor.
  • Page 115 When swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor, keep the following in mind: Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping.
  • Page 116: Enrolling A Fingerprint

    Enrolling a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication functionality, you must enroll your fingerprint(s) in your computer. Set the Windows password on your computer before enrollment. See Adding the Windows Password To enroll a fingerprint Up to 10 fingerprints can be enrolled for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
  • Page 117 Click Next. The Password window appears. If the Windows password is not set on your computer, password registration will be prompted. 1 Click Yes on the prompt window. 2 Enter your password twice and click OK. Enter the Windows password and click Next. The Enrollment Hints window appears.
  • Page 118 Customizing Your VAIO Computer 10 Swipe your finger across the fingerprint sensor four times to perform a swipe test, and then click Next. The Enrollment window appears. See To scan a fingerprint (page 120) for the scan procedure. Swipe the same finger for the swipe test. If you fail a swipe test four times, click Try again and perform the swipe test again.
  • Page 119 11 Click a button above a finger of which fingerprint you want to enroll. 12 Swipe the finger across the fingerprint sensor three times. 13 Click Finish. 14 Click Close. To enroll more fingerprints, repeat steps 11 and 12 above. It is recommended you enroll more than two fingerprints. To add or edit fingerprints Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center.
  • Page 120 To scan a fingerprint Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1). Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 121 Customizing Your VAIO Computer Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping. Fingerprint enrollment may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow. Let the fingerprint sensor take about one second to swipe your finger across the sensor.
  • Page 122 Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication functionality in place of password entry to log onto your system, you need to set the power-on and Windows passwords and configure your computer for fingerprint authentication. For setting the power-on and Windows passwords, see Setting the Password To log onto Windows If your fingerprints are enrolled for your user account, you will be able to substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when logging onto Windows.
  • Page 123 To enable the Power-on Security feature If your fingerprints are enrolled for the power-on password, you will be able to substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when starting your computer. Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears.
  • Page 124 To log onto the system using the Power-on Security feature Turn on the computer. The authentication window appears following the VAIO logo. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. Windows launches. Alternatively, you can press the Esc key and enter your password on the keyboard. Up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
  • Page 125: Using The Password Bank

    Using the Password Bank Once you have registered your user information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) for Web sites in the password bank, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering required information and access the password-protected Web sites. Adding an Entry to the Password Bank To access a password-protected Web site using the fingerprint authentication functionality, you need to add a password bank entry for the Web site.
  • Page 126 Using a Password Bank Entry to Access a Web Site Once you have added an entry to the password bank, you can use it to access the corresponding password-protected Web site. To access a password-protected Web site Visit the desired password-protected Web site to display the user account and password entry window. A message balloon appears to indicate that you have a password bank entry for the site.
  • Page 127 Importing/Exporting Password Bank Entries You can export/import entries to/from the password bank for a backup or recovery purpose. To export an entry Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Settings and User Settings. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor.
  • Page 128 To import an entry Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Settings and User Settings. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. The User Settings window appears. Click the Registrations tab.
  • Page 129 Using the File Safe Feature With the File Safe feature, you can create an encrypted archive to include a file or folder for protection against unauthorized access. The encrypted archive can be decrypted or unlocked for included file/folder access by swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor or entering the backup password you specified for encryption.
  • Page 130 To unlock the encrypted archive Right-click the desired archive and select Unlock from the menu. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. Unlocking the archive enables you to access the files or folders included in the archive. To lock the encrypted archive Right-click the desired archive and select Lock from the menu.
  • Page 131 Using the Application Launcher The application launcher feature is available on your computer for launching your preferred application (executable file) that is assigned to one of your fingers with the enrolled fingerprint. Once you have assigned an application to your finger, you can launch the assigned application simply by swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor.
  • Page 132: Launching An Application With Your Finger

