VAIO Digital Studio™
Computer User Guide
Contents
Welcome.................................................................5
Locating Controls and Connectors .....................7
Front Panel Overview..................................................................... 7
Back Panel Overview ................................................................... 10
VAIO Action Setup...............................................13
Shortcut Keys .............................................................................. 13
To Change the Sony Software Window Design............................ 15
VAIO AV Applications .........................................17
Overview of Preinstalled Software ...............................................
DigitalPrint Software ...................................................................
DVgate Software..........................................................................
MovieShaker Software.................................................................
PictureGear Software...................................................................
Smart Capture Software ..............................................................
SonicStage Software ...................................................................
VisualFlow Software ....................................................................
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Configuring Your VAIO Computer .....................59
Hard Disk Drive Partition .............................................................. 59
i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility .................................................. 60
To Enable Ethernet Connectivity .................................................. 61
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System, Application,
and Driver Recovery CD(s) ................................ 63
To Use the System Recovery CD(s) ............................................. 63
To Use the Application Recovery CD(s) ....................................... 65
To Use the Driver Recovery CD.................................................... 66
Troubleshooting ................................................. 67
Topics .......................................................................................... 67
Notes on Use ............................................................................... 79
For Answers to Your Software Questions .................................... 84
Resources .................................................................................... 87
Index .................................................................... 89
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VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO® computer! Your new
computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use
functionality. The information provided here is designed to help you to
become familiar with the hardware and software applications included
with your system.
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Locating Controls and
Connectors
Front Panel Overview
The front panel of your VAIO Computer allows access to the optical and floppy
disk drives. It also includes Universal Serial Bus (USB) and i.LINK® ports to
connect compatible peripheral devices.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please 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 PC peripherals to your system, such as an optical or hard disk drive,
confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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Front panel
✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the features listed, depending on the
system configuration you purchased.
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Front Panel Overview
1
Optical drive 1
See Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
2
Optical drive 2
See Specifications sheet for optical drive information.
3
Floppy disk drive
Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
4
Floppy disk drive access indicator light
Lights in green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk.
5
Optical drive access indicator light
Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical drives.
6
Hard disk drive access indicator light
Lights in amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk.
7
Power switch and indicator light
Turns the computer on/off . The indicator light is blue while the power is on and
amber when the computer is in Stand by mode.
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i.LINK 4-pin port (IEEE1394)
Connection for a compatible digital device.
9
Optical drive 1 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 1.
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Optical drive 2 eject button
Ejects a disc from Optical drive 2.
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Memory Stick slot (Not available on all models)
Reads and writes data from and to a Memory Stick media.
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Floppy disk eject button
Ejects a floppy disk.
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Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (2)
Connections for compatible USB devices.
✍ For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK ports on both the front
and back panels. The 4-pin i.LINK port is located on the front panel and the 6-pin
i.LINK port is located on the back.
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Back Panel Overview
The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional
accessories. The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports and jacks
on your computer.
✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the features listed, depending on the
system configuration you purchased.
Back panel
KEYBOARD MOUSE
USB NETWORK
ACT
LINK
PRINTER
i.LINK
S400
HEADPHONES
SERIAL
LINE IN
MIC
4
MONITOR
3
2
1
1
Mouse port
Connection for a PS/2® mouse.
2
Keyboard port
Connection for a PS/2 Keyboard.
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LINE TELEPHONE
Back Panel Overview
3
Ethernet port
10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface.
(The port marked with
(Network) is for LAN connections only.)
4
Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports (2)
Connection for compatible USB devices.
5
Printer port
Connection for a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner.
6
i.LINK 6-pin port (IEEE1394)
Connection for a compatible digital device.
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Serial port
Connection for a compatible serial device.
8
Headphones jack
Connection for the supplied speakers or optional headphones.
9
Line In jack
Connection for an audio device.
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Microphone jack
Connection for a microphone (optional).
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Monitor port
Connection for a standard CRT display.
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Modem line jack
Connection for the supplied modem cable to the wall jack.
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AC Input port
Connection for the supplied power cord.
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Telephone jack
Connection for a phone cable (optional) to the computer.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please 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 PC peripherals to your system, such as an optical or hard disk drive,
confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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VAIO Action Setup
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer’s Shortcut
keys (S Keys).
Shortcut Keys
The programmable S Keys are linked with the following applications as their
default settings:
❑ S1 — Outlook® Express
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S2 — Internet Explorer
S3 — SonicStage
S4 — PictureGear™
S5 — MovieShaker™
S6 — Help/Demo
You can reprogram the S keys to launch other applications.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please 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 PC peripherals to your system, such as an optical or hard disk
drive, confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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Changing the settings of the S Keys
1
Click Start in the Windows Taskbar and select All Programs.
2
Select VAIO Action Setup, then click VAIO Action Setup.
✍ You can also double-click
the VAIO Action Setup icon, located in the Windows
taskbar, to launch VAIO Action Setup.
3
Click the S Key you want to change.
4
From the Select Application dialog box, click the option for the desired type
of function. The corresponding applications appear in the list box on the
right.
✍ You can drag an application to place it into the list box.
5
The Confirmation Application Name window appears. Click Next.
6
You can type a new name and description, if desired. Click Finish.
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To Change the Sony Software Window Design
To Change the Sony Software Window Design
You can select from different window designs for your Sony software and create
your own personal computing environment.
Changing the window design
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select the Control Panel.
2
Click Other Control Panel Options.
3
Click UI Design Selector.
4
Click << or >> and select the desired design.
5
Click Apply.
6
The “UI Design Selector” window design changes. The window design for
your Sony software will match the “UI Design Selector” window.
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To try another selection, click << or >>, then click Apply.
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When you have made your selection, click OK. The UI Design Selector
closes and the Sony software window design displays.
✍ You may only use this feature with compatible UI Design Selector software.
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VAIO AV Applications
Your VAIO® computer is preconfigured with a collection of audio and
video (AV) applications that make it easy to use advanced multimedia
technology. This section describes the VAIO® AV applications.
✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software applications listed,
depending on the system configuration you purchased.
Your computer’s visual presentation of the VAIO AV applications may not appear
exactly as shown in this section, depending on the specific computer model you
purchased.
Overview of Preinstalled Software
DigitalPrint
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software makes it fun and easy to edit, import, and organize your
digital pictures in a photo album for rich digital printing to any standard color laser or
inkjet printer. Digital Print can also be used to make custom CD labels for your audio CDs.
DVgate™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK® port and capture your own video
clips and still images. You can edit clips from your video, add new clips, and combine
clips into new movie segments. You can also save your images in a variety of popular file
formats.
Media Bar® DVD Player
Sony Electronics Inc.
Media Bar DVD Player is created especially for high-quality DVD playback. You can
enjoy the superior digital video quality and the effects features. You can rewind or fastforward scenes from the DVD Player monitor as you would with any ordinary DVD
player, to easily find the scene you want to view. Typical DVD playback features are
available, such as multiple angles, audio language tracks, and subtitles. Media Bar DVD
Player seamlessly integrates a premium audio/visual experience with an easy-to-use
software interface.
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MovieShaker™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony’s original MovieShaker software creates personal movies that have transitions,
background music, and text. Just import your video clips and “shake” with a click of the
mouse. Your personal movies are easy to create and fun to share with family and friends.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony digital
still camera, or a Sony Mavica® camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table
format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture
manages the i.LINK® connection between your notebook and a Sony Digital Handycam®
Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to capture compressed video
or still images and save them to your hard disk drive or share via e-mail. A smart solution
for computer, digital audio/video and network convergence.
SonicStage
Sony Electronics Inc.
This new jukebox application adds a host of new features to its predecessor, OpenMG™
Jukebox. Continuing to take advantage of Sony’s copyright-protected ATRAC3™ format
for high-quality digital audio storage, SonicStage sports a new Music Visualizer, a sleek
new player skin design, audio CD burning capability, and a parametric equalizer for finetuning audio playback.
VisualFlow™
Sony Electronics Inc.
VisualFlow software is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically
for Memory Stick® media. It displays any still picture, movie or sound file stored in a
Memory Stick media in a visually pleasing, artistic manner. VisualFlow software not only
plays a selected movie or sound file, but also enables playback of files by other
applications like PictureGear™ software or Memory Stick Slideshow.
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DigitalPrint Software
DigitalPrint is designed to creatively manage your digital pictures. With its easyto-use features, you can quickly load images from your digital camera or
camcorder, print high-quality photos, and make personalized photo albums and
labels to share with friends and family.
DigitalPrint main browser window
Using PhotoCapture
Capture and import your digital pictures from your digital camera or camcorder,
to your computer. You can select your favorite pictures and place them in handy
folders for future use.
1
Click
(Import) to open the PhotoCapture window. Your connected
digital camera, camcorder, or Memory Stick® media is indicated in the
window.
