Sony PCG-F640 User's manual

Sony PCG-F640 User's manual
VAIO® Notebook
User Guide
PCG-F640
VAIO Notebook User Guide
Notice to Users
© 2000 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights
reserved. This manual and the software
described herein, in whole or in part, may not
be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written
approval.
SONY ELECTRONICS INC. PROVIDES NO
WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO THIS
MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER
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CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING
OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS
MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR
THE USE THEREOF.
Sony Electronics Inc. reserves the right to make
any modification to this manual or the
information contained herein at any time
without notice. The software described herein is
governed by the terms of a separate user license
agreement.
This product contains software owned by Sony
and licensed by third parties. Use of such
software is subject to the terms and conditions
of license agreements enclosed with this
product. Some of the software may not be
transported or used outside the United States.
Software specifications are subject to change
without notice and may not necessarily be
identical to current retail versions.
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Updates and additions to software may require
an additional charge. Subscriptions to online
service providers may require a fee and credit
card information. Financial services may
require prior arrangements with participating
financial institutions.
As an ENERGY STAR
Partner, Sony Corporation
has determined that this
product meets the
ENERGY STAR
guidelines for energy
efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR Office
Equipment Program is an international program
that promotes energy saving through the use of
computers and other office equipment. The
program backs the development and
dissemination of products with functions that
effectively reduce energy consumption. It is an
open system in which business proprietors can
participate voluntarily. The targeted products
are office equipment such as computers,
displays, printers, facsimiles and copiers. Their
standards and logos are uniform among
participating nations. ENERGY STAR is a U.S.
registered mark.
Sony, Handycam, i.LINK, Mavica, Media Bar,
MovieShaker, PictureGear, VAIO and the VAIO
logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows Me, Windows Media,
Windows, Windows NT, and the Windows logo
are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. Intel, SpeedStep, and Pentium are
trademarks of Intel Corporation. PS/2 is a
registered trademark of IBM.
This product incorporates copyright protection
technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual
property rights owned by Macrovision
Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this
copyright protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited viewing
uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering
or disassembly is prohibited.
❑
Avoid using the modem during an
electrical storm.
❑
Do not use the modem or a
telephone to report a gas leak in
the vicinity of the leak.
❑
A socket outlet should be as close
as possible to the unit and easily
accessible.
All other trademarks are trademarks of their
respective owners.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the bottom of your Sony VAIO®
Notebook. Refer to the model and serial
number when you call your Sony Service
Center.
Model Number: PCG-934A
!
To change the backup battery,
please contact your nearest Sony
Service Center.
!
Caution - The use of optical
instruments with this product will
increase eye hazard. As the laser
beam used in this product is
harmful to the eyes, do not
attempt to disassemble the
cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
!
For DVD-ROM: Danger - Visible
and invisible laser radiation when
open. Avoid direct exposure to
beam.
!
Caution: To reduce the risk of fire,
use only No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunication line cord.
Serial Number:________________________
Safety Information
WARNING
❑
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose your notebook
computer to rain or moisture.
❑
To avoid electrical shock, do not
open the cabinet. Refer servicing
to qualified personnel only.
❑
Never install modem or telephone
wiring during a lightning storm.
❑
Never install telephone jacks in
wet locations unless the jack is
specifically designed for wet
locations.
❑
❑
Never touch uninsulated
telephone wire or terminals
unless the telephone line has been
disconnected at the network
interface.
Use caution when installing or
modifying telephone lines.
AVERTISSEMENT
❑
Pour prévenir tout risque
d’incendie ou d’électrocution,
garder cet appareil à l’abri de la
pluie et de l’humidité.
❑
Pour prévenir tout risque
d’électrocution, ne pas ouvrir le
châssis de cet appareil et ne
confier son entretien qu’à une
personne qualifiée.
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❑
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation
de fil modem ou téléphone durant
un orage électrique.
❑
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation
d’une prise téléphonique dans un
endroit mouillé à moins que la
prise soit conçue à cet effet.
❑
Ne jamais toucher un fil
téléphonique à découvert ou un
terminal à moins que la ligne
téléphonique n’ait été débranché
de l’interface réseau.
❑
Soyez très prudent lorsque vous
installez ou modifiez les lignes
téléphoniques.
❑
Évitez d’utiliser le modem durant
un orage électrique.
❑
N'utilisez pas le modem ni le
téléphone pour prévenir d'une
fuite de gaz vous êtes près de la
fuite.
❑
L’appareil doit être le plus près
possible d’une prise murale pour
en faciliter l’accès
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.
!
Pour changer la pile de rechange,
veuillez contacter votre centre de
service Sony le plus près.
!
Avertissement - L'utilisation
d'instruments optiques avec ce
produit augmente les risques pour
les yeux. Puisque le faisceau
laser utilisé dans ce produit est
dommageable pour les yeux, ne
tentez pas de désassembler le
boîtier. Adressez-vous à un agent
de service qualifié.
!
Pour les DVD-ROM : Danger :
Radiation laser visible et invisible
si ouvert. Évitez l’exposition
directe au faisceau.
!
Attention : Afin de réduire les
risques d'incendie, n'utilisez
qu'un cordon de communication
N0. 26 AWG ou plus gros.
If you have questions about this product, you
can reach the Sony Customer Information
Service Center at 1-888-4SONYPC; or write to
the Sony Customer Information Service Center
at 12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
or find Sony Customer Service on the web at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Regulatory
Information
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
❑
Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
❑
Increase the separation between
the equipment and the receiver.
❑
Connect the equipment into an
outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is
connected.
❑
Consult the dealer or an
experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
PCG-934A
Responsible Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
1 Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Telephone:
201-930-6972
This phone number is for FCC-related
matters only.
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Only peripherals (computer input/output
devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that comply
with FCC Class B limits may be attached to this
computer product. Operation with noncompliant peripherals is likely to result in
interference to radio and television reception.
All cables used to connect peripherals must be
shielded and grounded. Operation with cables,
connected to peripherals, that are not shielded
and grounded, may result in interference to
radio and television reception.
FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the
FCC rules. On the bottom of this equipment is a
label that contains, among other information,
the FCC equivalence number (REN) for this
equipment. If requested, this information must
be provided to the telephone company.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone
jack.
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The REN is used to determine the quantity of
devices which may be connected to the
telephone line. Excessive RENs on the
telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In
most, but not all areas, the sum of the RENs
should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the
number of devices that may be connected to the
line, as determined by the total RENs, contact
the telephone company to determine the
maximum REN for the calling area.
If the terminal equipment causes harm to the
telephone network, the telephone company will
notify you in advance that temporary
discontinuance of service may be required. But
if advance notice is not practical, the telephone
company will notify the customer as soon as
possible. Also, you will be advised of your right
to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe
it is necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in
its facilities, equipment, operations or
procedures that could affect the operations of
the equipment. If this happens, the telephone
company will provide advance notice in order
for you to make the necessary modifications in
order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this equipment,
you can reach the Sony Customer Information
Service Center at 1-888-4SONYPC; or write to
the Sony Customer Information Service Center
at 12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
or find Sony Customer Service on the web at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Repair of this equipment should be made only
by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized
agent. For the Sony Service Center nearest you,
call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
This equipment cannot be used on public coin
service provided by the telephone company.
Connection to Party Line Service is subject to
state and possible provincial tariffs. (Contact
the state or provincial utility service
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commission, public service commission, or
corporation commission, for information.)
Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991
(United States)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of
1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a
computer or other electronic device to send any
message via a telephone facsimile machine
unless such message clearly contains, in a
margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted
page or on the first page of the transmission, the
date and time it is sent and an identification of
the business, other entity, or individual sending
the message, and the telephone number of the
sending machine or such business, other entity,
or individual.
In order to program this information into your
facsimile machine, see your fax software
documentation.
Telephone Consumer
Guidelines (Canada)
Please refer to your telephone directory under
‘Privacy Issues’ and/or ‘Terms of Service.’ For
more detailed information, please contact:
CRTC
Terrasses de la Chaudiére, Tour centrale
1 promenade du Portage, 5 étage Hull
PQ K1A 0N2.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
Cet àppareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION
BATTERY
!
The battery pack used in this
device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if
mistreated. Do not disassemble,
heat above 212°F (100°C) or
incinerate.
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
!
La manutention incorrecte du
module de batterie de cet appareil
présente un risque d'incendie ou
de brûlures chimiques. Ne pas
démonter, incinérer ou exposer à
une température de plus de 100°C.
Évacuer promptement la batterie
usée. Garder hors de portée des
enfants.
You can return your unwanted lithium ion
batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or
Factory Service Center.
✍ In some areas the disposal of lithium
ion batteries in household or
business trash may be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1888-476-6972 in the United States or 1-800961-7669 in Canada.
!
Do not handle damaged or leaking
lithium ion batteries.
!
Ne pas manipuler les batteries au
lithium-ion qui fuient ou sont
endommagées.
!
Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace only
with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
!
Une batterie non conforme
présente un danger d'explosion.
La remplacer seulement par une
batterie identique ou de type
équivalent recommandé par le
fabricant. Évacuer les batteries
usées selon les directives du
fabricant.
INDUSTRY CANADA NOTICE
NOTICE: The Industry Canada label identifies
certified equipment. This certification means
that the equipment meets certain
telecommunications network protective,
operational and safety requirements as
prescribed in the appropriate Terminal
Equipment Technical Requirements
document(s). The Department does not
guarantee the equipment will operate to the
user’s satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should
ensure that it is permissible to be connected to
the facilities of the local telecommunications
company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connection.
The customer should be aware that compliance
with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be
coordinated by a representative designated by
the supplier. Equipment malfunctions or any
repairs or alterations made by the user to this
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equipment may give the telecommunications
company cause to request that the user
disconnect the equipment.
