Welcome

Welcome
Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the online VAIO® Computer User Guide.
This user guide provides detailed information on all aspects of using your new VAIO computer, from keyboard functions to
preinstalled software programs.
In the left navigation window, click the topics you want to learn more about, and that information will be displayed in this
main window.
View the Electronic Flyer, which provides updates and supplemental information about your computer.
Go to the Sony Computing Support Web site to view the VAIO® Computer Specifications, which list your computer's
hardware specifications and preinstalled software information.
For Sony software information, click Start and select Welcome to VAIO life.
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Ergonomics and Caring for Your Computer
This section provides information on how to safely use your Sony computer.
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Applying Ergonomics
Your computer is a portable device and can be used in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should apply the
following ergonomic considerations:

Position of your computer — Place the computer directly in front of you as you work. Keep your forearms
horizontal, with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard, touch pad, or external
mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Take breaks during sessions with your computer.
Excessive use of the computer may strain muscles or tendons.

Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your
feet are flat on the floor. A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture and avoid
slouching forward or leaning far backward.

Viewing angle of the computer's display — Tilt the display to find the best viewing angle. Also try adjusting the
brightness setting of the display. Following these suggestions can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue.

Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare or reflection on the display. Use indirect
lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare.
Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.

Placement of an external display — When using an external display, set the display at a comfortable viewing
distance. Make sure the display screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
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Storing Your Computer

Do not use or store your computer in a location subject to:

Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts

Direct sunlight

Excessive dust

Moisture or rain

Mechanical vibration or shock

Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded

Ambient temperature higher than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 40ºF (5ºC)

High humidity

Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. When running, the computer's electromagnetic field may
cause other electronic equipment in close proximity to malfunction.

Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat buildup. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces
such as rugs or blankets, or near materials such as curtains or draperies that may block ventilation. Leave a space
of at least 8 inches (20 cm) behind the back of the computer.

If the computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside your computer.
In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on your computer. If any problems occur, unplug your computer,
and contact your Sony Service Center.

The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may interfere with radio or TV reception. Should this occur,
move the computer a suitable distance away from the radio or TV.

Do not drop the computer or place heavy objects on top of the computer.
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Using Cables and Connections

Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables.

Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.

If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and determines that your computer is
responsible for a problem, the telephone company may bill you for the service call. Also, if you do not disconnect
your computer when it is adversely affecting a telephone line, the telephone company has the right to disconnect
your service until you correct the problem.
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Cleaning Your Computer

Clean the computer 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 these may damage the finish
of your computer. You can use canned compressed air specifically for computers to remove dust.

If a solid object falls onto the computer or a liquid leaks into the computer, immediately turn off and unplug the
computer. It is best to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before you use it again.

Avoid rubbing the LCD screen as this can damage the screen. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the LCD screen or
canned compressed air.

Always disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.
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Handling the LCD Screen

Direct sunlight can damage the LCD. Be careful when using the computer near a window.

Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This can cause a malfunction.

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.

The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.

The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may, however, see tiny black points and/or bright
points (red, blue, or green) that continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the manufacturing
process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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Locating Controls and Ports
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony® VAIO® computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio,
video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing.
Front
1 Computer screen (LCD)
7
Hard disk drive indicator
2 Power button
8
Optical drive indicator
3 Keyboard
9
Memory Stick® media indicator
4 Left and right buttons 10 Wireless LAN indicator1
5 Power indicator
11 Bluetooth® indicator1
6 Battery indicator
12 Wireless switch 1
1
Wireles s LA N and Bluetooth c apabilities are available on s elec ted models only.
Front
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1
S1 and S2 programmable buttons
2
Num lock indicator
6
Touch pad
7
Optical drive
3
Caps lock indicator
and manual eject hole
8
Optical drive eject button
4
Scroll lock indicator
9
Memory Stick® media slot
5
Speakers 10
Air vent
Left
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1
Network (Ethernet) port 5
2
Modem jack
3
Microphone jack 7
4
Headphone jack
6
Monitor (VGA) port
PC Card slot
PC Card eject button
Gently pull the protective tab away from the computer to find the Ethernet port and modem jack.
Only connect 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX cables to the
Network (Ethernet) port. Do not connect any
other type of network cable or any telephone line to this port. Connecting cables other than those listed above may
result in an electric current overload and could cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the port. To connect the
unit to a network, see Network Connections or contact your network administrator.
Right
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1
i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 port
2
USB 2.0 ports
4
3
Air Vent
DC IN port
Gently pull the protective tab away from the computer to find the i.LINK S400 and USB 2.0 ports.
Back
1
Battery connector
Bottom
1
Reset button
3
Port replicator connector
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2
Memory module cover
4
Air vent
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About the Indicator Lights
Indicator
Function
Power
Turns on when the power to the computer is on, blinks in Standby mode, and turns off when the computer is
in Hibernate mode or off.
Battery
Turns on when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery is running out of power,
double-blinks when the battery is charging.
Optical Drive
Turns on when data is read from or written to the optical drive. Do not enter Standby mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator is on.
Memory Stick®
Turns on when data is read from or written to the Memory Stick media. (Do not enter Standby mode or turn off
the computer when this indicator is on.) When the indicator is off, the Memory Stick media is not being used.
Hard Disk
Turns on when data is read from or written to the hard disk. Do not enter Standby mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator is on.
Num Lock
Press this key to activate the numeric keypad. Press it a second time to deactivate the numeric keypad. The
numeric keypad is not active when the indicator is off.
Caps Lock
Press this key to type letters in uppercase. Letters appear in lowercase if you press Shift while the indicator is
on. Press the key a second time to turn off the indicator. Normal typing resumes when the Caps Lock indicator is off.
Scroll Lock
Press this key to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll Lock indicator is
off. The Scroll Lock key functions differently depending on the program you are using and does not work with all programs.
Bluetooth®1 Turns on when the wireless switch is set to ON and Bluetooth technology is enabled.
Wireless
LAN1
Turns on when the wireless LAN function is running.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
See Internet and Network Connections for more information about Bluetooth and wireless technology.
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Using S1 and S2 Buttons
The S1 and S2 buttons are pre-programmable buttons that enable you to quickly enter a power saving mode, switch
between displays, launch an application, alter the sound, or increase the screen's brightness.
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About the S1 and S2 buttons
The following information shows where the S1 and S2 buttons are located, and briefly describes their functionality.
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Locating the S1 and S2 buttons
The S1 and S2 buttons are located just above the keyboard.
Locating the S1 and S2 buttons
Using the S1 and S2 buttons
To assign a function to the button
1.
Click Start, and point to All Programs and then Sony Notebook Setup.
2.
From the Sony Notebook Setup submenu, click Sony Notebook Setup.
3.
Click to select the S Button tab.
Sony Notebook Setup
4.
Click to select a key assignment from the S1 or S2 drop-down menu.
5.
Click Apply.
Depending on the key assignment, you may be able to customize the S1 and S2 buttons further by clicking Advanced,
if it becomes available, in the Current Settings box.
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Using the Touch Pad
Describing the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Using the Touch Pad
Describing the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Locating and using the touch pad
Locating the Touch Pad
Touch Pad Action
Description
Sliding one finger
Equivalent to using a mouse to place the pointer on an item.
Tapping once
Equivalent to pressing the left button once.
Tapping twice
Equivalent to pressing the left button twice.
Sliding one finger while pressing the left button
Equivalent to using the mouse to drag an item.
Moving your finger along the right edge of the touch pad
Equivalent to scrolling vertically. (The scroll function is available
only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
Moving your finger along the bottom to scroll horizontally
Equivalent to scrolling horizontally. (The scroll function is
available only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
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Customizing the touch pad
Sony Notebook Setup lets you customize, enable, or disable the touch pad. Open the Mouse Properties dialog box to set
your touch pad and mouse preferences, such as changing pointers, enabling or disabling the tapping feature, clicking both
buttons simultaneously, and adjusting the touch pad speed.
To customize the touch pad and mouse

Right-click the Touchpad icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click Mouse Properties from the shortcut
menu. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
To enable the touch pad
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press P until All Programs is selected, and press Enter.
3.
Press S until Sony Notebook Setup is selected, and press Enter. A submenu appears with Sony Notebook
Setup preselected.
4.
Press Enter. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
5.
Press the Right Arrow key
6.
Press the Tab key to select the Default button, and press Enter. A pop-up window appears.
7.
Press the Left Arrow key
selected.
8.
Press the Tab key to select the Apply button, and press Enter.
9.
Click OK.
. The Start menu appears.
to select the Device tab.
to select OK, and press Enter. The Enable Touchpad option is automatically
To disable the touch pad
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup in the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup
dialog box appears.
3.
Click the Device tab.
4.
In the left panel, click to cancel the Pointing Device check box.
5.
Click Apply. A Sony Notebook Setup message appears.
6.
Click Yes.
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Using Memory Stick Media
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a Memory Stick® media slot that supports certain types of Memory Stick® media.
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About Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media are a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital
data with compatible devices. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media. The following types of
Memory Stick media are available, but compatibility with your computer can vary.

MagicGate Memory Stick media — Provides copyright protection with authentication and encryption, using Sony®
MagicGate technology. Authentication ensures that protected content is only transferred between compliant devices
and media. Protected content can be recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent unauthorized
duplication or playback.

Memory Stick PRO media — Provides MagicGate copyright protection and high-speed transfer features when used
with compatible Memory Stick PRO devices. VAIO® computers support Memory Stick PRO media for data storage
purposes only. Currently, MagicGate technology features, such as authentication and encryption, are not available.

