Sony PCV-V210P User's Guide

Sony PCV-V210P User's Guide
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing a Sony VAIO® computer! Your new computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use
functionality. The information provided here is designed to help you to become familiar with the hardware and software
programs included with your system.
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View the Electronic Flyer, which provides updates and supplemental information about your computer.
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Go to the Sony Online Support Web site, to view the VAIO® Computer Specifications, which lists your computer's
hardware specifications and preinstalled software information.
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For Sony software information:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar.
2.
Click Welcome to VAIO life.
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Getting Started
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO® computer! Your new, high-performance, multimedia computer combines
state-of-the-art computer functionality with the latest audio, video and information technology features.
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Unpacking your Computer
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Planning An Ergonomic Work Space
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Unpacking your Computer
Your computer may not be supplied with all of the accessories shown, depending on the system configuration you
purchased. For details on the accessories supplied with your computer, see the online Specifications sheet.
Your VAIO® computer is not supplied with System or Application Recovery CDs. Use the VAIO Recovery Wizard utility
program to recover your computer's operating system and preinstalled software.
Com puter and supplied accessories
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder accessories (For m odels equipped with Giga Pocket features)
Manuals
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VAIO® Com puter Quick Start — Provides basic information on setting up and registering your computer. The Quick
Start also provides resources for technical support, safety guidelines, and owner's information.
Online Documentation
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VAIO® Com puter User Guide — Contains information on the hardware and preinstalled software programs included
with your system.
To access the online User Guide:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help and Support Center menu, click VAIO User Guide.
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Specifications — This online specifications sheet describes the hardware and software configuration of your VAIO
computer. To view this information, see the online Specifications sheet.
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VAIO Software — Provides specific information about the preinstalled software on your computer.
To access this online software information:
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1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar.
2.
Click Welcome to VAIO Life.
Hard Disk Drive Recovery
Your computer is equipped with the VAIO Recovery Wizard, a utility program that recovers your computer's operating
system and preinstalled software.
For more information about hard disk recovery
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help and Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
Other
A software library containing the Microsoft® software and Sony® end-user license agreements.
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Planning An Ergonomic Work Space
Before you set up your new computer, find the best location for your new computer and plan your work space. There are
several ergonomic factors to consider when you arrange your work space:
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Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support the computer and other peripheral
equipment.
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Ventilation — Leave at least eight inches of space on both sides of your computer and at least 5 inches of clearance
for the back.
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Placement of the mouse, keyboard, and other input devices — Place your computer, mouse, or other input devices
so that your arms and hands are in a relaxed, comfortable position. The computer's keyboard should be directly in
front of you. Keep your wrists in a relaxed position when you are using the keyboard — not angled up or down.
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 occasional breaks during sessions with your computer, as excessive use of the mouse,
keyboard, or 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 with relaxed, upright posture — avoid
slouching forward or leaning far backward.
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Viewing angle of the display — Position the unit so that the display is 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.
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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.
The infrared receiver, located on the front panel of your computer, communicates with the Giga Pocket remote
control. The infrared receiver must be visible in a line-of-sight with your remote control in order to function properly.
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Locating Controls And Ports
This section is intended to familiarize you with the controls, ports, and jacks that are available on your computer. Your
computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features described, and the location of the controls, ports, and
jacks, may vary from the illustrations shown in this section. To view the specific hardware configuration for your system, see
the online Specifications sheet.
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About the Front Panel
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About the Side Panels
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About the Back Panel
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About the Keyboard
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About the Mouse
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About the Remote Control
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About the Front Panel
The front panel of your VAIO® computer is equipped with built-in stereo speakers and indicator lights.
Front panel
1
Stereo speakers (built-in)
The stereo speakers provide sound for software, audio, and video media.
2
Infrared Receiver
Communicates with the remote control (supplied), to turn on TV, change TV channels, and raise or lower volume.
3
Optical disc and hard disk drive access indicator
Light is amber while reading and writing data.
4
Memory Stick® media access indicator
Light is amber when the Memory Stick media slot is in use.
5
Power button
Press button from the right side to turn the computer on and off.
6
Power indicator
Light is green while the power is on and amber when the computer is in Stand by mode.
Do not press the Power button incorrectly, as this may cause damage to this control.
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About the Side Panels
The side panels of your computer contain the connections for supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the side
panels help you locate and identify the connections on your computer.
Right panel
1
Optical drive eject button
Ejects a disc from the optical drive. See the online specification sheet for optical drive information.
2
Optical drive
See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information.
3
Memory Stick® media slot
Reads and writes data from a Memory Stick media.
4
PC Card slot
A PC Card (PCMCIA Card) can be inserted into this slot to increase your computer's functional capabilities.
Left panel
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1
Composite audio L In jack1
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
Composite audio R In jack1
Connection for an audio cable (optional).
2
Composite video In jack1
Connection for a video cable (optional).
S-video In jack1
Connection for an S-video cable (optional).
3
VHF/UHF port1
Connection for a TV coaxial cable (supplied).
4
Headphones jack
Connection for optional external speakers or headphones.
5
Line In jack
Connection for an audio device.
6
Microphone jack
Connection for a microphone (optional).
7
Connect button
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Press to enable the system unit to communicate with the wireless keyboard and optical mouse.
8
Modem line jack2
Connection for the modem cable (supplied) to the wall jack.
9
i.LINK 4-pin S400 port
Connection for i.LINK compatible digital devices (IEEE 1394).
10
Ethernet port
Connection for a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Ethernet.
(The port marked with
11
(Network) is for LAN connections only.)
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (2)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
1
A vailable only on models equipped with Giga P oc ket ® P ers onal V ideo Rec order features .
2
A n optional "1 -to-2 " jac k adapter devic e (s plitter) is required to c onnec t both a telephone and modem line to your c omputer.
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 programs, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products
with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Refer to the documentation supplied 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.
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About the Back Panel
The back panel of your computer contains the AC power and USB ports.
Back panel
1
AC Input port
Connection for the supplied power cord.
2
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) ports (2)
Connections for compatible high/full/low-speed USB devices.
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About the Keyboard
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with a wireless keyboard that has a standard key arrangement and additional keys that
perform specific functions. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard with your computer, see Connecting the
Wireless Keyboard.
Wireless keyboard (Top)
KEY
DESCRIPTION
Standby
Press the button to place the computer in Standby mode. Press the Power button or Standby key briefly
to resume normal operation.
S Keys
Press the S key buttons to activate specific applications.
Brightness Controls Press a button to increase (+) or decrease (-) the brightness of the monitor screen.
Mute
Press the button to turn off the speaker sound. Press the Mute button again to restore sound.
Volume Control
Press a button to increase (+) or decrease (-) the volume of the speakers.
Function
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to perform certain tasks. The task
associated with each function key may vary from one application to the next.
Numeric Keypad Use the numeric keypad to type numbers or to perform basic math calculations. Press the Num Lock key
to activate the numeric keypad. (The Num Lock indicator lights.) Press the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric
keypad.
Directional Arrows
The Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys move the pointer on the screen.
Applications
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu in certain software programs. Pressing this key is
equivalent to clicking the right mouse button.
Windows
The Microsoft® Windows ® key, displays the Start menu. Pressing this key is equivalent to clicking Start on
the taskbar.
Wireless keyboard (Bottom )
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1
Battery compartment
Compartment for the supplied AA batteries.
2
Keyboard feet
Extend to adjust the keyboard height.
3
Connect button
Press to enable the keyboard to communicate with the system unit.
To set up the wireless keyboard
Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the wireless keyboard as shown. You can check your keyboard's battery power level
by clicking
(Wireless Keyboard icon), located in the Windows® taskbar notification area.
Inserting batteries into the wireless keyboard
If your wireless keyboard does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced.
If your wireless keyboard is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage
from battery leakage.
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About the Mouse
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with a wireless optical mouse. Before attempting to use the wireless optical mouse with
your computer, see Connecting the Wireless Mouse.
Wireless m ouse (Top)
1
Left mouse button
Press to perform specific mouse functions.
2
Wheel button
Rotate the wheel to scroll up and down on the monitor screen.
3
Right mouse button
Press to perform specific mouse functions.
Wireless m ouse (Bottom )
1
Power switch
Slide switch to turn the mouse on and off.
2
Connect button
Press to enable communication between your VAIO computer and the wireless mouse.
To set up the wireless mouse
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Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the wireless mouse as shown. You can check your mouse's battery power level
by
clicking
(Wireless Mouse icon), located in the Windows® taskbar notification area.
Inserting batteries into the wireless m ouse
If your wireless mouse does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced.
If your wireless mouse is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage.
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About the Remote Control
The remote control is supplied with VAIO® computers that are equipped with Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
features 1. The remote control can start and stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing
preferences. This section describes the basic functions of your Giga Pocket remote control.
Rem ote control
1
MUTE button
Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound.
2
Channel number buttons (0-9)
Press to select specific channels.
(Press the ENTER button to activate channel selection.)
JUMP button
Press to go to the previous channel. Press again to return to the current channel.
ENTER button
Press to activate channel selection. See Channel number buttons.
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3
REC STOP button
Press to stop recording.
(Note: The REC STOP function is available for Giga Pocket software only.)
4
REC button
Press to begin recording.
(Note: The REC function is available for Giga Pocket software only.)
5
TV button
Press to switch from the on-screen image to the TV/Recording deck.
VIDEO button
Press to change to the external video equipment, such as your VCR.
(Note: You cannot change the input source while recording.)
DVD button
Press to switch to an external DVD device, such as a DVD player.
MUSIC button
Press to start the SonicStage software.
HOME NETWORK button
Press to start the VAIO Media.
6
Direction and ENTER buttons
Press a direction arrow to navigate. Press ENTER to select.
7
BACK button
Press to return to the previous screen.
(Note: This function is not available for Giga Pocket software.)
8
APPLICATION START button
Press to start the Giga Pocket software.
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9
VOLUME button
Press to increase or decrease the volume.
10
STANDBY button
Press to place the system into Stand by mode.
(Note: You cannot place the computer into Stand by mode when certain Giga Pocket functions are running.)
11
AUDIO button
Press to view available sound mode options on the monitor/display.
TV/VIDEO button
Press to change the on-screen image from the TV/Recording deck to external video equipment, such as your VCR.
(Note: You cannot change the input source while recording.)
DISPLAY button
During DVD playback in full screen mode, press to show the settings window. When using Giga Pocket software, press to
display the TV/Recording deck and playback deck screens. Press again to hide these views.
SIZE button
Press to view the current software in full-screen size. Press again to return the view to its original size.
12
FUNCTION button
When Giga Pocket software is selected with the Menu button, press to switch from the TV/recording deck to the playback
deck.
When using SonicStage software, press to change from the music drive (hard disk drive) to the CD.
13
REW and FF buttons
Press to rewind or fast-forward.
PREV and NEXT buttons
Press to move back to the previous screen or forward to the next screen.
STOP button
Press to stop playback.
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PLAY button
Press to begin playback.
PAUSE button
Press to pause playback.
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MENU button
Press to view a shortcut menu of available software programs. Press again to hide this menu.
(Note: For Giga Pocket software, the Select Video Capsules window displays. Press the button again to hide this window.)
15
TOOLS button
The function of this button may vary between DVD media. See the DVD player software instructions for details.
16
APPLICATION CLOSE button
Press to close the Giga Pocket software.
17
CHANNEL button
Press to change channels automatically (no number input required).
(Note: This function is available for Giga Pocket software only.)
For more details about the function buttons on your remote control, see Giga Pocket Help.
To set up the remote control
Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the remote control as shown.
Inserting batteries into the rem ote control
If your remote control does not operate properly, The batteries may need to be replaced.
If your remote control is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage.
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See the online s pec ific ation s heet for information about your c omputer's hardware c onfiguration.
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Setting Up Your Computer
You can set up your system quickly and easily with the instructions provided in this section. For details on your system's
hardware configuration, see the online specifications sheet.
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Connecting the Power Cord
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Connecting the Wireless Keyboard
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Connecting the Wireless Mouse
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Connecting the Modem Cable
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Turning on your Computer
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Registering your Computer
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Connecting the Power Cord
The computer's power cord must be plugged into an AC power source, such as an AC wall outlet, surge protector, or
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), before you can establish communication with your wireless keyboard and wireless
mouse.
Your computer has the ability to be turned on its base and the power cord may become unplugged. You may
lose data if your system loses power while software programs are running. Use the supplied power cord clamp to