Users should ensure for their own protection
that the electrical ground connections of the
power utility, telephone lines and internal
metallic water pipe system, if present, are
connected together. This precaution may be
particularly important in rural areas.
Caution: Users should not attempt to make such
connections themselves, but should contact the
appropriate electric inspection authority, or
electrician, as appropriate.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number
(REN) assigned to each terminal device
provides an indication of the maximum number
of terminals allowed to be connected to a
telephone interface. The termination on an
interface may consist of any combination of
devices subject only to the requirement that the
sum of the Ringer Equivalence Numbers of all
the devices does not exceed 5. The Ringer
Equivalence Number for this equipment is 0.0.
AVIS DE L’INDUSTRIE
CANADA
AVIS: L’étiquette d’Industrie Canada identifie
le matériel homologué.
Cette étiquette certifie que le matériel est
conforme aux normes de protection,
d’exploitation et de sécurité des réseaux de
télécommunications, comme le prescrivent les
documents concernant les exigences techniques
relatives au matériel terminal. Le Ministère
n’assure toutefois pas que le matériel
fonctionnera à la satisfaction de l’utilisateur.
Avant d’installer ce matériel, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer qu’il est permis de le raccorder aux
installations de l’entreprise locale de
télécommunication. Le matériel doit également
être installé en suivant une méthode acceptée de
raccordement. L’abonné ne doit pas oublier
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qu’il est possible que la conformité aux
conditions énoncées ci-dessus n’empêche pas la
dégradation du service dans certaines
situations.
Les réparations de matériel homologué doivent
être coordonnées par un représentant désigné
par le fournisseur. L’entreprise de
télécommunications peut demander à
l’utilisateur de débrancher un appareil à la suite
de réparations ou de modifications effectuées
par l’utilisateur ou à cause de mauvais
fonctionnement.
Pour sa propre protection, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer que tous les fils de mise à la terre de la
source d’énergie électrique, des lignes
téléphoniques et des canalisations d’eau
métalliques, s’il y en a, sont raccordés
ensemble. Cette précaution est particulièrement
importante dans les régions rurales.
Avertissement: L’utilisateur ne doit pas tenter
de faire ces raccordements lui-même; il doit
avoir recours à un service d’inspection des
installations électriques, ou à un électricien,
selon le cas.
AVIS: L’indice d’équivalence de la sonnerie
(IES) assigné à chaque dispositif terminal
indique le nombre maximal de terminaux qui
peuvent être raccordés à une interface.
La terminaison d’une interface téléphonique
peut consister en une combination de quelques
dispositifs, à la seule condition que la somme
d’indices d’équivalence de la sonnerie de tous
les dispositifs n’excède pas 5. L’indice
d’équivalence de la sonnerie de ce matériel est
de 0.0.
Contents
Welcome ....................................................13
Features ....................................................................13
Unpacking Your Notebook ......................................14
Ergonomic Considerations .......................................17
Setting Up Your VAIO® Notebook ..........21
Locating Controls and Connectors ...........................21
Connecting a Power Source .....................................25
Starting Your Computer ...........................................31
Shutting Down Your Computer ...............................32
Using Your VAIO® Notebook ..................33
Using the Keyboard ..................................................33
Using the Touchpad .................................................38
Using the Floppy Disk Drive ...................................40
Using the DVD-ROM Drive ....................................43
Using PC Cards ........................................................48
Using Infrared Communication Devices ..................51
Using a Second Battery Pack ...................................52
Using the Weight Saver ............................................56
Using Smart Connect ...............................................58
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Connecting Peripheral Devices ..............59
Connecting an i.LINK® Device .............................. 60
Connecting a Phone Line ......................................... 62
Using Ethernet to Connect to a Network ................. 63
Connecting a Printer ................................................ 63
Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard ........... 65
Connecting an External Display .............................. 66
AV Devices .............................................................. 69
Connecting the Port Replicator ................................ 70
Connecting External Speakers ................................. 74
Connecting an External Microphone ....................... 75
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device .. 76
Power Saving Modes ...............................77
Adding Memory ........................................81
About the Software on Your Notebook ..85
About Your Software ...............................89
PictureGear™ .......................................................... 92
About Your Recovery CDs ..................................... 94
For Answers to Your Software Questions ............... 94
Using the System and Application Recovery CDs .. 97
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Contents
Troubleshooting .....................................101
Specifications ........................................113
Index ........................................................117
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Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO® notebook. Sony has
combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and
communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.
Features
✍ For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO® Notebook, see
page 113.
❑
Exceptional performance — Your notebook includes a mobile Intel®
Pentium® III processor featuring Intel® SpeedStep™ and a V.90 compatible
K56flex modem.*
❑
Portability — Rechargeable battery pack provides hours of use without AC
power.
❑
Sony audio and video quality — High-quality MPEG1/MPEG2 video,
which supports full-screen display and enables you to take advantage of
today’s advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment
software.
❑
Multimedia features — Enjoy the stereo speakers or use a headphone (not
supplied) to listen to audio and video CDs.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® operating system — Your system includes
Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition.
❑
Communications — Access popular online services, send e-mail, browse
the Internet, and use fax features.
❑
DVD — This new optical storage technology provides increased storage
capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. DVD-ROM drives
play both DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs.
* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.
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Unpacking Your Notebook
Remove the following hardware items from the box:
Main unit*
Power cord
AC adapter
Video cable
Rechargeable
battery pack
Weight saver
* Removable floppy disk drive is in the multipurpose bay.
Manuals
❑
VAIO® User Guide — Contains information on setting up your notebook,
supplementary updates and software information. This manual describes the
features and specifications of your notebook, the applications included with
your system, how to contact software vendors, and solve common problems.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition Getting Started manual —
Explains how to use the basic features of this latest Windows operating
system.
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Unpacking Your Notebook
Software CDs
❑
Microsoft® Word 2000 — Allows you to reinstall Microsoft Word to the
VAIO notebook you purchased.
Recovery CDs
❑
System Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to restore the software titles that
shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. It can
only be used to restore the hard disk of the VAIO notebook you purchased.
❑
Application Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to reinstall individual
applications or device drivers if they become corrupted or erased.
Other
❑
Setting up your VAIO® Notebook (poster)
❑
Packet containing special product offers
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Ergonomic Considerations
You will be using your notebook computer as a portable device in a variety of
environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to apply the following
ergonomic considerations to both stationary and portable environments.
Ergonomic Position
Computer positioned
directly in front of you
Arms at desk
level
Wrists relaxed
and flat
❑
Position of your computer — Place the computer directly in front of you as
you work. Keep your forearms horizontal, with your wrists in a neutral,
comfortable position while using the keyboard, touchpad, or external mouse.
Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Take breaks during
sessions with your computer. Excessive use of the computer may strain
muscles or tendons.
❑
Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and
armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the floor. A
footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture
and avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.
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❑
Viewing angle of the computer’s display — Use the display’s tilting
feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle
fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the
brightness setting of the display also.
❑
Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare
and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on
the display. You can also purchase accessories for your display that help
reduce glare. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.
❑
Placement of an external display — When using an external display, set
the display at a comfortable viewing distance. Make sure the display screen
is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
Notes on Setup
❑
Do not place your computer in a location subject to:
❑
Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
❑
Direct sunlight
❑
Excessive dust
❑
Moisture or rain
❑
Mechanical vibration or shock
❑
Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑
Ambient temperature of more than 95º F (35º C) or less than 18º F
(10º C)
❑
High humidity
❑
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s
electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
❑
Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat buildup. Do not
place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs or blankets, or near
materials such as curtains or draperies that may block its ventilation slots.
Leave a space of at least 8 inches (20 cm) behind the back panel of the
computer.
❑
If the computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one,
moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an
hour before turning on your computer. If any problems occur, unplug your
computer, and contact your Sony Service Center.
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Ergonomic Considerations
❑
The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference
to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the computer a suitable
distance away from the set.
❑
Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise,
problems may result.
❑
Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
❑
If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and
determines that your computer is responsible for a problem, the telephone
company may bill you for the service call. Also, if you do not disconnect
your computer when it is adversely affecting the telephone line, the
telephone company has the right to disconnect your service until you correct
the problem.
Handling Your Notebook
❑
Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly moistened with
a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the
finish of your computer.
❑
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the computer, shut down your
computer and then unplug it. You may want to have the computer checked by
qualified personnel before operating it any further.
❑
Do not drop the computer or place heavy objects on top of the computer.
Cleaning Your Notebook
❑
Make sure to disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.
❑
Avoid rubbing the LCD screen as this can damage the screen. Use a soft, dry
cloth to wipe the LCD screen.
❑
Clean the computer with a soft cloth lightly moistened with a mild detergent
solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent,
such as alcohol or benzine.
Handling the LCD Screen
❑
Do not leave the LCD facing the sun as it can damage the LCD. Be careful
when using the computer near a window.
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❑
Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This could cause
malfunction.
❑
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual
image on the screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to
normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
❑
The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not
indicate a malfunction.
❑
The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may,
however, see tiny black points and/or bright points (red, blue, or green) that
continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the
manufacturing process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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Setting Up Your VAIO® Notebook
This section describes how to start using your notebook and how to use your
computer’s internal and external devices, such as the touchpad, floppy disk drive,
and DVD-ROM drive.
Locating Controls and Connectors
Front
1
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen
2
Speakers
3
Keyboard
4
Touchpad
5
Left/right buttons
6
Power indicator
7
Battery 1 and 2 indicators
8
Hard disk drive indicator
9
Num Lock indicator
10
Caps Lock indicator
11
Scroll Lock indicator
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Left
1
i.LINK® (IEEE1394) S400 connector
2
Infrared port
3
Video out
Headphone connector
4
Microphone connector
5
6
PC card slots
7
Battery bay
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Locating Controls and Connectors
Right
1
PPK buttons
2
Power button
3
DVD-ROM drive
4
Multipurpose bay
Back
cover
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1
Modem jack
2
PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard connector
3
Serial connector
4
Printer connector
5
Monitor connector
6
USB connectors
7
DC In connector
✍ There is a ventilation slot located between the USB connector and the DC In connector.
