Sony PCG-XG9 User's manual

Sony PCG-XG9 User's manual
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VAIO Notebook Computer
User Guide
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PCG-XG9
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Notice to Users
© 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights
reserved. This manual and the software
described herein, in whole or in part, may
not be reproduced, translated, or reduced
to any machine-readable form without
prior written approval.
SONY ELECTRONICS INC. PROVIDES
NO WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO
THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR
OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED
HEREIN AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY
DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED
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OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR
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SHALL SONY ELECTRONICS INC. BE
LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL
DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON
TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE,
ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION
WITH THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE,
OR OTHER INFORMATION
CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE
THEREOF.
Sony Electronics Inc. reserves the right to
make any modification to this manual or
the information contained herein at any
time without notice. The software
described herein is governed by the terms
of a separate user license agreement.
This product contains software owned by
Sony and licensed by third parties. Use of
such software is subject to the terms and
conditions of license agreements enclosed
with this product. Some of the software
may not be transported or used outside the
United States. Software specifications are
subject to change without notice and may
not necessarily be identical to current retail
versions.
Updates and additions to software may
require an additional charge. Subscriptions
to online service providers may require a
fee and credit card information. Financial
services may require prior arrangements
with participating financial institutions.
As an ENERGY STAR
Partner, Sony Corporation
has determined that this
product meets the ENERGY
STAR guidelines for energy
efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR Office
Equipment Program is an international
program that promotes energy saving
through the use of computers and other
office equipment. The program backs the
development and dissemination of
products with functions that effectively
reduce energy consumption. It is an open
system in which business proprietors can
participate voluntarily. The targeted
products are office equipment such as
computers, displays, printers, facsimiles
and copiers. Their standards and logos are
uniform among participating nations.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. registered mark.
This product incorporates copyright
protection technology that is protected by
method claims of certain U.S. patents and
other intellectual property rights owned by
Macrovision Corporation and other rights
owners. Use of this copyright protection
technology must be authorized by
Macrovision Corporation, and is intended
for home and other limited viewing uses
only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse
engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
Sony, i.LINK, VAIO, Media Bar, DVgate,
PictureGear, Memory Stick and the VAIO
logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Windows, Windows NT, and the
Windows 98 logo are registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Intel,
MMX, and Pentium are trademarks of Intel
Corporation.
All other trademarks are trademarks of
their respective owners.
Safety Information
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the bottom of your Sony VAIO
Notebook Computer. Record the serial
number in the space provided here. Refer
to the model and serial number when you
call your Sony Service Center.
Model Number: PCG-XG9
Serial Number:________________________
WARNING
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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose your notebook computer
to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open
the cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
Never install modem or telephone
wiring during a lightning storm.
Never install telephone jacks in wet
locations unless the jack is specifically
designed for wet locations.
Never touch uninsulated telephone
wire or terminals unless the telephone
line has been disconnected at the
network interface.
Use caution when installing or
modifying telephone lines.
Avoid using the modem during an
electrical storm.
Do not use the modem or a telephone
to report a gas leak in the vicinity of
the leak.
A socket outlet should be as close as
possible to the unit and easily accessible.
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The use of optical instruments
with this product will increase eye
hazard. The laser beam used in
the DVD-ROM drive unit is harmful
to the eyes. Do not attempt to
disassemble the cabinet. Refer
servicing to qualified personnel
only.
AVERTISSEMENT
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Pour prévenir tout risque d’incendie
ou d’électrocution, garder cet appareil
à l’abri de la pluie et de l’humidité.
Pour prévenir tout risque
d’électrocution, ne pas ouvir le châssis
de cet appareil et ne confier son
entretien qu’à une personne qualifiée.
L’appareil doit être le plus près
possible d’une prise murale pour en
faciliter l’accès.
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No: PCG-XG9
Responsible Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
1 Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Telephone No.: 201-930-6970
This device complies with Part 15 of
the FCC rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference
received, including any interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that
interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet
on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
Only peripherals (computer input/output
devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that
comply with FCC Class B limits may be
attached to this computer product.
Operation with non-compliant peripherals
is likely to result in interference to radio
and television reception.
All cables used to connect peripherals must
be shielded and grounded. Operation with
cables, connected to peripherals, that are
not shielded and grounded, may result in
interference to radio and television
reception.
FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of
the FCC rules. On the bottom of this
equipment is a label that contains, among
other information, the FCC equivalence
number (REN) for this equipment. If
requested, this information must be
provided to the telephone company.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11
telephone jack.
The REN is used to determine the quantity
of devices which may be connected to the
telephone line. Excessive RENs on the
telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In
most, but not all areas, the sum of the RENs
should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain
of the number of devices that may be
connected to the line, as determined by the
total RENs, contact the telephone company
to determine the maximum REN for the
calling area.
If the terminal equipment (Notebook
Computer PCG-XG9) causes harm to the
telephone network, the telephone company
will notify you in advance that temporary
discontinuance of service may be required.
But if advance notice is not practical, the
telephone company will notify the
customer as soon as possible. Also, you
will be advised of your right to file a
complaint with the FCC if you believe it is
necessary.
The telephone company may make
changes in its facilities, equipment,
operations or procedures that could affect
the operations of the equipment. If this
happens, the telephone company will
provide advance notice in order for you to
make the necessary modifications in order
to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this
equipment (Notebook Computer
PCG-XG9), please contact 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972), or write to the Sony
Customer Information Center, One Sony
Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656 for repair and/or
warranty information. If the trouble is
causing harm to the telephone network, the
telephone company may request that you
remove the equipment from the network
until the problem is resolved.
Repair of this equipment should be made
only by a Sony Service Center or Sony
authorized agent. For the Sony Service
Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972).
This equipment cannot be used on public
coin service provided by the telephone
company. Connection to Party Line Service
is subject to state and possible provincial
tariffs. (Contact the state or provincial
utility service commission, public service
commission or corporation commission for
information.)
Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991
(United States)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of
1991 makes it unlawful for any person to
use a computer or other electronic device to
send any message via a telephone facsimile
machine unless such message clearly
contains, in a margin at the top or bottom
of each transmitted page or on the first
page of the transmission, the date and time
it is sent and an identification of the
business, other entity, or individual
sending the message, and the telephone
number of the sending machine or such
business, other entity, or individual.
In order to program this information into
your facsimile machine, see your fax
software documentation.
Telephone Consumer
Guidelines (Canada)
Please refer to your telephone directory
under ‘Privacy Issues’ and/or ‘Terms of
Service.’ For more detailed information
please contact:
CRTC
Terrasses de la Chaudiére, Tour centrale
1 promenade du Portage, 5 étage Hull PQ
K1A 0N2.
This Class B digital apparatus complies
with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION
BATTERY
You can return your unwanted lithium ion
batteries to your nearest Sony Service
Center or Factory Service Center.
✍ In some areas the disposal of lithium
ion batteries in household or
business trash may be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you
call 1-888-476-6972 in the United States or
1-800-961-7669 in Canada.
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Do not handle damaged or leaking
lithium ion batteries.
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Ne pas manipuler les batteries au
lithium-ion qui fuient ou sont
endommagées.
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Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace only
with the same or equivalent type
recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
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Une batterie non conforme
présente un danger d'explosion.
La remplacer seulement par une
batterie identique ou de type
équivalent recommandé par le
fabricant. Évacuer les batteries
usées selon les directives du
fabricant.
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The battery pack used in this
device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if
mistreated. Do not disassemble,
heat above 212°F (100°C) or
incinerate.
Dispose of used battery promptly.
Keep away from children.
!
La manutention incorrecte du
module de batterie de cet appareil
présente un risque d'incendie ou
de brûlures chimiques. Ne pas
démonter, incinérer ou exposer à
une température de plus de 100°C.
Évacuer promptement la batterie
usée. Garder hors de portée des
enfants.
INDUSTRY CANADA NOTICE
NOTICE: The Industry Canada label
identifies certified equipment. This
certification means that the equipment
meets certain telecommunications network
protective, operational and safety
requirements as prescribed in the
appropriate Terminal Equipment Technical
Requirements document(s). The
Department does not guarantee the
equipment will operate to the user’s
satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users
should ensure that it is permissible to be
connected to the facilities of the local
telecommunications company. The
equipment must also be installed using an
acceptable method of connection.
The customer should be aware that
compliance with the above conditions may
not prevent degradation of service in some
situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be
coordinated by a representative designated
by the supplier. Equipment malfunctions
or any repairs or alterations made by the
user to this equipment may give the
telecommunications company cause to
request that the user disconnect the
equipment.
Users should ensure for their own
protection that the electrical ground
connections of the power utility, telephone
lines and internal metallic water pipe
system, if present, are connected together.
This precaution may be particularly
important in rural areas.
Caution: Users should not attempt to make
such connections themselves, but should
contact the appropriate electric inspection
authority, or electrician, as appropriate.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number
(REN) assigned to each terminal device
provides an indication of the maximum
number of terminals allowed to be
connected to a telephone interface. The
termination on an interface may consist of
any combination of devices subject only to
the requirement that the sum of the Ringer
Equivalence Numbers of all the devices
does not exceed 5. The Ringer Equivalence
Number for this equipment is 0.3.
AVIS DE L’INDUSTRIE
CANADA
AVIS: L’étiquette d’Industrie Canada
identifie le matériel homologué.
Cette étiquette certifie que le matériel est
conforme aux normes de protection,
d’exploitation et de sécurité des réseaux de
télécommunications, comme le prescrivent
les documents concernant les exigences
techniques relatives au matériel terminal.
Le Ministère n’assure toutefois pas que le
matériel fonctionnera à la satisfaction de
l’utilisateur.
Avant d’installer ce matériel, l’utilisateur
doit s’assurer qu’il est permis de le
raccorder aux installations de l’entreprise
locale de télécommunication. Le matériel
doit également être installé en suivant une
méthode acceptée de raccordement.
L’abonné ne doit pas oublier qu’il est
possible que la conformité aux conditions
énoncées ci-dessus n’empêche pas la
dégradation du service dans certaines
situations.
Les réparations de matériel homologué
doivent être coordonnées par un
représentant désigné par le fournisseur.
L’entreprise de télécommunications peut
demander à l’utilisateur de débrancher un
appareil à la suite de réparations ou de
modifications effectuées par l’utilisateur ou
à cause de mauvais fonctionnement.
Pour sa propre protection, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer que tous les fils de mise à la terre
de la source d’énergie électrique, des lignes
téléphoniques et des canalisations d’eau
métalliques, s’il y en a, sont raccordés
ensemble. Cette précaution est
particulièrement importante dans les
régions rurales.
Avertissement: L’utilisateur ne doit pas
tenter de faire ces raccordements lui-même;
il doit avoir recours à un service
d’inspection des installations électriques,
ou à un électricien, selon le cas.
AVIS: L’indice d’équivalence de la sonnerie
(IES) assigné à chaque dispositif terminal
indique le nombre maximal de terminaux
qui peuvent être raccordés à une interface.
La terminaison d’une interface
téléphonique peut consister en une
combination de quelques dispositifs, à la
seule condition que la somme d’indices
d’équivalence de la sonnerie de tous les
dispositifs n’excède pas 5.
