Sony PCG-FX210 User's manual

Sony PCG-FX210 User's manual
VAIO® Notebook User
Guide
PCG-FX210
PCG-FX215
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Notice to Users
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described herein, in whole or in part, may not
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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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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. AMD, the AMD logo, AMD
Duron and combinations thereof are trademarks
of Avanced Micro Devices, Inc.
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. i.LINK is a SONY
trademark 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.
❑
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.
To change the backup battery,
please contact your nearest
Sony Service Center.
All other trademarks are trademarks of their
respective owners.
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.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the bottom of your Sony CLICK TO
UPDATE ProductName. Refer to the model and
serial number when you call your Sony Service
Center.
For DVD-ROM drive: Danger Visible and invisible laser
radiation when open. Avoid
direct exposure to beam.
Model Numbers: PCG-961A, PCG-962A
Serial Number:________________________
Safety Information
Caution: To reduce the risk of
fire, use only No. 26 AWG or
larger telecommunication line
cord.
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.
❑
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
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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.
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 lecteur 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.
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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
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
PCG-961A,
PCG-962A
Responsible Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
680 Kinderkamack
Rd.
Oradell, NJ 07649
Telephone:
(For FCC-related
matters only.)
201-930-6972
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.
(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
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
❑
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
❑
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.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and the receiver.
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.
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.
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DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION BATTERY
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.
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.
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
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 0.2.
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 0.2.
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Contents
Notice to Users ........................................................................... 2
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Welcome ........................................................13
Features........................................................................................ 14
Unpacking Your Notebook............................................................ 15
Manuals.................................................................................... 15
Software CDs............................................................................ 15
Recovery CDs ........................................................................... 16
Other ........................................................................................ 16
Ergonomic Considerations ........................................................... 17
Notes on Setup ......................................................................... 18
Handling Your Notebook .......................................................... 19
Cleaning Your Notebook ........................................................... 19
Handling the LCD Screen.......................................................... 19
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Setting Up Your VAIO® Notebook ...............21
Locating Controls and Connectors ............................................... 22
Connecting a Power Source ......................................................... 27
Starting Your Computer ............................................................... 33
Shutting Down Your Computer .................................................... 35
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Using Your VAIO® Notebook .......................37
Using the Keyboard ...................................................................... 37
Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key ................ 38
Indicators ................................................................................. 39
Lights ....................................................................................... 40
Using the Touchpad ..................................................................... 42
Using the Floppy Disk Drive.......................................................... 44
Using the Optical Drive ................................................................. 47
Playing a DVD........................................................................... 49
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Notes on CD and DVD media ....................................................51
Using PC Cards .............................................................................52
To insert a PC card....................................................................52
To remove a PC card.................................................................54
Using a Second Battery Pack ........................................................55
To insert a second battery pack ................................................55
To charge the second battery pack............................................56
To remove the second battery pack ..........................................57
Using the Weight Saver.................................................................58
To attach the weight saver ........................................................58
To remove the Weight Saver .....................................................59
Connecting With Another VAIO® Computer .................................60
Power Saving Modes ....................................................................61
Normal Mode ............................................................................61
Standby Mode...........................................................................61
To activate Standby mode .........................................................61
To return to normal mode .........................................................61
Hibernate Mode.........................................................................61
To activate Hibernate mode.......................................................62
To return to normal mode .........................................................62
Connecting a Phone Line ..............................................................63
Connecting to a Local Area Network (LAN) ...................................64
Setting Up Your Ethernet Connection........................................65
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Connecting Peripheral Devices .................. 67
Connecting a Printer .....................................................................68
Connecting an External Display.....................................................69
Connecting a TV Display ...............................................................72
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device ..........................73
Connecting an i.LINK® Device......................................................74
Connecting External Speakers.......................................................76
Connecting an External Microphone .............................................77
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Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook........... 79
Selecting the Display Mode...........................................................79
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Using the Dual Display function.................................................... 81
Selecting Dual Display mode .................................................... 82
Setting the colors and resolution for each display .................... 82
Customizing the virtual desktop ............................................... 82
Releasing the Dual Display setting............................................ 82
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software ...................... 83
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Adding Memory .............................................85
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About the Software on Your Notebook .......89
Overview....................................................................................... 90
MovieShaker™.............................................................................. 94
Importing Images and Sound Clips .......................................... 94
Editing Clips and Scenes .......................................................... 96
Saving a Movie ......................................................................... 97
PictureGear™................................................................................ 98
Managing Your Pictures ........................................................... 98
Creating a Photo Album............................................................ 98
Using Panorama Maker ............................................................ 99
Making Still Images and Panoramic from MPEG ...................... 99
8 OpenMG Jukebox 2.0
Software Instructions........................................100
Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) Services ........................ 100
Starting OpenMG Jukebox 2.0................................................ 101
Recording a CD ...................................................................... 103
Transferring Songs (Check-in/Check-out) .............................. 104
Additional Features ................................................................. 106
Notes on performing the System Restore function of System
Tools on Windows® Millennium Edition ................................ 107
Notes on using Portable Players............................................. 107
Software Support Information .................................................... 108
Sony Service Center ............................................................... 109
Application, System, and Driver Recovery CDs .......................... 110
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Using Your Recovery CDs...........................................................111
Using the Application Recovery CD(s) ....................................111
Using the Driver Recovery CD(s) ............................................112
Using the System Recovery CD(s) ..........................................112
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Troubleshooting ......................................... 115
Troubleshooting your notebook ..............................................115
Troubleshooting the LCD screen .............................................118
Troubleshooting the mouse and touchpad ..............................119
Troubleshooting drives, PC cards and peripheral devices .......120
Troubleshooting software .......................................................122
Troubleshooting the modem ...................................................122
Troubleshooting audio ............................................................123
Troubleshooting the printer.....................................................124
Getting Help ................................................................................125
10 Specifications ............................................. 127
11 Index ............................................................ 131
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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.
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Features
✍ For a complete description of the specifications of your CLICK TO UPDATE
ProductName, see “Specifications”
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Exceptional performance — Your notebook includes a mobile AMD
Duron™ processor 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 headphones (not
supplied) to listen to audio and video CDs.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® operating system — Your system includes
Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me™)
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Communications — Access popular online services, send e-mail, browse
the Internet, and use fax features.
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Optical drive (DVD-ROM) — The DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDROM 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
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® Quick Start — Contains information on unpacking and setting up
your notebook, supplementary updates, and software information.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition Getting Started manual —
Explains how to use the basic features of this latest Windows operating
system.