Do not cover the ventilation slot when your computer is on.
Bottom
1
Port replicator connector cover
2
Multipurpose bay RELEASE lever
3
Tilt stands
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Connecting a Power Source
You can use either AC power or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source.
Using the AC Adapter
1
Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC In connector on the
computer.
2
Plug one end of the power cord into the AC adapter.
3
Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet.
Connecting the AC adapter
Notebook
AC adapter
(supplied)
Power cord (supplied)
DC In
Notes on the AC Adapter
❑
Your computer operates on 100V-240V AC 50/60 Hz.
❑
Do not share the AC outlet with other power-consuming equipment, such as
a copy machine or shredder.
❑
You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device prevents
damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges such as those that
may occur during an electrical storm.
❑
Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.
❑
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
❑
Unplug your computer from the wall outlet if you will not be using the
computer for a long time.
❑
When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet.
❑
Use only the AC adapter supplied. Do not use any other AC adapter.
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Using Battery Power
You can use one or two battery packs as a source of power. The second battery
pack inserts into the multipurpose bay on the right side of the computer. (See
“Power Saving Modes” on page 77.) Additional battery packs are available as a
separate option.
The battery pack that comes with your computer is not fully charged at the time
of purchase. Follow the steps below to insert and charge the battery pack.
To insert the battery pack
1
To open the battery bay, press cover down.
✍ Cover swings out but does not detach.
Battery bay
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2
Insert the battery pack into the battery bay on the left side of the computer.
Inserting battery pack
Battery pack
(supplied)
Label side facing down
3
Close the cover of the battery bay until it clicks.
✍ If the port replicator is attached to your computer, do not attempt to insert or remove
the battery pack. Lifting and turning the computer with a port replicator attached could
cause a temporary loss of power.
To charge the battery pack
1
Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
2
Insert the battery pack.
The computer automatically charges the battery (the battery indicator light flashes in a
double blink pattern as the battery charges).
3
When the battery is 85% full, the battery indicator light turns off. This
process takes approximately two hours.
✍ To charge the battery completely, continue charging for an additional hour. See
“Displaying Battery Information” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO®
Notebook” .
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There are two battery indicator lights on the computer
Battery indicator lights
Battery indicators
Secondary battery pack
(optional)
Battery pack (supplied)
Battery
Indicator
Meaning
1
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the battery bay on the
left side of the computer.
2
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the multipurpose bay on
the right side of the computer.
Battery
Indicator Light
Status
Meaning
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
The battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
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To remove the battery pack
1
Open the battery bay cover.
2
Pull out the battery pack.
Removing the battery pack
3
Close the cover of the battery bay.
You will lose data if you remove the battery pack while the computer is on
and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery while the
computer is in a power-saving mode
Notes on the battery
❑
To determine the remaining battery charge, see “Displaying Battery
Information” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook”
❑
When the battery power is running low, both the battery and power
indicators blink.
❑
When the computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack
in the battery bay, it uses power from the AC outlet.
❑
See “Power Saving Modes” on page 77 for information on installing and
charging a battery pack in the multipurpose bay.
❑
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is directly connected to AC
power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the
computer.
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❑
If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either attach the AC adapter
to recharge the battery or shut down your computer and insert a fully charged
battery.
❑
You can extend battery life by changing the power-management modes in the
PowerPanel utility. See “Power Saving Modes” on page 77.
❑
The battery pack supplied with your computer is a lithium-ion battery and
can be recharged at any time. Charging a partially discharged battery does
not affect battery life.
❑
The battery indicator light is on while you use the battery pack as a power
source. When battery life is nearly depleted, the battery indicator starts
flashing.
❑
For some software applications and some peripheral devices, your computer
may not enter System Hibernation mode when the battery life is low. To
avoid loss of data when using battery power, you should save your data
frequently and manually activate a power-management mode, such as
System Suspend or System Hibernation.
❑
Never leave the battery pack in temperatures above 140° F (60° C), such as
under direct sunlight or in a car parked in the sun.
❑
Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery
efficiency at low temperatures.
❑
Charge the batteries at temperatures between 50° F and 80° F (10° C to
30° C). Lower temperatures require a longer charging time.
❑
While the battery is in use or being discharged, the battery pack heats up.
This is normal and is not cause for concern.
❑
Keep the battery pack away from all sources of heat.
❑
Keep the battery pack dry.
❑
Do not open or try to disassemble the battery pack.
❑
Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock.
❑
If you are not using the computer for an extended period of time, remove the
battery pack from the computer to prevent damage to the battery.
❑
If, after fully charging the battery pack, the battery power is still low, the
battery pack may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.
❑
You do not need to discharge the battery before recharging.
❑
If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time,
recharge the battery.
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Starting Your Computer
Starting Your Computer
1
Slide the LCD lock lever in the direction of the arrow, and lift the cover.
Opening the computer
LCD lock lever
Power
button
2
Press the power button on top of the computer until the green power
indicator light turns on.
✍ 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 VAIO original hardware functions such as PPK, Power Management
tools, the scroll function of the touchpad, and keyboard shortcut key combined with
Fn key.
Power button
Power indicator
Power button
✍ If you hold the power button in the On position for more than four seconds, the
computer turns off.
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If necessary, adjust the brightness controls for the LCD display:
3
❑
Decrease brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the down or left arrow key.
❑
Increase brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the up or right arrow key.
Shutting Down Your Computer
To avoid potential loss of data, follow these steps to shut down your computer.
1
Click the Start button on the Windows® taskbar.
2
Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down
Windows dialog box.
3
Select Shut down.
4
Click OK.
✍ Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents.
5
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically—power indicator turns off.
6
Turn off any peripherals connected to your computer.
✍ During a period of inactivity, you can conserve battery life by using System Suspend
mode. See “Controlling Power Management” in the online manual “Customizing Your
VAIO® Notebook” .
If you are unable to shut down your computer:
1
2
Close or end all operations:
❑
close all applications
❑
remove the PC cards
❑
disconnect USB devices
❑
end Infrared Communication
Then, restart the computer. You can restart your computer by pressing
Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time).
✍ If you are still unable to shut down the computer, you can press the power button and
hold it for four seconds. This operation may result in data loss.
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Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter’s, but the keyboard has additional
keys that perform specific computer-related tasks.
Keyboard
Function keys
Escape Key
Print Screen key
Correction
keys
Shift key
Ctrl key
Applications key
Fn key
Navigation
keys
Alt key
Windows key
Numeric keypad area
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. 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.)
Navigation keys
Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the screen.
Correction keys
The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to make
corrections in your documents.
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Key
Description
Function keys
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.
Escape key
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
Print Screen key
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen
and places it in the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste the
screen shot into a document and print it.
Operator keys
Several keys are always used with at least one other key: Ctrl,
Alt, and Shift. When held down with another key, the Ctrl
(Control) and Alt (Alternate) keys offer another way to give
commands. For example, in many applications, instead of
choosing the Save command from a menu, you can hold down
Ctrl and press S (referred to as Ctrl+S). The Shift key operates
the same way as on a typewriter; it is used to produce capital
letters or special symbols such as @ and $.
Windows key
The key with the Windows logo displays the Windows Start
menu; it is the equivalent of clicking the Start button on the
taskbar. See “Combinations and Functions with the Windows
Key” on page 34.
Fn key
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue
commands. See “Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key”
on page 36.
Applications key
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of contextsensitive choices. Pressing this key is the equivalent of clicking
the right mouse button.
Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key
Combination
Function
+ F1
Displays Windows Help.
+ Tab
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+E
Displays Windows Explorer.
+F
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.
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Combination
Function
+ Ctrl + F
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.
+M
Minimizes all displayed windows.
Shift +
+M
+R
Fn +
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run
from the Start menu.
+ Insert
Displays the Properties window. This is the equivalent of doubleclicking the System icon in the Control Panel.
Indicators
Indicator
Function
Power
Light is green when the power to the computer is turned on.
Light is red in System Idle mode, and flashes red in System
Suspend mode. The light turns off when the computer is in
System Hibernation mode or powered off.
Battery 1
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the battery
bay on the left side of the computer.
1
Battery 2
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the
multipurpose drive bay on the right side of the computer.
2
Hard disk
Lights when data is being read from or written to the hard
drive. Do not enter System Suspend mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator light is on.
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Indicator (continued)
Light
On
Off
Num Lock
The number keys in the
numeric keypad are active.
The alphanumeric
character keys in the
keypad area are active.
Caps Lock
The letters appear in uppercase
as you type. The Shift key
lowers the case of typed letters
when Caps Lock is on.
Letters appear in lower
case as you type (unless
you hold down the Shift
key).
Scroll Lock
The screen scrolls differently.
(Exactly how it scrolls depends
on the specific application. It
has no effect in many
applications.)
Information moves
across the display
normally.
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
Combinations/
Feature
Function
Fn+
(ESC)
System Suspend
Puts the system into System Suspend mode, a powermanagement state. To return the system to the active
state, press any key or press the power button on your
computer.
Fn+
(F2)
Display power
source status
Displays the power source status, as in the example below:
Fn+
(F3)
Mute On/Off
Toggles the built-in speaker off and on.
Fn+
(F4)
Speaker volume
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume.
To increase volume, press Fn+F4, then
To decrease volume, press Fn+F4, then
Fn+
(F5)
Brightness
control
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To increase light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
To decrease light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
Fn+
(F6)
Contrast control
Adjust the screen contrast.
or ➜ .
or .
➜
or .
➜
or .
