Sony PCG-GRT240G User's Guide

Sony PCG-GRT240G User's Guide
Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the online VAIO® Computer User Guide.
This user guide provides detailed information on all aspects of using your new VAIO computer, from keyboard functions to
preinstalled software programs.
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hardware specifications and preinstalled software information.
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Caring for Your Computer
This section provides information on how to safely use your Sony computer.
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Applying Ergonomics
Your computer is a portable device and can be used in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should apply the
following ergonomic considerations:

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, touch pad, 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 — Tilt the display to find the best viewing angle. Also try adjusting the
brightness setting of the display. Following these suggestions can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue.

Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare or reflection on the display. Use indirect
lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can 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.
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Storing Your Computer

Do not use or store your computer in a location subject to:

Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
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Direct sunlight

Excessive dust

Moisture or rain

Mechanical vibration or shock

Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
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Ambient temperature higher than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 40ºF (5ºC)

High humidity

Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. When running, the computer's electromagnetic field may
cause other electronic equipment in close proximity to 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 ventilation. Leave a space
of at least 8 inches (20 cm) behind the back 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 one 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 interfere with radio or TV reception. Should this occur,
move the computer a suitable distance away from the radio or TV.

Do not drop the computer or place heavy objects on top of the computer.
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Using Cables and Connections

Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables.

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 a telephone line, the telephone company has the right to disconnect
your service until you correct the problem.
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Cleaning Your Computer

Clean the computer 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. You can use canned compressed air specifically for computers to remove dust.

If a solid object falls onto the computer or a liquid leaks into the computer, immediately turn off and unplug the
computer. It is best to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before you use it again.

Avoid rubbing the LCD screen as this can damage the screen. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the LCD screen or
canned compressed air.

Always disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.
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Handling the LCD Screen

Direct sunlight can damage the LCD. Be careful when using the computer near a window.

Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This can cause a malfunction.

Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the screen. This is not a
malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.

The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.

The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may, however, see tiny black points and/or bright
points (red, blue, or green) that continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the manufacturing
process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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Powering Your Computer
Your VAIO® computer comes with a battery and an AC adapter. This chapter explains how to install and use these supplied
accessories to power your computer. It also describes ways you can efficiently utilize the battery as a power source.
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Using AC Power
The supplied battery is not charged when you receive your computer. To charge the battery and begin using the computer
immediately, insert the battery into the computer and use the supplied AC adapter as a power source. The computer
automatically charges the installed battery while it uses AC power.
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Connecting the AC adapter
To connect the AC adapter
1.
Plug the AC adapter cable into the DC IN port.
Connecting the AC Adapter to the Com puter
2.
Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an AC outlet.
Use only the supplied AC adapter with your computer.
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Turning on the computer
To open and turn on the computer
1.
Slide the cover release latch and lift the cover while holding the bottom of the computer firmly.
Opening the Com puter
2.
Press the power button until the power indicator turns on.
Turning on the Com puter
If you continue to press the power button, the computer turns off.
3.
If the computer screen is too dark or too bright, follow these steps to adjust the brightness:

Your computer is equipped with a Brightness button, located next to the Power button. Pressing it will
adjust the LCD screen brightness.

To increase brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, and then press the Up Arrow
or the Right Arrow
key.

To decrease brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, and then press the Down Arrow
Arrow
or the Left
key.
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Using the Battery
Your computer, depending on the model you purchased, may come equipped with one battery bay and one multipurpose
bay that supports a second battery. If your computer comes with two bays, you can purchase a second rechargeable
battery to extend your computing time. For information on how to extend the life of the battery, see Conserving Battery
Power for more information.
When operating your computer on battery power, your computer's CPU speed is reduced.
The battery that comes with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase.
The brightness of your computer screen automatically dims when you switch from AC power to battery power. To
increase the brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, and then press the Up Arrow
or Right Arrow
key.
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Using a second battery
To insert a second battery
1.
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove that device.
2.
Insert the battery into the multipurpose bay. When the computer uses the second battery, the Battery 2
indicator turns on.
Inserting the Second Battery
3.
Slide the weight saver in the direction of the arrow until it clicks into place. The weight saver stabilizes the
battery.
Inserting the Weight Sav er
4.
Lock the weight saver RELEASE switch.
Locking the Weight Sav er
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To remove the second battery
1.
2.
Make sure the Battery 2 indicator is off and the Battery 1 indicator is on or the computer is connected to AC
power. If the Battery 2 indicator is on:
1.
Double-click the CPU icon
or Profile icon
PowerPanel dialog box appears.
2.
On the Battery tab, click Primary Battery in the Battery Switch box.
3.
Click OK.
, depending on the model you purchased. The
Turn the computer over, and unlock the weight saver and the multipurpose bay.
Unlocking the Second Battery
3.
Pull the weight saver and battery gently from the multipurpose bay.
4.
Insert the weight saver into the multipurpose bay to protect the bay.
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Conserving Battery Power
You may use the power saving modes and PowerPanel utility to conserve battery power. Conserving battery power may
significantly extend your computing time, depending on how you use your computer.
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Using power saving modes
In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices to save power, your computer has
two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. Use the Standby and Hibernate power saving modes to override
a power profile setting and initiate immediate action.

Standby — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices in memory (RAM). Power consumption is reduced
to a minimum. The system remains on, and the computer screen (LCD) is off.

Hibernate — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices to the hard disk. Power consumption is reduced
to the lowest possible setting without being completely off. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Your computer enters Hibernate mode when the remaining battery charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the
setting you select.
Since some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your data
frequently to avoid data loss.
To activate Standby mode
1.
Press the Fn and Esc keys. The power indicator blinks in this mode.
2.
Press any key to return to normal mode.
To activate Hibernate mode
1.
Press the Fn and F12 keys, or press the power button and release it immediately. Do not move the computer
until the power indicator turns off.
2.
Press the power button to return to normal mode.
If your computer does not activate Hibernate mode, see Battery for more information.
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Using PowerPanel utility
The PowerPanel utility enables you to select and customize a predefined power management profile to conserve battery
life. The following table describes all the predefined power management profiles in PowerPanel. You can customize the
settings for all the following profiles, except the Disable Power Management profile.
Profile
Icon
Description
Maximum Performance
Provides the best system performance but conserves minimal power.
Maximum Battery Life
Provides power saving features to give you maximum battery life and good performance. It slows the computer and puts it
into Standby mode after a specified time.
Ultimate Battery Life1
Extends the Maximum Battery Life by stopping power to the optical drive and Memory Stick® media slot.
Power Management Off
Disables all power management settings, such as Standby and Hibernate modes. You cannot change the settings of this
profile.
AC Power
Indicates when AC power is in use. Similar to Power Management Off and the Standby mode after a half hour. Power
Management automatically loads the AC profile unless you disable this feature.
Games
Disables the display and the Hard Disk Standby timer.
Presentation
Keeps the display on at all times while conserving power. This option is ideal for slide show presentations. You can
establish settings for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby mode to optimize power management for your
system.
Camera
Optimizes performance and power requirements for camera usage.
DVD
Optimizes performance and power requirements for DVD usage.
Word Processing
Optimizes power management with longer time-outs on the hard disk and display screen. You can also establish settings
for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby mode to optimize power management for your system.
Spreadsheet
Optimizes performance and power requirements for spreadsheet programs.
Communications
Extends battery life by initiating a quick display time-out. The Internal modem remains powered on. You can also establish
settings for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby mode to optimize power management for your system.
Automatic Profile Selection
Automatically selects a profile suitable for active software programs.
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1
Do not c hoos e the A utomatic P rofile Selec tion when c onnec ted to A C power.
To select a profile
1.
Right-click the CPU icon
or Profile icon
information for Battery icon descriptions.
2.
Select Profiles, and click the profile on the shortcut menu. The profile settings are implemented instantly. See
Using PowerPanel utility for descriptions of available profiles.
, depending on the model you purchased. See Locating battery
When you use the battery to power your computer, your system automatically selects the Maximum Battery Life power
management profile by default. If you select a different power management profile while using battery power, that profile is
selected automatically the next time you use the battery to power your computer.
See PowerPanel Help for information on customizing the power management profiles.
To customize your profile settings
You can customize your profile settings to sustain enough power for a particular computing function.
1.
Right-click the CPU icon
2.
Select Edit/Create Profiles from the shortcut menu.
3.
In the left panel, select the profile you want to change.
4.
In the right panel, right-click the setting under System, LCD (Video), Hard Disk, or Other Devices that you
want to change. See the following table for a description of each power management setting.
5.
Make your changes from the drop-down menu.
6.
Click File, and click Save.
or Profile icon
, depending on the model you purchased.
Not all power management settings described in the table below are available on your computer, depending on the
configuration you purchased.
Power Management Setting Description
CPU Control1 Controls the processor speed. You can select either Performance, Adaptive, or Battery Life. These
selections are listed in order from the greatest to least amount of power consumed.
Standby Timer
Controls the time it takes the system to activate the Standby mode when it is idle. The longer you
allow the computer to sit idle while it is not in a power saving mode the more power the computer consumes.
Hibernate
Timer Controls the time it takes the system to activate the Hibernate mode when it is idle. The longer you allow the
computer to sit idle while it is not in a power saving mode the more power the computer consumes. Hibernate mode
conserves more power than Standby mode.
CPU Fan Control1
(On selected models) Controls the speed of the processor fan. You can set the fan speed to different
levels. Level 1 (Quiet) conserves the most power.
Lid Close Action
Controls the state of your system when the lid of the computer is closed. You can select either
Standby, Hibernate, or LCD Off.
Hibernate on Low Battery
Controls the state of your system when the battery power is low. You can turn this setting
On or Off. Selecting On conserves the most power when the battery is low.
LCD
Brightness
Controls the brightness of the computer screen (LCD). You can select a brightness level of one to nine.
The
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darker you set the computer screen the more power you conserve.
LCD Standby Timer
Controls the time it takes the system to turn off power to the computer screen (LCD) when the
system is idle. The system itself still functions on full power.
HDD Standby Timer
Controls the time it takes the system to turn off power to the hard disk drive when the system is
idle. This setting only turns off power to the hard disk drive.
i.LINK Port
Controls power to the i.LINK® port. Disabling power to the i.LINK port conserves power.
Memory Stick Port Power-saving
media slot conserves power.
Optical Drive Power-Saving
1
Controls power to the Memory Stick media slot. Disabling power to the Memory Stick
Controls power to the optical drive. Disabling power to the optical drive conserves power.
Slows the proc es s or s peed.
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Locating battery information
You can view the remaining battery charge and miscellaneous battery information on the Battery Information toolbar, the
PowerProfile window, and the Power Meter window.
The Battery icons that appear on the Battery Information toolbar and PowerPanel window indicate the current status of
the installed battery.
Battery icon Charge status
Charging
Fully charged
Discharging
No battery
To view the Battery Information toolbar
1.
Right-click the center of the Windows® taskbar.
2.
Select Toolbars from the shortcut menu, and click Battery Information. The Battery Information toolbar
appears on the taskbar.
If the Battery Information toolbar is hidden behind the taskbar icons, right-click the taskbar and click to cancel Lock
the Taskbar. Click and drag the edge of the Battery Information toolbar to the left until it is in clear view.
The total charge remaining in the battery is listed in percent and real-time values.
Battery Inform ation Toolbar*
* T he Battery I nformation T oolbar may appear s lightly different on your c omputer, depending on the number of batteries your c omputer s upports .

Percentage indicator — Displays the percentage of the remaining charge.

Time indicator — Displays estimated time (hours : minutes) remaining before the battery fully discharges, also
known as the time-to-empty.
To close the Battery Information toolbar
1.
Right-click the Battery Information toolbar.
2.
Select Toolbars from the shortcut menu, and click to cancel Battery Information. The Battery Information
toolbar disappears from the taskbar.
To view the PowerPanel window
Double-click the CPU icon
appears.
or Profile icon
, depending on the model you purchased. The PowerPanel window
PowerPanel*
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* T he P owerP anel window may appear s lightly different on your c omputer, depending on the number of batteries your c omputer s upports .

Power Profile — Displays the power management settings for various devices on your system. You can change the
settings to conserve power.

Battery tab — Displays the total charge remaining in the battery. You can click Advanced for specific information on
the battery.

Alarms tab — Displays the alarm settings, which notify you when the battery is fully charged or too low. You can
change your computer's alarm settings on this window.
Click Help in the lower right corner of the window for more information.
To view the Power Meter window
1.
Double-click the Power icon. The Power Meter window appears. You can also rollover the Power icon to view the
remaining battery charge.
Power icon
Power status
Computer is using AC power.
Computer is using AC power and charging the battery.
Battery is charging.
Battery is fully charged.
Battery is discharging.
No battery is inserted in the computer.
If the Power icon is not displayed on the Taskbar Notification area, see To display the Power icon on the taskbar
.
Power Meter
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To display the Power icon on the taskbar
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Always show icon on the taskbar in the Options box. The power icon
appears on the taskbar. See the power icon descriptions above for more information.
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Inserting a battery
To insert a battery
1.
Lift the lid of the computer.
2.
Push the battery bay cover down to open it. The battery bay cover swings out but does not detach from the
computer.
Opening the Battery Bay
3.
Slide the battery into the battery bay. If the computer is on, it automatically detects the battery.
Inserting a Battery
4.
Push the battery bay cover up until it clicks into place.
If a port replicator is attached to your computer, do not insert or remove the battery. Lifting and turning the computer
with a port replicator attached could cause a temporary loss of power.
Some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from automatically entering Hibernate. If you are using battery
power, save your data frequently to avoid data loss and manually activate a power saving mode. See Using power saving
modes for more information.
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Removing a battery
If you are not using the computer for an extended period of time, remove the battery from the computer to avoid damaging
the battery. Remove the battery when the computer is off.
To remove a battery
1.
Make sure the computer is off.
2.
Push the battery bay cover down to open it.
3.
Pull the battery out of the battery bay.
Rem ov ing a Battery
4.
Push in and lift up the battery bay cover until it clicks into place.
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Charging a battery
You will need to charge the battery if battery power drops below 10 percent or you have not used the battery for a long
time. The lithium-ion battery supplied with your computer may be recharged at any time, whether you wait until the battery
is completely or partially discharged. Charging a partially discharged battery does not affect battery life. If you charge the
battery and find that battery power is still low, the battery may be reaching the end of its life, and you may need to replace
it.
The battery supplied with your computer is not charged at the time of purchase.
To charge a battery
You can charge the battery when the computer is on or off. However, the battery will charge faster when the computer is
off. Charging the battery takes several hours. See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the approximate time needed to
charge your battery.
Charge the battery at temperatures between 50°F and 80°F (10°C to 30°C). Lower temperatures require more time
to charge.
1.
Insert the battery into the battery bay. If you want to charge more than one battery, insert the second battery
into the computer. See To insert a second battery for more information.
2.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery as long as the
computer is using AC power.
The battery indicator blinks while the battery charges. The battery indicator stops blinking when the battery is fully
charged.
When using two batteries, the battery you insert first charges first. The second battery you insert begins charging
when the first battery is 85 percent charged.
Battery Indicators
Battery indicator status Description
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
The battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
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Off
The computer is using AC power.
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Notes on batteries

Never leave the battery in temperatures above 140°F (60°C), such as under direct sunlight or in a car parked in the
sun.

While the battery is in use or being discharged, the battery heats up. This is normal and is not cause for concern.

Keep the battery away from heat sources.

Keep the battery dry.

Do not open or disassemble the battery.

Do not expose the battery to any mechanical shock.

Battery life is shorter in a cold environment because of decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures.
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Using Audio-Video Features
Using Special Buttons
Depending on the model you purchased, your VAIO® computer is equipped with a variety of audio- and video-oriented
function buttons: Volume Up and Down, Channel Up and Down, TV On, Brightness, and Magnify screen. Only models
equipped with a TV tuner and GigaPocket software will feature TV functionality; not all models feature TV functionality.
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Using Audio-Video Features
Using Special Buttons
Depending on the model you purchased, your VAIO® computer is equipped with a variety of audio- and video-oriented
function buttons: Volume Up and Down, Channel Up and Down, TV On, Brightness, and Magnify screen. Only models
equipped with a TV tuner and GigaPocket software will feature TV functionality; not all models feature TV functionality.
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About the special buttons
The following information shows where the special buttons are located, and briefly describes their functionality.
Special Buttons (GigaPocket m odels only)
Number Type of Button
1
Volume Down. The Volume Up and Down buttons control the audio output on your computer.
2
Volume Up. The Volume Up and Down buttons control the audio output on your computer.
3
Channel Down. The Channel Up and Down buttons control the television channel selections.
4
Channel Up. The Channel Up and Down buttons control the television channel selections.
5
TV On. The TV On button launches GigaPocket software that enables you to watch television or record programs.
6
Magnify. The Magnify button, located next to the computer's brightness button, works as a screen resolution
toggle button. By pressing it, you can alternate between different screen resolutions.
7
Brightness. The Brightness button, located between the Magnify and Power buttons, toggles brightness levels for
the computer's LCD screen.
8
Power. The Power button turns your computer on or off.
Special Buttons (Models without GigaPocket)
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Number
Type of Button
1
Volume Down. The Volume Up and Down buttons control the audio output on your computer.
2
Volume Up. The Volume Up and Down buttons control the audio output on your computer.
3
Magnify. The Magnify button, located next to the computer's brightness button, works as a screen resolution toggle
button. By pressing it, you can alternate between different screen resolutions.
4
Brightness. The Brightness button, located between the Magnify and Power buttons, toggles brightness levels for the
computer's LCD screen.
5
Power. The Power button turns your computer on or off.
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Using the TV On button
Certain models are equipped with a TV tuner, which enables you to watch and record television with the help of the
GigaPocket software.
The TV On button will launch GigaPocket and its TV viewing/recording capabilities.
For more information, see Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder.
How to use the TV button
1.
Locate the TV button below the touch pad and press the button once.
2.
The GigaPocket window appears on the screen.
You must connect your computer to a television cable or antenna in order to view television with GigaPocket.
Using the TV On button
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Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders
You can connect a digital video (DV) recorder, such as an i.LINK®1 digital video camera recorder, to the i.LINK® S400 (IEEE
1394) port on your computer. The i.LINK digital-video camera recorder is an external device that enables you to record and
view digital images.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tor. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ation, operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for more information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as a C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
1
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Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder
You can connect an i.LINK digital video (DV) recorder when the computer is on or off. Connecting the DV recorder when the
computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
Before you connect an i.LINK digital video recorder

Do not connect more than one digital video camera recorder at a time. The preinstalled programs on your computer
will not recognize multiple cameras.

