Sony PCG-C1VP User's manual

Sony PCG-C1VP User's manual
Contents
Using Your VAIO® PictureBook™ .............7
Using the Keyboard.....................................................7
Combinations and Functions with
the Windows Key ........................................................9
Indicators .....................................................................9
Indicator Lights .........................................................10
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ..........10
Using the built-in MOTION EYE™ camera ............11
Capturing a still image .........................................11
Notes on MOTION EYE camera .........................16
Using the Pointing Device.........................................17
Using PC Cards .........................................................18
To insert PC Card.................................................18
Connecting with another VAIO® computer..............21
Windows Me™ ....................................................21
Windows 2000 .....................................................21
Connecting an i.LINK® device .................................22
DVgate™ Applications ........................................24
The Jog Dial™ Control .............................................25
Using the Jog Dial Control with Sony Software..27
Using the Jog Dial Control with Other Software .27
Internal Timer.......................................................28
Using Memory Stick® Media....................................28
Types of Memory Stick Media ............................28
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VisualFlow........................................................... 30
VAIO Action Setup .................................................. 32
Connecting Peripheral Devices ...............33
Connecting a Phone Line .......................................... 34
Connecting a USB Printer......................................... 35
Connecting a USB Mouse......................................... 36
Connecting an External Display ............................... 37
Using the Floppy Disk Drive (optional) ................... 40
Connecting an Optical Drive (optional).................... 43
Notes on CD and DVD Discs .............................. 46
Connecting External Speakers .................................. 47
Connecting an External Microphone ........................ 47
Recording from a Microphone or Audio Equipment
48
Switching the connector functionality ................. 48
Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities ................... 51
Personal Digital Assistant.................................... 51
The Wireless LAN Access Point ......................... 51
The Wireless LAN PC Card ................................ 52
Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen ........... 53
Sony Notebook Setup Tabs ................................. 54
Controlling Power Management ............................... 55
Viewing the Power Management status icons ..... 55
CPU Information ................................................. 56
Power Management Profiles................................ 57
Power Management Commands .......................... 59
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Conserving Battery Power ...................................59
Displaying Battery Information ................................61
Battery Icon Descriptions.....................................61
Displaying Detailed Battery Information.............62
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software 63
Selecting the Display Mode ......................................64
Using the Dual Display function
(Windows Me only) ..................................................66
Selecting Dual Display mode...............................66
Setting the colors and resolution for each display67
Customizing the virtual desktop...........................67
Releasing the Dual Display setting ......................67
About the Software on Your Notebook ...69
Overview ...................................................................70
MovieShaker™ .........................................................75
Importing Images and Sound Clips......................75
Creating a Movie using Shaker ............................75
Editing Clips and Scenes......................................76
Saving a Movie ....................................................78
PictureGear™ ............................................................79
Managing Your Pictures ......................................79
Creating a Photo Album.......................................79
Using Panorama Maker........................................80
Making Still Images and Panoramic from MPEG ...
80
OpenMG™ Jukebox 2.0............................................81
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Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) Services .. 81
Starting OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 ............................ 82
Recording a CD ................................................... 84
Transferring Songs (Check-in/Check-out) .......... 85
Check-out............................................................. 85
Check-in............................................................... 86
Notes on using Portable Players .......................... 87
Notes on performing the System Restore function of
System Tools on Windows® Millennium Edition87
Additional Features.............................................. 88
Software Support Information .................................. 89
Sony Service Center ............................................ 90
Getting Help...............................................93
Support Options ........................................................ 93
VAIO Support Agent .................................95
Using the Quick Fix Wizard ..................................... 95
Using Common Solutions ......................................... 97
About Automatic Updates ........................................ 98
Update Notification ............................................. 99
VAIO Support Agent Properties........................ 100
Using Support Central ............................................ 101
Troubleshooting......................................105
Troubleshooting your Notebook ............................. 106
Troubleshooting the LCD screen....................... 109
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Troubleshooting the mouse and pointing device110
Troubleshooting drives, PC Cards and peripheral
devices................................................................111
Troubleshooting software...................................113
Troubleshooting the modem ..............................114
Troubleshooting audio .......................................114
Troubleshooting Memory Stick media...............115
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VAIO® Notebook Quick Start
Using Your VAIO®
PictureBook™
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This section describes how to use the keyboard, MOTION EYE™
camera, Pointing Device, PC Cards, Jog Dial Control, Memory Stick
media, and optional floppy disk and optical drives. You will also find
information on how to connect your PictureBook to another computer or
i.LINK device.
Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter’s, but your notebook keyboard has
additional keys that perform specific computer-related tasks.
Keyboard
Escape key
Print Screen key
Function keys
Correction keys
~
Shift key
Shift key
+
Ctrl key
Fn key
Numeric keypad area
Alt key
Windows® key
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Applications key
Navigation keys
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Key
Description
Numeric keypad area
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric
keypad area to type numbers or to perform mathematical
calculations such as addition and subtraction. Numbers appear on
the front beveled edge of the numeric keys. Note that you must
press the Num Lock key 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 which also function as the Home, End, Page Up,
and Page Down keys).
The Insert, Backspace, and Delete keys enable you to make
corrections in your documents.
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 key, 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’s used to produce capital letters or special symbols
such as @ and $.
The key with the Windows® logo displays the Windows® Start
menu; it’s the equivalent of clicking the Start button on the task
bar. See “Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key” on
page 9.
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue
commands. The Fn keys at the left and right sides both work the
same. See “Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key” on
page 10.
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of
context-sensitive choices; pressing this key is the equivalent of
clicking the right mouse button.
Navigation keys
Correction keys
Function keys
Escape key
Print Screen key
Operator keys
(Shift, Ctrl, Alt keys)
Windows® key
Fn key
Applications key
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Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key
Combinations and Functions with
the Windows Key
Combination
Function
+ F1
+ Tab
Displays Windows Help.
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+E
+F
Displays Windows Explorer.
Displays the Windows Find: All Files window to find a file or
folder. This is the equivalent of selecting Find and then Files or
Folders from the Start menu.
Displays the Windows Find: Computer window where you can
locate other computers. This is the equivalent of selecting Find
and then Computer from the Start menu.
Minimizes all displayed windows (with Num Lock off).
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting
Run from the Start menu.
Displays the Properties window. This is the equivalent of
double-clicking the System icon in the Control Panel.
+ Ctrl + F
+M
Shift +
+R
Fn +
+M
+ Insert
Indicators
Indicator
Function
Power
Power on: lights green.
Standby mode: flashes umber.
Battery
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the
computer.
Hard disk
Lights when data is read from or written to the hard drive. Do not enter
Standby mode or turn off the computer when this indicator light is on.
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Indicator Lights
Light
On
Off
Memory Stick
Data is read from or written to the
Memory Stick. (Do not enter
Standby mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator light
is on.)
Turns on when the number keys
area in the numeric keypad are
active.
Turns on when the letters appear
in uppercase as you type. The
Shift key lowers the case of typed
letters when Caps Lock is on.
Turns on when the screen scrolls
differently. (Does not work with all
applications.)
The Memory Stick is not being
accessed.
Num Lock
Caps Lock
Scroll Lock
Turns off when the alphanumeric
character keys in the keypad area
are active.
Turns off when letters appear in
lower case as you type (unless you
hold down the Shift key).
Turns off when information moves
across the display normally.
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
Combinations/
Feature
Functions
Fn+
(ESC)
Standby
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management
state. To return the system to the active state, press any
key or press the power switch on your computer.
Toggles the built-in speaker off and on.
Fn+
(F5)
Brightness control
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume.
To increase volume, press Fn+F4, then or
.
To decrease volume, press Fn+F4, then
or
.
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To increase light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then or
.
To decrease light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
or
.
Toggles through the LCD, external display (connected to
the
Monitor connector), and both LCD and external
display.
Fn+
(F3)
Speaker switch
Fn+
(F4)
Speaker volume
Fn+
(F7)
Switch to the
external display
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
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Combinations/
Feature
Functions
Fn+
the TV
Toggles through LCD display and dual
LCD/TV.
/
(F8) Switch to
LCD and TV
only LCD
Fn+
(F12)
Hibernate
Fn+D
Video standby
Fn+B
Bass Boost
Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. When
you execute this command, the state of the system and
state of the peripheral devices are written to the hard disk
and the system power is turned off. To return the system to
the original state, use the power switch to turn on the
power.
Turns off the LCD in order to save power. To return the LCD
to an active state, press any key (Windows Me only).
Toggles the bass-boost function off and on. This feature is
available only while using the headphone.
✍ Some functions are not available until Windows launches.
Using the built-in MOTION EYE™ camera
Your computer includes a built-in MOTION EYE camera. You can use the
camera to shoot still images and record video clips.
Capturing a still image
1
Press the CAPTURE button to start Smart Capture.
CAPTURE Button
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2
Select Still Viewer/Long Movie Player/Net Movie Player from the
application list.
3
Choose Still by clicking the on-screen Capture Mode button. To switch to
Motion, click the on-screen Change Capture Mode button. (You can also use
Jog Dial to control this function.)
4
The Finder window appears. Turn the MOTION EYE camera lens toward
the subject you want to photograph.
Turning MOTION EYE
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5
Adjust the focusing ring.
Adjusting the Focusing Ring
6
Half-press the CAPTURE button on the computer. The image remains still
for a few seconds. To display another image, release the CAPTURE button
and press again.
7
Fully press the CAPTURE button. The still viewer window opens and the
captured still image appears in the still viewer window.
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For more detailed information about the capture software, refer to the online
Help for Smart Capture.
✍ If you turn the lens toward you, Smart Capture goes into mirror mode. You can use the
mirror mode to take a still image of yourself. A mirror-image appears in the finder
window of the display while shooting; however, after capturing, a normal image
appears.
You can capture the following still image sizes: 640 × 480, 320 × 240, 160 × 120, and
80 × 60 pixels.
✍ You can adjust the sound quality for different sound environments. Click Start, point to
Settings, and then point to Control Panel. Click Sounds and Multimedia and then
Audio tab. Click Volume under the Sound Recording category. Adjust the volume level
with the microphone slider.
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Using the Self-timer
You can take a still image 10 seconds after clicking the CAPTURE button by
using the self-timer.
1
Click Still Viewer/Movie Player from the switch applications list.
2
Select Still mode.
3
Click the Options button.
The Still Image Options dialog box appears.
4
Click Self-timer capture on the Capturing mode tab.
5
Click OK.
✍
After Self-timer capture is complete, the capturing mode changes automatically to
single image (Normal Capture).
To stop Self-timer, click the CAPTURE button.
To display the remaining time before the picture is taken, turn on the capture
information display. The capture information display can be turned on and off by
selecting Displaying Capture Information from the shortcut menu.
To create a panoramic image
You can create panoramic images by connecting still images captured with the
MOTION EYE camera.
1
Capture the still images. Using the panoramic-assist function of Smart
Capture, capture still images to be used to create your panoramic image.
For details, see Smart Capture online Help.
2
Start the PictureGear software. For details, see the PictureGear section in this
manual.
To set the image quality and mode of MOTION EYE camera
You can change the settings of image quality or mode of MOTION EYE camera.
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click the MOTION EYE camera icon. The Camera Control Utility
appears.
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✍
3
You can also activate the Camera Control Utility using the Jog Dial control. Camera
Control Utility is available even while using other software applications that use the
MOTION EYE camera.
Click the Image tab and drag the slider to the left or the right. The level
settings increase as the slider is moved to the right and decrease as it is
moved to the left.
Features
Description
Brightness
Contrast
Hue
Color
Sharpness
Adjust the brightness
Adjust the contrast of the light part and the dark part
Adjust the hue of the color
Adjust the coloring
Adjust the sharpness
4
Click Mode tab and click the item you want to set.
Features
Description
White balance
Adjust the colors to be more natural.
Auto: Adjust automatically to natural colors.
Indoor: Suitable for indoor capturing.
Outdoor: Suitable for outdoor capturing.
Hold: Suspend the proximate settings of the white balance, so that
settings do not change automatically.
Set the shutter speed:
Auto:
Adjust the shutter speed automatically.
1----50 : This speed is suitable for capturing images under fluorescent
light.