➜
➜
➜
➜
Charging a
battery pack
➜
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Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (Continued)
Combinations/
Feature
Fn+
/
(F7)
Switch to the
external
monitor/LCD
LCD
Function
Toggles through the LCD, external display (connected to
the
Monitor connector) and both LCD and external
display.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Fn+
only/
(F8)
Control TV out
LCD
Toggles between LCD-only and dual LCD/TV display
modes.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Fn+
(F12)
System
Hibernation
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 its original state, use the power button to turn on
power.
Fn+D
Video standby
Turns off the LCD to save power. To turn the LCD back on,
press any key.
Fn+S
System Idle
Puts the system into System Idle mode, a powermanagement state. To return the system to the active
state, press any key.
✍ Some functions are not available until Windows launches.
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Using the Touchpad
The keyboard contains a cursor-pointing device called a touchpad. You can point
to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the built-in touchpad.
Touchpad
Pointer
Touchpad
Right button
Left button
Action
Description
Point
Slide one finger on the touchpad to place the pointer on an
item or object.
Click
Press the left button once.
Double-click
Press the left button twice.
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Action
Description
Right-click
Press the right button once. In many applications, this
action displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive
choices.
Drag
Slide one finger while pressing the left button.
Scroll
Move your finger along the right edge of the touchpad to
scroll vertically. Move your finger along the bottom to
scroll horizontally. (The scroll function is available only
with applications that support a touchpad scroll feature.)
✍ See Mouse Properties for information on touchpad features, such as clicking both
buttons simultaneously, adjusting touchpad speed, and Easy Launcher functions. To
access Mouse Properties, click the Start button, point to Settings, point to Control
Panel, and then click the Mouse icon in the Control Panel.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
Your computer comes with the floppy disk drive in the multipurpose bay.
To insert a diskette
1
Hold the diskette the label side facing up.
2
Gently push the diskette into the drive until it clicks into place.
Diskette
Floppy disk drive
To remove a diskette
❑
When you finish using the diskette, wait until the LED indicator light turns
off and then press the Eject button to remove the diskette.
Eject button
LED indicator
✍ Do not push the eject button when the LED indicator is turned on. Otherwise,
data maybe lost.
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To remove the floppy disk drive
1
Turn off the computer.
2
There is a RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer. Slide this lever in
the direction of the arrow.
Multipurpose bay release lever
Multipurpose RELEASE lever
3
Slide the drive out of the multipurpose bay.
4
Insert the weight saver. See “Using the Weight Saver” on page 56.
To reinsert the floppy disk drive
1
Turn off the computer.
2
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “To
remove the second battery pack” on page 54.
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3
Insert the floppy disk drive into the multipurpose bay with the VAIO label
facing up. Continue pushing the drive into the bay until the RELEASE lever
locks into place.
Inserting the floppy disk drive
Multipurpose bay
Floppy disk drive
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Using the DVD-ROM Drive
Using the DVD-ROM Drive
Your computer comes with a DVD-ROM drive, which plays both DVD and CD.
To insert a disc
1
Turn on the computer.
✍ When the computer is in System Suspend or System Hibernation mode, you
cannot insert a disc. See “Controlling Power Management” in the online manual
“Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” for more information on System Suspend
and System Hibernation modes.
2
Press the Eject button to open the DVD-ROM drive.
The tray slides out.
DVD eject
Eject button
3
Place a CD or DVD on the tray with the label side facing up. For DVDs
which can be played on both sides, the side of the disc facing up is the side
that plays.
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4
Push the disc onto the hub until the disc clicks securely into place.
Inserting a DVD/CD
Label side
facing up
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5
Close the tray by pushing it gently.
✍ Be sure to seat the disc firmly over the hub fingers. If you do not seat the disc firmly,
you could damage your DVD-ROM drive and you may not be able to open the tray.
When you finish using a disc, wait until the LED indicator light turns off, then press the
Eject button to remove the disc.
When the computer is in Power Saving modes, you cannot remove a disc. See
“Controlling Power Management” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO®
Notebook” for more information about Power Saving modes.
If the disc does not come out when you press the Eject button, turn off the computer
and insert a thin, pointed object into the manual eject hole.
Manual eject hole
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Playing a DVD
To achieve optimum performance when playing DVDs, it is recommended that
your computer not be connected to the port replicator while playing DVD movies
or using DVD applications. Close any open applications before playing a DVD
movie.
✍ When playing DVD movies on battery power, set the power management profile to
DVD. With other profiles, the movies are choppy. As an alternative, you can set the
power management profile to Automatic Profile Selection, which will cause the DVD
profile to be selected automatically whenever you insert a DVD. See “Controlling
Power Management” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” for
information on how to set the power management profile.
❑
You can play DVDs using a DVD-ROM drive and the Media Bar software.
See the online manual that came with the Media Bar software for details.
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have
audio devices connected, this may cause damage to your hearing and the speakers.
Reduce the volume before playing such discs.
You cannot switch between LCD and TV if you press Fn+F8 when a DVD is inserted in
the DVD-ROM drive.
If you have connected a TV, follow the instructions in “Selecting the Display
Mode” in the online manual Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook.
When a TV is connected, a part of the video screen will not appear with the
factory setting. Adjust the display resolution to 1024 x 768 as described in the
online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
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Notes on CD and DVD media
❑
Do not drop or bend the disc.
❑
Do not touch the surface of the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a
disc may cause read errors. Proper care of the disc is essential to maintain its
reliability. Do not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, commercially
available cleaners or anti-static spray, as they may cause damage to the disc.
❑
For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edge and use a soft cloth to wipe the
surface from the center out.
❑
If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well,
and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from the center out. Wipe off any
remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth
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Using PC Cards
Your computer includes two PC card slots. PC cards allow you to connect
portable external devices such as another hard disk drive, or to connect a
network.
✍ The PC card slots can accommodate two Type II PC cards, or one Type III PC card.
These slots are compatible with Card Bus. Use the lower slot for Type III PC cards. You
do not need to shut down your notebook before inserting or removing a PC card.
To insert a PC card
1
Pull the PC card release button out from the computer, and then push it in
toward the computer. This will extend the PC card slot protector.
PC card release lever
2
Remove the PC card slot protector.
When you use a Type III PC card, you need to remove both the top and
bottom PC card slot protectors.
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PC card slot protector
3
Insert the PC card into the PC card slot, front label facing up. Gently push
the card into the slot until the card is fixed into the connector.
4
The release button extends. Fold the release button back down into the
notebook.
Inserting a PC card
Insert with the
arrow facing forward
PC card
Do not force a PC card into the slot as this may damage the connector pins.
Do not carry your computer while touching the head of a PC card (such as a
wireless LAN card), pressure or shock may damage the connector pins.
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To remove a PC card
✍ If your computer is turned off, you do not have to follow these instructions.
1
Double-click
in the system task tray.
2
The “Unplug or Eject hardware” dialog box appears.
3
In the Unplug or Eject Hardware dialog box, select the appropriate option,
and then click Stop.
4
Confirm the device and click OK.
5
A message appears informing you that the device can now be safely removed
from the system.
6
Press the PC card RELEASE button to remove the PC card.
Notes on using PC cards
❑
For some PC cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the
System Suspend or System Hibernation power-management modes while
the card is inserted, you may find that a device connected to your system is
not recognized. Reboot your system to correct the problem.
❑
Some PC cards may require that you disable idle devices when using the PC
card. You can use Sony Notebook Setup to disable devices. See “Displaying
the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in the online manual “Customizing Your
VAIO® Notebook” for details.
Be sure to use the most recent software driver provided by the PC card
manufacturer.
❑
❑
If an “!” mark appears on the Device Manager tab in the System Properties
dialog box, remove the software driver and then reinstall it.
❑
You may not be able to use some PC cards or some functions of the PC card
with this computer. If you have difficulty inserting a card, check that you are
orienting the card correctly. See the manual that came with your PC card for
more information on use.
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Using Infrared Communication Devices
Your computer includes an infrared port, located on the left side. You can use this
port to communicate with other infrared-equipped devices with compatible
protocols, such as a digital still camera or other computers.
To use infrared communication with another computer
1
Align the infrared ports on the two computers so that they are in a direct line.
Connecting with Infrared
✍ Infrared communication capability can be turned on and off. By default, it is disabled
when your system is shipped. Use the infrared icon in the Windows Control Panel to
enable/disable infrared communication.
To enable infrared
1
Click Wireless Link icon in the Windows Control Panel.
Wireless link dialogue box displays.
2
Select File Transfer Options Allow others to send files to your computer
using infrared communications and/or Display status while receiving files.
3
Click OK.
4
Infrared Monitor icon appears in the task tray, open the monitor to verify that
your computer has detected a nearby unit.
5
Once another unit is detected, your computer is ready to send/receive data.
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Infrared range
3
es
inch
9 3/ 8
)
(1m
Infrared port
approximately
15 degrees
Notes on using the Infrared Port
❑
If the devices are too far apart or too close together, data transfer may be
interrupted or there may be noise in the transmission. The active area of
infrared transmission extends about 39 3/8 inches (1 meter) with a radius of
approximately 15 degrees.
❑
Covering the infrared ports with your hand or any other object will disrupt
data transfer.
❑
Avoid direct sunlight, fluorescent light, or flashing incandescent light near
the infrared ports.
❑
Disable infrared communication when you are not using it to conserve
battery life.
Using a Second Battery Pack
You can purchase a second rechargeable battery pack. With two battery packs,
you can extend the time that you use your computer with battery power. When
using two battery packs, the battery pack you insert first charges first. The battery
pack you insert second charges when the first battery pack is 85 percent full. You
can monitor which battery pack is charging by observing the battery indicator
lights.
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Using a Second Battery Pack
To insert a second battery pack
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device.
2
Insert the battery pack into the multipurpose bay.
If the battery is being used, the battery 2 indicator light turns on.
