Sony PCV-RX730 Quick Start Manual

Sony PCV-RX730 Quick Start Manual
VAIO Digital Studio™
Computer Quick Start
CONTENTS
WELCOME....................................................5
About Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer ..............6
To Unpack Your Computer.........................................9
To Choose an Ergonomic Location...........................12
SETTING UP YOUR
VAIO DIGITAL STUDIO COMPUTER ........13
To Set Up Your Computer ........................................14
To Turn on Your Computer ......................................19
To Register Your Computer ......................................20
To Set Up Your Dial-up Connection.........................21
To Set Up Power Management Modes .....................24
To Shut Down Your Computer .................................26
ABOUT THE SOFTWARE
ON YOUR COMPUTER ..............................27
Overview Of Preinstalled
Software Applications ...............................................28
For Answers To Your Software Questions ...............35
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ........39
About VAIO Digital Studio
Computer Functions.................................................. 40
About Changing Your
System’s Default Settings ......................................... 43
About Your System Recovery CDs .......................... 44
About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s) ................... 45
About The Speakers.................................................. 48
About The Modem.................................................... 49
About The Microphone............................................. 51
About The Mouse And Keyboard............................. 52
About Using A Peripheral Device ............................ 53
NOTES ON USE .........................................55
About The Power Source .......................................... 57
About Disposing Of The Lithium Battery ................ 58
About Handling The Computer System.................... 59
About Upgrading Your Computer System ............... 61
About Handling A Monitor (Display) ...................... 62
About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media .............. 63
About Support Resources ......................................... 64
INDEX .........................................................67
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WELCOME
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio™
computer! Your new, high-performance, multimedia computer combines
audio, video, and information technology features.
❑ About Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer
❑ To Unpack Your Computer
❑ To Choose an Ergonomic Location
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About Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer
Your computer may not be equipped with all of the features listed in this section.
To view the specific hardware configuration for your system, see the online
specifications sheet
VAIO AV applications
This suite of Sony original applications includes Smart Capture, DVgate™,
DigitalPrint, SonicStage™, and MovieShaker™. These software applications
make it easy to use advanced multimedia techniques to develop your personal
audio and video creations. Using the i.LINK ports, you can capture, view, and
share both still and video images, then catalog everything for fast, easy storage
and retrieval.
DVD-RW drive (not available on all models)
This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a
dynamic multimedia computing experience. Your state-of-the-art DVD-RW
drive writes to DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, and CD-RW media, and plays your
favorite DVDs and CDs. This drive also functions as the ideal solution for
making backups and archiving data, with the ability to store up to 4.7 GB of data
on a single DVD-R/DVD-RW media (You can store up to 650 MB of data on a
single CD-RW media). Save movies, videos and still images to share with family
and friends.
✍ Your DVD-RW drive does not support high-speed writing to a CD-RW media. Verify
that your CD-RW media supports writing speeds of 2X or lower.
DVD-ROM drive (not available on all models)
This optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich
multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and
CDs.
CD-RW drive (not available on all models)
This drive is the ideal solution for making backups and archiving data, with the
ability to store up to 650 MB of removable, rewritable storage on a single
rewritable CD. Save your movies to CD-R or CD-RW media and share videos
and images with family and friends.
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About Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer
CD-ROM drive (not available on all models)
You can play your favorite audio and video CDs using this high-quality CDROM drive.
i.LINK (IEEE 1394) interface
Two built-in i.LINK ports, located on the front and rear panels, provide you with
digital connection capability. The i.LINK name and logo identify a high-speed
communication interface, which allows you to easily connect compatible digital
camcorders.
✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an
IEEE 1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software
applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an
i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your compatible i.LINK device for
information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting
compatible i.LINK devices to your system, such as an optical or hard disk drive,
confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
VAIO Smart keyboard
This PS/2® keyboard has programmable shortcut buttons for launching your
favorite programs or accessing the Internet.
Sony audio and video quality
Take advantage of today’s advanced multimedia applications, games, and
entertainment software with the Sony high-fidelity audio system, high-powered
3-D graphics, and “Sony-Tuned” MPEG digital video playback.
Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system
Your system includes this latest consumer operating system from Microsoft.
Preinstalled software
All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you
to use right out of the box.
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Communications
You have the choice of a variety of popular online services to browse the Internet,
access e-mail, send faxes, and much more.
Exceptional performance
Your computer includes an Intel® processor, a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Ethernet interface, and a V.90 data/fax modem.*
* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.
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To Unpack Your Computer
To Unpack Your Computer
Computer and accessories
Display (Sold separately)
System Unit
Speakers*
(PCVA-SP2)
Speakers*
PCVA-SP3)
Modem Cable
Power Cord
AC Adapter (Speaker)
Keyboard
Mouse
*Not supplied with all models. See the online specifications sheet for more information.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder accessories
(Available with selected models)
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Manuals
❑
VAIO Digital Studio™ Computer Quick Start — Provides basic
information on setting up and registering your computer. The Quick Start
also provides software and support information.
❑
VAIO Digital Studio™ Computer User Guide — Contains information on
the hardware and preinstalled software applications included with your
system. To access the online manual:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click VAIO Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and Support menu, click VAIO User Guide.
❑
Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder Getting Started Guide — (For
models equipped with Giga Pocket) This online guide contains information
on setting up and using the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder equipment
and software applications.
❑
Information About DVD Recording — (For models equipped with a DVDRW drive) This online guide provides information designed to help you
become familiar with your DVD-RW drive and the DVD recording software
applications included with your computer.
❑
Safety Information — Supplies safety and legal information about your
VAIO computer.
❑
Specifications — This online specification sheet describes the hardware and
software configuration of your VAIO computer. To view this online
information:
❑
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1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click VAIO Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and Support menu, click VAIO User Guide.
3
Click the Welcome link. The Welcome page displays in the right-side
frame.
4
Locate the link in the text, "Click here to view your computer's
hardware specifications and software information."
Microsoft® Windows® XP Guide — Explains how to use the basic features
of the Windows® operating system.
To Unpack Your Computer
Recovery CDs
❑
System Recovery CD(s) — Restore the software that shipped with your
computer if it becomes corrupted or is erased. System Recovery CDs can
only be used to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
❑
Application Recovery CD(s) — Reinstalls individual software applications
or drivers if they become corrupted or are erased.
