Sony PCV-E201 User's Guide

Sony PCV-E201 User's Guide
Notice to Users
© 1998 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
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR
PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO THIS
MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR SUCH
OTHER INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT
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 may also be governed by
the terms of a separate user license
agreement.
Sony, VAIO and %/\J © are trademarks
of Sony. Windows and the Windows logo
are registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. Intel and Pentium are
trademarks of Intel Corporation. K56flex is
a trademark of Lucent Technologies Inc.
and Rockwell International. All other
trademarks are trademarks of their
respective owners.
Safety Information
Owner's Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the back of your Sony computer.
Record the model and serial numbers in
the space provided here. Refer to the model
and serial number when you call your
Sony Service Center.
Model Number:
Serial Number:
WARNING
WJ To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose your Sony computer to
rain or moisture.
=} Never install modem or telephone
wiring during a lightning storm.
J Never install telephone jacks in wet
locations unless the jack is specifically
designed for wet locations
J 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.
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Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: PCV-E201, PCV-E203,
PCV-E205
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 two following conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device
must accept any interference
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
received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation. reception.
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC 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:
WJ 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.
J Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of
the FCC rules. The ringer equivalence
number (REN) and the FCC registration
number are printed on the modem board. If
requested, this information must be
supplied to the telephone company.
The REN is used to determine the quantity
of devices which may be connected to the
phone line. Excessive REN's 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
REN's 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 REN's, contact the telephone
company to determine the maximum REN
for the calling area.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11
telephone jack.
If this equipment causes harm to the
telephone network, the telephone company
will, when practical, notify you in advance
that temporary discontinuance of service
may be required. If advance notice isn't
practical, the telephone company will
notify you 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
notify you in advance, in order for you to
make the necessary modifications
in order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this modem,
for repair or warranty information, please
contact 1-888-4SONY-PC, or write to the
Sony Customer Information Center, One
Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.
This equipment cannot be used on
telephone-company-provided coin service.
Connection to Party Line Service is subject
to state tariffs.
Repair of the modem should be made only
by a Sony Service Center or Sony
authorized agent. For the Sony Service
Center nearest you, call
1-888-4SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).
Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991
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, see your fax software
documentation.
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Unpacking Your COmputer…………….…..…..…..…..……serrssresrenencenersrenseess 4
| Computer and Supplied Accessories....................... 4
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.Choosing a Location for Your Computer.....................eseeee 13
Back Panel Overview .........................e.eerreie mee 15
Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display .............. 16
Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone................ 17
| Connecting the Optional Palmrest……………….….…..….…srrerrersesseuress 18
Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse …….….……..….….…….…………ssses 19
Connecting the Phone Line and Phone …………….………………erreses. 20
Connecting the Power COrdS …………….….…………rerereesrensenersenersreneree 21
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Connecting a Joystick or MIDI Instrument….+...…….………s 27
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device........................... 28
Connecting a Digital Camera or Other Serial Peripheral ............. 29
Starting Your Computer .................==vvsieerree e 30
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Registering Your [email protected] are ÉEÉEÉ TERA 32
Using the Standby Function ver EEE EEE 33
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Using the DVD Player ......................... eres 48
Using the Online Center..............................eeee ee 53
Using the Tool Center .........................esemeei EEE EEE 54
Using Tool Center Tools .....................enen Deere 54
Using Tool Center Options.............................eene es 55
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Troubleshooting ...........................ieeenrer ec e eee 61
Using the System Recovery CD.......................emmeer 66
Using the Application Recovery CD ……………….….………reresrersress ...08
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Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower ..... 69
Inserting an Add-in Board.......................= mee DDD DIT E 70
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Replacing the Lithium Battery .....................e..eeee 74
Removing the Left-Side Panel...............................eir o 76
Removing the Bottom Panel......................eee e 77
Removing the Front Panel............................enn eee 78
Detaching the Diskette Drive.....................mremm me 79
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Replacing the Front Panel.........................erm e 82
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On the Power SOUrCE …….…….….…….…….….……erserererrererensrsrsrsesrensecrenrassenenes 93
- On Disposal of the Lithium Battery ........................ 94
On Handling.……..………...…….…………meereennentnennnsnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn 95
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On Handling CD-ROM and DVD-ROM DiSCS a. 97
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Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO® MicroTower
Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video,
computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art
personal computing.
Features
Check the following table to determine the features of your specific VAIO
MicroTower model.
Model PCV-E201 PCV-E203 PCV-E205
Processor 266 MHz 300 MHz 333 MHz
Standard SDRAM 32 MB 48 MB 64 MB
Video RAM 2 MB 4 MB 4 MB
MPEG “Sony Tuned” MPEG Digital Video
Graphics Accelerator ATi 3D Rage Pro Turbo AGP
Sound PCI 3D Stereo Sound
DVD-ROM Drive - -- 5 XxX 5X*
CD-ROM Drive 24X* -- --
Modem | K56flex Technology
Hard Disk Capacity 4.3 GB 6.4 GB 8.4 GB
Other -- Video Out Video Out
* Maximum performance. DVD-ROM drive also plays CD-ROM discs. See “Specifications” on page 101 for
details and a complete description of your computer's specifications.
a Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) (models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 only):
This new optical storage technology provides increased storage
capacity and a rich multimedia computing experiénce. Your DVD-
ROM drive plays both DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs.
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Sony audio and video quality: Dynamic high-fidelity audio sound
system, high-powered 3D graphics (AGP) and “Sony-Tuned” MPEG
digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today’s
advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment
software. -
50 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 50 free
hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Limit of
two hours per day. Free access expires after 50 hours or 90 days after
signing up—whichever occurs first.
Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is
preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.
Microsoft® Windows®: Your system includes the latest operating
system from Microsoft.
VAIO Space: Sony's original navigation utility, which helps you use
the applications on your computer more efficiently.
Sony Audio-Video Center: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and
visual capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to
mix your own sounds and play audio CDs and audio files (MIDI and
WAV).
Communications: Access popular online services, browse the
Internet, send faxes, and more.
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About This User Guide
This manual offers a quick introduction and reference to your
Sony computer.
a Setting Up Your VAIO Micro Tower shows you how to connect the
standard components of your system—generally in under 15
minutes. This section also explains how to connect additional
components, such as a printer, MIDI instrument, joystick, digital
camera, and more.
Q Getting Started With VAIO Space describes how to use VAIO Space
and the audio and video applications on your VAIO MicroTower.
Q Getting Help explains the support options available to you, shows
you how to use the Sony Online Support service, and offers basic
troubleshooting tips.
D Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO Micro Tower illustrates
how to install an add-in card, add memory, and replace the lithium
battery.
0 Computer Basics shows new computer users how to use a mouse,
keyboard, DVD/CD-ROM, and diskette drive.
Oo Other Information provides facts and advice about using your
computer.
Q Limited Warranty Statement provides your product warranty
statement and explains how to extend your warranty for an
additional nine months.
QO Specifications includes all the hardware specifications for your
computer.
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Unpacking Your Computer
Computer and Supplied Accessories
VAIO
Power Cord
Phone Cable
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Manuals
a VAIO MicroTower Getting Started describes how to set up your
computer, find help, upgrade your computer, and accomplish basic
computer tasks. |
3 The Microsoft Windows manual explains how to use the basic
features of the Windows operating system.
Recovery CDs
J System Recovery CD
3 Application Recovery CD
Other
Q Setting up your VAIO MicroTower (poster)
2 Packet containing special product offers
Software Library
The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement,
Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:
Q Activision HeavyGear®
3 Adobe PhotoDeluxe*
9 Microsoft? Encarta” 98 Encyclopedia
J Microsoft” Money/ Microsoft” Works
DVD Discs
Models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 include the following DVD title:
3 SHORT cinema journal
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Software Information
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
Adobe Systems Incorporated
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.
website http://www.adobe.com/
phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support)
fax 206-628-5737
e-mail [email protected]
hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
Adobe PhotoDeluxe 8
Adobe Systems Incorporated
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. |
website http://www.adobe.com/
phone * - 206-628-2746 (fee-based support)
fax 206-628-5737
e-mail — techdocsGadobe.com
hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
America Online®
America Online
America Online is the world's most 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.
website http://www.aol.com/
phone 800-827-3338 o
hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PMET
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CompuServe ® Interactive
CompuServe Interactive, Inc.
CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and
educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the
vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your
time online with CompuServe.
_ website http://www.compuserve.com/
phone 800-848-8990
hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET
Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus
Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.
Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the
spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files and
automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet
download.
website http://www.drsolomon.com/
phone 888-377-6566
e-mail | [email protected]
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Easy Internet Access
Encompass, Inc.
Easy Internet Access provides an intuitive interface to do almost everything on
the Internet: browsing, e-mail, navigating to the best sites on the web, and
interacting with multimedia content. Includes 50 free hours of Internet access
from GTE Internetworking.
website http://www.encmpss.com/ index.htm
phone 800-927-3000
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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First Aide 98
CyberMedia, Inc.
First Aid helps to intercept crashes, fixes startup problems for Sony pre-installed
applications, uses a knowledge base to find and fix additional problems, and
automatically backs up your computer's critical configuration files.
website http://www.cybermedia.com/
phone 310-581-4710
hours M-F, 7:30 AM - 5 PM PT
Heavy Gear
Activision, Inc.