avoid accidentally unplugging your computer.
1.
Remove the adhesive backing from the power cord clamp.
2.
Press the clamp firmly against the back panel near the AC input port.
Attaching the power cord clam p
3.
Plug the power cord into the AC input port on the back panel of the computer.
4.
Use a coin to open the clamp, and then insert the power cord.
Inserting the power cord into the clam p
5.
Plug the power cord into a grounded AC wall outlet, surge protector, or UPS.
Connecting the power cord
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Install your computer so you can easily reach the power outlet in the event of an emergency.
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Connecting the Wireless Keyboard
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with a wireless keyboard. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard, you must
enable communication between the computer and the keyboard.
When attempting to connect the wireless keyboard, confirm that the AA batteries (supplied) are properly inserted into
the keyboard before your computer is turned on.
To connect the wireless keyboard
1.
Press the CONNECT button on the left panel of the computer.
2.
Turn the wireless keyboard over.
3.
Press the CONNECT button to activate communication between the wireless keyboard and the computer
Connecting the keyboard
Additional information about the wireless keyboard
The wireless keyboard requires unobstructed communication with the system unit for proper operation.
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Do not exceed a maximum distance of 2 feet between your VAIO® computer and your wireless keyboard.
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Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.
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Press the CONNECT buttons located on the left panel of the computer and on the bottom of the keyboard, to
establish communication between the equipment.
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Connecting the Wireless Mouse
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with a wireless mouse. Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, you must enable
communication between the computer and the mouse.
When attempting to connect the wireless mouse, confirm that the AA batteries (supplied) are properly inserted into
the mouse before your computer is turned on.
To connect the wireless optical mouse
1.
Press the CONNECT button on the left panel of the computer.
2.
Turn the wireless mouse over.
3.
Slide the power button to the ON position and press the CONNECT button.
Connecting the m ouse
4.
Place the optical mouse on an appropriate surface to enable tracking.
Additional information about the wireless optical mouse
The wireless optical mouse requires an ideal surface texture in order to provide precision pointing and tracking.
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Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that have minimal repetitive patterns.
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Avoid surfaces such as mirrors, smooth glass, or magazines that have half- tone printing.
The wireless optical mouse requires unobstructed communication with the system unit for proper operation.
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Do not exceed a maximum distance of 2 feet between your VAIO® computer and your wireless mouse.
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Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.
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Press the Connect buttons located on the left panel of the computer and on the bottom of the mouse, to establish
the communication between the equipment.
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Verify the infrared receiver on the computer's front panel is free of obstructions that may prevent proper operation.
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Connecting the Modem Cable
Your computer is equipped with a single modem line jack to connect the supplied modem cable to your telephone wall jack.
To use your wall jack for your telephone and modem lines, purchase a "1-to-2" jack adapter device (splitter).
To connect the modem cable
1.
Unplug your telephone cable from the wall jack.
2.
Insert the telephone cable into one of the RJ-11 jacks on a splitter device (optional).
3.
Insert one end of the modem cable (supplied) into the other RJ-11 jack on the splitter device.
4.
Insert the plug end of the splitter device into the wall jack.
5.
Plug the modem cable into the modem line jack on the computer.
Connecting the m odem cable
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 that 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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Turning on your Computer
Press the power button from the right side, to turn the computer on and off.
Do not press the Power button incorrectly, as this may cause damage to this control.
Turning on your com puter
When you start your computer, it may detect new hardware and prompt you to restart your computer. Respond to this
prompt immediately.
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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:
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Sony Customer Support — Communicate with a Support Representative to troubleshoot problems you may be
having with your computer.
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Limited warranty — Protect your investment. See the Limited Warranty Card for more details.
You are prompted to register your computer the first time you turn it on. 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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Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder is a suite of interactive Sony audio and video components that are designed to
create, capture, and play back video files derived from television and your personal videos.1
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder hardware and software programs are available on certain VAIO® computers. See
your computer's online specification sheet for details on your system configuration.
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An Overview of Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Software
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Giga Pocket
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Timer Recording Wizard
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Timer Recording Manager
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Giga Pocket Explorer
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CLIÉ Converter
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Glossary
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Internet Electronic Program Guide Service
1
U nauthorized duplic ation of audio or video files is a violation of applic able laws .
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An Overview of Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of tools that enhance your VAIO® computer's capabilities. Giga Pocket
gives you a wide range of video viewing, recording, and playback capabilities, such as:
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Watching and recording television programs from your computer.
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Viewing and recording TV programming simultaneously.
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Setting and managing daily/weekly timer recording schedules.
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Managing Video Capsules (recorded video contents) on your computer.
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Recording personal video content from a videotape.
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Playing your Video Capsules on other computers.
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Operating Giga Pocket functions with a remote control device.
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Sharing Giga Pocket features and functions with other computers on a network.
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Converting Video Capsules into gMovie format for viewing on your CLIÉ handheld.
For an explanation of Giga Pocket terms, see the Glossary.
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Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder includes:
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Giga Pocket — This application enables you to watch TV programs on your computer's display and record them onto
the hard disk drive as Video Capsules for later playback.
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Timer Recording Manager — The Timer Recording Manager keeps track of all TV program recordings you have
scheduled. This program also enables you to modify timer recordings.
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Timer Recording Wizard — The Wizard interface guides you through setting up a timer recording schedule. You can
program one-time recordings and set up daily or weekly recurring recording schedules.
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Giga Pocket Explorer — The Giga Pocket Explorer program functions as your video file management system, and
stores recorded Video Capsules as well as modified Playlists. Giga Pocket Explorer contains export/import functions
for file format conversions.
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Giga Pocket Server — The Giga Pocket Server enables multiple computers on a network to use certain Giga Pocket
software functions.
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CLIÉ® Converter — The CLIÉ Converter is a plug-in application that enables the conversion of Video Capsules into
gMovie format. You can change the format your Giga Pocket contents and transfer them onto a Memory Stick®
media for viewing with your Sony® CLIÉ® Handheld.
Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder maintains information about the software and Video Capsules on your
computer's drive D, in a folder named D:\Giga Pocket V5. This folder and its contents are not designed for your direct
maintenance. Please do not move, modify or delete the Giga Pocket Folder or any of its contents. Any alteration to this
folder or its contents may cause your Giga Pocket software and Video Capsules to stop working properly.
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
This section illustrates how to set up the cables and connections for your Giga Pocket
Personal Video Recorder system.
The hardware configuration of your computer may vary from the illustrations shown. To view the specific hardware
configuration for your computer, see the online Specifications sheet.
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To set up TV connections
The best method of connecting your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type
of cable connection available in your home.
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with certain cables. Your in-home cable access may require extra cables, adapters or
connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
Connecting to standard cable access (CATV)
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to your cable service access.
2.
Connect the other end of the TV coaxial cable to the VHF/UHF port on the left panel of your computer.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 1)
Option 2
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the
single-connection end of a splitter adapter.
2.
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the other
end to the VHF/UHF port on the left panel of your computer.
3.
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the
other end to the VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 2)
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Connecting to a standard antenna (air)
You can connect your Giga Pocket system to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or 2 from the previous
section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV). Depending on the type of antenna system in your home, your
connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (optional) to connect your computer and the indoor/outdoor
antenna system.
If you are connecting to an indoor/outdoor antenna, you may need to reorient the antenna for best reception.
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your antenna outlet. Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF
combiner/transformer (optional).
2.
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to the VHF/UHF port on the left panel of
your computer.
Option 2
1.
Connect both ends of the antenna's twin lead cable to the screw-type grips on the combiner/transformer.
2.
Connect the TV coaxial cable (supplied) from the combiner/transformer to the VHF/UHF port on the left panel of
your computer.
To connect in standard antenna m ode (air)
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Your VAIO® computer is supplied with certain cables. Depending on your in-home cable access, you may require extra
cables, adapters or connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
Connecting with a cable or satellite set-top box (STB)
You can connect your Giga Pocket system to cable service access that uses a set-top box (cable or satellite).
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the In
jack on the back panel of your set-top box (STB).
2.
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your STB. Connect the other end to the
single-connection end of a splitter adapter (optional).
3.
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the
other end to the VHF/UHF port on the left panel of your computer.
4.
Connect a fourth TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end of the splitter adapter. Connect the
other end to the VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
To connect in STB m ode (Option 1)
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Option 2
1.
Connect one end of the TV coaxial cable (supplied) to your cable service access. Connect the other end to the In
jack on the back panel of your set-top box (STB).
2.
Connect a second TV coaxial cable (optional) to the Out jack on your STB unit. Connect the other end to the
VHF/UHF port on the rear of your TV monitor or display.
3.
Connect one end of the stereo A/V dubbing cables with triple RCA jacks (optional) to the Video Out and
Audio-OUT (L/R) jacks on the back panel of your STB unit, matching the plug and jack colors.
4.
Connect the other RCA jacks of the stereo dubbing cable into the Audio-R (IN), Audio-L (IN), and Composite video
(IN) jacks on the left panel of your computer, matching the plug and jack colors.
To connect in STB m ode (Option 2)
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Setting up additional equipment
This section illustrates how to set up additional equipment with the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder System.
To connect a compatible VCR or camcorder
Your VAIO® computer has both audio and video connection capability. You can locate the connections on the left panel of the
system unit. You can connect a VCR or camcorder, using the audio jacks and video ports. Your VCR or camcorder may have
either standard video or S-video connection capability.
To connect with an S-video cable
Connect an S-video cable (optional) directly into the composite S-video jack on the left panel of your computer. Connect the
other end of the S-video cable into the appropriate port on your compatible VCR or camcorder.
To connect with an audio cable (Dual RCA plugs)
Connect an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the composite audio L and R jacks, located on the
left panel of your computer. Connect the other ends of the audio cable into the appropriate ports on your compatible VCR or
camcorder.
To connect with a stereo A/V dubbing cable (Triple RCA plugs)
Connect a stereo A/V dubbing cable with triple RCA plugs at each end (optional) directly into the composite video In port,
composite audio L and R In jacks, located on the left panel of your computer. Connect the other ends of the stereo A/V
dubbing cable into the appropriate jacks on your compatible VCR or camcorder.
To connect a VCR or cam corder
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Setting Up Giga Pocket Software
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder software features and functions are detailed in this section, enabling you to begin
viewing or recording TV programs.
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To set up TV viewing
When you start Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder for the first time, you are automatically prompted to set the video
input source for watching TV or cable TV (CATV) programs on your computer.
Starting Giga Pocket for TV Setup (For first time setup)
1.
Verify that the computer time and date settings as displayed in the taskbar are correct.
To adjust these settings:
2.
1.
Right-click with your mouse. A shortcut menu appears.
2.
Select Adjust Date/Time, and a dialog box appears.
3.
Correct the date and time, if necessary.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, point to All Software, and then
click TV Setup.
The TV Setup Wizard appears.
TV Setup Wizard
3.
Depending on your cable service access, select Standard CATV, Standard antenna, or set-top box (STB).
1.
Standard CATV (C1-C125) without STB — For this connection, you must use a coaxial cable directly
(without an STB) to your computer. The default setting for this connection option is STD. Depending on
your local connection requirements, HRC and IRC are also available.
2.
Standard antenna (2-69) — Select this option if you connect an aerial antenna's coaxial cable directly
to your computer for watching TV programs.
3.
STB (Set top box) — Select this option if the broadcast signal is received from a set top box (STB) such
as a digital cable box or a satellite cable box. Make sure that the Input channel on your STB (Ch. 3, Ch.
4, etc.) matches the Input channel listed in the Giga Pocket TV Setup dialog box.
If you are not sure of the type of cable connection to use (Standard, HRC, or IRC), contact your cable provider for
information.
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4.
Click Next. The wizard displays a dialog box that enables you to customize the channel listings.
5.
Click Auto Scan.
You can view the channel reception in the pop-up TV Setup - Monitor window.
TV Setup Wizard - Custom ize the channel listing
If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can click Go to Web Site... and download channel listings from
the iEPG listing site.
6.
Connect to the Internet.
7.
Click Go to Web Site... and download channel listings by clicking Download all Channel Settings.
8.
Click Next. For the first time setup, you are prompted to set your Giga Pocket Server password.
TV Setup Wizard - Giga Pocket Serv er password
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9.
Type in a password and click Finish.
Setting up your display (monitor)
When using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, set your display settings as follows:

