Sony | VPCL12M1R | Sony VPCL12M1E Operating Instructions

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User Guide
Personal Computer
VPCL12 Series
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Contents
Before Use.......................................................................... 4
Finding More about Your VAIO Computer .................... 5
Ergonomic Considerations ............................................ 7
Getting Started.................................................................... 9
Locating Controls and Ports........................................ 10
About the Indicator Lights ........................................... 14
Setting Up Your Computer .......................................... 15
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely ........................ 17
Using the Power Saving Mode.................................... 18
Updating Your Computer ............................................ 20
Using Your VAIO Computer.............................................. 21
Using the Keyboard..................................................... 22
Using the Mouse ......................................................... 28
Using the Touch Screen.............................................. 33
Using the Built-in Camera ........................................... 37
Using the Optical Disc Drive ....................................... 38
Using the TV Function................................................. 45
Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function....................... 48
Using the Remote Commander ...................................53
Using "Memory Stick" ..................................................57
Using Other Modules / Memory Cards ........................64
Using the Internet ........................................................68
Using the Network (LAN) .............................................69
Using the Wireless LAN...............................................70
Using the Bluetooth Function ......................................75
Using Peripheral Devices ..................................................80
Connecting External Speakers or Headphones ..........81
Connecting an External Microphone ...........................82
Connecting a USB Device ...........................................83
Connecting an i.LINK Device.......................................85
Customizing Your VAIO Computer....................................87
Setting the Password...................................................88
Using Intel(R) VT .........................................................95
Using the VAIO Control Center ...................................96
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer.......................................97
Adding and Removing Memory ...................................98
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Precautions..................................................................... 104
Safety Information ..................................................... 105
Care and Maintenance Information........................... 108
Handling Your Computer........................................... 109
Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen .................. 111
Using the Power Source ........................................... 112
Handling the Built-in Camera .................................... 113
Handling Discs .......................................................... 114
Handling "Memory Stick"........................................... 115
Handling the Built-in Storage Device ........................ 116
Microphone ................................................................145
Mouse ........................................................................146
Speakers ...................................................................148
Touch Screen ............................................................150
Keyboard ...................................................................151
Floppy Disks ..............................................................152
Audio/Video ...............................................................153
HDMI/VIDEO Input Function .....................................156
"Memory Stick" ..........................................................158
Peripherals ................................................................159
Troubleshooting .............................................................. 117
Computer Operations................................................ 119
System Update / Security.......................................... 124
Recovery ................................................................... 126
Built-in Camera ......................................................... 128
Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) ............................... 130
Bluetooth Technology ............................................... 133
Optical Discs ............................................................. 137
Display ...................................................................... 142
Printing ...................................................................... 144
Trademarks .....................................................................160
Notice ..............................................................................162
Before Use >
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Before Use
Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has
combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with a state-of-the-art
computing experience.
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External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer.
How to find specifications
Some features, options, and supplied items may not be available on your computer.
To find out about the configuration of your computer, visit the VAIO Link web site at http://www.vaio-link.com.
Before Use >
Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
This section provides support information about your VAIO computer.
1. Printed Documentation
❑ Quick Start Guide — An overview of components connection, set-up information, etc.
❑ Recovery and Troubleshooting Guide
❑ Regulations, Guarantee, and Service Support
2. On-screen Documentation
❑ User Guide (This manual) — Features of your computer and information about solving common problems.
To view this on-screen guide:
1
Click Start
, All Programs, and VAIO Documentation.
2
Open the folder for your language.
3
Select the guide you want to read.
✍
You can manually browse to the user guides by going to Computer > VAIO (C:) (your C drive) > Documentation > Documentation and opening the
folder for your language.
❑ Windows Help and Support — A comprehensive resource for practical advice, tutorials, and demonstrations to help you
learn to use your computer.
To access Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support, or press and hold the Microsoft Windows
key and press the F1 key.
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Finding More about Your VAIO Computer
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3. Support Web Sites
If you have any problem with the computer, visit the VAIO-Link web site at http://www.vaio-link.com for troubleshooting
guidance.
Some other information resources are also available:
❑ The Club VAIO community at http://club-vaio.com provides the possibility to ask questions to other VAIO users.
❑ For product information, you can visit our products web site at http://www.vaio.eu/, or our online store at
http://www.sonystyle-europe.com.
In case you need to contact VAIO-Link, have the serial number of your VAIO computer ready at hand. The serial number is
located on the bottom, the back panel, or inside the battery compartment of your VAIO computer. If you have problems
locating your serial number, more guidance can be found on the VAIO-Link web site.
Before Use >
Ergonomic Considerations
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Ergonomic Considerations
Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations:
❑ Position of your computer – Place the display directly in front of you. Keep your forearms horizontal, with your wrists in
a neutral, comfortable position while using the keyboard or the pointing device. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your
sides. Take frequent breaks while using your computer. Excessive use of the computer may strain eyes, muscles, or
tendons.
❑ Furniture and posture – Sit in a chair with good back support. 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 backwards.
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Ergonomic Considerations
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❑ Viewing angle of the display – Use the display tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and
muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well.
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While adjusting the viewing angle, do not exert excessive pressure on your computer to eliminate a risk of mechanical damage.
❑ Lighting – Choose a location where windows and lights do not cause glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect
lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work efficiency.
❑ Ventilation – Make sure you leave at least 10 cm of space behind and at least 20 cm of space on each side of the main
unit.
Getting Started >
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Getting Started
This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer.
❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 10)
❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 14)
❑ Setting Up Your Computer (page 15)
❑ Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 17)
❑ Using the Power Saving Mode (page 18)
❑ Updating Your Computer (page 20)
Getting Started >
Locating Controls and Ports
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Locating Controls and Ports
Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages.
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The appearance of your computer may be different from those illustrated in this manual due to variations in specifications. It may also vary in some
countries or areas.
Front
A Built-in microphone (monaural)
B Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator (page 14)
C Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 37)
D
E
F
G
H
I
HDMI/VIDEO input indicator* (page 14)
WIRELESS indicator (page 14)
Disc drive indicator (page 14)
Power indicator (page 14)
Built-in speakers (stereo)
LCD screen/touch screen (page 33)
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Due to the mechanical design of the touch screen of your computer, some areas
of the screen surface may become warm while you are using the computer for
an extended period of time. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
J Bottom chassis frame (page 105)
K Remote sensor*
Point the supplied remote commander to this sensor for
operations.
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On selected models only.
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Back
A Power button
B DISPLAY OFF button/DISPLAY OFF indicator (page 14)
Press this button to turn off the LCD backlight. While the HDMI
input or the video input is selected as the audio/video input
source by the INPUT SELECT button (page 12), pressing this
button also turns off the volume.
C Air exhaust vent
D Memory module compartment cover (page 98)
E VIDEO INPUT jacks*1 (page 48)
F HDMI INPUT port*1 (page 48)
G AC input port (page 15)
H Prop-up stand (page 105)
I VHF/UHF input port*1 (page 45)
J Network (LAN) port (page 69)
K OPTICAL OUT port (page 81)
(Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 KHz/48.0 KHz/96.0 KHz)
L USB ports*2 (page 83)
M CONNECT button (page 27), (page 31)
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The area around the air exhaust vent (3) becomes extremely hot while your computer
is on. Be sure to wait until the computer cools down before you touch it.
