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VPCF13 Series

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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide Personal Computer VPCF13 Series...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents Before Use................4 Using Peripheral Devices ..........74 Finding More about Your VAIO Computer ....5 Connecting External Speakers or Headphones ..75 Ergonomic Considerations ..........8 Connecting an External Display ........76 Selecting Display Modes ..........81 Getting Started..............10 Using the Multiple Monitors Function ......82 Locating Controls and Ports........
  • Page 3 Precautions..............108 Touch Pad ..............158 Safety Information ............. 109 Keyboard ..............159 Care and Maintenance Information......111 Floppy Disks ..............160 Handling Your Computer........... 112 Audio/Video ...............161 Handling the LCD Screen ......... 114 "Memory Stick" ............164 Using the Power Source ........... 115 Peripherals ..............165 Handling the Built-in Camera ........
  • Page 4: Before Use

    External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer. How to find specifications Some features, options, and supplied items may not be available on your computer. To find out about the configuration of your computer, visit the web site at http://www.sony-asia.com/.
  • Page 5: Finding More About Your Vaio 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.
  • Page 6 Before Use > Finding More about Your VAIO Computer 2. On-screen Documentation ❑ VAIO User Guide — General information of your VAIO computer including support and troubleshooting information. To access VAIO User Guide, click Start , All Programs, and VAIO Manual.
  • Page 7 Finding More about Your VAIO Computer 3. Support Web Sites ❑ Sony online support web site The Sony online support web site provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems: http://www.sony-asia.com/support/vaio/onlinesupport ❑ Online registration You can register your computer online at the following URL: http://www.sony-asia.com/support/vaio/registration...
  • Page 8: Ergonomic Considerations

    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: ❑...
  • Page 9 Before Use > Ergonomic Considerations ❑ Viewing angle of the computer display – Use the display tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well.
  • Page 10: Getting Started

    Getting Started > Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. Before starting your computer for the first time, do not connect any other hardware that did not originally come with your computer. Upon completion, connect one device (for example, a printer, an external hard disk drive, a scanner, and so on) at a time, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Page 11: Locating Controls And Ports

    Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. The appearance of your computer may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications. Front Ambient light sensor (page...
  • Page 12 (page 37) Previous track button (page 37) Next track button (page 37) ASSIST button (page 37) S1 button (page 37) VAIO button (page 37) Charge indicator (page 16) Disc drive indicator (page 16) WIRELESS indicator (page 16) Media Access indicator...
  • Page 13 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Right Headphones/OPTICAL OUT jack (page 75) (Optical Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 KHz/48.0 KHz/96.0 KHz) Microphone jack (page 84) USB ports (page 85) Optical disc drive (page 39) Drive eject button (page 39) Manual eject hole (page 145) Power button/Power indicator (page 16)
  • Page 14 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Left DC IN port (page 17) Security slot Air vent Network (LAN) port (page 62) Monitor port (page 76) HDMI output port (page 79) eSATA/USB port Connect an external device compliant with the eSATA or USB standard.
  • Page 15 Getting Started > Locating Controls and Ports Back/Bottom Air vents Memory module compartment cover (page 102) Battery connector (page 19)
  • Page 16: About The Indicator Lights

    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 in Normal mode, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is turned off or enters Hibernate mode.
  • Page 17: Connecting A Power Source

    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 an AC power source and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet.
  • Page 18 Getting Started > Connecting a Power Source ✍ To disconnect your computer completely from an AC power source, unplug the AC adapter from the AC outlet. Make sure that an 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 (page 28).
  • Page 19: Using The Battery Pack

    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.
  • Page 20 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.
  • Page 21: To Remove The Battery Pack

    For your safety, it is highly recommended that you use genuine Sony rechargeable battery packs and AC adapters that meet the quality assurance...
  • Page 22: Charging The Battery Pack

    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.
  • Page 23 Getting Started > Using the Battery Pack ✍ Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to an AC power source. 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.
  • Page 24 To get the most out of the battery pack, check the battery charge capacity and change the battery settings. To check the battery charge capacity Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Power Management and Battery. ✍...
  • Page 25 ❑ Set the wallpaper in Long Battery Life Wallpaper Setting as your desktop background with the VAIO Control Center. ✍ For more information on how to extend the battery life, see the help file after following the steps in Checking the Battery Charge Capacity (page 24).
  • Page 26: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    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. Save your data and close all running software applications.
  • Page 27: Using The Power Saving Modes