Software Library
The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement and the
Sony end-user license agreement.
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To Choose an Ergonomic Location
Before you get started, find the best location for your new computer.
Planning your workspace
❑
Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support
the computer and other peripheral 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 are
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.
❑
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 with relaxed, upright
posture—avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.
❑
Viewing angle of the display — Position the display 18 to 26 inches
directly 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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SETTING UP YOUR VAIO
DIGITAL STUDIO COMPUTER
Your computer has many new and exciting features. This section contains
information on setting up your computer and connecting peripheral
devices.
❑ To Set Up Your Computer
❑ To Turn on Your Computer
❑ To Register Your Computer
❑ To Set Up Your Dial-up Connection
❑ To Set Up Power Management Modes
❑ To Shut Down Your Computer
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To Set Up Your Computer
Your computer may not be equipped with the same hardware features shown in
this section. See the online specifications sheet for your system's configuration.
Connecting a display (monitor)
1
Plug the display cable into the Monitor port.
2
If necessary, plug the display cable into the rear of the display.
Connecting a display
✍ Install your equipment so that you can easily reach the power outlet in the event of an
emergency.
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Connecting the speakers
1
Plug the cable attached to the left speaker into the L Out jack on the back of
the right speaker.
2
Plug the cable attached to the right speaker into the Headphones jack.
3
Plug the jack end of the AC adapter cord into the DC In jack on the back of
the right speaker and plug the other end into a grounded AC wall outlet or
power strip.
Connecting the speakers (Model equipped with Giga Pocket features)
i.LINK
S400
HEADPHONES
SERIAL
LINE IN
MIC
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Connecting the keyboard and mouse
1
Plug the keyboard cable into the Keyboard port on the back of the computer.
2
Plug the mouse cable into the Mouse port.
Connecting the keyboard and mouse
KEYBOARD MOUSE
USB NETWORK
ACT
LINK
PRINTER
i.LINK
S400
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To Set Up Your Computer
Connecting the modem cable
1
Unplug your telephone from the wall jack.
2
Plug the modem cable (supplied) into the Modem line jack on the computer,
and then plug the other end of the cable into the wall jack.
Connecting the modem cable
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3
2
1TELEPHONE
LINE
Your computer has a protective sticker
covering the Ethernet port located
on the rear panel. Connect only 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the
Ethernet port. Using other cables or a telephone cable may result in an
electric current overload and can cause a malfunction, excessive heat or fire
in the port. For help on connecting to a network, see your network
administrator.
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Connecting the power cords
1
Plug the power cord into the back of the computer.
2
Plug both the display and power cords into a grounded AC wall outlet or a
power strip.
Connecting the power cords
KEYBOARD MOUSE
USB NETWORK
ACT
LINK
PRINTER
i.LINK
S400
HEADPHONES SERIAL
LINE IN
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To Turn on Your Computer
To Turn on Your Computer
Turning on your computer
1
Press the power switch on the computer to turn on the power.
2
Press the power switch on the display to turn on the power.
3
Press the power switch on the right speaker to turn on the power.
Turning on your computer
✍ When you start your system for the first time, your computer may detect new
equipment and display a dialog box that asks you to restart your computer. Please
respond to this request immediately.
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To Register Your Computer
Take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer support and receive
these benefits by registering your computer:
❑
Sony Customer Support — Communicate with a Support Representative
to troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
❑
Limited warranty — Protect your investment. See the Warranty Card for
more details.
✍ You are prompted to register your computer the first time you turn on the unit. Follow
the on-screen instructions to complete the registration process. If you are not able to
register your computer during the first session, you are provided with additional
registration opportunities later.
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To Set Up Your Dial-up Connection
To Set Up Your Dial-up Connection
The first time you turn your computer on, follow these steps to set up your dialup connection:
1
Click Start from the Windows taskbar and select All Programs.
2
Point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click New
Connection Wizard. The Location Information window appears.
Location Information window
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3
Enter in your information as requested. Click OK. The Phone and Modem
Options window appears.
Phone and Modem Options window
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To Set Up Your Dial-up Connection
4
Click to select your dialing location and then click OK. The New Connection
Wizard appears.
New Connection Wizard window
5
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up your dial-up
connection.
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To Set Up Power Management Modes
When you plan to stop using your computer for a short period of time, you can
set your system to automatically enter a power management mode. Your
computer may have difficulty resuming from a power-saving mode, if the power
scheme is not set up correctly.
Setting up your system’s power management
Sony recommends following these steps for optimum power management:
1
Click Start in the Windows® taskbar and select Control Panel.
2
Select Performance and Maintenance. The Performance and Maintenance
window appears.
3
Click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears.
4
Click the Hibernate tab and verify that the Enable hibernation check box is
selected. Click Apply.
5
Click the Power Schemes tab. Select the Home/Office Desk power scheme.
6
In the section, “Settings for Home/Office Desk power scheme,” use the dropdown list to set a time value for System stand by or System hibernates. Do
not set time values for both settings. Click Apply.
7
Click the Advanced tab. In the Power buttons section, “When I press the
power button on my computer,” use the drop-down list and select Hibernate.
Click Apply.
8
Click OK.
Your computer is set to enter a power-saving mode automatically. You can
resume from this mode by briefly pressing the power button on your computer.
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To Set Up Power Management Modes
Stand by mode indicators
You can identify which power management mode the computer is in, by the color
of the power indicator light.
Color
Mode
Amber
Computer is in Stand by mode.
Blue
Computer is in Normal mode, ready to use.
No color
Computer is turned off or in Hibernate mode.
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To Shut Down Your Computer
When you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of time, use
this procedure.
To avoid loss of data, do not use the Power switch to turn off the computer.
Turning off your computer
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Turn Off Computer.
The Turn Off Computer dialog box appears.
2
Select the Turn Off option.
✍ Respond to any prompts about saving your documents.
3
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically—the power indicator light
turns off.
4
Turn off any peripheral devices connected to your computer.
✍ If you plan to turn off your computer for a short period of time, you may want to use
Stand by mode instead.
