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 lists 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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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
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Direct sunlight
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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)
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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 Your Computer
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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.
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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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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 unpack it. To use your computer immediately, attach the supplied AC adapter
and use it to power your computer. See Using the Battery for more information on installing and using your battery.
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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 turn on the computer
1.
Slide the RELEASE latch to the right and lift the lid while holding the bottom of the computer firmly.
Opening the Com puter
2.
Press the power button until the power indicator turns on.
Turning on the Com puter
If you hold the power button down, the computer turns off.
3.
If the computer screen is too dark or too bright, follow these steps to adjust the brightness:

To increase brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, and then press the Up Arrow
or the Right Arrow
key.

To decrease brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, and then press the Down Arrow
Arrow
or the Left
key.
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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.
Push the battery bay cover down to open it. The battery bay cover swings out but does not detach from the
computer.
Opening the Battery Bay
2.
Slide the battery (with the logo facing up) into the battery bay. If the computer is on, it automatically detects the
battery.
Inserting a Battery
3.
Push the battery bay cover up until it clicks into place.
Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices
prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode at all. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently. Also, see To activate Hibernate mode for information on how you can manually
activate Hibernate mode.
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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. You can remove the battery when the computer is on or off.
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.
Push the battery bay cover down to open it.
2.
Pull the battery out of the battery bay.
3.
Push in and lift up the battery bay cover until it clicks into place.
Rem ov ing a Battery
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Locating battery information
You can display information for each of the batteries installed in your computer.
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. If your computer
comes with more than one battery, you can view information on both batteries or just the primary battery.
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. See your VAIO® Computer Specifications on the Welcome page for the
approximate time needed to charge your battery.
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.
Battery Indicator
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 all sources of heat.

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.
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Frequently asked questions
How do I know when the battery is charged?
To determine the remaining battery charge, see Locating battery information.
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.
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.
When should I replace the battery?
If, after charging the battery, the battery power is still low, the battery may be reaching the end of its life and should be
replaced.
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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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 conserve power, your computer
has two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. Use the Standby and Hibernate power saving modes to
override a profile setting or initiate an immediate action.

Standby — Saves the state of the system and peripheral devices in memory (RAM). 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. Hibernate mode consumes the
lowest level of power. Your computer enters Hibernate mode when the remaining battery charge drops below 8
percent, regardless of the setting you select.
Since some software programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your
data frequently to avoid data loss.
To activate Standby mode
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and select Turn Off Computer.
2.
Click Stand By when the Turn off computer window appears. The power indicator blinks in this mode.
3.
Press any key to return to normal mode.
To activate Hibernate mode
1.
Press the Fn+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 the computer does not activate Hibernate mode, see Frequently asked questions for more information.
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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 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. The Low battery
alarm is set to 10 percent, and the Critical battery alarm is set to 8 percent by default.
To further customize your alarm settings, click Alarm Action. You can select the type of alarm you want the computer
to activate and how you want the computer to respond to the alarm in this window.
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. The computer detects your changes.
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 Portable/Laptop 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.
If you want to access the power scheme information quickly from the Windows® taskbar, see To display the
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power icon on the taskbar for more information.
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. The computer detects your changes.
To activate Hibernate mode, you may first need to enable it. See Frequently asked questions for more information.
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Frequently asked questions
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 at all. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering
Hibernate mode, save your data frequently. Also, see To activate Hibernate mode for information on how you can manually
activate Hibernate mode.
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 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 Ports and Controls in the Setting
Up chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
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.
New Connection Wizard
3.
Click Next. If the Location Information wizard appears, follow the on-screen instructions, and then close the
Location Information wizard.
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" in the
"Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start guide.
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.
New Connection Wizard
3.
Click Next. If the Location Information wizard appears, follow the on-screen instructions, and then close the
Location Information wizard.
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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Frequently asked questions
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. See To
connect a telephone cable for more information.

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.)
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 cable available, try connecting the modem to that cable.
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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 remote and local area networks (LANs) using wireless, Ethernet, or dial-up
connections. A wireless PC Card (not supplied) is required for wireless network 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 graphic 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.
Network Setup Wizard
3.
Click Next. If you are prompted to the Local Information window, follow the on-screen instructions, and then
close the window.
4.
Follow the Network Setup Wizard 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 your company 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
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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 window, follow the on-screen instructions, and then
close the window.
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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Connecting Another VAIO Computer
The preinstalled Microsoft® Windows ® XP operating system enables you to connect a compatible i.LINK®1 cable (not supplied)
between your VAIO® computer and another compatible computer.
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 tion. T he i.LI N K c onnec tion may vary, depending on the
s oftware programs , 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 tor 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 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 VAIO computers
When you connect two VAIO computers, you can use one computer to edit, copy, or delete files on the other computer. You
can also print from a printer attached to either computer.
To connect VAIO computers
1.
Plug one end of the i.LINK cable into the i.LINK port on each computer.
2.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Control Panel.
3.
Click Network and Internet Connections, and click Set up or change your home or small office network. The
Network Setup Wizard appears.
Network Setup Wizard
4.
Follow the on-screen Network Setup Wizard instructions.
5.
When you are prompted, type in a unique computer name for each computer. You will use this unique name to
differentiate the two computers once they are networked together.
The Workgroup name should remain the same for the two networked computers.
6.
When you finish the Network Setup Wizard on-screen instructions, click Start on the Windows ® taskbar and
click My Computer.
7.
Click My Network Places in the Other Places menu. The My Network Places window appears.
8.
Click View workgroup computers in the Network Tasks menu. Computers networked under the same
workgroup name are displayed in this window.
Connecting Another Com puter
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Disconnecting VAIO computers
You can disconnect two VAIO computers when the computers are on or off.
To disconnect VAIO computers when the computers are on
1.
Close all open files that are shared with the connected computers.
2.
Unplug the i.LINK cable from the i.LINK port on each computer.
To disconnect VAIO computer when the computers are off

Unplug the i.LINK cable from the i.LINK port on each computer.
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Frequently asked questions
Why can't I establish a connection between two VAIO computers?