✍ Properly connect your digital camera, camcorder, or insert your Memory Stick media
in your computer.
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PhotoCapture window
2
Click the camera icon to open the Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box. You
can enter a name for a new folder or click Select Photo Folder, to import
your pictures to an existing folder. Click OK.
Enter Photo Folder Name dialog box
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3
Click the Capture button to capture still images. You can preview a
thumbnail version of your pictures in the selection view window.
Capture Pictures from Video window
4
Select the desired pictures and click the Get Pictures button. The
PhotoCapture picture editor window appears.
5
Click the View button to see an enlarged version of a selected picture. You
can use
(Rotate) to change the position of a selected picture. Use the
Delete button to eliminate any unwanted pictures.
PhotoCapture editing window
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Using PhotoCollection
You can select and print your favorite digital pictures, using your computer and
home printer.
1
Click
(Photo) to open the PhotoCollection window. A list of available
Folders is displayed on the left side of the window, with the folder contents
displayed as thumbnail pictures on the right.
PhotoCollection window
2
Select the desired folder. From the thumbnail view, click to select the
pictures you want to print.
3
Click the Photo Print button at the top of the window. Select the number of
prints you want to make, using the scroll arrows. Click OK.
4
Select the paper, based on the picture positioning desired. A layout preview
is displayed on the left side of the window.
5
Use the configuration buttons and drop-down lists to select the printer and to
set margins.
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Printer and Paper selection window
6
Click Print All to begin printing all pages, or click “Print the selected page
only” to print a specific page of photos.
Using PhotoDecor
You can decorate your favorite photos with clip art, stamps, or your own drawing
talent. Add, remove, and change your designs to create your own unique photo
art.
1
Click
(Edit) to open the PhotoDecor - New PhotoDecor window. A list
of your available Folders is displayed on the left side of the window, with the
folder contents displayed as thumbnail pictures on the right.
PhotoDecor-New PhotoDecor window
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Select the desired folder. From the thumbnail view, click to select the
pictures you want to decorate. The PhotoDecor editing window appears.
3
Use the decoration features on the right side of the window by clicking on
the desired decoration icon and then dragging the decoration onto your
photo.
4
Click the Print button when your photo is ready to be printed. You can save
your decorated pictures before printing. Name the new picture and click
Save.
✍ The default location for your saved decorated pictures is in the Decorated Photos
folder, which can be viewed from the PhotoDecor - New PhotoDecor window.
Using PhotoAlbum
Capture your special photos in an organized photo album. You can share your
custom-made photo albums with friends and family.
1
Click
(Album) to open the PhotoAlbum - New Album window.
PhotoAlbum - New Album window
✍ If you wish to work on a previously created album, do not click Create New Album.
Instead, select the desired album from the Album Collection view on the right side of
the window.
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2
Click Create New Album. The Select Photo window appears.
3
Select the photos you want to include in your album from the available
folders displayed. Click List to select individual pictures from each folder.
The Select Design window appears.
4
Select a design template for your album. Use the scroll bar to see all
available designs. When you have selected the design, the Select Layout
window appears.
5
Select a page layout for your album. A preview of your selected design and
page layout is displayed. Scroll through the album, using the book icons at
the bottom of the window.
6
Click the Page List button to edit your album. Customize your album by
adding more pictures, decorations, comments, or deleting pages. Click Print.
7
Select the album type and click Print.
✍ For information on stitching your album, click Stitch Album. See the online Help file
for more details.
Using LabelMaker
Use LabelMaker to design original labels to personalize your media, such as
Memory Stick® media, CDs, or video cassettes.
1
Click
(Label) to open the Label - New Label window.
Label - New Label window
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Click to select a media type. The Select Paper window appears.
3
Select the media’s paper layout. The Select Design window appears.
4
Select a design template. Add your decorations or customize the design
template, as desired.
✍ A new window appears, enabling you to list the contents of your audio or video media.
You can create a song or video list, depending on the type of media label being
created.
Design Edit window
5
Click Print to complete the label making process. Use the configuration
buttons and drop-down lists to select the printer and to set margins.
✍ See the online Help for detailed information on using DigitalPrint software.
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DVgate Software
DVgate Software
Connecting a digital video camcorder
Turn off the power to your digital video camcorder before connecting it to your
computer. After connecting the device, turn its power back on. You do not need to
turn off the computer when connecting the camcorder.
To use DVgate™ software with a digital video camcorder
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Do not use DVgate™ software when the connected digital video device is in
Timer Recording mode, as this may produce a malfunction in the device.
Video captures larger than 2 GB (9 minutes and 30 seconds) are
automatically continued in a second file.
You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video, or you can add
audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.
You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. Perform a separate
capture for each audio mode you wish to use.
DVgate software does not support hard disk compression. Do not use disk
compression if you are planning to work with DVgate software.
Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not
transferred to tape by DVgate software.
Disable your screen saver program to avoid interruption during your capture
sessions.
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The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate
compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.
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The information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be
accurate for tapes that are recorded using a mixture of both SP and LP
modes.
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Keep the video head of your digital video device properly cleaned.
Anomalies that you see in captured data may be due to dust or other particles
on the video head.
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The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The
frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.
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To use DVgate software to record AVI files to tape
❑
Do not use DVgate™ software when the connected digital video device is in
Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the device.
✍ You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.
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Avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple
frames, by closing other applications on your system while recording.
You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files
that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but
must be recorded separately.
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DVgate software features do not support working with AVI files that are
smaller than 4 MB.
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DVgate software does not support hard disk compression.
Video and audio data are not available while you are recording, in order to
maximize recording capabilities.
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If DVgate software indicates that frames are dropped, try closing all open
applications, or defragmenting your hard drive.
Installing the DVgate plug-in for Adobe Premiere software
Your VAIO® computer may not have Adobe® Premiere® software preinstalled.
If you subsequently purchase and install this software on your computer, you
must install a plug-in to ensure compatibility with the DVgate software.
To install the DVgate plug-in
Install the plug-in for Adobe Premiere 6.0 by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar and then click Run. The Run window
appears.
2
Click Browse and navigate to your C: drive, using the Look in: drop-down
list.
3
Double-click Program Files, double-click Sony, and then double-click
DVgate.
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Double-click Premiere Plug-in, and then double-click to open the 6.0 folder.
5
Double-click Setup.exe and the Run window appears. Click OK.
6
From the installation wizard, follow the on-screen instructions to install the
plug-in.
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MovieShaker Software
MovieShaker™ software can be used to create fun and innovative movies without
any previous knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, video files can be
made from still images with added special effects and music files. Save your
personal video creation in a format that is compatible with most computers.
MovieShaker main window
Working panel
Shake
tab/tray
Import clip tray
Edit
tab/tray
Capture
tab/tray
Effect tray
Story Board tray
Creating movies with MovieShaker software
Using your imported clips, you can create a short movie using the Shake feature.
The Shake feature randomly selects clips from the Story Board tray, to create a
30-second movie. After you “Shake” your video, you can edit it by adding effects
and text, adjusting the color and contrast, and modifying the length.
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To import images and sound clips
1
Click
. The Import file browser window appears.
2
Find the clip(s) you want to add.
3
Click to select the clip(s). The file(s) are added to the Import clip tray.
✍ You can delete a clip from the Import clip tray by dragging the clip’s icon to the trash
icon located on the Edit tray of the working panel.
Importing image or sound files that are over 30 seconds in length, may cause
the MovieShaker software to stop responding.
To use the Shake feature
1
Click the Shake tab. The Shake panel appears
2
Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shake pattern tray.
Shake tray window
Shake tab
Shake
pattern tray
Shake!
button
Playback
buttons
3
Click the Shake! button. A 30-second movie is automatically generated and
saved to the Story Board tray.
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Add text to your new movie by clicking on the Input button.
5
To preview, rewind, or fast forward your movie, use the Playback buttons.
✍ Scenes created with the Shake feature begin with a black screen in the Shake tray
window. Your scenes appear during movie playback.
To add effects to a scene or a clip
1
Double-click or drag the desired clip or scene to move it to the Story Board
tray.
2
Click the Effect button on the Effect tray.
Effect tray window (Effect button selected)
Effect
button
Effect
icons
Additional
effects
3
Drag the Effect icon you want to add from the Effect tray to the Effect palette
on the working panel.
4
Click the Play button on the Edit tray to preview the effect. The added effect
previews on the clip displayed in the Effect tray window.
✍ You can eliminate an effect by dragging it from the Effect palette to the trash icon on
the working panel. See the online Help file for more information on adjusting effect
duration and replaying clips and scenes.
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To add text effects to a scene or clip
1
Double-click or drag the clip or scene to move it to the Story Board tray.
2
Click the Text button on the Editing tray.
