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  • Page 1 VAIO Digital Studio™ Computer User Guide...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS WELCOME...7 LOCATING CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS...9 Front Panel Overview...11 Back Panel Overview ...14 Remote Control Overview ...16 VAIO AV APPLICATIONS...19 Working with Digital Video...21 Working with Still Images ...23 DigitalPrint Software...26 DVgate Software ...35 MovieShaker Software ...41 Smart Capture Software ...52 SonicStage Software ...61 Additional Software Information ...72...
  • Page 4 CONFIGURING YOUR VAIO COMPUTER...73 About Your Hard Disk Drive Partition... 74 i.LINK Compatibility... 75 VAIO Action Setup ... 77 To Change The Sony Software Window Design ... 79 SYSTEM AND APPLICATION RECOVERY CD(S)...81 To Use The System Recovery CD(s)... 82 To Use The Application Recovery CD(s)...
  • Page 5 NOTES ON USE ...103 About The Power Source ...105 About Disposing Of The Lithium Battery...106 About Handling The Computer System ...107 About Upgrading Your Computer System...109 About Handling A Monitor (Display) ...110 About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media...111 About Support Resources...112 INDEX ...115 CONTENTS...
  • Page 6 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide...
  • Page 7: Welcome

    WELCOME Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO® computer! Your new computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use functionality. The information provided here is designed to help you to become familiar with the hardware and software applications included...
  • Page 8 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide...
  • Page 9: Locating Controls And Connectors

    LOCATING CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features shown in this section. To view the specific hardware configuration for your system, see the online specifications sheet. ❑ Front Panel Overview ❑ Back Panel Overview ❑...
  • Page 10 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide...
  • Page 11: Front Panel Overview

    Bus (USB), and i.LINK® ports to connect compatible peripheral devices. ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
  • Page 12 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Front panel (Model equipped with Giga Pocket features) Optical drive 1 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information. Optical drive 2 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information. Floppy disk drive Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
  • Page 13 Hard disk drive access indicator light Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk. Power switch and indicator light Turns the computer on and off. The indicator light is blue while the power is on and amber when the computer is in Stand by mode. (For models equipped with Giga Pocket features) S-video In jack Connection for an S-video cable (optional).
  • Page 14: Back Panel Overview

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Back Panel Overview The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your computer. Back panel (Model equipped with Giga Pocket features) Mouse port Connection for a PS/2®...
  • Page 15 Connection for a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner. S/P DIF optical out port Connection for a digital audio or optical device. i.LINK 6-pin port (IEEE 1394) Connection for a compatible digital device such as a Sony Digital ® Handycam camcorder.
  • Page 16: Remote Control Overview

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Remote Control Overview The features of the Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder system are controlled with the remote control (supplied). The remote control can start and stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing preferences. This section describes the basic functions of your remote control.
  • Page 17 MUTE button Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound. Channel number buttons Press to select specific channels. (Press the ENT button to activate channel selection.) JUMP button Press to return to the previous channel. Press again to return to the current channel.
  • Page 18 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide STANDBY button Press to place the system into Stand by mode. GIGA POCKET button Press to launch Giga Pocket. Press again to exit Giga Pocket. DVD button Press to launch the DVD player software. Press again to exit the DVD player software.
  • Page 19: Vaio Av Applications

    Overview of Preinstalled Software DigitalPrint Sony Electronics Inc. DigitalPrint image management software makes it easy and fun to import, edit, and organize your digital pictures in a photo album for rich digital printing to any standard color laser or inkjet printer. DigitalPrint can also be used to make custom CD labels for your audio CDs.
  • Page 20 Sony Electronics Inc. Smart Capture software is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. It manages the i.LINK® connection between your computer and a Sony digital Handycam® camcorder that supports the i.LINK® interface. Smart Capture enables you to capture compressed video or still images and save them to your hard disk drive or share them via e-mail.
  • Page 21: Working With Digital Video

    ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
  • Page 22 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide The Video Editing Process Connect a compatible digital video (DV) or MICROMV™ camera or camcorder to your computer using an i.LINK® cable. Start the video editing software. Use the video editing software to capture video clips from the DV device. Use the video editing software to assemble the clips into a finished movie.
  • Page 23: Working With Still Images