Your computer may not recognize an i.LINK1 connection if the i.LINK cable is not plugged securely into the i.LINK
ports. Disconnect the i.LINK cable and securely reconnect it to both computers. If neither computer responds after a
few moments, restart both computers.

If the computers do not recognize the i.LINK connection after resuming from a power saving mode (Standby or
Hibernate), restart both computers. For more information, see Connecting VAIO computers.
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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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 Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Ejecting the Driv e Tray
3.
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 hub 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.
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.
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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 Eject button on the optical drive cover to open the drive tray. The drive tray slides out.
Ejecting the Driv e Tray
3.
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 hub 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.
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.
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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
Your computer comes equipped with a CD-RW/DVD drive, which plays DVD and most DVD-R discs, and reads and writes data
to CD-R and CD-RW discs.
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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 + the 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 name of the optical drive to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive name, 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 doing one of the following:

Using the Function keys. An on-screen display may appear, notifying you when a change occurs.


To increase volume, press the Fn+F4 keys, and then press the Up Arrow

To decrease volume, press the Fn+F4 keys, and then press the Down Arrow
or Right Arrow
or Left Arrow
key.
key.
Using the Volume icon.

Double click the Volume icon

In the Volume Control and Wave columns, move the Volume sliders up to increase volume and down to
decrease volume.
on the Windows ® taskbar. The Volume Control dialog box appears.
To play an audio CD
1.
Insert the disc into the optical drive. See To insert a disc for more information.
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.
If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option.
Audio CD Window
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Copying files to a CD-RW or CD-R
You can copy files to CD-R or CD-RW discs if your VAIO® computer is equipped with a CD-RW/DVD drive or DVD-RW drive.
Before you write data to a CD-RW or CD-R disc, read the following notes to avoid a computer malfunction and ensure the
best writing 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-RWdisc into the optical drive. For more information, see Inserting and Ejecting CDs or
DVDs.
If the CD Drive window appears, click Take no action.
CD Driv e Window
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. The type of optical drive installed in or
connected to your computer may vary, depending on the model you purchased.
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Connecting your computer to a TV
Your computer is equipped with an A/V OUT jack, which enables you to connect your computer to a TV. To locate the A/V
OUT jack on your computer, see "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer
Quick Start.
To connect a TV to your computer
1.
Locate the A/V OUT jack on the computer.
2.
Plug one end of an audio-video (AV) cable (not supplied) into the A/V OUT jack.
3.
Plug the other end of the AV cable into the audio and video ports on the TV.
Connecting a 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
To play a DVD
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Disable the screen saver and the virus checker.
3.
Change the power schemes to Max Battery if it is not already selected. See To select a power scheme for more
information.
4.
Connect the TV to the computer. See Connecting your computer to a TV for more information.
5.
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.
The Fn+F7 keys will not work once a DVD is inserted into the optical drive. Switching the display while
a DVD is playing may cause the computer to malfunction, and you may need to restart the DVD software.
6.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
7.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as InterVideo WinDVD®, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as InterVideo WinDVD, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a
program, see the help guide included with the DVD program.
Systems equipped with a CD-RW/DVD 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 A/V 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 while using AC power
1.
Close all open programs.
2.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
3.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as InterVideo WinDVD®, by following these steps:
1.
Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.
2.
Select a program, such as InterVideo WinDVD, to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use a
program, see the help guide included with the DVD program
To play a DVD while using battery power
1.
Set the power schemes to Presentation. See To select a power scheme for more information.
2.
To adjust the brightness of the computer screen (LCD):

To increase brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, plus the Up Arrow

To decrease brightness, press the Fn and F5 keys, plus the Down Arrow
or the Right Arrow
key.
or the Left Arrow
key.
The lower the brightness the more battery power you conserve.
For more information on conserving battery power, see Conserving Battery Power.
3.
Insert the DVD into the optical drive.
4.
Open a preinstalled DVD program, such as InterVideo WinDVD, by following these steps:

Click Start on the taskbar, and point to All Programs.

Select a program, such as InterVideo WinDVD 4, 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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Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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 to
the right of the Eject button.
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
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
on the Windows taskbar, and click to cancel the Volume Control and Wave
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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:
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, click Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, and
System. The System Properties window appears.
2.
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 a "X" or an exclamation point appear on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or
reinstall the drivers.
3.
Double-click the optical drive device category to open the submenu.
4.
Double-click the listed drive name, 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
selected.
You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab and clicking Driver Details.
6.
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.
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.
How do I adjust the image on the TV screen?
Use the controls on your TV to adjust the image. See the help guide that accompanied your TV for more information.
Why can't I view the entire DVD picture on a TV screen?
The video resolution on the computer may not be properly set for the TV screen. Change the video resolution to a smaller
size.
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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See Selecting a display for more information.
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.
The Fn+F7 key combination will not work once a DVD is inserted into the optical drive. Switching the
display while a DVD is playing may cause the computer to malfunction, and you may need to restart the DVD
software.
Is the CD-RW reading speed slower than the CD-ROM or CD-R reading speed?
Generally the CD-RW reading speed is slower than the CD-ROM and the CD-R reading speeds, although reading speeds
vary depending on the format you are using.
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Printer Connections
Printing With Your Computer
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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Printer Connections
Printing With Your Computer
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 printer
You can connect a universal serial bus (USB) printer or, depending on the model, a parallel port 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. 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. If the New Hardware Wizard appears,
follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up the printer.
Connecting a USB Printer
See the guide that accompanied the printer for more information on its installation and use.
To connect a parallel printer
1.
Plug the printer cable into the Printer port
on your computer. See "Locating Controls and Ports" in the
"Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start.
2.
Plug the other end of the printer cable into the port on the printer. If the New Hardware Wizard appears, follow
the on-screen instructions.
Connecting a Parallel Port Printer
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3.
Restart your computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
4.
Make sure the computer recognizes the printer. Follow these steps:

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 on its installation and use.
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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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Frequently asked questions
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.
See Connecting a printer for more information.