Combine sophisticated role-playing with exciting war games in this state-of-the-
art 3D combat robot simulation.
website http://www.activision.com/
phone 310-255-2050
e-mail [email protected]
hours M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM PT
Microsoft® Encarta® 98 Encyclopedia
Microsoft Corporation
Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date
multimédia téchnology, providing users with unique, engaging learning
experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information
resources and unique interactive features.
website http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use,
and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook™ Express and other
tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you re on the Web.
_ website http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Microsoft® Money 98
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Money 98 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.
website http://www.microsoft.com/ support/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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.
website http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Microsoft® Works
Microsoft Corporation
Works 4.5 provides users with the right set of core tools that allows them to write
letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home
finances and create a home inventory.
website http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Netscape Communicator O Personal Edition
Netscape Communications Corporation
Netscape Communicator is the 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. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide
Web browser in the world.
website http://www.netscape.com/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
- hours ‚ T days a week, 24 hours a day
“ Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Oil Change™ (Sony SOS Edition)
CyberMedia, Inc.
Oil Change software is a useful companion to Sony Online Support (SOS). Using
the Internet, it provides the latest device drivers, software fixes, and updates
provided by Sony for the software titles included with your Sony computer.
website http://www.cybermedia.com/
phone 888-4SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Quicken® Basic 98
Intuit Inc.
Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just
like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your
finances—bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your
bills online.
“ website http://www.intuit.com/support/
phone 900-555-4688
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
SHORT cinema journal (models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 only)
2014 Corporation -
SHORT cinema journal is a DVD magazine of award-winning films that celebrates
the art of short cinema: narratives, fiction, experimental, documentary, criticism,
monologues, interviews and editorials. Each issue contains nearly two hours of
films and animations.
website http://www.dvdmags.com/
phone 310-821-9843
fax 310-821-7846
e-mail [email protected]
hours M-F, 9 AM - 5 PM PT
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Setting Up Your
VAIO MicroTower
Your VAIO MicroTower comes with the software titles preinstalled on
your hard disk drive. Just follow these simple steps to connect the cables
and turn on the computer, and your VAIO MicroTower is ready to use.
Choosing a Location for Your Computer
Before you get started, find the best location for your new computer. Here
are some things to consider when planning your workspace:
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Stable work surface—Use a stable work surface large enough to
support the computer, the display, and other equipment.
Ventilation—Leave at least eight inches of space on the left and back
sides of your computer to enable proper ventilation.
Placement of the keyboard, mouse, and other input devices—Place
your keyboard, mouse, and other input devices so that your arms and
hands are in a relaxed, comfortable position. The keyboard should be
directly in front of you. Adjust the level of the keyboard so that your
lower arms are parallel to the floor. Keep your wrists in a relaxed
position when you're using the keyboard—not angled up or down.
Use the palmrest only briefly, for resting. While typing, never use the
palmrest or rest your hands on the table. Position the mouse at the
same level as the keyboard. Hold the mouse with a relaxed hand, and
use your whole arm to move it. Take breaks during sessions with
your computer. Excessive use of the mouse or a joystick may strain
muscles or tendons.
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Furniture and posture—Sit in a chair with good back support and
armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the floor.
A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright
posture—avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.
Viewing angle of the display—Position the display 18 to 26 inches
difectly'in front of you, with the top of the screen at or a little below
eye level. Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position.
You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by placing the display
in the proper position.
Lighting—Choose a location where windows and lights do not create
glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid
bright spots on the display. You can also purchase accessories for
your display that help reduce glare. Proper lighting adds to your
comfort and work effectiveness.
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Back Panel Overview
The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug
in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as
a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.
Mouse
Keyboard
USB
Serial
Printer/Parallel
Monitor
. Power
Headphones
Game/MIDI
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Microphone
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Connecting the Sony
Multimedia Computer Display
The Sony Multimedia Computer Display (sold separately) is an
integrated audio/video unit with built-in speakers and a microphone.
Follow these steps to connect it to your computer.
1 Use the blue (7 symbol to locate the MONITOR (display) connector.
Plug the blue display cable into this connector, and then tighten the
two screws to secure the cable.
2 Use the green С) symbol to locate the HEADPHONES connector. Plug the
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3 Usethered / symbol to locate the MIC (microphone) connector. Plug
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Connecting a Display, Speakers,
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If you did not purchase the Sony Multimedia Computer Display, you
need speakers and a microphone to use the computer's audio features.
1 Use the blue {_) symbol to locate the MONITOR (display) connector.
Plug the display cable into this connector, and then tighten the two
screws to secure the cable.
2 Use the green (7 symbol to locate the HEADPHONES connector. Plug the
speaker cable into this connector.
3 Usethered A to locate the MIC (microphone) connector. Plug the
microphone cable into this connector.
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Connecting the Optional Palmrest
Your computer is equipped with an optional palmrest that you can attach
to your keyboard. Follow these steps to connect the palmrest.
1 Place the keyboard and palmrest upside down on a flat surface.
2 Insert the latching posts on the palmrest into the openings on
the keyboard.
3 Move the palmrest to the right until you feel it snap into place.
To remove the palmrest
1 Turn the keyboard and palmrest upside down.
2 Push down on the palmrest, and then move it to the left.
3 Lift the palmrest away from the keyboard.
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Follow these steps to connect the keyboard and mouse.
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Use the purple symbol to locate the KEYBOARD connector. Plug the
purple keyboard cable into this connector.
Use the blue-green C B- symbol to locate the MOUSE connector and
insert the blue-green mouse cable into this connector.
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Connecting the Phone Line and Phone
You need to connect the phone line and phone to take advantage of online
services, the Internet, and Sony Online Support (SOS).
There are two phone jacks on the back panel. Follow these steps to
connect your phone line and phone.
1 Unplug your phone from the wall jack and plug it into the TELEPHONE
jack on the computer.
2 Plug one end of the phone cable that came with your system into the
LINE jack and the other end into the wall jack.
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Connecting the Power Cords
Follow these steps to connect the power cords.
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Plug the power cord into the connector on the computer.
If necessary, plug the display power cord into the display.
Plug both the display and power cords into a grounded AC wall
outlet, power strip, or Uninterruptible Power Supply.
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Television Send audio and video from See page 23
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Allows you to play games and
watch movies on a large
screen. Also useful for
business presentations.
Printer Print documents from the See page 26
computer.
Joystick Connect a joystick, which See page 27
enhances game playing.
MIDI device Connect MIDI instruments. See page 27
Universal Serial Connect USB devices. See page 28
Bus (USB) device
Serial device Connect serial devices, such See page 29
as a digital camera.
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Connecting a Television (Audio/Video Out) *
Connecting a television to your computer enables you to send audio and
video from the computer to the television. (You will be able to watch
video and hear audio on both the computer and the television.)
If your system includes the Sony Multimedia Computer Display:
1 Use the yellow {JJ symbol to locate the composite VIDEO OUT connector
on the computer. Plug either end of the yellow video cable into this
connector. Then plug the other end of the cable into the TV's VIDEO IN
connector.
2 Use the green () symbol to locate the HEADPHONES connector on the
computer. Plug the black end of the audio splitter cable €) into this
connector. Then plug the red and white ends of the audio splitter
cable Q into the TV's AUDIO IN connectors. (This enables you to hear
audio on the multimedia monitor as well as on your TV)
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the MIC connector on the computer. Plug the red microphone cable
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Use the yellow {J symbol to locate the composite VIDEO OUT connector
on the computer. Plug either end of the yellow video cable into this
connector. Then plug the other end of the cable into the TV's VIDEO IN
connector.
Use the green () symbol to locate the PHONES connector on the
computer. Plug the black end of the audio splitter cable €) into this
connector. Then plug the red and white ends of the audio splitter
cable @ into the TV's AUDIO IN connectors.
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You can connect a printer to your computer to print documents from your
computer.
| Use the dark grey [*) symbol to locate the PRINTER connector. Plug the
printer cable into this connector.
2 If necessary, plug one end of the printer power cord into the
printer, and the other end into a grounded AC wall outlet, power
strip, or Uninterrupted Power Supply.
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You can connect a joystick or MIDI instrument to your computer. You can
also purchase an adapter to connect additional devices.
D Use the dark grey IL symbol to locate the GAME connector. Plug
the joystick or MIDI cable into this connector.
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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
You can connect a USB device to your computer.
- Use the dark grey «€ symbol to locate the USB connector. Plug
the USB cable into this connector.
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Connecting a Digital Camera or Other Serial Peripheral
You can connect other computer peripherals, such as Sony's digital still
camera, to the computers serial port.
3a Plug the serial-cable from the digital camera into the serial port.
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Starting Your Computer
After you connect all the cables and accessories to your computer, you're
ready to turn on the computer.
1 Press the power switch on the display to turn on the power.
2. Press the power switch on the front panel of the computer to turn on
the power.
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Registering Windows*
The first time you turn on your computer, you need to complete a few
steps to register and configure the Windows software that is already
installed on your computer. You do not need to repeat these steps each
time you turn on your computer.
The on-screen instructions guide you through the registration and
configuration process. The following is an overview of the process.