    Working with Still Images The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system and the multimedia software preinstalled on your VAIO® computer make it easy to import, edit, and print your photographs and other images. To import still images There are a variety of ways to bring still images into your computer depending upon whether you have a digital camera or a traditional film camera.
  • Page 24 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide If you have a traditional film camera: To send traditional printed photographs to your computer, use a scanning ❑ equipment. A scanning equipment connects to your computer, converts your pictures to an electronic format which enables them to be stored on your computer. The Windows XP operating system has the software that is compatible with many brands of scanning equipment.
  • Page 25 Viewing the Adobe Photoshop Elements Help Start Adobe Photoshop Elements. On the Help menu, click Help Contents... Starting Windows Paint software ❑ Click Start on the Windows taskbar, click All Programs, point to Accessories, and click Paint. Printing Still Images There are a variety of options for printing your digital images: You can print most images directly from the Microsoft®...
  • Page 26: Digitalprint Software

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide DigitalPrint Software DigitalPrint is designed to creatively manage your digital pictures. With the easy-to-use features, you can quickly load images from your digital camera or camcorder, print high-quality photos, and make personalized photo albums and labels to share with friends and family.
  • Page 27 PhotoCapture window Click the camera icon to open the Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box. You can enter a name for a new folder or click Select Photo Folder to import your pictures to an existing folder. Click OK. Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box DigitalPrint Software...
  • Page 28 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Click Capture to capture still images. You can preview a thumbnail version of your pictures in the selection view window. Capture Pictures from Video window Select the desired pictures, and click Get Pictures. The PhotoCapture picture editor window appears.
  • Page 29 Using PhotoCollection You can select and print your favorite digital pictures, using your computer and home printer. Click the (Photo) icon to open the PhotoCollection window. A list of folders is displayed on the left side of the window, with the folder contents displayed as thumbnail pictures on the right.
  • Page 30 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Click Photo Print at the top of the window. Use the scroll arrows to select the number of prints you want to make. Click OK. Select the paper format based on the picture positioning desired. A layout preview is displayed on the left side of the window.
  • Page 31 Using PhotoDecor You can decorate your favorite photos with clip art, stamps, or your own drawing talent. Add, remove, and change your designs to create your own unique photo art. Click the (Edit) icon to open the PhotoDecor - New PhotoDecor window.
  • Page 32: Using Photoalbum

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Using PhotoAlbum Capture your special photos in an organized photo album. You can share your custom-made photo albums with friends and family. Click the (Album) icon to open the PhotoAlbum - New Album window. PhotoAlbum - New Album window ✍...
  • Page 33 Click Page List to edit your album. Customize your album by adding more pictures, decorations, or comments, or by deleting pages. You can save your album before printing by clicking Save. Click Print. Select an album type, and click Print again. ✍...
  • Page 34 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Select a design template. Use the decoration and customization features on the right by clicking an icon and dragging it onto your template. ✍ A new window appears, enabling you to list the contents of your audio or video media. You can create a song or video list, depending on the type of media label being created.
  • Page 35: Dvgate Software

    DVgate Software DVgate™ software offers control over all aspects of capturing, trimming, and combining digital video clips captured from a compatible digital video (DV) camera or camcorder. After combining your clips into a finished movie, you can export it back to your compatible DV device. This guide provides a general overview about using the DVgate software.
  • Page 36 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide If necessary, edit the list of video clips to be captured. To delete a clip from the list, click it, and click Delete. Change the order in which clips are be captured by dragging them up or down the list.
  • Page 37 If necessary, edit the order of clips in the Assemble list. The combined movie combines clips in the order they appear in the Assemble list, starting from the top. To rearrange the order, drag clips up and down the list. ❑...
  • Page 38 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Select a location to which to save your movie. Type a name for your movie, and click Save. ✍ If you wish to export your movie to your DV camera, be sure to select AVI file (*.avi) in the Save as type: box before saving your movie.
  • Page 39 To use DVgate software to record AVI files to tape ✍ You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded. Do not use DVgate™ software when the connected DV device is in Timer ❑ Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the device. ❑...
  • Page 40 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Additional information about DVgate™ software Under the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, do not capture DV- ❑ AVI video files to the root directory (the top level) of your hard disk drive. Instead, create a folder and capture files to this folder. Do not use DVgate™...
  • Page 41: Movieshaker Software