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On selected models only.
*2
Compliant with the USB 2.0 standard and support high-/full-/low- speeds.
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Right
A Optical disc drive (page 38)
B Manual eject hole (page 137)
C Drive eject button (page 38)
D INPUT SELECT button* (page 50)/
INPUT SELECT indicator* (page 14)
E MENU button* (page 50)
F V/v (Up/Down) buttons* (page 50)
G OK button* (page 50)
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On selected models only.
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Locating Controls and Ports
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Left
A
B
C
D
"Memory Stick Duo" slot*1 (page 57)
E
F
G
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USB ports*2 (page 83)
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Your computer supports only Duo-size "Memory Stick".
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Compliant with the USB 2.0 standard and support high-/full-/low- speeds.
Media Access indicator (page 14)
SD memory card slot (page 64)
i.LINK 4-pin (S400) port (page 85)
Headphones jack (page 81)
Microphone jack (page 82)
Line In jack
Connect an external audio device to receive audio signals.
Getting Started >
About the Indicator Lights
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About the Indicator Lights
Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights:
Indicator
Functions
Power 1
Illuminates in green while the computer is on, illuminates in orange while the computer is in Sleep mode, and
turns off when the computer is turned off.
HDMI/VIDEO*
Illuminates in green while the HDMI input or the video input is selected as the audio/video input source.
Built-in MOTION EYE camera
Illuminates while the built-in camera is in use.
Media Access
Illuminates while data access to a memory card, such as "Memory Stick" and an SD memory card, is in
progress. (Do not place the computer into Sleep mode or turn it off while this indicator light is lit.) When the
indicator light is unlit, the memory card is not in use.
INPUT SELECT*
Illuminates in green while the HDMI input or the video input is selected as the audio/video input source.
DISPLAY OFF
Illuminates in orange while the LCD backlight is off.
Disc drive
Illuminates while data access to the built-in storage device or the optical disc drive is in progress. Do not place
the computer into Sleep mode or turn it off while this indicator light is lit.
WIRELESS
Illuminates while one or more wireless options are enabled.
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On selected models only.
Getting Started >
Setting Up Your Computer
Setting Up Your Computer
Connecting a Power Source
You need a power cord to connect your computer to an AC power source.
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Use only the supplied power cord for your computer.
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Setting Up Your Computer
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To connect the power cord
1
Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC outlet (2).
2
Route the power cord through the hole (3) of the prop-up stand and plug the other end into the AC input port (4) on the
computer.
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To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
Make sure that the AC outlets are easily accessible.
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If you unplug the power cord from your computer while the computer is on or in Sleep mode, you may lose all unsaved data.
Getting Started >
Shutting Down Your Computer Safely
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Shutting Down Your Computer Safely
To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below.
To shut down your computer
1
Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer.
2
Click Start and the Shut down button.
3
Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off
automatically.
The power indicator light turns off.
Getting Started >
Using the Power Saving Mode
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Using the Power Saving Mode
In addition to the normal operating mode, your computer has a distinct power saving mode called Sleep mode.
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Turn off your computer if you do not intend to use it for an extended period of time.
Mode
Description
Normal mode
This is the normal state of your computer while it is in use. The green power indicator light is lit while the
computer is in this mode.
Sleep mode
Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the built-in storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power
consumption mode. The orange power indicator light illuminates while your computer is in this mode.
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Using the Power Saving Mode
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Using Sleep Mode
To activate Sleep mode
Click Start, the arrow
next to the Shut down button, and Sleep.
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Alternatively, you can press the sleep button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander (if supplied) to place your computer into Sleep mode.
To return to Normal mode
❑ Press any key on the wireless keyboard or the sleep button on the remote commander (if supplied).
❑ Press the power button on your computer.
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Make sure that the batteries of your wireless keyboard and remote commander (if supplied) are properly installed and not running out of power.
If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. You will lose all unsaved data.
If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode. To modify this, you can change the Sleep
mode settings.
To change the Sleep mode settings
1
Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Power Options.
2
Click Change plan settings under the current power plan.
3
Change the time to place the computer into Sleep mode and click Save Changes.
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Updating Your Computer
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Updating Your Computer
Be sure to update your VAIO computer with the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently
and securely.
The VAIO Update automatically notifies you of new updates for enhancing your computer's performance available on the
Internet, and downloads and installs them on the computer.
❑ Windows Update
Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions.
❑ VAIO Update 5
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Update 5 and then follow the on-screen instructions.
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Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
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Using Your VAIO Computer
This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer.
❑ Using the Keyboard (page 22)
❑ Using the Mouse (page 28)
❑ Using the Touch Screen (page 33)
❑ Using the Built-in Camera (page 37)
❑ Using the Optical Disc Drive (page 38)
❑ Using the TV Function (page 45)
❑ Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function (page 48)
❑ Using the Remote Commander (page 53)
❑ Using "Memory Stick" (page 57)
❑ Using Other Modules / Memory Cards (page 64)
❑ Using the Internet (page 68)
❑ Using the Network (LAN) (page 69)
❑ Using the Wireless LAN (page 70)
❑ Using the Bluetooth Function (page 75)
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Using the Keyboard
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Using the Keyboard
A wireless keyboard is supplied with your computer.
The wireless keyboard uses a standard key arrangement with additional keys that perform specific functions.
Using the Wireless Keyboard
Two AA alkaline batteries are supplied with your wireless keyboard. Before attempting to use the wireless keyboard, remove
the battery compartment cover (1) from the bottom of the wireless keyboard and install the supplied two AA batteries (2) into
the battery compartment.
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If the wireless keyboard does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. If you do not intend to use the wireless keyboard for an
extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
If the wireless keyboard is left unused for 20 minutes or longer, your computer enters Sleep mode. To bring it back into Normal mode, press any key
on the wireless keyboard.
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Using the Keyboard
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To maintain good communication, operate the wireless keyboard within the distance limitations of keyboard: 10 m from your computer.
You cannot use the wireless keyboard in conjunction with the HDMI/VIDEO input function (page 48).
If you find your wireless keyboard not working, for example after you used the keyboard with another VAIO model, reconnect the keyboard. See To
connect the wireless keyboard (page 27) for the detailed procedure.
Avoid using any wireless devices that exchange radio signals on the 2.4 GHz frequency band near the wireless keyboard. These devices may cause
interference, causing the keyboard to stop working properly.
Do not place metal furniture or objects near your computer or wireless keyboard, as this may create interference, causing the keyboard to stop working
properly.
Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless keyboard. Be sure to use the same type and manufacture of the battery.
Do not mix alkaline with manganese batteries. Using incompatible batteries or mixing used, new or different types of batteries can damage the wireless
keyboard.
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Using the Keyboard
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A Function keys
Perform certain tasks. The task associated with each function
key varies among software applications except the following
combinations with the Fn key to change the LCD brightness of
your computer screen.