Software CDs
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Microsoft® Word 2000 — Allows you to reinstall Microsoft Word to the
VAIO notebook you purchased.
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Recovery CDs
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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.
❑
Driver Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to reinstall individual device
drivers. Use it to restore corrupted or erased files.
Other
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Ergonomic Considerations
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.
❑
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
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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 40º F
(5º 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.
❑
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.
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Ergonomic Considerations
❑
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.
❑
Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This could cause
malfunction.
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❑
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 all the controls and connectors on your computer,
how to connect your computer to a power source, and how to start and
shut down your computer.
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Locating Controls and Connectors
Front
1
2
3
4
5
6
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LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
screen
Speakers
Keyboard
Touchpad
Left/right buttons
Power indicator
7
Battery 1 and 2 indicators
8
9
10
11
Hard disk drive indicator
Num Lock indicator
Caps Lock indicator
Scroll Lock indicator
Locating Controls and Connectors
Left
1
2
3
T Video out
Microphone connector
Headphone connector
4
5
6
i.LINK*® (IEEE1394) S400
connector
PC card slots
Battery bay
* i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate that a prodcut contains an IEEE 1394 connector.
All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
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Right
1
2
3
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Power button
Optical drive (DVD-ROM drive)
Floppy disk drive
Locating Controls and Connectors
Back
cover
1
2
3
4
Modem jack
USB connectors
Serial connector
Printer connector
5
6
7
Monitor connector
Ethernet connector
DC In connector
Warning:
Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the Ethernet connector. Do
not connect any other type of network cable or any telephone line.
Connecting cables other than those listed above may result in an electric
current overload and could cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the
connector. To connect the unit to the network, contact you network
administrator.
✍ There is a ventilation slot located between the Ethernet connector and the USB
connector. Do not cover the ventilation slot when your computer is on.
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Bottom
1
2
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Multipurpose bay RELEASE lever
Tilt stands
Connecting a Power Source
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)
DC In
Power cord
(supplied)
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.
❑
The LED indicator on the AC adapter may be turned on until the AC adapter
is unplugged from your notebook.
❑
When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet.
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❑
Use only the AC adapter supplied. Do not use any other AC adapter.
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
“Using a Second Battery Pack” ). 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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Connecting a Power Source
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
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 2 hours if your notebook’s power is on.
✍ To charge the battery completely, continue charging for an additional hour.
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There are two battery indicator lights on the computer
Battery indicator lights
Battery indicator lights
Battery Indicator
Description
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the battery bay on
the left side of the computer.
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the multipurpose
bay on the right side of the computer.
1
2
Battery Indicator
Light Status
Description
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
The battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
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Connecting a Power Source
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.”
❑
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 “Using a Second Battery Pack” 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.
❑
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.
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❑
You can extend battery life by changing the power-management modes in
the PowerPanel utility. See “Power Saving Modes” .
❑
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 Hibernate 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 Standby or Hibernate.
❑
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
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 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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3
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If necessary, adjust the brightness controls for the LCD display as follows:
❑
To decrease brightness, press Fn+Shift+F5.
❑
To increase brightness, press Fn+F5.
Shutting Down Your Computer
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 Standby mode.
If you are unable to shut down your computer.
1
2
Close or end all operations as follows:
❑
Close all applications.
❑
Remove the PC cards.
❑
Disconnect USB devices.
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 5 seconds. This operation may result in data loss.
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Using Your VAIO®
Notebook
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.)
Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the screen.
The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to make
corrections in your documents.
Navigation keys
Correction keys
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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.
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and
places it in the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste the screen
shot into a document and print it.
Several keys are always used with at least one other key: Ctrl, Alt, and
Shift. When held down with another key, the Ctrl (Control) and Alt
(Alternate) keys offer another way to give commands. For example, in
many applications, instead of choosing the Save command from a
menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S (referred to as Ctrl+S). The
Shift key operates the same way as on a typewriter; it is used to
produce capital letters or special symbols such as @ and $.
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 38.
Escape key
Print Screen key
Operator keys
Windows key
Fn key
Applications key
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue
commands. See “Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key” on
page 40.
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive
choices. Pressing this key is the equivalent of clicking the right mouse
button.
Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key
Combination
+ F1
+ Tab
+E
+F
+ Ctrl + F
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Function
Displays Windows Help.
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
Displays Windows Explorer.
Displays the Windows Find: All Files window to find a file or folder.
This is the equivalent of selecting Find and then Files or Folders from
the Start menu.
Displays the Windows Find: Computer window where you can locate
other computers. This is the equivalent of selecting Find and then
Computer from the Start menu.
Using the Keyboard
Combination
Function
+M
Shift +
+R
Minimizes all displayed windows.
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run from
the Start menu.
Fn +
+M
+ 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, flashes
umber in Standby mode, and turns off when the computer is in
Hibernate 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 Standby mode or turn off the computer when this
indicator light is on.
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Lights
Light
On
Off
Num Lock
The number keys in the numeric
keypad 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.
The screen scrolls differently.
(Exactly how it scrolls depends on
the specific application. It has no
effect in many applications.)
The alphanumeric character
keys in the keypad area are
active.
Letters appear in lower case
as you type (unless you
hold down the Shift key).
Scroll Lock
Information moves across
the display normally.
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
Combinations/
Feature
Fn+
(ESC)
Standby
Fn+
(F3)
Mute
Fn+
(F4)
Speaker volume
Fn+Shift+
(F4)
Speaker volume
Fn+
(F5)
Brightness control
Fn+Shift+
(F5)
Brightness control
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Function
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power-management state. To
return the system to the active state, press any key or press the power
button on your computer.
Toggles the built-in speaker off and on.
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume. To increase volume, press Fn+F4.
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume. To decrease volume, press
Fn+Shift+F4.
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To increase light intensity, press Fn+F5.
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To decrease light intensity, press Fn+Shift+F5.
Using the Keyboard
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (Continued)
Combinations/
Feature
Function
Fn+ LCD /
(F7)
Switch to the
external monitor/
LCD
Toggles through the LCD, external display (connected to the
Monitor connector) and both LCD and external display.
Fn+
Toggles between LCD-only and dual LCD/TV display modes.
LCD
only/
(F8)
Control TV out
Fn+
(F12)
Hibernate
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Hibernation mode: 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 system to its original
state, use the power button to turn on power.
✍ 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.
Press the left button once.
Press the left button twice.
Press the right button once. In many applications, this action displays
a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.
Slide one finger while pressing the left button.
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.)
