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Notice
© 2004 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. 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.
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UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SONY ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT
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at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license
agreement.
This product contains software owned by Sony and licensed by third parties. Use of such software is subject to the
terms and conditions of license agreements enclosed with this product. Some of the software may not be transported
or used outside the United States. Software specifications are subject to change without notice and may not
necessarily be identical to current retail versions.
Certain product(s) included with this computer may include features such as copy protection and content
management technology. USE OF THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT(S) REQUIRES AGREEMENT TO
APPLICABLE END USER AGREEMENTS AND FULL COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE PRODUCT
ACTIVATION PROCEDURES. Product activation procedures and privacy policies will be detailed during initial
launch of the software product(s), or upon certain reinstallations of the software product(s), or reconfigurations of
the computer, and may be completed by Internet or telephone (toll charges may apply).
Updates and additions to software may require an additional charge. Subscriptions to online service providers may
require a fee and credit card information. Financial services may require prior arrangements with participating
financial institutions.
Important information for Canadian customers: Your new VAIO computer includes certain software versions or
upgrades, and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, VAIO Digital Studio, VAIO Media, VAIO Media Music Server, VAIO Media Photo
Server, VAIO Media Video Server, Click to DVD, CLIÉ, DVgate Plus, Handycam, MagicGate, Memory Stick, the
Memory Stick logo, OpenMG, MICROMV, SonicStage, PictureGear, ImageStation, ATRAC3, and i.LINK are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony.
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Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation. PS/2 is a registered trademark
of the IBM Corporation.
All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, Sony Corporation has
determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment Program is an international program that promotes energy
saving through the use of computers and other office equipment. The program backs the development and
dissemination of products with functions that effectively reduce energy consumption. It is an open system in which
business proprietors can participate voluntarily. The targeted products are office equipment such as computers,
displays, printers, facsimiles and copiers. Their standards and logos are uniform among participating nations.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. registered trademark of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are located on the back panel of your Sony VAIO® computer. Record the
model and serial number in the space provided here, and keep in a secure location. Refer to the model and serial
numbers when you call your Sony Service Center.
Model Number:
Serial Number:
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Safety Information and Caution
Your computer’s installed optical drives may vary, depending on the computer configuration you have purchased.
See the online specifications sheet for details on your installed optical drives. For questions regarding your product
or for the Sony Service Center nearest you, visit the Sony Online Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
❑
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose your desktop to rain or moisture.
❑
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
❑
Never install modem or telephone wiring during a lightning storm.
❑
Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations.
❑
Never touch uninsulated telephone wire or terminals unless the telephone line has been disconnected at the
network interface.
❑
Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.
❑
Avoid using the modem during an electrical storm.
❑
Do not use the modem or a telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
❑
The socket outlet shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.
To change the backup battery, please contact your nearest Sony Service
Center.
Caution—The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye
hazard. As the laser beam used in this product is harmful to the eyes, do not
attempt to disassemble the drive cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
Danger—Visible and invisible laser radiation when open. Avoid direct
exposure to beam.
For DVD-RW/DVD-ROM: Danger—Visible and invisible laser radiation
when open. Avoid direct exposure to beam.
For CD-RW: Danger—Invisible laser radiation when open. Avoid direct
exposure to beam.
Caution—For ADSL and V.90 modem models; to reduce the risk of fire, use
only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunication line cord.
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❑
Pour prévenir tout risque d’incendie ou d’électrocution, garder cet appareil à l’abri de la pluie et de
l’humidité.
❑
Pour prévenir tout risque d’électrocution, ne pas ouvrir le châssis de cet appareil et ne confier son entretien
qu’à une personne qualifiée.
❑
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation de fil modem ou téléphone durant un orage électrique.
❑
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation d’une prise téléphonique dans un endroit mouillé à moins que la prise soit
conçue à cet effet.
❑
Ne jamais toucher un fil téléphonique à découvert ou un terminal à moins que la ligne téléphonique n’ait été
débranché de l’interface réseau.
❑
Soyez très prudent lorsque vous installez ou modifiez les lignes téléphoniques.
❑
Évitez d’utiliser le modem durant un orage électrique.
❑
N'utilisez pas le modem ni le téléphone pour prévenir d'une fuite de gaz vous êtes près de la fuite.
❑
L’appareil doit être le plus près possible d’une prise murale pour en faciliter l’accès.
Pour changer la pile de rechange, veuillez contacter votre centre de service
Sony le plus près.
Avertissement: L'utilisation d'instruments optiques avec ce produit augmente
les risques pour les yeux. Puisque le faisceau laser utilisé dans ce produit est
dommageable pour les yeux, ne tentez pas de désassembler le boîtier.
Adressez-vous à un agent de service qualifié.
Danger: Radiation laser visible et invisible si ouvert. Évitez l’exposition
directe au faisceau.
Pour les DVD-RW/DVD-ROM: Danger—Radiation laser visible et invisible si
ouvert. Évitez l'exposition directe au faisceau.
Pour les CD-RW: Danger—Radiation laser invisible si ouvert. Évitez
l'exposition directe au faisceau.
Attention: Pour ADSL et V.90 modele modem; afin de réduire les risques
d'incendie, n'utilisez qu'un cordon de communication N0. 26 AWG ou plus
gros.
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Regulatory Information
If you have questions about this product, write to Sony Customer Information Service Center at 12451 Gateway
Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913, USA, or visit Sony Customer Service on the Sony Online Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
PCV-1142
Responsible Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
680 Kinderkamack Rd. Oradell, NJ 07649, USA
Telephone:
201-930-6972
This phone number is for FCC-related matters only.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Model No.: PCVA-IMB5A (For models equipped with Giga Pocket features)
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15
of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
❑
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❑
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
❑
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
❑
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
Only peripherals (computer input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that comply with FCC Class B limits may
be attached to this computer product. Operation with noncompliant peripherals is likely to result in interference to
radio and television reception.
All cables used to connect peripherals must be shielded and grounded. Operation with cables, connected to
peripherals, that are not shielded and grounded, may result in interference to radio and television reception.
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FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules and the requirements adopted by the ACTA. On the modem
card is a label that contains, among other information, a product identifier in the format US:AAAEQ##TXXXX. If
requested, this number must be provided to the telephone company.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone jack.
A telephone plug and jack used to connect this equipment to the premises wiring and telephone network must
comply with the applicable FCC Part 68 rules and requirements adopted by the ACTA. The REN is used to
determine the quantity of devices which may be connected to the telephone line.
Excessive RENs on the telephone line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most,
but not all areas, the sum of the RENs should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may
be connected to the line, as determined by the total RENs, contact the telephone company. For products approved
after July 23, 2001, the REN for this product is part of the product identifier that has the format
US:AAAEQ##TXXXX. The digits represented by ## are the REN without a decimal point (e.g. 03 is a REN of 0.3).
For earlier products, the REN is separately shown on the label.
If this equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will notify you in advance that
temporary discontinuance of service may be required. But if advance notice is not practical, the telephone company
will notify the customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC
if you believe it is necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations or procedures that could affect the
operations of the equipment. If this happens, the telephone company will provide advance notice in order for you to
make the necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this equipment, for repair or warranty information, please contact the Sony Customer
Information Service Center at 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972), or write to the Sony Customer Information
Center, 12451 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913, USA, or find Sony Customer Service on the Web at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport. If this equipment is causing harm to the telephone network, the telephone company
may request that you disconnect the equipment from the network until the problem is resolved.
Repair of this equipment should be made only by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized agent. For the Sony
Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972), or visit the Sony Online Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs. Contact the state public utility commission, public service
commission, or corporation commission for information.
If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the telephone line, ensure the installation of this
equipment does not disable your alarm equipment. If you have questions about what will disable alarm equipment,
consult your telephone company or a qualified installer.
Please use a surge arrestor against electrical surges.
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Telephone
hone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (United States)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a computer or other
electronic device, including FAX machines, to send any message unless such message clearly contains, in a margin
at the top or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is sent and
an identification of the business, other entity, or individual sending the message, and the telephone number of the
sending machine or such business, other entity, or individual. (The telephone number provided may not be a 900
number or any other number for which charges exceed local or long distance transmission charges.)