Fn+F5: Decreases lighting intensity of the LCD screen.
Fn+F6: Increases lighting intensity of the LCD screen.
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While using the HDMI/VIDEO input function, you cannot use the function keys
on the wireless keyboard to change the LCD brightness. To change the
brightness while using the HDMI/VIDEO input function, see Using the HDMI/
VIDEO Input Control Buttons (page 50) for the procedure.
B Num Lk/Scr Lk key
Activates/deactivates Num Lk mode. To activate/deactivate Scr
Lk mode, use this key in conjunction with the Fn key.
When Num Lk or Scr Lk mode is activated or deactivated, the
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(Num lock) or
(Scroll lock) icon appears on the taskbar
along with a pop-up message to indicate a mode change.
Illustrated above is the English keyboard as an example.
✍
You can keep the Num lock and/or Scroll lock icon on the taskbar. To do so, rightclick the f icon on the taskbar, click Customize notification icons, and then
select Show icon and notifications for your desired icon.
C VAIO button
Launches the Media Gallery.
D Power switch
Slide the switch to turn the wireless keyboard on and off.
E Sleep button
Provides a lower level of power consumption.
For details on power management, see Using the Power
Saving Mode (page 18).
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Using the Keyboard
F Zoom buttons
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N Indicator lights
Change the size of an image or a document displayed on some
software.
Press
(Battery): Stays off while the AA batteries for the wireless
keyboard are sufficient and blinks when the batteries are
running out of power.
to make the view look smaller and further away (zoom out).
(Caps lock): Turns on when Caps Lock mode is activated.
to make the view look bigger and closer (zoom in).
Press
See the help file included with the VAIO Control Center for more
information.
(Connect): Blinks slowly while connection between the
computer and the wireless keyboard is down, blinks rapidly
when the keyboard is ready for connection with the computer,
and turns off when the connection is established.
G Muting button*
Turns the volume on and off.
H Volume control buttons*
O Numeric keypad
Use the numeric keypad to type numbers or to perform basic
math calculations.
Increase (+) or decrease (-) the volume.
I Caps Lock key
Activates/deactivates Caps Lock mode where letters are all typed in
upper case.
J Windows key
Displays the Start menu.
K E key
Ejects the optical disc drive tray when used in conjunction with the Fn
key.
L Applications key
Displays a context-sensitive shortcut menu (if any).
M Directional arrow keys
Move the pointer on the computer screen.
*
Disabled while you are using the HDMI/VIDEO input function.
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Using the Keyboard
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A Keyboard feet
Flip open to put the wireless keyboard in a more 'ergonomic'
position.
B CONNECT button (page 27)
Press to enable the wireless keyboard to communicate with the
computer.
C Battery compartment (page 22)
Storage compartment for the AA batteries.
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Using the Keyboard
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To connect the wireless keyboard
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To connect the wireless keyboard, it must be located within a range of 30 cm to 1 m from the computer.
1
Make sure the supplied two AA batteries are properly installed.
2
Turn on the computer.
3
Slide the power switch on the back of the keyboard to the ON position.
4
Press the CONNECT button (1) on the bottom of the keyboard.
5
Press the CONNECT button (2) on the back of the computer while the connect indicator light
is blinking rapidly.
The rapid-blinking connect indicator light turns off when connection is established between the computer and the
keyboard. If not, repeat the procedure.
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The connect indicator light
blinks rapidly for about one minute to indicate that the keyboard is ready for connection with the computer. If no
connection is made during this period, the indicator light goes blinking slowly to indicate that the connection is down.
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Using the Mouse
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Using the Mouse
A wireless mouse is supplied with your computer.
The wireless mouse has no cables to plug in and uses a light-emitting diode (LED) instead of a ball.
Using the Wireless Mouse
Two AA alkaline batteries are supplied with your wireless mouse. Before attempting to use the wireless mouse, remove the
battery compartment cover (1) from the bottom of the wireless mouse and install the supplied two AA batteries (2) into the
battery compartment.
✍
If the wireless mouse does not operate properly, the batteries may need to be replaced. If you do not intend to use the wireless mouse for an extended
period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
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Using the Mouse
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To maintain good communication, operate the wireless mouse within the distance limitations of mouse: 10 m from your computer.
If you find your wireless mouse not working, for example after you used the mouse with another VAIO model, reconnect the mouse. See To connect
the wireless mouse (page 31) for the detailed procedure.
Avoid using any wireless devices that exchange radio signals on the 2.4 GHz frequency band near the wireless mouse. These devices may cause
interference, causing the mouse to stop working properly.
Use surfaces such as plain paper, card stock, or fabric that have minimal repetitive patterns.
Avoid using the wireless mouse on surfaces such as mirrors, smooth glass, or magazines that have half- tone printing.
Do not place metal furniture near your computer or wireless mouse, as this may create interference, causing the mouse to stop working properly.
Do not mix old (used) and new batteries when replacing batteries in the wireless mouse. Always use the same type and manufacture of the battery.
Do not mix alkaline with manganese batteries. Using incompatible batteries or mixing used, new or different types of batteries can damage the wireless
mouse.
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Using the Mouse
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A Left button
Click or double-click the left button to select items. To drag and
drop items, hold the left button down while sliding the mouse,
then release the button to drop the item.
B Central wheel
Rotate the central wheel to scroll up or down a page. Press the
wheel once to lock the scroll action and control the movement
by moving the entire mouse (the scroll function is available only
with applications that support it).
C Right button
Press the right button once to display a context-sensitive
shortcut menu (if any).
D Battery indicator light
Blinks when the mouse batteries are running out of power.
E Power switch
Slide the switch to turn the mouse on and off.
F CONNECT button (page 31)
Press to enable communication between the computer and the
wireless mouse.
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Using the Mouse
To connect the wireless mouse
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To connect the wireless mouse, it must be located within a range of 30 cm to 1 m from the computer.
1
Make sure the supplied two AA batteries are properly installed.
2
Turn on the computer.
3
Slide the power switch (1) on the bottom of the mouse to the ON position.
4
Press the CONNECT button (2) on the bottom of the mouse.
5
Press the CONNECT button (3) on the back of the computer within 10 seconds from step 4.
Communication between the mouse and the computer should now be established. If not, repeat the procedure.
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Using Your VAIO Computer >
Using the Mouse
Adjusting the Mouse Functions
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Mouse under Hardware and Sound.
The Mouse Properties window appears.
3
Change the settings.
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Using the Touch Screen
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Using the Touch Screen
Embedded infrared optical sensors of your computer's touch screen enable direct interaction with the computer using your
finger(s). You can perform various gestures on the touch screen to compensate for mouse operations, such as selecting items
and scrolling.
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The touch screen function may be disabled depending on the software application you are using.
Your computer is equipped with two optical sensors and supports multi-touch input of up to two points. When rotating a picture on the touch screen,
for example, a rotating gesture may not be successfully recognized by your computer, which, however, does not indicate a malfunction.
The touch screen function is disabled while you are using the HDMI/VIDEO input function. See Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function (page 48) for
more information.
