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VGP-XL1B Sony VAIO
Changer/Recorder User Guide
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for Microsoft Windows Vista™
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Contents
Introduction 1
What is the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder? ............................. .1
VGP-XL1B Features .................................................................. .2
System Requirements ..................................................................... 3
Product Specifications .......................................................... 3
Getting Started ................................................................................ 4
Front Panel ................................................................................. 5
Back Panel ................................................................................. 6
Important Changer/Recorder Notes: .......................................... 7
Operating System ........................................................................... 7
Support Resources. ........................................................................ 9
Documentation ........................................................................... 9
User Guide: .......................................................................... 9
VGP-XL1B Legal and Safety Guide: .................................... 9
Installing VGP-XL1B ..................................................................... 10
Step 1: Before You Begin .............................................................. 10
Step 2: Install the Sony Changer Software CD ............................. 11
Important Installation Note ................................................. 11
Step 3: Connect the VGP-XL1B to the Host Computer ................. 17
VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder Software Features ........................ 18
Manage Discs ............................................................................... 19
Manage Discs Tools: ................................................................ 19
Managing Your Media Library .................................................. 20
Media Disc(s) “Types” ........................................................ 21
Supported Media ................................................................ 22
Unsupported Media ............................................................ 22
Media Disc Warnings ................................................................ 22
Loading & Unloading Discs ........................................................... 23
Loading the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder .............................. 23
Scanning New Discs .......................................................... 24
Unloading the Sony® Changer/Recorder ................................. 25
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My Changer ................................................................................... 25
My Changer Music ............................................................. 27
Copy Music ........................................................................ 28
Important Notes .................................................................. 29
Helpful Hints ....................................................................... 30
Archive TV .......................................................................... 31
Important Notes .................................................................. 32
Helpful Hints ....................................................................... 33
Connecting Multiple Changers ...................................................... 34
Multiple Changer Limitations .................................................... 34
Helpful Hint ......................................................................... 35
Disconnecting/Moving the Changer .......................................... 35
Trouble Shooting for Microsoft® Windows Vista™ ....................... 36
Media Issues ............................................................................ 36
Hardware Issues ....................................................................... 36
Software Issues ........................................................................ 40
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Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VGP-XL1B
CD/DVD Changer/Recorder.
What is the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder?
The VGP-XL1B is a 200 disc CD/DVD Changer/Recorder, which
when added to your home computer/entertainment system will
save you space and time by allowing you to store, archive and
playback your CD/DVD media library.
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VGP-XL1B Features
The Sony VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder and included
application software CD provides you with the following features:
Feature
Ease of Use
Disc Media
Storage
Optical Drive
Description
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Simple i.LINK®1 (IEEE 1394) connection to
the host computer using a 6-pin i.LINK®1
cable.
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PC control by keyboard or remote control.
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Automatic download of title, jacket cover,
and other information from your CDs/DVDs
(Internet connection required).
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Centralized storage for a 200 CD/DVD disc
library. Up to 1000 disc capacity with daisychaining of devices.
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Continuous single-action feed for loading/
unloading discs.
Internal optical drive allows for:
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burning of content to CDs/DVDs.2
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Automatic and sequential ripping of CDs to
the host computer’s hard drive.
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Multi episode TV program archiving to DVD
disc—NTSC TV tuner required (Non-HD TV
tuner).
1. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product
contains an IEEE1394 connection. The i.LINK connection may vary
depending on the software applications, operating system and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not
communicate with each other. Please refer to the documentation that
comes with any device having an i.LINK connection for information on
compatibility, operating conditions and proper connection. For information on any Sony device having an i.LINK connection, contact
Sony at 1-800-686-7669
2. Please copy responsibly. When using the ripping and burning features of your XL1B, please be sure you are not violating copyright law.
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System Requirements
To successfully install and operate the VGP-XL1B, the host computer must meet the following minimum system requirements:
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Host computer running Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home
Premium, or Ultimate.
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i.LINK®/FireWire (IEEE1394) port
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500MB1 of free hard disk space
Product Specifications
For complete hardware specifications, go to:
http://esupport.sony.com and select Manuals / Specs / Warranties.
1. MB means one million bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.
Accessible capacity.
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Getting Started
Unpack the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder. Make sure
you have the following items:
VGP-XL1B Changer
Power Cord
i.LINK® (IEEE1394)
6-pin cable
2xUser Guide
Safety Guide
2xSony® Changer
Software CD
Keep all packaging material in case you need to move or ship the
changer/recorder at a later time.
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Front Panel
Feature
Description
Power Button
Turn power on/off to changer/recorder.
Optical Drive Slot
See online specifications sheet for optical
drive information.
Load Button
Button to load media into the changer/
recorder.