Click
Double-click
Right-click
Drag
Scroll
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Using the Touchpad
✍ 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 may be lost.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
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 bay RELEASE lever
3
Slide the drive out of the multipurpose bay.
4
Insert the weight saver. See “Using the Weight Saver” on page 58.
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 57.
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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 Optical Drive
Using the Optical Drive
Your computer comes with an optical drive (DVD-ROM drive).
To insert a disc
1
Turn on the computer.
✍ When the computer is in Standby or Hibernate mode, you cannot insert a disc.
2
Press the Eject button to open the DVD-ROM drive.
The tray slides out.
Ejecting the tray
Eject Button
3
Place an optical disc 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 an optical disc
Label side facing up
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Using the Optical Drive
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 optical 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.
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
Playing a DVD
To achieve optimum performance when playing DVDs, it is recommended that
you close any open applications before playing a DVD movie.
❑
You can play DVDs using the DVD-ROM drive and the WinDVD®
software. See the help file that comes with the WinDVD 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.
If you have connected a TV, follow the instructions in “Selecting the Display
Mode” .
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✍ If you set the display resolution higher than the default setting (1024 x 768, 16 bits),
the DVD video may not play properly.
To view the DVD video clearly, set the display resolution to 1024 x 768 dots (16 bits).
Do not switch the power saving modes while you are playing the DVD disc.
Change the setting to disable the screen saver and the virus checker (if it is
active).
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access. This may
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Using the Optical Drive
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 I/II PC cards, or one Type III PC card.
These slots are compatible with CardBus. 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
Push the Release button once. The Release button pops out.
PC card release button
Release button
Release button
2
Push the Release button a second time. The PC card slot protector pops out.
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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Using PC Cards
PC card slot protector
3
Insert the PC card into the PC card slot. Make sure the front label of the PC
card is facing up.
4
Push the the PC card slot gently into the connector. The PC card is
automatically detected by your system. The
(Unplug or Eject Hardware
icon) appears in the taskbar.
Inserting a PC card
Insert with the
arrow facing toward
the slot
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
box appears.
in the taskbar. The “Unplug or Eject Hardware” dialog
2
Select the hardware device you wish to remove.
3
Click Stop. In the “Stop a Hardware device” dialog box, confirm that the
device can be safely removed from the system.
4
Click OK. The message, “PC Card can now be safely removed from the
system” appears.
5
Click OK again and click Close.
6
Push the Release button. The Release button pops out.
7
Push the Release button a second time. The PC card pops out. Gently grasp
the card and pull it out of the slot.
8
Insert the PC card slot protector into the empty slot.
Notes on using PC cards
❑
For some PC cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the
Standby or Hibernate 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.
❑
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 a Second Battery Pack
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.
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 58.
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To charge the second battery pack
Using weight saver for second battery cover
Battery pack
Weight saver
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” for more information.
Charging the second battery
Battery indicators
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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.
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 58.
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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 57.
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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Connecting With Another VAIO® Computer
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
(optional)
See Smart Connect online help for more information.
✍ 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).
* i.LINK is a Sony trademark 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.
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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 two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. When
using battery power, be aware that the computer automatically enters Hibernate
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.
Standby Mode
In Standby Mode the computer saves the current state of the system in RAM and
switches off power to the CPU. The Amber power indicator light flashes in this
mode.
To activate Standby mode
To activate Standby mode, press the key combination Fn+Esc, or press the power
button and release it immediately.
To return to normal mode
Press any key to return to normal mode.
Hibernate Mode
In the Hibernate 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.
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To activate Hibernate mode
To activate Hibernate 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 Hibernate 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
Standby requires less time than Hibernate to return to normal mode.
❑
Power consumption
Standby uses more power than Hibernate.
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Connecting a Phone Line
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 modem jack on the computer.
Connecting phone cable
Modem 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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Connecting to a Local Area Network (LAN)
You can connect your computer to 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX-type networks.
For the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to a network, ask your
network administrator.
Connecting to LAN
Ethernet
connector
Warning: Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the
(Ethernet
connector). Do not connect any other type of network cable or any telephone
line. Connecting cables other than those listed above may result in an electric
current overload and could cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the
connector. To connect the unit to the network, contact your network
administrator.
Note that if you enable Wake on LAN, the power saving mode will be switched
to Standby mode.
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Connecting to a Local Area Network (LAN)
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.
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Connecting Peripheral
Devices
You can add functionality to your computer by connecting a variety of
peripherals, as discussed in the following sections.
❑
“Connecting a Printer”
❑
“Connecting an External Display”
❑
“Connecting a TV Display”
❑
“Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device”
❑
“Connecting an i.LINK® Device”
❑
“Connecting External Speakers”
❑
“Connecting an External Microphone”
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Connecting a Printer
You can connect a Windows Me application compatible printer to your computer
to print documents.
To connect a printer
❑
Locate the Printer connector identified by the
symbol. Plug the printer
cable (supplied with the printer) into this port on the computer.
Printer connector
Printer
To
Printer
Power cord
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” .
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Connecting an External Display
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) (See page 69.)
❑
Multimedia computer display (See page 70.)
❑
Projector (See page 70.)
✍ Connect an external display before you turn on the computer.
To connect a computer display
❑
Locate the Monitor connector identified by the
symbol on the back of the
computer. Plug the display cable (not supplied) into this connector.
❑
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
Display cable (optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on
installation and use.
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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
Locate the Monitor connector identified by the
cable into this connector.
symbol. Plug the display
2
Locate the Headphone connector identified by the
speaker cable into this connector.
symbol. Plug the
3
Locate the Microphone connector identified by the
microphone cable into this connector.
symbol. Plug the
✍ 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 a projector
To
Headphone
To
Monitor
Projector
Power cord
RGB signal
Audio cable
cable (optional) (optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your projector for more information on its installation and
use.
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Connecting an External Display
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” 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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Connecting a TV Display
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
To AC
Power cord
To audio input
To video input
Audio cable
(not supplied)
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. Connect the TV to the Computer.
2. Restart the computer and wait until it finishes.
3. Toggle between your LCD and your TV with the Fn+F8 key combination.
Your image is now displayed on both LCD and TV. Re-insert your DVD to launch your
DVD software.
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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
You can connect USB devices such as an external mouse, keyboard, speaker, and
microphone to your computer.
To connect a USB device
✍ The following steps describe the procedure for connecting a USB mouse to your
computer. Use the same procedure for connecting all USB devices.