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.

You may need to change the default printer port setting, although this setting is generally correct for most printers.
1.
Click Start, and click Control Panel.
2.
Click Performance and Maintenance, and click System. The System Properties dialog box appears.
3.
Select the Hardware tab, and click Device Manager. The Device Manager window appears.
4.
Double-click Ports (COM&LPT), and double-click ECP Printer Port (LPT1).
5.
Select the Port Settings tab, and select a different LPT Port Number.
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Computer Features
Using 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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Computer Features
Using 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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Describing 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.
If you change your touch pad settings using the Mouse Properties dialog box, you may need to restart your computer
before the changes take effect.
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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Frequently asked questions
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,
1.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete 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.
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.
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Using Memory Stick Media
This compact, portable, and versatile recording medium has a data capacity exceeding that of a floppy disk. The medium is
specially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products. Because it is removable, the media can
be used for external data storage.
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Selecting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media are a compact, portable, and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital
data with compatible devices. The following types of Memory Stick media are available, but compatibility with your computer
can vary.

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, high-speed data transfer and the MagicGate technology features, such as authentication
and encryption, are not available. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media.

Memory Stick media — Provides data storage only. The Memory Stick media does not provide MagicGate technology
or high-speed data transfer. You can store different data formats on a single Memory Stick media.
Currently, Sony® SonicStage and OpenMG software are not compatible with the new Memory Stick PRO media. Sony
suggests using only MG 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 the
new Memory Stick PRO media.
Memory Stick media do not support video file playback directly from the media. Copy the video file to your hard disk
drive and then play back the file.
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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.
Inserting the media in the wrong direction may damage the connector pins.
2.
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 Memory Stick images or data. 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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Write-protecting Memory Stick media
Memory Stick® media is designed with a write-protect tab to protect data from accidental erasure or overwriting. Move the
tab to the right or left to set or release write-protection. When the write-protect tab of the Memory Stick media is set to
LOCK, data cannot be recorded or erased.
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
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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 My Computer. The My Computer window appears.
3.
Right-click Sony MemoryStick, and click Format from the menu. The Format MemoryStick dialog box appears.
4.
Select Quick Format in the Format options box, and then click Start.
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Removing Memory Stick media
If the 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.
The Memory Stick media may eject completely from the slot.
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Frequently asked questions
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.
Why can't I save music files onto my Memory Stick media?

Only MagicGate Memory Stick media can be used with copyright protected data, such as music.

Copyright protected music cannot be checked out to any Memory Stick media other than MG Memory Stick 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.
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.
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.
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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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 of certain Sony programs will match the UI Design Selector window.
6.
Click OK.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's, but your computer keyboard has additional keys that perform specific
computer-related tasks.
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Mice and Keyboards
Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter's, but your computer keyboard has additional keys that perform specific
computer-related tasks.
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Key locations and descriptions
Keyboard
Key
Description
Numeric keypad
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric keypad area to type numbers or to
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.
Arrow keys
The Left, Right, Up, and Down 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.
Correction keys
The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to make corrections to keystrokes.
Function keys The 12 function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to 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.
Escape key
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
Print Screen key
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.
Operator keys
(Ctrl, Alt, Shift keys)
Several keys are always used with at least one other key: Ctrl, Alt, and Shift. When held down with
another key, the Ctrl (Control) and Alt (Alternate) keys offer another way to give 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
). The Shift key operates the same way as on a typewriter; it is used to produce capital letters or special symbols, such as
@ and $.
Windows key
The key with the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system logo displays the Start menu; it is the equivalent of
clicking Start on the taskbar. See Combinations and functions with the Windows key for more information.
Fn key
The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue commands. See Combinations and functions with
the Fn key for more information.
Applications key
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices. Pressing this key is the equivalent
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of clicking the right mouse button.
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Combinations and functions with the Windows 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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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.
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.
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Combinations and functions with the Fn key
Combinations/
Feature
Function
Fn+F3
Toggles the built-in speakers off and on.
Fn+F4 Adjusts the built-in speaker volume.
To increase volume, press the Fn+F4 keys, plus the Up Arrow key
or the Right Arrow
To decrease volume, press the Fn+F4 keys, plus the Down Arrow
key or the Left Arrow
key.
key.
Fn+F5 Adjusts the brightness of the computer screen (LCD).
To increase the brightness, press the Fn+F5 keys, plus the Up Arrow
key or the Right Arrow
To decrease the brightness, press the Fn+F5 keys, plus the Down Arrow
key or the Left Arrow
key.
key.
Fn+F7 Toggles the display between the computer screen (LCD), a connected TV, and a connected external display, such as
a monitor or projector.
Select one display at a time when playing a DVD. Connect the cable before you turn on the computer; otherwise, Fn+F7 will
not work. You cannot use the Fn+F7 function to switch between the LCD and TV once a DVD is inserted into the optical
drive.
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.
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Connecting Mice and Keyboards
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. For information about your
computer's built-in keyboard and key functions, see Key locations and descriptions.
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Connecting a mouse or keyboard
Your computer can be on or off when connecting a universal serial bus (USB) 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. See Frequently
asked questions for more information.
To connect a USB mouse or keyboard to your computer
1.
Plug the USB cable into the USB port
. See "Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your
printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start. (One USB port supports one USB connection.)
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
Connecting a USB Mouse or Keyboard
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Disconnecting a mouse or keyboard
You can disconnect a USB mouse or keyboard when the computer is on or off. 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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Frequently asked questions
What do I do if the computer doesn't recognize the mouse?

