PCV-E302DS/308DS SERVICE MANUAL US Model

PCV-E302DS/308DS SERVICE MANUAL US Model

PCV-E302DS/308DS (US)

PCV-E302DS/308DS

SERVICE MANUAL

US Model

9-974-498-11

Sony Corporation

Information Technologies of America

English

98J205-1

Printed in USA

© 1998.10

Published by Engineering & Manufacturing Division

Specifications

Model Number

Processor

Hard Disk Drive

DVD-ROM Drive

DVD-ROM Laser

Memory Modules

PCV-E302DS PCV-E308DS

350 MHz Pentium II 450 MHz Pentium II

10.2 GB 13.6 GB

Reads DVD data 2X-5X variable transfer rate. Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate*

Semiconductor Laser GaA1As, 650nm (

±

15 nm) wave length;

0.6mw (typ.) output power

PCV-E302-64 MB SDRAM expandable to 256 MB, 8MB Video RAM

PCV-E308-128MB SDRAM expandable to 256 MB,8MB Video RAM

512 KB Pipeline Burst SRAM L2 Cache

MPEG

Graphics

“Sony Tuned” MPEG Digital Video supports full-screen and DVD playback

3D AGP graphics acceleration (64-bit Matrox G200)

Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio Sound (Aureal)

Diskette Drive 3.5” 1.44 MB MFDD

Modem

Expansion

Capabilities

56 Kbps modem/14.4 Kbps FAX modem with V.90 Technology

One PCI slot

* Data on a CD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from

10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is 17X

(2550 kbytes/s).

Connection

Capabilities

Keyboard (USB style)

Mouse (PS/2 style)

Two USB ports

Three IEEE 1394 Ports (1 - 4 Pin, 2 - 6 Pin)

Serial port

Parallel (printer) Port

MIDI/game Port

Headphone Out

Line In

Microphone In

Monitor Connector

Video Out

S Video Out

Modem line (RJ-11)

Phone line (RJ-11)

S Link (Control-A1) Port

Supplied Sony 104-key keyboard,Sony two-button mouse

Accessories RJ-11 Phone Cable, Power Cord

PERSONAL COMPUTER VAIO

9-974-498-11

Information in this document is subject to change without notice.

Sony and VAIO are trademarks of Sony. Intel logo and Intel Inside logo are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. i486 and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation. Microsoft, MS-

DOS, Windows and the Windows 95 logo are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Other trademarks and trade names may be used in this document to refer to the entities claiming the marks and names or their products. Sony

Corporation disclaims any proprietary interest in trademarks and trade names other than its own.

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Service and Inspection Precautions

1. Obey precautionary markings and instructions

Labels and stamps on the cabinet, chassis, and components identify areas requiring special precautions. Be sure to observe these precautions, as well as all precautions listed in the operating manual and other associated documents.

2. Use designated parts only

The sets components possess important safety characteristics, such as noncombustibility and the ability to tolerate large voltages. Be sure that replacement parts posses the same safety characteristics as the originals. Also remember

▲ diagrams and parts lists, denotes components that have particularly important safety functions; be extra sure to use only the designated components.

3. Always follow the original design when mounting parts and routing wires.

The original layout includes various safety features, such as inclusion of insulating materials (tubes and tape) and the mounting of parts above the printer board. In addition, internal

-2wiring has been routed and clamped so as to keep it away from hot or high-voltage parts. When mounting parts or routing wires, therefore, be sure to duplicate the original layout

4. Inspect after completing service

After servicing, inspect to make sure that all screws, components, and wiring have been returned to their original condition. Also check the area around the repair location to ensure that repair work has caused no damage and confirm safety.

5. When replacing chip components…

Never reuse components. Also remember that the negative side of tantalum capacitors is easily damaged by heat.

6. When handling flexible point boards…

•The temperature of the soldering-iron temp

shoud be about 270

°

C.

• Do not apply the tip more than three times to

the same pattern.

• Handle patterns with care; never apply force.

Caution: Remember that hard disk drives are easily damaged by vibration. Always handle with care.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section Title Page

Chapter 1. Operation

1-1

1-2

VAIO MicroTower Read Me First .................................... 1-1

(to 1-12)

VAIO MicroTower User Guide ...................................... 1-13

(to 1-62)

Chapter 2.

PCV-E302/E308 Motherboard Description .................. 2-1

(to 2-4)

Chapter 3.

Frame Harness Connector List ................................... 3-1

(to 3-6)

Chapter 4.

Frame Harness Assembly ........................................... 4-1

(to 4-8)

Chapter 5.

Frame Harness Diagram .............................................. 5-1

(to 5-2)

Chapter 6.

Exploded View and Parts List ..................................... 6-1

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VAIO MicroTower

User Guide

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®

Notice to Users

©

1998 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any machine-readable form without prior written approval.

SONY ELECTRONICS INC. PROVIDES

NO WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO

THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR

OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED

HEREIN AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY

DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED

WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY

OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR

PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO THIS

MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR SUCH

OTHER INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT

SHALL SONY ELECTRONICS INC. BE

LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL,

CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL

DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON

TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE,

ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION

WITH THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE,

OR OTHER INFORMATION

CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE

THEREOF.

Sony Electronics Inc. reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein may also be governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.

Sony, VAIO, VAIO Smart, i.LINK, S-Link, and the VAIO logo are trademarks of Sony.

Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft

Corporation. Intel and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation. K56flex is a trademark of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Rockwell International. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Safety Information

Owner’s Record

The model number and serial number are located on the back of your Sony computer.

Record the model and serial numbers in the space provided here. Refer to the model and serial number when you call your

Sony Service Center.

Model Number:________________________

Serial Number:________________________

WARNING

WARNING

To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose your Sony computer to rain or moisture.

Never install modem or telephone wiring during a lightning storm.

Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations

Never touch uninsulated telephone wire or terminals unless the telephone line has been disconnected at the network interface.

Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.

Avoid using the modem during an electrical storm.

Do not use the modem or a telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.

!

The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard.

Sony VAIO User’s Guide

Regulatory Information

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the

FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Only peripherals (computer input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that comply with FCC Class B limits may be attached to this computer product.

Operation with non-compliant peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and television reception.

All cables used to connect peripherals must be shielded and grounded. Operation with cables, connected to peripherals, that are not shielded and grounded, may result in interference to radio and television reception.

FCC Part 68

This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. The ringer equivalence number (REN) and the FCC registration number are printed on the modem board. If requested, this information must be supplied to the telephone company.

The REN is used to determine the quantity of devices which may be connected to the phone line. Excessive REN's on the telephone line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most, but not all areas, the sum of the

REN's should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to the line, as determined by the total REN's, contact the telephone company to determine the maximum REN for the calling area.

This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone jack.

If this equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will, when practical, notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. If advance notice isn't practical, the telephone company will notify you as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe it is necessary.

The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations or procedures that could affect the operations of the equipment. If this happens, the telephone company will notify you in advance, in order for you to make the necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service.

If trouble is experienced with this modem, for repair or warranty information, please contact 1-888-4SONY-PC, or write to the

Sony Customer Information Center, One

Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.

This equipment cannot be used on telephone-company-provided coin service.

Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs.

Repair of the modem should be made only by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized agent. For the Sony Service

Center nearest you, call

1-888-4SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).

Telephone Consumer

Protection Act of 1991

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of

1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a computer or other electronic device to send any message via a telephone facsimile machine unless such message clearly contains, in a margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is sent and an identification of the business, other entity, or individual sending the message, and the telephone number of the sending machine or such business, other entity, or individual.

In order to program this information into your facsimile, see your fax software documentation.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Contents

Welcome...............................................................................1

About the User Guide ..................................................................... 1

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower ....................................3

Choosing a Location for Your Computer..................................... 3

Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display................ 5

Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone.................. 6

Connecting the Optional Palmrest ................................................ 7

Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse .......................................... 8

Connecting the Phone Line and Phone ........................................ 9

Connecting the Power Cords ....................................................... 10

Connecting Peripherals................................................................. 11

Connecting a Television (Audio/Video Out)

Connecting a Printer

................................. 12

............................................................................. 15

Connecting a Joystick or MIDI Instrument

...................................... 16

Connecting an i.LINK™ (IEEE-1394) Equipped Device

Connecting an S/PDIF Equipped Digital Audio Device

............... 17

.............. 18

Connecting an S-Link™ (Control A1) Equipped Device

Connecting a Universal Serial Bus Device

.............. 19

....................................... 20

Connecting a Digital Still Camera or Other Serial Peripheral

..... 21

Starting Your Computer ............................................................... 22

Registering Windows® 98 ............................................................ 23

Registering Your Computer ......................................................... 24

Using the Standby Function......................................................... 25

Standby Mode Indicators

.................................................................... 25

Shutting Down Your Computer .................................................. 26 v

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Getting Started With

VAIO Space......................................................................... 27

Starting VAIO Space ......................................................................27

VAIO Space Centers.......................................................................28

Navigating through VAIO Space.................................................29

VAIO Space Controls

............................................................................30

Using the Software Center ............................................................31

Using the Audio-Video Center.....................................................32

Using the Online Center................................................................33

Using the Tool Center....................................................................34

Using Tool Center Tools

......................................................................34

Using the Help Center ...................................................................35

Exiting VAIO Space .......................................................................35

Getting Help ...................................................................... 37

Calling SOS......................................................................................39

Troubleshooting .............................................................................41

Using the System Recovery CD(s) ...............................................47

Using the Application Recovery CD(s) .......................................49

Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower ..... 51

Inserting an Add-in Board ............................................................52

Adding Memory.............................................................................54

Replacing the Lithium Battery......................................................56

Installing an Internal Hard Disk Drive .......................................58

Removing the Left-Side Panel ......................................................63

Removing the Bottom Panel .........................................................64

Removing the Front Panel.............................................................65

Detaching the Diskette Drive........................................................66

Replacing the Diskette Drive ........................................................67

Replacing the Bottom Panel..........................................................68

Replacing the Front Panel .............................................................69

Replacing the Left-Side Panel.......................................................70

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Computer Basics.................................................................71

Using the Keyboard....................................................................... 71

Changing the Function of the Programmable Buttons

................. 73

Using the Mouse ............................................................................ 74

Setting Up the Mouse for Left-Hand Use

........................................ 75

Using the DVD-ROM Drive ......................................................... 76

Using the Diskette Drive............................................................... 77

Other Information .............................................................79

Notes on Use................................................................................... 79

On the Power Source

On Handling

............................................................................ 79

On Disposal of the Lithium Battery

.................................................. 80

........................................................................................... 81

On Installation

....................................................................................... 81

On Moisture Condensation

On Upgrading the System

................................................................. 82

................................................................... 82

On Using the Hard Disk Drive

On Handling Diskettes

........................................................... 83

......................................................................... 83

On Handling CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs

On Cleaning CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs

............................... 83

................................ 83

Limited Warranty Statement.............................................85

Index ...................................................................................87

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Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO

®

MicroTower

Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

About the User Guide

The User Guide offers a quick introduction and reference to your

Sony computer.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

shows you how to connect the standard components of your system—generally in under 15 minutes. This section also explains how to connect additional components, such as a printer, MIDI instrument, joystick, digital camera, and more.

Getting Started With VAIO Space

describes how to use VAIO Space and the audio and video applications on your VAIO MicroTower.

Getting Help

explains the support options available to you, shows you how to use the Sony Online Support service, and offers basic troubleshooting tips.

Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower

illustrates how to install an add-in card, add memory, install an internal hard disk drive, and replace the lithium battery.

Computer Basics

shows new computer users how to use a mouse, keyboard, DVD-ROM, and diskette drive.

Other Information

provides facts and advice about using your computer.

Limited Warranty Statement

provides your product warranty statement and explains how to extend your warranty for an additional nine months.