Do not connect an external device that requires power from the i.LINK port. The i.LINK port does not supply power
to the external device.

The i.LINK port supports transfer rates of 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 programs you use. See the help guide that accompanied
your program for more information.
To connect an i.LINK digital video recorder
1.
Turn on the digital video (DV) device and the computer.
2.
Plug the i.LINK® cable into the i.LINK port
3.
Plug the other end of the i.LINK cable into the i.LINK port on your computer. The Found New Hardware
window appears on the lower right corner of your screen.
on the DV device.
Connecting an i.LINK Digital Video Cam era Recorder
See the guide that accompanied your digital video camera recorder for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting the i.LINK digital video recorder
You can disconnect the digital video recorder while the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the i.LINK cable from the i.LINK
port on the computer. Disconnecting the cable when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Using a digital video camera recorder
Your computer comes with preinstalled driver software that is compatible with most Sony digital video camera recorders. If
you purchased a camera that comes with its own driver software, install these drivers before you use the camera.
To view images
You can view images captured by your digital video camera recorder three different ways. Select one set of instructions
from the following list:

If your digital video camera recorder is compatible with the preinstalled programs, the Digital Video Device window
appears when you connect the camera to the computer. Select the program you want to use in this window, and
click OK.

Click Start, and click All Programs. Select a program in which to view your images.

Click Start, and click Welcome to VAIO Life. Click Movies, and select a program in which to view your images.
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Using Computer Monitors and Projectors
You can connect an external display (such as a computer monitor or a projector) to your computer.
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Connecting a computer monitor
Your computer can display images to the computer screen (LCD), to an external computer monitor, or to both the LCD and
external monitor while your computer is on.
To connect a computer monitor
1.
Make sure the computer monitor is plugged into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the display cable into the Monitor (VGA) port
3.
If it is not already on, turn on the computer monitor.
4.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to toggle the display between your computer, the monitor, or both the computer and
monitor.
on the computer.
You cannot use the Monitor (VGA) port on your computer when a port replicator is connected to the computer. Use the
Monitor (VGA) port on the port replicator instead.
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Connecting a multimedia device
Connecting a Com puter Monitor
You can connect a multimedia device, such as a multimedia computer monitor or projector, to your computer. Connecting a
multimedia device enables you to display images on your computer screen (LCD), the multimedia device, or both.
For information on connecting a TV to your computer, see Playing DVDs.
To connect a multimedia computer monitor or projector
1.
Plug the device into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the device cable into the Monitor (VGA) port
on your computer. If you are using a multimedia computer
monitor, which has built-in speakers and a microphone, plug the audio cable into the Headphone jack
computer to hear sound.
on your
To locate the Monitor port and Headphone jack, see "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of
your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
3.
Turn on the device (if it is not already on), and then turn on your computer.
Connecting a Projector
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4.
Press the Fn+F7 key combination to toggle the display between your computer, the monitor, or both. See
Selecting a display for more information.
See the guide that accompanied your projector for more information on its installation and use.
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Selecting a display
You can connect external displays to your computer while it is on. When you connect an external display (projector,
computer monitor, or TV) to your computer, you can switch the display between the computer screen (LCD), the external
display, or both, using shortcut keys.
Shortcut keys Result
Fn+F7 Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected TV, and both the LCD and TV.
Select one display (LCD or TV) when playing a DVD. Connect the TV cable before you turn on the computer; otherwise,
Fn+F7 will not work. You cannot use the Fn+F7 function to switch between LCD and TV once a DVD is inserted into the
optical drive.
You may not be able to display the computer screen (LCD) and an external display or projector at the same time,
depending on the types of computer displays and projectors you are using.
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Disconnecting a computer monitor or projector
You can disconnect the external computer monitor or projector by unplugging the monitor (VGA) cable from your computer's
port. Disconnecting the external display when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause
the computer to malfunction.
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Using Speakers
Your computer comes with built-in stereo speakers. If you wish to enhance the sound quality of your computer, you can
purchase and connect external speakers. If you want to purchase speakers, make sure the speakers are designed for
computer use. You can shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting speakers
You can connect external speakers to your computer to enhance the sound quality of your computer.
Do not place floppy disks on the speakers. The speakers' magnetic field may damage the data stored on the
floppy disks.
To connect speakers to your computer
1.
Turn down the volume of the speakers.
2.
Plug the speaker cable into the Headphone jack
3.
Plug the other end of the speaker cable into the speaker.
on the computer.
Connecting Speakers
See the guide that accompanied your speakers for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting speakers
You can disconnect external speakers when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the speaker cable from the Headphone
jack
on the computer.
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Adjusting the volume
To adjust the volume for playing CDs and DVDs, use the Volume icon
on the Windows ® taskbar or the Volume Up and
Down buttons. Adjusting the volume for playing CDs or DVDs does not adjust the volume for recording sound files.
You can only adjust the recording volume in the Recording Control window. See Using a microphone to record sound
for instructions on how to open this window.
To adjust the volume of your speakers
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
window appears.
2.
Click and drag the Volume Control slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
3.
Click to cancel any Mute check boxes that are selected.
on the Windows ® taskbar, and select Open Volume Control. The Volume Control
Sound device Function
Volume Control
Adjust the sound level from the speakers or headphones.
Wave
Adjust the wavfile sound or the system sound of Windows.
SW Synth
Adjusts the internal or external synthesizer volume.
CD Audio
Adjust the volume of the CD in the optical drive.
Microphone
Adjust the internal or external microphone volume.
Telephony
Adjust the modem or telephone volume.
PC Beep
Adjust the beep sound when inserting or removing the PC Card and other devices.
Line1
Adjusts the sensitivity of input volume.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
As a shortcut, you can press the Fn+F4 keys and the Up Arrow
or Right Arrow
setting. You can also press the Fn+F3 keys to toggle the mute option on and off.
keys to change the volume
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Enabling the audio feature
If you do not hear sound when playing a CD or DVD, you may need to enable the audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click System. The System Properties window appears.
3.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager. The Device Manager window, which lists the hardware
devices, appears.
4.
Double-click the name of the optical drive, such as DVD/CD-ROM drives1.
5.
Double-click the listed drive name, and click the Properties tab.
6.
Click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Using Microphones
You can connect an external microphone to your computer to enhance the sound input to your computer. Make sure your
microphone is designed for computer use. If you wish to purchase a microphone, shop Sony online at
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting a microphone
Plug the microphone cable into the Microphone jack1
on the computer.
Connecting a Microphone
1
A protruding dot loc ated next to the M ic rophone jac k dis tinguis hes this jac k from the H eadphone jac k.
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Disconnecting a microphone
You can disconnect an external microphone when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the microphone cable from the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Using a microphone to record sound
You can record messages, memos, etc. by connecting a microphone to the Microphone jack1
on your computer.
To record from a microphone
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
2.
From the Options menu, click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.
3.
Click to select the Recording option in the Adjust volume for box, and click OK. The Recording Control window
appears.
4.
Click the Select check box at the bottom of the Microphone column, if it is not already selected. Close the
Recording Control window.
5.
Click Start, and select All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then Sound Recorder. The Sound Sound Recorder window appears.
on the Windows ® taskbar. The Volume Control window appears.
For help using Sound Recorder, click Help in the Sound Recorder window.
To adjust the volume for recording sound
You can only adjust the volume for recording in the Recording Control window.
1
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Audio tab, click Volume in the Sound recording box. The Recording Control window appears.
3.
Click and drag the Microphone slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
A protruding dot loc ated next to the M ic rophone jac k dis tinguis hes this jac k from the H eadphone jac k.
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Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder is a suite of interactive Sony audio and video components that are designed to
create, capture, and play back video files derived from television and your personal videos.1
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder hardware and software applications are not available on all VAIO® computers.
1
U nauthorized duplic ation of audio or video files is a violation of applic able laws .
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Introducing Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of tools that enhance your VAIO® computer's capabilities. Giga Pocket
gives you a wide range of video viewing, recording, and playback capabilities, such as:

Watching and recording television programs from your computer.

Viewing and recording TV programming simultaneously.

Setting and managing daily/weekly timer recording schedules.

Managing Video Capsules (recorded video contents) on your computer.

Recording personal video content from a videotape.

Playing your Video Capsules on other computers.

Operating Giga Pocket functions with a remote control device.

Sharing Giga Pocket features and functions with other computers on a network.

Transforming Video Capsules into gMovie format for viewing on your CLIÉ handheld.
For an explanation of Giga Pocket terms, see the Glossary.
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Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder includes:

Giga Pocket — This application enables you to watch TV programs on your computer's display and record them onto
the hard disk drive as Video Capsules for later playback.

Timer Recording Manager — The Timer Recording Manager keeps track of all TV program recordings you have
scheduled. This program also enables you to modify timer recordings.

Timer Recording Wizard — The Wizard interface guides you through setting up a timer recording schedule. You can
program one-time recordings and set up daily or weekly recurring recording schedules.

Giga Pocket Explorer — The Giga Pocket Explorer program functions as your video file management system, and
stores recorded Video Capsules as well as modified Playlists. Giga Pocket Explorer contains export/import functions
for file format conversions.

Giga Pocket Server — The Giga Pocket Server enables multiple computers on a network to use certain Giga Pocket
software functions.

CLIÉ Converter — The CLIÉ Converter is a plug-in application that enables the conversion of Video Capsules into
gMovie format. You can change the format your Giga Pocket contents and transfer them onto a Memory Stick®
media for viewing with your Sony CLIÉ Handheld.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder maintains information about the software and Video Capsules on your
computer's drive D, in a folder named D:\Giga Pocket V5. This folder and its contents are not designed for your direct
maintenance. Please do not move, modify or delete the Giga Pocket Folder or any of its contents. Any alteration to this
folder or its contents may cause your Giga Pocket software and Video Capsules to stop working properly.
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About Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
The information in this section provides guidelines to follow when using Giga Pocket
Personal Video Recorder.
Display setup
Always set up your display as follows when you use Giga Pocket:

Color quality: Use factory default settings (32-bit).

Screen resolution: Use the factory preset screen resolution setting. Using other display settings may cause an
improper screen image or an incorrect recording by Giga Pocket software.

Check your display setup in the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system before starting up Giga Pocket software. For
more information, refer to the operating system manual.

Do not change the display setup while Giga Pocket is running, or your system may operate improperly.
Hard disk drive

When the available free space on your hard disk approaches 100 MB, you are not able to create a new Video
Capsule. Delete unnecessary Video Capsules or files in order to increase available space on your hard disk drive.

If you directly delete, move, or rename a file in the D:\Giga Pocket V5 folder, Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
features may not work properly.
Network

Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. Even if a different
user logs on using the Fast User Switching feature, Giga Pocket is not available to any other user account. For more
information, see the Giga Pocket Help.

Microsoft Windows XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. If a different user
logs on using the Fast User Switching feature, the Timer Recording feature is not available to another user account.
The Timer Recording Manager icon appears in the task tray of the 1st user to log on.
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Glossary
The most common terms for Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder software are defined below.
Cabinet
A cabinet acts as a container for Video Capsules in Giga Pocket Explorer. A network cabinet is located on
other computers in a network environment.
CATV
Refers to Community Access Television, otherwise known as cable television.
Clip
A clip is a Video Capsule when it is stored in a Playlist.
Cut
A cut is a selected scene taken from a previously recorded Video Capsule.
Expiration date A Video Capsule is stored on the hard disk drive for a preset period of time. When this time has expired,
the Video Capsule is automatically deleted.
Film roll
During Video Capsule playback, a snapshot view of the scenes are captured on a film roll. You can scroll
freely through the film roll to view different scenes.
GOP
Group of Pictures (GOP) are the smallest unit of measure for the images captured on a Video Capsule. A
single GOP is approximately 0.5 to 1 second in length.
HotSync®
Registered trade name for the method of linking between a handheld device and a larger computer, such
as a desktop or notebook computer.
Management information
Management information contains the creation date of Video Capsules and their thumbnails.
This information is required for preview.
MPEG file
extension.
A file that contains compressed moving pictures using the MPEG standard, with.mpg as the file name
Safety Tab
Removing the safety tab from a Video Capsule prevents accidental erasing of your video data.
Slip play
This feature allows you to view delayed video playback. While your recording is in progress, you are able
to view the recording from the beginning.
Snapshot
A snapshot is a miniature view displayed on the film roll in Giga Pocket, Playlist Builder, and the preview
monitor in Giga Pocket Explorer.
Stand by mode
Stand by mode is a power saving mode that is set up by using the Windows® operating system. Your
computer stays in this power saving mode until approximately 5 minutes before the timer recording is due to begin.
STB
Refers to set-top box, otherwise known as a cable box.
Thumbnail
A thumbnail is a miniature view on recorded Video Capsules or in playback by Giga Pocket. The main
thumbnail is displayed in calendar view or in the Giga Pocket Explorer list area.
Timer recording
A timer recording is a preset video recording event.
Video Capsule
A Video Capsule is a virtual container that holds the video images recorded with Giga Pocket Recorder. A
Video Capsule is created on your computer hard disk drive and managed with Giga Pocket Explorer.
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Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Help, and then select Giga Pocket Help.
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
This section illustrates how to set up the cables and connections for your Giga Pocket
Personal Video Recorder system.
The hardware configuration of your computer may vary from the illustrations shown. To view the specific hardware
configuration for your computer, see the online specifications sheet.
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To set up TV connections
The best method of connecting your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type
of cable connection available in your home.
TV signal reception strength will vary widely depending on service availability in your area as well as the type of connection
available.
Your VAIO® Computer is supplied with certain audio and video cables. Depending on your in-home cable access, you
may require extra cables, adapters or connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
The TV coaxial converter cable
One primary cable to connect your computer to a TV cable or antenna is the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied with
computers featuring GigaPocket ). The mini-jack end connects to the computer's VHF/UHF port, whereas the coaxial end
connects to the cable service access or antenna
TV coaxial conv erter cable
Connecting to standard cable access (CATV)
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the
coaxial converter cable (supplied).
2.
Connect the mini-jack end of the coaxial converter cable to the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your
computer.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 1)
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Option 2
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the
single-connection end of a splitter adapter.
2.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect
the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your computer.
3.
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the
other end to the VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 2)
Connecting to a standard antenna (air)
You can connect your Giga Pocket system to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or 2 from the previous
section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV). Depending on the type of antenna system in your home, your
connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (optional) to connect your computer and the indoor/outdoor
antenna system.
If you are connecting to an indoor/outdoor antenna, you may need to reorient the antenna for best reception. Move
the antenna cable away from other power sources or connectors to reduce reception interference.
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your antenna outlet. Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF
combiner/transformer (optional).
2.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to the VHF/UHF port on the
back panel of your computer.
Option 2
1.
Connect both ends of the antenna's twin lead cable to the screw-type grips on the combiner/transformer.
2.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to the VHF/UHF port on the
back panel of your computer.
To connect in standard antenna m ode (air)
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Your VAIO® Computer is supplied with certain audio and video cables. Depending on your in-home cable access, you
may require extra cables, adapters or connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
Connecting with a cable or satellite set-top box (STB)
You can connect your Giga Pocket system to cable service access that uses a set-top box (cable or satellite).
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the In
jack on the back panel of your set-top box (STB).
2.
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your STB. Connect the other end to the
single-connection end of a splitter adapter (optional).
3.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect
the other end to the VHF/UHF port on the back panel of your computer.
4.
Connect a fourth TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the
other end to the VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
To connect in STB m ode (Option 1)
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Option 2
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the In
jack on the back panel of your set-top box (STB).
2.
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your STB unit. Connect the other end to the
VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
3.
Connect one end of the stereo A/V cable with triple RCA jacks (optional) to the Video Out and Audio-OUT (L/R)
jacks on the back panel of your STB unit, matching the plug and jack colors.
4.
Connect the mini-jack end of the A/V cable into the AV In jack of your computer.
To connect in STB m ode (Option 2)
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To set up additional equipment
This section illustrates how to set up additional equipment with the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder System.
Connecting a VCR or camcorder with an audio cable
Your VAIO® computer has both audio and video connection capability. You can locate the connections behind the bottom
panel on the front of the system unit. You can connect a VCR or camcorder, using the audio jacks and video ports.
1.
Connect a dual audio cable (optional) to the L and R audio jacks, located on the either the front or rear panels of
your computer.
2.
Connect the other ends of the dual audio cable to your VCR or camcorder.
Connecting equipment with an S-video or video cable
Your VCR or camcorder may have either standard video or S-video connection capability.
Option 1
1.
Connect an S-video cable (optional) directly into the S-video jack on your computer.
2.
Connect the other end of the S-video cable into the appropriate port on your compatible VCR or camcorder.
3.
Connect an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the composite audio L and R jacks.
Option 2
1.
Connect the mini-jack end of an A/V cable with triple RCA plugs at the other end (optional) directly into the AV In
jack of your computer.
2.
Connect the other ends of the A/V cable into the appropriate jacks on your compatible VCR or camcorder.
To connect a VCR or cam corder
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Connecting the GigaPocket Remote Control
Your computer also features a remote control and an infrared (IR) remote control receiver. The IR remote control receiver
must be plugged into one of the computer's USB ports in order to receive the signals from the remote control.
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About the Remote Control
GigaPocket Personal Video Recorder features are controlled with the remote control. The remote control can start and
stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing preferences. This section describes the basic functions
of your remote control.
Rem ote Control
1
MUTE button
Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound.
2
Channel number buttons (1-9)
Press to select specific channels.
(Press the ENT button to activate channel selection.)
JUMP button
Press to go to the previous channel. Press again to return to the current channel.
ENT button
Press to activate channel selection. See Channel number buttons.
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3
SIZE button
Press to view the current software in full-screen size. Press again to return the view to its original size.
4
AUDIO button
Press to view available sound mode options on the monitor/display.
5
DVD angle button
Press to change the camera angle during DVD playback. See the DVD player software for details. This function is not
available for other software.
DVD Subtitle button
Press to turn on/off subtitles or to change the subtitle language during DVD playback. See the DVD player software for
details. This function is not available for other software.
DISPLAY button
During DVD playback in full screen mode, press to show the settings window.
When using Giga Pocket software, press to display the TV/Recording deck and playback deck screens. Press again to hide
these views.
TV/VIDEO button
Press to change the on-screen image from the TV/Recording deck to external video equipment, such as your VCR.
(Note: You cannot change the input source while recording.)
6
REW and FF buttons
Press to rewind or fast-forward.
PREV and NEXT buttons
Press to move back to the previous screen or forward to the next screen.
7
TITLE button
The function of this button may vary between DVDs. See the DVD player software instructions for details.
8
CANCEL button
When using Giga Pocket software, press to close an error message dialog box. The window returns to its original size when
displayed in full-screen mode.
(Note: This function is not available for other software.)
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9
STANDBY button
Press to place the system into Stand by mode.
(Note: You cannot place the computer into Stand by mode when certain Giga Pocket functions are running.)
10
MODE switch
Set the switch from 1 to 3, to change the remote control's control between computers. The target computer's remote
control software determines the assigned number.
(Note: The default setting is 1, if you are using a single computer.)
11
MENU button
Press to view a shortcut menu of available software applications. Press again to hide this menu.
(Note: For Giga Pocket software, the Select Video Capsules window displays. Press the button again to hide this window.)
START button
Press to start the selected software.
CLOSE button
Press to close the current software.
FUNCTION button
When Giga Pocket software is selected with the Menu button, press to switch from the TV/recording deck to the playback
deck.
When using SonicStage software, press to change from the music drive (hard disk drive) to the CD.
12
CHANNEL button
Press to change channels automatically (no number input required).
(Note: This function is available for Giga Pocket software only.)
13
VOLUME button
Press to raise or lower the volume.
14
REC button
Press to begin recording.
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REC MODE button
Press to select the recording mode.
REC STOP button
Press to stop recording.
(Note: The REC, REC MODE, and REC STOP functions are available for Giga Pocket software only.)
15
PLAY STOP button
Press to stop playback.
PLAY button
Press to begin playback.
PAUSE button
Press to pause playback.
16
MENU button
Press to display the root menu during DVD playback. Press again to minimize the window. See the DVD player software for
details.
When using Giga Pocket software, press to display Video Capsule listings.
When using SonicStage software, press to display Playlists.
When using VAIO Media software, press to display the main menu.
17
Direction and ENTER buttons
Press a direction arrow to navigate through menus. Press ENTER to select.
18
RETURN button
Press to return to the previous screen.
(Note: This function is not available for Giga Pocket software.)
For more details about the function buttons on your remote control, see the Giga Pocket Help.
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To set up the remote control
Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the remote control as shown.
Inserting batteries into the rem ote control
Under normal use, the AA batteries may last up to six months. If your remote control does not operate properly, the
batteries may need to be replaced.
If your remote control is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage.
Connecting the infrared receiver
1.
Connect the infrared receiver cable to a USB port located on either the front or back panel of your computer.
2.
Place the infrared receiver unit in a position that enables it to communicate with your remote control.
The infrared receiver must be visible in a line-of-sight with your remote control in order to function properly.
Connecting the infrared receiv er (back panel)
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Using the TV Tuner
Certain models are equipped with a TV tuner, which enables you to watch and record television with the help of the
GigaPocket software.
The TV On button will launch GigaPocket and its TV viewing/recording capabilities.
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How to use the TV button
1.
Locate the TV button below the touch pad and press the button once.
2.
The GigaPocket window appears on the screen.
You must connect your computer to a television cable or antenna in order to view television with GigaPocket.
Using the TV button
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Software
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder software features and functions are detailed in this section, enabling you to begin
viewing or recording TV programs.
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To set up TV viewing
When you start Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder for the first time, you are automatically prompted to set the video
input source for watching TV or cable TV (CATV) programs on your computer.
Starting Giga Pocket for TV Setup (For first time setup)
1.
Verify that the computer time and date settings as displayed in the taskbar are correct.
To adjust these settings:
2.
1.
Right-click with your mouse. A shortcut menu appears.
2.
Select Adjust Date/Time, and a dialog box appears.
3.
Correct the date and time, if necessary.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, point to All Software, and then
click TV Setup.
The TV Setup Wizard appears.
TV Setup Wizard
3.
Depending on your cable service access, select Standard CATV, Standard antenna, or set-top box (STB).
1.
Standard CATV (C1-C125) without STB — For this connection, you must use a coaxial cable directly
(without an STB) to your computer. The default setting for this connection option is STD. Depending on
your local connection requirements, HRC and IRC are also available.
2.
Standard antenna (2-69) — Select this option if you connect an aerial antenna's coaxial cable directly to
your computer for watching TV programs.
3.
STB (Set top box) — Select this option if the broadcast signal is received from a set top box (STB) such
as a digital cable box or a satellite cable box. Make sure that the Input channel on your STB (Ch. 3, Ch.
4, etc.) matches the Input channel listed in the Giga Pocket TV Setup dialog box.
If you are not sure of the type of cable connection to use (Standard, HRC, or IRC), contact your cable provider for
information.
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4.
Click Next. The wizard displays a dialog box that enables you to customize the channel listings.
5.
Click Auto Scan.
You can view the channel reception in the pop-up TV Setup - Monitor window.
TV Setup Wizard - Custom ize the channel listing
If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can click Go to Web Site... and download channel listings from
the iEPG listing site.
6.
Connect to the Internet.
7.
Click Go to Web Site... and download channel listings by clicking Download all Channel Settings.
8.
Click Next. For the first time setup, you are prompted to set your Giga Pocket Server password.
TV Setup Wizard - Giga Pocket Serv er password
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9.
Type in a password and click Finish.
Setting up your display (monitor)
When using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, set your display settings as follows:

Colors — Use the default factory settings (32-bit).

Screen area — Use the default factory settings.
If you change the default settings, you may experience poor image quality on your display.
Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. Even if a different
user logs on using the fast switch feature, Giga Pocket is not available to any other user account. For more information,
see the Giga Pocket Help.
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Giga Pocket
Giga Pocket enables you to watch a TV program on your computer display while recording it onto your hard disk drive. Using
the Giga Pocket Slip Play feature, you can view a program from the beginning even while it is being recorded.
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Starting Giga Pocket
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, then click Giga Pocket. The
Giga Pocket window appears.
Giga Pocket window
The current television broadcast is displayed, based on the selected channel.
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Using the TV/Recording deck and Playback deck
Giga Pocket features two decks on the main interface window: the TV/Recording deck and the Playback deck.
TV/Recording deck (detail)
Use the TV/Recording deck to view programs and record Video Capsules. You can use the Playback deck of your Giga Pocket
to play back a prerecorded Video Capsule.
Playback deck (detail)
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Recording a Video Capsule
Giga Pocket stores recorded images as Video Capsules. The Video Capsules provide file recording information, which can be
viewed through Giga Pocket Explorer. Manage your Video Capsules with Giga Pocket Explorer.
You cannot record a program into a previously recorded Video Capsule. All new content is recorded into a new Video
Capsule.
1.
Select your program by switching to the appropriate channel. Use the channel buttons located at the bottom of
the Giga Pocket window, or use the right and left direction arrows on your keyboard.
2.
Click Record
3.
When your program has completed or you wish to end the Video Capsule, click Stop
, located at the bottom of the window, to begin recording your Video Capsule.
To pause your recording session, click Pause
.
. Click on it again to resume recording.
Using the Slip Play feature
While a program is being recorded on the TV/Recording deck, you can watch that same program from the beginning, using
the Playback deck. You can begin using Slip Play to view your recording, beginning approximately ten seconds after your
recording session begins.
1.
From the menu bar, click Functions.
2.
Select Start Slip Play.
Additional information about Giga Pocket

Giga Pocket can be used for external video recording. Depending on conditions, not all video images can be
recorded or displayed.

Video input from game consoles may not be recorded or displayed in Giga Pocket.

When you input an image from a video player device, such as a VCR that is connected to your computer, the
following images may not record or display:


The still images of a paused playback screen.

A screen without images, such as a blue screen.

The menu screens of the attached video player device.
The Giga Pocket software's displayed image or images from a prerecorded Video Capsule may be interrupted or
distorted under the following circumstances:

If you change the channel on an attached video player device.

If you switch input during the analog input from an attached video player device.

If you attempt to play back a damaged video tape.

If you press Pause during the recording process.

When you play a Video Capsule for a few seconds from the end of the film roll using the scroll bar, you may not be
able to see a displayed image.

The computer's response may decrease when you attempt to play a Video Capsule while recording a TV program
using Giga Pocket.
Giga Pocket may interrupt or stop playback to allocate system resources for the timer recording event, if there are
other applications running simultaneously. If this occurs, wait until Giga Pocket finishes recording before playing the
Video Capsule.

The timer recording may fail due to an "Event buffer of audio overflow" error in the following circumstances:

The input cable (coaxial or video cable) is disconnected after recording starts.
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
You record a TV channel that has no broadcast content.

You record video content from an old video tape with poor signal quality.

The on-screen display may shift and split under some circumstances. If this occurs, switch the TV/Recording deck
and the playback deck, or switch the channel. The recording proceeds even if the on-screen display shifts.

Giga Pocket does not operate properly if used concurrently with other video applications, such as DVgate
MovieShaker software.
or
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Using the TV Program Web site
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, and then select Zap2it.
You can also go directly to the Web site at http://www.sony.com/vaiotv.
Timer Recording requires an Internet connection. See the section, To set up your Internet Electronic Program
Guide service, for information on setting up for first-time use.
Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site
The appearance of the online channel guide Web site, its contents, and the accuracy of the TV listings are
controlled by the TV listing provider and may change without notice. Pay-per-view channels can be accessed
when making payments directly to the appropriate TV program provider.
You can schedule up to 100 timer recordings using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder.
From the online channel guide, click on the REC icon
to select the program you wish to record. The Timer
Recording Wizard begins and the New Timer Recording - Set Channel and Start Date and Time window
appears.
Timer recordings create virtual containers for the recorded content that are called Video Capsules.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Timer Recording Wizard
With the Timer Recording Wizard, you can set, adjust, and cancel the timer recording settings.
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Using the Timer Recording Wizard
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, select All Programs, then select Giga Pocket.
2.
Select Timer Recording Wizard. The Timer Recording Wizard dialog box appears.
Tim er Recording Wizard
3.
Select the desired option from the Select Timer Recording Settings menu and click Next. Follow the on-screen
instructions. Click Help for assistance.
New Tim er Recording - Set Channel and Start Date and Tim e
4.
Verify that the information is correct and click Next. The programming station and time information is
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automatically programmed into the appropriate Timer Recording Wizard fields.
5.
You can set the stop time for your timer recording and select the recording mode. The stop time is automatically
programmed into the Timer Recording Wizard. Verify the stop time, choose a recording mode, and then click Next
.
Recording Mode
Description
Standard Play (SP)
Standard recording mode (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and AVI).
High Quality (HQ)
Image quality is improved, but recording requires more space on the hard disk drive as
compared to using SP or LP recording modes (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and AVI).
Long Play (LP)
Image quality is reduced, but recording requires less space on the hard disk drive as compared to
using HQ recording mode (MPEG-1).
New Tim er Recording - Set Stop Tim e and Recording Mode
6.
From the New Timer Recording - Set Details dialog box, you can customize the timer recording schedule. Select
how often you want to record the program.
New Tim er Recording - Set Details
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7.
Select a date for the recorded program to be automatically deleted from your hard disk drive, using the
Expiration date of Video Capsule drop-down list.
To maintain adequate space on your hard disk drive, Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder enables you to set an
expiration date for your Video Capsules to be automatically deleted.
8.
Click Decide to review your setting preferences. The New Timer Recording - Confirm dialog box appears. Click
Next.
New Tim er Recording - Confirm
9.
The New Timer Recording - Completed dialog box appears. Click Finish.
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New Tim er Recording - Com pleted dialog box
Additional information about the Timer Recording Wizard

Timer recording requires approximately 30 seconds (pre-recording) preparation time prior to beginning each
recording session. Please keep this in mind when setting up multiple, back-to-back recording sessions. Giga Pocket
software stops the current timer recording, pauses to prepare, and then begins the next timer recording according
to the set start time. The length of your first Video Capsule is approximately 30 seconds shorter than the actual
time set.
You may experience some timing problems with multiple recording sessions when the second timer recording is
preset as a daily or weekly recorded event. The first timer recording may end as early as 60 seconds sooner than
the set stop time.

Scheduled daily or weekly timer recording sessions do not occur if your hard disk drive does not have sufficient
space. Giga Pocket software does not allow a new Video Capsule to be created if there is less than 100 MB of free
space on the hard disk drive. These scheduled events resume at their scheduled time, as hard disk drive space
becomes available.

Approximately three minutes before Giga Pocket begins a timer recording and during a timer recording, you must
avoid:

Starting up or using other software applications.

Setting up, changing, or deleting timer recordings.

All activities that may access the hard disk drive, such as copying files.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Timer Recording Manager
The Timer Recording Manager keeps track of all scheduled TV recordings. Your computer settings, by default, are set to start
Timer Recording Manager automatically when the computer is turned on.
Timer recordings are being performed when the Timer Recording Manager icon
(Timer Recording Manager) is visible in the
Windows taskbar. The timer recording does not start unless the Timer Recording Manager application is available. For the
Timer Recorder Manager application to be available, your computer should be in Stand by or Hibernate mode, if the system
is not in active use. You can schedule up to 100 programs at a time, for timer recording with the Timer Recording Manager.
Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. If a different user logs
on using the fast switch feature, the Timer Recording feature is not available to another user account. The Timer Recording
Manager icon appears in the taskbar of the first user to log on.
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Using the Timer Recording Manager
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, select All Programs, select Giga Pocket, and then click All Software.
2.
Click Timer Recording Manager. The Timer Recording Manager dialog box appears:

Windows Stand by button — Places the Windows operating system into Stand by mode when the preset
timer recording is set to begin, or if a Video Capsule is set to expire. Windows automatically starts and
performs the appropriate action.

Interrupt Current Recording button — Stops the current timer recording. Use this option when you wish
to end the current recording session.

Timer Recording List — Displays a list of timer recordings that have been performed, as well as pending
timer recordings. If a daily/weekly timer recording is set, only the current recording session is shown.
The total number of timer recordings displayed does not exceed 100.
Tim er Recording Manager dialog box
Double-click on a recorded timer recording to play it back on Giga Pocket.
3.
Click Hide to restore Timer Recording Manager to the taskbar.
If you turn off your computer, the timer recording function is disabled.
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Viewing your selected program recording schedule
You can easily view the programs you have selected to record, using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder. The Timer
Recording Manager feature enables you to change or cancel your timer recording at any time.
To view your scheduled timer recordings, follow these steps:
1.
Double-click on the Timer Recording Manager icon
located in the Windows ® taskbar.
Review your scheduled timer recordings and make any desired changes or cancellations.
2.
Click Hide to return the icon to the taskbar.
You do not have to be connected to the Internet to use the Timer Recording Manager feature.
Additional information about the Timer Recording Manager

When creating a timer recording, it is important to remember the following information:


The timer recording function is disabled if you turn your computer off.

Your computer should be in Stand by or Hibernate mode, if the system is not in active use.

Disable screensavers and any other applications that may access your computer's hard disk drive during the
timer recording.

If you are using a set-top box (STB), make sure it is turned on and set to the channel you want to record.
When you set up a timer recording using Giga Pocket software, always use the Timer Recording Manager. If the
Timer Recording Manager is not set up, the recording does not start, even if you set the timer recording settings
with the Timer Recording Wizard.
Your computer's default setting enables Timer Recording Manager to start automatically when the computer is
started.

The timer recording starts a few seconds earlier than the specified recording start time.

Under certain circumstances, a daily or weekly timer recording may not be executed the second and subsequent
times.

A timer recording may fail if the computer's clock setting is changed right before the preset recording time. Before
changing the computer's clock setting, verify that there are no timer recordings set to begin.
Close the Time Recording Manager before changing the computer's clock setting. Restart Timer Recording Manager
after you have changed the time setting.

If a different user logs on, using the fast switch or switch user features, the Timer Recording feature is not available
to another user account. The Timer Recording Manager icon appears in the taskbar of the first user to log on.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Giga Pocket Explorer
The Giga Pocket Explorer application serves as a file manager for your Video Capsules. Video Capsules and saved Playlists
are managed in Cabinets.
Giga Pocket Explorer enables you to play back Video Capsules using Giga Pocket. You can import MPEG files, that were
created with compatible Sony applications, and export Video Capsules as AVI or MPEG files.
Using Giga Pocket Explorer
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, point to Giga Pocket Explorer.
The Giga Pocket Explorer main window appears.
2.
Click on the desired Cabinet to see a list of saved Video Capsules and Playlists.
Giga Pocket Explorer m ain window
Using the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar functions
From the Giga Pocket Explorer toolbar, you can:

Launch Giga Pocket

Launch Timer Recording Wizard
to set up timer recordings.