About the power switch
If your system stops responding, press and hold the Power switch for more than
six seconds to force your system to shut down. You may need to repeat this
procedure if your system does not shut down on the first attempt.
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ABOUT THE SOFTWARE ON
YOUR COMPUTER
Your VAIO® computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and
communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section provides an overview
of the software titles preinstalled on your computer.
❑ Overview Of Preinstalled Software Applications
❑ For Answers To Your Software Questions
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Overview Of Preinstalled Software Applications
Your computer may not include all of the software applications listed, depending
on the system configuration purchased.
✍ Your computer's preinstalled software may include certain software versions or
upgrades, and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic
documents in Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format
that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major
computer platforms.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements (On selected models)
Adobe Systems Inc.
Using state-of-the-art image editing tools, you can unleash your artistic ability
and create digital images for print, e-mail and posting to the Web. The versatile
image capturing options allow you to start working with digital and traditional
photos immediately. Explore endless creative possibilities for your personal
images with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements Trial Version (On selected models)
Adobe Systems Inc.
This trial version of Adobe Photoshop Elements enables you to evaluate the
software for 30 days, after which you can purchase the full program for a special
price.
Adobe® Premiere® LE (On selected models)
Adobe Systems Inc.
Adobe Premiere LE offers interface and editing tools for producing movies for
video, multimedia, or the Web. View source clips and edited footage
simultaneously on-screen. You can create your own personal video clips that are
up to three hours in length, with complete audio-video synchronization.
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Overview Of Preinstalled Software Applications
America Online®
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family
and friends with easy-to-use e-mail. Manage your personal finances, get the latest
news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your
interests.
AT&T WorldNet® Service
AT&T Corp.
AT&T WorldNet Service offers fast, reliable Internet access. Customer benefits
include Web-based e-mail, video e-mail, multiple e-mail accounts, free Web
pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and parental
controls.
CLIÉ Converter (On selected models)
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter is a plug-in application that converts Giga Pocket™ Video
Capsules into gMovie™ format for playback on your Sony CLIÉ™ handheld.
After converting your Video Capsules, you can use CLIÉ Converter to transfer
them to Memory Stick® media or to save them to your hard disk drive for
transfer to your CLIÉ handheld during your next HotSync® operation.
DigitalPrint
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software makes it fun and easy to edit, import, and
organize your digital pictures in a photo album for rich digital printing to any
standard color laser or inkjet printer. Digital Print can also be used to make
custom CD labels for your audio CDs.
DVDit!® for VAIO® PCs (On selected models)
Sonic Solutions
DVDit! software automatically converts your multimedia source files into the
correct format for recording onto a DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, or CD-RW or to a
DVD folder on your hard disk drive. You can combine your favorite MPEG
movie files and digital still images to create professional, high-quality DVDs.
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DVgate™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK® port and capture your
own video clips and still images. You can edit clips from your video, add new
clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. You can also save your
images in a variety of popular file formats.
EarthLinkSM Total Access®
EarthLink Inc.
An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to
its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail,
newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB Web site, a member magazine,
and 24-hour technical support.
Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder (On selected models)
Sony Electronics Inc.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of hardware and software
components that provide you with excellent TV viewing, recording and playback
experiences. You can watch and record your favorite TV programs from your
computer, create custom playlists, and play your Video Capsules on other
computers. Giga Pocket enables your computer, TV, VCR, and other video player
devices to work in harmony.
Microsoft® Office XP Professional (On selected models)
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Professional software redefines the relationship between
people and software by providing a smarter, simpler way of working. New Office
XP Professional software features include context-sensitive smart tags, enhanced
formatting options, and more, that enable you to continually integrate additional
services into Office and access information anytime. The Office XP Professional
suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, PowerPoint®, and Access.
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Overview Of Preinstalled Software Applications
Microsoft® Office XP Small Business Edition (On selected models)
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Small Business Edition helps you get work done more
quickly by providing real-time, context-sensitive options for important actions,
from formatting to error correction. Task panes consolidate important tasks into a
single integrated view, enabling you to conduct searches, launch and format
documents, and view the contents of your Clipboard from one location. The
Office XP Small Business Edition suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, and
Publisher.
MovieShaker™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony’s original MovieShaker software creates personal movies that have
transitions, background music, and text. Just import your video clips and “shake”
with a click of the mouse. Your personal movies are easy to create and fun to
share with family and friends.
PC-Cillin® 2000
Trend Micro, Inc.
PC-Cillin 2000 antivirus software provides complete, easy-to-use, Internet-era
virus protection at your computer’s entry points (including beaming,
synchronization, and Internet access) to defend against potential threats hidden
inside files, e-mail, or on the Web. (Subscription required after initial evaluation
period.)
PicoPlayer™
Sony Electronics Inc.
PicoPlayer software is a video player application that enables you to use Giga
Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder functions on a computer that does not have
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder installed. You can play Video Capsules
created by Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder. If a Giga Pocket equipped
computer is available on your home network, you can use PicoPlayer to watch
TV and use the Giga Pocket Server’s TV programming and recording functions.
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PowerDVD
CyberLink Corp.
PowerDVD software offers high-quality playback of DVD movies on your
computer. PowerDVD software includes all the controls you expect from a home
DVD player, plus a range of additional features. For example, you can bookmark
scenes to come back to them later. The customizable controls, advanced
navigation bar, and dynamic player skins combine to deliver a premium viewing
experience.
Quicken® 2002 New User Edition*
Intuit Inc.
Quicken software is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken works
just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. You can even pay your
bills online. Quicken manages all of your finances, bank accounts, credit cards,
investments, and loans.
QuickTime®
Apple Computer, Inc.
The versatile QuickTime software plays many, many different kinds of media
files, including video, audio, and virtual reality (VR) movies. You can play
QuickTime files (referred to as “QuickTime movies”) using QuickTime Player or
any other application, such as a Web browser or word processor, that supports
QuickTime software.
RealPlayer®
RealNetworks Inc.
RealPlayer is a high-quality streaming media player that supports many digital
media formats. The user-friendly interface has enhanced navigation capabilities,
allowing you to access and enjoy audio and video programming over the Internet.
RealPlayer is your gateway to a superb Internet multimedia experience.
RecordNow DX (On selected models)
VERITAS Software Corp.
