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Notice
This product contains software owned by Sony and licensed by third parties. Use of such software is subject to the terms and conditions
of licence agreements enclosed with this product. Software specifications are subject to change without notice and may not necessarily
be identical to current retail versions. Updates and additions to software may require an additional charge. Subscriptions to online
service providers may require a fee and credit card information. Financial services may require prior arrangements with participating
financial institutions.
© 2003 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
ENERGY STAR
As an ENERGY STAR Partner, Sony has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. The
International ENERGY STAR Office Equipment Program is an international program that promotes energy saving through the use
of computers and their office equipment. The program backs the development and dissemination of products with functions that
effectively reduce energy consumption. It is an open system in which business proprietors can participate voluntarily. The targeted
products are office equipment such as computers, displays, printers, facsimiles and copiers. Their standards and logos are uniform
among participating nations.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. registered mark.
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Trademarks
Sony, BlueSpace NE, Click to DVD, DVgate Plus, Giga Pocket, HotKey Utility, Memory Stick Formatter, PictureGear Studio, SonicStage,
Sony Notebook Setup, UI Design Selector, VAIO Action Setup, VAIO Edit Components, VAIO Media, VAIO Power Management, VAIO
System Information, Memory Stick, the Memory Stick logo, VAIO and the VAIO logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Microsoft, Internet Explorer, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, Windows XP Professional, Windows Home Edition,
Microsoft Works and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other
countries.
i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394 connection.
Adobe, Adobe Acrobat Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album, Adobe Reader, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop Elements are
trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.
MoodLogic is a trademark of MoodLogic, Inc.
PowerPanel is a trademark of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Norton Internet Security 2004 and Norton Password Manager are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation.
Drag’n Drop CD+DVD is a registered trademark of Easy Systems Japan Ltd and DigiOn Inc.
WinDVD for VAIO is a trademark of InterVideo, Inc.
Sun Java VM is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
All other names of systems, products and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not
specified.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
Please see the printed Specifications sheet to see what software is available for your model.
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Registering your VAIO
It only takes a few moments to register your Sony VAIO computer.
By registering your computer, you can take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer support
and receive the following benefits:
❑ Club VAIO – Online support, tutorials, tips and tricks, news, news forums, competitions, free downloads
and software updates.
❑ VAIO-Link – If you are experiencing any problems with your computer, you can check the VAIO-Link
website for a possible solution: http://www.vaio-link.com.
❑ Guarantee – Protect your investment. See the Guarantee sheet for the terms and conditions and refer
to your Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc for
more information.
To register your Sony VAIO computer, proceed as follows:
1 Set up an Internet connection (see also Configuring your modem (page 23)).
2 Double-click the VAIO Online Registration
icon on the desktop.
You can also find the link on the Start menu.
3 Change your language if necessary and click Next.
4 Click Register Now and then click Next.
This brings you to the website https://registration.sonystyle-europe.com/vaio/registration.asp.
5 Fill in your first and last name.
The serial number of your computer is entered automatically.
6 Click Submit.
7 Enter your details as required and click Submit.
Your VAIO is registered and a thank you screen appears.
If you entered an email address, you will receive a confirmation email from Club VAIO.
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Once you have registered, you can access VAIO Online Registration at any time to update your details without filling in the survey.
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About the software delivered with your computer
This section gives you an overview of what you can do with the software delivered with your computer.
The software package includes preinstalled software as well as applications which you can install from the
supplied VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc.
! If you recover your system, some of the applications will not be preinstalled anymore. Please read the Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the
VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc for more information.
Not all the applications listed below are delivered with your model. Please
see the printed Specifications sheet to see what software is available for
your model, and then the Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the
VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc for installation details.
Your preinstalled software can mostly be found under Start/All Programs.
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Sony software (page 5)
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Operating system and other software (page 12)
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Sony software
If you want to know how an application actually works, please refer to the online help files delivered with
the application. In many cases you can press the <F1> key when you launch an application to make the help
file appear.
BlueSpace NE
Sony Corporation
BlueSpace NE* is a software application that allows you to connect to other Bluetooth devices.
By using Device Discovery, your Bluetooth computer will identify all other remote devices equipped with
Bluetooth within the range offered by these devices (this range depends on the "class" of the device).
Service Discovery will then show the available services for the Bluetooth device you want to connect to.
Once an appropriate service is selected, the settings are completed and you are ready to communicate at
distance with the other Bluetooth device.