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Setting Up Your

VAIO MicroTower

Your VAIO MicroTower comes with the software titles preinstalled on your hard disk drive. Just follow these simple steps to connect the cables and turn on the computer, and your VAIO MicroTower is ready to use.

Choosing a Location for Your Computer

Before you get started, find the best location for your new computer. Here are some things to consider when planning your workspace:

Stable work surface

—Use a stable work surface large enough to support the computer, the display, and other equipment.

Ventilation—

Leave at least eight inches of space on the left and back sides of your computer to enable proper ventilation.

Placement of the keyboard, mouse, and other input devices—

Place your keyboard, mouse, and other input devices so that your arms and hands are in a relaxed, comfortable position. The keyboard should be directly in front of you. Adjust the level of the keyboard so that your lower arms are parallel to the floor. Keep your wrists in a relaxed position when you’re using the keyboard—not angled up or down.

Use the palmrest only briefly, for resting. While typing, never use the palmrest or rest your hands on the table. Position the mouse at the same level as the keyboard. Hold the mouse with a relaxed hand, and use your whole arm to move it. Take breaks during sessions with your computer. Excessive use of the mouse or a joystick may strain muscles or tendons.

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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—avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.

Viewing angle of the display—

Position the display 18 to 26 inches directly in front of you, with the top of the screen at or a little below eye level. Use the display’s tilting feature to find the best position.

You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by placing the display in the proper position.

Lighting—

Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can also purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

5

Connecting the Sony

Multimedia Computer Display

The Sony Multimedia Computer Display (sold separately) is an integrated audio/video unit with built-in speakers and a microphone.

Follow these steps to connect it to your computer.

If you’re connecting the computer to a TV or other video component, see “Connecting a

Television (Audio/Video Out)” on page 12.

1

Use the blue symbol to locate the

MONITOR

(display) connector.

Plug the blue display cable into this connector, and then tighten the two screws to secure the cable.

2

Use the green symbol to locate the

HEADPHONES

connector. Plug the green speaker cable into this connector.

3

Use the red symbol to locate the

MIC

(microphone) connector. Plug the red microphone cable into this connector.

See the manual that came with your Sony Multimedia Computer Display for more information on setting up and using the display.

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Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone

If you did not purchase the Sony Multimedia Computer Display, you need speakers and a microphone to use the computer’s audio features.

If you’re connecting the computer to a TV or other video component, see “Connecting a

Television (Audio/Video Out)” on page 12.

Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. See the manuals that came with your display, speakers, and microphone for more information on setting them up and using them.

1

Use the blue symbol to locate the

MONITOR

(display) connector.

Plug the display cable into this connector, and then tighten the two screws to secure the cable.

2

Use the green symbol to locate the

HEADPHONES

connector. Plug the speaker cable into this connector.

3

Use the red to locate the

MIC

(microphone) connector. Plug the microphone cable into this connector.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

Connecting the Optional Palmrest

The keyboard that comes with your computer is equipped with an optional palmrest that you can attach to your keyboard. Follow these steps to connect the palmrest.

1

Place the keyboard and palmrest upside down on a flat surface.

2

Insert the latching posts on the palmrest into the openings on the keyboard.

3

Move the palmrest to the right until you feel it snap into place.

7

Do not keep your wrists on the palmrest while typing; use the palmrest briefly only when resting.

To remove the palmrest

1

Turn the keyboard and palmrest upside down.

2

Push down on the palmrest, and then move it to the left.

3

Lift the palmrest away from the keyboard.

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Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse

Follow these steps to connect the keyboard and mouse.

1

Use the dark grey symbol to locate the

USB connector. Plug the purple keyboard cable into this connector.

2

Use the blue-green symbol to locate the

MOUSE

connector and insert the blue-green mouse cable into this connector.

See “Computer Basics” on page 71 for more information on setting up and using the keyboard and mouse.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

9

Connecting the Phone Line and Phone

You need to connect a phone line to take advantage of online services, the

Internet, and faxing. To use Sony Online Support (SOS), you must also connect a phone.

In order to register your Sony VAIO MicroTower, register your software online, and use Sony

Online Support, you must connect your computer to a phone line. Also, you must register your computer to receive the extended warranty.

There are two phone jacks on the back panel. Follow these steps to connect your phone line and phone.

The location of the Line and Telephone jacks on your computer may vary from those shown in the illustration .

1

Unplug your phone from the wall jack and plug it into the

TELEPHONE jack on the computer.

2

Plug one end of the phone cable that came with your system into the

LINE

jack and the other end into the wall jack.

Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).

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Connecting the Power Cords

Follow these steps to connect the power cords.

1

Plug the power cord into the connector on the computer.

2

If necessary, plug the display power cord into the display.

3

Plug both the display and power cords into a grounded AC wall outlet, power strip, or Uninterruptible Power Supply.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

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Connecting Peripherals

You can add functionality to your computer by connecting any of the following peripherals.

Connecting Enables You To For Details

Television Send audio and video from the computer to the TV. Allows you to play games and watch movies on a large screen. Also useful for business presentations.

See page 12

Printer Print documents from the computer. See page 15

Joystick Connect a joystick, which enhances game playing.

See page 16

MIDI device Connect MIDI instruments. See page 16

i.LINK

(IEEE-1394) equipped device*

Connect a digital video camera without shutting down your computer.

Enhance still pictures or edit your videos with easy-to-use, preloaded software applications.

See page 17

S/PDIF equipped device*

See page 18

S-Link

(Control A1) equipped device*

Record digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or minidisc player/recorder.

Connect a minidisc player or CD changer and create libraries of your favorite music on your computer.

See page 19

Universal Serial

Bus (USB) device

Connect USB devices. See page 20

Serial device Connect serial devices, such as a digital camera.

See page 21

* Some models of the VAIO MicroTower may not include this feature.

Turn off the computer before connecting peripherals. In normal use, you should turn on the peripherals before turning on the computer. You can connect USB devices while the computer is on.

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Connecting a Television (Audio/Video Out)

Connecting a television to your computer enables you to send audio and video from the computer to the television. (You will be able to watch video and hear audio on both the computer and the television.)

You can also connect the computer to a camcorder, VCR, or other video component that has a

VIDEO IN or S VIDEO IN connector.

If your system includes the Sony Multimedia Computer Display:

1

Use the yellow symbol to locate the composite

VIDEO OUT

connector on the computer. Plug either end of the yellow video cable into this connector. Then plug the other end of the cable into the TV’s

VIDEO IN connector.

If your TV has an S VIDEO IN connector, use the S VIDEO cable to connect the computer’s S VIDEO OUT jack to the TV’s S VIDEO IN jack. S VIDEO provides a better picture than a conventional video connection.

2

Use the green symbol to locate the

HEADPHONES

connector on the computer. Plug the black end of the audio splitter cable

A

into this connector. Then plug the red and white ends of the audio splitter cable

B

into the TV’s

AUDIO IN

connectors. (This enables you to hear audio on the multimedia monitor as well as on your TV.)

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3

Plug the green audio plug from the display cable into the connector on the audio splitter cable C . Then use the red symbol to locate the

MIC

connector on the computer. Plug the red microphone cable from the display cable into this connector.

Cable from Display

Back of TV

C

A

B

Audio splitter not included

If your system does not include the Sony Multimedia Computer Display:

1

Use the yellow symbol to locate the composite

VIDEO OUT

connector on the computer. Plug either end of the yellow video cable into this connector. Then plug the other end of the cable into the TV’s

VIDEO IN connector.

If your TV has an S VIDEO in connector, use the S VIDEO cable to connect the computer’s

S VIDEO OUT jack to the TV’s S VIDEO IN jack. S VIDEO provides a better picture than a conventional video connection.

2

Use the green symbol to locate the

PHONES

connector on the computer. Plug the black end of the audio splitter cable

A

into this connector. Then plug the red and white ends of the audio splitter cable

B

into the TV’s

AUDIO IN

connectors.

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3

Plug the speaker cable into the connector on the audio splitter cable

C .

Cable from Display

C B

A

Audio splitter not included

Back of TV

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

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Connecting a Printer

You can connect a printer to your computer to print documents from your computer.

1

Use the dark grey symbol to locate the

PRINTER

connector. Plug the printer cable into this connector.

2

If necessary, plug one end of the printer power cord into the printer, and the other end into a grounded AC wall outlet, power strip, or Uninterrupted Power Supply.

See the manual that came with your printer for more information on setting it up and using it.

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Connecting a Joystick or MIDI Instrument

You can connect a joystick or MIDI instrument to your computer. You can also purchase an adapter to connect additional devices.

Use the dark grey symbol to locate the

GAME

connector. Plug the joystick or MIDI cable into this connector.

Your MIDI instrument may have a different type of cable which requires an adapter. See the manual that came with your joystick or MIDI instrument for more information on setting it up and using it.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

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Connecting an i.LINK™ (IEEE-1394) Equipped Device

Some models of the VAIO MicroTower include i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors. See Read Me First for information on your specific model. i.LINK connectors may be located on the front, back, or both the front and back of your system.

To connect an i.LINK (IEEE-1394) device

❑ Use the symbol to locate the i.

LINK connector. Plug the i.LINK device into this connector.

See the manual that came with your i.LINK (IEEE-1394) equipped device for more information on setting it up and using it.

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Connecting an S

/

PDIF Equipped Digital Audio Device

Some models of the VAIO MicroTower include an S

/

PDIF (Sony

/

Phillips

Digital Interface) Optical Digital Audio Output connector. See Read Me

First for information on your specific model.

To connect an S

/

PDIF device

❑ Locate the S

/

PDIF (Optical Digital Audio Output) connector. Plug the S

/

PDIF device into this connector.

See the manual that came with your digital audio device for more information on setting it up and using it.

Your VAIO computer incorporates Serial Copy Management System, which will not prevent you from making a direct digital-to-digital copy from a digital source, but from such copies will prevent a second digital-to-digital copy from being made.

Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower

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Connecting an S-Link™ (Control A1) Equipped Device

Some models of the VAIO MicroTower include an S-Link (Control A1) connector. Control A1 connections provide a path for the transmission of control signals, thus enabling automatic operation and control features that are usually associated with integrated audio systems. See Read Me

First for information on your specific model.

To connect an S-Link (Control A1) device

❑ Locate the S-Link (Control A1) connector. Plug the S-Link

(Control A1) device into this connector.

See the manual that came with your S-Link equipped device for more information on setting it up and using it.

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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus Device

You can connect Universal Serial Bus (USB) devices to your computer.

There is one USB connection on the front of your computer and another one on the back.

Use the dark grey symbol to locate the

USB connector. Plug the USB cable into this connector.

See the manuals that came with your USB devices for more information on setting up and using them.

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Connecting a Digital Still Camera or Other Serial Peripheral

You can connect other computer peripherals, such as Sony’s digital still camera, to the computer’s serial port.

Plug the serial cable from the digital camera into the serial port.

See the manual that came with your digital camera for more information on setting it up and using it.

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Starting Your Computer

After you connect all the cables and accessories to your computer, you are ready to turn on the computer.

1

Press the power switch on the display to turn on the power.

2

Press the power switch on the front panel of the computer to turn on the power.

See “Using the Standby Mode” on page 25 and “Shutting Down Your Computer” on page 26

for instructions on turning off your computer.

After shutting down your computer, wait 10 seconds before turning the computer on again.

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Registering Windows

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The first time you turn on your computer, you need to complete a few steps to register and configure the Windows software that is already installed on your computer. You do not need to repeat these steps each time you turn on your computer.

You must register Windows before you can use your computer.

The on-screen instructions guide you through the registration and configuration process. The following is an overview of the process.

1

Gathering information:

❑ Enter your name.

❑ Read and accept the License Agreement.

❑ Enter your Certificate of Authenticity number located on the cover of the Windows Getting Started manual.

2

Windows setup:

❑ Click the Finish button on the Windows Setup Wizard screen.

