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  • Page 1: User Guide

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

    Contents Before Use ...6 Notice ...7 ...8 NERGY Documentation ...9 Ergonomic Considerations ...13 Getting Started ...15 Locating Controls and Ports...16 About the Indicator Lights ...23 Connecting a Power Source ...24 Using the Battery Pack ...25 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...32 Using Your VAIO Computer ...33 Using the Keyboard ...34 Using the Touch Pad ...35...
  • Page 3 Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) ...64 Using the Bluetooth Function ...71 Using Peripheral Devices...77 Using the Noise Canceling Headphones ...78 Connecting a Docking Station...84 Connecting External Speakers ...92 Connecting an External Display ...93 Selecting Display Modes...102 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ...103 Connecting an External Microphone ...105 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...106 Connecting a Printer ...109...
  • Page 4 Precautions ...159 Handling the LCD Screen ...160 Using the Power Source ...161 Handling Your Computer ...162 Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...164 Handling Floppy Disks ...165 Handling Discs ...166 Using the Battery Pack ...167 Using Headphones ...168 Handling the Memory Stick ...169 Handling the Hard Disk ...170 Updating Your Computer ...171 Troubleshooting ...172...
  • Page 5 Speakers ...209 Touch Pad...211 Keyboard...212 Floppy Disks ...213 Audio/Video...214 Memory Stick ...218 Peripherals ...219 Docking Station ...220 Support Options ...221 Sony Support Information ...222 e-Support ...223 Trademarks ...225...
  • 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 experience. 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: Energy Star

    NERGY As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Sony has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The International ENERGY STAR Office Equipment Program is an international program that promotes energy saving through the use of computers and office equipment. The program backs the development and dissemination of products with functions that effectively reduce energy consumption.
  • Page 9: Documentation

    ❑ Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide — Contains solutions to problems other than those you encounter during normal operation. ❑ Regulations, Guarantee, EULA and Service Support — Contains Sony guarantee conditions, safety / regulations, modem regulations, wireless LAN regulations, wireless WAN regulations, Bluetooth regulations, end user software license agreement, and Sony support services information.
  • Page 10 ❑ Specifications — The online specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online specifications: Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support web site at http://www.vaio-link.com. ✍ You may have a separate disc that includes documentation for the bundled accessories.
  • Page 11 Before Use 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 on the Internet. To access Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support.
  • Page 12 Before Use Further Sources ❑ Consult the help files included with the software you are using for detailed information on features and troubleshooting. ❑ Go to http://www.club-vaio.com to find online tutorials about your favorite VAIO software.
  • Page 13: 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: ❑ 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 14 ❑ 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 15: Getting Started

    Getting Started Getting Started This section describes how to get started with using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 16) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 23) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 24) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 25) ❑...
  • Page 16: Locating Controls And Ports

    Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. The appearance of your computer may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications. It may also vary in some countries or areas.
  • Page 17 Front Num lock indicator (page 23) Caps lock indicator (page 23) Scroll lock indicator (page 23) Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 37) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator LCD screen (page 160) Ambient light sensor (page 203) Measures ambient light intensity for automatically adjusting the LCD brightness to the optimum level.
  • Page 18 Media Access indicator (page 23) Memory Stick slot (page 53) WIRELESS indicator (page 23) Charge indicator (page 23) Hard disk drive /Optical disc drive indicator Built-in microphone (monaural) SD memory card slot (page 59) WIRELESS switch (page 64) Built-in speakers (stereo) Muting button (page 36) Volume control buttons...
  • Page 19 Getting Started Back Battery connector (page 25)
  • Page 20 Right Optical disc drive (page 40) Manual eject hole (page 197) Optical disc drive indicator (page 23) Substitute drive eject button (page 40) Monitor port (page 94) Power button/Power indicator (page 23) Getting Started...
  • Page 21 Left DC IN port (page 24) Network (Ethernet) port (page 112) HDMI port (page 94) Air vents Security slot ExpressCard/34 slot (page 49) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 110) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 106) Microphone jack (page 105) Headphones jack (page 92),...
  • Page 22 Bottom Air vents Docking station connector (page 85) Memory module compartment cover (page 152) Getting Started...
  • Page 23: 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. Illuminates while the battery pack is charging.
  • Page 24: 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 25: 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. Getting Started...
  • Page 26 Slide the battery pack diagonally into the battery compartment until the projections (2) on either side of the battery compartment fit into the U-shaped cuts (3) on either side of the battery pack. Rotate the battery pack in the direction of the arrow, and push the battery pack down into the compartment until it clicks into place.
  • Page 27 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 28: Charging 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 AC adapter to the computer. The charge indicator light turns on while the battery pack is charging. When the battery pack charges close to the maximum charge level you selected with the battery charge functions, the charge indicator turns off.
  • Page 29 Getting Started ✍ 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 30 Follow steps 1 to 5 in To enable the battery care function and the quick charge function above and check detailed information. If the battery wear level is high, replace the battery pack with a new genuine Sony battery pack.
  • Page 31: 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 32: 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. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically.
  • Page 33: 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 34) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 35) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 36) ❑...
  • Page 34: 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 ✍...
  • Page 35: 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 your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Click Press the left button (3) once.
  • Page 36: 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 % Muting button - 2 + Volume control buttons S1 button Z Drive eject button Functions Turns the volume on and off. Decrease (-) and increase (+) the volume.
  • Page 37: 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 and enables you to capture still images and movies with the preinstalled image capture software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera.
  • Page 38: To Capture A Still Image