If applicable for your model: For more information on BlueSpace NE, refer to the Hardware Guide.
* Only available on notebooks with Bluetooth technology.
Click to DVD
Sony Corporation
With Click to DVD* you are only a single mouse click away from creating a Hollywood-style DVD masterpiece.
By simply connecting a Sony Digital Handycam to this Sony computer via an i.LINK cable, you can turn your
family memories into a DVD for all to share. Click to DVD will even guide you through a simple 4-step
procedure so you can create DVD menus packed with actively moving chapter icons.
With Click to DVD you can capture video from analogue video devices if your computer is equipped with
Giga Pocket version 5.5**. For more details, see the online help file of Click to DVD.
* Applicable for computers with a DVD-RW drive or DVD+/-RW drive.
** Giga Pocket TV Setup must be executed before capturing from an analogue video device with Click to DVD. Read the separate Giga
Pocket manual and the Giga Pocket online help files for details on how to use the TV Setup feature.
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DVgate Plus
Sony Corporation
DVgate Plus is a multi-purpose application for importing and playing video and digital movies on your VAIO
computer. Use it to capture video from external devices, perform simple editing operations, and output
video data that you can then record to videotape or save on your computer.
DVgate Plus is provided with two modes: Capture Mode and Output Mode. Select the Capture Mode to
capture video; and select the Output Mode to perform simple editing operations and output video data.
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If your notebook has a mobile CPU (see the printed Specifications sheet to see if this is the case for your notebook), you may have problems
exporting images taken and edited with DVgate Plus, from your hard disk drive to your DV device. To avoid problems, do not unplug the AC adapter
when transferring images and keep the default power schemes in PowerPanel.
Giga Pocket
Sony Corporation
Giga Pocket* allows you to watch TV and record your favourite programs on your computer.
If applicable for your model: Please see the separate online Giga Pocket Guide for details on the software,
hardware and for details on using the supplied remote control.
* Only available on some desktops.
HotKey Utility
Sony Corporation
HotKey Utility* gives you quick access to various functions using the Fn key, eg. increasing the volume.
Please refer to the Combinations and functions with the <Fn> key chapter in the Hardware Guide for
more information.
* This function is on all notebooks and some desktops.
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ISP Selector
Sony Corporation
With the ISP Selector* you can easily install the Internet Service Provider you want to use. Just choose your
country and your language in the drop-down lists and the available providers appear. Click the Install
button next to the ISP and the installation begins.
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Once you have selected your country, you can only set up ISPs for that country.
* Depending on your model.
Memory Stick Formatter
Sony Corporation
Memory Stick Formatter is a specific application for formatting Memory Sticks. Use this software whenever
you reformat Memory Sticks. Moreover, you may be able to reformat Memory Sticks that can not be
identified by Windows by using this software.
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When you format Memory Sticks with this software, all data on the Memory Stick will be lost. If necessary, take a backup of your data before
formatting.
Do not format Memory Sticks with the Windows Format command.
Network Smart Capture
Sony Corporation
Network Smart Capture* is an application for capturing still and moving pictures using either a digital
camera or the Motion Eye camera built into some VAIO computers. This software allows you to view the
photos you capture and send them to various destinations. It includes a web camera feature which you can
set up to capture images at timed intervals, without you being in the room!
* Only available on notebooks with built-in camera.
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PictureGear Studio
Sony Corporation
PictureGear Studio is easy-to-use software that is designed to help you get the most enjoyment out of your
photographs taken with a digital camera. With the PictureGear Studio software, you can easily load photos
into your computer, create photo albums and make prints.
PowerPanel
Phoenix Technologies
The PowerPanel* utility controls the power management of your computer and provides key information
about system activity and battery life. Automatic power management selects the most appropriate profile,
depending on the application you are working with and the conditions of use.
If applicable for your model: See Managing power with PowerPanel in the Hardware Guide.
* Available on some notebooks.
SonicStage
Sony Corporation
SonicStage is a software application that uses OpenMG technology, a copyright protection technology
developed by Sony Corporation and designed to allow recording and playback of digital music data on a
personal computer. Once the data is encrypted and recorded onto the hard disk, OpenMG technology allows
it to be played back on the PC but prevents unauthorised distribution. The purpose of OpenMG technology
is to create an environment in which larger quantities of high-quality music can be distributed without
subsequent unauthorised distribution of the music files.
The SonicStage software encrypts and manages music files either downloaded to a personal computer by
using the EMD services or adopted (or created) from your own CD or the Internet.