❑
Locate the USB device identified by the symbol. 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 an optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series (not supplied)
with this computer. Since the USB mouse software driver is preinstalled in the
computer, you simply plug the USB mouse into the USB connector to use it. One
USB connector supports one USB device.
✍ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information on its
installation and use.
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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)
* i.LINK is a Sony trademark used to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
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Connecting an i.LINK® Device
✍ 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 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
❑
Locate the Headphone connector identified by the symbol on the side of
the computer. Plug the speaker cable into this connector.
Connecting speakers to the headphone connector
Speakers
To Headphones
Speaker cable
(supplied with speakers)
✍ 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
❑
Locate the Microphone connector identified by the
symbol on the side of
the computer. Plug the microphone cable into this connector.
Connecting microphone to microphone connector
Microphone
(optional)
m
To
Microphone
✍ See the manual that came with your microphone for more information on installation
and use.
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Customizing Your VAIO®
Notebook
You can customize the settings of your notebook. The following sections briefly
describe how to change your computer’s default settings.
Selecting the Display Mode
This notebook uses the ATI video controller. You can select which display is used
when the notebook is connected to an external monitor. When you connect an
external display, you can switch the display mode between your notebook’s LCD
display and the external monitor.
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then point to Control Panel.
2
Click the Display icon. The Display Properties window appears.
3
Click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced button. The ATI RAGE
MOBILITY-M1 AGP Properties dialog box appears.
4
Click the Displays tab and select the display settings by clicking the
icon
on the panel of your display choice. For more information, click the Help
button.
✍ If you cannot see your movie or DVD on the external display, change the
monitor or TV setting by clicking on the Secondary
to Primary
.
icon and changing it
✍ You may not be able to display the notebook LCD screen and an external display or
projector at the same time, depending on the types of computer displays and
projectors you are using.
Turn on the computer after you turn on the peripheral devices.
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ATI RAGE MOBILITY-M1 Screen
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Using the Dual Display function
Using the Dual Display function
The dual display function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop
across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display attached to
the monitor connector, your notebook’s LCD display and the external display can
function as a single desktop. You can move the cursor off of one display and onto
the other. This allows you to drag objects, such as an open application window or
a toolbar, from one display to the other. This configuration of a single desktop
distributed across separate displays is referred to as a virtual desktop.
Virtual desktop
Virtual desktop
External monitor
Your LCD display
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Selecting Dual Display mode
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar.
2
Point to Settings > Control Panel.
3
Click the Display icon. The Display Properties windows appears.
4
Click the Settings tab.
5
Click the Monitor marked “2”. The Monitor #2 dialog box appears.
6
Click Yes to enable the second display.
7
Click Apply.
Setting the colors and resolution for each display
You can set the display colors and resolution for each display that is part of a
virtual desktop.
Follow steps 1 to 4 above to display the Display Properties screen. Select the
display you wish to change (1 or 2) by clicking on the icon of the display. You
can change colors by selecting an option from the Colors list. Use the slider in the
screen area to change the resolution. Click OK or Apply. Click OK to confirm
that you want to make the changes.
Customizing the virtual desktop
You can customize Dual Display mode by changing the position of the two
displays that form the virtual desktop.
In the Display Properties screen, drag the icons of Monitor #1 or Monitor #2, to a
new position that is relative to the other. The two display icons must be
connected to create a virtual desktop. Click OK to apply the change.
Releasing the Dual Display setting
Follow steps 1-4 in the section “Selecting Dual Display mode”. Right-click on
Monitor #2, and then click on Enabled to release the setting.
✍ Some software is not compatible with Dual Display mode.
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Using the Dual Display function
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software
To change the window design
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, then point to Control Panel.
2
Click UI Design Selector.
3
Click << or >> and select the desired design.
4
Click Apply.
5
The “UI Design Selector” window design changes. The window design for
your Sony software will match the “UI Design Selector” window.
6
To try another selection, click << or >> then click OK.
7
The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design
displays.
✍ This feature is available with UI Design Selector-compatible software only.
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Adding Memory
In the future you may want to install memory modules to expand the
functionality of your computer. You can increase memory up to 256 MB
(128 MB x 2), by installing optional memory modules. The amount of memory
pre-installed is 128 MB (128 MB x 1).You can add an expansion memory module
(64 MB or 128 MB) in the memory module bay. Expansion memory modules are
available as options. For memory upgrades, use only PC100 (CL2) SDRAM SODIMM (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)
192
256
128
128
64
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
Screwdriver
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
2
1
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
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2 Press the module into place until it clicks.
Tighten the screw on the cover of the memory bay.
About the Software on
Your Notebook
Your VAIO notebook is ready to help you work, play, learn, and
communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you the
following:
❑
An overview of the various software that come with your computer and the
activities you can perform with your software
❑
Software support information
❑
Details on your Sony application and system recovery CDs
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Overview
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.
America Online®
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends
with easy-to-use e-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports
scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.
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
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.
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Overview
DVgate™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK*® connector and capture your own
video clips and still images. You can edit 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, 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.
Media Bar™
Sony Electronics Inc.
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.
* i.LINK is a Sony trademark used to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
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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 Inc.
Sony’s original MovieShaker software creates personal movies that have transitions,
background music and text. Just import your video clips and “shake” with a click of the
mouse. Your personal movies are easy to create and fun to share with family and friends.
(See “MovieShaker™” below.)
Netscape Communicator®
Netscape Communications
Netscape Communicator is an all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the
web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups, and compose great web documents.
OpenMG Jukebox™
Sony Electronics Inc.
OpenMG Jukebox software enables you to import digital audio files by downloading
audio files from Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) services over digital networks, such
as the Internet. You can record audio CDs onto you hard drive in a variety of formats.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony digital
still camera, or a Sony Mavica® camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table
format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder. (See “PictureGear™”
below.)
Prodigy Internet®
Prodigy Communications Corporation
An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy
delivers powerful online content such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access
to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.
Quicken® 2001
Intuit, Inc.
Quicken is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your
checkbook, so it is easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all your finances, bank
accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans. You can even pay your bills online.
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Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture
manages the i.LINK*® connection between your computer and a Sony Digital
Handycam® Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to capture
compressed video or still images that you can save or share via e-mail. A smart solution to
computer, digital audio/video and network convergence.
VisualFlow®
Sony Electronics Inc.
VisualFlow is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically for
Memory Stick media. It displays any still pictures, movie, or sound files stored in a
Memory Stick media in a visually pleasing, artistic manner. VisualFlow not only plays a
selected movie or sound file, but also enables playback of files by other applications like
PictureGear, Memory Stick Slideshow, and Windows Explorer.