3

Selecting your computer settings:

❑ If necessary, change the Time Zone, Date and Time on the Date/

Time Properties screen.

4

Learning about Windows:

❑ If you want, take the tour of Windows.

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Registering Your Computer

Take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer support and receive these benefits by registering your computer:

Sony Online Support

—Talk to a Support Representative to troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.

Limited warranty

—Protect your investment. See “Limited Warranty

Statement” on page 85 for details.

You must register your VAIO MicroTower to extend the warranty for an additional nine months beyond the initial 90-day warranty period.

On-site service

—Provides convenient resolution of problems.

Follow these steps to use the computer online registration service.

1

Click the Sony VAIO Registration icon on the VAIO desktop.

2

Enter the information requested on the first online registration form.

Press the TAB key to move from box to box.

3

Click the Next button to advance to the next form.

4

Complete the remaining forms by clicking the Next button each time you complete a form.

The computer automatically transfers your registration information using your built-in modem and a toll-free telephone number.

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Using the Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. Putting the computer in standby mode allows you to return quickly to normal computer use.

To put the computer in standby mode

1

Save your work and close any applications that are running. (You can leave Microsoft Windows running.)

2

Press the (Standby) button on the top of the keyboard.

The computer goes into standby mode.

See Read Me First for additional information on using the standby mode.

To change the length of time before the computer goes into standby mode

The computer automatically goes into standby mode when there is no activity on the computer for a specified amount of time. You can select this length of time from the Windows Control Panel.

To take the computer out of standby mode

❑ Press any key on the keyboard, move the mouse, or press the power switch on the front panel again.

Standby Mode Indicators

You can tell which mode the computer is in by the color of the power indicator light.

Color

Amber

Green

No color

Mode

Computer is in standby mode.

Computer is out of standby mode, ready to use.

Computer is turned off.

In standby mode you may periodically hear the computer’s fan turn on and off, depending on the room’s temperature. This is normal functioning in standby mode.

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Shutting Down Your Computer

When you’re ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of time, use the following procedure to shut down the computer.

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To avoid the potential loss of data, do not press the power switch before you shut down the computer.

To shut down your computer

If you plan to shut down your computer for a short period of time, you may want to use

standby mode instead. See “Using the Standby Mode” on page 25.

1

Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar to open the Start menu.

2

Click Shut Down to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box.

3

Select Shut down to shut down the computer.

4

Click OK to complete the shutdown process.

Respond to any prompts about saving documents.

5

Wait for your computer to turn off automatically — the power indicator light turns off.

6

Turn off the display and any other peripherals connected to your computer.

Getting Started With

VAIO Space

VAIO Space is Sony’s original utility that organizes the preinstalled applications on your VAIO MicroTower, making it easier for you to find and launch the applications on your computer, use the Sony audio and video players, connect to the Internet, and more.

Starting VAIO Space

To start VAIO Space

❑ Click the VAIO Space icon on the Windows desktop.

The VAIO Launcher appears, which includes icons for the five

VAIO Space centers:

Software Center

Audio-Video Center

Online Center

Tool Center

Help Center

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VAIO Space Centers

There are five centers within VAIO Space, as follows:

Center Name and Icon

Software

Center

Contains

Applications

Accessories

Description

Contains icons for preinstalled applications and accessories.

Audio-

Video

Center

Online

Center

Tool

Center

Help

Center

Video

Audio

Still Imaging

DV Editing

Adv. Audio

DVD

Easy Internet

VAIO Direct

Club VAIO

ImageStation

Internet

VAIO Links

VAIO Find

Desktop

Tools

Options

See“Using the Software Center” on page 31 for details.

Launches the video and audio applications included with your computer.

See “Using the Audio-Video

Center” on page 32 for details.

Allows you to connect to the

Internet, go to selected Sony web sites, and manage bookmarks.

See “Using the Online Center” on page 33 for details.

Provides tools that help you find specific application files, change your desktop configuration, analyze and fix system-related problems, and customize VAIO Space.

See “Using the Tool Center” on page 34 for details.

Help Center Contains links to various sources of help for your VAIO

MicroTower computer.

See “Using the Help Center” on page 35 for details.

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Navigating through VAIO Space

To go to a center within VAIO Space

1

Move the mouse pointer over an icon on the VAIO Launcher.

Categories for each center appear.

Moving the mouse over the icon displays the categories of programs for that icon

2

Click the category text (such as

Applications

) to open the VAIO screen.

Your application screen may appear different from the one shown here.

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VAIO Space Controls

Button Function

Goes to the previous screen or page in a sequence.

Unavailable until you go to another screen.

Goes to the next screen or page in a sequence. Unavailable on the last screen in a sequence.

Stops loading the current page (used for web pages).

Refreshes the current page (used for web pages).

Adds the currently displayed page to the list of bookmarks

under the Online Center’s VAIO Links (see “Using the

Online Center” on page 33). VAIO Links are also accessible

through the Internet Explorer Favorites list.

Displays the current website address (URL) or file name path. You can also type an address or path in this box.

Minimizes, maximizes/restores, and closes VAIO Space.

Scrolls up to show the contents of the VAIO Launcher.

Scrolls down to show the contents of the VAIO Launcher.

Closes the VAIO Launcher. Click again to open the VAIO

Launcher.

Animates when a web page is loading.

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Using the Software Center

To launch the Software Center

1

Move the mouse pointer over the Software Center icon on the VAIO

Launcher.

2

Click the text of the category (

Applications

or

Accessories

) to open the

VAIO screen.

3

To start an application, click the icon.

Other Software Center Functions

Action

Display information about a program.

Display questions and answers about the highlighted program.

Procedure

Move the mouse pointer over the program icon.

Click

(grayed out when unavailable)

Click Create and save notes about the highlighted program.

Display a help or readme file about the highlighted program.

Click

Displays the application’s upgrade web page.

(grayed out when unavailable)

Click

Add an application icon to the Software

Center.

Remove an application icon from the

Software Center.

(grayed out when unavailable)

Drag and drop an application icon from anywhere within Windows onto the VAIO screen.

Drag and drop an application icon from the Software Center to the

Windows Recycle Bin.

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Using the Audio-Video Center

The Audio-Video Center includes the following programs:

Program Description

Video Plays MPEG (.mpg), MPEG2 (.vob, .mpg) and AVI (.avi) video files.

Audio Includes the following players:

Mixer, which controls the volume and balance for sound files, videos, audio tracks, etc.

Media player, which plays WAV (.wav), MIDI (.mid), and the audio portion of MPEG (.mpg) files.

DVD player, which plays DVD and CD audio tracks from your DVD-ROM drive.

Still Imaging DVgate Still and Picture Gear

DVgate Still allows you to capture frames from video and save them as still images.

Picture Gear allows you to organize, create a slide show, and make a screen saver from your still images.

DV Editing DVgate Motion

Create your own movie by bringing video into your

VAIO computer from your digital video camera; divide your captured video into precise video clips; and reassemble video clips into a full-motion action movie.

Advanced

Audio

Digital Media Park

Media Bar plays video files and audio files from multi-disc CD players.

Library allows you to create and organize multiplenamed playlists.

Showcase library components allow you to organize all kinds of digital media.

Minidisc Editor combines music and sounds from multiple sources into a minidisc.

DVD Plays DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs).

For details on using the application, see the application’s on-line help.

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Using the Online Center

To launch the Online Center

1

Move the mouse pointer over the Online Center icon on the VAIO

Launcher.

2

Click the text of the category as described below.

Category

Easy Internet

VAIO Direct

Club VAIO

ImageStation

Internet

VAIO Links

Description

Provides an intuitive interface to do almost everything on the Internet: browsing, e-mail, navigating to the best sites on the web, and interacting with multimedia content. Includes 50 free hours of Internet access from GTE

Internetworking. (No credit card needed.)

Save money by ordering products direct from

Sony Online.

Find out the latest developments in the world of

VAIO; interact with other VAIO users.

The easy way to share your photos with friends and family online.

Shortcuts to all your Internet applications.

A convenient tool for organizing all your bookmarks to local or Internet pages.

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Using the Tool Center

Using Tool Center Tools

1

Move the mouse pointer over the Tool Center icon on the VAIO

Launcher.

2

Click the text of the category as described below.

Category

VAIO Find

Desktop

Tools

Options

Description

One-button searches for picture files, movies, sound files, text documents, or Microsoft Works files.

Displays the Windows Display Properties box, which lets you change the wallpaper, screen saver, and display resolution.

Displays applications that provide tools to help you analyze and fix system-related problems.

(This screen also functions similarly to the

Software Center screen. For details, see “Other

Software Center Functions” on page 31.)

Lets you customize the way VAIO Space works.

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Using the Help Center

To launch the Help Center:

1

Move the mouse pointer over the Help Center icon on the VAIO

Launcher.

2

Click

Help Center

to open the VAIO screen.

3

Follow the on-screen instructions to find the appropriate source of help for the problem you are having.

Exiting VAIO Space

To exit VAIO Space

❑ Click the (Close) button.

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Getting Help

Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When you have questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources for answers, in the following sequence:

1

VAIO MicroTower

Read Me First

Contains a complete list of the items that ship with your computer, product specifications, software support information, and the most up-to-date information on using your computer.

2

VAIO MicroTower

User Guide

3

Online

User Guide

Explains how to set up and upgrade your computer.

This electronic document contains additional information on the preinstalled software titles. You can access this guide from the Help Center on the

Windows Start menu.

4

VAIO MicroTower

Reference Manual

Provides detailed technical information about the hardware in your VAIO MicroTower. This electronic document is available from Sony’s website at http://www. sony.com/pcsupport

5

Manuals and online help files that may accompany your preinstalled software

Most of the manuals for preinstalled software are located on your hard disk drive as online help files.

You can access the online help files from the Help menu in the specific application. A printed manual is available for some applications.

6

Knowledge Database

Provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Enter a description of your problem and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can access the

Sony Knowledge Database at: http://www. sony.com/pcsupport

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Sony Fax-on-

Demand

This service provides you with answers to commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service to request a list of available topics and then select the topics that you want to receive. To contact the Sony fax-on-demand service, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-

476-6972). (Requires a fax machine or your fax software. Fax software is included on your system as part of Microsoft Outlook.)

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Sony SOS software

This preinstalled program connects you to a Customer

Support Representative. SOS is available seven days a week for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Connect a phone line and phone before you call, so the representative can access your system if necessary.

“Calling SOS” on page 39 describes how to use the

SOS software.

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Calling SOS

You can call and speak with a Sony Customer Support

Representative without using your computer by calling 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). Software support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 90 days at no charge after the original date of purchase.

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Calling SOS

The SOS application enables you to exchange information with a Sony

Customer Support Representative (CSR). Here’s how it works:

Type your name, phone number, and the problem details in the SOS window.

Dial the SOS hotline with a single click of the mouse.

Specify the access level for the CSR.

❑ The CSR resolves the problem.

Before using SOS, make sure the computer is connected to a phone line and telephone as described in “Connecting the Phone Line and Phone” on page 9. If you do not have a phone line connected to your computer, you can place a voice call to SOS by dialing 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-

6972). SOS support is available at no charge for 90 days from the original date of purchase.

To place a call to SOS

1

Click the Start button on the Windows 98 taskbar.

2

Point to Programs, point to VoiceView, and then click VoiceView. The

SOS window appears.

3

In the SOS window, type your name, phone number, and a description of the problem. This information cannot be seen by the

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4

Click the Call SOS button. The confirmation screen appears.

5

Click the OK button. The Dialer screen appears.

6

Pick up the handset and click the Dial button as instructed. Your modem dials the toll-free number and connects you to the Sony support center.

7

You are asked whether you wish to test your system or talk to a support representative. You are then prompted to indicate the type of computer you are using.

8

Discuss the problem with the CSR and follow the CSR's instructions to resolve the problem. Only if the CSR needs to access your computer are you prompted to select a security option, as described in the next step.