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Gathering information:
D Enter your name.
Read and accept the License Agreement.
Enter your Certificate of Authenticity number located on the
cover of the Windows manual.
Windows setup:
Q Click the Finish button on the Windows Setup Wizard screen.
Selecting your computer settings:
.9 If necessary, change the Time Zone, Date and Time on the Date/
Time Properties screen.
Learning about Windows:
Q If you want, take the tour of Windows.
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Registering Your Computer
Take advantage of Sony's commitment to quality customer support and
receive these benefits by registering your computer:
Sony Online Support—Talk to a Support Representative to
troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
Limited labor warranty—Protect your investment. See “Limited
Warranty Statement” on page 99 for details.
On-site service—Provides convenient resolution of problems.
Follow these steps to use the computer online registration service.
Click the “Click here to begin” text in the center of the VAIO desktop.
Enter the information requested on the first online registration form.
Press the TAB key to move from box to box.
Click the Next button to advance to the next form.
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 Standby Function
When you're done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode
rather than turn it off completely. Putting the computer in standby mode
allows you to return to normal computer use instantly.
‚ То put the computer in standby mode
1 Save your work and close any applications that are running. (You can
leave Microsoft Windows running.)
2 Press the power switch on the front panel.
The computer goes into standby mode.
To change the length of time before the computer goes into standby mode
The computer automatically goes into standby mode when there is no
activity on the computer for 30 minutes. You can modify this length of
time from the Windows Control Panel.
To take the computer out of standby mode
Press the power switch on the front panel again.
Standby Mode Indicators
You.can tell which mode the computer is in by the color of the power
indicator light.
Color - … Mode
Amber Computer is in standby mode.
Green Computer is out of standby mode, ready to use.
No color Computer is turned off.
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Shutting Down Your Computer
When you're ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of
time, use the following procedure to shut down the computer.
1 Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar to open the Start
menu.
2 Click Shut Down to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box.
3 Click Shut down to shut down the computer.
4 Press Enter to complete the shutdown process.
5 Wait for your computer to turn off automatically — the power
indicator light turns off.
© Turn off the display and any other peripherals connected to your
computer.
Getting Started With
VAIO Space
VAIO Space is Sony's original utility that organizes the preinstalled
applications on your VAIO MicroTower, making it easier for you to find
and launch the applications on your computer, use the Sony audio and
video players, connect to the Internet, and more.
Starting VAIO Space
To start VAIO Space
0 Click the VAIO Space icon on the Windows desktop.
The VAIO Launcher appears, which includes icons for the five
VAIO Space centers:
Software Center
Audio-Video Center
Online Center
Too! Center
Help Center
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VAIO Space Centers
There are five centers within VAIO Space, as follows:
Center Name and Icon Contains Description
Software Applications Contains icons for all
Center Accessories preinstalled applications and
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See Using the Software Center”
on page 39 for details.
Audio- Video Launches the video and audio
Video Audio applications included with your
Center DVD computer.
See “Using the Audio-Video
Center” on page 40 for details.
Online Easy Internet Allows you to connect to the
Center VAIO Direct Internet.
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Tool Tools Provides tools that help you
Center Options analyze and fix system-related
* problems.
See “Using the Tool Center” on
page 54 for details.
Help Help Center Contains links to various
Center sources of help for your VAIO
MicroTower computer.
See “Using the Help Center” on
page 56 for details.
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Navigating through VAIO Space
To go to a center within VAIO Space
Move the mouse pointer over an icon on the VAIO Launcher.
Categories for each center appear.
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the icon displays the
categories of programs
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2 Click the category text (such as Applications) to open the VAIO
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VAIO Space Controls
Button. Function
Goes to the previous screen or page in a seguence.
Unavailable until you go to another screen.
Goes to the next screen or page in a sequence. Unavailable
on the last screen in a sequence.
Stops loading the current page (used for web pages).
Refreshes the current page (used for web pages).
Displays the current website address (URL) or file name
path. You can also type an address or path in this box.
Minimizes, maximizes/restores, and closes VAIO Space.
Shows /hides the VAIO Launcher. Provides the maximum
area for viewing pages.
Opens another VAIO Launcher. This is useful if you want
to perform two simultaneous operations, such as
launching an application while watching a video.
Shows/hides the VAIO screen. Provides the maximum
view of the desktop.
Animates when a web page is loading.
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Using the Software Center
To launch the Software Center
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Software Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click the text of the category (Applications or Accessories) to open
the VAIO screen.
3 To start an application, click the icon.
Other Software Center Functions
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| Display information about a program. Move the mouse pointer over the
program icon.
Display questions and answers about the Click ne
highlighted program.
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Create and save notes about the Click ne
highlighted program.
Display a help or readme file about the Click |
highlighted program.
(grayed out when unavailable)
Add an application icon to the Software Drag and drop an application icon
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onto the VAIO screen.
) Remove an application icon from the Drag and drop an application icon
Software Center. from the Software Center to the
Windows Recycle Bin.
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Using the Audio-Video Center
The Audio-Video Center includes the following programs:
Program Description
Video Plays MPEG (.mpg), MPEG2 (.vob) and AVI (.avi) video
files.
Audio Includes the following players:
- Mixer, which controls the volume and balance for
- sound files, videos, audio tracks, etc.
.. Media player, which plays WAV (.wav), MIDI (.mid),
and RMI (.rmi) audio files and MPEG (.mpg), MPEG2
(.vob) and AVI (.avi) video files. Also included is an
AudioView WAV audio file editor.
QU CD player, which plays audio tracks from your CD-
ROM or DVD-ROM" drive.
DVD Plays DVDs (Digital Versatile Discs).
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Using the Video Player
The Video Player plays MPEG (.mpg), MPEG2 (.vob) and AVI (.avi) video
files.
To play a video file
… 1 Move the mouse pointer over the Audio-Video Center icon on the
VAIO Launcher.
2 Click Video in the VAIO Launcher. The Video Player launches and
begins playing.
To play a different video file
1 Click the Play List button.
2 Select one or more video files from the AV PlayList dialog box.
3 Click ADD.
4 Click OK.
The video file begins playing automatically.
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Other Video Player Functions
Action. Procedure
Toggle the sound on and off
Click the mute EM button. (Green
light indicates sound is muted.)
Stop play Click BES (Stop).
Pause play Click И (Pause).
Go to the next video file in the playlist Click BEN (Next).
Go to the previous video file in the Click NE (Previous).
playlist
Play full screen Click E (full screen).
Create a playlist Click the Play List button.
Adjust the volume Drag the volume slider up and down.
Using the Mixer
The Mixer enables you to control your computer 's sound sources for
Windows multimedia and sound programs. The Mixer has individual
controls for:
3D sound effect
Master (all sources) volume level, balance, and mute
WAV (digital audio) volume level, balance, and mute
CD (audio) volume level, balance, and mute
MIDI (music) volume level, balance, and mute
Line input volume level, balance, and mute
Recording input selection: CD, MIC, LINE IN
Recording level volume
To start the Mixer
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1 Move the mouse pointer over the Audio-Video Center icon on the
VAIO Launcher.
2 Click Audio in the VAIO Launcher. Then click the Mixer button.
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controls
controls
controls
3 Drag the slider(s) to set the volume for the selected sound source.
Other Mixer Functions
Action Procedure
Toggle the sound on and off Click the mute ES button. (Green light
* - indicates sound is muted.)
Adjust the balance Drag the balance slider.
Reset the Mixer to the factory Click the Reset button.
default settings
Launch the WAV Editor Click the Record button.
Select an audio input Click the CD, MIC, or LINE IN button.
Toggle 3D audio on/off Click the 3D button.
Toggle Overlay Mode on/off Right-click on the Mixer and select
Overlay Mode.
Close the Mixer Click EY (Close).
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Using the CD Player
You can play an audio CD at any time, as long as you are not currently
running a program that requires that a disc be in the drive. You can even
close the CD Player window while listening to a CD.
To play an audio CD
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Audio-Video Center icon on the
VAIO Launcher.
2 Click Audio in the VAIO Launcher. Then click the CD button.
3 Click Il (Eject) to open the CD tray.
4 Place an audio CD in the CD tray, and then click MN (Eject) again
to close the tray.
5 Click IM (Play).
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Action Procedure
Toggle the sound on and off Click the mute J button.
Stop play Click ME (Stop).
Pause play Click M (Pause).
“Go to the next track Click MN (Next).
Go to the beginning of the Click NS (Previous).
current track
Rewind the current track
Click and hold (Rewind).
Fast forward the current track
Click and hold (Fast Forward).
Adjust the volume
Drag the CD volume slider on the CD
Player or the Mixer.
Create a playlist, CD titles, and
track names
Click the Play List button.
Play an intro to each track in
the playlist
Click the INTRO button.
Play the tracks in random order
Click the SHUFFLE button.
Continuously play (“loop”) the Click the REPEAT button.
current playlist tracks in the
order in which they appear
Play the current playlist tracks Click the PROGRAM button.
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Open or close the CD tray Click (Eject).
Close the CD Player
Click Y (Close).
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The Media Player lets you play WAV, MIDI, and RMI audio files, as well
as AVI and MPEG video files.
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Click Audio in the VAIO Launcher. Then click the Media button.
