Sony VPCL237FX/B User manual

Sony VPCL237FX/B User manual
Enjoying 3D
Information Guide
What You Can Do with the 3D
Function
This VAIO computer comes with the exciting new 3D function that allows
quick and easy playback of various types of 3D content.
3D Playback
Enjoy a new 3D experience by playing various types of 3D content (such as Blu-ray 3D™
Disc media and 3D photos).
Contents
Safety Information… ………………………………………………………………… 4
Notes on Viewing 3D Images………………………………………………………… 5
Before Using the 3D Function………………………………………………………… 6
Using the 3D Function… …………………………………………………………… 8
Creating Your Original 3D Content…………………………………………………… 13
3D Glasses… ………………………………………………………………………… 14
Troubleshooting……………………………………………………………………… 15
Precautions…………………………………………………………………………… 17
Simulated 3D Function (2D to 3D Conversion)
2D to 3D conversion is an easy task for your computer. Enjoy your 2D content (such as
Blu-ray Disc™ media, DVDs, and recorded videos) in simulated 3D using the simulated
3D function. (The effect applies only to images displayed on the computer screen.)
3D Output
Output 3D content to a 3D-capable TV to enjoy it on the TV screen.
3D Input
Enjoy 3D content on your computer screen by connecting a 3D-capable device (such
as a video game or a camcorder) to the HDMI INPUT port.
Safety Information
Viewing 3D images
Handling the 3D glasses
 Be sure to follow the instructions in the
 Do not use the 3D glasses for any purpose
manuals that came with your VAIO
computer when viewing 3D images.
Some
people may experience discomfort

(such as eye strain, fatigue, or nausea) while
watching 3D video images or using
stereoscopic 3D-related software. Sony
recommends that all viewers take regular
breaks while watching 3D video images or
using stereoscopic 3D-related software. The
length and frequency of necessary breaks
will vary from person to person. You must
decide what works best. If you experience
any discomfort, you should stop watching
the 3D video images or using stereoscopic
3D-related software until the discomfort
ends; consult a doctor if you believe
necessary.
You should also see the instruction manual
of any other device or software used with
this computer.
The vision of young children (especially
those under six years old) is still under
development. Consult your doctor (such as
a pediatrician or eye doctor) before
allowing young children to watch 3D video
images or use stereoscopic 3D-related
software. Adults should supervise young
children to ensure they follow the
recommendations listed above.
 If you see a double image or feel the 3D
effect is less pronounced while viewing 3D
images, stop viewing.
 Always wear the 3D glasses while viewing
3D images. Viewing 3D images without
wearing the 3D glasses may cause
discomfort.
other than viewing 3D images on
3D-capable displays specified by Sony.
Do
not drop or modify the 3D glasses.

If
the
3D glasses are broken, avoid contact

of broken parts with your eyes or mouth.
 Be sure to keep small parts out of the reach
of children.
If swallowed, consult a doctor immediately.
Be
careful not to pinch your fingers in

hinges when bending the temple frames.
Warning regarding the use of
the 3D glasses
 Do not put the 3D glasses in a fire.
 Do not disassemble the 3D glasses.
 Do not use, charge, store, or leave the 3D
glasses near a fire, or in places with a high
temperature, e.g., in direct sunlight, or in
sun-heated cars.
 Use only the supplied USB charging cable.
 Do not charge the 3D glasses with anything
other than your computer or recommended
USB charging AC power adapter.
For details on Sony devices compliant with
3D, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the device.
 Do not allow water or foreign material to
enter the 3D glasses.
Notes on Viewing 3D Images
Correct posture for viewing
3D images
3D sync transmitter
communication range
Always wear the supplied 3D glasses while
viewing 3D images.
Adjust the angle of the LCD screen so that your
eyes are perpendicular to your computer
screen and keep a distance  of 2.5 feet
(75 cm) or more from the screen.
View 3D images using the 3D glasses, facing
squarely towards the computer screen.
The 3D glasses operate by communicating
with the 3D sync transmitter  on your
computer. The approximate communication
range of the transmitter is illustrated below:
The range (angle and distance) varies
depending on ambient environment and the
location where you use the computer.