Launch Click to DVD software
Help for more details.
to burn Video Capsules to DVD recordable media. See Click to DVD software

Launch DVgate

Launch Giga Pocket Help

Change the display views for your video contents, and edit recording information.
to play a selected Video Capsule or Playlist.
Plus software
to edit your Video Capsules.
to obtain further assistance.
Accessing the Click to DVD Help
For additional information about using Click to DVD software features, follow these steps to access the Click to DVD Help.
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Click to DVD and click Click to DVD Help.
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Accessing the DVGate Plus Help
For additional information about using Click to DVD software features, follow these steps to access the DVGate Plus Help.
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs.
2.
Point to DVGate Plus and click DVGate Plus Help.
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Recording Video Capsules onto recordable DVD media
You can record Video Capsules to DVD-R/DVD+R/DVD-RW/DVD+RW media with the Make DVD feature.
The Click to DVD software or another preinstalled DVD-writing program must be installed in order to burn Video
Capsules to recordable DVD media.
1.
From the Giga Pocket Explorer main window, select the Video Capsules you want to burn onto a DVD.
2.
On the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar, click Launch DVD Writing Software.
3.
The Click to DVD software launches. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Exporting Video Capsules
You can export your Video Capsules as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or AVI file formats for viewing on external media.
1.
In the list area, right-click the Video Capsule you want to export. A shortcut menu appears.
2.
Select Export. The Export dialog box appears.
Export dialog box
3.
Enter an output name for the file you want to export and specify the location for the exported file.
You can select the option, Delete Video Capsule after export. If you do not want to delete the Video Capsule
after export, leave the option disabled.
4.
In the section, "Export Video Capsule As:", select to convert to an AVI, MPEG-1, or MPEG-2 format.
5.
Click Run to begin exporting.
Some conversion formats may not be available, depending on the recording mode that was used to create the Video
Capsule.
Additional information about using Giga Pocket Explorer

Video Capsules that are recorded using High Quality (HQ) or Standard Play (SP) mode can be converted and
exported as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and AVI files.
MPEG-2 files need a specific system environment for playback:

A VAIO computer that has Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder installed.

A VAIO computer that has DVD playback capabilities.
If you wish to play your Video Capsule in a different system environment, you can convert and export your Video
Capsule using MPEG-1 format.

Video Capsules that are recorded using Long Play (LP) mode can be converted and exported as MPEG-1 files.

You can convert an imported MPEG file into a Video Capsule, only if the file was created using DVgate
VAIO AV applications.
Plus or other
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Using Network Cabinets
Giga Pocket Explorer enables you to connect to Video Capsules in network cabinets located on other computers in the
network. These network cabinets can be accessed through the Giga Pocket Explorer main window when you are connected
to the network.
Connecting to Network Cabinets
1.
On the Giga Pocket Explorer menu, select Network and then Connect/Disconnect. The Connect/Disconnect
Server dialog box appears.
Connect/Disconnect Server dialog box
2.
Select the server you want to connect to from the Server list on the left side.
3.
Click Connect to add the selected server to the Connected Server list, then click OK. The server is connected.
4.
To disconnect, repeat step 1, then select the server you want to disconnect from the Connected Server list on
the right.
5.
Click Disconnect, then click OK. The server is disconnected.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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CLIÉ Converter
The CLIÉ Converter is a plug-in application that enables the conversion of Video Capsules into gMovie format. You are
able to convert your Giga Pocket contents and HotSync® onto a Memory Stick® media for viewing with your Sony CLIÉ
Handheld. In order to use the CLIÉ Converter plug-in application, make sure you have install all required software for the
CLIÉ handheld.
The Sony CLIÉ Handheld personal entertainment organizers provide a rich and compelling handheld computing
experience. Powered by the Palm operating system, the CLIÉ handheld is ready to deliver music and video with amazing
clarity. For more information on this exciting device, go to the Sony Style Web site at http://sonystyle.com/vaio/clie.
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Starting CLIÉ Converter
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Plug-ins, and then click CLIÉ Converter. The Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter
dialog box appears.
Giga Pocket - > CLIÉ Conv erter m ain
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Converting Video Capsules
1.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter dialog box, click the Setting... button. The Settings dialog box
appears. Enter your desired settings and click OK.
2.
Start Giga Pocket Explorer as follows:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, and then click Giga Pocket Explorer.
3.
Resize the Giga Pocket Explorer window so that the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter dialog box is
visible.
4.
Click on the Cabinet icon to display the contents in the list area.
5.
Drag the Video Capsule from the Giga Pocket Explorer window and drop it in the list area of the Giga
Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main dialog box. The Video Capsule automatically converts into a video file.
During conversion, the Convert to CLIÉ dialog box appears, displaying the conversion status. When
conversion is complete, the dialog box automatically closes.
The conversion process may take time, depending on the settings selected.
To convert multiple Video Capsules, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting Video Capsules in Giga Pocket Explorer. Drag
and drop all selected capsules to the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main window.
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Transferring converted video files to a Memory Stick media
1.
Insert a Memory Stick® media into the Memory Stick media slot on your computer.
2.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main window, click to select the videos you want to transfer to the
Memory Stick media.
3.
Click Send To. The Send To dialog box appears.
4.
Select Using Memory Stick as the transfer destination. Click OK.
During transfer, the Forwarding dialog box appears, displaying the transfer status. When transfer is complete,
the Clie Converter window appears. Click OK.
Your converted video files can be played back on CLIÉ Handhelds that support the use of a Memory Stick media.
Transferring converted video files using the HotSync® operation
You can transfer your converted video files directly to your CLIÉ
Handheld, when you launch a HotSync operation.
1.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main window, click to select the videos you want to transfer using the
HotSync operation.
2.
Click Send To. The Send To dialog box appears.
3.
Select Using HotSync as the transfer destination. Designate a user name, if applicable to your handheld's
configuration. Click OK.
4.
The "Send to HotSync" message box appears. Follow the on-screen instructions and click OK.
For more information about the HotSync operation, see the information supplied with your CLIÉ Handheld.
Accessing the CLIÉ Converter Help
For more information about using the CLIÉ Converter plug-in application, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Help, and then click CLIÉ Converter Help.
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Internet Electronic Program Guide Service
Internet Electronic Program Guide is a free, online service that enables quick and easy access to your local TV listings. You
can use the Internet Electronic Program Guide service with your Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder for a "one-click" set
up of timer recordings and record your favorite TV programs1.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder must be set up and configured correctly before you can use the Internet Electronic
Program Guide service.
You must read and accept the User Agreement before accessing the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site
(first time only).
The Internet Electronic Program Guide service is available only to users in the United States.
1
U nauthorized duplic ation of audio or video files is a violation of applic able laws .
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To set up your Internet Electronic Program Guide service
You must be connected to the Internet, before setting up your Internet Electronic Program Guide service.
Sony recommends using Microsoft® Internet Explorer as your Web browser to access the Internet Electronic Program
Guide service.
To set up Internet Electronic Program Guide service, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, then click TV Program Web site. Microsoft® Internet Explorer launches, and you are
directed to the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site.
3.
The Terms of Use window appears. Click I accept, to continue.
The Welcome and Registration window appears.
Internet Electronic Program Guide Welcom e and Registration window
4.
In the Welcome! section, enter your 5-digit zip code and click Continue. The Choose Your Provider window
appears, listing all TV providers or TV services available in your area.
5.
Select your TV provider and then click Confirm Channel Lineup. The Confirm Lineup window appears, listing
available channels by number and name.
6.
Click Yes if the channel lineup is correct. Otherwise, click No and repeat steps 3 and 4 until you locate the correct
channel lineup.
7.
Your TV listings appear in table format, organized by time and channel. Click Download All Channel Settings to
set your channels. The Channel Information Converter window appears, if this is the first time you have used
this download feature. Click OK.
Close all Giga Pocket applications before downloading your TV listings.
If you are using set-top box (STB) mode, you do not need to click Download All Channel Settings.
8.
Verify the channel settings and click OK.
9.
Your personal channel settings appear whenever you access the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site.
If your TV provider adds new channels or changes existing channels, an Update icon appears next to Download All
Channel Settings. Click Update to add the new or updated channels to your personal channel setting.
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Legal Information
Notice
© 2003 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
SONY CANNOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SONY
ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE, OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE. WEB SITE INFORMATION IS OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND MAY BE INACCURATE. COPIES
OF COPYRIGHTED INFORMATION MAY ONLY BE MADE FOR LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSES.
Important information for Canadian customers: Your new VAIO computer includes certain software versions or upgrades,
and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Sony, VAIO, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, the Memory Stick logo, CLIÉ, and Giga Pocket are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sony.
All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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Legal Information
Notice
© 2003 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
SONY CANNOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SONY
ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE, OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE. WEB SITE INFORMATION IS OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND MAY BE INACCURATE. COPIES
OF COPYRIGHTED INFORMATION MAY ONLY BE MADE FOR LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSES.
Important information for Canadian customers: Your new VAIO computer includes certain software versions or upgrades,
and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Sony, VAIO, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, the Memory Stick logo, CLIÉ, and Giga Pocket are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sony.
All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR SONY AND CERTAIN THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: YOUR USE OF YOUR COMPUTER'S SOFTWARE CONSTITUTES AGREEMENT TO THIS LICENSE.
This End-User License Agreement ("License") is a legal agreement between you and Sony Electronics Inc. ("SONY"), the
manufacturer of your computer system ("COMPUTER"). All Sony software and third party software (other than software
provided by Microsoft Corporation or otherwise subject to its own separate license) included with your COMPUTER,
downloaded from Web sites or provided as updates/upgrades as well as related services shall be referred to herein as the
SOFTWARE. This License covers only the SOFTWARE. The SOFTWARE includes computer software, the associated media, any
printed materials, and any "on-line" or electronic documentation, as well as Sony-supplied or authorized updates/upgrades
thereto. All software provided by Microsoft Corporation is covered by a separate End User License Agreement, as may be
selected other third party software (in which case you will be informed of such fact). You may use the SOFTWARE only in
connection with the use of the COMPUTER. By installing, copying, downloading or otherwise using the SOFTWARE, you
agree to be bound by the terms of this License. If you do not agree to the terms of this License, SONY is unwilling to license
the SOFTWARE to you. In such event, you may not use or copy the SOFTWARE, and you should promptly contact SONY for
instructions on return of the entire COMPUTER and included SOFTWARE for a refund of the purchase price of the
COMPUTER.
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SOFTWARE LICENSE
The SOFTWARE is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property
laws and treaties. The SOFTWARE is licensed, not sold.
GRANT OF LICENSE
This License grants you the following rights:

Software — You may install and use one copy of the SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER.

Storage/Network Use — You may not use the SOFTWARE over a network or distribute the SOFTWARE to other
computers over a network except as specifically described in documentation provided with the SOFTWARE.

Back-up Copy — A back-up copy of the SOFTWARE is included with the COMPUTER. You may use the back-up copy
solely for recovery purposes.
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DESCRIPTION OF OTHER RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS

Limitation on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation and Disassembly — You may not modify, reverse engineer,
decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE in whole or in part.

Separation of Components — The SOFTWARE is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be
separated for use on more than one computer.

Single COMPUTER — The SOFTWARE is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated product. The SOFTWARE
may only be used with the COMPUTER except as specifically described in documentation provided with the
SOFTWARE.

Rental — You may not rent or lease the SOFTWARE.

Software Transfer — You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this License only as part of a sale or
transfer of the COMPUTER, provided you retain no copies, transfer all of the SOFTWARE (including all copies,
component parts, the media and printed materials, all versions and any upgrades of the SOFTWARE and this
License), and the recipient agrees to the terms of this License.

Termination — Without prejudice to any other rights, SONY may terminate this License if you fail to comply with the
terms and conditions of this License. In such event, you must destroy all copies of the SOFTWARE and all of its
component parts.
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COPYRIGHT
All title and copyrights in and to the SOFTWARE (including but not limited to any images, photographs, animation, video,
audio, music, text and "applets," incorporated into the SOFTWARE), and any copies of the SOFTWARE, are owned by SONY
or its suppliers. All rights not specifically granted under this License are reserved by SONY.
USE OF SOFTWARE WITH COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
The SOFTWARE is capable of being used by you to store, process and use content created by you and third parties. Such
content may be protected by copyright, other intellectual property laws, and/or agreements. You agree to use the
SOFTWARE only in compliance with all such laws and agreements that apply to such content. You agree that SONY may take
appropriate measures to protect copyright of content stored, processed or used by the SOFTWARE. Such measures include,
but are not limited to, counting the frequency of your backup and restoration through certain SOFTWARE features, refusal
to accept your request to enable restoration of data through certain SOFTWARE features and termination of this License in
the event of your illegitimate use of the SOFTWARE.
HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES
The SOFTWARE is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured or intended for use or resale as on-line control
equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life support machines, or weapons systems, in which the
failure of the SOFTWARE could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage ("High
Risk Activities"). SONY and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for High Risk
Activities.
PROHIBITION ON EXPORT. EXCEPT FOR EXPORT TO CANADA FOR USE IN CANADA BY CANADIAN CITIZENS, THE SOFTWARE
AND ANY UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY MAY NOT BE EXPORTED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY FOREIGN ENTITY OR
"FOREIGN PERSON" AS DEFINED BY U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANYONE WHO IS
NOT A CITIZEN, NATIONAL OR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY DOWNLOADING OR USING THE
SOFTWARE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOREGOING AND YOU ARE WARRANTING THAT YOU ARE NOT A "FOREIGN PERSON"
OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A FOREIGN PERSON.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS
THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the
United States Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer
Software-Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is Sony Electronics Inc., One Sony Drive, Park
Ridge, New Jersey 07656.
LIMITED WARRANTY ON CD-ROM MEDIA
SONY warrants that for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of its delivery to you the CD-ROM media on which the
back-up copy of the SOFTWARE is furnished to you will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal
use. This limited warranty extends only to you as the original licensee. SONY's entire liability and your exclusive remedy will
be replacement of the CD-ROM media not meeting SONY's limited warranty and which is returned to SONY with proof of
purchase in the form of a bill of sale (which is evidence that the CD-ROM media is within the warranty period). SONY will
have no responsibility to replace a disk damaged by accident, abuse or misapplication. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ON THE
CD-ROM MEDIA, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF DELIVERY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS
ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THESE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
EXCLUSION OF WARRANTY ON SOFTWARE
You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of the SOFTWARE is at your sole risk. The SOFTWARE is provided "AS IS"
and without warranty of any kind and SONY and SONY's licensors (In this Section, SONY and SONY's licensors shall be
collectively referred to as "SONY") EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SONY DOES NOT
WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE OPERATION
OF THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. FURTHERMORE, SONY DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS
REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY,
RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED
REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY. SHOULD THE
SOFTWARE PROVE DEFECTIVE. YOU (AND NOT SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST
OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF
IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Without limiting the foregoing, it is specifically provided that SOFTWARE is not designed or intended for use on a computer
other than COMPUTER. SONY provides no warranty that any other computer hardware and software will not be damaged by
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the SOFTWARE or any data you download using the SOFTWARE. You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of
SOFTWARE is at your sole risk and you are responsible for installation of the SOFTWARE and use of the SOFTWARE on your
COMPUTER.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN THIS SECTION, SONY AND SONY'S LICENSOR'S SHALL BE COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS "SONY." SONY SHALL NOT BE
LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, BREACH
OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY RELATED TO THIS PRODUCT. SUCH DAMAGES
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT
OR ANY ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME AND PURCHASER'S TIME, EVEN IF SONY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE, SONY'S ENTIRE LIABILITY UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL
BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU ALLOCABLE TO THE SOFTWARE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU.
SOFTWARE DATA COLLECTION AND MONITORING
The SOFTWARE contains features which may allow SONY and/or third parties to collect data from, control and/or monitor
computers and devices running or interacting with the SOFTWARE. You hereby agree that such activities may occur. SONY's
current privacy policy is located at www.sony.com. Please contact applicable third parties for privacy policies related to their
software and services.
AUTOMATIC UPDATE FEATURE
From time to time, SONY or third parties may automatically update or otherwise modify the SOFTWARE, for example, but not
limited to, for purposes of enhancement of security functions, error correction and improvement of functions, at such time as
you interact with SONY's or third parties's servers, or otherwise. Such updates or modifications may delete or change the
nature of features or other aspects of the SOFTWARE, including functions you may rely upon. You hereby agree that such
activities may occur at SONY's sole discretion and that SONY may condition continued use of the SOFTWARE upon your
complete installation or acceptance of such update or modifications.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION, JURY TRIAL WAIVER
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to
conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute arising out of this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive venue of the state
and federal courts of Santa Clara County, California, and the parties hereby consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such
courts. THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTERS ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS
AGREEMENT.
SONY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE LICENSE REGARDING THE SOFTWARE AT ITS SOLE
DISCRETION BY NOTICE TO YOU AT THE E-MAIL ADDRESS YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO SONY AS PART OF YOUR REGISTRATION,
OR ANY OTHER LEGALLY RECOGNIZABLE FORM OF NOTICE. If you do not agree to the terms to be amended, which shall be
notified to you by SONY before they take effect, you must return the entire COMPUTER, any other materials bundled in the
package at the time of the purchase, together with any software you obtained from Sony Web site for refund pursuant to
the terms in the first paragraph of this License, titled "IMPORTANT- READ CAREFULLY". Your continued use of the SOFTWARE
after notice shall be deemed agreement to be bound by such amendment.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the other parts will remain valid.
Should you have any questions concerning this license or this limited warranty, you may contact SONY, by writing to SONY
at Sony Technical Response Center, 12451 Gateway Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.
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About Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
This section describes how to troubleshoot common problems you may encounter when using Giga Pocket Personal Video
Recorder functions. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you contact Sony Customer
Support.
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Why can't I see an image or an image that is displayed properly when I am using a VCR?
Some images from an externally-connected video player device or a video game console, may not display or are not
displayed correctly. These images include:

Images from a playback screen that is in pause mode.

Menu screens of the connected video player device.

The end of the film roll being played back using the scroll bar.

Video output from a video game console.

Video output from a VCR, using a coaxial cable.
Giga Pocket cannot record or display all video images from this source.
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Why does my Giga Pocket viewing window or the images played back from a Video Capsule, appear
distorted or corrupted?
There are some situations where screen or image distortion may occur, such as:

When you change the channel on the video player device.