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Select one or more files from the dialog box.
Click OK.
Click ES (Play).
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Action Procedure
Toggle the sound on and off Click the mute EM button.
Stop play Click MES (Stop).
Pause play Click lll (Pause).
"Create or update a playlist Click the Play List button.
Go to the next file in the playlist Click NE (Next).
Go to the beginning of the current
file in the playlist
Click (Previous).
Rewind the current file
Click and hold (Rewind).
Fast forward the current file
Click and hold (Fast Forward).
Adjust the volume
Drag the volume slider on the Media
Player or the Mixer.
Play an intro to each file in the
playlist
Click the INTRO button.
Play the playlist files in random
order
Click the SHUFFLE button.
Continuously play (“loop”) the
current playlist files in the order in
Click the REPEAT button.
which they appear
Edit'a WAV sound Click the Edit button to launch the
WAV Editor. See the online help for
В details.
Close the Media Player Click EY (Close).
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Using the DVD Player”
To play a DVD
1 Move the mouse pointer over the A-V Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click DVD in the VAIO Launcher. The DVD Player is displayed.
3 Press the Eject button on the front panel of the computer. The tray
slides out.
5 Click Il (Eject) again to close the tray.
6 Click MI (Play).
The video window is displayed, and the video begins to play.
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Toggle the sound on and off Click the mute EY button.
Stop play Click BERE (Stop).
Pause play Click NE (Pause).
Go to the next chapter Click [El (Next).
Go to the beginning of the Click |B (Previous).
current chapter
Rewind Click BM (Rewind).
Fast forward Click JB (Fast Forward).
Adjust the volume Drag the DVD volume slider on the DVD
Player.
Open the drop-down panel
Click the down arrow (if) in the bottom
right corner of the DVD Player. See
“Using the Drop-Down Panel” on page 50
for details.
Open or close the CD tray Click E (Eject). Alternatively, you can
click the My Computer icon on the
Windows desktop, right-click the icon of
DVD disc, and then click Eject.
Hide the DVD Player Click E (Close) on the DVD Player panel.
Close the DVD Player Click PY (Close) on the DVD video
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Using the Drop-Down Panel
The drop-down panel gives you access to additional DVD features.
To access the drop-down panel
2 Click the down arrow (6) in the bottom right corner of the DVD
Player.
Drop-Down Panel Functions
Option Description
DVD Menu Displays the menu that is available on the DVD.
Title Menu Displays the title menu, for DVDs divided into multiple
| titles.
Subtitle Select from the available languages for subtitles.
Audio Track Select from the available languages for the audio track.
Multi Angle Select from the available camera angles for the video.
Aspect ratio Select 16 : 9 (widescreen) or 4: 3 (normal) aspect ratio for the
— video window.
TV Out Displays the Display Properties dialog box to enable or
disable TV Out.
Setup Displays the DVD Player Setup control panel. See
“Changing the Default DVD Player Setup Options” on
page 52 for details.
To close the drop-down panel
Q Click the up arrow (ml) in the bottom right corner of the drop- -down
panel.
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Using the Right-Click Menu
When the video window is displayed, you can access additional DVD
functions using the right mouse button.
To use the right-click menu
1 Move the mouse pointer over the video window.
2 Click the right mouse button. A pop-up menu with the following
options is displayed:
Option Description
Panel Displays the DVD Player control panel.
Default Size Resizes the video window to the factory-set size.
Full Size Resizes the video window to full size.
Cinema Resizes the video window at full size and closes
any open DVD Player windows.
Window Resizes the video window to a non-full screen
window.
Setup Opens the DVD Player Setup control panel. See
“Changing the Default DVD Player Setup
Options” on page 52 for details.
About DVD Player Displays version number, copyright information,
- - etc., about the DVD player.
Close Closes the DVD Player.
3 Select an option from the pop-up menu.
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The DVD Player Setup control panel lets you specify the settings the DVD
Player uses for all DVDs. You can override these default settings for
individual DVDs using the drop-down panel in the DVD Player.
To change the DVD Player Setup options
1 Click the Setup button in the DVD Player drop-down panel.
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- DVD Player Setup Control Panel Options
See the on-line heip for more detailed descriptions of these options.
Option Description
Program Sets the information display options for the DVD Player.
Picture Select the brightnes and color temperature of the video.
Player Sets miscellaneous options for the player.
Audio Sets the balance and volume levels.
Audio Track Sets a language for audio tracks. o
Subtitle Sets a language for subtitles. Turns subtitles on/off.
Angle Sets the angle.
Parental Sets the Current Password Level and Password.
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Ш Using the Online Center
To launch the Online Center
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Online Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click the text of the category as described below.
Category Description
Easy Internet Provides an intuitive interface to do almost
everything on the Internet: browsing, e-mail,
navigating to the best sites on the web, and
interacting with multimedia content. Includes 50
free hours of Internet access from GTE
Internetworking. (No credit card needed.)
VAIO Direct Save money by ordering products direct from
Sony Online.
Club VAIO Find out the latest developments in the world of
VAIO; interact with other VAIO users.
ImageStation The easy way to share your photos with friends
and family online.
Internet Shortcuts to all your Internet applications.
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Using Tool Center Tools
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Tool Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click Tools to open the VAIO screen.
3 To start a program or accessory application, click the icon.
Other Too! Functions
Action
Procedure
Display information about a program.
Move the mouse pointer over the
program icon.
Display questions and answers about the
highlighted program.
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(grayed out when unavailable)
Create and save notes about the
highlighted program.
Click ee
Display a help or readme file about the
highlighted program.
Click ne
(grayed out when unavailable)
Add an application icon to the Tool
Center.
Drag and drop an application icon
from anywhere within Windows
and onto the VAIO screen.
Remove an application icon from the Tool Drag and drop an application icon
Center. from the Tool Center to the
Windows Recycle Bin.
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Using Tool Center Options
The Options screen lets you customize the way VAIO Space works.
To set VAIO Space options
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Tool Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click Options to open the VAIO screen.
3 Set the options as follows:
Option Check This To
Launch VAIO Space II at Have VAIO Space start automatically
Startup when you turn on your computer. Default
is off (VAIO Space does not launch at
startup).
Disable Click Sounds Turn off the click sounds in VAIO Space.
Default is off (sounds are turned on).
Default Page Set which screen appears when VAIO
Space is launched. Default is Applications
page.
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To launch the Help Center:
1 Move the mouse pointer over the Help Center icon on the VAIO
Launcher.
2 Click Help Center to open the VAIO screen.
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to find the appropriate source of
help for the problem you are having.
Exiting VAIO Space
To exit VAIO Space
© Click the Y (Close) button.
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 MicroTower Explains how to set up and upgrade your computer.
Getting Started
2 VAIO MicroTower The User Guide is an electronic document that includes
User Guide the contents of Getting Started. It also includes
instructions for using the computer ’s audio and video
applications and the telephone support numbers for
your preinstalled software titles. You can access this
guide from the Windows Start menu.
3 VAIO MicroTower Provides detailed technical information about the
Reference Manual hardware in your VAIO MicroTower. This electronic
document is available from Sony's website at
http://www. ita.sel.sony.com/support/pc/
4 Manuals and online Most of the manuals for preinstalled software are
help files that may located on your hard disk drive as online help files.
accompany your You can access the online help files from the Help
preinstalled software 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. ita.sel.sony.com/support/pc/
6 First Aid '98 This program is preinstalled on your hard disk. It
intercepts crashes caused by Windows applications,
finds and fixes startup problems for most installed
applications, uses a knowledge base to find and fix
additional problems, and automatically backs up your
computers critical configuration files.
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/ Oil Change”
(Sony SOS Edition)
This program is preinstalled on your hard disk, and is
a useful companion to SOS. Using the Internet, it
provides updated device drivers, software fixes and
updates provided by Sony for the software titles
- included with your Sony computer. SOS Oil Change
scans your computer to identify software applications
and their versions. It then logs on to the Internet,
compares your software configuration against the
Sony database, and notifies you of the software fixes
and updates available for your computer. For each fix
and update, it provides an explanation. After selecting
the software fixes and updates you require, SOS Oil
Change downloads and installs the selected items. If,
for any reason, the new software/device driver is not
installed successfully, your current configuration will
be retained. To contact SOS Oil Change support dial 1-
888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
8 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.)
9 Sony SOS software
This preinstalled program connects you to a Customer
Support Representative. SOS is available 24 hours a
day, seven days a week for 90 days after the original
date of purchase. Connect your modem before you
call, so the representative can access your system if
necessary. “Calling SOS” on page 59 describes how to
use the SOS software. Before calling SOS, try running
First Aid and Oil Change. You may find that this
resolves your problem. First Aid, Oil Change, and SOS
are all available from the Help Center on the Start
menu.
10 Calling SOS
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 24 hours a day, seven days a week
for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Calling SOS
The SOS application enables you to exchange information with a Sony
Customer Support Representative (CSR) using your modem and
telephone handset. Here's a summary of how it works:
Q Type your name and a description of the problem in the SOS window
D Dial the SOS hotline with a click of the mouse
O Specify the access level for the CSR
QG The CSR resolves the problem
Before using SOS, make sure the computer is connected to a phone line
and phone as described in “Connecting the Phone Line and Phone” on
page 20.
