Contents Before Use... 4 Finding More about Your VAIO Computer ... 5 Ergonomic Considerations ... 7 Getting Started... 9 Locating Controls and Ports... 10 About the Indicator Lights ... 16 Connecting a Power Source ... 17 Using the Battery Pack... 19 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ...
Precautions... 112 Safety Information ... 113 Care and Maintenance Information... 116 Handling Your Computer... 117 Handling the LCD Screen ... 119 Using the Power Source ... 120 Handling the Built-in Camera ... 121 Handling Discs ... 122 Using the Battery Pack... 123 Handling "Memory Stick"...
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 a state-of-the-art personal computing experience. External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
Before Use > Finding More about Your VAIO Computer Finding More about Your VAIO Computer This section provides support information about your VAIO computer. 1. Printed Documentation ❑ Quick Start Guide — An overview of components connection, set-up information, etc. ❑...
❑ For online purchases, visit the web site at http://www.sonystyle-europe.com. ❑ For other Sony products, visit the web site at http://www.sony.net. When you contact VAIO-Link by telephone, have the serial number of your VAIO computer ready at hand. The serial number is located on the bottom, the back panel, or inside the battery compartment of your VAIO computer.
Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations Ergonomic Considerations You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and portable environments: ❑...
Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations ❑ Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well.
Getting Started > Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 10) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 16) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 17) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 19) ❑...
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 36) LCD screen (page 119) WEB button...
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Built-in speakers (stereo) Num lock indicator (page 16) Caps lock indicator (page 16) Scroll lock indicator (page 16) "Memory Stick Duo" slot (page 44) Media Access indicator (page 16) SD memory card slot (page 52) Power indicator (page 16)
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Back Security slot Network (LAN) port (page 57) Battery connector (page 19) DC IN port (page 17)
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Right ExpressCard/34 slot (page 50) Optical disc drive (page 37) Drive eject button (page 37) Manual eject hole (page 149) Headphones jack (page 79) Microphone jack (page 89) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port (page 90) Supports high-/full-/low- speeds.
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Left Air vent Monitor port (page 81) HDMI output port (page 84) i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 92) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports (page 90) There may be no sound from an output device connected to the HDMI output port for the first few seconds after playback starts.
Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Bottom Memory module compartment cover (page 106) Air vents...
Getting Started > About the Indicator Lights About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights: Indicator Functions Power 1 Illuminates in green while the computer is on, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and goes out when the computer is turned off or enters Hibernate mode.
Getting Started > Connecting a Power Source Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack for supplying power to your computer. Using the AC Adapter While your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. ✍...
Getting Started > Connecting a Power Source ✍ To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, unplug the AC adapter. Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. If you do not intend to use your computer for an extended period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode. See Using Hibernate Mode 27).
Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. Installing/Removing 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 > Using the Battery Pack Slide the battery pack diagonally into the battery compartment until the projection (2) on either side of the battery compartment fits into the U-shaped cut (3) on either side of the battery pack. Push the battery pack down into the compartment until it clicks into place.
Certain rechargeable batteries 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 will not be charged and the computer will not function.
Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. To charge the battery pack Install the battery pack. Connect the computer to a power source with the AC adapter. The charge indicator light is on while the battery pack is charging.
Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack ✍ Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer. When the battery pack is running out of power and both the charge and power indicator lights blink, you should either connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack.
Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack Extending Your Battery Life When your computer is running on battery power, you can extend your battery life using the following methods. ❑ Decrease the LCD brightness of your computer screen. ❑ Use the power saving mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes ❑...
Getting Started > Shutting Down Your Computer Safely Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below. To shut down your computer Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer. Click Start and the Shut down button.
Getting Started > 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 to suit your preference: Sleep and Hibernate. If you do not intend to use your computer for an extended period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off.
Getting Started > Using the Power Saving Modes Using Sleep Mode To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Sleep. 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.