Eject Button
Button to eject or unload media from the
changer/recorder.
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Back Panel
Feature
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Description
i.LINK® S400 (x2)
Your VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/
Recorder is equipped with two 6-pin (back
panel) i.LINK® ports.
Power Cord
Supply electrical power to the device.
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Important Changer/Recorder Notes:
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There are two i.LINK® ports on the back of the VGP-XL1B;
however, you cannot connect this device to two different host
computers at the same time.
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The remaining i.LINK® port on the back of the VGP-XL1B can
be used to combine or daisy-chain up to four additional VGPXL1B changers. This feature allows you to network up to five
changers to the host computer.
Note: Sony supports up to five VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorders.
See “Connecting Multiple Changers” on page 34.
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The second i.LINK® port functions as a normal 1394 port with
one exception: DO NOT connect/disconnect a second 1394
device on the second port of the changer while the device is
being used (burning, ripping, or playing back any type of discs.)
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Once a new device is plugged into the second i.LINK® port of
the VGP-XL1B, both the changer and the second device are reenumerated by the operating system, which could interrupt the
current process running on the changer. If you encounter any
problems after connecting a new 1394 device, you might need
to restart the host computer.
Note: The Sony® VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder is a
Class 1 Laser Product.
Operating System
The operating system for the host computer must be Microsoft®
Windows Vista™ Home Premium, or Ultimate.
Note: All features of the CD/DVD Changer/Recorder are controlled
and accessed through Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Media Center.
Additional software features have been added to Media Center to
accommodate the CD/DVD Changer/Recorder.
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The following list contains a high-level overview of the features
available to you in Media Center. For in-depth information about
each feature, refer to the Media Center documentation that came
with the host computer, or go to the Microsoft® Web site.
Feature
Description
DVD Library
Select and view a DVD from your media
library. Also view programing information.
Online Media
The Online Spotlight provides Internet access
to the latest entertainment news and events.
Pictures +
Videos
Watch digital videos—select from videos
you’ve previously loaded in a special folder.
Categorize your pictures in folders. Then,
select a folder to view a single picture or a
slide show.
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TV+Movies
Watch live TV or record your favorite show for
later viewing, if your system has a TV tuner.
Music
Enjoy access to all the music stored on your
hard drive and Audio CDs placed in your
Changer. Organize, locate, and play your
favorite music files in Media Center.
Tasks ->
Settings
Set your personal preferences for your digital
entertainment experience. Review this section
carefully to get the most out of your digital
entertainment experience.
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Support Resources
Documentation
The following support documents are packaged with the
VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder.
User Guide:
The user guide is designed to provide you with detailed information
about the installation and operation of the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD
Changer/Recorder.
Note: In addition to the documentation included with the product,
online help is available for the added Changer/Recorder features
in Media Center. Select Help on the various screens to access this
additional information.
VGP-XL1B Legal and Safety Guide:
Carefully read the VGP-XL1B Safety Information Guide. The
guide, in printed format, is contained in the packaging materials.
Copy Protection Notice
Please copy responsibly. Whenever using the ripping and burning
features of your XL1B, please be sure you are not violating
copyright law.
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Installing VGP-XL1B
The installation process consists of the following steps.
Step 1
Review the section titled Before You Begin.
Step 2
Install the Changer Software CD on the host computer.
Step 3
Connect the VGP-XL1B to the host computer.
Step 1: Before You Begin
Before connecting your VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder to
the host computer, consider the environment in which it will be
placed. Listed below are some general guidelines.
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Do not set up the VGP-XL1B in the following locations:
- in direct sunlight
- near a magnet or a item that generates a magnetic field
- areas with high heat, such as near a heater
- areas with excessive heat, dust, and humidity
- areas with poor ventilation
Please observe the following items to avoid damage.
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Always turn off the power before the Changer/Recorder is
moved. Damage may be caused to the changer if the device is
transferred or moved with the power on.
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Do not move the Changer/Recorder if there are discs inside the
carousel. Remove all discs from the changer before moving.
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Do not tip or hit this device. Even a slight vibration or small
impact may cause a disc to come loose or cause damage to the
discs or carousel.
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Do not set up where it is not physically secure.
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Do not obstruct the ventilation holes or place heavy objects on
top of the device.
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If the host computer and the Changer/Recorder are placed in
an enclosed cabinet, make sure there is sufficient airflow.
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Step 2: Install the Sony Changer
Software CD
The Sony® Changer Software CD contains a software program that
when installed, works with Microsoft® Windows® Media Center in
Windows Vista™ Home Premium, or Ultimate to control the
Changer/Recorder.
Note: The following installation procedure must be initiated from
the host computer.