    MovieShaker Software MovieShaker™ software can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any previous knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, you can turn a collection of video clips, still images, and audio files into a finished movie with special effects and music.
  • Page 42 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide MovieShaker software main window Shake tab/tray Import clip tray Working panel Edit tab/tray Capture tab/tray Story Board tray Effect tray...
  • Page 43 Capturing digital video Plug an i.LINK® cable (optional) into the i.LINK port on your computer and the i.LINK port on a compatible digital video (DV) device. Turn on your compatible DV camera, insert a videotape, and set the camera to recording mode. On some camera models this is called VCR or VTR mode.
  • Page 44 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Editing captured video clips After capturing your video clips to the Clip tray, click the Drag your clips from the Clip tray to the Story Board panel at the bottom of the MovieShaker™ window in the order you want them to appear in the finished movie.
  • Page 45 Select Export to external device, and click Next. A message box appears, alerting you that exporting video can take a long time. Click Yes. The Export to DV device wizard appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the exporting process. Creating movies with MovieShaker software Using your imported clips, you can create a short movie using the Shake feature.
  • Page 46 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Using the Shake feature Click the Shake tab. The Shake tray appears Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shake pattern tray. Shake tray Shake tab Shake! button Playback buttons Click the Shake! button. A 30-second movie is automatically generated. Optional: Add text to your new movie by clicking on the Input button.
  • Page 47 Adding effects to a scene or a clip Double-click or drag the desired clip or scene to move it to the Story Board tray. Click the Effect button on the Effect tray. Effect tray window (Effect button selected) Effect button Effect icons Additional...
  • Page 48 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Adding text effects to a scene or clip Double-click or drag the clip or scene to move it to the Story Board tray. Click Text on the Editing tray. Effects Tray (Text button selected) Click Text Setting to create customized text.
  • Page 49 Saving a movie Verify that the movie or clips you want to save are located on the Story Board tray. Click Export on the Story Board tray. Select the format in which you want the movie to be saved. ✍ You can click on each export format to view its description and use.
  • Page 50 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Using the ImageStation online service with MovieShaker software ImageStation is an online service that enables you to store your pictures and movies on the Internet to share with family and friends. The ImageStation service requires an Internet connection and registration for the Web-based service.
  • Page 51 ImageStation Login window When the ImageStation application on your computer connects with ImageStation online, your files are uploaded to the Web site. The Image Uploader window appears and displays the Internet connection and upload status. Image Uploader window Go to http://www.imagestation.com to view your uploaded pictures or movies.
  • Page 52: Smart Capture Software

    ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
  • Page 53: Using Still Mode

    Mode indicator Displays the current mode (Still or Net Movie). Mode dial Switches Smart Capture from Still mode to Net Movie mode with a single click of your mouse. Options button Displays the configuration options available for either Still or Net Movie mode.
  • Page 54 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Click Options to view the available options for your still image capture. The Still Image Options window appears. Still Image Options window The Still Image Options window has four tabs: Capturing Mode — You can choose between Normal, Self-timer, or ❑...
  • Page 55 To capture a picture in Still mode Use your digital camera or camcorder to locate the image you want to capture. When you see the desired image in the Smart Capture window, click Capture. The Still Viewer window appears. You can capture a single picture or several pictures at once.
  • Page 56: Using Net Movie Mode

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Mail — E-mail your still images to your family and friends. Click Mail, and ❑ your e-mail application launches with a new message window containing the still image as an attachment. Save — Click Save to save your still image to a location of your choice.in ❑...
  • Page 57 The Recording Options window has three tabs: Format — You can adjust the compression rate for your movies in ❑ MPEG1 format or choose the AVI option for no compression. You can also set the maximum recording time for your movie capture. Destination —...
  • Page 58 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Click Capture when you have finished recording your movie. The first frame of your movie appears in the Movie Player window. You can record a movie for approximately 30 seconds. The Movie Player feature automatically stops recording when this time limit is reached.
  • Page 59 To upload with Movie Player Click UPLOAD in the Movie Player window to begin transfer of your movie to the ImageStation Web site. The Image Uploader window appears and displays the Internet connection and upload status. Image Uploader window Click to see thumbnail previews of your pictures or movies.
  • Page 60 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide For first-time users, the ImageStation through the initial registration process. Follow the on-screen instructions. If you are already a registered member, provide your login name and password. The Image Uploader window appears. From the Still Viewer window, click UPLOAD to transfer your pictures or movies to the ImageStation Web site.
  • Page 61: Sonicstage Software