90°
Overhead view
If you lie on your side or tilt your head while viewing
3D images, the 3D effect may be less pronounced or
the color of the images may change.
50°
50°
Side view
30°
30°
Do not use any infrared communication device near
the 3D sync transmitter on the computer, as it may
prevent the 3D glasses from receiving the 3D
transmitter signal.
Before Using the 3D Function
You first need to configure the initial settings
for the 3D function.
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Plug the other end of the USB charging
cable into the USB port on the computer.
Charging the battery
To prevent battery deterioration, charge the
battery at least once every six to twelve
months.
1
2
Turn off the 3D glasses.
Turn on your computer.
When the computer is off, the 3D glasses cannot
be charged.
3
Open the connecter cover.
4
Plug one end of the supplied USB charging cable
into the connector for charge on the 3D glasses.
The battery starts charging and the yellow
LED indicator light on the 3D glasses turns
on.
 If you turn on the 3D glasses while charging the
battery, the battery charge will stop.
 Charging the battery with devices other than the
ones specified by Sony may cause the 3D glasses
to malfunction.
The 3D glasses can also be charged by the USB
charging AC power adapter AC-U501AD (not
supplied).
Configuring the initial
settings for NVIDIA 3D Vision
Selecting 3D-related
software
After you turn on your computer for the first
time and set up Windows, the initial settings
wizard for the 3D function (NVIDIA 3D Vision)
appears.
Click Yes to start the initial settings wizard.
After the settings are complete, playback of
the 3D-demo video automatically starts. To
stop the playback, press the Esc key.
You can quickly find and start 3D-related
software you want to use from VAIO 3D
Portal.
 Do not wear the 3D glasses until prompted to do
so by the initial settings wizard for the 3D
function (NVIDIA 3D Vision).
 Adjust the angle of the LCD screen by following
the instructions in Notes on Viewing 3D images
(page 5).
 If you have not yet completed the initial settings
after the Windows setup, you can start the initial
settings wizard by pressing the 3D button on the
computer.
1
Click Start , All Programs, and VAIO 3D
Portal to start VAIO 3D Portal.
2
3
Select the software you want to use.
Read the on-screen instructions to start the
software.
Using the 3D Function
You can play content specially made for 3D
playback (such as Blu-ray 3D Disc media). You
can also use the simulated 3D function to view
2D content (such as DVDs and videos) in
simulated 3D.
The list of software used for the 3D
function
The software used for the 3D function varies
depending on the format of the content you
play.
Playing Blu-ray 3D Disc
media
1
Click Start, All Programs, Corel, and Corel
WinDVD BD.
WinDVD BD 3D starts.
2
Insert Blu-ray 3D Disc media into the optical
disc drive.
Playback automatically starts.
The 3D button’s backlight is on during 3D
playback.
3
Turn on the 3D glasses and wear them.
 When you play 3D content
Type of Content Software
Blu-ray/DVD
WinDVD BD
Video
NVIDIA 3D Vision
Video Player
Photo
NVIDIA 3D Vision
Photo Viewer
Painting
Family Paint 3D
 When you use the simulated 3D function
The simulated 3D function is available only
while you are viewing images on the computer
screen.
Type of Content Software
Blu-ray/DVD
WinDVD BD
Video
Windows Media Center
Photo
—
Painting
—
 Depending on the content you play, videos may
not be displayed smoothly.
You can switch 3D images to/from 2D images by
pressing the 3D button on your computer.
Viewing 3D photos or videos
Converting 2D content to 3D
1
Start the software that supports 3D photo
or video playback.
2
3
4
Start 3D photo or video playback.
The simulated 3D function allows you to
convert and play 2D content (such as videos)
in simulated 3D just by pressing the 3D button
on your computer while you are viewing 2D
content on the computer screen.
Turn on the 3D glasses and wear them.
Press the 3D button on your computer.
The 3D button’s backlight is on during 3D
playback.
 You can switch 3D images to/from 2D images by
pressing the 3D button on the computer.
 You can also display 3D photo images by
specifying NVIDIA 3D Vision Photo Viewer from
the menu on PMB VAIO Edition.
 When you change 3D photo images to 2D photo
images, the images are displayed in 3D format,
such as side by side format.
 You can stop 3D playback by pressing the Esc key
during the playback.
 The quality of simulated 3D may vary depending
on the original 2D source content.
 When using the simulated 3D function, note that
the displayed image is modified from the original
due to the conversion performed by the
computer.
1
Start the software that supports the
simulated 3D function and the type of
content you want to play.
2
Start playback of the content (such as
videos).
3
4
Turn on the 3D glasses and wear them.
Press the 3D button on the computer.
The 3D button’s backlight is on during 3D
playback.
You can switch 3D images to/from 2D images by
pressing the 3D button on the computer.
Using the 3D Function
Adjusting the 3D settings
You can adjust the 3D effect with the VAIO
Control Center.
1
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO
Control Center.
2
Click 3D Effect Settings in the left pane of
the window.
3
Adjust the 3D effect.
 3D depth adjustment
Automatically adjusts the depth of 3D
images according to the LCD screen size.
This setting is available for content
specially made for 3D playback (such as
Blu-ray 3D Disc media).
 Simulated 3D effect
Adjusts the depth of 3D images
converted from 2D images using the
simulated 3D function.
Viewing Blu-ray 3D Disc
media on a 3D-capable TV
You can view Blu-ray 3D Disc media on a 3Dcapable display (such as a 3D TV) by
connecting the display to your computer with
an HDMI cable.
Be sure to use the 3D glasses specified by the TV
manufacturer while viewing 3D images.
See the manual that came with your 3D TV for
detailed information on the 3D function.
1
Connect an HDMI input port on a 3D TV to
the HDMI OUTPUT port on your computer
with an HDMI cable  (not supplied).