Contents
Welcome............................................................................................ 1
Features ............................................................................................. 1
Unpacking Your VAIO® Notebook Computer ........................... 2
Manuals .................................................................................................3
Software CDs ........................................................................................3
Recovery CDs .......................................................................................3
Other ......................................................................................................3
Using Your Notebook Computer .................................................. 4
Locating the Controls and Connectors ......................................... 4
Front.......................................................................................................4
Left ........................................................................................................5
Right.......................................................................................................6
Back ........................................................................................................6
Bottom....................................................................................................7
Connecting a Power Source ........................................................... 8
Using the AC Adapter.........................................................................8
Using Battery Power........................................................................... 9
Starting Your Computer ............................................................... 13
Shutting Down Your Computer .................................................. 14
Closing the Front Panel................................................................. 15
Registering Windows® 98 Second Edition................................. 16
Registering Your Computer ......................................................... 17
Using the Jog Dial .......................................................................... 18
To Use the Jog Dial ............................................................................20
Information on Using the Jog Dial ..................................................21
Using the Preinstalled Sony Software.............................................22
Allocating Other Functions to the Jog Dial ....................................23
Deleting Software from the Allocation List ...................................24
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Using the Keyboard .......................................................................25
Combinations and Functions with the Windows 98 Key ............27
Indicators.............................................................................................28
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ..............................29
Using the Touchpad.......................................................................31
Using the Floppy Disk Drive ........................................................32
To Use as an External Drive .............................................................32
To use as an internal drive................................................................33
Using the DVD-ROM Drive..........................................................35
To remove the DVD-ROM drive......................................................37
To insert the DVD drive....................................................................37
Using PC Cards ..............................................................................38
Using Smart Connect .....................................................................41
Using Infrared Communication Devices ....................................42
Using Power Saving Modes..........................................................44
Normal Mode .....................................................................................44
System Idle Mode ..............................................................................44
System Suspend Mode ......................................................................45
System Hibernation Mode................................................................45
Using a Second Battery Pack ........................................................46
Connecting Peripheral Devices ....................................................48
Connecting a Phone Line ..............................................................49
Connecting the Mini Docking Station .........................................50
Connecting a Printer ......................................................................55
Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard .............................56
Connecting a Floppy Disk Drive..................................................57
To connect a floppy disk drive.........................................................57
To use the floppy disk drive stand..................................................58
Connecting AV Devices.................................................................59
To connect an MD deck or a CD player..........................................59
To connect a CD player, an active speaker, or an amplifier ........60
To connect a Dolby Digital Decoder® integrated device.............61
To connect a TV or a Video Deck.....................................................61
Connecting a Printer ......................................................................62
Before using the printer ....................................................................62
To connect a printer ...........................................................................62
Connecting an External Display...................................................64
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Connecting a Desktop Computer or Serial Device ................... 66
To connect a desktop computer .......................................................66
To connect a digital still camera ......................................................66
Connecting External Speakers ..................................................... 68
Connecting an External Microphone .......................................... 69
Connecting an i.LINK-compatible Device ................................. 70
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device...................... 71
Getting Help ................................................................................... 72
Troubleshooting ............................................................................. 73
Power Management...........................................................................80
Using the System and Application Recovery CDs.................... 81
Using the System Recovery CD(s)...................................................81
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)...........................................83
Changing the Window design of Sony Software ...................... 84
Placing a Keycap ............................................................................ 85
To place a keycap ...............................................................................85
Adding Memory ............................................................................ 86
About the Software on Your Computer ..................................... 90
About Your Recovery CDs ...............................................................95
For Answers to Your Software Questions.................................. 96
Sony Service Center ...........................................................................98
Specifications .................................................................................. 99
Index .............................................................................................. 103
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Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Notebook
Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video,
computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art
personal computing.
Features
✍ For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO® Notebook Computer, see
page 99.
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Exceptional performance - Your computer includes a fast Intel®
processor.
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Portability - The rechargeable battery pack provides hours of use
without AC power.
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Sony audio and video quality - A high-resolution LCD screen
enables you to take advantage of today’s advanced multimedia
applications, games, and entertainment software.
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Windows® 98 Second Edition - Your system includes the latest
operating system from Microsoft.
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Communications: Access popular online services, send and receive
e-mails, browse the Internet, and use the dialing and fax features.
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Unpacking Your VAIO® Notebook Computer
Remove the following hardware items from the box:
FDD stand
Main unit
Floppy disk drive
DVD-ROM drive
Power cord
Accessory case
AC adapter
Weight saver
FDD drive cable
LCD screen cleaning
cloth (not shown)
AC adapter
cables
Battery pack
FDD drive
battery pack and weight saver
INSIDE ACCESSORY CASE (1)
FDD drive cable
INSIDE ACCESSORY CASE (2)
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Manuals
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The VAIO® Notebook Computer User Guide (this manual) contains
information on how to get the most from your computer, find help,
and solve common problems. It also includes product specifications.
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Read Me First contains Frequently Asked Questions, the most up-todate information on using your computer, and software information.
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The Consumer Information Guide contains ergonomic considerations
and your computer’s limited warranty statement.
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The Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition Getting Started manual
explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating
system.
Software CDs
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Microsoft® Works Suite 99 (5 CD set)
Recovery CDs
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System Recovery CD(s)
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Application Recovery CD(s)
Other
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Setting up your VAIO® Notebook Computer (poster)
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Packet containing special product offers
VAIO® Notebook Computer User Guide
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Using Your Notebook Computer
This section describes how to start using your computer and how to use
your computer’s internal and external devices, such as the touchpad,
floppy disk drive, and DVD-ROM drive.
Locating the Controls and Connectors
Front
1
Power indicator (pages 13, 28)
7
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen (pages 13, 101)
2
Battery 1 and 2 indicators (pages 10, 28)
8
Keyboard (page 25)
3
Hard disk drive indicator (page 28)
9
4
Num Lock indicator (page 28)
5
Caps Lock indicator (page 28)
6
Scroll Lock indicator (page 28)
10
11
12
Speakers (pages 29, 79)
Internal microphone
Touchpad (page 31)
Left/right buttons (page 31)
Locating the Controls and Connectors
Left
1
2
PC card slots (page 38)
S400 i.LINK® connector (page 70)
3
Battery bay (page 9)
4
Phone line jack (page 49)
5
VAIO® Notebook Computer User Guide
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Right
1
Power button (page 24)
4
2
Multipurpose bay (pages 32, 47)
5
3
Jog Dial (page 18)
6
Microphone connector (page 71)
Headphone connector (page 70)
Intercooler flap
Back
1
Infrared port connector (page 42)
4
USB connector (page 73)
2
Docking /Floppy disk drive connector
5
DC In connector (page 8)
3
Monitor connector (page 66)
Locating the Controls and Connectors
Bottom
1
Intercooler flap lever
2
Multipurpose bay RELEASE lever
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Connecting a Power Source
You can use either AC power or a rechargeable battery pack as a power
source.
Using the AC Adapter
1
Slide the LCD lock lever in the direction of the arrow as indicated
below, and lift the cover. The bottom portion of the computer lifts
automatically and the back connectors appear.
LCD lock lever
2
Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC In connector on
the computer.
3
4
Plug one end of the power cord into the AC adapter.
Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.
Notebook computer
AC adapter (supplied)
DC In
Power cord (supplied)
Connecting a Power Source
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Using Battery Power
You can use one or two battery packs as a source of power. The second
battery pack inserts into the drive bay on the right side of the computer.
(See “Using Power Saving Modes” on page 44.) Additional battery packs
are available as a separate option.
The battery pack that comes with your computer is not fully charged at
the time of purchase. Follow the steps below to insert and charge the
battery pack.
To insert the battery pack
1
Open the cover of the battery bay on the left side of the computer.
2
Insert the battery pack into the battery bay.
Battery pack
(supplied)
Label side facing down
3
Close the cover of the battery bay until it clicks.
✍ While attaching the Mini Docking Station to your computer, do not insert or remove the
battery pack. Lifting and turning the computer with the Mini Docking Station attached may
cause the Mini Docking Station to disconnect from the computer.
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To charge the battery pack
1
2
Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
Insert the battery pack.
The computer automatically charges the battery (the battery indicator
light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery charges). When the
battery is 85 percent full, the battery indicator light turns off. This
process takes approximately two hours. To charge the battery
completely, continue charging for an additional hour. See “Displaying
Detailed Battery Information” in the online manual Customizing Your
Notebook Computer.
There are two battery indicator lights on the computer:
Battery indicators
Secondary battery pack
(not supplied)
Battery pack (supplied)
Battery Indicator
Meaning
1
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the battery bay
on the left side of the computer.
2
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the drive bay on
the right side of the computer.
Battery Indicator
Light Status
Meaning
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
When BOTH the Battery indicator and Power indicator
single-blink, the battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
Connecting a Power Source
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✍ To determine the amount of time the battery lasts, see “Displaying Battery Information” in
the online manual Customizing Your Notebook Computer.
When the battery is running out of power, both the battery indicator light and power
indicator light blink.
When the computer is directly connected to AC power and a battery pack is in the battery
bay, it uses power from the AC outlet.
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The
battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer.
If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either attach the AC adapter to recharge the
battery or shut down your computer and insert a fully charged battery.
You can extend battery life by changing the power management modes in the PowerPanel
utility. See “Using Power Saving Modes” on page 44.
The battery pack supplied with your computer is a lithium ion battery and can be recharged
at any time. Charging a partially discharged battery does not affect battery life.
The battery indicator light is on while you use the battery pack as a power source. When
battery life is nearly depleted, the battery indicator starts flashing.
For some software applications and some peripheral devices, your computer may not enter
System Hibernation mode when the battery life is low. To avoid loss of data when using
battery power, you should save your data frequently and manually activate a power
management mode, such as System Suspend or System Hibernation.
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To remove the battery pack
1
2
Open the cover of the battery bay.
3
Close the cover of the battery bay.
Pull out the battery pack.
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You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while the computer is on and
not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery while the
computer is in System Suspend mode.
Starting Your Computer
13
Starting Your Computer
1
Slide the LCD lock lever in the direction of the arrow, and lift the
cover.
LCD lock lever
2
Press the power button of the computer until the green power
indicator light turns on.
Power indicator
Power button
✍ If you press the power button for more than four seconds, the computer turns off.
3
If necessary, adjust the brightness controls for the LCD display. To
decrease the brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the down or left arrow
key. To increase the brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the up or right
arrow key.
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Shutting Down Your Computer
!
To avoid potential loss of data, follow these steps to shut down your computer.
1
2
Click the Start button on the Windows 98 taskbar.
3
4
Select Shut down.
Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut
Down Windows dialog box.
Click OK.
✍ Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents.
5
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically. The power indicator
(green) turns off.
6
Turn off any peripherals connected to your computer.
✍ If you are unable to shut down your computer using the steps described above,
❏
❏
❏
❏
close all software in use,
remove the PC cards if inserted,
disconnect any USB devices,
end any Infrared Communication devices,
Then restart the computer.
If the previous steps do not work, see “My computer does not shut down” on page 79.
During a period of inactivity, you can conserve battery life by using System Suspend mode.
See “System Suspend Mode” on page 45.
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Closing the Front Panel
Close the front panel by holding the clip on the left top of the front panel.
If you touch the LCD screen, you will leave fingerprints on the LCD
screen. Use the supplied filter cleaner to wipe the LCD screen. See “Notes
on Use” for more information.
clip
To close the intercooler flap
The bottom part of the computer does not close automatically. To close
the intercooler flap, grasp the flap with your thumbs while sliding the
levers with your index fingers.
Intercooler flap lever
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Registering Windows® 98 Second Edition
The first time you turn on your computer, you need to complete a few
steps to register and configure the Windows 98 Second Edition software
that is already installed.
✍ You must register Windows 98 before you can use the computer.
The on-screen instructions guide you through the registration and
configuration process. The following is an overview of the process.
1
2
Gathering information:
❑
Enter your name.
❑
Read and accept the License Agreement.
❑
Enter your Certificate of Authenticity number located on the
cover of the Microsoft Windows 98 Getting Started manual.
Windows 98 setup:
Click the Finish button on the Windows 98 Setup Wizard screen.
3
Selecting your computer settings:
If necessary, change the Time Zone, Date and Time on the Date/Time
Properties screen.
4
Registering your computer:
For details on registering your computer, see “Registering Your
Computer” on page 17.
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Registering Your Computer
You can take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer
support and receive the following benefits by registering your computer
with Sony.
❑
Sony Customer Support – Talk to a Support Representative to
troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
❑
Extended Limited Warranty – Protect your investment. Extend your
Warranty nine months for a total of 12 months from the original date
of purchase when you register your computer.
❑
Express service – Provides convenient resolution of problems.
If you have not already registered, follow these steps to use your
notebook computer’s online registration service.
✍ You must connect your phone line before using any online services, including the online
registration service. See “Connecting a Phone Line” on page 49.
1
2
Click the Sony VAIO Registration icon on the VAIO desktop.
3
4
Click the Next button to advance to the next form.
Enter the information requested on the first online registration form.
Press the Tab key to move from box to box.
Complete the remaining forms by clicking the Next button each time
you complete a form.
The computer automatically transfers your registration information using
your built-in modem and a toll-free telephone number.
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Using the Jog Dial
Your computer is equipped with a Jog Dial on the right side of the unit.
You can turn and/or press the Jog Dial to scroll the window, select a
software application, adjust the internal speaker volume, etc.
turn
press
Jog Dial
The Jog Dial window always appears in the display. It is either in the
launcher mode or in the guide mode.
Launcher mode
The Jog Dial window switches to the launcher mode if no software
program is in use, or when the Jog Dial window becomes active.
Jog Dial window in the launcher mode
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Guide mode
The Jog Dial is in the Guide mode when a software application or
program is in use and the Jog Dial window is active. Some software
applications allow you to select an item from the selection list that
displays in the List View mode using the Jog Dial. There are two List
View modes in select Sony software, Simple Menu and Full Menu. You
can switch modes by pressing the Shift key.