In order to program this information into your facsimile machine, see your fax software documentation.
Telephone Consumer Guidelines (Canada)
Please refer to your telephone directory under ‘Privacy Issues’ and/or ‘Terms of Service.’ For more detailed
information, please contact:
CRTC
Terrasses de la Chaudiére
Tour centrale 1 promenade du Portage
5 étage Hull PQ K1A 0N2.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Model No.: PCVA-IMB5A (For models equipped with Giga Pocket features)
Supplementary Television Broadcasting Receiving Apparatus - Appareils supplémentaires de réception de
télévision, Canada.
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Disposal of Lithium Battery
y
You can return your unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory Service Center.
✍ In some areas the disposal of lithium batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-476-6972 in the United States or 1-800-961-7669 in Canada.
Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. In some areas, the
disposal of lithium batteries in household or business trash may be
prohibited.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the
same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The battery pack used in this device may present a fire or chemical burn
hazard if mistreated. Do not disassemble, heat above 212°F (100°C), or
incinerate. Dispose of used battery promptly. Keep away from children.
Ne pas manipuler les batteries au lithium qui fuient ou sont endommagées.
Une batterie non conforme présente un danger d'explosion. La remplacer
seulement par une batterie identique ou de type équivalent recommandé par
le fabricant. Évacuer les batteries usées selon les directives du fabricant.
La manutention incorrecte du module de batterie de cet appareil présente un
risque d'incendie ou de brûlures chimiques. Ne pas démonter, incinérer ou
exposer à une température de plus de 100°C. Évacuer promptement la batterie
usée. Garder hors de portée des enfants.
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Industry Canada Notice
This equipment meets the applicable Industry Canada technical specifications.
The Ringer Equivalence Number (REN) is an indication of the maximum number of devices allowed to be
connected to a telephone interface. The termination on an interface may consist of any combination of devices
subject only to the requirement that the sum of the RENs of all the devices does not exceed 5.
Avis de L’Industrie Canada
Le presént matériel est conforme aux spécifications techniques applicables d’Industrie Canada.
L’indice d’équivalence de la sonnerie (IES) sert à indiquer le nombre maximal de terminaux qui peuvent être
raccordés à une interface téléphonique. La terminaison d’une interface peut consister en une combinaison
quelconque de dispositifs, à la seule condition que la somme d’indices d’équivalence de la sonnerie de tous les
dispositifs n’excède pas 5.
Macrovision license
This product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by U.S. patents and other intellectual
property rights. Use of this copyright protection technology must be authorized by Macrovision, and is intended for
home and other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision. Reverse engineering or
disassembly is prohibited.
Licence Macrovision
Ce produit intègre une technologie de protection de la loi sur le droits de propriéte intellectuelle couverts par la
législation américaine. L’utilisation de cette technologie doit être autorisée par Macrovision. Elle est uniquement
destinée à un usage privé et à d’autres fins de visualisation limitée, sauf autorisation contraire de la part de
Macrovision. Tout désossage ou désassemblage est formellement interdit.
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Contents
Getting Started ..........................................13
Unpacking Your Computer .......................................14
Locating Controls And Ports ...................17
7
About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50G Series) ............18
About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series) ............21
About the Back Panel (PCV-RZ50G Series) ............24
About the Back Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series).............27
About the Sub-woofer ...............................................29
About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50G Series)...............30
About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50C Series) ...............33
About the Remote Control ........................................35
Setting Up Your Computer .......................39
Connecting a Display (Monitor) ...............................40
Connecting the Speakers and Sub-woofer Unit ........41
Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse .......................44
Connecting the Telephone and Modem cables .........45
Connecting the Power Cords.....................................46
Turning On Your Computer ......................................47
Registering Your Computer ......................................48
Turning Off Your Computer .....................................48
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Setting Up Microsoft
crosoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition 2004 .......................49
Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2004...... 50
Setting Up TV Connections ...................................... 52
Connecting a Cable or Satellite Set-top Box ............ 56
Connecting the Remote Sensor................................. 59
Setting Up Additional Equipment............................. 62
Using Media Center .................................................. 65
Exploring Media Center............................................ 68
Starting the Media Center Setup Wizard .................. 70
Using Media Card Slots ............................77
Using the CompactFlash/MicroDrive Slot ............... 78
Using the SmartMedia Card Slot .............................. 81
Additional Information About Media Cards............. 83
Troubleshooting........................................85
Support Options........................................87
Immediate Help and Support .................................... 87
Resources for Additional Help and Support ............. 88
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Getting Started
d
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO® computer! Your
new, high-performance, multimedia computer combines state-of-the-art
computer functionality with the latest audio, video and information
technology features.
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VAIO Digital Studio Computer Quick Start
Unpacking Your Computer
Your computer may not be supplied with all of the accessories shown, depending
on the computer configuration you purchased. For details on the accessories
supplied with your computer, go to the Sony Online Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport, to view the online specifications sheet.
✍ Your VAIO® computer is not supplied with System or Application Recovery CDs. Use
the VAIO Recovery Wizard utility to recover your computer's operating system and
preinstalled software.
Computer and supplied accessories (For PCV-RZ50G model series)
System unit
Sub-woofer
Keyboard
Speakers and
speaker power cable
Video adapter
Remote sensor
controls (2)
Modem cable
Remote
sensor
Remote
control
Mouse
Power cord
SD/MMC adapter*
TV coaxial cable
*The SD/MMC adapter is not available with all VAIO Digital Studio® computer models. For details
about your computer’s supplied accessories, go to the Sony Online Computing Web site and view
your computer’s specifications sheet.
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Unpacking Your Computer
Computer and supplied accessories (For PCV-RZ50C model series)
System unit
Speakers and
speaker power cable
Power cord
Modem cable
Keyboard
Video adapter
Mouse
Manuals
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VAIO Digital Studio® Computer Quick Start — Provides basic information
on setting up and registering your computer. The Quick Start also provides
resources for technical support, safety guidelines and owner information.
Online Documentation
❑
VAIO® Computer User Guide — Contains features and specifications of
your computer. It also includes information on the Microsoft® Windows®
XP Media Center Edition 2004* operating system, the software programs
included with your computer, and solving common problems.
To access the online User Guide:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and Support Center menu, click VAIO User
Guide.
* The Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 operating system is preinstalled on
certain VAIO Digital Studio computers. See your computer’s online specifications sheet for
information about the computer’s operating system.
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Specifications — This online specification sheet describes the hardware and
software configuration of your VAIO computer. Visit the Sony Online
Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport to view your
computer’s specifications sheet.
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VAIO Software — Provides specific information on certain preinstalled
software on your computer.
To access this online software information:
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar.
2
Click Welcome to VAIO life.
Hard Disk Drive Recovery
Your computer is equipped with the VAIO Recovery Wizard utility program that
recovers your computer’s operating system and preinstalled software. For more
information about hard disk drive recovery:
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help And Support Center, click VAIO Recovery
Options.
Other
A software library, containing the Microsoft® software and Sony® end-user
license agreements.
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Locating Controls And Ports
This section is intended to familiarize you with the controls, ports and
jacks on your computer. Your computer may not be equipped with all of
these hardware features, and the location of the controls, ports, and jacks
may vary from the illustrations shown in this section. To view the specific
connection capabilities for your computer, visit the Sony Online Support
Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport to view the specifications
sheet.
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VAIO Digital Studio Computer Quick Start
About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50G
RZ50G Series)
The front panel of your VAIO® Computer enables access to drives, media slots,
ports and jacks that enable you to connect compatible peripheral devices.
Front panel (PCV-RZ50G series)
TV
GUIDE
MUSIC
PICTURE
VIDEO
1
Optical drive 1
See the online Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
2
Optical drive 2
See the online Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
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About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50G Series)
3
Floppy disk drive
Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
4
Floppy disk drive access indicator
Light is green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk.
5
Media Center indicator
Light is blue when a specific Media Center feature is active.
6
Optical drive access indicator
Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical
drives.
