VPCX11 Series - Manuals, Specs & Warranty

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User Guide
Personal Computer
VPCX11 Series
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Contents
Before Use.......................................................................... 4
Finding More about Your VAIO Computer .................... 5
Ergonomic Considerations ............................................ 9
Getting Started.................................................................. 11
Locating Controls and Ports........................................ 12
About the Indicator Lights ........................................... 18
Connecting a Power Source ....................................... 19
Using the Battery Pack................................................ 21
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ........................ 27
Using the Power Saving Modes .................................. 28
Updating Your Computer ............................................ 30
Using Your VAIO Computer.............................................. 31
Using the Keyboard..................................................... 32
Using the Touch Pad................................................... 34
Using the Built-in Camera ........................................... 35
Using "Memory Stick".................................................. 36
Using Other Modules / Memory Cards ........................ 42
Using the Internet........................................................ 46
Using the Network (LAN) ............................................ 47
Using the Wireless LAN .............................................. 48
Using the Bluetooth Function ...................................... 51
Using Peripheral Devices ................................................. 56
Connecting an Optical Disc Drive ................................57
Connecting External Speakers or Headphones ..........58
Connecting an External Display ..................................59
Selecting Display Modes .............................................61
Using the Multiple Monitors Function ..........................62
Connecting a USB Device ...........................................64
Customizing Your VAIO Computer....................................66
Setting the Password...................................................67
Using Intel® VT ...........................................................76
Using the VAIO Control Center ...................................77
Using the VAIO Power Management...........................78
Precautions .......................................................................79
Safety Information .......................................................80
Care and Maintenance Information .............................84
Handling Your Computer .............................................85
Handling the LCD Screen ............................................87
Using the Power Source ..............................................88
Handling the Built-in Camera.......................................89
Handling Discs.............................................................90
Using the Battery Pack ................................................91
Handling "Memory Stick" .............................................92
Handling the Built-in Storage Device ...........................93
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Troubleshooting ................................................................ 94
Computer .................................................................... 96
System Security ........................................................ 105
Battery....................................................................... 106
Built-in Camera ......................................................... 108
Networking ................................................................ 110
Bluetooth Technology ............................................... 113
Display ...................................................................... 117
Printing ...................................................................... 120
Speakers ................................................................... 121
Touch Pad................................................................. 122
Keyboard................................................................... 123
Floppy Disks.............................................................. 124
Audio/Video............................................................... 125
"Memory Stick" .......................................................... 127
Peripherals ................................................................ 128
Trademarks..................................................................... 129
Notice.............................................................................. 131
Before Use >
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Before Use
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has
combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide a state-of-the-art personal
computing experience.
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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 Sony online support web site at the following URLs:
❑ For customers in USA
http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/
❑ For customers in Canada
http://sony.ca/support/
❑ For customers in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries or areas
http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/LA
❑ For customers in Brazil
http://esupport.sony.com/BR/
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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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.
❑ Safety Information — Safety guidelines and owner information.
2. On-screen Documentation
❑ Help and Support — General information and technical assistance for your VAIO computer.
To access Help and Support:
1
Click Start
and Help and Support.
2
Choose from the following categories to find the answers you need.
Get started with my VAIO Get help with Internet and wireless setup, security setup, personalizing your VAIO computer, and creating
recovery discs and more.
Use my VAIO
Access interactive help in the form of VAIO tutorials, how-to articles, the VAIO technology page,
specifications, and system and software information.
You can find useful documentation such as below:
- VAIO User Guide (This manual)
- VAIO Recovery Center User Guide - Information about restoring individual software programs,
hardware drivers, and drive partition(s) or your entire built-in storage device to the original factory settings
- Software Information
Troubleshoot my VAIO
Maintain and troubleshoot your VAIO computer with VAIO Care, system restore, backup and recovery, and
contact Sony support.
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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❑ Program help files — May be included with the preinstalled software programs on your computer. You may be able to
access the help files from the help menu on a specific program.
❑ SmartWi™ Connection Utility Help — Information about setting up Bluetooth®, wireless LAN, GPS, and wireless WAN
functions.
Features and options may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about configuration of your computer.
To access this on-screen guide:
1
Click Start, All Programs, and SmartWi Connection Utility.
2
Click SmartWi Connection Utility Help.
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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3. Support Web Sites
❑ Sony online support web site
The Sony online support web site provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a
description of the problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online.
❑ For customers in USA
http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/
❑ For customers in Canada
http://sony.ca/support/
❑ For customers in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries or areas
http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/LA
❑ For customers in Brazil
http://esupport.sony.com/BR/
❑ Operating system online support web site
Your computer comes preinstalled with a Microsoft Windows operating system. For operating system support, you can
visit Microsoft customer support at http://support.microsoft.com/directory/.
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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4. Customer Information Center
If you do not find the information you are looking for at our site, you may call Sony directly. You can find the contact numbers
on the Sony online support web site. In order to receive the fastest and most efficient services, have the following information
readily available:
1
Your VAIO computer model
You can find it at the lower right corner of the display on the computer.
2
Your computer's serial number
You can find it on the bottom, the back panel, or inside the battery compartment of your Sony VAIO computer. The serial
number is the last 7 digits of the number below the barcode.
3
The operating system on your computer
4
The hardware component or the software program that is causing the problem
5
A brief description of the problem
5. In Store Service & Support (available in USA only)
Make an appointment with a Sony certified technician at a U.S. Sony Style store and get personalized service and support
for your VAIO PC. Sony Style Backstage Technicians can assist with the setup of your new VAIO PC, system optimization,
data rescue, and any repair service you might need.
Visit the web site at www.sonystyle.com/backstage to find the nearest location.
Before Use >
Ergonomic Considerations
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Ergonomic Considerations
You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt
to take account of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and portable environments:
❑ Position of your computer – Place the computer directly in front of you. Keep your forearms horizontal, with your wrists
in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard or the pointing device. Let your upper arms hang naturally at
your sides. Take frequent breaks while using your computer. Excessive use of the computer may strain eyes, muscles, or
tendons.
❑ Furniture and posture – Sit in a chair with good back support. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the
floor. A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture and avoid slouching forward or leaning
far backwards.
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Ergonomic Considerations
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❑ Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye
strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display
as well.
❑ Lighting – Choose a location where windows and lights do not cause glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect
lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work efficiency.
❑ Positioning an external display – When using an external display, set the display at a comfortable viewing distance.
Make sure the display screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
Getting Started >
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Getting Started
This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer.
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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.
❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 12)
❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 18)
❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 19)
❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 21)
❑ Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 27)
❑ Using the Power Saving Modes (page 28)
❑ Updating Your Computer (page 30)
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Locating Controls and Ports
Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages.
Front
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
WIRELESS switch (page 48), (page 51)
Built-in microphone (monaural)
Num lock indicator (page 18)
Caps lock indicator (page 18)
Scroll lock indicator (page 18)
LCD screen (page 87)
Power button/Power indicator (page 18)
Keyboard (page 32)
Touch pad (page 34)
Left button (page 34)
Right button (page 34)
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Locating Controls and Ports
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A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator (page 18)
Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 35)
Charge indicator (page 18)
Disc drive indicator (page 18)
WIRELESS indicator (page 18)
SD memory card slot (page 42)
Media Access indicator (page 18)
H "Memory Stick Duo" slot* (page 36)
*
Your computer supports only Duo-size "Memory Stick".
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Back
A Air vent
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Right
A Network (LAN) port (page 47)
Pull the port cover down before using the network (LAN) port.
When the port cover disengages:
The port cover may disengage if you exert pressure on it when
opening it or disconnecting a LAN cable. To attach the port
cover, align the cover with the edge (1) of the port and push the
cover down until it clicks into place.
B Monitor port (page 59)
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Left
A DC IN port (page 19)
B Security slot
C Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports* (page 64)
D Headphones jack (page 58)
*
Support high-/full-/low- speeds.
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Bottom
A Tilt feet
Unfold the tilt feet to adjust the angle of your computer before
using the network (LAN) port and the monitor port.
When the tilt foot disengages:
The tilt foot may disengage if you exert pressure on it when
unfolding it. To attach the tilt foot, push it down while aligning the
snap-fit joint (1) with the projections (2) until it snaps into place.