9

Select an access level in the Remote Command Security dialog box by clicking one of these options:

Options

Full access

Descriptions

Allows the CSR to fully interact with your computer.

The CSR can access all the files on your hard disk drive and can copy files to and from your computer to solve your problem.

Limited access Lets the CSR view your system, but you must approve every action the CSR takes. If the CSR wants to copy a file, for example, the Remote Command Permission dialog box prompts you to approve this action.

No access Prevents the CSR from accessing your system. You must perform all the operations as described to you by the

CSR.

You can change the access level during your call to SOS.

If you experience difficulty hearing the CSR, adjust the speaker volume.

When a file is transferred between your computer and SOS, a status box displays the progress of the file transfer.

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To end a call, click the Hang Up button.

11

Click the Close box at the top right corner of the SOS window or select Exit from the File menu to close the SOS window.

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Troubleshooting

This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Online Support.

For more advanced troubleshooting information, see the VAIO

MicroTower Reference Manual. You can download this electronic document from Sony’s website at http://www. sony.com/pcsupport.

My computer won’t start

❑ Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the computer.

Make sure a diskette is not in the diskette drive.

Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as described in the “Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower” chapter.

If you plugged the computer into a power strip or UPS, make sure the power strip or UPS is turned on and working.

Check that the display is plugged into a power source and turned on.

Check that the brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly.

See the manual that came with your display for details.

Check that the computer is not in standby mode (see “Using the

Standby Mode” on page 25).

My computer “locks up”

Close the application that is currently locked up by pressing ALT+F4.

❑ Try restarting the computer. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, click Shut Down, click Restart, and then click OK.

If you cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you can restart the computer by pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE or press the power switch for more than six seconds.

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Pressing CTRL+ ALT+DELETE may result in losing changes made to files that are currently open.

My software program “locks up” or crashes

❑ Close the application that is currently locked up by pressing ALT+F4.

❑ Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. See the online User Guide for a complete list of phone numbers.

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My DVD-ROM drive tray won’t open

❑ Make sure the computer is turned on.

❑ Press the Eject button on the drive.

Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. Rightclick the CD-ROM icon. Select the Eject option from the pop-up menu.

If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a straightened heavy-weight paper clip into the emergency eject hole.

I cannot play a CD-ROM disc

❑ Make sure you place the disc in the tray with the label side facing up.

Make sure the software is installed according to the program’s instructions.

I cannot play a DVD-ROM disc

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM disc you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your VAIO MicroTower.

The region code is listed on the disc’s packaging. Region code indicators such as “1” or “ALL” are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the disc. If a number or “ALL” does not appear on the DVD, you cannot play the disc on this computer.

❑ If you hear audio but cannot see video, your computer’s video resolution may be set too high. For best results, change the Windows

Control Panel/Display/Settings to 800 x 600 using 16-bit color.

If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following:

Make sure the mute setting is off in your DVD player. Check the master volume setting in the audio Mixer. Check the volume settings in your computer speakers. Check the connections between your speakers and the computer. Check the Windows Control Panel/

System/Device Manager to see that the drivers are installed properly.

A dirty or damaged disc may cause the computer to “hang” while it tries to read the disc. If necessary, reboot the computer, remove the disc, and then check that it is not dirty or damaged. For cleaning instructions, see “On Cleaning CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs” on page 83.

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When I double-click an application icon, a message such as “You must insert the application CD into your CD-ROM drive” appears and the software does not start

Some titles require specific files that are located on the application’s

CD-ROM disc. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.

❑ Check to make sure you inserted the CD-ROM disc with the label side facing up.

My speakers have no sound

❑ Check that the speakers are plugged into the

HEADPHONES

connector.

See “Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display” on page 5 or “Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone” on page 6 for details.

If the speakers have a mute button, make sure it is off.

If the speakers are powered by batteries, check that the batteries are inserted properly and that they are charged.

If the speakers use an external power source, make sure that the power cord is plugged into a grounded wall outlet or power strip.

If the speakers have their own volume control, check the volume level.

If the program you are using has its own volume control, check that the volume is turned up.

Check the volume controls in the application, in the audio Mixer, and in Windows.

If you connected headphones to the computer, you will not hear sound from the speakers.

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My modem connection is slow

The computer’s modem uses K56flex™ technology/V.90. Many factors 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, check the following:

Have your phone company check that your phone line is free from any line noise.

If your problem is fax-related, check that there are no problems with the fax machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax modems.

If you are having a problem connecting with your Internet Service

Provider, check that the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.

If you have a second phone line available, try connecting the modem to this line.

My modem doesn’t work

❑ Check that the phone line is plugged into the

LINE

jack. See

“Connecting the Phone Line and Phone” on page 9 for details.

Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by plugging in an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone.

❑ Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct.

❑ Check that the software you are using is compatible with the Sony computer modem. (All preinstalled programs are compatible.) Call the software publisher or Sony Online Support.

My microphone doesn’t work

Check that the microphone is plugged into the

MIC

connector. See

“Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display” on page 5 or “Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone” on page 6 for details.

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My microphone is too sensitive to background noise

If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound, you should adjust the microphone gain by following these steps:

1

Right-click the speaker icon (Volume) in the lower right Windows task tray.

2

Click Open Volume Controls. The Volume Control screen appears.

3

In the Options menu, select Properties. The Properties screen appears.

4

Change the setting for "Adjust volume for" from Playback to

Recording, then click OK.

5

Click the Advanced button under Microphone Balance. The

Advanced Controls for Microphone screen appears.

6

Deselect the checkbox for 1 Mic Gain (+20dB), then click the Close button.

7

Close the Recording Control window.

My mouse doesn’t work

Check that the mouse is plugged into the

MOUSE

connector. See

“Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse” on page 8 for details.

❑ There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse, follow these steps:

Turn off your computer. See “Shutting Down Your Computer” on page 26 for details.

Remove the mouse ball cover on the back side of the mouse.

Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.

Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and inside the mouse ball socket.

Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover.

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My keyboard doesn’t work

Check that the keyboard is plugged into the

USB

connector. See

“Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse” on page 8 for details.

I can’t find the Windows taskbar

Check that the taskbar is not hidden or shrunken.

❑ Use the mouse to point to the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the screen.

See the VAIO MicroTower Read Me First for additional information on using your Sony computer.

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Using the System Recovery CD(s)

You can reinstall software titles that shipped with your computer if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. You may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive. If you experience a problem with your computer, reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may correct the problem.

Use the Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications

or device drivers. See “Using the Application Recovery CD(s)” on page 49.

The System Recovery CD(s) contains a backup copy of the all the software originally installed on your hard disk drive. It can be used only

to recover the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

The System Recovery utility gives you three options:

Full Restore without Format

restores all the software titles that originally came with your computer without formatting the hard disk.

Full Restore with Format

formats the hard disk drive and then restores all the original software.

Operating System Only

formats the hard disk drive and restores the

Windows operating system and the device drivers that shipped with your computer. This option is recommended for advanced users only.

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If you choose the Full Restore with Format or Operating System Only option, your hard disk will be formatted, which removes all the information on the hard disk drive. You will lose any software you have installed and any other files you have created since you started to use your computer. This means you will have to reinstall any applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it. If you choose to the Full Restore without Format option, you may need to reinstall applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it. If you have any questions on using the System Recovery CD(s), contact Sony Online Support (SOS).

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To use the System Recovery CD(s)

You need to complete the Windows registration process when you use the System Recovery

CD(s). Make sure you have the product ID number located on the cover of your Microsoft

Windows manual. You will need this number to complete the recovery process.

1

Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive.

The System Recovery utility boots from the DVD-ROM drive. It must be in the DVD-ROM drive when you turn on the computer.

2

Shut down your computer as described on “Shutting Down Your

Computer” on page 26.

3

Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer.

4

Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User

License Agreement.

5

When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the recovery process.

Your system may include one or two System Recovery CDs. If you have two System Recovery

CDs, insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program. You are prompted to insert the second CD once the information from the first CD has been installed.

The recovery process takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

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Using the Application Recovery CD(s)

The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. Reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may correct a problem you are experiencing with your computer, and you may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive. If you do need to reinstall all the software titles that shipped with your computer, use the

System Recovery CD(s). See “Using the System Recovery CD(s)” on page 47.

You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD(s). The application will not run from DOS. If you have any questions on using the Application Recovery CD(s), contact Sony Online Support (SOS).

To use the Application Recovery CD(s)

1

Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all applications.

2

When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Sony Application

Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery utility loads automatically.

3

When the Application Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the recovery process.

Your system may include one or two Application Recovery CDs. If you have two Application

Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery program. You may be prompted to insert the second CD, depending on the application you wish to restore.

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Upgrading and Maintaining

Your VAIO MicroTower

In the future you may want to install additional boards to expand the functionality of your computer. This section describes how to open your computer and insert add-in boards, add memory, replace the lithium battery, and install an additional hard disk drive. For more information on upgrading your Sony computer, see the VAIO MicroTower Reference

Manual. You can download this electronic document from the Sony website at http://www. sony.com/pcsupport.

The procedures in this section assume you are familiar with the general terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. Read “Notes on Use” on page 79 before upgrading your Sony computer.

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Always switch the power off before you open the system or connect your computer to peripheral equipment; otherwise, damage may occur to the integrated circuits in your computer.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-in cards, and other components. Do the procedures described here 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 maintaining continuous contact with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the procedure.

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Inserting an Add-in Board

You can add up to two additional PCI boards to the system.

Your VAIO MicroTower cannot accommodate PCI add-in boards exceeding 7.7" in length.

To insert an add-in board

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Make sure you observe the proper safety precautions when you add boards to your Sony computer. See page 79.

1

Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer, display, and speakers.

2

Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices.

3

Remove the left-side panel as described on page 63.

4

Identify the expansion slot where you want to insert the add-in board.

5

Remove the slot cover for the slot you have chosen.

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6

Install the add-in board by plugging it into the expansion slot on the system board. Attach any internal cables that the board requires (see the manual for the add-in board).

7

Replace the left-side panel as described on page 70.

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Adding Memory

In order to increase your computer's memory, you may need to remove one of the factory-installed DIMMs and replace it with one of greater capacity. For details, see the VAIO MicroTower Reference Manual, which is available at Sony’s website at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

For memory upgrades, use only 3.3V unbuffered 4-clock 64-bit 66 MHz

SDRAM DIMM module Rev1.0 or 3.3V unbuffered 4-clock 72-bit 66 MHz

SDRAM DIMM module Rev1.0. For more information on MicroTower compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

To install memory

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Make sure you observe the proper safety precautions when you add DIMMs to your Sony computer. See “Notes on Use” on page 79.

1

Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer, display, and speakers.

2

Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices.

3

Remove the left-side panel, bottom panel, and front panel, as

described on pages 63 to 65. Then detach the diskette drive, as

described on page 66.

You do not need to completely remove the diskette drive in order to access the DIMM sockets.

4

If necessary, remove any cables, add-in cards or other components to access the DIMM sockets.

5

Remove either (or both) of the factory-installed DIMMs.

6

Handle the DIMM only by the edges, and remove it from its antistatic package.

7

Locate the keys on the bottom edge of the DIMM.

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Align the DIMM over the socket.

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To avoid damaging the DIMM socket, move the DIMM socket tabs slightly outward to relieve pressure. The DIMM should then click easily into place.

9

Firmly insert the bottom edge of the DIMM into the socket.

10

Press evenly against the DIMM’s upper corners. The end latches snap into position automatically.

11

Reinstall any add-in cards or components you removed.

12

Replace the diskette drive and cover panels, as described on page 67

to 70.

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Replacing the Lithium Battery

After several years, when the lithium battery starts to weaken, the system settings stored in CMOS RAM, such as the date and time, may be wrong.

When this occurs, you need to replace the lithium battery.

To replace the lithium battery

1

To run the Setup utility, press F3 when your computer is starting up.

Then press F1 to run the BIOS setup utility.