    CDs, and check music out to portable digital music devices, such as Net MD™ players and Network Walkman™ Digital Music Players. SonicStage software employs Sony’s OpenMG™ copyright protection technology and advanced ATRAC3™ audio file format to allow you to enjoy digital music while protecting the rights of copyright holders.
  • Page 62 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Download music from Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) services on the ❑ Internet EMD services are Internet-based subscription services that enable you to download music tracks from the World Wide Web. SonicStage software enables you to download music tracks, include them in your Playlists, and check them out to your portable digital music devices.
  • Page 63 Starting SonicStage Software Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and click All Programs. Point to SonicStage, and click SonicStage. When you have registered with CDDB, the Confirm the setup of SonicStage... dialog box appears. Click Yes to continue. To view the SonicStage software Help Start SonicStage.
  • Page 64 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide SonicStage feature tabs (Main window) CD tab — The contents of your inserted audio CD are displayed, ❑ enabling functions such as recording to the computer’s hard disk drive. Import tab — Import MP3, WAV or audio files on your computer to ❑...
  • Page 65: Recording From A Cd

    Feature tabs Changes the screen view according to the selected feature. Player control buttons Controls playback functions, such as play, pause, stop, fast forward, and reverse. You can increase or decrease volume and switch view modes. Playlist drop-down list (Playlist view) Displays available playlists and audio files.
  • Page 66 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide CD tab window You can identify specific tracks on your CD by clearing the check marks from the tracks you don’t want to record. You can clear all selected tracks by selecting the empty check box next to Select All, and then selecting the tracks you want to record.
  • Page 67 To make a backup copy of an audio CD On computer models equipped with a CD recording device, such as a CD-RW or DVD-RW optical drive, you can use the Backing Up Audio CDs utility to make a backup copy of an audio CD. On computer models that have both a read-only optical drive (CD-ROM or DVD-ROM) and a read/write optical drive (CD-RW or DVD-RW), you can make a copy with one click.
  • Page 68 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Click Start. The audio data is read from the original source audio CD. On computer models that have both a read-only optical drive and a ❑ read/write drive, the data is immediately written to the blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
  • Page 69 Transfer window Select the Playlist that contains the song that you want to check out. The songs in the playlist are shown in the Playlist view panel located in the center of the Transfer window. From the Playlist view panel, select the song to be checked out. To check out more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and select the additional songs.
  • Page 70 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Select the song to be checked in from the song list of the external device or media. To check in more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and click the additional songs. Click (In), or drag the song(s) to the Playlist view panel.
  • Page 71: Additional Features

    Additional features SonicStage Tutorial — SonicStage features are described in the Tutorial. ❑ The user-friendly interface instructs you on how to use all SonicStage features. SonicStage Backup Tool — You can back up and restore music, graphics, ❑ and information data managed by SonicStage software. You must be connected to the Internet to use the SonicStage Backup Tool.
  • Page 72: Additional Software Information

    VAIO Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® software that provides maximum compatibility and video quality for capturing video from your Sony digital camcorder. If your VAIO® computer does not have Adobe® Premiere® software preinstalled and you subsequently purchase and install Adobe®...
  • Page 73: Configuring Your Vaio Computer

    This section provides basic information on maintaining your computer's hard disk drive performance, using i.LINK devices, and changing default settings. ❑ About Your Hard Disk Drive Partition ❑ i.LINK Compatibility ❑ VAIO Action Setup ❑ To Change The Sony Software Window Design...
  • Page 74: About Your Hard Disk Drive Partition

    To improve the performance of Sony audio and video software applications, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. Some Sony software applications save files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition.
  • Page 75: I.link Compatibility

    1-888-315-7669 (toll free). ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
  • Page 76 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Connecting an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) device Use the symbol to locate the i.LINK port on your compatible i.LINK device and on your computer. Plug the i.LINK cable connector into this port. Plug the other end of the cable into the corresponding 4- or 6-pin i.LINK port on your computer.
  • Page 77: Vaio Action Setup

