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Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO
Digital Studio
computer! Your new, high-performance, multimedia
®
computer combines state-of-the-art computer functionality with the latest audio/video and information technology features.
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  • Page 1 Welcome Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio computer! Your new, high-performance, multimedia ® computer combines state-of-the-art computer functionality with the latest audio/video and information technology features. Page 1...
  • Page 2 Features Note: 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 Specifications sheet. Page 2...
  • Page 3 VAIO AV Applications This suite of Sony original applications includes PictureGear , Smart Capture, DVgate , DigitalPrint, SonicStage, MovieShaker , VisualFlow , and Media Bar DVD Player. These software applications make it easy to use advanced multimedia techniques to develop your personal audio and video creations. Using the i.LINK ports, you can capture, view, and share both still and video images, then catalog everything for fast, easy storage and retrieval.
  • Page 4 DVD-RW drive (Not available on all models) This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a dynamic multimedia computing experience. Your state-of-the-art DVD-RW drive writes to DVD-R/DVD-RW and CD-R/CD-RW media, and plays your favorite DVDs and CDs. This drive also functions as the ideal solution for making backups and archiving data, with the ability to store up to 4.7 GB of data on a single DVD-R/DVD-RW media (You can store up to 650 MB of data on a single CD-R/CD-RW media).
  • Page 5 DVD-ROM drive (Not available on all models) This optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CDs. Page 5...
  • Page 6 CD-RW drive (Not available on all models) This drive is the ideal solution for making backups and archiving data, with the ability to store up to 650 MB of removable, rewritable storage on a single rewritable CD. Save your movies to CD-R or CD-RW media and share videos and images with family and friends.
  • Page 7 CD-ROM drive (Not available on all models) You can play your favorite audio and video CDs using this high-quality CD-ROM drive. Page 7...
  • Page 8 Note: 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 9 VAIO Smart keyboard This PS/2 keyboard has programmable shortcut buttons for launching your favorite programs or accessing the Internet. ® Page 9...
  • Page 10 Sony audio and video quality Take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software with the Sony high-fidelity audio system, high-powered 3-D graphics, and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG digital video playback. Page 10...
  • Page 11 Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition operating system Your system includes this latest consumer operating system from Microsoft ® Page 11...
  • Page 12 Preinstalled software All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box. Page 12...
  • Page 13 Communications You have the choice of a variety of popular online services to browse the Internet, access e-mail, send faxes, and much more. Page 13...
  • Page 14 Exceptional performance Your computer includes an Intel processor, a 10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface, and a V.90 data/fax modem. ® Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations. Page 14...
  • Page 15: Unpacking Your Computer

    Unpacking Your Computer Computer and accessories Page 15...
  • Page 16 Manuals  VAIO Digital Studio Com puter QuickStart — Contains information on unpacking and setting up your computer, supplementary updates, support information, and software information.  The VAIO Digital Studio Com puter User Guide is available electronically on your computer's hard drive. To access the online manual: Click Start in the Windows Taskbar, then click VAIO Help and Support.
  • Page 17 System Recovery CD(s) — Enables you to restore the software that shipped with your computer if it becomes corrupted or is erased. System Recovery CDs can only be used to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
  • Page 18 Software Library The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement and the Sony end-user license agreement. Page 18...
  • Page 19: To Choose An Ergonomic Location For Your Computer

    To Choose an Ergonomic Location for your Computer Before you get started, find the best location for your new computer. Page 19...
  • Page 20 Planning your workspace  Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support the computer and other peripheral equipment.  Ventilation — Leave at least eight inches of space on the left and back sides of your computer to enable proper ventilation.
  • Page 21: Locating Controls And Connectors

    Locating Controls and Connectors The front panel of your VAIO Computer allows access to the optical and floppy disk drives. It also includes Universal Serial Bus (USB) and i.LINK ports to connect compatible peripheral devices. ® 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 and jacks on your computer.
  • Page 22: Front Panel Overview

    Front Panel Overview Note: 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 23 Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk. Floppy disk drive access indicator light Lights in green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk. Optical drive access indicator light Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical drives. Hard disk drive access indicator light Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk.
  • Page 24: Back Panel Overview