Important Installation Note
Before beginning the software CD installation process, go to
Windows Update and make sure you have installed the latest
critical updates for the host computer. You should also visit your
computer manufacturer's Web site to ensure that your system
supports Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium, or
Ultimate. We recommend to update any drivers or firmware that
your manufacturer has distributed to ensure compatibility.
The first part of the installation process is a series of checks to see
if the host computer contains the operating system software
required to properly run the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder. During
this process, if a required system software component is outdated
or not found, you will be directed to install the missing operating
system software before continuing.
After all required programs are verified or installed, you will be
presented with a series of basic installations screens. Please read
each screen carefully, then take the appropriate action.
To install the Sony Changer/Recorder Software CD
1 From the host computer, insert the software CD into the optical
drive.
2 Normally, the installation starts automatically. If it does not, from
the Windows taskbar, click the Start button, and then click Run. In
the text box, type: x:\setup.exe (where x is the drive letter of your
optical drive) and click OK.
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The Welcome dialog box appears.
Note: During the software installation process, please carefully
read the contents of each screen before continuing.
3 Click Next to continue.
The End User License Agreement dialog box appears.
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4 Read the license agreement. If you agree to the stated terms,
select the option I accept the terms of the license agreement,
and then click Next.
At this point, the install program checks the host computer for the
required operating system program/utilities and one of the following two events should occur:
Event 1
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If Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium or Ultimate
is not detected on the host computer the following dialog
box appears.
If this screen appears, the Sony® Software CD cannot be
installed on your computer. The operating system on your
computer must be updated to Microsoft® Windows Vista™
Home Premium or Ultimate. Click Finish to exit the installation
program.
Once you have updated your operating system, begin the
Sony® Software CD installation again.
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Note:This User Guide and Software CD are for Microsoft®
Windows Vista™ Home Premium or Ultimate only. If your
computer has Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition
installed, please use the alternate installation media and user's
guide that comes with your Sony DVD Changer.
Event 2
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The installation program has detected all required system
programs/utilities, the Change Destination Folder dialog box
appears.
5 Accept the default location and click Next or click Browse and
select a new destination folder location.
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The Ready to Install dialog box displays.
6 Click Install to continue.
The Setup Status dialog box displays and shows a progress bar as
application program files are copied to your computer.
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Once all files have been successfully copied to your computer, the
Installation Complete dialog box displays.
7 Select the option Yes, I want to restart my computer now and
then click Finish to complete the installation setup.
You are now ready to connect the Sony® VGP-XL1B CD/DVD
Changer/Recorder to the host computer.
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Step 3: Connect the VGP-XL1B to the
Host Computer
Note: Before you begin, make sure that the power has been
turned off to the host computer and any peripheral equipment.
Connecting the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder to the your
computer is a simple process requiring only a single cable.
1 Using the supplied i.LINK® cable, connect the end without the
ferrite bead (a large node close to one end of the cable) to an
i.LINK® connector on the host computer, and connect the cable
end with the ferrite bead to an i.LINK® connector on the back
panel of the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder.
2 Turn the power to the host computer on before turning the power
on the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder.
To verify that the installation was successful, do one of the
following.
To verify using Device Manager
1 Click the Start icon from the Window taskbar, and then click
Control Panel.
2 Click Hardware and Sound, then click Device Manager. The
User Account Control popup appears. Click Continue.
3 Double-click on Medium Changer Devices. Verify that your
Changer(s) are listed.
To verify using Media Center
1 Start Media Center.
2 From the top level menu, look for the My Changer option.
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VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder
Software Features
Once you successfully complete the installation of the Sony
Changer/Recorder Software CD, the following changes occur:
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The DVD Library page will be modified to include a new option
called Manage Discs in the top section, which gives you the
tools you need to control the discs stored in the Changer/
Recorder.
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Load discs to the Changer/Recorder and then scan and identify
for viewing in Media Center. Unload the disc from the Changer/
Recorder from Media Center or manually.
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The Media Center Start menu will be modified to include a new
menu option titled My Changer.
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Some Media Center shortcuts previously located on the Start
Menu, may have been moved to Online Media to make room
for the My Changer option.
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Manage Discs
The Manage Discs feature gives you the tools you need to control
the portion of your media library stored in the Changer/Recorder.
The main screen shows a list of all media in the changer sorted by
name or type. If no metadata is found, the volume name displays.
Manage Discs Tools:
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Scan and identify new discs in the changer and update disc
data in the library. The Manage Discs feature will automatically
recognize new media discs loaded into the changer and ask if
you want to update the library with the new disc(s).
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Sort the changer library by name or type. Type allows you to
verify the number of discs in the changer for each type of
media. This is useful when archiving a TV series or creating
other DVDs to determine the number of blank discs available
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Eject discs. Remove media from the changer by selecting the
Eject button.