Getting Started > Updating Your Computer Updating Your Computer Be sure to install the latest updates on your computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. ❑ Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. ❑...
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 30) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 32) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 33) ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Using the Keyboard Your keyboard has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍ Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system is finished launching. Combination/Feature Fn + % (F2): muting Fn + 2 (F3/F4): volume control...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Keyboard Combination/Feature Fn + (F9/F10): zooming Fn + (F12): hibernation Function Changes the size of an image or a document displayed on some software. To make the view look smaller and further away (zoom out), press the Fn+F9 keys. To make the view look bigger and closer (zoom in), press the Fn+F10 keys.
Using Your VAIO Computer > 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Special-function Buttons Using Special-function Buttons Your computer may be equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Quick Web Access Function Using the Quick Web Access Function The Quick Web Access function enables you immediately to access the Internet without launching the Windows operating system. This function is available only on models with the WEB button. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Quick Web Access Function Exiting the Quick Web Access Function To launch the Windows operating system, you first need to exit the Quick Web Access function. To exit the Quick Web Access function, do any of the following: ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Built-in Camera Using the Built-in Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. With the preinstalled image capture software, you can perform the following: ❑ Capture still images and movies ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. To insert a disc Turn on the computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Place a disc in the middle of the drive tray with the label side facing upward and gently push it down until the disc clicks into place. Do not exert pressure on the drive tray. Be sure to hold the bottom of the drive tray when placing/removing a disc onto/from the tray. Close the drive tray by pushing it in gently.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Supported Disc Media Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc See the reference chart below to find out which type of optical disc drive supports which types of media. Video Music Extra...
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,"...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Notes on Using the Optical Disc Drive 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Notes on region codes ❑ Region code indicators are labeled on the discs or packages to indicate in which region and on what type of player you can play the disc. Unless the region code indicates "2" (Europe belongs to region "2"), "5" (Russia belongs to region "5"), or "all"...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Playing Discs To play a disc Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. Connect the AC adapter to the computer and close all running software applications before playing a disc. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, All Programs, and your desired software to play the disc.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Using "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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Inserting and Removing "Memory Stick" To insert "Memory Stick" Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot. Hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place. ✍...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Be sure to hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the media, do not force "Memory Stick" into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Before using "Memory Stick Micro"...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Formatting "Memory Stick" To format "Memory Stick" "Memory Stick" has been formatted by default 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 "Memory Stick"...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Click Start. Follow the on-screen instructions. It may take time to format "Memory Stick" depending on the media type.
Notes on Using "Memory Stick" ❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded "Memory Stick" with capacity of up to 16 GB that are available as of May 2009. However, not all "Memory Stick" are guaranteed of compatibility.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with an ExpressCard/34 slot players, and other audio/video devices. This slot can only accommodate an ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) module Referred to as the ExpressCard slot and the ExpressCard module in this manual.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To remove an ExpressCard module ✍ You can skip steps 1 to 4 when: - your computer is off. - the Safely Remove Hardware icon is not displayed on the taskbar. - the hardware you want to unplug is not displayed in the Safely Remove Hardware window.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Using the SD Memory Card Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. Before you use the SD memory card The SD memory card slot on your computer supports the following memory cards: ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To remove an SD memory card Locate the SD memory card slot. Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit. Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release. The SD memory card ejects.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards Notes on Using Memory Cards General notes on using the memory card ❑ Be sure to use memory cards that are compliant with the standards supported by your computer. ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Internet Using the Internet Before using the Internet, you need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and set up devices required for connecting your computer to the Internet. The following types of Internet connection services may be available from your ISP: ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Network (LAN) Using the Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T type networks with a LAN cable. Connect one end of a LAN cable (not supplied) to the network (LAN) port on the computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices required for LAN access, ask your network administrator.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with the built-in WLAN function communicate freely with each other through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides higher-speed communications than the IEEE 802.11b standard. The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) The IEEE 802.11a standard, using the 5 GHz band, and the IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band, are not available on ad-hoc networks.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Communicating with an Access Point (Infrastructure) An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied). The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN network.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN To connect to a wireless network Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Turn on the WIRELESS switch. Click the VAIO Smart Network icon on the taskbar.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Stopping Wireless LAN Communications To stop wireless LAN communications Click the switch next to Wireless LAN to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window. Turning off the wireless LAN function while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Using the Bluetooth Function You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other Bluetooth or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area. Bluetooth Security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to communicate.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function. For setting up and using the Bluetooth function, search Windows Help and Support for Bluetooth information. Turn on the WIRELESS switch.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Stopping Bluetooth Communications To stop Bluetooth communications Turn off the Bluetooth device that is communicating with your computer. Click the switch next to Bluetooth to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function 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 ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function ❑ 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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer. Once you have registered your fingerprint(s), the fingerprint authentication function offers: ❑...