2
Change the input source of the TV to the
external input.
3
Change the display output settings.
When the 3D-capable display is connected
to the computer, the settings window
appears.
Set the screen resolution to 1080(3D) or
720(3D).
 If the settings window does not appear,
click Start, All Programs, VAIO Control
Center, Display, and HDMI Resolution
Setting Configuration.
 To view 2D content after 3D content playback,
set the screen resolution to 1080(2D) or
720(2D).
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4
Press the Windows+P keys to change the
display output to only an external display.
5
Click Start, All Programs, Corel, and Corel
WinDVD BD.
WinDVD BD 3D starts.
6
Insert Blu-ray 3D Disc media into the optical
disc drive.
Playback automatically starts.
7
Turn on the 3D glasses that came with the
connected display and wear them.
 The way to switch 3D images to 2D images differs
depending on the 3D TV you are using. See the
manual that came with your 3D TV for detailed
information.
 The 3D button and its backlight on your
computer are not available while 3D images are
displayed on the 3D TV.
If images are not displayed in 3D
If images are not displayed in 3D on a 3Dcapable TV, follow these steps to display the
initial settings wizard for NVIDIA 3D Vision on
the TV screen and complete the initial settings.
1
Follow steps 1 to 4 in Viewing Blu-ray 3D
Disc media on a 3D-capable TV (page 10)
to output images from the computer to a
3D TV.
2
Right-click on the desktop and select
NVIDIA Control Panel.
3
4
Click Set up stereoscopic 3D.
Click the right arrow in Test stereoscopic
3D and select Run Setup Wizard.
Follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the initial settings.
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Using the 3D Function
Viewing 3D images from a
3D device on your computer
screen
You can view 3D images from a device that
supports 3D output (such as a video game) on
your computer screen by connecting the
device to your computer with an HDMI cable.
1
Connect the HDMI INPUT port on your
computer to an HDMI output port on a 3Dcapable device (such as a video game or a
digital camera) with an HDMI cable  (not
supplied).

2
Press the INPUT/OK button on the right
side of the computer, select HDMI with the
/ button, and press the INPUT/OK
button.
3
Change the 3D output settings on the
connected device to output 3D images to
the computer.
4
Turn on the 3D glasses and wear them.
 The 3D output settings vary depending on the
device you use. Refer to the manual that came
with the device for more information.
 The 3D button and its backlight on your
computer are not available while 3D images from
the device connected to the HDMI INPUT port
are displayed on your computer screen.
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2D images from the device connected to the
HDMI INPUT port cannot be converted to 3D
images.
 The 3D effect applied to images from the device
connected to the HDMI INPUT port cannot be
adjusted.
Creating Your Original 3D Content
You can create your original 3D content with
Family Paint 3D.
1
Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft Family
Paint, and Family Paint 3D to start Family
Paint 3D.
2
Select 3D Draw in the Home window and
Simple mode or Advanced mode.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to create
your original 3D content by drawing
illustrations and characters or importing
photos.
4
5
Turn on the 3D glasses and wear them.
Click
on the right side of the window.
Images are not displayed in 3D while you are
creating 3D content even if you press the 3D button
on the computer.
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3D Glasses
Parts and components




 Power button
Power on: Press once.
Power off: Hold down the power button for
more than two seconds. (The LED indicator
light blinks three times and turns off.)
Auto power off: More than five minutes
without IR signals
 LED indicator
The LED indicator light blinks or turns on
depending on the battery status.
 Turns on in green:
The 3D glasses are operating.
 Blinks once every two seconds:
The 3D glasses are running on battery
power.
 Blinks three times every three seconds:
The battery level is low. Charge the
battery.
 Turns on in yellow:
The battery is charging. (When the
battery is fully charged, the indicator
light turns off.)
While the 3D glasses are operating (the green
LED indicator light is on), the battery cannot be
charged.
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 IR sensor
Receives signals from the 3D sync
transmitter.
The sensitivity of the IR (Infrared Ray)
sensor varies according to a distance
between the 3D glasses and your
computer or usage environment.
Keep the IR sensor clean.
 Connector for charge
Open the connector cover and connect
your computer to the connector for charge
with the supplied USB charging cable to
charge the battery.
Accessories
 USB charging cable (4 feet/1.2 m)
 Pouch
Troubleshooting
What should I do if 3D images are
not displayed or the 3D effect is less
pronounced on my computer
screen?
 When you view 3D images on your
computer, make sure the 3D button’s
backlight is on.
When
you view 3D images on your