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Sony Notebook Setup
Sony Corporation
Use Sony Notebook Setup* to consult system information, specify preferences for system behaviour, and set
up a power-on password for your Sony computer.
If applicable for your model: See Setting up your notebook with Sony Notebook Setup in the
Hardware Guide.
* Available on all notebooks.
UI Design Selector
Sony Corporation
You can change the window design of Giga Pocket with UI Design Selector*.
See Changing your windows design with the UI Design Selector program (page 25).
* Only available on desktops with Giga Pocket.
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Corporation
VAIO Action Setup* helps you manage application settings that control hardware events on your computer.
For instance, this software enables you to start your favourite software with the shortcut keys (S Keys). It
manages the settings for the Shortcut keys and more.
For more information, refer to the Hardware Guide.
* Available on some desktops.
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VAIO Edit Components
Sony Corporation
Designed as a plug-in for Adobe Premiere, VAIO Edit Components includes special features to support your
i.LINK-DV devices, so you can produce superior quality home movies even after editing. Now you can control
the DV device from your computer, import and edit the movie, and then export it back to the DV device.
VAIO Media
Sony Corporation
VAIO Media software brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and image
files between your VAIO computers. You can set up one or more VAIO computers as "media client", and
make them available to your VAIO computer as "media server", which store your multimedia files and make
them available to the other VAIO computers on your wired or wireless network.
VAIO Power Management
Sony Corporation
VAIO Power Management* controls the power management of your computer and provides key
information about system activity and battery life.
If applicable for your model: See Managing power with VAIO Power Management in the Hardware
Guide.
* Available on some notebooks.
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VAIO System Information
Sony Corporation
Thanks to VAIO System Information*, you can check the product information (model name, serial number,
BIOS version, OS version and OS serial number) and the system information (CPU, clock frequency, system
memory and cache memory) of your computer at all times.
* Available on all desktops.
VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc
Sony Corporation
The VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc allows you to reinstall the system and the software shipped
with your computer. When the bundled device drivers are corrupted or accidentally erased, you can find
them on your hard disk drive (C:\Drivers). Reinstalling an individual device driver may correct a problem you
are experiencing with your computer, without you having to recover the entire system. Moreover, on this
disc you find all the manuals you need. For more information on how to use the VAIO Recovery and
Documentation Disc please read the printed Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the VAIO Recovery
and Documentation Disc.
! You can only use the VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc on the Sony computer you purchased, and not on any other Sony PC or other
manufacturer's PC.
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Operating system and other software
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1a
Microsoft Corporation
Built on the proven Windows 2000 operating system, Windows XP Professional delivers a reliable foundation
you can count on to keep your computer up and running when you need it most. Not only is the operating
system more reliable, it also offers features that make it much faster and easier to recover from system
problems.
From its fresh, new look to its more intuitive, task-based design, Windows XP Professional will make your
computing experience easier than it has ever been. With support for the latest security standards and
enhanced Firewall protection, Windows XP Professional also keeps your data secure and maintains your
privacy.
If applicable for your model: For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://support.microsoft.com/directory
Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 1a
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition allows you to enjoy a new level of reliability that helps your computer
stay up and running. If anything does go wrong, you can quickly roll back to the state your system was in
when all was well. The new, simpler visual design lets you use your computer the way you want. If you share
a computer with other users, you can each enjoy your own personal preferences because this Windows
operating system enables your computer to handle multiple activities at the same time. Windows XP Home
Edition automatically shields your computer from unauthorised access when you are on the Internet.
If applicable for your model: For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://support.microsoft.com/directory
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Internet Explorer 6.0
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer is the Microsoft Internet browser allowing you to surf the World Wide Web. The Setup
Wizard configures your computer to connect automatically to your service provider. A full e-mail package
enables you to send and receive mail - including attached files - across the Internet. NetMeeting, Outlook
Express and Microsoft Chat are just some of the components bundled with Internet Explorer 6.0. Internet
Explorer 6.0 also includes 128-bit encryption, the highest possible level of protection for all your Internet
communications, including credit card use and financial transactions. A complete online tutorial helps new
users become comfortable using the Internet.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://support.microsoft.com/directory
Adobe Companion Pack for VAIO:
Adobe Companion Pack for VAIO is available on all notebooks and desktops and consists of:
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Adobe Acrobat Elements 6.0 (page 13)
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Adobe Reader 6.0 (page 14)
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 (page 15)
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Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition (page 15)
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Adobe Premiere (page 15)
Adobe Acrobat Elements 6.0
Adobe Systems Incorporated
With Adobe Acrobat Elements 6.0 you can easily create PDFs in 4 different ways:
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Right-clicking the source file and select Convert to Adobe PDF.