    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 an AC power source, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off.
  • Page 28: Using Sleep Mode

    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.
  • Page 29: Keeping Your Computer In Optimum Condition

    Be sure to update your VAIO computer with the following software applications for enhancing your computer's efficiency, security, and functionality. The VAIO Update automatically notifies you of new updates available on the Internet, and downloads and installs them on the computer.
  • Page 30 Getting Started > Keeping Your Computer in Optimum Condition Keeping the Antivirus Software Updated You can keep the Internet security software programs current with the latest updates by downloading and installing the updates from the web site of the manufacturer. Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
  • Page 31: Using The Vaio Care

    See the help file included with the VAIO Care for more information. On models with the ASSIST button, pressing the ASSIST button while the computer is off launches the VAIO Care Rescue. The VAIO Care Rescue can be used to recover your computer in case of emergency, for example, when the Windows does not start.
  • Page 32: Using Your Vaio Computer

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 33) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 36) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 37) ❑...
  • Page 33: Using The Keyboard

    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.
  • Page 34 To make the view look bigger and closer (zoom in), press the Fn+F10 keys. See the help file included with the VAIO Control Center for more information. Provides the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states...
  • Page 35 Additionally, you can set a time period to turn off the keyboard backlight after inactivity of keyboard operations. To change the backlit keyboard settings Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. Click Keyboard and Mouse and Backlit KB. ✍...
  • Page 36: Using The Touch Pad

    ✍ You can disable/enable the touch pad while a mouse is connected to your computer. To change the touch pad settings, use the VAIO Control Center. Be sure to connect a mouse before disabling the touch pad. If you disable the touch pad before connecting a mouse, you will be able to use only the...
  • Page 37: Using Special-function Buttons

    Launches the VAIO Care while the computer is on. ASSIST button While the computer is off, the ASSIST button launches the VAIO Care Rescue. Do not press the ASSIST button while the computer is in Hibernate mode. Executes the task that is assigned to the button by default.
  • Page 38: Using The Built-in Camera

    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 appropriate image capture software, you can perform the following operations: ❑ Capture still images and movies ❑...
  • Page 39: Using The Optical Disc Drive

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. Some 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.
  • Page 40 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.
  • Page 41 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive Supported Discs Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc media, depending on the model you purchased. See the reference chart below to find out which type of optical disc drive supports which types of media.
  • Page 42 Compact Disc (CD) standard. Therefore, these discs may not be compatible with this unit. 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.
  • Page 43 Blu-ray Disc content, or the computer may become unstable during Blu-ray Disc playback. To play content normally, download and install the latest updates for the WinDVD BD using the VAIO Update.
  • Page 44 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. If the region code indicates "all," you can play this disc in most regions of the world. If the region code for your residence area is different from the label, you cannot play the disc on your computer.
  • Page 45 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Optical Disc Drive If it is your first time to play a DVD video on your computer, follow these steps before inserting the disc: Click Start and Computer. Right-click the optical disc drive icon and select Properties.
  • Page 46: Playing Discs

    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.
  • Page 47: Using "memory Stick

    The "Memory Stick Duo" slot on your computer can accommodate the following sizes and types of media: ❑ "Memory Stick Duo" ❑ "Memory Stick PRO Duo" ❑ "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo" Your computer supports only Duo-size "Memory stick", and does not support standard-size "Memory Stick". For the latest information about "Memory Stick", visit http://www.sony.net/memorycard/.
  • Page 48 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 pointing toward the slot.
  • Page 49 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the media into the slot. ✍ If "Memory Stick" does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction.
  • Page 50 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" To remove "Memory Stick" Do not remove "Memory Stick" while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load, so make sure the indicator light is unlit before removing "Memory Stick".
  • Page 51: Formatting "memory Stick

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using "Memory Stick" Formatting "Memory Stick" To format "Memory Stick" "Memory Stick" is 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" when formatting the media.
  • Page 52 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.
  • Page 53 Notes on Using "Memory Stick" ❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded "Memory Stick" with capacity of up to 32 GB that are available as of May 2010. However, not all "Memory Stick" are guaranteed of compatibility.
  • Page 54: Using Other Modules / Memory Cards