Effects Tray (Text button selected)
3
Click the Text Setting button to create customized text. The Text Setting
dialog box appears, enabling you select the desired font, color, and
positioning for your text.
4
Drag the Text effect icon you want to add from the Effect tray to the Effect
palette on the working panel.
5
Click the Play button on the Edit tray to preview the text effect. The clip
displays the text effect in the Effect tray window.
✍ From the working panel, you can eliminate a text effect by dragging it from the Effect
palette to the trash icon. See the online Help file for more information on adjusting
Text effects.
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To save a movie
1
Verify that the movie or clips you want to save are located on the Story
Board tray.
2
Click the Export button on the working panel.
3
Select the format in which you want the movie to be saved.
✍ You can click on each export format to view its description and use.
Export window
4
Click Next.
5
Locate the folder to which you want the file saved and name your file before
saving.
6
Click Save.
✍ The time required to export your movie file may vary, depending on the format
selected. See the online Help file for more information on exporting a movie.
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Using ImageStation online service with MovieShaker software
ImageStationSM is an online service that allows you to store your pictures and
movies on the Internet to share with family and friends. ImageStation requires an
Internet connection and registration for the Web-based service. You must be
connected to the Internet before uploading your pictures or movies using
MovieShaker and ImageStation applications.
To upload MovieShaker files
1
Locate the clips or video files that you want to upload to the ImageStation
service, and import them to the Import Clip tray.
2
Drag and drop the desired clips or video files to the Story Board Tray.
3
Click the Export button. The Export window appears.
4
Select “MPEG1 (ImageStation)” and click Next.
✍ The MovieShaker application creates a temporary file to store your images prior to
uploading to ImageStation. This file is deleted after the upload process.
5
If you are a registered member, provide your login name and password.
For first-time users, click “Register to ImageStation.” The ImageStation
registration wizard appears and guides you through the initial registration
process. Follow the on-screen instructions.
ImageStation Login window
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When the ImageStation application on your computer connects with
ImageStation online, your files are uploaded to the Web site. The Image
Uploader window appears and displays the Internet connection and upload
status.
Image Uploader window
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Go to http://www.imagestation.com to view your uploaded pictures or
movies. Follow the on-screen instructions to access your ImageStation
account.
✍ The ImageStation Web site may ask you to complete a full login again, if your current
online session is not active.
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PictureGear Software
PictureGear™ software is a digital image management application that allows
you to view all the images stored in any directory on your computer. Thumbnail
views provide quick reminders of your pictures. Use PictureGear software to
brighten, add contrast, enhance, resize, crop, and color-correct your pictures.
Create animations, screen savers, wallpaper, still pictures from MPEG, and
HTML photo albums.
PictureGear main window
Managing your pictures
Use the Collection feature to manage your pictures.
1
Click the Folder tab in the main window and browse to locate your pictures.
2
Select the pictures you want to include in your collection.
3
From the Collection menu, click Create New Collection.
4
Enter a name for your collection, then click OK.
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Creating a photo album
1
Click the Folder tab in the main window and browse to locate your pictures.
2
Select the pictures you want to include in your album.
PIctureGear Album Maker dialog box
3
From the Utilities menu, select Album Maker.
4
Choose a Design template for your album.
5
Click the “Make soon” button to create your album immediately, using the
PictureGear default settings.
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6
Click the “Customize the design” button to add pictures, frames, text, and
effects.
Custom Album dialog box
✍ If you select the Custom Album process, the final album is created when you click the
Finish button in the last dialog box.
Custom album “Completed” dialog box
7
Click Save to designate the location where you want to save your album.
8
Enter a name for the target folder and click OK.
9
The PictureGear™ Custom Album feature creates the new folder in the
designated location.
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Smart Capture Software
Smart Capture is a Sony application that manages the i.LINK® connection
between your computer and a compatible i.LINK digital camera or camcorder.
You can capture and enhance video or still images to share with your family and
friends over the Internet or through e-mail.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please 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 PC peripherals to your system, such as an optical disc drive or hard
disk drive, confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating
conditions.
Smart Capture main window
1
2
3
4
5
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Mode indicator
4
Displays the current mode (Still or Net
Movie).
2
Mode dial
Connects you directly to the online Smart
Capture Help.
5
Switches Smart Capture from Still mode to
Net Movie mode with a single click of your
mouse.
3
Options button
Displays the configuration options
available for either Still or Net Movie mode.
Help button
Capture button
Captures your individual still images in the
same manner as a camera. You can select
different characteristics for the Capture
button when capturing a Net Movie.
6
Image window
Displays the still or video image from your
digital camera or camcorder.
Effects button
Displays the special effects that you can
apply to your pictures or video clips.
The Smart Capture main window opens with a blue screen image, indicating that
there is no data input from a digital camera or camcorder. When you connect
your digital camera or camcorder to your system with an i.LINK cable and turn it
on, an image appears in the main window. Some cameras and camcorders need to
have a recording media inserted before an image can be displayed in the Smart
Capture window. Consult the manual supplied with your digital camera or
camcorder for more information.
Using Still Mode
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar and click All Programs.
2
Select Smart Capture and then click Smart Capture. The Smart Capture main
window appears.
3
Connect your compatible i.LINK digital camera or camcorder to your
computer with an i.LINK cable (optional). An image appears in the Smart
Capture main window.
4
Check that the Mode dial is set to Still. Click the Mode dial to switch
between Still mode and Net Movie mode.
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Click the Options button to view the available options for your still image
capture. The Still Image Options window appears.
Still Image Options window
The Still Image Options window has four tabs:
❑
❑
❑
❑
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Capturing Mode — You can choose between Normal, Self-timer, or
Panorama Capture modes.
Image Size — Select the image size, horizontal by vertical, in pixels.
Image Quality — Set the quality of your pictures as they are being
saved by selecting Fine, Standard, or Economy image quality.
Destination — Select a file destination for your pictures.
Click the Effects button to select a special image effect. The Effect Settings
window appears. Use the drop-down list to view and customize the available
effects.
Effect Settings window
✍ You can use a different special effect for each picture, or you can remove all special
effects by clicking the No Effects button.
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To capture a picture in Still mode
1
Use your digital camera or camcorder to locate the image you want to
capture. When you see the desired image in the Smart Capture window, click
the Capture button. The Still Viewer window appears. You can capture one
picture or several pictures at a time.
Still Viewer window
2
Click the arrows or drag the scroll bar to view the pictures. As each image is
captured, it appears in the Still Viewer window with a text balloon to add
your comments and an identifying number in the viewer queue.
To manage pictures in Still mode
From the Still Viewer window, you can perform various functions using the task
buttons:
❑ Delete — Discard any or all of your still images by clicking the Delete
button. Select a single image or all and the image(s) is “torn” and removed
from the Still Viewer window.
❑ Upload — Send your still images online to the ImageStation Web site to
share with your family and friends. The ImageStation service stores your
still images online when you become a registered user. See “Using
ImageStation with Smart Capture software.”
❑
Mail — E-mail your still images to your family and friends. Click the Mail
button and your e-mail application launches with a new message window
containing the still image as an attachment.
❑
Save — Click the Save button to save your still image in a variety of formats,
to a location of your choice.
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✍ You must be connected to the Internet before attempting to upload or e-mail your still
images or videos.
Using Net Movie Mode
1
From the Start button in the Windows taskbar, select All Programs, select
Smart Capture, and then click Smart Capture. The Smart Capture main
window appears.
2
Connect your compatible i.LINK digital camcorder to your computer with
an i.LINK cable (optional). An image appears in the Smart Capture main
window.
3
Verify that the Mode dial is set to Net Movie. Click the Mode dial to switch
between Still mode and Net Movie mode.
4
Click the Options button to view the available options for your movie
capture. The Recording Options window appears.
Recording Options window
Format tab view
Capture Button tab view
The Recording Options window has three tabs:
❑
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Format — You can adjust the compression rate for your movies in
MPEG1 format or choose the AVI option for no compression. You can
also set the maximum recording time for your movie capture.
Smart Capture Software
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❑
Destination — Select a file destination for your movies when recording
video clips.
❑
Capture Button — Set the characteristics of the software’s on-screen
Capture button. You can start and stop recording by clicking the Capture
button (this is the default characteristic). You can select Anti-Ground
Shooting, which allows recording to occur only while you click and
hold the Capture button. Recording will stop when you release the
button.
Click the Effects button to select a special image effect. The Effect Settings
window appears. Use the drop-down list to view and customize the available
effects.
✍ You can remove all special effects by clicking the No Effects button.
To capture a movie in Net Movie mode
1
Use your digital camcorder to locate the view(s) you want to capture. When
you see the desired view in either the Smart Capture window or your
camcorder’s viewfinder, click the Capture button to begin recording your
movie. The Movie Player window appears.
