Sony VAIO VGNA200 User's manual

Sony VAIO VGNA200 User's manual
Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the online VAIO® Computer User Guide.
This user guide provides detailed information on all aspects of using your new VAIO computer, from keyboard functions to
preinstalled software programs.
In the left navigation window, click the topics you want to learn more about, and that information will be displayed in this
main window.
View the Electronic Flyer, which provides updates and supplemental information about your computer.
Go to the Sony Computing Support Web site to view the VAIO® Computer Specifications, which list your computer's
hardware specifications and preinstalled software information.
For Sony software information, click Start and select Welcome to VAIO life.
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Ergonomics and Caring for Your Computer
This section provides information on how to safely use your Sony computer.
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Applying Ergonomics
Your computer is a portable device and can be used in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should apply the
following ergonomic considerations:

Position of your computer — Place the computer directly in front of you as you work. Keep your forearms
horizontal, with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard, touch pad, or external
mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Take breaks during sessions with your computer.
Excessive use of the computer may strain muscles or tendons.

Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your
feet are flat on the floor. A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture and avoid
slouching forward or leaning far backward.

Viewing angle of the computer's display — Tilt the display to find the best viewing angle. Also try adjusting the
brightness setting of the display. Following these suggestions can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue.

Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare or reflection on the display. Use indirect
lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. You can purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare.
Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.

Placement of an external display — When using an external display, set the display at a comfortable viewing
distance. Make sure the display screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
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Storing Your Computer

Do not use or store your computer in a location subject to:

Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts

Direct sunlight

Excessive dust

Moisture or rain

Mechanical vibration or shock

Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded

Ambient temperature higher than 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 40ºF (5ºC)

High humidity

Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. When running, the computer's electromagnetic field may
cause other electronic equipment in close proximity to malfunction.

Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat buildup. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces
such as rugs or blankets, or near materials such as curtains or draperies that may block ventilation. Leave a space
of at least 8 inches (20 cm) behind the back of the computer.

If the computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside your computer.
In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on your computer. If any problems occur, unplug your computer,
and contact your Sony Service Center.

The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may interfere with radio or TV reception. Should this occur,
move the computer a suitable distance away from the radio or TV.

Do not drop the computer or place heavy objects on top of the computer.
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Using Cables and Connections

Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables.

Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.

If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and determines that your computer is
responsible for a problem, the telephone company may bill you for the service call. Also, if you do not disconnect
your computer when it is adversely affecting a telephone line, the telephone company has the right to disconnect
your service until you correct the problem.
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Cleaning and Maintaining Your Computer

Clean the computer with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use
any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish
of your computer. You can use canned compressed air specifically for computers to remove dust.

If a solid object falls onto the computer or a liquid leaks into the computer, immediately turn off and unplug the
computer. It is best to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before you use it again.

Avoid rubbing the LCD screen as this can damage the screen. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the LCD screen or
canned compressed air.

Always disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.

Your computer is equipped with a cooling fan and heat sink that help your computer maintain a safe operating
temperature. These areas must be kept clean and free from debris, such as dust, dirt, pet hair, or other particles
that can restrict the flow of air. If dust is allowed to accumulate in the cooling fan and heat sink area, your computer
may overheat and stop operating properly.

Avoid using your computer in locations that are subject to excessive dust or dirt, such as the floor or on the
ground.

Avoid using your computer on or near surfaces that may have dust or shedding fibers, such as rugs,
blankets, curtains, or draperies.

Avoid using your computer in areas where pets are kept, or pet hair accumulates.
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Handling the LCD Screen

Direct sunlight can damage the LCD. Be careful when using the computer near a window.

Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This can cause a malfunction.

Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the screen. This is not a
malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.

The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.

The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may, however, see tiny black points and/or bright
points (red, blue, or green) that continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the manufacturing
process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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Locating Controls and Ports
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony® VAIO® computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio,
video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing.
Front
1 LCD screen
10 Memory Stick® media indicator
2 Mute button
11 Wireless switch 1
3 Volume buttons
12 Bluetooth® indicator2
4 Brightness button
13 Wireless indicator3
5 Magnify screen button
14 Power indicator
6 S1 button
15 Battery indicator
7 Keyboard
16 Hard disk drive indicator
8 Touch pad
17 Optical drive indicator
9 Memory Stick® media slot4
1
Wireles s LA N and Bluetooth func tionality available on s elec ted models only.
2
Wireles s LA N and Bluetooth func tionality available on s elec ted models only.
3
Wireles s LA N and Bluetooth func tionality available on s elec ted models only.
4
Y our c omputer s upports M emory Stic k Duo
media and M emory Stic k P RO
high s peed and high c apac ity c apabilities .
Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot as it may damage the
computer.
Insert the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing up and toward the slot. Inserting the media improperly may
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damage the computer.
Front
1
Speakers 5
Brightness sensor
2
Num lock indicator1
6
Power button
3
Caps lock indicator2
7
Left and right buttons
4
Scroll lock indicator3
1
I ndic ator appears on the top or right c orner of the keyboard depending on the model that you purc has ed.
2
I ndic ator appears on the top or right c orner of the keyboard depending on the model that you purc has ed.
3
I ndic ator appears on the top or right c orner of the keyboard depending on the model that you purc has ed.
Back
1
DC In port
4
2
USB 2.0 ports1
AV Out jack
5
Monitor (VGA) port
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3
1
Network (Ethernet) port
6
Air vent
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
Only connect 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-TX (available on selected models only) cables to the
Network (Ethernet) port. Do not connect any other type of network cable or any telephone line to this port.
Connecting cables other than those listed above may result in an electric current overload and could cause a
malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the port. To connect the unit to a network, refer to your on-screen VAIO®
Computer User Guide or contact your network administrator.
Only selected models support a 1000BASE-TX connection.
Left
1
Air vent
5
USB 2.0 port1
2
Microphone jack
6
PC Card slot
3
Headphone jack
7
PC Card eject button
4
1
i.LINK® (IEEE 1394) S400 port
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
Right
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1
Drive eject button
4
2
Optical drive
Modem jack
3
Drive eject button
5
Manual eject hole
You can use either drive eject button to eject the optical drive tray. The drive eject button located next to the optical
drive functions only with Microsoft® Windows ® operating system.
Bottom
1
Port replicator connector
2
Air vents 5
3
LOCK/UNLOCK switch
1
4
RELEASE switch
Battery bay
6
CONNECT button1
O n s elec ted models with wireles s mous e func tionality.
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See "Connecting a Wireless Mouse" in the Mice and Keyboards chapter of your on-screen VAIO® Computer User Guide
for more information about using the wireless optical mouse.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
A/V Port Replicator
1
Composite Audio In jacks
10
2
Composite Video In jack 11
Output frequency (48 kHz1/44 kHz)
Speaker jacks (right and left)
Optical Out port
3
S Video In port
12
4
Air vent
Composite Audio Out jacks
5
VHF/UHF port
6
13
14
USB 2.0 ports3
7
Monitor (VGA) port
8
Volume jack
17
9
DVI-D port
18
Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX2)
Composite Video Out jack
15
S Video Out port
16
Printer port
USB 2.0 ports4
DC IN port
1
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
2
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
3
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
4
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Business Port Replicator
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1
Composite Audio In jacks
2
Air vent
3
9
8
Composite Video Out jack
USB 2.0 ports1
4
Monitor (VGA) port
5
DVI-D port
12
10
S Video Out port
11
Printer port
USB 2.0 ports2
6
Optical Out port
Output frequency (48 kHz3/44 kHz)
7
Composite Audio Out jacks
13
DC IN port
Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX4)
1
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
2
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
3
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
4
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
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About the Indicator Lights
Indicator
Function
Power
Turns on when the power to the computer is on, blinks in Standby mode, and turns off when the computer is
in Hibernate mode or off.
Battery
Turns on when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery is running out of power,
double-blinks when the battery is charging.
Memory Stick®
Turns on when data is read from or written to the Memory Stick media. (Do not enter Standby mode or turn off
the computer when this indicator is on.) When the indicator is off, the Memory Stick media is not being used.
Hard Disk
Turns on when data is read from or written to the hard disk. Do not enter Standby mode or turn off the
computer when this indicator is on.
Num Lock
Press this key to activate the numeric keypad. Press it a second time to deactivate the numeric keypad. The
numeric keypad is not active when the indicator is off.
Caps Lock
Press this key to type letters in uppercase. Letters appear in lowercase if you press Shift while the indicator is
on. Press the key a second time to turn off the indicator. Normal typing resumes when the Caps Lock indicator is off.
Scroll Lock
Press this key to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll Lock indicator is
off. The Scroll Lock key functions differently depending on the program you are using and does not work with all programs.
Bluetooth®1 Turns on when the wireless switch is set to ON and Bluetooth technology is enabled.
Wireless
LAN1
Turns on when the wireless LAN function is running.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
See Internet and Network Connections for more information about Bluetooth and wireless technology.
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Using Special Buttons
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a variety of audio- and video-oriented function buttons: Volume, Brightness, and
Magnify screen.
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About the special buttons
The following information shows where the special buttons are located, and briefly describes their functionality.
Special Buttons
Number Type of Button
1
Mute. The Mute button enables and disables the audio output when using headphones or the internal speakers.
This button does not enable and disable the audio output for Optical Out, Line Out, or AV Out connections. The Mute button
illuminates when the audio output is disabled.
2
Volume. The Volume buttons control the audio output on your computer.
3
Brightness. The Brightness button, located between the Magnify screen and Volume buttons, toggles brightness
levels for the computer's LCD screen. There are three brightness settings: Auto, Brightness, and Max. The brightness
button illuminates when the brightness level is set to Brightness or Max.
4
Magnify screen. The Magnify screen button, located next to the computer's brightness button, works as a screen
resolution toggle button. By pressing it, you can alternate between different screen resolutions.
5
S1. The S1 button is a pre-programmable button that enables you to enter a power saving mode, switch between
displays, or launch an application.
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Using the S1 button
As a shortcut, you can assign a pre-programmable S1 button to enter a power saving mode, switch between displays, or
launch an application.
To assign a function to a programmable button
1.
Click Start, and point to All Programs and then Sony Notebook Setup.
2.
From the Sony Notebook Setup submenu, click Sony Notebook Setup.
If no function has been assigned to the button yet, you can also press the S1 button on the computer to launch
Sony Notebook Setup.
3.
Click the S1 Button tab.
Sony Notebook Setup
4.
Click to select a key assignment from the S1 drop-down menu.
5.
Click Apply.
6.
Depending on the key assignment, you may be able to customize the S1 button further by clicking Advanced, if it
becomes available, in the Current Settings box.
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Additional information about adjusting the brightness of the LCD screen
Your computer comes with a brightness sensor that automatically increases and decreases the LCD screen's brightness
level depending on the amount of external light. The automatic sensor is engaged the first time you turn on your computer.
To override the automatic setting and manually adjust the brightness, follow these steps:

Press the Brightness button, located next to the Volume buttons, and select one of the three brightness settings
(Auto, Brightness, and Max).

Press the Fn and F6 keys to increase brightness.

Press the Fn and F5 keys to decrease brightness.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Although your computer's keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's keyboard, you can use the additional keys on the
computer's keyboard to perform specific computer-related tasks.
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Keyboard descriptions
Key
Description
The numeric keypad contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric keypad to
type numbers or perform mathematical calculations, such as addition and subtraction. Numbers appear on the front beveled
edge of the numeric keys. Press the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the Num Lock indicator
light turns on.) Press the Num Lock key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.
The arrow keys move the pointer on the screen. They also function as the Home, End, Page Up,
and Page Down keys, respectively, when the Fn key is pressed.
The correction keys enable you to make corrections to keystrokes.
The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard perform designated tasks. For example, in
many programs, F1 is the Help key. The task associated with each function key may vary from one program to the next.
The Escape key cancels commands.
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and moves it to the Clipboard.
You can then paste the screen shot into a document and print it.
The operator keys provide a variety of commands. For example, in many programs, instead of
choosing the Save command from a menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S (referred to as Ctrl+S). Also, the Shift key
to produces capital letters or special symbols, such as @ and $.
The Windows key opens the Start menu. It is the equivalent of clicking Start on the Windows®
taskbar. See Windows key combinations for more information.
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue commands. See Fn key combinations
for more information.
The Applications key opens a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices. It is the equivalent of
clicking the right mouse button.
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Windows key combinations
Key combination
Function
+F1
Displays the VAIO Help and Support Center window.
+Tab
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
+D
Displays the desktop.
+E
Displays the My Computer window.
+F
Displays the Search Results window, where you can find a file or folder. This is the equivalent of selecting
Search from the Start menu.
+Ctrl+F
Displays the Search Results - Computers window, where you can locate other computers. This is the
equivalent of selecting Search, and then Computer from the Start menu.
+M
Shift+
+R
Minimizes all displayed windows.
+M
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run from the Start menu.
Fn+
+Insert
Displays the System Properties window. This is the equivalent of selecting Control Panel, and then
System from the Start menu.
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Fn key combinations
Key combination
Function
Fn+F5
Decreases the LCD screen brightness.
Fn+F6
Increases the LCD screen brightness.
Fn+F7 Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected external display, and both the LCD and an
external display.
Select one display when playing a DVD. Connect the cable(s) before you turn on the computer; otherwise, Fn+F7 will not
work.
Fn+F12
Puts the system into Hibernate mode, a power management state. To return the system to normal operating
mode, press the power button. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Fn+Esc
Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management state. To return the system to the active state,
press any key or the power button.
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Connecting a Mouse or Keyboard
Your computer is compatible with many popular mice and keyboards. To function properly, the device you connect must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Connecting a mouse or keyboard
If you connect the mouse or keyboard when the computer is on, you may need to restart the computer for it to recognize
the device.
To connect a USB mouse or keyboard to your computer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
. See Locating Controls and Ports.
One USB port supports one USB connection.
Connecting a USB Mouse or Keyboard
2.
If the New Hardware Wizard appears, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Although the New Hardware Wizard guides you through the software installation, some devices require separate
driver software installation. See the instructions that accompanied your mouse or keyboard for more information
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Disconnecting a mouse or keyboard
You can disconnect a USB mouse or keyboard when the computer is on or off. However, disconnecting the mouse or
keyboard when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a mouse or keyboard

Unplug the USB cable from the USB port.
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Connecting a Wireless Mouse
A wireless mouse is optional with your VAIO® computer. The following section explains the parts of the wireless mouse and
how it works.
Wireless m ouse (top)
1
Left mouse button
Press to perform specific mouse functions.
2
Wheel button
Rotate the wheel to scroll up or down on the LCD screen.
3
Right mouse button
Press to perform specific mouse functions.
Wireless m ouse (bottom )
1
Power switch
Slide power switch to turn the mouse on or off.
2
CONNECT button
Press to enable communication between your VAIO® computer and the wireless mouse.
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To set up the wireless mouse
Insert two AA batteries (supplied with the mouse) into the wireless mouse as shown.
Inserting batteries into the wireless m ouse
If your wireless mouse does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. When your wireless mouse
is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
To connect the wireless optical 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.
1.
Turn the wireless mouse over.
2.
Slide the power button on the wireless mouse to the ON position.
Connecting the m ouse
3.
Turn on your computer.
4.
Reach underneath the right side of the computer and press the CONNECT button.
5.
Immediately, press the CONNECT button on the wireless mouse.
Make sure to press the CONNECT button on the wireless mouse within 30 seconds after pressing the CONNECT
button on the computer. The wireless mouse must be within 12 inches of the computer.
Positioning the m ouse
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6.
Place the optical mouse on an appropriate surface to enable tracking.
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Additional information about the wireless optical mouse
The wireless optical mouse requires an ideal surface texture in order to provide precision pointing and tracking.

Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that have minimal repetitive patterns.

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.

Do not exceed a maximum distance of 2 feet between your VAIO® computer and your wireless mouse.

Confirm that the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.

Press the Connect buttons located underneath the right side of the computer and on the bottom of the mouse, to
establish the communication between the equipment.

Verify the infrared receiver on the computer's front panel is free of obstructions that may prevent proper operation.

Avoid using radio-controlled toys or equipment, CB radios, and other wireless devices in the area near your wireless
mouse. These devices may cause interference, causing your mouse to stop working properly.