    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 for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. This slot can only accommodate an ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) module...
  • Page 55 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using Other Modules / Memory Cards To insert an ExpressCard module Locate the ExpressCard slot. Carefully slide the ExpressCard module into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force it into the slot.
  • Page 56 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 and Eject Media icon is not displayed on the taskbar.
  • Page 57: Using The Sd Memory Card

    The SD memory card slot on your computer can accommodate the following memory cards: ❑ SD memory card ❑ SDHC memory card ❑ SDXC memory card For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer (page 5) to visit the appropriate support web site.
  • Page 58 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 pointing toward the slot. Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place.
  • Page 59 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.
  • Page 60 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.
  • Page 61: Using The Internet

    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: ❑...
  • Page 62: Using The Network (lan)

    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.
  • Page 63: Using The Wireless Lan

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Using the Wireless LAN The Wireless LAN (WLAN) allows your computer to connect to a network through a wireless connection. The WLAN uses the following IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standard, which specifies the type of technology used.
  • Page 64 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Notes on Using the Wireless LAN Function General notes on using the wireless LAN function ❑ In some countries or regions, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels).
  • Page 65 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Wireless LAN Note on the data encryption The WLAN standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Proposed jointly by the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance, both WPA2 and WPA are specifications of standards based on interoperable security enhancements that increase the level of data protection and access control for existing Wi-Fi networks.
  • Page 66 5 GHz band wireless LAN communications, available on selected models only, are disabled by default. To enable 5 GHz band communication, you need to select the option to use the 5 GHz band or both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands from the drop-down list for Wireless LAN Settings in the VAIO Smart Network settings window.
  • Page 67 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.
  • Page 68: Using The Bluetooth Function

    Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function Using the Bluetooth Function ® You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area.
  • Page 69: Communicating With Another Bluetooth Device

    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.
  • Page 70 Bluetooth function, see Windows Help and Support. Turn on the WIRELESS switch. Click the VAIO Smart Network icon on the taskbar. Click the switch next to Bluetooth to toggle it to On in the VAIO Smart Network window. Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
  • Page 71 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.
  • Page 72 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 ❑...
  • Page 73 Using Your VAIO Computer > Using the Bluetooth Function ❑ The Bluetooth function may not work with other devices, depending on the manufacturer or the software version employed by the manufacturer. ❑ Connecting multiple Bluetooth devices to your computer may cause channel congestion, resulting in poor performance of the devices.
  • Page 74: Using Peripheral Devices

    Using Peripheral Devices > Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers or Headphones (page 75) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 76) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 81) ❑...
  • Page 75: Connecting External Speakers Or Headphones

    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. Since your computer is capable of outputting both analog and digital signals through the headphones/OPTICAL OUT jack, you can connect an S/PDIF device such as digital headphones or an audio/video amplifier to the jack and enhance the sound quality of your computer.
  • Page 76: Connecting An External Display

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display Connecting an External Display Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. Connecting a Computer Display or a Projector You can connect an external display, such as a computer display or a projector, to your computer.
  • Page 77 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display To connect a computer display or a projector Plug the power cord (1) of your external display or the projector into an AC outlet. Connect the external display or the projector to the monitor port (2) on the computer with a display cable (3). ✍...
  • Page 78 Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting an External Display ✍ If the external computer display is equipped with an HDMI input port, plug one end of an HDMI cable into the HDMI output port on the computer and the other end into the HDMI input port on the computer display. To connect a TFT/DVI monitor, use an HDMI to DVI-D adapter to connect it to the HDMI output port on the computer.
  • Page 79: Connecting A Tv With An Hdmi Input Port

    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.
  • Page 80 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.
  • Page 81: Selecting Display Modes

    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.
  • Page 82: Using The Multiple Monitors Function

    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.
  • Page 83: To Use The Multiple Monitors Function

    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.
  • Page 84: Connecting An External Microphone

    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.
  • Page 85: Connecting A Usb Device

    Using Peripheral Devices > Connecting a USB Device Connecting a USB Device You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device, such as a mouse, a floppy disk drive, a speaker, or a printer, to your computer. To connect a USB device Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.
  • Page 86 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. ❑...
  • Page 87: Connecting An I.link Device

    ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK connection can communicate with each other.
  • Page 88: Connecting A Digital Video Camcorder

    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.
  • Page 89: Customizing Your Vaio Computer

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities.
  • Page 90: Setting The Password