    Back Panel Overview Note: Your computer may not be supplied with all of the features listed, depending on the system configuration you purchased. Back panel Mouse port Connection for a PS/2 mouse. ® Keyboard port Connection for a PS/2 Keyboard. Ethernet port 10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface.
  • Page 25 Connection for a phone cable (optional) to the computer. Note: 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 26: Setting Up Your Vaio Digital Studio Computer

    Setting Up Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer Your computer has many new and exciting features. This section contains information on setting up your computer and peripheral devices. Page 26...
  • Page 27: To Set Up Your Computer

    To Set Up Your Computer This section illustrates how to set up your computer and install peripheral devices. Page 27...
  • Page 28 Connecting a CRT display (monitor) Plug the display cable into the Monitor port. If necessary, plug the display cable into the rear of the display. Connecting a CRT display Note: Install your equipment so that you can easily reach the power outlet in the event of an emergency. Page 28...
  • Page 29 Connecting the speakers Plug the cable attached to the left speaker into the L Out jack on the back of the right speaker. Plug the cable attached to the right speaker into the Headphones jack. Plug the jack end of the AC adapter cord into the DC In jack on the back of the right speaker and plug the other end into a grounded AC wall outlet or power strip.
  • Page 30 Connecting the keyboard and mouse Plug the keyboard cable into the Keyboard port on the back of the computer. Plug the mouse cable into the Mouse port. Connecting the keyboard and mouse Page 30...
  • Page 31 Connecting the modem cable and power cords Unplug your phone's cable from the wall jack, and plug it into the Telephone jack on the computer. Plug the modem cable (supplied) into the Line jack on the computer, and then plug the other end of the cable into the wall jack.
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  • Page 33 To Turn On and Register Your Computer Note: When you start your system for the first time, your computer may detect new equipment and display a dialog box that asks you to restart your computer. Please respond to this request immediately. Page 33...
  • Page 34 Turning on your computer Press the power switch on the computer to turn on the power. Press the power switch on the display to turn on the power. Press the power switch on the right speaker to turn on the power. To turn on your computer Page 34...
  • Page 35 Registering your computer Take advantage of Sony's commitment to quality customer support and receive these benefits by registering your computer:  Sony Customer Support — Communicate with a Support Representative to troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
  • Page 36 Setting up your dial-up connection The first time you turn your computer on, follow these steps to set up your dial-up connection: Click Start from the Windows taskbar and select All Programs. Point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click New Connection Wizard. The Location Information window appears.
  • Page 37 Follow the onscreen instructions to finish setting up your Internet connection. Page 37...
  • Page 38: To Use The Stand By Mode

    To Use the Stand by Mode When you plan to stop using your computer for a short period of time, you can put it in Stand by mode instead of turning it off completely. Putting the computer in Stand by mode saves energy and allows a quick return to normal computer use. You can use any of the following four methods for activating the Stand by mode.
  • Page 39 Setting the computer to enter Stand by mode using the Stand by key Press the (Stand by) key on the top of the keyboard. The computer goes into Stand by mode. Page 39...
  • Page 40 Setting the computer to enter Stand by mode using the Windows taskbar Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Turn Off Computer. Select Stand by. Click OK. The computer goes into Stand by mode. Page 40...
  • Page 41 Setting the computer to enter Stand by mode using the Power button Briefly press the Power button on the front panel to place your computer into Stand by mode. Page 41...
  • Page 42 Setting the computer enter Stand by mode automatically Click Start in the Windows taskbar, click Control Panel, then select the category, Performance and Maintenance. The Performance and Maintenance dialog box appears. Click the Control Panel icon for Power Options. The Power Options Properties dialog box appears. Select the Power Schemes tab.
  • Page 43 Resuming from Stand by mode There are two ways to bring your computer back from Stand by mode:  Press the space bar on your keyboard.  Briefly press the power button on your computer. Page 43...
  • Page 44 Stand by mode indicators You can identify which mode the computer is in by the color of the power indicator light. Color Mode Amber Computer is in Stand by mode. Blue Computer is in Normal mode, ready to use. No color Computer is turned off or in Hibernate mode.
  • Page 45: To Use The System Hibernate Mode