B Built-in speaker (monaural)
C SIM card slot*
D Battery connector (page 21)
E Air vent
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On selected models only.
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About the Indicator Lights
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About the Indicator Lights
Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights:
Indicator
Functions
Power 1
Illuminates in green while the computer is on, blinks slowly in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and
goes out when the computer is turned off or enters Hibernate mode.
Charge
Illuminates while the battery pack is charging. See Charging the Battery Pack (page 24) for more information.
Built-in MOTION EYE camera
Illuminates while the built-in camera is in use.
Media Access
Illuminates while data access to a memory card, such as "Memory Stick" and an SD memory card, is in
progress. (Do not place the computer into Sleep mode or turn it off while this indicator light is lit.) When the
indicator light is unlit, the memory card is not in use.
Disc drive
Illuminates while data access to the built-in storage device is in progress. Do not place the computer into Sleep
mode or turn it off while this indicator light is lit.
Num lock
Press the Num Lk key to activate the numeric keypad. Press it a second time to deactivate the numeric keypad.
The numeric keypad is not active when the indicator light is unlit.
Caps lock
Scroll lock
WIRELESS
Press the Caps Lock key to type letters in uppercase. Letters appear in lowercase if you press the Shift key
while the indicator light is lit. Press the key a second time to turn off the indicator light. Normal typing resumes
when the Caps lock indicator light is turned off.
Press the Fn+Scr Lk keys to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll lock
indicator light is turned off. The Scr Lk key functions differently depending on the program you are using and
does not work with all programs.
Illuminates while one or more wireless options are enabled.
Getting Started >
Connecting a Power Source
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Connecting a Power Source
You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack for supplying power to your computer. Before using the
computer for the first time, you need to connect an AC adapter to your computer.
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Do not use your computer without the battery pack installed as it may cause the computer to malfunction.
Using the AC Adapter
While your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet.
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Use only the supplied AC adapter for your computer.
To use the AC adapter
1
Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3).
2
Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet (2).
3
Plug the cable from the AC adapter (3) into the DC IN port (4) on the computer.
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The shape of the DC In plug varies depending on the AC adapter.
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Connecting a Power Source
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✍
To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, unplug the AC adapter.
Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible.
If you do not intend to use your computer for an extended period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode. See Using Hibernate Mode (page
29).
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Using the Battery Pack
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Using the Battery Pack
The battery pack supplied with your computer is installed on your computer and is not fully charged at the time of delivery.
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Do not use your computer without the battery pack installed as it may cause the computer to malfunction.
Installing/Removing the Battery Pack
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On models containing the VGP-BPX19 battery pack, refer to the supplied leaflet for information on how to install/remove the battery pack.
To install the battery pack
1
Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
2
Slide the battery LOCK switches (1) inward.
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Using the Battery Pack
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3
Place the battery pack into the battery compartment until the projection (2) on either side of the battery pack fits into the
U-shaped cut (3) on either side of the battery compartment.
4
Push down the circled area on the battery pack illustrated below until the battery pack clicks into place.
5
Slide the battery LOCK switches outward to secure the battery pack on the computer.
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Using the Battery Pack
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To remove the battery pack
!
You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while your computer is on and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery pack
while the computer is in Sleep mode.
1
Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid.
2
Slide the battery LOCK switches (1) inward.
3
Slide and hold the battery RELEASE latch (2) inward, put your fingertip underneath the tab (3) on the battery pack, and
lift the battery pack in the direction of the arrow, and then slide it away from the computer.
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This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony battery packs.
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Using the Battery Pack
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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
1
Install the battery pack.
2
Connect the computer to a power source with the AC adapter.
The charge indicator light is on while the battery pack is charging. When the battery pack charges close to the maximum
charge level you selected with the battery charge functions, the charge indicator turns off.
Charge indicator status
Meaning
Lit in orange
The battery pack is charging.
Blinks along with the green
power indicator
The battery pack is running out of power.
(Normal mode)
Blinks along with the orange
power indicator
The battery pack is running out of power.
(Sleep mode)
Blinks fast in orange
A battery error has occurred due to a failed battery
pack or an unlocked battery pack.
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Charge the battery pack as described in this manual from your first battery charge.
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Using the Battery Pack
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✍
Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the
computer.
When the battery pack is running out of power and both the charge and power indicator lights blink, you should either connect the AC adapter to
recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack.
Your computer is supplied with a lithium ion battery pack and can be recharged any time. Charging a partially discharged battery pack does not affect
the life of battery.
You can extend the life of your battery pack if you enable the battery care function of the Battery Charge Functions with the VAIO Control Center.
While some software applications or peripheral devices are in use, your computer may not enter Hibernate mode even when the remaining battery life
becomes short. To avoid loss of data while the computer is running on the battery, you should save your data frequently and manually activate a power
management mode, such as Sleep or Hibernate.
If the battery pack runs out of power while the computer is in Sleep mode, you will lose all unsaved data. Going back to the previous work state is
impossible. To avoid loss of data, you should save your data frequently.
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Using the Battery Pack
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Extending Your Battery Life
When your computer is running on battery power, you can extend your battery life using the following methods.
❑ Decrease the LCD brightness of your computer screen.
❑ Use the power saving mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 28) for more information.
❑ Change the power saving settings on the Power Options. See Using the VAIO Power Management (page 78) for more
information.
❑ Set the wallpaper in Long Battery Life Wallpaper Setting as your desktop background with the VAIO Control Center.
Getting Started >
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely
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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
1
Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer.
2
Click Start and the Shut down button.
3
Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off
automatically.
The power indicator light turns off.
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Using the Power Saving Modes
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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.
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If you do not intend to use your computer for an extended period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate
mode or turn it off.
If the battery pack runs out of power while your computer is in Sleep mode, you will lose all unsaved data. Going back to the previous work state is
impossible. To avoid loss of data, you should save your data frequently.
Mode
Description
Normal mode
This is the normal state of your computer while it is in use. The green power indicator light is lit while the
computer is in this mode.
Sleep mode
Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the built-in storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power
consumption mode. The orange power indicator light blinks slowly while your computer is in this mode. Your
computer comes out of Sleep mode quicker than out of Hibernate mode. However, Sleep mode uses more
power than Hibernate mode.
Hibernate mode
While your computer is in Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the built-in storage device(s) and
power is turned off. Even when the battery pack runs out of power, no data will be lost. The power indicator light
is unlit while your computer is in this mode.
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Using the Power Saving Modes
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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. You will lose all unsaved data.
Using Hibernate Mode
To activate Hibernate mode
Press the Fn+F12 keys.
Alternatively, you can click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Hibernate.
!
Do not move your computer before its power indicator light turns off.
To return to Normal mode
Press the power button.
!
If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically.
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Updating Your Computer
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Updating Your Computer
Be sure to install the latest updates on your computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run
more efficiently.
❑ Windows Update
Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.
❑ VAIO Update 4
Click Start, All Programs, VAIO Update 4, and Go to VAIO Web Support and then follow the on-screen instructions.
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Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
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Using Your VAIO Computer
This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer.
❑ Using the Keyboard (page 32)
❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 34)
❑ Using the Built-in Camera (page 35)
❑ Using "Memory Stick" (page 36)
❑ Using Other Modules / Memory Cards (page 42)
❑ Using the Internet (page 46)
❑ Using the Network (LAN) (page 47)
❑ Using the Wireless LAN (page 48)
❑ Using the Bluetooth Function (page 51)
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Using the Keyboard
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Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks.
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
✍
Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system is finished launching.
Combination/Feature
Function
Fn + % (F2): muting
Turns on and off the built-in speakers or the headphones.
Fn + 2 (F3/F4): volume control
Changes the volume level.
To increase the volume, keep pressing the Fn+F4 keys or press the Fn+F4 keys and then the
M or , key.
To decrease the volume, keep pressing the Fn+F3 keys or press the Fn+F3 keys and then the
m or < key.
Fn + 8 (F5/F6): brightness control
Changes the LCD brightness of your computer screen.
To increase lighting intensity, keep pressing the Fn+F6 keys or press the Fn+F6 keys and then
the M or , key.