7
Hard disk drive access indicator
Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk.
8
Power switch and Stand by indicator
Turns the computer on and off. The indicator light is amber when the
computer is placed in Stand by mode.
9
S-video In jack
Connection for an S-video cable (optional).
Composite video In jack
Connection for a video cable (optional).
Composite audio L In jack
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
Composite audio R In jack
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
10
Optical drive 1 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 1.
11
Optical drive 2 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 2.
12
Floppy disk eject button
Ejects a floppy disk from the floppy disk drive.
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13
Power indicator (VAIO)
Light is white while the computer is on. The indicator turns off when the
computer is in Stand by mode or turned off.
14
CompactFlash® and MicroDrive media slot
Reads and writes data from and to CompactFlash and MicroDrive
media. Using the SD/MMC adapter*, this media slot also reads and
writes data from and to Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC)
cards.
15
SmartMedia™ media slot
Reads and writes data from and to SmartMedia cards.
16
Memory Stick® media slot and access indicator
Reads and writes data from and to a Memory Stick® media. The access
indicator light is amber when reading or writing data.
17
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (3)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
18
i.LINK (4-pin) S400 port (IEEE 1394)
Connection for a compatible digital device.
* The SD/MMC adapter is not available with all VAIO Digital Studio® computer models. For
details about your computer’s supplied accessories, go to the Sony Online Computing Web
site and view your computer’s specifications sheet.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary,, depending on the software
programs, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Refer to the documentation that came with your compatible i.LINK device for
information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting
compatible i.LINK devices to your computer, such as an optical or hard disk drive,
confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series)
About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50C
V-RZ50C Series)
The front panel of your VAIO® Computer enables access to drives, media slots,
ports and jacks that enable you to connect compatible peripheral devices.
Front panel (PCV-RZ50C series)
1
Optical drive 1
See the online Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
2
Optical drive 2
See the online Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
3
Floppy disk drive
Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
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VAIO Digital Studio Computer Quick Start
4
Floppy disk drive access indicator
Light is green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk.
5
Power indicator
Light is blue while the power is on.
6
Power switch
Turns the computer on and off.
7
Stand by indicator
Light is red when the computer is placed in Stand by mode.
8
Optical drive access indicator
Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical
drives.
9
Hard disk drive access indicator
Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk.
10
Media access indicator*
Light is amber when reading or writing data.
11
i.LINK (4-pin) S400 port (IEEE 1394)
Connection for a compatible digital device.
12
Optical drive 1 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 1.
13
Optical drive 2 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 2.
14
Floppy disk eject button
Ejects a floppy disk from the floppy disk drive.
15
CompactFlash®/MicroDrive media slot
Reads and writes data from and to CompactFlash or MicroDrive media.
Using the SD/MMC adapter†, this media slot also reads and writes data
from and to Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) cards.
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About the Front Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series)
16
SmartMedia™ media slot
Reads and writes data from and to SmartMedia cards.
17
Memory Stick media slot and access indicator
Reads and writes data from and to a Memory Stick® media. The access
indicator is amber when reading or writing data to a Memory Stick
media.
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Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (3)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
* On certain models, the media access indicator light is amber when reading or writing data to
the SmartMedia™, or CompactFlash®/MicroDrive slots
† The SD/MMC adapter is not available with all VAIO Digital Studio® computer models. For
details about your computer’s supplied accessories, go to the Sony Online Computing Web
site and view your computer’s specifications sheet.
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About the Back Panell (PCV-RZ50G Series)
The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional
accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your
computer. The location of certain ports and jacks may vary from the illustration,
based on the computer model purchased.
Back panel (PCV-RZ50G series)
USB
MONITOR
AUDIO
JOYSTICK/MIDI
PHONE
1
2
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AUDIO
S VIDEO/VIDEO-
COMPOSITE S VIDEO
– VIDEO1 INPUT –
REAR OUT
LINE OUT
MIC IN
VHF/UHF
LINE IN
D/A OUT
LINE
AC Input port
Connection for the supplied power cord.
Mouse port
Connection for a PS/2® mouse.
About the Back Panel (PCV-RZ50G Series)
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Keyboard port
Connection for a PS/2 keyboard.
Printer port
Connection for a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner.
i.LINK 6-pin S400 port (IEEE 1394)
Connection and power for a compatible digital device, such as a Sony
Digital Handycam® camcorder.
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (4)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
Monitor port*
Connection for a standard display.
Composite audio R In jack
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
Composite audio L In jack
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
Composite video In jack
Connection for a video cable (optional).
S-video In jack
Connection for an S-video cable (optional)
VHF/UHF port
Connection for a TV coaxial cable (supplied).
Joystick/MIDI port
Connection for a joystick or MIDI device.
Rear Out jack
Connection for optional speakers or external amplifier.
Line Out jack†
Connection for the supplied sub-woofer, or optional speakers or
headphones.
Microphone In jack
Connection for a microphone (optional).
Line In jack
Connection for an audio device.
Analog/Digital Out jack
Connection for external digital devices or digital speaker systems.
Telephone jack
Connection for a telephone cable (optional) to the computer.
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11
12
13
14
15
Speaker DC Out jack
Connection for the speaker power cable (supplied).
Ethernet port
Connection for a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-TX Ethernet.
(The port marked with
(Network) is for LAN connections only.)
TV Out (S-video/video) jack
Connection for an S-video cable.
Monitor (DVI) port*
Connection for a DVI monitor.
Modem line jack
Connection for the modem (supplied) cable to the wall jack.
* The location of this monitor port may vary, depending on the computer model purchased.
† Certain VAIO computers are supplied with a sub-woofer unit. See the specifications sheet for
information on your computer’s supplied accessories.
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About the Back Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series)
About the Back
ck Panel (PCV-RZ50C Series)
The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional
accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your
computer. The location of certain ports and jacks may vary from the illustration,
based on the computer model purchased.
Back panel (PCV-RZ50C series)
USB
MONITOR
JOYSTICK/MIDI
PHONE
1
2
3
S VIDEO/VIDEO-
REAR OUT
LINE OUT
MIC IN
LINE IN
D/A OUT
LINE
AC Input port
Connection for the supplied power cord.
Mouse port
Connection for a PS/2® mouse.
Keyboard port
Connection for a PS/2 keyboard.
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
Printer port
Connection for a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner.
i.LINK 6-pin S400 port (IEEE 1394)
Connection and power for a compatible digital device, such as a Sony
Digital Handycam® camcorder.
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (4)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
Monitor port*
Connection for a standard display.
Joystick/MIDI port
Connection for a joystick or MIDI device.
Rear Out jack
Connection for optional speakers, or external amplifier.
Line Out jack†
Connection for the supplied sub-woofer, speakers or optional headphones.
Microphone In jack
Connection for a microphone (optional).
Line In jack
Connection for an audio device.
Digital/Analog Out jack
Connection for external digital devices or digital speaker systems.
Telephone jack
Connection for a telephone cable (optional) to the computer.
Speaker DC Out jack
Connection for the supplied speaker power cable.
Ethernet port
Connection for a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX/1000BASE-TX Ethernet.
(The port marked with
(Network) is for LAN connections only.)
TV Out (S-video/video) jack‡
Connection for an S-video cable (optional).
Monitor (DVI) port*
Connection for a DVI monitor.
Modem line jack
Connection for the modem (supplied) cable to the wall jack.
* The location of this monitor port may vary, depending on the computer model purchased.
† Certain VAIO computer models are supplied with a sub-woofer unit. See the specifications
sheet for information on your computer’s hardware configuration
‡ This feature is available on selected models. See the specifications sheet for information on
your computer’s hardware configuration
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About the Sub-woofer
About the Sub-woofer
woofer
Certain VAIO® computers are supplied with a sub-woofer unit to enhance your
computer’s sound capability. See the specifications sheet for details on your
computer’s supplied accessories.
Sub-woofer unit
Right side
1
2
3
4
5
6
Left side
Front panel
Port
The port extends the low frequency response to extend the volume output
of the sub-woofer unit.