Make sure the mouse is securely plugged into the port. See Connecting a mouse or keyboard for more information.

Restart the computer with the mouse connected to the computer.
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.
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Floppy Disk and PC Card Connections
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 and PC Card Connections
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.
To disconnect the drive while the computer is on
1.
Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon
appears.
2.
Click to select the floppy drive 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 floppy drive is selected, and click OK. A message appears, stating it is safe to remove the
hardware device.
on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware dialog box
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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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Frequently asked questions
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.
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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Using PC Cards
Your computer includes one or more PC Card slots. A PC Card enables you to connect devices such as an optical drive,
floppy disk drive, or Network Interface Card (NIC).
See your VAIO® Computer Specifications for the type of PC Card that is compatible with your computer. These slots are
compatible with CardBus. If your computer has more than one PC Card slot, use the lower slot for Type III PC Cards. You do
not need to turn off your computer to insert or remove a PC Card.
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Inserting PC Cards
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.
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
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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Frequently asked questions
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.

See the instructions that accompanied your PC Card. You may need to install driver software if you are not using a
Sony PC Card.
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.
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.
Why does an exclamation mark (!) appear on the Device Manager tab in the System Properties dialog box?

The exclamation mark indicates there is a problem with the specified device. Make sure all cable and power
connections are secure.

You may not be using the most recent driver software provided by the PC Card manufacturer. Make sure the
necessary drivers are installed. You may need to remove the driver software, and reinstall it.
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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 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 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.
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Frequently asked questions
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.LINK1 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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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. See Selecting a display for more information.
on the computer.
Connecting a Com puter Monitor
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Connecting a multimedia device
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 video 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, you and also plug the audio cable into the Headphone
jack
on your computer to hear sound.
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.
Connecting a Projector
3.
Turn on the device (if it is not already on), and then turn on your computer.
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
When you connect an external display (projector, computer monitor, or TV) to your computer, you can switch the display
between the computer screen (LCD), the external display, or both, using shortcut keys or the Display Properties settings.
To switch displays using the Fn+F7 shortcut keys
1.
Make sure the display cable (not supplied) is connected to the external display and the computer.
2.
If the computer is not on, then press the power button.
If the computer is on, restart it by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
3.
Press the Fn+F7 keys. A small window appears near the taskbar. Press either the Left Arrow
Arrow
key or Right
key to select a display option, or press FN+F7 again, until you get the desired display option.
Select one display at a time before playing a DVD. You cannot use the Fn+F7 function to switch between the LCD
and TV once a DVD is inserted into the optical drive.
To switch the display using the Display Properties settings
Depending on the external display, you may need to connect the display to the computer before you turn the
computer on.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and then click Control Panel and Appearance and Themes.
2.
Click Display. The Display Properties window appears.
3.
Click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced button.
4.
Click to the Displays tab. The Sony Notebook LCD and RADEON IGP Properties window appears.
(Multiple Monitors) and RADEON IGP Properties
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5.
Click the Monitor, Panel, or TV button on the upper left corner of the display.
6.
Click Apply.
7.
Click OK. For more information, click Help.
If you cannot see your movie or DVD on the external display, change the monitor or TV setting by clicking on the
Primary icon
on the display panel of your choice.
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.
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Disconnecting a computer monitor or projector
You can disconnect the external computer monitor or projector by unplugging the display or 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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Changing Video Memory Size
The computer's main memory is dynamically shared with the video RAM (VRAM). You can decrease the system's VRAM or
increase it for graphic-intensive applications.
Changing the video memory size automatically changes the system's main memory size and may also affect the
performance of some programs.
To change the video memory size
1.
Disconnect all attached devices, except the AC adapter.
2.
Restart the computer by clicking Start, Turn Off Computer, and Restart.
3.
While restarting, press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS Setup window appears.
4.
Press the Right Arrow key
5.
Press the Down Arrow key
list of memory sizes.
6.
Press the Up Arrow
7.
Select Save and Exit by pressing the F10 key. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
8.
Make sure Yes is selected, and press Enter. The computer automatically restarts.
to select the Advanced tab.
to select UMA Video Memory Size, and press Enter. A window appears with a
or Down Arrow
keys to select a memory size, and press Enter.
To check the video memory size
1.
Click Start, and then All Programs.
2.
Point to Sony Notebook Setup, and click Sony Notebook Setup from the submenu. The Sony Notebook Setup
window appears.
3.
On the About This Computer tab, check the video memory in the System information box.
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Using Speakers
Your computer comes with built-in stereo speakers. If you wish to enhance the sound quality of your computer, you can
purchase and connect external speakers. If you want to purchase speakers, make sure the speakers are designed for
computer use. You can shop Sony online at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio or contact your local retailer.
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Connecting speakers
You can connect 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 volume
To adjust the volume for playing CDs and DVDs, use the Volume icon
on the Windows ® taskbar. Adjusting the volume
for playing CDs or DVDs does not adjust the volume for recording to CDs or DVDs.
You can only adjust the recording volume in the Recording Control window. See Using a microphone to record sound
for instructions on how to open this window.
To adjust the volume of your speakers
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.
Microphone1
Adjust the internal or external microphone volume.
Telephony1
Adjust the modem or telephone volume.
PC Beep 1
Adjust the beep sound when inserting or removing the PC Card and other devices.
Line1
Adjusts the sensitivity of volume input.
1
O n s elec ted models only.
As a shortcut, you can press the Fn+F4 keys and the Up Arrow
or Right Arrow
setting. You can also press the Fn+F3 keys to toggle the mute option on and off.
keys to change the volume
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Enabling the audio feature
If you do not hear sound when playing a CD or DVD, you may need to enable the audio feature.
To enable the audio feature
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 DVD/CD-ROM drives.
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.
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Frequently asked questions
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 Headphone 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(s) is inserted properly and is charged. See Using the Battery
for more information.