To decrease lighting intensity, keep pressing the Fn+F5 keys or press the Fn+F5 keys and then
the m or < key.
Fn +
Switches the display output between your computer screen, an external display, simultaneous
output to both, and multiple displays with both that function as a single desktop. Press the Enter
key to select the display output.
/T (F7): display output
!
If you disconnect a display cable from your computer while an external display is selected as the display
output destination, the computer screen goes blank. In such a case, press the F7 key twice while holding
down the Fn key, and then press the Enter key to switch the display output to the computer screen.
Multiple displays may not be supported depending on the operating system on your computer.
Using Your VAIO Computer >
Using the Keyboard
Combination/Feature
Fn +
Fn +
/
(F9/F10): zooming
(F12): hibernation
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Function
Changes the size of an image or a document displayed on some software.
To make the view look smaller and further away (zoom out), press the Fn+F9 keys.
To make the view look bigger and closer (zoom in), press the Fn+F10 keys.
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
of the system and the connected peripheral devices are saved to the built-in storage device and
the system power is turned off. To return the system to its original state, use the power button
to turn on the power.
For details on power management, see Using the Power Saving Modes (page 28).
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Using the Touch Pad
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Using the Touch Pad
You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad.
Action
Description
Point
Slide your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object.
Click
Press the left button (3) once.
Double-click
Press the left button twice in a row.
Right-click
Press the right button (4) once. With many applications, this action displays a context-sensitive shortcut menu (if any).
Drag
Slide your finger on the touch pad while pressing the left button.
Scroll
Slide your finger along the right edge of the touch pad to scroll vertically. Slide your finger along the bottom edge to scroll
horizontally. Once vertical or horizontal scrolling is engaged, you can move your finger in circles on the touch pad to
keep scrolling without taking the finger off the touch pad (the scroll function is available only with applications that
support a touch pad scroll feature).
Flick
Slide two fingers linearly in quick motion on the touch pad. On web browser software or image viewer software, you can
flick left to move backward and flick right to move forward.
Pinch
With some software applications, you can pinch on the touch pad with two fingers for zooming. Pinch open to zoom in
or pinch close to zoom out.
✍
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
keyboard for pointer operations.
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 communication software, such as the Skype, you can join a video conference through the Internet.
✍
Turning on the computer activates the built-in camera.
Video conferences are possible with the appropriate software.
!
Launching or exiting your instant messaging or video editing software does not activate or deactivate the built-in camera.
Do not place your computer into Sleep or Hibernate mode while you are using the built-in camera.
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Using "Memory Stick"
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Using "Memory Stick"
"Memory Stick" is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing
digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and other devices. Because it is removable,
it can be used for external data storage.
Before You Use "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 [memorystick.com] at http://www.memorystick.com/en/.
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Using "Memory Stick"
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Inserting and Removing "Memory Stick"
To insert "Memory Stick"
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot.
2
Hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot.
3
Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place.
✍
When you insert "Memory Stick" into the slot for the first time, you may be prompted to install driver software. If prompted, follow the on-screen
instructions to install the software.
"Memory Stick" is automatically detected by your system and the contents of "Memory Stick" are displayed. If nothing appears on the desktop, click
Start, Computer, and double-click the "Memory Stick" icon.
The "Memory Stick" icon will appear in the Computer window after you insert "Memory Stick" into the slot.
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Using "Memory Stick"
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!
Be sure to hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the
media, do not force "Memory Stick" into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly.
Before using "Memory Stick Micro" ("M2"), be sure to insert it into an "M2" Duo adaptor. If you insert the media directly into the "Memory Stick Duo"
slot without the adaptor, you may not be able to remove it from the slot.
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".
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot.
2
Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
3
Push in "Memory Stick" toward the computer and release.
"Memory Stick" ejects.
4
Pull "Memory Stick" out of the slot.
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Be sure to remove "Memory Stick" gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
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Formatting "Memory Stick"
To format "Memory Stick"
"Memory Stick" has been formatted by default and is ready for use.
If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps.
!
Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports "Memory Stick" when formatting the media.
Formatting "Memory Stick" erases the entire data stored on the media. Before formatting the media, make sure that it does not contain your valuable
data.
Do not remove "Memory Stick" from the slot while formatting. This could cause a malfunction.
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot.
2
Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place.
3
Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window.
4
Right-click the "Memory Stick" icon and select Format.
5
Click Restore device defaults.
!
The size of the allocation unit and file system may change.
Do not select NTFS from the File system drop-down list as it may cause a malfunction.
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The formatting process will be completed more quickly if you select Quick Format in Format options.
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Using "Memory Stick"
6
Click Start.
7
Follow the on-screen instructions.
!
It may take time to format "Memory Stick" depending on the media type.
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Notes on Using "Memory Stick"
❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded "Memory Stick" with capacity of up to 16 GB
that are available as of May 2009. However, not all "Memory Stick" are guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ Inserting "Memory Stick" with multiple conversion adaptors is not guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ "MagicGate" is the general name of the copyright protection technology developed by Sony. Use "Memory Stick" with the
"MagicGate" logo to take advantage of this technology.
❑ Except for your personal use, it is against the copyright law to use any audio and/or image data you recorded without prior
consent from the respective copyright holders. Accordingly, "Memory Stick" with such copyrighted data can be used only
within the law.
❑ Do not insert more than one "Memory Stick" into the slot. Improper insertion of the media may damage both your
computer and the media.
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Using Other Modules / Memory Cards
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Using Other Modules / Memory Cards
Using the SD Memory Card
Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras,
camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices.
Before you use the SD memory card
The SD memory card slot on your computer supports the following memory cards:
❑ SD memory card
❑ SDHC 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.
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To insert an SD memory card
1
Locate the SD memory card slot.
2
Hold the SD memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the slot.
3
Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place.
Do not force the card into the slot.
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If the SD memory card does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction.
When you insert the SD memory card into the slot for the first time, you may be prompted to install driver software. If prompted, follow the on-screen
instructions to install the software.
The SD memory card icon will appear in the Computer window after you insert the card into the slot.
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Using Other Modules / Memory Cards
To remove an SD memory card
1
Locate the SD memory card slot.
2
Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
3
Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release.
The SD memory card ejects.
4
Pull the SD memory card out of the slot.
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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.
❑ Be sure to hold the memory card with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid
damaging your computer or the media, do not force the memory card into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly.
❑ Use care when inserting or removing the memory card from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot.
❑ Do not remove the memory card while the media access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data.
❑ Do not attempt to insert a memory card or memory card adaptor of a different type into the memory card slot. An
incompatible memory card or memory card adaptor may cause difficulty in removing from the slot and can cause damage
to your computer.
Notes on using the SD memory card
❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory cards available as of May 2009. However,
not all memory cards that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ SD memory cards with capacity of up to 2 GB and SDHC memory cards with capacity of up to 32 GB have been tested
and found compatible with your computer.
❑ The SD memory card slot on your computer does not support the high-speed data transfer feature of the SD memory
card and the SDHC memory card.
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Using the Internet
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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:
❑ Fiber to the Home (FTTH)
❑ Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
❑ Cable modem
❑ Satellite
❑ Dial-up
For detailed information on devices required for Internet access and how to connect your computer to the Internet, ask your
ISP.
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To connect your computer to the Internet using the wireless LAN function, you need to set up the wireless LAN network. See Using the Wireless LAN
(page 48) for more information.
!
When you connect your computer to the Internet, be sure to take appropriate security measures to protect the computer against online threats.
Depending on the service contract with your ISP, you may need to connect an external modem device, for example a USB telephone modem, a DSL
modem, or a cable modem, to your computer to connect to the Internet. For the detailed instructions on connection setups and modem configuration,
see the manual that came with your modem.
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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.
!
You need to unfold the tilt feet before using the network (LAN) port on your computer.
✍
You can connect your computer to any network without changing the default settings.
!
Do not plug a telephone cable into the network (LAN) port on your computer.
If the network (LAN) port is connected to one of the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the port may cause damage, overheating,
or fire.
- Home (intercom speakerphone) or business-use telephone lines (multi-line business telephone)
- Public telephone subscriber line
- Private branch exchange (PBX)
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Using the Wireless LAN
Using the Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with the built-in WLAN function communicate freely with each other
through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio)
connection.