Second battery in multipurpose bay
Multipurpose bay
Battery pack
Label side facing down
3
Attach the weight saver to the computer to stabilize the battery pack. There
is a RELEASE lever on the bottom of the weight saver. Slide the lever
toward the front of the computer to lock the weight saver. See also “Using
the Weight Saver” on page 56.
Using weight saver for second battery cover
Battery pack
Weight saver
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To charge the second battery pack
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is connected to AC power. The
battery indicator flashes while the battery is charging. See also “To charge the
battery pack” on page 27 for more information.
Charging the second battery
Battery indicators
Second battery pack
(optional)
Battery pack (supplied)
✍ To determine the amount of time the battery lasts, see “Displaying Battery
Information” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
To remove the second battery pack
If you attach two battery packs, you can remove either of them without shutting
down the computer. When removing one battery pack, make sure that the other
battery pack’s indicator light is on. If the indicator light of the battery pack you
are removing is on, right-click the battery icon on the task tray and click the
“Switch discharge battery” option.
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1
There is a Release lever on the bottom of the weight saver. To remove the
battery pack, slide this lever in the direction of arrow 1, then slide the
RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of arrow 2.
Multipurpose bay release levers
Arrow 1: Weight saver Release lever
Arrow 2: RELEASE lever
2
Remove the weight saver, and then pull out the battery pack.
3
Reinsert the weight saver. See “Using the Weight Saver” on page 56.
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Using the Weight Saver
The weight saver protects the multipurpose bay when it is empty.
To attach the weight saver
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “To
remove the second battery pack” on page 54.
2
Fold out the hinged arm of the weight saver and then push on the hinged arm
to lock it into place. Slide the weight saver in the direction of the arrow until
it clicks.
Inserting the weight saver
Weight saver (supplied)
3
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Manually lock the weight saver’s Release lever.
Using the Weight Saver
To remove the Weight Saver
1
There is a release lever on the bottom of the weight saver. To remove the
weight saver, slide this lever in the direction of arrow 1, then slide the
Release lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of arrow 2.
Multipurpose bay release levers
Arrow 1: Weight saver Release lever
Arrow 2: Release lever
2
After removing the weight saver, pull out the weight saver’s hinged arm and
fold it into the weight saver.
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Using Smart Connect
Windows Me™
You can connect your VAIO® notebook 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 i.LINK® cable (optional) 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
✍ 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).
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Connecting Peripheral Devices
You can add functionality to your computer by connecting any of these
peripherals:
❑
i.LINK device (page 60)
❑
Phone line (page 62)
❑
Local Area Network (LAN) (page 63)
❑
Printer (page 63)
❑
Mouse or keyboard (page 65)
❑
External display (page 66)
❑
AV devices (page 69)
❑
Port replicator (page 70)
❑
Speakers (page 74)
❑
Microphone (page 75)
❑
Universal Serial Bus (USB) device (page 76)
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Connecting an i.LINK® Device
You can connect an i.LINK-enabled digital video camera recorder to
the i.LINK® S400 (IEEE1394) connector.
To connect a digital video camera recorder
❑
Plug one end of the i.LINK cable (not supplied) into the i.LINK connector
on the left side of the computer and the other end into the DV In/Out
connector on the digital video camera recorder.
✍ i.LINK cables compatible with your VAIO notebook include cables with the following
part numbers: VMC-IL4415 (a 1.5-meter cable with a 4-pin connector at each end),
VMC-IL4615 (a 1.5 meter-cable with a 4-pin connector at one end and a 6-pin
connector at the other), and VMC-IL4408A (a 0.8-meter cable with a 4-pin connector
at each end). You can purchase these cables from your local retailer, through the Sony
VAIO® Direct Web site (http://www.sonydirect.com/), or by calling 1-888-315-7669 (toll
free).
Connecting digital video camera recorder to i.LINK connector
Digital video
camera recorder
to i.LINK
to DV In/Out
i.LINK cable
(optional)
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✍ The Sony digital video camera recorder is pictured; you may need to connect your
camera differently.
On Sony digital video cameras, connectors labeled “DV In/Out” or “i.LINK” are i.LINKcompatible.
See the manual that came with your digital video camera recorder for more
information on installation and use.
Do not connect more than one digital video camera at a time. The software supplied
with your computer will not recognize multiple cameras.
The i.LINK connector on the computer does not supply power to external devices. If
the external device requires power from the i.LINK connector, you cannot use the
device with the computer.
The computer supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer
rate is the lowest transfer rate of the external device.
The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the software applications you
use. See the documentation that came with your software for more information.
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Connecting a Phone Line
You need to connect a phone line to take advantage of online services and the
Internet.
✍ In order to register your Sony VAIO notebook, register your software online, and use
Sony Customer Support, you must connect to a phone line.
1
Plug one end of the phone cable into the phone line jack on the computer.
Connecting phone cable
Phone line jack
Wall jack
Phone cable (optional)
2
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
✍ Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated
telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a private branch exchange
(PBX). 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.
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Using Ethernet to Connect to a Network
Using Ethernet to Connect to a Network
You can exchange data with other devices on a network by connecting your
notebook to your Local Area Network (LAN).
To connect the notebook to a network, you need a network PC card or a port
replicator (PCGA-PRF1A). For more information on using PC cards, see “Using
PC Cards” on page 48 . Consult the network system administrator to find out
about the accessory settings required to access the network.
Setting Up Your Ethernet Connection
1
Right-click Network Neighborhood and select Properties.
2
Click Add to add a client, adapter, protocol, or service.
3
Click File and Print Sharing to enable these functions.
4
Select a Primary Network Logon.
5
Click the Identification tab to set the computer name, workgroup, and
computer description.
6
Click the Access Control tab to set the share level or user level access
control.
Connecting a Printer
You can connect a Windows Me-compatible printer to your computer to print
documents.
To connect a printer
❑
Use the
symbol to locate the Printer connector. Plug the printer cable
(supplied with the printer) into this port on the computer.
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Printer connector
Power cord
Printer
to
Printer
Printer cable
(supplied with the printer)
✍ See the manual that came with your printer for more information on installation and
use.
If your printer stops functioning after resuming from a power-saving mode, see
“Troubleshooting the printer” on page 111.
Before using the printer, you may need to change the Printer setting in the Sony
Notebook Setup software. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in the
online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
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Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard
Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard
You can connect a USB or PS/2® style mouse or keyboard.
➠
Plug the keyboard cable or mouse cable into the appropriate connector with
the mark facing up.
USB and PS/2 ports
USB
PS/2
Mouse
Keyboard
To connect both a PS/2 mouse and keyboard at the same time, use an optional PS/
2 division connector.
You can also use one or both of the USB ports to connect a mouse and keyboard
at the same time.
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✍ See “Using the Keyboard” on page 33 for more information on using the keyboard.
See the manual that came with your mouse or keyboard for more information on
installation and use.
Before you connect or disconnect the mouse or keyboard, turn off the computer.
Do not connect or disconnect the PS/2 device (keyboard or mouse) when the
computer is on. It may cause malfunction.
A Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series(not supplied) is a USB device. You must
connect it to the USB connector.
Connecting an External Display
You can connect an external display to your notebook. For example, you can use
the computer with any of the following:
❑
Computer display (monitor) (page 66)
❑
Multimedia computer display (page 67)
❑
Projector (page 67)
To connect a computer display
❑
Use the
symbol on the back of the computer to locate the Monitor
connector. Plug the display cable (not supplied) into this connector on the
back of the computer.
❑
If necessary, plug one end of the display power cord into the display, and the
other end into an AC outlet.
Connecting an external computer display
Computer display
Power cord
to
Monitor
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Display cable (optional)
Connecting an External Display
✍ See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on
installation and use.
To connect a multimedia computer display
You can connect the notebook to a multimedia computer display that includes
built-in speakers and a microphone.
1
Use the
symbol to locate the Monitor connector. Plug the display cable
into this connector.
2
Use the symbol to locate the Headphone connector. Plug the speaker cable
into this connector.
3
Use the symbol to locate the Microphone connector. Plug the microphone
cable into this connector.
✍ See the manual that came with your multimedia computer display for more
information on installation and use.
To connect a projector
You can use a projector, such as the Sony LCD Projector, as an external display.
Connecting projector
Projector
to
to
Monitor
Power cord
RGB signal cable (optional) Audio cable (optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your projector for more information on installation and use.
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To select a display
When you connect an external display to the monitor connector, you can toggle
the output between the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), the external monitor, or
both devices.
Use the Fn+F7 keys to select a display. See also “Selecting the Display Mode” in
the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” for more information.
To
Press
Result
Switch to an
external
display
Fn+F7
Toggles between the LCD, the external display
connected to the Monitor connector, or both the
LCD and external display.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
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AV Devices
AV Devices
You can enjoy playing audio/video by connecting AV devices to your computer.
See also the manuals supplied with your AV devices.
To Connect a TV
❑
Connect the computer to a TV using audio/video cables. Switch the input
channel of the TV to external input. You also need to set up the TV
configuration system.
To AC
To audio input
Power cord
Audio cable
(not supplied)
To video input
Video cable (supplied)
✍ See the manual that came with your peripheral device for more information on
installation and use.
✍ If you insert a DVD in your DVD drive to watch a video on your TV, the Fn+F8 key
combination might not activate the function to toggle between your LCD and TV. Take
the following steps:
1. Eject your DVD from your computer.
2. Once the DVD is ejected, toggle between your LCD and your TV with the
combination Fn+F8.
Your image displays now on both LCD and TV. Re-insert your DVD to launch you DVD
software.
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Connecting the Port Replicator
Your notebook supports the use of an optional port replicator (PCGA-PRF1A).
Attaching a port replicator enables you to connect additional peripherals to your
computer.