Jog Dial window in the guide mode
To change/close the Jog Dial window display mode
You can change the window size by double-clicking the window.
To close the Jog Dial window, click the Close button. To display the Jog
Dial window, press or push the Jog Dial or double-click
or
in the
task tray.
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To Use the Jog Dial
Launcher mode
To use the Jog Dial, click the Jog Dial window or the Jog Dial icon in the
task tray. Alternatively, you can press the Jog Dial while pressing the Ctrl
key on the keyboard to switch to the Launcher mode.
1
Turn the Jog Dial to select an item, then press the Jog Dial.
The Jog Dial window switches to the Guide mode, and shows the Jog
Dial's function.
See “Information on Using the Jog Dial” on page 21 for more information.
✍ You can allocate other functions to the Jog Dial or delete them with the Jog Dial Setup
software. For more information, see “Allocating Other Functions to the Jog Dial” on
page 23.
2
3
Turn or press the Jog Dial to use the desired function.
To select another item, switch to the Launcher mode by pressing the
Jog Dial and repeating the process from step 1.
Guide mode
The Jog Dial window displays the desired function.
Software that supports the Jog Dial
If Sony software that supports the Jog Dial is active, you can use the Jog
Dial’s functions that are allocated to that software.
For more information on functions allocated to software, see “Using the
Preinstalled Sony Software” on page 22.
Using the Jog Dial
Software that does not support the Jog Dial
If the software in use does not support the Jog Dial, you can scroll the
window or adjust the window size as described below.
Action
Description
Turn the Jog
Dial
Scrolls the window vertically. When several windows are
displayed in the on-screen display, the last selected
window will be scrolled.
Press the Jog
Dial
Maximizes the size of the active window. Press again to
return to normal size.
Press Alt key
and the Jog Dial
Minimizes the size of the active window. Press both keys
again to return to normal size.
Press Shift key
and the Jog Dial
Closes the software application or program in use.
Information on Using the Jog Dial
The following functions are preinstalled in the Jog Dial launcher. See
“Using the Jog Dial” on page 18.
Name
Description
Idle/Suspend/
Hibernation
Press the Jog Dial to select a power saving mode. See
“Using Power Saving Modes” on page 44 for more
information.
External display
Press the Jog Dial to toggle through the computer display
and the LCD.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
TV output
Press the Jog Dial to toggle to the external monitor
connected to an optional Mini Docking Station
(PCGA-PSX1) and the LCD.
LCD and external display
Only LCD
Brightness
Turn the Jog Dial to adjust the brightness of the LCD
screen. Press the Jog Dial to confirm the adjustment.
Volume
Turn the Jog Dial to adjust the volume of the internal
speakers. Press the Jog Dial to confirm the adjustment.
Mute
Press the Jog Dial to mute the volume of the internal
speakers.
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Using the Preinstalled Sony Software
You can use additional functions with select preinstalled Sony software.
See “Using the Jog Dial” on page 18 for more information.
✍ When using the Sony software, be sure to activate the window that supports the Jog Dial.
For software that does not support the Jog Dial, see “Software that does not support the
Jog Dial” on page 21.
Software
Smart Label
PictureGear
Media Bar
Smart Capture
DVgate Still
DVgate Motion
DVgate
Assemble
DVgate Clip
DVgate Scan
Smart Write
Description
Turn the Jog Dial to toggle through the labels. Press the Jog
Dial to switch to the Time Shift mode. Time Shift mode:
Turn the Jog Dial to see labels with dates from the past or
the future. Press shortly to change the time intervals. Press
longer to return to the normal time interval. Refer to Smart
Label Help for more information.
Turn the Jog Dial to change the size of the images. Press the
Jog Dial to optimize the size of the images.
Turn the Jog Dial to select a track. Press the Jog Dial to play.
Press again to pause.
DVD Player is on: Turn the Jog Dial to select the chapter.
Press the Jog Dial to play or pause.
Smart Capture window: Simple Menu - Select Capture
mode (Still mode or Video Mail mode) Full Menu - Operate
the basic function of Smart Capture. For details, see Smart
Capture online help.
Turn the Jog Dial forward or back to view individual
images while in pause.
Turn the Jog Dial forward or back to view the video by
single frame while in pause.
Turn the Jog Dial to scroll the list.
Turn the Jog Dial forward or back to rewind the video by
single frame while in pause.
Turn the Jog Dial to scroll the list.
Turn the Jog Dial to move the cursor vertically. Press the
Jog Dial to move to the top of the document. Press again to
move to the bottom of the document.
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Allocating Other Functions to the Jog Dial
You can allocate other functions to the Jog Dial or delete them with the
Jog Dial setup software.
1
Click Setup in the Jog Dial window to display the Jog Dial Setup
window.
If the Jog Dial Setup window is not displayed, double-click
in the task tray.
2
Select the allocation mode from the allocation menu, then click the
icon.
You can select from the following modes:
Icon
Description
Drag and drop a software file to this icon to allocate it.
Click the icon to display the same window that displays
icon. The software name
when clicking the
automatically displays.
Allocate software by entering its name. Click the icon to
display the window, then enter the name of the software
and click Next. Click Reference to search the available
software.
or
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Description
Get e-mail automatically or access the internet. Click the
icon to display the window, then enter the requested
information and click Next.
Allocate Sony software* that supports the Jog Dial. Click
the icon to display the Setup window. Select the function
you want to reallocate, then click Next.
Register the configuration system*. Click the icon to
display the Setup window. Select the software you want to
register again, then click Next.
Allocate other functions to the Jog Dial. Click the icon to
display the Setup window, then select the function you
want to allocate, and click Next.
*The preinstalled Sony software and your computer’s configuration systems are already allocated.
3
Verify the name to be displayed in the Jog Dial window and details of
the function, then click Next.
When allocating with the
click Next.
4
icon, enter the name and details, then
Check “Add this setting to Jog Dial Launcher List,” then click End.
The window in step 1 appears. Click OK to finish the allocation.
Software marked with
functions.
on the left are now available as Jog Dial
✍ If you select “Assign this setting to PPK function,” you can start up the software by pressing
the Jog Dial while the power is off or the computer is in power saving mode.
Deleting Software from the Allocation List
To delete software from the allocation list, click the software you want to
delete from the list that displays in the Jog Dial window, click the
button, then click OK.
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Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter’s, but the keyboard has
additional keys that perform specific computer-related tasks.
Function keys
Escape Key
Print Screen key
Shift key
Ctrl key
Numeric keyboard
Applications key
Fn key
Navigation keys
Windows 98 key
✍ If the keycap comes off, put it back in its place and push down gently until it clicks into
place. If the Enter key, Space key or Shift key comes off, see “Placing a Keycap” on page 85.
Do not take off the keycaps intentionally, or push excessively when replacing them as this
may cause the unit to malfunction.
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Key
Description
Numeric keypad
area
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the
numeric keypad area to type numbers or to perform
mathematical calculations such as addition and
subtraction. Note that you must press the Num Lock key
to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the
Num Lock light will be on.)
Navigation keys
Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the
screen.
Correction keys
The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to
make corrections in your documents.
Function keys
The twelve function keys along the top of the keyboard
are used to perform designated tasks. For example, in
many applications, F1 is the Help key. The task associated
with each function key may vary from one application to
the next.
Escape key
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
Print Screen key
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the
screen and places it in the Windows Clipboard. You can
then paste the screen shot into a document and print it.
Operator keys
Several keys are always used with at least one other key:
Ctrl, Alt, and Shift. When held down with another key,
the Ctrl (Control) and Alt (Alternate) keys offer another
way to give commands. For example, in many
applications, instead of choosing the Save command from
a menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S (referred to
as Ctrl+S). The Shift key operates the same way as on a
typewriter; it is used to produce capital letters or special
symbols such as @ and $.
Windows 98 key
The key with the Windows logo displays the Windows 98
Start menu; it is the equivalent of clicking the Start button
on the taskbar. See “Combinations and Functions with
the Windows 98 Key” on page 27.
Fn key
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to
issue commands. See “Combinations and Functions with
the Fn Key” on page 29.
Applications key
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of
context-sensitive choices. Pressing this key is the
equivalent of clicking the right mouse button.
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Combinations and Functions with the Windows 98 Key
Combination
Function
+ F1
Displays Windows Help.
+ Tab
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+E
Displays Windows Explorer.
+F
Displays the Windows Find: All Files window to find
a file or folder. This is the equivalent of selecting Find
and then Files or Folders from the Start menu.
+ Ctrl + F
Displays the Windows Find: Computer window
where you can locate other computers. This is the
equivalent of selecting Find and then Computer from
the Start menu.
+M
Minimizes all displayed windows.
Shift +
+M
+R
Fn +
Returns all minimized windows to their previous
size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of
selecting Run from the Start menu.
+ Insert
Displays the Properties window. This is the
equivalent of double-clicking the System icon in the
Control Panel.
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Indicators
Indicator
Function
Power
Light is green when the power to the computer is turned
on. Light is red in System Idle mode, and flashes red in
System Suspend mode. Turns off when the computer is
in System Hibernation mode or powered off.
Battery 1
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the battery
bay on the left side of the computer.
1
Battery 2
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the drive
bay on the right side of the computer.
2
Hard disk
Lights when data is being read from or written to the
hard drive. Do not enter System Suspend mode or turn
off the computer when this indicator light is on.
Light
On
Off
Num Lock
The number keys in the
numeric keypad are active.
The alphanumeric character
keys in the keypad area are
active.
Caps Lock
The letters appear in
uppercase as you type. The
Shift key lowers the case of
typed letters when Caps
Lock is on.
Letters appear in lower case as
you type (unless you hold
down the Shift key).
Scroll Lock
The screen scrolls differently.
(Exactly how it scrolls
depends on the specific
application. It has no effect in
many applications.)
Information moves across the
display normally.
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Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
Function
Fn+
(ESC)
System Suspend
Puts the system into System Suspend mode, a power
management state. To return the system to the active
state, press any key or press the power switch on your
computer.
Fn+
(F3)
Mute On/Off
Toggles the built-in speaker off and on.
Fn+
(F4)
Speaker volume
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume.
To increase volume, press Fn+F4, then
To decrease volume, press Fn+F4, then
Fn+
(F5)
Brightness control
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To increase light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
➜.
To decrease light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
.
➜
➜
or ➜.
or .
➜
➜
Combinations/
Feature
or
➜
or
➜
Fn+ LCD /
(F7)
Switch to the
external display/LCD
Toggles through the LCD, external display (connected
to the
Monitor connector) and both LCD and
external display.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Fn+
LCD
/
(F8)
Toggles through the external display connected to
an optional Mini Docking Station (PCGA-PSX1) and
the LCD.
LCD and external display
Only LCD
Fn+
(F12)
System Hibernation
Provides for the lowest level of power consumption.
When you execute this command, the state of the
system and state of the peripheral devices are written
to the hard disk and the system power is turned off. To
return the system to the originals state, use the power
button to turn on power.
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Combinations/
Feature
Function
Fn+D
Video standby
Turns off the LCD in order to save power. To turn the
LCD back on, press any key.
Fn+F
Change the display size
Zooms the display size in or out when the display is
set to a low resolution.
Fn+S
System Idle
Puts the system into System Idle mode, a power
management state. To return the system to the active
state, press any key.
✍ You can carry out these functions (except for Fn+D and Fn+F) using the Jog Dial.
See “Using the Jog Dial” on page 18 for more information.
Some functions are not available until Windows launches.
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Using the Touchpad
Using the Touchpad
The keyboard contains a cursor-pointing device called a touchpad. You
can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the built-in
touchpad.
Pointer
Touchpad
Right button
Left button
Action
Description
Point
Slide one finger on the touchpad to place the pointer on an item
or object.
Click
Press the left button once.
Double-click
Press the left button twice.
Right-click
Press the right button once. In many applications, this action
displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.
Drag
Slide one finger while pressing the left button.
Scroll
Move your finger along the right edge of the touchpad to scroll
vertically. Move your finger along the bottom to scroll
horizontally. (The scroll function is available only with
applications that support a touchpad scroll feature.)
✍ See Mouse Help for information on touchpad features, such as clicking both buttons
simultaneously, adjusting touchpad speed, and Easy Launcher functions. To access Mouse
Help, press the Start button, select Settings, and then select Control Panel. Double-click the
Mouse icon in the Control Panel and click the Help button.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
You can use the supplied floppy disk drive either as an external drive or
as an internal drive in the drive bay.