    Capturing Still Images To capture a still image Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Capture icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder. Click the Capture button below the displayed image.
  • Page 39 Capturing Movies To capture a movie Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 2, and WebCam Companion 2 to launch the WebCam Companion 2. Click the Record icon in the main window. Frame your subject in the viewfinder. Click the Record Video button below the displayed image to start movie recording. When finished, click the Record Video button once again to stop movie recording.
  • Page 40: 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 disc drive eject button (1) to open the drive. The tray slides out. ✍ If the disc drive eject button does not work, try the substitute drive eject button on the optical disc drive. If the power supply to the optical disc drive is disabled by the VAIO Power Management, it will take a while to eject the drive tray.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer Close the tray by pushing it in gently. Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. ✍ If you plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
  • Page 42: Reading And Writing Optical Discs

    Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs ™ Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc media, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports.
  • Page 43 Video Music Extra DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM Blu-ray Disc Combo Blu-ray Disc P Supports writing data to DVD-R discs compliant with DVD-R for General Version 2.0/2.1. Supports writing data to DVD-RW discs compliant with DVD-RW Version 1.1/1.2. The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with a removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
  • Page 44 When you buy pre-recorded or blank discs for use with your VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc package carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO optical disc drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD,"...
  • Page 45 Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs in any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage the optical disc drive. ❑ Do not strike or shake your computer while the optical disc drive is writing data to a disc. ❑...
  • Page 46: Playing Cds

    Playing CDs To play an audio CD Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, 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 Insert a recordable disc into the optical disc drive.
  • Page 47: 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, 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 included with your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
  • Page 48 Playing Blu-ray Disc Media The Blu-ray Disc playback function is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs Video playback may be interrupted, depending on the type or bit rate of the video. To play a Blu-ray Disc media Close all running software applications.
  • Page 49: Using The Expresscard Module

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard slot or an ExpressCard/34 slot for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) or ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide) module as shown below and the latter can accommodate only an ExpressCard/34 module...
  • Page 50: Inserting An Expresscard Module

    Inserting an ExpressCard Module Your computer is supplied with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍...
  • Page 51 Using Your VAIO Computer Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to block any particles from entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. ✍ If the module 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 52: 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 4. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar.
  • Page 53: Using The Memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick 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 54 For the latest information about the Memory Stick, visit the Memory Stick web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of May 2008.
  • Page 55: Inserting A Memory Stick

    Inserting a Memory Stick To insert a Memory Stick Locate the Memory Stick slot. Hold the Memory Stick with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick is automatically detected by your system and the contents on the Memory Stick are displayed.
  • Page 56 To view the contents on the Memory Stick Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window. Double-click the Memory Stick icon to view the list of data files saved in the 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.
  • Page 57 Click Start. Follow the on-screen instructions. It may take time to format the Memory Stick depending on the media type. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 58: Removing A Memory Stick

    Removing a Memory Stick Do not remove the Memory Stick while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load, so make sure the indicator is unlit before removing the Memory Stick. To remove a Memory Stick Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
  • Page 59: Using The Sd Memory Card

    Using Your VAIO Computer 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 60: Sd Memory Card

    ❑ SDHC memory card ❑ MultiMediaCard (MMC) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Sony Support Information support web site. Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory cards available as of May 2008. However, not all memory cards that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 61: Inserting An Sd Memory Card

    Inserting an SD Memory Card To insert an SD memory card Locate the SD memory card slot. Hold the SD memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot.
  • Page 62: Removing An Sd Memory Card