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.
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. See Using the
Battery for more information.

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 volume and Enabling the audio feature for more information.
Why don't the Fn+F3 and Fn+F4 key combinations work?
The Fn+F3 keys toggle the built-in speaker mute option on and off. The Fn+F4 keys and the Up Arrow
or Right Arrow
keys adjust the built-in speaker volume. The computer may not recognize the Fn+F3 and Fn+F4 keys if the correct speakers
are not selected. Follow these steps:
1.
Right-click the Volume icon
2.
On the Volume tab, click Advanced in the Speaker settings box. The Advanced Audio Properties window
appears.
3.
On the Speakers tab, select the correct speaker setup from the Speaker setup drop-down menu.
on the taskbar, and select Adjust Audio Properties.
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Using Microphones
You can connect an external microphone to your computer; however, 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.
4.
In the Show the following volume controls box, make sure Microphone is selected.
5.
Click OK. The Recording Control window appears.
6.
Click the Select check box at the bottom of the Microphone column, if it is not already selected. Close the
Recording Control window.
7.
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.
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Frequently asked questions
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. See Connecting a microphone for more information.
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Memory Upgrades
Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read your VAIO® Computer Specifications. It contains valuable information on
the amount of memory installed in your computer and the type of module that is compatible with your computer. See
Welcome for a link to your specifications.
Also, read the safety information in Precautions and Procedures before you upgrade your computer's memory.
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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, see the Welcome page to view 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).
For memory upgrades and information about which memory modules to use, refer to your VAIO® Computer Specifications
available on the Welcome page.
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 To remove 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 an appropriate 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 cover.
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 arrow 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 openPage 123
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, 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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Confirming Added Memory Capacity
After you've 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
Learn how to solve some basic problems you may encounter when using your VAIO® computer. Refer to these solutions
before contacting Sony Computing Support (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Troubleshooting Your 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 one minute. Reattach the AC adapter and reinsert the
battery. Turn on the power.

Condensation may cause the computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.

If the computer still does not turn on, follow these steps:
1.
Unplug the power cord and remove the battery.
2.
Use a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) to press the reset button. For location information, see
"Locating Controls and Ports" in the "Setting Up" chapter of your printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start
guide.
3.
Reinsert the power cord and the battery.
4.
Turn on the computer.
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 F2. 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 default values for all SETUP items appears.
5.
Press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
6.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
7.
Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears again.
8.
Select Yes, 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).
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.
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2.

Restart the computer and confirm that the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system starts properly.
If Windows 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 F2 when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS Setup window appears.
6.
Press the Right Arrow key
7.
Press the Down Arrow key
SETUP items appears.
8.
Press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears.
9.
Select Yes, and press Enter.
to select the Exit menu.
to select Get Default Values. The message Load default values for all
10. Select Exit (Save Changes), and press Enter. The Setup Confirmation window appears again.
11. Select Yes, and press Enter. The computer restarts.
The System Recovery CD restores your computer to its original state, so user data and applications will
be lost.
Why does my computer stop responding? Why can't I turn off my computer?
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.
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:
1.
Press the Windows key
2.
Press U.
3.
Press R to select restart.
.
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3.
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.
5.
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button or slide and hold the power switch
until the computer turns off.
key to select Shut
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. If your computer comes with the PowerPanel utility1, use it to lower the CPU speed.
If your computer does not come with the PowerPanel utility, use the power schemes to lower the CPU speed.
To lower the CPU speed using the power schemes:
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.
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.
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.
What do I do if my program stops responding or crashes?


Try restarting your computer.
1.
Click Start on the Windows ® taskbar, and click Turn Off Computer.
2.
Click Restart.
If restarting your computer does not work, contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical
support. See Support Options for contact information.
Which program do I use for CD-R/CD-RW functions?

To write data files to a CD-R or CD-RW disc, use the Microsoft® Windows ® operating system software on your
computer.