RecordNow is the ideal DVD/CD disc-mastering software. The new RecordNow
DX wizard makes it easy for the novice user to start recording right away, while
the more advanced user will appreciate extended features such as recording jobs,
a detailed activity log, and the ability to customize drive settings.
* This version of Quicken software does not support the import of data from earlier versions.
You must upgrade for a fee.
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Overview Of Preinstalled Software Applications
Simple DVD Maker (On selected models)
Sony Electronics Inc.
Simple DVD Maker software enables you to create video CDs and DVDs by
writing Giga Pocket™ Video Capsules and video playlists to DVD-R, DVD-RW,
CD-RW, and CD-R media. The DVDs that you create with Simple DVD Maker
can be played on compatible DVD players and on computers with compatible
DVD and CD drives.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart
Capture manages the i.LINK connection between your notebook and a Sony
Digital Handycam Camcorder that supports the i.LINK interface. It allows you to
capture compressed video or still images and save them to your hard disk drive or
share via e-mail. A smart solution for computer, digital audio/video and network
convergence.
SonicStage™ (On selected models)
Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage jukebox application gives you all the tools you need to manage
music on your computer. SonicStage software sports high-quality digital audio
storage, a music visualizer, a sleek player skin design, audio CD burning
capability (on computer models that include a CD recording device), and a
parametric equalizer for fine-tuning audio playback.
SonicStage™ Premium (On selected models)
Sony Electronics Inc.
SonicStage Premium software is a special jukebox application that supports high
quality digital audio playback and recording from the NetMD™, FM Tuner, and
DVD-RW devices in your VAIO® MX computer. Recording from external
analog and digital audio devices, such as CD players and MiniDisc players, is
also supported. SonicStage Premium software includes several standard jukebox
features, including a music visualizer, audio CD burning capability, and a
parametric equalizer for fine-tuning audio playback.
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Sony ScreenBlast™ ACID
Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
With the powerful Sony ScreenBlast ACID software you can create royalty-free
music by utilizing its loop-based production tool, including unlimited tracks and
enhanced effects.
Sony ScreenBlast™ Sound Forge®
Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sony ScreenBlast Sound Forge software enables you to record, edit, and process
mono or stereo audio files for your multimedia or Internet projects. Whether you
want to use a number of professional effects, convert video into streaming media,
or synchronize audio to video—this software has everything you need to create
rich, immersive multimedia and Internet content.
Sony on Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc.
Personalize your own web portal with Sony on Yahoo! Get a free webmail
account, customized news and local weather reports, comics, and more.
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Shortcut keys.
WordPerfect® Office 2002 Standard
Corel Corp.
WordPerfect Office 2002 Standard software includes all the applications you
need to create professional-looking documents, newsletters, reports,
presentations, and brochures while incorporating graphics, spreadsheets,
charts, and tables with ease. This comprehensive suite includes the popular
WordPerfect 10 word processor, the Quattro® Pro 10 spreadsheet program, the
Corel® Presentations™ 10 presentation program, and a wide range of additional
productivity-enhancing features.
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For Answers To Your Software Questions
For Answers To Your Software Questions
Check this support listing to locate support information for your computer’s
preinstalled software applications from the Internet, by e-mail, or by telephone.
✍ Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software applications listed,
depending on the system configuration purchased.
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®, Photoshop® Elements, Premiere® LE (On
selected models)
(Adobe Systems Inc.)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com
e-mail
[email protected]
phone
206-675-6126 (fee-based support)
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements Trial Version
Web site
http://www.adobe.com
America Online® (America Online, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.aol.com
phone
800-827-6364
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
DVDit!® for VAIO® PCs (Sonic Solutions)
Web site
http://www.dvdit.com/support
phone
877-DVD-1124 (U.S. and Canada; fee-based support)
phone
415-893-7065 (outside the U.S. and Canada; fee-based
support)
hours
M-F, 9:00 A.M.-6 P.M. (Pacific time)
EarthLinkSM Total Access® (EarthLink, Inc.)
Web site
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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Microsoft® Windows® Operating System, Internet Explorer,
Outlook® Express, Office XP (On selected models)
(Microsoft Corp.)
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of
purchase.
PC-Cillin® 2000 (Trend Micro, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.antivirus.com/pc-cillin/support
phone
510-859-0308; 900-820-8324*
hours
M-F, 8 A.M.-5 P.M. (Pacific time)
* Support from 510-859-0308 is free of charge, but subject to delays. Support from
900-820-8324 is fee-based, but offers immediate response.
Quicken® 2002 New User Edition (Intuit Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4932; 800-644-3193*
hours
M-F, 5 A.M.-5 P.M. (Pacific time)
* Support from 900-555-4932 is fee-based. Support from 800-644-3193 is automated and free
of charge.
RealPlayer® (RealNetworks, Inc.)
Web site
http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html
e-mail
http://service.real.com/help/call.html
RecordNow DX (VERITAS Software Corp.)
Web site
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http://www.easy.co.jp/jrndx/sony
For Answers To Your Software Questions
Sony Applications (Sony Electronics Inc.)
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of
purchase.
Sony ScreenBlast™ ACID, Sony ScreenBlast™ Sound Forge®
(Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment)
Web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support
e-mail
[email protected]
phone
900-407-6642 (fee-based support)
fax
608-256-7300
hours
M-F, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. (Central time)
WordPerfect® Office 2002 Standard (Corel Corp.)
Web site
http://www.corel.com
phone
613-274-0500
hours
M-F, 8:30 A.M.-7:30 P.M. (Eastern time)
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC
(1-888-476-6972). This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original
date of purchase.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS
This section describes how to troubleshoot common problems you may
encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple
solutions, so try these suggestions before using Support Resources. Your
computer may not be supplied with all of the features discussed in this
section, depending on the system configuration you purchased. To view
the specific configuration for your computer, see the online specifications
sheet.
❑ About VAIO Digital Studio Computer Functions
❑ About Changing Your System’s Default Settings
❑ About Your System Recovery CDs
❑ About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s)
❑ About The Speakers
❑ About The Modem
❑ About The Microphone
❑ About The Mouse And Keyboard
❑ About Using A Peripheral Device
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About VAIO Digital Studio Computer Functions
My computer does not start.
❑
Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the computer.