    Removing an SD Memory Card Do not remove an SD memory card while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, the card or its data may become damaged. To remove an SD memory card Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit. Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release.
  • Page 63: Using The Internet

    Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Internet To use the Internet, you need to connect an external modem device, for example a USB telephone modem, an xDSL modem, or a cable modem, to your computer. For the detailed instructions on connection setups and modem configuration, see the manual that came with your modem.
  • Page 64: Using Wireless Lan (wlan)

    This eliminates the need to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet connectivity, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another.
  • Page 65 Using Your VAIO Computer The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth.
  • Page 66: Communicating Without An Access Point (ad-hoc)

    Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
  • Page 67 To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) You cannot select the 5 GHz bandwidth, which is used for the IEEE 802.11a standard, on ad-hoc networks. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
  • Page 68: Communicating With An Access Point (infrastructure)

    Using Your VAIO Computer 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 69 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. Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
  • Page 70 Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication 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 71: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using the Bluetooth Function 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 at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area. To start Bluetooth communications Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
  • Page 72 Notes on using the Bluetooth function ❑ 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 ❑...
  • Page 73 ❑ 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 function and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in reduced communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
  • Page 74 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. The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common passkey (a password required for authentication) should be determined for both devices to be registered.
  • Page 75: 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. To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function.
  • Page 76: Stopping Bluetooth Communications

    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. Using Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 77: 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 78) ❑ Connecting a Docking Station (page 84) ❑ Connecting External Speakers (page 92) ❑...
  • Page 78: Using The Noise Canceling Headphones

    Using Peripheral Devices Using the Noise Canceling Headphones A pair of noise canceling headphones may be supplied with your computer depending on the model you purchased. 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 79 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. ❑ The noise canceling function does not work on sound output with the following devices: ❑...
  • Page 80 ❑ 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 81 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. Before plugging the headphones cable to the headphones jack, make sure that the embossed marking on the plug faces upward.
  • Page 82: Adjusting The Effect Of The Noise Canceling Function

    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 in full effect, you may be able to adjust the effect with the Noise Canceling Control slider on the Noise Canceling Headphones window.
  • Page 83 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. Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Page 84: 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 The docking station can be powered only through the AC adapter supplied with your computer.
  • Page 85: Attaching Your Computer To The Docking Station

    Attaching Your Computer to the Docking Station Be sure to install the battery pack before attaching your computer to the docking station. To attach your computer to the docking station Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer. Do not move your computer while it is attached to the docking station. This may detach the docking station and cause damage to both units. The monitor port on your computer is not accessible when the computer is attached to the docking station.
  • Page 86 Using Peripheral Devices Remove the docking station connector cover from the bottom of the computer. You may find it difficult to remove the docking station connector cover, as it is tight in place on your computer. Do not exert extra pressure when removing the cover so as not to damage the computer or the docking station connector cover.
  • Page 87 Align the rear bottom corners of the computer with the guides on the docking station. Gently push down the computer until it clicks into place. Lift open the LCD screen lid and turn on the computer. Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 88: Disconnecting Your Computer From The Docking Station

    Using Peripheral Devices Disconnecting Your Computer 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 light is lit. Disconnecting the computer while the IN USE indicator is lit may result in loss of unsaved data or a failure of the computer.
  • Page 89 To disconnect your computer from the docking station Press the UNDOCK button (1) and wait until the IN USE indicator light (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 brings the computer to Normal mode first, and then initiates the disconnection process.
  • Page 90 Lift the computer off the docking station. Replace the docking station connector cover on the bottom of the computer. Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 91 Alternatively, you can disconnect the computer from the docking station as follows: Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Undock. Make sure that a message balloon appears and the IN USE indicator light turns off. Then lift the computer off the docking station.
  • Page 92: Connecting External Speakers

    Connecting External Speakers You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. To connect external speakers Plug the speaker cable (1) (not supplied) 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 93: 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. Blu-ray Disc playback on a connected external display may be interrupted, depending on the type or bit rate of the video. You may be able to solve this problem by lowering the screen resolution of the display.
  • Page 94: Connecting 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 The monitor port on your computer is not accessible when the computer is attached to the docking station. Use the MONITOR port on the docking station for connecting a computer display.
  • Page 95 Using Peripheral Devices If the external computer display is equipped with an HDMI input port, connect one end of an HDMI cable (not supplied) to the HDMI port on the computer and the other to the HDMI input port on the computer display. Your computer is compliant with the HDCP standard and capable of encrypting the transmission channel of digital video signals for the purpose of copyright protection, which enables you to play and view a wide variety of copyright protected, high-quality contents.
  • Page 96: 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 either directly to your computer or via the optional docking station. To connect a multimedia computer display The monitor port on your computer is not accessible when the computer is attached to the docking station. Use the MONITOR port on the docking station for connecting a multimedia computer display.
  • Page 97 Using Peripheral Devices...
  • Page 98: Connecting A Tv