    Launching an Application with Your Finger Swipe your finger with your desired application assignment across the fingerprint sensor to launch the corresponding application. Swiping the finger with no application assignment across the fingerprint sensor will display the menu. Changing an Application Assignment to Your Finger To change an application assignment to your finger Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center.
  • Page 133 Removing an Application Assignment to Your Finger To remove an application assignment to your finger Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Settings and User Settings. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. The User Settings window appears.
  • Page 134 Note that using fingerprint authentication with the TPM has such drawbacks. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of the TPM and the maintenance and management of fingerprint authentication data that you carried out at your own risk.
  • Page 135 Initializing the TPM To initialize the TPM software, you need to log onto your computer as a user with administrator rights. Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Elevate administrative privilege for user. The window closes and reappears.
  • Page 136 Customizing the TPM settings Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Fingerprints and Enroll or Edit Fingerprints. The Welcome window appears. Click Next. Enter the Windows password and click Next. Click Next.
  • Page 137 Logging onto Windows Wait until a message TPM Cryptography in progress closes on the Windows log-on screen. Swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor. Enter the PIN if you set it. Windows launches. You can log onto your user account just by swiping the finger with the enrolled fingerprint even if your computer is shared by multiple users. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 138 Erasing the Enrolled Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk. To erase the enrolled fingerprints Turn on the computer.
  • Page 139: Using Trusted Platform Module (tpm)

    Although your computer is provided with the latest TPM security functions, these functions do not assure complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of the functions.
  • Page 140 The restore process using the backup files may fail if you do not set up the automatic backup operations. The maintenance and management of TPM-protected data must be carried out at your own risk. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of your data maintenance and management.
  • Page 141: Important Notice

    Important Notice Do not encrypt files containing keys to be used for encryption and folders including such files. Encrypting the files in the folders containing basic user keys and others, using the Encrypting File System (EFS) will disable you to launch your TPM software and decrypt the encrypted data in the following cases: The TPM software has been installed.
  • Page 142 Do not encrypt the following archive, backup, or token files. There will be no way to restore them if you carelessly encrypt them. Sony assumes no liabilities for any troubles and damages arising out of your careless encryption of the following files and folders including them.
  • Page 143 Do not encrypt the following password reset token or secret files. There will be no way to reset the password if you carelessly encrypt them. Sony assumes no liabilities for any troubles and damages arising out of your careless encryption of the following files and folders including them.
  • Page 144 Configuring the TPM To use the embedded TPM, you need to: Enable the TPM on the BIOS setup screen. Install the Infineon TPM Professional Package. Initialize and configure the TPM. Enabling the TPM on the BIOS setup screen To enable the TPM Turn on your computer.
  • Page 145 See the online documentation for detailed information. To open the documentation, click Start, All Programs, Infineon Security Platform Solution, and Help. The maintenance and management of TPM-protected data must be carried out at your own risk. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of your data maintenance and management.
  • Page 146: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Control Center

    Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to consult system information and 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.
  • Page 147: Using The Power Saving Modes

    Using the Power Saving Modes When you use a battery pack as the power source for your computer, you can take advantage of 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.
  • Page 148: Using Sleep Mode

    Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the hard disk and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The umber power light flashes in this mode. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep. To return to Normal mode Press any key.
  • Page 149 If the computer is not used for 25 minutes, it will enter Sleep mode. To avoid 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.
  • Page 150: Using Hibernate Mode

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk 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 activate Hibernate mode Press the Fn+F12 keys.
  • Page 151 Customizing Your VAIO Computer If you do not use your computer for a long period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode. This power saving mode saves you the time of shutting down or resuming. When your computer is in Hibernate mode, you cannot insert a disc. Hibernate mode requires more time than Sleep mode to be activated.
  • Page 152: Managing Power With Vaio Power Management

    Managing Power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power schemes for running on AC power or batteries to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operations of your computer and longer battery life.
  • Page 153 Activating VAIO Power Management Power Schemes VAIO Power Management provides several predefined power schemes. Each power scheme consists of a group of power management settings that are designed to meet specific power management goals, ranging from maximum power management to no power management. To activate a VAIO Power Management power scheme Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
  • Page 154: Vaio Power Management Viewer

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer VAIO Power Management Viewer To start VAIO Power Management Viewer Click on the VAIO Power Management tab. Alternatively, you can click Start, All Programs, VAIO Control Center, and VAIO Power Management Viewer to start the viewer. To change the power scheme Select the desired power scheme from the drop-down list on VAIO Power Management Viewer.
  • Page 155: Configuring Your Modem