2
Click the Capture button when you have finished recording your movie and
the first frame of your movie appears in the Movie Player window. You can
record a movie for approximately 30 seconds. The Movie Player feature
automatically stops recording when this time limit is reached.
Movie Player window
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You can review your movie from the Movie Player window by using the
play, pause, and stop buttons. Click the arrows or drag the scroll bar to view
your movie. Each frame is displayed with an identifying number in the
queue.
✍ If you have set the Capture button to use the Anti-Ground setting, you must click and
hold the Capture button to record your movie.
To manage your movie in Net Movie mode
From the Movie Player window, you can perform various functions using the task
buttons:
❑
Delete — Discard any frame or the entire movie by clicking the Delete
button. The frame or movie is removed from the Movie Player window.
❑
Upload — Send your movies online to the ImageStation Web site to share
with your family and friends. The ImageStation service stores your movies
online when you become a registered user. See “Using ImageStation with
Smart Capture software.”
❑
Mail — E-mail your movies to family and friends. Click the Mail button and
your e-mail application launches with a new message window containing the
movie as an attachment.
Save — Click the Save button to compress and save your movie in a variety
of formats, to a location of your choice.
❑
Using ImageStation with Smart Capture software
ImageStationSM is an online service that allows you to store your pictures and
movies on the Internet to share with family and friends. The ImageStation service
requires an Internet connection and registration for the Web-based service. You
must be connected to the Internet before uploading your pictures or movies with
Smart Capture and ImageStation applications.
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To upload with Movie Player
1
Click the Upload Button in Movie Player to begin transfer of your movie to
the ImageStation Web site. The Image Uploader window appears and
displays the Internet connection and upload status.
Image Uploader window
2
Click
to see thumbnail previews of your pictures or movies.
To upload with Still Viewer
1
Click the Upload button in Still Viewer. The ImageStation Login window
appears.
ImageStation Login window
2
For first-time users, the ImageStation registration wizard guides you through
the initial registration process. Follow the on-screen instructions. If you are
already a registered member, provide your login name and password. The
Image Uploader window appears.
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From the Still Viewer window, click the Upload button to transfer your
pictures or movies to the ImageStation Web site. The Image Uploader
window displays your Internet connection and upload status. Click
to
see thumbnail previews of your pictures or movies.
✍ The ImageStation preview feature is available when you upload two or more pictures
or a movie. No preview is shown if a single picture is being uploaded.
4
Go to http://www.imagestation.com to view your uploaded pictures or
movies. Follow the on-screen instructions to access your ImageStation
account. The ImageStation Web site may ask you to complete a full login
again, if your current online session is not active.
✍ Sony recommends that your movie file size not exceed 254 MB if compressed, or 2 GB
if not compressed. Large movie files take longer to upload to the ImageStation Web
site.
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SonicStage Software
SonicStage™ is a software application that utilizes copyright protection
technology from Sony Corporation. SonicStage maintains the holder’s copyrights
by preventing unauthorized distribution of digital audio files. SonicStage
software lets you play and record from audio CDs and import digital audio files
while maintaining copyright information.
When you record from an audio CD using SonicStage, the audio file is encoded
in ATRAC3 format onto your computer’s hard drive. Downloading digital audio
files from Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) services enables the imported
data to be played on your computer, or transferred to external devices or media.
SonicStage converts your existing MP3 and WAV format audio files into
ATRAC3 format.
Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) Services
EMD enables you to download music files via the Internet. To use Internet
services that are compatible with SonicStage, you need:
❑
Access to the Internet from your computer. Sign up with an Internet Service
Provider (ISP) and configure your computer for Internet access before using
EMD services.
❑
An EMD service provider. Consult the provider for service information.
✍ To protect your personal data, Sony uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), an encryption
protocol for communication between your browser and Sony’s World Wide Web
(WWW) server. If you are accessing the Internet from an enterprise Local Area
Network (LAN), you may not be able to use SSL due to the proxy server of the LAN.
Contact your network administrator for more information.
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Starting SonicStage
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and then click All Programs.
2
Select SonicStage and then click SonicStage.
✍ The CDDB® (Compact Disc Database) Music Recognition Service registration wizard
enables you to register with CDDB. You need Internet access from your computer to
register and use this service. For more information regarding CDDB registration, click
the Help button.
3
When you have registered with CDDB, the “Confirm the setup of
SonicStage...” dialog box appears.
4
Click Yes to continue.
SonicStage feature tabs (Main window)
❑
CD tab
— The contents of your inserted audio CD are displayed,
enabling functions such as recording to the computer’s hard disk drive.
❑
Import tab
a Playlist.
— Import MP3, WAV or audio files on your computer to
❑
Playlist tab
only.
— View the available Playlists as “tree + list” or “list”
❑
Transfer tab
— View the available Playlists on your computer. You
can transfer the audio files to an external device or media.
Device/Media tab
— View the status of your audio files,
connected external device, or inserted media.
Internet tab
— The browser view displays your connection to the
Internet, enabling you to locate audio files and use EMD services.
❑
❑
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SonicStage main window
Playlist view
2
1
3
4
1
Feature tabs
5
5
Changes the screen view according to
the selected feature.
2
Player control buttons
Playlist drop-down list
(Playlist view)
Displays available playlists and audio
files.
4
7
Tutorial
Click to open or close the Tutorial feature.
6
Controls playback functions, such as
play, pause, stop, fast forward, and
reverse. You can increase or decrease
volume and switch view modes.
3
6
Internet address drop-down list
Displays current and recently visited
Internet addresses. Click the “Go to URL
link” button to immediately connect to
your favorite Web sites.
7
File list view (Playlist view)
Displays the contents of the folder
selected in the file tree view.
File tree view (Playlist view)
Displays the folders available on your
computer, enabling you to locate your
audio files. Expand the views for the file
list or Playlist drop-down using the
Playlist switch
button.
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Recording from a CD
You can record songs from audio CDs and import them to playlists in
SonicStage.
✍ When you record from an audio CD from your optical disc drive for the first time, the
“CD Drive Optimization” dialog box appears. Click Start to verify your optical disc
drive. After the verification is performed, recording begins.
1
Insert an audio CD into your system’s optical disc drive.
2
Click the CD tab.
3
Use the drop-down lists to select the ATRAC3 bit rate, CD drive, and Record
To destination.
CD tab window
4
You can identify specific tracks on your CD by clearing the check marks
from the tracks you don’t want to record. You can clear all selected tracks by
selecting the empty checkbox next to Select All, and then selecting the tracks
you want to record.
If your Internet connection is active, you can use the
view the name of your CD and its song titles.
✍ The CD Info button feature is not supported for all audio CDs.
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CD Info button to
SonicStage Software
5
Click
(Rec to Jukebox) to begin recording. When the recording is
finished, the new playlist appears in the File tree view of the Playlist
window.
Transferring songs (Check-In/Check-Out)
You can transfer songs between the playlists in the SonicStage software and
external devices or media. For more information on using your external devices
or media, see the instructions supplied with the device or media.
These instructions are for using the Check-In/Check-Out “1-step” method. For
information on using another method, see “Changing the check-in/check-out
settings” in the SonicStage online Help file.
Check-Out
1
Connect the external device or insert the media into your computer.
2
Click the Transfer tab to display the Transfer window. Your computer
automatically recognizes the connected external device or media and lists the
content information in a new panel on the right side of the Transfer window.
Transfer window
3
Select the Playlist that contains the song that you want to check out. The
songs in the playlist are shown in the Playlist view panel located in the center
of the Transfer window.
4
From the Playlist view panel, select the song to be checked out. To check out
more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and select the
additional songs.
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Click
(Out), or drag the song to the desired position in the song list of the
external device or media. Check Out begins.
✍ To cancel Check Out, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog box that
is displayed during the Check Out process.
Check In
The songs you transfer to external devices or media can only be checked in to the
hard drive of the same computer from which the songs were checked out.
1
Connect the external device or insert the media into your computer.
2
Click the Transfer tab to display the Transfer window. Your computer
automatically recognizes the connected external device or media and lists the
content information in a new panel on the right side of the Transfer window.
3
Select the song to be checked in from the song list of the external device or
media. To check in more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and
click the additional songs.
4
Click
(In), or drag the song(s) to the Playlist view panel. If you want to
check in all of the songs in the external device or media, click
(In All).
Check In begins.
✍ To cancel Check In, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog box that
is displayed during the Check In process.
For more information about using SonicStage software, go to the online
SonicStage Help. You can access the online help file as follows:
1
Click the Start button in the Windows taskbar, select All Programs.
2
Select SonicStage, then select SonicStage Help.
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Additional features
❑
SonicStage Tutorial — SonicStage features are described in the Tutorial.
The user-friendly interface instructs you on how to use all SonicStage
features.
❑
SonicStage Backup Tool — You can back up and restore music, graphics,
and information data managed by SonicStage. You must be connected to the
Internet to use the SonicStage Backup Tool.