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication ❑ Archive encryption ❑ File Safe feature to encrypt/decrypt data With the File Safe feature, you can create an encrypted archive to include a file and/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.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication 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 Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite, and Control Center.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication 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).
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication function in place of a 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 For detailed information, see the help file included with the Protector Suite.
Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Fingerprint Authentication Erasing the Registered Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data registered on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your built-in storage device. To erase the registered fingerprints Turn on the computer.
Using Peripheral Devices > Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers or Headphones (page 79) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 80) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 86) ❑...
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting External Speakers or Headphones Connecting External Speakers or Headphones You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer. To connect external speakers ✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Connecting an External Display Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Connecting a Computer Display or a Projector You can connect an external display, such as a computer display or a projector, to your computer. To connect a computer display or a projector Plug the power cord (1) of your external display or the projector into the AC outlet.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External 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 and high-quality content. To view the copyright protected content, connect an HDCP-compliant monitor to your computer.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Using the VAIO Presentation Support The VAIO Presentation Support allows you to use handy functions for the presentation, for example, displaying a document for quick reference and the mirror image of the connected external display simultaneously on the computer screen. To use the VAIO Presentation Support Press the VAIO button to launch the VAIO Presentation Support.
Set up the TV configuration system. 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.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display ✍ See the manual that came with your TV for more information on installation and use. The HDMI cable carries both video and audio signals. To connect a high-quality digital sound output device between your computer and a TV You can connect a high-quality home theater receiver or other surround sound decoder devices between your computer and TV using an HDMI connection.
Using Peripheral Devices > Selecting Display Modes Selecting Display Modes When an external display is connected, you can select either your computer screen or the connected display to use as the primary monitor. ✍ You may not be able to display the same content on your computer screen and the external display or projector at the same time, depending on the type of your external display or projector.
Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function Using the Multiple Monitors Function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display connected to the monitor port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop.
Using Peripheral Devices > Using the Multiple Monitors Function To use the Multiple Monitors function ✍ Your external display may not support the Multiple Monitors function. Certain software applications may not be compatible with Multiple Monitors settings. Make sure that your computer does not enter Sleep or Hibernate mode while you are using the Multiple Monitors function, or the computer may not return to Normal mode.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Microphone Connecting an External Microphone You can connect an external microphone (not supplied) to your computer. 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.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Connecting a USB Device You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device to your computer, such as a mouse, floppy disk drive, speaker, and printer. To connect a USB device Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB device cable (2) into the USB port.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Notes on connecting a USB device ❑ You may need to install the driver software supplied with your USB device before use. See the manual that came with the USB device for more information. ❑...
✍ 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.
Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an i.LINK Device Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder To connect a digital video camcorder Plug one end of an i.LINK cable (1) (not supplied) into the i.LINK port (2) on the computer and the other end into the DV In/ Out port (3) on the digital video camcorder.
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 95) ❑...