Colors — Use the default factory settings (32-bit).

Screen area — Use the default video resolution.
If you change the default settings, you may experience poor image quality on your display.
Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. Even if a different
user logs on using the fast switch feature, Giga Pocket is not available to any other user account. For more information,
see Giga Pocket Help.
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Giga Pocket
Giga Pocket enables you to watch a TV program on your computer display while recording it onto your hard disk drive. Using
the Giga Pocket Slip Play feature, you can view a program from the beginning even while it is being recorded.
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Starting Giga Pocket
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, then click Giga Pocket. The
Giga Pocket window appears.
Giga Pocket window
The current television broadcast is displayed, based on the selected channel.
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Using the TV/Recording deck and Playback deck
Giga Pocket features two decks on the main interface window: the TV/Recording deck and the Playback deck.
TV/Recording deck (detail)
Use the TV/Recording deck to view programs and record Video Capsules. You can use the Playback deck of your Giga Pocket
to play back a prerecorded Video Capsule.
Playback deck (detail)
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Recording a Video Capsule
Giga Pocket stores recorded images as Video Capsules. The Video Capsules provide file recording information, which can be
viewed through Giga Pocket Explorer. Manage your Video Capsules with Giga Pocket Explorer.
You cannot record a program into a previously recorded Video Capsule. All new content is recorded into a new Video
Capsule.
1.
Select your program by switching to the appropriate channel. Use the channel buttons located at the bottom of
the Giga Pocket window, or use the right and left direction arrows on your keyboard.
2.
Click Record
3.
When your program has completed or you wish to end the Video Capsule, click Stop
, located at the bottom of the window, to begin recording your Video Capsule.
To pause your recording session, click Pause
.
. Click on it again to resume recording.
Using the Slip Play feature
While a program is being recorded on the TV/Recording deck, you can watch that same program from the beginning, using
the Playback deck. You can begin using Slip Play to view your recording, beginning approximately ten seconds after your
recording session begins.
1.
From the menu bar, click Functions.
2.
Select Start Slip Play.
Additional information about Giga Pocket

Giga Pocket can be used for external video recording. Depending on conditions, not all video images can be
recorded or displayed.

Video input from game consoles may not be recorded or displayed in Giga Pocket.

When you input an image from a video player device, such as a VCR that is connected to your computer, the
following images may not record or display:


The still images of a paused playback screen.

A screen without images, such as a blue screen.

The menu screens of the attached video player device.
The Giga Pocket software's displayed image or images from a prerecorded Video Capsule may be interrupted or
distorted under the following circumstances:

If you change the channel on an attached video player device.

If you switch input during the analog input from an attached video player device.

If you attempt to play back a damaged video tape.

If you press Pause during the recording process.

When you play a Video Capsule for a few seconds from the end of the film roll using the scroll bar, you may not be
able to see a displayed image.

The computer's response may decrease when you attempt to play a Video Capsule while recording a TV program
using Giga Pocket.
Giga Pocket may interrupt or stop playback to allocate system resources for the timer recording event, if there are
other applications running simultaneously. If this occurs, wait until Giga Pocket finishes recording before playing the
Video Capsule.

The timer recording may fail due to an "Event buffer of audio overflow" error in the following circumstances:

The input cable (coaxial or video cable) is disconnected after recording starts.
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
You record a TV channel that has no broadcast content.

You record video content from an old video tape with poor signal quality.

The on-screen display may shift and split under some circumstances. If this occurs, switch the TV/Recording deck
and the playback deck, or switch the channel. The recording proceeds even if the on-screen display shifts.

Giga Pocket does not operate properly if used concurrently with other video applications, such as DVgate
MovieShaker software.
or
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Using the TV Program Web site
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, and then select Zap2it.
You can also go directly to the Web site at http://www.sony.com/vaiotv.
Timer Recording requires an Internet connection. See the section, Setting up your Internet Electronic Program Guide
service, for information on setting up for first-time use.
Internet Electronic Program Guide (iEPG) Web site
The appearance of the online channel guide Web site, its contents, and the accuracy of the TV listings are controlled by the
TV listing provider and may change without notice. Pay-per-view channels can be accessed when making payments directly
to the appropriate TV program provider.
You can schedule up to 100 timer recordings using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder.
From the online channel guide, click on the REC icon
to select the program you wish to record. The Timer Recording
Wizard begins and the New Timer Recording - Set Channel and Start Date and Time window appears.
Timer recordings create virtual containers for the recorded content that are called Video Capsules.
Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Timer Recording Wizard
With the Timer Recording Wizard, you can set, adjust, and cancel the timer recording settings.
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Using the Timer Recording Wizard
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, select All Programs, then select Giga Pocket.
2.
Select Timer Recording Wizard. The Timer Recording Wizard dialog box appears.
Tim er Recording Wizard
3.
Select the desired option from the Select Timer Recording Settings menu and click Next. Follow the on-screen
instructions. Click Help if you need more information about selecting timer recording settings.
New Tim er Recording - Set Channel, Start Date and Tim e
4.
Verify that the information is correct and click Next. The programming station and time information is
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automatically programmed into the appropriate Timer Recording Wizard fields.
5.
You can set the stop time for your timer recording and select the recording mode. The stop time is automatically
programmed into the Timer Recording Wizard. Verify the stop time, choose a recording mode, and then click Next
.
Recording Mode
Description
Standard Play (SP)
Standard recording mode (MPEG-2).
High Quality (HQ)
Image quality is improved, but recording requires more space on the hard disk drive as
compared to using SP or LP recording modes (MPEG-2).
Long Play (LP)
Image quality is reduced, but recording requires less space on the hard disk drive as compared to
using HQ recording mode (MPEG-1).
New Tim er Recording - Set Stop Tim e and Recording Mode
6.
From the New Timer Recording - Set Details dialog box, you can customize the timer recording schedule. Select
how often you want to record the program.
New Tim er Recording - Set Details
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7.
Select a date for the recorded program to be automatically deleted from your hard disk drive, using the
Expiration date of Video Capsule drop-down list.
To maintain adequate space on your hard disk drive, Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder enables you to set an
expiration date for your Video Capsules to be automatically deleted.
8.
Click Decide to review your setting preferences. The New Timer Recording - Confirm dialog box appears. Click
Next.
New Tim er Recording - Confirm
9.
The New Timer Recording - Completed dialog box appears. Click Finish.
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New Tim er Recording - Com pleted
Additional information about the Timer Recording Wizard

Timer recording requires approximately 30 seconds (pre-recording) preparation time prior to beginning each
recording session. Please keep this in mind when setting up multiple, back-to-back recording sessions. Giga Pocket
software stops the current timer recording, pauses to prepare, and then begins the next timer recording according
to the set start time. The length of your first Video Capsule is approximately 30 seconds shorter than the actual
time set.
You may experience some timing problems with multiple recording sessions when the second timer recording is
preset as a daily or weekly recorded event. The first timer recording may end as early as 60 seconds sooner than
the set stop time.

Scheduled daily or weekly timer recording sessions do not occur if your hard disk drive does not have sufficient
space. Giga Pocket software does not allow a new Video Capsule to be created if there is less than 100 MB of free
space on the hard disk drive. These scheduled events resume at their scheduled time, as hard disk drive space
becomes available.

Approximately three minutes before Giga Pocket begins a timer recording and during a timer recording, you must
avoid:

Starting up or using other software applications.