To write audio files to a CD-R or CD-RW, use the Sony SonicStage program preinstalled on your computer. Follow
these steps to open Sony SonicStage:
1
1.
Click Start, and then click All Programs.
2.
Point to SonicStage, and then click SonicStage from the submenu.
For more information about the SonicStage program, see the SonicStage online help.
A vailable on s elec ted models .
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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
The on-screen VAIO® Computer User Guide and the printed VAIO® Computer Quick Start provide information on how to
maximize your computer 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.
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Program Support Information
Depending on the configuration you purchased, your computer may not include all of these software programs listed
below.
Adobe® Reader®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Adobe Reader software enables you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe's Portable Document
Format (PDF), an open file format intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on many major computer
platforms.
Support:
web site
telephone
hours
http://www.adobe.com
800-685-3652
M - F, 6 AM - 5 PM PST
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements
Adobe Systems Inc.
Using state-of-the-art image editing tools, you can unleash your artistic ability and create digital images for print, e-mail,
and posting to the Web. The versatile image capturing options enable you to start working with digital and traditional
photos immediately. Explore extensive creative possibilities for your personal images with Adobe Photoshop Elements
software. Upgrade possible to Adobe® Photoshop ® software.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
Adobe® Premiere® LE
Adobe Systems Inc.
Adobe Premiere LE software offers interface and editing tools for producing movies for video, multimedia, and the Web.
View source clips and edited footage simultaneously on-screen. You can create your own personal video clips that are up to
three hours in length, with complete audio-video synchronization. Upgrade possible to full version of Adobe® Premiere®
software.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
Adobe® Premiere®
Adobe Systems Inc.
Professional digital video editing software that enables you to create professional video productions. Take advantage of
the sophisticated new Adobe Title Designer, MPEG-2 export, DVD authoring, and powerful audio tools.
Support: See Adobe® Reader®
America Online® (Broadband or Dial-Up)
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with easy-to-use e-mail. Manage
your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your
interests.
Support:
web site
http://www.aol.com
AT&T WorldNet® Service
AT&T Corp.
AT&T WorldNet Service offers fast, reliable Internet access. Customer benefits include Web-based e-mail, video e-mail,
multiple e-mail accounts, free Web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and parental
controls.
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Support:
web site
http://help.att.net
Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc.
Boingo Wireless service offers Wi-Fi access in hundreds of hot spot locations, including airports, hotels, coffee shops, and
other public spaces. Experience the Internet up to 100 times faster than dial-up, and enjoy being totally mobile.
Support:
web site
http://www.boingo.com/servicecenter.html
telephone
800-880-4117
e-mail support@boingo.com
hours M - F, 4 AM - 10 PM PST
Sat-Sun, 6 AM - 3 PM PST
Click to DVD
Sony Electronics Inc.
At the touch of a button, Click to DVD software allows you to automatically burn DVDs from a digital video device. Create
DVDs by capturing video content straight from a digital video (DV) device or by importing video from stored files — and you
can also edit the video if desired. Create DVD photo albums and slide shows with picture files or by importing pictures from
a digital still camera. What's more, you can easily give a professional look to your DVDs by adding chapter menus,
backgrounds, and menu screens. You're only a few clicks away from your own DVDs!
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO® Support Agent
CLIÉ Converter
Sony Electronics Inc.
CLIÉ Converter software is a plug-in application 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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Corel® WordPerfect®
Corel Corp.
WordPerfect software is a powerful word-processing tool that helps you produce newsletters, articles, reports, proposals,
books, and other documents. This software enables you to add graphics, tables, and charts to documents. You can publish
to paper, electronic media, and the World Wide Web. WordPerfect 10 software allows you to format, structure, and edit
documents at any time and gives you complete control over the design. WordPerfect 10 software includes Quattro Pro® and
Corel Presentations . It also includes CorelCENTRAL software, which has Day Planner, Calendar, Address Book, Mail,
Card File, Memos, Alarms and Admin.
Support:
web site
http://www.corel.com
telephone
613-274-0500
CyberLink PowerDVD®
CyberLink Corp.
CyberLink PowerDVD® software offers high-quality playback of DVD movies on your computer. PowerDVD software includes
all the controls you expect from a home DVD player, plus a range of additional features. For example, you can bookmark
scenes to come back to them later. The customizable controls, advanced navigation bar, and dynamic player skins combine
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to deliver a premium viewing experience.
Support:
web site
http://www.gocyberlink.com/english/cs/support/index_tech.jsp
Drag'n Drop CD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Japan Ltd.
Drag'n Drop CD software is designed to make CD creation simple. You can create your own audio or data CDs that can be
read in most audio CD players or personal computers. With Drag'n Drop CD software, you can also back up CDs.
Support:
web site
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
DigiOn, Inc., and Easy Systems Japan Ltd.
Drag'n Drop CD+DVD software is designed to make CD and DVD creation simple. You can create you own audio or data CDs
and data DVDs. These discs can be read in most audio CD players or personal computers. With Drag'n Drop CD+DVD
software, you can also back up CDs.
Support:
web site
http://www.ddcd.jp/dd3e/sony/cd
DVgate
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a compatible digital video camera to your computer's i.LINK® port and capture video clips and still images. You can
edit clips from your video, add new clips, and combine clips into new movie segments. You can also save your images in a
variety of popular file formats.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
EarthLink TotalAccess® (DSL or Dial-Up)
EarthLink, Inc.
EarthLink, one of the world's largest Internet Service Providers, offers dial-up and broadband access to the Internet.
Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, an EarthLink Personal Start PageSM, free storage space for your personal
Web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.
Support:
web site
http://support.earthlink.net
EverQuest®
Sony Online Entertainment Inc.
This introductory edition of the EverQuest game, a constantly evolving fantasy world, takes users to new heights of online
role-playing gaming. Enter an enormous virtual environment—an entire world with its own diverse species, economic
systems, alliances, and politics. Make yourself a noble human knight, a vicious dark elf thief, a greedy dwarven merchant, or
whatever your heart desires as you meet new friends from around the world and face epic challenges. Rated TEEN by the
ESRB: Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or
suggestive themes.
Support:
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web site
http://www.everquest.com
telephone
858-537-0898
e-mail eqtech@soe.sony.com
hours M - F, 9 AM - 6 PM PST
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder
Sony Electronics Inc.
Giga Pocket® Personal Video Recorder is a unique set of hardware and software components that provide you with excellent
TV viewing, recording, and playback experiences. You can watch and record your favorite TV programs from your computer,