The WLAN supports all normal LAN connectivity, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access
information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to
another.
You can communicate without an access point, which means that you can communicate with a limited number of computers
(ad-hoc). Or you can communicate through an access point, which allows you to create a full infrastructure network.
To use the wireless LAN function
!
Be sure to turn on the WIRELESS switch before starting the wireless LAN function.
The IEEE 802.11a standard, using the 5 GHz band, and the IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band, are not available on ad-hoc
networks.
To use the wireless LAN function, you first need to set up the wireless LAN function.
Use the SmartWi Connection Utility to set up the wireless LAN function. See the SmartWi Connection Utility Help for
more information.
To access this on-screen guide:
1
Click Start, All Programs, and SmartWi Connection Utility.
2
Click SmartWi Connection Utility Help.
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✍
In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels). Therefore, before activating the
WLAN function, read the Safety Information carefully.
WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a*/b/g standard or the IEEE 802.11n* draft standard, which specifies the type of technology used. The 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. WPA is designed to be forward compatible with
the IEEE 802.11i specification. It utilizes the enhanced data encryption Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) in addition to user authentication using
802.1X and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). Data encryption protects the vulnerable wireless link between clients and access points. Besides
that, there are other typical LAN security mechanisms to ensure privacy, such as: password protection, end-to-end encryption, virtual private networks,
and authentication. WPA2, the second generation of WPA, provides stronger data protection and network access control and is also designed to secure
all versions of 802.11 devices, including 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n draft standard, multi-band and multi-mode. In addition, based on
the ratified IEEE 802.11i standard, WPA2 provides government grade security by implementing the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) FIPS 140-2 compliant AES encryption algorithm and 802.1X-based authentication. WPA2 is backward compatible with WPA.
* See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz band. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides higher-speed communications
than the IEEE 802.11b standard.
The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz band.
The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band.
Wireless LAN devices using the 2.4 GHz band cannot communicate with devices using the 5 GHz band because the frequencies are different.
The 2.4 GHz band used by wireless LAN compatible devices is also used by other various devices. Although technologies to minimize interference from
other devices that use the same band are employed on wireless LAN compatible devices, such interference may cause lower communication speed,
narrower communication range, or broken wireless connections.
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The communication speed varies depending on the distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the device
configuration, the radio conditions, and the software in use. In addition, communications may be cut off depending on the radio conditions.
The communication range varies depending on the actual distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the
radio conditions, the ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls, and the software in use.
Actual communication speed may not be as fast as the one displayed on your computer.
Deploying IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g products on the same wireless network may reduce the communication speed due to radio interference.
Taking this into consideration, the IEEE 802.11g products are designed to reduce the communication speed to ensure communications with
IEEE 802.11b products. When the communication speed is not as fast as expected, changing the wireless channel on the access point may increase
the communication speed.
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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 33 feet (10 meters) in an
open area.
To use the Bluetooth function
!
Be sure to turn on the WIRELESS switch before starting the Bluetooth function.
To use the Bluetooth function, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function.
Use the SmartWi Connection Utility to set up the Bluetooth function. See the SmartWi Connection Utility Help for more
information.
To access this on-screen guide:
1
Click Start, All Programs, and SmartWi Connection Utility.
2
Click SmartWi Connection Utility Help.
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Bluetooth Security
The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to
communicate. With the authentication function, you can prevent any anonymous Bluetooth devices from accessing your
computer.
The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common passkey (a password required for authentication) should be
determined for both devices to be registered. Once a device is registered, there is no need to re-enter the passkey.
✍
The passkey can be different each time, but must be the same at both ends.
For certain devices, such as a mouse, no passkey can be entered.
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Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device
You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a
mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables.
To communicate with another Bluetooth device
To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function. For setting up and using the
Bluetooth function, search Windows Help and Support for Bluetooth information.
!
Be sure to turn on the WIRELESS switch before starting the Bluetooth function.
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Notes on Using the Bluetooth Function
❑ The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions:
❑ Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices
❑ Distance between devices
❑ Material used in walls
❑ Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones
❑ Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions
❑ Device configuration
❑ Type of software application
❑ Type of operating system
❑ Use of both wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions at the same time on your computer
❑ Size of file being exchanged
❑ Large files may occasionally be corrupted during continuous transfer due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard and
electromagnetic interference in the environment.
❑ All Bluetooth devices must be certified to make sure that the applicable standard requirements are maintained. Even if
standards are met, individual device performance, specifications, and operation procedures can vary. Data exchange may
not be possible in all situations.
❑ Video and audio may not be synchronized if you play videos on your computer with audio output from a connected
Bluetooth device. This is a frequent occurrence with Bluetooth technology and is not a malfunction.
❑ The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth
devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous
use of the Bluetooth function and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in
reduced communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
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❑ 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. This is normal with Bluetooth technology and is not a malfunction.
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Using Peripheral Devices
You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer.
❑ Connecting an Optical Disc Drive (page 57)
❑ Connecting External Speakers or Headphones (page 58)
❑ Connecting an External Display (page 59)
❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 61)
❑ Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 62)
❑ Connecting a USB Device (page 64)
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Connecting an Optical Disc Drive
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Connecting an Optical Disc Drive
To use optical disc media with your computer, connect an external optical disc drive (not supplied) to your computer.
Connecting an Optical Disc Drive
!
Be sure to connect an external optical disc drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program.
To connect an optical disc drive
1
Plug the power cord (if any) of your external optical disc drive (1) into an AC outlet.
2
Choose the USB port (2)
3
Plug one end of a USB cable (3) into the USB port, and the other end to the optical disc drive.
you prefer to use.
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See the manual that came with your external optical disc drive for detailed instructions on connecting the USB cable to the drive.
Disconnecting the drive while the computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
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Connecting External Speakers or Headphones
Connecting External Speakers or Headphones
You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer.
To connect external speakers
✍
Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
!
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Connect external speakers (1) to the headphones jack (2) i with a speaker cable (3) (not supplied).
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Connecting an External Display
Connecting an External Display
Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
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Connecting an External Display
Connecting a Computer Display or a Projector
You can connect an external display, such as a computer display or a projector, to your computer.
!
You need to unfold the tilt feet before using the monitor port on your computer.
To connect a computer display or a projector
1
Unfold the tilt feet (page 17).
2
Plug the power cord (1) of your external display or the projector into the AC outlet.
3
Connect the external display or the projector to the monitor port (2) on the computer with a display cable (3).
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If necessary, connect the headphones jack on the projector and the headphones jack (4) i on the computer with a speaker cable (5).
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Selecting Display Modes
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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 need to unfold the tilt feet before using the monitor port on your computer.
✍
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.
Turn on the external display before turning on your computer.
To select a display mode with the Fn+F7 keys
You can select a display mode with the Fn+F7 keys. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 32) for more
information.
To select a display mode from the display settings
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click the drop-down list next to Multiple Displays, select your desired setting, and then click OK.
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Using the Multiple Monitors Function
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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.
You can move the cursor from one display to the other. This allows you to drag objects, such as an open application window
or a toolbar, from one display to the other.
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To use the Multiple Monitors function
!
You need to unfold the tilt feet before using the monitor port on your computer.
✍
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.
If you set different colors on each display, do not expand a single window across two displays, or your software may not work properly.
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click the drop-down list next to Multiple Displays, select Extend these displays, and then click OK.
✍
You can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors function.
Set fewer colors or a lower resolution for each display.
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Connecting a USB Device
You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device to your computer, such as a mouse, floppy disk drive, speaker, and
printer.
To connect a USB device
1
Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.
2
Plug the USB device cable (2) into the USB port.
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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.
❑ Be sure to use a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to print documents.
❑ For information on how to remove a USB device, see the manual that came with the device.
❑ To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following:
❑ When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact.
❑ Do not put the computer into a bag or carrying case when it has USB devices connected.
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Customizing Your VAIO Computer
This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn
how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities.