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Clicking the Convert to Adobe PDF toolbar icon.
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Launch Acrobat Elements, click Next, and create your PDF using your favourite settings.
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Printing the file to the Adobe PDF printer.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.adobe.com
Adobe Reader 6.0
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Reader 6.0 is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files
on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms. This new version of the familiar Adobe Acrobat
Reader provides a host of rich features that enable you to:
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Submit Adobe PDF forms that are created with fillable form fields in such applications as Adobe Acrobat
6.0 Professional and Adobe Form Designer.
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Play back a variety of embedded multimedia content.
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Read and organize high-fidelity eBooks.
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Activate search and accessibility capabilities built into your PDF files.
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Display Adobe Photoshop Album slide shows and electronic cards and export images for online photo
processing (online photo services vary regionally).
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.adobe.com
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop Elements introduces the next generation of image editing with powerful new features
that offer something for every user. Delivering the broadest and most productive toolset available,
Photoshop Elements helps you explore your creativity, work at peak efficiency, and achieve the highest
quality results across all image media.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.adobe.com
Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop Album software has everything you need to find, fix, share, and preserve your memories.
Instead of searching through endless folders, you can use a convenient calendar to find photos by date, or
revolutionary keyword tags to pinpoint the exact group of photos you want. Quickly fix red eye, lighting,
and other basic flaws. Have fun creating custom slide shows, cards, hard-bound photo books, and more.
Then share your creations with anyone, anywhere -even on mobile phones and handhelds- in just a few
clicks.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.adobe.com
Adobe Premiere
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Complementary with DVgate Motion, Adobe Premiere lets you capture, record, create and edit movies with
video, sound, animations, photographs, drawings, text and other material.
This stunningly simple and powerful professional video-editing tool comfortably closes the DV to Web gap.
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Different tools, including various effects and transitions, help you to prepare your images for editing on tape
or CD-ROM.
Adobe Premiere combines professional video editing capabilities and high quality output in a product that
is easy to use and versatile.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.adobe.com
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
DigiOn / Easy Systems Japan
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD* is designed to be the most simple software to make your own DVDs or CDs. Users can
create their own audio CDs or DVDs that can be read in most PCs. You can also burn your own CDs with it.
The operation is simple: select the files that you want to write, and drag and drop them into an appropriate
box that corresponds to the CD or DVD format. After dropping them, simply click the arrow and the CD/DVD
is created.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd/
* Only available for notebooks and desktops with a DVD-RW drive or DVD+/-RW drive.
Microsoft Works
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Works gives you the basic tools you need for working on your PC. Use the various components for
your everyday emailing, accounting, organising and much more. The software includes an online Getting
Started guide.
For more information and support, visit the website:
http://www.works.msn.com
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MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
MoodLogic organises tracks according to tempo, genre, artist, year, song title and even by mood, like happy,
romantic or mellow mood. You can then produce playlists based on moods and music styles.
Furthermore:
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you can pick a song and create an Instant Mix of similar songs,
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automatically organize the music on your computer,
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automatically ID3 tags,
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click and transfer songs and Mixes to your MP3 player or a CD*,
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tap into the MoodLogic database for the most comprehensive song data available.
For more information and support, go to the website:
http://www.moodlogic.com
* You need CD burning software.
Norton Internet Security 2004
Symantec
Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2004 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy
threats. Included are full versions of:
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Norton AntiVirus: Contains an expanded threat detection that alerts you to certain non-virus threats
such as spyware and keystroke logging programs. It also automatically removes viruses, worms and
Trojan horses. It scans and cleans instant message attachments, incoming and outgoing e-mail messages,
and other files.
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Norton Personal Firewall: a Web assistant lets you block ads and access other program options from
Microsoft Internet Explorer. Furthermore, it also hides your PC on the Internet so that hackers cannot see
it.
! When enabling the firewall, Norton asks you some questions. Please allow/permit all VAIO applications related messages.
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Norton AntiSpam: filters unwanted e-mail messages in any POP3-compliant e-mail program by adding
a ’spam’ tag in the Subject field.
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Norton Parental Control: prevents confidential information from being sent out without your
knowledge in e-mail, instant messages, Microsoft Office attachments, and web forms.