2

Write down the current BIOS Setup options.

3

Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as your printer, display, and speakers. Unplug your computer.

4

Remove the left-side and bottom panels, as described on pages 63

through 64, respectively.

5

Install the new battery with the plus (+) side up.

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There is danger of explosion if you replace the battery incorrectly. You must replace the battery only with a CR2032 type lithium battery. Discard used batteries according to the instructions on page 80.

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6

Replace the bottom and left-side panels, as described on pages 68 and

70, respectively.

The values stored in the CMOS memory are now reset to the factory default values. You must run the Setup utility to reset the date, time, passwords, and other options. See the

VAIO MicroTower Reference Manual for details.

7

To run the Setup utility, press F3 when your computer is starting up.

Then press F1 to run the BIOS setup utility.

8

Change the default values to the values you wrote down in step 2.

9

Save your Setup changes, and then exit the Setup utility.

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Installing an Internal Hard Disk Drive

Your VAIO MicroTower comes with an available bay to hold an additional hard disk drive. The drive you install must not require front panel access. The hard disk drive access light blinks when either internal drive is active.

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

Configure the jumpers on the new drive as a secondary master (see your drive’s documentation for configuration instructions).

2

Remove the left-side panel, as described on page 63.

3

Remove the front panel, as described on page 65.

4

Remove the bottom panel, as described on page 64.

5

Lay the system on its right side (left side faces up–see diagram that follows).

6

Remove the two screws that secure the drive holder.

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Slide the drive holder forward and then out.

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Place the drive holder upside down on top of the power supply.

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Slide the new drive into the drive holder and align the holes on each side of the drive bay.

10

Secure the drive to the drive holder using any two of the three holes on each side of the drive holder (screws are provided with the new drive). Do not overtighten the screws.

11

Connect the second drive connector to the new drive.

12

Connect the second power connector to the new drive.

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13

Place the drive holder against the inside of the front chassis and slide it back. Be sure to align the slots on the drive holder with the tabs on the inside of the chassis. Be sure to slide the drive holder back so that the tabs slip into the notch at the bottom of the slot.

14

Replace the two screws that secure the holder to the chassis.

15

Replace the bottom panel, as described on page 68.

16

Replace the front panel, as described on page 69.

17

Replace the left-side panel, as described on page 70.

18

Reconnect the power cord and then turn on your computer.

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Your computer automatically recognizes the new drive and configures itself accordingly when you turn it on. Format and partition the new drive following the instructions provided with the drive.

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Removing the Left-Side Panel

To remove the left-side panel

1

Remove the two screws that secure the panel to the chassis.

2

Slide the panel back until it stops.

3

Pull the panel straight out to remove it.

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Removing the Bottom Panel

To remove the bottom panel

1

Remove the screw that secures the bottom panel to the chassis.

2

Pull the bottom panel straight out to remove it.

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Removing the Front Panel

To remove the front panel

1

Open the CD tray by inserting a thin, pointed object into the emergency eject opening.

2

Slide the CD tray forward.

3

Remove the front cover of the CD tray by lifting it upwards.

4

Press down on each of the two tabs on the bottom of the front panel to release the panel.

5

Pull the front panel forward to remove it.

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Detaching the Diskette Drive

To detach the diskette drive

1

Remove the front panel, as described on page 65.

2

Remove the two screws that secure the diskette drive to the front of the chassis.

3

Pull the diskette drive forward.

If you are adding memory, you do not need to completely remove the diskette drive or disconnect the cable.

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Replacing the Diskette Drive

To replace the diskette drive

1

Push the diskette drive straight into the drive slot.

2

Replace the two screws that secure the diskette drive to the front of the chassis.

3

Replace the front panel, as described on page 69.

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Replacing the Bottom Panel

To replace the bottom panel

1

Align the bottom panel with the screw hole on the bottom of the chassis.

2

Replace the screw that secures the bottom panel to the chassis.

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Replacing the Front Panel

To replace the front panel

1

Push the front panel straight onto the front of the chassis until it clicks into place.

2

Replace the front cover of the CD tray by sliding it down onto the front of the open tray.

3

Close the CD tray.

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Replacing the Left-Side Panel

To replace the left-side panel

1

Slide the panel forward until it stops.

2

Replace the two screws that secure the panel to the chassis.

Computer Basics

Using the Keyboard

Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter’s, but the keyboard has additional buttons that perform specific computer-related tasks.

Function keys (F1 - F12) Programmable buttons (S1 - S6) Standby button

Escape key

Print Screen key

Correction keys

Numeric keypad

Navigation keys

Operator keys

Windows keys

Key

Programmable buttons

Standby button

Description

The six programmable buttons along the top of the keyboard are preprogrammed to perform specific functions. To change the function of these buttons, see

“Changing the Function of the Programmable Buttons” on page 73.

The Standby button switches the computer to standby mode. For details, see “Using the Standby Mode” on page 25.

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Key

Numeric keypad

Navigation keys

Correction keys

Function keys

Escape keys

Print Screen keys

Operator keys

Windows keys

Description

Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric keypad to type numbers or to perform mathematical calculations such as addition and subtraction. Note that you must press NUM LOCK to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the

Num Lock light will be on.)

Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the screen (the four arrow keys and the HOME, END, PAGE

UP, and PAGE DOWN keys). These keys are also available on the numeric keypad when Num Lock is turned off.

The INSERT and DELETE keys enable you to make corrections in your documents. These keys are also available on the numeric keypad when Num Lock is turned off.

The twelve function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to perform designated tasks. For example, in many applications, F1 is the Help key. The task associated with each function key may vary from one application to the next.

The ESC (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.

The PRINT SCREEN key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and places it in the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste the screen shot into a document and print it.

Several keys are always used with at least one other key:

CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT. When held down with another keys, the CTRL (Control) and ALT (Alternate) keys offer another way to give commands. For example, in many applications, 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 $.

The keys with the Windows logo display the Windows

Start menu; it is the equivalent of clicking the Start key on the taskbar. 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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The keyboard also has three lights:

Light

Num Lock

Cap Lock

Scroll Lock

On

The number keys on the numeric keypad are active.

Letters appear in uppercase as you type.

The SHIFT key lowers the case of typed letters when Cap Lock is on.

The screen scrolls differently. (Exactly how it scrolls depends on the specific application. It has no effect in many applications.)

Off

The arrow keys, navigation keys, and correction keys on the keypad are active.

Letters appear in lower case as you type (unless you hold down the SHIFT key).

Information moves across the display normally.

Changing the Function of the Programmable Buttons

You can change the function of the programmable buttons as follows:

1

Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar to open the Start menu.

2

Point to Programs and click VAIO Smart

™

Keyboard.

Alternatively, you can click the VAIO Smart Keyboard icon in the Windows task tray.

3

Click the on-screen button that represents the button on the keyboard

(S1 to S6) that you want to program.

4

Complete the Customization dialog box to specify the function and label you want to assign to the button. Then click OK.

Alternatively, you can drag and drop any Windows icon that represents the function you want to assign onto the on-screen button. However, you cannot drag and drop icons that are specific to the Windows operating system, such as My Computer.

5

Close the Customization dialog box.

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Using the Mouse

Using a mouse may be difficult at first, but after you become comfortable using it, you can save a lot of time. The following terms are commonly used to describe actions you perform with a mouse.

Term

Point

Click

Double-click

Right-click

Drag

Description

Place the mouse pointer on an item or object.

Press and release the left mouse button, without moving the mouse.

Press the left mouse button two consecutive times, without moving the mouse.

Press the right mouse button. In many applications, this action displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.

Hold down the left mouse button and then move the mouse in the desired direction. This action is used to select text and move objects.

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Setting Up the Mouse for Left-Hand Use

You can control the mouse with your right or left hand. When you use the mouse with your left-hand, you may find it easier to reverse the button functions. When the functions are reversed, the right mouse button is used for normal clicking and dragging, and the left button is for displaying shortcut menus (right-clicking).

To set up the mouse for left-hand use

1

Click the Start button to display the Start menu.

2

Point to Settings.

3

Click Control Panel.

4

Double-click the Mouse icon.

5

Click the Buttons tab.

6

Under Buttons, select Left-handed.

7

Click the OK button to close the Mouse Properties dialog box.

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Using the DVD-ROM Drive

To use the drive

1

Press the Eject button on the front panel of the computer. The tray slides out.

2

Place the disc in the tray.

Place CD-ROM discs in the tray with the label side facing up. For DVD discs, which can be played on both sides, the side of the disc facing up is the side that plays.

3

Close the tray by pushing it gently or by pressing the Eject button on the front panel.

To open the drive tray after playing a DVD disc, use the Eject button in the DVD Player application. Alternatively, you can click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop, right-click the icon of the disc, and then click Eject.

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Using the Diskette Drive

Most diskettes contain a write-protect tab. The write-protect tab prevents accidental changes to a diskette. When the hole is open, the diskette is write-protected—you can’t delete, copy, or save information on the diskette. When the hole is closed, you may write to or modify the diskette contents. Just slide the write-protect tab to open and close the hole.

To use the diskette drive

1

Hold the diskette with the label side facing up.

2

Gently push the diskette into the drive until you hear it click into place.

3

After you finish using the diskette, press the Eject button on the diskette drive to remove the diskette.

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Other Information

Notes on Use

On the Power Source

Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz for North

American countries.

❑ The total power draw of installed add-in cards must not exceed the specifications for the power supply. Do not overload the system by installing add-in cards that draw excessive current. The system is designed to provide 2 amps (average) of 5V power for each card in the system not to exceed a total of 12 amps. The total from +5V current draw in a fully-loaded system (with all the add-in card slots filled) must not exceed 12 amps. If you add components to the system that draw current from the power supply, the maximum combined

+3.3V and +5V output must not exceed 80 watts.

Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral equipment into the same AC supply line. AC derived from different supply lines may result in voltage differences that can cause unstable operation or unwanted weak currents at the time of connection.

Do not share the AC outlet with any other power-consuming equipment, such as copying machines or shredders.

You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device prevents damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges such as those that may occur during an electrical storm.

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If you live in an area that experiences frequent power fluctuations, you may want to purchase a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply).

This device contains both a surge protector and a battery backup. The surge protector prevents damage to your computer caused by power surges. The battery backup safeguards your data during a brief period of power loss.

Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.

Do not operate the system with the cover removed. Always reinstall the cover before turning on the system.

To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the cord itself.

Unplug your computer from the wall outlet if you will not be using the computer for a long time.

The power control button on the front panel does not turn off the system AC power. To remove power from the system, you must shut down the computer as described in this manual and then unplug the

AC power cord from the wall outlet or power strip.

Before touching anything inside the computer, turn the system off and let it cool for ten minutes. This will ensure that the processor heat sink will not be hot.

Do not attempt to open the power supply. There are no userserviceable parts in the power supply. To avoid personal injury or damage to your equipment, refer the repair or replacement of the power supply to qualified personnel only.

On Disposal of the Lithium Battery

Dispose of the lithium battery properly. In some areas, the disposal of lithium batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. You can return your unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service

Center or Factory Service Center. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).

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Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries.

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The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire.

Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.

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On Handling

Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as it may damage the finish of your Sony computer.

❑ Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, keyboard, or mouse, shut down your computer and then unplug it. You may want to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.

On Installation

❑ Do not place your Sony computer in a location subject to:

Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts

Direct sunlight

Excessive dust

Mechanical vibration or shock

Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded

Ambient temperature of more than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than

50ºF (10ºC)

High humidity, moisture, or rain

Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.

Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat build-up. Do not place your computer on loose surfaces (such as rugs or blankets) or near materials (such as curtains or draperies) that may block its ventilation slots. Leave a space of at least 8 inches from the back panel of your computer.

The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set.

Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise, problems may result.

Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.

Always switch the power off before connecting your computer to peripheral equipment; otherwise, damage may occur to the integrated circuits in your computer.