Setting up, changing, or deleting timer recordings.

All activities that may access the hard disk drive, such as copying files.
Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Timer Recording Manager
The Timer Recording Manager keeps track of all scheduled TV recordings. Your computer settings, by default, are set to start
Timer Recording Manager automatically when the computer is turned on.
Timer recordings are being performed when the Timer Recording Manager icon
(Timer Recording Manager) is visible in the
Windows taskbar. The timer recording does not start unless the Timer Recording Manager application is available. For the
Timer Recorder Manager application to be available, your computer should be in Stand by or Hibernate mode, if the system
is not in active use. You can schedule up to 100 programs at a time, for timer recording with the Timer Recording Manager.
Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. If a different user logs
on using the fast switch feature, the Timer Recording feature is not available to another user account. The Timer Recording
Manager icon appears in the taskbar of the first user to log on.
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Using the Timer Recording Manager
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, select All Programs, select Giga Pocket, and then click All Software.
2.
Click Timer Recording Manager.
The Timer Recording Manager window appears.
Tim er Recording Manager

Windows Stand by — Places the Windows operating system into Stand by mode when the preset timer
recording is set to begin, or if a Video Capsule is set to expire. Windows automatically starts and
performs the appropriate action.

Interrupt Current Recording — Stops the current timer recording. Use this option when you wish to end
the current recording session.

Timer Recording List — Displays a list of timer recordings that have been performed, as well as pending
timer recordings. If a daily/weekly timer recording is set, only the current recording session is shown.
The total number of timer recordings displayed does not exceed 100.
Double-click on a recorded timer recording to start playback in Giga Pocket.
3.
Click Hide to restore Timer Recording Manager to the taskbar.
If you turn off your computer, the timer recording function is disabled.
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Viewing your selected program recording schedule
You can easily view the programs you have selected to record, using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder. The Timer
Recording Manager feature enables you to change or cancel your timer recording at any time.
To view your scheduled timer recordings, follow these steps:
1.
Double-click on the Timer Recording Manager icon
, located in the Windows® taskbar.
Review your scheduled timer recordings and make any desired changes or cancellations.
2.
Click Hide to return the icon to the taskbar.
You do not have to be connected to the Internet to use the Timer Recording Manager feature.
Additional information about the Timer Recording Manager

When creating a timer recording, it is important to remember the following information:


The timer recording function is disabled if you turn your computer off.

Your computer should be in Stand by or Hibernate mode, if the system is not in active use.

Disable screensavers and any other applications that may access your computer's hard disk drive during the
timer recording.

If you are using a set-top box (STB), make sure it is turned on and set to the channel you want to record.
When you set up a timer recording using Giga Pocket software, always use the Timer Recording Manager. If the
Timer Recording Manager is not set up, the recording does not start, even if you set the timer recording settings
with the Timer Recording Wizard.
Your computer's default setting enables Timer Recording Manager to start automatically when the computer is
started.

The timer recording starts a few seconds earlier than the specified recording start time.

Under certain circumstances, a daily or weekly timer recording may not be executed the second and subsequent
times.

A timer recording may fail if the computer's clock setting is changed right before the preset recording time. Before
changing the computer's clock setting, verify that there are no timer recordings set to begin.
Close the Time Recording Manager before changing the computer's clock setting. Restart Timer Recording Manager
after you have changed the time setting.

If a different user logs on, using the fast switch or switch user features, the Timer Recording feature is not available
to another user account. The Timer Recording Manager icon appears in the taskbar of the first user to log on.
Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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Giga Pocket Explorer
The Giga Pocket Explorer application serves as a file manager for your Video Capsules. Video Capsules and saved Playlists
are managed in Cabinets.
Giga Pocket Explorer enables you to play back Video Capsules using Giga Pocket. You can import MPEG files, that were
created with compatible Sony applications, and export Video Capsules as AVI or MPEG files.
Using Giga Pocket Explorer
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, point to All Programs, point to Giga Pocket, point to Giga Pocket Explorer.
The Giga Pocket Explorer main window appears.
2.
Click on the desired Cabinet to see a list of saved Video Capsules and Playlists.
Giga Pocket Explorer
Using the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar functions
From the Giga Pocket Explorer toolbar, you can:

Start Giga Pocket

Start Timer Recording Wizard
to set up timer recordings.

Start Click to DVD
for more details.
to burn Video Capsules to DVD recordable media. See Click to DVD software Help

Start DVgate

Start Giga Pocket Help

Change the display views for your video contents, and edit recording information.
to play a selected Video Capsule or Playlist.
software
Plus software
to edit your Video Capsules.
to obtain further assistance.
Accessing Click to DVD Help
For additional information about using Click to DVD software features, follow these steps to access the Help.
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Click to DVD and click Click to DVD Help.
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Accessing DVgate Plus Help
For additional information about using DVgate Plus
software features, follow these steps to access the Help.
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to DVgate Plus and click DVgate Plus Help.
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Recording Video Capsules onto recordable DVD media
You can record Video Capsules to DVD-R/DVD-RW media with the Make DVD feature.
The Click to DVD
software must be installed in order to burn Video Capsules to recordable DVD media.
1.
From the Giga Pocket Explorer main window, select the Video Capsules you want to burn onto a DVD.
2.
On the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar, click Make DVD.
3.
The Click to DVD software starts. Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Exporting Video Capsules
You can export your Video Capsules as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, or AVI file formats for viewing on external media.
1.
In the list area, right-click the Video Capsule you want to export. A shortcut menu appears.
2.
Select Export. The Export dialog box appears.
Export
3.
Enter an output name for the file you want to export and specify the location for the exported file.
You can select the option, Delete Video Capsule after export. If you do not want to delete the Video Capsule
after export, leave the option disabled.
4.
In the section, Export Video Capsule As:, select to convert to an AVI, MPEG-1, or MPEG-2 format.
5.
Click Run to begin exporting.
Some conversion formats may not be available, depending on the recording mode that was used to create the Video
Capsule.
Additional information about using Giga Pocket Explorer

Video Capsules that are recorded using High Quality (HQ) or Standard Play (SP) mode can be converted and
exported as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and AVI files.
MPEG-2 files need a specific system environment for playback:

A VAIO® computer that has Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder installed.

A VAIO computer that has a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive.
If you wish to play your Video Capsule in a different system environment, you can convert and export your Video
Capsule using MPEG-1 format.

Video Capsules that are recorded using Long Play (LP) mode can be converted and exported as MPEG-1 files.

You can convert an imported MPEG file into a Video Capsule, only if the file was created using DVgate
other VAIO AV applications.
Assemble or
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Using Network Cabinets
Giga Pocket Explorer enables you to connect to Video Capsules in network cabinets located on other computers in a
network. These network cabinets can be accessed through the Giga Pocket Explorer main window when you are connected
to the network.
Connecting to Network Cabinets
1.
On the Giga Pocket Explorer menu, select Network, and then Connect/Disconnect. The Connect/Disconnect
Server dialog box appears.
Connect/Disconnect Server
2.
Select the server you want to connect to from the Server list.
3.
Click Connect to add the selected server to the Connected Server list, then click OK. The server is connected.
4.
To disconnect, repeat step 1, then select the server you want to disconnect from the Connected Server list.
5.
Click Disconnect, then click OK. The server is disconnected.
Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
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CLIÉ Converter
The CLIÉ® Converter is a plug-in application that enables the conversion of Video Capsules into gMovie format. You can
convert your Giga Pocket Video Capsules, and then HotSync® onto a Memory Stick® media for viewing with your Sony® CLIÉ
®
Handheld. In order to use the CLIÉ Converter plug-in application, make sure you have installed all required software for
the CLIÉ handheld.
The Sony CLIÉ Handheld personal entertainment organizers provide a rich and compelling handheld computing
experience. Powered by the Palm operating system, the CLIÉ handheld is ready to deliver music and video with amazing
clarity. For more information on this exciting device, go to the Sony Style Web site at http://sonystyle.com/vaio/clie.
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Starting CLIÉ Converter
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Plug-ins, and then click CLIÉ Converter. The Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter
main window appears.
Giga Pocket - > CLIÉ Conv erter
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Converting Video Capsules
1.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter window, click the Setting... button. The Settings dialog box appears.
Enter your desired settings and click OK.
2.
Start Giga Pocket Explorer as follows:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, and then click Giga Pocket Explorer.
3.
Resize the Giga Pocket Explorer window so that the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter window is
visible.
4.
Click on the Cabinet icon to display the contents in the list area.
5.
Drag the Video Capsule from the Giga Pocket Explorer window and drop it in the list area of the Giga
Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter window. The Video Capsule automatically converts into a video file.
During conversion, the Convert to CLIÉ window appears, displaying the conversion status. When
conversion is complete, the window automatically closes.
To convert multiple Video Capsules:
1.
Hold down the Ctrl key while selecting Video Capsules in Giga Pocket Explorer.
2.
Drag and drop all selected Video Capsules to the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter window.
The conversion process may take time, depending on the settings selected.
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Transferring converted video files to a Memory Stick media
1.
Insert a Memory Stick® media into the Memory Stick media slot on your computer.
2.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main window, click to select the videos you want to transfer to the
Memory Stick media.
3.
Click Send To. The Send To dialog box appears.
4.
Select Using Memory Stick as the transfer destination. Click OK.
During transfer, the Forwarding dialog box appears, displaying the transfer status. When transfer is complete,
the GP2CLIE window appears. Click OK.
Your converted video files can be played back on CLIÉ Handhelds that support the use of a Memory Stick media.
Transferring converted video files using the HotSync® operation
You can transfer your converted video files directly to your CLIÉ
Handheld, when you start a HotSync operation.
1.
From the Giga Pocket -> CLIÉ Converter main window, click to select the videos you want to transfer using the
HotSync operation.
2.
Click Send To. The Send To dialog box appears.
3.
Select Using HotSync as the transfer destination. Designate a user name, if applicable to your handheld's
configuration. Click OK.
4.
The Send to HotSync dialog box appears. Follow the on-screen instructions and click OK.
For more information about the HotSync operation, see the information supplied with your CLIÉ Handheld.
Accessing CLIÉ Converter Help
For more information about using the CLIÉ Converter plug-in application, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Help, and then click CLIÉ Converter Help.
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Glossary
The most common terms for Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder software are defined below.
Cabinet
A cabinet acts as a container for Video Capsules in Giga Pocket Explorer. A network cabinet is located on
other computers in a network environment.
CATV
Refers to Community Access Television, otherwise known as cable television.
Clip
A clip is a Video Capsule when it is stored in a Playlist.
Cut
A cut is a selected scene taken from a previously recorded Video Capsule.
Expiration date A Video Capsule is stored on the hard disk drive for a preset period of time. When this time has expired,
the Video Capsule is automatically deleted.
Film roll
During Video Capsule playback, a snapshot view of the scenes are captured on a film roll. You can scroll
freely through the film roll to view different scenes.
GOP
Group of Pictures (GOP) are the smallest unit of measure for the images captured on a Video Capsule. A
single GOP is approximately 0.5 to 1 second in length.
HotSync®
Registered trade name for the method of linking between a handheld device and a larger computer, such
as a desktop or notebook computer.
Management information
Management information contains the creation date of Video Capsules and their thumbnails.
This information is required for preview.
MPEG file
extension.
A file that contains compressed moving pictures using the MPEG standard, with.mpg as the file name
Safety Tab
Removing the safety tab from a Video Capsule prevents accidental erasing of your video data.
Slip play
This feature allows you to view delayed video playback. While your recording is in progress, you are able
to view the recording from the beginning.
Snapshot
A snapshot is a miniature view displayed on the film roll in Giga Pocket, Playlist Builder, and the preview
monitor in Giga Pocket Explorer.
Stand by mode
Stand by mode is a power saving mode that is set up by using the Windows® operating system. Your
computer stays in this power saving mode until approximately 5 minutes before the timer recording is due to begin.
STB
Refers to set-top box, otherwise known as a cable box.
Thumbnail
A thumbnail is a miniature view on recorded Video Capsules or in playback by Giga Pocket. The main
thumbnail is displayed in calendar view or in the Giga Pocket Explorer list area.
Timer recording
A timer recording is a preset video recording event.
Video Capsule
A Video Capsule is a virtual container that holds the video images recorded with Giga Pocket Recorder. A
Video Capsule is created on your computer hard disk drive and managed with Giga Pocket Explorer.
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Accessing Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, point to Help, and then select Giga Pocket Help.
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Internet Electronic Program Guide Service
Internet Electronic Program Guide is a free, online service that enables quick and easy access to your local TV listings. You
can use the Internet Electronic Program Guide service with your Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder for a "one-click" set
up of timer recordings and record your favorite TV programs1.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder must be set up and configured correctly before you can use the Internet Electronic
Program Guide service.
You must read and accept the User Agreement before accessing the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site
(first time only).
The Internet Electronic Program Guide service is available only to users in the United States.
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Setting up your Internet Electronic Program Guide service
You must be connected to the Internet, before setting up your Internet Electronic Program Guide service.
Sony recommends using Microsoft® Internet Explorer as your Web browser to access the Internet Electronic Program
Guide service.
To set up Internet Electronic Program Guide service, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Giga Pocket, then click TV Program Web site. Microsoft® Internet Explorer starts, and you are directed
to the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site.
3.
The Terms of Use window appears. Click I accept, to continue.
The Welcome and Registration window appears.
Internet Electronic Program Guide Welcom e and Registration
4.
In the Welcome! section, enter your 5-digit zip code and click Continue. The Choose Your Provider window
appears, listing all TV providers or TV services available in your area.
5.
Select your TV provider and then click Confirm Channel Lineup. The Confirm Lineup window appears, listing
available channels by number and name.
6.
Click Yes if the channel lineup is correct. Otherwise, click No and repeat steps 3 and 4 until you locate the correct
channel lineup.
7.
Your TV listings appear in table format, organized by time and channel. Click Download All Channel Settings to
set your channels. The Channel Information Converter window appears, if this is the first time you have used
this download feature. Click OK.
Close all Giga Pocket applications before downloading your TV listings.
If you are using set-top box (STB) mode, you do not need to click Download All Channel Settings.
8.
Verify the channel settings and click OK.
9.
Your personal channel settings appear whenever you access the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site.
If your TV provider adds new channels or changes existing channels, an Update icon appears next to Download All
Channel Settings. Click Update to add the new or updated channels to your personal channel setting.
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Configuring Your VAIO Computer
This section provides basic information about using i.LINK devices, Memory Stick media, PC Cards, and changing default
settings.