Port replicator
1
2
Network (Ethernet 10 Base T)
USB
6
Monitor
3
4
5
Serial
/
Printer
7
DC In
Mouse/Keyboard
✍ The port replicator can be powered only with an AC power adapter. Do not remove the
AC adapter from the port replicator or the AC outlet while using the port replicator; this
may cause data damage or hardware malfunctions.
When you attach your computer to the port replicator for the first time, the installation
of the network driver starts automatically.
To attach your computer to the port replicator
To supply power to your computer while it is connected to the port replicator, you
can connect the AC adapter directly to the port replicator.
✍ When attaching your computer to the port replicator, do not attempt to insert or
remove the battery pack. Lifting and turning the computer with an attached port
replicator could cause a temporary loss of power.
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Connecting the Port Replicator
1
Turn off your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices.
2
On the bottom of the computer, slide the port replicator connector cover
open.
Port replicator connector
Port repilcator connector
3
Attach the bottom of the computer to the port replicator connector until it
clicks.
Attaching computer to port replicator
Notebook
Port replicator
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4
Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC IN connector on the port
replicator. Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an AC outlet.
Connecting AC adaptor to port replicator
AC adapter
Power cord
✍ Use the AC adapter that comes with your computer or the optional Sony PCGAAC19V1 adapter.
The power indicator light turns green.
Power indicator light
Release lever
Power
Port replicator connector
5
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Turn on the computer.
Connecting the Port Replicator
To remove your computer from the port replicator when the power is off
1
Turn off your computer and the connected peripherals.
2
Pull the levers on each side of the port replicator to disengage the computer
from the port replicator.
Disengaging computer from port replicator
Lever
3
Lift the computer away from the port replicator.
Port replicator connector cover
4
Close the port replicator connector cover on the bottom of your computer.
✍ It is extremely important to close the port replicator connector cover after removing
your computer from the port replicator. If the cover is left open, dirt may get inside and
damage the computer.
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Connecting External Speakers
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external
speakers.
✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Do not place diskettes on the speakers; the speakers’ magnetic field may damage the
data on the diskettes.
To connect external speakers
❑
Use the symbol to locate the Headphone connector. Plug the speaker cable
into this connector.
Connecting speakers to Headphone connector
Speakers
to
Speaker cable
(supplied with speakers)
Headphone
✍ See the manual that came with your speakers for more information on installation and
use.
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Connecting an External Microphone
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. The microphone should be
compliant with the plug-in power microphone.
To connect an external microphone
❑
Use the to locate the Microphone connector. Plug the microphone
cable into this connector.
Connecting a microphone to microphone connector
Microphone
(optional)
to Microphone
✍ See the manual that came with your microphone for more information on installation
and use.
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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
You can connect a USB device to your computer.
To connect a USB device
❑
Use the symbol to locate the USB connector. Plug one end of the USB
cable into this port and the other end into the USB device.
Connecting USB device to USB connector
USB device
to
USB
USB connecting cable
(optional)
You can use the optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series with this
computer. The USB mouse software driver is preinstalled in the computer.
Therefore, you only need to plug the USB mouse into the USB connector.
✍ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information on installation
and use.
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Power Saving Modes
Power Saving Modes
When you use a battery as the source of power for your computer, you can take
advantage of power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to
the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your
computer has three distinct power saving modes: System Idle, System Suspend,
and System Hibernation. When using battery power, be aware that the computer
automatically enters System Hibernation mode when the remaining battery
charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the power management setting you
select.
✍ If the battery level falls below 10 percent, you should either attach the AC adapter to
recharge the battery or shut down your computer and insert a fully charged battery.
Normal Mode
Normal mode is the normal state of your computer when it is in use. The power
indicator light displays green when your computer is in this mode. To save power,
you can turn off a specific device such as the LCD or the hard disk.
System Idle Mode
Use the System Idle mode when your computer is not in use for a brief period.
Selecting this option places your hard disk and video display in a low power
state, and the CPU clock and processor stop. The power indicator light is umber
in this mode.
To activate System Idle mode
To activate System Idle mode, press the key combination Fn+S, or use the
PowerPanel utility to activate the System Idle mode.
To return to normal mode
Press any key to return to normal Mode.
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System Suspend Mode
In System Suspend Mode the computer saves the current state of the system in
RAM and switches off power to the CPU. The umber power indicator light
flashes in this mode.
To activate System Suspend mode
To activate System Suspend mode, press the key combination Fn+Esc, or press
the power button and release it immediately. You can also use the PowerPanel
utility to enter System Suspend mode.
To return to normal mode
Press any key to return to normal mode.
System Hibernation Mode
In the System Hibernation mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard
drive and power is turned off. The power indicator light is off in this mode.
To activate System Hibernation mode
To activate System Hibernation mode, press the key combination Fn+F12.
✍ Do not move the notebook until its power indicator light turns off.
To return to normal mode
To return to normal mode, turn on the computer by pressing the power button.
The computer returns to its previous state.
✍ When returning from System Hibernation mode, the system status stored on the hard
disk is erased and the computer starts normally if you press the power button and
hold for more than four seconds.
❑
Time required to return to normal mode
System Idle requires less time than System Suspend, and System Suspend
requires less time than System Hibernation to return to normal mode.
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Power Saving Modes
❑
Power consumption
System Idle uses more power than System Suspend, and System Suspend
uses more power than System Hibernation.
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Adding Memory
In the future you may want to install memory modules to expand the
functionality of your computer. For this model, 128 MB of memory is preinstalled (64 MB x 2). You can increase memory up to 192 MB (64 MB +
128 MB) or 256 MB (128 MB x 2), by replacing one or both memory modules in
the memory module bay. Expansion memory modules are available as options.
For memory upgrades, use only PC-100 SDRAM SO-DIMM (gold lead
contacts).
!
Make sure you observe the proper safety precautions when you install memory modules in your computer. See the bulleted list below. Be careful when adding memory.
Mistakes when installing or removing a memory module may cause a malfunction.
Before you start
❑
The procedures described below assume you are familiar with the general
terminology associated with personal computers and with common safety
practices required for using and modifying electronic equipment.
❑
Disconnect your system from its power source and from any
telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system
or follow any of the procedures described below. Personal injury or
equipment damage may result from failure to take these precautions.
❑
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage memory modules and other
components. Perform the procedures described below only at an ESD
workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted area,
and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity
(cellophane wrappers, for example). Ground yourself by maintaining contact
with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the
procedure.
❑
Do not open the memory module package until you are ready to install the
module. The package protects the module from ESD.
❑
Use the special bag for preventing ESD or use aluminum foil when you store
the memory module.
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Typical expansion memory configuration
Total System Memory (MB)
Slot 1 (MB)
Slot 2 (MB)
128
64
64
192
64
128
256
128
128
To remove a memory module
1
Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices, such as your
printer.
2
Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack(s).
3
After the computer has cooled, loosen and remove the screw that secures the
cover of the memory bay on the bottom of your computer. Use an
appropriate screwdriver.
Removing the memory module cover
screw
4
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Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your
computer) to discharge any static electricity.
Adding Memory
5
Remove the memory module.
Removing memory module
1 Pull the tabs in the direction of the arrows.
The memory module is released.
6
2 Pull the memory module in
the direction of the arrow.
Tighten the screw on the memory bay cover.
✍ Your computer comes with a memory module installed in the memory slot. To
upgrade your memory, remove this module from the slot before installing your
upgrade memory module.
To install a memory module
1
Follow steps 1 to 4 of “To remove a memory module.”
2
Remove the memory module from its packaging.
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3
Install the memory module.
Installing memory module
1 Slide the memory module into the slot.
4
2 Press the module into place until it clicks.
Tighten the screw on the cover of the memory bay.
To view the amount of memory
1
Restart the computer.
2
Click the Start button on the Windows status bar, point to VAIO option, and
click “Sony Notebook Setup.”
The Sony Notebook Setup screen appears.
3
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Click the “About This Computer” tab to view the amount of system memory.
If the additional memory is not shown, repeat steps 1 through 4 in “To install
a memory module.”
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 an
overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For
support information, see “For Answers to Your Software Questions” on
page 94.
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 PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition
Adobe Systems Inc.
Create amazing photo effects with Adobe PhotoDeluxe. Without learning complex
software, you can enhance, restore, and be creative with your photos. Includes built-in
guided activities, stock photos, clip art and templates to assist you.
Adobe Premiere® LE
Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Premiere LE offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video,
multimedia, or the Web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously on the
monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video
synchronization.
America Online®
America Online
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.
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ArcSoft® PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro
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.
CompuServe® 2000
CompuServe, 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
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK® connector and capture your own
video clips and still images. You can edit 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.
EarthLink Network TotalAccess®
EarthLink Network, Inc.
An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its
customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups,
a personal start page, a free 6 MB web site, a member newsletter, and 24-hour technical
support.
McAfee® VirusScan®
Network Associates, Inc.
Protect your computer from viruses. VirusScan can detect viruses from floppy disks,
Internet downloads, e-mail attachments, intranets, shared files, CD-ROMs, and online
services.
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Media Bar™
Sony Electronics
Media Bar software is your all-in-one solution for audio/video playback. Media Bar
software handles all common computer multimedia formats and controls selected Sony
devices. In addition to audio/video library cataloging and playlist management, Media Bar
software includes digital video quality control and effects features. Media Bar software
seamlessly integrates a variety of new media formats with an easy-to-use software
interface.
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 2000
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Word 2000 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 2000 also extends that ease-of-use to
international users, making it simple to create multilingual documents.
MovieShaker™
Sony Electronics
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.
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.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics
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.
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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® Basic 2000
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.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics
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.
Sound Forge® XP
Sonic Foundry
Sound Forge XP allows you to put powerful audio processing tools and effects to work on
your notebook. Simply cut, copy, and paste your way to striking multimedia files for use in
everything from Web pages to desktop presentations.
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About Your Software
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.
✍
.
Importing files over 75 seconds in length may cause MovieShaker to stop
responding.