❑
Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive (unless you are using a
bootable floppy disk).
❑
Confirm that a CD is not in an optical drive (unless you are using a bootable
CD).
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly.
❑
If you plugged the computer into a power strip or Uninterruptible Power
Supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
❑
Check that the monitor 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 is not in stand by mode.
Why did my computer or software application stop responding?
You can try to locate and close the software application that has stopped
responding.
1
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window
appears.
2
From the Applications tab, locate the application that has the status message,
“Not responding.”
3
Select the application that has a Not Responding status and click End Task.
Windows attempts to close the application.
If your computer does not respond or the application does not close, try the
following steps:
1
Save any open files, if possible.
2
Press the Alt+F4 keys. The Turn Off Computer window appears.
3
Click Restart.
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If your computer still does not respond and you cannot restart, shut down your
computer by pressing and holding the power switch for more than six seconds.
If the software application continues to stop responding or causes your computer
to stop responding, contact the software publisher or designated technical support
provider.
Pressing and holding the power switch for more than six seconds, may result
in the loss of data from files that are currently open.
Why does the Windows operating system stop responding during shutdown?
The Windows operating system may not shut down properly for many reasons,
including incompatible or conflicting drivers, damaged files, or non-responsive
hardware. For troubleshooting information, you can search Windows Help.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select VAIO Help and Support. The
VAIO Help and Support Center appears.
2
Select Fixing a Problem and then select Startup and Shut Down problems. A
list of specific problem topics appears on the right side of the dialog box.
3
Select Startup and Shutdown Troubleshooter. Follow the on-screen
instructions according to your specific situation.
I cannot find the Windows taskbar.
The Windows taskbar may be hidden or minimized.
❑
❑
Use the mouse to locate a hidden taskbar by pointing to the left, right, top,
and bottom edges of the screen. The taskbar appears when the cursor is
placed over its location.
1
Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties from the shortcut menu.
2
Clear the check box for Autohide the taskbar, then click OK.
Use the mouse to locate a minimized taskbar by pointing to the left, right,
top and bottom edges of the display screen. The taskbar has been located
when the cursor changes to a double arrow cursor. Left-click and drag away
from the edge of the display screen. The minimized taskbar resizes and
becomes visible.
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Why is my system running slowly?
❑
The system responsiveness varies depending with the number of
applications that are open and running. Close any applications that you are
not currently using.
❑
Increasing the system memory may also help. For information on installing
memory, please see the online VAIO User Guide.
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About Changing Your System’s Default Settings
About Changing Your System’s Default Settings
How do I change the parallel port type to ECP, EPP, or bi-directional?
You can change the parallel port type using the System Setup utility (CMOS
Setup Utility). To access System Setup:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select Turn Off Computer. Select
Restart.
2
When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard.
3
Select the Advanced tab from the Setup Utility screen.
4
Select “I/O Device Configuration” and press Enter.
5
Use the arrow keys to highlight Parallel Port Mode and press Enter.
✍ You can toggle between the Normal (bi-directional), EPP, ECP, and ECP+EPP options
using the directional arrow keys.
6
Select the desired setting displays, and press Enter.
7
Press the F10 key to Save and Exit.
How do I change the video resolution of my display?
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and then select Control Panel.
2
Select Appearances and Themes, then select “Change the screen resolution.”
3
Click the Settings tab.
4
Change the Screen resolution and Color quality to the desired levels.
5
Click Apply and then click OK.
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About Your System Recovery CDs
My files are corrupted or deleted. How do I recover software applications that
came with my computer?
See “Reinstalling software applications” in the online User Guide for more
information.
My drivers are corrupted or deleted. How do I recover drivers that came with my
computer?
See “Reinstalling device drivers” in the online User Guide for more information.
How do I access the reinstallation information in the online User Guide?
You can view this online information by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click VAIO Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and support menu, click VAIO User Guide.
3
Click to open the “System and Application Recovery CD(s)” link. The
subtopics displays in the right-side frame.
4
Click the desired subtopic to view specific information.
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About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s)
About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s)
✍ Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features listed in this
section. To view the specific hardware configuration for your system, see the online
specifications sheet.
Why doesn’t my optical drive tray open?
Use the Eject button
1
Make sure the computer is turned on.
2
Press the Eject button on the drive.
Use the My Computer icon
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select My Computer.
2
Right-click the appropriate optical drive icon.
3
Select Eject from the shortcut menu.
✍ Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CD or DVD media. Adhesive labels may
come off while the CD or DVD media is in use in your optical drive(s) and may cause
damage to the unit.
Why can’t I play a DVD or CD media?
❑
After inserting your optical disc, wait a few seconds for it to be detected
before trying to access it.
❑
Verify that the disc is in the tray with the label side facing up.
❑
Install your CD or DVD software according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
❑
If your drive reads some DVDs or CDs, but not others, check the shiny side
of the disc for dirt or scratches.
✍ To recover the CD or DVD software applications that are preinstalled on your
computer, see “Reinstalling software applications” in the online User Guide for more
information.
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Why isn’t my DVD playing properly?
If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player
application, it may be that the region code of the DVD you are trying to play is
incompatible with the region code setting of your optical drive. A region code is
listed on the disc packaging. Region code indicators such as “1” or “ALL” are
labeled on some DVDs to indicate the type of player that can play the disc.
Unless a “1” or “ALL” appears on the DVD or on its packaging, you cannot play
the disc on this system.
If you hear audio but cannot see video, your computer’s video resolution may be
set too high. To improve video resolution, verify that your screen area is set to
1024 x 768, using 32-bit color (preset factory default). To check your video
resolution, see the Troubleshooting topic, “How do I change the video resolution
of my display?”
If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following:
❑
Verify that your DVD player’s mute feature is turned off.
❑
Check the master volume setting in the Audio Mixer.
❑
Check the volume settings on your computer speakers.
❑
Check the connections between your speakers and the computer.
❑
Verify that drivers are installed properly, by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel.
2
Click Performance and Maintenance and then click Systems. The
System Properties dialog box appears.
3
Select the Hardware tab and then select the Device Manager button to
view installed drivers.
A dirty or damaged disc may also cause the computer to stop responding while it
tries to read the disc. If necessary, remove the disc and check that it is not dirty or
damaged.