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Using the Touch Screen
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Gesture
Description
Tap
Tap on the touch screen once with a finger. This gesture is equivalent to a click with a mouse.
Double-tap
Tap on the touch screen twice in quick succession with a finger. This gesture is equivalent to a double-click with a mouse.
Press-and-hold
Touch and hold on the touch screen with a finger until a circling icon appears, and then lift the finger off the screen to display
a context-sensitive shortcut menu (if any). This gesture is equivalent to a right-click with a mouse.
Press-and-tap
Touch and hold on the touch screen with a finger and tap with another finger to display a context-sensitive shortcut menu (if
any). This gesture is equivalent to a right-click with a mouse.
Drag
Put a finger on the touch screen and slide it while keeping the finger in contact with the screen. Drag left or right for panning;
up or down for scrolling.
Flick
Put a finger on the touch screen and slide it linearly in quick motion.
You can assign an individual task to up to eight flicks. There are four default flick
assignments: you can flick left to move backward, flick right to move forward, flick up
to scroll up, and flick down to scroll down. When a flick gesture is successfully
recognized, an icon appears with a description of the assignment on the desktop.
To add or change the flick assignments, click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and
Sound, and Pen and Touch to access the Flick tab.
Zoom
With some software applications, you can pinch on the touch screen with two fingers
for zooming. Pinch open to zoom in or pinch close to zoom out.
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Using the Touch Screen
Gesture
Description
Rotate
With some software applications, such as photo viewer software, you can put two
fingers on the touch screen and slide them in circles to rotate the underlying object.
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✍
You can disable the touch screen function with the Control Panel. Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Pen and Touch, and then click
to cancel the Use your finger as an input device check box on the Touch tab.
You can change the DPI to enlarge the view size of the touch screen for easier touch works. To do so, click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound,
Display, and Set custom text size (DPI), and then specify your preference. Changing the DPI, however, may distort the screen view while you are using
a non-compatible software application or viewing a non-compatible web site. Depending on the model you purchased, the text size may have set to
Larger by default.
You can bring your computer from Sleep mode to Normal mode by touching the touch screen. This, however, may not work in some cases including
the one, for example, where you were using the HDMI/VIDEO input function when the computer entered Sleep mode. In such a case, press any key on
the wireless keyboard or the power button on the computer to bring the computer back into Normal mode.
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Using the Touch Screen
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Displaying the On-screen Keyboard
While the touch screen function is enabled, you can use the on-screen keyboard, instead of the wireless keyboard, for text
entry. To display the on-screen keyboard, simply tap on a text entry field. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard tab at the
left edge of the desktop to display the on-screen keyboard. Tap on the tab to pull it out, and then tap on it once again to display
the keyboard in full view.
Notes on Using the Touch Screen
❑ To repeat tapping, be sure to lift your finger at least 4 mm off the touch screen after each tap.
❑ When tapping triggers an unintentional operation, make sure that no other parts of your body, including your clothes, are
in contact with the touch screen. The touch screen may even respond to a touch made by an insect that happens to come
in contact with the screen.
❑ Be sure to touch gently with your fingertip, not with the ball of your finger. If the area of contact with the touch screen is
beyond specifications of the touch screen function, your computer may not recognize your touch.
❑ Depending on the spot you touch on the screen, the touch screen sensitivity varies. This is normal and does not indicate
a malfunction.
❑ Gentle touches always work. The degree of pressing force does not count for operations as the touch screen employs
optical technology.
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Using the Built-in Camera
Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera.
With the preinstalled image capture software, you can perform the following:
❑ Capture still images and movies
❑ Sense and capture object movements for monitoring purposes
❑ Edit captured data
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Turning on the computer activates the built-in camera.
Video conferences are possible with the appropriate software.
!
Launching or exiting your instant messaging or video editing software does not activate or deactivate the built-in camera.
Do not place your computer into Sleep mode while you are using the built-in camera.
To use the preinstalled image capture software
1
Click Start, All Programs, ArcSoft WebCam Companion 3, and WebCam Companion 3.
2
Click your desired icon in the main window.
For detailed information on how to use the software, see the help file included with the software.
✍
When capturing an image or a movie in a dark place, click the Capture icon in the main window, and then click the WebCam Settings icon and select
the low light or low light compensation option in the properties window.
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Using the Optical Disc Drive
Using the Optical Disc Drive
Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive.
Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
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To insert a disc
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the drive eject button (1) or the Fn+E keys to open the drive.
The drive tray slides out.
3
Hold the back of the drive tray with one hand, place a disc in the middle of the drive tray with the label side facing toward
you, and gently push it toward the drive tray until the disc clicks into place.
!
Do not exert pressure on the drive tray. Be sure to hold the back of the drive tray when placing/removing a disc onto/from the drive tray.
4
Close the drive tray by pushing it in gently.
!
Do not remove the optical disc while your computer is in Sleep mode. Be sure to bring the computer back into Normal mode before removing the disc.
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Supported Disc Media
Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc™ media, depending on the model you purchased.
See the reference chart below to find out which type of optical disc drive supports which types of media.
PR: playable and recordable
P: playable but not recordable
–: not playable or recordable
CDROM
Video Music CD
CD
CD
Extra
CD-R/ DVDRW
ROM
DVD- DVD-R/ DVD+R/ DVD+R DL DVD-R DL DVDBDVideo RW
RW
(Double
(Dual
RAM*1 *2 ROM
Layer)
Layer)
BD-R/RE*3
DVD±RW/
±R DL/RAM
P
P
P
P
PR*5
P
P
PR
PR
PR
PR
PR
–
–
Blu-ray Disc
P
P
P
P
PR*5
P
P
PR
PR
PR
PR
PR
P
PR*4
Blu-ray Disc
Combo
P
P
P
P
PR*5
P
P
PR
PR
PR
PR
PR
P
P
*1
The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with a removable cartridge.
*2
Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported.
DVD-RAM Version 2.2/12X-SPEED DVD-RAM Revision 5.0 disc is not supported.
*3
The Blu-ray Disc drive on your computer does not support BD-RE Disc media in Version 1.0 format and Blu-ray Disc media with a cartridge.
*4
Supports writing data to BD-R Part1 Version 1.1/1.2/1.3 discs (single-layer discs with the capacity of 25 GB, dual-layer discs with the capacity of 50 GB) and BDRE Part1 Version 2.1 discs (single-layer discs with the capacity of 25 GB, dual-layer discs with the capacity of 50 GB).
*5
Writing data to Ultra Speed CD-RW discs is not supported.
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!
This unit is designed to playback discs that conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. DualDiscs and some music discs encoded with copyright
protection technologies do not conform to the Compact Disc (CD) standard. Therefore, these discs may not be compatible with this unit.
When you buy pre-recorded or blank discs for use with your VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc package carefully to check both
playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO optical disc drives
with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD," "DVD," or "Blu-ray Disc" standard. USING NON-COMPLIANT DISCS CAN CAUSE FATAL DAMAGE
TO YOUR VAIO PC OR CREATE SOFTWARE CONFLICTS AND CAUSE SYSTEM HANGING.