computer, press the 3D button on the
computer.
 Make sure you are using the software that
supports the content currently playing. You
can check if the software supports the
content in The list of software used for
the 3D function (page 8).
 Click 3D Function and 3D Display
Function Settings on the VAIO Control
Center to check if the 3D function is
enabled.
 Make sure the playback window of the
software is active and displayed on the top
of the screen, and press the 3D button
again.
 Make sure there is no obstacle between the
3D sync transmitter and the 3D glasses.
 Make sure there is no heat or light source or
infrared communication device near the 3D
sync transmitter.
 Exposing the 3D sync transmitter to direct
sunlight may cause malfunction.
 If you lie on your side or tilt your head while
viewing 3D images, the 3D effect may be
less pronounced or the color of the images
may change.
 Charge the battery of the 3D glasses.
 Make sure the 3D glasses are turned on.
 Perceived 3D effect may vary from person
to person.
 While you are viewing 3D images under low
temperature, the 3D effect may be less
pronounced.
 If 3D images from your computer are not
displayed on a 3D-capable display (such as
a 3D TV), display the initial settings wizard
for NVIDIA 3D Vision on the TV screen and
complete the initial settings (page 11).
What should I do if 3D images do
not play smoothly on my 3D TV
connected to the HDMI output
port?
 Check the HDMI output resolution settings
on the computer. If the screen resolution is
set to 1080(3D), 3D images may not play
smoothly. Change the screen resolution to
720(3D) in Refresh Rate Setting with the
VAIO Control Center, and then try again.
How do I disable the 3D function?
 You can disable the 3D function with VAIO
Control Center. Open VAIO Control
Center, and click 3D Function and 3D
Display Function Settings.
Why does the message about
NVIDIA 3D Vision in green appear
on the bottom-right corner of the
playback window?
 The message about NVIDIA 3D Vision may
appear on the bottom-right corner of the
playback window during playback
depending on the software you are using.
You can show/hide the message by
pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Insert keys.
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Troubleshooting
What should I do if no images are
displayed on my computer screen
when I play 3D content with a
device, such as a 3D Blu-ray Disc
player, connected to the HDMI
INPUT port?
 Disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable.
 Check the resolution settings on the
connected device.
What should I do if images are not
displayed in 3D on my computer
screen when I play 3D content with
a device connected to the HDMI
INPUT port?
 If your computer is connected to your 3D
TV through an AV amplifier, make sure the
AV amplifier supports 3D playback.
 Check the resolution settings on the
connected device.
 Refer to the manual that came with the
connected device and check the settings.
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Precautions
About the 3D glasses
 The 3D glasses operate by receiving
infrared rays from the 3D sync transmitter.
The performance may be affected if:
 the 3D glasses do not face the 3D sync
transmitter.
 there are obstacles between the 3D sync
transmitter and the 3D glasses.
 there are other infrared communication
devices or lighting equipment,
residential heating equipment, etc.
nearby.
 Do not use any 3D glasses other than the
ones specified.
 Do not wear the 3D glasses upside down.
Care and maintenance of the 3D
glasses
 Wipe the 3D glasses gently with a soft cloth.
 Stubborn stains may be removed with a
Replacement and additional
purchase of the 3D glasses
 The TDG-BR250 3D glasses are available for
purchase as of March 2011. (The model
name may change without notice.)
About the simulated 3D function
 The 3D effect may be less pronounced
depending on the original images.
 When using the simulated 3D function,
note that the displayed image is modified
from the original due to the conversion
performed by the computer.
 Use of the simulated 3D function to show
converted 3D images from 2D images in
cafes, hotels, or other establishments for
commercial or public viewing purposes
may infringe on the copyright holder’s right
protected by the copyright law.
cloth slightly moistened with a solution of
mild detergent and warm water.
 If using a chemically pretreated cloth, be
sure to follow the instructions supplied with
the cloth.
Never
use strong solvents such as a thinner,

alcohol, or benzine for cleaning.
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are trademarks of their respective owners. In
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specified.
For trademarks not specified in this manual,
refer to the trademarks section in the onscreen User Guide.
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