Memory Stick media — Provides data storage only. The Memory Stick media does not provide MagicGate technology
or high-speed data transfer.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage® and OpenMG software are not compatible with Memory Stick PRO media. Sony suggests
using only MagicGate Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with SonicStage or OpenMG software.
Visit the Sony Computing Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on
Memory Stick PRO media.
Memory Stick media may not support playback of some video files directly from the media. Copy the video file to your
hard disk drive and then play back the file.
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Inserting Memory Stick media
Before using Memory Stick® media, back up important data. The media slot accommodates only one Memory Stick media at a
time.
To insert Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing up and toward the Memory Stick media slot.
Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot. Inserting the media
improperly may damage the computer.
If you are using Memory Stick® Duo media, attach the media to its adapter before inserting it into the Memory
Stick media slot.
2.
Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks in place. The Memory Stick media indicator briefly
blinks.
Inserting Mem ory Stick Media
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Viewing the contents
Depending on the model you purchased, the Sony Memory Stick window may appear when you insert a Memory Stick®
media. From this window, you can choose to view, print, copy or organize your images or data stored on the Memory Stick
media. If the Sony Memory Stick window does not appear when you insert your Memory Stick media, then follow these
steps:
To view the contents
1.
From the Start menu, click My Computer. The My Computer window appears.
2.
Click Sony MemoryStick. The Sony MemoryStick window appears, displaying the contents stored on the
Memory Stick media.
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Protecting data on Memory Stick media
Some Memory Stick® media are equipped with a write-protect tab1. The write-protect tab prevents accidental changes to
information recorded on your Memory Stick media. When you slide the write-protect tab to the LOCK position, your Memory
Stick media is write-protected. You cannot delete, copy, or save information on the media while the write-protect tab in the
LOCK position. When you slide the tab to the un-LOCK position, you can write to or modify your Memory Stick media's
contents.
Write-protect off
Data can be saved on the Memory Stick media.
Write-protect on
Data can be read from but not saved on the Memory Stick media.
Using the Write- Protect Tab
Some M emory Stic k media do not have a write-protec t tab, and the loc ation or pos ition of the write-protec t tab may vary, depending on the type of M emory
Stic k media. See the information s heet provided with your M emory Stic k media.
1
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Formatting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media is formatted for immediate use when you purchase it. If you need to reformat Memory Stick media, use
the Memory Stick Formatter that is provided with the media. For more information about using Memory Stick Formatter, refer
to Formatter Help.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, confirm that the media does not contain files you want to keep. Back up important data
before formatting the media.
To format Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot. See To insert Memory Stick media for more
information.
2.
From the Start menu, click All Programs, select Memory Stick Utility, and click Memory Stick Formatter. The
Memory Stick Formatter window appears.
3.
Click Start Format, and follow the on-screen directions.
4.
After formatting, click Exit.
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Removing Memory Stick media
If the Memory Stick® media is removed prematurely, a blue screen with a message may appear prompting you to continue or
exit. Reinsert the media into the slot and press Enter to continue. This enables the media to finish reading or writing data.
To remove Memory Stick media
1.
Wait a minimum of 10 seconds after the Memory Stick media finishes reading or writing data before removing the
media.
2.
Make sure the access light is off.
3.
Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer.
4.
When the Memory Stick media ejects, pull it out.
Be careful when removing the Memory Stick media, as it may not eject completely from the slot.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Key descriptions
Key
Description
Numeric keypad
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric keypad area to type numbers or to
perform mathematical calculations, such as addition and subtraction. Numbers appear on the front beveled edge of the
numeric keys. Press the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the Num Lock indicator light turns
on.) Press the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.
Arrow keys
The Left, Right, Up, and Down arrow keys move the pointer on the screen. They also function as the
Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys, respectively, when the Fn key is pressed.
Correction keys
The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to make corrections to keystrokes.
Function keys
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to perform designated tasks. For
example, in many programs, F1 is the Help key. The task associated with each function key may vary from one program to
the next.
Escape key
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
Print Screen key
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and moves it to the Clipboard. You can
then paste the screen shot into a document and print it.
Operator keys
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(Ctrl, Alt, Shift keys)
Several keys are always used with at least one other key: Ctrl, Alt, and Shift. When held down with
another key, the Ctrl (Control) and Alt (Alternate) keys offer another way to give commands. For example, in many
programs, instead of choosing the Save command from a menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S (referred to as Ctrl+S
). The Shift key operates the same way as on a typewriter; it is used to produce capital letters or special symbols, such as
@ and $.
Windows key
The key with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system logo displays the Start menu; it is the
equivalent of clicking Start on the taskbar. See Combinations and functions with the Windows key for more information.
Fn key
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue commands. See Combinations and functions
with the Fn key for more information.
Applications key
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices. Pressing this key is the
equivalent of clicking the right mouse button.
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Combinations and functions with the Windows key
Combination Function
+F1
Displays the VAIO Help and Support Center window.
+Tab
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+D
Displays the desktop.
+E
Displays the Windows Explorer window.
+F
Displays the Search Results window, where you can find a file or folder. This is the equivalent of selecting
Search from the Start menu.
+Ctrl+F
Displays the Search Results - Computers window, where you can locate other computers. This is the
equivalent of selecting Search, and then Computer from the Start menu.
+M
Shift+
+R
Minimizes all displayed windows.
+M Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run from the Start menu.
Fn+
+Insert
Displays the System Properties window. This is the equivalent of selecting Control Panel, and then
System from the Start menu.
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Combinations and functions with the Fn key
Combinations/
Feature
Function
Fn+F2
Toggles the headphones and built-in speakers off and on. An on-screen display appears notifying you
when a change occurs.
Fn+F3
Decreases the speaker volume. An on-screen display appears notifying you when a change occurs.
Fn+F4
Increases the speaker volume. An on-screen display appears notifying you when a change occurs.
Fn+F5
Decreases the brightness of the computer screen (LCD). An on-screen display appears notifying you when
a change occurs.
Fn+F6
Increases the brightness of the computer screen (LCD). An on-screen display appears notifying you when
a change occurs.
Fn+F7
Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected external display, and both the LCD
and an external display. You can also select the Setup option to adjust the Plug and Display settings. Select one display
(LCD or an external display) when playing a DVD. An on-screen display appears notifying you when a change occurs.
Fn+F12
Puts the system into Hibernate mode, a power management state. To return the system to normal
operating mode, press the power button. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Fn+Esc
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management state. To return the system to the active state,
press any key or the power button.
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Connecting a Mouse and Keyboard
Your computer is compatible with many popular mice and keyboards. To function properly, the device you connect must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer. For information about your
computer's built-in keyboard and key functions, see Key descriptions.
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Connecting a mouse or keyboard
Your computer can be on or off when connecting a universal serial bus (USB) mouse or keyboard. If you connect the mouse
or keyboard when the computer is on, you may need to restart the computer for it to recognize the device. See What do I
do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse? for more information.
To connect a USB mouse or keyboard to your computer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
. See Locating Controls and Ports.
One USB port supports one USB connection.
2.
If the New Hardware Wizard appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Although the New Hardware Wizard guides you through the software installation, some devices require separate
driver software installation. See the instructions that accompanied your mouse or keyboard for more information
Connecting a USB Mouse or Keyboard
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Disconnecting a mouse or keyboard
You can disconnect a USB mouse or keyboard when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting the mouse or keyboard when
the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a mouse or keyboard

Unplug the USB cable from the USB port.
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Using the Multilingual User Interface Language Option
(Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional only) After you have initially setup your new VAIO® computer, you can change the
language displayed in Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional operating system. The multilingual user interface (MUI) language
option changes the text controlled by Windows XP Professional operating system. Menus, help files, and icons generated by
Windows XP Professional are shown in your selected language. All other programs are displayed in English as the default
language.
The multilingual user interface language option is not designed to replace a localized version of the Microsoft®
Windows ® XP Professional operating system. Under certain conditions, some third-party software applications may not
function properly.
To Change the Language Option
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options. The
Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
Click the Languages tab.
4.
From the Language used in menus and dialogs shortcut menu, select the desired language:

English

Español

Português

Français
5.
Click Apply. The Change Regional Options shortcut window appears.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Logoff.
Additional users can also change to their desired language(s) without affecting your existing language settings.
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Changing Numbers, Currency, Time, and Date Formats
You can change your operating system's number, currency, time, and date formats to coordinate with your chosen country
or language settings.
To change these formats
1.
Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and click Regional and Language Options. The Regional and
Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
From the Regional Options tab, click the Standards and formats shortcut menu to view the available country or
language choices. Select the desired country or language.
4.
Click Customize to change the number, currency, time, and date settings.
5.
Click Apply.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click OK.
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Changing the Window Design of Sony Programs
This feature changes the appearance, such as color, of certain Sony programs.
To change the window design
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
In the left panel, click Switch to Classic View.
3.
Double-click UI Design Selector.
4.
Click << or >> to view the designs.
5.
Click Apply to select a design that appears in the center window. The UI Design Selector window design
changes. The window design for your Sony software will match the UI Design Selector window.
6.
Click OK.
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Powering Your Computer
Your VAIO® computer comes with a battery and an AC adapter. This chapter explains how to install and use these supplied
accessories to power your computer. It also describes ways you can efficiently utilize the battery as a power source.
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Using AC Power
The supplied battery is not charged when you receive your computer. To charge the battery and begin using the computer
immediately, insert the battery into the computer and use the supplied AC adapter as a power source. The computer
automatically charges the installed battery while it uses AC power.
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Connecting the AC adapter
To connect the AC adapter
1.
Plug the AC adapter cable into the DC IN port.
Connecting the AC Adapter to the Com puter
2.
Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an AC outlet.
Use only the supplied AC adapter with your computer.
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Turning on the computer
To turn on the computer
1.
Hold the bottom of the computer firmly with one hand, and lift the LCD screen lid with the other hand.
Opening the Com puter
2.
Press the power button until the power indicator turns on.
Turning on the Com puter
If you press and hold the power button, the computer turns off.
3.
Adjust the brightness of the LCD screen, if necessary.

Press the Fn and F6 keys to increase brightness.

Press the Fn and F5 keys to decrease brightness.
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Using the Battery
Your computer, depending on the model you purchased, may come equipped with one battery bay and one multipurpose
bay that supports a second battery. If your computer comes with two bays, you can purchase a second rechargeable
battery to extend your computing time. For information on how to extend the life of the battery, see Conserving Battery
Power for more information.
When operating your computer on battery power, your computer's CPU speed is reduced.
The battery that comes with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase.
This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries.
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Installing the Battery
The supplied battery is not charged when you unpack it. To charge it for future use, install the battery, and then connect
the AC adapter to power your computer. The battery charges from AC power regardless if the computer is on or off. For
information on how to extend the life of the battery, see Conserving Battery Power.
When operating your computer on battery power, your computer's CPU speed is reduced.
This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries.
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Inserting a battery
To insert a battery
1.
Turn the computer over, and slide the UNLOCK/LOCK latch on the bottom of the battery to the UNLOCK
position.
2.
Align the grooves on the battery with the tabs on the back of the computer.
Inserting the Battery
3.
Slide the battery into the computer until it clicks into place.
4.
Slide the UNLOCK/LOCK latch into the LOCK position.
Locking the Battery
5.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. See To connect the AC adapter.
If a port replicator is attached to your computer, do not insert or remove the battery. Lifting and turning the computer
with the port replicator attached could cause a temporary loss of power.
Some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from automatically entering Hibernate mode. If you are using
battery power, save your data frequently to avoid data loss and manually activate a power saving mode. See Using power
saving modes for more information.
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Removing a battery
If you are not using the computer for an extended period of time, remove the battery from the computer to avoid damaging
the battery.
To remove a battery
1.
Make sure the computer is turned off.
2.
Turn the computer over, and slide the UNLOCK/LOCK latch on the bottom of the battery to the UNLOCK
position.
3.
Slide and hold the RELEASE latch while you pull the battery away from the computer.
Rem ov ing a Battery
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Charging a battery
You will need to charge the battery if battery power drops below 10 percent or you have not used the battery for a long
time. The lithium-ion battery supplied with your computer may be recharged at any time, whether you wait until the battery
is completely or partially discharged. Charging a partially discharged battery does not affect battery life. If you charge the
battery and find that battery power is still low, the battery may be reaching the end of its life, and you may need to replace
it.
The battery supplied with your computer is not charged at the time of purchase.
To charge a battery
You can charge the battery when the computer is on or off. However, the battery will charge faster when the computer is
off. Charging the battery takes several hours.
Charge the battery at temperatures between 50°F and 80°F (10°C to 30°C). Lower temperatures require more time
to charge.
1.
Insert the battery into the battery bay.
2.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery as long as the
computer is using AC power.
The battery indicator blinks while the battery charges. The battery indicator stops blinking when the battery is fully
charged.
When using two batteries, the battery you insert first charges first. The second battery you insert begins charging
when the first battery is 85 percent charged.
Battery indicator status Description
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
The battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
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Notes on batteries

Never leave the battery in temperatures above 140°F (60°C), such as under direct sunlight or in a car parked in the
sun.

While the battery is in use or being discharged, the battery heats up. This is normal and is not cause for concern.

Keep the battery away from heat sources.

Keep the battery dry.

Do not open or disassemble the battery.

Do not expose the battery to any mechanical shock.

Battery life is shorter in a cold environment because of decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures.

This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries.
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Conserving Battery Power
You may use the power saving modes and power schemes to conserve battery power. Conserving battery power may
significantly extend your computing time, depending on how you use your computer.
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Using power saving modes
In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices to save power, your computer has
two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. Use the Standby and Hibernate power saving modes to override
a power profile setting and initiate immediate action.

Standby — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices in memory (RAM). Power consumption is reduced
to a minimum. The system remains on, and the computer screen (LCD) is off.