    VAIO Action Setup VAIO® Action Setup manages the settings for your computer’s Shortcut keys (S Keys). Shortcut Keys The programmable S Keys are set to launch the following applications: S1 — Microsoft® Outlook® Express ❑ S2 — Microsoft® Internet Explorer ❑...
  • Page 78 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Changing the settings of the S keys You can reprogram the S keys to launch other applications. Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select All Programs. Select VAIO Action Setup, then click VAIO Action Setup. ✍...
  • Page 79: To Change The Sony Software Window Design

    To Change The Sony Software Window Design You can select from different window designs for certain Sony software applications and create your own personal computing environment. Changing the window design Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select the Control Panel.
  • Page 80 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide...
  • Page 81: System And Application Recovery Cd(s)

    SYSTEM AND APPLICATION RECOVERY CD(S) You can restore your system, individual software applications, or drivers, using the Recovery CDs. ❑ To Use The System Recovery CD(s) ❑ To Use The Application Recovery CD(s)
  • Page 82: To Use The System Recovery Cd(s)

    The System Recovery CD can only be used to restore the hard disk drive of the Sony computer you purchased. The System Recovery process removes all software that you may have installed since you started using your computer.
  • Page 83: Using The System Recovery Cd(s)

    Using the System Recovery CD(s) Your system may take a few minutes to load necessary files. A blue screen appears during the downloading process. Insert the System Recovery CD in your computer’s optical drive. The System Recovery utility starts from the optical drive. The first CD must be in the drive when you turn on your computer.
  • Page 84: To Use The Application Recovery Cd(s)

    When the Application Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the recovery process. If you have any questions about using the Application Recovery CD(s), visit http://www.sony.com/pcsupport, or contact Sony Customer Support at 1-888-4-SONY-PC.
  • Page 85: Reinstalling Device Drivers

    Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all applications. When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Application Recovery CD #1 into the optical disc drive. The Application Recovery utility main window appears. Click OK to exit the utility.
  • Page 86 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide...
  • Page 87: Frequently Asked Questions

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS This section describes how to troubleshoot common problems you may encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before using Support Resources. Your computer may not be supplied with all of the features discussed in this section, depending on the system configuration you purchased.
  • Page 88: About Vaio Digital Studio Computer Functions

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide About VAIO Digital Studio Computer Functions My computer does not start. Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned ❑ on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the computer. Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive (unless you are using a ❑...
  • Page 89 If your computer still does not respond and you cannot restart, shut down your computer by pressing and holding the power switch for more than six seconds. If the software application continues to stop responding or causes your computer to stop responding, contact the software publisher or designated technical support provider.
  • Page 90 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Why is my system running slowly? The system responsiveness varies depending with the number of ❑ applications that are open and running. Close any applications that you are not currently using. ❑ Increasing the system memory may also help. For information on installing memory, please see the online VAIO User Guide.
  • Page 91: About Changing Your System's Default Settings

    Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select Turn Off Computer. Select Restart. When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard. Select the Advanced tab from the Setup Utility screen. Select “I/O Device Configuration” and press Enter.
  • Page 92: About Your System Recovery Cds

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide About Your System Recovery CDs My files are corrupted or deleted. How do I recover software applications that came with my computer? See “Reinstalling software applications” in the online User Guide for more information. My drivers are corrupted or deleted.
  • Page 93: About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s)

    About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s) ✍ Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features listed in this section. To view the specific hardware configuration for your system, see the online specifications sheet. Why doesn’t my optical drive tray open? Use the Eject button Make sure the computer is turned on.
  • Page 94 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide Why isn’t my DVD playing properly? If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player application, it may be that the region code of the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the region code setting of your optical drive.
  • Page 95 When I click an application icon, the message, “You must insert the application CD into your drive” appears and the software does not start. Some software applications require specific files that are located on the ❑ application’s CD-ROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again. ❑...
  • Page 96: About The Speakers

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide About The Speakers Why is there no sound in any application? Check that the speakers are plugged into the Headphones jack. ❑ If your speakers have a mute button, verify that it is turned off. ❑...
  • Page 97: About The Modem