Hold: Suspend the proximate settings of the shutter speed, so that
settings do not change automatically.
Shutter speed
✍ The appropriate mode will vary depending on the situation or subject. Switching
between outdoor and indoor environments while setting the White Balance to Hold
may cause colors to appear incorrectly. For color correctness, set White Balance to
Auto and capture something white, and then wait approximately 10 seconds. The
image should now display with the correct color.
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Click OK.
✍
Click the Default button, and then click OK to return all settings to the default settings.
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Notes on MOTION EYE camera
❑
Do not touch the camera lens.
❑
Do not point the camera toward the sun.
❑
You cannot detach the camera.
❑
Smart Capture is unavailable while other software that uses the built-in
camera is in use. Close all software that uses the built-in camera before you
use Smart Capture.
❑
You cannot transfer still images or video clips from the built-in camera while
transferring to connected i.LINK devices.
❑
You should take an initial shot before taking a final shot to ensure sound and
picture quality.
❑
Your recording is not guaranteed.
❑
If your recording fails due to conditions unfavorable to the camera, the
contents of your recording cannot be guaranteed.
❑
Clean the lens regularly. Picture quality is adversely affected when the lens is
dirty.
✍ MOTION EYE camera can also be used with the Microsoft® NetMeeting® application.
For more information about the Microsoft® NetMeeting® application, open the Start
menu, point to Programs, Accessories, Communications, and then click NetMeeting.
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Using the Pointing Device
Using the Pointing Device
The pointing device on the keyboard allows you to point to, select, drag, and
scroll objects on the screen.
Using the Pointing Device
Pointer
Pointing
device
Right button
Left button
Center button
Action
Description
Point
Press the pointing device in a direction to place the pointer on an item or
object.
Press the left button once.
Press the left button twice.
Press the right button once. In many applications, this action displays a
shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.
Press the pointing device in a direction to place the pointer on an item or
object. While holding the left button, press the pointing device in a
direction, and then release it at the desired point.
Press the pointing device while pressing the center button.
Click
Double-click
Right-click
Drag
Scroll
✍ The scroll function is available only with applications that support a scroll pointing device
feature. Pressing the pointing device too hard may damage it.
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To replace the pointing device cover
You can take off the pointing device cover and replace it with the additional cover
supplied with your computer.
Replacing the Pointing Device Cover
Pointing device cover (supplied)
✍ Make sure the cover is tightly secured to prevent damage to the screen when you
close the computer.
Using PC Cards
Your computer includes a PC Card slot. PC Cards allow you to connect portable
external devices, such as a CD-ROM drive, or to connect to a network using a PC
network Interface Card.
✍ The PC Card slot can accommodate a Type II PC Card. This slot is compatible with
Card Bus. Type III PC Cards are not supported.
To insert PC Card
✍ You do not need to shut down the computer before inserting or removing a PC Card.
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Using PC Cards
1
Insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot with the front label facing up.
Gently push the Card into the slot until it is fixed into the connector; the
release button comes out.
Inserting PC Card
Insert in the direction of the arrow.
2
Press the release button down and toward the ventilation slot.
Release Button
Release
button
Release
button
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✍ Do not force a Card into the slot. It may damage the connector pins.
If you have difficulty inserting a PC Card, check that you are inserting the PC Card with
the correct orientation.
See the manual that came with your PC Card for more information on its use.
When a PC Card is inserted, do not place your computer in a bag or case. Pressure or
shock to a PC Card may damage your computer.
To remove a PC Card
✍ Follow the procedure below when you remove the PC Card while your computer is on.
Failure to follow this procedure may result in a malfunction. If your computer is turned
off, you do not have to follow these instructions.
1
Double-click
in the task tray.
2
The “Unplug or Eject Hardware” dialog displays.
3
Select the hardware device you wish to remove by clicking it.
4
Click Stop.
5
Confirm the correct device is selected in “Stop a hardware device.”
6
The message, “PC Card can now be safely removed from the system”
appears. Click OK.
7
Pull the release button so that it is extended.
8
Press the release button toward the computer.
9
Gently grasp the PC Card and pull it out.
10 Insert the PC Card slot protector into the empty slot.
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Connecting with another VAIO® computer
Connecting with another VAIO® computer
Windows Me™
You can connect your VAIO PictureBook to another VAIO computer that has the
preinstalled Windows Me operating system or the Sony Smart Connect 3.0
software preinstalled. You may use an optional i.LINK®* cable to connect the
two systems and then use one computer to edit, copy, or delete files on the other
computer. You can also print from a printer that is attached to either computer.
Select the STD mode in Smart Connect 3.0 software to connect with another
computer that has Windows Me preinstalled.
Connecting with an i.LINK cable
i.LINK cable (optional)
Windows 2000
The preinstalled Smart Connect software enables you to use an optional i.LINK®
cable to connect your VAIO PictureBook to another VAIO computer that also has
Smart Connect or preinstalled Windows Me. You can then use one computer to
edit, copy or delete files on the other computer. You can also print from a printer
attached to either computer.
See Smart Connect online Help for more information.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and i.LINK compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may
not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK compatible device for information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK compatible
PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or hard disk drive, confirm their operating
system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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✍ When you connect two VAIO computers, you must assign each computer a unique
name. The computers can be identified by this unique name when the two computers
are networked together.
✍ If you have previously purchased a VAIO computer or notebook that does not have the
Windows Me operating system or Smart Connect 3.0 software preinstalled, consult
the Sony website for support options (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
Connecting an i.LINK®* device
The VAIO C1 PictureBook includes an i.LINK S400 (IEEE1394) connector,
which you can use to connect to an i.LINK enabled digital camcorder.
To connect a digital camcorder
❑
Plug one end of an i.LINK cable into the
S400 connector on the left side
of the computer and the other end into the DV In/Out connector on the
digital camcorder.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and i.LINK compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may
not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK compatible device for information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK compatible
PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or hard disk drive, confirm their operating
system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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Connecting an i.LINK® device
Connecting a Digital Camcorder
to DV In/Out
to S400
Digital camcorder
i.LINK cable
(optional)
Notes on connecting an i.LINK device
❑
i.LINK cables that are compatible with your VAIO® C1 PictureBook
Computer include cables with the following part numbers:
Length
Connector
Part Number
1.5 meter
1.5 meter
4-pin connector at each end
4-pin connector at one end and 6 pin
connector at the other end
4-pin connector at each end
VMC-IL4415A
VMC-IL4615A
0.8 meter
VMC-IL4408A
❑
The Sony digital camcorder is pictured; your digital camcorder may need to
be connected differently.
❑
On Sony digital camcorders, connectors labeled “DV In/Out” or “i.LINK”
are compatible.
❑
See the manual that came with your digital camcorder for more information
on installation and use.
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❑
The i.LINK connector does not supply power to external devices. If the
external device requires power from the i.LINK connector, you cannot use
the device with your computer.
❑
The C1 PictureBook supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps; however, the
actual transfer rate is limited to the maximum transfer rate supported by the
external device. If multiple devices are connected, the transfer rate will be
the lowest maximum transfer rate for the connected devices.
❑
The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the software
applications you use. See the documentation that came with your software
for more information.
DVgate™ Applications
Digital Video Captures
If your system displays the message, “Failed to record to DV deck, please check
deck’s power status, cable connection…,” while you are recording images to a
digital video device using DVgate software, close all open applications, and
restart your computer. Frequent recording of images to a digital video device
while using DVgate may cause this situation to occur.
For more information on DVgate software, see the DVgate online help.
Adjusting Image Resolution
If the images on the LCD do not display smoothly, the resolution may not be set
correctly. To check the resolution, click the Setup button in the DVgate
Motion-Monitor window. Point to Settings, and then select Low Resolution. The
settings you change in this menu affect the images in the monitor window only.
Movie data imported to your hard drive and images recorded to DV devices will
not be affected.
Hard Disk Drive Partition
In order to improve the performance of your notebook’s DVgate™ Motion
software, the hard disk drive on your notebook has been formatted with two
partitions, C and D. The C partition hold 40 percent and the D partition holds 60
percent of the entire drive capacity. DV gate saves files tot he D partition. This
prevents large video capture from consuming the available space on your C
partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate, you should defragment
or format the D partition regularly.
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The Jog Dial™ Control
To defragment a partition
Before you begin to defragment a partition, make sure you back up all files
that you want to save.
❑
Click the Start button in the Windows® taskbar.
❑
Click Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then click Disk
Defragmenter. The Disk Defragmenter window appears.
Select the drive you want to defragment from the list, and click the Defragment
button. See Windows® Help for more information on defragmenting.
The Jog Dial™ Control
Your computer is equipped with a Jog Dial control on the right side of the unit.
The Jog Dial control enables you to open an application, folder, or document
from a predefined list by rotating and pressing the Jog Dial control. In addition,
when you press the Jog Dial control, you can turn on your computer
automatically and start the selected application or document.
Using the Jog Dial Control
Jog Dial control
The Jog Dial control window always appears in the display. It is either in the
launcher mode or in the guide mode.
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Using the Jog Dial™ Control
This section explains how to use the Jog Dial control. For information on how to
change the Jog Dial control’s settings, right-click the Jog Dial control icon in the
task tray and click Help Topics.
Launcher Mode
The Jog Dial control window is in launcher mode until a software application is
launched or the Jog Dial control window becomes active. When an arrow is
displayed next to an item in the Jog Dial control window, you can display a
submenu of that item by selecting it and pressing the Jog Dial control button.
Using Launcher Mode
To use the Jog Dial control, click the Jog Dial control window or the Jog Dial
control icon in the task tray. Alternatively, you can press the Jog Dial control
while pressing the Ctrl key on the keyboard to switch to the launcher mode.
1
Turn the Jog Dial control to select the item you want, then press the Jog Dial
control. The window switches to the guide mode, and shows the Jog Dial’s
function.
JOG Guide Dialog Box
2
Turn or press the Jog Dial control to use the desired function.
3
To select another item, switch to the launcher mode and repeat from step 1.
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Guide Mode
The Jog Dial control window is in the guide mode when software is in use and
the software window is active. Depending on the software you are using, you can
select items from the displayed list using the Jog Dial control. Some Sony
software applications have two modes in List View, Simple Menu, and Full
Menu. You can switch the mode by pressing the Shift key while turning the Jog
Dial control.
Using Guide Mode
The Jog Dial control window displays the Jog Dial’s function.
Using the Jog Dial Control with Sony Software
If Sony software that supports the Jog Dial control is active, you can use the Jog
Dial’s functions that are allocated to that software. For more information on
functions allocated to software, see the software applications online Help.
Using the Jog Dial Control with Other Software
If the software you are using does not support the Jog Dial control, you can still
perform the following functions:
Action
Description
Maximize Window*
Press the Jog Dial control button to maximize the size of the
active window. Press again to return to normal window size.
Press the Jog Dial control button to minimize the size of the
active window. Press again to return to normal window size.
Press the Jog Dial control button to close the active
application.
Press the Jog Dial control button to begin scrolling within the
active window.
Press the Jog Dial control button to return the Jog Dial
control to Jog Launcher mode.
Press the Jog Dial control button, then use the Jog Dial
control to scroll through the active window’s toolbar.
Minimize Window*
Finish Window*
Scroll*
Jog Dial Launcher
Menu Bar
*Some software does not support these functions.
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VAIO® Notebook Quick Start
Using a Dialog Box
When a window such as Screen Properties is active, the Dialog box is displayed
in the Jog Dial window. You can select an item in the window by rotating the Jog
Dial control. Pressing the Jog Dial control is the equivalent of pressing Enter.
JOG Guide Dialog Box
Internal Timer
You can use the internal timer to start an application at a specific time. The timer
can start applications even when the power is off.
Using Memory Stick® Media
This new compact, portable, and versatile recording medium has a data capacity
exceeding that of a floppy disk. The media is specially designed for exchanging
and sharing digital data with compatible products. Because it is removable, the
media can be used for external data storage.
Types of Memory Stick Media
Two types of Memory Stick media are available. The first type, MagicGate™
Memory Stick media (hereafter referred as MG Memory Stick media), is
provided with copyright protection. The second type, simply referred to as
Memory Stick
media, does not have the same copyright protection as
MagicGate.