Hibernate — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices to the hard disk. Power consumption is reduced
to the lowest possible setting without being completely off. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Your computer enters Hibernate mode when the remaining battery charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the
setting you select.
Since some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your data
frequently to avoid data loss.
To activate Standby mode1
1.
Press the Fn and Esc keys. The power indicator blinks in this mode.
2.
Press any key to return to normal mode.
To activate Hibernate mode
1.
Press the Fn and F12 keys, or press the power button and release it immediately. Do not move the computer
until the power indicator turns off.
2.
Press the power button to return to normal mode.
If your computer does not activate Hibernate mode, see Why doesn't my computer enter Hibernate mode? for more
information.
1
T he Fn+E s c key c ombination works on s elec ted models only.
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Using power schemes
You can use the preset power schemes or you can customize the power profiles to conserve power. By using the power
schemes and power profiles, you control the power supplied to different devices, such as the computer screen (LCD) and
the hard disk drive, in your computer. You also control when the computer activates a power saving mode (Standby or
Hibernate).
To select a power scheme
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears
with the Power Schemes tab selected.
3.
Select a power scheme from the drop-down menu in the Power schemes box. Each power scheme is preset to
utilize your power supply efficiently, according to your computing functions. Select the power scheme that best
explains how you want to use your computer.
4.
Click Apply.
To create a power scheme
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears
with the Power Schemes tab selected.
You can also right-click the Power icon on the Windows® taskbar, and select Adjust Power Properties to open
the Power Options Properties window.
3.
Select your changes from the drop-down menus in the Settings for....power scheme box, and click Save As in
the Power schemes box. The Save Scheme window appears.
4.
Type a name for your customized power scheme, and click OK. The power scheme you created appears in the
Power schemes box.
If you want to delete a power scheme, select the power scheme and click Delete. When the Delete Scheme window
appears, click Yes.
To customize your power properties
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and select your changes from the drop-down menus in the Power buttons box. See
Using power saving modes for information on how Standby and Hibernate modes affect power consumption.
4.
Click Apply.
To use VAIO Power Management
VAIO Power Management is a software program that enables you to further adjust the power settings on your computer.
Once you have selected a power scheme under the Power Schemes tab, you can modify it in the VAIO Power Management
tab to enhance your computer's operations.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the VAIO Power Management tab, and specify the options you want to adjust.
4.
Click Apply.
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For information about VAIO Power Management, click the Help button located toward the bottom of the VAIO Power
Management tab. Alternately, click Start, select All Programs, then select VAIO Power Management, and click VAIO
Power Management Help. The Help for VAIO Power Management file appears.
To set your battery alarm
You can change your computer settings to notify you when the battery power reaches a certain level.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Alarms tab, and then select the type of alarm you want the computer to activate: a low or a critical
battery alarm.
4.
Drag the slider to the battery level at which you want the computer to activate the alarm. By default, the Low
battery alarm is set to 10 percent.
5.
Click OK.
To further customize your alarm settings, click Alarm Action. In this window, you can select the type of alarm you
want the computer to activate and how you want the computer to respond to the alarm.
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Locating power status information
Displaying the power status provides useful information, such as remaining battery life.
To view the Power Meter window
1.
Double-click the Power icon. The Power Meter window appears. You can also rollover the Power icon to view the
remaining battery charge.
Power icon Power status
Computer is using AC power.
Computer is using AC power and charging the battery.
Battery is charging.
Battery is fully charged.
Battery is discharging.
No battery is inserted in the computer.
If the Power icon is not displayed on the Taskbar Notification area, see To display the Power icon on the taskbar.
Power Meter*
* T he P ower M eter window may appear s lightly different on your c omputer, depending on the number of batteries your c omputer s upports .
To display the Power icon on the taskbar
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Always show icon on the taskbar in the Options box. The power icon
appears on the taskbar. See the power icon descriptions above for more information.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Setting up a dial-up Internet connection
Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line via a telephone cable (not
supplied). Once you set up your telephone cable, you're ready to connect to the Internet.
To connect a telephone cable
1.
Locate the Modem jack on your computer. For location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
2.
Plug one end of the telephone cable into the Modem jack. Make sure it clicks into place.
3.
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
Connecting a Telephone Cable
Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not
work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX). Some of these connections may result in excess
electrical current and could cause a malfunction in the internal modem.
If you connect a telephone cable coming through a splitter, the modem or connected device may not work properly.
To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a telephone line. See To connect a telephone cable for more information.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Setting up an Ethernet Internet connection
Your computer accommodates both 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between
10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect an Ethernet cable
1.
Locate the Ethernet port on your computer. For location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your computer's Ethernet port
connection.
and the other into the network
To set up an Ethernet connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a network connection.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Customizing your Internet connection
The Internet Properties dialog box enables you to change the way you view the Internet. You can change your home page,
fonts, language, and colors. You can also regulate content and set browsing preferences.
To open the Internet Properties dialog box
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Network and Internet Connections, and then Internet Options. The Internet Properties dialog box
appears.
3.
Click the tabs to view options.
4.
Make changes, and click Apply to activate your changes.
5.
Click OK.
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Network Connections
With a Sony computer, you can easily set up or connect to a variety of networks. The New Connection Wizard and Network
Setup Wizard make it easy to gain access to networks (LANs) using wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connections.
For more information about networking, click Start, Help and Support, and then Networking and the Web.
Types of Networks*
* T he c omputers repres ented in this illus tration are for repres entative purpos es only and may not be identic al to the model you purc has ed.
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Using Ethernet and dial-up connections
For setting up local area networks (LANs), Ethernet is a widely installed technology. Your computer accommodates both
10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between 10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect to a local area network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click Network Setup Wizard. The
Network Setup Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the Ethernet port
. Do not connect any other type
of network cable or any telephone cable. Connecting cables other than those listed above may result in an electric
current overload and could cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the port. To connect the unit to the network,
see Using Ethernet and dial-up connections or contact your network administrator.
You can connect to an Ethernet network from a remote location and use data, programs, and network resources. See
Microsoft® Windows ® Help by clicking Help and Support from the Start menu, and then clicking Networking and the Web in
the left panel.
To connect to a remote network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
2.
From the Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard.
3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Click Connect to the network at my workplace, and then click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
6.
Ask your network administrator for the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to an existing network.
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Using wireless network connections (selected models only)
A wireless local area network (LAN) is a network in which you can connect to a LAN through a wireless (radio) connection.
You can opt to purchase a Sony Wireless LAN Access Point to set up a LAN.
The wireless LAN access point is designed for building a wireless LAN environment. Because a wireless LAN configuration
requires no wiring, you can operate multiple computers more freely than ever before.
Your computer is equipped with a built-in mini PCI card that allows for wireless connections. For information about your
computer's wireless capabilities, see the VAIO® Computer Specifications.
For more information on Sony Wireless LAN, go to http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio.
There are two types of wireless connections:

An infrastructure network is one that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an
access point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless
LAN. The access point coordinates transmission and reception from multiple wireless devices within a specific range.
For more information, see To connect to a wireless network.

A computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is one in which a local network is created only by the wireless devices
themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in
the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home. For more information, see To set up a
computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network.
To connect to a wireless network
1.
Make sure an access point is set up. See the instructions that accompanied the access point for more
information.
2.
Move the Wireless switch to ON (for location information, see Locating Controls and Ports).
If your computer comes with Bluetooth® technology,1 follow steps 1 and 2 below; otherwise, continue with step
3.
1.
When Wireless Device Switch window appears, select the Enable Wireless LAN option, and then
deselect the Enable Bluetooth Device option, if it is selected.
You can also click the Wireless LAN-ON icon
on the Taskbar Notification area to open the Wireless
Device Switch window.
The Bluetooth-ON icon
may appear on the Taskbar Notification area if you have established a Bluetooth®
connection. Clicking this icon also opens the Wireless Device Switch window.
Wireless Dev ice Switch
2.
Click OK.
3.
Select the Enable Wireless LAN option, and then deselect the Enable Bluetooth Device option, if it is selected.
4.
Click OK.
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5.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
6.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, right-click Wireless Network Connection Enabled, and
select View Available Wireless Networks. The Wireless Network Connection window appears.
Wireless Network Connection
7.
From the Available wireless networks list, select the name of the network in which you want to connect. If you
do not see the network name, see If the network does not appear in the Available wireless networks list box.
8.
If required, type the network key in the Network key box. (If necessary, ask the administrator for the key.)
9.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
10. Click Connect.
If the network does not appear in the Available wireless networks list box
1.
Click Advanced on the Wireless Network Connection dialog box. The Wireless Network Connection Properties
dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Connection Properties
2.
Click Add in the Preferred networks box. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
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3.
Type the name of the network (access point) you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
The following steps are for networks that require a network key. If you do not know the network key or are not
sure a network key is required, see the network administrator or the guide that accompanied your access point for
more information.
4.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
5.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
6.
Type the network key in the Network key box if it is required by the selected authentication method.
7.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
8.
Click OK. The network name appears in the Preferred networks list box.
To set up a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
The computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is only supported by the IEEE 802.11b wireless standard.
1.
Move the Wireless switch to ON. For location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
2.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
3.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, right-click Wireless Network Connection Enabled, and
select View Available Wireless Networks. The Wireless Network Connection window appears.
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4.
Click Advanced. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Connection Properties
5.
Click Add. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
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6.
Type the name of the network you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
7.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
8.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
9.
Type a network key in the Network key box.
10. Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
11. Click to select This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used.
12. Click OK. The network name appears in the Preferred networks list box.
13. Click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.
Adv anced
14. Click to select Computer-to-computer (ad hoc) networks only, and then click Close.
To disconnect from a wireless network

For computers with built-in wireless LAN functionality, move the Wireless switch to OFF.
Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may
result in data loss.
To disconnect from a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
1
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
2.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection Enabled. The
Wireless Network Connection Status window appears.
3.
Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
4.
On the Wireless Networks tab, click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.
5.
Click to select Any available network (access point preferred), and click Close.
6.
Move the Wireless switch to OFF.
Bluetooth tec hnology is available on s elec ted models only.
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Checking your network connection status
Whether you have a wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connection, you can check the status of that connection.
To check your network connection status
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and click Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and Network
Connections. The Network Connections window appears.
2.
Under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click the enabled network connection to open the connection status
window.
Wireless Network Connection Status
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Bluetooth Connections
Bluetooth® wireless technology provides short-range connectivity without the need for cabling. When the Bluetooth
functionality is turned on, your computer can exchange data and images with other compatible Bluetooth devices within a
range of up to 32 feet.
With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as
hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on the use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility
staff to verify that use of the Bluetooth feature on your computer is permitted.
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Using Bluetooth technology
Using Bluetooth® technology, your computer can communicate with:

Compatible devices with integrated Bluetooth functionality, such as computers, mobile telephones, personal digital
assistants (PDAs), mice, and keyboards.