    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.
  • Page 156 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, please make sure your phone cable is disconnected from your computer. Customizing Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 157: Protecting The Hard Disk

    Protecting the Hard Disk Your computer 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 158: 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 contact your dealer to install a new memory module. You do not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer.
  • Page 159: Adding And Removing Memory

    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. The number of available slots depends on the configuration of your model.
  • Page 160 Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from electrostatic discharge. Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.
  • Page 161: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screws (indicated by the arrows below) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover.
  • Page 162 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Grasp the insulation sheet (1) tab and flip open the sheet. The insulation sheet is equipped for module protection. Do not pull it too hard to damage the sheet.
  • Page 163 Remove the memory module: 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. Upgrading Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 164 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. Do not damage the insulation sheet equipped for module protection. 10 Replace the memory module compartment cover. 11 Tighten the screws on the bottom of the computer.
  • Page 165: Viewing The Amount Of Memory

    Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. 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.
  • Page 166: Precautions

    Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. On Handling the LCD Screen On Using the Power Source (page 168) On Handling Your Computer (page 169) On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera On Handling Floppy Disks (page 172) On Handling Discs...
  • Page 167: On Handling The Lcd Screen

    Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when another option is available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of the change.
  • Page 168: On Using The Power Source

    Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet. Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other AC adapter as it may cause a malfunction.
  • Page 169: On Handling Your Computer

    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.
  • Page 170 Precautions Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise, problems may occur. Do not use cut or damaged connection cables. If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer.
  • Page 171: On Using The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Precautions On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Do not touch the front mirror plate over the lens of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may make scratches on the plate and such scratches will appear on the captured images. Do not let the direct sunlight get into the scope of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause a malfunction of the camera.
  • Page 172: On Handling Floppy Disks

    Precautions On Handling Floppy Disks Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk. Keep floppy disks away from magnets. Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. Keep floppy disks away from any liquid. Do not let them get wet. When you are not using your floppy disk, always remove it from the floppy disk drive and use a storage case.
  • Page 173: On Handling Discs

    Precautions On Handling Discs Do not touch the surface of the disc. Do not drop or bend the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability.
  • Page 174: On Using The Battery Pack

    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.
  • Page 175: On Using Headphones

    Precautions On Using Headphones Road safety – Do not use headphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play loud music while walking, especially at pedestrian crossings.
  • Page 176: On Handling Memory Stick Media

    On Handling Memory Stick Media Do not use the media in a location subject to static electricity or electrical noise. 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.
  • Page 177: On Handling The Hard Disk

    On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk 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 has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer.
  • Page 178: On Handling The Memory Card Adapter

    On Handling the Memory Card Adapter Do not touch the memory card adapter connector with your finger or metallic objects. Use only the adhesive label exclusively designed for the memory card adapter as a label. Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the memory card adapter. Do not disassemble or modify the memory card adapter.
  • Page 179: 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 181) System Security (page 188) Battery (page 189) Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Internet (page 194) Networking...
  • Page 180 Troubleshooting Memory Stick Media (page 220) Peripherals (page 221) Docking Station (page 222)
  • Page 181: Computer

    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 genuine Sony rechargeable battery packs and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 182: What Should I Do If A Bios Error Appears When I Turn On My 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.
  • Page 183: What Should I Do If My Computer Or Software Stops Responding

    Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Shut Down.
  • Page 184: What Should I Do If The Battery Indicator Is Flashing And My Computer Does Not Start

    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.
  • Page 185 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.
  • Page 186: What Should I Do If I Cannot Remember The Bios Password

    What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing? Check the Web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download. Make sure you have installed the latest video driver. On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system.
  • Page 187: To The Computer

    How can I change the boot device order? You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the boot device order. Follow these steps: Turn on your 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 188: System Security

    System Security This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats to the computer's security. How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
  • Page 189: Battery

    Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? When the battery level falls below 10 percent.
  • Page 190: Can My Computer Enter Hibernate Mode While Using Battery Power