WinDVD® 2000
InterVideo, Inc.
WinDVD is a simple-to-use DVD player combining all the features you would expect to
find in a standard consumer DVD player, in addition to some very advanced functionality,
such as full VCD 2.0 support, full precision video decode, a choice of user interfaces, and
video display options. You can play DVD titles or Video CDs. WinDVD automatically
determines the type of disc in the DVD drive and uses the correct playback method.
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MovieShaker™
This application can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any
knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, motion pictures can be
combined with special effects, still images (pictures), and music files and then
saved in a format most computers can play.
Main Window
Working Panel
Editing trays
Clip tray
Help
Product tray
Trash
Importing Images and Sound Clips
1
Click
2
Find the file you want to add.
3
Select the file.
4
Click Open. The file is added to the Clip tray.
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(File Import) or
(DV Import).
Importing files over 75 seconds in length may cause MovieShaker software to stop
responding.
MovieShaker™
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 software 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.
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See help for instructions on adjusting effect duration and replaying clips/
scenes.
MovieShaker™
Saving a Movie
1
Verify that the clip(s) you want to save is on the Product tray. See Help for
more details on saving movies.
2
Click Export.
3
Select the format in which you want the 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.
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PictureGear™
PictureGear software is a digital image management application that allows you
to see all the images stored in any directory on your computer. Thumbnail views
provide quick reminders of your pictures. Brighten, contrast, enhance, resize,
crop, and color-correct your pictures. Create panoramic views, animations,
screen savers, wallpaper, still pictures from MPEG, and even html photo albums.
Managing Your Pictures
Use the collection feature to manage your pictures.
1
Click the Folder tab and browse to locate your pictures.
2
Select the pictures you want to have in a collection.
3
From Collection menu, select Create New Collection.
4
Enter a name for the collection and then click 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.
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.
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PictureGear™
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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OpenMG Jukebox 2.0
Software Instructions
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 is a software application that utilizes Sony Corporation’s
copyright protection technology. OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 maintains the holder’s
copyrights by preventing unauthorized distribution of digital audio files.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 software enables you to play and record audio CDs and
import digital audio files. When recording an audio CD with OpenMG Jukebox
2.0, it is encoded in ATRAC3 format onto your computer’s hard drive. By
downloading digital audio files from EMD services, the downloaded and
imported data can then be played on your computer or transferred to external
devices/media while maintaining the copyright information of the contents.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 converts your existing MP3 and WAV format audio files
into OpenMG format (WAV format audio files are converted into ATRAC3
format or changed into OpenMG MP3 format).
Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) Services
EMD allows you to download music files via the Internet. To use OpenMGenabled services on the Internet, you need:
❑
Access to the Internet from your computer. Sign up with an Internet Service
Provider and configure your computer for Internet access before using EMD
services.
❑
Free EMD programs such as EMD key installer. These programs can be
downloaded from the Sony EMD Web page.
❑
An EMD service provider. Consult the provider for details regarding service.
✍ To protect your personal data, Sony uses SSL (an encryption protocol) for
communication between your browser and the Sony WWW server. If you are
accessing the Internet from inside of an enterprise LAN, you may not be able to use
SSL due to the proxy server of the LAN. For help, contact your network administrator.
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OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Software Instructions
Starting OpenMG Jukebox 2.0
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, select Programs, OpenMG
Jukebox, and then OpenMG Jukebox. The CDDB Registration dialog box
appears. For more information regarding CDDB registration, click the Help
button.
✍ To register with CDDB, you will need Internet access from your computer.
2
After registering with CDDB, the “Set OpenMG Jukebox as the Application
for playing Audio CD” dialog box appears. If you wish to set OpenMG
Jukebox as the default application for playing audio CDs, select the
appropriate checkbox. Click OK to close the dialog box. The OpenMG
Jukebox window appears.
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OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Basic Features
1
2
4
3
5
6
1
Menu bar
Displays OpenMG Jukebox menus.
2
Screen Tabs
6
Change the operational sheet view
according to function.
Player control buttons
7
Control playback (play, stop, pause, etc.).
File Tree view
8
Displays the folders on your computer.
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4
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5
7
8
File List view
Lists the items under the selected folder in
the File Tree view.
Drop-down list
Displays the playlists, audio files, etc., of
the current screen tab.
Tutorial tab
Opens and closes the Tutorial screen.
URL drop-down list
Displays URL address information if
available. Clicking the “Go to URL link”
button connects to the Internet Web page
of the URL.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Software Instructions
Recording a CD
You can record songs from audio CDs and import them to playlists within
OpenMG Jukebox.
✍ When you record from an audio CD on your CD-ROM drive for the first time, the “CD
Drive Optimization” dialog box appears. Click Start to verify your CD-ROM drive. After
the verification is performed, recording begins.
1
Insert an audio CD into the CD/CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive.
2
Click the CD tab.
3
Select the Bit Rate, CD drive, and Record to location from the drop-down
lists.
CD tab screen
4
To select certain tracks from your CD, uncheck any unwanted tracks. You
may also click the empty checkbox next to Select All (clears all
checkboxes), and then select the desired tracks.
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5
Click
Rec to Jukebox. Recording begins. When the recording is
finished, the new playlist appears in the File Tree view of the Playlist screen
tab.
✍ To name the album and songs, type the name, or retrieve it from the CDDB Web site
on the Internet at http://www.cddb.com/cddb2info/using.html
Transferring Songs (Check-in/Check-out)
You can transfer songs between the playlists of your OpenMG Jukebox and
external devices/media. For details on using your external devices/media, see the
user guide that came with your product. These instructions are for the Check-in/
Check-out 1 step mode; for information on 2 step mode, see “Changing the
check-in/check-out settings” in the OpenMG Jukebox Help menu.
Check-out
1
Connect the external device/media to your computer
2
Click the Check-in/Out tab to display the Check-in/Out screen. Your
computer recognizes the connected external device/media and lists the
information on the right side of the screen.
Check-In/Out tab screen
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Select the Playlist containing the song that you want to check out. The songs
in the playlist are listed in the Playlist view in the center of the screen.
OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Software Instructions
4
In the Playlist view, select the song to be checked out. To check out more
than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and click the songs to be
selected.
5
Click
(Out), or drag and drop the song to the desired position in the song
list of the external device/media. Check-out begins.
✍ To cancel Check-out, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog
box displayed during Check-out.
Check-in
✍ You can only check-in songs recorded on external devices/media to the hard drive of
the same computer from which the songs were checked out.