You do not need to shut down the computer before connecting the floppy
disk drive. You can also connect the floppy disk drive while in power
saving mode. See also “To insert/to remove the disk drive while in power
saving mode” in the online manual.
To Use as an External Drive
Connect the floppy disk drive to the computer using the floppy disk
drive cable (supplied) with the VAIO logo facing up.
Floppy disk drive (supplied)
Floppy disk drive cable (supplied)
Align the logo on the cable with the slot connection and insert the
connector straight into the slot.
✍ You can use the floppy disk drive in the upright position using the floppy disk drive stand as
illustrated below.
Floppy disk drive cable (supplied)
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To use as an internal drive
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See
“To remove the floppy disk drive” on page 34 or “To remove the
second battery pack” on page 47.
2
Insert the floppy disk drive into the multipurpose bay with the VAIO
logo facing up. Continue pushing the drive into the bay until the
RELEASE lever locks into place.
Multipurpose bay
Floppy disk drive
To insert a diskette
1
2
Hold the diskette with the label side facing up.
Gently push the diskette into the drive until it clicks into place.
Diskette
Floppy disk drive
To remove a diskette
❑ When you finish using the diskette, wait until the LED indicator
turns off and then press the Eject button to remove the diskette.
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Eject button
LED indicator
✍ Do not press the Eject button when the LED indicator is turned on, as data may be lost.
To remove the floppy disk drive
When the computer is off, skip steps 1 and 3.
1
Right-click the PowerPanel icon in the task tray and choose “Remove
multipurpose bay device” when using an internal drive. When using
an external drive, choose, “Remove external FDD” instead.
2
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the
direction of the arrow and slide the drive out of the multipurpose bay.
3
Click OK on the message screen.
Drive RELEASE lever on bottom
When the multipurpose bay is empty, attach the weight saver to it. See
step 3 of “Using a Second Battery Pack” on page 46 for details on
attaching the weight saver.
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Using the DVD-ROM Drive
Your computer comes with a DVD-ROM drive. You can play both DVDs
and CDs.
To insert a disc
1
Turn on the computer.
✍ When the computer is in System Suspend or System Hibernation mode, you cannot
insert a disc. See “Controlling Power Management” in the online document
Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook Computer for more information on System Suspend
and System Hibernation modes.
2
Press the Eject button to open the DVD-ROM drive.
The tray slides out.
Eject button
3
Place a DVD or CD in the tray with the label side facing up. For
DVDs, which can be played on both sides, the side of the disc facing
up is the side that plays. Push the disc onto the hub until the disc
clicks into place.
Label side facing up
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Close the tray by pushing it gently.
✍ Be sure to seat the disc firmly over the DVD-ROM drive hub fingers. If you do not seat the
disc firmly, you could damage your DVD-ROM drive and you may not be able to open the
tray.
When you finish using a disc, wait until the LED indicator light turns off, then press the Eject
button to remove the disc.
When the computer is in System Suspend or System Hibernation mode, you cannot remove
a disc. See “Controlling Power Management” in the online document Customizing Your
VAIO® Notebook Computer for more information about System Suspend and System
Hibernation modes.
If the disc does not come out when you press the Eject button, turn off the computer and
insert a thin, pointed object into the manual eject hole.
To play DVDs
To achieve optimum performance when playing DVDs, you should use
the following recommendations: Close any open applications before
playing a DVD-ROM movie. The DVD player automatically adjusts the
screen properties when you play a DVD movie. Depending on the
display setup properties you have selected, you may need to use the Fn +
F command to expand the movie to full screen size.
✍ When playing DVD movies on battery power, set the power management profile to DVD
profile. With other profiles, the movies are choppy. As an alternative, you can set the power
management profile to Automatic Profile Selection, which will cause the DVD profile to be
selected automatically whenever you insert a DVD. See “Controlling Power Management”
in the online document Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook Computer for information on
how to set the power management profile.
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To remove the DVD-ROM drive
When the computer is off, skip steps 1 and 3.
1
Right-click the PowerPanel icon in the task tray and choose “Remove
Multipurpose bay device.” The message screen appears.
2
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the
direction of the arrow and slide the DVD-ROM drive out of the
multipurpose bay.
3
Click OK on the message screen.
✍ Be sure to insert the weight saver into the multipurpose bay when the bay is empty. See “To
insert a second battery pack” on page 46 on how to insert the weight saver.
To insert the DVD drive
You do not need to shut down the computer to insert the DVD-ROM
drive into the multipurpose bay. You can also insert the DVD-ROM drive
while the computer is in power saving mode.
Multipurpose bay
DVD-ROM drive
Insert until it clicks
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Using PC Cards
Your computer includes two PC card slots. PC cards allow you to connect
portable external devices such as another hard disk drive, or to connect a
network.
✍ The PC card slots can accommodate (at the same time) two Type I, two Type II, or one Type
III PC card. These slots are compatible with Card Bus.
Some PC cards may require that you disable idle devices when using the PC card. You can
use Sony Notebook Setup to disable devices. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup
Screen” in the Customizing Your Notebook Computer manual for details.
Be sure to use the most recent software driver provided by the PC card manufacturer.
If an “!” mark appears on the Device Manager tab in the System Properties dialog box,
remove the software driver and then reinstall it.
You may not be able to use some PC cards or some functions of the PC card with this
computer.
To insert a PC card
Use the lower slot for Type III PC cards.
✍ You do not need to shut down the computer before inserting or removing a PC card.
1
Pull the PC card RELEASE button away from the computer, then
push it in toward the computer.
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2
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Remove the PC card slot protector.
When you use a Type III PC card, you need to remove both the top
and bottom PC card slot protectors.
3
Insert the PC card into the PC card slot, front label facing up. Gently
push the card into the slot until the card is fixed into the connector.
The RELEASE button comes out. Knock down the RELEASE button
toward the display panel.
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To remove a PC card
✍ Do not force a card into the slot as this may damage the connector pins. If you have
difficulty inserting a card, check that you are inserting the card with the correct orientation.
See the manual that came with your PC card for more information on use.
For some PC cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the System
Suspend or System Hibernation power management modes while the card is inserted, you
may find that a device connected to your system is not recognized. Restart your system to
correct the problem.
When the computer is on, be sure to follow the steps below, otherwise the
system may not activate properly. When the computer is off, skip steps 1
to 4.
1
2
3
Click the Start button, point to Setup, and then click Control Panel.
4
When the message “You can remove the PC card” appears in the
display, click OK.
5
Press the RELEASE button to remove the PC card.
Double-click the PC card icon.
Click the name of the PC card you want to remove from the list that
displays, then click Stop.
Upper eject button
Lower eject button
Insert the PC card slot protector back into the empty slot.
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Using Smart Connect
The preinstalled Smart Connect software allows you to use an i.LINK
cable (not supplied) to connect your VAIO Notebook Computer to
another VAIO computer that also has Smart Connect. You can then use
one computer to copy, and edit files on the other computer. You can also
print from a printer attached to either computer.
✍ When you use Smart Connect to connect two VAIO computers, you must assign each
computer a unique name by which it can be identified when the two computers are
networked.
Do not connect/remove the Mini Docking Station while using Smart Connect as Smart
Connect may become unavailable.
See the Smart Connect online help for more information.
i.LINK cable
i.LINK cables
i.LINK cables compatible with your VAIO Notebook computer include
cables with the following part numbers: VMC-IL4415 (a 1.5 meter cable
with a 4-pin connector at each end), VMC-IL4435 (a 3.5 meter cable with a
4-pin connector at each end), VMC-IL4615 (a 1.5 meter cable with a 4-pin
connector at one end and a6-pin connector at the other end), and VMCIL4635 (a 3.5 meter cable with a 4-pin connector at one end and a 6-pin
connector at the other).
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Using Infrared Communication Devices
Your computer includes an infrared port, located on the left side. You can
use this port to communicate with other infrared-equipped devices with
compatible protocols, such as a digital still camera or other computers.
To use infrared communication with another computer
Align the infrared ports on the two computers so that they are in a direct
line.
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✍ Infrared communication capability can be turned on and off. By default, it is disabled when
your system is shipped. To enable infrared use, click the infrared icon in the Windows
Control Panel and select the Enable infrared communication checkbox on the Options tab.
You can disable infrared communication when you are not using it to conserve battery life.
Use the infrared icon in the Windows Control Panel to enable and disable infrared
communication. Do not use the icon in the taskbar.
Check the Status tag of the Infrared Monitor in the Windows Control Panel to determine if
the infrared device is detected.
If the two devices are too far apart or too close together, data transfer may be interrupted or
there may be noise in the transmission.
Do not cover the infrared ports with your hand or any other object.
Avoid direct sunlight, fluorescent light, or flashing incandescent light near the infrared
ports.
See the manual that came with your digital still camera or other infrared communication
device for more information on installation and use.
39
3
/8
in
ch
es
(1
m
)
The active area of infrared transmission extends about 39 3/8 inches (1 meter) with an
approximate radius of 15 degrees.
approximately
15 degrees
Infrared port
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Using Power Saving Modes
When you use a battery as the source of power for your computer, you
can take advantage of power management settings to conserve battery
life. In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn
off specific devices, your computer has three distinct power saving
modes: System Idle, System Suspend, and System Hibernation. When
using battery power, you should be aware that the computer
automatically enters System Hibernation mode when the remaining
battery charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the power
management setting you select.
✍ If the battery level falls below 10 percent, you should either attach the AC adapter to
recharge the battery or shut down your computer and insert a fully charged battery.
Normal Mode
This is the normal state of your computer when it is in use. The green
power indicator light is on in this mode. To save power, you can turn off a
specific device such as the LCD.
System Idle Mode
This mode is convenient if you do not need to use your computer for a
brief period. The hard disk and video display enter a low power state,
and the CPU clock and processor stop. The power indicator light is red in
this mode.
To activate System Idle mode
Press Fn+S, the PowerPanel utility, or the Jog Dial.
To return to normal mode
Press any key or touch the touchpad.
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System Suspend Mode
The computer saves the current state of the system in RAM and switches
off power to the CPU. The red power indicator light flashes in this mode.
To activate System Suspend mode
Press Fn+Esc, or press the power button and release it immediately. You
can also use the PowerPanel utility or the Jog Dial to enter System
Suspend mode.
To return to normal mode
Press any key or the Power button for less than 4 seconds.
System Hibernation Mode
The state of the system is saved on the hard drive and power is turned off.
The power indicator light is off in this mode.
To activate System Hibernation mode
Press Fn+F12. The “Save to Disk Manager” screen appears, and then the
computer enters System Hibernation mode. You can also use the
PowerPanel utility or the Jog Dial to enter System Hibernation mode.
To return to normal mode
Turn on the computer by pressing the power button. The computer
returns to its previous state.
✍ When returning from System Hibernation mode, the system status stored on the hard disk is
erased and the computer starts normally if you press the power button and hold for more
than four seconds.
❑
Time to return to normal mode
System Idle requires less time than System Suspend, and System
Suspend requires less time than System Hibernation.
❑
Power consumption
System Idle uses more power than System Suspend, and System
Suspend uses more power than System Hibernation.
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Using a Second Battery Pack
You can purchase a second rechargeable battery pack. With two battery
packs, you can extend the time that you use your computer with battery
power. When using two battery packs, the battery pack you insert first
charges first. The battery pack you insert second charges when the first
battery pack is 85 percent full. You can monitor which battery pack is
charging by observing the battery indicator lights.
To insert a second battery pack
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See
“To remove the DVD-ROM drive” on page 37.
2
Insert the battery pack into the multipurpose bay.
If the battery is being used, the battery 2 indicator light turns on.
Multipurpose bay
Battery pack
Label side facing down
3
Attach the weight saver to the computer to stabilize the battery pack.
Insert the tab of the weight saver into the hollow of the multipurpose
bay slot, and then push the weight saver into the multipurpose bay
until it clicks.
Battery pack
Weight saver
2
1
Using a Second Battery Pack
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To charge the second battery pack
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is connected to AC power.
The battery indicator flashes while the battery is charging. See also “To
charge the battery pack” on page 21 for more information.
Battery indicators
Second battery pack
(not supplied)
Battery pack (supplied)
To remove the second battery pack
1
There is a RELEASE lever on the bottom of the weight saver. To
remove the battery pack, slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of
the computer in the direction of the arrow. See also “To remove the
floppy disk drive” on page 34.
RELEASE lever
2
3
Remove the weight saver, and then pull out the battery pack.
Reinsert the weight saver.
✍ If you attach two battery packs, you can remove either of them without shutting down the
computer. When removing one battery pack, make sure that the other battery pack's
indicator is on. If the indicator of the battery pack you are going to remove is on, rightclick in the task tray and switch it in the “Select the battery pack in use” window.