❑
Import audio files in various formats — You can import audio files in
various formats, such as MP3 or WAV standards. You can also import audio
files that comply with the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Technologies
(WMT) standard, identified by .asf or .wma extensions. Manage your audio
files through the Playlist feature of SonicStage.
❑
Manage imported songs on the Playlist — Additional features are
available when you register your imported songs through the Playlist feature
of SonicStage. You can manage your music by creating your own list of
songs categorized by genre or artist, displaying your song list in the Playlist
feature, and arranging your songs in a customized order using the Playlist
folders. Edit your music by combining multiple songs into a single song, or
divide one song into two, by using the Combine and Divide features.
❑
Simple mode — The main SonicStage window viewed in Simple mode, is a
smaller, compact version of Full mode. This may be convenient when you
want to listen to music with SonicStage software, while using other
applications, or whenever you feel the Full mode view is intrusive. The
design of the main SonicStage window in simple mode can be changed by
selecting a new “Skin,” which enhances the window’s appearance. The
Simple mode feature enables you to perform playback operations only.
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VisualFlow Software
VisualFlow™ software is a Sony state-of-the-art multimedia browser designed
specifically for Memory Stick® media. It displays any still picture, movie or
sound files stored in a Memory Stick media in a visually pleasing, artistic
manner. VisualFlow software plays a selected movie or sound file and enables
playback of files by other applications like PictureGear™, PictureToy™, and
Memory Stick Slideshow.
Using VisualFlow software
You can navigate in the VisualFlow application by using your mouse, the
directional arrows on your keyboard, or the Sony Jog Dial™ control, depending
on your computer’s configuration.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select All Programs.
2
Select VisualFlow, then click VisualFlow.
VisualFlow main window
✍ If your system is equipped to use a Memory Stick, the VAIO Action Setup utility may be
configured to launch the VisualFlow browser upon insertion of a Memory Stick media.
In this case, VisualFlow starts automatically when a Memory Stick media is inserted.
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Click an icon in the View section on the main toolbar to select a display
layout.
4
Click an icon in the Sort section on the main toolbar to select a sorting
method.
5
Placing your cursor on the left end of the main toolbar activates the current
Memory Stick properties.
6
Placing your cursor on the right end of the main toolbar activates a
secondary toolbar with more functions.
7
Click an image to show a normal view centered on the screen.
Double-clicking an image shows an enlarged view.
8
The movie file starts playback when the view is enlarged. Click on the movie
files again to restore the view to normal.
✍ While an image is enlarged, the Launch toolbar appears at the bottom of the window.
Any associated application can be activated from this point.
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Configuring Your VAIO
Computer
This section provides information about maintaining your computer’s hard
disk drive performance, connecting a compatible i.LINK® device, and
enabling an Ethernet connection.
Hard Disk Drive Partition
To maintain optimum system performance, you should defragment your
computer’s D partition regularly.
To improve the performance of Sony audio and video software applications, the
hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and
D. Some Sony software applications save files to the D partition. This prevents
large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition.
Defragmenting your hard disk drive
If you encounter frame dropping while recording digital video onto your hard
disk drive, defragmentation may be necessary.
1
Deactivate your screen saver and close other open applications, if applicable.
2
Click Start in the Windows Taskbar and select All Programs.
3
Point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then select Disk
Defragmenter.
The Disk Defragment dialog box appears.
4
Select Action from the menu bar and click Analyze.
✍ It may take more than a couple of hours to complete defragmentation, depending on
the data capacity and current utilization of your computer’s hard disk drive(s).
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i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility
Your VAIO computer may include either 4-pin or 6-pin, or both types, of i.LINK
ports.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please 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 PC peripherals to your system, such as an optical or hard disk drive,
confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
A 6-pin i.LINK port can:
❑ supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is
equipped with a 6-pin connector.
❑ supply 10V to 12V.
A 4-pin i.LINK port cannot supply power to a connected device.
The total power supplied by the 6-pin i.LINK port cannot exceed 6 watts.
The following Sony i.LINK 400 Mbps cables are available and recommended for
use with your computer: VMC-IL4415, VMC-IL4435, VMC-IL4615,
VMC-IL4635, VMC-IL6615, and VMC-IL6635.
Sony computer supplies, accessories, and peripherals can be purchased from your
local retailer, from the Sony VAIO Direct Web site at http://vaio.sonystyle.com,
or by calling 1-888-315-7669 (toll free).
Connecting an i.LINK (IEEE1394) device
1
Use the symbol to locate the i.LINK port on your compatible i.LINK
device and on your computer. Plug the i.LINK cable connector into this port.
2
Plug the other end of the cable into the corresponding 4- or 6-pin i.LINK
port on your computer.
✍ See the instructions that came with your i.LINK device for more information on
installation and use.
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To Enable Ethernet Connectivity
To Enable Ethernet Connectivity
Your computer comes with a preinstalled Ethernet port. To enable faster start-up
time, your computer may ship with this function disabled. You can enable
Ethernet connectivity by following the instructions below.
Enabling the Ethernet connection
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel.
2
From the Pick a Category list, select Performance and Maintenance.
The Performance and Maintenance dialog box appears.
3
From the Pick a Control Panel icon, select System.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
4
Select the Hardware tab, then click the Device Manager button to view the
installed system hardware.
The Device Manager dialog box appears.
5
Click the unfold button in the Network Adapters category to reveal all
installed network devices. Select “Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast
Ethernet NIC.”
6
From menu bar, select Action and then click Properties.
7
Select “Use this device (enable).”
8
Click OK.
9
Close the Device Manager dialog box.
10 Close System Properties dialog box.
11 Close Performance and Maintenance dialog box.
Caution: Your computer has a protective sticker
covering the Ethernet
port located on the rear panel. Connect only 10Base-T and 100Base-TX cables
to the Ethernet port. Using other cables or a telephone cable may result in an
electric current overload and can cause a malfunction, excessive heat or fire
in the port. For help on connecting to a network, see your network
administrator.
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System, Application and
Driver Recovery CD(s)
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics Inc.
The System Recovery CD utility enables you to restore the operating system and software
that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. It can be used
only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics Inc.
The Application Recovery CD program enables you to reinstall individual applications.
Use it to restore corrupted or erased files.
Driver Recovery CD
Sony Electronics Inc.
The Driver Recovery CD program enables you to reinstall individual device drivers. Use it
to restore corrupted or erased files.
To Use the System Recovery CD(s)
You can reinstall the operating system and software applications that shipped
with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. If you experience a
problem with your computer, reinstalling an individual application or device
driver may correct the problem.You may not need to recover the entire contents
of your hard drive.
✍ Use the Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications.
When you use the System Recovery CD(s), you are prompted to complete the
Windows registration process.
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Full restore with format
The System Recovery utility formats your hard disk drive and then restores all
the original software applications.
You will lose any software you have installed and any other files you have
created since you started to use your computer. You must reinstall any
applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it.
Using the System Recovery CD(s)
1
Insert the System Recovery CD in your computer’s optical drive.
The System Recovery utility starts from the optical drive. The first CD must
be in the drive when you turn on your computer.
✍ If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the System Recovery CD into
the upper optical drive.
2
Turn off your computer.
3
Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer.
4
Type the letter “O” to signify you have read and accepted the Microsoft EndUser License Agreement.
5
When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or more System Recovery CDs. If you have more than
one System Recovery CD, insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program.
You are prompted to insert the next CD(s) once the information from the first CD has
been installed.
The recovery process takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
After recovering your system using the System Recovery CD(s), you may be prompted
to insert your Application Recovery CD(s) after restarting Windows. Use the
Application Recovery CD(s) to complete full restoration of your system.
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To Use the Application Recovery CD(s)
To Use the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD utility enables you to reinstall individual software
applications if they become corrupted or are erased. Reinstalling an individual
software application may correct a problem that you are experiencing with your
computer or specific application. You may not need to reinstall the entire contents
of your hard drive.
✍ If you need to reinstall all of the software that shipped with your computer, use the
System Recovery CD(s).
You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD utility. If you have
any questions about using the Application Recovery CD(s), visit www.sony.com/
pcsupport, or contact Sony Customer Support at 1-888-4-SONY-PC.
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
1
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, save and close all
open applications.
2
When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Application Recovery CD
into your computer’s optical drive. The Application Recovery utility loads
automatically.
✍ If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the Application Recovery CD
into the upper optical drive.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or more Application Recovery CDs. If you have more
than one Application Recovery CD, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery
utility. You may be prompted to insert the next CD(s), depending on the software
application you wish to restore.
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To Use the Driver Recovery CD
The Driver Recovery CD utility enables you to reinstall individual drivers and
repair software applications if they become corrupted or are erased. You can
reinstall an individual driver to correct a problem that you are experiencing with
your computer, peripheral hardware, or software application.