Note: Any disc in the changer’s optical drive can also be accessed
from Windows Explorer or My Computer.
Managing Your Media Library
After completing the installation of your VGP-XL1B CD/DVD
Changer/Recorder, you are now ready to load your disc library.
You can access and manage that portion of your media library
stored in the Changer/Recorder from the VAIO® feature Manage
Discs located in the TV+Movies > DVD Library page. This new
feature was added to Media Center during the installation of the
supplied software CD.
The Manage Discs main screen shows a list of all media in the
changer sorted by name or type. If no metadata is found, the
volume name displays.
Note: CD/DVD metadata requires a working Internet connection to
download the information.
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Media Disc(s) “Types”
Once new discs are scanned and identified, they appear on the
Manage Discs main page showing the title and type of disc. The
“Types” of media that can be stored in the changer include:
Select this type...
To do this...
Audio CD
Plays CDs. For additional features, links
directly to Media Center’s Music Library
by selecting the viewport window.
Note: Only Redbook Audio Cds are
supported.
DVD-Video
Plays DVD movies. For additional
features, links directly to Media Center’s
DVD Library by selecting the viewport
window.
Data CD/DVD
Places the data disc in the drive. To
access the disc, go to Windows Explorer
or to My Computer. The changer’s drive
appears as DVD-RAM in My Computer.
Note: Data DVDs show up as Data CDs in
the list on the Manage Discs screen.
Blank CD/DVD
Record videos, pictures, recorded TV, or
music to blank discs.
Error
Displays if disc is inserted wrong or is
unreadable.
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Supported Media
CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+-R/RW, DVD+R DL (Double Layer) media,
Redbook audio CDs, DVD-Video movie discs [Region 1 = U.S./
Canada, Region 0 = All]
Unsupported Media
All other media types (Do not insert, mini-DVDs, odd-shaped
discs, etc.).
Note: The VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder does not support
DualDisc™ media.
Media Disc Warnings
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Do not insert discs backwards into the Changer/Recorder.
When inserting a disc, the label goes to the right of the slot.
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Do not insert unsupported media types into the Changer/
Recorder.
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Inserting a nonstandard-sized or -shaped disc into the drive
may cause damage to the drive. The 120 mm round discs are
the only size and shape of discs that are currently supported.
These discs must be between 1.2 and 1.5 mm in thickness.
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Discs that are thicker than 1.5 mm, or thinner than 1.2 mm, are
not supported and any damage caused will not by covered by
your Sony® warranty applicable service agreements.
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Identifying information (metadata), may not be available for all
DVDs and CDs.
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Do not attempt to move the Changer/Recorder if there are discs
in the carousel. Remove all discs before moving.
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Loading & Unloading Discs
Loading the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder
Before you load discs into the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder for
the first time, please do the following:
1 Make sure the Changer/Recorder is properly connected to the host
computer and is turned on.
2 Make sure the system is connected to the Internet and the Internet
connection is working properly.
3 Start Media Center Setup and verify that the correct options were
selected during setup. From the main menu, select Tasks
Settings | General | Windows Media Center Setup | Run Setup
Again.
4 Select Yes when asked, “Do you want Media Center to
automatically connect to the Internet to get this information?”
5 Select Yes when asked, “Do you have an always on Internet
connection?”, if this is so.
Once you have completed this procedure, continue with loading
discs into the Changer/Recorder.
Note: When loading discs, make sure that the label is facing to the
right of the slot.
To load a single disc
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Press the Load button once and insert the disc in the open slot
of the optical drive located on the front panel.
To load multiple discs
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Press the Load button twice and insert each disc in the open
slot of the optical drive one at a time. The Changer/Recorder
carousal keeps rotating open slots to the drive until all slots are
filled or until no disc is inserted after 15 seconds.
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Scanning New Discs
When loading discs to the Changer/Recorder, the discs must be
identified, scanned, and categorized by Media Center to update
your media library before viewing in My Changer. After new discs
are loaded, do the following.
Note: You must have a working Internet connection to download
metadata content to properly recognize the discs and associate
the applicable metadata for each disc.
1 Start Media Center.
2 From the Start menu, select TV+Movies > DVD Library. The
Found New Discs message appears on screen.
3 Click Yes to begin scanning the discs to update your media library
with new disc information. It can take up to 60 seconds to scan
each disc. Once the discs have been identified and scanned, they
can be viewed in the My Changer, DVD, and Music Libraries.
Important Notes
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If you have multiple user accounts setup on the host computer,
the metadata for audio CDs will display only for the user
account that was logged on at the time the discs were originally
scanned. For other user accounts to view audio CD metadata,
they must unload the discs from the changer, log on to the new
account, and then reload and rescan the audio CDs again.