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will be prompted to enter the password to start your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To add the power-on password (user password) Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the 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.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using Intel® VT ® Using Intel ® Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) allows you to use hardware virtualization software for enhancing your computer's performance. Intel VT may not be available depending on the CPU installed on your computer. For information on virtualization and how to use hardware virtualization software, contact the software publisher.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Control Center Using the VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use the VAIO Control Center Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Select your desired control item and change the settings.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Using the VAIO Power Management Using the VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power plans for running on AC or battery power to suit your requirements for power consumption. The VAIO Power Management function is added to the Windows Power Options. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operation of your computer and longer battery life.
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. ❑...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > 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 installing optional memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages. Notes on adding/removing memory modules ❑...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory ❑ Do not open the memory module package before you are ready to change the module. The package protects the module from ESD. ❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑...
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory 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.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory 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.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing Memory 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.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer > Adding and Removing 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.
Precautions > Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ Safety Information (page 113) ❑ Care and Maintenance Information (page 116) ❑ Handling Your Computer (page 117) ❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 119) ❑...
Precautions > Safety Information Safety Information Computer ❑ Use your computer on a solid, stable surface. ❑ We advise not to use your computer directly on your lap. The temperature of the bottom of the unit may rise during normal operation, and after an extended period of time, could cause discomfort or burns.
❑ Do not leave battery packs in temperatures above 60°C, such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight. ❑ 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.
Precautions > Safety Information 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.
Precautions > Care and Maintenance Information Care and Maintenance Information Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry or lightly moistened cloth with a mild detergent solution. Do not use an abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer. ❑...
Precautions > Handling Your Computer Handling Your Computer ❑ If you drop a solid object or any liquid onto your computer, shut down the computer, unplug it, and remove the battery pack. You may want to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it again. ❑...
Precautions > Handling Your Computer ❑ To avoid losing data when your computer is damaged, back up your data regularly. ❑ Do not exert pressure on the LCD screen or its edges when opening the LCD screen lid or lifting your computer. The LCD screen may be sensitive to pressure or added stress, and exerting pressure may damage the screen or cause it to malfunction.
❑ 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.
❑ You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device helps prevent damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges, in an electrical storm, for example. ❑ 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.
Precautions > Handling the Built-in Camera Handling the Built-in Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause the camera to malfunction.
Precautions > Handling Discs Handling Discs ❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Be sure to hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: ❑ Never affix an adhesive label to a disc. This will affect the use of the disc and may result in irreparable damage.
Precautions > Using the Battery Pack Using the Battery Pack ❑ Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures. ❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time. ❑...
Precautions > Handling "Memory Stick" Handling "Memory Stick" ❑ Do not touch the "Memory Stick" connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with "Memory Stick" as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose "Memory Stick". ❑...
Precautions > Handling the Built-in Storage Device Handling the Built-in Storage Device The built-in storage device (hard disk drive or solid state drive) has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged if improperly used. If the built-in storage device is damaged, the data cannot be restored.
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.
Troubleshooting > Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before contacting VAIO-Link. Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. ❑...
❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery...
Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank? ❑ Make sure the LCD backlight of your computer is turned on. To turn on the LCD backlight, see Using Special-function Buttons (page 33).
Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start and the Shut down button to turn off your computer. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Computer Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep or Hibernate mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep or Hibernate mode. To restore your computer to Normal mode Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if a message appears notifying of either incompatibility or the improper installation of the battery pack and my computer then enters Hibernate mode? ❑ This problem could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To solve this problem, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack.
Troubleshooting > Computer What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing? ❑ Check the web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download. ❑ Make sure you have installed the latest video driver software. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Computer Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time has passed? Some software applications or screen savers are designed to temporarily disable the feature of your operating system that turns off the computer screen or places the computer into Sleep mode after a certain period of inactivity. To solve this problem, exit the running software application(s) or change the current screen saver.