For inquiries about disc formats, contact the individual publisher of the pre-recorded disc or the manufacturer of the recordable disc.
✍
8 cm disc writing is not supported.
!
To play copyright protected Blu-ray Disc media continually, update the AACS key. The AACS key update requires Internet access.
As with other optical media devices, circumstances may limit compatibility or prevent Blu-ray Disc media playback. VAIO computers may not support
movie playback on packaged media recorded in AVC or VC1 formats at high bit rates.
Region settings are required for some contents of DVD and BD-ROM Disc media. If the region setting on the optical disc drive does not match the
region coding on the disc, playback is not possible.
Some content may restrict video output to standard definition or prohibit analog video output. When you output video signals through digital
connections, such as an HDMI connection or a DVI connection, it is strongly recommended that a digital HDCP compliant environment be implemented
for optimum compatibility and viewing quality.
Exit all memory-resident utility software before playing or writing a disc as it may cause the computer to malfunction.
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Notes on Using the Optical Disc Drive
Notes on writing data to a disc
❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs in any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage the optical disc
drive.
❑ Do not strike or shake your computer while the optical disc drive is writing data to a disc.
❑ Do not plug or unplug the power cord or the AC adapter while the optical disc drive is writing data to a disc.
Notes on playing discs
To achieve optimum performance of disc playback, you should follow these recommendations:
❑ Some CD players and computer optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CD-RW
media.
❑ Some DVD players and computer optical disc drives may not be able to play DVDs created with the DVD+R DL, DVD-R
DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM media.
❑ You may not be able to play some Blu-ray Disc content on your computer, or the computer may become unstable during
Blu-ray Disc playback. To play content normally, download and install the latest updates for the WinDVD BD using the
VAIO Update.
For information on how to use the VAIO Update, see Updating Your Computer (page 20).
❑ Depending on system environment, you may find sound interruptions and/or dropped frames during AVC HD playback.
❑ Do not place your computer into the power saving mode while your computer is playing a disc.
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Notes on region codes
❑ Region code indicators are labeled on the discs or packages to indicate in which region and on what type of player you
can play the disc. Unless the region code indicates "2" (Europe belongs to region "2"), "5" (Russia belongs to region "5"),
or "all" (this means that you can play this disc in most regions of the world), you cannot play the disc on your computer.
!
If you change the region code while the WinDVD or WinDVD BD software is running, restart the software or eject the disc and re-insert it to make the
new setting effective.
❑ Do not try to change the region code settings of the drive. Any difficulties caused by changing the region code settings of
the drive are not covered by the warranty.
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Playing Discs
To play a disc
1
Insert a disc into the optical disc drive.
!
Close all running software applications before playing a disc.
2
If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, All Programs, and your desired software to play the disc.
For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file included with the software.
Copying Files to Discs
To copy files to a disc
1
Insert a recordable disc into the optical disc drive.
!
Close all running software applications before copying files to a disc.
2
If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, All Programs, and your desired disc burning software to copy files to the
disc.
For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file included with the software.
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Using the TV Function
Your computer may have a dual DVB-T TV tuner board installed. The Windows Media Center included in your operating
system enables TV program viewing, recording and playback.
Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
The dual DVB-T TV-tuner supports the following broadcast:
❑ Digital terrestrial TV (DVB-T):
System: DVB-T
Video system: MPEG2
Frequency band: 48.25 MHz - 855.25 MHz
!
Any functions related to digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) will only work in countries or areas where free-to-air DVB-T MPEG2 digital terrestrial TV
signals are broadcasted. Make sure you can receive a free-to-air DVB-T MPEG2 signal in your area.
✍
You can record up to two digital channels at the same time, or watch a TV program while recording another.
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To connect your computer to land-based (terrestrial) or cable TV services
!
No TV coaxial cables are supplied with your computer. Make sure that you have a TV coaxial cable ready beforehand.
The state of receiving TV signals widely varies depending on services available in your country area as well as connection types.
1
Connect one end of a TV coaxial cable (1) to your TV wall outlet/cable service access (2).
2
Connect the other end of the cable to the VHF/UHF input port (3) on the computer.
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Setting Up the Windows Media Center
The first time you launch the Windows Media Center, the setup wizard pops up. To configure the TV tuner, click Custom
setup and follow the on-screen instructions. In the Optional Setup window, click Configure tuners, TV signal, and Guide
and follow the on-screen instructions.
In case the TV tuner was not configured during the first run of the Windows Media Center, you can do this by selecting live
TV setup in the TV section.
When you want to change TV input signal (TV Signal or TV Signal Type) or change location, click settings in the Tasks
section and then click TV.
In this case, a new channel scan needs to be done, the previous channel list and Guide information is lost, and scheduled
timer recordings are canceled.
✍
On models with a dual DVB-T TV tuner board, you can record up to two digital channels at the same time, or watch a TV program while recording
another.
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Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Function
Your computer may be equipped with an HDMI INPUT port and VIDEO INPUT jacks that enable you to connect an external
audio/video device, such as an HDD video recorder and a video game player. With the HDMI/VIDEO input function, you can
receive high-definition audio and video signals from the connected device and play the audio/video content on your computer
without turning on the computer and starting Windows.
Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
!
You cannot capture audio/video signals coming through the HDMI INPUT port or the VIDEO INPUT jacks and save them into a file on your computer.
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Connecting an External Audio/Video Device
To connect an external audio/video device to the HDMI INPUT port or the VIDEO INPUT jacks (page 11), you need an HDMI
cable or an audio/video cable with triple RCA plugs.
!
No HDMI cables or audio/video cables with triple RCA plugs are supplied with your computer. Be sure to have one ready beforehand.
Be sure to use an HDMI cable approved by HDMI Licensing, LLC.
To connect an external audio/video device to your computer
1
Plug one end of an HDMI cable or an audio/video cable with triple RCA plugs to an appropriate port or jacks on an external
audio/video device.
2
Plug the other end to the HDMI INPUT port or the VIDEO INPUT jacks on the computer.
3
Turn on the connected device.
The INPUT SELECT and HDMI/VIDEO indicator lights illuminate in green. If not, press the INPUT SELECT button to
switch the audio/video input source to the HDMI input or the video input.
✍
You do not need to turn on your computer and start Windows to switch the audio/video input source.
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Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Control Buttons
The HDMI/VIDEO input control buttons are located on the right of your computer (page 12) for operations with the HDMI/
VIDEO input function, including input source selections and On-Screen Display (OSD) menu operations.
The following table describes the task(s) assigned to each control button.
HDMI/VIDEO input control button
Assigned task
INPUT SELECT button
Switches the audio/video input among three sources: HDMI input, video input, and computer input.
✍
Alternatively, you can press the INPUT SELECT button on the remote commander (if supplied) to switch the audio/
video input source. See Using the Remote Commander (page 53) for more information.
While the HDMI input or the video input is selected, the INPUT SELECT and HDMI/VIDEO indicator lights illuminate in
green.
MENU button
Shows/hides the OSD menu on your computer screen.
!
Touch screen operations are not available on the OSD menu.
V/v (Up/Down) button
Navigates through options on the OSD menu.