You can use both media with your notebook.
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Using Memory Stick® Media
For music, which requires copyright protection, you can only use MG Memory
Stick media with your notebook. You can also use MagicGate-compatible
devices to record and playback music when they are connected to your computer.
You can store mixed data on the Memory Stick media. For example, you can
copy an image onto MG Memory Stick media that already contains music.
What is MagicGate?
MagicGate is copyright protection that consists of authentication and encryption
technology. Authentication technology ensures that protected content is only
transferred between compliant devices and media. Protected content is recorded
and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent unauthorized duplication or
playback.
✍ Ensure that the MG Memory Stick media has the MG mark
.
To Insert a Memory Stick Media
Insert the Memory Stick media into the media slot on the left side of the
notebook until it clicks into place. When the Memory Stick media is properly in
place, Sony’s VisualFlow™ software will automatically launch to display the
contents of the Memory Stick.
1
Insert with the arrow facing toward the Memory Stick media slot and the
label facing down.
✍ Inserting the media in the wrong direction may damage the connector pins.
Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow pointing in the correct direction
and then turn it so the label side is down before inserting into the slot. To
avoid damaging the computer or the Memory Stick Media, do not force the
Memory Stick media into the slot.
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VAIO® Notebook Quick Start
2
Carefully insert the Memory Stick media until it clicks in place.
Inserting Memory Stick
Insert in the direction
of the arrow with
the label facing down
Memory Stick media
To view the contents of Memory Stick media
You can see the contents by clicking the Removable Disk (S:) icon.
Warning: When copying data between Memory Stick media with different
memory capacity, use the drag and drop method to copy data. Do not use the
Copy Disk function of Windows. The Copy Disk function will result in the loss
of the installed memory.
To Remove a Memory Stick Media
Make sure the access light is off. Push the media in toward the computer. When
the media ejects, pull it out. When removing the Memory Stick media, be
careful as it may eject completely from the slot.
VisualFlow
VisualFlow is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically
for Memory Stick media.
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Using Memory Stick® Media
To use VisualFlow
1
From the Start menu, point to Programs, VisualFlow, and then VisualFlow.
✍ VAIO Action Setup has been configured to launch VisualFlow by default upon insertion
of Memory Stick media. VisualFlow starts automatically when Memory Stick media is
put into the S:\ drive.
2
Click on an icon in the View section on the main toolbar to select a display
layout.
3
Click on an icon in the Sort section on the main toolbar to select a sorting
method.
4
Resting your cursor on the left end of the main toolbar activates the current
Memory Stick properties.
5
Resting your cursor on the right end of the main toolbar activates a
secondary toolbar with more functions.
6
Click an image to show a normal view centered on the screen.
❑
7
Double-click an image to show an enlarged view.
Movie files start playback when the view is enlarged. Click again on movie
files to restore the view to normal.
✍ While an image is enlarged, the Launch toolbar appears on the bottom of the window.
Any associated application can be activated from here.
Notes on using Memory Stick media:
❑
When the media's write-protect tab is set to LOCK, data cannot be recorded
or erased.
❑
Before using Memory Stick media, you should back up important data.
❑
Wait a minimum of 10 seconds after the media finishes reading or writing
data before removing it. If the media is removed prematurely, a blue screen
with an error message appears, prompting you to continue or exit. Reinsert
the media into the slot and press Enter to continue. This allows the media to
finish reading or writing data.
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VAIO® Notebook Quick Start
❑
You can enjoy video clips that you have recorded with
Memory Stick-compatible digital camcorders.
❑
The media slot can accommodate one media at a time.
❑
To copy images from a digital video camera via Memory Stick media, see
“Connecting an i.LINK® device” on page 22.
❑
Only MG™ Memory Stick media can be used with copyright protected data
like music.
❑
Do not remove the media or turn off the power while the access light is on.
❑
Do not use the media in locations that are subject to static electricity or
electrical noise.
❑
Do not touch the media connector with your finger or metallic objects.
❑
Do not attach labels other than the supplied label to a media.
❑
Do not bend, drop, or shock the media.
❑
Do not disassemble or modify the media.
❑
Do not allow the media to get wet.
❑
Do not use or store the media in a location that is subject to:
❑
Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun.
❑
Direct sunlight.
❑
High humidity or places with corrosive substances.
To prolong the life of the media, use the supplied storage case. See the
instructions that come with your media for more information on its use.
VAIO Action Setup
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Jog Dial™ control,
Memory Stick® media, and i.LINK® interface. An overview of some of the
functions controlled by VAIO Action Setup is provided below. For more
information on changing the settings using VAIO Action Setup, right-click the
Jog Dial control icon
or
, in the task tray and click Help Topics.
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Connecting Peripheral Devices
Connecting Peripheral Devices
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You can add functionality to your computer by connecting any of these optional
peripherals:
❑
Phone line (page 34)
❑
USB printer (page 35)
❑
USB mouse (page 36)
❑
External display (page 37)
❑
USB floppy disk drive (optional) (page 40)
❑
Optical drive (optional) (page 43)
❑
External microphone (page 47)
❑
External speakers (page 47)
Connecting a Phone Line
You need to connect a phone line (not supplied) to take advantage of online
services and the Internet.
✍ In order to register your VAIO C1 PictureBook, or to register your software online,
you must connect to a phone line.
1
Open the phone line jack cover. The cover opens only to a 45-degree angle.
✍ Use care when opening the phone jack cover. Opening it beyond a 45-degree angle
may result in damage to the unit.
Opening Phone Line Jack Cover
Phone line
jack cover
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Connecting a USB Printer
2
Plug one end of the phone cable into the jack on the inside of the phone line
jack cover. Make sure you insert the phone cable from the rear of the
computer and that the modular jack clicks into place.
3
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
Plugging in Phone Cable
Phone line jack
Phone cable
(not supplied)
✍ 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). Some of these connections may result in excess electrical current
and could cause a malfunction in the internal modem.
✍ If you connect a phone line coming through a splitter, the modem or connected
device may not work properly.
Connecting a USB Printer
You can connect a Windows Me/Windows 2000 compatible printer to your
computer to print documents.
✍ To use a printer, first install the driver software that came with your printer.
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To connect a printer
Plug the optional USB printer cable into the USB port on your computer and the
USB port on your printer.
Connecting a Printer
Computer
Power cord
Printer
USB connector
to
USB connector
USB Printer cable
(optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your printer for more information on its installation
and use.
Connecting a USB Mouse
You can connect an optional USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series to your computer.
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Connecting an External Display
To connect a USB mouse
Plug the mouse cable into the USB port. PCGA-UMS1 series drivers have
already been installed.
Connecting a USB Mouse
USB Mouse
(optional)
to
USB port
✍ A serial mouse or PS/2 mouse is not compatible with the VAIO® C1 PictureBook.
See the manual that came with your mouse for more information on its installation
and use.
Connecting an External Display
You can connect an external display to your VAIO C1 PictureBook Computer.
For example, you can use the computer with any of the following:
❑
Computer display (monitor) (page 37)
❑
Projector (page 38)
❑
TV (page 39)
To connect a computer display
❑
Connect the supplied display adapter to the mini VGA
then plug the display cable into the adapter.
connector, and
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❑
If necessary, plug one end of the power cord into the display, and the other
end into an AC outlet.
Connecting a Display
Computer display
Power cord
Display adapter
Display cable
✍ See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on its
installation and use.
To connect a projector
You can use a projector as an external display, such as the Sony LCD Projector.
You can connect a projector using the supplied Display adapter.
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Connecting an External Display
1
Plug the supplied display adapter into the mini VGA Out
then plug the RGB cable into the adapter.
2
Plug the audio cable into the Headphone
connector and
connector.
Connecting a Projector
Computer
Projector
Power cord
to
Monitor
Audio cable
(optional)
RGB signal cable
Display adapter (supplied)
✍ See the manual that came with your projector for more information on installation
and use.
You may not be able to display the computer's LCD and the external display
together, depending on the type of computer display or projector used.
Connect the AC adapter after you finish connecting all other peripheral devices.
Turn on all the peripheral devices before you turn on the computer.
To connect a TV
Use the supplied AV cable to connect your TV monitor to your computer.
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1
Plug the supplied AV cable into the computer’s AV/TV Out jack.
2
Plug the other ends of the AV cable into the TV, as shown.
Connecting a TV
TV Monitor
Computer
Power cord
Video In
Audio In
R
L
T
AV cable (supplied)
Using the Floppy Disk Drive (optional)
You can connect the optional floppy disk drive (FDD) to the
your computer.
(USB) port on
To connect the floppy disk drive
✍ You do not need to shut down the computer before connecting or disconnecting the
floppy disk drive.
✍ Before removing the FDD, see “To remove the floppy disk drive when the computer
is on” on page 42.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive (optional)
Plug the USB cable from the floppy disk drive into the
(USB) port on the
computer. The VAIO logo on the disk drive should be facing up.
Plugging in USB Cable
To insert a disk
1
Hold the disk with the label side facing up.
2
Gently push the disk into the drive until it clicks into place.
Inserting disk
disk
Floppy disk drive
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To remove a disk
❑
When you finish using the disk, wait until the LED indicator light turns off
and then press the Eject button to remove the disk.
Removing disk
Eject button
LED indicator
To remove the floppy disk drive when the computer is on
1
Double-click the Remove Hardware icon
2
The “Unplug or Eject Hardware” dialog displays.
3
Select the hardware device you wish to remove by clicking it.
4
Click stop.
5
Confirm the correct device is selected in the “Stop a Hardware device”
dialog box.
6
The message, “Floppy Disk Drive can now be safely removed from the
system” appears. Click OK.
7
Unplug the floppy disk drive from the computer.
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in the task tray.
Connecting an Optical Drive (optional)
(Windows Me only) If you choose and remove the USB Disk, the internal
memory stick becomes disabled.
If you have removed the USB Disk by mistake (instead of the USB floppy),
take the following steps to recover it.
1
Open the start menu, select Settings, Control Panel, and then the
System icon. The System Properties appear. Select Device
Manager.
2
Click the Refresh button.
3
In the “Stop a Hardware device” dialog box, confirm that the
device can be safely removed from the system. Click OK.
To carry the floppy disk drive
Fold the floppy disk cable into the compartment on the right side.
Notes on handling disks
❑
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the disk.
❑
Keep disks away from magnets.
❑
Keep disks away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
Connecting an Optical Drive (optional)
You can use an optional optical drive such as the PCGA-CD51/A CD-ROM drive
with your computer. If you use an optional drive when your computer is running
on battery power, the battery life will be shorter. The drive draws power from the
computer through a PC Card.
If you connect a non-Sony DVD drive to your VAIO PictureBook, the
DVD playback may not function properly. The bundled DVD software
must be installed to play a DVD.
For best performance, it is recommended that you use a Sony compatible
DVD drive.
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To connect the optical Drive
✍ You can connect a PCGA-CD51/A CD-ROM drive while the computer is on, unless
you want to use the Application, Driver, and System Recovery CDs. Turn off your
computer before using the Recovery CDs.
Procedures for connecting the optical drive may vary, depending on the drive.
See the manual that came with your optical drive for more information on its use.
1
Remove the PC card slot protector from the PC Card slot. See “To remove
the floppy disk drive when the computer is on” on page 42 for details.
2
Remove the PC Card from the bottom side of the CD drive.
Removing PC Card
3
Insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot with the SONY logo facing up. See
“Using PC Cards” for details.
Inserting PC Card
✍ A protective cover is attached to the lens of the CD-ROM drive at the factory. Before
using the CD-ROM drive, remove the protective cover.
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Connecting an Optical Drive (optional)
To Insert a Disc
1
Press the Eject button. The disc tray slides out.
CD-ROM Drive
Eject button
2
Place the disc in the tray with the label side facing up. Push the disc onto the
hub until the disc clicks into place.
Inserting Disc
Disc
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3
Close the tray by pushing it gently. The Busy indicator on the drive flashes
while your computer is reading data from the disc.