✍ If you need to reinstall all of the software applications that shipped with your
computer, use the System Recovery CD(s).
You must be in Windows to run the Driver Recovery CD utility.
Reinstalling device drivers with the Driver Recovery CD
1
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all
applications.
2
When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Driver Recovery CD into the
optical disc drive.
✍ If your system is equipped with two optical drives, insert the Driver Recovery CD into
the upper optical drive.
3
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and click Control Panel. The Control
Panel window appears.
4
Click Performance and Maintenance and click System. The System
Properties dialog box appears.
5
From the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
6
Click to select the unknown device or the device that requires the driver
installation. The unknown device(s) is identified by a yellow question mark.
7
From the Action menu, click Uninstall. This removes the device driver from
your system. Click OK. Repeat for each device driver as necessary.
8
Restart your computer. Click Start in the Windows taskbar, select Turn Off
Computer, and then click Restart.
9
When the desktop appears, Windows automatically reinstalls the device
driver(s) from the Driver Recovery CD.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you may
encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple
solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer
Support.
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Topic: My computer does not start.
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Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the computer.
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Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive (unless you are using a
bootable floppy disk).
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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.
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Check that the monitor is plugged into a power source and turned on. Check
that the brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the
manual that came with your display for details.
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Check that the computer is not in standby mode.
Topic: My files are corrupted or deleted. I want to recover applications that
came with my computer.
See “To Use the Application Recovery CD(s)” for more information.
Topic: My drivers are corrupted or deleted. I want to recover drivers that came
with my computer.
See “To Use the Driver Recovery CD” for more information.
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Topic: My computer or software application stopped responding.
You can try to locate and close the software application that has stopped
responding.
1
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window
appears.
2
From the Applications tab, locate the application that has the status message,
“Not responding.”
3
Click to select the application and then click End Task. Windows attempts to
close the application.
If your computer does not respond or the application does not close, try the
following steps:
1
Save any open files, if possible.
2
Press the Alt+F4 keys. The Turn Off Computer window appears.
3
Click the Restart button.
If your computer still does not respond and you cannot restart, shut down your
computer by pressing and holding the power switch for more than six seconds.
If the software application continues to stop responding or causes your computer
to stop responding, contact the software publisher or designated technical support
provider.
Pressing and holding the power switch for more than six seconds, may result
in the loss of data from files that are currently open.
Topic: Why does my computer take longer to start up after installing America
Online® (AOL) software?
Installing AOL on some computers may increase the time required to start up by
as much as 60 seconds. You can decrease your computer’s start up time by
disabling the AOL wide area network (WAN) driver. Follow these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and select Control Panel.
2
Click Network and Internet Connections, and select Network Connections.
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Right-click on the Local Area Connection with the device name, “WAN
Network Driver,” select Disable.
Open your AOL connection and verify that the application functions properly
with the WAN Network Driver disabled. If you need to restore this Network
setting, repeat these steps (1 - 3) and select Enable.
Topic: Why does the Windows® operating system stop responding during
shutdown?
The Windows operating system may not shut down properly for many reasons,
including incompatible or conflicting drivers, damaged files, or non-responsive
hardware. For troubleshooting information, you can search Windows Help.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select VAIO Help and Support. The
VAIO Help and Support dialog box appears.
2
Select Fixing a Problem and then select Startup and Shut Down problems. A
list of specific problem topics appears on the right side of the dialog box.
3
Select Startup and Shutdown Troubleshooter. Follow the onscreen
instructions according to your specific situation.
Topic: How do I change the parallel port type to ECP, EPP, or bi-directional?
You can change the parallel port type using the System Setup utility (CMOS
Setup Utility). To access System Setup:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and select Turn Off Computer. Select
Restart.
2
When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard.
3
Select the Advanced tab from the Setup Utility screen.
4
Select “I/O Device Configuration” and press Enter.
5
Use the arrow keys to highlight Parallel Port Mode and press Enter.
✍ You can toggle between the Normal (bi-directional), EPP, ECP, and ECP+EPP options
using the directional arrow keys.
6
Select the desired setting displays, and press Enter.
7
Press the F10 key to Save and Exit.
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Topic: My optical drive tray does not open.
Use the Eject button
1
Make sure the computer is turned on.
2
Press the Eject button on the drive.
Use the My Computer icon
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select My Computer.
2
Right-click the appropriate optical drive icon.
3
Select Eject from the shortcut menu.
✍ Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CD media. Adhesive labels may come off
while the CD media is in use in your optical drive(s) and may cause damage to the
unit.
Topic: I cannot play a DVD or CD.
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After inserting your optical disc, wait a few seconds for it to be detected
before trying to access it.
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Verify that the disc is in the tray with the label side facing up.
Install your CD or DVD software according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
If your drive reads some DVDs or CDs, but not others, check the shiny side
of the disc for dirt or scratches. You may also need to clean the disc drive
lens with an appropriate cleaner.
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✍ To recover the CD or DVD software applications that are preinstalled on your
computer, see “To Use the Application Recovery CD(s)” for more information.
Topic: I cannot play a DVD.
If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player application,
it may be that the region code of the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible
with the region code setting of your optical drive. A region code is listed on the
disc packaging. Region code indicators such as “1” or “ALL” are labeled on
some DVDs to indicate the type of player that can play the disc. Unless a “1” or
“ALL” appears on the DVD or on its packaging, you cannot play the disc on this
system.
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If you hear audio but cannot see video, your computer’s video resolution may be
set too high. To improve video resolution, verify that your screen area is set to
1024 x 768, using 32-bit color (preset factory default). To check your video
resolution, see the Troubleshooting topic, “How do I change the video resolution
of my display?”
✍ If your computer’s video memory is 11 MB shared system memory, you may improve
video resolution by changing your screen area to 800 x 600, using 16-bit color. See
your Specifications sheet for details about your computer’s video RAM.
If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following:
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Verify that your DVD player’s mute feature is turned off.
Check the master volume setting in the Audio Mixer.
Check the volume settings on your computer speakers.
Check the connections between your speakers and the computer.
Verify that drivers are installed properly, by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel.
2
Click Performance and Maintenance and then click Systems. The
System Properties dialog box appears.
3
Select the Hardware tab and then select the Device Manager button to
view installed drivers.
A dirty or damaged disc may also cause the computer to stop responding while it
tries to read the disc. If necessary, remove the disc and check that it is not dirty or
damaged.
✍ To recover the CD or DVD software applications that are preinstalled on your
computer, see “To Use the Application Recovery CD(s)” for more information.
Topic: When I click an application icon, a message such as “You must insert
the application CD into your drive” appears and the software does not start.
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Some software applications require specific files that are located on the
application’s CD-ROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
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Check to make sure you inserted the CD-ROM with the label side facing up.
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Topic: Why doesn't my optical drive (DVD-RW or CD-RW) record at the
highest speed?
If you are having difficulty formatting DVD-RW or CD-RW media for recording
purposes, try changing the write speed to a lower setting.
See the online Help or documentation that came with your CD or DVD recording
software application for details on adjusting write speed settings.
Topic: Why is my computer operating improperly after downloading the CDburning component of RealJukebox® software?
If you choose to download and use the optional RealJukebox software’s CDburning component to create CDs, the software feature may interfere with your
computer’s normal system operations.
For VAIO® computers that are equipped with all of the necessary components
for creating a CD-R or CD-RW, Sony recommends using the SonicStage software
application to create CDs. SonicStage software is preinstalled on your computer.
Topic: How do I change the video resolution of my display?
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select Control Panel.
2
Select Appearances and Themes, then select “Change the screen resolution.”
3
Click the Settings tab.
4
Change the Screen resolution and Color quality to the desired levels.
5
Click Apply and then click OK.
Topic: Why is there no sound in any application?
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Check that the speakers are plugged into the Headphones jack.
If your speakers have a mute button, verify that it is turned off.
If your speakers are powered by batteries, verify that the batteries are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
If your speakers use an external power source, verify that the power cord is
plugged into a grounded wall outlet or power strip.
If your speakers have volume control, check the volume level.
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You cannot hear sound from your speakers if headphones are connected to
your computer.
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If the software application you are using has its own volume control, check
that the volume is turned up.
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Check the volume controls in the Windows® operating system using these
steps:
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1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel.
2
Select Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click “Adjust the
system volume.”
3
From the Volume tab, adjust the Device volume by moving the slider bar
to the desired sound level. Verify that the Mute option is not selected.
Check that the Mute check box is not selected in the Windows volume
control.
✍ You may need to reinstall the sound drivers. See “To Use the Driver Recovery CD” for
more information.
Topic: My modem connection is slow.
Many factors influence modem connection speed:
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Telephone line noise
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Incompatibility with other telephone equipment such as fax machines or
other modems.
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Internet Service Providers (ISP) connection capability may vary.