If there is a damaged section on your video tape.
When using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, set your display settings as follows:

Colors — Use the default factory settings (32-bit).

Screen area — Use the default factory settings.
If you use other settings, you may experience poor image quality on your display.
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Why does my system seem to slow down when I play a Video Capsule?
Your computer may respond slower if you try to play back a Video Capsule while recording a TV program with Giga Pocket.
During a timer recording, Giga Pocket may interrupt or stop your Video Capsule playback to prioritize your computer's
resources for the timer recording. If this occurs, wait until the timer recording session has completed, and then play back
the Video Capsule.
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Why did I get the error message, "Event buffer of audio overflow?"
The timer recording may fail in certain situations, such as:

The coaxial cable (input) is disconnected after recording has started.

The TV channel has lost broadcast signal during the recording session.

Video content being recorded has poor signal quality.
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Why did my on-screen display shift or split?
Your on-screen display may shift or split in rare instances. If this should occur, switch the TV/Recording deck and the
playback deck, or try switching the channel. Your timer recording continues even if the on-screen display has shifted or
split.
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Why did Giga Pocket stop allowing me to create new Video Capsules?
You cannot create a new Video Capsule when the remaining free space on your hard disk drive reaches approximately 100
MB. Delete any unnecessary Video Capsules or files to increase the free space on your hard drive.
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End-User License Agreement For Sony Software
Giga Pocket including PicoPlayer
CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENT BEFORE USING THIS SOFTWARE. USE OF THIS SOFTWARE INDICATES YOUR
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGREEMENT.
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY:
This End User License Agreement (EULA) is a legal agreement between you and Sony Electronics Inc. (SONY), the
manufacturer of your SONY computer system (COMPUTER). Please read this EULA carefully before using Giga Pocket
(including PicoPlayer) software and related materials distributed together with this EULA (SONY SOFTWARE). By using the
SONY SOFTWARE, you agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA. You may use the SONY SOFTWARE only in connection
with the use of COMPUTER. SONY SOFTWARE is licensed not sold.
If you do not agree to the terms of this EULA, SONY is unwilling to license the SONY SOFTWARE to you. In such event, you
may not use or copy the SONY SOFTWARE, and you should promptly contact SONY for instructions on return of the entire
COMPUTER and included SONY SOFTWARE for a refund of the purchase price of the COMPUTER.
SONY SOFTWARE LICENSE
Copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties protect the
SONY SOFTWARE.
GRANT OF LICENSE. This License grants you the following rights:
Software.
You may use one copy of the SONY SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER except that you may make multiple copies and distribute
the PicoPlayer software to other users that agree to the PicoPlayer license
Back-up Copy.
You may make one back-up copy of SONY SOFTWARE solely for archival purposes.
DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS
Limitation on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation and Disassembly.
You may not modify, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SONY SOFTWARE in whole or in part.
Rental.
You may not rent or lease the SONY SOFTWARE.
Software Transfer.
You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as part of a sale or transfer of SONY SOFTWARE,
provided you retain no copies, transfer all of the SONY SOFTWARE (including all copies, component parts, the media and
printed materials, all versions and any upgrades of the SONY SOFTWARE and this EULA), and the recipient agrees to the
terms of this EULA.
Termination.
Without prejudice to any other rights, SONY may terminate this EULA if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of
this EULA. In such event, you must destroy all copies of the SONY SOFTWARE and all of its component parts.
Confidentiality.
You agree to keep information contained in SONY SOFTWARE which is not publicly known, confidential to yourself, and not to
disclose such information to others without prior written approval from SONY.
COPYRIGHT
All title and copyright in and to the SONY SOFTWARE (including but limited to any images, photographs, animation, video,
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audio, music, text and "applets", incorporated into the SONY SOFTWARE), and any copies of the SONY SOFTWARE, are
owned by SONY or its suppliers. SONY reserves all rights not specifically granted under this EULA.
USE OF SONY SOFTWARE WITH COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
The Sony Software is capable of being used to process, store and share personally created and other content. You agree to
use the Sony Software only in compliance with all copyright and other laws and agreements that apply to such content.
HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES
The SONY SOFTWARE is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured or intended for use or resale as on-line control
equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life support machines, or weapons systems, in which the
failure of the SONY SOFTWARE could lead to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage (High Risk
Activities). SONY and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty or condition of fitness for High Risk
Activities.
PROHIBITION ON EXPORT.
THE SONY SOFTWARE AND ANY UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY MAY NOT BE EXPORTED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY
FOREIGN ENTITY OR "FOREIGN PERSON" AS DEFINED BY U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANYONE WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN, NATIONAL OR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY
DOWNLOADING OR USING THE SONY SOFTWARE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOREGOING AND YOU ARE WARRANTING THAT
YOU ARE NOT A "FOREIGN PERSON" OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A FOREIGN PERSON.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS.
(I) THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by
the United States Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial
Computer Software-Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is Sony Electronics Inc., One Sony
Drive, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656. (II) All SONY technical data and computer software is commercial in nature and
developed solely at private expense. Software is delivered as Commercial Computer Software as defined in DFARS
252.227-7014 (June 1995) or as a commercial item as defined in FAR 2.101(a) and as such is provided with only such rights
as are provided in the SONY standard commercial license for such software. Technical data is provided with limited rights
only as provided in DFARS 252.227-7015 (Nov.1995) or FAR 52.227-14 (June 1987), whichever is applicable.
EXCLUSION OF WARRANTY ON SONY SOFTWARE.
You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of the SONY SOFTWARE is at your sole risk. The SONY SOFTWARE is
provided "AS IS" and without warranty or CONDITIONS of any kind. SONY and SONY's licensors (hereinafter, SONY and
SONY's licensors shall be collectively referred to as "SONY") EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILE
QUALITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SONY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE
SONY SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SONY SOFTWARE WILL BE
CORRECTED. FURTHERMORE, SONY DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE
RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SONY SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.
NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A
WARRANTY OR CONDITION OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY. SHOULD THE SONY SOFTWARE PROVE
DEFECTIVE, YOU (AND NOT SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY
SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR
CONDITIONS, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
SONY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL
THEORY RELATED TO THIS PRODUCT AND SONY SOFTWARE. SUCH DAMAGES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF
PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME
AND PURCHASER'S TIME, EVEN IF SONY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE, THE
ENTIRE LIABILITY TO SONY, UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID
BY YOU, ALLOCABLE TO THE SONY SOFTWARE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION, JURY TRIAL WAIVER
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to
conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute arising out of this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive venue of the state
and federal courts of Santa Clara County, California, and the parties hereby consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such
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courts. THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTERS ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO
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AGREEMENT.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the other parts will remain valid.
Should you have any questions concerning this license or this limited warranty, you may contact SONY by writing to SONY at
Sony Technical Response Center, 12451 Gateway Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Setting up a dial-up Internet connection
Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line via a telephone cable (not
supplied). Once you set up your telephone cable, you're ready to connect to the Internet.
To connect a telephone cable
1.
Locate the Modem jack on your computer. For location information, see "Locating Ports and Controls" in the
"Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
2.
Plug one end of the telephone cable into the Modem jack. Make sure it clicks into place.
3.
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
Connecting a Telephone Cable
Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not
work with multiple telephone 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 telephone cable coming through a splitter, the modem or connected device may not work properly.
To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a telephone line. See To connect a telephone cable for more information.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
New Connection Wizard
3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
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5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Setting up an Ethernet Internet connection
Your computer accommodates both 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between
10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect an Ethernet cable
1.
Locate the Ethernet port on your computer. For location information, see "Locating Controls and Ports" in the
"Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your computer's Ethernet port
connection.
and the other into the network
To set up an Ethernet connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a network connection.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
New Connection Wizard
3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Customizing your Internet connection
The Internet Properties dialog box enables you to change the way you view the Internet. You can change your home page,
fonts, language, and colors. You can also regulate content and set browsing preferences.
To open the Internet Properties dialog box
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Network and Internet Connections, and then Internet Options. The Internet Properties dialog box
appears.
3.
Click the tabs to view options.
4.
Make changes, and click Apply to activate your changes.
5.
Click OK.
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Network Connections
With a Sony computer, you can easily set up or connect to a variety of networks. The New Connection Wizard and Network
Setup Wizard make it easy to gain access to networks (LANs) using wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connections.
For more information about networking, click Start, Help and Support, and then Networking and the Web.
Types of Networks*
* T he c omputers repres ented in this graphic may not be identic al to the model you purc has ed.
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Using Ethernet and dial-up connections
For setting up local area networks (LANs), Ethernet is a widely installed technology. Your computer accommodates both
10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between 10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect to a local area network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click Network Setup Wizard. The
Network Setup Wizard appears.
Network Setup Wizard
3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the Ethernet port
. Do not connect any other type of
network cable or any telephone cable. 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 port. To connect the unit to the network,
see Using Ethernet and dial-up connections or contact your network administrator.
You can connect to an Ethernet network from a remote location and use data, programs, and network resources. See
Microsoft® Windows ® Help by clicking Help and Support from the Start menu, and then clicking Networking and the Web in
the left panel.
To connect to a remote network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
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1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
2.
From the Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard.
3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Click Connect to the network at my workplace, and then click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
6.
Ask your network administrator for the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to an existing network.
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Using wireless network connections (selected models only)
A wireless local area network (LAN) is a network in which you can connect to a LAN through a wireless (radio) connection.
You can opt to purchase a Sony Wireless LAN Access Point to set up a LAN.
The wireless LAN access point is designed for building a wireless LAN environment. Because a wireless LAN configuration
requires no wiring, you can operate multiple computers more freely than ever before.
Your computer is equipped with a built-in mini PCI card that allows for wireless connections. For information about your
computer's wireless capabilities, see the Welcome page to view your VAIO® Computer Specifications.
For more information on Sony Wireless LAN, go to http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio.
There are two types of wireless connections:

An infrastructure network is one that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an
access point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless
LAN. The access point coordinates transmission and reception from multiple wireless devices within a specific range.

A computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is one in which a local network is created only by the wireless devices
themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in
the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home.
To connect to a wireless network
1.
Make sure an access point is set up. See the instructions that accompanied the access point for more
information.
2.
Move the Wireless LAN switch to ON.
Turning on the Wireless Network Switch
3.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
4.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection. The Wireless
Network Connection window appears.
Wireless Network Connection
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5.
From the Available wireless networks list, select the name of the network in which you want to connect. If you
do not see the network name, see If the network does not appear in the Available wireless networks list box.
6.
If required, type the network key in the Network key box. (If necessary, ask the administrator for the key.)
7.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
8.
Click Connect.
If the network does not appear in the Available wireless networks list box
1.
Click Advanced on the Wireless Network Connection dialog box. The Wireless Network Connection Properties
dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Connection Properties
2.
Click Add in the Preferred networks box. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Properties
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3.
Type the name of the network (access point) you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
The following steps are for networks that require a network key. If you do not know the network key or are not
sure a network key is required, see the network administrator or the guide that accompanied your access point for
more information.
4.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
5.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
6.
Type the network key in the Network key box if it is required by the selected authentication method.
7.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
8.
Click OK. The network name appears in the Preferred networks list box.
To set up a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
The computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is only supported by the IEEE 802.11b wireless standard.
1.
Move the Wireless LAN switch to ON.
Turning on the Wireless Network Switch
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2.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
3.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection. The Wireless
Network Connection window appears.
Wireless Network Connection
4.
Click Advanced. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Connection Properties
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5.
Click Add. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Properties
6.
Type the name of the network you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
7.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
8.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
9.
Type a network key in the Network key box.
10. Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
11. Click to select This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used.
12. Click OK. The network name appears in the Preferred networks list box.
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13. Click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.
Adv anced
14. Click to select Computer-to-computer {ad hoc} networks only, and then click Close.
To disconnect from a wireless network

For computers with built-in wireless LAN functionality, move the Wireless LAN switch to OFF.
Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may
result in data loss.
To disconnect from a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
2.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection Enabled. The
Wireless Network Connectioin Status window appears.
3.
Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
4.
On the Wireless Networks tab, click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.
5.
Click to select Any available network (access point preferred), and click Close.
6.
Move the Wireless LAN switch to OFF.
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Checking your network connection status
Whether you have a wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connection, you can check the status of that connection.
To check your network connection status
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and click Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and Network
Connections. The Network Connections window appears.
2.
Under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click the enabled network connection to open the connection status
window.
Wireless Network Connection Status
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Opening the Driv e Tray
3.
Place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the side you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
1.
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Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Opening the Driv e Tray
3.
Place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the side you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
1.
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Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs
Your computer plays and records CDs and DVDs, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the
type of optical drive installed on your computer and use the table below to see which types of media your optical drive
supports.
Optical Drive
Media (disc) Support
CD-ROM
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
CD-RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD and most DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD-RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD, DVD-R, and DVD-RW
Records to DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD±RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW
Records to DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
Do not remove the optical drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate). Doing
so may cause the computer to malfunction.
If you plan to use an external optical drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled CD/DVD program.
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Playing CDs
Before you play an audio CD, you may need to enable your computer's audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and System.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
As a shortcut, you can press Fn + Windows key
+ Insert to open the System Properties dialog box.
2.
Select the Hardware tab, and in the Device Manager box, click Device Manager. A window with a listing of the
computer's hardware devices appears.
3.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
5.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
6.
Click OK.
To adjust the volume for playing CDs and DVDs
Some programs have built-in volume controls, which you can adjust. If there are no volume controls, then adjust the volume
of your computer's built-in speakers by doing one of the following:

Using the Function keys. An on-screen display may appear, notifying you when a change occurs.


To increase volume, press the Fn and F4 keys, and then press

To decrease volume, press the Fn and F4 keys, and then press
or
or
.
.
Using the Volume icon.

Double click the Volume icon
appears.

In the Volume Control and Wave columns, move the Volume sliders up to increase volume and down to
decrease volume.
on the Taskbar Notification area. The Volume Control dialog box
To play an audio CD
1.
Insert the disc into the optical drive.
2.
If nothing appears on the desktop once you insert an audio CD disc, then click Start, point to All Programs, and
click to open a CD program, such as SonicStage.
If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option.
Audio CD
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Copying files to CDs
Before you copy files to a CD-RW or CD-R disc, read the following notes to avoid a computer malfunction and ensure the
best results:

Deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software.

Deactivate memory-resident disc utilities to avoid data loss.

Disable the FindFast program if it is installed on your computer. Click Start and point to All Programs to see a list of
programs on your computer.

Connect and use the AC adapter to power your computer or make sure your battery is at least 50 percent charged.
See Powering Your Computer for more information.
To copy files to a CD-RW or CD-R
1.
Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the optical drive.
If the CD Drive window appears, click Take no action.
CD Driv e
2.
Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key
3.
In the Folders panel on the left, locate the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy and either:
and the E key simultaneously.

Right-click the file(s) or folder(s), point to Send To, and click the optical drive1 name.

Drag the file(s) or folder(s) onto the optical drive icon in the Files Stored on This Computer panel.
4.
Close Windows Explorer.
5.
Click Start, and My Computer.
6.
Click the optical drive icon under Devices with Removable Storage. A new window appears with the file(s) or
folder(s) you want to copy listed under Files Ready to Be Written to the CD.
7.
In the CD Writing Tasks box, click Write these files to CD.
8.
Follow the instructions on the CD Writing Wizard.
CD Writing Wizard
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Do not strike or shake the computer while writing data to a disc.
1
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Playing DVDs
You can play DVDs in your computer's optical drive and view the video on a multimedia display or on a TV.
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Connecting your computer to a TV
Your computer is equipped with an A/V OUT jack, which enables you to connect your computer to a TV. To locate the A/V
OUT jack on your computer, see "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer
Quick Start.
To connect a TV to your computer
1.
Make sure your computer is turned off, then locate the A/V OUT jack on the computer.
2.
Plug one end of an audio-video (AV) cable (not supplied) into the A/V OUT jack.
3.
Plug the other end of the AV cable into the audio and video ports on the TV.
Connecting a TV
4.
Switch the TV input channel to external input.
See the guide that accompanied your TV for information on how to switch to external input.
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Playing DVDs on a TV
Do not remove the optical drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate). Doing
so may cause the computer to malfunction.
Connect the external optical drive if you plan to use one.
To play a DVD
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Disable the screen saver and the virus checker.
3.
If you are using battery power, set the power management profile to DVD. Follow these steps:
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Right-click the CPU icon
Notification area.
3.
Select Profiles from the shortcut menu, and then select DVD from the submenu menu. You can also
select Automatic Profile Selection, which sets the power management profile to DVD whenever a
DVD is inserted into the optical drive. See Conserving Battery Power for more information.
or Profile icon
, depending on the model you purchased, on the Taskbar
4.
Connect the TV to the computer. See Connecting your computer to a TV for more information.
5.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as WinDVD, by following these steps:
6.
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as WinDVD, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a program, see the
help guide included with the DVD program.
Select a display.
1.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to view the image on either the computer screen (LCD) or the TV. See Selecting a
display for more information.
The Fn+F7 keys will not work once a DVD is inserted into the optical drive. Switching the display while
a DVD is playing may cause the computer to malfunction, and you may need to restart the DVD software.
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
Systems equipped with a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can read most DVD-R media.
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have audio devices
connected, this may damage your hearing and the speakers. Reduce the volume before playing a DVD.
Do not switch power saving modes while the computer is playing a DVD.
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a DVD. This may cause the
computer to malfunction.
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Disconnecting your computer from a TV
Simply unplug the audio-video (AV) cable from the A/V OUT jack on the computer.
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Playing DVDs on your computer
Your computer is equipped with an optical drive that enables you to watch DVDs and most DVD-R discs on your computer.
To play a DVD while using AC power
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
3.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as WinDVD®, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as WinDVD, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a program, see the
help guide included with the DVD program
To play a DVD while using battery power
1.
Set the power management profile to DVD.
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Right-click the CPU icon
Notification area.
3.
Select Profiles from the shortcut menu, and then select DVD from the submenu. You can also select
Automatic Profile Selection, which sets the power management profile to DVD whenever a DVD is
inserted into the optical drive. See Conserving Battery Power for more information.
or Profile icon
, depending on the model you purchased, on the Taskbar
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
3.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as WinDVD, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as WinDVD, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a program, see the
help guide included with the DVD program.
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have audio devices
connected, this may damage your hearing and the speakers. Reduce the volume before playing a DVD.
Do not switch power saving modes while the computer is playing a DVD.
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a DVD. This may cause the
computer to malfunction.
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Copying files to DVDs (on selected models only)
Use the table shown on Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs to see which type of DVD media your computer supports.
To copy files to a DVD-R or DVD-RW
1.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. See Connecting the AC adapter for more information.
2.
Insert the disc into the optical drive. See Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs for more information.
3.
Click Start, All Programs, and select the DVD software program you want to use from the submenu.
You can also reference the online help guides supplied with the program.
Do not strike or shake the computer while copying files to a disc.
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Computer Features
Using the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Computer Features
Using the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Describing the touch pad
Locating the Touch Pad
Touch Pad Action
Description
Sliding one finger
Equivalent to using a mouse to place the pointer on an item.
Tapping once
Equivalent to pressing the left button once.
Tapping twice
Equivalent to pressing the left button twice.
Sliding one finger while pressing the left button
Equivalent to using the mouse to drag an item.
Moving your finger along the right edge of the touch pad
Equivalent to scrolling vertically. (The scroll function is available
only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
Moving your finger along the bottom to scroll horizontally
Equivalent to scrolling horizontally. (The scroll function is
available only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
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Customizing the touch pad
Sony Notebook Setup lets you customize, enable, or disable the touch pad. Open the Mouse Properties dialog box to set
your touch pad and mouse preferences, such as changing pointers, enabling or disabling the tapping feature, clicking both
buttons simultaneously, and adjusting the touch pad speed.
To customize the touch pad and mouse