❑ Setting the Password (page 67)
❑ Using Intel VT (page 76)
❑ Using the VAIO Control Center (page 77)
❑ Using the VAIO Power Management (page 78)
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Setting the Password
In addition to the Windows password, you can use BIOS functions to set two types of passwords to protect your computer:
the power-on password and the hard disk password.
Once you have set the power-on password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start
your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
The hard disk password provides additional security for the data stored on your built-in storage device. If you set the hard
disk password, other users will not be able to access the data without knowing the password, even if the password-protected
built-in storage device is removed from your computer and is installed in another computer.
Adding the Power-on Password
The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access.
There are two types of the power-on passwords: the machine password and the user password. The machine password is
provided for users with administrative rights on the computer to change all the setup options in the BIOS setup screen, as
well as to start the computer. The user password is provided for the standard users to allow for changing some of the BIOS
setup options, as well as starting the computer. To set the user password, you must first set the machine password.
!
Once you have set the power-on password, you cannot start your computer without entering the password. Be sure not to forget the password. Write
down your password and keep it safe and private from other people.
If you forget the power-on password and need assistance to reset it, a password reset fee will be charged, and your computer may need to be sent in
for service to reset the password.
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Setting the Password
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To add the power-on password (machine password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the
Enter key.
4
On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key.
The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long.
5
Select Password when Power On under Security and press the Enter key.
6
Change the setting from Disabled to Enabled.
7
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To add the power-on password (user password)
!
Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password.
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Enter the machine password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key.
The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Changing/Removing the Power-on Password
To change or remove the power-on password (machine password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Enter the machine password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key.
To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter
key.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To change or remove the power-on password (user password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Enter the user password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key.
To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter
key.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Adding the Hard Disk Password
The hard disk password provides additional security for the data stored on your built-in storage device. If you enable the hard
disk password, this adds an extra level of security.
When adding the hard disk password, you must set both the master and user passwords. The master password is provided
for users with administrative rights on the computer to reset the user password in the BIOS setup screen. The user password
is provided to lock your built-in storage device. Once you set the user password, you will have to enter the password along
with the power-on password (if set), after the VAIO logo appears.
!
You cannot start your computer with the master password.
If you forget the master password or the keyboard fails, which is critical to password entry, no bypass is possible and the data stored on the built-in
storage device will not be accessible. There is NO RESET of this password. You will have to replace the built-in storage device at your own expense and
lose all the data originally stored on the device. Be sure to write down the master password and keep it safe and private from other people.
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To add the hard disk password
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
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If you have set the power-on password, enter your power-on password.
3
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Hard Disk Password, and then press the
Enter key.
The Hard Disk Password entry screen appears.
4
Select Enter Master and User Passwords and press the Enter key.
5
Select Continue on the warning screen and press the Enter key.
6
Enter the master password twice and press the Enter key.
The password should be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long.
7
Enter the user password twice and press the Enter key.
The password should be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long.
8
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
9
Press the Esc key and then the < or , key to select the Exit tab.
10 Press the M or m key to select Exit Setup and press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Changing/Removing the Hard Disk Password
To change the hard disk password
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
✍
If you have set the power-on password, enter your power-on password.
3
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Hard Disk Password, and then press the
Enter key.
The Hard Disk Password entry screen appears.
4
Select Change Master Password or Change User Password and press the Enter key.
5
Enter the current password once and then a new password twice.
6
Press the Enter key.
7
Press the Enter key when the success message appears.
8
Press the Esc key and then the < or , key to select the Exit tab.
9
Press the M or m key to select Exit Setup and press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To remove the hard disk password
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
✍
If you have set the power-on password, enter your power-on password.
3
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Hard Disk Password, and then press the
Enter key.
The Hard Disk Password entry screen appears.
4
Select Enter Master and User Passwords and press the Enter key.
5
Enter the current password for Enter Current Hard Disk Master Password and press the Enter key.
6
Press the Enter key without entering any letter for the remaining fields.
7
Press the Enter key when the success message appears.
8
Press the Esc key and then the < or , key to select the Exit tab.
9
Press the M or m key to select Exit Setup and press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Using Intel® VT
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT) allows you to use hardware virtualization software for enhancing your computer's
performance.
!
Intel VT may not be available depending on the CPU installed on your computer.
For information on virtualization and how to use hardware virtualization software, contact the software publisher.
To enable Intel VT
1
Turn on your computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Advanced.
4
Press the M or m key to select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology or Intel(R) VT, press the Enter key, select Enabled,
and press the Enter key.
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If the Advanced tab is not displayed in the BIOS setup window or you cannot select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, Intel VT is not available on the
computer.
5
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Using the VAIO Control Center
The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior.
To use the VAIO Control Center
1
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
2
Select your desired control item and change the settings.
3
Once finished, click OK.
The setting of the desired item has been 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.
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Using the VAIO Power Management
Power management helps you set up power plans for running on AC or battery power to suit your requirements for power
consumption.
The VAIO Power Management function is added to the Windows Power Options. With this software application, you can
enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operation of your computer and longer battery life.
Selecting a Power Plan
When you start the computer, a power status icon appears on the taskbar. This icon indicates what kind of power source you
are currently using. Click this icon to display the window that shows your power status.
To select a power plan
1
Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
2
Select your desired power plan.
To change the power plan settings
1
Click Change plan settings on the right of your desired power plan in the Power Options window.
Change the Sleep mode and display settings as needed.
2
If you need to change the advanced settings, click Change advanced power settings and go to step 3.
Otherwise, click Save changes.
3
Click the VAIO Power Management tab.
Change the settings for each item.
4
Click OK.
✍
You can check the current power plan settings with the VAIO Power Management Viewer in the VAIO Control Center.
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Precautions
This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage.
❑ Safety Information (page 80)
❑ Care and Maintenance Information (page 84)
❑ Handling Your Computer (page 85)
❑ Handling the LCD Screen (page 87)
❑ Using the Power Source (page 88)
❑ Handling the Built-in Camera (page 89)
❑ Handling Discs (page 90)
❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 91)
❑ Handling "Memory Stick" (page 92)
❑ Handling the Built-in Storage Device (page 93)
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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.
❑ Do not use your computer directly on your lap. The temperature of the base of the unit will rise during normal operation
and over time could result in discomfort or burns.
❑ Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables.
Power Source
❑ Do not place heavy objects on the power cord, or this could cause a fire.
❑ To disconnect the cord, pull it out by holding the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for an extended period of time.
❑ When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet.
❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible.
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Battery Pack
❑ Do not leave battery packs in temperatures above 140°F (60°C), such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct
sunlight.
❑ For your safety, Sony recommends using the genuine Sony battery pack and AC adapter provided with this product. If
these items need to be replaced during the life of the product, be sure to use a compatible genuine Sony battery pack or
AC adapter. Information about compatible models can be found at the following URLs:
❑ For customers in USA
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio/
❑ For customers in Canada
http://www.sonystyle.ca/vaio/
❑ For customers in Latin American countries or areas
http://vaio.sony-latin.com/
❑ Sony disclaims and shall assume no responsibility in case of any losses or damages arising from:
❑ The use of non-genuine Sony battery packs or AC adapters with your VAIO computer.
❑ The disassembly, alteration of, or tampering of any Sony battery pack.
❑ Keep the battery pack away from all sources of heat.
❑ Keep the battery pack dry.
❑ Do not open or try to disassemble the battery pack.
❑ Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock, such as dropping it on a hard surface.
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❑ If you are not using your computer for an extended period of time, remove the battery pack from the computer to prevent
damage to the battery pack.
❑ If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time, the remaining battery life may become short.
This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. The battery pack will gradually discharge over time even while not in
use. Connect the AC adapter to your computer and recharge the battery pack before using the computer again.
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Headphones
❑ Road safety – Do not use headphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic
hazard and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play loud music while walking, especially at
pedestrian crossings.
❑ Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud
and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.
"Memory Stick"
Keep "Memory Stick" and "Memory Stick" adaptors out of reach of children. There is a risk of swallowing them.
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Care and Maintenance Information
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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.
❑ Make sure you unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery pack before cleaning your computer.
LCD Screen
❑ Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the surface of the LCD screen. Rubbing the surface could damage the screen.
❑ To protect the LCD screen and keyboard from damage, for example in the case of carrying the computer, spread out the
cleaning cloth with no wrinkles on the keyboard before closing the LCD screen lid.