Flashing Busy Indicator
Busy indicator
To Remove the Drive
Remove the PC card from the computer. See “To remove the floppy disk drive
when the computer is on” on page 42 for details.
Notes on CD and DVD Discs
Handling CD or DVD discs
❑
Do not touch the surface of the disc.
❑
Do not drop or bend the disc.
❑
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your discs. Adhesive labels may
come off while the disc is in use in your optical drive, and may cause
damage to the unit.
Cleaning CD or DVD 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.
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❑
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.
Connecting External Speakers
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external
speakers.
To connect external speakers
❑
Use the
symbol to locate the Headphone connector. Plug the speaker
cable into this connector.
✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Do not place disks on the speakers; the speaker’s magnetic field may damage the
data on the disks.
✍ See the manual supplied with your speakers for more information on their
installation and use.
Connecting an External Microphone
You can enhance the quality of sound input by using an external microphone.
✍ Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
To connect an external microphone
Use the
symbol to locate the Microphone connector. Plug the microphone
cable into this connector.
✍ See the manual supplied with your microphone for more information on its
installation and use.
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Recording from a Microphone or Audio Equipment
You can record messages, memos, or other recordings in analog by connecting a
microphone or other audio equipment to the Microphone connector of your
notebook and then switching the connector functionality. The Microphone
connector is for MIC IN (monaural).
Switching the connector functionality
To switch the Microphone connector functionality for use with a microphone or
an audio device:
1
Double-click
on the task tray located in the lower right corner of the
Desktop window. The Volume Control window appears.
2
From the Options menu, click Properties. The Properties window appears.
3
In the Adjust Volume panel, select Recording, and then click OK.
The Recording Control window appears.
4
Select either Microphone or Line.
✍ When you are recording using a microphone, select Microphone. If you are
recording using other audio equipment, select Line.
Adjusting sound volume in the Recording Control window
When Microphone or Line are not displayed in the Recording Control window,
from the Options menu, click Properties, click the item you want to display in
Control, and then click OK.
✍ You can only adjust the recording volume in the Recording Control window in step
3. If you adjust the volume in step 1, the adjustment is only effective for playing
sound. It does not adjust the volume for recording sound.
To increase the sound of the microphone:
1
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Double-click
on the task tray located in the lower right corner of the
Desktop window. If Microphone is not displayed, from the Options menu
Connecting an External Microphone
click Properties, select Microphone from the Control panel, and then
click OK.
2
From the Microphone panel, click Advanced. The Advanced Controls for
Microphones dialog box displays.
3
Click Mic 20dB in Other Controls, and then click Close.
Adjusting volume
You can adjust the sound device volume for playing or recording.
To adjust the volume when playing, double-click
in the task tray located in
the bottom right corner of the Desktop window. The Volume Control window
displays.
To adjust the sound of other devices, from the Option menu, click Properties. In
the Volume Adjust window, select Playback, and click the check box of the item
you want to display in Control. Click OK.
Sound device
Function
Volume Control
Adjust the sound level from the speakers or
headphones.
WAVE
Adjust the wavfile sound or the effected sound of
Windows.
PC Beep
Adjust the beep sound when inserting or removing the
PC card, etc.
Telephone
Adjust the modem or telephone line volume.
Microphone1
Adjust the internal or external microphone volume.
Line
Adjust the audio equipment volume.
CD Audio
Adjust the volume of the CD in the optional optical
drive.
MIDI2
Adjust the MIDI sound.
3D Wide
Widen the sound effect. (Effective for games, etc.)
To make the microphone echo
1
From the Start menu, select Settings, and click Control Panel. In the Control
panel, double-click YAMAHA DS-XG.
2
Select the Echo tab.
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3
You can also customize the setting by choosing options such as Delay Time
and Feedback.
4
Click OK.
✍ When recording or using microphone echo, some software options may not be
available.
To effect the MIDI sound:
1
From the Start menu, select Settings, and then select Control Panel.
2
Click the YAMAHA DS-XG Audio Config icon. (If you do not see the icon
that you are looking for, click “Display all the options of the Control Panel.”)
3
Select the Synthesizer tab.
4
Select the desired effect, and then click OK.
To adjust the sound volume when recording, double-click
located in the lower right corner of the Desktop window.
in the task tray
1
From the Options menu, select Properties.
2
In the Volume Adjust window, select Recording, and then click OK. The
Recording Control window appears.
You can adjust the sound using the Smart Label software (included) or the sound
recorder.
Sound device
Function
Telephony
Adjust the modem or telephone line sound.
Microphone
Adjust the internal or external microphone sound.
Line
Adjust the audio equipment sound volume.
CD Audio
Adjust the digital sound volume of CD of the optional
CD-ROM drive (PCGA-CD51/A).
Stereo Out
Adjust the sound from Volume Control. The bass
boost function is not enabled.
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Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities
Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities
The following peripheral devices can be connected to your notebook, to expand
the capabilities of your computer and enhance its versatility to meet your various
business or personal needs:
❑
A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
❑
The Wireless LAN Access Point
❑
The Wireless LAN PC Card
Personal Digital Assistant
A handheld PDA is the quintessential personal planner and entertainment center
that fits in your pocket. With a PDA, you can easily perform the following
functions:
❑
Enter your schedule details in the calendar and view them by the day, week,
or month, and even set an alarm to remind you of important events.
❑
Keep your contact names, addresses, phone numbers, and other details in the
address book, and find them when you need them.
❑
Add tasks to the To Do List, prioritize them, and assign them due dates.
❑
Synchronize your data with the software on your notebook, to back up your
data.
❑
Track expenses when you are out of the office, then transfer the data to your
notebook.
❑
Exchange data with your notebook.
The Wireless LAN Access Point
The Wireless LAN Access Point, which is also called the Access Point, is
designed for building a wireless LAN (Local Area Network) environment. The
Access Point comes with the Wireless LAN PC Card and required software. You
can easily build a wireless LAN environment by plugging the Access Point into
an AC power outlet, installing the Wireless LAN PC Card in your notebook, and
using the provided software. Because a wireless LAN configuration requires no
wiring, you can operate multiple computers more freely than ever before.
You can also connect your Access Point to a telephone line, Integrated Services
Digital Network (ISDN) router, cable modem, or Digital Subscriber Line (xDSL)
modem to share access to the Internet among multiple computers.
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The Wireless LAN PC Card
The Wireless LAN PC Card, which comes with the Wireless LAN Access Point,
can be purchased separately and is designed for building a wireless LAN
environment. The Wireless LAN PC Card can be used with or without the Access
Point. With the Access Point, you can build a wireless LAN between computers
that are equipped with the Wireless LAN PC Card and gain access to the Internet.
Without the Access Point, you can achieve direct communication (Peer to Peer
mode) between computers.ly than ever
✍ For information on available Sony products, go to http://www.sonystyle.com.
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Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen
To display the Sony Notebook Setup screen:
1
Click the Start button on the Windows® taskbar.
2
Point to Programs and click Sony Notebook Setup.
Sony Notebook Setup Screen
3
Select the tab for the item you want to change. See “Sony Notebook Setup
Tabs” on page 54.
4
After you finish making your changes, click OK.
Sony Notebook Setup Tabs
Tab
Description
About This Computer
Display system information, including memory capacity,
serial number, and BIOS version.
Change the volume of the sounds that play while the
operating system is loading. Select the order of drives and
devices from which you want to load the operating system.
You can specify the hard drive as well as other drives inserted
into your computer.
Set the password to secure your computer.
Set the Bass Boost option.
Initial Setting
Power On Password
Bass Boost
✍ For more information about each option, click Help on the Sony Notebook Setup
screen to display the Help file.
Controlling Power Management
The PowerPanel utility allows you to control the power management of your
notebook computer and provides key information about system activity and
battery life. The following sections briefly describe how to conserve your
computer’s battery power. You can also refer to PowerPanel Help for more
detailed information. To activate a profile or command, see “Displaying Battery
Information” for details.
Viewing the Power Management status icons
The Power Management status icons are displayed in the task tray at the lower
right side of your screen. Move the pointer over the icons to see the tool tip that
displays information about the active profile. The Battery status icon indicates
battery power level and the CPU status icon indicates the performance level of
the CPU.
To activate the Power Management toolbar
1
Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
2
Select Toolbars from the pop-up menu, and then click Power Management.
The Power Management toolbar appears on the taskbar.
The current profile icon is highlighted on the Power Management toolbar. It is
the first icon farthest to the left, and its appearance changes depending on which
power management profile is currently selected. To change the power
management profile, click the current profile icon, and then select a profile from
the pop-up list. See “Power Management Profiles” on page 57 for a description
of available options.To select another power management command, click that
icon in the Power Management toolbar.
✍ When you use the battery pack to power your notebook, your system selects the
Maximum Battery Life power management profile by default. If you select a
different power management profile while using battery power, that profile is
selected automatically the next time you use the battery pack to power your
notebook.
Refer to the PowerPanel Help for information on customizing the Power
Management toolbars.
You can change the power management settings, such as the system timer and the
brightness of the screen.
To customize power management settings
1
Click the Current Profile icon on the Power Management toolbar.
2
Select Edit/Create Profiles from the menu.
3
Click a profile whose setting you want to change from the list in the left
field.
4
Double-click an item whose setting you want to change from the list in the
right field.
5
Click the desired setting.
6
Click the File menu, and then click Save.
7
Click the File menu, and then click Exit.
CPU Information
The PowerPanel utility allows you to monitor the performance of the CPU used
in your computer. Here is a brief description on how to display your computer’s
CPU information
1
Select the Power Management menu by right-clicking the Power
Management icon in the task tray.
2
Make sure the Show CPU Status Icon option is checked. If this is the case, a
CPU information icon should be displayed in the task tray.
3
Double-click the CPU information icon. The CPU Information dialog box
opens up.
Power Management Profiles
The PowerPanel utility provides several predefined power management profiles.
Each profile consists of a group of power management settings that are designed
to meet specific power management goals—ranging from maximum power
management to no power management. You can change the settings for any of
the predefined profiles (except for the Disable Power Management profile), or
you can create your own profile to suit your portable computing needs. The
predefined profiles are:
Icon
Description
Maximum Performance
Provides the best system performance while still conserving power.
Maximum Battery Life
Provides power saving features to give you maximum battery life and good
performance. It slows the computer and puts it into Standby mode after a
specified time period.
Ultimate Battery Life
Extends the Maximum Battery Life by disabling ports such as the i.LINK port.
This profile disables many applications such as Memory Stick, DVGate, and
Smart Capture.
Disable Power Management
Turns off all power management features such as Standby and Hibernate modes.
You can not change the settings of this profile.
AC Power
The power management state when AC power is in use. Similar to the Power
Management Off setting. Power Management automatically loads the AC
profile unless you disable this feature.
Games
Disables the display and the Hard Disk Standby timer.
Presentation
Keeps the display on at all times while it conserves power. This option is ideal
for slide show presentations. You can establish settings for LCD (Video)
Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby to optimize power management for
your system.
Camera
Optimizes performance and power requirements for camera usage.
Word Processing
Optimizes power management with longer timeouts on the hard disk and
display screen. You can also establish settings for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard
Disk Standby, and Standby to optimize power management for your system.
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Description
Spreadsheet
Optimizes performance and power requirements for spreadsheet applications.
Communications
Extends battery life by initiating a quick display timeout. The Internal modem
remains powered. You can also establish settings for LCD (Video) Standby,
Hard Disk Standby, and Standby to optimize power management for your
system.
Automatic Profile Selection
Automatically switches to a profile suitable for active applications.
Power Management Commands
PowerPanel also provides power management commands that you can use to
activate specific power management functions and to control power for a specific
device. You can use these commands to override a profile setting or initiate an
immediate action.
Icon
Description
Standby
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management state that saves the
state of the system and peripheral devices in memory (RAM). Power
consumption reduces to a minimum, and the system remains on. To return the
system to the active state, press any key or the power button on your computer.
Hibernate
Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. The system writes the
state of the system and peripheral devices to the hard disk and turns off the
system power. To return the system to the original state, use the power button
to turn on power. The system saves the data in the Save to Disk Partition on the
hard drive.
LCD (Video) Standby
Turns off the video display to save power. If you turn off the Video Standby
timer, the display remains active except when the system enters Standby mode.