Power knob/volume control
Rotate the knob clockwise to turn on the sub-woofer unit. Control the
volume by rotating the knob until the desired volume is reached. Rotate
the knob counter-clockwise to turn off the sub-woofer unit.
Power indicator
Light is green while the power is on.
Speaker jack
Connection for the speaker cable (RCA plug).
Sub-woofer unit cable
Connects the sub-woofer unit to the computer’s Line Out jack.
AC power cord
Connects the sub-woofer unit to a grounded AC wall outlet or power
strip.
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About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50G
G Series)
The VAIO® keyboard supplied with your computer has a standard key
arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. This section
describes the special and standard functions available for your keyboard.
VAIO keyboard with Media Center features (PCV-RZ50G series)
BUTTON
DESCRIPTION
EJECT 1
Opens the optical drive 1 tray.
EJECT 2
Opens the optical drive 2 tray.
MY TV
Opens the My TV window of Windows® Media Center.
GUIDE
Opens the TV program guide of Media Center.
MY MUSIC
Opens the My Music window of Media Center.
MY PICTURES Opens the My Pictures window of Media Center.
MY VIDEOS
Opens the My Videos window of Media Center.
INTERNET
Starts the Internet browser.
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About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50G Series)
BUTTON
DESCRIPTION
MAIL
Starts the e-mail software program.
HELP
Starts the Media Center Help, if Media Center software is
running. (If Media Center software is not running, the Help
and Support Center is started.)
REC
Records TV programs.
PREV
Press once to return to the beginning of the DVD chapter,
video track, or audio track.
Press twice to return to the previous DVD chapter, video
track, or audio track.
STOP
Stops media recording or playback.
PLAY/PAUSE
Pauses the movie, video, slide show, or audio track. Press
again to resume playback.
NEXT
Advances to the next DVD chapter, video track, or audio
track.
VOLUME knob Increases (+) and decreases (-) the volume as you turn the
knob.
MUTE
Turns the sound off. Press again to restore sound.
STANDBY
Places the computer in Stand by mode to reduce power
consumption. Press any key briefly to resume normal
operation.
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KEY
DESCRIPTION
Function
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used
to perform certain tasks. The task associated with each
function key may vary between software programs.
Numeric keypad Use the numeric keypad area to type numbers or to perform
basic math calculations. Press the Num Lock key to activate
the numeric keypad. (The Num Lock indicator lights.) Press
the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.
Directional
Arrows
The Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys move the pointer
on the screen.
Applications
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu in certain
software programs. Pressing this key is equivalent to clicking
the right mouse button.
Windows
The key with the Microsoft® Windows® logo, displays the
Start menu. Pressing this key is equivalent to clicking Start on
the taskbar.
INDICATORS
FUNCTION
Num Lock
The Num Lock indicator lights when the numeric keypad is
activated. When the indicator is off, the directional arrow and
correction keys on the numeric keypad area are active.
Caps Lock
The Caps Lock indicator lights to advise you that the
keyboard is set to type letters in uppercase. When the
indicator is off, the letters appear in lower case as you type.
Scroll Lock
The Scroll Lock indicator lights to advise you that your
screen’s scrolling pattern has changed. When the indicator is
off, the screen scrolls normally. This function is not available
with all software programs.
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About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50C Series)
About the Keyboard (PCV-RZ50C
50C Series)
The VAIO® keyboard supplied with your computer has a standard key
arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions. This section
describes the special and standard functions available for your keyboard.
VAIO Keyboard (PCV-RZ50C series)
Function
Num
Lock
(-) Volume
(+) Volume
Mute
Standby
Caps
Lock
Scroll
Lock
Numeric
Keypad
Windows
Applications
Directional
arrows
KEY
DESCRIPTION
Function
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used
to perform certain tasks. The task associated with each
function key may vary from one application to the next.
Volume Control
Press a button to increase (+) or decrease (–) the volume of
the speakers.
Mute
Press the button to turn off the volume of the speaker. Press
the Mute button again to restore sound.
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KEY
DESCRIPTION
Standby
Press the button to place the computer in Standby mode.
Press the Power button or any key briefly, to resume normal
operation.
Numeric keypad Use the numeric keypad area to type numbers or to perform
basic math calculations. Press the Num Lock key to activate
the numeric keypad. (The Num Lock indicator lights.) Press
the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.
Directional
Arrows
The Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys move the pointer
on the screen.
Applications
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu in certain
software applications. Pressing this key is equivalent to
clicking the right mouse button.
Windows
The key with the Microsoft® Windows® logo, displays the
Start menu. Pressing this key is equivalent to clicking Start on
the taskbar.
INDICATORS
FUNCTION
Num Lock
The Num Lock indicator lights when the numeric keypad is
activated. When the indicator is off, the directional arrow and
correction keys on the numeric keypad area are active.
Caps Lock
The Caps Lock indicator lights up to advise you that the
keyboard is set to type letters in uppercase. When the
indicator is off, the letters appear in lower case as you type.
Scroll Lock
The Scroll Lock indicator lights up to advise you that your
screen’s scrolling pattern has changed. When the indicator is
off, the screen scrolls normally. This function is not available
with all software applications.
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About the Remote Control
About the Remote Control
The Media Center remote control is supplied with VAIO Digital Studio®
computers that are equipped with Media Center features and the Microsoft®
Windows® XP Media Center operating system. The remote control can start and
stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing preferences.
This section describes the basic functions of your remote control. See the
specifications sheet for more information about your computer's hardware
configuration and supplied accessories.
Remote Control
STANDBY
MUTE
ABC
DEF
GHI
JKL
MNO
PQRS
TUV
WXYZ
ENTER
CLEAR
REW
FF
REC
STOP
MY TV
REPLAY SKIP
PLAY
MY MUSIC
GUIDE
PAUSE
MY PICTURES
MY VIDEOS
DVD MENU
BACK
OK
MORE
INFO
LIVE TV
VOLUME CHAN/PAGE
RM-MC1
1
MUTE button
Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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Channel number buttons (0-9)
Press to select specific channels or enter text.
(Press OK to activate the channel selection.)
CLEAR button
Use as a backspace key to delete entered text.
REW button
Press to move media backward at two speeds.
FF button
Press to fast-forward media at three speeds.
REPLAY button
Press to move media backward, for example, one audio track, one DVD
chapter, and seven seconds of TV or video.
SKIP button
Press to move media forward, for example, one audio track, one DVD
chapter, and 30 seconds of recorded TV or video.
MY TV button
Press to change from the on-screen image to the TV.
MY MUSIC button
Press to view and listen to your music playlists.
MY PICTURES button
Press to view pictures or a slide show.
GUIDE button
Press to view the TV program guide for your area.
START
button
Press to open the Media Center Start menu.
MY VIDEOS button
Press to view videos from your video collection.
BACK button
Press to return to the previous window
Directional arrow buttons
Press the Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow buttons to move the pointer on
the screen.
OK button
Press OK to select the desired action or window option. If watching fullscreen TV press OK to return to the previous channel. Press OK again to
switch between channels.
LIVE TV button
Press to view TV in full-screen mode.
About the Remote Control
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
VOLUME button
Press to increase (+) or decrease (-) the volume.
STANDBY button
Press to place the computer in Stand by mode to reduce power
consumption. Press any key briefly to resume normal operation.
ENTER button
Press to stop recording.
REC button
Press to begin recording.
STOP button
Press to stop recording or media playback.
PLAY button
Press to begin media playback.
PAUSE button
Press to pause media playback. Press again to resume playback.
DVD MENU button
Press to open the main menu on a DVD.
MORE INFO button
Press to view any available information about the selected media.
CHAN/PAGE button
Press to change, page up and down channels automatically (no number
input required).
Setting up
p the remote control
Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the remote control as shown.
Inserting batteries into the remote control
✍ If your remote control does not operate properly, you may need to replace the
batteries. When your remote control is not being used for extended periods of time,
remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
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Setting
g Up Your Computer
er
Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features
described in the section. The location of the controls, ports, and jacks may
vary from the illustrations shown. See the online Specifications sheet for
your computer's specific hardware configuration.