If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems,
fax machines, or your ISP, check the following:
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Contact your phone company and ask them to verify that your phone line is
free from line noise.
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If your problem is fax-related, check that there are no problems with the fax
machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax modems.
For optimum performance, verify that your ISP point of presence (POP)
phone number is compliant with V.90 standards.
If you are having a problem connecting with your ISP, check that they are
not experiencing technical problems.
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Try connecting your modem through another phone line, if available.
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Topic: My modem does not work.
Your modem may be experiencing equipment or software conflicts. If your
modem is not functioning properly, check the following:
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Check that the phone line is plugged into the Line jack.
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Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by plugging in
a standard telephone and listening for a dial tone.
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Check that the access phone number (POP) is correct.
All software applications that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with
your computer modem. If you have installed other software, contact the
software publisher for information on how to configure the software to
recognize the modem.
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If it appears that your modem is not functioning properly, check the device
status.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware and then select Phone and Modem
Options.
3
From the Modems tab, click to select your modem.
4
Click Properties. The Modem Properties window appears.
5
Review the information in the Device status section. If your modem is
not working properly, click the troubleshoot button. The VAIO Help and
Support Center window appears.
6
Follow the onscreen instructions to resolve the problem.
✍ You may need to reinstall the modem drivers. See “To Use the Driver Recovery CD” for
more information.
Topic: How do I change my modem to rotary or Touch-Tone dialing?
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Phone and Modem options
3
From the Dialing Rules tab, click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box
appears.
4
Select the Tone or Pulse option. Click OK.
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Topic: My microphone does not work.
Check that the microphone is plugged into the MICROPHONE jack.
Topic: My microphone is too sensitive to background noise.
If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound, you
should adjust the microphone gain by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click Sounds and Audio
Devices.
3
From the Audio tab, locate the Sound recording section and click the Volume
button. The Recording Control dialog box appears.
4
Select the Options menu and click Properties. The Properties dialog box
appears.
5
In the section, “Adjust volume for,” select the Recording option. Click OK.
6
From the Recording Control dialog box, decrease the microphone volume
level by moving the slider bar down.
7
Close the Recording Control dialog box and then close the Sounds and
Audio Devices Properties window.
Topic: My mouse does not work.
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Check that the mouse is plugged securely into the Mouse port.
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Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait
approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer.
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There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse,
follow these steps:
1
Save and close all applications, and turn off your computer.
2
Turn the mouse upside down.
3
Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning
clockwise the ring that covers the mouse ball.
4
Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.
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Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and
inside the mouse ball socket.
6
Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover.
Secure the cover by turning the ring counter-clockwise.
✍ You may need to reinstall the mouse drivers. See “To Use the Driver Recovery CD” for
more information.
Topic: My mouse needs to be set up for left-hand use.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Mouse. The Mouse Properties
dialog box appears.
3
From the Buttons tab, select “Switch primary and secondary buttons” under
the Button Configuration options.
4
Click Apply, then click OK.
Topic: My keyboard does not work.
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Check that the keyboard is securely plugged into the Keyboard port.
Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait
approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer.
Topic: I cannot find the Windows® taskbar.
The Windows taskbar may be hidden or minimized.
❑ Use the mouse to locate a hidden taskbar by pointing to the left, right, top,
and bottom edges of the screen. The taskbar appears when the cursor is
placed over its location.
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Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties from the shortcut menu.
2
Clear the check box for Autohide the taskbar, then click OK.
Use the mouse to locate a minimized taskbar by pointing to the left, right,
top and bottom edges of the display screen. The taskbar has been located
when the cursor changes to a double arrow cursor. Left-click and drag away
from the edge of the display screen. The minimized taskbar resizes and
becomes visible.
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Topic: Why is my system running slowly?
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The system responsiveness varies depending with the number of applications
that are open and running. Close any applications that you are not currently
using.
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Increasing the system memory may also help. For information on installing
memory, please see the online VAIO User Guide.
Topic: How do I install a printer?
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If your printer has a USB, IEEE1394, or infrared connection, contact the
printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for
proper installation.
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Check the printer manufacturer’s Web site for the latest drivers for your
operating system before proceeding with installation. Some printers do not
function properly without the updated drivers for specific operating systems.
To install your printer, follow these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Add a Printer.
3
From the Add Printer Wizard, click Next.
4
Select Local Printer, then click Next.
✍ Place a check mark in the box for “Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play
printer”, if you are installing a recently manufactured printer with Plug and Play
capability.
5
Select the appropriate port, usually LPT1, and then click Next.
6
Select the appropriate printer manufacturer and model
7
Follow the onscreen instructions to print a test page and complete printer
installation.
✍ If the printer is not included in the list and the printer manufacturer included a disk
with a Windows XP Printer driver, choose Have Disk, enter the appropriate path for the
disk or CD and click OK.
If the printer is not included on the list and no drivers are included with the printer,
choose an alternate printer driver that your printer may emulate. Refer to the manual
that came with your printer for specific emulation information.
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Topic: My connected printer doesn't function after the computer resumes from
a power saving mode.
Clear the printer memory by turning the printer off for approximately 10 seconds,
and then turning it back on.
To contact Sony for technical support
For further technical assistance, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972) or
access the Web site at: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Notes on Use
The information in this section provides basic procedures to follow when
handling your computer, components, and accessories.
The power source
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Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only.
Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral equipment into
the same AC supply line. AC derived from different supply lines may result
in voltage differences that can cause unstable operation or unwanted weak
currents at the time of connection.
Do not share the AC outlet with any other power-consuming equipment,
such as copying machines or shredders.
You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device prevents
damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges such as those that
may occur during an electrical storm.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent power fluctuations, you may
want to purchase an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). This device
contains both a surge protector and a battery backup. The surge protector
prevents damage to your computer caused by power surges. The battery
backup safeguards your data during a brief period of power loss.
The power control button on the front panel does not turn off the system AC
power. To remove power from the system, you must turn off the computer
and then unplug the AC power cord from the wall outlet or power strip.
Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.
Do not operate the system with the cover removed. Always reinstall the
cover before turning on the system.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
Unplug your computer from the wall outlet if you will not be using the
computer for a long time.
Before touching anything inside the computer, turn the system off and let it
cool for ten minutes. This will ensure that the processor heat sink will not be
hot.
Do not attempt to open the power supply. There are no user-serviceable parts
in the power supply. To avoid personal injury or damage to your equipment,
refer the repair or replacement of the power supply to qualified personnel
only.
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Disposal of the lithium battery
Dispose of the lithium battery properly. In some areas, the disposal of lithium
batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. You can return your
unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory
Service Center. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC
(1-888-476-6972).
Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. The lithium battery may
explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire.
Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of
battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.
Handling the computer system
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Do not place your Sony computer in a location subject to:
❑ Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
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Direct sunlight
Excessive dust
Mechanical vibration or shock
Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
Ambient temperature of more than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 50ºF (10ºC)
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High humidity, moisture, or rain
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s
electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat build-up. Do not
place your computer on loose surfaces (such as rugs or blankets) or near
materials (such as curtains or draperies) that may block its ventilation slots.
Leave a space of at least 8 inches from the back panel of your computer.
Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly moistened with
a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as it may damage the finish of
your Sony computer.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, keyboard, or mouse,
shut down your computer and then unplug it. You may want to have the
computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.
Notes on Use
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The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference
to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the computer a suitable
distance away from the set.
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Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise,
problems may result.
Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
Always switch the power off before connecting your computer to peripheral
equipment; otherwise, damage may occur to the integrated circuits in your
computer.
Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic
parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects.
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Your Sony computer will not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a
coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a
private branch exchange (PBX).
If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and
determines that your computer is responsible for the problem, the telephone
company may bill you for the service call. If you do not disconnect your
computer when it is adversely affecting the telephone line, the telephone
company has the right to disconnect your service until you correct the
problem.
Moisture condensation
If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture
may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an hour before
turning on your computer. If any problem occurs, unplug your computer, and
contact your Sony Service Center.
Upgrading the computer system
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The procedures described in the online manual, Upgrading and Maintaining
Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, assume familiarity with the general
terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety
practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying
electronic equipment.
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Disconnect the system from its power source and from any
telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system
or follow any of the procedures described in the online manual, Upgrading
and Maintaining Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Failure to do so may
result in personal injury or equipment damage.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-on cards, and
other components. Follow the procedures described in the online manual,
Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, only at an
ESD workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted
area, and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity (for
example, cellophane wrappers). Ground yourself by maintaining continuous
contact with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the
procedure.
When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on the
system board or add-on cards. You may need to temporarily remove add-on
cards that are next to the slot cover you want to remove.
Handling a CRT display
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Do not change the CRT display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and
the DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony recommends that you
keep your CRT display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz).
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Do not place the display near a strong magnetic force.
Do not block the ventilation slots on the display.