Built-in Camera
Clean the lens protection cover of the built-in camera with a blower brush or a soft brush. If the cover is extremely dirty, wipe
it off with a soft dry cloth. Do not rub the cover, as it is sensitive to pressure.
Discs
❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol,
commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
❑ For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edges and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
❑ If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from
the center out. Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth.
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Handling Your Computer
❑ If you drop a solid object or any liquid onto your computer, shut down the computer, unplug it, and remove the battery
pack. You may want to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it again.
❑ Do not drop your computer or place any objects on top of the computer.
❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to:
❑ Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
❑ Direct sunlight
❑ Excessive dust
❑ Moisture or rain
❑ Mechanical vibration or shock
❑ Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑ Ambient temperature of more than 95°F (35°C) or less than 41°F (5°C)
❑ High humidity
❑ Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The electromagnetic field of the equipment may cause the
computer to malfunction.
❑ Do not use your computer without the battery pack installed as it may cause the computer to malfunction.
❑ Your computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. If this occurs,
relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set.
❑ Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
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❑ If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In
such a case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer. If any problems occur, unplug the computer and
contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO
Computer (page 5).
❑ 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. To open the computer, hold the base with one hand and gently lift the LCD screen lid with the other. To carry
the computer with the lid open, be sure to hold the computer with both hands.
❑ Use a carrying case specially designed to carry your computer.
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Handling the LCD Screen
❑ Do not leave the LCD screen facing the sun. This could damage the LCD screen. Be sure to block direct sunlight when
using your computer near a window.
❑ Do not scratch the surface of the LCD screen or exert pressure on it. This could cause a damage.
❑ Using your computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the LCD screen. This is not a
malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
❑ A residual image may appear on the LCD screen if the same image is displayed for an extended period of time. The
residual image disappears after a while. You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images.
❑ The LCD screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
❑ The LCD screen is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may, however, see tiny black points and/or bright
points (red, blue, or green) that continuously appear on the LCD screen. This is a normal result of the manufacturing
process and does not indicate a malfunction.
❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options
available for selection, as this may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liability for any malfunctions arising
from changes to the settings.
❑ Do not exert pressure on the LCD screen lid with the lid closed as it may scratch the LCD screen or soil it.
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Using the Power Source
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Using the Power Source
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
❑ Do not share the AC outlet with other power-consuming equipment, such as a photocopier or a shredder.
❑ 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.
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Handling the Built-in Camera
❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches
will appear on the captured images.
❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may
cause the camera to malfunction.
Precautions >
Handling Discs
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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.
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Using the Battery Pack
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Using the Battery Pack
❑ Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures.
❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 50°F to 86°F (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.
❑ While the battery pack is in use or being charged, heat builds up in the battery pack. This is normal and is not cause for
concern.
❑ You do not need to discharge the battery pack before recharging.
❑ If the battery pack quickly runs out of power after being fully charged, it may be reaching the end of its life and should be
replaced.
Precautions >
Handling "Memory Stick"
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Handling "Memory Stick"
❑ Do not touch the "Memory Stick" connector with your finger or metallic objects.
❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with "Memory Stick" as a label.
❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose "Memory Stick".
❑ Do not disassemble or modify "Memory Stick".
❑ Do not let "Memory Stick" get wet.
❑ Do not use or store "Memory Stick" in a location subject to:
❑ Static electricity
❑ Electrical noise
❑ Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun
❑ Direct sunlight
❑ High humidity
❑ Corrosive substances
❑ Use the storage case supplied with "Memory Stick".
❑ Be sure to make a backup copy of your valuable data.
❑ When using "Memory Stick Duo", do not use a fine-tipped pen to write on the label adhered to "Memory Stick Duo".
Exerting pressure on the media may damage internal components.
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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. To prevent losing data, you should be careful when handling your computer.
Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
To avoid damaging your hard disk drive
❑ Do not subject your computer to sudden movements.
❑ Keep your computer away from magnets.
❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to mechanical vibration or in an unstable position.
❑ Do not move your computer while the power is on.
❑ Do not turn off the power or restart your computer while reading or writing data to the hard disk drive.
❑ Do not use your computer in a place subject to extreme changes in temperature.
❑ Do not remove the hard disk drive from your computer.
To avoid damaging your solid state drive
❑ Do not turn off the power or restart your computer while reading or writing data to the solid state drive.
❑ Do not remove the solid state drive from your computer.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems
have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before visiting the Sony online support web site at the following URLs:
❑ For customers in USA
http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO/
❑ For customers in Canada
http://sony.ca/support/
❑ For customers in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries or areas
http://esupport.sony.com/ES/VAIO/LA
❑ For customers in Brazil
http://esupport.sony.com/BR/
Features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
❑ Computer (page 96)
❑ System Security (page 105)
❑ Battery (page 106)
❑ Built-in Camera (page 108)
❑ Networking (page 110)
❑ Bluetooth Technology (page 113)
❑ Display (page 117)
❑ Printing (page 120)
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❑ Speakers (page 121)
❑ Touch Pad (page 122)
❑ Keyboard (page 123)
❑ Floppy Disks (page 124)
❑ Audio/Video (page 125)
❑ "Memory Stick" (page 127)
❑ Peripherals (page 128)
Troubleshooting >
Computer
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Computer
What should I do if my computer does not start?
❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on and the power indicator light is lit.
❑ Make sure the battery pack is installed properly and charged.
❑ Disconnect all connected USB devices (if any), and then restart your computer.
❑ If your computer is plugged into a power strip or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS
is plugged into a power source and turned on.
❑ If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the brightness
and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the manual that came with your display for more information.
❑ Unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery pack. Wait three to five minutes. Reinstall the battery pack, plug the AC
adapter, and then press the power button to turn on your computer.
❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.
❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery
pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
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What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank?
❑ Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to close the application window. An application error may have occurred.
❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart to restart your computer.
❑ If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow
button and Restart.
If the Windows Security window appears, click Restart.
next to the Shut down
❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down your computer.
Unplug the AC adapter and leave the computer for about five minutes. Then plug the AC adapter and turn on the computer
again.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
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Computer
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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.
❑ If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the Shut down button.
If the Windows Security window appears, click Shut Down.
❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
❑ Unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery pack. Wait three to five minutes. Reinstall the battery pack, plug the AC
adapter, and then press the power button to turn on your computer.
❑ Try reinstalling the software.
❑ Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support.
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Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep or Hibernate mode?
Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep or
Hibernate mode.
To restore your computer to Normal mode
1
Close all open programs.
2
Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
3
If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and
Restart.
If the Windows Security window appears, click Restart.
4
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
What should I do if the charge indicator light is blinking fast and my computer does not
start?
❑ This problem could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To solve this problem, turn off your computer
and remove the battery pack. Then reinstall the battery pack to the computer. For details, see Installing/Removing the
Battery Pack (page 21).
❑ If the problem persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the
battery pack and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More
about Your VAIO Computer (page 5).
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What should I do if a message appears notifying of either incompatibility or the improper
installation of the battery pack and my computer then enters Hibernate mode?
❑ This problem could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To solve this problem, turn off your computer
and remove the battery pack. Then reinstall the battery pack to the computer. For details, see Installing/Removing the
Battery Pack (page 21).
❑ If the problem persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the
battery pack and contact an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More
about Your VAIO Computer (page 5).
Why does the System Properties window display a slower CPU speed than the
maximum?
This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes a type of CPU speed controlling technology for power conservation
purposes, System Properties may display the current CPU speed instead of the maximum speed.
What should I do if my computer does not accept my password and returns a message,
Enter Onetime Password?
If you enter a wrong power-on password three times consecutively, the Enter Onetime Password message appears and
Windows will not start. Press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to check that the power indicator light
turns off. Wait for 10 or 15 seconds, then restart your computer and enter the correct password. When entering the password,
check that the Num lock and Caps lock indicator lights are unlit. If both or either of the lights is lit, press the Num Lk (or Num
Lock) key or the Caps Lock key to turn off the indicator light before entering the password.
Troubleshooting >
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What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing?
❑ Check the web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download.
❑ Make sure you have installed the latest video driver software.