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My Changer Music (Sony® Changer/Recorder) and Music
Library (Media Center) are distinct areas in your entertainment
system and offer separate features. My Changer Music does
not display music discs or files that have been copied to the
Music or Shared Music folders on the hard disk drive. The
only Media Changer/Recorder audio CD available in MCE’s
Music Library is the current disc in the Changer’s drive.
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Unloading the Sony® Changer/Recorder
Discs should be physically removed from the Changer/Recorder
slot as they emerge and placed in their appropriate carriers for
safe keeping.
To eject discs using Media Center
1 From the Media Center Start menu, go to TV+Movies > DVD
Library and select Manage Discs at the top of the page.
2 From the list, select the Eject button for each disc you wish to
eject.
To eject discs manually
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Press the Eject button on the Changer/Recorder one time to
eject the last inserted disc.
or
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Press the Eject button on the Changer/Recorder two times to
eject all discs in the changer carousel one disc at a time.
Remember to remove each disc from the optical drive slot
each time a disc is ejected. If the disc is not removed after
approximately 10 seconds, the entire process stops.
Note: This will not eject the disc in the changer drive. You must go
to Media Center to eject the last disc. See steps 1 and 2 above of
To eject discs using Media Center.
My Changer
My Changer is a Sony® feature added to Media Center when you
installed the included software CD. The My Changer feature
contains three components:
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My Changer Music
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Copy Music
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Archive TV (Displays only if your system has a TV tuner)
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Note: My Changer functionality requires an Administrator user
account and will not function with a limited user account. Go to
Start | Control Panel | User Accounts & Family Safety | User
Accounts to verify current user accounts and to make changes, if
necessary.
To access the new My Changer features, the host computer and
the VGP-XL1B CD/DVD Changer/Recorder must be connected.
The advanced features of My Changer let you:
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Play your music discs directly from the Changer/Recorder.
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Copy multiple audio CDs from the Changer to your hard drive
(Auto-ripping).
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Create multiple DVDs1 of your favorite TV Series without intervention, if your system has a TV tuner. Multi episode TV program archiving to DVD disc requires a NTSC TV tuner (Non-HD
TV tuner).
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Access a Help file unique to the VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder.
1. Please copy responsibly. Whenever using the ripping and burning features of your XL1B, please be sure you are not violating copyright law.
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My Changer Music
My Changer Music is a gallery or list of all albums (audio CDs)
that are stored in the Sony® Changer/Recorder and that have been
scanned and identified by Media Center.
From this gallery, play an album, sort the list, change how the list is
viewed, or copy music. To play an album, and view additional information about an album such as artist, title, and cover art. Select
any album to start playback of that CD.
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Note: My Changer Music (Changer/Recorder) and Music Library
(Media Center) are distinct areas in your entertainment system and
offer separate features. My Changer Music does not display
music discs or files that have been copied to the Music or Shared
Music folders on the hard disk drive. The only Changer/Recorder
audio CD available in Music Library is the current disc in the
Changer/Recorder’s drive.
Copy Music
Copy Music is a feature that lets you copy multiple discs to the
Music folder on the hard disk drive. Once discs are copied, they
will show as gallery albums in Music Library where you can
access the files and play the albums as you normally would in
Media Center.
Note: Some audio CDs may use copy protection technology that
will not allow ripping to the host computer’s hard disk drive.
Select albums/discs to copy by selecting them individually, or by
choosing the Select All button. When complete, select the Copy
Music command. The Copy Music screen shows only those
albums selected for you to review. Select Start Copying to begin
the copying process. As each disc is copied, a check mark will
appear next to each completed album in the list. An “X” appears
next to albums that failed to copy successfully.
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Important Notes
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If you leave the progress screen during the ripping process, it is
recommended that you do not do other MCE related activities
since it can sometimes interfere with the ripping process. Also,
MCE tasks can experience pauses in Video during ripping,
scanning, and metadata activities.
•
If you intend to run the Copy Music process overnight, please
make sure that the setting for Automatic Updates is not
activated. From the Windows taskbar select Start, and then
Control Panel. Click on Security, then click on “Turn
Automatic Updating on or off“. From the Automatic Updates
screen, select the option “Download updates but let me choose
whether to install them“ and select OK. If the User Account
Control popup box appears, click the Continue button.
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Helpful Hints
Playing Copied Music
Eject Copied Discs
Even though you can play
your music from My
Changer, it is recommended that you take
advantage of the Copy
Music feature, which
allows you to rip your music
CDs to your hard disk,
where you can take full
advantage of the Music
Library features in Media
Center.
Once you have ripped your
selected music CDs to your
hard disk, you might want
to remove the copied discs
from the changer since the
music can now be access
from Music Library. Select
the Eject Copied Discs
option to eject all discs that
were successfully copied
to the hard disk.