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Connecting Peripheral Devices
You can add functionality to your computer by connecting any of these
peripherals:
❑
Phone line (page 49)
❑
Mini Docking Station (page 50)
❑
Printer (page 55)
❑
External mouse or keyboard (page 56)
❑
Floppy disk drive (page 57)
❑
AV devices (page 59)
❑
Printer (page 62)
❑
External display (page 64)
❑
Desktop computer or serial device (page 66)
❑
External speakers (page 68)
❑
External microphone (page 69)
❑
i.LINK-compatible device (page 70)
❑
Universal Serial Bus (USB) device (page 71)
✍ Before you connect peripherals, turn off the computer and all peripherals.
Connect the power cord only after connecting all cables.
Turn on the computer only after turning on all peripherals.
You can select a country mode from the modem property window, but you should only use
US mode. Using other country modes is an infringement of the Telecommunications
Business Laws.
Connecting a Phone Line
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Connecting a Phone Line
You need to connect a phone line to take advantage of online services and
the Internet.
✍ In order to register your Sony VAIO Notebook computer, register your software online, and
use Sony Customer Support, you must connect to a phone line. You must register your
computer to receive the extended warranty.
1
Plug one end of the phone cable into the phone line jack on the
computer.
Phone line jack
Phone line jack
Phone cable (not supplied)
2
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
✍ Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated
telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).
Some of these connections might result in excess electrical current and could cause a
malfunction in the internal modem.
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Connecting the Mini Docking Station
You can use the PCGA-PSX1 Mini Docking Station (optional) to connect
peripheral devices such as a printer or external display.
Docking connector
UN DOCK button
IN USE indicator
DC IN indicator
RELEASE lever
Tabs
Back
1
9
10
2
3
11
5 6
4
12
S400
8
2
S VIDEO
9
3
VIDEO
10
OPTICAL OUT
11
CONTROL A1
SERIAL/CONTROL A1
Monitor
5
LINE OUT
12
6
LINE IN
13
7
USB
14
7
14
13
1
4
7
DC IN
/
Mouse/Keyboard
Serial
CONTROL A1
switch
8
Connecting the Mini Docking Station
Left
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Right
Floppy disk drive connector
PC card slot
Before connecting the Mini Docking Station
You need to plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC IN
connector on the Mini Docking Station. Plug the power cord into the AC
adapter and an electrical outlet.
The DC IN indicator lights on.
AC adapter (supplied)
Power cord
✍ Use the specified AC adapter for the power rating of the Mini Docking Station.
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To connect the Mini Docking Station to your computer
Connect the Mini Docking Station to the docking/FDD connector on the
back of your computer.
When a charged battery is inserted in your computer, you can attach and
detach the Mini Docking Station without turning off the computer.
1
Open the cover of your computer.
Docking/FDD connector
2
Attach the left side tab of the Mini Docking Station to the left side
hollow of your computer.
Push the tab into the hollow firmly until it clicks.
Connecting the Mini Docking Station
3
Attach the right side tab of the Mini Docking Station to the right side
hollow of your computer.
Push the tab into the hollow firmly until it clicks.
✍ Do not lift or move the computer by holding only the Mini Docking Station as the Mini
Docking Station may be removed from the computer.
To remove the Mini Docking Station from your computer
1
53
Press the UN DOCK button on the Mini Docking Station or click
REMOVE on the Start menu.
UN DOCK button
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After the IN USE indicator has turned off, pull the RELEASE lever on
the right side of your computer and release the right tab.
RELEASE lever
3
Release the left tab.
✍ When the Mini Docking Station is attached to your computer, do not insert or remove the
battery. The Mini Docking Station may be removed from the computer.
Do not remove the Mini Docking Station when the IN USE indicator is lit.
Connecting a Printer
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Connecting a Printer
You can connect the printer to the Mini Docking Station attached to your
computer to print documents.
To connect a printer
❑ Use the
symbol to locate the Printer connector. Plug the printer
cable (supplied with the printer) into this port on the computer.
Printer
to
Printer
Power cord
Printer cable
(supplied with the printer)
✍ Before you connect the printer, turn off your computer and disconnect the AC adapter and
power cord from the electrical outlet.
Plug the power cord after finishing all the connections.
Turn on the peripheral devices before turning on your computer.
If you are using a printer that does not support Windows 98, it may not function properly.
You can connect a printer while the floppy disk drive is in use.
When using a USB printer, connect it to the USB connector of your computer or of the Mini
Docking Station.
See the manual that came with your printer for more information on installation and use.
Before using the printer, you may need to change the Printer setting in the Sony Notebook
Setup software. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in the Customizing Your
Notebook Computer manual.
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Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard
Plug the keyboard cable or mouse cable into this connector with the
facing up.
➠
You can connect a PS/2® -style mouse or keyboard.
Mouse
or Keyboard
To connect both a mouse and keyboard at the same time, use the optional
PS/2 division connector.
✍ See “Using the Keyboard” on page 25 for more information on using the keyboard.
See the manual that came with your mouse or keyboard for more information on
installation and use.
Before you connect or disconnect the mouse or keyboard, turn off the computer.
Do not connect or disconnect the PS/2 device (keyboard or mouse) when the computer is on
as this may cause malfunction.
The Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 (not supplied) is a USB device. So you must connect it to
the USB connector.
Connecting a Floppy Disk Drive
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Connecting a Floppy Disk Drive
You can use the floppy disk drive as an external drive by connecting it to
the floppy disk drive connector on the left side of the Mini Docking
Station. You can connect it without turning off your computer.
To connect a floppy disk drive
Plug the cable firmly into the connector with the VAIO logo facing up and
both of the alignment posts in the guide holes.
Floppy disk drive (supplied)
Mini Docking Station left side
2
1
Alignment posts
Floppy disk drive cable (supplied)
✍ When you connect the floppy disk drive to the floppy disk drive connector of the Mini
Docking Station, you cannot use the PRINTER connector of the floppy disk drive cable.
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To use the floppy disk drive stand
You can put the floppy disk drive on the Mini Docking Station by using
the floppy disk stand supplied with the Mini Docking Station.
1
Insert the projections on the floppy disk drive into the Mini Docking
Station holes as illustrated below.
Projections
Holes
2
Slide the floppy disk drive stand in the direction of the arrow until it
locks into place.
3
Slide the floppy disk drive in the direction of the arrow until it locks
into place, then connect the floppy disk drive to the Mini Docking
Station with the floppy disk drive cable.
✍ Do not open the LCD panel too wide when the floppy disk drive stand is attached.
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Connecting AV Devices
Connecting AV Devices
You can use audio/video devices by connecting the AV devices to the
Mini Docking Station. See also the manuals and online help that came
with your AV devices.
To connect an MD deck or a CD player
If you connect the Mini Docking Station and an MD deck or a CD player
which has a CONTROL A1 or CONTROL A1 connector, you can play a
CD disc, create your own CD database, or edit an MD disc.
Mini Docking Station
(connect to the computer)
SERIAL/CONTROL A1
To OPTICAL OUT
1
To Digital In
switch
To CONTROL A1*
2
CONTROL A1*
MD deck
To Digital In
CONTROL A1*
1
Optical Digital cable
1
2
2
Monaural mini-plug cable
To Digital Out
CONTROL A1*
CD player
To use the CONTROL A1 connector on the Mini Docking Station,
switch the SERIAL/CONTROL A1 switch to CONTROL A1 .
✍ Use monaural mini-plug cables shorter than 2 meters with no resistance.
*CONTROL A1 or CONTROL A1
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To record music to a mini disc from a CD playing on the computer via the
OPTICAL OUT, (available by connecting to the Mini Docking Station) follow
these steps:
1
2
3
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
4
Click OK.
Double-click YAMAHA DS-XG Audio Config.
Select Digital Output and click “ON [All Sources]/Analog out is
muted.”
To connect a CD player, an active speaker, or an amplifier
Connect a CD player, an active speaker, or an amplifier to the LINE IN
or LINE OUT connector of the Mini Docking Station to play a CD disc
and experience higher-quality audio.
Mini Docking Station
Audio cable (not supplied)
To LINE OUT
Active speaker,
amplifier, etc.
To LINE IN
CD player, etc.
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To connect a Dolby Digital Decoder® integrated device
Connect the OPTICAL OUT connector to a Dolby Digital Decoder
integrated device to experience Dolby Digital recorded videos and
dynamic sound.
To connect a TV or a Video Deck
Connect the computer to a TV or a video deck using audio/video cables.
Switch the input channel of the TV to external input. You also need to set
up the TV configuration system. See “To select the display” in the
Customizing Your Notebook Computer manual for more information.
✍ Unplug the connecting cable from the MONITOR connector.
TV
To OPTICAL OUT
Mini Docking Station
TO S VIDEO
To S Video Input
Digital Surround Headphone
(not supplied)
Video cable (not supplied)
To Digital IN
Optical digital cable
✍ You can experience Dolby Digital or PCM sound from the OPTICAL OUT connector.
Switch the Digital output to PCM when you connect a device that does
not support Dolby Digital, otherwise, the speakers or your hearing may
be damaged by the increased volume. Switch the Digital output to PCM
when you play DVDs that support linear PCM recording on the Mini
Docking Station.
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Connecting a Printer
You can connect the printer to your computer using the printer cable and
the supplied floppy disk drive cable to print documents.
Before using the printer
❑
You need to install the software supplied with the printer. See the
manual that came with your printer for more information.
❑
You need to set up the printer’s port. See I cannot print on page 80 for
more information about setting up the printer ports.
To connect a printer
Plug the floppy disk drive cable to the docking/FDD connector on your
computer. Then connect the printer cable (supplied with the printer) to
the PRINTER connector of the floppy disk drive cable.
Floppy disk drive cable
To docking/FDD
connector
Printer
To PRINTER
Power cord
Printer cable (supplied with the printer)
Connecting a Printer
✍ Before you connect the printer, turn off your computer, and disconnect the AC adapter and
power cord from the AC outlet.
Plug the power cord after finishing all the connections.
Turn on the peripheral devices before turning on your computer.
If you are using a printer that does not support Windows 98, it may not function properly.
You can connect a printer while the floppy disk drive is in use.
When using a USB printer, connect it to the USB connector of your computer or of the Mini
Docking Station.
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Connecting an External Display
You can connect an external display to your notebook computer. For
example, you can use the computer with any of the following:
❑
Computer display (monitor) (page 64)
❑
Projector (page 65)
✍ Turn off your computer and all peripherals, and disconnect the AC adapter and power cord
from the AC outlet before making connections.
Connect the power cord after connecting all peripherals.
Turn on your computer after turning on the power of all peripherals.
When you connect an external display, you may not be able to display both the LCD and
external display simultaneously, depending on the external display.
To connect a computer display
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting
external speakers and an external microphone. See “Connecting External
Speakers” on page 68 and “Connecting an External Microphone” on
page 69 for details on connecting external speakers and an external
microphone.
Computer display
Power cord
to
Monitor
Display cable (not supplied)
✍ See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on installation
and use.
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To connect a projector
Using a projector connected to your computer can be convenient for
presentations and slide shows.
Projector
to
Power cord
to
Monitor
Audio cable (not supplied)
RGB signal cable
✍ See the manual that came with your projector for more information on installation and use.
To select a display
When you connect an external display to the monitor connector, you can
toggle the output among the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), the external
monitor, or both devices.
Use the Fn+F7 keys to select a display. See also “Selecting the Display
Mode” in the Customizing Your Notebook Computer manual for more
information.
To
Press
Result
Switch to an
external
display
Fn+F7
Toggles among the LCD, the external display
connected to the Monitor connector, and both
the LCD and external display.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
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Connecting a Desktop Computer or Serial Device
You can use the Mini Docking Station to connect your notebook computer
to another computer, or to connect other peripherals, such as the Sony
Digital Still Camera.
To use the Mini Docking Station SERIAL connector, switch the SERIAL/
CONTROL A1 switch to SERIAL.
To connect a desktop computer
❑
Use the
symbol to locate the Serial connector. Plug a null-modem
cable (not supplied) into this port on the Mini Docking Station and
into the serial port on the desktop computer.
To I/O
to
Serial
to your computer
Null-modem cable (not supplied)
To connect a digital still camera
❑
Use the
symbol to locate the Serial connector. Plug the connecting
cable into this port on the Mini Docking Station and into the
Digital I/O connector on the digital still camera.