    To Use the System Hibernate Mode System hibernate mode enables your computer to store everything in its memory to the hard disk drive before shutting down. When you bring the system out of hibernation mode, it returns to the previous state. Page 45...
  • Page 46 Setting the computer to enter Hibernate mode You can set your computer to automatically enter hibernate mode after a certain time period, by following these steps: Click Start in the Windows taskbar, click Control Panel, then select the category, Performance and Maintenance. The Performance and Maintenance dialog box appears.
  • Page 47: To Shut Down Your Computer

    To Shut Down Your Computer When you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of time, use this procedure. Caution: To avoid loss of data, do not use the Power switch to turn off the computer. Page 47...
  • Page 48 Turning off your computer Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Turn Off Computer. The Turn Off Computer dialog box appears. Select the Shut Down option and click OK. Note: Respond to any prompts about saving your documents. Wait for your computer to turn off automatically--the power indicator light turns off. Turn off any peripheral devices connected to your computer.
  • Page 49 About the Power switch If your system stops responding, press and hold the Power switch for more than four seconds to force your system to shut down. You may need to repeat this procedure if your system does not shut down on the first attempt. Page 49...
  • Page 50: Vaio Action Setup

    VAIO Action Setup VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Shortcut keys (S Keys). Page 50...
  • Page 51: Shortcut Keys

    You can reprogram the S keys to launch other applications. Note: 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 52 Changing the settings of the S Keys Click Start in the Windows Taskbar and select All Programs. Select VAIO Action Setup, then click VAIO Action Setup. Note: You can also double-click the VAIO Action Setup icon, located in the Windows taskbar, to launch VAIO Action Setup.
  • Page 53: To Change The Sony Software Window Design

    To Change the Sony Software Window Design You can select from different window designs for your Sony software and create your own personal computing environment. Page 53...
  • Page 54 Click << or >> and select the desired design. Click Apply. The "UI Design Selector" window design changes. The window design for your Sony software will match the "UI Design Selector" window. To try another selection, click << or >>, then click Apply.
  • Page 55: Configuring Your Vaio Computer

    Configuring Your VAIO Computer This section provides information about maintaining your computer's hard disk drive performance, connecting a compatible i.LINK device, and enabling an Ethernet connection. ® Page 55...
  • Page 56: Hard Disk Drive Partition

    To maintain optimum system performance, you should defragment your computer's D partition regularly. 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 57 Defragmenting your hard disk drive If you encounter frame dropping while recording digital video onto your hard disk drive, defragmentation may be necessary. Deactivate your screen saver and close other open applications, if applicable. Click Start in the Windows Taskbar and select All Programs. Point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then select Disk Defragmenter.
  • Page 58 Your VAIO computer may include either 4-pin or 6-pin, or both types, of i.LINK ports. Note: 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 59 Connecting an i.LINK (IEEE1394) 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. Note: See the instructions that came with your i.LINK device for more information on installation and use.
  • Page 60: To Enable Ethernet Connectivity

    To Enable Ethernet Connectivity Your computer comes with a preinstalled Ethernet port. To enable faster start-up time, your computer may ship with this function disabled. You can enable Ethernet connectivity by following the instructions below. Page 60...
  • Page 61 Enabling the Ethernet connection Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel. From the Pick a Category list, select Performance and Maintenance. The Performance and Maintenance dialog box appears. From the Pick a Control Panel icon, select System. The System Properties dialog box appears.
  • Page 62: About The Software On Your Computer

    About the Software on Your Computer Your VAIO computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section ® provides an overview of the software titles preinstalled on your computer. Page 62...
  • Page 63: Overview Of Software Titles

    DigitalPrint Sony Electronics Inc. This image management software makes it fun and easy to edit, import, and organize your digital pictures in a photo album for rich digital printing to any standard color laser or inkjet printer. Digital Print can also be used to make custom CD labels for your audio CDs.
  • Page 64 PictureGear Sony Electronics Inc. This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony digital still camera, or a Sony Mavica ® camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.
  • Page 65 Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture manages the i.LINK connection between your notebook and a Sony Digital Handycam Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to capture compressed video or still images and save them to your hard disk drive or share via e-mail. A smart solution for computer, digital audio/video and network convergence.
  • Page 66: System, Application And Driver Recovery Cd(s)

    The System Recovery CD utility enables you to restore the operating system and software that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
  • Page 67: To Use The System Recovery Cd(s)