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Connecting a Display
y (Monitor)
1
Plug the display’s cable into the monitor port.
2
If necessary, plug the display’s cable into the rear of the display.
To connect a display
MONITOR
To connect a DVI display
✍ Install your equipment so that you can easily reach the power outlet in the event of an
emergency.
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Connecting the Speakers and Sub-woofer Unit
Connecting the Speakers and Sub-woofer Unit
1
Plug the cable attached to the back of the left speaker into the L Out jack on
the back of the right speaker.
2
Insert the yellow plug of the speaker power cable into the DC In jack
(yellow) on the back of the right speaker.
3
Insert the black plug of the speaker power cable into the DC Out jack located
on the back panel of your computer.
To connect the computer, speakers, and sub-woofer unit
Speaker power cable
(black plug)
System unit
Connect to
sub-woofer
Speaker power cable
(yellow plug)
R-speaker
L-speaker
L-speaker cable
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4
Insert the RCA plug of the cable that is attached to the right speaker into the
speaker jack, located on the left side of the sub-woofer unit.
To connect the sub-woofer unit
Sub-woofer unit
Connect to
DC-Out jack
on computer’s
back panel
R-speaker
L-speaker
Connect to Line Out
jack on computer’s
back panel
AC Power
(wall outlet)
5
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Insert the RCA plug of the sub-woofer unit’s cable into the Line Out jack,
located on the back panel of your computer.
Connecting the Speakers and Sub-woofer Unit
6
Plug the sub-woofer unit’s power cord into a grounded AC wall outlet or
power strip.
To connect the sub-woofer to the computer
System unit
AUDIO
AUDIO
COMPOSITE S VIDEO
– VIDEO1 INPUT –
VHF/UHF
Sub-woofer unit
AC Power
(wall outlet)
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Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse
1
Plug the keyboard cable into the keyboard port on the back of the computer.
2
Plug the mouse cable into the mouse port on the back of the computer.
To connect the keyboard and mouse
KEYBOARD
MOUSE
PRINTER
i.LINK
S400
OPTICAL
To use an optical mouse
An optical mouse requires an ideal surface texture in order to provide precision
pointing and tracking.
❑
Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that have minimal
repetitive patterning.
❑
Avoid surfaces such as mirrors, smooth glass, or magazines that have
halftone printing.
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Connecting the Telephone and Modem cables
Connecting the Telephone and Modem cables
1
Unplug your telephone from the wall jack and plug it into the telephone jack,
located on the back panel of your computer.
2
Plug the modem cable (supplied) into the Line jack, located on the back
panel of your computer.
3
Plug the other end of the modem cable into the wall jack.
To connect the telephone and modem cables
AUDIO
AUDIO
COMPOSITE S VIDEO
– VIDEO1 INPUT –
VHF/UHF
Your computer has a protective sticker
covering the Ethernet port located
on the rear panel. Connect 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX or 1000BASE-TX cables to
the Ethernet port. Using other cables or a telephone cable may result in an
electric current overload that can cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire
in the Ethernet port. For help on connecting to a network, see your network
administrator.
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Connecting the Power
wer Cords
1
Plug the power cord into the back of the computer.
2
Plug both the display and computer power cords into a grounded AC wall
outlet or a power strip.
To connect the power cords
KEYBOARD
MOUSE
PRINTER
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Turning On Your Computer
Turning On Your Computer
When you start your computer for the first time, your computer may detect new
equipment and display a dialog box that prompts you to restart your computer.
Respond to this prompt immediately.
✍ If your computer has the Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004
operating system preinstalled, set up your Media Center cables and connections,
before you begin using your computer. For detailed instructions, see “Setting Up
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004” on page 49.
1
Press the power switch on the computer to turn on the power.
2
Press the power switch on the display to turn on the power.
3
Press the power switch on the right speaker to turn on the power.
To turn on your computer
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Registering Your Computer
Take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer support and receive
these benefits by registering your computer:
❑
Sony Customer Support — Communicate with a Support Representative to
troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
❑
Limited warranty — Protect your investment. See the Limited Warranty
Card for more details.
✍ You are prompted to register your computer the first time you turn on the unit. Follow
the on-screen instructions to complete the registration process. If you do not register
your computer during the first session, you are provided with additional registration
opportunities later.
Turning Off Your Computer
Follow these steps when you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended
period of time. If you plan to stop using your computer for a short period of time,
use Stand by mode.
To avoid loss of data, do not use the Power button to turn off the computer.
To turn off your computer
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Turn Off Computer.
The Turn Off Computer dialog box appears.
2
Select the Turn Off option.
✍ Respond to any prompts about saving your documents.
3
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically—the power indicator light
turns off.
4
Turn off any peripheral devices connected to your computer.
About the power button
If your computer stops responding, press and hold the Power button for more
than six seconds to force your computer to shut down. You may need to repeat
this procedure if your computer does not shut down on the first attempt.
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Setting Up Microsoft
osoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition 2004
Welcome to a new and exciting experience in home entertainment, with
your VAIO Digital Studio® computer and the Microsoft® Windows® XP
Media Center Edition 2004* (Media Center). Your new computer and the
Media Center integrates all of your entertainment sources — TV, VCR,
music, pictures, and DVD player — into one location that is easily
accessed with a Media Center remote control, a mouse, or a keyboard.
This section provides information about setting up Media Center, your
computer, TV, cable or satellite set-top box, and other peripheral
equipment.
* The Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004 operating system is available on
certain VAIO Digital Studio® computers. See your online specifications sheet for more
information about your computer’s configuration.
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Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2004
The Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004 operating system
combines the multimedia features of a personal computer with the convenience
of a home entertainment center. Media Center enables you to view, organize,
store, and browse your photos, video/movie libraries, music playlists, and
recorded TV programs, while running other software programs.
Media Center enables you to perform many functions, such as:
❑
Viewing and recording TV programs
❑
Playing CDs, DVDs, and digital videos
❑
Creating music playlists and listening to music files
❑
Viewing digital photos individually or as a slide show with background
music
❑
Enjoying TV, DVDs, or your favorite music, while performing other tasks on
your computer
Your VAIO Digital Studio computer and Media Center
Your VAIO Digital Studio® computer compliments this exceptional operating
system with preinstalled multimedia software programs, superior graphics and
audio capability, and a DVD±RW drive that burns and plays DVD and CD
media.
Your computer comes equipped with features that enhance Media Center. You
can:
❑
Set up a home network to share media content
❑
Edit and organize digital images
❑
Save your favorite recorded TV programs to DVD media
❑
Play and edit your home videos
❑
Create DVDs by capturing video content straight from a digital video device
❑
Burn music files to CD media
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Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2004
Before you begin using Media Center
There are several tasks to complete before you are ready to use Media Center
features. Read this checklist before you begin using the Media Center software
program, to enable full use of all the features.
❑
Set up your VAIO® computer, accessories, and peripheral equipment
correctly, following the instructions in the section, “Setting Up Your
Computer” on page 39.
❑
Evaluate your home environment to determine the best way to connect your
TV, set-top box (cable or satellite), Internet, and computer.
❑
Establish an active Internet connection.
❑
Connect your computer to the TV signal source.
❑
Insert two AA batteries into the Media Center remote control.
❑
Plug the remote sensor unit into a USB port on your computer and place it in
a location that enables direct communication with the remote control.
❑
Connect the remote sensor control between your cable or satellite set-top
box, and the remote sensor unit.
Additional information about Media Center
For more information about setting up Media Center hardware or software, see
the online VAIO Computer User Guide.
To access the online User Guide:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and Support Center menu, click VAIO User
Guide.
✍ An Internet connection and TV signal source are not required to use some features,
but Sony recommends using these options to fully experience Media Center.
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Setting Up TV Connections
The best method of connecting your computer, TV monitor or display, and TV
programming access, is determined by the type of cable service connection
available in your home. Your computer’s hardware configuration may vary from
the illustrations shown in this section. See the online Specifications sheet for
details about your computer’s hardware configuration.
✍ Your VAIOO Digital Studio ® computer is supplied with certain video cables. Depending
on your in-home cable access, you may require extra cables, adapters or connection
equipment not supplied with your computer.