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Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects.

Your Sony computer will not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).

If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and determines that your computer is responsible for the problem, the telephone company may bill you for the service call.

Also, if you do not disconnect your computer when it is adversely affecting the telephone line, the telephone company has the right to disconnect your service until you correct the problem.

On Moisture Condensation

If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an hour before turning on your computer. If any problem occurs, unplug your computer, and contact your Sony Service Center.

On Upgrading the System

❑ The procedures described in the “Upgrading and Maintaining Your

VAIO MicroTower” chapter of this manual 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.

Disconnect the system from its power source and from any telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system or do any of the procedures described in the “Upgrading and

Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower” section in this manual. Failure to do so may result in personal injury or equipment damage.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-in cards, and other components. Do the procedures described in the

“Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower” chapter 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 maintaining contact with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the procedure.

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❑ When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on the system board or add-in cards. You may need to temporarily remove add-in cards that are next to the slot cover you want to remove.

On Using the Hard Disk Drive

❑ Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock.

Do not move the computer during operation.

Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature.

Do not turn off the power while the computer is accessing the hard disk drive.

On Handling Diskettes

❑ Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the diskette.

❑ Keep diskettes away from magnets.

❑ Keep diskettes away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.

On Handling CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs

❑ Do not touch the surface of the disc.

❑ Do not drop or bend the disc.

On Cleaning CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs

❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Proper care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, commercially available cleaners or anti-static spray, as they may cause damage to the disc.

For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edge and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.

If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from the center out.

Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth.

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Limited Warranty Statement

The limited warranty on your VAIO MicroTower covers parts and labor against defects in material or workmanship for a period of three months from the original date of purchase. You can extend the warranty period for an additional nine months by registering your computer. See

“Registering Your Computer” on page 24. Once you register your computer, the limited warranty period is twelve months from the original date of purchase.

SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (“SONY”) warrants this computer hardware product (“the Product”) against defects in material or workmanship as follows:

Labor: For a period of ninety (90) calendar days from the original date of purchase from SONY or a SONY authorized reseller, SONY will repair defects in the Product at no charge, or pay the associated labor charges to a SONY authorized personal computer service facility. The ninety (90) day warranty period is extendible only to the original purchaser, for an additional period of nine (9) months, for a total of twelve

(12) months from date of purchase when the Product is registered electronically. After the applicable period you must pay for all labor charges.

Parts: For a period of ninety (90) calendar days from the original date of purchase from SONY or a SONY authorized reseller, SONY will supply, at no charge, new or rebuilt, at SONY’s option, replacement parts in exchange for defective parts. Any replacement parts will be warranted for the remainder of the original warranty period or ninety (90) calendar days from installation by SONY’s authorized personal computer service facility, whichever is longer. The ninety (90) day warranty period is extendible only to the original purchaser, for an additional period of nine (9) months, for a total of twelve (12) months from date of purchase when the Product is registered electronically. All defective parts replaced under this Limited

Warranty will become the property of SONY.

This Limited Warranty covers only the hardware components packaged with the Product. It does not cover technical assistance for hardware or software usage and it does not cover any software products whether or not contained in the Product; any such software is provided “AS IS” unless expressly provided for in any enclosed software limited warranty. Please refer to the End User License Agreements included with the Product for your obligations with respect to the software.

This Limited Warranty is non-transferable.

Proof of purchase in the form of a bill of sale (which is evidence that the Product is within the warranty period) must be presented to obtain warranty service. In addition, if replacement parts are required and you wish to receive the most expedient service available, you will be required to provide SONY with a credit card authorization to bill your credit card in the event you fail to return the original parts in the postage-paid envelope we provide. The credit card will only be charged for SONY’s list price for the part if the part has not been returned within thirty days.

If you purchased the Product in the United States and the Product is located in the United States, you may be entitled to on-site repair service during the warranty period, subject to certain restrictions. In all instances, however, prior to an on-site service call being provided, you must communicate with Sony sufficiently to allow it to perform initial diagnostics of your Product. Please contact SONY as set forth below for further information.

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If you do not qualify for on-site warranty service or choose not to take advantage of any applicable onsite warranty service, you must take the Product, or deliver the Product freight prepaid, in either its original package or packaging providing the Product with a degree of protection equivalent to that of the original packaging, to any SONY authorized personal computer service facility. Please contact SONY as set forth below for further information.

With respect to all service provided, it is your responsibility to backup the contents of your hard drive, including any data you have stored or software you have installed on the hard drive. It is likely that the contents of your hard drive will be lost or reformatted in the course of service and SONY will not be responsible for any damage to or loss of any programs, data or other information stored on any media or any part of any Product serviced hereunder.

IF DURING THE REPAIR OF THE PRODUCT THE CONTENTS OF THE HARD DRIVE ARE ALTERED,

DELETED, OR IN ANY WAY MODIFIED, SONY IS NOT RESPONSBILE WHATSOEVER. YOUR

PRODUCT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU CONFIGURED AS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED (SUBJECT

TO AVAILABILITY OF SOFTWARE).

Be sure to remove all third party hardware, software, features, parts, options, alterations, and attachments not warranted by SONY prior to sending the product to SONY for service. SONY is not liable for any loss or damage to these items.

This Limited Warranty does not cover any consumable items (such as batteries) supplied with this

Product; cosmetic damages; damage or loss to any software programs, data, or removable storage media; or damage due to (1) acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use or modifications of this Product; (2) improper operation or maintenance of this Product; (3) connection to improper voltage supply; or (4) attempted repair by any party other than a SONY authorized personal computer service facility. This Limited Warranty does not apply when the malfunction results from the use of this Product in conjunction with accessories, products or ancillary or peripheral equipment, or where it is determined by SONY that there is no fault with this Product itself. This Limited Warranty is valid only in the United

States of America.

This Limited Warranty is invalid if the factory applied serial number has been altered or removed from the Product.

Repair or replacement of defective parts or hardware as provided under this Limited Warranty is the exclusive remedy of the consumer. SONY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR

CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, BREACH

OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY RELATED TO

THIS PRODUCT. SUCH DAMAGES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS

OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY ASSOCIATED

EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME AND PURCHASER’S TIME. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY

APPLICABLE LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A

PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON THIS PRODUCT IS LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF

THIS WARRANTY.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Technical Support: Although technical support is not provided free of charge under this Limited

Warranty, SONY has established a telephone number for technical support. Charges may apply for technical support, unless and to the extent that free technical support for a limited period is provided in writing as a feature of your Product. Prior to placing your call, please have available the model and serial number for your Product, date of purchase, a list of all options installed in your Product and a detailed description of the problem.

For Product support, on-line knowledge base, frequently asked questions, and free updates via the

Internet: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

For Product information, service assistance, resolution of a service problem, or technical assistance, call:

1-888-4SONYPC

Index

A accessing online support

24 add-in boards

52

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53 adding additional hardware

11

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21 add-in boards

52

–

53 precaution

80 adding additional software problems with

41 adding memory

54

–

55 adding printers

11 adjusting speaker volume

43 adjusting voltage settings

79 air circulation

81

Alt keys

72

Application Recovery CD

49 applications launching problems with

43 audio splitter cable, connecting

13

Audio-Video Center,using

32

B battery disposing

80 replacing

56

–

57 caution

56 bottom panel removing

64 replacing

68 buttons

Call SOS

40

C cables

81

Call SOS button

40 cameras, digital

21 canceling commands

72

CD tray opening problems with

42

CD-ROM drives cleaning

83 troubleshooting

42

CDs handling

83 playing

42 choosing locations

3

,

81 cleaning

CD-ROM discs

83 computer

81

DVD-ROM discs

83 mouse

45 click (defined)

74 computer adding functionality

11 adjusting voltage settings

79 cleaning

81 condensation and

82 disposing of battery

80 locking up

41 protecting your investment

24 registering

24 removing cover

51

,

80 removing left-side cover

63 replacing battery

56

–

57 caution

56 replacing left-side cover

70 safety information ii setting up precautions

81

87

88

VAIO MicroTower User Guide shutting down

26

,

80 starting

22 problems with

41 upgrading

51

,

82 connectors additional components

11

–

21 keyboard

8 mouse

8

Multimedia Computer Display

5 nonstandard equipment

6 phone

9 power cords

79 precautions

81

Control A1 devices, connecting

19 correction keys (described)

72

Ctrl keys

72 cursor-movement keys (described)

72 customer assistance

24 support options

37

D data preventing loss

26 saving

77

DELETE key

72 digital still camera, connecting

21 disconnecting power cords

80 diskette drive

77 detaching

66 replacing

67 diskettes handling

83 inserting into drive

77 writing to

77 displaying the taskbar problems with

46 displays connecting

6 setting up

4 turning on

22 problems with

41 double-click (defined)

74 drag (defined)

74 drives

77

DVD-ROM drive, troubleshooting

42

DVD-ROM drives cleaning discs

83

DVDs handling

83

E electronic documentation

37 equipment

81 registration

24 electrostatic discharge

51

Esc key

72

European power settings

79

F floppy disk drive. See diskette drive.

front panel removing

65 replacing

69 function keys (described)

72

G

GAME connector

16 glare

4 grounding

51

H handling CDs

83 handling diskettes

83 handling DVDs

83 hard disk

83 hardware adding additional

11

–

21

,

52

–

53 precaution

80 electrostatic discharge and

51 installing memory boards

54

–

55 nonstandard

6 regulatory information iii

– iv troubleshooting

41

,

43

,

46 help

37

Help Center,using

35

Help key

72 help, getting

35

I

IEEE-1394 devices, connecting

17 iLINK devices, connecting

17

indicator lights keyboard

73 input devices iii setting up

3

INSERT key

72 inserting diskettes into drive

77 installing additional hardware

11

–

21 add-in boards

52

–

53 precaution

80 installing additional memory

54

–

55 installing an internal hard disk drive

58

–

62 installing additional software problems with

41 interference iii

,

81

Internet

33

J joystick

16 joysticks

11 connecting

16

K keyboard

3

,

71

–

73 connecting

8 indicator lights

73 programmable keys

71 programming

73 troubleshooting

46

L launching applications problems with

43 left-side panel replacing

70

LINE connector

9 locations, choosing

3

,

81 losing data (caution)

26 losing power

79

M memory, adding

54

–

55 menus

74 canceling commands

72

MIC connector

5

,

6

,

13 microphones

Index

89 connecting

5

,

6 troubleshooting

44

MIDI devices

11 connecting

16 minimizing glare

4 model numbers ii modems troubleshooting

44

MONITOR connector

5

,

6

,

12 mouse

3

,

74

–

75 cleaning

45 connecting

8 troubleshooting

45 mouse buttons reassigning

75

MOUSE connector

8 moving objects

74

N navigation keys (described)

72 nonstandard equipment

6

NUM LOCK key

72 numeric keypad (described)

72

O objects, moving

74 online help

37 registration service

24 support

24 options

37

Online Center, using

33 opening applications problems with

43

CD tray problems with

42 operator keys (described)

72 output devices iii adding

11

–

21

P palmrest

3 connecting

7 phones

6

,

13

90

VAIO MicroTower User Guide connecting

9 service precautions

82 playing

CDs

42 point (defined)

74 power cords

79 disconnecting

80 power fluctuations or loss

79 power source, precautions

79

–

80 power switch

22

Print Screen key

72

PRINTER connector

15 printer, connecting

15 printers

11 problem solving

41 problems, analyzing and fixing

34 programmable keys

71

,

73 protecting your investment

24

R radio interference iii

,

81 reassigning mouse buttons

75 rebooting system

41 recording serial numbers ii reducing glare

4 reference manual

37 registering Windows 98

23 registering your computer

24 regulatory information iii

– iv removing computer cover

51

,

63

,

80 removing diskettes

77 replacing battery

56

–

57 caution

56 replacing computer cover

70 right-click (defined)