To place a call to SOS
1 From the Start menu, select Help Center/Step4 Call SOS/ Sony
Online Support.
2 Inthe SOS window, type your name, phone number, and a
description of the problem.
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4 When the Remote Command Security dialog box appears, select an
access level by clicking one of these options:
Option
Description
Full access
Allows the CSR to fully interact with your computer.
The CSR can access all the files on your hard disk drive
and can copy files to and from your computer to solve
your problem.
Limited access Lets the CSR view your system, but you must approve
every action the CSR takes. If the CSR wants to copy a
file, for example, the Remote Command Permission
dialog box prompts you to approve this action.
No access Prevents the CSR from accessing your system. You must
perform all the operations as described to you by the
CSR.
5 Discuss the problem with the CSR and follow the CSR's instructions
to resolve the problem.
6 To end a call, just hang up the phone when you are finished.
7 Click the Close box at the top right corner of the SOS window or
select Exit from the File menu to close the SOS window.
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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 Online Support.
For more advanced troubleshooting information, see the VAIO MicroTower
Reference Manual. You can download this electronic document from
— Sony's website at http://www. ita.sel.sony.com/support/pc/.
My computer won't start
2 Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is
turned on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the
computer.
3 Make sure a diskette is not in the diskette drive.
©) Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as
described in the “Setting Up Your VAIO MicroTower” chapter.
1 Ifyou plugged the computer into a power strip or UPS, make sure the
power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
1 Check that the display 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.
Check that the computer isn't in sleep mode (see “Using the Standby
Function” on page 33).
My computer “locks up”
9 Close the application that is currently locked up by pressing ALT+F4.
Q Try restarting the computer. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start
button, click Shut Down, click Restart, and then click OK.
3 Ifyou cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you can
restart the computer Ty pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
My software program “locks up” or crashes
2 Close the application that is currently locked up by pressing ALT+F4.
3 Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical
‘ support. See the online User Guide for a complete list of phone
numbers.
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My CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive tray won't open
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Make sure the computer is turned on.
Press the Eject button on the drive.
Double-click the My Computer icon on the Windows desktop. Right-
click the CD-ROM icon. Select the Eject option from the pop-up
menu.
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a
straightened heavy-weight paper clip into the hole beside the Eject
button.
I cannot play a CD-ROM disc
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Make sure you place the disc in the tray with the label side facing up.
Make sure the software is installed according to the program's
instructions.
I cannot play a DVD-ROM disc (PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 only)
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If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD
player, it could be that the DVD-ROM disc you are trying to play is
incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your VAIO MicroTower.
The region code is listed on the disc's packaging.
If you hear audio but cannot see video, your computer's video
resolution may be set too high. For best results, change the Windows
Control Panel/Display/ Settings to 800 x 600 using 16-bit color.
If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following:
Make sure the mute setting is off in your DVD player. Check the
master volume setting in the audio Mixer. Check the volume settings
in your computer speakers. Check the connections between your
speakers and the computer. Check the Windows Control Panel/
System/Device Manager to see that the drivers are installed properly.
A dirty or damaged disc may cause the computer to “hang” while it
tries to read the disc. If necessary, reboot the computer, remove the
disc, and then check that it is not dirty or damaged. For cleaning
instructions, see “On Cleaning CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs” on
page 97.
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When I double-click an application icon, a message such as "You must insert
the application CD into your CD-ROM drive” appears and the software does
not start
Q Some titles require specific files that are located on the application's
CD-ROM disc. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
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side facing up.
My speakers have no sound
O Check that the speakers are plugged into the HEADPHONES connector.
See “Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display” on
page 16 or “Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone” on
page 17 for details.
3 If the speakers have a mute button, make sure it is off.
O If the speakers are powered by batteries, check that the batteries are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
a If the speakers use an external power source, make sure that the
power cord is plugged into a grounded wall outlet or power strip.
© Ifthe speakers have their own volume control, check the volume
level.
3a If the program you are using has its own volume control, check that
the volume is turned up.
J Check the volume controls in the application, in the audio Mixer, and
in Windows.
Q Ifyou connected headphones to the computer, you will not hear
sound from the speakers.
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My modem connection is slow
The computer's modem is a 33.6 kbps modem/ 14.4 kbps FAX modem
with K56flex™ technology. 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:
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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 this line.
modem doesn't work
Check that the phone line is plugged into the LINE jack. See
“Connecting the Phone Line and Phone” on page 20 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 Sony
computer modem. (AII preinstalled programs are compatible.) Call
the software publisher or Sony Online Support.
My microphone doesn't work
Check that the microphone is plugged into the MIC connector. See
“Connecting the Sony Multimedia Computer Display” on page 16
or “Connecting a Display, Speakers, and a Microphone” on page 17
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My mouse doesn't work
Q Check that the mouse is plugged into the MOUSE connector. See
“Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse” on page 19 for details.
J There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the
mouse, follow these steps:
Y Turn off your computer. See “Shutting Down Your Computer” on
page 34 for details.
Q Remove the mouse ball cover on the back side of the mouse.
Q Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.
D Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball
and inside the mouse ball socket.
3 Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball
cover.
My keyboard doesn't work
OU Check that the keyboard is plugged into the KEYBOARD connector. See
“Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse” on page 19 for details.
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3d Use the mouse to point to the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the
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Using the System Recovery CD
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 to reinstall individual applications or
device drivers. See “Using the Application Recovery CD” on page 68.
The System Recovery CD contains a backup copy of the all the software
originally installed on your hard disk drive. It can be used only to
recover the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
The System Recovery utility gives you three options:
J Full Restore without Format restores all the software titles that
originally came with your computer without formatting the hard
disk.
AQ Full Restore with Format formats the hard disk drive and then
restores all the original software.
5 Operating System Only formats the hard disk drive and restores the
Windows operating system and the device drivers that shipped with
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2 Shut down your computer as described on “Shutting Down Your
Computer” on page 34.
3 Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer.
Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User
License Agreement.
5 When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
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Using the Application Recovery CD
The Application Recovery CD 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. See “Using the System Recovery CD” on page 66.
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 Online Support (SOS).
To use the Application Recovery CD
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 CD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery utility
loads automatically.
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Upgrading and Maintaining
Your VAIO MicroTower
In the future you may want to install additional boards to expand the
functionality of your computer. This section describes how to open your
computer and insert add-in boards, add memory, and replace the lithium
battery. For more information on upgrading your Sony computer, see the
VAIO MicroTower Reference Manual. You can download this electronic
document from the Sony website at http://www. ita.sel.sony.com/support/
pc/.
The procedures in this section assume you are familiar with the general
terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety
practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying
electronic equipment. Read “Notes on Use” on page 93 before upgrading
your Sony computer.
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Inserting an Add-in Board
ional PCI boards to the system.
1 Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as
your printer, display, and speakers.
2 Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices.
3 Remove the left-side panel as described on page 76.
4 Identify the expansion slot where you want to insert the add-in
board.
5 Remove the slot cover for the slot you have chosen.
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Depending on which VAIO MicroTower model you purchased, your
DIMM (dual in-line memory module) configuration is as follows:
MicroTower Factory-Installed Total Upgrade Sockets
Model DIMM Memory Available
PCV-E201 One 32 MB DIMM 2MB — Î
PCV-E203 One 32 MB DIMM/ 48 MB 0
One 16 MB DIMM
PCV-E205 Two 32 MBDIMMs 64 MB 0*
* Models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 only: In order to increase your computer 's memory, you must first
remove one of the factory-installed DIMMs and replace it with one of greater capacity. For details, see
the VAIO MicroTower Reference Manual, which is available at Sony's website at
http://www. ita.sel. sony.com/support/pc/.
For memory upgrades, use only 3.3V unbuffered 4-clock 64-bit 66 MHz
SDRAM DIMM module Rev1.0 or 3.3V unbuffered 4-clock 72-bit 66 MHz
SDRAM DIMM module Rev1.0. For more information on MicroTower
compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
To install memory
1 Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as
your printer, display, and speakers.
2 Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices.
3 Remove the left-side panel, bottom panel, and front panel, as
described on pages 76 to 77. Then detach the diskette drive, as
described on page 78.
4 If necessary, remove any cables, add-in cards or other components to
access the DIMM sockets.
5 Models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 only:
Remove either (or both) of the factory-installed DIMMs.
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6 Install the add-in card by plugging it into the expansion slot on the
system board. Attach any internal cables that the board requires (see
the manual for the add-in card).
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11 Reinstall any add-in cards or components you removed.
12 Replace the diskette drive and cover panels, as described on page 80
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Replacing the Lithium Battery
After several years, when the lithium battery starts to weaken, the system
settings stored in CMOS RAM, such as the date and time, may be wrong.
When this occurs, you need to replace the lithium battery.
То replace the lithium battery
1 To run the Setup utility, press F3, then press F1 to run the BIOS setup
utility.
2 Write down the current BIOS Setup options.
3 Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices, such as
your printer, display, and speakers. Unplug your computer.
4 Remove the left-side and bottom panels, as described on pages 76
through 77, respectively.
3 Install the new battery with the plus (+) side up.
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Replace the bottom and left-side panels, as described on pages 81 and
83, respectively.