    Connecting a TV You can connect a TV with an HDMI input to your computer. To connect a TV to your computer To hear sound from the device connected to the HDMI port, you need to change the device for sound output. For the detailed instructions, see How do I change the sound output device? (page Plug the power cord of your TV (1) into an AC outlet.
  • Page 99 Using Peripheral Devices If a device driver other than the one provided by Sony is used, the image will not be displayed and the audio will not be heard. Always use the device driver provided by Sony for updates. ✍...
  • Page 100 Additionally, you can connect a high-quality home theater receiver or other surround sound decoder devices between your computer and TV using an HDMI connection. To connect a high-quality digital sound output device between your computer and a TV Before connecting the device to the computer, make sure the HDMI connection has been set up between the TV and the home theater receiver or surround sound decoder device first.
  • Page 101: Connecting A Projector

    Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) either directly to your computer or via the optional docking station. To connect a projector The monitor port on your computer is not accessible when the computer is attached to the docking station. Use the MONITOR port on the docking station for connecting a projector.
  • Page 102: Selecting Display Modes

    Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to use 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 103) for more information.
  • Page 103: 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 104 To use the Multiple Monitors function Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. ✍ You can also change the S1 button assignment to activate the Multiple Monitors function with the S1 button. To change the S1 button assignment, press and hold the button to display the window for changing the assignment.
  • Page 105: Connecting An External Microphone

    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. ✍...
  • Page 106: Connecting A Universal Serial Bus (usb) Device

    Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following: ❑ When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact. ❑ 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 107: 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 108: 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. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍...
  • Page 109: 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 110: 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 an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to an external device. If the external device requires external power, be sure to connect it to a power source.
  • Page 111: 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 when using an i.LINK connection.
  • Page 112: 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 113 Using Peripheral Devices Do not plug a telephone cable into the network (LAN) port on your computer. If the network (LAN) port is connected to one of the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the port may cause damage, overheating, or fire.
  • Page 114: 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 115) ❑...
  • Page 115: 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 116 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 117 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 118 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 119: 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 120 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 121: Adding The Hard Disk Password

    Adding the Hard Disk Password The hard disk password provides additional security for the data stored on your built-in storage device disk password, this adds an extra level of security. See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. When adding the hard disk password, you must set both the master and user passwords.
  • Page 122 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 123 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 124 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 125: 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. Be sure not to forget the password.
  • Page 126: Changing/removing The Windows Password

    Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password. Click Change password.
  • Page 127: 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 128: Precautions On Using Fingerprint Authentication

    Sony assumes no liability for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor. ❑ The fingerprint recognition rate depends on your operating conditions and varies among individuals as well.
  • Page 129: Registering A Fingerprint

    Registering a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication function, you must register your fingerprint(s) in your computer. ✍ Set the Windows password on your computer before registration. See Adding the Windows Password To register a fingerprint Up to 10 fingerprints can be registered for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be registered for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature.
  • Page 130 If you have failed to register a fingerprint, follow these steps to try again. 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 131 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 registration may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow. Let the fingerprint sensor take about one second to scan your fingerprint. You may not be able to register and/or have your fingerprint(s) recognized if your finger is excessively dry or wet, wrinkled, injured, dirty, etc.
  • Page 132 Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication function in place of password entry to log onto your system, you need to set the power- on, hard disk, and Windows passwords and configure your computer for fingerprint authentication. For setting the power-on, hard disk The hard disk password is not available on models with two built-in flash memory storage devices in RAID configuration.
  • Page 133: Using The Password Bank

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Password Bank Once you have registered your user information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) for web sites in the Password Bank, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering information required to access the password-protected web sites. For detailed information, see the help file included with the Protector Suite QL.
  • Page 134: Erasing The Registered Fingerprints

    Using Fingerprint Authentication with the TPM With the TPM data encryption feature, using fingerprint authentication can strengthen computer security. For instructions on how to use the TPM, see Using Trusted Platform Module (TPM) To use fingerprint authentication with the TPM, your computer needs to be equipped with both a fingerprint sensor and the TPM.
  • Page 135: Using Trusted Platform Module (tpm)