74

S

S/PDIF devices, connecting

18 safety information ii saving data

77 screens, reducing glare

4 selecting locations

81 text

74 serial numbers ii serial peripherals

21 setting up Windows 98

23 setting up your computer precautions

81

Shift keys

72 shutting down your computer

26

,

80

S-Link devices, connecting

19 software adding problems with

41

Software Center, using

31

Sony Fax-on-Demand service

38

Sony Multimedia Computer Display connecting

5 setting up

4 turning on

22 problems with

41

Sony Online Support

24 call instructions

39

Call SOS button

40 options

37

SOS

See Sony Online Support speakerphones

6 connecting

9 speakers adjusting volume

43 connecting

5

,

6 precaution

81 troubleshooting

43 standby mode

25 starting your computer

22 problems with

41 surge protectors

79 system rebooting

41 troubleshooting

41 system problems, fixing

34

System Recovery CD

47

T taskbar problems viewing

46 technical support

24 support options

37 television, connecting

12

–

14 text, selecting

74

Tool Center,using

34 troubleshooting

41 turning off your computer

26

,

80 turning on your computer

22 problems with

41

TV interference iii

,

81

U

Universal Serial Bus devices, connecting

20 upgrading your computer

51

,

82

UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)

80

V

VAIO MicroTower online registration

24

VAIO MicroTower Reference Manual

37

VAIO Space

Audio-Video Center

32 exiting

35

Help Center

35

Online Center

33

Software Center

31 starting

27

Tool Center

34 using

27

–

35 using the Launcher

27

,

29

VAIO Smart Keyboard

73 ventilation

3

,

81 viewing the taskbar problems with

46 voltage settings

79 volume, adjusting

43

W warranty

24 warranty statement

85

Windows keyboard access

72 taskbar problems viewing

46

Windows 98 setting up

23 shutting down

26 work surfaces

3

Index

91

92

1 PCV-E302/E308 Motherboard Description

1.1

Overview

MicroATX version1.0 compatible

Slot 1, Single PentiumII/Deschutes, Celeron, Katmai(upto 100MHz FSB) processor, all speeds,voltages,bus frequencies support. Can support both

100MHz/66MHz FSB.

2 168-pin DIMM sockets (SDRAM, maximum 256Mbytes NonECC)

Intel 440BX Chipset

I/O Controller (SMC FDC37M707)

4 PCI slots and NO ISA slot Ultra DMA/33 enable on board AGP Graphics, 8MB Video RAM (4 sites of 16Mb SDRAM)

NTSC encoder with Macrovision 7.0.x support on board PCI/AC97 Audio

Flash BIOS

Paddle card and cable for TV output (Composite/S-Video), SPDIF support.

Header for Front-accessible USB connector.

PC98 Compliant

1.2

Form factor

Meet Intel MicroATX version 1.0 specification

• maximum 9.6inches x 9.6 inches(244mmx244mm)

• height restricitions of MicroATX version 1.0

1.3 Manufacturing Options

NTSC Encoder (with Macrovision capability ) and Connectors( Mount Option)

Paddle card for NTSC,S-VIDEO,SPDIF output and cable for connection to motherboard

1.4

Connectors and Headers

Pentium II/Deschutes Slot 1 connector ( .159" (4.04mm) mounting holes)

Heat Sink Support (HSS) mounting holes.

2 168pin DIMM socket ( gold plated)

SFX power supply power connector , Power Supply Fan connector

1 FDD / 2 IDE Connectors

4-pin CD-ROM audio input (stereo) connector

4-pin AUX-IN audio input (stereo) connector (stuffing option)

4-pin MODEM input header

1 Parallel(25pin), 1 Serial(9pin), 1 Game Port connector

2 PS2 connector

2 USB port connector (1 for rear I/O, 1 as a header)

1 VGA(DB-15) connector

1 RCA,1 S-Video for NTSC output, 1 Optical Digital Audio(SPDIF) connector

(on paddle card)

Line In/Mic In/Headphone Out mini-jack

Power/Sleep/HDD/Reset header

Wake on Ring connector

Wake on LAN header (Including 5VSB)

1 Cooling Fan connector(CPU, )

COM2 header, SER2 header

External speaker header

Clear password header (for BIOS)

Crisis recovery header ( for BIOS)

2 nd LED header ( for sleep indication)

1.5

BIOS

Phoenix BIOS 4.0 release 6.0 base

System BIOS and Video BIOS integrate in one ROM

DMTF BIOS spec V2.0

Flash ROM, Upgradable by user

Sony customization ( i.e. Sony jingle/logo during boot up)

NTSC monitor boot up capability ( without VGA monitor)

1.6

Floppy Drive Support

720K/1.2/1.44/2.88 MB diskette drive support

ZIP drive ,LS120 support

1.7

CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive Support

Bootable CD support

1.8

IDE Drive Support

2 channel (4 devices) support through PIIX4e

Ultra DMA/33 support

1.9

Main Memory

2 x168pin DIMM sockets support PC100 unbuffered 64-bit SDRAM 3.3V DIMMS( single or double sided) below

DIMM size

8MB

16MB

32MB

64MB

128MB

Configuration

1Mbit x 64

2Mbit x 64

4Mbit x 64

8Mbit x 64

16Mbit x 64

1.10

PCI Audio

Aureal 8820/8830 plus AC97 codec

Legacy DOS support through PC/PCI external +20dB boost add for MIC IN input(Single Powered OP-amp required)

+6dB boost with power amplifier add for HEADPHONE OUT

(Texas Instrument TPA302 or equivalent)

SNR +85dB, THD +80dB ( LINE IN to LINE OUT, 1kHz sine wave, 0dB=1 Vrms)

EMI filters( or equivalent consideration) on HEADPHONE OUT/LINE

IN/GAME PORT for FCC

SPDIF digital serial output using CS8402A to TV/SPDIF paddle card.

Line In

Headphone out(line out)

Mic In

Specs (tentative)

1Vrms (typ) 2Vrms (max)

1.5 Vrms(max)

2 Vrms (max)

0.1 Vrms (max)

Notes

10k ohm impedance

32 ohm load

(drive headphone)

10k ohm load

Codec Boost Off

1.11

AGP Graphics

2xAGP interface Matrox MGA-G200

8MB SDRAM configuration

Matrox MAVEN ver. 1.1 with Macrovision for NTSC/S-Video output

NTSC/S-Video monitor boot up capability( with or without VGA monitor)

1.12

Battery Requirements

Type 2032, 3V coin battery with socket on motherboard

Battery life greater than 3 years on motherboard ( without AC power supply)

1.13

Other Key Components

SMC FDC37M70x Super I/O Controller

PIIX4e PCI-IDE controller

2Mbit Flash ROM

1.14

Thermal Consideration

The following table provides information on temperature sensitive components.

Appropriate cooling methods should be taken on the system to meet the specification.

Component

Pentium II processor

(Deschutes)

Maximum Temperature

333MHz(512K L2)

350MHz(512K L2)

400MHz(512K L2)

75

°

( thermal plate )

75

°

( thermal plate )

75

°

( thermal plate )

70

°

( thermal plate)

Intel 82443BX(PAC)

450MHz(512K L2)

85

°

( case)

Intel 82371AB(PIIX4e) 85

°

( case)

Matrox MGA-G200 100

°

(case) [email protected]

Note

23.6W

24.5W

27.9W

31.2W

1.15

Power Supply /Consumption

The motherboard should meet the following power supply tolerance.

-5V supply is not used in this motherboard

DC Voltage

+3.3V

+5V

+5V STB

+12V

-12V

Acceptable Tolerance

±

5%

±

5%

±

5%

±

5%

±

5%

1.16

Regulatory Compliance

The motherboard should be compliant with the following safety and EMI regulations when correctly installed in a micro ATX chassis.

1.16.1 Safety

Meet the following regulations.

1.16.1.1

UL1950-CSA950-95

UL

1.16.1.2

CSA

CSA C22.2 No.95-93

1.16.2 EMC

Meet the following regulations.

1.16.2.1 EN 55 022,Class B

1.16.2.2 VCCI

PCV-E302/E308 Paddle Card Subsystem Diagram

Fig.1 Raiser Card Layout

Parts Information

Ref Description

CN1

CN2

14Pin Header for Video/SPDIF signal

4Pin Header for COM2 signal

CN3

CN4

CN5

CN6

IC1

S-Video Output connector

Video Output connector

Optical Fiber link connector

Control A1 connector

Control A1 controller ( MCU )

2.1

BIOS RCV (RECOVERY) (JP2)

BIOS Recovery Jumper .

This recovers(re-flashes) the BIOS to its original state. Service purpose only.

Special recovery purpose floppy disk is required.

1

JP2-1,2

OPEN

CLOSE

NORMAL

BIOS RECOVERY

2.2

CLEAR PASSWD (JP4)

1

JP4-1,2

OPEN

CLOSE

NORMAL

CLEAR PASSWD

Jumper Cap to be used for BIOS RCV/CLEAR PASSWD is placed on JP-2 pin2 and pin3.

To use, user may remove from pin2 & 3 and place it in

JP2-1&2 or JP4-1&2 for proper operation.

2.3

FREQ SEL (JP1)

Select CPU speed. JP1.

CPU CLK

Bus

233MHz

266MHz

300MHz

333MHz

300MHz

350MHz

400MHz

450MHz

500MHz

JP1:1-2

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

No

No

No

JP1:3-4

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

JP1:5-6

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

JP1:7-8

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes 66

100

100

100

System

Freq

66MHz

66

66

100

100

System Bus frequency is automatically determined by each CPU module.

2.4

FRONT PANEL (J25)

[TOP VIEW]

KYLOCK

Power LED

11

16

SLEEP

(not used)

RESET

(not used)

20

1

SPEAKER

Sleep LED

HDLED

10

POWER

15

16

17

18

19

20

11

12

13

14

7

8

9

10

5

6

3

4

1

2

Pin

Configuration

Description For PCV-E302/E308

Speaker

NC/ SLEEP LED(-)

Speaker

5V(33ohn pull up)

5V(220ohm)

NC

HD LED (-)

5V(220 ohm)

POWER SW

GND

5V(330)

NC

POWER LED(-)

KEYLOCK#

GND

N/A

SLEEP SW

GND

GND

RESET

Position 16 will have no pin on motherboard.

Connecting cable will have a key in position 16.

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

SLEEP LED(-)

NC

Power for SLEEP LED

Power for HD LED

NC

HDLED(-)

NC

POWER SW

POWER SW

Power for POWER LED

NC

POWER LED(-)

NC

NC

NO-PIN (KEY)

2.5 CD-IN (J10)

4

1

CD-IN

2

3

Pin

1

4

Description

Left

GND

GND

Right

Connector 2mm Pitch.

1

2.6 MODEM-IN (J9)

MODEM

4

2

3

Pin

1

4

Description

GND

MONO_O(To Modem Chip)

GND

MONO_I(To Sound Chip)

1

2.7 CPU FAN (J19)

2

3

Pin

1

CPU FAN

(not used)

Description

GND

POWER

FAN SENSE

2.8 TVOUT/SPDIF (J23)

2

1

TV OUT/

SPDIF

4

5

2

3

Pin

1

Description

GND

NTSC

GND

Luminance

GND

7

8

Pin

6

9

10

Description

Chrominance

GND

NC

NC

NO-PIN(KEY)

11

12

DOUT

GND

13

14

RET(GND)

GND

There will be no-pin in position 8&10 on motherboard.

Cable will have a key in position 10.

Pin assignment of pin1 to pin10 is identical with PCV-E302/E308 motherboard.