About i.LINK Compatibility

VAIO Action Setup

About the Memory Stick Media Slot

About the PC Card Slot
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About i.LINK Compatibility
Your VAIO® computer may be equipped with a 4-pin and/or a 6-pin i.LINK® port, depending on the system configuration
purchased. A 4-pin i.LINK port cannot supply power to a connected i.LINK device. A 6-pin i.LINK port can supply power (10V
to 12V) to a connected i.LINK device, if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector.
To view the hardware configuration for your computer, see the online Specifications sheet.
The total power supplied by the 6-pin i.LINK port cannot exceed 6 watts.
For PCV-V and PCV-W series models
Your PCV-V / PCV-W series computers have one 4-pin i.LINK port available to connect your digital devices. A 4-pin i.LINK
port cannot supply power to a connected i.LINK device.
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 programs, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products
with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with each other.
Refer to the documentation supplied 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.
Connecting an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) device
1.
Use the symbol to locate the i.LINK port on your compatible i.LINK device and on your computer. Plug the i.LINK
cable connector into this port.
2.
Plug the other end of the cable into the corresponding 4- or 6-pin i.LINK port on your computer.
See the instructions supplied with your i.LINK device for more information on installation and use.
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VAIO Action Setup
VAIO® Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Shortcut keys (S Keys).
Shortcut keys
The programmable S Keys are set to start the following software programs:
 S1 Video — Giga Pocket

Personal Video Recorder (for models equipped with Giga Pocket features)
S1 Video — DVgate Plus
 S2 Internet — Microsoft® Internet Explorer
 S3 Mail — Microsoft® Outlook® Express
 S4 Help — VAIO Help Center
Wireless keyboard
Changing the settings of the S keys
You can program the S keys to start other software programs.
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select S-key settings (VAIO Action Setup), then click VAIO Action Setup.
Double-click
the VAIO Action Setup icon, located in the Windows taskbar, to start VAIO Action Setup.
3.
Click the S Key you want to change.
4.
From the Select Application dialog box, click the option for the desired type of function. The corresponding
software programs appear in the list box on the right.
5.
Select a software program from the list. Click Next.
You can drag a software program and place it in the list box.
6.
The Confirmation Application Name window appears. Click Next.
7.
You may now type a new name and description, if desired. Click Finish.
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About the Memory Stick Media Slot
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a Memory Stick® slot that supports certain types of Memory Stick® media.
About Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media are a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital
data with compatible devices. The following types of Memory Stick media are available, but compatibility with your computer
can vary.

MagicGate Memory Stick® media (MagicGate Memory Stick media) — Provides copyright protection with
authentication and encryption, using Sony® MagicGate technology. Authentication ensures that protected content is
only transferred between compliant devices and media. Protected content can be recorded and transferred in an
encrypted format that prevents unauthorized duplication or playback. You can store different data formats on a
single Memory Stick media.

Memory Stick PRO media — Provides MagicGate copyright protection and high-speed data transfer features
when used with compatible Memory Stick PRO devices. VAIO® computers support Memory Stick PRO media for data
storage purposes only. Currently, high-speed data transfer and the MagicGate technology features, such as
authentication and encryption, are not available. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick
media.

Memory Stick® media — Provides data storage only. The Memory Stick media does not provide MagicGate
technology or high-speed data transfer. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage and OpenMG software are not compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO media. Sony
suggests using only MagicGate Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with SonicStage or OpenMG
software.
Visit the Sony Online Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on Memory
Stick® media.
Memory Stick media do not support video file playback directly from the media. Copy the video file to your hard disk
drive and then play back the file.
To insert a Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick® media into the Memory Stick media slot, located on the right panel.
Inserting a Mem ory Stick m edia
2.
If the media does not insert easily, remove it from the slot and verify that it is not upside-down or backwards.
Carefully reinsert the Memory Stick media, but do not force it into the slot.
To remove a Memory Stick media
A small portion of the Memory Stick® media remains extended when it is inserted into the Memory Stick media slot.
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1.
Press the extended Memory Stick media to release it from the Memory Stick slot. The media extends further,
enabling you to grasp it.
Rem ov ing a Mem ory Stick Media
2.
Carefully remove the Memory Stick media from the slot.
Do not remove the Memory Stick media while the media access indicator light is on. The media or its
data may become damaged.
Memory Stick media do not support AVI file playback. Copy the AVI file to your hard disk drive before attempting to
play back the file.
Protecting data on Memory Stick media
Memory Stick media contain a write-protect tab. The write-protect tab prevents accidental changes to information recorded
on your Memory Stick media. When you slide the write-protect tab to the LOCK position, your Memory Stick media is
write-protected. You cannot delete, copy, or save information on the media while the write-protect tab is in the LOCK
position. When you slide the tab to the un-LOCK position, you can write to or modify your Memory Stick media's contents.
Locking the Mem ory Stick Media
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About the PC Card Slot
Your computer has a card bus PC Card slot that supports Type I or Type II PC (PCMCIA) Cards. You do not need to shut
down your computer when inserting a PC Card. For more information, see the instructions supplied with your PC Card.
Inserting a PC Card
1.
With the label facing up, insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot.
Inserting a PC Card
2.
Push the PC Card gently into the slot. The card is automatically detected.
If the PC Card does not insert easily, remove it from the PC Card slot and verify that it is not upside-down or
backwards. Carefully reinsert the PC Card, without forcing it into the slot.
Removing a PC Card
1.
Close all software programs that may access the PC Card, to avoid data loss.
2.
Double-click the
3.
Click to select the name of the card that you want to eject and click Stop. The Stop a Hardware Device window
appears. Click OK.
4.
When the message Safe to Remove Hardware appears, push the PC Card Eject button on the right panel of the
computer. Extend the Eject button out from the computer before attempting to eject the card.
Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Windows® taskbar.
Rem ov ing a PC Card
5.
When the PC Card ejects from the PC Card slot, remove the card by holding the edges and pulling it out
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carefully.
If you remove the PC Card incorrectly, your computer may not work properly.
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Upgrading and Maintaining your VAIO Computer
In the future you may want to increase the functionality of your VAIO® computer. This section provides information about
upgrading your system.