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is embedded in selected models and provides your computer with basic security functions. In combination with the TPM, you can encrypt and decrypt your data to strengthen computer security against inappropriate access.
  • Page 136 ❑ Although your computer is provided with the TPM security functions, these functions do not ensure complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liability for any problems and damages arising out of your use of the functions.
  • Page 137: Important Notice

    Important Notice ❑ Do not encrypt the files containing keys to be used for encryption and the folders that include 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: ❑...
  • Page 138 ❑ Do not encrypt any one of the following archive, backup, or token files. There will be no way to restore them if you carelessly encrypt them. Sony assumes no liability for any troubles and damages arising out of your careless encryption of the following files and folders including them.
  • Page 139 ❑ Do not encrypt any one of 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 liability for any troubles and damages arising out of your careless encryption of the following files and folders including them.
  • Page 140 Configuring the TPM To use the embedded TPM, you need to: Enable the TPM in the BIOS setup screen. Install the Infineon TPM Professional Package. Initialize and configure the TPM. To enable the TPM in the BIOS setup screen Turn on your computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 141 See the on-screen 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 liability for any defects arising out of your data maintenance and management.
  • Page 142: Setting Up Your Computer With Vaio Control Center

    Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select the desired control item and change the settings. Once finished, click OK.
  • Page 143: 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 144: Using Sleep Mode

    Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The 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 145: To Return To Normal Mode

    To return to Normal mode ❑ Press any key. ❑ Press the power button on your computer. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. You will lose all unsaved data. ✍...
  • Page 146: Using Hibernate Mode

    Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the built-in storage device battery runs down, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is unlit in this mode. See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. ✍...
  • Page 147 To return to Normal mode Press the power button. The computer returns to its normal state. If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. ✍ It takes more time to return to Normal mode from Hibernate mode than from Sleep mode. You can use VAIO Control Center to configure your computer to return to Normal mode when you open the LCD screen lid.
  • Page 148: Managing Power With Vaio Power Management

    Managing Power with 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 149: Vaio Power Management Viewer

    VAIO Power Management Viewer You can view performance with the power plan that was modified with the VAIO Power Management. To start VAIO Power Management Viewer Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Power Management and VAIO Power Management Viewer. ✍...
  • Page 150: 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 151: Upgrading Your Vaio Computer

    Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid invalidation of the warranty during your product warranty period, we recommend that: ❑ You should contact your dealer to install a new memory module. ❑...
  • Page 152: Adding And Removing Memory

    Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the amount of memory by replacing the installed memory module. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages. Notes on adding memory modules ❑...
  • Page 153 ❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.
  • Page 154: 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 about an hour until the computer cools down. Unscrew the screw (indicated by the arrow below) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover.
  • Page 155 Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: ❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. ❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2). Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
  • Page 156 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. Do not touch any other components on the motherboard. If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the lower slot. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot.
  • Page 157 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Replace the memory module compartment cover. 10 Tighten the screw on the bottom of the computer. 11 Reinstall the battery pack and turn on the computer.
  • Page 158: 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. Click System Information and System Information. You can view the amount of system memory in the right pane. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the installation procedure and restart the computer.
  • Page 159: 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 160) ❑ Using the Power Source (page 161) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 162) ❑ Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 164) ❑...
  • Page 160: 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 161: 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 162: Handling Your Computer

    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 163 ❑ Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal overheating. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs, blankets, couches, or beds, or near materials such as curtains or draperies that may block its air vents. ❑ Your computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. If this occurs, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set.
  • Page 164: Handling The Built-in Motion Eye Camera

    Handling the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE 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 MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
  • Page 165: Handling Floppy Disks

    Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually and touch the internal components 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 put it in a storage case.
  • Page 166: Handling Discs

    Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of 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. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
  • Page 167: Using The Battery Pack

    ❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time. ❑ 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 168: 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 169: 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 170: Handling The Hard Disk

    Handling the Hard Disk The following precautions apply to the models equipped with a hard disk drive. See the online specifications to find out whether your model is equipped with the hard disk drive. The hard disk drive has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged by mechanical vibration, shock, or dust.
  • Page 171: 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 172: 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. ❑ Computer (page 174) ❑ System Security (page 182) ❑ Battery (page 183) ❑...
  • Page 173 Troubleshooting ❑ Peripherals (page 219) ❑ Docking Station (page 220)
  • Page 174: 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 the genuine Sony rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 175: What Should I Do If The Green Power Indicator Light Turns On But My Screen Remains Blank