Do not place metal furniture near your computer or wireless mouse, as this may create interference, causing your
mouse to stop working properly.
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Using the Touch Pad
Describing the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Using the Touch Pad
Describing the Touch Pad
A pointing device called a touch pad is located in front of the keyboard. You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on
the screen using the built-in touch pad.
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Locating and using the touch pad
Locating the Touch Pad
Touch Pad Action
Description
Sliding one finger
Equivalent to using a mouse to place the pointer on an item.
Tapping once
Equivalent to pressing the left button once.
Tapping twice
Equivalent to pressing the left button twice.
Sliding one finger while pressing the left button
Equivalent to using the mouse to drag an item.
Moving your finger along the right edge of the touch pad
Equivalent to scrolling vertically. (The scroll function is available
only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
Moving your finger along the bottom to scroll horizontally
Equivalent to scrolling horizontally. (The scroll function is
available only with programs that support a touch pad scroll feature.)
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Customizing the touch pad
Sony Notebook Setup lets you customize, enable, or disable the touch pad. Open the Mouse Properties dialog box to set
your touch pad and mouse preferences, such as changing pointers, enabling or disabling the tapping feature, clicking both
buttons simultaneously, and adjusting the touch pad speed.
To customize the touch pad and mouse

Right-click the Touchpad icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click Mouse Properties from the shortcut
menu. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
To enable the touch pad
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press P until All Programs is selected, and press Enter.
3.
Press S until Sony Notebook Setup is selected, and press Enter. A submenu appears with Sony Notebook
Setup preselected.
4.
Press Enter. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
5.
Press the Right Arrow key
6.
Press the Tab key to select the Default button, and press Enter. A pop-up window appears.
7.
Press the Left Arrow key
selected.
8.
Press the Tab key to select the Apply button, and press Enter.
9.
Click OK.
. The Start menu appears.
to select the Device tab.
to select OK, and press Enter. The Enable Touchpad option is automatically
To disable the touch pad
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup in the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup
dialog box appears.
3.
Click the Device tab.
4.
In the left panel, click to cancel the Pointing Device check box.
5.
Click Apply. A Sony Notebook Setup message appears.
6.
Click Yes.
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Using the Multilingual User Interface Language Option
(Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional only) After you have initially setup your new VAIO® computer, you can change the
language displayed in Microsoft® Windows ® XP Professional operating system. The multilingual user interface (MUI) language
option changes the text controlled by Windows XP Professional operating system. Menus, help files, and icons generated by
Windows XP Professional are shown in your selected language. All other programs are displayed in English as the default
language.
The multilingual user interface language option is not designed to replace a localized version of the Microsoft®
Windows ® XP Professional operating system. Under certain conditions, some third-party software applications may not
function properly.
To Change the Language Option
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and then click Regional and Language Options. The
Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
Click the Languages tab.
4.
From the Language used in menus and dialogs shortcut menu, select the desired language:

English

Español

Português

Français
5.
Click Apply. The Change Regional Options shortcut window appears.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Logoff.
Additional users can also change to their desired language(s) without affecting your existing language settings.
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Changing Numbers, Currency, Time, and Date Formats
You can change your operating system's number, currency, time, and date formats to coordinate with your chosen country
or language settings.
To change these formats
1.
Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Date, Time, Language and Regional Options, and click Regional and Language Options. The Regional and
Language Options dialog box appears.
3.
From the Regional Options tab, click the Standards and formats shortcut menu to view the available country or
language choices. Select the desired country or language.
4.
Click Customize to change the number, currency, time, and date settings.
5.
Click Apply.
6.
Click OK.
7.
Click OK.
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Changing the Window Design of Sony Programs
This feature changes the appearance, such as color, of certain Sony programs.
To change the window design
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
In the left panel, click Switch to Classic View.
3.
Double-click UI Design Selector.
4.
Click << or >> to view the designs.
5.
Click Apply to select a design that appears in the center window. The UI Design Selector window design
changes. The window design for your Sony software will match the UI Design Selector window.
6.
Click OK.
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Powering Your Computer
Your VAIO® computer comes with a battery and an AC adapter. This chapter explains how to install and use these supplied
accessories to power your computer. It also describes ways you can efficiently utilize the battery as a power source.
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Using AC Power
The supplied battery is not charged when you receive your computer. To charge the battery and begin using the computer
immediately, insert the battery into the computer and use the supplied AC adapter as a power source. The computer
automatically charges the installed battery while it uses AC power.
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Connecting the AC adapter
To connect the AC adapter
1.
Plug the AC adapter cable into the DC IN port.
Connecting the AC Adapter to the Com puter
2.
Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an AC outlet.
Use only the supplied AC adapter with your computer.
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Turning on the computer
To open and turn on the computer
1.
Press the release button and lift the cover while holding the bottom of the computer firmly.
Opening the Com puter
2.
Press the power button until the green power indicator turns on.
Turning on the Com puter
If you continue to press the power button, the computer turns off.
3.
If necessary, adjust the brightness of the LCD screen.
Your computer comes with a brightness sensor that automatically increases and decreases the LCD screen's brightness
level depending on the amount of external light. To override the automatic setting and manually adjust the brightness,
follow these steps:

Press the Brightness button, located next to the Volume buttons. See Using Special Buttons for more information.

Press the Fn and F6 keys to increase brightness.

Press the Fn and F5 keys to decrease brightness.
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Using the Battery
Your computer, depending on the model you purchased, may come equipped with one battery bay and one multipurpose
bay that supports a second battery. If your computer comes with two bays, you can purchase a second rechargeable
battery to extend your computing time. For information on how to extend the life of the battery, see Conserving Battery
Power for more information.
When operating your computer on battery power, your computer's CPU speed is reduced.
The battery that comes with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase.
This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries.
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Using the Battery
The supplied battery is not charged when you unpack it. To charge it for future use, install the battery, and then connect
the AC adapter to power your computer. The battery charges from AC power regardless if the computer is on or off. For
information on how to extend the life of the battery, see Conserving Battery Power.
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Inserting a battery
To insert a battery
1.
First turn the computer over so the bottom panel is facing up.
2.
Slide the LOCK/UNLOCK switch to UNLOCK, and then slide the RELEASE switch in the direction of the arrow to
lift the battery bay cover.
Opening the Battery Bay
3.
Slide the battery (with the logo facing up) into the battery bay cover. The two hooks on each side of the battery
bay cover should click into the grooves on the battery.
Inserting a Battery
4.
With the battery securely inserted into the battery bay cover, align the hooks on the battery bay cover with the
grooves inside the battery bay.
5.
Lower the battery into the battery bay until you hear it click.
Securing the Battery
6.
Slide the LOCK/UNLOCK switch to LOCK.
If a port replicator is attached to your computer, do not insert or remove the battery. Lifting and turning the computer
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with a port replicator attached could cause a temporary loss of power.
Some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from automatically entering Hibernate. If you are using battery
power, save your data frequently to avoid data loss and manually activate a power saving mode. See Using power saving
modes for more information.
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Removing a battery
If you are not using the computer for an extended period of time, remove the battery from the computer to avoid damaging
the battery.
If the computer is on, connect the AC adapter and exit a power saving mode before you remove the battery.
To remove a battery
1.
Make sure the computer is turned off.
2.
Turn the computer over so the bottom panel is facing up.
3.
Slide the LOCK/UNLOCK switch to UNLOCK, and then slide the RELEASE switch in the direction of the arrow to lift
the battery bay cover.
Rem ov ing the Battery
4.
Holding the battery bay cover steady, gently pry the tabs located on either side of the battery bay cover from
the grooves in the battery, and lift the battery from the battery bay cover.
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Locating battery information
Displaying the battery status provides useful information, such as remaining battery life.
To view battery information
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Power Meter tab. The total remaining battery charge is listed as a percentage.
You may also use the power icon on the Windows® taskbar to quickly view battery information. See To display the
power icon on the taskbar for instructions on how to set up this shortcut.
To display the power icon on the taskbar
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Always show icon on the taskbar in the Options box. The power icon
appears on the taskbar. See the power icon descriptions below for more information.
You can rollover the power icon to view the remaining battery charge, and you can double-click the power icon to open the
Power Meter window, which also displays the remaining battery charge.
Power icon Power status
Computer is using AC power.
Computer is using AC power and charging the battery.
Battery is charging.
Battery is fully charged.
Battery is discharging.
No battery is inserted in the computer.
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Charging a battery
You will need to charge the battery if battery power drops below 10 percent or you have not used the battery for a long
time. The lithium-ion battery supplied with your computer may be recharged at any time, whether you wait until the battery
is completely or partially discharged. Charging a partially discharged battery does not affect battery life. If you charge the
battery and find that battery power is still low, the battery may be reaching the end of its life, and you may need to replace
it.
The battery supplied with your computer is not charged at the time of purchase.
To charge a battery
You can charge the battery when the computer is on or off. However, the battery will charge faster when the computer is
off. Charging the battery takes several hours.
Charge the battery at temperatures between 50°F and 80°F (10°C to 30°C). Lower temperatures require more time
to charge.
1.
Insert the battery into the battery bay.
2.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery as long as the
computer is using AC power.
The battery indicator blinks while the battery charges. The battery indicator stops blinking when the battery is fully
charged.
When using two batteries, the battery you insert first charges first. The second battery you insert begins charging
when the first battery is 85 percent charged.
Battery indicator status Description
On
The computer is using battery power.
Single blink
The battery is running out of power.
Double blink
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
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Notes on batteries

Never leave the battery in temperatures above 140°F (60°C), such as under direct sunlight or in a car parked in the
sun.

While the battery is in use or being discharged, the battery heats up. This is normal and is not cause for concern.

Keep the battery away from heat sources.

Keep the battery dry.

Do not open or disassemble the battery.

Do not expose the battery to any mechanical shock.

Battery life is shorter in a cold environment because of decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures.

This computer is designed to operate only with genuine Sony batteries.
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Conserving Battery Power
You may use the power saving modes and power schemes to conserve battery power. Conserving battery power may
significantly extend your computing time, depending on how you use your computer.
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Using power saving modes
In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices to save power, your computer has
two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. Use the Standby and Hibernate power saving modes to override
a power profile setting and initiate immediate action.

Standby — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices in memory (RAM). Power consumption is reduced
to a minimum. The system remains on, and the computer screen (LCD) is off.

Hibernate — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices to the hard disk. Power consumption is reduced
to the lowest possible setting without being completely off. Hibernate mode consumes the lowest level of power.
Your computer enters Hibernate mode when the remaining battery charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the
setting you select.
Since some programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your data
frequently to avoid data loss.
To activate Standby mode1
1.
Press the Fn and Esc keys. The power indicator blinks in this mode.
2.
Press any key to return to normal mode.
To activate Hibernate mode
1.
Press the Fn and F12 keys, or press the power button and release it immediately. Do not move the computer
until the power indicator turns off.
2.
Press the power button to return to normal mode.
If your computer does not activate Hibernate mode, see Why doesn't my computer enter Hibernate mode? for more
information.
1
T he Fn+E s c key c ombination works on s elec ted models only.
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Using power schemes
You can use the preset power schemes or you can customize the power profiles to conserve power. By using the power
schemes and power profiles, you control the power supplied to different devices, such as the computer screen (LCD) and
the hard disk drive, in your computer. You also control when the computer activates a power saving mode (Standby or
Hibernate).
To select a power scheme
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears
with the Power Schemes tab selected.
3.
Select a power scheme from the drop-down menu in the Power schemes box. Each power scheme is preset to
utilize your power supply efficiently, according to your computing functions. Select the power scheme that best
explains how you want to use your computer.
4.
Click Apply.
To create a power scheme
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window appears
with the Power Schemes tab selected.
You can also right-click the Power icon on the Windows® taskbar, and select Adjust Power Properties to open
the Power Options Properties window.
3.
Select your changes from the drop-down menus in the Settings for....power scheme box, and click Save As in
the Power schemes box. The Save Scheme window appears.
4.
Type a name for your customized power scheme, and click OK. The power scheme you created appears in the
Power schemes box.
If you want to delete a power scheme, select the power scheme and click Delete. When the Delete Scheme window
appears, click Yes.
To customize your power properties
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and select your changes from the drop-down menus in the Power buttons box. See
Using power saving modes for information on how Standby and Hibernate modes affect power consumption.
4.
Click Apply.
To use VAIO Power Management
VAIO Power Management is a software program that enables you to further adjust the power settings on your computer.
Once you have selected a power scheme under the Power Schemes tab, you can modify it in the VAIO Power Management
tab to enhance your computer's operations.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the VAIO Power Management tab, and specify the options you want to adjust.
4.
Click Apply.
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For information about VAIO Power Management, click the Help button located toward the bottom of the VAIO Power
Management tab. Alternately, click Start, select All Programs, then select VAIO Power Management, and click VAIO
Power Management Help. The Help for VAIO Power Management file appears.
To set your battery alarm
You can change your computer settings to notify you when the battery power reaches a certain level.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Alarms tab, and then select the type of alarm you want the computer to activate: a low or a critical
battery alarm.
4.
Drag the slider to the battery level at which you want the computer to activate the alarm. By default, the Low
battery alarm is set to 10 percent.
5.
Click OK.
To further customize your alarm settings, click Alarm Action. In this window, you can select the type of alarm you
want the computer to activate and how you want the computer to respond to the alarm.
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Locating power status information
Displaying the power status provides useful information, such as remaining battery life.
To view the Power Meter window
1.
Double-click the Power icon. The Power Meter window appears. You can also rollover the Power icon to view the
remaining battery charge.
Power icon Power status
Computer is using AC power.
Computer is using AC power and charging the battery.
Battery is charging.
Battery is fully charged.
Battery is discharging.
No battery is inserted in the computer.
If the Power icon is not displayed on the Taskbar Notification area, see To display the Power icon on the taskbar.
Power Meter*
* T he P ower M eter window may appear s lightly different on your c omputer, depending on the number of batteries your c omputer s upports .
To display the Power icon on the taskbar
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Advanced tab, and then select Always show icon on the taskbar in the Options box. The power icon
appears on the taskbar. See the power icon descriptions above for more information.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Internet and Network Connections
Internet Connections
This section describes the basic steps for setting up your dial-up or Ethernet connection to the Internet. The New
Connection Wizard guides you through the process of connecting to the Internet and choosing an Internet service provider
(ISP) or setting up an existing account. When you connect to the Internet, you can register your VAIO® computer, use online
services, and gain access to Sony Computing Support.
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Setting up a dial-up Internet connection
Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line via a telephone cable (not
supplied). Once you set up your telephone cable, you're ready to connect to the Internet.
To connect a telephone cable
1.
Locate the Modem jack on your computer. For location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
2.
Plug one end of the telephone cable into the Modem jack. Make sure it clicks into place.
3.
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
Connecting a Telephone Cable
Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not
work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX). Some of these connections may result in excess
electrical current and could cause a malfunction in the internal modem.
If you connect a telephone cable coming through a splitter, the modem or connected device may not work properly.
To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a telephone line. See To connect a telephone cable for more information.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Setting up an Ethernet Internet connection
Your computer accommodates both 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between
10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect an Ethernet cable
1.
Locate the Ethernet port on your computer. For location information, see Locating Controls and Ports.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your computer's Ethernet port
connection.
and the other into the network
To set up an Ethernet connection to the Internet
1.
Connect your computer to a network connection.
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard. The New
Connection Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If the Location Information dialog box appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
If it is not already selected, click to select Connect to the Internet, and click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Customizing your Internet connection
The Internet Properties dialog box enables you to change the way you view the Internet. You can change your home page,
fonts, language, and colors. You can also regulate content and set browsing preferences.
To open the Internet Properties dialog box
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Network and Internet Connections, and then Internet Options. The Internet Properties dialog box
appears.
3.
Click the tabs to view options.
4.
Make changes, and click Apply to activate your changes.
5.
Click OK.
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Network Connections
With a Sony computer, you can easily set up or connect to a variety of networks. The New Connection Wizard and Network
Setup Wizard make it easy to gain access to networks (LANs) using wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connections.
For more information about networking, click Start, Help and Support, and then Networking and the Web.
Types of Networks*
* T he c omputers repres ented in this illus tration are for repres entative purpos es only and may not be identic al to the model you purc has ed.
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Using Ethernet and dial-up connections
For setting up local area networks (LANs), Ethernet is a widely installed technology. Your computer accommodates both
10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX Ethernet connections, with data transfer speeds of between 10 and 100 Mbps.
To connect to a local area network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
Connecting an Ethernet Cable
2.
Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click Network Setup Wizard. The
Network Setup Wizard appears.
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3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
Only connect 10BASE-T and 100BASE-TX cables to the Ethernet port
. Do not connect any other type
of network cable or any telephone cable. Connecting cables other than those listed above may result in an electric
current overload and could cause a malfunction, excessive heat, or fire in the port. To connect the unit to the network,
see Using Ethernet and dial-up connections or contact your network administrator.
You can connect to an Ethernet network from a remote location and use data, programs, and network resources. See
Microsoft® Windows ® Help by clicking Help and Support from the Start menu, and then clicking Networking and the Web in
the left panel.
To connect to a remote network using a telephone or Ethernet cable
1.
Connect an Ethernet or telephone cable to your computer. See To connect an Ethernet cable and Setting up a
dial-up Internet connection for more information.
2.
From the Start menu, point to All Programs, Accessories, Communications, and click New Connection Wizard.
3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information dialog box, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Click Connect to the network at my workplace, and then click Next.
5.
Follow the on-screen instructions.
6.
Ask your network administrator for the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to an existing network.
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Using wireless network connections (selected models only)
A wireless local area network (LAN) is a network in which you can connect to a LAN through a wireless (radio) connection.
You can opt to purchase a Sony Wireless LAN Access Point to set up a LAN.
The wireless LAN access point is designed for building a wireless LAN environment. Because a wireless LAN configuration
requires no wiring, you can operate multiple computers more freely than ever before.
Your computer is equipped with a built-in mini PCI card that allows for wireless connections. For information about your
computer's wireless capabilities, see the VAIO® Computer Specifications.
For more information on Sony Wireless LAN, go to http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio.
There are two types of wireless connections:

An infrastructure network is one that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an
access point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless
LAN. The access point coordinates transmission and reception from multiple wireless devices within a specific range.
For more information, see To connect to a wireless network (Option 1) or To connect to a wireless network (Option
2).

A computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is one in which a local network is created only by the wireless devices
themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in
the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home. For more information, see To set up a
computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network. The computer cannot connect to the Internet in a computer-to- computer
(ad hoc) network.
To connect to a wireless network (Option 1)
Use the VAIO Wireless Utility to guide you through the set up process and provide you with more detailed information
about wireless connections.
1.
Make sure an access point is set up. See the instructions that accompanied the access point for more
information.
2.
Move the Wireless switch to ON (for location information, see "Locating Controls and Ports.").
3.
If your computer comes with Bluetooth® technology1, select the Enable Wireless LAN option on the Wireless
Device Switch window, and then click OK.
You may also double-click the Wireless LAN-ON or Bluetooth-ON icon
open the Wireless Device Switch window.
on the Taskbar Notification area to
Wireless Dev ice Switch
4.
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Wireless Utility. The VAIO Wireless Utility appears.
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5.
Follow the steps provided by the utility.
To connect to a wireless network (Option 2)
You may manually set up a wireless connection without the assistance of the VAIO Wireless Utility.
1.
Make sure an access point is set up. See the instructions that accompanied the access point for more
information.
2.
Move the Wireless switch to ON (for location information, see "Locating Controls and Ports.").
3.
If your computer comes with Bluetooth® technology1, select the Enable Wireless LAN option on the Wireless
Device Switch window, and then click OK.
You may also double-click the Wireless LAN-ON or Bluetooth-ON icon
open the Wireless Device Switch window.
on the Taskbar Notification area to
Wireless Dev ice Switch
4.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
5.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection. The Wireless
Network Connection window appears.
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6.
Select the name of the wireless network to which you want to connect. If you do not see the network in the list,
refresh the screen. For more information, see If the network does not appear in the list of available wireless
networks.
7.
When your computer locates the network, type the network key in the Network key box. (If necessary, ask the
administrator for the key.)
8.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
9.
Click Connect.
Wireless Network Connection
If the network does not appear in the list of available wireless networks
1.
On the Wireless Network Connection window, click Change advanced settings under Related Tasks. The
Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
2.
Select the Wireless Networks tab, if it is not already selected.
Wireless Network Connection Properties
3.
Click Add in the Preferred networks box. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
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4.
Type the name of the network (access point) you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
The following steps are for networks that require a network key. If you do not know the network key or are not
sure a network key is required, see the network administrator or the guide that accompanied your access point for
more information.
5.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
6.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
7.
Type the WEP network key in the Network key box if it is required by the selected authentication method.
8.
Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
9.
Click OK. The network name appears in the Preferred networks list box.
To set up a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
The computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network is only supported by the IEEE 802.11b wireless standard.
1.
Move the Wireless LAN switch to ON. For location information see "Locating Controls and Ports."
2.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
3.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection. The Wireless
Network Connection window appears.
Wireless Network Connection
4.
In the Related Tasks menu, click Change the order of the preferred networks. The Wireless Network
Connection Properties dialog box appears.
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Wireless Network Connection Properties
5.
Click Add. The Wireless network properties dialog box appears.
Wireless Network Properties
6.
Type the name of the network you want to connect to in the Network name (SSID) box.
7.
If available, make sure the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is selected.
If the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box is not available:
1.
Select an authentication method from the Network Authentication menu.
2.
Select a data encryption method from the Data Encryption menu.
8.
Click to cancel the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
9.
Type the WEP network key in the Network key box if it is required by the selected authentication method.
10. Retype the network key in the Confirm network key box.
11. Click to select This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network; wireless access points are not used.
12. Click OK.
13. Click OK a second time on the Wireless Network Connection Properties window.
14. Repeat steps 1 to 4 on the other computer.
15. On the Wireless Network Connection window, select the computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network from the list
of available networks, and click Connect.
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16. Type the network key in the Network key and the Confirm network key boxes, and press Connect.
Wireless Network Connection
If you enter the network key incorrectly, the computer will appear to connect to the host computer but will be
unable to communicate with the host computer or any other computer on the network.
17. The Wireless Network Connection window updates to show the computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network in which
you are connected.
To disconnect from a wireless network

For computers with built-in wireless LAN functionality, move the Wireless LAN switch to OFF.
Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may
result in data loss.
To disconnect from a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network
1
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections. The
Network Connections window appears.
2.
In the right panel under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click Wireless Network Connection. The Wireless
Network Connection Status window appears.
3.
Click Properties. The Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box appears.
4.
On the Wireless Networks tab, click Advanced. The Advanced dialog box appears.
5.
Click to select Any available network (access point preferred), and click Close.
6.
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties window, and click Close on the Wireless
Network Connection Status window.
7.
Move the Wireless LAN switch to OFF.
Bluetooth tec hnology is available on s elec ted models only.
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Checking your network connection status
Whether you have a wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up connection, you can check the status of that connection.
To check your network connection status
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and click Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and Network
Connections. The Network Connections window appears.
2.
Under LAN or High-Speed Internet, click the enabled network connection to open the connection status
window.
Wireless Network Connection Status
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Bluetooth Connections
Bluetooth® wireless technology provides short-range connectivity without the need for cabling. When the Bluetooth
functionality is turned on, your computer can exchange data and images with other compatible Bluetooth devices within a
range of up to 32 feet.
With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as
hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on the use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility
staff to verify that use of the Bluetooth feature on your computer is permitted.
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Using Bluetooth technology
Using Bluetooth® technology, your computer can communicate with:

Compatible devices with integrated Bluetooth functionality, such as computers, mobile telephones, personal digital
assistants (PDAs), mice, and keyboards.

Compatible devices with an installed Bluetooth adapter, such as computers, printers, mice, and keyboards.
Some Bluetooth devices may not work with your computer, depending on the type of equipment, software version,
and other factors. Before purchasing a Bluetooth device, check its operating environment requirements.
A computer with Bluetooth features can:

Send files and images between compatible devices

Exchange vCards (electronic business cards)

Connect to the Internet using a dial-up connection

Print files and images on a printer equipped with Bluetooth technology

Exchange addresses with compatible cellular phones and PDAs
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Establishing wireless connections
The "Switch wireless devices" window enables you to select a wireless connection: Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, or Bluetooth
and Wireless LAN function.
Bluetooth® technology is designed for a short-range connection of up to 32 feet (10 meters), while Wireless LAN technology
has a wider connection range of up to 328 feet (100 meters). Your computer is capable of both Bluetooth and Wireless LAN
connections. For more information about Wireless LAN, see Using wireless network connections (selected models only).
To establish a Bluetooth connection
1.
On your computer, move the WIRELESS switch to ON.
The Wireless Device Switch window appears.
You may also double-click the Wireless LAN-ON or Bluetooth-ON icon
open the Wireless Device Switch window.
on the Taskbar Notification area to
Wireless Dev ice Switch
2.
Click to select the Enable Bluetooth Device option, and then click OK.
3.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
4.
When the Bluetooth Devices window appears, select the Options tab.
Bluetooth Dev ices
5.
In the Discovery box, click to select Turn discovery on if it is not already selected.
6.
In the Connections box, click to select Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer if it is not already
selected, and then click Apply.
7.
Select the Devices tab, and click Add to search for available Bluetooth devices. The Add Bluetooth Device
Wizard appears.
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Add Bluetooth Dev ice Wizard
Your computer will not detect a Bluetooth device unless the device is turned on and the Bluetooth function is
enabled. Some keyboards and mice also require that you push a button located on the bottom of the device to enable
connectivity.
8.
Click to select the My device is set up and ready to be found check box, and then click Next.
The wizard searches for available Bluetooth devices.
9.
Click to select the available device that you want to add, and then click Next.
Add Bluetooth Dev ice Wizard
10. Select a passkey option.
A passkey is a private code entered by the user to enable two Bluetooth devices to communicate. When the
same code is entered on both devices, communication becomes possible. The passkey may be changed at each
communication session. If a communication session is disconnected, you need to re-establish the passkey. See
the documentation that accompanied your device for more information.
Add Bluetooth Dev ice Wizard
11. Click Next.
Depending on the option that you selected, the computer either searches for the network or instructs you to
enter the passkey on the Bluetooth device to which you want to connect. If the passkey is not entered within
approximately 30 seconds, authentication fails.
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12. Once you successfully connected to the Bluetooth Device, click Finish to close the wizard.
Add Bluetooth Dev ice Wizard
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Renaming the Bluetooth USB Device
The Bluetooth® device installed on your computer has an assigned name that you may not recognize. Renaming this device
makes it easy for you to identify your computer during authentication.
To rename the Bluetooth USB device
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
3.
Click the Hardware tab.
Bluetooth Dev ices
4.
Select USB Bluetooth Device, and then click Properties.
The USB Bluetooth Device Properties window appears.
5.
Click the Advanced tab, and type a new name in the Name text box.
USB Bluetooth Dev ice Properties
6.
Click OK. To see the new USB Bluetooth Device name, turn off the Bluetooth feature by moving the WIRELESS
switch on your computer to OFF, and then restart it by moving the WIRELESS switch to ON.
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Setting Bluetooth preferences
You have the option to set hardware preferences for discovery, connection, and notification.
To access the Options window
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
2.
Select the Options tab.
Bluetooth Dev ices
3.
Set your desired preferences, and click OK.
For more information about preferences, click the Bluetooth settings link near the bottom of the window.
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Disconnecting a Bluetooth device
To disconnect or remove a device
1.
Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet Connections, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
You may also click the Bluetooth icon
on the Taskbar Notification area.
2.
When the Bluetooth Devices window appears, select the Devices tab if it is not already selected.
3.
Click to select the Bluetooth device from the devices list, and then click Remove. This may take a few seconds to
complete.
4.
Click OK to close the Bluetooth Devices window.
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Additional information

The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions:

Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices

Distance between devices

Material used in walls

Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones

Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions

Device configuration

Type of software application

Type of operating system

Use of both Wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions at the same time on the computer

Size of file being exchanged

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth® and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength,
however, communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also
stop communication altogether.

Large files may occasionally become corrupted due to radio wave interference during continuous transfer.

All Bluetooth devices must be certified to make sure that the applicable standard requirements are maintained. Even
if standards are met, individual device performance, specifications, and operation procedures can vary. Data
exchange may not be possible in all situations.

To protect your privacy and conserve power, disconnect your Bluetooth and wireless connections when you are not
using them.
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the drive eject button to open the drive tray.
There are two drive eject buttons: one on the cover of the optical drive and one next to the optical drive. Use the
drive eject button located next to the optical drive to open the optical drive tray.
Opening the Driv e Tray
3.
When the drive tray slides out, place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the side you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
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2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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CDs and DVDs
Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs
Avoid using adhesive labels to identify your CDs or DVDs. Adhesive labels may damage the optical drive if they come
off while the disc is in the drive.
To insert a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
2.
Press the drive eject button to open the drive tray.
There are two drive eject buttons: one on the cover of the optical drive and one next to the optical drive. Use the
drive eject button located next to the optical drive to open the optical drive tray.
Opening the Driv e Tray
3.
When the drive tray slides out, place a disc on the drive tray with the label facing up.
You can play some DVDs on both sides. Insert this type of DVD with the side you want to play facing up.
Inserting a Disc
4.
Press the disc onto the tray until the disc clicks securely into place.
If you do not seat the disc firmly over the hub, the disc may come loose while it is in the drive. A loose
disc may damage the optical drive and make opening the drive tray difficult.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it. The Busy indicator on the drive cover blinks while your computer is reading
data from the drive.
To eject a disc
1.
Turn on the computer or exit a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) if one is active. For more information,
see Using power saving modes.
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2.
Close all programs that access the optical drive, and wait for the Busy indicator on the drive cover to turn off.
3.
Press the Eject button on the drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
If the Eject button does not work, turn off the computer and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip)
into the manual eject hole next to the Eject button.
4.
Lift the disc from the drive.
5.
Push the drive tray gently to close it.
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Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs
Your computer plays and records CDs and DVDs, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the
type of optical drive installed on your computer and use the table below to see which types of media your optical drive
supports.
Optical Drive
Media (disc) Support
CD-ROM
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
CD-RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
CD-RW/DVD-ROM
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD and most DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD-RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD, DVD-R, and DVD-RW
Records to DVD-R and DVD-RW
DVD±RW
Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
Records to CD-R and CD-RW
Plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW
Records to DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
Do not remove the optical drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate). Doing
so may cause the computer to malfunction.
If you plan to use an external optical drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled CD/DVD program.
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Playing CDs
Before you play an audio CD, you may need to enable your computer's audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and System.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
As a shortcut, you can press Fn + Windows key
+ Insert to open the System Properties dialog box.
2.
Select the Hardware tab, and in the Device Manager box, click Device Manager. A window with a listing of the
computer's hardware devices appears.
3.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
5.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
6.
Click OK.
To adjust the volume for playing CDs and DVDs
Some programs have built-in volume controls, which you can adjust. If there are no volume controls, then adjust the volume
of your computer's built-in speakers by using the Volume buttons, which are located above the keyboard.

Press the left Volume button to decrease the volume.

Press the right Volume button to increase the volume.
An on-screen display may appear, notifying you when a change occurs.

Use the Volume icon.
1.
Double click the Volume icon
appears.
2.
In the Volume Control and Wave columns, move the Volume sliders up to increase volume and down to
decrease volume.
on the Taskbar Notification area. The Volume Control dialog box
To play an audio CD
1.
Insert the disc into the optical drive.
2.
If nothing appears on the desktop once you insert an audio CD disc, then click Start, point to All Programs, and
click to open a CD program, such as SonicStage® software.
If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option.
Audio CD
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Copying files to CDs
Before you copy files to a CD-RW or CD-R disc, read the following notes to avoid a computer malfunction and ensure the
best results:

Deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software.

Deactivate memory-resident disc utilities to avoid data loss.

Disable the FindFast program if it is installed on your computer. Click Start and point to All Programs to see a list of
programs on your computer.

Connect and use the AC adapter to power your computer or make sure your battery is at least 50 percent charged.
See Powering Your Computer for more information.
To copy files to a CD-RW or CD-R
1.
Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc into the optical drive.
If the CD Drive window appears, click Take no action.
CD Driv e
2.
Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key
3.
In the Folders panel on the left, locate the file(s) or folder(s) you want to copy and either:
and the E key simultaneously.

Right-click the file(s) or folder(s), point to Send To, and click the optical drive1 name.

Drag the file(s) or folder(s) onto the optical drive icon in the Files Stored on This Computer panel.
4.
Close Windows Explorer.
5.
Click Start, and My Computer.
6.
Click the optical drive icon under Devices with Removable Storage. A new window appears with the file(s) or
folder(s) you want to copy listed under Files Ready to Be Written to the CD.
7.
In the CD Writing Tasks box, click Write these files to CD.
8.
Follow the instructions on the CD Writing Wizard.
CD Writing Wizard
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Do not strike or shake the computer while writing data to a disc.
1
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Playing DVDs
You can play DVDs in your computer's optical drive and view the video on a TV or other multimedia display.
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Connecting your computer to a TV
Your computer is equipped with an AV Out jack, which enables you to connect your computer to a TV. To locate the AV Out
jack on your computer, see Locating Controls and Ports.
To connect a TV to your computer
1.
Connect one end of an audio-video (AV) cable (not supplied) into the A/V OUT jack.
2.
Connect the other end of the AV cable into the audio and video ports on the TV.
Connecting a TV to the Com puter
3.
Switch the TV input channel to external input.
To connect a TV to the port replicator
Your computer does not recognize more than one TV connection at a time. If you connect a device using both the standard
video cable and an S Video cable, the S Video connection takes precedence over the standard video connection.
The Plug and Display feature enables you to connect an external display to the computer and instantly view an image
on the connected display. If you use more than one TV connection at the same time, Plug and Display may not work
properly.
Your TV may have standard video or S Video connection capability. Select one option from the following instructions.
Option 1
1.
Connect an S Video cable (optional) directly into the S Video Out jack on your port replicator.
2.
Connect the other end of the S Video cable into the appropriate port on your compatible TV.
3.
Connect an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the composite audio L and R jacks.
4.
Switch the TV input channel to external input.
Option 2
1.
Connect a video cable (optional) directly into the Video jack on your port replicator.
2.
Connect an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the composite audio L and R Out jacks
on the port replicator.
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3.
Connect the other ends of an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end into the appropriate jacks on your
compatible TV.
4.
Switch the TV input channel to external input.
See the guide that accompanied your TV for information on how to switch to external input.
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Playing DVDs on a TV
Do not remove the optical drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate). Doing
so may cause the computer to malfunction.
Connect the external optical drive if you plan to use one.
To play a DVD
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Disable the screen saver and the virus checker.
3.
Connect the TV to the computer. See Connecting your computer to a TV and Selecting a display for more
information.
4.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as WinDVD® software, by following these steps:
5.
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as WinDVD software, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a
program, see the help guide included with the DVD program.
Select a display.
1.
6.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to view the image on either the computer screen (LCD) or the TV. See Selecting a
display for more information.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
Systems equipped with a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive can read most DVD-R media.
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have audio devices
connected, this may damage your hearing and the speakers. Reduce the volume before playing a DVD.
Do not switch power saving modes while the computer is playing a DVD.
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a DVD. This may cause the
computer to malfunction.
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Disconnecting your computer from a TV
Simply unplug the audio-video (AV) cable from the AV Out jack on the computer.
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Playing DVDs on your computer
Your computer is equipped with an optical drive that enables you to watch DVDs and most DVD-R discs on your computer.
To play a DVD
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
3.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as WinDVD® software, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as WinDVD software, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a
program, see the help guide included with the DVD program
Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you have audio devices
connected, this may damage your hearing and the speakers. Reduce the volume before playing a DVD.
Do not switch power saving modes while the computer is playing a DVD.
Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a DVD. This may cause the
computer to malfunction.
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Copying files to DVDs (on selected models only)
Use the table shown on Copying and Playing CDs and DVDs to see which type of DVD media your computer supports.
To copy files to a DVD-R or DVD-RW
1.
Connect the AC adapter to the computer. See Connecting the AC adapter for more information.
2.
Insert the disc into the optical drive. See Inserting and Ejecting CDs or DVDs for more information.
3.
Click Start, All Programs, and select the DVD software program you want to use from the submenu.
You can also reference the online help guides supplied with the program.
Do not strike or shake the computer while copying files to a disc.
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Printer Connections
Your computer is compatible with many popular printers. However, to ensure the best performance, printers must be
compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.
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Connecting a USB Printer
You can connect a universal serial bus (USB) printer to your computer. The New Hardware Wizard enables you to easily
install the printer software, but some printers require separate driver software installation. See the instructions that
accompanied your printer for more information.
To connect a USB printer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
on your computer or port replicator, if applicable. See "Locating Controls
and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
2.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into the USB port on the printer. The Found New Hardware Wizard
appears.
Connecting a USB Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
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Connecting a Parallel Printer
You can connect a parallel port printer to your port replicator if your computer came with one. The new hardware wizard
enables you to easily install the printer software, but some printers require separate driver software installation. See the
instructions that accompanied your printer for more information.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
The port replicator must use power from the AC adapter in order to provide parallel port printer connection. Do not use
battery power when connecting a printer.
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To connect a parallel port printer
1.
Plug the printer cable into the Printer port
Controls and Ports for more information.
2.
Plug the other end of the printer cable into the port on the printer.
3.
Restart your computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart. If the New Hardware Wizard
appears, follow the on-screen instructions.
4.
Make sure the computer recognizes the printer. Follow these steps:

on your computer or port replicator, if applicable. See Locating
Click Start, Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and then Printers and Faxes.
If the computer recognizes the printer, it will be listed in the Printers and Other Hardware window.
If the computer does not recognize the printer, you may need to install the printer driver software. See
the guide that accompanied the printer for more information.
Connecting a Parallel Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
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Configuring printer settings
If you cannot connect the parallel port printer to the port replicator after following the instructions in To connect a parallel
port printer, you may need to manually configure your printer settings. The following instructions explain how to configure
your settings and complete the installation of your printer.
To configure printer settings for a parallel port printer
1.
Plug the printer cable into the Printer port
2.
Plug the other end of the printer cable into the port on the printer.
3.
Turn the printer on, if it is not already on.
4.
Click Start, and select Control Panel, Printers and Other Hardware, and then Add a Printer.
5.
When the Add Printer Wizard appears, click Next to start the installation process.
6.
Select the Local printer attached to this computer option, if it is not already selected, and deselect the
Automatically detect and install my Plug and Play printer option. Click Next.
7.
When the Select a Printer Port window appears, select the Use the following port option, if it is not already
selected, and click to select USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB) from the drop-down menu. Click Next.
on your port replicator.
Selecting a Printer Port
8.
Select the manufacturer and the model of your printer. This information should be included with the
documentation that accompanied your printer. Click Next.
9.
Select a name for the connected printer, if one is not already assigned, then click Next.
10. Select Yes or No to print a test page from the connected printer, and click Next.
11. Click Finish to complete the installation process and close the wizard.
For additional information about installing and using your printer, see the documentation that accompanied your
printer.
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Disconnecting a Printer
You can disconnect the printer cable when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting a printer when the computer is in a
power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To disconnect a printer

Unplug the printer cable from the computer.
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Using Memory Stick Media
Your VAIO® computer is equipped with a Memory Stick® slot that supports certain types of Memory Stick® media.
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About Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media are a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital
data with compatible devices. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media. The following types of
Memory Stick media are available, but compatibility with your computer can vary.

MagicGate Memory Stick media — Provides copyright protection with authentication and encryption, using Sony®
MagicGate technology. Authentication ensures that protected content is only transferred between compliant devices
and media. Protected content can be recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent unauthorized
duplication or playback.

Memory Stick PRO media — Provides MagicGate copyright protection and high-speed transfer features when used
with compatible Memory Stick PRO devices. VAIO® computers support Memory Stick PRO media for data storage
purposes only. Currently, MagicGate technology features, such as authentication and encryption, are not available.

Memory Stick media — Provides data storage only. The Memory Stick media does not provide MagicGate technology
or high-speed data transfer.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage and OpenMG software are not compatible with 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 Computing Support Web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport regularly for the latest information on
Memory Stick PRO media.
Memory Stick media do not support AVI video file playback directly from the media. Copy the video file to your hard disk
drive and then play back the file.
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Inserting Memory Stick media
Before using Memory Stick® media, back up important data. The media slot accommodates only one Memory Stick media at a
time.
To insert Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing up and toward the Memory Stick media slot.
Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot. Inserting the media
improperly may damage the computer.
The Memory Stick media slot supports Memory Stick Duo
2.
media with or without the adapter.
Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks in place. The Memory Stick media indicator briefly
blinks.
Inserting Mem ory Stick Media
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Viewing the contents
Depending on the model you purchased, the Sony Memory Stick window may appear when you insert a Memory Stick®
media. From this window, you can choose to view, print, copy or organize your images or data stored on the Memory Stick
media. If the Sony Memory Stick window does not appear when you insert your Memory Stick media, then follow these
steps:
To view the contents
1.
From the Start menu, click My Computer. The My Computer window appears.
2.
Click Sony MemoryStick. The Sony MemoryStick window appears, displaying the contents stored on the
Memory Stick media.
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Protecting data on Memory Stick media
Some Memory Stick® media are equipped with a write-protect tab1. 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 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.
Write-protect off
Data can be saved on the Memory Stick media.
Write-protect on
Data can be read from but not saved on the Memory Stick media.
Using the Write- Protect Tab
Some M emory Stic k media do not have a write-protec t tab, and the loc ation or pos ition of the write-protec t tab may vary, depending on the type of M emory
Stic k media. See the information s heet provided with your M emory Stic k media.
1
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Formatting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media is formatted for immediate use when you purchase it. If you need to reformat Memory Stick media, use
the Memory Stick Formatter that is provided with the media. For more information about using Memory Stick Formatter, refer
to Formatter Help.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, confirm that the media does not contain files you want to keep. Back up important data
before formatting the media.
To format Memory Stick media
1.
Insert the Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot. See To insert Memory Stick media for more
information.
2.
From the Start menu, click All Programs, select Memory Stick Utility, and click Memory Stick Formatter. The
Memory Stick Formatter window appears.
3.
Click Start Format, and follow the on-screen directions.
4.
After formatting, click Exit.
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Removing Memory Stick media
If the Memory Stick® media is removed prematurely, a blue screen with a message may appear prompting you to continue or
exit. Reinsert the media into the slot and press Enter to continue. This enables the media to finish reading or writing data.
To remove Memory Stick media
1.
Wait a minimum of 10 seconds after the Memory Stick media finishes reading or writing data before removing the
media.
2.
Make sure the access light is off.
3.
Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer.
4.
When the Memory Stick media ejects, pull it out.
Be careful when removing the Memory Stick media, as it may not eject completely from the slot.
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or write data to a floppy
disk.
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Floppy Disk Drives
Using a Floppy Disk Drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive to your computer. The floppy disk drive enables you to read or write data to a floppy
disk.
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Connecting a floppy disk drive
You can connect a floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Connecting the drive when the computer is in a power
saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
To connect a USB floppy disk drive
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Plug the USB cable (with the USB icon
pop-up message appears.
facing upward) into the USB port
. The Found New Hardware
Connecting a Floppy Disk Driv e
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Inserting and removing floppy disks
To write data to a disk, use one that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature. The floppy disk drive cannot
write data to a disk if it is inserted into the drive improperly.
To insert a floppy disk
1.
Hold the floppy disk with the label facing up.
2.
Push the floppy disk into the drive until it clicks into place.
Inserting a Floppy Disk
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the floppy disk.
To remove a floppy disk
1.
Close all programs that access the floppy disk.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
To avoid losing data, do not push the Eject button when the LED indicator is on.
Rem ov ing a Floppy Disk
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Protecting floppy disks

Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk.

Keep floppy disks away from magnets, direct sunlight, and heat sources.
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Disconnecting a floppy disk drive
You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when the computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in
a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
1.
Close all programs accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
3.
Select the floppy disk drive in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
4.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
5.
Make sure the floppy disk drive is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is now safe to remove
the hardware device.
6.
Remove the floppy disk drive from the computer.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware window
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Storing a floppy disk drive
Fold the floppy disk drive cable and connector into the side compartment on the floppy disk drive.
Storing a Floppy Disk Driv e
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Using PC Cards
Your computer includes one PC Card slot. A PC Card enables you to connect devices such as an optical drive or floppy disk
drive.
See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the type of PC Card that is compatible with your computer. These slots are
compatible with CardBus. You do not need to turn off your computer to insert or remove a PC Card.
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Inserting PC Cards
Some PC Cards may require you to disable idle devices when using the PC Card. You can use Sony Notebook Setup to
disable these devices.
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To open Sony Notebook Setup
1.
Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click All Programs.
2.
Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
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To insert a PC Card
1.
Make sure the front label of the PC Card is facing up.
2.
Push the PC Card gently into the slot. The system automatically detects the PC Card.
Do not force a PC Card into the slot; this may damage the connector pins.
When a PC Card is inserted, do not place your computer in a bag or case. Pressure or shock to a PC Card may damage
your computer.
Touching the head of the PC Card will not damage the connector pins, but damage may occur if the head of the PC Card
is sticking out of the PC Card slot while the computer is being transported.
Inserting a PC Card
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Removing PC Cards
You can remove PC Cards while the computer is on or off. PC Cards draw power from the computer when they are inserted
into the PC Card slot, whether or not you use the card.
If you are not using your PC Card and you are using a battery as a power source, remove the PC Card from the PC Card
slot to conserve battery power.
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To remove a PC Card while your computer is on
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
2.
Click to select the PC Card in the Hardware devices window, if it is not already selected.
3.
Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears.
4.
Make sure the PC Card is selected, and click OK. A message appears stating it is safe to remove the hardware
device.
5.
Push the Release button. The Release button pops out.
6.
Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
7.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware dialog box
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To remove a PC Card while the computer is off
1.
Push the Release button once. The Release button pops out.
2.
Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out.
3.
Gently pull the card out of the slot.
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Audio and Video Connections
Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders
You can connect a digital video (DV) recorder, such as an i.LINK®1 digital video camera recorder, to the i.LINK® S400 (IEEE
1394) port on your computer. The i.LINK digital-video camera recorder is an external device that can be connected to your
computer via IEEE 1394 interface and enables you to record and view digital images.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tor. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ation, operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for more information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as a C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Audio and Video Connections
Using i.LINK Digital Video Recorders
You can connect a digital video (DV) recorder, such as an i.LINK®1 digital video camera recorder, to the i.LINK® S400 (IEEE
1394) port on your computer. The i.LINK digital-video camera recorder is an external device that can be connected to your
computer via IEEE 1394 interface and enables you to record and view digital images.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tor. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ation, operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for more information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as a C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder
You can connect an i.LINK digital video (DV) recorder when the computer is on or off. Connecting the DV recorder when the
computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction.
Before you connect an i.LINK digital video recorder

Do not connect more than one digital video camera recorder at a time. The preinstalled programs on your computer
will not recognize multiple cameras.

Do not connect an external device that requires power from the i.LINK port. The i.LINK port does not supply power
to the external device.

The i.LINK port supports transfer rates of up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer rate is the lowest transfer
rate of the external device.

The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the programs you use. See the help guide that accompanied
your program for more information.
To connect an i.LINK digital video recorder
1.
Turn on the digital video (DV) device and the computer.
2.
Plug the i.LINK® cable into the i.LINK port
3.
Plug the other end of the i.LINK cable into the i.LINK port on your computer. The Found New Hardware
window appears on the lower right corner of your screen.
on the DV device.
Connecting an i.LINK Digital Video Cam era Recorder
See the guide that accompanied your digital video camera recorder for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting the i.LINK digital video recorder
You can disconnect the digital video recorder while the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the i.LINK cable from the i.LINK
port on the computer. Disconnecting the cable when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Using a digital video camera recorder
Your computer comes with preinstalled driver software that is compatible with most Sony digital video camera recorders. If
you purchased a camera that comes with its own driver software, install these drivers before you use the camera.
To view images
You can view images captured by your digital video camera recorder three different ways. Select one set of instructions
from the following list:

If your digital video camera recorder is compatible with the preinstalled programs, the Digital Video Device window
appears when you connect the camera to the computer. Select the program you want to use in this window, and
click OK.

Click Start, and click All Programs. Select a program in which to view your images.