Multi-tasking During
Ripping
Trouble Shooting
Once the ripping process
begins, a progress bar
appears in the list on the
album currently being copied. Since this process can
be time consuming, you
can leave the screen to do
other activities.
You can return by going
back to My Changer and
selecting Copy Music.
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If an album does not successfully copy, eject the
disc and check for
scratches on the surface of
the disc and then try again.
Warning: During the ripping process, do not try to
access the changer from
DVD Library, Music
Library or Manage Discs.
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Archive TV
Note: This feature should not be used to violate third parties
copyrights.
The Archive TV feature, only available on systems with a TV
tuner, is used to create DVDs of an entire recorded TV series or
selected episodes of a series. The Archive TV screen displays a
list of all recorded TV series.
After selecting a series, the Select Episode screen displays a list of
all episodes for the series.
After selecting episodes for archiving, a message appears
informing you of the number of blank discs required and whether
there are enough blank discs in the Changer/Recorder. If
necessary, load blank media into the Changer/Recorder.
(Remember to first go to Manage Discs to scan, identify, and
categorize the new discs.) Click Start to begin the archiving
process.
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For High Definition Users: High Definition content cannot be
archived from an ATSC or OCUR HD Tuner. Please use the MCE
feature Create DVDs when using high definition content to burn/
create a DVD. Please note that when viewing the newly created
DVD, the content will NOT be high definition.
Important Notes
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The Archive TV process can be time consuming. The time
required varies with the number and length of each episode
selected.
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Once you select Start, it is recommended that you do not leave
the Archive TV screen once the archiving process has started.
Leaving the screen could affect the archiving process. However, you can access other areas outside of Media Center.
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If you intend to run the Copy Music process overnight, please
make sure that the setting for Automatic Updates is not
activated. From the Windows taskbar select Start, and then
Control Panel. Click on Security and under Security Center
click on Turn Automatic Updating on or off. From the
Automatic Updates screen, select the option Download
updates but let me choose whether to install them and
select OK. If the User Account Control popup box appears,
click the Continue button.
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Helpful Hints
Before You Archive
Copy Protected Shows
In order not to have your
archiving process interrupted, insert the required
number of blank DVDs into
the changer before you
begin and then go to DVD
Library > Manage Discs
so the blank discs can by
scanned and identified by
Media Center.
You may not be able to
archive some TV shows
because they may be copy
protected. If you select to
archive a show that has
been copy protected, the
following message
appears.
Supported Media
(Archiving)
DVD+-R/RW, DVD+R DL
(Double Layer) media.
“This show has been
encrypted (protected) by
the broadcaster and cannot be copied and played
back on any player other
than the one recorded to.”
Required Blank Discs
Trouble Shooting
When archiving TV shows,
My Changer provides an
estimate of the number of
blank discs needed to
record or archive the episodes you have selected to
make sure the archiving
process in not interrupted.
Please check your media
type. The VGP-XL1B supports the following types of
discs: DVD+-R/RW,
DVD+R DL (Double Layer)
media. Note: DualDisc™
media is not supported.
Note: Calculations are
based on the assumption
that all discs used for
archiving are singlelayered.
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Note: The quality of some
manufacturer’s media may
cause recording issues if
media is not fully compatible with DVD standards.
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Connecting Multiple Changers
The Sony® VGP-XL1B Changers/Recorders are IEEE 1394
(FireWire) devices and can be connected together in a network or
daisy-chain configuration to the host computer to increase storage
capacity for your media library.
Note: Sony supports up to five VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorders.
Functionality is limited when multiple Changers are daisy chained
(connected) to the host computer. (See below.)
Multiple Changer Limitations
•
When daisy-chaining/connecting additional changers, only
Sony® VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorders are supported.
•
All other media (Audio CDs, data CDs/DVDs, blank CDs/DVDs
can only be accessed in Media Center from the Changer with
the lowest serial number.
DVD-Video discs in all Changers can be viewed and accessed
from TV+Movies > DVD Library located on the Media Center
Start menu.
Important Note: The Sony® VGP-XL1B Changer/Recorder with
the lowest serial number should be connected directly to the host
computer. Then connect (daisy-chain) other Changers to it.
Due to these limitations, it is recommended that you place DVDVideo discs in the changer(s) with the higher serial numbers and
all other media disc types in the changer with the lowest serial
number, if possible.
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Please see the image below to locate the serial number label on
the back of your Sony® Changer/Recorder. The serial number will
be in the format A1000#####.
Helpful Hint
Action:
When more than one Changer is connected (daisy-chained)
together, make sure to connect the Changer with the lowest serial
number to the host computer. Then store your audio CDs, data
CD/DVD media discs, and blank CD/DVDs discs in the Changer
with the lowest serial number, and store your DVD-Video discs in
any other changer.