create custom playlists, and play your Video Capsules on other compatible computers. Giga Pocket® Personal Video
Recorder enables your computer, TV, VCR, and other video player devices to work in harmony.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Age of Empires® II
Microsoft Corp.
The Age of Empires game is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling realtime strategy game Age of Empires. The Age
of Empires II game spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13
civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of the original product's game play while evolving the combat
and economic features. Rated TEEN by the ESRB: Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain
violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Encarta® Online
Microsoft Corp.
The Encarta Online encyclopedia includes more than 47,000 encyclopedia articles, many with multimedia features such as
video and audio clips. You'll also find links to trusted Web sites with even more information. An interactive world atlas lets
you zoom in on a particular region or country. Content may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. May contain minimal
violence and some comic mischief or crude language.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Family Game Pack
Microsoft Corp.
Play classic games like chess and checkers with Bicycle Board Games (rated E). Own and run your own zoo in Zoo Tycoon
(rated E). Play golf on the finest courses in Links (rated E). Rated E for EVERYONE by the ESRB: Content may be suitable for
persons ages 6 and older. May contain minimal violence and some comic mischief or crude language.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Microsoft Corp.
Internet Explorer offers dramatic performance, reliability, and usability improvements making it the fastest, easiest and
most cost-effective Web browser for people to use, manage and support. Whether you use the Web to read e-mail, news
or sports reports, shop online, listen to music or play videos, or share your images and photos with friends family or work
colleagues, IE 6 makes it easy, exciting and fun.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
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Microsoft® MSN®
Microsoft Corp.
MSN Internet service combines fast, reliable service with innovative Microsoft software to make the Web more useful for you
and your family. The new MSN 8 Internet service includes smart features such as automatic e-mail virus protection services,
an intelligent junk mail filter, powerful parental controls, and easy switching tools.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Money Standard
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Money Standard provides a quick and easy way to organize and manage your personal finances. New features
include auto-balancing, a bills estimator, spending comparison reports, and investment reminders. Save time organizing and
managing your cash flow and balancing your checkbook. Create and track a budget, pay your bills, organize your finances,
and view a complete picture of your financial health all in one place.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Windows® Movie Maker 2
Microsoft Corp.
Windows Movie Maker 2 makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker 2 you can create, edit and share your home
movies right on your PC. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best
scenes. Add special effects, music and narration. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, on your PC, CD, or even DVD.
You can also save your edited movie back to the DV tape in your camera to play on a TV or even on the camera itself.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Office XP Professional
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Professional software redefines the relationship between people and software by providing a smarter,
simpler way of working. New Office XP Professional software features include context-sensitive smart tags, enhanced
formatting options, and more, that enable you to continually integrate additional services into Office and access information
anytime. The Office XP Professional suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, PowerPoint ®, and Access software.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Office XP Small Business Edition
Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft Office XP Small Business Edition helps you get work done more quickly by providing real-time, context-sensitive
options for important actions, from formatting to error correction. Task panes consolidate important tasks into a single
integrated view, enabling you to conduct searches, launch and format documents, and view the contents of your Clipboard
from one location. The Office XP Small Business Edition suite includes Word, Excel, Outlook®, and Publisher software.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Microsoft® Simulation Game Pack
Microsoft Corp.
Fly your own aircraft in Flight Simulator (rated E). Drive like a maniac in Midtown Madness 2 (rated E). Live in a world of
mythology with Age of Mythology (rated T). Rated E for EVERYONE: Content may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older.
May contain minimal violence and some comic mischief or crude language. Rated T for TEEN: Content may be suitable for
persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Windows Media® Player
Microsoft Corp.
Using one of the premiere video and music playback software programs, you can better enjoy listening and watching many
different kinds of media. Other great features include, instant-on playback, Mini-player mode, Intelligent Streaming
technology, 5.1-channel surround sound audio codec, and built-in Smart Jukebox features.
Support: See Microsoft® Works
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft Corp.
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Works lets you quickly and easily create high-quality, fun documents. Works provides the core tools you need to create
documents, manage lists and schedules, create reports and budgets and organize information from many sources. Works
includes Word Processor, Works Database, Works Spreadsheet, Works Portfolio, and Works Calendar.
Support:
web site
http://www.support.microsoft.com
MoodLogic
MoodLogic, Inc.
MoodLogic is the world's largest descriptive database of song information. The information is provided from music lovers like
you. MoodLogic allows you to browse the songs by artist and genre, narrow your selections by tempo or year, save your
favorite playlist and transfer it to a portable player.
Support:
web site
http://www.moodlogic.com/support
e-mail help@moodlogic.com
Network Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
Network Smart Capture captures images and video from any Sony® Digital Camcorder that supports a standard i.LINK®
connection. Send your video or still images through e-mail or upload them to the ImageStation® service. You can use the
Web camera function to automatically upload your captured images.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Norton Internet Security
Symantec Corporation
Symantec's Norton Internet Security software provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats.
This easy-to-use, integrated suite includes full versions of Norton AntiVirus® and Norton Personal Firewall software to
defend your PC against the most common Internet dangers. Norton Internet Security also includes Norton Spam Alert,
which helps you detect and filter unwanted e-mail. Norton Parental Control keeps your children safe by letting you block
objectionable Web sites and set up separate Internet access privileges for each member of your household. Automatic
downloads keep Norton Internet Security software updated against new security threats. This is a trial version of the
Norton Internet Security software.
Support:
web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp
PC-cillin®
Trend Micro, Inc.
PC-cillin antivirus software provides complete, easy-to-use, Internet-era virus protection at your computer's entry points
(including beaming, synchronization, and Internet access) to defend against potential threats hidden inside files, e-mail, or
on the Web. (Subscription required after initial evaluation period.)
Support:
web site
http://www.trendmicro.com/en/support
telephone
800-864-6027
e-mail pc-cillin@support.trendmicro.com
hours M - F, 5 AM - 5 PM (PST)