Click Start, and click Welcome to VAIO life. Click Movies, and select a program in which to view your images.
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Using Computer Monitors and Projectors
You can connect an external display (such as a computer monitor or a projector) to your computer.
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Connecting a computer monitor
Your computer can display images to the computer screen (LCD), to an external computer monitor, or to both the LCD and
external monitor while your computer is on.
To connect a computer monitor
1.
Make sure the computer monitor is plugged into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the display cable into the Monitor (VGA) port
3.
If it is not already on, turn on the computer monitor.
4.
Press the Fn+F7 keys to toggle the display between your computer, the monitor, or both the computer and
monitor.
on the computer.
You cannot use the Monitor (VGA) port on your computer when a port replicator is connected to the computer. Use the
Monitor (VGA) port on the port replicator instead.
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Connecting a multimedia device
Connecting a Com puter Monitor
You can connect a multimedia device, such as a multimedia computer monitor or projector, to your computer. Connecting a
multimedia device enables you to display images on your computer screen (LCD), the multimedia device, or both.
For information on connecting a TV to your computer, see Playing DVDs.
To connect a multimedia computer monitor or projector
1.
Plug the device into an AC outlet.
2.
Plug the device cable into the Monitor (VGA) port
on your computer. If you are using a multimedia computer
monitor, which has built-in speakers and a microphone, plug the audio cable into the Headphone jack
computer to hear sound.
on your
To locate the Monitor port and Headphone jack, see "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of
your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
3.
Turn on the device (if it is not already on), and then turn on your computer.
Connecting a Projector
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4.
Press the Fn+F7 key combination to toggle the display between your computer, the monitor, or both. See
Selecting a display for more information.
See the guide that accompanied your projector for more information on its installation and use.
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Selecting a display
Your computer comes with a Plug and Display feature, which enables you to connect an external display to the computer
and instantly view an image on the connected display. An external display can be a projector, computer monitor, or TV.
When you connect an external display, the Plug and Display icon appears in the Windows® taskbar and the image appears
on both the computer's LCD screen and the external display.
Clicking the Plug and Display icon
settings.
launches Sony Notebook Setup, where you can customize the Plug and Display
To switch the display between the computer screen (LCD), the external display, or both, use the Fn+F7 shortcut keys or the
S1 button. See Using the S1 button for more information.
Shortcut keys Result
Fn+F7
Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected external display, and both the LCD and an
external display. You can also select the Setup option to adjust the Plug and Display settings. Select one display (LCD or an
external display) when playing a DVD. When using a TV cable, connect the cable before you turn on the computer;
otherwise, Fn+F7 will not work.
You may not be able to display the computer screen (LCD) and an external display or projector at the same time,
depending on the types of computer displays and projectors you are using.
Plug and Display customizes the screen resolution to fit within the external display. However, if the external display's
screen resolution is larger than the computer's LCD screen resolution, Plug and Display adjusts both images to the largest
resolution shared by both devices. If the image is distorted, you can always adjust the screen resolution manually.
To adjust the screen resolution
1.
Click the Start menu and then click Control Panel.
2.
Click Appearance and Themes and then click Display.
3.
When the Display Properties window appears, select the Settings tab.
4.
Use the slider in the Screen resolution box to adjust the screen resolution.
Plug and Display may not work properly if you use more than one TV connection at the same time.
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Disconnecting a computer monitor or projector
You can disconnect the external computer monitor or projector by unplugging the monitor (VGA) cable from your computer's
port. Disconnecting the external display when the computer is in a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate) may cause
the computer to malfunction.
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Using Speakers
Your computer comes with built-in stereo speakers and selected models with an A/V port replicator come with external
speakers. If your computer did not come with additional speakers and you wish to enhance the sound quality of your
computer, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer. Make sure the speakers are
designed for computer use.
See Connecting the speakers with built-in infrared receiver for instructions about how to connect external speakers
supplied with the A/V port replicator.
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Connecting speakers
You can connect external speakers to your computer to enhance the sound quality of your computer.
Do not place floppy disks on the speakers. The speakers' magnetic field may damage the data stored on the
floppy disks.
To connect speakers to your computer
1.
Turn down the volume of the speakers.
2.
Plug the speaker cable into the Headphone jack
3.
Plug the other end of the speaker cable into the speaker.
on the computer.
Connecting Speakers
See the guide that accompanied your speakers for more information on its installation and use.
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Disconnecting speakers
You can disconnect external speakers when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the speaker cable from the Headphone
jack
on the computer.
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Adjusting the sound
To increase and decrease the volume for playing CDs and DVDs, use the Volume buttons. You can also use the Mute button
to enable and disable the sound. The Volume buttons and the Mute button are located above the keyboard.
Locating the Sound Buttons
Alternatively, you can use the Volume icon
on the Windows ® taskbar to adjust the sound.
To adjust the sound using the Volume icon
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
window appears.
2.
Click and drag the Volume Control slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
3.
Click to cancel any Mute check boxes that are selected.
on the Windows ® taskbar, and select Open Volume Control. The Volume Control
Sound device Function
Volume Control
Adjust the sound level from the speakers or headphones.
Wave
Adjust the wavfile sound or the system sound of Windows.
SW Synth
Adjusts the internal or external synthesizer volume.
CD Player
Adjust the volume of the CD in the optical drive.
Microphone
Adjust the internal or external microphone volume.
PC Beep
Adjust the beep sound when inserting or removing the PC Card and other devices.
Line In1
Adjusts the sensitivity of input volume.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
Adjusting the volume for playing CDs or DVDs does not adjust the volume for recording audio files. You can only adjust
the recording volume in the Recording Control window. See Using a microphone to record sound for instructions on how to
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open this window.
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Enabling the sound
If you do not hear sound when playing a CD or DVD, the sound may be muted. Press the Mute button located above the
keyboard. The Mute button toggles the audio output on and off. If you still cannot hear sound, you may need to enable the
audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
1
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click System. The System Properties window appears.
3.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager. The Device Manager window, which lists the hardware
devices, appears.
4.
Double-click the name of the optical drive, such as DVD/CD-ROM drives1.
5.
Double-click the listed drive name, and click the Properties tab.
6.
Click the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box if it is not already selected.
T he read/write drive letter des ignation may vary, depending on your s ys tem's hardware c onfiguration.
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Using Microphones
You can connect an external microphone to your computer to enhance the sound input to your computer. Make sure your
microphone is designed for computer use. If you wish to purchase a microphone, shop Sony online at
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting a microphone
Plug the microphone cable into the Microphone jack1
on the computer.
Connecting a Microphone
See the guide that accompanied your microphone for more information on its installation and use.
1
A protruding dot loc ated next to the M ic rophone jac k dis tinguis hes this jac k from the H eadphone jac k.
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Disconnecting a microphone
You can disconnect an external microphone when the computer is on or off. Simply unplug the microphone cable from the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Using a microphone to record sound
You can record messages, memos, etc. by connecting a microphone to the Microphone jack1
on your computer.
To record from a microphone
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
2.
From the Options menu, click Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.
3.
Click to select the Recording option in the Adjust volume for box, and click OK. The Recording Control window
appears.
4.
Click the Select check box at the bottom of the Microphone column, if it is not already selected. Close the
Recording Control window.
5.
Click Start, and select All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then Sound Recorder. The Sound Sound Recorder window appears.
on the Windows ® taskbar. The Volume Control window appears.
For help using Sound Recorder, click Help in the Sound Recorder window.
To adjust the volume for recording sound
You can only adjust the volume for recording in the Recording Control window.
1
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Audio tab, click Volume in the Sound recording box. The Recording Control window appears.
3.
Click and drag the Microphone slider up to increase volume and down to decrease volume.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
A protruding dot loc ated next to the M ic rophone jac k dis tinguis hes this jac k from the H eadphone jac k.
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Connecting the Port Replicator
Locating Ports and Jacks
A port replicator is a device that attaches to your computer and contains additional jacks and ports, such as USB ports. A
port replicator may come with your computer, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a port
replicator, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
A/V Port Replicator
1 Composite Audio In jacks
10
Speaker jacks (right and left)
2 Composite Video In jack
11
Output frequency (48 kHz1/44 kHz)
Optical Out port
3 S Video In port
12 Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX2)
4 Air vent
13 Composite Audio Out jacks
5 VHF/UHF port
14 Composite Video Out jack
6
15 S Video Out port
USB 2.0 ports3
7 Monitor (VGA) port
16 Printer port
8 Volume jack
17
9 DVI-D port
18 DC IN port
USB 2.0 ports3
1
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
2
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
3
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Business Port Replicator
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1
Composite Audio In jacks
2
Air vent
3
9
8
Composite Video Out jack
USB 2.0 ports1
4
Monitor (VGA) port
5
DVI-D port
12
10
S Video Out port
11
Printer port
USB 2.0 ports1
6
Optical Out port
Output frequency (48 kHz2/44 kHz)
7
Composite Audio Out jacks
13
DC IN port
Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX3)
1
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
2
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
3
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
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Connecting the Port Replicator
Locating Ports and Jacks
A port replicator is a device that attaches to your computer and contains additional jacks and ports, such as USB ports. A
port replicator may come with your computer, depending on the model you purchased. If you wish to purchase a port
replicator, shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
A/V Port Replicator
1 Composite Audio In jacks
10
Speaker jacks (right and left)
2 Composite Video In jack
11
Output frequency (48 kHz1/44 kHz)
Optical Out port
3 S Video In port
12 Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX2)
4 Air vent
13 Composite Audio Out jacks
5 VHF/UHF port
14 Composite Video Out jack
6
15 S Video Out port
USB 2.0 ports3
7 Monitor (VGA) port
16 Printer port
8 Volume jack
17
9 DVI-D port
18 DC IN port
USB 2.0 ports3
1
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
2
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
3
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
The printer port on this port replicator is intended for printer connections only.
Business Port Replicator
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1
Composite Audio In jacks
2
Air vent
3
9
8
Composite Video Out jack
USB 2.0 ports1
4
Monitor (VGA) port
5
DVI-D port
12
10
S Video Out port
11
Printer port
USB 2.0 ports1
6
Optical Out port
Output frequency (48 kHz2/44 kHz)
7
Composite Audio Out jacks
13
DC IN port
Network (Ethernet) port (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX / 1000BASE-TX3)
1
Supports high-/full-/low- s peeds .
2
O utput frequenc y is 4 8 kH z for all frequenc ies exc ept 3 2 kH z and 4 4 .1 kH z.
3
O nly s elec ted models s upport a 1 0 0 0 BA SE -T X c onnec tion.
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Connecting a Port Replicator
Connect a port replicator to the computer while the computer is off. Use the AC adapter (not the battery) to power the
computer while it is connected to a port replicator.
Moving the computer with the port replicator attached could disconnect the AC adapter or power cord, and may cause
the computer to lose power or malfunction.
To connect a port replicator
1.
Turn off the computer, and disconnect all attached devices.
2.
On the bottom of the computer, slide the port replicator cover down until the port replicator connector is
completely visible.
Sliding the Port Replicator Cov er
3.
Align the connector on the bottom of the computer with the latch and the port replicator connector.
4.
Gently push the computer down until it clicks into place.
Connecting the Port Replicator
5.
Make sure the port replicator is securely fastened to the computer.
Securing the Port Replicator
6.
Slide the LOCK/UNLOCK switch located on the port replicator to LOCK.
Locking the Port Replicator
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7.
Plug the AC adapter into the DC IN port on the port replicator, and plug the power cord into the AC adapter and
an AC outlet. The power indicator turns on.
Connecting the AC Adapter to the Port Replicator
You can charge the battery by installing it before you connect the port replicator. The battery automatically
charges once you connect the AC adapter.
8.
Turn on the computer.
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Disconnecting the Port Replicator
To disconnect the port replicator
1.
Close any active programs to prevent data loss.
2.
Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cord.
3.
Slide the LOCK/UNLOCK switch to UNLOCK.
4.
Lift the computer away from the port replicator.
Disconnecting a Port Replicator
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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 is available only on computers that come with an A/V port replicator. The A/V port
replicator must be attached to the computer at all times when using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder.
1
U nauthorized duplic ation of audio or video files is a violation of applic able laws .
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Introducing Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of tools that enhance your VAIO® computer's capabilities. Giga Pocket
software gives you a wide range of video viewing, recording, and playback capabilities, such as:

Watching and recording television programs from your computer.

Viewing and recording TV programming simultaneously.

Setting and managing daily/weekly timer recording schedules.

Managing Video Capsules (recorded video contents) on your computer.

Recording personal video content from a videotape.

Playing your Video Capsules on other computers.

Operating Giga Pocket functions with a remote control device.

Sharing Giga Pocket features and functions with other computers on a network.

Transforming Video Capsules into gMovie
format for viewing on your CLIÉ® handheld.
For an explanation of Giga Pocket terms, see the Glossary.
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Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder includes:

Giga Pocket—This application enables you to watch TV programs on your computer's display and record them onto
the hard disk drive as Video Capsules for later playback.

Timer Recording Manager—The Timer Recording Manager keeps track of all TV program recordings you have
scheduled. This program also enables you to modify timer recordings.

Timer Recording Wizard—The Wizard interface guides you through setting up a timer recording schedule. You can
program one-time recordings and set up daily or weekly recurring recording schedules.

Giga Pocket Explorer—The Giga Pocket Explorer program functions as your video file management system, and
stores recorded Video Capsules as well as modified Playlists. Giga Pocket Explorer contains export/import functions
for file format conversions.

Giga Pocket Server—The Giga Pocket Server enables multiple computers on a network to use certain Giga Pocket
software functions.

CLIÉ Converter—The CLIÉ Converter is a plug-in application that enables the conversion of Video Capsules into
gMovie format. You can change the format your Giga Pocket® contents and transfer them onto a Memory Stick®
media for viewing with your Sony CLIÉ handheld.
Accessing the Giga Pocket Help
For more information about Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder, follow these steps:
1.
Click Start in the Windows ® taskbar and select All Programs.
2.
Select Giga Pocket, Help, and click Giga Pocket Help.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder maintains information about the software and Video Capsules on your
computer's drive D, in a folder named D:\Giga Pocket V5. This folder and its contents are not designed for your direct
maintenance. Please do not move, modify or delete the Giga Pocket Folder or any of its contents. Any alteration to this
folder or its contents may cause your Giga Pocket software and Video Capsules to stop working properly.
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About Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
The information in this section provides guidelines to follow when using Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder.
Display setup
Always set up your display as follows when you use Giga Pocket software:

Color quality: Use factory default settings (32-bit).

Screen resolution: Use the factory preset screen resolution setting. Using other display settings may cause an
improper screen image or an incorrect recording by Giga Pocket software.

Check your display setup in the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system before starting up Giga Pocket software. For
more information, refer to the operating system manual.

Do not change the display setup while Giga Pocket software is running, or your system may operate improperly.
Hard disk drive

When the available free space on your hard disk approaches 100 MB, you are not able to create a new Video
Capsule. Delete unnecessary Video Capsules or files in order to increase available space on your hard disk drive.

If you directly delete, move, or rename a file in the D:\Giga Pocket V5 folder, Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder
features may not work properly.
Network

Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. Even if a different
user logs on using the Fast User Switching feature, Giga Pocket software is not available to any other user account.
For more information, see the Giga Pocket Help.

Microsoft Windows XP operating system supports a single Giga Pocket user at any given time. If a different user
logs on using the fast 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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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 movie or image that serves as video content material.
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.
HotSync®
Registered trademark of PalmSource, Inc. 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® software 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, also known as a cable or satellite box.
Thumbnail
A thumbnail is a miniature view on recorded Video Capsules or in playback by Giga Pocket software. 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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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.
Before you begin setting up the cables and connections, you must attach the A/V port replicator to your computer. See
Connecting the Port Replicator for instructions. The A/V port replicator must be attached to the computer at all times when
using Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder.
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To set up TV connections
The best method of connecting your computer system, TV monitor or display, and cable service access, depends on the type
of cable connection available in your home.
TV signal reception strength will vary widely depending on service availability in your area as well as the type of connection
available.
The A/V port replicator is supplied with certain audio and video cables. Depending on your in-home cable access, you
may require extra cables, adapters or connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
The TV coaxial converter cable
One primary cable to connect your computer to a TV cable or antenna is the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied with the
A/V port replicator). The mini-jack end connects to the computer's VHF/UHF port, and the coaxial end connects to the cable
service access or antenna
TV coaxial conv erter cable
Connecting to standard cable access (CATV)
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of the coaxial converter cable (supplied) to your cable service access.
2.
Connect the other end of the coaxial converter cable to the VHF/UHF port on the A/V port replicator.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 1)
Option 2
1.
Connect the two metal hooks on the RCA transformer cable (optional) to your cable service access.
2.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) from the transformer end of the RCA transformer cable to the
VHF/UHF port on the port replicator.
To connect in CATV m ode (Option 2)
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Connecting to a standard antenna
You can connect your Giga Pocket system to an indoor/outdoor antenna system, using Option 1 or Option 2 from the
previous section, Connecting to standard cable access (CATV). Depending on the type of antenna system in your home,
your connection may require a VHF/UHF RF combiner/transformer (optional) to connect your computer and the
indoor/outdoor antenna system.
If you are connecting to an indoor/outdoor antenna, you may need to reorient the antenna for best reception. Move
the antenna cable away from other power sources or connectors to reduce reception interference.
Option 1
1.
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (optional) to your antenna outlet. Connect the other end to a VHF/UHF RF
combiner/transformer (optional).
2.
Connect the coaxial cable feed connector (optional) to the VHF/UHF combiner/transformer.
3.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) from the feed connector to the VHF/UHF port on the port
replicator.
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 coaxial cable feed connector (optional) to the VHF/UHF combiner/transformer.
3.
Connect the TV coaxial converter cable (supplied) from the feed connector to the VHF/UHF port on the port
replicator.
To connect in standard antenna m ode (air)
Your VAIO® computer is supplied with certain audio and video cables. Depending on your in-home cable access, you
may require extra cables, adapters or connection equipment not supplied with your computer.
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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). When using
the set-top box (STB) setup, you can only change channels through the STB, using its controls or supplied remote control.
When using the STB setup:

The Giga Pocket remote control cannot be used to change TV channels. You can use the Giga Pocket remote control
to set Giga Pocket software to the appropriate channel-out number (channel 3, 4, etc.) or to the direct video input
specified by your cable or satellite service provider.

A standard TV remote control cannot be used to change TV channels. You can use your TV remote control to set the
TV to the channel-out number (channel 3, 4, etc.) or direct video input specified by your cable or satellite service
provider.

You may be able to use a universal remote control or commander to change TV channels, if the device is able to
control the STB.
Cable/satellite service, equipment, and features, may vary between service providers. Contact your cable or satellite
service provider for details on using STB equipment and accessories.
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 device (optional).
3.
Connect a third TV coaxial cable (supplied) to the double-connection end of the splitter device. Connect the other
end to the VHF/UHF port on the port replicator.
4.
Connect a fourth TV coaxial cable (optional) to the double-connection end of the splitter device. 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)
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).
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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 a stereo A/V dubbing cable with triple RCA jacks (optional), to the Video Out and Audio-OUT
(L/R) jacks on the back panel of your STB unit, matching the plug and jack colors.
4.
Connect the other RCA jacks of the stereo A/V dubbing cable into the Composite Audio-R (IN), Composite Audio-L
(IN), and Composite Video (IN) jacks on the port replicator, 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 port replicator.
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
1.
Connect an S Video cable (optional) directly into the S Video jack on the port replicator.
2.
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)
1.
Connect an audio cable with double RCA plugs at each end (optional) into the composite audio L and R jacks,
located on the port replicator.
2.
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)
1.
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 port replicator.
2.
Connect the other ends of the stereo A/V dubbing cable into the appropriate jacks on your compatible VCR or
camcorder.
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Connecting the Giga Pocket Remote Control
Your A/V port replicator comes with a remote control and speakers, which have a built-in infrared (IR) remote control
receiver. The speakers must be plugged into one of the computer's USB ports in order to receive the signals from the
remote control.
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About the Remote Control
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder features are controlled with the remote control. The remote control can start and
stop video recording and playback, select channels, and set viewing preferences. This section describes the basic functions
of your remote control.
Rem ote Control
1
MUTE button
Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound.
2
Channel number buttons (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.
3
REC STOP button
Press to stop recording.
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(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 change from the on-screen image to the TV/Recording deck.
VIDEO button
Press to start the Giga Pocket playback deck.
(Note: You cannot change the input source while recording.)
DVD button
Press to start the DVD player software program.
MUSIC button
Press to launch the SonicStage software.
HOME NETWORK button
Press to launch the VAIO Media
6
software.
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 open a shortcut menu of software programs to start. Use the direction arrows to navigate to a specific software
program and press the APPLICATION START button to select and start the program.
9
VOLUME button
Press to raise or lower the volume.
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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 button1
Press to view the current software in full-screen size. Press again to return the view to its original size.
12
FUNCTION button
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.
PLAY button
Press to begin playback.
PAUSE button
Press to pause playback.
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14
MENU button
Press to view a shortcut menu of available options for a software program. Press again to hide this menu.
(Note: For the Giga Pocket software program, the Select A Cabinet 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 view a shortcut menu of software programs to close. If more than one software program is open, use the direction
arrows to navigate to a specific program and press the Application Close button again to close the program.
17
CHANNEL button
Press to change channels automatically (no number input required).
(Note: This function is available for Giga Pocket software only.)
1
T his func tion is available on s elec ted models .
For more details about the function buttons on your remote control, see the Giga Pocket software program Help.
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To set up the remote control
Insert two AA batteries (supplied) into the remote control as shown.
Inserting batteries into the rem ote control
Under normal use, the AA batteries may last up to six months. If your remote control does not operate properly, the
batteries may need to be replaced.
If your remote control is not being used for extended periods of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from
battery leakage.
Connecting the speakers with built-in infrared receiver
1.
Connect the mini-jack end of the audio cable, which is attached to the right speaker, to the Volume jack on the
port replicator.
2.
Connect the USB cable, which is attached to the left speaker, to one of the USB connectors on the port
replicator.
3.
Connect the two audio cables with jack connectors to the Speaker Right and Left jacks on the port replicator.
Make sure the connectors are properly inserted into the jacks.
Sound may be muted or extremely loud if the connectors are not properly inserted.
4.
Place the speakers in a position that enables it to communicate with your remote control.
Connecting the Speakers
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The infrared receiver must be visible in a line-of-sight with your remote control in order to function properly.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Starting Giga Pocket software 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 on the time clock shown in the taskbar notification area. A shortcut menu appears.
2.
Select Adjust Date/Time, and a dialog box appears.
3.
Correct the date and time, if necessary, and then click Apply.
4.
Click OK to close the dialog box.
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 or satellite 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.
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 - Auto Scan
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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
9.
Type in a password and click Finish.
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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 software 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 software Help.
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Giga Pocket
Giga Pocket® software 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 Software
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
software to play back a prerecorded Video Capsule.
Playback deck (detail)
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Recording a Video Capsule
Giga Pocket software 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.
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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.
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Additional information about Giga Pocket software

Giga Pocket® software 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 software.