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual
image on the 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 screen if the same image is displayed
for a lengthy period of time. The image disappears after a period of time.
You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images.
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The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not
indicate a malfunction.
Notes on Use
Using the hard disk drive
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Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock.
Do not move the computer during operation.
Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature.
Do not turn off the power while the computer is accessing the hard disk
drive.
Handling floppy disks
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Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk.
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Keep floppy disks away from magnets.
Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
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Handling CD or DVD media
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Do not touch the surface of the disc.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
Do not use adhesive labels to identify the disc. The label may come off while
the disc is in use in the optical drive and damage the drive.
Cleaning CD or DVD media
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Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Proper
care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability. Do not use solvents
such as benzine, thinner, commercially available cleaners or anti-static spray,
as they may cause damage to the disc.
For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edge 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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For Answers to Your Software Questions
This section provides support information for your computer’s preinstalled
software applications. Check this support listing to locate information from the
Internet, by e-mail, or by telephone.
✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software applications listed,
depending on the system configuration you purchased.
Adobe® Acrobat Reader™, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Adobe®
Premiere® LE (On selected models)
(Adobe Systems Inc.)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com
phone
206-675-6126 (fee-based support)
fax
206-628-5737
e-mail
techdocs@adobe.com
hours
M - F, 6 AM - 5 PM PST
America Online® (America Online, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.aol.com
phone
800-827-6364
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro (ArcSoft, Inc.)
Web site(s)
http://www.arcsoft.com
http://www.photoisland.com
phone
510-440-9901
e-mail
techsupport@arcsoft.com
hours
M - F, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM PST
Earthlink™ Network Total Access (Earthlink Network Inc.)
Web site
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
support@earthlink.net
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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PC-Cillin® 2000(Trend Micro, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.antivirus.com/pc-cillin
phone
949-387-7800
e-mail
support@trendmicro.com
hours
M-F, 8AM - 5PM (PST)
Quicken® 2002 Basic (Intuit, Inc.)
Web site
(Online support)
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4688
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
RealPlayer®, RealJukebox (RealNetworks, Inc.)
Web site
http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html
e-mail
http://service.real.com/help/call.html
Sony Applications (Sony Electronics Inc.)
Web site
(Online Support)
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Sony Style Connect (E-Solutions)
Web site
http://www.sonystyleconnect.com
phone
888-584-4467
Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system, Internet Explorer, Office XP
Professional (On selected models), Office XP Small Business Edition (On
selected models), Outlook® Express, Word (On selected models)
(Microsoft Corporation)
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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WordPerfect® (On selected models)
(Corel Corporation)
Web site
http://www.corel.com/support/product_specific/wp9.htm
phone
716-871-2325*
hours
M - F, 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM CT
* Support from 1-716-871-2325 is fee-based. The on-line support is free of charge.
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC
(1-888-476-6972). This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original
date of purchase.
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Resources
Resources
Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When you have
questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources
for answers, in the following sequence:
VAIO QuickStart
VAIO Computer
User Guide
Online (Electronic)
Documentation
Software application
manuals and online
help files
Knowledge Database
Sony Fax-on-Demand
Software Updates
VAIO Computer
System Reference
Manual
The QuickStart contains information on how to set up your
computer quickly and easily.
The User Guide contains information on how to get the most
from your computer, find help, and solve common problems.
(Note: The User Guide is not available in hard copy for all
models.)
The User Guide is available electronically on your hard drive.
Two additional guides, Upgrading and Maintaining your VAIO
Computer and the Troubleshooting Help are also available
online.
To access online documentation:
1. Click Start and point to VAIO Help and Support Center.
2. Click on the VAIO User Guide.
Most manuals for preinstalled software are located on your
hard disk drive as online help files. You can access online help
files from the Help menu within the specific application. A
printed manual may be available for some applications.
This database provides instant access to information on
commonly encountered problems. Enter a description of your
problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the
corresponding solutions online. You can access the Sony
Knowledge Database from the Sony Computing Support Web
site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
This service provides you with answers to commonly asked
questions. You can use this automated service to request a list
of available topics. Select the topics that you want to view. To
contact the Sony fax-on-demand service, call 1-888-4-SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). (Requires a fax machine or fax
software.)
You can download the latest software updates and software
patches for your Sony computer by selecting Software Updates
on the Sony Computing Support Web site at http://
www.sony.com/pcsupport.
This advanced reference manual supplies detailed technical
information about your computer's hardware. This document
is available on the Sony Computing Support Web site at http://
www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Index
A
AC
Input port 11
air circulation 80
Application Recovery CD(s)
ARCDs 65
audio file formats 55
audio problems 72
B
Back Panel 10
Browser security 49
C
caution
lithium battery 80
speakers 80
CD
playback problems 70, 71
tray eject 70
CD-RW
recording problems 72
changing window design 15
Check-In/Check-out 53
computer
adjusting voltage settings 79
changing parallel port type 69
condensation 81
disposing of lithium battery 80
hard disk drive 83
proper handling 80
removing side cover 79
shutting down 79
startup problems 67
system response problem 68
upgrading 81
connecting
cables 81
peripheral equipment 81
power cord 79
printers 77
CRT display
port 11
D
defragmenting
hard disk drive 59
DigitalPrint software 19
LabelMaker 25
PhotoAlbum 24
PhotoCapture 19
PhotoCollection 22
PhotoDecor 23
disconnecting power cords 79
display
refresh rate 82
Driver Recovery CD
DRCD 66
DVD
playback problems 70
region code warning 70
tray eject 70
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DVD-RW
recording problems 72
DVgate software 27
Adobe Premiere plug-in 28
AVI files 28
using a digital video device 27
E
electronic equipment 80
Electronic Music Distribution 49
electrostatic discharge 82
encryption 49
Ethernet
connecting 61
port 11
interference 81
J
Jog Dial 56
K
keyboard
port 10
troubleshooting 76
L
Line In jack 11
lithium battery, disposing 80
losing power 79
F
M
Floppy disk drive 9
Front Panel 7
Full mode 55
magnetic shielding 80
Memory Stick 56
Memory Stick media slot 9
Microphone
jack 11
background noise 75
troubleshooting 75
Modem
jack 11
slow connection 73
troubleshooting 74
moisture condensation 81
Monitor
port 11
refresh rate 82
mouse
port 10
troubleshooting 75
MovieShaker software 30
adding effects 32
creating movies 30
saving a movie 34
H
handling your computer 80
hard disk drive
defragmenting 59
partitioning 59
using 83
hardware
cooling the heat sink 79
Headphones jack 11
I
i.LINK
(4-pin) port 9
(6-pin) port 11
compatibility 60
connecting 60
ImageStation 35
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uploading to Internet 35
using ImageStation 35
using the Shaker feature 31
multiple telephone lines 81
O
Operating system locks up 69
optical drive
recording speed 72
tray eject 70
P
parallel port
changing type 69
partitioning your hard disk drive 59
party lines 81
PBX (Private Branch Exchange) 81
PictureGear software 37
creating a photo album 38
managing pictures 37
power
button 9
cord 79
disconnecting power cord 79
fluctuations or loss 79
source 79
source, precautions 79
switch 9
precautions about power source 79
Printer
port 11
installing 77
R
radio interference 81
recovering drivers 67
Recovery CDs 63
region codes 70
removing side cover 79
S
safeguarding data 79
Secure Sockets Layer 49
Serial port 11
setting up
electronic equipment 80
printers 77
Shortcut Keys 13
changing settings 14
shutting down the computer 79
Simple mode 55
Skins 55
slot cover 82
Software
audio problems 72
CD playback problems 71
driver recovery 67
recovering applications 67
stopped responding 68
SonicStage software 49
Backup Tool 55
Electronic Music Distribution
service 49
importing audio files 55
Main Features 50
managing imported songs 55
recording from a CD 52
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 49
Simple mode 55
transferring songs 53
Tutorial 55
Sony online service 35
Sony software
changing window design 15
speakers, caution 80
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surge protectors 79
System Recovery CD(s)
SRCDs 63
system response problem 77
T
Telephone jack 11
telephone service 81
Troubleshooting 67
CD playback problems 71
CD/DVD playback problems 70
CD-RW recording 72
changing parallel port type 69
computer stopped responding 68
DVD playback problems 70
DVD-RW recording 72
keyboard 76
microphone 75
modem 74
modem speed 73
mouse 75
operating system locks up 69
optical drive tray eject 70
printer installation 77
recover applications 67
software audio problems 72
startup problems 67
system response 77
Topics 67
turning off your computer 79
TV interference 81
U
Uninterruptible Power Supply 79
Universal Serial Bus ports 9
upgrading
your computer 81
UPS 79
USB port 9
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V
VAIO Action Setup 13
ventilation 80
VisualFlow software 56
navigating 56
voltage settings 79
Index
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