1
Connect the external device/media to your computer
2
Click the Check-in/Out tab to display the Check-in/Out screen. Your
computer recognizes the connected external device/media and lists the
information on the right side of the screen.
3
Select the song to be checked in from the song list of the external device/
media. To check in more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key and
click the songs to be selected.
4
Click
(In), or drag and drop the song(s) to the Playlist view. If you want
to check in all of the songs in the external device/media, click
(In All).
Check-in begins.
✍ To cancel check-in, click
(Stop), or click Cancel in the Processing dialog box
displayed during Check-out.
For more information regarding the use of OpenMG Jukebox 2.0, read the
OpenMG Help file. To access the OpenMG Help file, Click the Start button on
the Windows taskbar, select Programs, OpenMG Jukebox, and then OpenMG
Jukebox Help. Or, from the OpenMG Jukebox Help menu, select OpenMG
Jukebox Help.
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Additional Features
❑
OpenMG Jukebox Tutorial — In the Tutorial screen, the available
operations of OpenMG Jukebox are briefly described. By clicking items in
the screen, you are guided directly to the desired operations of OpenMG
Jukebox.
❑
OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool — Allows you to back up and restore all
the data managed by OpenMG Jukebox, including music, graphics, and
information. You must be connected to the Internet to use OpenMG Jukebox
Backup Tool.
❑
Import audio files in various formats — You can import downloaded or
stored audio files in various formats, such as MP3, WAV, or WMT (which is
compliant with Windows Media Technologies with the extensions .asf or
.wma), and manage them on the Playlist of OpenMG Jukebox.
❑
Manage imported songs on the Playlist — By registering imported songs
to the Playlist of OpenMG Jukebox, additional features are made available
other than playback. You can create a list of songs categorized by genre or
artist, display the created list on a Playlist, and manage these songs in a
hierarchical structure by using Playlist folders. You can also edit songs so
that multiple songs are created as one (Combine), or divide one song into
two (Divide).
❑
Simple mode — Allows you to perform playback operations only. The
operation panel in simple mode is much smaller than in full mode. This is
especially useful when you want to play songs with OpenMG Jukebox while
using other software, or when you feel that the operation panel in full mode
is too large. Additionally, the design of the operation panel in simple mode
can be changed by adding a new Skin. Therefore, you can enjoy various
panel designs.
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OpenMG Jukebox 2.0 Software Instructions
Notes on performing the System Restore function of System
Tools on Windows® Millennium Edition
If you perform the System Restore function of System Tools on Windows Me, the
OpenMG Jukebox version 2.0 database may become corrupted and all music files
recorded or imported may not play. Follow the steps below to back up and restore
all music files managed by OpenMG Jukebox.
1
Before performing the System Restore function, back up your music files by
using OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool. This will help prevent unwanted loss
of music files.
2
After performing the System Restore function, restore your music files by
using OpenMG Backup Tool. This will help to ensure the reliability of
playback.
For details on using OpenMG Jukebox Backup Tool, refer to the online help for
OpenMG Jukebox.
Notes on using Portable Players
If you have purchased a Portable Player such as NW-MS7 or NW-E3, do not
install the version of OpenMG Jukebox that came with the Portable Player. Your
computer already has OpenMG Jukebox version 2.0 preinstalled. Overwriting
OpenMG Jukebox version 2.0 for VAIO computers may generate malfunctions.
To connect you Portable Player to your VAIO computer, you need a plug-in for
OpenMG Jukebox version 2.0. For details, refer to Sony Walkman® Product
Support on the Web at http://www.sony.com/walkmanproductsupport.
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Software Support Information
Acrobat Reader™, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition
(Adobe Systems Incorporated)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com/
phone
206-675-6126 (fee-based support)
e-mail
techdoc[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
America Online® (America Online, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.aol.com
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe)
Web site
http://www.compuserve.com
phone
800-848-8990
EarthLink Network TotalAccess® (EarthLink, 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
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Software Support Information
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
Quicken® 2001 (Intuit Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4932 (fee-based support)
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Windows® 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
WinDVD® 2000 (InterVideo, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intervideo.com
phone
510-651-0888
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-4766972) or find Sony Customer Service on the Web at http://www.sony.com/
pcsupport.
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Application, System, and Driver Recovery CDs
Your computer comes with the following application and system recovery CDs.
(To use your recovery CDs, see “Using Your Recovery CDs” .)
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics Inc.
This program allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use it to
restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.
Driver Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics Inc.
This program allows you to reinstall individual device drivers. Use it to restore corrupted
or accidentally erased files.
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics Inc.
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.
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Using Your Recovery CDs
Using Your Recovery CDs
The following sections describe how to use the Application Recovery and System
Recovery utilities.
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual applications if
they become corrupted or are accidentally erased. Reinstalling an individual
software title may correct a problem you are experiencing with your computer or
software application; you may not need to reinstall the entire contents of your
hard drive. If you 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)” .
✍ 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 optical 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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Using the Driver Recovery CD(s)
The Driver Recovery CD utility allows you to reinstall individual drivers and
repair software applications if they become corrupted or are accidentally erased.
You can reinstall an individual driver to correct a problem that you are
experiencing with your computer, hardware, or software application. VAIO
Support Agent uses a vault feature on the Driver Recovery CD(s) to repair
software applications.
✍ You must be in Windows to run the Driver Recovery CD utility.
To use the Driver 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 Driver Recovery CD in the
optical drive. The Driver Recovery utility loads automatically.
3
When the Driver Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the recovery process.
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)” .
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, that is it
formats the hard disk drive then restores all the original software.
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Using Your Recovery CDs
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 optical drive.
2
Shut down your computer as described in “Shutting Down Your Computer” .
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.
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.
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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.
To repair software applications using VAIO Support Agent
The Driver Recovery CD utility has an information vault that contains the
original characteristics for the preinstalled software applications that are
protected by VAIO Support Agent.
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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
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” .
❑
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
Turn off the notebook.
3
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the notebook.
4
Turn the notebook back on.
5
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS setup menu
screen appears.
6
Press the directional arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
Troubleshooting
7
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press
Enter. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
8
Select Yes, then press Enter.
9
Use the directional arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes), and then
press Enter. The message “Save configuration changes and exit now?”
appears.
10 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 (at the same time) twice.
❑
If the previous step does not work, press and hold the power button for at
least four seconds. This turns off the power.
❑
If your notebook stops responding while playing a CD or DVD, stop the CD/
DVD, and restart the notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete (at the same
time) twice.