✍ To recover the CD or DVD software applications that are preinstalled on your
computer, see “Reinstalling software applications” in the online User Guide for more
information.
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About Using The Optical Disc Drive(s)
When I click an application icon, the message, “You must insert the application
CD into your drive” appears and the software does not start.
❑
Some software applications require specific files that are located on the
application’s CD-ROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
❑
Check to make sure you inserted the CD-ROM with the label side facing up.
Why doesn't my optical drive (DVD-RW) record to CD-RW media at higher
speeds?
If you are having difficulty formatting CD-RW media for recording purposes, try
changing the write speed to a lower setting. Your media must support writing
speeds at 2X or lower.
See the Help or documentation that came with your CD or DVD recording
software application for details on adjusting the write speed settings.
✍ Your DVD-RW drive does not support high-speed writing to a CD-RW media. Verify
that your CD-RW media supports writing speeds of 2X or lower.
Why doesn't my optical drive (CD-RW) record to CD-RW media?
If you are having difficulty with writing, erasing, or formatting on your CD-RW
media, the reason may be that the media is not compatible with your high-speed
CD-RW drive. Try using CD-RW media that is identified as “high-speed” (4X or
higher) for maximum performance and compatibility.
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About The Speakers
Why is there no sound in any application?
❑
Check that the speakers are plugged into the Headphones jack.
❑
If your speakers have a mute button, verify that it is turned off.
❑
If your speakers are powered by batteries, verify that the batteries are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
If your speakers use an external power source, verify that the power cord is
plugged into a grounded wall outlet or power strip.
❑
If your speakers have volume control, check the volume level.
❑
You cannot hear sound from your speakers if headphones are connected to
your computer.
❑
If the software application you are using has its own volume control, check
that the volume is turned up.
❑
Check the volume controls in the Windows® operating system using these
steps:
❑
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then select Control Panel.
2
Select Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click “Adjust the
system volume.”
3
From the Volume tab, adjust the Device volume by moving the slider
bar to the desired sound level. Verify that the Mute option is not
selected.
Check that the Mute check box is not selected in the Windows volume
control.
✍ You may need to reinstall the sound drivers. See “Reinstalling device drivers” in the
online User Guide for more information.
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About The Modem
About The Modem
How do I change my modem to rotary or Touch-Tone dialing?
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Phone and Modem options.
3
From the Dialing Rules tab, click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box
appears.
4
Select the Tone or Pulse option. Click OK.
Why is my modem connection slow?
Many factors influence modem connection speed:
❑
Telephone line noise
❑
Incompatibility with other telephone equipment such as fax machines or
other modems.
❑
Internet Service Providers (ISP) connection capability may vary.
If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems,
fax machines, or your ISP, check the following:
❑
Contact your telephone company and ask them to verify that your telephone
line is free from 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.
❑
For optimum performance, verify that your ISP point of presence (POP)
telephone number is compliant with V.90 standards.
❑
If you are having a problem connecting with your ISP, check that they are
not experiencing technical problems.
❑
Try connecting your modem through another telephone line, if available.
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Why doesn’t my modem work properly?
Your modem may be experiencing equipment or software conflicts. If your
modem is not functioning properly, check the following:
❑
Check that the telephone line is plugged into the Line jack.
❑
Check that the telephone line is working properly. You can verify the line by
plugging in an external device such as a standard telephone or fax machine
and listening for a dial tone.
❑
Check that the access telephone number (POP) is correct.
❑
All software applications that are preinstalled by Sony are compatible with
your computer’s modem. If you have installed other software, contact the
software publisher for information on how to configure the software in order
to recognize the modem.
❑
If it appears that your modem is not functioning properly, check the device
status.
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware and then select Phone and Modem
Options.
3
From the Modems tab, click to select your modem.
4
Click Properties. The Modem Properties window appears.
5
Review the information in the Device status section. If your modem is
not working properly, click the Troubleshoot button. The VAIO Help
and Support Center window appears.
6
Follow the on-screen instructions to resolve the problem.
✍ You may need to reinstall the modem drivers. See “Reinstalling device drivers” in the
online User Guide for more information.
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About The Microphone
About The Microphone
Why doesn’t my microphone work properly?
Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack.
Why is my microphone so sensitive to background noise?
If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound, you
should adjust the microphone gain by following these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then click Sounds and Audio
Devices.
3
From the Audio tab, locate the Sound recording section and click Volume.
The Recording Control dialog box appears.
4
Select the Options menu and click Properties. The Properties dialog box
appears.
5
In the section, “Adjust volume for,” select the Recording option. Click OK.
6
From the Recording Control dialog box, decrease the microphone volume
level by moving the slider bar down.
7
Close the Recording Control dialog box and then close the Sounds and
Audio Devices Properties window.
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About The Mouse And Keyboard
Why doesn’t my mouse work properly?
❑
Check that the mouse is plugged securely into the Mouse port.
❑
Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait
approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer.
❑
There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse,
follow these steps:
1
Save and close all applications, and turn off your computer.
2
Turn the mouse upside down.
3
Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning
clockwise the ring that covers the mouse ball.
4
Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.
5
Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and
inside the mouse ball socket.
6
Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover.
Secure the cover by turning the ring counter-clockwise.
✍ You may need to reinstall the mouse drivers. See “Reinstalling device drivers” in the
online User Guide for more information.
How do I set up my mouse for left-hand use?
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Mouse. The Mouse Properties
dialog box appears.
3
From the Buttons tab, select “Switch primary and secondary buttons” under
the Button Configuration options.
4
Click Apply, then click OK.
Why doesn’t my keyboard work properly?
❑
Check that the keyboard is securely plugged into the Keyboard port.
❑
Save and close all open applications. Turn off your computer, wait
approximately 10 seconds, and then restart your computer.
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About Using A Peripheral Device
About Using A Peripheral Device
How do I install a printer?
❑
If your printer has a USB, IEEE 1394, or infrared connection, contact the
printer manufacturer for information or updates that may be required for
proper installation.
❑
Check the printer manufacturer’s Web site for the latest drivers for your
operating system before proceeding with installation. Some printers do not
function properly without the updated drivers for specific operating systems.
❑
To install your printer, follow these steps:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Control Panel.