Troubleshooting > System Security System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
Troubleshooting > Battery Battery How do I find the battery charging status? You can check the charge indicator for the battery charging status. See Charging the Battery Pack information. When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is connected to an AC outlet with the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? Recharge the battery pack when: ❑...
Troubleshooting > Battery Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm? No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm while it is powering your computer. Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while running on battery power? Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while running on battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode.
Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera Built-in Camera Why does the viewfinder show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. Exit the current application before launching another. ❑ The viewfinder may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, when you are viewing a rapid-moving object. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
Troubleshooting > Built-in Camera What should I do if movie playback shows dropped frames while my computer is running on battery power? The battery pack is running out of power. Connect your computer to an AC outlet. What should I do if captured images flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to a mismatch between the lighting output frequency and the shutter speed.
Troubleshooting > 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. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Networking ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. To change the settings, follow these steps: Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings.
Troubleshooting > Networking What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑...
❑ 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.
Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot find my computer? ❑ Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth function enabled. ❑ Make sure the WIRELESS switch is on and the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device I want to communicate with? 145). ❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes? With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on use of Bluetooth devices to avoid radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use of the Bluetooth function on the computer is permitted.
Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology What should I do if I do not hear sound from my headphones or audio/video controller? Check the SCMS-T settings. If your headphones or audio/video controller does not support SCMS-T content protection, you need to connect the device using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Follow these steps: Click Start and Devices and Printers.
Troubleshooting > 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. Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys may cause loss of unsaved data.
Troubleshooting > Optical Discs 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. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Optical Discs ❑ Make sure the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click System and Security. Click System. Click Device Manager in the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X"...
Troubleshooting > Optical Discs What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media or my computer becomes unstable during Blu-ray Disc playback? ❑ Check if your optical disc drive supports the Blu-ray Disc media. ❑ You may not be able to play some Blu-ray Disc content on your computer, or the computer may become unstable during Blu-ray Disc playback.
Troubleshooting > Display Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer loses power or enters a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 26) ❑...
Troubleshooting > Display What should I do if I do not see proper images or videos? ❑ Be sure to select True Color (32 bit) for the display colors before using video/image software or starting DVD playback. Selecting any other option may prevent such software from displaying images successfully. To change the display colors, follow these steps: Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
Troubleshooting > Display Why doesn't my screen display a video? ❑ If the display output is directed to the external display and the external display is disconnected, you cannot display a video on your computer screen. Stop video playback, change the display output to the computer screen, and then restart video playback.
Troubleshooting > Display How do I run Windows Aero? To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Select your desired theme from Aero Themes. For information about the Windows Aero features, such as Windows Flip 3D, see Windows Help and Support.
Troubleshooting > Printing Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? ❑ Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and your computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑...
Troubleshooting > 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. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Speakers Speakers What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information.
Troubleshooting > 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. ❑...
Troubleshooting > Keyboard Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your computer's keyboard is labeled on the packaging box. If you choose a different regional keyboard when you complete the Windows setup, the key configuration will be mismatched. To change the keyboard configuration, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel.
Troubleshooting > Floppy Disks Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port.
Troubleshooting > Audio/Video Audio/Video What should I do if I cannot use my digital video camcorder? If a message appears stating that the i.LINK device is disconnected or turned off, the i.LINK cable may not be securely plugged into the port on your computer or camcorder. Unplug the cable, and plug it in once again. See Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 92) for more information.
Troubleshooting > Audio/Video What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the sound output device connected to the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack? ❑ You need to change the sound output device if you want to hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack.
Troubleshooting > "Memory Stick" "Memory Stick" What should I do if I cannot use "Memory Stick" that was formatted on a VAIO computer on other devices? You may need to reformat your "Memory Stick". Formatting "Memory Stick" erases all data, including music data previously saved on it. Before you reformat "Memory Stick", back up important data and confirm that "Memory Stick"...
Troubleshooting > Peripherals Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? ❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet.
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