Compatible devices with an installed Bluetooth adapter, such as computers, printers, mice, and keyboards.
Some Bluetooth devices may not work with your computer, depending on the type of equipment, software version,
and other factors. Before purchasing a Bluetooth device, check its operating environment requirements.
A computer with Bluetooth features can:

Send files and images between compatible devices

Exchange vCards (electronic business cards)

Connect to the Internet using a dial-up connection

Print files and images on a printer equipped with Bluetooth technology

Exchange addresses with compatible cellular phones
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Establishing wireless connections
The Wireless Device Switch window enables you to select a wireless connection: Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, or Bluetooth and
Wireless LAN function.
Bluetooth® technology is designed for a short-range connection of up to 32 feet (10 meters), while Wireless LAN technology
has a wider connection range of up to 328 feet (100 meters). Your computer is capable of both Bluetooth and Wireless LAN
connections. For more information about Wireless LAN, see Using wireless network connections (selected models only).
To establish a Bluetooth connection
1.
On your computer, move the WIRELESS switch to ON.
The Wireless Device Switch window appears.
You can also click the Wireless LAN-ON icon
Switch window.
on the Taskbar Notification area to open the Wireless Device
Wireless Dev ice Switch
2.
Deselect the Enable Wireless LAN option, and then select the Enable Bluetooth Device option.
3.
Click OK.
During first use, the Welcome to BlueSpace NE window appears.
The Wireless LAN-ON icon
on the Taskbar Notification area switches to the Bluetooth-ON icon
when a
Bluetooth connection is enabled. To open the Wireless Device Switch window, click the Bluetooth-ON icon
.
Welcom e to BlueSpace NE
4.
Click OK.
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The BlueSpace NE window appears.
You can also click the Bluetooth-Standing by icon
window.
on the Taskbar Notification area to open the BlueSpace NE
BlueSpace NE
5.
Click Device Discovery.
The Device Discovery window appears and searches for other nearby Bluetooth devices.
Dev ice Discov ery
When a device is detected, it appears in the The device currently found window next to the New icon
.
BlueSpace NE — Dev ices Currently Found
6.
In The device currently found area, click to select the device to which you want to connect. (There may be more
than one device displayed.)
7.
If the device to which you want to connect has already been authenticated, the Authentication icon
is
displayed next to the device. Click Service Discovery for a list of available services, such as transferring files or
images.
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If the device to which you want to connect has not already been authenticated, a window prompt may ask if you
want to authenticate the device. Follow the on-screen instructions. For more information, see Authenticating
devices.
BlueSpace NE — Serv ice Discov ery List
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Authenticating devices
Authentication is a security feature, which prevents unauthorized communication between Bluetooth® devices. The first time
Bluetooth devices attempt to communicate with each other, a common passkey must be entered before the two devices are
allowed to exchange data. If the detected device has the same passkey as your computer, then authentication is
successful, and your computer can communicate with the Bluetooth device. If the detected device does not have the same
passkey as your computer, authentication fails.
A passkey is a private code entered by the user to enable two Bluetooth devices to communicate. When the same
code is entered on both devices, communication becomes possible. The passkey may be changed at each communication
session.
If a communication session is disconnected, you need to re-establish the passkey. Enter the passkey within approximately
30 seconds or authentication will fail.
To authenticate a Bluetooth device
1.
If the Confirmation for the authentication window does not automatically appear, right-click the device you
want to authenticate, and then click Authentication from the shortcut menu.
The Confirmation for the authentication window appears.
Confirm ation for the Authentication
2.
Click Yes.
The Bluetooth Connection Wizard appears.
Bluetooth Connection Wizard
3.
Click Next.
Another Bluetooth Connection Wizard window appears.
Bluetooth Connection Wizard — Passkey
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4.
In the Passkey text box, type your own passkey or use the passkey that is provided. Click Next.
On the Bluetooth device in which you are trying to connect, a message may appear, stating that a Bluetooth
device requires authentication. If this message appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
5.
On the Bluetooth device, type the same passkey as the one entered on your computer. If the passkey is not
entered within approximately 30 seconds, authentication fails.
If authentication fails, the Bluetooth Connection Wizard states, The device was not authenticated. Click Finish,
and try the authentication procedure again.
The passkey text box location may vary, depending on the Bluetooth device. For more information, see the
documentation that accompanied the device.
6.
Click Next.
Your computer begins the authentication process.
Bluetooth Connection Wizard — Authentication Status
You receive confirmation when the device is authenticated.
Bluetooth Connection Wizard — Authentication Com pleted
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Renaming the Bluetooth USB Device
The Bluetooth® device installed on your computer has an assigned name that you may not recognize. Renaming this device
makes it easy for you to identify your computer during authentication.
To rename the Bluetooth USB device
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
Click the Hardware tab.
Wireless Link
4.
Select USB Bluetooth Device, and then click Properties.
The USB Bluetooth Device Properties window appears.
5.
Click the Advanced tab, and type a new name in the Name text box.
USB Bluetooth Dev ice Properties
6.
To see the new USB Bluetooth Device name, turn off the Bluetooth feature by moving the WIRELESS switch on
your computer to OFF, and then restart it by moving the WIRELESS switch to ON.
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Sending data and image files
When a connection is made between your computer and another Bluetooth® device, connection services become available.
You can click Service Discovery for a list of available services that can be performed during your connection. If the File Push
and Image Push icons appear, then your computer can send and receive data and image files.
For information about services, see Using connection services.
To send data files
1.
Establish a connection with another Bluetooth device.
For more information, see Establishing wireless connections.
2.
On the BlueSpace NE window, click Service Discovery.
The File Push icon
3.
appears in the Service Discovery area if the service is available.
Click the File Push icon
in the Service Discovery area.
The Select Files to Send window appears.
4.
Select the file you want to send, and click Send.
The Completed Send File window appears when your file is received by the Bluetooth device to which your
computer is connected.
Com pleted Send File — BlueSpace NE
To send image files
1.
Establish a connection with another Bluetooth device.
For more information, see Establishing wireless connections.
2.
On the BlueSpace NE window, click Service Discovery.
The Image Push icon
3.
Click the Image Push icon
appears in the Service Discovery area if the service is available.
.
The Select Image Files to Send window appears.
4.
Select the file you want to send, and click Send.
A confirmation window appears when the image file is successfully sent.
When your computer receives an image, the file automatically opens.
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Using connection services
When a connection is made between your computer and another Bluetooth® device, you can click Service Discovery for a list
of available services that can be performed during your connection. When clicked, the purple Service Discovery icons search
for a connection method.
For more information about the different services, see the BlueSpace NE help guide:
1.
On the BlueSpace NE window, click Help.
2.
Select Search for topic.
The Help for BlueSpace NE window appears.
For information about the File Push and Image Push services, see Sending data and image files.
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Setting Bluetooth preferences
The Bluetooth Options feature enables you to set hardware preferences for discovery, connection, and authentication.
To access Bluetooth Options
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
2.
On the Bluetooth tab, click Options.
The Bluetooth Options window appears.
Bluetooth Options
3.
Set your desired preferences, and click OK.
For more information about preferences, click the Bluetooth Connection Options link near the bottom of the window.
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Setting BlueSpace NE preferences
The BlueSpace NE Settings feature enables you to set software preferences for changing folder location, responding to
device discovery, displaying windows, and more.
To set BlueSpace NE settings
1.
Verify that your computer is not connected to another Bluetooth device.
2.
From the BlueSpace NE window, click Setting, and then click BlueSpace NE settings.
The BlueSpace NE Settings window appears.
BlueSpace NE Settings
3.
Click each tab to navigate through the window and set your preferences.
For more information about settings, click Help.
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Adding a Bluetooth device
Your computer can connect to several compatible Bluetooth® devices, such as printers, mobile telephones, modems for
dial-up Internet connections, digital cameras, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). For specific device connection
information, see the documentation that accompanied the device. You can also get connection information in the Bluetooth
and BlueSpace NE help guides
To access the Bluetooth help guide
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
From the Bluetooth tab, click the Bluetooth link near the bottom of the window.
The Bluetooth help guide appears.
4.
Click Installing and authenticating Bluetooth devices for a list of devices.
To access the BlueSpace NE help guide
1.
If the BlueSpace NE window is not already open, click the Bluetooth - Standing by icon
Notification area.
2.
On the Help menu, click Search for topics.
on the Taskbar
The Help for BlueSpace NE window appears.
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Disconnecting a Bluetooth device
To disconnect or remove a device
1.
If the BlueSpace NE window is not already open, click the Bluetooth - Standing by icon
Notification area.
2.
In the Devices currently found window, select the device you want to disconnect or remove.
3.
From the BlueSpace NE window, click Device.
4.
From the Device menu, click either Remove device, Remove all devices, or select an option from the
Disconnect submenu.
on the Taskbar
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Additional information

The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions:

Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices

Distance between devices

Material used in walls

Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones

Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions

Device configuration

Type of software application

Type of operating system

Use of both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions at the same time on the computer

Size of file being exchanged

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth® and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength,
however, communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also
stop communication altogether.

Large files may occasionally become corrupted due to radio wave interference during continuous transfer.

All Bluetooth devices must be certified to make sure that the applicable standard requirements are maintained. Even
if standards are met, individual device performance, specifications, and operation procedures can vary. Data
exchange may not be possible in all situations.
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Ejecting the Driv e Tray
3.
Place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the label you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
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1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Ejecting the Driv e Tray
3.
Place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the label you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
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1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs
Your computer plays and records CDs and DVDs, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the
type of optical drive installed on your computer and use the table below to see which types of media your optical drive
supports.
Optical Drive
Media (disc) Support
CD-ROM
Reads CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
CD-RW
Reads CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Writes to CD-R and CD-RW
CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Reads CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Writes to CD-R and CD-RW
Reads DVD and most DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD-RW
Reads CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Writes to CD-R and CD-RW
Reads DVD, DVD-R, and DVD-RW; DVD+R and DVD+RW (in most cases)
Writes to DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD±RW
Reads CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Writes to CD-R and CD-RW
Reads DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW
Writes to DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
If you plan to use an external optical drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled CD/DVD program.
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Playing CDs
Before you play an audio CD, you may need to enable your computer's audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and System.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
As a shortcut, you can press Fn + the Windows key
+ Insert to open the System Properties dialog box.
2.
Select the Hardware tab, and in the Device Manager box, click Device Manager. A window with a listing of the
computer's hardware devices appears.
3.
Double-click the type of the optical drive installed on the computer, such as DVD/CD-ROM drives1, to open the
submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed optical drive, and select the Properties tab.
5.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
6.
Click OK.
To adjust the volume for playing CDs and DVDs
Some programs have built-in volume controls, which you can adjust. If there are no volume controls, then adjust the volume
of your computer's built-in speakers by doing one of the following:

Using the Function keys. An on-screen display may appear, notifying you when a change occurs.


To increase volume, press the Fn and F4 keys.

To decrease volume, press the Fn and F3 keys.
Using the Volume icon.

Double click the Volume icon
appears.

In the Volume Control and Wave columns, move the Volume sliders up to increase volume and down to
decrease volume.
on the Taskbar Notification area. The Volume Control dialog box
To play an audio CD
1.
Insert the disc into the optical drive. See To insert a disc.
2.
If nothing appears on the desktop once you insert an audio CD disc, then click Start, point to All Programs, and
click to open a CD program, such as SonicStage.
If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option.
Audio CD
1
O ptic al drive types vary, depending on the model you purc has ed.
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Copying files to a CD-RW or CD-R
You can copy files to CD-R or CD-RW discs if your VAIO® computer is equipped with a CD-RW/DVD drive or DVD-RW drive.
Before you write data to a CD-RW or CD-R disc, read the following notes to avoid a computer malfunction and ensure the
best writing results:

Deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software.

Deactivate memory-resident disc utilities to avoid data loss.

Disable the FindFast program if it is installed on your computer. Click Start and point to All Programs to see a list of
programs on your computer.

Connect and use the AC adapter to power your computer or make sure your battery is at least 50 percent charged.
See Powering Your Computer for more information.
To copy files to a CD-RW or CD-R
1.
Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RWdisc into the optical drive. For more information, see Inserting and Ejecting CDs or
DVDs.
If the CD Drive window appears, click Take no action and click OK.
CD Driv e
2.
Open the My Computer window by pressing the Windows key
3.
In the Folders panel on the left, locate the folder(s) from which you want to copy.
4.
Right-click the file(s) or folder(s), point to Send To, and click the optical drive1 name.
A taskbar pop-up message appears, stating your files are waiting to be written to a CD.
5.
Click on the pop-up message.
The CD Drive window appears with the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy listed under Files Ready to Be
Written to the CD.
6.
In the CD Writing Tasks box, click Write these files to CD.
The CD Writing Wizard appears.
7.
Follow the instructions on the CD Writing Wizard.
and the E key simultaneously.
CD Writing Wizard
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Do not strike or move the computer while writing data to a disc.
1
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Playing DVDs
You can play DVDs in your computer's optical drive and view the video on a multimedia display.
To play a DVD
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
3.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as InterVideo WinDVD®, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as InterVideo WinDVD®, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a
program, see the help guide included with the DVD program.
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have audio devices
connected, this may damage your hearing and the speakers. Reduce the volume before playing a DVD.
Do not switch power saving modes while the computer is playing a DVD.
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a DVD. This may cause the
computer to malfunction.
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Writing files to DVDs (on selected models only)
Use the table shown on Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs to see which type of DVD media your computer supports.
You can copy data or video files to DVD-R or DVD-RW discs if your VAIO® computer is equipped with a DVD-RW drive. Before
you write data to a DVD-RW or DVD-R disc, read the following notes to avoid a computer malfunction and ensure the best
writing results:

Deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software.