2
Click Printers and Other Hardware, then click Add a Printer.
3
From the Add Printer Wizard, click Next.
4
Select Local Printer, then click Next.
✍ Place a check mark in the box for “Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play
printer”, if you are installing a recently manufactured printer with Plug and Play
capability.
5
Select the appropriate port, usually LPT1, and then click Next.
6
Select the appropriate printer manufacturer and model
7
Follow the on-screen instructions to print a test page and complete
printer installation.
✍ If the printer is not included in the list and the printer manufacturer included a disk
with a Windows XP Printer driver, choose Have Disk, enter the appropriate path for the
disk or CD and click OK.
If the printer is not included on the list and no drivers are included with the printer,
choose an alternate printer driver that your printer may emulate. Refer to the manual
that came with your printer for specific emulation information.
Why doesn’t my connected printer function when the computer resumes from a
power saving mode?
Clear the printer memory by turning the printer off for approximately 10 seconds,
and then turning it back on.
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NOTES ON USE
The information in this section provides basic procedures for handling
your system and common peripheral devices, using storage media, and
locating upgrade procedures. A support resource listing is also provided
to help you locate the appropriate support options.
❑ About The Power Source
❑ About Disposing Of The Lithium Battery
❑ About Handling The Computer System
❑ About Upgrading Your Computer System
❑ About Handling A Monitor (Display)
❑ About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media
❑ About Support Resources
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About The Power Source
About The Power Source
✍ Before opening your computer, turn the system off and let it cool down for 10
minutes. This protects you against internal components that may be too hot to handle.
❑
Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only.
❑
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.
❑
If you live in an area that experiences frequent power fluctuations, you may
want to purchase an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). 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.
❑
The power control button on the front panel does not turn off the system AC
power. To remove power from the system, you must turn off the computer
and then unplug the AC power cord from the wall outlet or power strip.
❑
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.
❑
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.
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About Disposing 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 1-888-4-SONY-PC
(1-888-476-6972).
Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries. The lithium battery may
explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire.
Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type of
battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.
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About Handling The Computer System
About Handling The Computer System
✍ The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio
or TV reception. If this occurs, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from
the television or radio equipment.
❑
Do not place your Sony computer in a location subject to:
❑
Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
❑
Direct sunlight
❑
Excessive dust
❑
Mechanical vibration or shock
❑
Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑
Ambient temperature of more than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 50ºF (10ºC)
❑
High humidity, moisture, or rain
❑
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s
electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
❑
Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat 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.
❑
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.
❑
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.
❑
Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise,
problems may result.
❑
Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
❑
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 telephone 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. 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.
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.
The hard disk drive
❑
Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock.
❑
Do not move the computer during operation.
❑
Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature.
❑
Do not turn off the power while the computer is accessing the hard disk
drive.
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About Upgrading Your Computer System
About Upgrading Your Computer System
The upgrading procedures described in the online 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 telecommunications
links, networks, or modems before you open the system or follow any of the
upgrading procedures described in the online manual. Failure to do so may
result in personal injury or equipment damage.
❑
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-on cards, and
other components. Follow the upgrading procedures described in the online
manual while working at an ESD workstation. If such a station is not
available, use these precautions:
❑
❑
Avoid working in a carpeted area.
❑
Do not handle materials that may produce or hold static electricity, such
as cellophane wrappers.
❑
Ground yourself by maintaining continuous contact with an unpainted
metal portion of the chassis while performing the procedure.
When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on the
system board or add-on cards. You may need to temporarily remove add-on
cards that are next to the slot cover you want to remove.
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About Handling A Monitor (Display)
❑
Do not change the display refresh rate to 85 Hz, as DVD playback and the
DVgate software may not function correctly. Sony recommends that you
keep your display at the preset, optimal refresh rate (75 Hz).
❑
Do not place the display near a strong magnetic force.
❑
Do not block the ventilation slots on the display.
❑
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual
image on the screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to
normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
❑
A residual image may appear on the screen if the same image is displayed
for a lengthy period of time. The image disappears after a period of time.
You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images.
❑
The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not
indicate a malfunction.
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About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media
About DVD, CD, And Floppy Disk Media
Handling floppy disks
❑
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk.
❑
Keep floppy disks away from magnets.
❑
Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
Handling CD or DVD media
❑
Do not touch the surface of the disc.
❑
Do not drop or bend the disc.
❑
Do not use adhesive labels to identify the disc. The label may come off while
the disc is in use in the optical drive and damage the drive.
Cleaning CD or DVD media
❑
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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VAIO Digital Studio Computer Quick Start
About Support Resources
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:
VAIO Quick Start
The Quick Start contains information on how to set up
your computer quickly and easily.
VAIO Computer
User Guide
The User Guide contains information on how to get the
most from your computer, find help, and solve common
problems. (Note: The User Guide is not available in
hard copy for all models.)
Online (Electronic)
Documentation
The User Guide is available electronically on your hard
drive. Two additional guides, Upgrading and
Maintaining Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer and
the Troubleshooting Help are also available online.
To access online documentation:
Online (Electronic)
Specifications
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1
Click Start and point to VAIO Help and Support.
2
Click on the VAIO User Guide.
The online specifications sheet describes the hardware
and software configuration of your VAIO computer. To
view this online information:
1
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click
VAIO Help and Support.
2
From the VAIO Help and Support menu, click
VAIO User Guide.
3
Click the Welcome link. The Welcome page
displays in the right-side frame.
4
Locate the link in the text, "Click here to view your
computer's hardware specifications and software
information."
About Support Resources
Software application
manuals and Help
Most manuals for preinstalled software are located on
your hard disk drive as Help. You can access Help from
the Help menu within the specific application. A
printed manual may be available for some applications.
Knowledge Database
This 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 from the Sony
Computing Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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. Select the topics that
you want to view. To contact the Sony fax-on-demand
service, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).
(Requires a fax machine or fax software.)
Software Updates
You can download the latest software updates and
software patches for your Sony computer by selecting
Software Updates on the Sony Computing Support Web
site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
VAIO Computer
System Reference
Manual
This advanced reference manual supplies detailed
technical information about your computer's hardware.