Connecting to standard cable access (CATV)
Option 1
1
Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to your cable service
access.
2
Connect the other end of the TV coaxial cable to the VHF/UHF port on the
back panel of your computer.
To connect in CATV mode (Option 1)
VHF/UHF port
Cable service access
(wall outlet)
VHF/UHF
TV coaxial cable
(supplied)
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Setting Up TV Connections
Option 2
1
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service
access. Connect the other end to the single-connection side of a splitter
adapter.
2
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to the double-connection side of the
splitter adapter. Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the back
panel of your computer.
3
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection side of
the splitter adapter. Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the back
of your TV monitor or display.
To connect in CATV mode (Option 2)
TV coaxial cable
(optional)
TV coaxial cable
(supplied)
Splitter
(optional)
VHF/UHF port
Cable service access
(wall outlet)
TV coaxial cable
(optional)
VHF/UHF
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Connecting to a standard antenna (air) system
You can connect your computer to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using
Option 1 or 2 from the previous section, “Connecting to standard cable access
(CATV)” on page 52. The antenna system in your home may require a VHF/UHF
RF combiner/transformer (optional) to connect your computer and the
indoor/outdoor antenna system.
✍ If you are connecting to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, you may need to reorient
the antenna for better reception.
Option 1
1
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your antenna outlet.
Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (optional).
2
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to
the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your computer.
Option 2
1
Connect both ends of the antenna’s twin lead cable to the screw-type grips
on the combiner/transformer.
2
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to
the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your computer.
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Setting Up TV Connections
To connect in standard antenna mode (air)
Option 1
Antenna
system
TV coaxial cable
VHF/UHF RF
(optional)
Combiner/Transformer
(optional)
Option 2
TV coaxial cable
(supplied)
Antenna
system
(Air)
300-ohm
Twin lead cable
(optional)
VHF/UHF port
✍ Your VAIO Digital Studio® computer is supplied with certain video cables. Depending
on your in-home cable access, you may require extra cables, adapters or connection
equipment not supplied with your computer.
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Connecting a Cable or Satellite Set-top Box
x
You can connect your computer to cable or satellite service that requires a set-top
box.
Option 1
1
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service
access. Connect the other end to the In jack on the back panel of your set-top
box.
2
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your set-top
box. Connect the other end to the single-connection end of a splitter adapter
(optional).
3
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of
the splitter adapter. Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the back
panel of your computer.
4
Connect a fourth TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end
of the splitter adapter. Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the
rear of your TV monitor or display.
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Connecting a Cable or Satellite Set-top Box
To connect in set-top box mode (Option 1)
TV coaxial cable
(optional)
Set-top box
VHF/UHF
IN
Cable service
access
(wall outlet)
VHF/UHF
OUT
TV coaxial cable
(optional)
Splitter
(optional)
TV coaxial cable
(optional)
TV coaxial cable
(supplied)
VHF/UHF port
VHF/UHF port
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Option 2
1
Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to your cable service
access. Connect the other end to the In jack on the back panel of your set-top
box.
2
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your set-top
box. Connect the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV
monitor or display.
3
Connect one end of the stereo A/V dubbing cables with triple RCA jacks
(optional) to the Video Out and Audio-OUT (L/R) jacks on the back panel of
your set-top box, matching the plug and jack colors.
4
Connect the other RCA jacks of the stereo dubbing cable into the Audio-R
(IN), Audio-L (IN), and Composite video (IN) jacks on the back panel of
your computer, matching the plug and jack colors.
To connect in set-top box mode (Option 2)
Stereo A/V dubbing cables
with triple RCA plugs
(optional)
Cable
service
access
VHF/UHF
IN
VideoOUT
Audio R-IN
Audio L-IN
Composite
Video
Audio-OUT
(L/R)
VHF/UHF
OUT
TV
coaxial
cables
(1-supplied)
VHF/UHF port
✍ You can connect your computer to a set-top box using an S-video cable (optional)
instead of a stereo A/V dubbing cable (optional). See “Setting Up Additional
Equipment” on page 62.
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Connecting the Remote Sensor
Connecting the Remote Sensor
The remote sensor communicates with the Media Center remote control,
enabling you to change channels and to perform other functions. If you are using
a cable or satellite set-top box, you can connect the remote sensor control to the
remote sensor, which enables you to control the set-top box with the remote
control.
1
Connect the remote sensor unit to a USB port located on either the front or
back panel of your computer. Place the remote sensor in a position that
enables it to communicate with your remote control.
Connecting the remote sensor (back panel)
Remote sensor
(supplied)
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2
Plug the remote sensor control’s cable into a jack (1 or 2) located on the back
of the remote sensor.
✍ When you attach the remote control sensor to a cable or satellite set-top box, you can
control the set-top box functions with your remote control.
Connecting the remote sensor and remote sensor control
Remote sensor
control cable
1
2
Remote sensor
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Connecting the Remote Sensor
3
Place the remote sensor control above the set-top box’s infrared port:
1
Attach the double-sided adhesive tape to the top of the set-top box.
2
Press the remote sensor control onto the tape, ensuring that the front
edge extends over the front of the box, as shown in the following
illustration.
Connecting the remote sensor control cable to a cable or satellite set-top box
Adhesive
tape
Remote sensor
control
Cable or satellite
set-top box
Infrared
port
Remote sensor
✍ The remote sensor unit must be visible in a line-of-sight with your remote control in
order to function properly.
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Setting Up Additional Equipment
This section illustrates how to set up additional equipment with your VAIO
Digital Studio® computer.
Connecting a VCR or camcorder with an audio cable
Your computer has both audio and video connection capability. You can locate
the appropriate connections behind the lower bottom panel on the front of the
computer or on the back panel. You can connect a VCR or camcorder, using the
composite audio In jacks and video ports.
1
Connect a dual audio cable (optional) to the composite audio L and R In
jacks, located on the either the front or rear panels of your computer.
2
Connect the other ends of the dual audio cable to your VCR or camcorder.
Connecting devices with an S-video
-video or video cable
Your VCR or camcorder may have either standard video or S-video connection
capability.
Option 1
1
Connect an S-video cable (optional) directly into the S-video jack on either
the front or back panel of your computer.
2
Connect the other end of the S-video cable into the appropriate port on your
compatible VCR or camcorder.
3
Connect an audio cable with dual RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the
composite audio L and R jacks.
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Setting Up Additional Equipment
To connect a VCR or camcorder (Option 1)
Video cassette recorder (VCR)
Compatible camcorder
Dual audio cable
(optional)
S-video cable
(optional)
Option 2
1
Connect a stereo A/V dubbing cable with triple RCA plugs at each end
(optional) directly into the composite video port, composite audio L and R
jacks, located on either the front or back panel of your computer.
2
Connect the other ends of the stereo A/V dubbing cable into the appropriate
jacks on your compatible VCR or camcorder.
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Connecting a TV monitor (display)
1
Connect the video connector end of the video cable adapter (supplied) to the
TV Out (S-video/video) jack on the back panel of your computer.
2
Connect the jack end of the video cable adapter to either end of a video cable
(optional). Connect the other end of the video cable to the Video-In jack on
your TV monitor or display, located on either the side or back of your TV
monitor/display.
3
Connect the single-jack end of an audio cable (optional) to the Line In jack
on the back panel of your computer. Connect the double-jack end of the
audio cable to the Audio-In (L/R) on your TV monitor or display. (The
Audio-In jacks may be located on the side or rear of your TV
monitor/display.)
Connecting a TV monitor or display
Video cable adapter
(supplied)
Video cable
(optional)
D
VI
EO
VID
EO
L(
MO
VHF/UHF
IN
P
UT
NO
)
R
Audio cable (L/R)
(optional)
✍ The video adapter is not needed, if you use an S-video cable to connect your TV to the
computer’s TV out (S-video/video) jack.
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Using Media Center
Using Media Center
You can start Media Center and switch between the different functions by
pressing a button on the remote control*, using your computer’s keyboard, or
clicking the mouse. You can also record TV, watch videos, play music, and use
other software programs.