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Create 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.
1
Click the Shake tab.
2
Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shaker tray.
Shaker Tray
3
Click
. A thirty second scene is automatically generated and
saved to the Product tray.
4
To preview, switch the Work Panel to Product tray mode and 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 may stop responding if too many scenes are
placed on the Product tray.
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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
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.
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.
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3
Select the format in which you want the document 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.
PictureGear™
PictureGear 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 okay.
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 Okay.
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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 Okay.
8
The new album can be viewed using most internet browsers.
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%.
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 Okay. (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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About Your Recovery CDs
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use it to
restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if
they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard
disk of this Sony computer.
For Answers to Your Software Questions
Acrobat® Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Business Edition, Adobe
Premiere® LE (Adobe Systems Incorporated)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com/
phone
206-628-2746 (fee-based support)
fax
206-628-5737
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
America Online® (America Online)
Web site
http://www.aol.com
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.compuserve.com
phone
800-848-8990
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For Answers to Your Software Questions
EarthLink Network TotalAccess® (EarthLink Network, Inc.)
.
Web site
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
McAfee® VirusScan® (Network Associates, Inc.)
Web site
http://support.mcafee.com
phone
408-988-3832
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F 9AM-5PM Central Time
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
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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
Prodigy Internet® (Prodigy Communications Corporation)
Web site
http://www.prodigy.com
phone
800-213-0992
hours
7 AM - 3 AM ET
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Quicken® 2000 (Intuit Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4688
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Windows Me Operating System, Internet Explorer (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.
WinFax™ Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)
Web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/
phone
800-798-0850
fax
800-554-4403 in North America
541-984-2490 outside North America
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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Using the System and Application Recovery CDs
Using the System and Application Recovery CDs
The following sections describe how to use the System Recovery and Application
Recovery utilities.
Using the System Recovery CD(s)
You can reinstall software titles that shipped with your computer if they are
corrupted or erased. You may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard
drive. If you experience a problem with your computer, reinstalling an individual
device driver or software title may correct the problem. Use the Application
Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications or device drivers. See “Using
the Application Recovery CD(s)” on page 98.
The System Recovery CD contains a backup copy of all the software originally
installed on your hard disk drive. It can be used only to recover the hard disk
of the notebook you purchased.
The System Recovery utility gives you Full Restore with Format—
formats the hard disk drive and then restores all the original software.
!
Full Restore with Format removes all the information on the hard disk drive. You
will lose any software you have installed and any other files you have created
since you started to use your computer. This means you will have to reinstall any
applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it. If
you have any questions on using the System Recovery CD, contact Sony Customer
Support.
To use the System Recovery CD(s)
1
Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive.
2
Shut down your computer as described in “Shutting Down Your Computer”
on page 32.
3
Wait four seconds and turn on your computer.
4
Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User
License Agreement.
5
When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the recovery process.
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✍ Your system may include one or two System Recovery CDs. If you have two System
Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program. You are
prompted to insert the second CD once the information from the first CD has been
installed.
The recovery process takes from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
After recovering your system using the SRCD, you may be prompted to insert your
ARCD after restarting Windows. Insert the ARCD to automatically complete recovery
of your system.
If your computer does not start from the Recovery CD
1
Press the power button and hold it for more than four seconds to turn off the
computer.
2
Turn on the computer. When the Sony logo is displayed, press the F2 key.
The BIOS setup menu screen appears.
3
Press the arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
4
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press the Enter
key. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
5
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key.
6
Press the arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes) and then press the Enter
key. The message “Save configuration changes and exit now?” appears.
7
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key. The computer restarts
from the Recovery CD.
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual applications
and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. Reinstalling an
individual device driver or software title may correct a problem you are
experiencing with your computer, and you may not need to recover the entire
contents of your hard drive. If you do need to reinstall all the software titles that
shipped with your computer, use the System Recovery CD(s). See “Using the
System Recovery CD(s)” on page 97.
You can also use the Application Recovery CD to install Windows Millennium
drivers on your computer.
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Using the System and Application Recovery CDs
✍ You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD. If you have any
questions on using the Application Recovery CD, contact Sony Customer Support.
To use the Application Recovery CD(s)
1
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all
applications.
2
When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Sony Application Recovery
CD in the DVD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery utility loads
automatically.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, select the icon for the
application you want to restore and then follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or two Application Recovery CDs. If you have two
Application Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery
program. You may be prompted to insert the second CD, depending on the application
you wish to restore.
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Troubleshooting
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).
Troubleshooting your notebook
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 touchpad, 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 packs are inserted properly and that they are 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 a Power Source” on page 25.
❑
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
again, then turn on the power.
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My notebook starts, but my system doesn’t start properly.
❑
When the 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.
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 diskette is in the drive, follow these steps:
❑
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1
Turn off the notebook, and then remove the diskette.
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 diskette 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.
Troubleshooting
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.
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.
❑
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.
❑
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.
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Click the Advanced button on the General tab, and Confirm the following
information:
1
Enable Deep Sleep is selected with a checkmark.
2
The message “Standby function is enabled” is displayed. If the message
reads “Standby function is disabled”, click the Enable button.
3
The message “Hibernation feature is enabled” is displayed. If the
message reads “Hibernation feature is disabled”, click the Enable
button.
4
Click OK and restart your notebook.
My system enters System Idle mode when System Suspend mode has been
selected.
❑
If you are connecting an optical disc drive with a PC card, disconnect it by
stopping the PC card. Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices
that you are not currently using. See “To remove a PC card” on page 50 for
more information.
❑
Make sure the PC Card is compatible with your notebook’s Windows®
operating system.
The Power Management setting is not responding.
Your notebook’s operating system may become unstable if a lower power state,
such as system hibernation is initiated and then changed before the notebook
completely enters the lower power state. To restore the notebook to its normal
operating stability:
❑
Close all open applications.
❑
Push 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.
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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(s) 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.
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 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 touchpad
My mouse does not work.
❑
If you are using an external mouse, check that the mouse is plugged into the
mouse connector. See “Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard” on
page 65 for details.
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❑
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, check that the
mouse is plugged into the USB connector.
My touchpad does not work properly.
❑
You may have disabled the touchpad without a mouse being connected to the
notebook. You must restart the notebook to make the touchpad work again.
❑
If your touchpad is interpreting a single tap as a double-click, you must
adjust the button assignments. Follow these steps:
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.)
The pointer does not move (while using the Touchpad or Mouse).
❑
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, and select Shut Down to
display the Shut Down Windows dialog box, then press Enter.
❑
If you cannot turn off your notebook as described in the step above, press
Ctrl+Alt+Delete 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 to
stop playback and restart the notebook.
Troubleshooting drives, PC cards and peripheral devices
I inserted a compatible device into the multipurpose drive bay, but the icon
does not appear in the My Computer window.
❑
The device has not been recognized. Put the notebook into System Idle mode
by pressing the Fn and S keys and then resume.
❑
If the device is still not recognized or does not appear in the My Computer
window, remove and reinsert it.
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Troubleshooting
My floppy disk drive can not write to a diskette.
❑
If the diskette is write-protected, disable the write-protect feature or use a
diskette that is not write-protected.
❑
Check that the diskette is properly inserted into the floppy disk drive.
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 CD, DVD, or CD-RW drive is not playing my CD or DVD properly.
❑
Make sure the optical drive is inserted correctly into the multipurpose drive
bay.
❑
Make sure the label of the disc is facing up.
❑
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.
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❑
Click Start >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 DVDROM drive. Check the region code listing on the DVD packaging.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Leave the notebook idle for at
least 1 hour with the notebook turned on.
My CD, DVD, or CD-RW drive tray does not open.
❑
Make sure the notebook is turned on.
❑
Press the Eject button on the DVD-ROM drive.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a sharp,
pointed object 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.
❑
If you are using multiple i.LINK devices, the combination of the connected
devices may cause unstable operation. In this case, turn off your notebook
and all connected devices. Disconnect the devices that are not in use. Check
the connections for each device, then restart your notebook.
The i.LINK-compatible devices connected to the Mini Docking Station do
not work.
❑
Use the i.LINK connector that is located on your notebook.
❑
If the message “There are no Digital Video devices connected to this
computer, or the power is off” appears, unplug the i.LINK cable and try
plugging it in again.
My PC card is not working.
❑
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Make sure the PC card is compatible with Microsoft® Windows®.
Troubleshooting
❑
Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not currently
using.
❑
If you are using two PC cards, use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable
the 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 “For Answers to Your Software Questions” on page 94.
When I click an application icon, the message “You must insert the application
CD into your CD-ROM (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive” appears and the software does
not start.
❑
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 hear background “noise” while using Windows Media Player to play my music
CDs.
Sony suggests using the preinstalled Media Bar software to play audio CDs.
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.
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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” on page 62 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.)
My modem connection is slow.
Your notebook is equipped with a 56K/V.90 compatible modem. Many factors
may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or
compatibility with telephone equipment (such as fax machines or other modems).
If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems,
fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider, 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.
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.
❑
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.
➜
❑
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If nothing is displayed when you press Fn+F3 or Fn+F4.
Troubleshooting
1
Double click System in Control Panel.
2
Set the sound device to enable in Device Manager.
❑
If your notebook is powered by batteries, check that the battery packs are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
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.
❑
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” on
page 75 for details.
Troubleshooting the printer
I cannot print.
❑
The default setting for the printer port mode is correct for most printers. If
you cannot print, try changing the printer port mode. In Sony Notebook
Setup, select the Printer tab. If the printer port mode is set to ECP, change it
to bi-directional. If the printer port mode is set to bi-directional, change it to
ECP. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in the
“Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” manual for details on using Sony
Notebook Setup.
❑
Your connected printer may not function after the computer resumes from a
power saving mode. If this occurs, follow these steps to reset the printer
connection:
❑
Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, and then select
Properties.