❑ On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system. The optimal graphic performance in such a case
is not guaranteed.
What should I do if I cannot remember the power-on password?
If you have forgotten the power-on password, contact an authorized Sony Service Center to reset it. A reset fee will be
charged. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer (page 5).
How can I change the boot device order?
You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the boot device order. Follow these steps:
1
Turn on your computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo
appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Boot.
4
Press the M or m key to select the drive whose boot device order you want to change.
5
Press the F5 or F6 key to change the boot device order.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
Troubleshooting >
Computer
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Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time has passed?
Some software applications or screen savers are designed to temporarily disable the feature of your operating system that
turns off the computer screen or places the computer into Sleep mode after a certain period of inactivity. To solve this
problem, exit the running software application(s) or change the current screen saver.
What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the external device connected to the
computer?
To boot your computer from the external device, for example the USB floppy disk drive or the USB optical disc drive, you
need to change the boot device.
Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears.
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How do I reduce the volume of the recovery partition?
Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where the data for the system recovery is stored. If your computer
includes a solid state drive, you might want to reduce the volume of the recovery partition by following these steps:
1
Insert a recovery disc into an external optical disc drive (not supplied) while your computer is on, turn off the computer,
and then turn it on once again.
2
Press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears during the startup process.
!
Use recovery disc(s) you created upon delivery of your computer.
3
Select your keyboard layout from the drop-down list and click Next.
4
Select your operating system and click Next.
5
Click VAIO Recovery Center.
6
Click Restore Complete System and Start.
7
Select Skip and click Next.
You will be prompted to select whether or not to keep the VAIO Value-added content.
8
Select No and click Next.
9
Follow the on-screen instructions.
!
The above procedure involves system recovery. The applications and data you added on the storage drive before reducing the volume of the recovery
partition will all be lost.
Once you have reduced the volume of the recovery partition, you need the recovery disc(s) for later system recovery.
Troubleshooting >
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How do I check the volume of the recovery partition?
Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where the data for the system recovery is stored. To check the
volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps:
1
Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
2
Click Disk Management under Storage in the left pane.
The volume of the recovery partition and the total volume of the C drive are displayed in the Disk 0 row in the center pane.
Why doesn't my computer respond fast enough while Windows Aero is running?
Performance of your computer is not guaranteed while Windows Aero is running. It is recommended you disable Windows
Aero to ensure optimum performance.
To disable Windows Aero, follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
2
Select themes other than Aero Themes.
Troubleshooting >
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System Security
How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing the following:
!
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click System and Security.
3
Click Action Center.
4
Follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
How do I keep my antivirus software updated?
You can keep the Norton Internet Security software program current with the latest updates from Symantec Corporation.
To download and install the latest security updates, follow these steps:
!
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
1
Click Start, All Programs, Norton Internet Security, and LiveUpdate.
2
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the updates.
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Battery
How do I find the battery charging status?
You can check the charge indicator for the battery charging status. See Charging the Battery Pack (page 24) for more
information.
When is my computer using AC power?
When your computer is connected to an AC outlet with the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed.
When should I recharge the battery pack?
Recharge the battery pack when:
❑ The battery pack is running out of power and both the charge and power indicator lights blink.
❑ You have not used the battery pack for an extended period of time.
When should I replace the battery pack?
If the battery pack quickly runs out of power after being fully charged, it may be reaching the end of its life and should be
replaced.
Troubleshooting >
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Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm?
No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm while it is powering your computer.
Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while running on battery power?
Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while running on battery power, but some software programs and peripheral
devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data. See Using Hibernate Mode (page 29) for information on
how you can manually activate Hibernate mode.
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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.
❑ If the problem persists, restart your computer.
Why are captured images poor in quality?
❑ The images captured under the fluorescent light may show reflections of light.
❑ A dark portion in captured images may appear as a noise.
❑ If the lens protection cover is dirty, you cannot take a clear shot. Clean the cover. See Built-in Camera (page 84).
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.
To reduce flicker noise, change the direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software
applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g. light source, flicker, etc.) to eliminate
flicker noise.
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Why is the video input from the built-in camera suspended for a few seconds?
The video input may be suspended for a few seconds if:
❑ a shortcut key with the Fn key is used.
❑ the CPU load increases.
This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters a power saving mode
while the built-in camera is in use?
If your computer automatically enters Sleep or Hibernate mode, change the corresponding power saving mode setting. To
change the setting, see Using the Power Saving Modes (page 28).
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Networking
What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point?
❑ Connection capability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.
❑ Make sure the WIRELESS switch is on and the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer.
❑ Make sure power to the access point is on.
❑ Follow these steps to check the settings:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet.
3
Click Connect to a network to confirm that your access point is selected.
❑ Make sure the encryption key is correct.
❑ 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:
1
Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
2
Click Change plan settings.
3
Click Change advanced power settings.
4
Select the Advanced settings tab.
5
Double-click Wireless Adapter Settings and Power Saving Mode.
6
Select Maximum Performance from the drop-down list both for On battery and Plugged in.
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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.
❑ Move your computer away from obstacles or closer to any access point you may be using.
❑ Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access.
❑ 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. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 110) to change the settings.
❑ If you use the network (LAN) port for an Internet connection, make sure the power setting for the network (LAN) port is
set to Enable on the VAIO Power Management tab. For information on how to change the setting, see Using the VAIO
Power Management (page 78).
Why is the data transfer speed slow?
❑ The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points. Other
factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data transfer speed,
move your computer away from obstacles or closer to any access point you may be using.
❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many other
devices are communicating via the access point.
❑ If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See the manual that came with
your access point for more information.
❑ 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. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 110) to change the settings.
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How do I avoid data transfer interruptions?
❑ While your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur if a large file is exchanged or
the computer is placed in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones.
❑ Move your computer closer to the access point.
❑ Make sure the access point connection is intact.
❑ Change the access point channel. See the manual that came with your access point for more information.
❑ 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. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 110) to change the settings.
What are channels?
❑ 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.
Why does the network connection stop when I change the encryption key?
Two computers with the wireless LAN function may lose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed.
You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key
matches.
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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.
❑ You cannot use the Bluetooth function while your computer is in a power saving mode. Bring the computer back to Normal
mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch.
❑ Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices are within
33 feet (10 meters) of each other.
What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device I want to communicate with?
❑ Check that the Bluetooth function of the device you want to communicate with is on. See the other device's manual for
more information.
❑ If the device you want to communicate with is already communicating with another Bluetooth device, it may not be found
or it may not be able to communicate with your computer.
❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the Bluetooth device icon and click Bluetooth settings.
3
Click the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box.
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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
113).
❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated.
❑ The data transfer distance can be shorter than 33 feet (10 meters) depending on existing obstacles between the two
devices, on radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth
devices closer to each other.
Why is my Bluetooth connection slow?
❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstructions and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave
quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each
other.
❑ The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength, however,
communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also stop
communications altogether.
❑ Connection capability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstacles
or closer to the device to which it is connected.
❑ Identify and remove obstacles between your computer and the device to which it is connected.
Why can't I use the services supported by the connected Bluetooth device?
Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth function. For more details, search
Windows Help and Support for Bluetooth information.
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Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes?
With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and
airplanes, may have restrictions on use of Bluetooth devices to avoid radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use
of the Bluetooth function on the computer is permitted.
Why can't I use the Bluetooth function when I log onto my computer as a user with a
standard user account?
The Bluetooth function may not be available to a user with a standard user account on your computer. Log onto the computer
as a user with administrative rights.
Why can't I use the Bluetooth devices when I switch users?
If you switch users without logging off your system, the Bluetooth devices will not work. Be sure to log off before switching
users. To log off your system, click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Log off.
Why can't I exchange business card data with a mobile phone?
The business card exchange function is not supported.
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What should I do if I do not hear sound from my headphones or audio/video controller?
Check the SCMS-T settings. If your headphones or audio/video controller does not support SCMS-T content protection, you
need to connect the device using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the icon for the device that you want to connect using the A2DP and select Control.
3
Click SCMS-T Settings.
4
Click to cancel the Connect to a device only if it supports SCMS-T content protection check box.
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Display
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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 28) for more information.
❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on and the power indicator light is lit.
❑ If your computer is running on battery power, make sure the battery pack is installed properly and is charged. See Using
the Battery Pack (page 21) for more information.
❑ If the display output is directed to the external display, press the Fn+F7 keys. See Combinations and Functions with
the Fn Key (page 32) for more information.
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Display
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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:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click Advanced settings.
3
Click the Monitor tab.
4
Select True Color (32 bit) under Colors.
❑ Do not change the display resolution or colors while using video/image software or playing DVDs, as it may cause
unsuccessful playback/display or unstable system operations.
Additionally, it is recommended you disable your screen saver before starting DVD playback. If the screen saver is
enabled, it may be activated during DVD playback and prevent the playback from running successfully. Some screen
savers have been found to even change the display resolution and colors.
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Display
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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. See Selecting Display Modes (page 61) for changing the display output. Alternatively, you can press the
Fn+F7 keys to change the display output. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 32) for more
information.
❑ The video memory of your computer may be insufficient for displaying high resolution videos. In such a case, lower the
resolution of the LCD screen.
To change the screen resolution, follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click the drop-down list next to Resolution.
3
Move the slider up to increase or down to decrease the screen resolution.
✍
You can check the total amount of the graphics and video memory available. Right-click on the desktop, select Screen resolution, and click Advanced
Settings and the Adapter tab. The displayed value may be different from the actual amount of memory on your computer.
What should I do if my screen is dark?
Press the Fn+F6 keys to brighten your computer screen.
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 32) for more
information.
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Printing
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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.
❑ You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer. See the manual that came with your printer
for more information.
❑ If your printer is not functioning after your computer resumes from a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate), then restart
the computer.
❑ If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer may
enable printing. Follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the printer icon and select Properties.
3
Click the Ports tab.
4
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
5
Click OK.
This disables the bidirectional communication functions of the printer, such as data transfer, status monitoring, and
remote panel.
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Speakers
What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speaker?
❑ 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.
❑ The volume may have been turned off by the Fn+F2 keys. Press them once again.
❑ The volume may have been minimized by the Fn+F3 keys. Keep pressing the Fn+F4 keys to turn up the volume loud
enough to hear sound.
❑ Check the Windows volume controls by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar.
❑ Your sound output device may have been incorrectly configured. To change the sound output device, see How do I
change the sound output device? (page 125).
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 speaker? (page 121).
❑ Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.
❑ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
❑ If your speakers have a muting button, set the button to off.
❑ If your speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the manual that
came with your speakers for more information.
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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 34).
❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer.
❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window.
❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, press the Windows key once and then the , key several times, select Restart with the
M or m key, and press the Enter key to restart your computer.
❑ If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, select the arrow next to the Shut down button with the
m and , keys, press the Enter key, select Restart with the M or m key, and press the Enter key to restart your computer.
❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
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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:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Clock, Language, and Region, and then Change keyboards or other input methods under Region and
Language.
3
Click Change keyboards on the Keyboards and Languages tab.
4
Change the settings as desired.
What should I do if I cannot enter certain characters with the keyboard?
If you cannot enter U, I, O, P, J, K, L, M, and so on, the Num Lk key may be activated. Check that the Num lock indicator
light is unlit. If the Num lock indicator is lit, press the Num Lk key to turn it off before entering these characters.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is
connected?
Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still does
not appear, follow these steps:
1
Close all programs that are accessing the floppy disk drive.
2
Wait until the indicator light on the floppy disk drive turns off.
3
Push the eject button to remove the disk, and unplug the USB floppy disk drive from your computer.
4
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by plugging the USB cable into the USB port.
5
Restart the computer by clicking Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
What should I do if I cannot write data to a floppy disk?
❑ Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive.
❑ If the disk is inserted properly and you are still unable to write data to it, the disk may be full or write-protected. You can
either use a floppy disk that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature.
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Audio/Video
How do I turn off the Windows startup sound?
To turn off the Windows startup sound, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Hardware and Sound.
3
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
4
On the Sounds tab, click to cancel the Play Windows Startup sound check box.
5
Click OK.
How do I change the sound output device?
If you do not hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the USB port, HDMI output port, optical output port, or
headphones jack, you need to change the device for sound output.
1
Close all open programs.
2
Click Start and Control Panel.
3
Click Hardware and Sound.
4
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
5
On the Playback tab, select your desired device for sound output and click Set Default.
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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. For the detailed procedure, see How do I change the sound output
device? (page 125).
Why do sound interruptions and/or dropped frames occur when I play high-definition
videos, such as those recorded with the AVCHD digital video camcorder?
Playing high-definition videos requires substantial hardware resources, such as CPU, GPU, or system memory performance
on your computer. During the video playback, some operations and/or functions may become unavailable, and sound
interruptions, dropped frames, and playback failure may occur depending on the configuration of your computer.
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"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" does not contain files you want to keep.
1
Copy the data from "Memory Stick" onto your built-in storage device to save data or images.
2
Format "Memory Stick" by following the steps in Formatting "Memory Stick" (page 39).
Can I copy images from a digital camera using "Memory Stick"?
Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with digital cameras that are compatible with "Memory Stick".
Why can't I write data to "Memory Stick"?
Some versions of "Memory Stick" are equipped with an erasure prevention switch to protect data from unintentional erasure
or overwriting. Make sure the erasure prevention switch is off.
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Peripherals
What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device?
❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital
camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the
AC outlet.
❑ Try using another USB port on your computer. The driver software could be installed to the specific port you used the first
time you connected the device.
❑ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information. You may need to install software before you connect
the device.
❑ Try connecting a simple, low-powered device such as a mouse to test if the port is working at all.
❑ USB hubs may prevent a device from working because of a power distribution failure. We recommend you connect the
device directly to your computer without a hub.
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Trademarks
© 2009 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Sony, the Sony logo, "Memory Stick", "Memory Stick Duo", "MagicGate", "OpenMG", "OpenMG X", "Memory Stick PRO Duo",
"Memory Stick PRO", "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo", "Memory Stick Micro", "M2", the "Memory Stick" logo, Micro Vault, Micro
Vault EX, MOTION EYE, Sony Style, DVgate, DVgate Plus, VAIO Care, VAIO Media, VAIO Media Music Server, VAIO Media
Photo Server, VAIO Media Console, VAIO Sphere, VAIO World, VAIO Zone, Vegas, VAIO Media Video Server, Click to BD,
G-Sensor, like.no.other, Handycam, LocationFree Player, SonicStage, SonicFlow, SmartWi, ATRAC, ATRAC3plus, XBRITE,
XBRITE DuraView, XBRITE-ECO, XBRITE-Full HD, and XBRITE-HiColor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
VAIO, the VAIO logo, MY MEMORY CENTER, Backstage, Backstage Access, VAIO DIGITAL STUDIO, LOCATIONFREE,
HDNA, and the HDNA logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Electronics Inc.
Intel, Centrino, Core, Celeron, Xeon, and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United
States and/or other countries.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows Media, Windows Mobile, Windows NT, Windows Vista, BitLocker, Outlook, Excel, MS-DOS,
PowerPoint, ReadyBoost, Internet Explorer, Aero, Windows Live, OneCare, and the Windows logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
Blu-ray Disc and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by
Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
SD Logo is a trademark.
SDHC Logo is a trademark.
"AVCHD" is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
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Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
All other names of systems, products, and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ®
marks may not be specified.
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective
owners.
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Notice
© 2009 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved.
This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
Sony Corporation provides no warranty with regard to this manual, the software, or other information contained herein and
hereby expressly disclaims any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose with regard to this
manual, the software, or such other information. In no event shall Sony Corporation be liable for any incidental, consequential,
or special damages, whether based on tort, contract, or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this manual, the
software, or other information contained herein or the use thereof.
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.
Sony Corporation is not liable and will not compensate for any lost recordings made to your computer, external recording
media, or recording devices or any relevant losses, including when recordings are not made due to reasons including your
computer failure, or when the contents of a recording are lost or damaged as a result of your computer failure or repair
undertaken to your computer. Sony Corporation will not restore, recover, or replicate the recorded contents made to your
computer, external recording media, or recording devices under any circumstances.
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