The video display system is one of the largest consumers of power in the
system.
Conserving Battery Power
When using the notebook with a battery, the LCD display and the hard drive can
be set to switch off automatically to conserve battery power.
For details, see “Power Management Profiles” on page 57.
Displaying Battery Information
You can display information for the battery on your computer. The following
sections briefly describe how to display your computer’s general battery
information. You can also refer to PowerPanel Help for more detailed
information.
To activate the Battery Information toolbar
1
Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
2
Select Toolbars from the pop-up menu, and then click Battery Information.
The Battery Information toolbar appears on the taskbar.
You can also view the total capacity remaining in the battery by placing the
pointer over the batter status icon in the task tray on the lower right side of the
screen.
Battery Information Toolbar
❑
Percentage indicator — Displays the percentage of the remaining capacity.
❑
Time indicator — Displays estimated time (hours:minutes) remaining
before the battery fully drains, also referred to as the time-to-empty.
Battery Icon Descriptions
Battery icon
Battery status
Charging
Fully charged
Discharging
No battery
Displaying Detailed Battery Information
Double-click the battery icon on the task tray to display the Battery Information
window. The screen appears displaying the Battery tab, which contains
information such as the estimated time-to-empty and charging time.
Battery Information Window
Customizing the Battery Information toolbar and alarm system
You can customize the Battery Information toolbar to suit your portable
computing needs, including modifications to the alarm settings. Refer to
PowerPanel Help for more information.
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software
To change the window design
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then point to Control Panel.
2
Click UI Design Selector.
3
Click << or >> and select the desired design.
4
Click Apply.
5
The “UI Design Selector” window design changes. The window design for
your Sony software will match the “UI Design Selector” window.
6
To try another selection, click << or >> and then click OK.
7
The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design
displays.
✍ This feature is available with UI Design Selector-compatible software only.
Selecting the Display Mode
This notebook uses the ATI video controller. You can select which display is used
when the notebook is connected to an external monitor. When you connect an
external display, you can switch the display mode between your notebook’s LCD
display and the external monitor.
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then point to Control Panel.
2
Click the Display icon. The Display Properties window appears.
3
Click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced button. The ATI RAGE
MOBILITY-M1 AGP Properties dialog box appears.
4
Click the Displays tab and select the display settings by clicking the
icon on the panel of your display choice. For more information, click the
Help button.
✍ If you cannot see your movie or DVD on the external display, change the monitor or
TV setting by clicking on the Secondary
icon and changing it to Primary
.
✍ You may not be able to display the notebook LCD screen and an external display or
projector at the same time, depending on the types of computer displays and
projectors you are using.
Turn on the computer after you turn on the peripheral devices.
ATI RAGE MOBILITY-M1 Screen
Using the Dual Display function
(Windows Me only)
The dual display function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop
across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display attached to
the monitor connector, your notebook’s LCD display and the external display can
function as a single desktop. You can move the cursor off of one display and onto
the other. This allows you to drag objects, such as an open application window or
a toolbar, from one display to the other. This configuration of a single desktop
distributed across separate displays is referred to as a virtual desktop.
Virtual Desktop
Virtual desktop
External monitor
Your LCD display
Selecting Dual Display mode
1
Click Start, point to Settings, Control Panel, and then click the Display icon.
The Display Properties window appears.
2
Click the Settings tab.
3
Click the Monitor marked “2.” The Monitor #2 dialog box appears.
4
Click Yes to enable the second display.
5
Click Apply.
Setting the colors and resolution for each display
You can set the display colors and resolution for each display that is part of a
virtual desktop.
Follow steps 1 to 4 above to display the Display Properties screen. Select the
display you wish to change (1 or 2) by clicking the icon of the display. You can
change colors by selecting an option from the Colors list. Use the slider in the
screen area to change the resolution. Click OK or Apply. Click OK to confirm
that you want to make the changes.
Customizing the virtual desktop
You can customize Dual Display mode by changing the position of the two
displays that form the virtual desktop.
In the Display Properties screen, drag the icons of Monitor #1 or Monitor #2, to a
new position that is relative to the other. The two display icons must be
connected to create a virtual desktop. Click OK to apply the change.
Releasing the Dual Display setting
Follow steps 1 and 2 in the section “Selecting Dual Display mode.” Right-click
on Monitor #2, and then click Enabled to release the setting.
✍ Some software is not compatible with Dual Display mode.
About the Software on Your
Notebook
Your VAIO notebook is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as
soon as you turn it on. This section gives you the following:
❑
An overview of the various software that come with your computer and the
activities you can perform with your software
❑
Software support information
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Adobe® Acrobat Reader™
Adobe Systems Inc.
Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in
Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve
the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.
Adobe Photoshop® Elements (Windows Me only)
Adobe Systems Inc.
Using state-of-the-art image editing tools, you can unleash your artistic ability and create
digital images for print, e-mail and posting to the Web. The versatile image capturing
options allow you to start working with digital and traditional photos immediately.
Explore endless creative possibilities for your personal images with Adobe Photoshop
Elements.
✍ When you start Adobe Photoshop® Elements for the first time, you will be prompted
to enter a product code for the application to work correctly. This code is found in
the printed Adobe information that is included with your notebook.
America Online®
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends
with easy-to-use e-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports
scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.
Apple QuickTime™
Apple Computer Inc.
QuickTime is the Apple technology that makes video, sound, music, 3D, and virtual
reality come alive for our Internet browser and Windows.
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter® 2000 Pro (Windows Me only)
ArcSoft, Inc.
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 is an easy-to-use, advanced printing program that lets you
quickly lay out multiple images in multiple sizes on a single sheet of paper. PhotoPrinter
Pro offers a wide selection of templates including landscape, portrait, free style, mixed
sizes, custom templates and more. The application includes enhancement tools and special
effects for improving photos while giving you the ability to add text to any image.
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CompuServe® 2000
CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc.
CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational
information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet,
without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe.
DVgate™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK® connector and capture your own
video clips and still images. You can edit the clips from your video, add others, and
combine clips into new movie segments. You can also save your images in a variety of
popular file formats.
✍ If your VAIO® Notebook does not come with Adobe Premiere® pre-installed and
you subsequently purchase that software, you must install a plug-in to enable
DVgate™ 2.3.
To install the plug-in for Adobe Premiere® 5.1 and 5.1LE, proceed as follows:
1.
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar and select Run.
2.
Click Browse and, from your C: drive, select Program
Files>Sony>Dvgate>Premiere Plug-in>5.1.
3.
Select “Setup.exe” and click Open. Then click OK to install the plug-in.
To install the plug-in for Adobe Premiere® 6.0, proceed as follows:
1.
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar and select Run.
2.
Click Browse and, from your C: drive, select Program
Files>Sony>Dvgate>Premiere Plug-in>6.0.
3.
Select “Setup.exe” and click Open. Then click OK to install the plug-in.
Media Bar™ DVD Player
Sony Electronics Inc.
Media Bar DVD Player software is your ideal, high quality solution for video playback.
You can rewind or fast-forward the scenes on the DVD Player monitor as you would in an
ordinary DVD player, to easily find the scene you want to view. You can also utilize the
typical features of DVDs, such as changing angles or sounds and viewing or changing
sub-titles. This software is used in conjunction with the optional VAIO DVD Player and
DVD software plugins, which are sold separately.
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Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer delivers the web the way you want it. It is safe, easy to use, and you can
personalize how you access the web. Outlook Express and other tools in Internet Explorer
also help you have a great experience when you are on the web.
Microsoft® Word 2002
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Word 2002 makes it easy to create shared Web, e-mail, and print documents for
use around the world. It embraces HTML as a first-class file format and extends Word’s
ease-of-use to the Web and e-mail. Word 2002 also extends that ease-of-use to
international users, making it simple to create multilingual documents.
MovieShaker™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony’s original MovieShaker software creates personal movies that have transitions,
background music and text. Just import your video clips and “shake” with a click of the
mouse. Your personal movies are easy to create and fun to share with family and friends.
(See “MovieShaker™” below.)
Netscape Communicator®
Netscape Communications
Netscape Communicator is an all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the
web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups, and compose great web documents.
Norton AntiVirus™
Symantec Corporation
Norton Antivirus provides security for your Internet and email communications. This
powerful antivirus software works in the background to continuously protect your PC, by
scanning the files you download from the web and receive as e-mail attachments. Each
time you connect to the Internet, Norton Antivirus updates its virus definitions to deliver
automatic protection today and in the future.
OpenMG Jukebox™
Sony Electronics Inc.
OpenMG Jukebox software enables you to import digital audio files by downloading
audio files from Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) services over digital networks, such
as the Internet. You can record audio CDs onto you hard drive in a variety of formats.
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PictureGear™
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony digital
still camera, or a Sony Mavica® camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table
format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder. (See “PictureGear™”
below.)
Prodigy Internet®
Prodigy Communications Corporation
An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy
delivers powerful online content such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access
to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.
Quicken® 2001
Intuit, Inc.
Quicken is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your
checkbook, so it is easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all your finances, bank
accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans. You can even pay your bills online.
Real Jukebox
RealNetworks Inc.
RealJukebox is one of the world’s most widely used personal music management systems.
Using RealJukebox,you can capture the contents of a music CD, manage and play back
your music, and view various music-related information via the Internet. This Custom
RealJukebox for Sony allows seamless check-out capabilities to a wide range of Sony
personal audio devices, and offers convenient links to Sony product and music service
home pages.
✍ If you are using an external CD-ROM drive connected with a PC Card, be sure to
connect your external CD-ROM drive before starting RealJukebox. Additionally, do
not remove your CD-ROM drive while using RealJukebox. Either of these actions
may cause RealJukebox to shut down improperly.
RealPlayer®
RealNetworks Inc.
RealPlayer is the RealNetworks video and audio player which lets you access 2,500 radio
stations featuring music, news, and sports.
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RealProducer® G2
RealNetworks Inc.
RealProducer converts your audio and video files, or live feeds, into RealAudio and
RealVideo for the Internet or your intranet. RealProducer is easy to use, gives you better
control over your content, and is packed with exclusive features. Featuring support for
CD-quality RealAudio 8 and VHS-quality RealVideo 8, RealProducer is an excellent
choice for both beginners and pros.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture
manages the i.LINK*® connection between your computer and a Sony Digital
Handycam® Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to capture
compressed video or still images that you can save or share via e-mail. A smart solution to
computer, digital audio/video and network convergence.
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages teh settings for your notebook’s Jog Dial control and i.LINK
interface.
VAIO Support Agent
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive onlne support.
VisualFlow™
Sony Electronics Inc.
VisualFlow is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically for
Memory Stick media. It displays any still pictures, movie, or sound files stored in a
Memory Stick media in a visually pleasing, artistic manner. VisualFlow not only plays a
selected movie or sound file, but also enables playback of files by other applications like
PictureGear, Memory Stick Slideshow, and Windows Explorer.
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MovieShaker™
This application can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any
knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, motion pictures can be
combined with special effects, still images (pictures), and music files and then
saved in a format most computers can play.
Main Window
Working Panel
Editing trays
Clip tray
Help
Product tray
Trash
Importing Images and Sound Clips
1
Click
2
Find the file you want to add.
3
Select the file.
4
Click Open. The file is added to the Clip tray.
✍
(File Import) or
(DV Import).
Importing files over 75 seconds in length may cause MovieShaker software to stop
responding.
Creating a Movie using Shaker
After adding clip(s) to the Clip tray, you can create a short movie using the
Shaker feature. Shaker randomly select clips from the Clip tray to create a 30second scene.
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1
Click the Shake tab.
2
Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shaker tray.
Shaker Tray
3
Click
. A 30-second scene is automatically generated and
saved to the Product tray.
4
To preview, switch the scene from Work Panel to Product tray mode and
then press play.
✍ Scenes created with Shaker begin with black frame and after processing are placed
in the first available slot on the Product tray. Limit the number of scenes placed on
the Product tray to 10 or less. MovieShaker software may stop responding if too
many scenes are placed on the Product tray.
Editing Clips and Scenes
You can edit your movie by adding effects and text, adjusting the color and
contrast, and modifying the length of clips.