This software package includes a 90-day free subscription to virus definition updates.
For more information, see the online help files and the website at:
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
Norton Password Manager
Symantec
Norton Password Manager* keeps your passwords secure and easy to manage.
Features:
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Remembers your passwords,
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Creates accounts for multiple users,
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Automatically fills in online forms.
This software is a trialware, meaning you can use it fully for 30 days.
For more information, see the online help files and the website at:
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
* Only available on Windows XP Professional models.
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Sun Java Virtual Machine (VM)
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
The Java Virtual Machine (VM) is only one aspect of Java software, that is involved in web interaction.
The Java VM is built right into your Java software download, and helps the Sun Java Plug-in for Java
applications. The Java Plug-in Control Panel enables applets written to the Java 2 platform 1.4
specification to run in Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer web browsers.
For more information, see the online help files and the website at:
http://www.sun.com/index.xml
WinDVD for VAIO
InterVideo, Inc.
InterVideo Inc.'s WinDVD for VAIO is a simple-to-use DVD player. WinDVD for VAIO combines all the
features you would expect to find on a standard consumer DVD player, in addition to some very advanced
functionalities, full precision video decoding, a choice of user interfaces and video display options. You can
play DVD movies, interactive DVD titles, MPEG video content, video and audio CDs. WinDVD for VAIO
automatically determines the type of disc in the DVD drive and uses the correct playback method.
For questions and technical assistance, go online to:
http://www.intervideo.com
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Customising your computer
The following sections briefly describe how to change the main settings of your computer. Among other
things, you will learn how to prepare your modem for use, how to use and customise the look of your Sony
software and utilities, etc.
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Setting up your language with Windows XP Professional (page 21)
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Configuring your modem (page 23)
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Changing your windows design with the UI Design Selector program (page 25)
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Setting a Sony wallpaper (page 26)
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Setting up your language with Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Professional computers are equipped with the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) feature. It
allows you to change the English operating system, some software applications and the keyboard layout into
the language of your choice: français, Deutsch, Japanese, Nederlands, italiano, español, čeština,
suomi, ελληνικά, portugués and svenska.
It is important that you select the correct keyboard settings during the Windows Setup.
To select the correct keyboard settings during Windows Setup, proceed as follows:
1
At first boot, click 2x Next in the Windows XP Setup Wizard window.
The Select Your System Settings dialog box appears.
2
Fill in these three questions:
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I live the closest to this region.
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I type mostly in this language.
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I use this type of keyboard.
3
In the End User License Agreement, accept the License Agreement and click Next.
4
Continue your Windows setup until it is finished.
You can also change the country and language settings into your language as soon as Windows has been
restarted or use the Language Selector.
To change the country and language settings, proceed as follows:
1
Click Start and then Control Panel.
2
In the Control Panel window, double-click the Regional and Language Options icon.
If you do not see this icon, click Switch to Classic View on the left side.
3
In the Regional Options tab of the Regional and Language Options window, select your language
from the Standards and formats drop-down menu.
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To change the language of the menus and dialog boxes, select the Languages tab of the Regional and
Language Options window.
5
Select your language from the drop-down list.
6
Click Apply to apply the changes.
You are prompted to log off and log on again. Only then, the changes to the new language will take
effect.
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Click Start, and select Log Off.
8
Click Log Off in the Log Off Windows window.
If necessary, enter your password to log on again.
All the menus, help files and icons are then displayed in your selected language. However, some parts
may remain in English.
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Configuring your modem
Before you can start using your internal modem, or each time you use your modem while travelling, make
sure that the country of the active location defined in the Phone and Modem Options dialog box matches
the country you are dialling from.
You may notice a Country Selector tab under your current modem driver options. As the Country
Selector tab is not a constant feature, do not use this tab to change the country settings. Only the following
procedure is reliable.
To change your modem country settings, proceed as follows:
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Click Start and then Control Panel.
Double-click Phone and Modem Options.
The Phone and Modem Options dialog box appears.
If you do not see the Phone and Modem Options dialog box, click Switch to Classic View on the left side.
Select your location on the Dialing Rules tab.
Click the Edit button to change the current configuration.
The Edit Location dialog box appears.
Or
Click the New button to configure your modem.
The New Location dialog box appears.
Check the country/region settings, and make sure it matches the place you are dialling from.
If you modified your location settings, click Apply, and then OK.
The Phone and Modem Options dialog box appears.
Check that your modem is listed in the Modems tab.
If your modem is not listed, click Add and follow the wizard.