Overview

Installing Memory

Installing a Hard Disk Drive

Replacing the Lithium Battery
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Overview
Sony recommends contacting your local dealer for upgrade or maintenance of your new computer. Your local dealer is
knowledgeable of this specialized personal computer and familiar with the safety practices and regulatory compliance
required for modifying electronic equipment.
To view the hardware configuration for your computer, see the online Specifications sheet.
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Installing Memory
The amount of preinstalled memory may vary, depending on the system configuration you purchased. Your computer may
ship with all available memory slots filled. See the online Specifications sheet for details about the memory installed in your
computer.
For more information about installing memory modules in this VAIO® computer model, go to the Sony Online Support
Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Installing a Hard Disk Drive
Your computer has an installed ATA-100, 3½-inch hard disk drive. Do not attempt to replace the hard drive. Contact your
local dealer for replacement or upgrade of the hard disk drive.
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Replacing the Lithium Battery
The lithium battery weakens after several years and the system settings, such as the date and time stored in CMOS RAM,
may become inaccurate. If this occurs, contact your local dealer to replace the lithium battery.
There is danger of the battery exploding if it is replaced incorrectly. Contact your local dealer to replace
the lithium battery. Replace the battery only with a CR2032-type 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. To locate a Service Center near you, visit the Sony Computing Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to troubleshoot common problems. You can also find helpful information on how to use your
computer's hardware features and preinstalled software. Your computer may not be equipped with all of the features or
software discussed in this section, depending on the system configuration purchased.

About VAIO Computer Functions

About Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder

About Using the Optical Disc Drive(s)

About the Mouse and Keyboard

About the Modem

About the Speakers

About Using a Microphone

About Using Peripheral Equipment
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About VAIO Computer Functions
My computer does not start.

Verify that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on. Check that the power indicator is lit
on the front panel of the computer.

Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive1 (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.

Verify that the monitor is plugged into a power source and turned on.
If your system has a built-in monitor, confirm that it is plugged into an appropriate power source and that the
system is turned on.

Verify that the brightness or contrast control dials are adjusted correctly. (See the manual supplied with your
display for details.)

Confirm that the computer is not in Stand by mode by pressing any key on the keyboard.
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About VAIO Computer Functions
My computer does not start.

Verify that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is turned on. Check that the power indicator is lit
on the front panel of the computer.

Confirm that a disk is not in the floppy disk drive1 (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.

Verify that the monitor is plugged into a power source and turned on.
If your system has a built-in monitor, confirm that it is plugged into an appropriate power source and that the
system is turned on.

Verify that the brightness or contrast control dials are adjusted correctly. (See the manual supplied with your
display for details.)

Confirm that the computer is not in Stand by mode by pressing any key on the keyboard.
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What can I do if my computer or software stop responding?
You can try to locate and close the software program that has stopped responding.
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
From the Applications tab, locate the software program that has the status message, "Not responding."
3.
Select the software program that has a Not Responding status and click End Task. Windows attempts to close
the program.
If your computer does not respond or the software program does not close, try the following steps:
1.
Save and close any open files, if possible.
2.
Press the Alt+F4 keys. The Turn Off Computer window appears.
If the Turn Off Computer window does not appear, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
3.
Click Restart.
If your computer still does not respond and you cannot restart, shut down your computer by pressing and holding the
power button for more than six seconds.
If the software program 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 button for more than six seconds may result in the loss of data from files that
are currently open.
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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 Help and Support. The VAIO Help And Support Center menu
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 window.
3.
Select Startup and Shutdown Troubleshooter. Follow the on-screen instructions according to your specific
situation.
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Why is my system running slowly?

The system responsiveness varies depending with the number of software programs that are open and running.
Close any programs 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.
To access the online User Guide:
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO User Guide.
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How do I change the video resolution of my display?
1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and then select Control Panel.
2.
Select Appearance and Themes, and 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 Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Why can't I see an image or an image that is displayed properly when I am using a VCR?
Some images from an externally-connected video player device or a video game console, may not display or are not
displayed correctly. These images include:

Images from a playback screen that is in pause mode.

Menu screens of the connected video player device.

The end of the film roll being played back using the scroll bar.

Video output from a video game console.

Video output from a VCR, using a coaxial cable.
Giga Pocket cannot record or display all video images from this source.
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About Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Why can't I see an image or an image that is displayed properly when I am using a VCR?
Some images from an externally-connected video player device or a video game console, may not display or are not
displayed correctly. These images include:

Images from a playback screen that is in pause mode.

Menu screens of the connected video player device.

The end of the film roll being played back using the scroll bar.

Video output from a video game console.

Video output from a VCR, using a coaxial cable.
Giga Pocket cannot record or display all video images from this source.
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Why does my Giga Pocket viewing window or the images played back from a Video Capsule, appear
distorted or corrupted?
There are some situations where screen or image distortion may occur, such as:

When you change the channel on the video player device.

If there is a damaged section on your video tape.
When using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, set your display settings as follows:

Colors — Use the default factory settings (32-bit).

Screen area — Set your video resolution to 1024 x 768 pixels.
If you use other settings, you may experience poor image quality on your display.
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Why does my system seem to slow down when I play a Video Capsule?
Your computer may respond slower if you try to play back a Video Capsule while recording a TV program with Giga Pocket.
During a timer recording, Giga Pocket may interrupt or stop your Video Capsule playback to prioritize your computer's
resources for the timer recording. If this occurs, wait until the timer recording session has completed, and then play back
the Video Capsule.
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Why did I get the error message, "Event buffer of audio overflow?"
The timer recording may fail in certain situations, such as:

The coaxial cable (input) is disconnected after recording has started.

The TV channel has lost broadcast signal during the recording session.

Video content being recorded has poor signal quality.
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Why did my on-screen display shift or split?
Your on-screen display may shift or split in rare instances. If this should occur, switch the TV/Recording deck and the
playback deck, or try switching the channel. Your timer recording continues even if the on-screen display has shifted or
split.
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Why did Giga Pocket stop allowing me to create new Video Capsules?
You cannot create a new Video Capsule when the remaining free space on your hard disk drive reaches approximately 100
MB. Delete any unnecessary Video Capsules or files to increase the free space on your hard drive.
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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?
To use the Eject button
1.
Make sure the computer is turned on.
2.
Press the Eject button on the drive.
To 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.
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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?
To use the Eject button
1.
Make sure the computer is turned on.
2.
Press the Eject button on the drive.
To 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.
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Why can't I play a DVD or CD media?

After inserting your CD or DVD, wait a few seconds for the system to detect it before trying to access it.

Confirm 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.

The preinstalled CD or DVD software may not be working properly. To recover this software, see the online guide,
VAIO Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
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Why isn't my DVD playing properly?

If a region code warning appears when you are using a DVD player software program, 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 7681, using 32-bit color (preset factory default). To verify or
change your video resolution:

1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and then select Control Panel.
2.
Select Appearance 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.
If you see video but cannot hear audio, check all of the following:
1.
Verify that your DVD player's mute feature is turned off.
2.
Check the master volume setting in the Audio Mixer.
3.
Check the volume settings on your computer speakers.
4.
Check the connections between your speakers and the computer.
5.
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 window
appears.
3.
From the Hardware tab, select Device Manager 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.

The preinstalled CD or DVD software may not be working properly. For information about recovering preinstalled
software, see the online guide, VAIO Recovery Options.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:
1
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
T he default video res olution s ettings may vary between different V A I O ® c omputer models .
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About the Mouse and Keyboard
Why doesn't my mouse work properly?

Confirm that the mouse is plugged securely into the mouse port. If you are using a USB mouse, verify that the
mouse is plugged securely into the appropriate USB port.

Save and close all open software programs. Turn off your computer, wait approximately 10 seconds, and then
restart your computer.

If you are using an optical mouse1, use an appropriate surface to ensure proper mouse tracking. A good mouse
surface requires a certain amount of detail or texture to enable mouse tracking.



Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that do not have a lot of repetitive patterning.

Avoid surfaces such as mirrors, smooth glass, or magazines.

Avoid possible damage to easily-scratched surfaces by using a mouse pad.

Avoid surfaces that may damage or soil your optical mouse. Dirt or damage may cause the mouse to
malfunction.

If the cursor is not moving properly, try using the mouse on another mousing surface or using a mouse pad.
If you are using a standard ball mouse, there may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse,
follow these steps:

Save and close all software programs, and turn off your computer.

Turn the mouse upside down.

Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning clockwise the ring that covers the
mouse ball.

Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.

Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and inside the mouse ball socket.

Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover. Secure the cover by turning the
ring counter-clockwise.
The mouse driver(s) may not be working properly. To recover your mouse drivers, see the online guide, VAIO
Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:

1

Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.

From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
If you are using a wireless optical mouse:

Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.

Press the Connect button on the mouse and the computer to reestablish the connection between the two
devices.
For wireles s or s tandard optic al mic e.
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About the Mouse and Keyboard
Why doesn't my mouse work properly?

Confirm that the mouse is plugged securely into the mouse port. If you are using a USB mouse, verify that the
mouse is plugged securely into the appropriate USB port.

Save and close all open software programs. Turn off your computer, wait approximately 10 seconds, and then
restart your computer.

If you are using an optical mouse1, use an appropriate surface to ensure proper mouse tracking. A good mouse
surface requires a certain amount of detail or texture to enable mouse tracking.



Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that do not have a lot of repetitive patterning.

Avoid surfaces such as mirrors, smooth glass, or magazines.

Avoid possible damage to easily-scratched surfaces by using a mouse pad.

Avoid surfaces that may damage or soil your optical mouse. Dirt or damage may cause the mouse to
malfunction.

If the cursor is not moving properly, try using the mouse on another mousing surface or using a mouse pad.
If you are using a standard ball mouse, there may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse,
follow these steps:

Save and close all software programs, and turn off your computer.

Turn the mouse upside down.

Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning clockwise the ring that covers the
mouse ball.

Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.

Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and inside the mouse ball socket.

Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover. Secure the cover by turning the
ring counter-clockwise.
The mouse driver(s) may not be working properly. To recover your mouse drivers, see the online guide, VAIO
Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:

1

Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.

From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
If you are using a wireless optical mouse:

Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.

Press the Connect button on the mouse and the computer to reestablish the connection between the two
devices.
For wireles s or s tandard optic al mic e.
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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.
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Why doesn't my keyboard work properly?

Check that the keyboard1 is securely plugged into the keyboard port.

Save and close all open software programs. Turn off your computer, wait approximately 10 seconds, and then
restart your computer.

If you are using a wireless keyboard:
1
1.
Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed. For proper installation of the AA batteries,
see the documentation supplied with your equipment.
2.
Press the Connect button on the keyboard to reestablish the connection between the two devices.
T he V A I O "W" s eries c omputer has a built-in keyboard.
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About the Modem
Why is my modem connection slow?
Many factors can influence modem connection speed, such as:

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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About the Modem
Why is my modem connection slow?
Many factors can influence modem connection speed, such as:

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 modem 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 programs 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.
The modem driver(s) may not be working properly. To recover your modem drivers, see the online guide, VAIO
Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
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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.
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How do I set up a dial-up connection?
After you have connected your computer's modem cable, follow these steps to set up your dial-up connection to the
Internet:
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 New Connection
Wizard appears.
The Location Information and the Phone and Modem Options windows appear, when using your computer for
the first time. Enter your information as requested and continue to the New Connection Wizard window.
The Location Information window appears.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up your dial-up connection.
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About the Speakers
Why is there no sound in any software program?