While the OSD menu is not displayed and the HDMI input or the video input is selected, you can use the
V/v button to increase/decrease the volume as well.
✍
Alternatively, you can use the volume control buttons, including the muting button, on the remote commander (if
supplied) to change the volume regardless of the current audio/video input source. The respective buttons on the
wireless keyboard, however, work only while the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source.
OK button
Executes your selection on the OSD menu.
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Using the OSD Menu
The OSD menu is provided for customizing your computer to suit your preference.
Press the MENU button on the right of your computer to display the OSD menu and use the V/v button to navigate through
options until you find your desired one.
Using the menu for the HDMI/VIDEO input function
The following lists some settings that you may find helpful for using the HDMI/VIDEO input function.
Selecting language mode of the
OSD menu
1 Select OPTION and LANGUAGE.
2 Select the desired language.
3 Press the OK button.
Selecting Input Sensing mode
You can select one of the three Input Sensing modes: AUTO ON, AUTO OFF (Normal), and AUTO OFF
(Power Save). In AUTO ON mode, connecting an external audio/video device to the HDMI INPUT port or the
VIDEO INPUT jacks while your computer is off or in Sleep mode automatically switches the audio/video input
source to the HDMI input or the video input, respectively. In AUTO OFF (Normal) or AUTO OFF (Power
Save) mode, automatic input selection is not performed. By default, AUTO OFF (Normal) mode is selected.
1 Select OPTION and INPUT SENSING.
2 Select the desired mode.
3 Press the OK button.
✍
Selecting AUTO OFF (Power Save) reduces power consumption. To resume power, press the INPUT SELECT button on
the computer or the remote commander (if supplied).
Disabling the HDMI/VIDEO input
function
1 Select OPTION and DISABLE INPUT.
2 Select the desired mode.
3 Press the OK button.
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Using the menu for the PinP and Swap functions
The PinP function is provided for showing a small sub window on the main window and switching the audio/video input source
for the sub window among three sources: the computer input, the HDMI input, and the video input. While the PinP function
is enabled, you can additionally use the Swap function to interchange the input signals between the main and sub windows.
Enabling the PinP function
1 Select PinP and PinP MODE.
2 Select ON mode.
3 Press the OK button.
Switching the audio/video input
source for the sub window
1 Select PinP and SUB INPUT.
2 Select the desired input source.
3 Press the OK button.
Swapping the input signals between 1 Select PinP and SWAP.
the main and sub windows
2 Press the OK button.
✍
Alternatively, you can use the PinP A and Swap S buttons on the remote commander (if supplied) for the above operations. See Using the Remote
Commander (page 53) for more information.
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Using the Remote Commander
If your computer supports the TV function (page 45), then a remote commander is supplied with the computer for using a
wide variety of audio/video related software applications, including the Windows Media Center.
Two AA manganese batteries are supplied with the remote commander. Before attempting to use the remote commander,
remove the battery compartment cover (1) from the bottom of the remote commander and install the supplied two AA
manganese batteries (2) into the battery compartment.
✍
If the remote commander does not operate properly, you may need to replace the batteries. When the remote commander is not going to be used for
an extended period of time, remove the batteries to avoid possible damage from battery leakage.
!
Buttons with no assigned tasks are not described below.
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A HDMI/VIDEO input control buttons*1
INPUT SELECT t button
Press to switch the audio/video input source among the
computer input, the HDMI input, and the video input.
PinP A button
Press to show a small sub window on the main window. While
the sub window is in view, this button works as the INPUT
SELECT button for the sub window or hide the sub window.
Swap S button
While the sub window is in view, press to swap the input signals
between the main and sub windows.
B Pause X button
✍
Some button functions may not be available.
Illustrated above is the English remote commander as an example.
Press to pause or resume media playback.
Stop x button
Press to stop media playback or TV recording session.
Forward M button
Press to fast-forward media at three speeds.
Skip B? button
Press to move media forward, for example, one audio track, one
DVD chapter, and 30 seconds of recorded TV or video.
Replay ?b button
Press to move media backward, for example, one audio track,
one DVD chapter, and 7 seconds of TV or video.
Rewind m button
Press to move media backward at three speeds.
Record z button
Press to begin recording.
Play N button
Press to begin media playback.
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C Back button
J Sleep button
Press to return to the previous window.
D Volume control buttons
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*2
Press to increase (+) or decrease (-) the volume.
E Recorded TV button
Press to view previously recorded TV programs.
F Guide button
Press to view the TV program guide for your area.
G Alphanumeric buttons
Press to select specific channels or enter text. (Press ENTER or
OK to activate the channel selection.)
H CLEAR button
Press to backspace and delete entered text.
I Teletext TV program mode buttons
Red button
Press to jump to the red shortcut link in teletext TV program mode.
Green button
Press to jump to the green shortcut link in teletext TV program
mode.
Yellow button
Press to jump to the yellow shortcut link in teletext TV program
mode.
Blue button
Press to jump to the blue shortcut link in teletext TV program
mode.
Press to place the computer into Sleep mode to reduce power
consumption.
K Start button
Press to open the Start menu of the Windows Media Center.
L More button / OPTIONS button
Press to view additional options that are available for features on
software applications, such as the Windows Media Center.
M Directional arrow buttons
Press the V, v, B, and b buttons to move the pointer on the screen.
OK button
Press to select your desired action or window option. While
watching full-screen TV, press to return to the previous channel.
Press again to switch between channels.
N Muting button*2
Press to turn off the sound. Press again to restore the sound.
O Channel/Page buttons
Press to change or page up/down channels (no number input
required).
P Live TV button
Press to view TV programs.
Q DVD menu button / MENU button
Press to open the main menu on the playback media, such as a
DVD media.
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*1
Pressing these buttons displays a message if your computer does not support
the HDMI/VIDEO input function.
*2
Available with the HDMI/VIDEO input function (page 48) as well.
Press to activate/deactivate teletext TV program mode.
S ENTER button
Press to activate a feature or an action, such as channel selection
or a return to the previous channel. (This button's actions are
similar to using the OK button.)
T APPLICATION SELECT button
Press to switch among open applications. This button works the
same as the Alt+Tab keys.
U APPLICATION CLOSE button
Press to close the active application window.
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Using "Memory Stick"
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Using "Memory Stick"
"Memory Stick" is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing
digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and other devices. Because it is removable,
it can be used for external data storage.
Before You Use "Memory Stick"
The "Memory Stick Duo" slot on your computer can accommodate the following sizes and types of media:
❑ "Memory Stick Duo"
❑ "Memory Stick PRO Duo"
❑ "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo"
!
Your computer supports only Duo-size "Memory stick", and does not support standard-size "Memory Stick".
For the latest information about "Memory Stick", visit [memorystick.com] at http://www.memorystick.com/en/.
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Inserting and Removing "Memory Stick"
To insert "Memory Stick"
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot (page 13).
2
Hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow pointing toward the slot.
3
Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place.
Do not force the media into the slot.
✍
If "Memory Stick" does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction.