Click Apply/OK.
Your modem is configured.
Before applying new country settings, please make sure your phone line is disconnected from your VAIO computer.
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Updating the modem driver
If you need to update the modem driver for any reason, proceed as follows:
1
Click the Start button and open Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
The Printers and Other Hardware window appears.
3
Click the Phone and Modem Options icon.
The Phone and Modem Options dialog box appears.
4
Click the Modems tab and then click Properties to view the properties of your modem.
The Modem Properties dialog box appears.
5
On the Driver tab, click Update driver.
The Hardware Update Wizard window appears.
Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. You can perform a Windows search for the driver, or
point to the driver's location yourself.
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Changing your windows design with the UI Design Selector
program
You can change the window design of Giga Pocket.
To change the window design using UI Design Selector, proceed as follows:
1
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
If you do not see UI Design Selector, click Switch to Classic View on the left side.
OR
If you do not see UI Design Selector, click Other Control Panel Options on the right-hand side.
2
Double-click UI Design Selector.
The UI Design Selector dialog box appears.
3
Click << or >> and select the design you like.
4
Click Apply.
The UI Design Selector window design changes, to give you a preview of the design you chose for the
Sony software.
5
To try another design, click << or >>.
6
Click OK once you are satisfied with your choice.
The UI Design Selector dialog box disappears and changes the window design of Giga Pocket.
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Setting a Sony wallpaper
Your Sony VAIO computer offers you, among many other features, a choice of wallpapers.
You can change the wallpaper, the background of your desktop, as many times as you like. There are several
VAIO-specific wallpapers to choose from.
To set another VAIO wallpaper, proceed as follows:
1
Go to Control Panel and select the Switch to Classic View option.
Double-click the Display icon.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
2
Click the Desktop tab.
A list of Windows and VAIO wallpapers is displayed.
3
Select a wallpaper from the Background list.
You can see a preview of this wallpaper in the monitor above the Background list.
4
Adjust the position of the wallpaper with the Position drop-down list.
5
Click Apply when you have found the appropriate wallpaper.
6
Click OK to close the Display Properties dialog box.
The wallpaper is applied to your computer.
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A higher screen resolution reduces the size of items on your screen and increases the relative space on your desktop.
You may not be able to increase the screen resolution above a certain level. Your monitor and video adapters, for example, determine to which extent
you can change the resolution.
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Installing and updating applications
This section explains how to install, run or uninstall a software.
Furthermore, you will learn how to download the latest updates from our website.
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Installing software (page 28)
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Changing or removing software (page 30)
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Downloading software (page 32)
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Installing software
To install bundled software from the supplied VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc, please read the
printed Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc for
details.
To install other software, use the following procedure.
Before installing the applications:
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Install and connect a hardware device, if necessary (see the Managing drivers (page 33) section);
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Close all open applications.
To install an application, proceed as follows:
1
Click Start and then Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
The Add or Remove Programs dialog box appears.
3
Click Add New Programs, and then click CD or Floppy.
The Install Program From Floppy Disk or CD-ROM window appears.
4
Insert the first installation floppy disk or CD-ROM and click Next.
The Run Installation Program appears.
5
Click Browse… to find the installation program.
The Browse window appears.
6
Select the installation program and click Open.
The path of the installation program appears in Open: text box.
7
Click Finish.
A Licence Agreement dialog box might appear.
8
Read the agreement and click Yes to accept.
You are asked to define the location where you want to install the software.
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Click Browse to select the folder and click Next.
If necessary, select the type of installation you wish and click Next.
The software installation begins.
Make sure to select Yes, I want to restart my computer now if you are asked to.
10 Click Finish.
Installation is complete and your computer restarts.
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When using Add or Remove Programs, you can only install programs that were written for Windows operating systems.
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Changing or removing software
You can remove or change a software application any time you like. Before proceeding, close the application
you want to change/remove.
To change or remove software, proceed as follows:
1
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
The Add/Remove Programs dialog box appears.
3
Select the software you want to change or remove.
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To change a program, click Change/Remove or Change and follow the on-screen instructions.
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To uninstall a program, click Change/Remove or Remove, then click Next followed by OK.
If the Locked file detected dialog box appears, click Reboot. The computer restarts once
uninstallation is completed and all previously used files are deleted.
If the Shared file detected dialog box appears, it is recommended that you click No to keep shared
files.
Click Close.
The software is uninstalled.
! When you click Change or Remove, some programs may be removed without any further warning. Make sure you are certain you want to
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remove it beforehand.