    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.
  • Page 191: Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images? The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. The video memory of your computer may have become insufficient for displaying images from the built-in MOTION EYE camera.
  • Page 192 Why does movie playback show dropped frames when my computer is running on the battery? The battery pack is running out of power. Connect your computer to an AC power source. Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed.
  • Page 193: Why Can't I Use The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. If the problem persists, you must reinstall the driver software for the camera.
  • Page 194: Internet

    Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone. Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct. Make sure the software you are using is compatible with your computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.) Make sure the modem is the only device connected to your telephone line.
  • Page 195: Why Is My Modem Connection Slow

    Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/ V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), do any of the following: Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise.
  • Page 196: Networking

    Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. Make sure the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch is on and the Wireless LAN indicator is lit on your computer.
  • Page 197: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.
  • Page 198: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    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.
  • Page 199: Bluetooth Technology

    Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot discover my computer? Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth functionality enabled. If the Bluetooth indicator is off, turn on the WIRELESS switch. You cannot use the Bluetooth functionality when your computer is in a power saving mode. Return to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.
  • Page 200 What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? Make sure the other device is authenticated. Your computer may not allow connections from other devices. To enable Bluetooth device connections, follow these steps: Right-click the Bluetooth icon Select Options from the menu.
  • Page 201: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? The data transfer speed depends on the obstacles and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each other. The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices.
  • Page 202: Can I Use A Device With Bluetooth Technology On Airplanes

    Troubleshooting 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, due to radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use of the Bluetooth functionality on the computer is permitted.
  • Page 203: Optical Discs

    Optical Discs Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps: Restart the computer by clicking Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart. Eject the disc from the optical disc drive.
  • Page 204 What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label facing upward. Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. If a disc is dirty or damaged, your computer will stop responding.
  • Page 205 Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer. Double-click the desired drive. You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details. Click OK to close the window. Make sure an adhesive label is not affixed to a disc.
  • Page 206 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.
  • Page 207: 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 147) Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on.
  • Page 208: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    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.
  • Page 209: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    What should I do if the external display stays blank? If you cannot change the display output with the Fn+F7 keys, you need to change the settings for the external display with VAIO Control Center. To change the settings, launch the VAIO Control Center, select the control item for the external display, and then cancel the check box for enabling the automatic function to select the external display for the output.
  • Page 210: 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 computer. Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer.
  • Page 211: Microphone

    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.
  • Page 212: Mouse

    Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. Restart your computer with your mouse connected. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? Make sure another mouse is not connected.
  • Page 213: Speakers

    Speakers What should I do if my speakers do not work? Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound. Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. If your speakers have a muting button, set the button to off. If you have connected an audio cable to the headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable supplied with your speakers.
  • Page 214: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad 33). Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window.
  • Page 215: 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 Click Clock, Language, and Region, and click Regional and Language Options.
  • Page 216: Floppy Disks

    Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still does not appear, follow these steps: Close all programs that are accessing the floppy disk drive.
  • Page 217: Pc Cards

    See the manual that came with your PC Card for more information. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a Sony PC Card. If your PC Card, which worked normally before, does not work, you may need to install the most recent driver software.
  • Page 218 Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices? For some PC Cards, if you alternate between Normal mode and Sleep or Hibernate mode while the card is inserted into the PC Card slot, your computer may not recognize the PC Card or the connected device. Restart the computer. Why can't I insert my PC Card? Make sure you are inserting the card correctly.
  • Page 219: Audio/video

    (page 100) 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.
  • Page 220: Memory Stick Media

    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.
  • Page 221: 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 the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
  • Page 222: Docking Station

    Docking Station Why can't I use my TFT/DVI monitor connected to the DVI-D port? The DVI-D port on the docking station is disabled when your computer is in STAMINA mode. Change the performance mode to SPEED mode and restart the computer. See Selecting Performance Modes What should I do if an error message appears when I press the UNDOCK button or select Undock Computer from the Start menu? When any device inserted or connected to the docking station is in use, you cannot disconnect your computer from the...
  • Page 223: Support Options

    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.
  • Page 224: E-support

    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.
  • Page 225 Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but please 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 email, notifying you that your case has...
  • Page 226: Trademarks

    Macromedia and Flash are trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • Page 227 Support Options 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 is a registered trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
  • Page 228 © 2007 Sony Corporation...

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