To run the Setup utility, press F3, then press F1 to run the BIOS setup
utility.
Change the default values to the values you wrote down in step 2.
Save your Setup changes, and then exit the Setup utility.
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Removing the Left-Side Panel
To remove the left-side panel
1 Remove the two screws that secure the panel to the chassis.
2 Slide the panel back until it stops.
3 Pull the panel straight out to remove it.
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To remove the bottom panel
1 Remove the screw that secures the bottom panel to the chassis.
2 Pull the bottom panel straight out to remove it.
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To remove the front panel
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Open the CD tray. by inserting a thin, pointed object into the
emergency eject opening.
Slide the CD tray forward.
Remove the front cover of the CD tray by lifting it upwards.
Press down on each of the two tabs on the bottom of the front panel to
release the panel.
Pull the front panel forward to remove it.
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To detach the diskette drive
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Remove the front panel, as described on page 77.
Remove the two screws that secure the diskette drive to the front of
the chassis. :
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Replacing the Diskette Drive
To replace the diskette drive
1 Push the diskette drive straight into the drive slot.
2 Replace the two screws that secure the diskette drive to the front of
“the chassis. '
3 Replace the front panel, as described on page 82.
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To replace the bottom panel
1 Align the bottam panel with the screw hole on the bottom of the
chassis.
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To replace the front panel
1 Push the front panel straight onto the front of the chassis until it clicks
into place.
2 Replace the front cover of the CD tray by sliding it down onto the
front of the open tray. ©
3 Close the CD tray.
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To replace the left-side panel
1 Slide the panel forward until it stops.
2 Replace the two screws that secure the panel to the chassis.
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Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriters, but the keyboard has
additional keys that perform specific computer-related tasks.
Escape
key
Operator keys
Print Screen key
Function
keys
Correction
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Numeric
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Navigation
keys
Windows keys
Key
Description
Numeric keypad
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use
the numeric keypad to type numbers or to perform
mathematical calculations such as addition and
subtraction. Note that you must press NUM LOCK 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 (the four arrow keys and the HOME, END, PAGE
UP, and PAGE DOWN keys). These keys are also
available on the numeric keypad when Num Lock is
turned off.
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Num Lock The number keys on the The arrow keys, navigation
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are active. the keypad are active.
Cap Lock Letters appear in Letters appear in lower case
8 uppercase as you type. as you type (unless you hold
The SHIFT key lowers down the SHIFT key).
the case of typed letters
when Cap Lock is on.
Scroll Lock The screen scrolls Information moves across the
differently. (Exactly
how it scrolls depends on
the specific application. It
has no effect in many
applications.)
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Correction keys
The INSERT and DELETE keys enable you to make
corrections in your documents. These keys are also
available on the numeric keypad when Num Lock
is turned off.
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's used to produce capital
letters or special symbols such as € and $.
Windows keys
The keys with the Windows logo display the Windows
Start menu; it's the equivalent of clicking the Start button
- on the taskbar. 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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Using a mouse may be difficult at first, but after you become comfortable
using it, you can save a lot of time. The following terms are commonly
used to describe actions you perform with a mouse.
Term Description
Point Place the mouse pointer on an item or object.
Click Press and release the left mouse button, without moving the
mouse.
Double-click Press the left mouse button two consecutive times, without
moving the mouse.
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| action displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.
; Drag Hold down the left mouse button and then move the mouse
in the desired direction. This action is used to select text and
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Setting Up the Mouse for Left-Hand Use
You can control the mouse with your right or left hand. When you use the
mouse with your left-hand, you may find it easier to reverse the button
functions. When the functions are reversed, the right mouse button is
used for normal clicking and dragging, and the left button is for
displaying shortcut menus (right-clicking).
To set up the mouse for left-hand use
Click the Start button to display the Start menu.
Point to Settings.
Click Control Panel.
Double-click the Mouse icon.
Click the Buttons tab.
Under Buttons, select Left-handed.
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Using the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive”
To use the drive
1 Press the Eject button on the front panel of the computer. The tray
slides out.
2: Place the disc in the tray.
3 Close the tray by pushing it gently or by pressing the Eject button on
the front panel.
* Models PCV-E203 and PCV-E205 inciude a DVD-ROM drive: model PCV-E201 includes a CD-ROM
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Notes on Use
On the Power Source
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Your computer operates on 100-120 V AC 50/60 Hz for North
American countries.
The total power draw of installed add-in cards must not exceed the
specifications for the power supply. Do not overload the system by
installing add-in cards that draw excessive current. The system is
designed to provide 2 amps (average) of 5V power for each card in
the system not to exceed a total of 12 amps. The total 5V current draw
in a fully-loaded system (with all the add-in card slots filled) must
not exceed 12 amps. If you add components to the system that draw
current from the power supply, the total combined +3.3V and +5V
currents must not exceed 80 watts.
“Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral
equipment into the same AC supply line. AC derived from different
supply lines may result in voltage differences that can cause unstable
operation or unwanted weak currents at the time of connection.
Do not share the AC outlet with any other power-consuming
equipment, such as copying machines or shredders.
You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device
prevents damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges
such as those that may occur during an electrical storm.
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- Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly
moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine,
as it may damage the finish of your Sony computer.
_ Q Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, keyboard, or
mouse, shut down your computer and then unplug it. You may want
to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before
operating it any further.
On Installation
Q Do not place your Sony computer in a location subject to:
Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
Direct sunlight
Excessive dust
Moisture or rain
Mechanical vibration or shock
Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
Ambient temperature of more than 95°F (35°C) or less than
50°F (10°C)
oO High humidity
1 Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The
computer's electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
Q Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat
build-up. Do not place your computer on loose surfaces (such as rugs
or blankets) or near materials (such as curtains or draperies) that may
block its ventilation slots. Leave a space of at least 8 inches from the
back panel of your computer.
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0 The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause
interference to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the
computer a suitable distance away from the set.
Q Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables;
otherwise, problems may result.
O Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
d Always switch the power off before connecting your computer to
peripheral equipment; otherwise, damage may occur to the
integrated circuits in your computer.
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Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision
electronic parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other
objects. |
Your Sony computer will 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).
If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or
office and determines that your computer is responsible for the
problem, the telephone company may bill you for the service call.
Also, if you do not disconnect your computer when it is adversely
affecting the telephone line, the telephone company has the right to
disconnect your service until you correct the problem.
On Moisture Condensation
If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one,
moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least
an hour before turning on your computer. If any problem occurs, unplug
your computer, and contact your Sony Service Center.
- On Upgrading the System
The procedures described in the “Upgrading and Maintaining Your
VAIO MicroTower” chapter of this manual assume familiarity with
the general terminology associated with personal computers and
with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for
using and modifying electronic equipment.
Disconnect the system from its power source and from any
telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the
system or do any of the procedures described in the “Upgrading and
Maintaining Your Sony Computer” section in this manual. Failure to
do so may result in personal injury or equipment damage.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-in
cards, and other components. Do the procedures described in the
“Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO MicroTower” chapter 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.
Other information 97 |
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When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on
the system board or add-in cards. You may need to temporarily
remove add-in cards that are next to the slot cover you want to
remove. |
On Using the Hard Disk Drive
Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration
or shock.
3 Do not move the computer during operation.
0 Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature.
9 Do not turn off the power while the computer is accessing the hard
disk drive.
On Handling Diskettes
0 Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface
of the diskette.
Q Keep diskettes away from magnets.
a Keep diskettes away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
On Handling CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs
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Do net touch the surface of the disc.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
On Cleaning CD-ROM and DVD-ROM Discs
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Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read
errors. Proper care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability. Do
not use solvents such as benzine, thinner, commercially available
cleaners or anti-static spray, as they may cause damage to the disc.
For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edge and use a soft cloth
to wipe the surface from the center out.
If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out
well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from the center out.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth.
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Limited Warranty Statement
The limited warranty on your VAIO MicroTower covers parts and labor
against defects in material or workmanship for a period of three months
from the original date of purchase. You can extend the warranty period
for an additional nine months by registering your computer. See
“Registering Your Computer” on page 32. Once you register your
computer, the limited warranty period is twelve months from the original
date of purchase.
SONY ELECTRONICS INC. (“SONY”) warrants this computer hardware product (“the Product”) against
defects in material or workmanship as follows:
Labor: For a period of ninety (30) calendar days from the original date of purchase from SONY or a SONY
authorized reseller, SONY will repair defects in the Product at no charge, or pay the associated labor
charges to a SONY authorized personal computer service facility. The ninety (90) day warranty period is
extendible only to the original purchaser, for an additional period of nine (9) months, for a total of twelve
(12) months from date of purchase when the Product is registered electronically. After the applicable
period you must pay for all labor charges.
Parts: For a period of ninety (90) calendar days from the original date of purchase from SONY or a SONY
autharized reseller, SONY will supply, at no charge, new or rebuilt, at SONY’s option, replacement parts
in exchange for defective parts. Any replacement parts will be warranted for the remainder of the original
warranty period or ninety (30) calendar days from installation by SONY's authorized personal computer
service facility, whichever is longer. The ninety (90) day warranty period is extendible only to the original
purchaser, for an additional period of nine (9) months, for a total of twelve (12) months from date of
purchase when the Product is registered electronically. All defective parts replaced under this Limited
Warranty will become the property of SONY.