You can sort programs by selecting different options in Sort by.
Add or Remove Programs will only remove programs that were written for Windows operating systems. For other programs, check the
documentation to see if other files (such as .ini files) should be removed.
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Caution
Windows File protection
Installing a program might overwrite shared system files such as dynamic-link libraries (DLL files)* and
executable files (EXE files). When system files are overwritten, system performance becomes unpredictable,
programs behave erratically, and the operating system can fail.
Never delete files with the following extensions: SYS, DLL, OCX, TTF, or FON.
In Windows XP, Windows File Protection prevents the replacement of protected system files such as SYS,
DLL, OCX, TTF, FON, and EXE files. Windows File Protection runs in the background and protects all files
installed by the Windows Setup program.
Windows File Protection detects attempts by other programs to replace or move a protected system file.
It also checks the file's digital signature.
* This is an operating system feature that allows executable routines (generally serving a specific function or set of functions) to be
stored separately as files with DLL extensions. These routines are loaded only when needed by the program that calls them.
File Signature verification
When you install a new application on your computer, you might overwrite system files and device driver
files with unsigned or incompatible versions, which provokes system instability.
The system files and device driver files provided with Windows XP have a Microsoft digital signature, which
indicates that the files are original, unaltered system files or that they have been approved by Microsoft for
use with Windows.
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Downloading software
Please note it is possible to download the latest upgrades of software for your computer from our website.
Just click the following link to access it: www.vaio-link.com
To download the latest upgrades, proceed as follows:
1
Go to www.vaio-link.com and choose your language.
2
Click the VAIO User button.
3
Fill in the two codes and enter the site.
4
Select Downloads and follow the procedure.
A list of available downloads appears.
5
Choose the appropriate upgrade and follow the online instructions to download it.
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To install your application, see the Installing software (page 28) section.
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Managing drivers
A driver is a software enabling you to use hardware devices. For example, in order for you to be able to use
a printer, you must first install its driver. Many drivers, such as the mouse driver, come with the operating
system.
This section explains how to install, check, update or uninstall a driver.
The Windows XP Rollback feature is also explained.
Finally, you will learn how to download the latest drivers from our site.
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Installing a driver (page 34)
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Checking the driver's installation (page 36)
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Updating a driver (page 38)
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Uninstalling a driver (page 39)
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Restoring a driver (page 40)
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Downloading drivers (page 42)
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Installing a driver
For more information on (re)installing drivers, see the printed Guide to Troubleshooting and Using the
VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc for details.
To install a driver that is stored on the C: drive, proceed as follows:
1
Go to the folder C:\Drivers.
2
Select the correct folder.
If you need to update a modem drive, select the Modem folder and so on.
3
If there is an .exe file, double-click the .exe file and follow the online procedure.
If there is no .exe file, you need to go through the Device Manager to update the driver (see the second
option in the Updating a driver (page 38) chapter).
If the driver comes on a CD-ROM or disk accompanying an accessory and the driver does not come with a
specific installation procedure, please proceed as follows to install it:
1
Insert the installation CD-ROM or disk accompanying the device into the disc drive.
2
Connect the device that needs a driver, to your computer.
The Found New Hardware Wizard screen appears.
3
Select Specify a location, then click Next.
4
When installing a driver from the provided CD-ROM (or disk) by using a CD-ROM (or disk) drive
connected to the computer, select the Drivers folder on the disc drive.
5
When installing a driver after having copied the contents of the provided CD-ROM (or disk) to your hard
disk, browse to the appropriate subdirectory containing the driver. The subdirectory should be found in
the folder you copied from the CD-ROM (or disk).
6
Click OK to begin the search procedure.
7
Click Next to install the driver.
A new window appears when the driver has been installed.
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Click Finish.
You may be asked to restart your machine.
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Click Yes.
The driver is installed.
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To install your device driver, you must log on to your computer as a user with administrator rights.
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Checking the driver's installation
When the computer restarts, check that the device is working properly.
To check the driver’s installation, proceed as follows:
1
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the System icon.
The System dialog box appears.
If you do not see the System icon, click Switch to Classic View on the left side.
3
Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
4
Double-click the option corresponding to the device you installed, then double-click your device.
The Properties dialog box appears.
5
Make sure that the This device is working properly message is displayed under Device status.
6
Click OK.
Close all the opened windows, your device is ready for use.
The device is not working properly in the following cases:
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Your device is shown in Device Manager with a yellow question or exclamation mark.