Deactivate memory-resident disc utilities to avoid data loss.
To write files to DVD media
1.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. See Connecting the AC adapter for more information.
2.
Insert a blank DVD-R or DVD-RW disc into the optical drive. See Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs for more
information.
3.
Click Start, All Programs, and select the DVD software program you want to use from the submenu.
Your computer may come with preinstalled Click to DVD software. See the Help guide supplied with the
software for more information.
Do not strike or shake the computer while copying files to a disc.
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Printer Connections
Printing With Your Computer
Your computer is compatible with many popular printers. However, to ensure the best performance, printers must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Printer Connections
Printing With Your Computer
Your computer is compatible with many popular printers. However, to ensure the best performance, printers must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Connecting a printer
You can easily connect a printer to your computer or port replicator (if applicable). The New Hardware Wizard enables you
to easily install the printer software, but some printers require separate driver software installation. See the instructions
that accompanied your printer for more information.
If you are using the port replicator, connect the AC adapter to the port replicator. The port replicator must be powered
by the AC adapter to function properly.
To connect a USB printer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
2.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on the printer.
3.
Turn the printer on. The Found New Hardware Wizard appears on the computer screen.
on your computer. See Locating Controls and Ports.
Connecting a USB Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
To connect a printer (port replicators only)
1.
Connect the port replicator to the computer. See Connecting the Port Replicator for instructions.
2.
Plug the printer cable into the Printer port
3.
Plug the other end of the printer cable into the port on the printer, and turn the printer on.
on your port replicator. See Locating Controls and Ports.
Connecting a Printer
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4.
Restart your computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart. If the New Hardware Wizard
appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
5.
Make sure the computer recognizes the printer. Follow these steps:

Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and then Printers and Faxes.
If the computer recognizes the printer, it will be listed in the Printers and Other Hardware window.
If the computer does not recognize the printer, you may need to install the printer driver software. See
the guide that accompanied the printer for more information.
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting a printer
You can disconnect the printer cable when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting a printer when the computer is in a
power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a printer
1.
Make sure all printing jobs are completed.
2.
Turn off the printer, then unplug the printer cable from the computer.
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect an external floppy disk drive (not supplied) to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or
write data to a floppy disk.
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect an external floppy disk drive (not supplied) to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or
write data to a floppy disk.
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Connecting a floppy disk drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Connecting the drive when the computer is in a power
saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To connect a USB floppy disk drive
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Plug the USB cable (with the USB icon
pop-up message appears.
facing upward) into the USB port
. The Found New Hardware
Connecting a Floppy Disk Driv e
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Inserting and removing floppy disks
To write data to a disk, use one that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature. The floppy disk drive cannot
write data to a disk if it is inserted into the drive improperly.
To insert a floppy disk
1.
Hold the floppy disk with the label facing up.
2.
Push the floppy disk into the drive until it clicks into place.
Inserting a Floppy Disk
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk.
To remove a floppy disk
1.
Close all programs that access the floppy disk.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
To avoid losing data, do not push the Eject button when the LED indicator is on.
Rem ov ing a Floppy Disk
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Protecting floppy disks

Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk.

Keep floppy disks away from magnets, direct sunlight, and heat sources.
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Disconnecting a floppy disk drive
You can disconnect a USB floppy drive when the computer is off by disconnecting the USB cable from the computer.
Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to
malfunction.
To disconnect a USB floppy drive while the computer is on
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
2.
Click to select the floppy drive in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
3.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
4.
Make sure the floppy drive is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is safe to remove the
hardware device.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware dialog box
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Storing a floppy disk drive
Fold the floppy disk drive cable and connector into the side compartment on the floppy disk drive.
Storing a Floppy Disk Driv e
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PC Cards
Using PC Cards
Your computer includes one PC Card slot. A PC Card enables you to connect devices such as an optical drive or floppy disk
drive.
See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the type of PC Card that is compatible with your computer. The slot is
compatible with CardBus. You do not need to turn off your computer to insert or remove a PC Card.
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PC Cards
Using PC Cards
Your computer includes one PC Card slot. A PC Card enables you to connect devices such as an optical drive or floppy disk
drive.
See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the type of PC Card that is compatible with your computer. The slot is
compatible with CardBus. You do not need to turn off your computer to insert or remove a PC Card.
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Inserting PC Cards
To insert a PC Card
1.
Make sure the front label of the PC Card is facing up.
2.
Push the PC Card gently into the slot. The system automatically detects the PC Card.
Do not force a PC Card into the slot; this may damage the connector pins.
When a PC Card is inserted, do not place your computer in a bag or case. Pressure or shock to a PC Card may damage
your computer.
Touching the head of the PC Card will not damage the connector pins, but damage may occur if the head of the PC Card
is sticking out of the PC Card slot while the computer is being transported.
Inserting a PC Card
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Removing PC Cards
You can remove PC Cards while the computer is on or off. PC Cards draw power from the computer when they are inserted
into the PC Card slot, whether or not you use the card.
If you are not using your PC Card and you are using a battery as a power source, remove the PC Card from the PC Card
slot to conserve battery power.
To remove a PC Card while your computer is on
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
2.
Click to select the PC Card in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
3.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
4.
Make sure the PC Card is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is safe to remove the hardware
device.
5.
Push the PC Card eject button (for location information, see Locating Controls and Ports). The eject button pops
out.
6.
Push the eject button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
7.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware dialog box
To remove a PC Card while the computer is off
1.
Push the Release button once. The Release button pops out.
2.
Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
3.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
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Connecting and disconnecting PC Card drives
The PC Card drive enables you to read data stored on a DVD or CD. Your computer may come with an external PC Card
drive, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a PC Card drive, shop Sony online at
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
If you connect a non-Sony DVD drive to your VAIO® computer, DVD playback may not function properly. The
supplied DVD software must be installed to play a DVD. For best performance, use a Sony compatible DVD drive.
To connect a PC Card drive
You can connect a PC Card drive while the computer is on or off. Connecting the drive when the computer is in a power
saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
Instructions on connecting an optical drive may vary, depending on the specific drive you purchased.
1.
Remove the PC Card from the bottom of the optical drive.
Rem ov ing a PC Card
2.
Insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot with the arrow facing the slot. See To insert a PC Card for more
information.
Remove the protective cover that is attached to the lens of the optical drive before you use the drive. See Inserting
and Ejecting CDs or DVDs for information on how to open the optical drive to access the lens.
See the guide that accompanied your optical drive for more information on its installation and use.
To disconnect a PC Card drive
1.
Close all programs accessing the PC Card drive.
2.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
3.
Select the PC Card drive in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
4.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
5.
Make sure the PC Card drive is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is now safe to remove the
hardware device.
6.
Eject the PC Card from the PC Card slot.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware window
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Port Replicator Connections
A port replicator is a device that attaches to your computer and contains additional ports. One may come with your
computer, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a port replicator, shop Sony online at
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
When your computer is connected to a port replicator, use only the Ethernet port on the port replicator, not the
Ethernet port on the computer. Also, the port replicator must be power by the AC adapter to function properly.
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Locating Ports and Jacks
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Port Replicator (Back Panel)
1 USB ports
2 Printer port
4 Monitor (VGA) port
5
Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX)
3 DVI-D port 6 DC IN port
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Connecting the Port Replicator
When using the port replicator, always use the AC adapter to power the port replicator; otherwise, the port
replicator will be without power and will not function properly. Also, take precautions to avoid disconnecting the AC
power supply when moving the computer with the port replicator attached.
Before you connect the port replicator, you may want to install the rechargeable battery, if it is not already installed. The
installed battery automatically charges while the computer and port replicator are powered by the AC adapter.
Connecting a port replicator while the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may result in data
loss or a computer malfunction.
To connect a port replicator
1.
Close active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Turn off the computer, and disconnect all attached devices.
3.
Place the port replicator on a stable surface, and pull out the extendable support arm, which is located on the
front edge of the port replicator.
Pulling Out the Extendable Support Arm
4.
On the bottom of the computer, slide the port replicator cover down until the port replicator connector is
completely visible.
Sliding the Port Replicator Cov er
5.
Slip the back edges of the computer into the raised edges on the port replicator.
Connecting the Port Replicator
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6.
Gently push the computer onto the port replicator until it clicks into place. Make sure the port replicator is
securely fastened to the computer.
Securing the Port Replicator
7.
Plug the AC adapter into the DC IN port on the port replicator, and plug the power cord into the AC adapter and
an AC outlet. The power indicator
8.
on the port replicator turns on.
Press the Power button to turn on the computer.
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Connecting a Flat-Panel Display
The port replicator includes Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and Monitor (VGA) ports to which you can connect your computer to
a flat-panel display. You must have a DVI-D or DVI-D/I display cable to use the DVI port or a display cable to use the
Monitor port. If you wish to purchase a cable, contact your local retailer.
For more information about Monitor port connections, see Using Computer Monitors and Projectors.
To connect the computer to a flat-panel display using the DVI port
1.
Connect the computer to the port replicator. See Connecting the Port Replicator for more information.
2.
Plug the power cord for the flat-panel display into an AC outlet.
3.
Plug the display cable into the DVI port
4.
Turn on the computer and flat-panel display.
5.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to toggle the display between your computer, the flat-panel display, or both the computer
and flat-panel display. See Selecting a display for more information.
on the port replicator.
You cannot use the Monitor (VGA) port on your computer when a port replicator is connected to the computer. Use the
DVI or Monitor (VGA) port on the port replicator instead.
Connecting a Flat- Panel Display
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Disconnecting a Port Replicator
Disconnecting a port replicator when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) or the battery power
is low may result in data loss or a computer malfunction. You can disconnect a port replicator when the computer is on or
off.
When the battery is low, turn off the computer before you disconnect a port replicator.
To disconnect a port replicator
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss, and disconnect the AC adapter.
2.
Push the release levers on each side of the port replicator to release the computer from the port replicator.
Releasing a Com puter from a Port Replicator
3.
Lift the computer away from the port replicator.
Disconnecting a Port Replicator
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Audio and Video Connections
Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders
You can connect a digital video (DV) recorder, such as a Sony digital video recorder, to the i.LINK®1 S400 (IEEE 1394) port
on your computer. The i.LINK digital video camera recorder is an external device that enables you to record and view digital
images on your computer via the i.LINK port.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tor. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ation, operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for more information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as a C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Audio and Video Connections
Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders
You can connect a digital video (DV) recorder, such as a Sony digital video recorder, to the i.LINK®1 S400 (IEEE 1394) port
on your computer. The i.LINK digital video camera recorder is an external device that enables you to record and view digital
images on your computer via the i.LINK port.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tor. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ation, operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for more information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as a C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder
You can connect an i.LINK digital video (DV) recorder when the computer is on or off. Connecting the DV recorder when the
computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
Before you connect an i.LINK digital video recorder

Do not connect more than one digital video camera recorder at a time. The preinstalled programs on your computer
will not recognize multiple cameras.

Do not connect an external device that requires power from the i.LINK port. The i.LINK port does not supply power
to the external device.

The i.LINK port supports transfer rates of up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer rate is the lowest transfer
rate of the external device.