Starting Media Center using the remote control
1
Point the remote control at the remote sensor and press
.
✍ The remote control must be used within 26 feet (8 meters) of the front of remote
sensor unit.
2
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to navigate and select menu
items. Press the OK button to activate your selection.
Starting Media Center using your keyboard and mouse
1
Click Start from the Windows taskbar and select Media Center from the
Start menu. The Media Center main window appears.
2
Use the directional arrows on the keyboard, or move the mouse, to navigate
and select menu items. Press Enter on the keyboard or left-click the mouse
to activate your selection.
* The Media Center remote control is supplied with VAIO Digital Studio® computers that are
equipped with Media Center features and the Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center
operating system.
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Media Center Start
1
2
3
4
5
6
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7
8
9
10
11
12
16
13
14
15
1
Media Center Start Menu
Returns Media Center to the Start menu.
2
Back button
Returns Media Center to the previous window.
3
Media Center Help button
Starts the Media Center Help guide.
4
Minimize button
Minimizes the Media Center window and places the Media Center icon
and name on the taskbar.
5
Maximize button
Enlarges the view to full-screen.
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Using Media Center
6
Close Window button
Closes the Media Center window.
7
My Videos
Plays and sorts home videos.
8
My Pictures
Displays and sorts digital images and slide shows.
9
My TV
Plays and records TV programs.
10
My Music
Plays and sorts music files and music CDs.
11
Create DVD
Creates and writes videos to DVD media.
12
More Programs
Displays additional programs that are available through Media Center.
13
Scroll Arrows
Moves the Start menu items up and down.
14
Settings
Sets or changes your Media Center preferences, including parental
controls, recording settings, and more.
15
Media Playback Controls
Plays, records, rewinds, replays, and stops selected media. You can also
change channels, using these controls.
16
Inset Window
Displays current playback window.
17
Log Off button
Logs off from this computer, or enables you to switch users.
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Exploring Media Center
You can use several options to explore Media Center, switch screens, locate
controls, and start functions.
Selecting items in Media Center
Selected items, such as folders, files, or menu options, are outlined with a green
border.
❑
Use the arrow buttons on the remote control to select an item, and then press
OK to activate your selection.
❑
To switch between inset window and full screen modes, use the arrow keys
on the remote control to select the inset window, and then press OK.
Switching between Media Center and the desktop
You can view the desktop without closing Media Center.
❑
Select the Minimize
the desktop.
button with your remote control or mouse to display
❑
To return to Media Center, press
on the Windows® taskbar.
Displaying or hiding the Media Center controls
❑
You can use your mouse to display the Media Playback Controls.
❑
You can use the remote control to hide the Media Playback Controls.
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Exploring Media Center
Media Center — Media Playback Controls
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
Channel Up and Down buttons
Changes the TV channel up (+) or down (-).
2
Play/Pause button
Plays the selected media. Press the Pause icon
8
to pause playback.
3
Stop button
Stops playback of selected media.
4
Record button
Records TV programs and stores them on the hard disk.
5
Replay/Rewind button
Moves TV programs and selected media backward.
6
Skip/Fast Forward button
Moves selected media ahead.
7
Mute button
Turns computer sound off.
8
Volume Up and Down buttons
Increases (+) and decreases (-) sound.
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Starting the Media Center Setup Wizard
The setup wizard requires you to provide certain information about your
equipment and home environment. To make the setup process easier, be prepared
to:
❑
Log on to Windows® operating system as the administrator. For more
information, go to the VAIO Help and Support Center.
❑
Establish a working Internet connection to enable the download of your local
television program guide.
❑
Provide your Zip code or Postal Code.
❑
Provide the name of your TV programming provider or the name of your
subscription package, if using cable or satellite service.
❑
Identify the brand name for your set-top box, if your TV service requires
one.
✍ To get assistance with the Media Center setup wizard at any time during the setup
process, click Help
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button.
Starting the Media Center Setup Wizard
Using the setup wizard
The first time you start the Media Center, a setup wizard appears. Follow the
steps in Media Center setup wizard to properly activate and configure Media
Center. The setup wizard tests your remote control, configures your Internet
connection and TV broadcast signal, and sets up the Television Program Guide
for your local area.
Media Center - Getting Started
✍ If you decide to skip any of the setup wizard steps, you can complete them later in the
Settings window in Media Center.
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❑
Check Remote Control — The Media Center uses this interactive step to
verify that the remote control is communicating with the remote sensor. The
LED on the remote control blinks when a button is pressed.
Media Center - Check Your Remote Control
✍ Verify that your remote control has two AA batteries installed.
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Starting the Media Center Setup Wizard
❑
Set up Internet Connection — The Media Center setup wizard uses an
active Internet connection to set up and update your local Television
Program Guide. If you have already established an Internet connection, you
are asked to choose a download method. Select the appropriate download
option, and follow the on-screen instructions.
Media Center - Download Method
✍ The Internet connection provides information about your music CDs and other media.
If you skip this step, you can complete them later in the Settings window in Media
Center.
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❑
Set up Television Signal — The Media Center setup wizard verifies that
your computer is receiving the correct TV signal and local TV Program
Guide. If you are using a cable or satellite set-top box, this step programs
your remote to the box, enabling you to view premium channels.
Media Center - Choose Your TV Signal
✍ Verify that your TV signal source is connected to the computer.
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Starting the Media Center Setup Wizard
❑
Set up Television Program Guide — The Media Center setup wizard
enables your computer to automatically connect to the Internet to update
your Television Program Guide. The Guide displays available channels,
network, and program information.
Media Center - Program Guide
The message, No data available is displayed in the Television Program
Guide when:
❑
The Guide has not been set up.
❑
You have not agreed to the Television Program Guide’s Terms of
Service.
❑
The Media Center cannot connect to the Internet and download new
Guide information.
❑
Guide information is not available for your location, from the Microsoft
TV listings service provider.
❑
Media Center has determined that the existing Guide information on
your computer is expired or corrupted.
✍ For more information on using Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004,
see the online VAIO Computer User Guide.
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Using Media
dia Card Slots
This section has information about the CompactFlash®/MicroDrive and
SmartMedia slots. Your computer may not be equipped with all of the
hardware features described in this section, depending on the computer
model purchased. To view the specific hardware configuration for your
computer, see the online Specifications sheet.
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Using the CompactFlash/MicroDrive
Flash/MicroDrive Slot
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a CompactFlash®/MicroDrive media
slot that supports both CompactFlash® and MicroDrive media cards. This media
slot also supports Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) cards*, using the
supplied SD/MMC adapter†. The SD/MMC adapter only supports standard-size
SD or MMC media.
Inserting a CompactFlash or MicroDrive media card
Insert CompactFlash or MicroDrive media card into the card slot. If the card does
not insert easily, remove it from the slot and verify that it is not upside-down or
backwards. Carefully reinsert the media card, but do not force it into the slot.
Always insert an appropriate media card into the CompactFlash/MicroDrive
media card slot for proper operation. Do not insert any other type of media
card into the CompactFlash/MicroDrive media slot.
To insert a CompactFlash or MicroDrive media card
* Secure Digital (SD) and MultiMedia cards are small, high-capacity data storage media.
† The SD/MMC adapter is not available with all VAIO Digital Studio® computer models. For
details about your computer’s supplied accessories, go to the Sony Online Computing Web
site and view your computer’s specifications sheet.
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Using the CompactFlash/MicroDrive Slot
Using the SD/MMC adapter
1
Insert an SD or MMC media into the supplied SD/MMC adapter.
2
Press until the card locks into place.
3
Insert the SD/MMC adapter into the CompactFlash/MicroDrive media slot,
as shown.
If the SD/MMC adapter does not insert easily, remove it from the media slot
and verify that it is not upside-down or backwards. Carefully reinsert the
SD/MMC adapter, but do not force it into the slot.
Always insert the appropriate SD or MMC media into the SD/MMC adapter for
proper operation. Do not attempt to insert any other type of media card or
media adapter into the supplied SD/MMC adapter.