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If your digital video camera recorder includes a Memory Stick™ media
slot, you can copy images from it to your computer via a Memory Stick
card. Copy images to the Memory Stick card and insert the card into the
optional Memory Stick/PC Card Adapter. Insert the adapter into the PC
card slot on your computer.
✍ See the manual that came with your digital camera or other serial device for more
information on installation and use.
If you use a digital camera that has an infrared data communication system or other infrared
communication device, see “Using Infrared Communication Devices” on page 42.
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Connecting External Speakers
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting
external speakers.
✍ Shut down the computer and all peripheral devices before connecting the cables.
Connect all the cables before plugging in the power cord.
Turn on the peripheral devices’ power, then turn on your computer.
Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Do not place diskettes on the speakers; the speakers’ magnetic field may damage the data
on the diskettes.
To connect external speakers
❑ Use the symbol to locate the Headphone connector. Plug the
speaker cable into this connector.
Speakers
Speaker cable
(supplied with speakers)
to
Headphone
✍ See the manual that came with your speakers for more information on installation and use.
Connecting an External Microphone
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Connecting an External Microphone
You can enhance the quality of sound input by using an external
microphone.
✍ Shut down the computer and all peripheral devices before connecting the cables.
Connect all the cables before plugging in the power cord.
Turn on the peripheral devices' power, then turn on your computer.
Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use. The microphone should be
compliant with the plug-in power microphone.
To connect an external microphone
❑ Use the
to locate the Microphone connector. Plug the microphone
cable into this connector.
Microphone
to
Microphone
✍ See the manual that came with your microphone for more information on installation
and use.
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Connecting an i.LINK-compatible Device
You can connect an i.LINK-compatible device such as a digital video
camera recorder to the S400™ connector. You can then download
digital pictures from the i.LINK-compatible digital video camera
recorder.
Digital video
camera recorder
to S400
i.LINK cable
(not supplied)
✍ The Sony digital video camera recorder (DCR-PC7) is pictured; you may need to connect
your camera differently.
On Sony digital video cameras, connectors labeled “DV In/Out” or “i.LINK” are i.LINKcompatible.
See the manual that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for more information on
installation and use.
Do not connect more than one digital video camera at a time. The software supplied with
your computer will not recognize multiple cameras.
The i.LINK connector on the computer does not supply power to external devices. If the
external device requires power from the i.LINK connector, you cannot use the device with
the computer.
The computer supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer rate
depends on the external device.
The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the software applications you use. See
the documentation that came with your software for more information.
The connections and features may vary depending on the i.LINK-compatible devices. See
“i.LINK cables” on page 41 and Connecting an i.LINK-compatible Device, above, for more
information on cables and connections.
You can connect the digital video camera recorder either to your notebook computer or to
the optional i.LINK port replicator. When you connect the digital video camera recorder to
your computer or an i.LINK port replicator, do not connect anything to the other i.LINK
connector.
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
You can connect a USB device to your computer.
USB device
to
USB
USB connecting cable
(not supplied)
You can use the optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 with this
computer. The USB mouse software driver is preinstalled in the
computer. Therefore you only need to plug the USB mouse into the USB
connector.
✍ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information on installation
and use.
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Getting Help
Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When
you have questions about your computer and the preinstalled software,
check these sources for answers, in the following sequence:
1
VAIO® Notebook
Read Me First
Contains Frequently Asked Questions, the most
up-to-date information on using your computer, and
software support information.
2
VAIO® Notebook
User Guide
The User Guide (this manual) contains information
on how to get the most from your computer, find
help, and solve common problems. It also contains
product specifications.
3
Customizing
Your VAIO®
Notebook
The electronic document contains additional
information on customizing your computer. You can
access this guide from the Windows Start menu by
selecting Help Center/Step 1/Documentation.
4
Manuals and
online help files
that may
accompany
your
preinstalled
software
Most of the manuals for preinstalled software are
located on your hard disk drive as online help files.
You can access the online help files from the Help
menu in the specific application. A printed manual is
available for some applications.
5
Knowledge
Database
Provides instant access to information on commonly
encountered problems. Enter a description of your
problem and the Knowledge Database searches for
the corresponding solutions online. You can access
the Sony Knowledge Database at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
6
Sony
Fax-on-Demand
This service provides you with answers to commonly
asked questions. You can use this automated service
to request a list of available topics and then select the
topics that you want to receive. To contact the Sony
fax-on-demand service, call 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972). (Requires a fax machine or your
fax software.)
7
Calling Sony
Customer
Support
You can call and speak with a Sony Customer
Support Representative without using your
computer by calling 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972). Software support is available free of
charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you may
encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple
solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer
Support.
✍ When you reconnect devices be sure to turn off the computer as described in “Shutting
Down Your Computer” on page 14. Turning off the computer using other methods may
result in data loss.
My computer does not start
❑ Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is
turned on. Check that the power indicator on the front panel of the
computer indicates that the power is on.
❑
Check that the battery packs are inserted properly and that they are
charged.
❑
Make sure there is no diskette in the floppy disk drive.
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as
described in “Connecting Peripheral Devices” on page 48.
❑
If you plugged the computer into a power strip or UPS, make sure the
power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
❑
If you are using an external display, check that it is plugged into a
power source and turned on. Check that the brightness and contrast
controls are adjusted correctly. See the manual that came with your
display for details.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Do not use the computer
for at least one hour and then turn on the computer.
❑
Take the battery pack off the computer, unplug the power cord and
plug it again, then turn on the power.
❑
When the internal backup battery is low on power, it may not be able
to start your system properly. The message “Press <F1> to resume,
<F2> to setup” would appear at the bottom of the display. Should this
happen:
1
2
Press F2. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter to move to the next item.
To enter 01/31/1999, for example, type 1, press Enter, type 31, press
Enter, type 1999, then press Enter.
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Press Ð to select System Time, then set the time (hour: minute:
second). Press Enter to move to the next item.
4
Press Î to select Exit, then press Ð to select Get Default Values. The
message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
5
Be sure Yes is selected, and press Enter. If No is selected, press Í to
select Yes.
6
Select Exit (Save Changes), then press Enter. The message “Save
Configuration changes and exit now?” appears.
7
Be sure Yes is selected, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
When I turn on my computer, the message “Operating system not found”
appears and Windows does not start
❑ Check the floppy disk drive to see if a non-bootable diskette is in the
drive.
❑
If a non-bootable diskette is in the drive, turn off the computer,
remove the diskette, and then turn on the computer again. Confirm
that Windows starts properly. If Windows still does not start, follow
the procedure below to initialize the BIOS.
❑
If the floppy disk drive is empty, follow the steps below to initialize
the BIOS:
1
2
3
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the computer.
4
5
Press the arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
6
7
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key.
8
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key. The computer
restarts.
Turn off the computer and then turn it on again.
Turn on the computer and press the F2 key when the Sony logo
appears. The BIOS setup menu screen appears.
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press the
Enter key. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
Press the arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes) and then press
the Enter key. The message “Save configuration changes and exit
now?” appears.
If your computer still displays the message “Operating system not
found” and Windows does not start, contact Sony Customer Support.
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My LCD does not display anything
❑ Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is
turned on. Check that the power indicator on the front panel of the
computer is on.
❑
Check that the battery packs are inserted properly and that they are
charged.
❑
The computer may be in LCD (Video) Standby mode. Press any key
to activate the display.
❑
The display mode may be in external display mode. Press Fn while
pressing F7 several times.
The screen image on my external display is not centered or sized properly
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the
manual supplied with your display for more information.
My computer “locks up”
❑ Try restarting the computer. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start
button, click Shut Down, and then click Restart the computer.
❑
If you cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you can
restart the computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
❑
If the previous step does not work, press the power button and hold it
for at least four seconds. This turns off the power.
✍ Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete may result in data loss in files that are currently open.
My software program “locks up” or crashes
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical
support. See the Read Me First for a complete list of software contact
phone numbers.
My DVD-ROM drive tray does not open
❑ Make sure the computer is turned on.
❑
Press the Eject button on the DVD-ROM drive.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a
sharp, pointed object into the hole to the right of the Eject button.
I can’t record on an MD using the Mini Docking Station
Click the Start button and choose Programs, Media Bar, Mini Docking
Station Setup. Confirm that “Enable Mini Docking Station” is checked.
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There is no sound from my external speakers attached to the Mini Docking
Station while a music CD is playing in the CD-ROM drive.
Click the Start button and choose Control Panel. Double-click YAMAHA
DS-XG Audio Config/Digital Output. Confirm that “ON [All Sources]/
analog out is muted” is checked. If this is checked, the computer does not
output sound.
I cannot play a CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
❑ Make sure the DVD-ROM drive is inserted correctly.
❑
Make sure the label of the disc is facing up.
❑
If the disc requires software, make sure the software is installed
according to the program’s instructions.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Leave the computer for at
least 1 hour while the computer is turned on.
❑
Clean the disc.
❑
Check the speaker volume.
The pointer does not move
❑ Click the Start button on the Windows 98 bar, and select Shut Down
to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box, then press Enter.
❑
If you cannot turn off the computer as described in the step above,
press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart the computer.
❑
If nothing occurs doing the step above, press the power button for
more than four seconds to turn off the computer.
❑
If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press
Ctrl+Alt+Delete to stop playback and restart the computer.
When I click an application icon a message appears, such as “You must insert
the application CD into your DVD-ROM drive,” and the software does not
start
❑ Some titles require specific files that are located on the application’s
CD-ROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
❑
Make sure you place the disc in the tray with the label side facing up.
My floppy disk drive cannot write to a diskette
❑ If the diskette is write-protected, disable the write-protect feature or
use a diskette that is not write-protected.
❑
Check that the diskette is properly inserted into the floppy disk drive.
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My speakers have no sound
❑ If the built-in speakers are turned off, press Fn+F3 to turn on the
speakers. You can also turn on the speakers using the Jog Dial.
If the speaker volume is turned to the minimum, press Fn+F4, and
then press or ➜ to increase the volume or you can use the Jog Dial
to control the volume.
❑
If your computer is powered by batteries, check that the battery packs
are inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
If you are using an application that has its own volume control, check
that the volume is turned up.
❑
Check the volume controls in Windows® 98.
❑
If you connect external speakers, check that the speakers are properly
connected and the volume is turned up. If the speakers have a mute
button, make sure it is off. If the speakers are powered by batteries,
check that the batteries are inserted properly and that they are
charged.
❑
If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphone connector,
disconnect the cable.
➜
❑
My modem does not work
❑ Check that the phone line is plugged into the line jack. See
“Connecting a Phone Line” on page 49 for details.
❑
Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by
plugging in an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone.
❑
Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct.
❑
Check that the software you are using is compatible with the
notebook computer modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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My modem connection is slow
The computer’s modem uses K56flex™ technology and V.90 capability.
Many factors influence modem connection speed, including telephone
line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment (such as fax
machines or other modems). If you think your modem is not connecting
properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet
Service Provider, check the following:
❑
Have your phone company check that your phone line is free from
any line noise.
❑
If your problem is fax-related, check that there are no problems with
the fax machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax
modems.
❑
If you are having a problem connecting with your Internet Service
Provider, check that the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.
❑
If you have a second phone line available, try connecting the modem
to that line.
My microphone does not work
If you are using an external microphone, check that the microphone is
plugged into the Microphone connector. See “Connecting an External
Microphone” on page 69 for details.
My mouse does not work
❑ If you are using an external mouse, check that the mouse is plugged
into the mouse connector. See “Connecting an External Mouse or
Keyboard” on page 56 for details.
❑
If you connected an external mouse while your computer is on, you
must restart your computer.
❑
If you are using an optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1, check
that the mouse is plugged into the USB connector.
My touchpad does not work
You may have disabled the touchpad while no mouse was connected to
the computer. If so, you must restart the computer to make the touchpad
work again.
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I cannot use DV devices. The message “DV equipment seems to be
disconnected or turned off” appears.
❑ Check that the DV device is turned on and that the cables are
properly connected.
❑
If you are using multiple i.LINK devices, the combination of the
connected devices may cause unstable operation. In this case, turn off
the power to all connected devices and disconnect unused devices.
Check the connection, then turn on the power again.
My touchpad interprets a single tap as a double-click
Click the Mouse icon in the Control Panel and then change the button
assignments in the Mouse Properties dialog box. One of the buttons is
assigned to the double-click action.
My computer does not shut down
It is best to shut down your computer using the Shut Down command on
the Windows 98 Start menu. Using other methods, including those listed
here, may result in loss of unsaved data. If the Shut Down command does
not work properly, follow these steps:
❑
Restart the computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. If this does not
work, press the power button forward and hold it for at least four
seconds to turn off the power.