Result:
In the Media Center features My Changer Music and Manage
Discs, you will be able to access your music, data, and blank CDs.
In the feature DVD Library, you will be able to view and access all
DVD-Video discs in all Changers.
Disconnecting/Moving the Changer
Do not attempt to move the Sony® Changer/Recorder if there are
discs inside the changer. Make sure all discs have been removed
prior to moving.
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Trouble Shooting for Microsoft®
Windows Vista™
Media Issues
Supported Media Types
CD-R,CD-RW, DVD+/- R, DVD+/- RW, DVD+/- R/RW, DUAL
LAYER, Redbook Audio CDs, Movie DVDs (U.S. is default)
Unsupported Media Types
All other media types (Do not insert Blu-ray, HD-DVDs, mini-DVDs,
odd-shaped discs, etc.) Note: DualDisc™ media is not supported.
Hardware Issues
Event:
Changer does not function properly after initial installation.
Comment:
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Make sure the i.LINK® cable is properly connected to the host
computer and the Changer.
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Make sure your PC is running Microsoft® Windows Vista™
Home Premium, or Ultimate
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Verify that you have downloaded all critical and optional Windows Updates to the host computer. (http:\\www.windowsupdate.com) Then restart the installation with the included
software CD.
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Make sure the host computer is running Windows Vista™.
(Start, select Tasks > Settings > General > About Windows
Media Center > Software Version. Verify the software version is
Microsoft® Windows Vista™.
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Verify with the computer’s manufacturer that your system supports Windows Vista™.
Event:
The Changer can no longer be accessed in Windows.
Comment:
•
Make sure that the Changer power cord is properly plugged
into the back panel of the Changer and properly inserted into an
electrical wall outlet.
•
Make sure that the 1394 cable is securely inserted to the host
computer and the Changer.
•
Make sure the Changer is powered on when starting the host
computer.
•
If possible, do not connect other i.LINK® 1394 devices while
your system is running.
•
Restart the host computer and try again.
Note: MCE and your computer may not be completely compatible
with Suspend and Hibernate when using 1394 devices such as
the Sony® Changer/Recorder. It is recommended to avoid letting
your system go to Suspend or Hibernate. To access the Power
Management settings do the following:
•
Open the Control Panel, select System and Maintenance >
Power Options > Change when the computer sleeps. For
the option “Put the computer to sleep”, change the setting to
“Never”. Click the Save Changes button.
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Event:
Working with 1394 ports.
Comment:
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The changer come with two i.LINK® ports. One port is used for
connecting to a host computer. The other port can be used to
connect/daisy-chain additional changers. Note: Sony only supports connecting four additional changers (for a total of five).
•
Do not connect a 1394 device on the second port of the
changer while the changer is in use.
•
Once a new 1394 device is plugged into a second i.LINK® port
of the VGP-XL1B, both the host computer and the second 1394
device are re-enumerated by the operating system. This could
interrupt the current process running on the Changer drive.
Event:
The Changer carousel will not spin.
Comment:
Reset the power to the Changer. Turn the power off and wait
approximately 6 seconds, then turn the power on. The carousel
should spin one turn every time the power is reset.
Event:
System locks up or freezes after plugging in and/or unplugging the
Changer.
Comment:
Do not unplug or plug in the Changer while the Changer and system are on.
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Event:
Changer stops functioning after plugging in another 1394 device
into the Changer or host system.
Comment:
•
Do not unplug or plug in a 1394 device while the changer is on
and in use.
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Turn off the power to the Changer and shut down the host computer before plugging in or unplugging a 1394 device.
Event:
When adding another Sony® Changer/Recorder, I can no longer
access my audio CDs, data CDs, and blank media discs on my
previous Changer.
Comment:
•
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ can only support reading and controlling audio CDs, data CD/DVD discs and blank media discs
from the Changer with the lowest serial number. The serial
number is located on the back of the Changer. It is recommended that you connect the changer with the lowest serial
number directly to the host computer connect (daisy-chain) the
other Changers to it.
•
If your current Changer contains audio CDs, data CD/DVD
discs, and blank media discs and is not the Changer with the
lowest serial number, you will need to eject those discs and
load them into the Changer with the lowest serial number. It is
necessary to power off any other changers and to restart Windows Vista™ before ejecting the discs. After ejecting all audio
CDs and data CD/DVD discs, you can power on the new
Changer(s) and load the discs into the changer with the lowest
serial number. Each disc will have to be rescanned and categorized before it can be accessed in Media Center.
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Software Issues
Event:
“myFTP.exe” error message appears during identification of discs.