Working Panel
Sound
Color
Monitor
Speed
Effect Palette
Trim Palette
Effect Knobs
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Adding effects to a scene or a clip:
1
Double-click the clip or scene to move it to the Working Panel.
2
Select the Effects tab from the Editing tray.
3
Drag and drop the Effect you want to add from the Effects tray to the Effects
palette on the Working Panel.
✍ To preview an Effect, click on the clip in the Working panel monitor. Your clip
displays with the new effect on the Effect tray monitor.
4
See Help for instructions on adjusting effect duration and replaying clips/
scenes.
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Saving a Movie
1
Verify that the clip(s) you want to save is on the Product tray. See Help for
more details on saving movies.
2
Click Export.
3
Select the format in which you want the clips to be saved.
4
Click Next.
5
Locate the folder to which you want the file saved.
6
Name the file.
7
Click Save.
Exporting movies may take a long time to complete—Save movie as DV (Digital
Video) takes the longest and Quick-Save is the fastest. MovieShaker can play
video files up to 65 MB in length.
✍ For DV playback and smooth video playback, we recommend the following
resolution/refresh rates: 1024 x 768/75 Hz or lower.
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PictureGear™
PictureGear software is a digital image management application that allows you
to see all the images stored in any directory on your computer. Thumbnail views
provide quick reminders of your pictures. Brighten, contrast, enhance, resize,
crop, and color-correct your pictures. Create panoramic views, animations,
screen savers, wallpaper, still pictures from MPEG, and even HTML photo
albums.
Managing Your Pictures
Use the collection feature to manage your pictures.
1
Click the Folder tab and browse to locate your pictures.
2
Select the pictures you want to have in a collection.
3
From Collection menu, select Create New Collection.
4
Enter a name for the collection and then click OK.
Creating a Photo Album
1
Select the pictures you want to use to make an album.
2
From the Utilities menu, select Album Maker.
3
Choose the type of Album you want and click OK.
4
Now add more pictures, frames, text, and effects.
5
When you are finished, select Create Album in File menu or click the Create
Album icon on the toolbar.
6
Designate the folder you where want to save the Album.
7
Enter the Target Album name, select Thumbnails and click OK.
8
The new album can be viewed using most internet browsers.
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Using Panorama Maker
Panorama Maker stitches a group of still images into a 360 degree panoramic
picture. The source images should be the same size and overlap 20 percent.
How to stitch a panoramic picture:
1
Gather the source images into the same folder or collection.
2
Select the images you want to use.
✍ We recommend 12 landscaped or 16 portrait pictures.
3
From the Utilities menu select Panorama Maker.
4
Select the correct lens and click OK. (If 35mm lens is selected, the prompt
does not appear; to select a different lens, click the lens icon.)
5
Click the panoramic icon, near the bottom of the window.
6
Click Full Stitch.
Making Still Images and Panoramic from MPEG
1
Select the MPEG file.
2
From the Movie/Sound menu, select Scene break down.
3
Then select Movie Stitch, to create a panoramic picture.
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OpenMG™ Jukebox 2.0
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 is a software application that utilizes Sony Corporation’s
copyright protection technology. OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 maintains the holder’s
copyrights by preventing unauthorized distribution of digital audio files.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 software enables you to play and record audio CDs and
import digital audio files. When recording an audio CD with OpenMG Jukebox
2.0, it is encoded in ATRAC3 format onto your computer’s hard drive. By
downloading digital audio files from EMD services, the downloaded and
imported data can then be played on your computer or transferred to external
devices/media while maintaining the copyright information of the contents.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 converts your existing MP3 and WAV format audio files
into OpenMG format (WAV format audio files are converted into ATRAC3
format or changed into OpenMG MP3 format).
Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) Services
EMD allows you to download music files via the Internet. To use OpenMGenabled services on the Internet, you need:
❑
Access to the Internet from your computer. Sign up with an Internet Service
Provider and configure your computer for Internet access before using EMD
services.
❑
Free EMD programs such as EMD key installer. These programs can be
downloaded from the Sony EMD Web page.
❑
An EMD service provider. Consult the provider for details regarding service.
✍ To protect your personal data, Sony uses SSL (an encryption protocol) for
communication between your browser and the Sony WWW server. If you are
accessing the Internet from inside of an enterprise LAN, you may not be able to use
SSL due to the proxy server of the LAN. For help, contact your network
administrator.
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Starting OpenMG Jukebox 2.0
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, select Programs, OpenMG
Jukebox, and then OpenMG Jukebox. The CDDB Registration dialog box
appears. For more information regarding CDDB registration, click the Help
button.
✍ To register with CDDB, you will need Internet access from your computer.
2
After registering with CDDB, the “Set OpenMG Jukebox as the Application
for playing Audio CD” dialog box appears. If you wish to set OpenMG
Jukebox as the default application for playing audio CDs, select the
appropriate checkbox. Click OK to close the dialog box. The OpenMG
Jukebox window appears.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Basic Features
1
2
4
1
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3
5
Menu bar
Displays OpenMG Jukebox menus.
6
3
7
8
Player control buttons
Control playback (play, stop, pause, etc.).
OpenMG™ Jukebox 2.0
2
5
6
Screen Tabs
4
Change the operational sheet view
according to function.
File List view
7
Lists the items under the selected folder in
the File Tree view.
Drop-down list
8
Displays the playlists, audio files, etc., of
the current screen tab.
File Tree view
Displays the folders on your computer.
Tutorial tab
Opens and closes the Tutorial screen.
URL drop-down list
Displays URL address information if
available. Clicking the “Go to URL link”
button connects to the Internet Web page
of the URL.
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Recording a CD
You can record songs from audio CDs and import them to playlists within
OpenMG Jukebox.
✍ When you record from an audio CD on your CD-ROM drive for the first time, the
“CD Drive Optimization” dialog box appears. Click Start to verify your CD-ROM
drive. After the verification is performed, recording begins.
1
Insert an audio CD into the CD/CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive.
2
Click the CD tab.
3
Select the Bit Rate, CD drive, and Record to location from the drop-down
lists.
CD tab screen
4
To select certain tracks from your CD, uncheck any unwanted tracks. You
may also click the empty checkbox next to Select All (clears all
checkboxes), and then select the desired tracks.
5
Click
Rec to Jukebox. Recording begins. When the recording is
finished, the new playlist appears in the File Tree view of the Playlist screen
tab.
✍ To name the album and songs, type the name, or retrieve it from the CDDB Web site
on the Internet at http://www.cddb.com/cddb2info/using.html
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Transferring Songs (Check-in/Check-out)
You can transfer songs between the playlists of your OpenMG Jukebox and
external devices/media. For details on using your external devices/media, see the
user guide that came with your product. These instructions are for the Check-in/
Check-out 1 step mode; for information on 2 step mode, see “Changing the
check-in/check-out settings” in the OpenMG Jukebox Help.
Check-out
1
Connect the external device/media to your computer
2
Click the Check-in/Out tab to display the Check-in/Out screen. Your
computer recognizes the connected external device/media and lists the
information on the right side of the screen.
Check-In/Out tab screen
3
Select the Playlist containing the song that you want to check out. The songs
in the playlist are listed in the Playlist view in the center of the screen.
4
In the Playlist view, select the song to be checked out. To check out more
than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and click the songs to be
selected.
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5
Click
(Out), or drag and drop the song to the desired position in the song
list of the external device/media. Check-out begins.
✍ To cancel Check-out, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog
box displayed during Check-out.
Check-in
✍ You can only check-in songs recorded on external devices/media to the hard drive of
the same computer from which the songs were checked out.
1
Connect the external device/media to your computer
2
Click the Check-in/Out tab to display the Check-in/Out screen. Your
computer recognizes the connected external device/media and lists the
information on the right side of the screen.
3
Select the song to be checked in from the song list of the external device/
media. To check in more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and
click the songs to be selected.
4
Click
(In), or drag and drop the song(s) to the Playlist view. If you want
to check in all of the songs in the external device/media, click
(In All).
Check-in begins.
✍ To cancel check-in, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog
box displayed during Check-out.
For more information regarding the use of OpenMG Jukebox 2.0, read the
OpenMG Help file. To access the OpenMG Help file, Click the Start button on
the Windows taskbar, select Programs, OpenMG Jukebox, and then OpenMG
Jukebox Help. Or, from the OpenMG Jukebox Help menu, select OpenMG
Jukebox Help.
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Notes on using Portable Players
Your VAIO computer ships with OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 installed. Portable players
that are compatible with OpenMG Jukebox software may contain an earlier
version of the software (Version 1.0, 1.1, or 1.2). Do not install an earlier version
of OpenMG Jukebox on your computer, as this may cause the software to work
improperly or damage your audio files. For more information on connecting your
portable player to your computer, go to the Sony Walkman® Product Support
Web site at http://www.sony.com/walkmanproductsupport.
✍ (For Windows 2000 Professional models) Due to the incompatibility between
Windows 2000 Professional software and NW-MS7 Portable Player hardware,
connecting a NW-MS7 Portable Player to your VAIO notebook is not possible.
Notes on performing the System Restore function of System
Tools on Windows® Millennium Edition
If you perform the System Restore function of System Tools on Windows Me,
the OpenMG Jukebox version 2.0 database may become corrupted and all music
files recorded or imported may not play. Follow the steps below to back up and
restore all music files managed by OpenMG Jukebox.
1
Before performing the System Restore function, back up your music files by
using OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool. This will help prevent unwanted loss
of music files.
2
After performing the System Restore function, restore your music files by
using OpenMG Backup Tool. This will help to ensure the reliability of
playback.
For details on using OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool, refer to the online Help file
for OpenMG Jukebox. (To access the OpenMG Jukebox Help file, start the
OpenMG Jukebox program, open the Help menu, and select OpenMG Jukebox
Help.)
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❑
OpenMG Jukebox Tutorial — In the Tutorial screen, the available
operations of OpenMG Jukebox are briefly described. By clicking items in
the screen, you are guided directly to the desired operations of OpenMG
Jukebox.
❑
OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool — Allows you to back up and restore all
the data managed by OpenMG Jukebox, including music, graphics, and
information. You must be connected to the Internet to use OpenMG Jukebox
Backup Tool.
❑
Import audio files in various formats — You can import downloaded or
stored audio files in various formats, such as MP3, WAV, or WMT (which is
compliant with Windows Media Technologies with the extensions .asf or
.wma), and manage them on the Playlist of OpenMG Jukebox.
❑
Manage imported songs on the Playlist — By registering imported songs
to the Playlist of OpenMG Jukebox, additional features are made available
other than playback. You can create a list of songs categorized by genre or
artist, display the created list on a Playlist, and manage these songs in a
hierarchical structure by using Playlist folders. You can also edit songs so
that multiple songs are created as one (Combine), or divide one song into
two (Divide).
❑
Simple mode — Allows you to perform playback operations only. The
operation panel in simple mode is much smaller than in full mode. This is
especially useful when you want to play songs with OpenMG Jukebox while
using other software, or when you feel that the operation panel in full mode
is too large. Additionally, the design of the operation panel in simple mode
can be changed by adding a new Skin. Therefore, you can enjoy various
panel designs.
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Software Support Information
Software Support Information
Acrobat® Reader™, Adobe PhotoShop® Elements
(Adobe Systems Inc.)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com/
phone
206-675-6126 (fee-based support)
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
America Online® (America Online, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.aol.com
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Apple QuickTime (Apple Computer Inc.)
Web site
http://www.apple.com
phone
800-692-7753
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe Interactive Services, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.compuserve.com
phone
800-848-8990
Netscape Communicator® (Netscape Communications Corporation)
Web site
http://www.netscape.com/
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro (ArcSoft, Inc.)
Web site(s)
http://www.arcsoft.com
http://www.photoisland.com
phone
510-440-9901
fax
510-440-1270
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM PT
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Prodigy Internet® (Prodigy Communications Corporation)
Web site
http://www.prodigy.com
phone
800-213-0992
hours
7 AM - 3 AM ET
Quicken® 2001 (Intuit, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
800-644-3193
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
RealPlayer, Real Jukebox, Real Producer (Real Networks, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4688 (fee-based support)
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Sony Applications (Sony Electronics Inc.)