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 software.
Giga Pocket software 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 software 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.

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® software does not operate properly if used concurrently with other video applications, such as DVgate
Plus or Click to DVD software programs.
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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 using the Internet Electronic Program Guide service requires an Internet connection. See the section,
Setting up your Internet Electronic Program Guide service, for information on using this service.
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
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
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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).
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
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 Done to review your setting preferences. The New Timer Recording - Confirm dialog box appears. Click
Next.
New Tim er Recording - Confirm
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9.
The New Timer Recording - Completed dialog box appears. Click Finish.
New Tim er Recording - Com pleted
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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 software 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 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 software 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 until the preset timer
recording is set to begin, or if a Video Capsule is set to expire. Windows system 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 software.
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.
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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 User Switch feature, the Timer Recording feature is not available to other
user accounts. The Timer Recording Manager icon appears in the taskbar notification area for 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 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.
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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.
Giga Pocket Explorer
Using the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar functions
From the Giga Pocket Explorer toolbar, you can:

Begin playing

Display information

Set a new timer recording

Change the display views for your video contents.
a Video Capsule.

Icon view

List view

Calendar view
about a Video Capsule.
.
.
.
.

Start Giga Pocket software

Start Timer Recording Wizard

Access the Internet Electronic Program Guide

Start Click to DVD
for more details.
software
to burn Video Capsules to DVD recordable media. See Click to DVD software Help

Start DVgate Plus
software
to edit your Video Capsules.

Start Giga Pocket Help
to play a selected Video Capsule.
to set up timer recordings.
Web site.
to obtain further assistance.
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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 recordable DVD 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 recordable
DVD.
2.
On the Giga Pocket Explorer Toolbar, click
3.
The Click to DVD software program 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.
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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. 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.

You can convert an imported MPEG file into a Video Capsule, only if the file was created using DVgate Plus
VAIO AV software programs.
or other
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Using Network Cabinets
Giga Pocket Explorer enables you to connect to Video Capsules in network cabinets located on other computers in 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. You can convert your Giga
Pocket ® Video Capsules and save to a Memory Stick® media, or synchronize directly to your Sony® CLIÉ® handheld using the
HotSync® feature. 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 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.
5.
When transfer is complete, click OK.
Your converted video files can be played back on CLIÉ handhelds that support the use of a Memory Stick media.
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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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Internet Electronic Program Guide Service
Internet Electronic Program Guide is a free, online service that enables quick and easy access to your local TV listings. You
can use the Internet Electronic Program Guide service with your Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder for a "one-click" set
up of timer recordings and record your favorite TV programs1.
Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder must be set up and configured correctly before you can use the Internet Electronic
Program Guide service.
You must read and accept the User Agreement before accessing the Internet Electronic Program Guide Web site (first
time only). The Internet Electronic Program Guide service is available only to users in the United States.
1
U nauthorized duplic ation of audio or video files is a violation of applic able laws .
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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. If channel lineup is incorrect, 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 TV Setup Wizard 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. Giga Pocket software
only schedules timer recordings when using STB mode.
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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Memory Upgrades
Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures. For the type of
module and amount of memory installed on your computer, refer to the VAIO® Computer Specifications.
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Precautions and Procedures
Sony recommends that memory upgrades be performed by an authorized Sony Service Center. To find the
nearest center or agent, go to: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
The procedures described below assume familiarity with the general terminology associated with personal computers and
with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment. When installing
a memory module in your computer, make sure you read the proper safety precautions below. Mistakes that occur when
installing or removing a memory module may cause a malfunction.

Turn off the computer. Disconnect the computer from its power source and from any telecommunications links,
networks, or modems before you install or remove a memory module. Failure to do so may result in personal injury
or equipment damage.

Introducing any liquids or any foreign substances or objects into the memory slots, or other internal components of
the computer, will result in damage to the computer.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, memory modules, and other components. Perform the
procedures described below only at an ESD workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted
area, and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity (cellophane wrappers, for example). Ground
yourself by momentarily touching an unpainted metal object that is grounded, such as a pipe, radiator, or faucet.

Do not open the memory module package until you are ready to install the module. The package protects the
module from ESD.

Use the special protective package to store a memory module and prevent ESD.

Only use memory modules that are compatible with your computer. For the type of module and amount of memory
installed on your computer, refer to the VAIO® Computer Specifications. If you wish to purchase a memory module,
shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Removing and Installing Memory Modules
Make sure you read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures before you remove or install a memory module.
When installing a memory module, do not open the module package until you are ready to install it. The package protects
the module from Electrostatic discharge (ESD).
The hardware configuration of your computer may vary from the illustrations shown. For information about the specific
hardware configuration for your computer, memory upgrades, and which memory modules to use, refer to your VAIO®
Computer Specifications.
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Option 1
The following instructions illustrate how to remove the memory module located underneath the bottom panel of the
computer.
To remove a memory module
1.
Turn off the computer and all attached devices.
2.
Disconnect the power cord, all cables, and remove the battery if it is installed. See Removing a battery.
3.
Wait for the computer to cool down.
The interior of the computer becomes extremely hot during operation. Wait at least one hour for the computer to
cool down before you remove the screws.
4.
Turn the computer over and use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the screw(s) on the memory bay.
To avoid damaging the computer, do not remove or loosen any other screws.
Rem ov ing the Bottom Screw(s)
5.
Remove the memory bay cover carefully.
6.
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your computer) to discharge static electricity.
Avoid touching any part of the motherboard or other components inside the computer.
7.
Remove the memory module by pulling out the tabs (see arrows No. 1), and pulling out the module in the
direction of arrow No. 2. See To install a memory module for more information.
Rem ov ing a Mem ory Module
To install a memory module
1.
Remove the new memory module from its packaging, and install the memory module by sliding it into the open
slot at a 45-degree angle. See To remove a memory module.
Installing a New Mem ory Module
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2.
Push the module down until it snaps into place.
3.
When the module is correctly seated, close the memory bay.
4.
Replace the fastening screw(s) on the memory bay.
5.
Make sure the system recognizes the new memory module. See Confirming Added Memory Capacity for more
information.
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Option 2
The following instructions illustrate how to remove the memory module located underneath the keyboard.
To remove a memory module
1.
Turn off the computer and all attached devices.
2.
Disconnect the power cord, all cables, and remove the battery if it is installed. See Removing a battery.
3.
Wait for the computer to cool down.
The interior of the computer becomes extremely hot during operation. Wait at least one hour for the computer to
cool down before you remove the screws.
4.
Turn the computer over and use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the two screws on the bottom of the
computer.
To avoid damaging the computer, do not remove or loosen any other screws.
Rem ov ing the Bottom Screw(s)
5.
Turn the computer over again and position the computer so you are looking at the keyboard.
6.
Use a small screwdriver to press the three (3) tabs, located at the bottom of the keyboard, away from the
keyboard and toward the touch pad. This will loosen the keyboard from its slot location and will enable you to lift
it up.
Keyboard tab locations
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7.
Gently lift the keyboard up, bottom edge first, and turn it over gently toward the LCD screen. Do not detach the
cable when lifting the keyboard.
Lifting the keyboard
8.
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your computer) to discharge static electricity.
Avoid touching any part of the motherboard or other components inside the computer.
9.
Remove the memory module by pulling out the tabs (see arrows No. 1), and pulling out the module in the
direction of arrow No. 2. See To install a memory module for more information.
Rem ov ing a Mem ory Module
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To install a memory module
1.
Remove the new memory module from its packaging, and install the memory module by sliding it into the open
slot at a 45-degree angle. See To remove a memory module.
Installing a New Mem ory Module
2.
Push the module down until it snaps into place.
3.
When the module is correctly seated, gently flip the keyboard back over the computer, making sure the keyboard
is also correctly seated.
4.
Replace the fastening screws on the bottom of the computer.
5.
Make sure the system recognizes the new memory module. See Confirming Added Memory Capacity for more
information.
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Confirming Added Memory Capacity
After you have installed a new memory module, make sure the operating system recognizes it.
To check your system's memory
1.
Turn on the computer.
2.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, point to All Programs, and then point to Sony Notebook Setup.
3.
Select Sony Notebook Setup from the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup dialog box appears.
4.
On the About This Computer tab, make sure the System Memory displayed in the System Information box
matches the amount of memory installed.
The displayed memory may be less than the installed memory due to the amount used by the display adapter.
Sony Notebook Setup
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait three to five minutes. Reattach the AC adapter and
reinsert the battery, and press the Power button to turn on the computer.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait three to five minutes. Reattach the AC adapter and
reinsert the battery, and press the Power button to turn on the computer.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting
Computer
What do I do if my computer won't start?

Make sure the computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator
shows the power is on.

Make sure the battery is inserted properly and charged.

Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty.

If the computer is plugged into a power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or
UPS is turned on and working.

If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the
brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the guide that came with your display for details.

Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery. Wait three to five minutes. Reattach the AC adapter and
reinsert the battery, and press the Power button to turn on the computer.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.
For further instructions, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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What do I do if a BIOS error appears when my computer starts?
If the message "Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup" appears at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps:
1.
Press the F2 key. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
2.
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter.
3.
Press the Down Arrow key
Enter.
4.
Press the Right Arrow key
to select the Exit tab, and then press the Down Arrow key
Default Values. The message Load factory default values. appears.
5.
Press the Enter key. The Load Optimal Defaults? window appears.
6.
Select Ok, and press Enter.
7.
Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Save configuration changes and exit setup? window
appears.
8.
Select Ok, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
to select System Time, and then set the time (hour: minute: second). Press
to select Get
If this occurs on a regular basis, contact Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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What do I do if the message "Operating system not found" appears when my computer starts, and why
won't Windows start?

Make sure the computer does not have a "non-bootable" floppy disk in the floppy disk drive (if applicable).

If a non-bootable floppy disk is in the drive:

1.
Remove the floppy disk.
2.
Restart the computer and confirm that the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system starts properly.
If the Windows operating system still does not start, follow these steps to initialize the BIOS:
1.
If there is a disk in the floppy disk drive, then remove it.
2.
Turn off the computer.
3.
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the computer.
4.
Restart the computer.
5.
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS Setup window appears.
6.
Press the Right Arrow key
7.
Press the Down Arrow key
values. appears.
8.
Press the Enter key. The Load Optimal Defaults? window appears.
9.
Select Ok, and press Enter.
to select the Exit menu.
to select Get Default Values. The message Load factory default
10. Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Save configuration changes and exit setup? window
appears.
11. Select Ok, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
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What do I do if my computer stops responding?
It is best to turn off your computer using the Turn Off Computer option on the Microsoft® Windows ® Start menu, located on
the taskbar. Using other methods, including those listed below, may result in loss of unsaved data.

Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, select Turn Off Computer, and then click Turn Off.

If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task
Manager dialog box appears, click Turn Off from the Shut Down menu.

If your computer still does not turn off, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.

If your computer stops responding while playing a CD or DVD, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. You
can turn off the computer from the Windows Task Manager.
Pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously or turning off the computer with the power button or switch
may cause loss of data.

Remove the AC adapter and battery.
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Why won't my computer enter Standby or Hibernate mode?
Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Standby or
Hibernate.
To restore the computer to normal operating stability:
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Restart the computer. Follow these steps:
3.
4.
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U.
3.
Press R to select restart.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow
Down.
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to select restart.
key to select Shut
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch until the
computer turns off.
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Why is the sound of my computer's fan so loud?
The computer's fan may be running at a high speed to cool the CPU. By lowering the CPU speed, you also lower the speed
and noise level of the computer's fan. You can use the power schemes to lower the CPU speed.
To lower the CPU speed using the power schemes1:
1
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select Portable/Laptop in the Power schemes box.
4.
Click Apply.
5.
Click OK.
A vailable on s elec ted models only.
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Why does the System Properties dialog box display a slower CPU speed than the maximum?
This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes a type of CPU speed controlling technology for power conservation
purposes, System Properties may display the CPU's current speed instead of the maximum speed.
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Why don't my changes appear on the computer screen (LCD)?
You may need to refresh the computer screen. Press and hold the Windows key
, and press D twice.
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System Security
This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats
to your computer's security.
How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft® Windows ® operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing one of the following:

The Automatic Updates feature — This feature automatically searches for and delivers updates directly to your
computer whenever you are connected to the Internet.

The Windows Updates Web site — This site enables you to download computer updates without turning on the
Automatic Updates feature.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
To use the Automatic Updates feature
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Click the Automatic Updates
icon in the Taskbar notification area.
The Automatic Updates Setup Wizard appears.
3.
Click Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
To visit the Windows Updates Web site
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ in the address bar of your browser.
The Microsoft Windows Update and Security Warning windows appear.
3.
In the Security Warning window, click Yes to install and run Windows Update.
4.
In the Microsoft Windows Update window, click Scan for updates, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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System Security
This section provides information about keeping your computer operating smoothly and protecting against potential threats
to your computer's security.
How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft® Windows ® operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing one of the following:

The Automatic Updates feature — This feature automatically searches for and delivers updates directly to your
computer whenever you are connected to the Internet.

The Windows Updates Web site — This site enables you to download computer updates without turning on the
Automatic Updates feature.
Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates.
To use the Automatic Updates feature
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Click the Automatic Updates
icon in the Taskbar notification area.
The Automatic Updates Setup Wizard appears.
3.
Click Next, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
To visit the Windows Updates Web site
1.
Connect to the Internet.
2.
Type http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ in the address bar of your browser.
The Microsoft Windows Update and Security Warning windows appear.
3.
In the Security Warning window, click Yes to install and run Windows Update.
4.
In the Microsoft Windows Update window, click Scan for updates, and follow the on-screen instructions.
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How do I keep my preinstalled antivirus software updated?
You can keep the preinstalled Norton Internet Security
Corporation.
software program current with the latest updates from Symantec
To download and install the latest security update
1.
Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon
in the Taskbar notification area.
If you have not previously registered the antivirus software, a series of information wizards appear.
1.
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete each wizard
2.
Double-click the Norton Internet Security icon again.
The Norton Internet Security window appears.
If you have previously registered this antivirus software, the Norton Internet Security window automatically
appears.
2.
Click Live Update, located near the top of the window.
3.
Follow the on-screen instructions to select and download updates.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating battery information.
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Battery
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating battery information.
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When is the computer using AC power?
When the computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if a battery is installed.
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When should I recharge the battery?

When the battery level falls below 10 percent.

When both the battery and power indicators blink.

When you have not used the battery for a long time.
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When should I replace the battery?
If the battery power is still low after charging it, the battery may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.
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Should I be concerned that the installed battery is warm?
No, it is normal for the battery to be warm when it is powering the computer.
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Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power?
Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices
prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data. See To activate Hibernate mode for information on how
you can manually activate Hibernate mode.
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Why doesn't my computer enter Hibernate mode?
You may first need to enable Hibernate mode. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click Power Options. The Power Options Properties window
appears.
3.
Select the Hibernate tab.
4.
Click to check the box next to Enable hibernation.
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Internet
Why doesn't my modem work?

Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the Modem jack on the computer and the wall jack.

Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone.

Make sure the telephone number the program is dialing is correct.

Make sure the software you are using is compatible with the computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are
compatible.)
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Why is my modem connection slow?
Your computer is equipped with a V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including
telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your
modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider (ISP), follow
these steps:

Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise.

If your problem is fax-related, make sure there are no problems with the fax machine you are calling and that it is
compatible with fax modems.

If you are having a problem connecting with your ISP, make sure the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.

If you have a second telephone line, try connecting the modem to that line.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless LAN switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Networking
Why can't my computer connect to a wireless LAN access point?

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure the Wireless LAN switch on the computer is on.

Make sure power to the access point is on.

Make sure the access point is displayed in the Available networks window.

Make sure the encryption key is correct.
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Why can't I access the Internet?

Check the access point settings. Refer to the instructions supplied with the access point.

Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another.

Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access.
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Why is the data transfer speed slow?

The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points.
Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data
transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using.

If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many
other devices are communicating via the access point.