Comment”
“myFTP.exe” is part of the DISCover console.
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The DISCover Console conflicts with the communication
between the changer and the host computer.
•
Uninstall or remove the DISCover console before using the
changer.
Event:
Media Center screen minimizes during identification of discs.
Comment:
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The DISCover Console conflicts with the communication
between the changer and the host computer.
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Uninstall or remove the DISCover console before using the
changer.
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Event: (Task Times)
The time required to complete “tasks” can be time consuming.
Comment:
Note: All times listed below are approximations.
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Scanning Discs - From the changer, up to 60 seconds. From
the host computer’s optical drive, time varies based on the type
of drive.
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Switching Discs - In the carousel, 30 to 60 seconds.
•
Copy Music - From both the changer, up to ten minutes per
disc. From the host computer, time varies based on the type of
drive.
•
Archive TV - Per full DVD disc, 90 to 120 minutes.
Event:
MCE does not recognize a disc after burning new content to a
blank disc. (New disc does not appear in Manage Discs)
Comment:
Eject, re-load and re-scan the disc for it to appear correctly in Manage Discs in Media Center.
Event:
Duplication of discs when scanning new discs.
Comment:
Eject duplicates and reload the discs.
Event:
Disc(s) show up as “error” in Manage Discs after being identified.
Comment:
Disc(s) may be damaged, inserted incorrectly, or unreadable. Eject
and check the condition of the disc(s) and try again.
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Event:
CD/DVD Metadata does not automatically download from the
Internet.
Comment:
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Verify the system is connected to the Internet and the Internet
connection is working properly.
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Run Media Center setup again and verify that the correct
options were selected.
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Select Tasks | Settings | General | Windows Media Center
Setup | Run Media Center Setup again.
•
Select Yes when asked “Do you want Media Center to
automatically connect to the Internet to get this
information?
•
Select Yes when asked “Do you have an always on
Internet connection?”
•
Metadata is not available for all DVDs and music CDs.
•
AMG is the provider for metadata downloads (same as
Microsoft® Windows® Media Player).
•
For CD album art, you may need to leave and then reenter the
My Changer screen.
Event:
Cannot access the features and functionality of My Changer.
Comment:
The problem may be caused by not having the proper access
rights. My Changer functionality requires an Administrator user
account and will not function with a limited user account. Go to
Start | Control Panel | User Accounts & Family Safety | User
Accounts to verify current user accounts and make changes, if
necessary.
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Event:
Cannot “rip” audio CDs.
Comment:
•
The CD(s) may be copy protected. You can also try to access
them directly from Windows Explorer.
•
The CDs may not be Redbook Audio CDs. The VGP-XL1B
Changer only supports Redbook Audio CDs. Dual Discs,
SACD, DVD audio, etc. are not supported.
•
The CD might be damaged, and therefore unreadable.
•
There may not be enough HDD space. The ripped audio CDs
get saved to the location specified in Windows Media Player. If
necessary, change the location to a folder with sufficient space.
Event:
Cannot play back audio CDs in My Changer Music.
Comment:
•
CD may be copy protected.
•
Enhanced discs may not play back or rip correctly.
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The CD may not be a Redbook Audio CD.
Event:
Cannot “rip” DVDs.
Comment:
This function is not supported since DVD movies are copy
protected.
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Event:
MCE pauses during CD ripping, scanning discs, or CD/DVD metadata retrieval.
Comment:
It is recommended that you do not do other MCE related activities
while these tasks are in progress. Doing so can sometimes interfere with the other tasks you are attempting to perform.
MCE can also experience pauses in video-related tasks during ripping, scanning, and metadata retrieval activities.
Event:
Cannot archive selected TV series episodes.
Comment:
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The selected series episodes may be copy protected.
•
Make sure the selected series episodes were not recorded
using an ATSC or OCUR High Definition Tuner.
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Event:
Some Audio discs do not display metadata when viewed in the
viewport (small) window.
Comment:
This is a known MCE issue. Currently, there is no work around for
this issue. Metadata can be viewed in normal screen mode.
Event:
Archive TV issues.
Comment:
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You cannot archive content that is currently being recorded.
The show will not appear in the Archive TV section.
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After canceling the Archive TV process, the progress bar is not
updated correctly. The percent complete displays, but not the
“X” mark.
Event:
After Archive TV has completed, a confirmation page displays.
Comment:
There is an additional ~ 1 minute delay during which Archive TV
“cleans up” its processes. Click OK when this process is complete.
Note: You can click OK at any time. There will be a delay until the
process completes and the program continues.
This completes the Trouble Shooting section. For issues not listed
in this section or for additional help, go to the Sony® VAIO® support
Web site at: http://esupport.sony.com/EN/VAIO.
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