    If you forget the machine password, the password needs to be reset and a fee will be charged. To reset the password, contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO...
  • Page 91: Setting The Power-on 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 the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 92 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 password entry screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 93 To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The password entry screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 94 To change or remove the power-on password (user password) Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The password entry screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 95: Setting The Windows Password

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password Setting the Windows Password To add the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Create a password for your account under Make changes to your user account.
  • Page 96 Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Setting the Password To remove the Windows password Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Remove your password. In the Current password field, enter the current password that you want to remove.
  • Page 97: Using Intel(r) Vt

    To enable Intel VT Turn on your computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears.
  • Page 98: Using The Vaio Control Center

    The setting of the desired item is changed. ✍ For more information about each option, see the help file included with the VAIO Control Center. Some of the control items will not be visible if you open the VAIO Control Center as a standard user.
  • Page 99: Using The Vaio Power Management

    If you need to change the advanced settings, click Change advanced power settings and go to step 3. Otherwise, click Save changes. Click the VAIO Power Management tab. Change the settings for each item. Click OK. ✍ You can check the current power plan settings with the VAIO Power Management Viewer in the VAIO Control Center.
  • Page 100: Changing The Display Language

    Customizing Your VAIO Computer > Changing the Display Language Changing the Display Language On models with Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Enterprise, you can download and install your desired language pack. See the specifications to find out about configuration of your computer.
  • Page 101: Upgrading Your Vaio Computer

    ❑ You should not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer. ❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For assistance, contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer (page The type of module and the amount of memory installed on your computer may differ depending on the model you purchased.
  • Page 102: Adding And Removing Memory

    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.
  • Page 103 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.
  • Page 104: Removing And Installing A Memory Module

    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.
  • Page 105 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).
  • Page 106 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 components on the motherboard other than the memory module.
  • Page 107: 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...
  • Page 108: Precautions

    Precautions > Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer. ❑ Safety Information (page 109) ❑ Care and Maintenance Information (page 111) ❑...
  • Page 109: Safety Information

    Precautions > Safety Information Safety Information Computer ❑ Use your computer on a solid, stable surface. ❑ Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal overheating. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs, blankets, couches, beds, or near draperies that may block its air vents. ❑...
  • Page 110: Battery Pack

    ❑ Do not leave battery packs in temperatures above 60°C, such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight. ❑ For your safety, it is highly recommended that you use genuine Sony rechargeable battery packs and AC adapters that meet the quality assurance standard, supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
  • Page 111: Care And Maintenance Information

    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. ❑...
  • Page 112: Handling Your Computer

    If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 113 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.
  • Page 114: Handling The Lcd Screen

    ❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as this may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liability for any malfunctions arising from changes to the settings.
  • Page 115: Using The Power Source

    ❑ 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.
  • Page 116: Handling The Built-in Camera

    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.
  • Page 117: Handling Discs

    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.
  • Page 118: Using The Battery Pack

    ❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time. ❑ Do not charge the battery pack in any way other than as described in this user guide or as designated by Sony in writing.
  • Page 119: Handling "memory Stick

    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". ❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose "Memory Stick". ❑...
  • Page 120: Handling The Built-in Storage Device

    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.
  • Page 121: Troubleshooting

    This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. If these suggestions fail to solve your problems, use the VAIO Care. To launch the software, see Using the VAIO Care (page 31).
  • Page 122 Troubleshooting > ❑ Keyboard (page 159) ❑ Floppy Disks (page 160) ❑ Audio/Video (page 161) ❑ "Memory Stick" (page 164) ❑ Peripherals (page 165)
  • Page 123: Computer Operations

    ❑ 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...
  • Page 124 Troubleshooting > Computer Operations 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 37).
  • Page 125 Troubleshooting > Computer Operations 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. ❑...
  • Page 126: Why Doesn't My Computer Enter Sleep Or Hibernate Mode

    19). ❑ If the problem persists, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the battery pack and contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer...
  • Page 127 ❑ 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. ❑ On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system. The optimal graphic performance in such a case is not guaranteed.
  • Page 128: How Can I Change The Boot Device Order

    To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device. Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears. Why is my computer running slowly and the CPU clock frequency low while the computer...
  • Page 129: System Update / Security

    How can I find important updates for my computer? You can find and install the latest updates on your computer with the software applications: the Windows Update and the VAIO Update. See Updating Your Computer (page 29) for more information.
  • Page 130: Recovery