    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 been occurred. ❑ Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart. ❑...
  • Page 176: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Or Hibernate Mode

    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 177 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 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 178: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    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. ❑...
  • Page 179: To The Computer

    Troubleshooting 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. What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device.
  • Page 180: How Do I Reduce The Volume Of The Recovery Partition

    How do I reduce the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device* contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored. To reduce the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. Insert the recovery disc into the optical disc drive while your computer is on, turn off the computer, and then turn it on once again.
  • Page 181 How do I check the volume of the recovery partition? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: See the online specifications to find out about your storage device configuration. Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 182: 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 183: Battery

    Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 28). 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 184: 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 185: 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. ❑...
  • Page 186 Troubleshooting 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 187: 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. ❑...
  • Page 188: Networking

    Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ 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 189: 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. ❑...
  • Page 190: 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 191 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 192: 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. ❑ If the WIRELESS indicator light is unlit, turn on the WIRELESS switch. ❑ You cannot use the Bluetooth function when your computer is in a power saving mode. Bring the computer back to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.
  • Page 193 What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, follow these steps: Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and Bluetooth Settings. Click the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box.
  • Page 194: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? ❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstructions 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.
  • Page 195: Can I Use A Device With Bluetooth Technology On Airplanes

    Troubleshooting Why can't I use the services supported by the connected Bluetooth device? Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth function. For more details, search for Bluetooth information using Windows Help and Support. To open Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support.
  • Page 196 Troubleshooting Why can't I use the Bluetooth devices when I switch users? If you switch users without logging off your system, the Bluetooth devices will not work. Be sure to log off before switching users. To log off your system, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Log Off. Why can't I exchange business card data with a mobile phone? The business card exchange function is not supported.
  • Page 197: 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: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
  • Page 198 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. ❑...
  • Page 199 Click Device Manager on the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the drivers.
  • Page 200 What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 42) to find out about the supported disc media.
  • Page 201: Why Can't I Write Data To Blu-ray Disc Media

    Why can't I write data to Blu-ray Disc media? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. See the online specifications to find out the type of your optical disc drive, and then Reading and Writing Optical Discs (page 42) to find out about the supported disc media.
  • Page 202: 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 143) ❑...
  • Page 203: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    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 204: What Should I Do If The External Display Remains Blank

    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 205: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    How do I run Windows Aero? This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Customize colors under Appearance and Personalization. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. Select Windows Aero from the Color scheme options on the Appearance tab.
  • Page 206: 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 207: Microphone

    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. ❑ Your sound input device may have been incorrectly configured. To configure the sound input device, follow these steps: Close all open programs.
  • Page 208: 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? ❑...
  • Page 209: Speakers

    Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information. ❑...
  • Page 210 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 211: Touch Pad

    Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad before connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 212: 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 213: 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 214: Audio/video

    ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation 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 215 ✍ 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 216: Hdmi Port

    What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the sound output device connected to the HDMI port? ❑ Once you have connected a device to the HDMI port, you need to change the sound output device if you want to hear sound from the device.
  • Page 217 How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an HDMI-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an HDMI-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Page 218: Memory Stick

    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? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick-compatible digital cameras.
  • Page 219: 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 220: Docking Station

    Docking Station What should I do if an error message appears when I disconnect my computer from the docking station? ❑ When any device inserted or connected to the docking station is in use, you cannot disconnect your computer from the docking station.
  • Page 221: Support Options

    Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer. ❑ Sony Support Information (page 222) ❑ e-Support (page 223)
  • Page 222: Sony Support Information

    Internet. Using a personalized account, you can log your technical queries with ease. ❑ VAIO-Link help lines: Before contacting VAIO-Link by telephone, try to solve the problem by reading the printed and non- printed documentation. ❑ Visit the other Sony web sites: ❑ http://www.club-vaio.com if you want to know more about VAIO and become part of the growing VAIO community.
  • Page 223: E-support

    Support Options e-Support What is e-Support? If you have searched our user guides and web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) but have not found an answer to your question or issue, use e-Support to solve it. 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 224 Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but keep in mind that our e-Support Team can only answer your queries from Monday till Friday between 8 am and 6 pm. Is there a cost involved for using e-Support? No, this is a free of charge service offered to all registered VAIO customers.
  • Page 225: Trademarks

    Ready 2007 and the Windows logo 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 226 Trademarks 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. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • Page 227 © 2008 Sony Corporation...

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