The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the programs you use. See the help guide that accompanied
your program for more information.
To connect an i.LINK digital video recorder
1.
Turn on the digital video (DV) device and the computer.
2.
Plug the i.LINK® cable into the i.LINK port
3.
Plug the other end of the i.LINK cable into the i.LINK port on your computer. The Found New Hardware
window appears on the lower right corner of your screen.
on the DV device.
Connecting an i.LINK Digital Video Cam era Recorder
See the guide that accompanied your digital video camera recorder for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting the i.LINK digital video recorder
You can disconnect the digital video recorder while the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the i.LINK cable from the i.LINK
port on the computer. Disconnecting the cable when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Using a digital video camera recorder
Your computer comes with preinstalled driver software that is compatible with most Sony digital video camera recorders. If
you purchased a camera that comes with its own driver software, install these drivers before you use the camera.
To view images
You can view images captured by your digital video camera recorder three different ways. Select one set of instructions
from the following list:

If your digital video camera recorder is compatible with the preinstalled programs, the Digital Video Device window
appears when you connect the camera to the computer. Select the program you want to use in this window, and
click OK.

Click Start, and click All Programs. Select a program in which to view your images.

Click Start, and click Welcome to VAIO life. Click Movies, Music, and Pictures and select a program in which to
view your images.
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Using Computer Monitors and Projectors
You can connect an external display (such as a computer monitor or a projector) to your computer.
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Connecting a computer monitor
Your computer can display images to the computer screen (LCD), to an external computer monitor, or to both the LCD and
external monitor while your computer is on.
If you purchased a port replicator, you can connect your computer to a flat-panel display. See Connecting a Flat-Panel
Display for more information.
To connect a computer monitor
1.
Make sure the computer monitor is plugged into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the display cable into the Monitor (VGA) port
3.
If it is not already on, turn on the computer monitor.
4.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to toggle the display between your computer, the monitor, or both the computer and
monitor. See Selecting a display for more information.
on the computer.
You cannot use the Monitor (VGA) port on your computer when a port replicator is connected to the computer. Use the
Monitor (VGA) port on the port replicator instead.
Connecting a Com puter Monitor
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Connecting a multimedia projector
You can use a projector to display the actions and images from the computer screen (LCD).
To connect a multimedia projector
1.
Plug the projector's power cord into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the display cable (not supplied) into the projector and the Monitor (VGA) port
on your computer.
To locate the Monitor port, see Locating Controls and Ports.
Connecting a Multim edia Projector
3.
Plug the audio cable (not supplied) into the projector and the Headphones jack on your computer.
4.
Turn on the projector (if it is not already on), and then turn on your computer.
5.
Press the Fn+F7 key combination to toggle the display between your computer and the projector. See Selecting
a display for more information.
See the guide that accompanied your projector for more information on its installation and use.
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Selecting a display
Your computer comes with a Plug and Display feature, which enables you to connect an external display to the computer
and instantly view an image on the connected display. An external display may be a projector or computer monitor.
When you connect an external display, the Plug and Display icon
appears in the Windows ® taskbar and the image
appears on both the computer's LCD screen and the external display.
Clicking the Plug and Display icon
settings.
launches Sony Notebook Setup, where you can customize the Plug and Display
To switch the display using shortcut features
You may switch the display to the computer screen (LCD), external display, or both the LCD and external display by using
the Fn+F7 shortcut keys or the S1 or S1 button. See Using S1 and S2 Buttons for more information.
Shortcut keys Result
Fn+F7
Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected external display, and both the LCD and
an external display. You can also select the Setup option to adjust the Plug and Display settings. Select one display (LCD or
an external display) when playing a DVD.
To switch the display using the Display Properties window
Depending on the external display, you may need to connect the display to the computer before you turn the
computer on.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel and Appearance and Themes.
2.
Click Display. The Display Properties window appears.
3.
Click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced button.
4.
Click the Displays tab.
When a display is connected to your computer, a red button appears on the properties window next to the
picture of the display that is connected.
(Multiple Monitors) and MOBILITY RADEON Properties
5.
Click the red button next to Monitor or Panel.
6.
Click Apply. The ATI Property Page message box appears.
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7.
Click Yes.
8.
Click OK.
9.
For more information, click Help.
If you cannot see your movie or DVD on the external display, change the monitor setting by clicking on the Primary
icon
on the display panel of your choice.
You may not be able to display the computer screen (LCD) and an external display or projector at the same time,
depending on the types of computer displays and projectors you are using.
To adjust the screen resolution
Plug and Display customizes the screen resolution to fit within the external display. However, if the external display's
screen resolution is larger than the computer's LCD screen resolution, Plug and Display adjusts both images to the largest
resolution shared by both devices. If the image is distorted, the screen resolution may be adjusted manually.
1.
Click the Start menu and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Appearance and Themes and then click Display.
3.
When the Display Properties window appears, select the Settings tab.
4.
Use the slider in the Screen resolution box to adjust the screen resolution.
Plug and Display may not work properly if you connect more than one external display at the same time.
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Disconnecting a computer monitor or projector
You can disconnect the external computer monitor or projector by unplugging the monitor (VGA) cable from your computer's
port. Disconnecting the external display when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause
the computer to malfunction.
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Using Speakers
Your computer comes with built-in stereo speakers. If you wish to enhance the sound quality of your computer, you can
purchase and connect external speakers. If you want to purchase speakers, make sure the speakers are designed for
computer use. You can shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting speakers
You can connect external speakers to your computer to enhance the sound quality of your computer.
Do not place floppy disks on the speakers. The speakers' magnetic field may damage the data stored on the
floppy disks.
To connect speakers to your computer
1.
Turn down the volume of the speakers.
2.
Plug the speaker cable into the Headphone jack
3.
Plug the other end of the speaker cable into the speaker.
on the computer.
Connecting Speakers
See the guide that accompanied your speakers for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting speakers
You can disconnect external speakers when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the speaker cable from the Headphone
jack
on the computer.
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Adjusting the sound
You can adjust the volume by using the following shortcut keys. An on-screen display appears notifying you when a change
occurs.
Fn+F2 Toggles the headphones and built-in speakers off and on.
Fn+F3 Decreases the speaker volume.
Fn+F4 Increases the speaker volume.
Alternatively, you can use the Volume icon
on the Windows ® taskbar.
To adjust the volume of your speakers
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
window appears.
2.
Click and drag the Volume Control slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
3.
Click to cancel any Mute check boxes that are selected.
on the Windows ® taskbar, and select Open Volume Control. The Volume Control
Sound device Function
Volume Control
Adjust the sound level from the speakers or headphones.
Wave
Adjust the wavfile sound or the system sound of Windows.
SW Synth
Adjusts the internal or external synthesizer volume.
Microphone
Adjust the internal or external microphone volume.
Telephony
Adjust the modem or telephone volume.
PC Beep
Adjust the beep sound when inserting or removing the PC Card and other devices.
Adjusting the volume for playing CDs and DVDs does not adjust the volume for recording sound files. You can only
adjust the recording volume in the Recording Control window. See Using a microphone to record sound for instructions on
how to open this window.
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Enabling the sound
If you do not hear sound when playing a CD or DVD, you may need to enable the audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click System. The System Properties window appears.
3.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager. The Device Manager window, which lists the hardware
devices, appears.
4.
Double-click DVD/CD-ROM drives1.
5.
Double-click the listed drive name, and click the Properties tab.
6.
Click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Using Microphones
You can connect an external microphone to your computer to enable the sound input to your computer. Make sure your
microphone is designed for computer use. If you wish to purchase a microphone, shop Sony online at
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting a microphone
Plug the microphone cable into the Microphone jack1
on the computer.
Connecting a Microphone
See the guide that accompanied your microphone for more information on its installation and use.
1
A protruding dot loc ated next to the M ic rophone jac k dis tinguis hes this jac k from the H eadphone jac k.
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Disconnecting a microphone
You can disconnect an external microphone when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the microphone cable from the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Using a microphone to record sound
You can record messages, memos, etc. by connecting a microphone to the Microphone jack1
on your computer.
To record from a microphone
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
2.
From the Options menu, click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.
3.
Click to select the Recording option in the Adjust volume for box.
4.
Make sure the Microphone check box is selected in the Show the following volume controls list, and then click
OK.
The Recording Control window appears.
5.
Click the Select check box at the bottom of the Microphone column, if it is not already selected. Close the
Recording Control window.
6.
Click Start, and select All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then Sound Recorder. The Sound Sound Recorder window appears.
on the Windows ® taskbar. The Volume Control window appears.
For help using Sound Recorder, click Help in the Sound Recorder window.
To adjust the volume for recording sound
You can only adjust the volume for recording in the Recording Control window.
1
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Audio tab, click Volume in the Sound recording box. The Recording Control window appears.
3.
Click and drag the Microphone slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
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Memory Upgrades
Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures. For the type of
module and amount of memory installed on your computer, refer to the VAIO® Computer Specifications.
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Precautions and Procedures
Sony recommends that memory upgrades be performed by an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the
nearest center or agent, go to: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
The procedures described below 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. When installing
a memory module in your computer, make sure you read the proper safety precautions below. Mistakes that occur when
installing or removing a memory module may cause a malfunction.

Turn off the computer. Disconnect the computer from its power source and from any telecommunications links,
networks, or modems before you install or remove a memory module. Failure to do so may result in personal injury
or equipment damage.

Introducing any liquids or any foreign substances or objects into the memory slots, or other internal components of
the computer, will result in damage to the computer.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, memory modules, and other components. Perform the
procedures described below 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 (cellophane wrappers, for example). Ground
yourself by momentarily touching an unpainted metal object that is grounded, such as a pipe, radiator, or faucet.

Do not open the memory module package until you are ready to install the module. The package protects the
module from ESD.

Use the special protective package to store a memory module and prevent ESD.

Only use memory modules that are compatible with your computer. For the type of module and amount of memory
installed on your computer, refer to the VAIO® Computer Specifications. If you wish to purchase a memory module,
shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Removing and installing memory modules
Make sure you read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures before you remove or install a memory module.
When installing a memory module, do not open the module package until you are ready to install it. The package protects
the module from Electrostatic discharge (ESD).
To remove a memory module
1.
Turn off the computer and all attached devices.
2.
Disconnect the power cord, all cables, and remove the battery if it is installed. See Removing a battery.
3.
Wait for the computer to cool down.
The interior of the computer becomes extremely hot during operation. Wait at least one hour for the computer to
cool down before you remove the screws.
4.
Turn the computer over and use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the screw(s) on the cover of the memory
bay.
To avoid damaging the computer, do not remove or loosen any other screws.
Rem ov ing the Bottom Screw(s)
5.
Remove the memory bay cover carefully.
6.
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your computer) to discharge static electricity.
Avoid touching any part of the motherboard or other components inside the computer.
7.
Remove the memory module by pulling out the tabs (see arrows No. 1), and pulling out the module in the
direction of arrow No. 2. See To install a memory module for more information.
Rem ov ing a Mem ory Module
To install a memory module
1.
Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
2.
Install the memory module by sliding it into the open bay at a 45-degree angle. See To remove a memory
module. Align the grooves on the memory module with the grooves in the bay.
Installing a New Mem ory Module
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3.
Push the module down until it snaps into the slot.
4.
When the module is correctly seated in the slot, close the memory bay.
5.
Replace the fastening screw(s) on the memory bay.
6.
Make sure the system recognizes the new memory module. See Confirming Added Memory Capacity for more
information.
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Confirming Added Memory Capacity
After you have installed a new memory module, make sure the operating system recognizes it.
To check your system's memory
1.
Turn on the computer.
2.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, point to All Programs, and then point to Sony Notebook Setup.
3.
Select Sony Notebook Setup from the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
4.
On the About This Computer tab, make sure the System Memory displayed in the System Information box
matches the amount of memory installed.
The displayed memory may be less than the installed memory due to the amount used by the display adapter.
Sony Notebook Setup
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button on the bottom of the computer. For
location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button on the bottom of the computer. For
location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button on the bottom of the computer. For
location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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What do I do if a BIOS error appears when my computer starts?
If the message "Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup" appears at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps:
1.
Press the F2 key. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
2.
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter.
3.
Press the Down Arrow key
Enter.
4.
Press the Right Arrow key
to select the Exit tab, and then press the Down Arrow key
Default Values. The message Load default values for all SETUP items. appears.
5.
Press the Enter key. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
6.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
7.
Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
8.
Select Yes, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
to select System Time, and then set the time (hour: minute: second). Press
to select Get
If this occurs on a regular basis, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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What do I do if the message "Operating system not found" appears when my computer starts, and why
won't Windows start?