Right-click the Touchpad icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click Mouse Properties from the shortcut
menu. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
To enable the touch pad
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press P until All Programs is selected, and press Enter.
3.
Press S until Sony Notebook Setup is selected, and press Enter. A submenu appears with Sony
Notebook Setup preselected.
4.
Press Enter. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
5.
Press the Right Arrow key
6.
Press the Tab key to select the Default button, and press Enter. A pop-up window appears.
7.
Press the Left Arrow key
automatically selected.
8.
Press the Tab key to select the Apply button, and press Enter.
9.
Click OK.
. The Start menu appears.
to select the Device tab.
to select OK, and press Enter. The Enable Touchpad option is
To disable the touch pad
10. Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and point to All Programs.
11. Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup in the submenu. The Sony Notebook
Setup dialog box appears.
12. Click the Device tab.
13. In the left panel, click to cancel the Pointing Device check box.
14. Click Apply. A Sony Notebook Setup message appears.
15. Click Yes.
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Using Memory Stick Media
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a Memory Stick® slot that supports certain types of Memory Stick® media.
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About Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media are a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital
data with compatible devices. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media. The following types of
Memory Stick media are available, but compatibility with your computer can vary.

MagicGate Memory Stick media (MG Memory Stick media) — Provides copyright protection with authentication and
encryption, using Sony® MagicGate technology. Authentication ensures that protected content is only transferred
between compliant devices and media. Protected content can be recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to
prevent unauthorized duplication or playback.

Memory Stick PRO media — Provides MagicGate copyright protection and high-speed transfer features when used
with compatible Memory Stick PRO devices. VAIO® computers support Memory Stick PRO media for data storage
purposes only. Currently, high-speed data transfer and the MagicGate technology features, such as authentication
and encryption, are not available.

Memory Stick media — Provides data storage only. The Memory Stick media does not provide MagicGate technology
or high-speed data transfer.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage and OpenMG software are not compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO media. Sony
suggests using only MG Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with SonicStage or OpenMG software.
Visit the Sony Computing Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on the
new Memory Stick PRO media.
Memory Stick media do not support video file playback directly from the media. Copy the video file to your hard disk
drive and then play back the file.
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Inserting Memory Stick media
Before using Memory Stick® media, back up important data. The media slot accommodates only one Memory Stick media at a
time.
To insert Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing up and toward the Memory Stick media slot.
Inserting the media in the wrong direction may damage the connector pins.
2.
Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks in place. The Memory Stick media indicator briefly
blinks.
Inserting Mem ory Stick Media
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Viewing the contents
Depending on the model you purchased, the Sony Memory Stick window may appear when you insert a Memory Stick®
media. From this window, you can choose to view, print, copy or organize your Memory Stick images or data. If the Sony
Memory Stick window does not appear when you insert your Memory Stick media, then follow these steps:
To view the contents
1.
From the Start menu, click My Computer. The My Computer window appears.
2.
Click Sony MemoryStick. The Sony MemoryStick window appears, displaying the contents stored on the
Memory Stick media.
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Write-protecting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media is designed with a write-protect tab to protect data from accidental erasure or overwriting. Move the
tab to the right or left to set or release write-protection. When the write-protect tab of the Memory Stick media is set to
LOCK, data cannot be recorded or erased.
Write-protect off
Data can be saved on the Memory Stick media.
Write-protect on
Data can be read from but not saved on the Memory Stick media.
Using the Write- Protect Tab
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Formatting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media is formatted for immediate use when you purchase it. If you need to reformat Memory Stick media, use
the Memory Stick Formatter that is provided with the media. For more information about using Memory Stick Formatter, refer
to Formatter Help.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, confirm that the media does not contain files you want to keep. Back up important data
before formatting the media.
To format Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot. See To insert Memory Stick media for more
information.
2.
From the Start menu, click My Computer. The My Computer window appears.
3.
Right-click Sony MemoryStick, and click Format from the menu. The Format Sony MemoryStick dialog box
appears.
4.
Select Quick Format in the Format options box, and then click Start.
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Removing Memory Stick media
If the Memory Stick® media is removed prematurely, a blue screen with a message may appear prompting you to continue or
exit. Reinsert the media into the slot and press Enter to continue. This enables the media to finish reading or writing data.
To remove Memory Stick media
1.
Wait a minimum of 10 seconds after the Memory Stick media finishes reading or writing data before removing the
media.
2.
Make sure the access light is off.
3.
Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer.
4.
When the Memory Stick media ejects, pull it out.
The Memory Stick media may eject completely from the slot.
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Using PC Cards
Your computer includes one or more PC Card slots. A PC Card enables you to connect devices such as an optical drive,
floppy disk drive, or Network Interface Card (NIC).
See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the type of PC Card that is compatible with your computer. These slots are
compatible with CardBus. If your computer has more than one PC Card slot, use the lower slot for Type III PC Cards. You do
not need to turn off your computer to insert or remove a PC Card.
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Inserting PC Cards
Some PC Cards may require you to disable idle devices when using the PC Card. You can use Sony Notebook Setup to
disable these devices.
To open Sony Notebook Setup
1.
Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click All Programs.
2.
Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
To insert a PC Card
1.
Make sure the front label of the PC Card is facing up.
2.
Push the PC Card gently into the slot. The system automatically detects the PC Card.
Do not force a PC Card into the slot; this may damage the connector pins.
When a PC Card is inserted, do not place your computer in a bag or case. Pressure or shock to a PC Card may damage
your computer.
Touching the head of the PC Card will not damage the connector pins, but damage may occur if the head of the PC Card
is sticking out of the PC Card slot while the computer is being transported.
Inserting a PC Card
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Removing PC Cards
You can remove PC Cards while the computer is on or off. PC Cards draw power from the computer when they are inserted
into the PC Card slot, whether or not you use the card.
If you are not using your PC Card and you are using a battery as a power source, remove the PC Card from the PC Card
slot to conserve battery power.
To remove a PC Card while your computer is on
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
2.
Click to select the PC Card in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
3.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
4.
Make sure the PC Card is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is safe to remove the hardware
device.
5.
Push the Release button. The Release button pops out.
6.
Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
7.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware dialog box
To remove a PC Card while the computer is off
1.
Push the Release button once. The Release button pops out.
2.
Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
3.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
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Using the Multilingual User Interface Language Option
(Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional only) After you have initially setup your new VAIO® computer, you can change the
language displayed in Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional operating system. The multilingual user interface (MUI) language
option changes the text controlled by Windows XP Professional operating system. Menus, help files, and icons generated by
Windows XP Professional are shown in your selected language. All other programs are displayed in English as the default
language.
The multilingual user interface language option is not designed to replace a localized version of the Microsoft®
Windows ® XP Professional operating system. Under certain conditions, some third-party software applications may not
function properly.
To Change the Language Option
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options. The
Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
Click the Languages tab.
4.
From the Language used in menus and dialogs shortcut menu, select the desired language:

English

español

Português

Français
5.
Click Apply. The Change Regional Options shortcut window appears.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Logoff.
Additional users can also change to their desired language(s) without affecting your existing language settings.
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Changing Numbers, Currency, Time, and Date Formats
You can change your operating system's number, currency, time, and date formats to coordinate with your chosen country
or language settings.
To change these formats
1.
Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and click Regional and Language Options. The Regional and
Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
From the Regional Options tab, click the Standards and formats shortcut menu to view the available country
choices. Select the desired country.
4.
Click Customize to change the number, currency, time, and date settings.
5.
Click Apply.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click OK.
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Changing the Window Design of Sony Programs
This feature changes the appearance, such as color, of certain Sony programs.
To change the window design
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
In the left panel, click Switch to Classic View.
3.
Double-click UI Design Selector.
4.
Click << or >> to view the designs.
5.
Click Apply to select a design that appears in the center window. The UI Design Selector window design
changes. The window design of certain Sony programs will match the UI Design Selector window.
6.
Click OK.
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Printer Connections
Your computer is compatible with many popular printers. However, to ensure the best performance, printers must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Connecting a USB Printer
You can connect a universal serial bus (USB) printer to your computer. The New Hardware Wizard enables you to easily
install the printer software, but some printers require separate driver software installation. See the instructions that
accompanied your printer for more information.
To connect a USB printer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
on your computer or port replicator, if applicable. See "Locating Controls
and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
2.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on the printer. The Found New Hardware Wizard
appears.
Connecting a USB Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting a Printer
You can disconnect the printer cable when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting a printer when the computer is in a
power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a printer

Unplug the printer cable from the computer.
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Connecting a Parallel Printer
You can connect a parallel port printer to your computer or port replicator, if applicable. The new hardware wizard enables
you to easily install the printer software, but some printers require separate driver software installation. See the
instructions that accompanied your printer for more information.
To connect a parallel port printer
1.
Plug the printer cable into the Printer port
on your computer or port replicator, if applicable. See "Locating
Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
2.
Plug the other end of the printer cable into the port on the printer.
3.
Restart your computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart. If the New Hardware Wizard
appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Make sure the computer recognizes the printer. Follow these steps:

Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and then Printers and Faxes.
If the computer recognizes the printer, it will be listed in the Printers and Other Hardware window.
If the computer does not recognize the printer, you may need to install the printer driver software. See
the guide that accompanied the printer for more information.
Connecting a Parallel Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
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Port Replicators
Locating Ports and Jacks
A port replicator is a device that attaches to your notebook and contains additional jacks and ports, such as USB ports. A
port replicator may come with your computer, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a port
replicator, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Port Replicator (Back Panel)
1 USB 2.0 port (high-/full-/low-speed)
8
Optical Out port
2 Serial port
9
Printer port
3 Audio In jacks
10
Audio Out jacks
4 Monitor (VGA) port
11
Video Out jack
5 Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX)
6 USB 2.0 port (high-/full-/low-speed)
12
13
S Video Out port
PS/2 port
7 DC IN port
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Port Replicators
Locating Ports and Jacks
A port replicator is a device that attaches to your notebook and contains additional jacks and ports, such as USB ports. A
port replicator may come with your computer, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a port
replicator, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Port Replicator (Back Panel)
1 USB 2.0 port (high-/full-/low-speed)
8
Optical Out port
2 Serial port
9
Printer port
3 Audio In jacks
10
Audio Out jacks
4 Monitor (VGA) port
11
Video Out jack
5 Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX)
6 USB 2.0 port (high-/full-/low-speed)
12
13
S Video Out port
PS/2 port
7 DC IN port
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Connecting a Port Replicator
Connect a port replicator to the computer while the computer is off. Use the AC adapter (not the battery) to power the
computer while it is connected to a port replicator.
Moving the computer with the port replicator attached could disconnect the AC adapter or power cord, and may cause
the computer to lose power or malfunction.
To connect a port replicator
1.
Turn off the computer, and disconnect all attached devices.
2.
On the bottom of the computer, slide the port replicator cover down until the port replicator connector is
completely visible. lift and remove the port replicator cover to display the port replicator connector.
Rem ov ing the Port Replicator Cover
You can charge the battery by installing it before you connect the port replicator. The battery automatically
charges once you connect the AC adapter.
3.
Align the connector on the bottom of the computer with the port replicator connector, and gently push the
computer down until it clicks into place.
Connecting a Port Replicator
4.
Make sure the port replicator is securely fastened to the computer.
Securing a Port Replicator
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Connecting an AC Adapter to a Port Replicator
5.
Plug the AC adapter into the DC IN port on the port replicator, and plug the power cord into the AC adapter and
an AC outlet. The power indicator turns on.
6.
Turn on the computer.
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Disconnecting a Port Replicator
To disconnect a port replicator
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cord.
3.
Pull the release latches on each side of the port replicator to release the computer from the port replicator.
Releasing a Com puter from a Port Replicator
4.
Lift the computer away from the port replicator.
Disconnecting a Port Replicator
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Keyboard descriptions
Key
Description
The numeric keypad contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric keypad to
type numbers or perform mathematical calculations, such as addition and subtraction. Numbers appear on the front beveled
edge of the numeric keys. Press the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the Num Lock indicator
light turns on.) Press the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.
The arrow keys move the pointer on the screen. They also function as the Home, End, Page Up,
and Page Down keys, respectively, when the Fn key is pressed.
The correction keys enable you to make corrections to keystrokes.
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard perform designated tasks. For example, in
many programs, F1 is the Help key. The task associated with each function key may vary from one program to the next.
The Escape key cancels commands.
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and moves it to the Clipboard.
You can then paste the screen shot into a document and print it.
The operator keys provide a variety of commands. For example, in many programs, instead of
choosing the Save command from a menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S (referred to as Ctrl+S). Also, the Shift key
to produces capital letters or special symbols, such as @ and $.
The Windows key opens the Start menu. It is the equivalent of clicking Start on the Windows®
taskbar. See Windows key combinations for more information.
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue commands. See Fn key combinations
for more information.
The Applications key opens a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices. It is the equivalent of
clicking the right mouse button.
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Windows key combinations
Key combination
Function
+F1
Displays the VAIO Help and Support Center window.
+Tab
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+D
Displays the desktop.
+E
Displays the My Computer window.
+F
Displays the Search Results window, where you can find a file or folder. This is the equivalent of selecting
Search from the Start menu.
+Ctrl+F
Displays the Search Results - Computers window, where you can locate other computers. This is the
equivalent of selecting Search, and then Computer from the Start menu.
+M
Shift+
+R
Minimizes all displayed windows.
+M
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run from the Start menu.
Fn+
+Insert
Displays the System Properties window. This is the equivalent of selecting Control Panel, and then
System from the Start menu.
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Indicator lights
Indicator
Function
Power
Turns on when the power to the computer is on, blinks in Standby mode, and turns off when the computer is in
Hibernate mode or off.
Battery
Turns on when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery is running out of power,
double-blinks when the battery is charging.
Memory Stick®
Turns on when data is read from or written to the Memory Stick media. (Do not enter Standby mode or turn off
the computer when this indicator is on.) When the indicator is off, the Memory Stick media is not being used.
Hard Disk
Turns on when data is read from or written to the hard disk. Do not enter Standby mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator is on.
Num Lock
Press this key to activate the numeric keypad. Press it a second time to deactivate the numeric keypad. The
numeric keypad is not active when the indicator is off.
Caps Lock
Press this key to type letters in uppercase. Letters appear in lowercase if you press Shift while the indicator is
on. Press the key a second time to turn off the indicator. Normal typing resumes when the Caps Lock indicator is off.
Scroll Lock
Press this key to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll Lock indicator is
off. The Scroll Lock key functions differently depending on the program you are using and does not work with all programs.
Wireless
LAN1
Turns on when the wireless LAN function is running.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
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Fn key combinations
Key combination
Fn+F3
Function
Toggles the built-in speakers off and on.
Fn+F4 Adjusts the built-in speaker volume. An on-screen display appears notifying you when a change occurs.
To increase volume, press the Fn+F4 keys and then press the
To decrease volume, press the Fn+F4 keys and then press the
or
key.
or
key.
Fn+F5 Adjusts the brightness of the computer screen (LCD).
To increase brightness, press the Fn+F5 keys and then press the
To decrease brightness, press the Fn+F5 keys and then press the
or
or
key.
key.
Fn+F7 Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected external display, and both the LCD and an
external display.
Select one display when playing a DVD. Connect the cable(s) before you turn on the computer; otherwise, Fn+F7 will not
work. You cannot use the Fn+F7 function to switch between the LCD and an external display once a DVD is inserted into
the optical drive.
Fn+F12
Puts the system into Hibernate mode, a power management state. To return the system to normal operating
mode, press the power button. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Fn+Esc
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management state. To return the system to the active state,
press any key or the power button.
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Connecting External Mice and Keyboards
Your computer is compatible with many popular mice and keyboards. To function properly, the device you connect must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Connecting a mouse or keyboard
If you connect the mouse or keyboard when the computer is on, you may need to restart the computer for it to recognize
the device.
To connect a USB mouse or keyboard to your computer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
. See "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your
printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start. (One USB port supports one USB connection.)
2.
If the New Hardware Wizard appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Although the New Hardware Wizard guides you through the software installation, some devices require separate
driver software installation. See the instructions that accompanied your mouse or keyboard for more information
Connecting a USB Mouse or Keyboard
To connect a PS/2 mouse or keyboard
1.
Connect the port replicator to the computer.
2.
Plug the PS/2 cable of the mouse or keyboard into the PS/2 port.
Connecting PS/2 Mouse or Keyboard*
* T he c omputer in this graphic may not be identic al to the model you purc has ed.
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Disconnecting a mouse or keyboard
You can disconnect a USB or PS/2 mouse or keyboard when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting the mouse or keyboard
when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a mouse or keyboard

Unplug the USB or PS/2 cable from the USB or PS/2 port.
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Memory Upgrades
Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures. For the type of
module and amount of memory installed on your computer, see the Welcome page to view the VAIO® Computer
Specifications.
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Precautions and Procedures
Sony recommends that memory upgrades be performed by an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the
nearest center or agent, go to: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
The procedures described below assume familiarity with the general terminology associated with personal computers and
with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. When installing
a memory module in your computer, make sure you read the proper safety precautions below. Mistakes that occur when
installing or removing a memory module may cause a malfunction.