2.9 USB2 (J8)

1

Pin

1

3

Description

USBV1

USBP1+

Pin

2

4

Description

USBP1-

USBGND

2.10 WoL (Wake on LAN)

1

2

3

Pin

1

(not used)

Description

5VSB

GND

PCI_PM#

2.11 Power Supply Fan (J22)

1

4

3

2

3

Pin

1

Description

FanM

FanC

NC

2.12 SER2 (J24)

5

6

Pin

4

Description

NC

NC

NC

1

Pin

1

2

3

4

Description

SOUTB

SINB-

GND

CTSB-

2.13 Other Headers/Connectors

The other headers/connectors listed below are industry standard pin assignment.

Location

Slot-1 (U13)

DIMM1/2 (DM1/DM2)

Floppy (J28)

Primary IDE (J27)

Secondary IDE (J26)

PCI Slot1 (J16)

PCI Slot2 (J15)

PCI Slot3 (J14)

PCI Slot4 (J13)

PS/2 mouse (J2-2)

PS/2 optional KB (J2-1)

USB (J3)

COM1 (J4)

Printer (J7)

Monitor (J1)

Line-Out (J5-1)

Line-In (J5-2)

Mic-In (J5-3)

Function

Socket for Intel Pentium-II/Celeron Processors

Sockets for PC100 DIMM modules

Built-in 1.44MB floppy drive interface

Built-in IDE HDD interface (Ultra-ATA interface)

Built-in ATAPI CD-ROM interface

Standard PCI2.1 slot for TVout/SPDIF paddle card

Standard PCI2.1 slot (open)

Standard PCI2.1 slot for iLINK(IEEE1394) card

Standard PCI2.1 slot for Modem card

PS/2 mouse interface

Optional PS/2 keyboard interface

Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface

Standard serial interface

Bidirectional parallel printer interface

15pin VGA high-density D-SUB interface

Analog audio output

Analog audio input

Analog microphone input

Frame Harness Connector List

3

4

1

2

5

6

PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Connectors

Pin Signal Name

Data

No connect

Ground

+5 V (fused)

Clock

No Connect

3

4

1

2

USB Connectors

Pin Signal Name

Power

USBP0# [USBP1#]

USBP0 [USBP1]

Ground

Serial Port Connectors

Pin

7

8

5

6

9

3

4

1

2

Signal Name

DCD

Serial In #

Serial Out #

DTR #

Ground

DSR

RTS

CTS

RI

Audio Line Out Connector (J5-1)

Pin Signal Name

Sleeve (1)

Tip (5)

Ring (2)

Ground

Audio Left Out

Audio Right Out

Audio Line In Connector (J5-2)

Pin Signal Name

Sleeve (6)

Tip (10)

Ring (7)

Ground

Audio Left In

Audio Right In

Audio Mic In Connector (J5-3)

Pin Signal Name

Sleeve (11)

Tip

Ring

Ground

MIC IN L

MIC IN R

Floppy Drive Connector (J24)

Pin Signal Name Pin

25

27

29

31

33

17

19

21

23

9

11

13

15

5

7

1

3

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Ground

Reserved

Ground

Reserved

26

28

30

32

34

18

20

22

24

10

12

14

16

6

8

2

4

Signal Name

DENSEL

Reserved

FDEDIN

FDINDX# (Index)

FDM00# (Motor Enable A)

FDDS1# (Drive Select B)

FDDS0# (Drive Select A)

FDM01# (Motor Enable B)

FDDIR# (Stepper Motor Direction)

FDSTEP# (Step Pluse)

FDWD# (Write Data)

FDWE# (Write Enable)

FDTRK0# (Track 0)

FDWPD# (Write Protect)

FDRDATA# (Read Data)

FDHEAD# (Side 1 Select)

DSKCHG# (Diskette Change)

PCI IDE Connector (J32,28)

Pin

25

27

29

31

17

19

21

23

33

35

37

39

9

11

13

15

5

7

1

3

Signal Name

Reset IDE

Data 7

Data 6

Data 5

Data 4

Data 3

Data 2

Data 1

Data 0

Ground

DDRQ0 [DDRQ1]

I/O Write#

I/O Read#

IOCHRDY

DDACK0# [DDRQ1]

IRQ 0 [IRQ 1]

Address 1

Address 0

Chip Select 01# [Chip Select 11#]

HDACTA# [HDACTB#]

24

26

28

30

16

18

20

22

32

34

36

38

40

8

10

12

14

4

6

Pin

2

Signal Name

Ground

Data 8

Data 9

Data 10

Data 11

Data 12

Data 13

Data 14

Data 15

Reserved

Ground

Ground

Ground

P_ALE (Cable Select pullup)

Ground

Reserved

Reserved

Address 2

Chip Select 03# [Chip Select 13#]

Ground

NOTE: Signal names in brackets ([ ]) are for the secondary IDE connector.

CHAPTER 4.

FRAME HARNESS ASSEMBLY

4-1 PCV-E302/308

Figure 4-1: Side Cover (Left)

1

1.Loosen and remove the two screws, as indicated

2.Carefully lift and release side cover

3.Slide side cover in the direction of Arrow A to remove

3

2

2

A

Figure 4-2: Escutcheon

4

3

2

1

1.Insert paper clip or pin into release hole, as shown

2.Pull desk tray for CD forward in direction of arrow

3.Release cover by carefully lifting the bottom outward slightly and sliding the cover upward to remove

4.Remove Escutcheon

(trim plate)

PCV-E302/308 4-2

Figure 4-3: Front Panel Assembly

6

2

3

Figure 4-4: Top Cover

1.Depress slot on top cover to release clip

2.Pull up, in direction of Arrow A

1

5

4

1.Release cover by depressing clips as shown

2.Insert a long-handled screwdriver into the slide slots, as shown

3.Press down on clips, and remove front panel by pulling it forward

4.Front Panel Assembly

5.Remove two Front Panel I/O

Subassembly screws

6.Disconnect both cable harness

assemblies from the I/O

subassembly

1

A

2

4-3 PCV-E302/308

Figure 4-5: FDD Removal

FDD

Harness

Power Supply

Connector

4. FDD Bracket

5. Screws

1.Remove two screws (Item #3)

2.Disconnect FDD Harness and

Power Supply Connector

3.Slide assembly in direction of arrow to remove

4.Remove two screws (Item #5) to remove drive from bracket

3. Screws

6. FDD

Screws

(pwh 3x5)

3. Screws

Figure 4-6: HDD Removal

1. Power Supply

Connector

2. Harness

1.Remove two screws (Item #3)

2.Pull Bracket in direction of

Arrow A to remove

3.Remove four screws (Item #6).

Slide drive in direction of

Arrow B to remove HDD from bracket

7. HDD

B

6. Screws

A

5

6. Screws

PCV-E302/308 4-4

4

3. Screws

Figure 4-7: Power Supply Bracket/Power Supply Unit

1. Screws

(PX5)

1.Remove three screws (Item #1) from rear of unit that hold P/S bracket

2.Lift bracket in direction of

Arrow A to remove P/S unit with bracket

3.Remove three screws (Item #5) that hold P/S to bracket

3

A

5. Screws

(P 3x5)

6. Power

Supply Unit

Figure 4-8: CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive

3. Harness

(CD, DVD Audio)

2. Harness

(IDE, CD, DVD

)

1. Power Supply

Connector

4

2

1.Remove two screws (Item #4)

2.Slide drive forward in direction of arrow

3.Remove P/S connector, IDE

Harness and Audio Harness

4. Screws

4-5

PCV-E302/308

Figure 4-9: Modem Card

Screw

Modem

Card

Figure 4-10: Slot Cover

Screw

Slot Cover

PCV-E302/308 4-6

ISA1

1.Remove screw

2.Gently rock card until it can be removed from slot

Figure 4-11: Switch and LED Assembly

Front Panel

I/O Connector

1. Harness

Figure 4-12: Memory Removal (DIMM)

1.Remove screw that holds shield in place (Item #2)

2.Remove LED Holder Shield (Item #3)

5. Switch LED Assembly

3.Depress retainer clips on bottom of

LED switch assembly to remove

3. LED Holder Shield

4.Unplug Harness from main board

(Item #1)

4

2. Screw

1.Press the two clips, as shown, to release slot

2.Pull in direction of arrow to release memory card from slot

Note:Memory Banks must be populated from lowest to highest in order (ie: Bank 0 must be populated before Bank 1)

2

1

Figure 4-13: Memory Installation (DIMM)

1.Insert the memory in the direction of arrows, centering it between the two recessed areas on the DIMM socket

2.The memory is inserted correctly when you hear the clip snap into position

3.Always add new memory into the smallest bank available on your DIMM socket

Memory

(DIMM)

Clip

Memory

DIMM

Socket

4-7

Recessed Area for DIMM Sockets

Clip

PCV-302/308

Figure 4-14: I/O Shield and Main Board

2. Stop

Washers

3. Harness

(FDD)

5

4

3. Harness

(CD/DVD Audio)

6. I/O Shield

4

3. Harness

(IDE HDD)

3. Harness

(LED Switch/Assy)

Figure 4-15: Main Electrical Parts Layout

Main Board

CPU

Memory (DIMM)

CD/DVD ROM

Power Unit

Video Connector Card

IEEE 1394 Card

Modem

PCV-E302/308 4-8

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Switch

LED Assembly

Floppy Drive

HDD

NOTE:

The mechanical parts with no reference number in the exploded views are not supplied.

CHAPTER 6

EXPLODED VIEW AND PARTS LIST

safety. Replace only with part number specified.

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27

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Ref No.

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1

2

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Part No.

1-958-970-11

1-958-967-11

PARTS LIST

Description

Harness (IDE HDD)

Harness (IDE CD/DVD)

1-759-762-11 Modem Card

1-958-975-11 Harness (Modem)

A-8045-060-A Mother Board

A-8045-057-A Left Cover w/Config Label

1-475-927-12 Power Supply

8-759-569-13 CPU/Heatsink Assembly (350MHz)

8-759-569-14 CPU/Heatsink Assembly (450MHz)

8-759-569-11 64MB DIMM Memory

8-759-569-12 128MB DIMM Memory

4-638-714-02 Screw, Thumb (Side Panel)

1-958-972-11 Harness (FDD)

A-8044-769-A Rear Cover

4-638-460-11 Top Cover

1-958-973-11 Harness Audio(CD/DVD)

4-638-459-02 Right Cover

A-8044-757-A Switch/LED ASSY

1-759-875-11

1-759-664-11

A-8045-058-A

A-8044-771-A

A-8045-056-A

A-8045-055-A

DVD-ROM Drive (Hitachi) PCV-E302

DVD-ROM Drive (Sony) PCV-E302, PCV-E308

Escutcheon (DVD - Hitachi) PCV-E302

Escutcheon (DVD - Sony) PCV-E302, PCV-E308

Front Panel Assembly (Hitachi DVD) PCV-E302

Front Panel Assembly (Sony DVD) PCV-E302, PCV-E308

1-759-656-11 FDD ASSY

A-8054-875-A Video Out Assembly (Connector Card)

4-638-458-01 Rubber Feet

1-759-838-11 HDD (10.2GB) PCV-E302

1-759-839-11 HDD (13.6GB) PVC-E308

1-959-197-11 Harness (IEEE1394)

1-959-226-11 Harness (USB)

4-639-150-01 Unified Screw(W)

1-959-234-11 Harness (SER2)

1-959-235-11 Harness (Int Video)

A-8054-936-A 1394 Assembly

A-8054-874-A Front I/O Board (USB/IEEE)

7-682-146-01 Screw +P M3x5

Ref No.

ACCESSORIES & PACKING MATERIALS

Part No.

T-9985-891-1

Description

Cord Assy, Modem Cable, AC Power Cord

A-8044-893-A

A-8044-894-A

Recover CD

Sony Manual Kit

1-759-290-11 Mouse

1-759-760-11 VAIO Smart Keyboard

A-8044-895-A CD Assembly

A-8011-931-C Marketing Collateral Assy

4-639-875-01 Welcome Mat

4-640-544-02 Shut Down Supplement

A-8044-640-A Short Cinema Journal DVD-ROM

A-8044-624-C MS OS Manual

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