Make sure the computer does not have a "non-bootable" floppy disk in the floppy disk drive (if applicable).

If a non-bootable floppy disk is in the drive:

1.
Remove the floppy disk.
2.
Restart the computer and confirm that the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system starts properly.
If the Windows operating system still does not start, follow these steps to initialize the BIOS:
1.
If there is a disk in the floppy disk drive, then remove it.
2.
Turn off the computer.
3.
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the computer.
4.
Restart the computer.
5.
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS Setup window appears.
6.
Press the Right Arrow key
7.
Press the Down Arrow key
SETUP items. appears.
8.
Press the Enter key. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
9.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
to select the Exit menu.
to select Get Default Values. The message Load default values for all
10. Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
11. Select Yes, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
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What do I do if my computer stops responding?
It is best to turn off your computer using the Turn Off Computer option on the Microsoft® Windows ® Start menu, located on
the taskbar. Using other methods, including those listed below, may result in loss of unsaved data.

Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, select Turn Off Computer, and then click Turn Off.

If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task
Manager dialog box appears, click Turn Off from the Shut Down menu.

If your computer still does not turn off, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.

If your computer stops responding while playing a CD or DVD, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. You
can turn off the computer from the Windows Task Manager.
Pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously or turning off the computer with the power button or switch
may cause loss of data.

Remove the AC adapter and battery.
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Why won't my computer enter Standby or Hibernate mode?
Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Standby or
Hibernate.
To restore the computer to normal operating stability:
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Restart the computer. Follow these steps:
3.
4.
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U.
3.
Press R to select restart.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow
Down.
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to select restart.
key to select Shut
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.
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Why is the sound of my computer's fan so loud?
The computer's fan may be running at a high speed to cool the CPU. By lowering the CPU speed, you also lower the speed
and noise level of the computer's fan.
To lower the CPU speed using the power schemes:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select Portable/Laptop in the Power schemes box.
4.
Click Apply.
5.
Click OK.
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Why does the System Properties dialog box display a slower CPU speed than the maximum?
This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes a type of CPU speed controlling technology for power conservation
purposes, System Properties may display the CPU's current speed instead of the maximum speed.
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Why don't my changes appear on the computer screen (LCD)?
You may need to refresh the computer screen. Press and hold the Windows key
, and press D twice.
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System Security
How can I protect my system against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft® Windows ® operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing one of the following:

The Automatic Updates feature — This feature automatically searches for and delivers updates directly to your
computer whenever you are connected to the Internet.

The Windows Updates Web site — This site enables you to download computer updates without turning on the
Automatic Updates feature.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
To use the Automatic Updates feature
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Click the Automatic Updates
icon in the Taskbar notification area.
The Automatic Updates Setup Wizard appears.
3.
Click Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
To visit the Windows Updates Web site
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ in the address bar of your browser.
The Microsoft Windows Update and Security Warning windows appear.
3.
In the Security Warning window, click Yes to install and run Windows Update.
4.
In the Microsoft Windows Update window, click Scan for updates, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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System Security
How can I protect my system against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft® Windows ® operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing one of the following:

The Automatic Updates feature — This feature automatically searches for and delivers updates directly to your
computer whenever you are connected to the Internet.

The Windows Updates Web site — This site enables you to download computer updates without turning on the
Automatic Updates feature.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
To use the Automatic Updates feature
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Click the Automatic Updates
icon in the Taskbar notification area.
The Automatic Updates Setup Wizard appears.
3.
Click Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
To visit the Windows Updates Web site
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ in the address bar of your browser.
The Microsoft Windows Update and Security Warning windows appear.
3.
In the Security Warning window, click Yes to install and run Windows Update.
4.
In the Microsoft Windows Update window, click Scan for updates, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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What is the best way to set up firewall protection for my computer?
Using firewall protection is an important way to protect your computer from security threats that may occur when your
computer is connected to the Internet. Your computer's preinstalled Microsoft® Windows ® operating system has a built-in
Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) feature that you can use to protect your computer.
Using the ICF feature may interrupt the file and print sharing features for preinstalled networking software programs, such
as VAIO Media software. As an alternative, Sony suggests installing a router as a hardware-based firewall solution. A
router box protects your computer and allows your network to run without interruption.
To disable the ICF feature
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Network and Internet Connections.
3.
Click Network Connections.
4.
In the section, LAN or High-Speed Internet, right-click the icon of the connection you want to protect.
A shortcut menu appears.
5.
Select Properties from the shortcut menu.
6.
On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, clear the check box for Protect my computer and
network by limiting or preventing access to the computer from the Internet.
7.
Click OK to disable the ICF feature.
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How do I keep my preinstalled antivirus software updated?
You can keep the preinstalled Norton Internet Security
Corporation.
software program current with the latest updates from Symantec
To download and install the latest security update
1.
Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon
in the Taskbar notification area.
If you have not previously registered the antivirus software, a series of information wizards appear.
1.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete each wizard
2.
Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon again.
The Norton Internet Security window appears.
If you have previously registered this antivirus software, the Norton Internet Security window automatically
appears.
2.
Click Live Update, located near the top of the window.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions to select and download updates.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating power status information.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating power status information.
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When is the computer using AC power?
When the computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if a battery is installed.
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When should I recharge the battery?

When the battery level falls below 10 percent.

When both the battery and power indicators blink.

When you have not used the battery for a long time.
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When should I replace the battery?
If the battery power is still low after charging it, the battery may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.
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Should I be concerned that the installed battery is warm?
No, it is normal for the battery to be warm when it is powering the computer.
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Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power?
Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices
prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data. See To activate Hibernate mode for information on how
you can manually activate Hibernate mode.
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Why doesn't my computer enter Hibernate mode?
You may first need to enable Hibernate mode. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Hibernate tab.
4.
Click to check the box next to Enable hibernation.
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Why is my modem connection slow?
Your computer is equipped with a V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including
telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your
modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), follow
these steps:

Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise.

If your problem is fax-related, make sure there are no problems with the fax machine you are calling and that it is
compatible with fax modems.

If you are having a problem connecting with your ISP, make sure the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.

If you have a second telephone line, try connecting the modem to that line.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Why can't I access the Internet?

Check the access point settings. Refer to the instructions supplied with the access point.

Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another.

Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access.
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Why is the data transfer speed slow?

The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points.
Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data
transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many
other devices are communicating via the access point.

If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See your access point
instructions for more information.
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Why is the communication speed interrupted or slowed down when MPEG2 data is transferred?
The typical effective data transfer speed via an access point is 4-5 Mbps when adhering to the IEEE 802.11b standard or
both the IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g standards (selected models only). High-rate stream transfers with MPEG2 data
may lower this rate.
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How do I avoid data transfer interruptions?

When your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur when using large files
or if the computer is in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones.

Move the computer closer to the access point.

Make sure the access point connection is intact. For more information, see Checking your network connection status
.

Change the access point channel. See your access point instructions for more information.
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Can I connect to an IEEE 802.11a device?
Computers with built-in wireless LAN support only the IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g standards (selected models only).
Devices connecting to a wireless LAN using the IEEE 802.11a standard cannot connect to devices using the IEEE 802.11b/g
standards.
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What are channels?
Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point
channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices.
If you are using a wireless LAN access point, refer to connectivity information contained in your access point instructions.
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When I change the encryption key, the network connection stops. What do I do?
Two computers with built-in wireless LAN may loose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption keys of both
computers no longer match. You can either change both the encryption keys back to the original profile or, if you have not
saved changes to the original profile, you can restart both computers.
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Bluetooth Technology
Why can't other Bluetooth devices discover my computer?

Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth® feature enabled.

Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices
are within 32 feet (10 meters) of each other.

The discovery option on your computer may be disabled. To ensure the discovery option is available, follow these
steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
On the Bluetooth tab, click Options.
The Bluetooth Options window appears.
4.

In the Discovery box, click to select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box. Click
OK.
Your security settings may not permit a response to device discovery. To ensure your computer sends a response,
follow these steps:
1.
From the BlueSpace NE window, click Setting, and then click BlueSpace NE settings.
2.
Click to open the Security tab.
3.
If it is not already selected, click to select the Respond to Device Discovery check box.
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Bluetooth Technology
Why can't other Bluetooth devices discover my computer?

Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth® feature enabled.

Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices
are within 32 feet (10 meters) of each other.

The discovery option on your computer may be disabled. To ensure the discovery option is available, follow these
steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
On the Bluetooth tab, click Options.
The Bluetooth Options window appears.
4.

In the Discovery box, click to select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box. Click
OK.
Your security settings may not permit a response to device discovery. To ensure your computer sends a response,
follow these steps:
1.
From the BlueSpace NE window, click Setting, and then click BlueSpace NE settings.
2.
Click to open the Security tab.
3.
If it is not already selected, click to select the Respond to Device Discovery check box.
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Why can't other Bluetooth devices connect to my computer?

Make sure the other device is authenticated. For more information, see Authenticating devices.

Your computer may not allow connections from other devices. To enable Bluetooth device connections, follow these
steps:

1.
On the BlueSpace NE window, click Setting, and then click BlueSpace NE settings.
2.
Click to open the Security tab.
3.
If it is not already selected, click to select the Allow connection from other devices check box.
The incoming connections option on your computer may be disabled. To ensure the incoming connections option is
available, follow these steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
On the Bluetooth tab, click Options.
The Bluetooth Options window appears.
4.
In the Allow Incoming Connections box, click to select the Allow incoming connections check box.
5.
Click OK.
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How will I know when another Bluetooth device is requesting authentication?
A notification prompt appears on the Windows® taskbar. To verify the notification feature is enabled, follow these steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Wireless Link.
The Wireless Link window appears.
3.
On the Bluetooth tab, click Options.
The Bluetooth Options window appears.
4.
In the Authentication Agent box, click to select the Enable Authentication Agent check box. Click OK.
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Why is my Bluetooth connection slow?

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength,
however, communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also
stop communication altogether.

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to the device to which it is connected.

Identify and remove obstacles between your computer and the device to which it is connected.

Please note that due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard, large files may occasionally be corrupted during
continuous transfer due to electromagnetic interference from the environment.
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Can I use a device equipped with Bluetooth technology on airplanes?
With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and
airplanes, may have restrictions on the use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility staff to verify
that use of the Bluetooth feature on your computer is permitted.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
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.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
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.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc?

The disc your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps:
1.
Restart the computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
2.
Eject the disc from the optical drive.
3.
Examine the disc for dirt or damage. If the disc is dirty, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs? for
instructions on how to clean it.
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What do I do if the drive tray won't open?

Make sure the computer is on.

Press the Eject button on the optical drive.

If the Eject button does not work, click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click My Computer. Right click the optical
drive icon, and select Eject from the shortcut menu.

If none of the above options work, insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) in the manual eject hole near
the Eject button.
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What do I do if the optical drive isn't playing my CD or DVD properly?

Make sure the disc was inserted into the drive with the label facing up.

Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If the CD or DVD is dirty or damaged, the computer will stop responding. Follow these steps:

1.
Restart the computer by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, and selecting Restart from the Shut Down
menu of the Windows Task Manger dialog box.
2.
Remove the CD or DVD from the optical drive.
3.
Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?
for instructions.
If you are playing a CD or DVD and cannot hear sound, follow these steps:
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click to cancel the Volume Control
Mute All and Wave Mute check boxes.
2.
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
3.
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings on the speakers and the connections
between the speakers and the computer.
4.
Make sure the CD audio feature is enabled and the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and
System. The System Properties window appears.
2.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager in the Device Manager box. A window with a
listing of the computer's hardware devices appears.
If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or
reinstall the drivers.
3.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
5.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box, if it is not
selected.
6.
Click OK.
To reinstall the driver software, continue with the following steps:
7.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
8.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
9.
Select the Driver tab and click Update Driver. Follow the steps provided by the Hardware
Update Wizard.

Make sure an adhesive label was not attached to the CD or DVD. Adhesive labels can come off while the disc is in
the optical drive and damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.

If a region code warning appears, the disc may be incompatible with the optical drive. Check the DVD package to
make sure the region code is compatible with the optical drive.

If you notice condensation on the computer, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Condensation can
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Why did the computer screen (LCD) go blank?

Your computer screen may go blank if the computer has lost power or has entered a power saving mode (Standby
or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Standby mode, press any key to activate the computer screen. See
Using power saving modes for more information.

Make sure the computer is plugged into a power source and is on. The power indicator on the computer will be on if
the computer is on.

If your computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged. See Using the
Battery for more information.

If the display mode is set to external display, use the Fn+F7 key combination. See Selecting a display for more
information.
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Why can't I view the entire DVD video display on the external display?
The display resolution may not be properly set. To adjust the display resolution, see Selecting a display for more
information. It is recommended that you adjust the display resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller, depending on the size of
the external display screen.
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How do I adjust the image on the external display?
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the help guide that accompanied your display for more
information.
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How do I change the video resolution on the external display?
The video may not appear on the entire screen if your computer resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the video
resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller.
To change the video resolution, follow these instructions:
1.
Right-click the desktop, and select Properties from the shortcut menu. The Display Properties dialog box
appears.
2.
Select the Settings tab.
3.
Move the screen resolution slider to the left to reduce the size and to the right to increase the size of the video
resolution.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer. See Connecting a microphone for more information. If the microphone is
battery-powered, make sure the batteries are correctly installed.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer. See Connecting a microphone for more information. If the microphone is
battery-powered, make sure the batteries are correctly installed.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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What do I do if the pointer doesn't move when I use the mouse?

Make sure another mouse is not installed.

If you are playing a disc, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously to stop playback and restart the computer.

If you still cannot use the pointer, restart the computer. You can restart the computer three different ways:

Press the Windows key

Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task Manager window appears, press
, and press U. When the Turn Off Computer window appears, press R.
the Alt key to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
and then press R.

to select Shut Down. Press Enter,
Press and hold the power button. When the computer turns off, press the power button again to restart the
computer.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Make sure the speaker volume is not muted and is loud enough to hear sound. Use the Fn+F2 keys to toggle the
mute option on and off, and use the Fn+F4 keys to increase the volume.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Make sure the speaker volume is not muted and is loud enough to hear sound. Use the Fn+F2 keys to toggle the
mute option on and off, and use the Fn+F4 keys to increase the volume.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Why can't I hear sound from my speakers?

If the computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is properly inserted and is charged.

Make sure the speaker volume is not muted and is loud enough to hear sound. Use the Fn+F2 keys to toggle the
mute option on and off, and use the Fn+F4 keys to increase the volume.

Make sure the sound feature on your computer is enabled. See Enabling the sound for more information.

If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See that
program's help guide for more information.
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Why don't the Fn+F2, Fn+F3, or Fn+F4 key combinations work?
The Fn+F2 keys toggle the headphones and built-in speakers on and off. The Fn+F3 keys decrease the built-in speaker
volume and the Fn+F4 keys increase the built-in speaker volume. The computer may not recognize the Fn+F2, Fn+F3, and
Fn+F4 keys if the correct speakers are not selected. Follow these steps:
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Volume tab, click Advanced in the Speaker settings box. The Advanced Audio Properties window
appears.
3.
On the Speakers tab, select the correct speaker setup from the Speaker setup drop-down menu.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
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Touch pad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?


Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down.

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
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Touch pad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?


Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down.

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
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How do I change the left and right button assignments?
If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow
these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware and
Mouse. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears with the Buttons tab selected.
2.
Select your preferences in the Button Selection box, and then click Apply to install your settings.
You may need to use the Tab key and the Up Arrow
3.
and Down Arrow
keys to make your selections.
Click OK to close the window.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Why is the drive unable to write data to a floppy disk?
Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive. See Inserting and removing floppy disks for instructions on how
to insert the disk properly.
If the disk is inserted properly and you are still unable to write data to it, the disk may be full or write-protected. You can
either use a floppy disk that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature by moving the write-protect tab on
the bottom of the disk to the close position.
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices?
For some PC Cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the Standby or Hibernate modes while the card
is inserted into the PC Card slot, the computer may not recognize the PC Card or the connected device. Restart your
computer.
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Why can't I insert my PC Card?

Make sure you are inserting the card correctly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

You may not be able to use some PC Cards or some functions of the PC Card with this computer. Check the guide
that accompanied your PC Card for more information on its use.
Why does an exclamation mark (!) appear on the Device Manager tab in the System Properties dialog box?

The exclamation mark indicates there is a problem with the specified device. Make sure all cable and power
connections are secure.

You may not be using the most recent driver software provided by the PC Card manufacturer. Make sure the
necessary drivers are installed. You may need to remove the driver software, and reinstall it.
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Why can't I save music files onto my Memory Stick media?

Copyright protected music cannot be checked out to any Memory Stick media other than MagicGate
media.

Using recorded music requires permission of the copyright holders.

Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources.
Memory Stick
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Can I copy images from a digital video camera using Memory Stick media?
Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible video camera recorders.
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How do I prevent damage to the Memory Stick media?

Do not use the media in locations that are subject to static electricity or electrical noise.

Do not touch the media connector with your finger or metallic objects.

Do not attach labels other than the supplied label to a media.

Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the media.

Do not disassemble or modify the media.

Do not allow the media to get wet.
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How do I extend the life of the Memory Stick media?

Use the supplied storage case. See the instructions that came with your media for more information on its use.

Do not use or store the media in a location that is subject to:

Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun

Direct sunlight

High humidity or places with corrosive substances
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Support Options
The section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO® computer and the preinstalled
software.
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Sony Support Information
Refer to the following sources for answers in the sequence listed below.
1
VAIO® Computer Documentation
This on-screen VAIO® Computer User Guide and the printed VAIO Computer Quick Start provide detailed information on how
to maximize your computer's capabilities and solve common problems.
2
Program Guides and Help Files
The preinstalled programs on your computer may come with individual help guides. These guides are stored on the hard
disk as on-screen Help files. You can find the Help files from the Help menu under the specific program.
3
Operating System Online Support
Your computer comes preinstalled with a Microsoft® Windows ® operating system. For operating system support, you can visit
Microsoft® customer support at: http://support.microsoft.com/directory/.
4
Sony Computing Support
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem
and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit Sony Computing Support at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
5
VAIO Update
When your computer is connected to the Internet, VAIO Update automatically notifies you when critical software and
security information is posted on the support Web site. Click the VAIO Update notice to open the VAIO Support Web site
and view the information. You can also right-click the VAIO Update icon
to VAIO Web Support to open the support Web site.
in the Taskbar Notification area and select Go
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Program Support Information
Depending on the configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of the software programs listed below.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Photoshop® Album, Premiere®, Reader®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Web site
Telephone
http://www.adobe.com
800-685-3652
America Online® (Broadband or Dial-Up)
AOL, Inc.
Web site
http://www.aol.com
AOL® Instant Messenger
AOL, Inc.
Web site
http://www.aim.com
Click to DVD
Sony Electronics Inc.
At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video (DV) device.
Create DVDs by capturing video content straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can
also edit the video. Create DVD photo albums and slide shows with picture files or by importing pictures from a digital still
camera. What's more, you can easily give a professional look to your DVDs by adding chapter menus, backgrounds, and
menu screens. You are only a few clicks away from your own DVDs!
Web site
Telephone
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
CLIÉ Converter
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter software is a plug-in program that converts Giga Pocket® Video Capsules into Movie Player format for
playback on your Sony® CLIÉ® handheld. After converting your Video Capsules, you can use CLIÉ Converter software to
transfer them to Memory Stick® media or to save them to your hard disk drive for transfer to your CLIÉ handheld during your
next HotSync® operation.
Web site
Telephone
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Japan Ltd.
Web site
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
DVgate Plus
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK® port and capture video clips and still images. Edit clips
from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. Save your movies back to your digital video
camera or in a variety of popular file formats.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
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Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder
Sony Electronics Inc.
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of hardware and software components that provide you with excellent
TV viewing, recording, and playback experiences. You can watch and record your favorite TV programs from your computer,
create custom playlists, and play your Video Capsules on other compatible computers. Giga Pocket® Personal Video
Recorder enables your computer, TV, VCR, and other video player devices to work in harmony.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Google Toolbar
Google, Inc.
Web site
http://toolbar.google.com/help.html
ImageStation®
Sony Electronics, Inc.
With ImageStation® online service, you can store, organize, and share your photos and video clips online. ImageStation
online service membership is free (except for transactions) and includes unlimited storage of digital photos, storage for 15
minutes of video clips, tools to personalize the design and arrangement of your pictures in albums, and access to stories
and tips about image handling in ImageStation Magazine.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Microsoft® Office Basic Edition, Office Professional Edition, Office Small Business Edition, Office Small Business Edition
Trial Version, Office Student and Teacher Edition Trial Version
Microsoft Corp.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer, Movie Maker, Media® Player, Works
Microsoft Corp.
Web site
http://www.support.microsoft.com
MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
Web site
http://www.moodlogic.com/support
E-mail help@moodlogic.com
Netscape® Internet Service
AOL Inc.
Web site
http://isp.netscape.com/help/
Telephone
866-541-8233
Network Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
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Network Smart Capture captures images and video from any Sony® Digital Camcorder that supports a standard i.LINK®
connection. Send your video or still images through e-mail or upload them to the ImageStation® service. You can use the
Web camera function to automatically upload your captured images.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Norton Internet Security
Symantec Corporation
Web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
PictureGear Studio
Sony Electronics Inc.
PictureGear Studio still image management software displays still images from your hard drive or a Sony digital still camera.
The still images appear in a convenient light-table format so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder, create
your own photo albums, and make prints.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Quicken® New User Edition
Intuit Inc.
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
Telephone
800-644-3193
SonicStage®
Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage jukebox software program gives you all the tools you need to manage music on your computer. SonicStage
software sports high-quality digital audio storage, a sleek player skin design, and audio CD burning capability.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
SonicStage Mastering Studio
Sony Electronics Inc.
Use SonicStage Mastering Studio software to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer and
output them to CD-R or CD-RW discs or audio files in WAV format.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Sony® VAIO® Product Registration
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Product Registration is an integrated registration program for both Sony Electronics and Microsoft Corporation. By
registering with Sony, you enable Sony to notify you of software and hardware issues that may affect your user experience.
Microsoft directs the data to Sony Electronics. Sony uses the registration data for warranty and product support purposes
and the analysis of customer feedback on Sony computer features.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
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Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
TurboTax® for the Web
Intuit, Inc.
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
VAIO Edit Components
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® software that provides maximum compatibility and video
quality for capturing video from your Sony digital camcorder.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
VAIO Media
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Media software brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and still image files between
your VAIO® computers. You can set up one or more computers as "media servers," which store your multimedia files and
make them available to other compatible VAIO computers on your wired or wireless network.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
VAIO Update
Sony Electronics Inc.
The VAIO Update utility helps you keep your VAIO® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony Online Support Web
site for important software updates and information for your specific VAIO computer model.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
WinDVD® for VAIO®
InterVideo, Inc.
Web site
http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp
Telephone
510-651-0888
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