If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See your access point
instructions for more information.
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Why is the communication speed interrupted or slowed down when MPEG2 data is transferred?
The typical effective data transfer speed via an access point is 4-5 Mbps when adhering to the IEEE 802.11b standard or
both the IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g standards (selected models only). High-rate stream transfers with MPEG2 data
may lower this rate.
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How do I avoid data transfer interruptions?

When your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur when using large files
or if the computer is in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones.

Move the computer closer to the access point.

Make sure the access point connection is intact. For more information, see Checking your network connection
status.

Change the access point channel. See your access point instructions for more information.
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Can I connect to an IEEE 802.11a device?
Computers with built-in wireless LAN support the IEEE 802.11b standard only. Devices connecting to a wireless LAN using
the IEEE 802.11a standard cannot connect to devices using the IEEE 802.11b standard.
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What are channels?
Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point
channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices.
If you are using a wireless LAN access point, refer to connectivity information contained in your access point instructions.
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When I change the encryption key, the network connection stops. What do I do?
Two computers with built-in wireless LAN may loose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed.
You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key
matches.
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Bluetooth Technology
Why can't other Bluetooth devices discover my computer?

Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth® feature enabled.

Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices
are within 32 feet (10 meters) of each other.

The discovery option on your computer may be disabled. To ensure the discovery option is available, follow these
steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
3.
On the Options tab, click to select the Turn discovery on check box.
4.
Click OK.
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Bluetooth Technology
Why can't other Bluetooth devices discover my computer?

Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth® feature enabled.

Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices
are within 32 feet (10 meters) of each other.

The discovery option on your computer may be disabled. To ensure the discovery option is available, follow these
steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
3.
On the Options tab, click to select the Turn discovery on check box.
4.
Click OK.
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Why can't other Bluetooth devices connect to my computer?

Make sure the other device is authenticated.

Your computer may not allow connections from other devices. To enable Bluetooth device connections, follow these
steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
3.
On the Options tab, click to select the Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer check box.
4.
Click OK.
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How will I know when another Bluetooth device is requesting authentication?
A notification prompt appears on the Windows® taskbar. To verify the notification feature is enabled, follow these steps:
1.
From the Start menu, click Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Bluetooth Devices.
The Bluetooth Devices window appears.
3.
On the Options tab, click to select the Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect check box.
4.
Click OK.
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Why is my Bluetooth connection slow?

The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength,
however, communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also
stop communication altogether.

Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from
obstructions or closer to the device to which it is connected.

Identify and remove obstacles between your computer and the device to which it is connected.

Please note that due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard, large files may occasionally be corrupted during
continuous transfer due to electromagnetic interference from the environment.
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Can I use a device equipped with Bluetooth technology on airplanes?
With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and
airplanes, may have restrictions on the use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility staff to verify
that use of the Bluetooth feature on your computer is permitted.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface
of the disc from the center out.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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CDs and DVDs
How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?

Avoid touching the surface of the disc with your fingers. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of the disc may cause
reading errors.

Try using canned compressed air to clean dusty discs.

Do not clean the disc with solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static
spray), which may damage the disc. To clean the disc, follow these steps:

1.
Hold the edge of the disc, and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
2.
If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface
of the disc from the center out.
3.
Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry, soft cloth.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
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Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc?

The disc your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps:
1.
Restart the computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
2.
Eject the disc from the optical drive.
3.
Examine the disc for dirt or damage. If the disc is dirty, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs? for
instructions on how to clean it.
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What do I do if the drive tray won't open?

Make sure the computer is on.

Press the Eject button on the optical drive.

If the Eject button does not work, click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click My Computer. Right click the optical
drive icon, and select Eject from the shortcut menu.

If none of the above options work, insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) in the manual eject hole near
the Eject button.
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What do I do if the optical drive isn't playing my CD or DVD properly?

Make sure the disc was inserted into the drive with the label facing up.

Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If the CD or DVD is dirty or damaged, the computer will stop responding. Follow these steps:

1.
Restart the computer by pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, and selecting Restart from the Shut Down
menu of the Windows Task Manger dialog box.
2.
Remove the CD or DVD from the optical drive.
3.
Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see How do I maintain CDs and DVDs?
for instructions.
If you are playing a CD or DVD and cannot hear sound, follow these steps:
1.
Double-click the Volume icon
on the Taskbar Notification area, and click to cancel the Volume Control
Mute All and Wave Mute check boxes.
2.
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
3.
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings on the speakers and the connections
between the speakers and the computer.
4.
Make sure the CD audio feature is enabled and the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps:
5.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and System.
The System Properties window appears.
6.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager in the Device Manager box. A window with a listing
of the computer's hardware devices appears.
If an "X" or an exclamation point appear on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall
the drivers.
7.
Double-click the optical drive device to open the submenu.
8.
Double-click the listed drive, and select the Properties tab.
9.
Click to select the Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device check box, if it is not selected.
You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details.
10. Click OK to close the window.

Make sure an adhesive label was not attached to the CD or DVD. Adhesive labels can come off while the disc is in
the optical drive and damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.

If a region code warning appears, the disc may be incompatible with the optical drive. Check the DVD package to
make sure the region code is compatible with the optical drive.

If you notice condensation on the computer, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Condensation can
cause the computer to malfunction.
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Why did the computer screen (LCD) go blank?

Your computer screen may go blank if the computer has lost power or has entered a power saving mode (Standby
or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Standby mode, press any key to activate the computer screen. See
Using power saving modes for more information.

Make sure the computer is plugged into a power source and is on. The power indicator on the computer will be on if
the computer is on.

If your computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged. See Using the
Battery for more information.

If the display mode is set to external display, use the Fn+F7 key combination. See Selecting a display for more
information.
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Why can't I view the entire DVD video display on a TV screen?
The display resolution may not be properly set. To adjust the display resolution, see Selecting a display for more
information. It is recommended that you adjust the display resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller, depending on the size of
the external display screen.
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How do I adjust the image on the TV screen?
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the help guide that accompanied your display for more
information.
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How do I change the video resolution on the TV screen?
The video may not appear on the entire TV screen if your computer resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the
video resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller.
If you are using the A/V Out jack, plug the audio-video (AV) cable into the computer before you start the computer.
To change the video resolution, follow these instructions:
1.
Right-click the desktop, and select Properties from the shortcut menu. The Display Properties dialog box
appears.
2.
Select the Settings tab.
3.
Move the screen resolution slider to the left to reduce the size and to the right to increase the size of the video
resolution.
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How do I switch the computer screen (LCD) from LCD to TV?
Press the Fn+F7 keys to view the image on either the computer screen (LCD) or the TV. See Selecting a display for more
information.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Printing
Why can't I print a document?

Make sure the printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on your printer and computer.

Make sure the printer is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

You may need to install the printer driver software before you use the printer. See the guide that accompanied the
printer for more information.

If the printer is not functioning after the computer resumes from a power saving mode (Standby or Hibernate), then
restart the computer.

If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer
may enable printing. Follow these steps:
1.
Click Start, and then Control Panel.
2.
Click Printers and Other Hardware.
3.
Click Printers and Faxes.
4.
Right-click an unused printer and select Properties.
5.
Click the Ports tab.
6.
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
7.
Click OK.
This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of your printer, such as data
transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Microphone
Why doesn't my microphone work?
If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
Microphone jack
on the computer.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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Mouse
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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What do I do if the pointer doesn't move when I use the mouse?

Make sure another mouse is not installed.

If you are playing a disc, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously to stop playback and restart the computer.

If you still cannot use the pointer, restart the computer. You can restart the computer three different ways:

Press the Windows key

Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. When the Windows Task Manager window appears, press
, and press U. When the Turn Off Computer window appears, press R.
the Alt key to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
and then press R.


to select Shut Down. Press Enter,
Press and hold the power button. When the computer turns off, press the power button again to restart the
computer.
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.

Verify the infrared receiver on the computer's front panel is free of obstructions that may prevent proper
operation.

Avoid using radio-controlled toys or equipment, CB radios, and other wireless devices in the area near your
wireless mouse. These devices may cause interference, causing your mouse to stop working properly.

Do not place metal furniture near your computer or wireless mouse, as this may create interference, causing
your mouse to stop working properly.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Speakers
Why won't my speakers work?

Make sure the speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

Your speakers may not be designed for computer use.

If the speakers have a mute button, set the button to off.

If the speakers have a volume control, make sure the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.

If you have connected an audio cable to the Headphones jack, disconnect the cable and use the speaker cable that
was supplied with the speakers.

If you are using battery power, make sure the battery is inserted properly and is charged.

If the speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the guide
that accompanied the speakers for more information.
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Why can't I hear sound from my speakers?

If the computer is using battery power, make sure the battery is properly inserted and is charged.

If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See that
program's help guide for more information.

Your speakers may be set to mute, the volume setting may be too low, or the audio option may be disabled. See
Adjusting the sound and Enabling the sound for more information.
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Why is the noise distorted when using Giga Pocket software?
The Line In sound device may not be muted. Follow these steps:
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
window appears.
2.
Click to select the Mute check box for the Line In device.
on the Windows ® taskbar, and select Open Volume Control. The Volume Control
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Touch pad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?


Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down.

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
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Touch pad
What do I do if the touch pad does not work?


Try restarting your computer. Follow these steps:
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U. The Turn off computer window opens.
3.
Press R to restart the computer.
.
If the computer does not restart, follow these steps:
1.
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously. The Windows Task Manager window appears.
2.
Press and release Alt to highlight the menu bar, and press the Right Arrow key
3.
Press Enter.
4.
Press R to restart the computer.
to select Shut Down.

If you still cannot restart your computer, press and hold the power button to turn off the computer.

If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously to stop playback and
restart the computer.

If you are still experiencing problems, make sure another mouse is not installed.

You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to the computer. See To enable the touch pad.
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How do I change the left and right button assignments?
If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow
these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and click Control Panel, and then click Printers and Other Hardware and
Mouse. The Mouse Properties dialog box appears with the Buttons tab selected.
2.
Select your preferences in the Button Selection box, and then click Apply to install your settings.
You may need to use the Tab key and the Up Arrow
3.
and Down Arrow
keys to make your selections.
Click OK to close the window.
If your computer is interpreting a single-click as a double-click, you may want to change the button assignments. Follow
these steps:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and click Control Panel and Printers and Other Hardware and Mouse. The
Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
2.
On the Buttons tab, select your preferences in the Button Selection box.
3.
Click Apply to install your settings.
4.
Click OK to close the window.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected?
The computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB
port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still
does not appear, follow these steps:
1.
Close all programs that were accessing the floppy disk drive.
2.
Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off.
3.
Push the Eject button, and remove the disk.
4.
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector (with the USB icon
port
5.
facing upward) into the USB
.
Restart the computer by clicking Start on the Windows ® taskbar, Turn Off Computer, and then Restart.
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Why is the drive unable to write data to a floppy disk?
Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive. See Inserting and removing floppy disks for instructions on how
to insert the disk properly.
If the disk is inserted properly and you are still unable to write data to it, the disk may be full or write-protected. You can
either use a floppy disk that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature.
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not currently using. See To open Sony Notebook
Setup for more information.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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PC Cards
Why doesn't my PC Card work?

Make sure the PC Card is inserted properly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

Make sure the PC Card is compatible with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system installed on your computer.

Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not currently using. See To open Sony Notebook
Setup for more information.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices?
For some PC Cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the Standby or Hibernate modes while the card
is inserted into the PC Card slot, the computer may not recognize the PC Card or the connected device. Restart your
computer.
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Why can't I insert my PC Card?

Make sure you are inserting the card correctly. See Inserting PC Cards for more information.

You may not be able to use some PC Cards or some functions of the PC Card with this computer. Check the guide
that accompanied your PC Card for more information on its use.
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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Audio/Video
Why can't I use the DV recorder?
You may not be able to use the DV recorder, and the message DV equipment seems to be disconnected or turned off may
appear because the i.LINK®1 cable is not securely plugged into the ports on the computer or camera. Unplug the connectors,
and plug them in again. See Connecting an i.LINK digital video recorder for more information.
i.LI N K is a trademark of Sony us ed only to des ignate that a produc t c ontains an I E E E 1 3 9 4 c onnec tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware applic ations , operating s ys tem, and c ompatible i.LI N K devic es . A ll produc ts with an i.LI N K c onnec tion may not c ommunic ate with eac h other. Refer
to the doc umentation that c ame with your c ompatible i.LI N K devic e for information on operating c onditions and proper c onnec tion. Before c onnec ting
c ompatible i.LI N K P C peripherals to your s ys tem, s uc h as C D-RW or hard dis k drive, c onfirm their operating s ys tem c ompatibility and required operating
c onditions .
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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® software cannot record or display all video images from this source.
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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® software 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 the default factory setting.
For PCV-W series models
Do not change the default factory settings for color or the screen area. If you use different settings, you may experience
poor image quality.
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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
software. During a timer recording, Giga Pocket software 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 can't I create new Video Capsules?
You cannot create new Video Capsules 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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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Memory Stick Media
Why can't I open my image files?
You may need to reformat your Memory Stick® media.
Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data, previously saved to it. Before you
reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to
keep.
1.
Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your computer's hard disk to save data or images.
2.
Format the Memory Stick media using Memory Stick Formatter software preinstalled on your computer. For
instructions about formatting a Memory Stick media, see Formatting Memory Stick media.
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Why can't I save music files onto my Memory Stick media?

Copyright protected music cannot be checked out to any Memory Stick media other than MagicGate
media.

Using recorded music requires permission of the copyright holders.

Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources.
Memory Stick
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Can I copy images from a digital video camera using Memory Stick media?
Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible video camera recorders.
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How do I prevent damage to the Memory Stick media?

Do not use the media in locations that are subject to static electricity or electrical noise.

Do not touch the media connector with your finger or metallic objects.

Do not attach labels other than the supplied label to a media.

Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the media.

Do not disassemble or modify the media.

Do not allow the media to get wet.
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How do I extend the life of the Memory Stick media?

Use the supplied storage case. See the instructions that came with your media for more information on its use.

Do not use or store the media in a location that is subject to:

Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun

Direct sunlight

High humidity or places with corrosive substances
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Support Options
The section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO® computer and the preinstalled
software.
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Sony Support Information
Refer to the following sources for answers in the sequence listed below.
1
VAIO® Computer Documentation
This on-screen VAIO® Computer User Guide and the printed VAIO Computer Quick Start provide detailed information on how
to maximize your computer's capabilities and solve common problems.
2
Program Guides and Help Files
The preinstalled programs on your computer may come with individual help guides. These guides are stored on the hard
disk as on-screen Help files. You can find the Help files from the Help menu under the specific program.
3
Operating System Online Support
Your computer comes preinstalled with a Microsoft® Windows ® operating system. For operating system support, you can visit
Microsoft® customer support at: http://support.microsoft.com/directory/.
4
Sony Computing Support
This service provides instant access to information on commonly encountered problems. Type a description of the problem
and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding solutions online. You can visit Sony Computing Support at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
5
VAIO Update
When your computer is connected to the Internet, VAIO Update automatically notifies you when critical software and
security information is posted on the support Web site. Click the VAIO Update notice to open the VAIO Support Web site
and view the information. You can also right-click the VAIO Update icon
to VAIO Web Support to open the support Web site.
in the Taskbar Notification area and select Go
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Program Support Information
Depending on the computer model and particular configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of the
software programs listed below.
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Photoshop® Album, Premiere®, Reader®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Web site
Telephone
http://www.adobe.com
800-685-3652
America Online® (Broadband or Dial-Up)
AOL, Inc.
Web site
http://www.aol.com
AOL® Instant Messenger
AOL, Inc.
Web site
http://www.aim.com
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 (DV) device.
Create DVDs by capturing video content straight from a DV device or by importing video from stored files — and you can
also edit the video. 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 are only a few clicks away from your own DVDs!
Web site
Telephone
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
CLIÉ Converter
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter software is a plug-in 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.
Web site
Telephone
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
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.
Web site
Telephone
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder
Sony Electronics Inc.
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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.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Google Toolbar
Google, Inc.
Web site
http://toolbar.google.com/help.html
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.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Microsoft® Office Basic Edition, Office Professional Edition, Office Small Business Edition, Office Small Business Edition
Trial Version, Office Student and Teacher Edition Trial Version
Microsoft Corp.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Microsoft® Internet Explorer, Movie Maker, Media® Player, Works
Microsoft Corp.
Web site
http://www.support.microsoft.com
MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
Web site
http://www.moodlogic.com/support
E-mail [email protected]
Netscape® Internet Service
AOL Inc.
Web site
http://isp.netscape.com/help/
Telephone
866-541-8233
Norton Internet Security
Symantec Corporation
Web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
PictureGear Studio
Sony Electronics Inc.
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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.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Quicken® New User Edition
Intuit Inc.
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
Telephone
800-644-3193
RecordNow
Sonic Solutions
Web site
http://support.sonic.com
SonicStage®
Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage jukebox software program gives you all the tools you need to manage music on your computer. SonicStage
software sports high-quality digital audio storage, a sleek player skin design, and audio CD burning capability.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
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.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
Sony® VAIO® Product Registration
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Product Registration is an integrated registration program for both Sony Electronics and Microsoft Corporation. By
registering with Sony, you enable Sony to notify you of software and hardware issues that may affect your user experience.
Microsoft directs the data to Sony Electronics. Sony uses the registration data for warranty and product support purposes
and the analysis of customer feedback on Sony computer features.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
TurboTax® for the Web
Intuit, Inc.
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
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VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
VAIO Edit Components
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Edit Components is a software plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® software that provides maximum compatibility and video
quality for capturing video from your Sony digital camcorder.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
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 compatible VAIO computers on your wired or wireless network.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
VAIO Update
Sony Electronics Inc.
The VAIO Update utility helps you keep your VAIO® computer up to date by regularly checking the Sony Online Support Web
site for important software updates and information for your specific VAIO computer model.
Web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
Telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)
WinDVD® for VAIO®
InterVideo, Inc.
Web site
http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp
Telephone
510-651-0888
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Legal Information
Notice
© 2004 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
SONY CANNOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SONY
ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE, OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE. WEB SITE INFORMATION IS OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND MAY BE INACCURATE. COPIES
OF COPYRIGHTED INFORMATION MAY ONLY BE MADE FOR LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSES.
Important information for Canadian customers: Your new VAIO computer includes certain software versions or upgrades,
and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Sony, Click to DVD, DVgate Plus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, the Memory Stick logo, OpenMG,
SonicStage, i.LINK, CLIÉ, MagicGate, Giga Pocket, PicoPlayer, VAIO Media, and VAIO are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sony.
All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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Legal Information
Notice
© 2004 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.
This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
SONY CANNOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS DESCRIBED IN THIS GUIDE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE. SONY
ALSO ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE, OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM ANY
DESCRIBED WEB SITE. WEB SITE INFORMATION IS OBTAINED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND MAY BE INACCURATE. COPIES
OF COPYRIGHTED INFORMATION MAY ONLY BE MADE FOR LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSES.
Important information for Canadian customers: Your new VAIO computer includes certain software versions or upgrades,
and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.
Sony, Click to DVD, DVgate Plus, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, the Memory Stick logo, OpenMG,
SonicStage, i.LINK, CLIÉ, MagicGate, Giga Pocket, PicoPlayer, VAIO Media, and VAIO are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sony.
All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR SONY AND CERTAIN THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY: YOUR USE OF YOUR COMPUTER'S SOFTWARE CONSTITUTES AGREEMENT TO THIS
LICENSE.
This End-User License Agreement ("License") is a legal agreement between you and Sony Electronics Inc. ("SONY"), the
manufacturer of your computer system ("COMPUTER"). All Sony software and third party software (other than software
provided by Microsoft Corporation or otherwise subject to its own separate license) included with your COMPUTER,
downloaded from Web sites or provided as updates/upgrades as well as related services shall be referred to herein as the
SOFTWARE. This License covers only the SOFTWARE. The SOFTWARE includes computer software, the associated media, any
printed materials, and any "on-line" or electronic documentation, as well as Sony-supplied or authorized updates/upgrades
thereto. All software provided by Microsoft Corporation is covered by a separate End User License Agreement, as may be
selected other third party software (in which case you will be informed of such fact). You may use the SOFTWARE only in
connection with the use of the COMPUTER. By installing, copying, downloading or otherwise using the SOFTWARE, you
agree to be bound by the terms of this License. If you do not agree to the terms of this License, SONY is unwilling to license
the SOFTWARE to you. In such event, you may not use or copy the SOFTWARE, and you should promptly contact SONY for
instructions on return of the entire COMPUTER and included SOFTWARE for a refund of the purchase price of the
COMPUTER.
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SOFTWARE LICENSE
The SOFTWARE is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property
laws and treaties. The SOFTWARE is licensed, not sold.
GRANT OF LICENSE
This License grants you the following rights:

Software — You may install and use one copy of the SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER.

Storage/Network Use — You may not use the SOFTWARE over a network or distribute the SOFTWARE to other
computers over a network except as specifically described in documentation provided with the SOFTWARE.

Back-up Copy — A back-up copy of the SOFTWARE is included with the COMPUTER. You may use the back-up copy
solely for recovery purposes.
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DESCRIPTION OF OTHER RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS

Limitation on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation and Disassembly — You may not modify, reverse engineer,
decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE in whole or in part.

Separation of Components — The SOFTWARE is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be
separated for use on more than one computer.

Single COMPUTER — The SOFTWARE is licensed with the COMPUTER as a single integrated product. The SOFTWARE
may only be used with the COMPUTER except as specifically described in documentation provided with the
SOFTWARE.

Rental — You may not rent or lease the SOFTWARE.

Software Transfer — You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this License only as part of a sale or
transfer of the COMPUTER, provided you retain no copies, transfer all of the SOFTWARE (including all copies,
component parts, the media and printed materials, all versions and any upgrades of the SOFTWARE and this
License), and the recipient agrees to the terms of this License.

Termination — Without prejudice to any other rights, SONY may terminate this License if you fail to comply with the
terms and conditions of this License. In such event, you must destroy all copies of the SOFTWARE and all of its
component parts.
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COPYRIGHT
All title and copyrights in and to the SOFTWARE (including but not limited to any images, photographs, animation, video,
audio, music, text and "applets," incorporated into the SOFTWARE), and any copies of the SOFTWARE, are owned by SONY
or its suppliers. All rights not specifically granted under this License are reserved by SONY.
USE OF SOFTWARE WITH COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
The SOFTWARE is capable of being used by you to store, process and use content created by you and third parties. Such
content may be protected by copyright, other intellectual property laws, and/or agreements. You agree to use the
SOFTWARE only in compliance with all such laws and agreements that apply to such content. You agree that SONY may take
appropriate measures to protect copyright of content stored, processed or used by the SOFTWARE. Such measures include,
but are not limited to, counting the frequency of your backup and restoration through certain SOFTWARE features, refusal
to accept your request to enable restoration of data through certain SOFTWARE features and termination of this License in
the event of your illegitimate use of the SOFTWARE.
HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES
The SOFTWARE is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured or intended for use or resale as on-line control
equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life support machines, or weapons systems, in which the
failure of the SOFTWARE could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage ("High
Risk Activities"). SONY and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for High Risk
Activities.
PROHIBITION ON EXPORT. EXCEPT FOR EXPORT TO CANADA FOR USE IN CANADA BY CANADIAN CITIZENS, THE SOFTWARE
AND ANY UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY MAY NOT BE EXPORTED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY FOREIGN ENTITY OR
"FOREIGN PERSON" AS DEFINED BY U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANYONE WHO IS
NOT A CITIZEN, NATIONAL OR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY DOWNLOADING OR USING THE
SOFTWARE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOREGOING AND YOU ARE WARRANTING THAT YOU ARE NOT A "FOREIGN PERSON"
OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A FOREIGN PERSON.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS
THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by the
United States Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial Computer
Software-Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is Sony Electronics Inc., One Sony Drive, Park
Ridge, New Jersey 07656.
LIMITED WARRANTY ON CD-ROM MEDIA
SONY warrants that for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of its delivery to you the CD-ROM media on which the
back-up copy of the SOFTWARE is furnished to you will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal
use. This limited warranty extends only to you as the original licensee. SONY's entire liability and your exclusive remedy will
be replacement of the CD-ROM media not meeting SONY's limited warranty and which is returned to SONY with proof of
purchase in the form of a bill of sale (which is evidence that the CD-ROM media is within the warranty period). SONY will
have no responsibility to replace a disk damaged by accident, abuse or misapplication. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ON THE
CD-ROM MEDIA, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF DELIVERY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS
ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THESE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
EXCLUSION OF WARRANTY ON SOFTWARE
You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of the SOFTWARE is at your sole risk. The SOFTWARE is provided "AS IS"
and without warranty of any kind and SONY and SONY's licensors (In this Section, SONY and SONY's licensors shall be
collectively referred to as "SONY") EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SONY DOES NOT
WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE OPERATION
OF THE SOFTWARE WILL BE CORRECTED. FURTHERMORE, SONY DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS
REGARDING THE USE OR THE RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY,
RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED
REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY. SHOULD THE
SOFTWARE PROVE DEFECTIVE. YOU (AND NOT SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST
OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF
IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Without limiting the foregoing, it is specifically provided that SOFTWARE is not designed or intended for use on a computer
other than COMPUTER. SONY provides no warranty that any other computer hardware and software will not be damaged by
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the SOFTWARE or any data you download using the SOFTWARE. You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of
SOFTWARE is at your sole risk and you are responsible for installation of the SOFTWARE and use of the SOFTWARE on your
COMPUTER.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
IN THIS SECTION, SONY AND SONY'S LICENSOR'S SHALL BE COLLECTIVELY REFERRED TO AS "SONY." SONY SHALL NOT BE
LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, BREACH
OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY RELATED TO THIS PRODUCT. SUCH DAMAGES
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT
OR ANY ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME AND PURCHASER'S TIME, EVEN IF SONY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE, SONY'S ENTIRE LIABILITY UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL
BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU ALLOCABLE TO THE SOFTWARE. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU.
SOFTWARE DATA COLLECTION AND MONITORING
The SOFTWARE contains features which may allow SONY and/or third parties to collect data from, control and/or monitor
computers and devices running or interacting with the SOFTWARE. You hereby agree that such activities may occur. SONY's
current privacy policy is located at www.sony.com. Please contact applicable third parties for privacy policies related to their
software and services.
AUTOMATIC UPDATE FEATURE
From time to time, SONY or third parties may automatically update or otherwise modify the SOFTWARE, for example, but not
limited to, for purposes of enhancement of security functions, error correction and improvement of functions, at such time as
you interact with SONY's or third parties's servers, or otherwise. Such updates or modifications may delete or change the
nature of features or other aspects of the SOFTWARE, including functions you may rely upon. You hereby agree that such
activities may occur at SONY's sole discretion and that SONY may condition continued use of the SOFTWARE upon your
complete installation or acceptance of such update or modifications.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION, JURY TRIAL WAIVER
This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to
conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute arising out of this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive venue of the state
and federal courts of Santa Clara County, California, and the parties hereby consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such
courts. THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTERS ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS
AGREEMENT.
SONY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND THE SPECIFIC TERMS OF THE LICENSE REGARDING THE SOFTWARE AT ITS SOLE
DISCRETION BY NOTICE TO YOU AT THE E-MAIL ADDRESS YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO SONY AS PART OF YOUR REGISTRATION,
OR ANY OTHER LEGALLY RECOGNIZABLE FORM OF NOTICE. If you do not agree to the terms to be amended, which shall be
notified to you by SONY before they take effect, you must return the entire COMPUTER, any other materials bundled in the
package at the time of the purchase, together with any software you obtained from Sony Web site for refund pursuant to
the terms in the first paragraph of this License, titled "IMPORTANT- READ CAREFULLY". Your continued use of the SOFTWARE
after notice shall be deemed agreement to be bound by such amendment.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the other parts will remain valid.
Should you have any questions concerning this license or this limited warranty, you may contact SONY, by writing to SONY
at Sony Technical Response Center, 12451 Gateway Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.
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End-User License Agreement For Sony Software
Giga Pocket software including PicoPlayer® software
CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENT BEFORE USING THIS SOFTWARE. USE OF THIS SOFTWARE INDICATES YOUR
ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGREEMENT.
IMPORTANT-READ CAREFULLY:
This End User License Agreement (EULA) is a legal agreement between you and Sony Electronics Inc. (SONY), the
manufacturer of your SONY computer system (COMPUTER). Please read this EULA carefully before using Giga Pocket
(including PicoPlayer) software and related materials distributed together with this EULA (SONY SOFTWARE). By using the
SONY SOFTWARE, you agree to be bound by the terms of this EULA. You may use the SONY SOFTWARE only in connection
with the use of COMPUTER. SONY SOFTWARE is licensed not sold.
If you do not agree to the terms of this EULA, SONY is unwilling to license the SONY SOFTWARE to you. In such event, you
may not use or copy the SONY SOFTWARE, and you should promptly contact SONY for instructions on return of the entire
COMPUTER and included SONY SOFTWARE for a refund of the purchase price of the COMPUTER.
SONY SOFTWARE LICENSE
Copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties protect the
SONY SOFTWARE.
GRANT OF LICENSE. This License grants you the following rights:
Software.
You may use one copy of the SONY SOFTWARE on the COMPUTER except that you may make multiple copies and distribute
the PicoPlayer software to other users that agree to the PicoPlayer license
Back-up Copy.
You may make one back-up copy of SONY SOFTWARE solely for archival purposes.
DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS, RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS
Limitation on Reverse Engineering, Decompilation and Disassembly.
You may not modify, reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SONY SOFTWARE in whole or in part.
Rental.
You may not rent or lease the SONY SOFTWARE.
Software Transfer.
You may permanently transfer all of your rights under this EULA only as part of a sale or transfer of SONY SOFTWARE,
provided you retain no copies, transfer all of the SONY SOFTWARE (including all copies, component parts, the media and
printed materials, all versions and any upgrades of the SONY SOFTWARE and this EULA), and the recipient agrees to the
terms of this EULA.
Termination.
Without prejudice to any other rights, SONY may terminate this EULA if you fail to comply with the terms and conditions of
this EULA. In such event, you must destroy all copies of the SONY SOFTWARE and all of its component parts.
Confidentiality.
You agree to keep information contained in SONY SOFTWARE which is not publicly known, confidential to yourself, and not to
disclose such information to others without prior written approval from SONY.
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COPYRIGHT
All title and copyright in and to the SONY SOFTWARE (including but limited to any images, photographs, animation, video,
audio, music, text and "applets", incorporated into the SONY SOFTWARE), and any copies of the SONY SOFTWARE, are
owned by SONY or its suppliers. SONY reserves all rights not specifically granted under this EULA.
USE OF SONY SOFTWARE WITH COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS
The SONY SOFTWARE is capable of being used to process, store and share personally created and other content. You agree
to use the SONY SOFTWARE only in compliance with all copyright and other laws and agreements that apply to such
content.
HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES
The SONY SOFTWARE is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured or intended for use or resale as on-line control
equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail-safe performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft
navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life support machines, or weapons systems, in which the
failure of the SONY SOFTWARE could lead to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage (High Risk
Activities). SONY and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty or condition of fitness for High Risk
Activities.
PROHIBITION ON EXPORT.
THE SONY SOFTWARE AND ANY UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY MAY NOT BE EXPORTED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY
FOREIGN ENTITY OR "FOREIGN PERSON" AS DEFINED BY U.S. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANYONE WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN, NATIONAL OR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BY
DOWNLOADING OR USING THE SONY SOFTWARE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE FOREGOING AND YOU ARE WARRANTING THAT
YOU ARE NOT A "FOREIGN PERSON" OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A FOREIGN PERSON.
U.S. GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED RIGHTS.
(I) THE SOFTWARE PRODUCT and documentation are provided with RESTRICTED RIGHTS. Use, duplication, or disclosure by
the United States Government is subject to restrictions as set forth in subparagraph (c)(1) and (2) of the Commercial
Computer Software-Restricted Rights at 48 CFR 52.227-19, as applicable. Manufacturer is Sony Electronics Inc., One Sony
Drive, Park Ridge, New Jersey 07656. (II) All SONY technical data and computer software is commercial in nature and
developed solely at private expense. Software is delivered as Commercial Computer Software as defined in DFARS
252.227-7014 (June 1995) or as a commercial item as defined in FAR 2.101(a) and as such is provided with only such rights
as are provided in the SONY standard commercial license for such software. Technical data is provided with limited rights
only as provided in DFARS 252.227-7015 (Nov.1995) or FAR 52.227-14 (June 1987), whichever is applicable.
EXCLUSION OF WARRANTY ON SONY SOFTWARE.
You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of the SONY SOFTWARE is at your sole risk. The SONY SOFTWARE is
provided "AS IS" and without warranty or CONDITIONS of any kind. SONY and SONY's licensors (hereinafter, SONY and
SONY's licensors shall be collectively referred to as "SONY") EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILE
QUALITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. SONY DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE
SONY SOFTWARE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE OPERATION OF THE SONY SOFTWARE WILL BE
CORRECTED. FURTHERMORE, SONY DOES NOT WARRANT OR MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING THE USE OR THE
RESULTS OF THE USE OF THE SONY SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF ITS CORRECTNESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.
NO ORAL OR WRITTEN INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE SHALL CREATE A
WARRANTY OR CONDITION OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE SCOPE OF THIS WARRANTY. SHOULD THE SONY SOFTWARE PROVE
DEFECTIVE, YOU (AND NOT SONY OR A SONY AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) ASSUME THE ENTIRE COST OF ALL NECESSARY
SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR
CONDITIONS, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
SONY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION, BREACH OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER LEGAL
THEORY RELATED TO THIS PRODUCT AND SONY SOFTWARE. SUCH DAMAGES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF
PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF USE OF THE PRODUCT OR ANY ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, DOWN TIME
AND PURCHASER'S TIME, EVEN IF SONY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN ANY CASE, THE
ENTIRE LIABILITY TO SONY, UNDER ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY PAID
BY YOU, ALLOCABLE TO THE SONY SOFTWARE. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION, JURY TRIAL WAIVER
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This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, United States of America, without regards to
conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute arising out of this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive venue of the state
and federal courts of Santa Clara County, California, and the parties hereby consent to the venue and jurisdiction of such
courts. THE PARTIES HERETO WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTERS ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS
AGREEMENT.
If any part of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable, the other parts will remain valid.
Should you have any questions concerning this license or this limited warranty, you may contact SONY by writing to SONY at
Sony Technical Response Center, 12451 Gateway Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33913.
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