This document is available on the Sony Computing
Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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INDEX
A
About Support Resources 64
Adobe Acrobat Reader 28
Adobe Photoshop Elements 28
Adobe Premiere LE 28
air circulation 59
America Online 29
Answers to Software Questions 35
AT&T WorldNet Service 29
audio problems 48
B
background noise 51
C
caution
lithium battery 58
speakers 59
CD
playback problems 45, 47
tray eject 45
CD-RW
recording problems 47
CLIÉ Converter 29
computer
adjusting voltage settings 57
changing parallel port type 43
disposing of lithium battery 58
hard disk drive 60
Locating the Windows taskbar 41
moisture condensation 60
proper handling 59
registration 20
setting up 13
shutting down 57
startup problems 40
system response problem 40
turning off 26
turning on 19
upgrading 61
connecting
cables 59
keyboard 16
modem cable 17
monitor/Display 14
mouse 16
peripheral equipment 59
power cord 17, 57
printers 53
speakers 15
D
DigitalPrint 29
disconnecting power cords 57
Display 12, 14
refresh rate 62
DVD
media 63
playback problems 45
region code warning 46
tray eject 45
DVDit! for VAIO PCs 29
DVD-RW
recording problems 47
DVgate 30
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E
K
Earthlink Network Total Access 30
Electronic documentation 64
electronic equipment 59
electrostatic discharge 61
Ergonomic considerations 12
keyboard 7
connecting 16
troubleshooting 52
Knowledge Database 65
L
F
FAQ
Basic system functions 40
Changing default settings 43
Keyboard 52
Microphone 51
Modem 49
Mouse 52
Optical Disk Drive(s) 45
Preinstalled software 48
Speakers 48
Using peripheral devices 53
Using System Recovery CDs 44
G
Giga Pocket
Personal Video Recorder 30
H
handling your computer 59
hard disk drive
using 60
hardware
cooling the heat sink 57
Help and support 64
I
i.LINK interface 7
interference 59
Internet
connecting to 21
68
left-hand settings for the mouse 52
Lighting
workspace planning 12
Limited warranty 20
lithium battery
disposing 58
losing power 57
M
magnetic shielding 59
microphone
background noise 51
troubleshooting 51
Microsoft Office XP Professional 30
Microsoft Office XP
Small Business Edition 31
modem
change to rotary dialing 49
change to touch-tone dialing 49
connecting cable 17
slow connection 49
troubleshooting 50
Moisture condensation 60
monitor
changing video resolution 43
mouse
connecting 16
left-hand users 52
troubleshooting 52
MovieShaker 31
multiple telephone lines 60
Index
Online documentation 64
Operating system locks up 41
optical drive
recording speed 47
tray eject 45
RecordNow DX 32
recovering drivers 44
Recovery CDs 11
region codes 46
registering your computer 20
rotary dialing 49
P
S
O
parallel port
changing type 43
party lines 60
PBX (Private Branch Exchange) 60
PC-Cillin 2000 31
PicoPlayer 31
power
connecting power cord 17
cord 57
disconnecting power cord 57
fluctuations or loss 57
source 57
source, precautions 57
switch/button 26
Power Saving Mode 24
indicators 25
PowerDVD 32
precautions about power source 57
preinstalled software 27, 28
printer
installing 53
resuming after power save mode
53
Q
Quicken 2002 New User Edition 32
QuickTime 32
R
radio interference 59
RealPlayer 32
safeguarding data 57
setting up
computer 13
dial-up connection 21
electronic equipment 59
printers 53
shutting down the computer 26, 57
Simple DVD Maker 33
slot cover 61
Smart Capture 33
Software
Adobe Acrobat Reader 28
Adobe Photoshop Elements 28
Adobe Premiere LE 28
America Online 29
application manuals 65
AT&T WorldNet Service 29
audio problems 48
CD playback problems 47
CLIÉ Converter 29
DigitalPrint 29
driver recovery 44
DVDit! for VAIO PCs 29
DVgate 30
EarthLink Network
Total Access 30
Giga Pocket Personal
Video Recorder 30
help 65
Microsoft Office XP
Professional 30
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Microsoft Office XP
Small Business 31
MovieShaker 31
PC-Cillin 2000 31
PicoPlayer 31
PowerDVD 32
preinstalled 27
Quicken 2002
New User Edition 32
QuickTime 32
RealPlayer 32
RecordNow DX 32
recovering applications 44
Simple DVD Maker 33
Smart Capture 33
SonicStage 33
SonicStage Premium 33
Sony on Yahoo! 34
Sony ScreenBlast ACID 34
Sony ScreenBlast
Sound Forge 34
stopped responding 40
WordPerfect Office 2002
Standard 34
Software Support Resources 35
SonicStage 33
SonicStage Premium 33
Sony
Fax-on-Demand 65
software updates 65
Sony on Yahoo! 34
Sony ScreenBlast ACID 34
Sony ScreenBlast Sound Forge 34
speakers 15
caution 59
starting your computer 19
surge protectors 57
system response problem 42
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T
telephone service 60
touch-tone dialing 49
Troubleshoot 44
Basic system functions 40
CD playback problems 47
CD-RW recording 47
Changing default settings 43
changing the display’s video
resolution 43
computer stopped responding 40
DVD playback problems 46
DVD-RW recording 47
Keyboard 52
Microphone 51
Modem 49
Mouse 52
operating system locks up 41
Optical Disk Drive(s) 45
optical drive tray eject 45
parallel port 43
Playback problems 45
Preinstalled Software 48
printer installation 53
recover applications 44
resuming printer function 53
software audio problems 48
Sony customer support 20
Speakers 48
startup problems 40
support resource listing 64
system response 42
Using peripheral devices 53
Using System Recovery CDs 44
turning off your computer 26, 57
turning on your computer 19
TV interference 59
Index
U
Uninterruptible Power Supply 57
upgrading
your computer 61
UPS 57
V
VAIO
Computer User Guide 64
System Reference Manual 65
VAIO Action Setup 34
VAIO AV Applications 6
VAIO Quick Start 64
VAIO Smart keyboard 7
ventilation 12, 59
video resolution 43
Viewing angle
display 12
viewing angle 12
voltage settings 57
W
Windows taskbar 41
WordPerfect Office 2002 Standard 34
workspace planning 12
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