To use the SD/MMC adapter with an SD or MMC media
SD or MMC
(media card)
SD/MMC adapter
(supplied)
Insert SD/MMC adapter
in this direction
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Removing a media card or the SD/MMC adapter
1
Press the media card eject button to release the media card or SD/MMC
adapter from the media card slot. The card or adapter extends further,
enabling you to grasp it.
To remove a media card or SD/MMC adapter
2
Carefully remove the media card or SD/MMC adapter from the slot.
Do not remove the media card or SD/MMC adapter while the media access
indicator light is on. The media or data may become damaged.
Removingg an SD or MMC media card from the SD/MMC adapter
1
Press the extended portion of the SD/MMC media card in until it stops, and
then release. The media extends farther, enabling you to grasp it.
2
Gently remove the SD/MMC media card from the SD/MMC adapter.
To remove an SD or MMC media from the SD/MMC adapter
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Using the SmartMedia Card Slot
Using the SmartMedia Card Slot
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a SmartMedia™ card slot that supports
SmartMedia cards*.
Always insert a SmartMedia card into the SmartMedia card slot for proper
operation. Do not insert any other type of card into the SmartMedia card slot.
Inserting a SmartMedia card
1
Insert the SmartMedia card into the SmartMedia card slot.
To insert a SmartMedia card
Insert SmartMedia card
in this direction
2
If the media does not insert easily, remove it from the slot and verify that it is
not upside-down or backwards. Carefully reinsert the SmartMedia card, but
do not force it into the slot.
* SmartMedia cards are small, thin, high-capacity data storage media.
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Removing a SmartMedia card
Carefully pull the extended portion of the SmartMedia card to remove it from the
SmartMedia card slot.
Removing a SmartMedia card
Do not remove the SmartMedia card while the media access indicator light is
on. The media or its data may become damaged.
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Additional Information About Media Cards
Additional Information About
bout Media Cards
If you plan to share a CompactFlash, MicroDrive, Secure Digital (SD),
MultiMedia (MMC), or SmartMedia card between your VAIO® computer and
other devices, such as a digital camera or music player, the media card must be
formatted properly.
❑
Format the media card by using it in the device first. See the information
supplied with the device for details on formatting media.
❑
If your device does not recognize a media card that has been formatted by
your computer:
1
Save the media’s contents to your hard disk drive.
2
Reformat the media with the device.
When using a SD or MMC media, always insert it into the supplied SD/MMC
adapter to ensure proper operation.
❑
Do not attempt to insert any other type of media card into the supplied
SD/MMC adapter. An incompatible media card may be difficult to remove
from the SD/MMC adapter, and cause harm to your computer if you attempt
to use it in the CompactFlash/MicroDrive media slot.
❑
Do not attempt to insert any other type of media card adapter into the
supplied SD/MMC adapter, such as a Mini SD or MMC adapter. A media
card adapter may be difficult to remove from the SD/MMC adapter, and can
cause harm to your computer if you attempt to use it in the
CompactFlash/MicroDrive media slot.
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Troubleshooting
bleshooting
This section describes how to troubleshoot common problems. For
information on other troubleshooting topics, see the online VAIO®
Computer User Guide.
My computer does not start.
❑
Verify that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on. Check that the power indicator is lit on the front panel of the computer.
❑
Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive* (unless you are using a
bootable floppy disk).
❑
Confirm that a CD is not in an optical drive (unless you are using a bootable
CD).
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly.
❑
If you plugged the computer into a power strip or Uninterruptible Power
Supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
❑
Verify that the monitor is plugged into a power source and turned on.
If your computer has a built-in monitor, confirm that it is plugged into an
appropriate power source and that the computer is turned on.
❑
Verify that the brightness or contrast control dials are adjusted correctly. (See
the manual supplied with your display for details.)
❑
Confirm that the computer is not in Stand by mode by pressing any key on
the keyboard.
* Certain VAIO computers are not equipped with a floppy disk drive. You can purchase this
equipment separately.
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What can I do if my computer or software stop responding?
You can try to locate and close the software program that has stopped responding.
1
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window
appears.
2
From the Applications tab, locate the software program that has the status
message, “Not responding.”
3
Select the software program that has a Not Responding status and click End
Task. Windows attempts to close the program.
If your computer does not respond or the software program does not close:
1
Save and close any open files, if possible.
2
Press the Alt+F4 keys. The Shut Down Windows window appears.
3
Click the drop-down list box and select Restart.
4
Click OK. The computer turns off and restarts.
If the Shut Down Windows window does not appear:
1
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. The Windows Security window appears.
2
Click Shut Down.
3
Restart your computer.
If your computer still does not respond and you cannot restart, shut down your
computer by pressing and holding the power button for more than six seconds.
If the software program continues to stop responding or causes your computer to
stop responding, contact the software publisher or designated technical support
provider.
Pressing and holding the power button for more than six seconds may result in
the loss of data from files that are currently open.
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Support
pport Options
Sony provides several options to help solve common problems or to locate
technical support for your VAIO® computer. This section describes all
available resources and offers suggestions on how to access this
information for maximum results.
Immediate Help and Support
You can locate helpful information immediately by consulting your hard copy
guides and supplements, or by accessing the online Computer User Guide and the
individual software Help files.
Your computer is supplied with these support options:
❑
VAIO® Computer Quick Start — The Quick Start contains information on
how to set up your computer quickly and easily. You can find instructions on
how to plan an ergonomic work space, connect power cords, cables and
peripheral devices, and register your computer with Sony®.
❑
VAIO® Computer User Guide — The online User Guide provides
information about configuring, maintaining, and upgrading your computer.
This support resource offers a variety of available topics, enabling you to
quickly view specific information using context-sensitive search features. To
access the online guide:
❑
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO User
Guide.
Specifications — The online specifications sheet describes the hardware
and software configuration of your VAIO computer. To view this online
information go to http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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❑
❑
Preinstalled software Help files — Each preinstalled software program
provides online Help within the software, that describes the software’s
features. In these Help files, you can find tutorials that teach you to use the
software and locate troubleshooting support, should problems occur. To
access software Help files:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs. A
submenu appears, listing all preinstalled software programs.
2
Click the desired software program*. The software’s main window
appears.
3
From the menu bar, click Help. The software program’s Help appears.
VAIO Software — Provides specific information on preinstalled Sony®
software.
To access this online software information
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar.
2
Click Welcome to VAIO life.
Resources for Additional Help and Support
If the information provided with your VAIO® computer does not offer an
immediate solution, or you would like to get direct support, try these additional
help and support resources.
Sony Online Support Web site
Online help and support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when
you visit the Sony Online Support Web site. You can access the Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
The Sony Online Support Web site provides:
❑
Information about your specific model computer, such as
❑
hardware and software specifications.
❑
upgrade and maintenance procedures.
❑
safety and legal information.
❑
quick solutions to common problems.
* You can locate the online Help for Sony® software programs by pointing to the individual
software program’s icon and selecting Help from the submenu.
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Resources for Additional Help and Support
❑
An automated tutorial library that contains interactive, easy-to-understand
lessons on using your computer’s hardware and software features.
❑
Links that enable you to:
❑
find the nearest Sony service center locations.
❑
arrange for repairs or check repair status.
❑
review warranty information.
❑
e-mail your question or comments to the Sony Customer Information
Services Center.
❑
check pricing and availability for products, accessories and parts, as
well as purchase online.
❑
access the Sony Solutions Knowledge Base, a database that contains
answers to many frequently asked questions.
Sony Customer Information Services Center
If other support options do not resolve your issue, you can contact a Sony
Support representative directly.
Before making a call to the Sony Customer Information Services Center, have
this basic information readily available.
1
VAIO® computer type.
2
Model number.
3
Serial number*.
Example:
4
Operating system.
5
Hardware feature or software program that has a problem. (See the online
VAIO® User Guide for the appropriate software technical support
information.)
6
Brief description of the issue.
For VAIO® computers purchased in the U.S. and Canada, contact a Sony
Support representative at 1-888-476-6972.
* The serial number is located on the back panel of your computer. The serial number is on a
white barcode label.
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Printed in USA