    About The Modem How do I change my modem to rotary or Touch-Tone dialing? Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Phone and Modem options. From the Dialing Rules tab, click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box appears.
  • Page 98 ❑ Check that the access telephone number (POP) is correct. All software applications that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with ❑ your computer’s modem. If you have installed other software, contact the software publisher for information on how to configure the software in order to recognize the modem.
  • Page 99: About The Microphone

    About The Microphone Why doesn’t my microphone work properly? Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack. Why is my microphone so sensitive to background noise? If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound, you should adjust the microphone gain by following these steps: Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
  • Page 100: About The Mouse And Keyboard

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide About The Mouse And Keyboard Why doesn’t my mouse work properly? Check that the mouse is plugged securely into the Mouse port. ❑ Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait ❑...
  • Page 101: About Using A Peripheral Device

    About Using A Peripheral Device How do I install a printer? If your printer has a USB, IEEE 1394, or infrared connection, contact the ❑ printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for proper installation. Check the printer manufacturer’s Web site for the latest drivers for your ❑...
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  • Page 103: Notes On Use

    NOTES ON USE The information in this section provides basic procedures for handling your system and common peripheral devices, using storage media, and locating upgrade procedures. A support resource listing is also provided to help you locate the appropriate support options. ❑...
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  • Page 105: About The Power Source

    About The Power Source ✍ Before opening your computer, turn the system off and let it cool down for 10 minutes. This protects you against internal components that may be too hot to handle. Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only. ❑...
  • Page 106: About Disposing Of The Lithium Battery

    Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire. Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.
  • Page 107: About Handling The Computer System

    TV reception. If this occurs, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the television or radio equipment. ❑ Do not place your Sony computer in a location subject to: Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts ❑...
  • Page 108 Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic ❑ parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects. Your Sony computer will not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a ❑ coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).
  • Page 109: About Upgrading Your Computer System

    About Upgrading Your Computer System The upgrading procedures described in the online manual, assume familiarity with the general terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. Disconnect the system from its power source and from telecommunications ❑...
  • Page 110: About Handling A Monitor (display)

    Do not change the display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and the ❑ DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony recommends that you keep your display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz). Do not place the display near a strong magnetic force.
  • Page 111: About Dvd, Cd, And Floppy Disk Media

    About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media Handling floppy disks Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from magnets. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other heat sources. ❑...
  • Page 112: About Support Resources

    VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide About Support Resources Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When you have questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources for answers, in the following sequence: VAIO Quick Start...
  • Page 113 Software application manuals and Help Knowledge Database Sony Fax-on-Demand This service provides you with answers to commonly Software Updates VAIO Computer System Reference Manual Most manuals for preinstalled software are located on your hard disk drive as Help. You can access Help from the Help menu within the specific application.
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  • Page 115: Index

    Index About Support Resources 112 Input port location 15 Adobe Photoshop Elements 24 printing from 25 viewing online Help 25 Adobe Premiere LE 21 air circulation 107 Application Recovery CD(s) ARCDs 84 audio file formats 71 Audio In jack 15 Audio L In jack 13 Audio Out jack 15 audio problems 96...
  • Page 116 VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide disconnecting power cords 105 Display refresh rate 110 port location 15 driver recovery 85 media 111 playback problems 93 region code warning 94 tray eject 93 DVD-RW recording problems 95 DVgate software 35 AVI files 39 capturing video with 35 editing video with 36 exporting video to a camera 38...
  • Page 117 left-hand settings for the mouse 100 Line In jack 15 lithium battery disposing 106 losing power 105 magnetic shielding 107 Memory Stick slot 13 MICROMV format video 21 microphone background noise 99 jack location 15 troubleshooting 99 modem change to rotary dialing 97 change to touch-tone dialing 97 line jack location 15 slow connection 97...
  • Page 118 Simple mode 71 transferring songs 68 Tutorial 71 Sony Fax-on-Demand 113 online service 50 software updates 113 Sony software window design changing 79 speakers caution 107 surge protectors 105 S-video In jack 13, 15 S-video Out jack 15 System Recovery CD(s)
  • Page 119 printer installation 101 recover applications 92 resuming printer function 101 software audio problems 96 Speakers 96 startup problems 88 support resource listing 112 system response 90 Using peripheral devices 101 Using System Recovery CDs 92 turning off your computer 105 TV interference 107 Uninterruptible Power Supply 105 Universal Serial Bus...

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