Right-click your device and click Uninstall. Then repeat from step 2 in Installing a driver (page 34).
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Double-clicking the category of your device in the device manager list does not display your device.
You have to remove your device. Please refer to Uninstalling a driver (page 39) to remove it. Then
repeat from step 2 in Installing a driver (page 34).
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Double-clicking Other devices displays your device.
You have to right-click your device, then click Uninstall. Repeat from step 2 in Installing a driver
(page 34).
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If the This device is working properly message is not displayed, the device is not working properly.
Click OK to close the Properties dialog box, then reinstall the driver as follows:
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Right-click Uninstall.
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When the Confirm Device Removal dialog box appears, click OK.
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Click Yes and restart the computer.
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When the computer restarts, repeat from step 2 in Installing a driver (page 34).
If your device is not displayed in the Properties dialog box, the device is not working properly.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 in the previous sections to check the driver’s installation. Click your device, then
click Uninstall to remove the driver. Click Yes to restart the computer. When the computer restarts,
repeat from step 2 in Installing a driver (page 34).
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Updating a driver
To update the driver, proceed as follows:
1
Click Start on the taskbar.
2
Click Control Panel.
3
Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
And then click the device you want to revert.
4
On the Hardware tab, click Properties.
5
On the Driver tab, click Update driver.
6
Follow the instructions that appear on your screen. You can have Windows search for the driver, or point
to the driver's location yourself.
Or:
1
Click Start on the taskbar.
2
Click My computer from the menu.
3
Click View system information on the left of the window.
4
Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
5
Double-click the option corresponding to the device you installed, then double-click your device.
The Properties dialog box appears.
6
Click the Driver tab.
7
Click Update driver.
The driver is updated.
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To install your device driver, you must log on to your computer as a user with administrator rights.
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Uninstalling a driver
Leave the device connected to your computer while uninstalling the driver.
To uninstall the driver, proceed as follows:
1
Click Start on the taskbar.
2
Click Control Panel.
3
Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
And then click the device you want to revert.
4
On the Hardware tab, click Properties.
5
On the Driver tab, click Uninstall.
6
If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
The Uninstall button is unavailable if removing the driver would make your device unusable.
Or:
1
Click Start on the taskbar.
2
Click My computer from the menu.
3
Click View system information on the left of the window.
4
Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
5
Double-click the option corresponding to the device you installed, then double-click your device.
The Properties dialog box appears.
6
Click the Driver tab.
7
Click Uninstall.
The driver is uninstalled.
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To uninstall your device driver, you must be logged on to your computer with administrator rights.
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Restoring a driver
System Restore is a feature of Microsoft Windows XP that restores your computer to a previous state, if a
problem occurs, without losing your personal data files.
System Restore monitors changes to the system, and it automatically creates easily identified restore points.
These restore points allow you to revert the system to a previous time. They are created daily and at the time
of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed).
To revert to your previous driver, proceed as follows:
1
Open the device that is not working correctly in Control Panel.
To open the device:
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Click Start on the taskbar.
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Click Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
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Click the Printers and Other Hardware icon.
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And then click the device you want to revert.
2
On the Hardware tab, click Properties.
3
Click the Driver tab.
4
On the Driver tab, click Roll Back Driver.
Or:
1
Click Start on the taskbar.
2
Click My computer from the menu.
3
Click View system information on the left of the window.
4
Click the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
5
Double-click the option corresponding to the device you installed, then double-click your device.
The Properties dialog box appears.
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Click the Driver tab.
7
On the Driver tab, click Roll Back Driver.
You have your previous driver back.
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You must be logged on to your computer with administrator rights in order to complete this procedure.
Restoring your computer does not affect or change your personal data files.
For more information about System Restore, see the Windows Help and Support Centre.
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Downloading drivers
Please note it is possible to download the latest versions of drivers for your computer on our website.
Just click the following link to access it: www.vaio-link.com
To download the latest drivers, proceed as follows:
1
Go to www.vaio-link.com and choose your language.
2
Click the VAIO User button.
3
Fill in the two codes and enter the site.
4
Select Downloads and follow the procedure.
A list of available downloads appears.
5
Choose the appropriate driver and follow the online instructions to download it.
To install your driver, follow the instructions you received with the device, or see the printed Guide to
Troubleshooting and Using the VAIO Recovery and Documentation Disc.
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Please do not download or install drivers not provided by VAIO-Link as they might cause compatibility issues.
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