❑
Unplug the computer from the AC adapter and remove the battery
pack from your computer.
My PC card is not working
❑ Make sure the PC card is compatible with Windows 98.
❑
Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not
currently using.
❑
If you are using two PC cards, use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to
disable devices you are not currently using.
The sound of my computer’s fan is too loud
Use the PowerPanel utility to change the Thermal Control Strategy
setting to Quiet. This setting slows down the CPU speed. See the
PowerPanel Help for more information.
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I cannot print
The default setting for the printer port mode is correct for most printers.
If you cannot print, try changing the printer port mode. In Sony
Notebook Setup, select the Printer tab. If the printer port mode is set to
ECP, change it to bi-directional. If the printer port mode is set to
bi-directional, change it to ECP. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook
Setup Screen” in the Customizing Your Notebook Computer manual for
details on using Sony Notebook Setup.
The i.LINK-compatible devices connected to the Mini Docking Station do
not work
Use the i.LINK connector of the computer.
The i.LINK-compatible devices connected to the computer do not work. The
message “There are no Digital Video devices connected to this computer, or
the power is off” appears.
Unplug the i.LINK cable and plug it again.
Power Management
The operating system may become unstable if a lower power state such as
system hibernation is initiated and then changed before the operating
system completely enters the lower power state. To restore the computer
to its normal operating stability, close all open applications, push the
power button and hold it there for four seconds or more to completely
shut down the computer.
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Using the System and Application
Recovery CDs
The following sections describe how to use the System Recovery and
Application Recovery utilities.
Using the System Recovery CD(s)
You can reinstall software titles that shipped with your computer if they
are corrupted or accidentally erased. You may not need to recover the
entire contents of your hard drive. If you experience a problem with your
computer, reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may
correct the problem. Use the Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall
individual applications or device drivers. See “Using the Application
Recovery CD(s)” on page 83.
The System Recovery CD contains a backup copy of all the software
originally installed on your hard disk drive. It can be used only to
recover the hard disk of the notebook computer you purchased.
The System Recovery utility gives you three options:
❑
Full Restore without Format restores all the software titles that
originally came with your computer without formatting the hard
disk.
❑
Full Restore with Format formats the hard disk drive and then
restores all the original software.
❑
Operating System Only restores the Windows® 98 Second Edition
operating system, the notebook computer utility programs, and the
device drivers that shipped with your computer.
!
If you choose the Full Restore with Format or Operating System Only option,
your hard disk will be formatted, which removes all the information on the
hard disk drive. You will lose any software you have installed and any other
files you have created since you started to use your computer. This means you
will have to reinstall any applications that were not included with the
computer when you purchased it. If you choose the Full Restore without
Format option, you may need to reinstall applications that were not included
with the computer when you purchased it. If you have any questions on using
the System Recovery CD, contact Sony Customer Support.
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To use the System Recovery CD(s)
✍ You need to complete the Windows 98 registration process when you use the System
Recovery CD. Make sure you have the product ID number located on the cover of your
Microsoft Windows® 98 Second Edition “Getting Started” manual. You will need this
number to complete the recovery process.
1
Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive.
✍ The System recovery utility boots from the DVD-ROM drive. It must be in the DVD-ROM
drive when you turn on the computer.
2
Shut down your computer as described in “Shutting Down Your
Computer” on page 14.
3
4
Wait four seconds and turn on your computer.
5
When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User
License Agreement.
✍
Your system may include one or two System Recovery CDs. If you have two System Recovery CDs,
insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program. You are prompted to insert the second CD
once the information from the first CD has been installed.
The recovery process takes from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
If your computer does not start from the Recovery CD
1
Press the power button and hold it for more than four seconds to turn
off the computer.
2
Turn on the computer. When the Sony logo is displayed, press the F2
key. The BIOS setup menu screen appears.
3
4
Press the arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
5
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key.
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press the
Enter key. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
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6
Press the arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes) and then press
the Enter key. The message “Save configuration changes and exit
now?” appears.
7
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key. The computer
restarts from the Recovery CD.
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual
applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally
erased. Reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may
correct a problem you are experiencing with your computer, and you may
not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive. If you do need
to reinstall all the software titles that shipped with your computer, use the
System Recovery CD(s). See “Using the System Recovery CD(s)” on
page 81.
You can also use the Application Recovery CD to install Windows NT®
Workstation 4.0 drivers on your computer.
✍ You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD. The application will not run
from DOS. If you have any questions on using the Application Recovery CD, contact Sony
Customer Support.
To use the Application Recovery CD(s)
1
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all
applications.
2
When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Sony Application
Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery
utility loads automatically.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, select the icon for the
application you want to restore and then follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or two Application Recovery CDs. If you have two Application
Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery program. You may be
prompted to insert the second CD, depending on the application you wish to restore.
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Changing the Window design of Sony Software
To change the window design of Sony software:
1
2
3
4
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
5
6
To try another selection, click <<or>>.
Double-click UI Design Selector.
Click <<or>> and select the desired design.
Click Apply. The “UI Design Selector” window design changes. The
window design for you software will match the “UI Design Selector”
window.
Click OK. The UI Design Selector closes and the window design of
your Sony software displays.
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Placing a Keycap
Place the Enter keycap, Shift keycap and Space keycap as described
below. For other keys, place the keycaps in their original place and gently
push down until they click.
To place a keycap
Enter Key
projections
Push down
spring
projections
Shift key and Space key
projections
Push down
spring
projections
✍ Do not use force to remove the keycaps as this may result in a malfunction.
Do not push too hard on the keycaps when placing them.
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Adding Memory
In the future you may want to install memory modules to expand the
functionality of your computer. You can increase memory to 256 MB by
installing an optional memory module.
✍ If you are upgrading to 192 MB or 256 MB, you will need to remove both of the memory
modules that come with your computer. Make sure you observe the proper safety
precautions when you install a memory module in your computer. See the bulleted list
below. Be careful when adding memory. Mistakes when installing or removing a memory
module may cause malfunction.
If you are using only one memory module, you must use the slot closest to the front of the
computer.
❑
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives and other
components. Perform the procedures described below only at an ESD
workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a
carpeted area, and do not handle materials that produce or hold static
electricity (cellophane wrappers, for example).
❑
Ground yourself by maintaining contact with an unpainted metal
portion of the chassis while performing the procedure.
❑
Do not open the memory module package until you are ready to
install the module. The package protects the module from ESD.
❑
Use the special bag for preventing ESD or use aluminum foil when
you store the memory module.
To remove a memory module
1
2
Follow steps 1 to 5 of “To install a memory module.”
3
Remove the memory module.
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your
computer) to discharge static electricity.
1 Pull the tabs in the direction of the arrows.
The memory module is released.
2 Pull the memory module in the direction of the arrow.
4
Follow steps 8 and 9 of “To install a memory module.”
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To install a memory module
1
Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices,
such as your printer.
2
3
Unplug the computer and remove the battery packs.
Wait until the computer cools down. Then unscrew the screw at the
bottom of your computer.
screw
✍ Unscrew the screw with a screwdriver of a proper size.
4
Lift the two stoppers at the bottom of the keyboard and slide the
keyboard toward the LCD display, then lift it away slightly.
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Lift the keyboard from the LCD display side by releasing the four
tabs, then gently lean it over the display. Be careful not to detach the
cable when lifting the keyboard.
Tabs
6
7
Cable
Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
Install the memory module as described in the following graphic.
1 Slide the memory module into the slot.
2 Press the module into place until it clicks.
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8
Gently replace the keyboard, then press it into your computer. Be
careful not to detach the cable when replacing the keyboard.
9
Close the computer cover, and tighten the screws on the bottom of the
computer.
To view the system memory
1
2
Turn on the computer.
Click the Start button, point to VAIO, and click “Sony Notebook
Setup.”
The Sony Notebook Setup screen appears.
3
Click the “About This Computer” tab to view the system memory. If
the additional memory is not shown, repeat steps 1-9 of “To install a
memory module” on page 87.
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About the Software on Your Computer
Your VAIO notebook is ready to help you work, play, learn, and
communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an
overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For
support information, see “For Answers to Your Software Questions” on
page 96.
Adobe Acrobat® Reader
Adobe Systems Inc.
Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print
electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an
open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents
created on all major computer platforms.
Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Business Edition
Adobe Systems Inc.
Create amazing photo effects with Adobe PhotoDeluxe. Without learning
complex software, you can enhance, restore, and be creative with your
photos. Includes built-in guided activities, stock photos, clip art and
templates to assist you.
America Online®
America Online
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.
AT&T WorldNet® Service
AT&T
Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T
WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page
from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages,
online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special
shopping discounts at Market Square.
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CompuServe® 2000
CompuServe, Inc.
The all new CompuServe 2000 delivers a powerful tool for Internet users
who want serious and timely information, in-depth research, and
professional communities backed by state-of-the-art technologies,
including high-speed access and powerful e-mail messaging.
DVgate™ Motion
Sony Electronics
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and
capture your own video clips. You can edit the clips from your video, add
others, and combine clips into new movie segments.
DVgate™ Still
Sony Electronics
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and
capture your own still images. You can save your images in a variety of
popular file formats.
EarthLink Network TotalAccess™
EarthLink Network, Inc.
An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and
assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member
benefits include e-mail, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a
member newsletter, and 24-hour technical support.
eMail inChorus™
Softlink, Inc.
This communications tool turns your e-mail into multimedia e-mail. With
eMail inChorus™, in minutes you can send your colleagues and friends
presentations and e-mails narrated with your pre-recorded voice and
illustrated with graphics and animated annotation.
McAfee VirusScan®
Network Associates, Inc.
Protect your computer from viruses. VirusScan can detect viruses from
floppy disks, Internet downloads, e-mail attachments, intranets, shared
files, CD-ROMs, and online services.
popular file formats.
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Media Bar™
Sony Electronics
Media Bar software is your all-in-one solution for audio/video playback.
Media Bar software handles all common computer multimedia formats
and controls selected Sony devices. In addition to audio/video library
cataloging and playlist management, Media Bar software includes digital
video quality control and effects features. Media Bar software seamlessly
integrates a variety of new media formats with an easy-to-use software
interface.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer for Windows® 98
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer delivers the web the way you want it. It is safe, easy to
use, and you can personalize how you access the web. Outlook Express
and other tools in Internet Explorer also help you have a great experience
when you are on the web.
Microsoft® Money 99
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform
your financial tasks, everything from paying bills to planning for the
future, in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay
bills and bank from the comfort of home.
Microsoft® Outlook® 98
Microsoft Corporation
Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It
combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging
systems with integrated calendar, contact, and task-management
features.
Microsoft® Word 97
Microsoft Corporation
The world’s leading word processor allows you to create professionallooking letters, school reports, and other documents using ready-to-use
templates, automatic formatting and spelling and grammar checkers.
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Microsoft® Works Suite 99
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Works Suite is an integrated program for creating spreadsheets,
databases, calendars, and more. The Works Calendar reminds you of
important dates.
MindSpring® Internet Desktop
MindSpring Enterprises, Inc.
The MindSpring Internet Desktop offers you access to different areas of
the Internet from one convenient program. With a single click on the
MindSpring Internet Desktop, you can easily search the Internet, send
and receive e-mail, access news and weather, and more.
Netscape Communicator™
Netscape Communications
Netscape Communicator is an all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy
to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and
compose great web documents.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics
This image management software displays images from your hard drive,
a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica® Camera. The images
appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the
contents of an entire folder.
Prodigy Internet™
Prodigy Communications Corporation
An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and
smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content such as sports scores,
stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer
service, all at a competitive price.
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Quicken® Basic 99
Intuit, Inc.
Quicken is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken works just
like your checkbook, so it is easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all
your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans. You
can even pay your bills online.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail.
Smart Capture manages the i.LINK connection between your computer
and a Sony Digital Handycam® camcorder that supports the i.LINK
interface. It allows you to capture compressed video or still images that
you can save or share via e-mail. A smart solution to computer, digital
audio/video and network convergence.
Smart Connect
Sony Electronics
Smart Connect allows you to use an i.LINK cable (not supplied) to
connect your VAIO computer to another VAIO computer that supports
Smart Connect. You can then use one computer to copy, delete, and edit
files on the other computer. You can also print from a printer attached to
either computer.
Smart Label
Sony Electronics
This tool allows you to record your voice and play it back at any time to
remind you of important information, such as telephone numbers or
appointments. It can also be used as a normal text memo pad. It can
record a voice memo up to 60 seconds long. You can combine this with
pictures and/or text to create a memo that you can place on your
computer desktop.