"Memory Stick" is automatically detected by your system and the contents of "Memory Stick" are displayed. If nothing appears on the desktop, click
Start, Computer, and double-click the "Memory Stick" icon.
The "Memory Stick" icon will appear in the Computer window after you insert "Memory Stick" into the slot.
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!
Before using "Memory Stick Micro" ("M2"), be sure to insert it into an "M2" Duo adaptor. If you insert the media directly into the "Memory Stick Duo"
slot without the adaptor, you may not be able to remove it from the slot.
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To remove "Memory Stick"
!
Do not remove "Memory Stick" while the Media Access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load,
so make sure the indicator light is unlit before removing "Memory Stick".
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot (page 13).
2
Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
3
Push in "Memory Stick" toward the computer and release.
"Memory Stick" ejects.
4
Pull "Memory Stick" out of the slot.
!
Be sure to remove "Memory Stick" gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly.
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Formatting "Memory Stick"
To format "Memory Stick"
"Memory Stick" is formatted by default and is ready for use.
If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps.
!
Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports "Memory Stick" when formatting the media.
Formatting "Memory Stick" erases the entire data stored on the media. Before formatting the media, make sure that it does not contain your valuable
data.
Do not remove "Memory Stick" from the slot while formatting. This could cause a malfunction.
1
Locate the "Memory Stick Duo" slot (page 13).
2
Carefully slide "Memory Stick" into the slot until it clicks into place.
3
Click Start and Computer.
4
Right-click the "Memory Stick" icon and select Format.
5
Click Restore device defaults.
!
The size of the allocation unit and file system may change.
Do not select NTFS from the File system drop-down list as it may cause a malfunction.
✍
The formatting process will be completed more quickly if you select Quick Format in Format options.
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Click Start.
7
Follow the on-screen instructions.
!
It may take time to format "Memory Stick" depending on the media type.
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Notes on Using "Memory Stick"
❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded "Memory Stick" with capacity of up to 32 GB
that are available as of September 2009. However, not all "Memory Stick" are guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ Be sure to hold "Memory Stick" with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid
damaging your computer or the media, do not force "Memory Stick" into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly.
❑ Use care when inserting or removing "Memory Stick" from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot.
❑ Inserting "Memory Stick" with multiple conversion adaptors is not guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ "MagicGate" is the general name of the copyright protection technology developed by Sony. Use "Memory Stick" with the
"MagicGate" logo to take advantage of this technology.
❑ Except for your personal use, it is against the copyright law to use any audio and/or image data you recorded without prior
consent from the respective copyright holders. Accordingly, "Memory Stick" with such copyrighted data can be used only
within the law.
❑ Do not insert more than one "Memory Stick" into the slot. Improper insertion of the media may damage both your
computer and the media.
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Using Other Modules / Memory Cards
Using the SD Memory Card
Your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras,
camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices.
Before you use the SD memory card
The SD memory card slot on your computer can accommodate the following memory cards:
❑ SD memory card
❑ SDHC memory card
For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Finding More about Your VAIO Computer (page 5) to visit the
appropriate support web site.
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To insert an SD memory card
1
Locate the SD memory card slot (page 13).
2
Hold the SD memory card with the arrow pointing toward the slot.
3
Carefully slide the SD memory card into the slot until it clicks into place.
Do not force the card into the slot.
✍
The SD memory card icon will appear in the Computer window after you insert the card into the slot.
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To remove an SD memory card
1
Locate the SD memory card slot (page 13).
2
Check that the Media Access indicator light is unlit.
3
Push in the SD memory card toward the computer and release.
The SD memory card ejects.
4
Pull the SD memory card out of the slot.
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Notes on Using Memory Cards
General notes on using the memory card
❑ Be sure to use memory cards that are compliant with the standards supported by your computer.
❑ Be sure to hold the memory card with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid
damaging your computer or the media, do not force the memory card into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly.
❑ Use care when inserting or removing the memory card from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot.
❑ Do not remove the memory card while the media access indicator light is lit. If you do, you may lose data.
❑ Do not attempt to insert a memory card or memory card adaptor of a different type into the memory card slot. An
incompatible memory card or memory card adaptor may cause difficulty in removing from the slot and can cause damage
to your computer.
Notes on using the SD memory card
❑ Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory cards available as of September 2009.
However, not all memory cards are guaranteed of compatibility.
❑ SD memory cards with capacity of up to 2 GB and SDHC memory cards with capacity of up to 32 GB have been tested
and found compatible with your computer.
❑ The SD memory card slot on your computer does not support the high-speed data transfer feature of the SD memory
card and the SDHC memory card.
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Using the Internet
Before using the Internet, you need to sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and set up devices required for
connecting your computer to the Internet.
The following types of Internet connection services may be available from your ISP:
❑ Fiber to the Home (FTTH)
❑ Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
❑ Cable modem
❑ Satellite
❑ Dial-up
For detailed information on devices required for Internet access and how to connect your computer to the Internet, ask your
ISP.
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To connect your computer to the Internet using the wireless LAN function, you need to set up the wireless LAN network. See Using the Wireless LAN
(page 70) for more information.
!
When you connect your computer to the Internet, be sure to take appropriate security measures to protect the computer against online threats.
Depending on the service contract with your ISP, you may need to connect an external modem device, for example a USB telephone modem, a DSL
modem, or a cable modem, to your computer to connect to the Internet. For detailed instructions on connection setups and modem configuration, see
the manual that came with your modem.
Using Your VAIO Computer >
Using the Network (LAN)
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Using the Network (LAN)
You can connect your computer to 1000BASE-T/100BASE-TX/10BASE-T type networks with a LAN cable. Connect one end
of a LAN cable (not supplied) to the network (LAN) port on the back of the computer and the other end to your network. For
detailed settings and devices required for LAN access, ask your network administrator.
✍
You can connect your computer to any network without changing the default settings.
!
Do not plug a telephone cable into the network (LAN) port on your computer.
If the network (LAN) port is connected to one of the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the port may cause damage, overheating,
or fire.
- Home (intercom speakerphone) or business-use telephone lines (multi-line business telephone)
- Public telephone subscriber line
- Private branch exchange (PBX)
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Using the Wireless LAN
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Using the Wireless LAN
The Wireless LAN (WLAN) allows your computer to connect to a network through a wireless connection.
The WLAN uses the following IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standard, which specifies the type of technology used.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
WLAN standard
Frequency band
Remarks
IEEE 802.11a
5 GHz
-
IEEE 802.11b/g
2.4 GHz
The IEEE 802.11g standard provides higher-speed communications than the IEEE 802.11b
standard.
IEEE 802.11n
5 GHz/2.4 GHz
On models compliant with the IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard, only the 2.4 GHz band can be used.
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Notes on Using the Wireless LAN Function
General notes on using the wireless LAN function
❑ In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels).
Before activating the WLAN function, read the wireless LAN regulations guide carefully.
❑ The IEEE 802.11a standard and the IEEE 802.11n standard are not available on ad-hoc networks.
❑ The 2.4 GHz band used by wireless LAN compatible devices is also used by other various devices. Although technologies
to minimize interference from other devices that use the same band are employed on wireless LAN compatible devices,
such interference may cause lower communication speed, narrower communication range, or broken wireless
connections.