This Limited Warranty covers only the hardware components packaged with the Product. It does not
cover technical assistance for hardware or software usage and it does not cover any software products
whether or not contained in the Product; any such software is provided “AS IS” unless expressly
provided for in any enclosed software limited warranty. Please refer to the End User License Agreements
included with the Product for your obligations with respect to the software.
This Limited Warranty is non-transferable.
Proof of purchase in the form of a bill of sale (which is evidence that the Product is within the warranty
period) must be presented to obtain warranty service. In addition, if replacement parts are required and
you wish to receive the most expedient service available, you will be required to provide SONY with a
credit card authorization to bill your credit card in the event you fail to return the original parts in the
postage-paid envelope we provide. The credit card will only be charged for SONY's list price for the part
If the part has not been returned within thirty days. Tr TT
If you purchased the Product in the United States and the Product is located in the United States, you
may be entitled to on-site repair service during the warranty period, subject to certain restrictions. In all
Instances, however, prior to an on-site service call being provided, you must communicate with Sony
sufficiently to allow it to perform initial diagnostics of your Product. Please contact SONY as set forth
below for further information.
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If you do not qualify for on-site warranty service or choose not to take advantage of any applicable on-
site warranty service, you must take the Product, or deliver the Product freight prepaid, in either its
original package or packaging providing the Product with a degree of protection equivalent to that of the
original packaging, to any SONY authorized personal computer service facility. Please contact SONY as
set forth below for further information.
With respect to all service provided, it is your responsibility to backup the contents of your hard drive,
including any data you have stored or software you have installed on the hard drive. It is likely that the
contents of your hard drive will be lost or reformatted in the course of service and SONY will not be
responsible for any damage to or loss of any programs, data or other information stored on any media or
any part of any Product serviced hereunder.
IF DURING THE REPAIR OF THE PRODUCT THE CONTENTS OF THE HARD DRIVE ARE ALTERED,
DELETED, OR IN ANY WAY MODIFIED, SONY IS NOT RESPONSBILE WHATSOEVER. YOUR
PRODUCT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU CONFIGURED AS ORIGINALLY PURCHASED (SUBJECT
TO AVAILABILITY OF SOFTWARE).
Be sure to remove all third party hardware, software, features, parts, options, alterations, and attachments
not warranted by SONY prior to sending the product to SONY for service. SONY is not liable for any loss
or damage to these items.
This Limited Warranty does not cover any consumable items (such as batteries) supplied with this
Product; cosmetic damages; damage or loss to any software programs, data, or removable storage media;
or damage due to (a) acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use or modifications of
this Product; (2) improper operation or maintenance of this Product; (3) connection to improper voltage
supply: or (4) attempted repair by any party other than a SONY authorized personal computer service
facility. This Limited Warranty does not apply when the malfunction results from the use of this Product
in conjunction with accessories, products or ancillary or peripheral equipment, or where it is determined
by SONY that there is no fault with this Product itself. This Limited Warranty is valid only in the United
States of America.
This Limited Warranty is invalid if the factory applied serial number has been altered or removed from
the Product.
Repair or replacement of defective parts or hardware as provided under this warranty is the exclusive
remedy of the consumer. SONY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, BREACH
OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY RELATED TO
THIS PRODUCT. SUCH DAMAGES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS
OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY ASSOCIATED
EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME AND PURCHASER'S TIME. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROHIBITED BY
APPLICABLE LAW, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE ON THIS PRODUCT IS LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE DURATION OF
THIS WARRANTY.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply
to you. This Limited Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary
from state to state.
Technical Support: Although technical support is not provided free of charge under this Limited
Warranty, SONY has established a telephone number for technical support. Charges may apply for
technical support, unless and to the extent that free technical support for a limited period is provided in
writing as a feature of your Product. Prior to placing your call, please have available the model and serial
number for your Product, date of purchase, a list of all options installed in your Product and a detailed
description of the problem. | 7
For Product support, on-line knowledge base, frequently asked questions, and free updates via the
Internet: http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/support/pc/ DE TT
For Product information, service assistance, resolution of a service problem, or technical assistance, call:
1-888-4SONYPC
Save this for future reference.
O 1998 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
All rights reserved. SONY is a registered trademark of Sony.
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Specifications
Model PCV-E201
Specification Description
Processor 266 MHz Celeron
Hard Disk Drive 4.3 GB
Standard SDRAM 32 MB SDRAM, expandable
to 256 MB
Video RAM 2 MB
MPEG “Sony Tuned” MPEG] Digital Video
supports full-screen playback
Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration
(64-bit ATi Rage Pro Turbo)
Dynamic High Fidelit
Sound Capabilities
y
3D PCI Audio Sound (ESS Solo-1)
Diskette Drive
3.5” 1.44 MB MFDD
CD-ROM Drive
24X CD-ROM drive (max. performance)*
CD-ROM Laser Semiconductor Laser Diode AlGaAs
785nm (+ 25nm) wave length
0.3mw (typ.) output power
Modem 33.6 kbps modem/ 14.4 kbps FAX modem
with K56flex Technology
Expansion Capabilities
Two PCI slots
One drive bay
Connection Capabilities
Keyboard (PS/2-style)
Mouse (PS/2-style
Two USB ports
One serial port
Parallel (printer)
MIDI/game
Headphone
Line In
Microphone
Monitor
Modem line (Rj-1t):- - —
Phone line (RJ-11)
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Specification Description
Supplied Accessories Sony 104-key keyboard
Sony two-button mouse
RJ-11 Phone Cable
Power Cord
Service 90 day on-site service standard. 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
registrationt
Power Requirements 200 watts maximum
Dimensions 7” (w) x 12” (h) x 13 3/4” (d)
(178mm x 304mm x 330mm)
Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg)
Operating Temperature
50* F to 95° F (+10° C to 35° C)
*Data on a CD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X 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 17X (2550 kbytes/s).
{Certain restrictions apply.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy
efficiency.
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Model PCV-E203
Specification Description
Processor 300 MHz Celeron
Hard Disk Drive 6.4 GB
Standard SDRAM 48 MB SDRAM, expandable
to 256 MB.
Video RAM 4 MB
MPEG “Sony Tuned” MPEG Digital Video supports
full-screen and DVD playback
Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration
(64-bit ATI Rage Pro Turbo)
Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity
3D PCI Audio Sound (ESS Solo-1)
Diskette Drive
3.57 1.44 MB MFDD
DVD-ROM Drive
Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer
rate. Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable
transfer rate. *
CD-ROM Laser Semiconductor Laser Diode AlGaAs
785nm te 25nm) wave length
0.6mw (typ.) output power
DVD-ROM Laser Semiconductor Laser GaAlAs
. 650nm (+ 15nm) wave length
0.6mw (typ.) output power
Modem
- -.
33.6 kbps modem/ 14.4 kbps FAX modem
with K56flex Technology
Expansion Capabilities
Two PCI slots
One drive bay
Connection Capabikties
Keyboard (PS/2-style)
Mouse (PS/2-style
Two USB ports
One serial port
Parallel (printer)
MIDI/ game
Headphone
Line In
Microphone
Monitor
Video Out
S Video Out
Modem line (RJ-11)
Phone line (RJ-11) -
Supplied Accessories
Sony 104-key keyboard
Sony two-button mouse —
RJ-11 Phone Cable
Power Cord
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Specification
Description
Service
90 day on-site service standard. 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 200 watts maximum
Dimensions 7" (W) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d)
(178mm x 304mm x 330mm)
Weight 17 165. (7.71 kg)
Operating Temperature
50° F to 95° F (+10° C to 35° C)
*Data on a DVD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the
innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385
kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s). Data on a CD-ROM disc is
read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X 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 17X (2550 kbytes/s).
{Certain restrictions apply.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy
efficiency.
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Model PCV-E205
Specification Description
Processor 333 MHz Pentium II
Hard Disk Drive 8.4 СВ
Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable
10 256 МВ .
L2 Cache Memory 912 KB Pipeline Burst SRAM
Video RAM 4 MB
MPEG “Sony Tuned” MPEG Digital Video supports
full-screen and DVD playback
Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration
(64-bit AT Rage Pro Turbo)
Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity
3D PCI Audio Sound (ESS Solo-1)
Diskette Drive
3.5" 1.44 MB MFDD
DVD-ROM Drive
Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer
rate. Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable
transfer rate.*
CD-ROM Laser
Semiconductor Laser Diode AlGaÂs
785nm (+ 25nm) wave length
0.6mw (typ.) output power
DVD-ROM Laser Semiconductor Laser GaAlAs
650nm i 15nm) wave length
0.6mw (typ.) output power
Modem * 33.6 kbps modem/ 14.4 kbps FAX modem
with K56flex Technology
Expansion Capabilities
Two PCI slots
One drive bay
Connection Capabilities
Keyboard (PS/2-style)
Mouse (PS/2-style
Two USB ports
One serial port
Parallel (printer)
MIDI/game
Headphone
Line In
Microphone
Monitor
Video Out
S Video Out
Modem line (R]-11)
Phone line (RJ-11)
Supplied Accessories
Sony 104-key keyboard
Sony two-button mouse
RJ-11 Phone Cable
Power Cord
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Specification Description
Service 90 day on-site service standard. 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 200 watts maximum
Dimensions 7” (w) x 12” (h) x 13 3/4” (d)
(178mm x 304mm x 330mm)
Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg)
Operating Temperature 50° F to 95° F (+10° C to 35° C)
* Data on a DVD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the
innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385
kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s). Data on a CD-ROM disc is
read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X 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 17X (2550 kbytes/s).