PictureGear Studio
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Sony Electronics Inc.
PictureGear Studio still image management software displays still images from your hard drive or a Sony digital still camera.
The still images appear in a convenient light-table format so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder, create
your own photo albums and make prints.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Quicken® New User Edition
Intuit Inc.
Quicken software is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken software works just like your checkbook, so it's
easy to learn and use. You can even pay your bills online. Quicken software manages all of your finances, bank accounts,
credit cards, investments, and loans. (Users of earlier versions of Quicken software must upgrade for a fee.) Upgrade
possible to Quicken® Deluxe, and other versions.
Support:
web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
QuickTime®
Apple Computer, Inc.
The versatile QuickTime software plays many different kinds of media files, including video, audio, and virtual reality (VR)
movies. You can play QuickTime files (referred to as "QuickTime movies") using QuickTime Player or any other application,
such as a Web browser or word processor, that supports QuickTime software.
Support:
web site
http://www.info.apple.com
telephone
800-275-2273
RealOne Player
RealNetworks, Inc.
RealOne Player is an all-in-one digital media player that lets you find everything and play anything. RealOne Player fuses
a streaming media player, jukebox, browser and new content discovery services all in one application. Play CDs, MP3s and
internet radio stations from anywhere in the world. View video clips and movies with the same player. Download music
directly to your Sony MiniDisc Walkman® player or your Sony Memory Stick Walkman® player.
Support:
web site(s)
http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html
telephone
206-674-2680
RecordNow
Easy Systems LTD, Japan
RecordNow is the ideal CD and DVD disc-mastering software. The RecordNow wizard makes it easy for the novice user to
start recording right away.
Support:
web site
http://www.easy.co.jp/jrn45/sony
SonicStage
Sony Electronics Inc.
The SonicStage jukebox application gives you all the tools you need to manage music on your computer. SonicStage
software sports high-quality digital audio storage, a music visualizer, a sleek player skin design, audio CD burning capability
(on computer models that include a CD recording device), and a parametric equalizer for fine-tuning audio playback.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
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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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Sony on Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc.
Personalize your own Web portal with Sony on Yahoo! Get a free Web mail account, customized news and local weather
reports, comics, instant messaging, and more.
Support:
web site
http://help.yahoo.com
Screenblast® ACID®
Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Use the amazing Screenblast® ACID® software to produce, arrange, and edit your loop-based music. With ACID software,
you can slice out long hours from the music-making equation and unlock the doors of your creativity by picking, painting,
and playing your songs.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support/default.asp
Screenblast® ACID® Deluxe
Sonic Foundry, Inc. and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Screenblast® ACID® Deluxe software lets you produce, arrange, and edit your loop-based music. With Screenblast ACID
Deluxe software you get unlimited tracks, track-at-once burning, higher bit rates, and express effects like reverb.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support/default.asp
Screenblast® Sound Forge®
Sonic Foundry, Inc. and Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sony Screenblast® Sound Forge® software enables you to record, edit, and process mono or stereo audio files for your
multimedia or Internet projects. Whether you want to use a number of professional effects, convert video into streaming
media, or synchronize audio to video—this software has everything you need to create rich, immersive multimedia and
Internet content.
Support:
web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com
Sony® VAIO® Product Registration
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Product Registration is an integrated registration application 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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
Sound Blaster® Audigy
Creative Labs, Inc.
Easily create, customize, and listen to MP3/WMA files, set up properties for audio devices, and record sound or music from
various sources. Enjoy cinema-quality sound immediately and experience fully enhanced digital or analog sound.
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Support
web site
http://www.americas.creative.com/support/custsup.asp
Station.com
Sony Online Entertainment Inc.
Sony Online's award-winning Web site offers gamers the best in casual online games. With popular TV titles such as
Jeopardy! Wheel of Fortune Online, card games, and action titles like Cosmic Rift, the station rewards its players with a host
of contests and cash giveaways as well as localization so players can play in French, German and Japanese.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
TurboTax® for the Web
Intuit, Inc.
Quickly and easily prepares and files tax returns without downloading or installing any software. From the easy-to-use
interview to features such as Instant Data Entry, also found in the TurboTax desktop products, TurboTax for the Web offers
easy, fast and customized tax preparation.
Support:
web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
telephone
900-555-4932; 800-644-31931
hours M - F, 5 AM - 5 PM PST
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VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's shortcut keys.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
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.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Hints and Tips
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Hints and Tips provides helpful information about using your computer's preinstalled hardware and software. You can
find suggestions on improving system performance, answers to frequently asked questions, and creative ways to tap into
your computer's multimedia capabilities. As you become familiar with your computer's features, your creative VAIO®
computer experience expands.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Media
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Media software brings multimedia to your network, enabling you to share music, video, and still image files between
your VAIO® computers. You can set up one or more computers as "media servers," which store your multimedia files and
make them available to other VAIO computers on your wired or wireless network.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Music Services
Sony Electronics Inc.
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Download music from the web, create your own albums, or have CDs sent straight to your house with VAIO Music Services.
The ultimate place on the Web for music lovers to find out information about their favorite artist and get all of the latest
music news.
Support: Sony Electronics, see VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Support Agent
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive online support with information about your preinstalled software and
answers to frequently asked questions.
Support:
web site
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
telephone
888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972)1
hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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WinDVD® for VAIO®
InterVideo, Inc.
WinDVD software serves as a simple-to-use DVD player that offers all the features you would expect to find in a standard
consumer DVD player, including advanced display and navigation features such as zoom, pan, bookmark, and time search.
Support:
web site
http://www.intervideo.com/jsp/Support.jsp
telephone
510-651-0888
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