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Windows® Operating System, Internet Explorer, Word 2002 (Microsoft
Corporation)
Web site
http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-4766972) or find Sony Customer Service on the Web at http://www.sony.com/
pcsupport.
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2
Getting Help
Sony provides several support options for your VAIO computer. When you have
questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources
for answers, in the following sequence:
Support Options
1
VAIO® PictureBook User Guide and VAIO® PictureBook Quick Start
2
Manuals and Online Help Files
The online VAIO® PictureBook User Guide and printed VAIO® PictureBook Quick
Start provide you with information on how to maximize your notebook capabilities and
solve common problems. To access the online user guide, click Start on the Windows®
taskbar, select Help Center and VAIO Documentation. The quick start is supplied with
your notebook.
The software preinstalled on your notebook may come with an online manual. These
manuals are stored on the hard disk drive as online help files. You can find the help
files from the Help menu under specific software application. Some software
applications may come with a printed manual.
3
Operating System Online Support
4
VAIO Support Agent
Your notebook comes preinstalled with Microsoft® Windows®. For operating system
support, you can access Microsoft® customer support at http://support.microsoft.com/
directory/.
You can find VAIO Support Agent from the Windows desktop. Using advanced
diagnostic technology, Sony’s VAIO Support Agent runs scheduled protections of your
applications, network settings, and other important software settings. When your
software is protected, you can use VAIO Support Agent to repair software problems by
restoring your software to any of the previously protected states.
5
Sony PC Support
This service provides you with 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 Sony PC
Support at: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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6
Sony Fax-on-Demand
This service, which requires a fax machine or your fax software, provides answers to
commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service to request a list of
available topics, 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).
7
Sony Customer Support
Software support is available free of charge for 90 days after the original date of
purchase. You can call and speak with a Sony Customer Support Representative
without using your computer by calling: 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
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VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Support Agent helps you repair your own software problems without the
assistance of a support analyst. VAIO Support Agent's advanced diagnostic
technology identifies and tracks characteristics of your software applications and
basic network settings. These diagnostics protect and store information in a
retrievable format that enables you to restore your software to a previous working
state. Sony has identified the software items that are protected by the VAIO
Support Agent utility.
VAIO Support Agent has three features to help you fix your software problems:
Quick Fix Wizard, Common Solutions, and Support Central. This section briefly
describes these three features, and the automatic update capability of the VAIO
Support Agent.
VAIO Support Agent main window
Using the Quick Fix Wizard
The VAIO Support Agent records and maintains a history of the VAIO Support
Agent protected applications by taking a “snapshot” of the application at regular,
timed intervals and storing it for future use. Should a problem develop with one
of the protected applications, you can use the Quick Fix Wizard feature to
retrieve the date/time (snapshot) that was recorded when the application worked
correctly. The Quick Fix Wizard repairs the protected application files without
altering the data files you have created using the application.
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To use the Quick Fix Wizard, follow these steps:
1
From the VAIO Support Agent main window, click the Quick Fix Wizard
button. The Welcome window appears.
2
Click Next. The “Quick Fix Wizard: Begin VAIO Support Agent
Diagnostics” dialog box appears.
3
Select the “Diagnose and fix my software” option.
4
Select the software you wish to repair from the drop-down list.
✍ To view a list of software applications protected by VAIO Support Agent, click on the
“Pick the software:” drop-down list.
5
Next, select a date/time from the drop-down list that corresponds to the last
time when the software worked properly.
6
Click Next to continue. Follow the instructions on the screen.
Quick Fix Wizard: Begin VAIO Support Agent Diagnostics dialog box
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Using Common Solutions
Using Common Solutions
Common Solutions offers automated, One-Click Fixes to repair common
software problems. These solutions can integrate information such as knowledge
base articles and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). You can run One-Click
Fixes directly from VAIO Support Agent or from a Web browser.
1
Click the Common Solutions button. The Common Solutions dialog box
appears.
2
Double-click on the desired category to expand and view available
SupportActions.
❑
VAIO Support Local Server (c:/program files/support.com...) provides a
list of SupportActions available on your computer’s hard disk drive.
❑
VAIO Support Local Server (http://sdcglobal4.sel.sony.com...) provides
a list of SupportActions available from the Internet.
Common Solutions dialog box (1st level)
✍ Connect to the Internet before attempting to view the category, “Vaio Support Local
Server (http://sdcglobal4.sel.sony.com...).” This category is unavailable without an
Internet connection.
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3
Click the resize arrows next to the SupportAction categories to expand or
collapse the categories.
Common Solutions dialog box (2nd level)
4
Select the appropriate SupportAction from the list.
5
Click Run or double-click the desired SupportAction. The available
SupportActions are shown in bold type.
✍ You cannot undo One-Click Fixes.
About Automatic Updates
The VAIO Support Agent is dormant as a background process. Every 24 hours,
the Agent self-activates to contact the Sony Support Server to check for new
updates or fixes needed for your system. This updating action only occurs while
you are connected to the Internet and when more than 24 hours has passed since
the last update.
Each time the VAIO Support Agent prepares to check for updates, the Agent
Status Update dialog box appears and asks you to respond, unless you have
previously selected the option, “Always accept updates and do not prompt me
again.”
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About Automatic Updates
Agent Status Update
You can choose from four response options:
❑
Give the Agent your permission to contact the Sony Support Server for any
updates or fixes that are available specifically for your computer. The Agent
continues to prompt you for your permission to retrieve updates.
❑
Give the Agent your permission to contact the Sony Support Server for any
updates or fixes that are available specifically for your computer. The Agent
automatically retrieves updates without further prompting.
❑
Deny the Agent your permission to contact the Sony Support Server for any
updates or fixes. The Agent discontinues any update retrieval and does not
prompt again for your permission to update.
❑
Deny the Agent your permission to contact the Sony Support Server for the
current update or fix. The Agent discontinues the current update retrieval,
but prompts again for your permission for the next scheduled update.
Update Notification
Once you have granted permission for the system to check for updates or fixes,
the Agent contacts the Sony Support Server. Available updates or fixes may be
displayed to you in one of two ways. An update or fix may be displayed in a
window with an explanation and instructions to follow. Others will cause the
ambulance icon
on your task tray to blink. You should always check the
ambulance icon in the task tray after the system checks for updates. If the icon is
blinking, double-click the ambulance icon to view the update.
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✍ When clicking on the flashing ambulance icon, you must be connected to the Internet
to receive an update.
VAIO Support Agent Properties
To control the VAIO Support Agent automatic update feature, follow these steps:
1
In the VAIO Support Agent main screen, select Tools, then select Properties.
The VAIO Support Agent Properties dialog box appears.
2
Select one of three options to customize the automatic update feature.
3
Click OK.
VAIO Support Agent Properties window
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Using Support Central
Using Support Central
The Support Central feature uses Internet resources to help you fix your software.
Support Central searches the Internet for answers to your questions, additional
information from knowledge base systems, and the latest software updates for
your protected software. Support Central also lets you contact live support agents
for additional help.
1
Connect to the Internet.
2
From the VAIO Support Agent main window, click Support Central. The
Support Central Welcome page appears.
✍ You must have Internet access to use Support Central.
Support Central: Welcome page
3
Click Enter Portal to begin using Support Central. First-time users will be
asked to register with Support Central.
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✍ Support Central retains your registration information, so you are only required to
register once. If you log on to your computer with a different user name or have
recovered your system using the System Recovery CDs, Support Central may require
you to register again.
Support Central: Registration page
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Using Support Central
Support Central: Current Issues page
When you log on to Support Central, the Current Issues page displays, enabling
you to continue working on your open issues or to close them if you are finished.
Support Central has a tracking feature that stores your current issues, enabling
you to return and work on them later.
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Support Central: Support Wizard page
If you log on to Support Central with a new issue, or if you do not have any open
issues, the Support Wizard appears. You can begin searching on the new issues.
✍ You must be connected to the Internet to use Support Central.
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Troubleshooting
3
This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when
using your notebook. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these
suggestions before you contact Sony PC Support
(http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting your Notebook
✍ (Windows Me only) When starting your notebook for the first time, the VAIO
InitManager dialog box will appear. Please select “OK” to begin initial setup. If you
do not execute the initial setup, you cannot use part of VAIO original hardware
functions such as Jog Dial, Power Management tool, scroll function of pointing
device, and keyboard shortcut key function combined with the Fn key.
My notebook does not start.
❑
Check that the notebook is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on. Check that the power indicator on the front panel of the notebook
indicates that the power is on.
❑
Check that the battery pack is inserted properly and is charged.
❑
Make sure there is no diskette in the floppy disk drive.
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as
described in “Connecting Peripheral Devices”.
❑
If you plugged the notebook into a power strip or UPS, make sure the power
strip or UPS is turned on and working.
❑
If you are using an external display, check that it 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.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Do not use the notebook for at
least one hour and then turn on the notebook.
❑
Take the battery pack off the notebook, unplug the power cord and plug it in
again, then turn on the power.
My system doesn’t start properly.
❑
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When the computer’s internal backup battery is low on power, it may not
start your system properly. The message “Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to
setup” appears at the bottom of the screen. Follow these steps:
1
Press F2. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
2
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter.
3
Press to select System Time, then set the time (hour: minute:
second). Press Enter.
Troubleshooting your Notebook
4
Press to select Exit, then press to select Get Default Values.
The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
5
Select Yes and press Enter.
6
Select Exit (Save Changes), and then press Enter. The message “Save
Configuration changes and exit now?” appears.
7
Select Yes, and then press Enter. The notebook restarts.
My notebook starts, but the message “Operating system not found” appears
and Windows does not start.
❑
Make sure there is no diskette in the floppy disk drive (non-bootable).
❑
If a non-bootable disk is in the drive, follow these steps:
❑
1
Turn off the notebook, and then remove the disk.
2
Restart the notebook and confirm that Windows starts properly.
If Windows still does not start, follow the steps below to initialize the BIOS:
1
Remove any disk from the floppy disk drive.
2
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the notebook.
3
Turn off the notebook and then turn it on.
4
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS setup menu
screen appears.
5
Press the directional arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
6
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press
Enter. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
7
Select Yes, then press Enter.
8
Use the directional arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes), and then
press Enter. The message “Save configuration changes and exit now?”
appears.
9
Select Yes, then press Enter. The notebook restarts.
If your notebook continues to display the message “Operating system not found,”
and Windows does not start, contact Sony Customer Support.
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My notebook stops responding or does not shut down.
It is best to shut down your notebook using the Shut Down command on the
Windows Start menu. Using other methods, including those listed here, may
result in loss of unsaved data.
❑
Try restarting the notebook. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button,
click Shut Down, and then click Restart.
❑
If you cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you can restart the
notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time.
❑
If the previous step does not work, press and hold the power button for at
least four seconds. This turns off the power.
❑
If your notebook stops responding while playing a CD or DVD, stop the
CD/DVD, and restart the notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same
time.
❑
Unplug the notebook from the AC adapter and remove the battery pack from
your notebook.
✍ Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete or turning off the notebook with the power switch may
result in data loss in files that are currently open.
My notebook does not enter the power saving mode I selected.
❑
Click Start, point to Program, point to Accessories, point to System Tools,
and then click System Information.
The Help and Support window appears.
❑
Click System Configuration Utility under the Tools menu.
❑
Click the Advanced button on the General tab, and Confirm the following
information:
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1
The message “Standby function is enabled” is displayed. If the message
reads “Standby function is disabled,” click the Enable button.
2
The message “Hibernation feature is enabled” is displayed. If the
message reads “Hibernation feature is disabled,” click the Enable
button.
3
Click OK and restart your notebook.
Troubleshooting your Notebook
The Power Management setting is not responding.
Your notebook’s operating system may become unstable if it is interrupted orif
you attempt to make changes before the compuer completely enters a lower
power mode, such as Hibernate.
❑
To restore the computer to its normal operating stability:
1
Close all open applications.
2
Restart the computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete at the same time,
and then selecting Restart from the drop-down list.
✍ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button for four
seconds or longer to shut down the notebook.