Certain restrictions apply.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy
efficiency.
Index
A
accessing online support 32
add-in boards 70-71
adding additional hardware 22-29
add-in boards 70-71
precaution 94
adding additional software
problems with 61
adding memory 72-73
adding printers 22
adjusting speaker volume 63
adjusting voltage settings 93
air circulation 95
Alt keys 86
Application Recovery CD 68
applications
launching
problems with 63
attaching cables 15
audio splitter cable, connecting 24
Audio-Video Center,using 40
AVI files, playing 46
B
back panel (illustrated) 15
battery
disposing 94
replacing 74-75
caution 74
bottom panel
removing 77
replacing 81
С°
cables 15, 95
cameras, digital 29
canceling commands 86
CD tray
opening
problems with 62
CD-ROM drives
cleaning 97
troubleshooting 62
CDs
handling 97
playing 62
choosing locations 13, 95
cleaning
CD-ROM discs 97
computer 95
DVD-ROM discs 97
mouse 65
click (defined) 88
computer
adding functionality 22
adjusting voltage settings 93
back panel illustrated 15
cleaning 95
condensation and 96
disposing of battery 94
locking up 61
protecting your investment 32
registering 32
removing cover 69, 94
removing left-side cover 76
replacing battery 74-75
caution 74
replacing left-side cover 83
. safety information ii
setting up
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precautions 95
shutting down 34, 94
starting 30
problems with 61
unpacking 4
upgrading 69, 96
connectors 15
— additional components 22-29
keyboard 19
mouse 19
Multimedia Computer Display 16
nonstandard equipment 17
phone 20
power cords 21, 93
precautions 95
correction keys (described) 86
Ctrl keys 86
cursor-movement keys (described) 85
customer assistance 32
support options 57
D
data
preventing loss 34
saving 91
DELETE key 86
DIMMs, adding 72
disconnecting power cords 94
diskette drive 91
detaching 79
replacing 80
diskettes
handling 97
inserting into drive 91
Writing to 91
displaying the taskbar
problems with 65
displays
connecting 17
setting up 14
turning on 30
problems with 61
double-click (defined) 88
drag (defined) 88
drives 91 —:
DVD 1
DVD Player, using 48
DVD-ROM drive, troubleshooting 62
DVD-ROM drives
cleaning discs 97
DVDs
handling 97
E
electronic
documentation 57
equipment 95
registration 32
electrostatic discharge 69
Esc key 86
European power settings 93
F
First Aid 57
floppy disk drive. See diskette drive.
front panel
removing 78
replacing 82
function keys (described) 86
G
GAME connector 27
glare 14
grounding 69
H
handling CDs 97
handling diskettes 97
handling DVDs 97
hard disk 97
hardware
adding additional 22-29, 70-71
precaution 94
electrostatic discharge and 69
installing memory boards 72-73
nonstandard 17 _
regulatory information iii-iv
troubleshooting 61, 63, 65
help 57
Help Center,using 56
Help key 86
help, getting 56
/
indicator lights
‘keyboard 87
input devices iii
setting up 13
INSERT key 86
_ inserting diskettes into drive 91
installing additional hardware 22-29
add-in boards 70-71
precaution 94
installing additional memory 72-73
installing additional software
problems with 61
interference iii, 95
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joysticks 22
connecting 27
K
keyboard 13, 85-87
connecting 19
indicator lights 87
troubleshooting 65
KEYBOARD connector 19
L a
launching applications
problems with 63
left-side panel
replacing 83
LINE connector 20
locations, choosing 13, 95
losing data (caution) 34
losing power 93
M
Media Player, using 46
memory, adding 72-73
menus 88
- canceling commands 86
MIC connector 16, 17, 24
microphones
connecting 16, 17
Index m
troubleshooting 64
MIDI devices 22
connecting 27
MIDI files, playing 46
minimizing glare 14
Mixer, using 42
model numbers ii
modems
troubleshooting 64
MONITOR connector 16, 17, 23
mouse 13, 88-89
cleaning 65
connecting 19
troubleshooting 65
mouse buttons
reassigning 89
MOUSE connector 19
moving
objects 88
MPEG files, playing 46
N
navigation keys (described) 85
nonstandard equipment 17
NUM LOCK key 85
numeric keypad (described) 85
O
objects, moving 88
Oil Change 58
online
help 57
registration service 32
support 32
options 57
Online Center,using 53
opening
applications
problems with 63
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problems with 62
operator keys (described) 86
output devices iii
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palmrest 13
corinecting 18
phones 17, 24
connecting 20
service precautions 96
playing
CDs 62
plugging in connectors 15
point (defined) 88
power cords 21, 93
disconnecting 94
power fluctuations or loss 93
power source, precautions 93-94
power switch 30
Print Screen key 86
PRINTER connector 26
printers 22
problem solving 61
problems, analyzing and fixing 54
protecting your investment 32
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radio interference iii, 95
reassigning mouse buttons 89
rebooting system 61
recording serial numbers ii
reducing glare 14
registering Windows 98 31
registering your computer 32
regulatory information iii-iv
Remote Command Security dialog box
60
removing computer cover 69, 76, 94
removing diskettes 91
replacing battery 74-75
caution 74
replacing computer cover 83
right-click (defined) 88
RMI files, playing 46
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safety information ii
saving data 91
screens, reducing glare 14
selecting
locations 95
text 88
serial numbers ii
serial peripherals 29
setting up Windows 98 31
setting up your computer
precautions 95
setting up your PC
back panel illustrated 15
Shift keys 86
shutting down your computer 34, 84
standby mode 33
software
adding
problems with 61
Software Center, using 39
Sony Fax-on-Demand service 58
Sony Multimedia Computer Display
connecting 16
setting up 14
turning on 30
problems with 61
Sony Online Support 32
options 57
SOS hotline 59
SOS service 59-60
speakerphones 17
connecting 20
speakers
adjusting volume 63
connecting 16, 17
precaution 95
— troubleshooting 63
specifications 101-106
standby mode 33
starting your computer 30
problems with 61
surge protectors 93 _
system
rebooting 61
troubleshooting 61
system problems, fixing 54
System Recovery CD 66
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taskbar
“problems viewing 65
technical support 32
support options.57
television, connecting 23
text, selecting 88
To 76, 83
Tool Center,using 54
troubleshooting 61
turning off your computer 34, 94
turning on your computer 30
problems with 61
TV interference iii, 95
U
unpacking the computer 4
upgrading your computer 69, 96
UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) 94
USB device 28
V
VAIO MicroTower online registration
32
VAIO Space
Audio-Video Center 40
DVD Player 48
exiting 56
Help Center 56
Media Player 46
Mixer 42
Online Center 53
Software Center 39
starting 35
Tool Center 54
using 35-56
using the Launcher 35, 37
Video Player 41
ventilation 13, 95
video files, playing 46
Video Player, using 41
viewing the taskbar
problems with 65
voltage settings 93
volume, adjusting 63
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volume, control 42
W
warranty 32
warranty statement 99
WAV files, playing 46
Windows
keyboard access 86
taskbar
problems viewing 65
Windows 98
setting up 31
shutting down 34
work surfaces 13
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If you live in an area that experiences frequent power fluctuations,
you may want to purchase a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply).
This device contains both a surge protector and a battery backup. The
surge protector prevents damage to your computer caused by power
surges. The battery backup safeguards your data during a brief
period of power loss.
Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.
Do not operate the system with the cover removed. Always
reinstall the cover before turning on the system.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the
cord itself.
Unplug your computer from the wall outlet if you will not be using
the computer for a long time.
The power control button on the front panel does not turn off the
system AC power. To remove power from the system, you must shut
down the computer as described in this manual and then unplug the
AC power cord from the wall outlet or power strip.
Before touching anything inside the computer, turn the system off
and let it cool for ten minutes. This will ensure that the processor heat
sink will not be hot.
Do not attempt to open the power supply. There are no user-
serviceable parts in the power supply. To avoid personal injury or
damage to your equipment, refer the repair or replacement of the
power supply to qualified personnel only.
On Disposal of the Lithium Battery
Dispose of the lithium battery properly. In some areas, the disposal of
lithium batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited.
You can return your unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony
Service Center or Factory Service Center. For the Sony Service Center
nearest you, call 1-888-4SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).
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Using the Diskette Drive
Most diskettes contain a write-protect tab. The write-protect tab prevents
accidental changes to a diskette. When the hole is open, the diskette is
write-protected—you can’t delete, copy, or save information on the
diskette. When the hole is closed, you may write to or modify the diskette
.. contents. Just slide the write-protect tab to open and close the hole.
To use the diskette drive
1 Hold the diskette with the label side facing up.
2 Gently push the diskette into the drive until you hear it click
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3 After you finish using the diskette, press the Eject button on the
diskette drive to remove the diskette.
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