❑
Unplug the notebook from the AC adapter and remove the battery pack from
your notebook.
✍ Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete (at the same time) or turning off the notebook with the power
switch may result in data loss in files that are currently open.
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My notebook does not enter the power saving mode I selected.
❑
Click Start, point to Program, point to Accessories, point to System Tools,
and then click System Information.
The Help and Support window appears.
❑
Click System Configuration Utility under the Tools menu.
❑
Click the Advanced button on the General tab, and Confirm the following
information:
1
The message “Standby function is enabled” is displayed. If the message
reads “Standby function is disabled”, click the Enable button.
2
The message “Hibernate feature is enabled” is displayed. If the message
reads “Hibernate feature is disabled”, click the Enable button.
3
Click OK and restart your notebook.
The Power Management setting is not responding
Your notebook is unstable. To restore your 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.
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.
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Troubleshooting
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 optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series, check
that the mouse is plugged into the USB connector.
My touchpad does not work properly
❑
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.)
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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 (at the same time) to restart the notebook.
❑
If you cannot restart your notebook as described in the step above, press and
hold the power button for more than four seconds to turn off the notebook.
❑
If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to
stop playback and restart the notebook.
Troubleshooting drives, PC cards and peripheral devices
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 optical drive is not playing my CD or DVD properly
❑
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:
❑
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Check that your optical drive does not have the mute setting enabled.
❑
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
❑
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings, and then
check the connections between your external speakers and the
notebook.
❑
Click Start, select Control Panel, System, and then 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.
Troubleshooting
❑
If a region code warning appears when you try to use your optical drive, it
may be that the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the optical
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 optical drive tray does not open
❑
Make sure the notebook is turned on.
❑
Press the Eject button on the optical drive.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, open the tray by inserting a sharp, pointed
object in 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.
My PC card is not working
❑
Make sure the PC card is compatible with Microsoft® Windows®.
* i.LINK is a Sony trademark used to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
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Troubleshooting software
My software program stops responding or crashes
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. See
the “Software Support Information” .
When I click an application icon, the message “You must insert the application
CD into your optical 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 or OpenMG Jukebox software to
play audio CDs.
Troubleshooting the modem
My modem does not work
❑
Check that the phone line is plugged into the line jack. See “Connecting a
Phone Line” for details.
❑
Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by plugging in
an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone.
❑
Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct.
❑
Check that the software you are using is compatible with the notebook’s
modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.)
❑
Reinstall the modem driver. For details, see “Using the Driver Recovery
CD(s)” .
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Troubleshooting
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.
❑
If the speaker volume is turned to the minimum, press Fn+F4 to increase the
volume.
❑
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.
❑
Reinstall the sound driver. For details, see “Using the Driver Recovery
CD(s)” .
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My microphone does not work
If you are using an external microphone, check that the microphone is plugged
into the Microphone connector. See “Connecting an External Microphone” for
details.
Troubleshooting the printer
I cannot print
❑
❑
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Your connected printer may not function after the notebook resumes from a
power saving mode. If this occurs, follow these steps to reset the printer
connection:
❑
Right-click My Computer icon on the desktop, then select Properties.
❑
Click the Device Manager tab.
❑
Select Refresh, then click OK. The printer should function properly.
Verify that the parallel port is set to the proper mode.
1
Restart your computer, and then press the F2 key when the Sony logo
screen appears. The BIOS setup menu appears.
2
Press the Esc key.
3
Select LOAD BIOS DEFAULTS, and then press Enter.
4
Select EXIT SAVING CHANGES, and then press Enter.
5
Press Enter again. The BIOS defaults are reset and the parallel port
configuration is set to default values.
Getting Help
Getting Help
Sony provides several support options for your VAIO® notebook
computer. When you have questions about your computer and the
preinstalled software, check these sources for answers, in the following
sequence:
1
VAIO® Notebook User Guide
This User Guide contains information on product specifications and on how to get the
most from your computer, find help, customize your notebook, and solve common
problems.
2
Manuals and online help files that may accompany your preinstalled
software
Most of the manuals for preinstalled software are located on your hard disk drive as
online help files. You can access the online help files from the Help menu in the specific
application. A printed manual is available for some applications.
3
VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Support Agent can be accessed from the Windows desktop. Using advanced
diagnostic technology, Sony’s VAIO Support Agent runs scheduled protections of your
applications, network settings, and other important software settings. When your
software is protected, you can use VAIO Support Agent to repair software problems by
restoring your software to any of the previously protected states.
4
Sony PC Support
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered
problems. Enter a description of your problem and the Knowledge Database searches for
the corresponding solutions online. You can access the Sony PC Support at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
5
Sony Fax-on-Demand
This service, which requires a fax machine or your fax software, provides answers to
commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service to request a list of
available topics then select the topics that you want to receive. To contact the Sony faxon-demand service, call:
1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972)
6
Sony Customer Support
Software support is available free of charge for 90 days after the original date of
purchase. You can call and speak with a Sony Customer Support Representative without
using your computer by calling:
1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972)
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Specifications
Specifications
The following table details the hardware specifications for your computer.
Model
PCG-FX210/PCG-FX215
Processor
800 MHz* Mobile AMD DuronTM processor
L1 Cache Memory
L2 Cache Memory
128 KB
64 KB (on die)
Hard Disk Drive
10 GB†
Standard RAM
128 MB SO-DIMM in slot
Expandable to 256 MB
LCD Screen
14.1” XGA TFT
(PCG-FX210)
15.0” XGA TFT
(PCG-FX215)
MPEG
Available
Graphics
ATI RAGE™ Mobility-M1 with 3D acceleration support.
Sound Capabilities
Windows® sound system compatible, 3D surround
Analog devices AD1881A
Diskette Drive
Removable 3.5" 1.44 MB
Optical drive (DVD-ROM
drive)
Reads data up to 24x max. CD-ROM reading speed.