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 may not hear sound from your speakers if headphones are connected to your computer.

If the software program 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.

The sound driver(s) may not be working properly. To recover your sound drivers, see the online guide, VAIO
Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
For PCV-W series models

Adjust the volume control dial, located on the left panel, to adjust speaker volume.

The speakers continue to produce sound while headphones are connected. To use your own headphones, adjust
the computer's volume control dial, to mute the sound from the built-in stereo speakers.
For PCV-V series models
Adjust the speaker volume by pressing the volume control buttons located on the wireless keyboard.
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About the Speakers
Why is there no sound in any software program?

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 may not hear sound from your speakers if headphones are connected to your computer.

If the software program 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.

The sound driver(s) may not be working properly. To recover your sound drivers, see the online guide, VAIO
Recovery Options, for more information.
To access VAIO Recovery Options, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO Recovery Options.
For PCV-W series models

Adjust the volume control dial, located on the left panel, to adjust speaker volume.

The speakers continue to produce sound while headphones are connected. To use your own headphones, adjust
the computer's volume control dial, to mute the sound from the built-in stereo speakers.
For PCV-V series models
Adjust the speaker volume by pressing the volume control buttons located on the wireless keyboard.
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Why can't I hear sound when using the SP/DIF option for digital output?
If your computer has a preinstalled Sound Blaster Audigy ES sound card1, the Play Control settings must be changed to
support digital sound. Follow these steps to change the settings:
1.
From the Windows taskbar notification area, double-click on
.
The Play Control dialog box appears.
2.
Click Options, and then click Advanced Controls. Click the Advanced button.
The Advanced Controls for Play Control dialog box appears.
3.
In the Other Controls box, click to select the option, 1 Digital Output Only.
4.
Click Close, and then close the Play Control dialog box.
If you plan to use your own speaker system, you may experience some difficulty using the mute feature during DVD
playback. Use the mute function of your speaker system instead of the keyboard or software program functions.
T he Sound Blas ter A udigy E S s ound c ard is available with c ertain V A I O ® c omputers . See your online Spec ific ations s heet for information about your
c omputer's hardware c onfiguration.
1
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About Using a Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work properly?
Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack.
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About Using a Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work properly?
Check that the microphone is plugged into the Microphone jack.
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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 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.
If the volume control for the microphone is visible, skip to step 6.
4.
Select the Options menu and click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.
5.
In the section, Show the following volume controls, click to select the Microphone check box. 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 Using Peripheral Equipment
How do I install a printer?

Connect your USB or IEEE 1394 printer to the appropriate port on your computer's front, back or side panels1. 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.
The Add Printer Wizard appears.
3.
From the Add Printer Wizard, click Next.
4.
Select Local Printer, then click Next.
Place a check mark in the box, Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer, if you are
installing a recently manufactured printer equipped with Plug and Play capability.


1
5.
Select the appropriate port, usually LPT1 if using the parallel port, 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, but the printer manufacturer provides a disk with the appropriate Windows
XP Printer driver:
1.
Choose Have Disk.
2.
Enter the appropriate path for the disk or CD, and click OK.
If the printer is not included in the list, and no drivers are provided with the printer:
1.
Select a similar printer that your printer may emulate.
2.
Refer to the user manual or guide supplied with your printer.
3.
Visit the printer manufacturer's Web site for technical support.
T he loc ation of the c onnec tion ports for peripheral equipment may vary, depending upon your c omputer's hardware c onfiguration.
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About Using Peripheral Equipment
How do I install a printer?

Connect your USB or IEEE 1394 printer to the appropriate port on your computer's front, back or side panels1. 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.
The Add Printer Wizard appears.
3.
From the Add Printer Wizard, click Next.
4.
Select Local Printer, then click Next.
Place a check mark in the box, Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer, if you are
installing a recently manufactured printer equipped with Plug and Play capability.


1
5.
Select the appropriate port, usually LPT1 if using the parallel port, 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, but the printer manufacturer provides a disk with the appropriate Windows
XP Printer driver:
1.
Choose Have Disk.
2.
Enter the appropriate path for the disk or CD, and click OK.
If the printer is not included in the list, and no drivers are provided with the printer:
1.
Select a similar printer that your printer may emulate.
2.
Refer to the user manual or guide supplied with your printer.
3.
Visit the printer manufacturer's Web site for technical support.
T he loc ation of the c onnec tion ports for peripheral equipment may vary, depending upon your c omputer's hardware c onfiguration.
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The connected printer does not function properly 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.

If your printer does not resume normal operations, try restarting your computer.
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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 Using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder

About Disposing of the Lithium Battery

About Handling the Computer System

About Handling a Monitor (Display)

About Recording and Data Storage Media
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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 do not intend to use 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 Using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
The information in this section provides guidelines to follow when using Giga Pocket
Personal Video Recorder.
Display setup
Always set up your display as follows when you use Giga Pocket:

Color quality: Use factory default settings (32-bit).

Screen resolution: Set to 1024 x 768 pixels. Using other display settings may cause an improper screen image or an
incorrect recording by Giga Pocket software.
Some displays may require the screen resolution to be set to 1280 x 1024 pixels. For information on your display's
setting requirement, see the instructions supplied with your display.

Check your display setup in the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system before starting up Giga Pocket software. For
more information, refer to the operating system manual.

Do not change the display setup while Giga Pocket is running, or your system may operate improperly.
Hard disk drive

When the available free space on your hard disk approaches 100 MB, you are not able to create a new Video
Capsule. Delete unnecessary Video Capsules or files in order to increase available space on your hard disk drive.

If you directly delete, move, or rename a file in the D:\Giga Pocket folder, Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
features may not work properly.
Network

Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. Even if a different
user logs on using the fast switch feature, Giga Pocket is not available to any other user account. For more
information, see Giga Pocket Help.

Microsoft Windows XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. If a different user
logs on using the fast switch feature, the Timer Recording feature is not available to another user account. The
Timer Recording Manager icon appears in the task tray of the 1st user to log on.
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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, visit the Sony Online Support Web site at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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
Your 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 TV 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.

Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic parts. Do not drop them or bump them
against other objects.

Your Sony computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may
not work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX).

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 Handling a Monitor (Display)

DVD playback and certain video-related software may not function correctly when your monitor is set to a high
refresh rate. If your monitor does not play back video content properly, try setting the display to a lower refresh
rate.

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.
About handling an LCD monitor1 (display)

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.

Do not leave the LCD in direct sunlight, as this may damage the screen. Use caution when using the computer near
a window.

Do not exert pressure on the LCD or scratch the surface, as this may cause the screen to malfunction.

The LCD screen is manufactured using high-precision technology. On occasion, you may see tiny black or colored
points on the LCD. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.

Avoid rubbing the screen, as this can damage the LCD. Use a soft, dry cloth to clean the display.
1
T he P C V -W and P C V -V s eries models have a built-in LC D monitor.
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About Recording and Data Storage Media
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 integrity. 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.
Using Memory Stick media

MagicGate Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media are the only media that support MagicGate technology.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage and OpenMG software are not compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO media.
Sony suggests using only the MagicGate Memory Stick media to store and transfer any data created with
SonicStage and OpenMG software.

Currently, the Memory Stick slot on VAIO® computers may not support all of the high-speed data transfer or access
control features of the new Memory Stick PRO media. You can use the new Memory Stick PRO media as you would
use a standard Memory Stick® media.

Visit the Sony Online Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on the
new Memory Stick PRO media.
CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards

Certain VAIO® computers support CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards, see the online Specifications sheet for more
information about your computer's hardware configuration.

Visit the Customer Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on
CompactFlash and SmartMedia cards.
Handling floppy disks1

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.
C ertain V A I O c omputers are not equipped with a floppy dis k drive. Y ou c an purc has e a floppy dis k drive s eparately, s ee the online s pec ific ations s heet for
more information about your c omputer's hardware c onfiguration.
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Support Options
Sony provides several options to help solve common problems or to locate support for your VAIO® computer. This section
describes all available resources and offers suggestions on how to access this information for maximum results.

Immediate Help and Support

Software Help and Support

Resources for Additional Help and Support
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Immediate Help and Support
You can locate helpful information immediately by consulting your hard copy guides and supplements, or by accessing the
online Computer User Guide and the individual software Help files.
Your computer is supplied with these support options:

VAIO® Computer Quick Start — The Quick Start contains information on how to set up your computer quickly and
easily. You can find instructions on how to plan an ergonomic work space, connect power cords, cables and
peripheral devices, and register your computer with Sony®. The Quick Start can also provide troubleshooting
support, if problems occur.

VAIO® Computer User Guide — The online User Guide provides information about configuring, maintaining, and
upgrading your computer. This support resource offers a variety of available topics, enabling you to quickly view
specific information using context-sensitive search features. To access the online guide:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar, then click Help and Support.
2.
From the VAIO Help And Support Center menu, click VAIO User Guide.

Specifications — The online specifications sheet describes the hardware and software configuration of your VAIO
computer. To view this online information go to http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Preinstalled software Help files — Each preinstalled software program provides online Help within the software,
that describes the software's features. In these Help files, you can find tutorials that teach you to use the software
and locate troubleshooting support, should problems occur. To access software Help files:

1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar and point to All Programs. A submenu appears, listing all preinstalled
software programs.
2.
Click the desired software program.1 The software's main window appears.
3.
From the menu bar, click Help. The Help file appears.
VAIO Software — Provides specific information on preinstalled software on your computer.
To access this online software information
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1.
Click Start in the Windows taskbar.
2.
Click Welcome to VAIO life.
Y ou c an loc ate the online H elp for Sony s oftware programs by pointing to the individual s oftware program's ic on and s elec ting H elp from the s ubmenu.
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Software Help and Support
Support information for the preinstalled software on your system is located in this section. Sony software support is free of
charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software discussed in this section, depending on the computer
purchased. To view information about the specific software preinstalled on your computer, see the software program's
online Help.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Using state-of-the-art image editing tools, you can unleash your artistic ability and create digital images for print, e-mail,
and posting to the Web. The versatile image capturing options enable you to start working with digital and traditional
photos immediately. Explore extensive creative possibilities for your personal images with Adobe Photoshop Elements
software. Upgrade possible to Adobe® Photoshop ® software.
Adobe® Reader®
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adobe Reader software enables you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe's Portable Document
Format (PDF), an open file format intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on many major computer
platforms.
America Online® (Broadband or Dial-Up)
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet Service Provider (ISP). 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.
Click to DVD
Sony Electronics Inc.
At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video device. Create
DVDs by capturing video content straight from a digital video (DV) device or by importing video from stored files — and you
can also edit the video if desired. Create DVD photo albums and slide shows with picture files or by importing pictures from
a digital still camera. What's more, you can easily give a professional look to your DVDs by adding chapter menus,
backgrounds, and menu screens. You're only a few clicks away from your own DVDs!
CLIÉ Converter
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter software is a plug-in software program that converts Giga Pocket® Video Capsules into Movie Player format
for playback on your Sony® CLIÉ handheld. After converting your Video Capsules, you can use CLIÉ Converter software to
transfer them to Memory Stick® media or to save them to your hard disk drive for transfer to your CLIÉ handheld during your
next HotSync® operation.
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Ltd., Japan
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD software is designed to make CD and DVD creation simple. You can create you own audio or data CDs
and data DVDs. These discs can be read in most audio CD players or personal computers. With Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
software, you can also back up CDs.
DVgate Plus
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK® port and capture video clips and still images. Edit clips
from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. Save your movies back to your digital video
camera or in a variety of popular file formats.
EverQuest®
Everquest (Sony Online Entertainment Inc.).
This introductory edition of the EverQuest game, a constantly evolving fantasy world, takes users to new heights of online
role-playing gaming. Enter an enormous virtual environment — an entire world with its own diverse species, economic
systems, alliances, and politics. Make yourself a noble human knight, a vicious dark elf thief, a greedy dwarven merchant, or
whatever your heart desires as you meet new friends from around the world and face epic challenges. Rated TEEN by the
ESRB. (Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language,
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and/or suggestive themes.)
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder
Sony Electronics Inc.
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of hardware and software components that provide you with excellent
TV viewing, recording, and playback experiences. You can watch and record your favorite TV programs from your computer,
create custom playlists, and play your Video Capsules on other compatible computers. Giga Pocket® Personal Video
Recorder enables your computer, TV, VCR, and other video player devices to work in harmony.
ImageStation®
Sony Electronics Inc.
With ImageStation® online service, you can store, organize, and share your photos and video clips online. ImageStation
online service membership is free (except for transactions) and includes unlimited storage of digital photos, storage for 15
minutes of video clips, tools to personalize the design and arrangement of your pictures in albums, and access to stories
and tips about image handling in ImageStation Magazine.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Microsoft Corp.
Internet Explorer offers dramatic performance, reliability, and usability improvements making it the fastest, easiest and
most cost-effective Web browser for people to use, manage and support. Whether you use the Web to read e-mail, news
or sports reports, shop online, listen to music or play videos, or share your images and photos with friends family or work
colleagues, IE 6 makes it easy, exciting and fun.
Microsoft® Money Standard
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Money Standard provides a quick and easy way to organize and manage your personal finances. New features
include auto-balancing, a bills estimator, spending comparison reports, and investment reminders. Save time organizing and
managing your cash flow and balancing your checkbook. Create and track a budget, pay your bills, organize your finances,
and view a complete picture of your financial health all in one place.
Microsoft® Windows® Movie Maker 2
Microsoft Corp.
Windows Movie Maker 2 makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker 2 you can create, edit and share your home
movies right on your PC. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best
scenes. Add special effects, music and narration. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, on your PC, CD, or even DVD.
You can also save your edited movie back to the DV tape in your camera to play on a TV or even on the camera itself.
Microsoft® Windows Media® Player
Microsoft Corp.
Using one of the premiere video and music playback software programs, you can better enjoy listening and watching many
different kinds of media. Other great features include, instant-on playback, Mini-player mode, Intelligent Streaming
technology, 5.1-channel surround sound audio codec, and built-in Smart Jukebox features.
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft Corp.
Works lets you quickly and easily create high-quality, fun documents. Works provides the core tools you need to create
documents, manage lists and schedules, create reports and budgets and organize information from many sources. Works
includes Word Processor, Works Database, Works Spreadsheet, Works Portfolio, and Works Calendar.
MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
MoodLogic is the world's largest descriptive database of song information. The information is provided from music lovers like
you. MoodLogic allows you to browse the songs by artist and genre, narrow your selections by tempo or year, save your
favorite playlist and transfer it to a portable player.
Norton Internet Security
Symantec Corp.
Symantec's Norton Internet Security software provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats.
This easy-to-use, integrated suite includes full versions of Norton AntiVirus® and Norton Personal Firewall software to
defend your PC against the most common Internet dangers. Norton Internet Security also includes Norton Spam Alert,
which helps you detect and filter unwanted e-mail. Norton Parental Control keeps your children safe by letting you block
objectionable Web sites and set up separate Internet access privileges for each member of your household. Automatic
downloads keep Norton Internet Security software updated against new security threats. This is a trial version of the
Norton Internet Security software.
PictureGear Studio
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Sony Electronics Inc.
PictureGear Studio still image management software displays still images from your hard drive or a Sony digital still camera.
The still images appear in a convenient light-table format so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder, create
your own photo albums and make prints.
Quicken® New User Edition
Intuit Inc.
Quicken software is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken software works just like your checkbook, so it's
easy to learn and use. You can even pay your bills online. Quicken software manages all of your finances, bank accounts,
credit cards, investments, and loans. (Users of earlier versions of Quicken software must upgrade for a fee.) Upgrade
possible to Quicken® Deluxe, and other versions.
QuickTime®
Apple Computer, Inc.
The versatile QuickTime software plays many different kinds of media files, including video, audio, and virtual reality (VR)
movies. You can play QuickTime files (referred to as "QuickTime movies") using QuickTime Player or any other software
program, such as a Web browser or word processor, that supports QuickTime software.
RealOne Player
RealNetworks, Inc.
RealOne Player is an all-in-one digital media player that lets you find everything and play anything. RealOne Player fuses
a streaming media player, jukebox, browser and new content discovery services all in one software program. Play CDs,
MP3s and internet radio stations from anywhere in the world. View video clips and movies with the same player. Download
music directly to your Sony MiniDisc Walkman® player or your Sony Memory Stick Walkman® player.
RecordNow
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Ltd., Japan
RecordNow is the ideal CD and DVD disc-mastering software. The RecordNow wizard makes it easy for the novice user to
start recording right away.
SonicStage
Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage software program 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 Mastering Studio
Sony Electronics Inc.
Use SonicStage Mastering Studio software to record songs from analog records or cassette tapes into your computer, and
output them to CD-R or CD-RW discs, or audio files in WAV format.
Screenblast® ACID®
Sony Pictures Digital Networks
Use the amazing Screenblast® ACID® software to produce, arrange, and edit your loop-based music. With ACID software,
you can slice out long hours from the music-making equation and unlock the doors of your creativity by picking, painting,
and playing your songs.
Screenblast® Sound Forge®
Sony Pictures Digital Networks
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® VAIO® Product Registration
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Product Registration is an integrated registration software program for both Sony Electronics Inc. and Microsoft
Corporation. By registering with Sony, you enable Sony to notify you of software and hardware issues that may affect your
user experience. Microsoft directs the data to Sony Electronics Inc. Sony uses the registration data for warranty and
product support purposes and the analysis of customer feedback on Sony computer features.
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
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VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys.
VAIO Media
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Media software brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and still image files between
your VAIO® computers. You can set up one or more computers as "media servers," which store your multimedia files and
make them available to other VAIO computers on your wired or wireless network.
VAIO Music Services
Sony Electronics Inc.
Download music from the web, create your own albums, or have CDs sent straight to your house with VAIO Music Services.
The ultimate place on the Web for music lovers to find out information about their favorite artist and get all of the latest
music news.
VAIO Support Agent
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive online support with information about your preinstalled software and
answers to frequently asked questions.
WinDVD® for VAIO®
InterVideo, Inc.
WinDVD software serves as a simple-to-use DVD player that offers all the features you would expect to find in a standard
consumer DVD player, including advanced display and navigation features such as zoom, pan, bookmark, and time search.
Contact information (By software publisher)
Adobe Systems, Inc.
web site
http://www.adobe.com
telephone
800-685-3652
hours M - F, 6 AM - 5 PM PST
America Online, Inc.
web site
http://www.aol.com
Apple Computer, Inc.
web site
telephone
http://www.info.apple.com
800-275-2273
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Ltd., Japan
web site
(For Drag'n Drop CD+DVD)
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
(For RecordNow)
http://www.easy.co.jp/jrn45/sony
Everquest (Sony Online Entertainment Inc.)
web site
http://www.everquest.com
telephone
858-537-0898
e-mail [email protected]
hours M - F, 9 AM - 6 PM PST
InterVideo, Inc.
web site
telephone
http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp
510-651-0888
Intuit Inc.
web site
telephone
http://www.intuit.com/support
900-555-4932; 800-644-31931
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Microsoft Corp.
web site
http://www.support.microsoft.com
MoodLogic, Inc.
web site
http://www.moodlogic.com/support
e-mail [email protected]
RealNetworks, Inc.
web site(s)
telephone
http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html
206-674-2680
Sony Pictures Digital Networks
web site
http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/support/default.asp
Sony Electronics Inc.
web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Symantec Corp.
web site
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http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
I ntuit I nc . Software: Support from 9 0 0 -5 5 5 -4 9 3 2 is fee-bas ed. Support from 8 0 0 -6 4 4 -3 1 9 3 is automated and free of c harge.
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Resources for Additional Help and Support
If the information provided with your VAIO® computer does not offer an immediate solution, or you would like to get direct
support, try these additional help and support resources.
Sony Online Support Web site
Online help and support are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, when you visit the Sony Online Support Web
site. You can access the Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
The Sony Online Support Web site provides:
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Information about your specific model computer, such as
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hardware and software specifications.
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upgrade and maintenance procedures.
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safety and legal information.
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quick solutions to common problems.
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An automated tutorial library that contains interactive, easy-to-understand lessons on using your computer's
hardware and software features.
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Links that enable you to:
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quickly find the nearest Sony service center locations.
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arrange for repairs or check repair status.
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review warranty information.
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e-mail your question or comments to the Sony Customer Information Services Center.
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check pricing and availability for products, accessories and parts, as well as purchase online.
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access the Sony Solutions Knowledge Base, a database that contains answers to many frequently asked
questions.
Sony Customer Information Services Center
If other support options do not resolve your issue, you can contact a Sony Support representative directly.
Before making a call to the Sony Customer Information Services Center, have this basic information readily available.
1.
VAIO® computer system type.
2.
Model number.
3.
Serial number1.
Example:
4.
Operating system.
5.
Hardware feature or software program that has a problem. (See Software Help and Support for the appropriate
software contact information.)
6.
Brief description of the issue.
For VAIO® computers purchased in the U.S. and Canada, contact a Sony Support representative at 1-888-476-6972.
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T he s erial number is loc ated on the bac k panel of your c omputer. T he s erial number is on a white barc ode label.
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