    To Use the System Recovery CD(s) You can reinstall the operating system and software applications that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. If you experience a problem with your computer, reinstalling an individual application or device driver may correct the problem.You may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive.
  • Page 68 Full restore with format The System Recovery utility formats your hard disk drive and then restores all the original software applications. Caution: You will lose any software you have installed and any other files you have created since you started to use your computer.
  • Page 69 Using the System Recovery CD(s) 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. Note: If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the System Recovery CD into the upper optical drive. Turn off your computer.
  • Page 70: To Use The Application Recovery Cd(s)

    If you need to reinstall all of the software that shipped with your computer, use the System Recovery CD(s). You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD utility. 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 70...
  • Page 71 Using the Application Recovery CD(s) Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, save and close all open applications. When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Application Recovery CD into your computer's optical drive. The Application Recovery utility loads automatically. Note: If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the Application Recovery CD into the upper optical drive.
  • Page 72: To Use The Driver Recovery Cd

    To Use the Driver Recovery CD The Driver Recovery CD utility enables you to reinstall individual drivers and repair software applications if they become corrupted or are erased. You can reinstall an individual driver to correct a problem that you are experiencing with your computer, peripheral hardware, or software application.
  • Page 73 Reinstalling device drivers with the Driver Recovery CD Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all applications. When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Driver Recovery CD into the optical disc drive. Note: If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the Driver Recovery CD into the upper optical drive. Click Start in the Windows taskbar and click Control Panel.
  • Page 74: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer Support. Page 74...
  • Page 75 Topics Topic: My com puter 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 bootable floppy disk).
  • Page 76 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 77  Check the connections between your speakers and the computer. Verify that drivers are installed properly, by following these steps:  Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance and then click Systems. The System Properties dialog box appears.
  • Page 78 Check that the access phone number (POP) is correct.  All software applications that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with your computer modem. If you have installed other software, contact the software publisher for information on how to configure the software to recognize the modem.
  • Page 79 Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel. Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click Sounds and Audio Devices. From the Audio tab, locate the Sound recording section and click the Volume button. The Recording Control dialog box appears.
  • Page 80 Guide. Topic: How do I install a printer? If your printer has a USB, IEEE1394, 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 operating system before proceeding with ...
  • Page 81 To contact Sony for technical support For further technical assistance, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972) or access the Web site at: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport. Page 81...
  • Page 82: Notes On Use

    Notes on Use The information in this section provides basic procedures to follow when handling your computer, components and accessories. Page 82...
  • Page 83 The power source  Your computer operates on 100-120 V AC 50/60 Hz only.  Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral equipment into the same AC supply line. AC derived from different supply lines may result in voltage differences that can cause unstable operation or unwanted weak currents at the time of connection.
  • Page 84 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 85 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 phone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX). ...
  • Page 86 If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an hour before turning on your computer. If any problem occurs, unplug your computer, and contact your Sony Service Center. Page 86...
  • Page 87 Upgrading the computer system  The procedures described in the online manual, Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, 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 any telecommunications links, networks, or modems before ...
  • Page 88  Do not change the CRT display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and the DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony recommends that you keep your CRT display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz). ...
  • Page 89 Using the hard disk drive  Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock.  Do not move the computer during operation.  Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature. ...
  • Page 90 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 90...
  • Page 91 Handling CD or DVD media  Do not touch the surface of the disc.  Do not drop or bend the disc.  Do not use adhesive labels to identify the disc. The label may come off while the disc is in use in the optical drive and damage the drive.
  • Page 92 Cleaning CD or DVD media  Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Proper care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, commercially available cleaners or anti-static spray, as they may cause damage to the disc.
  • Page 93: For Answers To Your Software Questions