Reads data up to 8x max. DVD-ROM reading speed.‡
Laser Diode Properties
Wave Length: 780nm and 650nm
Laser Output: 30.2 µW
Modem
V.90/K56flex data/fax compatible modem**
Drive Bay
• Supports floppy disk drive (included)
• Supports second rechargeable battery (optional)
Expansion Capabilities
Type I/II PC cards and Type III PC card with CardBus support
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Model
PCG-FX210/PCG-FX215
Connection Capabilities
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
2 USB ports
i.LINK††
Serial port
VGA monitor
Parallel (printer)
Phone line (RJ-11)
Microphone
Headphone
NTSC video out
Ethernet
Supplied Accessories
•
•
•
•
•
Floppy disk drive
Rechargeable battery
AC adapter and power cord
Weight saver
Video cable
Power Source
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
PCG-FX210: 12.8"(w) x 1.5"(h)‡‡ x 10.5" (d) (324 x 35.8 x 265.5mm)
PCG-FX215: 12.8"(w) x 1.6"(h) x 10.5" (d) (324 x 38.5 x 265.5mm)
Weight
• PCG-FX210: 6.3 lbs (2.9 kg), PCG-FX215: 6.7 lbs (3.1 kg) (with battery
and weight saver)
• PCG-FX210: 6.7 lbs (3.1 kg), PCG-FX215: 7.1 lbs (3.3 kg) (with battery
and floppy disk drive)
Operating Temperature
40º F to 95º F (+5º C to 35º C) temperature gradient less than 50º 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
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 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.
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Specifications
‡ 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 optical 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.
†† i.LINK is a Sony trademark used to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connector. All products with an i.LINK connector may not communicate with each other.
‡‡ Height measured at thickest point. The thinnest height for PCG-FX210 is 1.9" (46.9 mm),
PCG-FX215 is 2.2" (54.1 mm).
NOTE: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
A
AC adapter 22, 27
AC power 27
adding
hardware 67
memory 85
peripherals 67
printers 68
adjusting
brightness 34, 40
Alt key 38
Application Recovery CD 111
Applications key 38
B
battery packs 22, 28
charging 29, 56
indicator lights 30, 39, 55
inserting 28
inserting into battery bay 28
loading 28
rechargeable 27
removing 31, 55, 57
brightness
adjusting 34, 40
buttons
Eject 47, 49
Start (Windows) 35
C
cables
phone 22
power cord 27
cameras
digital video recorder 74
canceling commands 38
Caps Lock
indicator light 40
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
ejecting 49
inserting 47
CD-ROMs
handling 51
charge status indicator light 30
charging battery packs 29, 56
choosing
power source 28
coin-operated telephones 63
computer 125
customizing 79
handling 19
lithium ion battery 6
setting up 22
starting 33
troubleshooting 115, 122
unpacking 15
connecting
coin-operated telephones 63
digital video recorder 74
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external speakers 76
hard drives 52
microphone 77
monitor 69
multimedia computer display 70
multiple phone lines 63
network 52
party phone lines 63
PBX 63
phone line 63
power source 27
printer 68
projector 70
USB device 73
weight saver 58
connectors
DC In 27
printer 68
correction keys 38
Ctrl key 38
cursor-movement keys 38
customer assistance
support options 125
customizing your computer 79
D
DC In 27
digital video camera 74
diskettes
troubleshooting 120
display
mode 79
options 71
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selecting 71
disposal of lithium ion battery 6
Driver Recovery CD 112
drives
floppy disk 22
installing additional hard
disk 52
DV In/Out 74
DVD-ROM drive
closing tray 49
opening tray 47
using 47
DVD-ROM drive tray
troubleshooting 121
DVD-ROMs
handling 51
E
Eject button 47, 49
ejecting
battery packs 57
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
49
weight saver 59
electronic
documentation 125
Energy Star 2
ergonomic considerations 17
Escape key 38
expansion memory configuration 86
external devices
display 71
See also monitor
Index
speakers 76
F
faxes
laws governing 6
floppy disk drive 22
cable 22
disconnecting 45
troubleshooting 120
Fn key 38
combination commands 40
function keys 38
H
handling 19
CD-ROMs and DVDROMs 51
handling the LCD screen 19
hard drives
indicator light 39
installing additional 52
hardware
online support 125
Help
Mouseware 43
help 125
I
i.LINK 74
IEEE-1394 74
indicator lights 39
battery 30, 39, 55
Caps Lock 40
charge status 30
hard drive 39
Num Lock 40
Scroll Lock 40
input devices 5
Insert key 38
inserting
battery pack 28
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
47
installation 18
installing
hard drives 52
hardware 67
memory module 87
peripherals 67
interference 5
K
keyboard 38
L
LCD
lock lever 33
selecting to display output
71
troubleshooting 118, 119
LCD screen
handling 19
lever
LCD 33
weight saver release 57
lithium ion battery
disposal 6
safety precautions 6
loading
battery pack 28
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M
maintenance 19
memory module
expansion 86
installing 87
removing 86
microphone
connecting 77
troubleshooting 124
modem
laws governing 6
troubleshooting 122
monitor
connecting 69
selecting 71
switching among 41
mouse
troubleshooting 119
Mouse Properties screen 43
Mouseware
accessing help 43
features 43
MovieShaker instructions 94
multimedia computer display
70
multiple phone lines 63
N
navigation keys 38
network
connecting 52
Notebook Computer 22
Num Lock
indicator light 40
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O
online
help 125
opening
DVD-ROM drive tray 47
operator keys 38
output devices 5
adding 68
P
party phone lines 63
PBX 63
PC card
inserting 52
slots 52
troubleshooting 121
phone
cable 22
connecting line 63
jack 63
laws governing 6
PictureGear 98
power 39
cord 27
switch 33
power saving modes 61
System Hibernation 61
System Idle 61
System Suspend 61
power source 27
power sources 28
connecting 27
Print Screen key 38
printer
Index
connecting 68
port 68
projector 70
R
radio interference 5
rechargeable battery packs 27,
28
recharging battery packs 29
Recovery CD 111
regulatory information 4
removing
battery packs 31
floppy disk drive 45
memory module 86
replacing
battery packs 55
restoring data 111
S
Scroll Lock
indicator light 40
second battery pack 28, 55
selecting
display 71
LCD 71
monitor 71
power source 28
setting up your PC
support 125
Shift key 38
Shut Down Windows dialog
box 35
shutting down 35
Software list 89
Sony Fax-on-Demand service
125
Sony Service Center 109
speakers
external 76
troubleshooting 123
Specifications 127
starting
computer 33
switching
display 41
monitor 41
System Hibernation mode 61
System Suspend mode 61
T
technical support
support options 125
touchpad 42
troubleshooting 115
startup 115
turning on
computer 33
TV
interference 5
U
unpacking the computer 15
USB
connecting 73
connector 73
mouse 73
V
ventilation slot 25
video camera 74
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virtual desktop 81
W
weight saver
attaching 55
connecting 58
fold-out arm 58
removing 59
window design of Sony software 83
Windows
Explorer 38
Find window 38
help 38
key 38
key combinations 38
Start button 35
taskbar 35, 117
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