Turn off the computer. Disconnect the computer from its power source and from any telecommunications links,
networks, or modems before you install or remove a memory module. Failure to do so may result in personal injury
or equipment damage.

Introducing any liquids or any foreign substances or objects into the memory slots, or other internal components of
the computer, will result in damage to the computer.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, 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 momentarily touching an unpainted metal object that is grounded, such as a pipe, radiator, or faucet.

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 protective package to store a memory module and prevent ESD.

Only use memory modules that are compatible with your computer. For the type of module and amount of memory
installed on your computer, see the Welcome page to view the VAIO® Computer Specifications. If you wish to
purchase a memory module, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Removing and Installing Memory Modules
Make sure you read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures before you remove or install a memory module.
When installing a memory module, do not open the module package until you are ready to install it. The package protects
the module from Electrostatic discharge (ESD).
For memory upgrades and information about which memory modules to use, refer to your VAIO® Computer Specifications
available on the Welcome page.
To remove a memory module
1.
Turn off the computer and all attached devices.
2.
Disconnect the power cord, all cables, and remove the battery if it is installed.
3.
Wait for the computer to cool down.
The interior of the computer becomes extremely hot during operation. Wait at least one hour for the computer to
cool down before you remove the screws.
4.
Turn the computer over and use an appropriate screwdriver to loosen and remove the screw(s) on the memory
bay.
To avoid damaging the computer, do not remove or loosen any other screws.
Rem ov ing the Bottom Screw(s)
5.
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your computer) to discharge static electricity.
Avoid touching any part of the motherboard or other components inside the computer.
6.
Remove the memory module by pulling out the tabs (see arrows No. 1), and pulling out the module in the
direction of arrow No. 2. See To install a memory module for more information.
Rem ov ing a Mem ory Module
To install a memory module
1.
Remove the new memory module from its packaging, and install the memory module by sliding it into the open
slot at a 45-degree angle. See To remove a memory module.
Installing a New Mem ory Module
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2.
Push the module down until it snaps into place.
3.
When the module is correctly seated, close the memory bay.
4.
Replace the fastening screw(s) on the memory bay.
5.
Make sure the system recognizes the new memory module. See Confirming Added Memory Capacity for more
information.
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Confirming Added Memory Capacity
After you have installed a new memory module, make sure the operating system recognizes it.
To check your system's memory
1.
Turn on the computer.
2.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, point to All Programs, and then point to Sony Notebook Setup.
3.
Select Sony Notebook Setup from the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
4.
On the About This Computer tab, make sure the System Memory displayed in the System Information box
matches the amount of memory installed.
The displayed memory may be less than the installed memory due to the amount used by the display adapter.
Sony Notebook Setup
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or write data to a floppy
disk.
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or write data to a floppy
disk.
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Connecting a floppy disk drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Connecting the drive when the computer is in a power
saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To connect a USB floppy disk drive
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Plug the USB cable (with the USB icon
pop-up message appears.
facing upward) into the USB port
. The Found New Hardware
Connecting a Floppy Disk Driv e
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Inserting and removing floppy disks
To write data to a disk, use one that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature. The floppy disk drive cannot
write data to a disk if it is inserted into the drive improperly.
To insert a floppy disk
1.
Hold the floppy disk with the label facing up.
2.
Push the floppy disk into the drive until it clicks into place.
Inserting a Floppy Disk
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk.
To remove a floppy disk
1.
Close all programs that access the floppy disk.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
To avoid losing data, do not push the Eject button when the LED indicator is on.
Rem ov ing a Floppy Disk
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Protecting floppy disks

Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk.

Keep floppy disks away from magnets, direct sunlight, and heat sources.
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Disconnecting a floppy disk drive
You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in
a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
1.
Close all programs accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
3.
Select the floppy disk drive in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
4.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
5.
Make sure the floppy disk drive is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is now safe to remove
the hardware device.
6.
Remove the floppy disk drive from the computer.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware window
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Storing a floppy disk drive
Fold the floppy disk drive cable and connector into the side compartment on the floppy disk drive.
Storing a Floppy Disk Driv e
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
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What do I do if a BIOS error appears when my computer starts?
If the message "Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup" appears at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps:
1.
Press the F2 key. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
2.
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter.
3.
Press the Down Arrow key
Enter.
4.
Press the Right Arrow key
to select the Exit tab, and then press the Down Arrow key
Default Values. The message Load default values for all SETUP items appears.
5.
Press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
6.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
7.
Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears again.
8.
Select Yes, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
to select System Time, and then set the time (hour: minute: second). Press
to select Get
If this occurs on a regular basis, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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What do I do if the message "Operating system not found" appears when my computer starts, and why
won't Windows start?

Make sure the computer does not have a "non-bootable" floppy disk in the floppy disk drive (if applicable).

If a non-bootable floppy disk is in the drive:

1.
Remove the floppy disk.
2.
Restart the computer and confirm that the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system starts properly.
If Windows still does not start, follow these steps to initialize the BIOS:
1.
If there is a disk in the floppy disk drive, then remove it.
2.
Turn off the computer.
3.
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the computer.
4.
Restart the computer.
5.
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS Setup window appears.
6.
Press the Right Arrow key
7.
Press the Down Arrow key
SETUP items appears.
8.
Press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
9.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
to select the Exit menu.
to select Get Default Values. The message Load default values for all
10. Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears again.
11. Select Yes, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
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What do I do if my computer stops responding?
It is best to turn off your computer using the Turn Off Computer option on the Microsoft® Windows ® Start menu, located on
the taskbar. Using other methods, including those listed below, may result in loss of unsaved data.

Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, select Turn Off Computer, and then click Turn Off.

If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task
Manager dialog box appears, click Turn Off from the Shut Down menu.

If your computer still does not turn off, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.

If your computer stops responding while playing a CD or DVD, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. You
can turn off the computer from the Windows Task Manager.
Pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously or turning off the computer with the power button or switch
may cause loss of data.

Remove the AC adapter and battery.
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Why won't my computer enter Standby or Hibernate mode?
Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Standby or
Hibernate.
To restore the computer to normal operating stability:
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Restart the computer. Follow these steps:
3.
4.
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U.
3.
Press R to select restart.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow
Down.
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to select restart.
key to select Shut
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.
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Why is the sound of my computer's fan so loud?
The computer's fan may be running at a high speed to cool the CPU. By lowering the CPU speed, you also lower the speed
and noise level of the computer's fan. If your computer comes with the PowerPanel utility1, use it to lower the CPU speed.
If your computer does not come with the PowerPanel utility, use the power schemes to lower the CPU speed.
To lower the CPU fan speed using the PowerPanel utility2:
1.
On the Windows ® taskbar, right-click the CPU icon
purchased.
2.
Select Edit/Create Profiles. The AC Power - Profile Editor window appears.
3.
Double-click System to open the System submenu if it is not already open.
4.
Double-click CPU Fan Control, and select Level 1 Quiet.
5.
Restart your computer.
or Profile icon
, depending on the model you
See PowerPanel Help for more information.
To lower the CPU speed using the power schemes3:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select Portable/Laptop in the Power schemes box.
4.
Click Apply.
5.
Click OK.
1
A vailable on s elec ted models .
2
A vailable on s elec ted models only.
3
A vailable on s elec ted models only.
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Why does the System Properties dialog box display a slower CPU speed than the maximum?
This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes a type of CPU speed controlling technology for power conservation
purposes, System Properties may display the CPU's current speed instead of the maximum speed.
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Why don't my changes appear on the computer screen (LCD)?
You may need to refresh the computer screen. Press and hold the Windows key
, and press D twice.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating battery information.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating battery information.
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When is the computer using AC power?
When the computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if a battery is installed.
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When should I recharge the battery?

When the battery level falls below 10 percent.

When both the battery and power indicators blink.

When you have not used the battery for a long time.
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When should I replace the battery?
If the battery power is still low after charging it, the battery may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.
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Should I be concerned that the installed battery is warm?
No, it is normal for the battery to be warm when it is powering the computer.
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Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power?
Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices
prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data. See To activate Hibernate mode for information on how
you can manually activate Hibernate mode.
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Why doesn't my computer enter Hibernate mode?
You may first need to enable Hibernate mode. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Hibernate tab.
4.
Click to check the box next to Enable hibernation.
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Why is my modem connection slow?
Your computer is equipped with a 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 (ISP), follow
these steps:

Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise.

If your problem is fax-related, make sure 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 ISP, make sure the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.

If you have a second telephone line, try connecting the modem to that line.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless LAN switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless LAN switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Why can't I access the Internet?

Check the access point settings. Refer to the instructions supplied with the access point.

Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another.

Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access.
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Why is the data transfer speed slow?

The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points.
Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data
transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many
other devices are communicating via the access point.

If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See your access point
instructions for more information.
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Why is the communication speed interrupted or slowed down when MPEG2 data is transferred?
The typical effective data transfer speed via an access point is 4-5 Mbps when adhering to the IEEE 802.11b standard or
both the IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g standards (selected models only). High-rate stream transfers with MPEG2 data
may lower this rate.
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How do I avoid data transfer interruptions?

When your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur when using large files
or if the computer is in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones.

Move the computer closer to the access point.

Make sure the access point connection is intact. For more information, see Checking your network connection status
.

Change the access point channel. See your access point instructions for more information.
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Can I connect to an IEEE 802.11a device?
Computers with built-in wireless LAN support the IEEE 802.11b standard only. Devices connecting to a wireless LAN using
the IEEE 802.11a standard cannot connect to devices using the IEEE 802.11b standard.
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What are channels?
Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point
channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices.
If you are using a wireless LAN access point, refer to connectivity information contained in your access point instructions.
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When I change the encryption key, the network connection stops. What do I do?
Two computers with built-in wireless LAN may loose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed.
You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or restart both computers.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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What do I do if the pointer doesn't move when I use the mouse?

Make sure another mouse is not installed.

If you are playing a disc, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously to stop playback and restart the computer.

If you still cannot use the pointer, restart the computer. You can restart the computer three different ways:

Press the Windows key

Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task Manager window appears, press
, and press U. When the Turn Off Computer window appears, press R.
the Alt key to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
and then press R.

to select Shut Down. Press Enter,
Press and hold the power button. When the computer turns off, press the power button again to restart the
computer.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Why can't I hear sound from my speakers?

If the computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is properly inserted and is charged.

If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See that
program's help guide for more information.

Your speakers may be set to mute, the volume setting may be too low, or the audio option may be disabled. See
Adjusting the volume and Enabling the audio feature for more information.
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Why don't the Fn+F3 or the Fn+F4 key combinations work?
The Fn+F3 keys toggle the built-in speakers on and off. The Fn+F4 keys adjust the built-in speaker volume. The computer
may not recognize the Fn+F3 and Fn+F4 keys if the correct speakers are not selected. Follow these steps:
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Volume tab, click Advanced in the Speaker settings box. The Advanced Audio Properties window
appears.
3.
On the Speakers tab, select the correct speaker setup from the Speaker setup drop-down menu.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
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Why do I hear noise distortion while listening to music with speakers or headphones?
You may experience noise distortion while listening to music with speakers or headphones if the CPU control is set to
Automatic Profile Selection. If your computer is using battery power, use the preinstalled PowerPanel program to set the
CPU control to Maximum Performance. Follow these steps:

Right-click the CPU icon
1
or the Profile icon1
, point to Profiles, and select Maximum Performance.
P rofile ic on available on s elec ted models only.
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Touchpad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?

Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:

1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
.
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow
these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and click Control Panel and Printers and Other Hardware and Mouse. The
Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
2.
On the Buttons tab, select your preferences in the Button Selection box.
3.
Click Apply to install your settings.
4.
Click OK to close the window.
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Touchpad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?

Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:

1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
.
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow
these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and click Control Panel and Printers and Other Hardware and Mouse. The
Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
2.
On the Buttons tab, select your preferences in the Button Selection box.
3.
Click Apply to install your settings.
4.
Click OK to close the window.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
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.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
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.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc?

The disc your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps:
1.
Restart the computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
2.
Eject the disc from the optical drive.
3.
Examine the disc for dirt or damage. If the disc is dirty, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs? for
instructions on how to clean it.
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What do I do if the drive tray won't open?

Make sure the computer is on.

Press the Eject button on the optical drive.

If the Eject button does not work, click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click My Computer. Right click the optical
drive icon, and select Eject from the shortcut menu.

If none of the above options work, insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) in the manual eject hole near
the Eject button.
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What do I do if the optical drive isn't playing my CD or DVD properly?

Make sure the disc was inserted into the drive with the label facing up.

Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If the CD or DVD is dirty or damaged, the computer will stop responding. Follow these steps:

1.
Restart the computer by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, and selecting Restart from the Shut Down
menu of the Windows Task Manger dialog box.
2.
Remove the CD or DVD from the optical drive.
3.
Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?
for instructions.
If you are playing a CD or DVD and cannot hear sound, follow these steps:
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click to cancel the Volume Control
Mute All and Wave Mute check boxes.
2.
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
3.
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings on the speakers and the connections
between the speakers and the computer.
4.
Make sure the CD audio feature is enabled and the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and
System. The System Properties window appears.
2.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager in the Device Manager box. A window with a
listing of the computer's hardware devices appears.
If an "X" or an exclamation point appear on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or
reinstall the drivers.
3.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
5.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box, if it is not
selected.
You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details.
6.
Click OK to close the window.

Make sure an adhesive label was not attached to the CD or DVD. Adhesive labels can come off while the disc is in
the optical drive and damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.

If a region code warning appears, the disc may be incompatible with the optical drive. Check the DVD package to
make sure the region code is compatible with the optical drive.

If you notice condensation on the computer, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Condensation can
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Why did the computer screen (LCD) go blank?

Your computer screen may go blank if the computer has lost power or has entered a power saving mode (Standby
or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Standby mode, press any key to activate the computer screen. See
Using power saving modes for more information.

Make sure the computer is plugged into a power source and is on. The power indicator on the computer will be on if
the computer is on.

If your computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged. See Using the
Battery for more information.

If the display mode is set to external display, use the Fn+F7 key combination. See Selecting a display for more
information.
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Why can't I view the entire DVD video display on a TV screen?
The display resolution may not be properly set. To adjust the display resolution, see Selecting a display for more
information. It is recommended that you adjust the display resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller, depending on the size of
the external display screen.
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How do I adjust the image on the TV screen?
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the help guide that accompanied your display for more
information.
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How do I change the video resolution on the TV screen?
The video may not appear on the entire TV screen if your computer resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the
video resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller.
If you are using the A/V Out jack, plug the audio-video (AV) cable into the computer before you start the computer.
To change the video resolution, follow these instructions:
1.
Right-click the desktop, and select Properties from the shortcut menu. The Display Properties dialog box
appears.
2.
Select the Settings tab.
3.
Move the screen resolution slider to the left to reduce the size and to the right to increase the size of the video
resolution.
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How do I switch the computer screen (LCD) from LCD to TV?
Press the Fn+F7 keys to view the image on either the computer screen (LCD) or the TV. See Selecting a display for more
information.
The Fn+F7 key combination will not work once a DVD is inserted into the optical drive. Switching the display
while a DVD is playing may cause the computer to malfunction, and you may need to restart the DVD software.
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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Why can't I save music files onto my Memory Stick media?

Only MagicGate Memory Stick media can be used with copyright protected data, such as music.

Copyright protected music cannot be checked out to any Memory Stick media other than MG Memory Stick media.

Using recorded music requires permission of the copyright holders.

Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources.
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Can I copy images from a digital video camera using Memory Stick media?
Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible video camera recorders.
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How do I prevent damage to the Memory Stick media?

Do not use the media in locations that are subject to static electricity or electrical noise.

Do not touch the media connector with your finger or metallic objects.

Do not attach labels other than the supplied label to a media.

Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the media.

Do not disassemble or modify the media.

Do not allow the media to get wet.
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How do I extend the life of the Memory Stick media?

Use the supplied storage case. See the instructions that came with your media for more information on its use.

Do not use or store the media in a location that is subject to:

Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun

Direct sunlight

High humidity or places with corrosive substances
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices?
For some PC Cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the Standby or Hibernate modes while the card
is inserted into the PC Card slot, the computer may not recognize the PC Card or the connected device. Restart your
computer.
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Why can't I insert my PC Card?