Smart Publisher
Sony Electronics
Smart Publisher makes it easy for you to send web pages to the Internet
using e-mail or FTP.
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Smart Write
Sony Electronics
A word processor that allows you to create documents that incorporate
pictures and sound. With Smart Write, you can record your voice right
into the page and draw directly onto your documents with a computer
“pencil.”
Sound Forge® XP
Sonic Foundry
Sound Forge® XP allows you to put powerful audio processing tools and
effects to work on your desktop. Simply cut, copy, and paste your way to
striking multimedia files for use in everything from web pages to desktop
presentations.
WinFax® Basic Edition
Symantec Corporation
WinFax Basic software incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows
you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive
additional features.
About Your Recovery CDs
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to reinstall individual applications and device
drivers. Use it to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with
your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can
be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you
purchased.
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VAIO® Notebook Computer User Guide
For Answers to Your Software Questions
Acrobat® Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Business Edition
(Adobe Systems Incorporated)
http://www.adobe.com/
website
phone
206-628-2746 (fee-based support)
fax
206-628-5737
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM Pacific Time
America Online® (America Online)
website
http://www.aol.com/
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
AT&T WorldNet® Service (AT&T)
website
http://www.worldnet.att.net
phone
800-400-1447
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe, Inc.)
http://www.compuserve.com/
website
phone
800-848-8990
EarthLink Network TotalAccess™ (EarthLink Network, Inc.)
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/
website
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
For Answers to Your Software Questions
eMail inChorus™ (Softlink, Inc.)
website
http://www.sonk.com
phone
408-970-3370
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F 8AM-5PM Pacific Time
McAfee VirusScan (Network Associates, Inc.)
http://support.mcafee.com
website
phone
408-988-3832
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F 9AM-5PM Central Time
Mindspring® Internet Desktop (MindSpring)
http://help.mindspring.com/support
website
phone
800-719-4660
Netscape Communicator™ (Netscape Communications Corporation)
http://www.netscape.com/
website
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONY PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Prodigy Internet™ (Prodigy Communications Corporation)
http://www.prodigy.com/
website
phone
800-213-0992
hours
7 AM - 3 AM Eastern Time
Quicken® Basic (Intuit Inc.)
website
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4688
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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Windows® 98 Second Edition Operating System, Word, Works, Money,
Outlook, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)
http://www.microsoft.com/support/
website
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONY PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
WinFax® Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/
website
phone
fax
800-798-0850
800-554-4403 in North America
541-984-2490 outside North America
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972).
Specifications
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Specifications
Model
PCG-XG9
Processor
500 MHz* Mobile Pentium® III
Hard Disk Drive
18.1 GB†
Standard RAM
128 MB PC 100 SDRAM (Two 64 MB modules),
expandable to 256 MB
LCD Screen
13.3” XGA TFT
L2 Cache Memory
256 KB (CPU Integrated)
MPEG
MPEG2 Digital Video; supports full-screen playback
Graphics
128-bit accelerator with 2.5MB Video RAM
Sound Capabilities
16-bit CD-quality stereo sound
Diskette Drive
Removable 3.5” 1.44 MB
DVD-ROM Drive
Reads CD data from 10.3X to 24X variable transfer
rate.‡ Reads DVD data from 1.7X to 4X
variable transfer rate.**
Laser Diode
Properties
DVD-ROM drive wave length 780 nm and 650 nm;
laser output 4.59µW
Modem
K56flex™ technology/V.90 compatible data/fax
modem††
Infrared
Supports 4 Mbps, 1.1 Mbps, and 115 kbps IrDA
Standard
Multipurpose Bay
Supports: Floppy disk drive (included)
Second rechargeable battery (optional)
Hot/warm swap DVD-ROM drive
(included), CD-R/W, 2nd Hard Disk drive
Expansion
Capabilities
Two type II PC cards and
One type III PC card
Card Bus support
Built-in Capabilities
Microphone
Stereo speakers
Digital touch pad
Telecommunication
Capabilities
Fax send/receive
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Model
PCG-XG9
Connection
Capabilities
USB Port
S400 i.LINK
Microphone
Headphone
Mini-docking station
Infrared
Microphone
Type II & III PC Cards
Additional
Connection
Capabilities With
Mini-Docking Station
(not supplied)
Optical digital audio output
VGA monitor
S400 i.LINK
Mouse (PS/2®-style)/keyboard
Control A1 II
S Video (output)
Video (output)
Serial port
Line in
Line out
Two USB ports
Parallel (printer)
Floppy disk drive
Type II & III PC Cards
Supplied Accessories
Floppy disk drive
Rechargeable battery
AC adapter and power cord
Weight Saver
FDD stand
FDD cable
Accessory case
Filter cleaner
Service
90-day limited express service‡‡‡
Extendible to one year from original date
of purchase upon registration
Limited Warranty
90-day parts/labor standard‡‡‡
Extendible to one year from original
date of purchase upon registration
Power Requirements
49.5 watts maximum (19.5V DC/AC 120-240V)
Power Management
Energy Star compliant
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
(ACPI)
Battery
Lithium-ion, supports dual battery operation
Specifications
Model
101
PCG-XG9
Dimensions
11.9” (w) x 1.8” (h)*** x 9.9” (d)
(303 x 45 x 250.7mm)
Weight
6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg) (with battery and weight saver)
6.4 lbs. (2.9 kg) (with battery and floppy disk drive)
Operating
Temperature
41ºF to 95ºF (+5ºC to 35ºC)
(Temperature gradient less than 18ºF/10ºC/hour)
Operating Humidity
20% to 80% (not condensed) when that humidity is
less than 65% at 95°F (35°C) (hygrometer reading of
less than 84°F (29°C))
Storage Temperature
-4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C) (temperature gradient
less than 18°F(10°C)/hour)
Storage Humidity
10% to 90% (not condensed) when that humidity is
less than 20% at 140°F (60°C) (hygrometer reading
of less than 95°F (35°C))
* MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application performance.
†GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.
‡
A CD-ROM drive reads data at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10.3X at the innermost track to 24X
at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate
is 17.2X or 2580 kbytes/s.
** Data on a DVD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 1.7X at the innermost track to
4X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1392 kbytes/s). The average data transfer
standard is approximately 2.85X or 3823 kbytes/s. A DVD-ROM drive reads data on a CD-ROM disc at a
variable transfer rate, ranging from 10.3X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track. The
average data transfer rate is approximately 17.15X or 2936 kbytes/s or 2576 kbytes/s.
†† Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbps. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kpbs using K56flex
technology or V.90. Your online service or Internet Service Provider, however, may not support this
technology or operate at this speed.
‡‡‡ Certain restrictions apply.
***Height measured at thickest point. Thinnest height is 39 mm.
If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are
trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your VAIO Notebook. Region code indicators
such as a “1” or “ALL” are labeled on some DVD discs to indicate what type of player can play the discs.
Unless a “1” or “ALL” is labeled on your DVD disc or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this
player.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
A
C
AC adapter 4, 8
AC power 8
accessing online support 16
adding
hardware 48
peripherals 48
adjusting
brightness 13, 29
Alt key 26
Application Recovery CD 83
Applications key 26
cables
phone 4
power cord 8
canceling commands 26
Caps Lock 4
indicator light 28
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs
ejecting 36
inserting 35
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
closing tray 36
opening tray 35
using 35
charge status indicator light 10
charging battery packs 10, 47
choosing
power source 9
coin-operated telephones 49
computer 72
lithium ion battery v
setting up 4
starting 13
troubleshooting 73, 75
connecting
coin-operated telephones 49
external speakers 68
hard drives 38
microphone 69
Mini Docking Station 50, 52
monitor 64
multiple phone lines 49
network 38
party phone lines 49
PBX 49
B
battery packs 4, 9
charging 10, 47
indicator light status 10
indicator lights 4, 10, 28, 46
inserting 9
inserting into battery bay 9
loading 9
power status 10
rechargeable 8
removing 12, 46, 47
brightness
adjusting 13, 29
built-in speakers 4
See also speakers 29
buttons
Eject 35, 36
Finish 16
left 4
right 4
Start (Windows 98) 14
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phone line 49
power source 8
USB device 71
connectors
DC In 8
headphone 6
i.LINK 5
infrared 42
keyboard 4
Line In 5
microphone 6
monitor
Printer 55
USB 6
correction keys 26
Ctrl key 26
cursor-movement keys 26
customer assistance
support options 72
Escape key 26
Express Service technical support 17
external devices
display 65
See also monitor
speakers 29, 68
D
H
DC In 8
digital still camera 42
diskettes
ejecting 33
inserting into drive 33
troubleshooting 76
display
options 65
See also monitor
selecting 65
disposal of lithium ion battery v
drives
floppy disk 4
installing additional hard disk 38
DVD-ROM drive tray
troubleshooting 75
hard drives
indicator light 4, 28
installing additional 38
hardware
online support 72
headphone 4
connector 6
Help
Mouseware 31
help 72
E
Eject button 33, 35, 36
ejecting
battery packs 47
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs 36
diskettes 33
electronic
documentation 72
F
faxes
laws governing v
Finish button 16
floppy disk drive 4
cable 4
disconnecting 34
troubleshooting 76
Fn 30
Fn key 26
combination commands 29
function keys 26
I
i.LINK 5
indicator lights 28
battery 4, 10, 28, 46
Caps Lock 4, 28
charge status 10
hard drive 4, 28
Num Lock 4, 28
power 4
Scroll Lock 4, 28
Information on Using the Jog Dial 21
infrared communication devices 42
other computers 42
infrared port 42
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infrared transmission
active distance 43
troubleshooting 43
input devices iv
Insert key 26
inserting
battery pack 9
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs 35
diskettes into drive 33
installing
hard drives 38
hardware 48
peripherals 48
interference iv
internal speakers
See speakers
troubleshooting 78
Mini Docking Station 50
modem
laws governing v
troubleshooting 77
monitor 6
connecting 64
selecting 65
switching among 29
mouse
troubleshooting 78
Mouse Properties screen 31
Mouseware
accessing help 31
features 31
multiple phone lines 49
J
N
Jog Dial 18
navigation keys 26
network
connecting 38
Notebook Computer 4
Num Lock 4
indicator light 28
numeric keypad area 26
K
keyboard 26
connector 4
L
LCD
lock lever 13
selecting to display output 65
troubleshooting 75
left button 4
lever
LCD 13
weight saver release 47
Limited Warranty card 17
Line In 5
Liquid Crystal Display screen
See LCD
lithium ion battery
disposal v
safety precautions v
loading
battery pack 9
M
microphone 6
connecting 69
O
online
help 72
opening
DVD-ROM drive tray 35
operator keys 26
output devices iv
P
party phone lines 49
PBX 49
PC card
inserting 38
release button 38
removing 40
slot protector 39
slots 38
troubleshooting 79
Type III 38
phone
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cable 4
connecting line 49
jack 49
laws governing v
power 28
cord 8
indicator light 4
switch 6, 13
power saving modes 44
System Hibernation 29, 45
System Idle 30, 44
System Suspend 45
Video Standby 30
power sources 9
connecting 8
Print Screen key 26
printer
connector 55
Printer connector 55
R
radio interference iv
rechargeable battery packs 8, 9
recharging battery packs 10
Recovery CD 83
registering
Windows 98 16
your computer 17
regulatory information iii
removing
battery packs 12
diskettes 33
floppy disk drive 34
Mini Docking Station 53
replacing
battery packs 46
restoring data 83
right button 4
display 65
LCD 65
monitor 65
power source 9
setting up
Windows 98 16
setting up your PC
support 72
Shift key 26
Shut Down Windows dialog box 14
Sony Fax-on-Demand service 72
speakers 4
built-in 4
external 68
switching 29
troubleshooting 77
volume 29
Start button 14
starting
computer 13
startup problems 14
switching
display 29
monitor 29
System Hibernation mode 29, 45
System Idle mode 30, 44
System Suspend mode 29, 45
T
technical support
support options 72
touchpad 4, 31
troubleshooting 73
startup 14, 73
turning on
computer 13
TV
interference iv
S
U
screen
See LCD
Scroll Lock 4
indicator light 28
second battery pack 9, 46
selecting
USB
connector 6
V
Video Standby mode 30
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W
warranty 17
weight saver
attaching 46
Windows 98
Certificate of Authenticity 16
Control Panel 43
Explorer 27
Find window 27
Finish button 16
help 27
key 26
key combinations 27
License Agreement 16
registering 16
setup 16
Setup Wizard screen 16
Start button 14
taskbar 14, 75
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