❑
Click the Device Manager tab.
❑
Select Refresh, and then click OK. The printer should function properly.
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Specifications
Specifications
Model
PCG-F640
Processor
650 MHz* Intel® Pentium® III with Intel®
SpeedStep™ Technology†
Hard Disk Drive
C / D Partition (Approximate)
12 GB‡
40% and 60%
Standard RAM
128 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB
LCD Screen
13.3" XGA TFT
L2 Cache Memory
256KB (CPU Intergrated)
MPEG
MPEG1 and MPEG2 Digital Video;
supports full-screen playback
Graphics
3-D graphic accelerator with 8 MB Video
RAM
ATI 3D RAGE™ Mobility-M1
Sound Capabilities
16-bit CD-quality stereo sound
Diskette Drive
Removable 3.5" 1.44 MB
DVD-ROM Drive
Reads CD data from 10.3X to 24X variable
transfer rate.** Reads DVD data from 1.7X
to 8X variable transfer rate.††
Laser Diode Properties
DVD-ROM: Wavelength 770 nm and 660
nm
laser output 30.2 µW
Modem
V.90/K56flex compatible modem‡‡
Infrared
Supports 4 Mbps, 1.1 Mbps, and 115 Kbps
IrDA Standard
Drive Bay
Supports floppy disk drive (included)
Supports second rechargeable battery
(optional)
Expansion Capabilities
Type II PC cards and Type III PC card Card
Bus support
Built-in Capabilities
Stereo speakers, Touch pad
Telecommunication
Capabilities
Data and fax send/receive‡‡
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PCG-F640
Connection Capabilities
2 USB ports
i.LINK†††
Serial port
Keyboard/mouse (USB and PS/2® style)
VGA monitor
Parallel (printer)
Phone line (RJ-11)
TV out
Microphone
Headphone
Port replicator
Infrared port
Supplied Accessories
Video cable
Floppy disk drive
Rechargeable battery
AC adapter and power cord
Weight saver
Power Requirements
58.5 watts maximum (19.5V DC/AC
100-240V)
Power Management
Energy Star compliant
Advanced Configuration and Power
Interface (ACPI)
Battery
Lithium-ion, supports dual battery operation
Dimensions
12.8"(w) x 1.9"(h)*** x 10.3"(d),
(324 x 46.9 x 265.5mm)
Weight
6.7 lbs. (3.1 kg) (with battery and
weight saver)
7.1 lbs. (3.2 kg) (with battery and floppy
disk drive)
Operating Temperature
41º F to 95º F (+5º C to 35º C) temperature
gradient less than 18º F (10º C) per hour
Operating Humidity
20% to 80% (not condensed), provided that
humidity is less than 65% at 95º F (35º C),
hygrometer reading of less than 84º F
(29º C)
Storage Temperature
-4º F to 140º F (-20º C to 60º C), temperature
gradient less than 18º F (10º C) per hour
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Specifications
Model
PCG-F640
Storage Humidity
10% to 90% (not condensed) provided that
humidity is less than 20% at 140º F (60º C),
hygrometer reading of less than
95º F (35º C)
* MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance.
† The processor may be reduced to a lower operating speed when operating on battery power.
‡ The size of your hard disk may differ if you purchased a specially configured system. GB means one
billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.
** Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10.3X at the innermost track to
24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average data
transfer rate is 17.2X or 2580 kbytes/s.
†† Data on a DVD is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 1.7X at the innermost track to 4X at
the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1392 kbytes/s). The average data transfer
standard is approximately 2.85X or 3823 kbytes/s. A DVD-ROM drive reads data on a CD at a
variable transfer rate, ranging from 10.3X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track. The
average data transfer rate is approximately 17.15X or 2936 kbytes/s or 2576 kbytes/s.
If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD you
are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your VAIO notebook. Region code
indicators such as a “1” or “ALL” are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can
play the discs. Unless a “1” or “ALL” is identified on your DVDs or on the packaging, you cannot
play the disc on this player.
‡‡ Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbps. Your 56K/V.90 compatible modem is capable of
downloading at 53 kbps. Your online service or Internet Service Provider, however, may not
support this technology or operate at this speed.
*** Height measured at thickest point. The thinnest height is 1.4" (35.8 mm).
††† i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
A
About Your Recovery CDs 94
AC adapter 21, 25
AC power 25
adding
hardware 59
memory 81
peripherals 59
printers 63
adjusting
brightness 32, 36
Alt key 34
Application Recovery CD 99
Applications key 34
attaching port replicator 70
B
battery packs 21, 26
charging 27, 54
indicator lights 28, 35, 52
inserting 26
inserting into battery bay 26
loading 26
rechargeable 25
removing 29, 52, 54
brightness
adjusting 32, 36
built-in speakers
See also speakers 36
buttons
Eject 43, 45
Start (Windows Me) 32
C
cables
phone 21
power cord 25
cameras
digital video recorder 60
canceling commands 34
Caps Lock
indicator light 36
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
ejecting 45
inserting 43
CD-ROMs
handling 47
charge status indicator light 28
charging battery packs 27, 54
choosing
power source 26
coin-operated telephones 62
computer
handling 19
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lithium ion battery 7
setting up 21
starting 31
troubleshooting 101, 109
unpacking 14
connecting
coin-operated telephones 62
digital video recorder 60
external speakers 74
hard drives 48
microphone 75
monitor 66
multimedia computer
display 67
multiple phone lines 62
network 48, 70
party phone lines 62
PBX 62
phone line 62
port replicator 70
power source 25
printer 63
projector 67
USB device 76
weight saver 56
connectors
DC In 25
infrared 51
network 70
Printer 63
printer 63
Serial port 70
correction keys 34
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Ctrl key 34
cursor-movement keys 34
D
DC In 25
digital still camera 51
digital video camera 60
disconnecting port replicator 73
diskettes
troubleshooting 107
display
options 68
selecting 68
disposal of lithium ion battery 7
drives
floppy disk 21
installing additional hard
disk 48
DV In/Out 60
DVD-ROM drive
closing tray 45
opening tray 43
using 43
DVD-ROM drive tray
troubleshooting 108
DVD-ROMs
handling 47
E
Eject button 43, 45
ejecting
battery packs 54
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
Index
45
weight saver 57
Energy Star 2
ergonomic considerations 17
Escape key 34
expansion memory
configuration 82
external devices
display 68
See also monitor
speakers 36, 74
F
faxes
laws governing 6
floppy disk drive 21
cable 21
disconnecting 41
troubleshooting 107
Fn key 34
combination commands 36
function keys 34
H
handling 19
CD-ROMs and DVDROMs 47
handling the LCD screen 19
hard drives
indicator light 35
installing additional 48
headphone connector 67
Help
Mouseware 39
I
i.LINK 60
IEEE-1394 60
indicator lights 35
battery 28, 35, 52
Caps Lock 36
charge status 28
hard drive 35
Num Lock 36
Scroll Lock 36
infrared communication
devices 51
other computers 51
infrared port 51
infrared transmission
active distance 52
troubleshooting 52
input devices 5
Insert key 34
inserting
battery pack 26
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
43
installation 18
installing
hard drives 48
hardware 59
memory module 83
peripherals 59
interference 5
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K
keyboard 34
L
LCD
lock lever 31
selecting to display output
68
troubleshooting 105
LCD screen
handling 19
lever
LCD 31
weight saver release 55
lithium ion battery
disposal 7
safety precautions 7
loading
battery pack 26
M
maintenance 19
memory module
expansion 82
installing 83
removing 82
microphone
connecting 75
connector 67
troubleshooting 111
modem
laws governing 6
troubleshooting 110
120
monitor
connecting 66
connector 67
selecting 68
switching among 37
mouse
troubleshooting 105
Mouse Properties screen 39
Mouseware
accessing help 39
features 39
MovieShaker instructions 89
multimedia computer display
67
multiple phone lines 62
N
navigation keys 34
network
connecting 48
connector 70
port replicator 70
Notebook Computer 21
Num Lock
indicator light 36
O
opening
DVD-ROM drive tray 43
operator keys 34
output devices 5
adding 63
Index
P
party phone lines 62
PBX 62
PC card
inserting 48
release button 48
slot protector 48
slots 48
troubleshooting 108
phone
cable 21
connecting line 62
jack 62
laws governing 6
port replicator
connecting 70
disconnecting 73
lever 73
network 70
power 35
cord 25
switch 31
power saving modes 77
System Hibernation 37, 78
System Idle 77
System Suspend 78
Video Standby 37
power source 25
power sources 26
connecting 25
Print Screen key 34
printer
connecting 63
connector 63
port 63
Printer connector 63
projector 67
R
radio interference 5
rechargeable battery packs 25,
26
recharging battery packs 27
Recovery CD 99
regulatory information 5
removing
battery packs 29
floppy disk drive 41
memory module 82
replacing
battery packs 52
restoring data 99
S
Scroll Lock
indicator light 36
second battery pack 26, 52
selecting
display 68
LCD 68
monitor 68
power source 26
Serial connector 70
Shift key 34
Software list 85
Sony Service Center 96
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speakers
external 74
switching 36
troubleshooting 110
volume 36
Specifications 113
starting
computer 31
startup problems 32
switching
display 37
monitor 37
System Hibernation mode 37,
78
System Idle mode 37, 77
System Suspend mode 36, 78
T
touchpad 38
troubleshooting 101
startup 32, 101
turning on
computer 31
TV
interference 5
U
unpacking the computer 14
USB
connecting 76
connector 76
mouse 76
122
V
ventilation slot 24
video camera 60
Video Standby mode 37
viewing the amount of memory
84
volume control 36
W
weight saver
attaching 53
connecting 56
fold-out arm 56
removing 57
Windows Me
Explorer 34
Find window 34
help 34
key 34
key combinations 34
Start button 32
taskbar 32
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