The sound of my notebook’s fan is too loud.
Use the PowerPanel utility to change the Thermal Control Strategy setting to
Quiet. This setting slows down the CPU speed. See PowerPanel Help for more
information.
Troubleshooting the LCD screen
My LCD screen is blank.
❑
Check that the notebook is plugged into a power source and that it is
turned on.
❑
Check that the power indicator on the notebook is on.
❑
Check that the battery pack is inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
The notebook may be in LCD (Video) Standby mode. Press any key to
activate the screen.
❑
The display mode may be set to external display mode. Press and hold the
Fn key while pressing F7 several times.
My LCD screen continues to show the previous screen.
Press the Windows key and D key twice to refresh the screen.
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The image on my connected external display is not centered or sized properly.
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the manual that
came with your display for more information.
I cannot simultaneously display movies, DVD video, or the Smart Capture
(Finder) window on the LCD display and an external display.
Images cannot be displayed on both the LCD display and an external display at
the same time. Select only one display option.
I want to change the video resolution of my display.
You can use independent controls to change the video resolution of your display.
❑
Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then click the
Display icon.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
❑
Click on the Settings tab.
❑
Move the Screen Area slider to change your video resolution.
Troubleshooting the mouse and pointing device
My mouse does not work.
❑
If you are using an external mouse, check that the mouse is plugged into the
mouse connector. See “Connecting a USB Mouse” for details.
❑
If you connected an external mouse while your notebook is on, you must
restart your notebook.
❑
If you are using an optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series, check
that the mouse is plugged into the USB connector.
❑
Re-install the mouse/touchstick drivers. For details, see “Using the
Application, Driver, and Recovery CDs”.
My pointing device does not work properly.
❑
You may have disabled the pointing device without a mouse being connected
to the notebook. You must restart the notebook to make the pointing device
work again.
❑
If your pointing device is interpreting a single tap as a double-click, you
must adjust the button assignments. Follow these steps:
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❑
1
Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click on the Mouse icon.
2
Change the button assignments in the Mouse Properties dialog box.
(One of the buttons is assigned to the double-click action.)
Reinstall the mouse/touchstick drivers. For details, see “Using the
Application, Driver, and Recovery CDs”.
The pointer does not move (while using the pointing device or mouse).
❑
Press the Windows key on the keyboard, and select Shut Down to display the
Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Restart, and then press Enter.
❑
If you cannot turn off your notebook as described in the step above, press
Ctrl+Alt+Delete (at the same time) to restart the notebook.
❑
If you cannot restart your notebook as described in the step above, press and
hold the power button for more than four seconds to turn off the notebook.
❑
If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete (at
the same time) to stop playback and restart the notebook.
Troubleshooting drives, PC Cards and peripheral devices
My floppy disk drive icon doesn’t appear even though it is connected.
❑
Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control panel, and then click System.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
❑
Click the Device Manager tab.
❑
Double-click Floppy Disk Controller and then click Standard Floppy Disk
Controller.
❑
Click Delete. The Confirmation window will appear.
❑
Verify that Delete From All Settings is selected and press OK.
❑
Click Update in the System Properties window.
❑
Double-click Disk Drive and confirm that GENERIC NEC FLOPPY DISK
is shown.
My optical drive is not playing my disc properly.
❑
Make sure the optical drive is inserted correctly into the PC Card slot.
❑
Make sure the label of the disc is facing up.
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❑
If the disc requires software, make sure the software is installed according to
the manufacturer’s instructions.
❑
A dirty or damaged disc may cause the notebook to stop responding while it
tries to read the disc. If necessary, restart the notebook, remove the disc, and
then check it for dirt or damage.
❑
If you see video but can not hear audio, check all of the following:
❑
Check that your DVD-ROM drive does not have the mute setting
enabled.
❑
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
❑
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings, and then
check the connections between your external speakers and the
notebook.
❑
Click Start, point to Control Panel , System, Device Manager. Check
that the correct drivers are installed properly.
❑
Do not use adhesive labels to identify the CD. The label may come off while
the disc is in use in the optical drive and cause the drive to malfunction.
❑
If a region code warning appears when you try to use your DVD-ROM drive,
it may be that the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the
DVD-ROM drive. Check the region code listing on the DVD packaging.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Leave the computer idle for at
least 1 hour with the power turned on.
My optical drive tray does not open.
❑
Make sure the computer is turned on.
❑
Press the Eject button on the optical drive.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a long,
thin object (such as a straightened paper clip) into the hole to the right of the
Eject button.
I cannot use digital video (DV) devices. The message “DV equipment seems to
be disconnected or turned off” appears.
❑
Check that the DV device is turned on and that the cables are properly
connected.
❑
Disconnect the i.LINK cable and connect it again.
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My PC Card is not working.
❑
Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly into the PC Card slot.
❑
Make sure the PC Card is compatible with Microsoft® Windows®.
❑
Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not currently
using.
Troubleshooting software
My software program stops responding or crashes.
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. See
the “About Software” section of this manual.
When I click an application icon, the message “You must insert the application
CD into your CD-ROM (DVD-ROM) drive” appears and the software does not
start.
❑
Make sure that your optical drie is connected to your computer.
❑
Some titles require specific files that are located on the application CD.
Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
❑
Make sure you place the CD in the tray with the label side facing up.
I can not use the DVgate software.
If your notebook is using the Ultimate Battery Life profile for its power saving
mode, you cannot use DVgate or Smart Connect software. Please select another
profile.
My voice-related software does not work properly.
Disable echo function of the microphone by taking the following steps:
❑
1
Click Start, point to Settings, and then point to Control Panel.
2
Click Yamaha DS-XG.
3
Click the Echo tab and remove the checkmark. Click OK.
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support
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Troubleshooting the modem
My modem does not work.
❑
Check that the phone line is plugged into the line jack. See “Connecting a
Phone Line” 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 notebook’s
modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.)
❑
Reinstall the modem driver. For details, see “Using the Application, Driver,
and Recovery CDs”.
My modem connection is slow.
Your notebook is equipped with a V.90/K56flex-compatible modem. Many
factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise
or compatibility with telephone equipment (such as fax machines or other
modems). If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based
modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider, 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 that
line.
Troubleshooting audio
My speakers have no sound.
❑
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If the built-in speakers are turned off, press Fn+F3 to turn on the speakers.
You can also turn on the speakers using the Jog Dial control.
Troubleshooting your Notebook
❑
If the speaker volume is turned to the minimum, press Fn+F4, and then press
or ➜ to increase the volume or you can use the Jog Dial control to control
the volume.
❑
If nothing is displayed when you press Fn+F3 or Fn+F4.
1
Double click System in Control Panel.
2
Set the sound device to enable in Device Manager.
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If your notebook is powered by batteries, check that the battery packs are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
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If you are using an application that has its own volume control, check that
the volume is turned up.
❑
Check the volume controls in Windows®.
❑
If you connect external speakers, check that the speakers are properly
connected and the volume is turned up. 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.
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If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphone connector,
disconnect the cable.
My microphone does not work.
If you are using an external microphone, check that the microphone is plugged
into the Microphone connector. See “Connecting an External Microphone” for
details.
Troubleshooting Memory Stick media
Image files do not open even though I insert Memory Stick media into the slot.
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By the default setting from the factory, Visual Flow software starts
automatically when you insert Memory Stick media into the slot.
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If VisualFlow software is active and the image files in Memory Stick media
are not displayed, the format type of the Memory Stick media can be
different.
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Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto the hard drive of your
computer and then format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick
Formatter software preinstalled on your computer.
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Memory Stick media does not work. I cannot access the S: drive.
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If you cannot find the icon for “Removable Disk (S:)” in “My Computer” on
the Desktop, take the following steps.
1
Double-click the System icon in the Control Panel and Device Manager
appears. If you cannot find the icon, click “Display all the options of
Control Panel.”
2
Click Refresh.
A
About This Computer tab 54
AC Profile power setting 58
adding
hardware 34
peripherals 34
printers 35
adjusting
brightness 10
Alt key 8
Applications key 8
Audio tab 54
B
battery packs
charge status icons 61
BatteryScope utility 61
brightness
adjusting 10
built-in speaker 10
volume 10
buttons
Start (Windows 98) 53
C
cameras
digital video camcorder 22
canceling commands 8
Caps Lock
indicator light 10
CD or DVD discs
cleaning 46
handling 46
CD-ROM discs
inserting 45
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CD-ROM drive
closing lid 46
connecting 18, 43
using 43
cleaning
CD or DVD discs 46
coin-operated telephones 35
computer
setup screen 53
troubleshooting 105, 113
connecting
CD-ROM drive 18, 43
coin-operated telephones 35
digital video recorder 22
external keyboard 36
external mouse 36
floppy disk drive 40
monitor 37
multiple phone lines 35
network 18
parallel devices 35
party phone lines 35
PBX 35
phone line 34
printer 35
projector 38
connectors
parallel 35
printer 35
USB 40
correction keys 8
Ctrl key 8
cursor-movement keys 8
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customer assistance
support options 93
D
digital video camera 22
diskettes
ejecting 42
handling 43
inserting into drive 41
display
mode 64
drives 44
CD-ROM 43
floppy disk 40
optical 44
DV In/Out 22
DVD-ROM drive tray
troubleshooting 112
E
Eject button 42
ejecting
diskettes 42
electronic
documentation 93
Escape key 8
external devices
display
See also monitor
keyboard 36
mouse 36
F
floppy disk drive
connecting 40
disconnecting 20, 42
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Fn key 8
combination commands 10
function keys 8
G
Guide Mode 27
H
handling
CD or DVD discs 46
diskettes 43
Headphone connector 39
help 93
I
i.LINK 22
IEEE-1394 22
indicator lights
Caps Lock 10
Num Lock 10
Scroll Lock 10
Insert key 8
inserting
diskettes into drive 41
installing
hardware 34
memory 18
peripherals 34
J
Jog Dial 25
K
keyboard 7–9, 10
connecting 36
L
Launcher Mode 26
LCD
120
troubleshooting 109, 110
M
MagicGate 28, 29
Maximum Battery Life power setting 58
Maximum Performance power setting 58
memory module
installing 18
Memory Stick card slot 29
Memory Stick cards 28
Memory Stick media
displaying contents 30
microphone
troubleshooting 115
modem
troubleshooting 114
monitor
connecting 37
switching among 10
mouse
connecting 36
troubleshooting 110
MovieShaker instructions 75
multiple phone lines 35
N
navigation keys 8
network
connecting 18
Notebook Setup tabs 54
Num Lock
indicator light 10
numeric keypad area 8
O
online
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help 93
operator keys 8
output devices
adding 35
P
parallel port 35
party phone lines 35
PBX 35
PC card
inserting 18
removing 20
slots 18
troubleshooting 113
Type II 18
phone
connecting line 34
jack 35
PictureGear 79
power management
settings 55
Power Management Off power setting 58
Power On
Password tab 54
power saving modes
System Hibernation 11
System Suspend 10
Video Standby 11
power setting
AC Profile 58
Maximum Battery Life 58
Maximum Performance 58
Power Management Off 58
System Suspend 59
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Video Standby 59
PowerPanel
activating 55
customizing toolbar 57, 59
Print Screen key 8
printer
connecting 35
port 35
projector 38
R
removing
diskettes 42
floppy disk drive 20, 42
S
Scroll Lock
indicator light 10
setup screen
About This Computer tab 54
Audio tab 54
displaying 53
Power On Password tab 54
setup tabs 54
Shift key 8
Software list 69
Sony Fax-on-Demand service 94
Sony Notebook Setup screen 53
Sony Service Center 90
speakers
troubleshooting 114
Start button 53
switching
display 10
monitor 10
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System Hibernation mode 11
System Suspend mode 10, 59
T
technical support
support options 93
Template
table
do we need an indented table style? 65
troubleshooting 105
startup 105
U
USB connector 40
Using the Jog Dial Control 27
V
VAIO Support Agent 95
VAIO® Action Setup 25
video camera 22
Video Standby mode 11
virtual desktop 66
W
window design of Sony software 63
Windows Me
Explorer 9
Find window 9
help 9
key 8
key combinations 9
taskbar 108
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