Make sure you are inserting the card correctly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

You may not be able to use some PC Cards or some functions of the PC Card with this computer. Check the guide
that accompanied your PC Card for more information on its use.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Why is the drive unable to write data to a floppy disk?
Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive. See Inserting and removing floppy disks for instructions on how
to insert the disk properly.
If the disk is inserted properly and you are still unable to write data to it, the disk may be full or write-protected. You can
either use a floppy disk that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature.
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Support Options
If you have questions about your computer or the preinstalled programs, refer to the following sources for answers in the
sequence listed below.
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Sony Support Information
1
VAIO® Computer Documentation
The on-screen VAIO® Computer User Guide and the printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start provide information on how to
maximize your computer capabilities and solve common problems.
2
Program Guides and Help Files
The preinstalled programs on your computer may come with individual help guides. These guides are stored on the hard
disk as on-screen Help files. You can find the Help files from the Help menu under the specific program.
3
Operating System Online Support
Your computer comes preinstalled with a Microsoft® Windows ® operating system. For operating system support, you can visit
Microsoft® customer support at: http://support.microsoft.com/directory/.
4
Sony Computing Support
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem
and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit Sony Computing Support at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Program Support Information
Depending on the configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of these software programs listed
below.
Adobe® Reader®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Adobe Reader software enables you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe's Portable Document
Format (PDF), an open file format intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on many major computer
platforms.
Support:
web site
telephone
hours
http://www.adobe.com
800-685-3652
M - F, 6 AM - 5 PM PST
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
Adobe Systems Inc.
Using state-of-the-art image editing tools, you can unleash your artistic ability and create digital images for print, e-mail,
and posting to the Web. The versatile image capturing options enable you to start working with digital and traditional
photos immediately. Explore extensive creative possibilities for your personal images with Adobe Photoshop Elements
software. Upgrade possible to Adobe® Photoshop ® software.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
Adobe® Premiere® LE
Adobe Systems Inc.
Adobe Premiere LE software offers interface and editing tools for producing movies for video, multimedia, and the Web.
View source clips and edited footage simultaneously on-screen. You can create your own personal video clips that are up to
three hours in length, with complete audio-video synchronization. Upgrade possible to full version of Adobe® Premiere®
software.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
Adobe® Premiere®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Professional digital video editing software that enables you to create professional video productions. Take advantage of
the sophisticated new Adobe Title Designer, MPEG-2 export, DVD authoring, and powerful audio tools.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
America Online® (Broadband or Dial-Up)
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.
Support:
web site
http://www.aol.com
AT&T WorldNet® Service
AT&T Corp.
AT&T WorldNet Service offers fast, reliable Internet access. Customer benefits include Web-based e-mail, video e-mail,
multiple e-mail accounts, free Web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and parental
controls.
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Support:
web site
http://help.att.net
Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc.
Boingo Wireless service offers Wi-Fi access in hundreds of hot spot locations, including airports, hotels, coffee shops, and
other public spaces. Experience the Internet up to 100 times faster than dial-up, and enjoy being totally mobile.
Support:
web site
http://www.boingo.com/servicecenter.html
telephone
800-880-4117
e-mail [email protected]
hours M - F, 4 AM - 10 PM PST
Sat-Sun, 6 AM - 3 PM PST
Click to DVD
Sony Electronics Inc.
At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video device. Create
DVDs by capturing video content straight from a digital video (DV) device or by importing video from stored files — and you
can also edit the video if desired. Create DVD photo albums and slide shows with picture files or by importing pictures from
a digital still camera. What's more, you can easily give a professional look to your DVDs by adding chapter menus,
backgrounds, and menu screens. You're only a few clicks away from your own DVDs!
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO® Support Agent
CLIÉ Converter
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter software is a plug-in application that converts Giga Pocket® Video Capsules into Movie Player format for
playback on your Sony® CLIÉ handheld. After converting your Video Capsules, you can use CLIÉ Converter software to
transfer them to Memory Stick® media or to save them to your hard disk drive for transfer to your CLIÉ handheld during your
next HotSync® operation.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Corel® WordPerfect®
Corel Corp.
WordPerfect software is a powerful word-processing tool that helps you produce newsletters, articles, reports, proposals,
books, and other documents. This software enables you to add graphics, tables, and charts to documents. You can publish
to paper, electronic media, and the World Wide Web. WordPerfect 10 software allows you to format, structure, and edit
documents at any time and gives you complete control over the design. WordPerfect 10 software includes Quattro Pro® and
Corel Presentations . It also includes CorelCENTRAL software, which has Day Planner, Calendar, Address Book, Mail,
Card File, Memos, Alarms and Admin.
Support:
web site
http://www.corel.com
telephone
613-274-0500
CyberLink PowerDVD®
CyberLink Corp.
CyberLink PowerDVD software offers high-quality playback of DVD movies on your computer. Cyberlink PowerDVD software
includes all the controls you expect from a home DVD player, plus a range of additional features. For example, you can
bookmark scenes to come back to them later. The customizable controls, advanced navigation bar, and dynamic player
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skins combine to deliver a premium viewing experience.
Support:
web site
http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/cs/support/index_tech.jsp
Drag'n Drop CD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Japan Ltd.
Drag'n Drop CD software is designed to make CD creation simple. You can create your own audio or data CDs that can be
read in most audio CD players or personal computers. With Drag'n Drop CD software, you can also back up CDs.
Support:
web site
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Japan Ltd.
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD software is designed to make CD and DVD creation simple. You can create you own audio or data CDs
and data DVDs. These discs can be read in most audio CD players or personal computers. With Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
software, you can also back up CDs.
Support:
web site
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
DVgate
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK® port and capture video clips and still images. You can
edit clips from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. You can also save your images in a
variety of popular file formats.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
DVgate Plus
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK® port and capture video clips and still images. Edit clips
from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. Save your movies back to your digital video
camera or in a variety of popular file formats.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
EarthLink TotalAccess® (DSL or Dial-Up)
EarthLink, Inc.
EarthLink, one of the world's largest Internet Service Providers, offers dial-up and broadband access to the Internet.
Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, an EarthLink Personal Start PageSM, free storage space for your personal
Web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.
Support:
web site
http://support.earthlink.net
EverQuest®
Sony Online Entertainment Inc.
This introductory edition of the EverQuest game, a constantly evolving fantasy world, takes users to new heights of online
role-playing gaming. Enter an enormous virtual environment—an entire world with its own diverse species, economic
systems, alliances, and politics. Make yourself a noble human knight, a vicious dark elf thief, a greedy dwarven merchant, or
whatever your heart desires as you meet new friends from around the world and face epic challenges. Rated TEEN by the
ESRB: Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or
suggestive themes.
Support:
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web site
http://www.everquest.com
telephone
858-537-0898
e-mail [email protected]
hours M - F, 9 AM - 6 PM PST
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder
Sony Electronics Inc.
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of hardware and software components that provide you with excellent
TV viewing, recording, and playback experiences. You can watch and record your favorite TV programs from your computer,
create custom playlists, and play your Video Capsules on other compatible computers. Giga Pocket® Personal Video
Recorder enables your computer, TV, VCR, and other video player devices to work in harmony.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
ImageStation®
Sony Electronics, Inc.
With ImageStation® online service, you can store, organize, and share your photos and video clips online. ImageStation
online service membership is free (except for transactions) and includes unlimited storage of digital photos, storage for 15
minutes of video clips, tools to personalize the design and arrangement of your pictures in albums, and access to stories
and tips about image handling in ImageStation Magazine.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Age of Empires® II
Microsoft Corp.
The Age of Empires game is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling realtime strategy game Age of Empires. The Age
of Empires II game spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13
civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of the original product's game play while evolving the combat
and economic features. Rated TEEN by the ESRB: Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain
violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Encarta® Online
Microsoft Corp.
The Encarta Online encyclopedia includes more than 47,000 encyclopedia articles, many with multimedia features such as
video and audio clips. You'll also find links to trusted Web sites with even more information. An interactive world atlas lets
you zoom in on a particular region or country. Content may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. May contain minimal
violence and some comic mischief or crude language.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Family Game Pack
Microsoft Corp.
Play classic games like chess and checkers with Bicycle Board Games (rated E). Own and run your own zoo in Zoo Tycoon
(rated E). Play golf on the finest courses in Links (rated E). Rated E for EVERYONE by the ESRB: Content may be suitable for
persons ages 6 and older. May contain minimal violence and some comic mischief or crude language.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Microsoft Corp.
Internet Explorer offers dramatic performance, reliability, and usability improvements making it the fastest, easiest and
most cost-effective Web browser for people to use, manage and support. Whether you use the Web to read e-mail, news
or sports reports, shop online, listen to music or play videos, or share your images and photos with friends family or work
colleagues, IE 6 makes it easy, exciting and fun.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
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Microsoft® MSN®
Microsoft Corp.
MSN Internet service combines fast, reliable service with innovative Microsoft software to make the Web more useful for you
and your family. The new MSN 8 Internet service includes smart features such as automatic e-mail virus protection services,
an intelligent junk mail filter, powerful parental controls, and easy switching tools.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Money Standard
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Money Standard provides a quick and easy way to organize and manage your personal finances. New features
include auto-balancing, a bills estimator, spending comparison reports, and investment reminders. Save time organizing and
managing your cash flow and balancing your checkbook. Create and track a budget, pay your bills, organize your finances,
and view a complete picture of your financial health all in one place.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Windows® Movie Maker 2
Microsoft Corp.
Windows Movie Maker 2 makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker 2 you can create, edit and share your home
movies right on your PC. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best
scenes. Add special effects, music and narration. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, on your PC, CD, or even DVD.
You can also save your edited movie back to the DV tape in your camera to play on a TV or even on the camera itself.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Office XP Professional
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Professional software redefines the relationship between people and software by providing a smarter,
simpler way of working. New Office XP Professional software features include context-sensitive smart tags, enhanced
formatting options, and more, that enable you to continually integrate additional services into Office and access information
anytime. The Office XP Professional suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, PowerPoint ®, and Access software.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Office XP Small Business Edition
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Small Business Edition helps you get work done more quickly by providing real-time, context-sensitive
options for important actions, from formatting to error correction. Task panes consolidate important tasks into a single
integrated view, enabling you to conduct searches, launch and format documents, and view the contents of your Clipboard
from one location. The Office XP Small Business Edition suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, and Publisher software.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Simulation Game Pack
Microsoft Corp.
Fly your own aircraft in Flight Simulator (rated E). Drive like a maniac in Midtown Madness 2 (rated E). Live in a world of
mythology with Age of Mythology (rated T). Rated E for EVERYONE: Content may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older.
May contain minimal violence and some comic mischief or crude language. Rated T for TEEN: Content may be suitable for
persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Windows Media® Player
Microsoft Corp.
Using one of the premiere video and music playback software programs, you can better enjoy listening and watching many
different kinds of media. Other great features include, instant-on playback, Mini-player mode, Intelligent Streaming
technology, 5.1-channel surround sound audio codec, and built-in Smart Jukebox features.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft Corp.
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Works lets you quickly and easily create high-quality, fun documents. Works provides the core tools you need to create
documents, manage lists and schedules, create reports and budgets and organize information from many sources. Works
includes Word Processor, Works Database, Works Spreadsheet, Works Portfolio, and Works Calendar.
Support:
web site
http://www.support.microsoft.com
MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
MoodLogic is the world's largest descriptive database of song information. The information is provided from music lovers like
you. MoodLogic allows you to browse the songs by artist and genre, narrow your selections by tempo or year, save your
favorite playlist and transfer it to a portable player.
Support:
web site
http://www.moodlogic.com/support
e-mail [email protected]
Network Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Network Smart Capture captures images and video from any Sony® Digital Camcorder that supports a standard i.LINK®
connection. Send your video or still images through e-mail or upload them to the ImageStation® service. You can use the
Web camera function to automatically upload your captured images.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Norton Internet Security
Symantec Corporation
Symantec's Norton Internet Security software provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats.
This easy-to-use, integrated suite includes full versions of Norton AntiVirus® and Norton Personal Firewall software to
defend your PC against the most common Internet dangers. Norton Internet Security also includes Norton Spam Alert,
which helps you detect and filter unwanted e-mail. Norton Parental Control keeps your children safe by letting you block
objectionable Web sites and set up separate Internet access privileges for each member of your household. Automatic
downloads keep Norton Internet Security software updated against new security threats. This is a trial version of the
Norton Internet Security software.
Support:
web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
PC-cillin®
Trend Micro, Inc.
PC-cillin antivirus software provides complete, easy-to-use, Internet-era virus protection at your computer's entry points
(including beaming, synchronization, and Internet access) to defend against potential threats hidden inside files, e-mail, or
on the Web. (Subscription required after initial evaluation period.)
Support:
web site
http://www.trendmicro.com/en/support
telephone
800-864-6027
e-mail [email protected]
hours M - F, 5 AM - 5 PM (PST)
PictureGear Studio
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Sony Electronics Inc.
PictureGear Studio still image management software displays still images from your hard drive or a Sony digital still camera.
The still images appear in a convenient light-table format so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder, create
your own photo albums and make prints.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
PowerDVD
CyberLink Corp.
PowerDVD software offers high-quality playback of DVD movies on your computer. PowerDVD software includes all the
controls you expect from a home DVD player, plus a range of additional features. For example, you can bookmark scenes to
come back to them later. The customizable controls, advanced navigation bar, and dynamic player skins combine to deliver
a premium viewing experience.
Quicken® New User Edition
Intuit Inc.
Quicken software is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken software works just like your checkbook, so it's
easy to learn and use. You can even pay your bills online. Quicken software manages all of your finances, bank accounts,
credit cards, investments, and loans. (Users of earlier versions of Quicken software must upgrade for a fee.) Upgrade
possible to Quicken® Deluxe, and other versions.
Support:
web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
QuickTime®
Apple Computer, Inc.
The versatile QuickTime software plays many different kinds of media files, including video, audio, and virtual reality (VR)
movies. You can play QuickTime files (referred to as "QuickTime movies") using QuickTime Player or any other application,
such as a Web browser or word processor, that supports QuickTime software.
Support:
web site
http://www.info.apple.com
telephone
800-275-2273
RealOne Player
RealNetworks, Inc.
RealOne Player is an all-in-one digital media player that lets you find everything and play anything. RealOne Player fuses
a streaming media player, jukebox, browser and new content discovery services all in one application. Play CDs, MP3s and
internet radio stations from anywhere in the world. View video clips and movies with the same player. Download music
directly to your Sony MiniDisc Walkman® player or your Sony Memory Stick Walkman® player.
Support:
web site(s)
http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html
telephone
206-674-2680
RecordNow
Easy Systems LTD, Japan
RecordNow is the ideal CD and DVD disc-mastering software. The RecordNow wizard makes it easy for the novice user to
start recording right away.
Support:
web site
SonicStage
http://www.easy.co.jp/jrn45/sony
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Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage jukebox application gives you all the tools you need to manage music on your computer. SonicStage
software sports high-quality digital audio storage, a music visualizer, a sleek player skin design, audio CD burning capability
(on computer models that include a CD recording device), and a parametric equalizer for fine-tuning audio playback.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
SonicStage Mastering Studio
Sony Electronics Inc.
Use SonicStage Mastering Studio software to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer, and
output them to CD-R or CD-RW discs, or audio files in WAV format.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Sony on Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc.
Personalize your own Web portal with Sony on Yahoo! Get a free Web mail account, customized news and local weather
reports, comics, instant messaging, and more.
Support:
web site
http://help.yahoo.com
Screenblast® ACID®
Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Use the amazing Screenblast® ACID® software to produce, arrange, and edit your loop-based music. With ACID software,
you can slice out long hours from the music-making equation and unlock the doors of your creativity by picking, painting,
and playing your songs.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support/default.asp
Screenblast® ACID® Deluxe
Sonic Foundry, Inc. and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Screenblast® ACID® Deluxe software lets you produce, arrange, and edit your loop-based music. With Screenblast ACID
Deluxe software you get unlimited tracks, track-at-once burning, higher bit rates, and express effects like reverb.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support/default.asp
Screenblast® Sound Forge®
Sonic Foundry, Inc. and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sony Screenblast® Sound Forge® software enables you to record, edit, and process mono or stereo audio files for your
multimedia or Internet projects. Whether you want to use a number of professional effects, convert video into streaming
media, or synchronize audio to video—this software has everything you need to create rich, immersive multimedia and
Internet content.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com
Sony® VAIO® Product Registration
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Product Registration is an integrated registration application for both Sony Electronics and Microsoft Corporation. By
registering with Sony, you enable Sony to notify you of software and hardware issues that may affect your user experience.
Microsoft directs the data to Sony Electronics. Sony uses the registration data for warranty and product support purposes
and the analysis of customer feedback on Sony computer features.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
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Sound Blaster® Audigy
Creative Labs, Inc.
Easily create, customize, and listen to MP3/WMA files, set up properties for audio devices, and record sound or music from
various sources. Enjoy cinema-quality sound immediately and experience fully enhanced digital or analog sound.
Support
web site
http://www.americas.creative.com/support/custsup.asp
Station.com
Sony Online Entertainment Inc.
Sony Online's award-winning Web site offers gamers the best in casual online games. With popular TV titles such as
Jeopardy! Wheel of Fortune Online, card games, and action titles like Cosmic Rift, the station rewards its players with a host
of contests and cash giveaways as well as localization so players can play in French, German and Japanese.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
TurboTax® for the Web
Intuit, Inc.
Quickly and easily prepares and files tax returns without downloading or installing any software. From the easy-to-use
interview to features such as Instant Data Entry, also found in the TurboTax desktop products, TurboTax for the Web offers
easy, fast and customized tax preparation.
Support:
web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
telephone
900-555-4932; 800-644-31931
hours M - F, 5 AM - 5 PM PST
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VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Edit Components
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® software that provides maximum compatibility and video
quality for capturing video from your Sony digital camcorder.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Hints and Tips
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Hints and Tips provides helpful information about using your computer's preinstalled hardware and software. You can
find suggestions on improving system performance, answers to frequently asked questions, and creative ways to tap into
your computer's multimedia capabilities. As you become familiar with your computer's features, your creative VAIO®
computer experience expands.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Media
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Media software brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and still image files between
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Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Music Services
Sony Electronics Inc.
Download music from the web, create your own albums, or have CDs sent straight to your house with VAIO Music Services.
The ultimate place on the Web for music lovers to find out information about their favorite artist and get all of the latest
music news.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Support Agent
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive online support with information about your preinstalled software and
answers to frequently asked questions.
Support:
web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)1
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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WinDVD® for VAIO®
InterVideo, Inc.
WinDVD software serves as a simple-to-use DVD player that offers all the features you would expect to find in a standard
consumer DVD player, including advanced display and navigation features such as zoom, pan, bookmark, and time search.
Support:
web site
http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp
telephone
510-651-0888
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