    For Answers to Your Software Questions This section provides support information for your computer's preinstalled software applications. Check this software support listing to locate information from the Internet, by e-mail, or by telephone. Note: Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software applications listed, depending on the system configuration you purchased.
  • Page 94 Sony Service Center For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972), or visit the Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport. This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. Page 94...
  • Page 95 Web site http://www.sony.com/pcsupport phone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. PC-Cillin 2000 (Trend Micro, Inc.) ® Web site http://www.antivirus.com/pc-cillin...
  • Page 96 Sony Applications (Sony Electronics Inc.) Web site http://www.sony.com/pcsupport phone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Support from 1-888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. SonyStyle Connect (E-Solutions) Web site http://www.sonystyleconnect.com phone 888-584-4467...
  • Page 97 (Corel Corp.) Web site http://www.corel.com/support/product_specific/wp9.htm phone 716-871-2325 hours M- F, 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM ET Page 97...
  • Page 98 This service provides you with answers to commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service to request a list of available topics. Select the topics that you want to view. To contact the Sony fax-on-demand service, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972). (Requires a fax machine or fax software.)
  • Page 99: Upgrading And Maintaining Your Vaio Digital Studio Computer

    For more information on upgrading your Sony computer, see the System Reference Manual. You can download the System Reference Manual from the Sony Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
  • Page 100 Overview The procedures in this section assume that you are familiar with the general terminology associated with personal computers and with the regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. Page 100...
  • Page 101 Before you upgrade your computer Observe proper safety precautions when you modify your computer. See Upgrading the computer system. Caution: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-on cards, and other components. Follow the procedures described here only at an ESD workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted area and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity (for example, cellophane wrappers).
  • Page 102: To Remove The Side Cover

    To Remove the Side Cover Caution: If you remove the side cover immediately after you shut down your computer, the components may be too hot to touch. Wait until the internal parts of the system unit cool down before you attempt to remove the side cover. Page 102...
  • Page 103 Removing the side cover Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Locate the tab on the upper right side of the rear panel, and pull it back until the side cover releases. Lift the side cover away from the unit and set aside.
  • Page 104 Note: Add-on card configuration varies by model. Some models, such as Configure-to-Order (CTO) systems, may contain preinstalled add-on cards. Caution: Observe the proper safety precautions when you add cards to your Sony computer. See Upgrading the computer system. Page 104...
  • Page 105 Inserting an add-on card Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Remove the side cover. See Removing the side cover. Locate an available expansion slot. Remove the screw, and then remove the slot cover. Caution: When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on the system board or add-on cards.
  • Page 106 3.3V 64-bit PC-133 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM). Note: You can purchase additional memory modules, accessories, and peripheral equipment from your local retailer. Caution: Observe the proper safety precautions when you add or remove memory in your Sony computer. See Upgrading the computer system.
  • Page 107 Removing Memory Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Remove the side cover. See Removing the side cover. Gently place the unit on its side. If necessary, remove any cables, add-on cards, or other components to access the DIMM slots.
  • Page 108 Installing Memory Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Remove the side cover. See Removing the side cover. Gently place the unit on its side. If necessary, remove any cables, add-on cards, or other components to access the DIMM slots.
  • Page 109: To Replace The Lithium Battery

    To Replace the Lithium Battery The lithium battery starts to weaken after several years and the system settings, such as the date and time stored in CMOS RAM, may become inaccurate. Replace the lithium battery when this occurs. Caution: There is danger of the battery exploding if it is replaced incorrectly. Replace the battery only with a CR2032-type lithium battery.
  • Page 110 Replacing the lithium battery Write down any changes you may have made to the settings in the BIOS Setup utility. Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and the peripheral devices. Remove the side cover.
  • Page 111: To Install An Additional Hard Disk Drive

    For detailed information on how to install additional drives, see the System Reference Manual. You can download the System Reference Manual from: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport. Caution: Make sure you observe the proper safety precautions when you upgrade your Sony computer. See Upgrading the computer system.
  • Page 112 Installing an additional hard disk drive Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer. Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices. Remove the side cover. See Removing the side cover. Configure the jumpers on the new drive as a slave. See the configuration instructions that came with your drive. Detach the power and drive cables from the hard disk drive that is already installed in your computer.
  • Page 113 13. Replace the side cover. See Replacing the side cover. 14. Reconnect the power to your computer. Your computer automatically recognizes the new hard disk drive and configures itself accordingly when you turn it on. Partition and format the new drive following the instructions provided with the drive. Page 113...
  • Page 114 To Replace the Side Cover Page 114...
  • Page 115 Replacing the side cover Align the tabs on the side cover to the chassis rim. Press the side cover firmly against the unit until it snaps into place. Replacing the side cover Page 115...

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