    Recovery How can I create Recovery Media? You can create Recovery Media using the VAIO Care. The media are used to restore your computer system to its factory default settings. To create the media, launch the VAIO Care (page 31) and then click Recovery &...
  • Page 131: How Do I Check The Volume Of The Recovery Area

    Troubleshooting > Recovery How do I check the volume of the recovery area? Your built-in storage device contains the recovery area where the data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery area, follow these steps: Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
  • Page 132 ✍ If you are using an external optical disc drive (not supplied), restart the computer and press the F11 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Press the M or m key to select VAIO Care Rescue and press the Enter key.
  • Page 133: Battery Pack

    A message prompting you to replace the battery pack appears when the battery pack reaches the end of its life. You can check the battery charge capacity with the Battery function on the VAIO Control Center. Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm?
  • Page 134 Hibernate mode. Why can't I fully charge my battery pack? The battery care function is enabled to extend the life of your battery pack on the VAIO Control Center. Check the settings on the VAIO Control Center.
  • Page 135: Built-in Camera

    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.
  • Page 136 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.
  • Page 137: Networking (lan/wireless Lan)

    ❑ If you want to connect your computer to a wireless LAN access point using the 5 GHz band, make sure the option to use the 5 GHz band or both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands is selected for Wireless LAN Settings in the VAIO Smart Network settings window.
  • Page 138 Troubleshooting > Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) ❑ 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.
  • Page 139: What Should I Do If I Cannot Access The Internet

    Troubleshooting > Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑...
  • Page 140: How Do I Avoid Data Transfer Interruptions

    ❑ Wireless LAN communication uses divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. ❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point.
  • Page 141: Bluetooth Technology

    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. ❑...
  • Page 142: Why Is My Bluetooth Connection Slow

    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? (page 141). ❑...
  • Page 143 Troubleshooting > Bluetooth Technology Why can't I use the services supported by the connected Bluetooth device? Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth function. See Windows Help and Support for more information. Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes? With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz.
  • Page 144 ✍ Some VAIO models detect support of the SCMS-T content protection on a destination device for automatic reconfiguration of the SCMS-T settings. On such models, SCMS-T Settings in step 3 is not displayed because there is no need to manually change the settings.
  • Page 145: Optical Discs

    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.
  • Page 146 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. ❑...
  • Page 147 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"...
  • Page 148 ❑ 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. To play content normally, download and install the latest updates for the WinDVD BD using the VAIO Update. For information on how to use the VAIO Update, see Updating Your Computer (page 29).
  • Page 149 Troubleshooting > Optical Discs What should I do if my external optical disc drive does not work properly? Make sure that your external optical disc drive is connected to an AC power source and the USB port on your computer. If it is not connected, the external optical disc drive may not work properly.
  • Page 150: Display

    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 27) for more information.
  • Page 151 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.
  • Page 152: Why Doesn't My Screen Display A Video

    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.
  • Page 153: How Do I Run Windows Aero

    Troubleshooting > Display What should I do if the external display remains blank? Press the Fn+F7 keys to change the display output. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 33) for more information. How do I run Windows Aero? To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
  • Page 154: Printing

    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. ❑...
  • Page 155: Microphone

    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. ❑...
  • Page 156: Speakers

    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.
  • Page 157 Troubleshooting > Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? (page 156). ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information.
  • Page 158: Touch Pad

    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 (page 36). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑...
  • Page 159: Keyboard

    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.
  • Page 160: Floppy Disks

    Troubleshooting > Floppy Disks Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media 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.
  • Page 161: Audio/video

    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 87) for more information.
  • Page 162 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.
  • Page 163 Troubleshooting > Audio/Video How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF-compatible device? To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF-compatible device connected to your computer, follow these steps: Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound.
  • Page 164: Memory Stick

    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"...
  • Page 165: Peripherals

    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 an AC outlet.
  • Page 166: Trademarks

    Walkman is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. i.LINK is a name to denote IEEE 1394. i.LINK and i.LINK logo " " are the trademarks of Sony Corporation. Intel, Pentium, Intel SpeedStep, and Atom are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
  • Page 167 SDHC Logo is a trademark. SDXC Logo is a trademark. The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • Page 168: Notice

    In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
  • Page 169 © 2010 Sony Corporation...

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