❑ The communication speed and range may vary depending on the following conditions:
❑ Distance between communication devices
❑ Existence of obstacles between devices
❑ Device configuration
❑ Radio conditions
❑ Ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls
❑ Software in use
❑ Communications may be cut off depending on radio conditions.
❑ Actual communication speed may not be as fast as the one displayed on your computer.
❑ Deploying WLAN products compliant with different standards that use the same band on the same wireless network may
reduce the communication speed due to radio interference. Taking this into consideration, WLAN products are designed
to reduce the communication speed to ensure communications with another WLAN product if it is compliant with a
different standard that uses the same band. When the communication speed is not as fast as expected, changing the
wireless channel on the access point may increase the communication speed.
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Note on the data encryption
The WLAN standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi
Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Proposed jointly by the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance, both WPA2
and WPA are specifications of standards based on interoperable security enhancements that increase the level of data
protection and access control for existing Wi-Fi networks. WPA is designed to be forward compatible with the IEEE 802.11i
specification. It utilizes the enhanced data encryption Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) in addition to user authentication
using 802.1X and Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). Data encryption protects the vulnerable wireless link between
clients and access points. Besides that, there are other typical LAN security mechanisms to ensure privacy, such as:
password protection, end-to-end encryption, virtual private networks, and authentication. WPA2, the second generation of
WPA, provides stronger data protection and network access control and is also designed to secure all versions of 802.11
devices, including 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n standards, multi-band and multi-mode. In addition, based on the
ratified IEEE 802.11i standard, WPA2 provides government grade security by implementing the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 140-2 compliant AES encryption algorithm and 802.1X-based authentication. WPA2
is backward compatible with WPA.
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Using the Wireless LAN
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Starting Wireless LAN Communications
You first need to establish wireless LAN communications between your computer and an access point (not supplied). See
Windows Help and Support for more information.
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For details on how to select the channel that will be used by the access point, see the manual that came with your access point.
To start wireless LAN communications
1
Make sure an access point is set up.
See the manual that came with your access point for more information.
2
Click the VAIO Smart Network icon on the taskbar.
3
Click the switch next to your desired wireless option(s) to toggle it to On in the VAIO Smart Network window.
Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
4
Click
5
Select the desired access point and click Connect.
✍
or
on the taskbar.
For WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK authentication, you must enter a passphrase. The passphrase is case sensitive and must be a text string between 8 and
63 characters in length or a hexadecimal string of 64 characters.
Using Your VAIO Computer >
Using the Wireless LAN
Stopping Wireless LAN Communications
To stop wireless LAN communications
Click the switch next to Wireless LAN to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window.
!
Turning off the wireless LAN function while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss.
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Using the Bluetooth Function
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Using the Bluetooth Function
You can establish wireless communications between your computer and other Bluetooth® devices such as another computer
or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables at a range of up to 10 meters in an open area.
Bluetooth Security
The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to
communicate. With the authentication function, you can prevent any anonymous Bluetooth devices from accessing your
computer.
The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common passkey (a password required for authentication) should be
determined for both devices to be registered. Once a device is registered, there is no need to re-enter the passkey.
✍
The passkey can be different each time, but must be the same at both ends.
For certain devices, such as a mouse, no passkey can be entered.
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Using the Bluetooth Function
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Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device
You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a
mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables.
To communicate with another Bluetooth device
To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you first need to set up the Bluetooth function. For setting up and using the
Bluetooth function, search Windows Help and Support for Bluetooth information.
1
Click the VAIO Smart Network icon on the taskbar.
2
Click the switch next to Bluetooth to toggle it to On in the VAIO Smart Network window.
Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light turns on.
Using Your VAIO Computer >
Using the Bluetooth Function
Stopping Bluetooth Communications
To stop Bluetooth communications
1
Turn off the Bluetooth device that is communicating with your computer.
2
Click the switch next to Bluetooth to toggle it to Off in the VAIO Smart Network window.
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Using the Bluetooth Function
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Notes on Using the Bluetooth Function
❑ The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions:
❑ Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices
❑ Distance between devices
❑ Material used in walls
❑ Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones
❑ Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions
❑ Device configuration
❑ Type of software application
❑ Type of operating system
❑ Use of both wireless LAN and Bluetooth functions at the same time on your computer
❑ Size of file being exchanged
❑ Large files may occasionally be corrupted during continuous transfer due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard and
electromagnetic interference in the environment.
❑ All Bluetooth devices must be certified to make sure that the applicable standard requirements are maintained. Even if
standards are met, individual device performance, specifications, and operation procedures can vary. Data exchange may
not be possible in all situations.
❑ Video and audio may not be synchronized if you play videos on your computer with audio output from a connected
Bluetooth device. This is a frequent occurrence with Bluetooth technology and is not a malfunction.
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❑ The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth
devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous
use of the Bluetooth function and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in
reduced communication speeds and distances than the standard values.
✍
Read the Bluetooth regulations guide before using the Bluetooth function.
❑ The Bluetooth function may not work with other devices, depending on the manufacturer or the software version employed
by the manufacturer.
❑ Connecting multiple Bluetooth devices to your computer may cause channel congestion, resulting in poor performance
of the devices. This is normal with Bluetooth technology and is not a malfunction.
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Using Peripheral Devices
You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer.
❑ Connecting External Speakers or Headphones (page 81)
❑ Connecting an External Microphone (page 82)
❑ Connecting a USB Device (page 83)
❑ Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 85)
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Connecting External Speakers or Headphones
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Connecting External Speakers or Headphones
You can connect external sound output devices (not supplied), such as speakers or headphones, to your computer.
Since your computer is capable of outputting digital signals through the OPTICAL OUT port, you can connect an S/PDIF
device such as digital headphones or an audio/video amplifier to the port and enhance the sound quality of your computer.
For more information, see the manual that came with your S/PDIF device.
!
To hear sound from the S/PDIF device connected to the OPTICAL OUT port, you need to change the sound output device. For detailed instructions, see
How do I change the sound output device? (page 153).
To connect external speakers
✍
Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
!
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Connect external speakers (1) to the headphones jack (2) i with a speaker cable (3) (not supplied).
Using Peripheral Devices >
Connecting an External Microphone
Connecting an External Microphone
You can connect an external microphone (not supplied) to your computer.
To connect an external microphone
Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m.
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Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use.
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Connecting a USB Device
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Connecting a USB Device
You can connect a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device to your computer, such as a mouse, floppy disk drive, speaker, and
printer.
To connect a USB device
1
Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use.
2
Plug the USB device cable (2) into the USB port.
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Notes on connecting a USB device
❑ You may need to install the driver software supplied with your USB device before use. See the manual that came with the
USB device for more information.
❑ Be sure to use a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to print documents.
❑ For information on how to remove a USB device, see the manual that came with the device.
❑ To protect your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following:
❑ When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid exposing the USB ports to shock or impact.
❑ Do not put the computer into a bag or carrying case when it has USB devices connected.
Using Peripheral Devices >
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Connecting an i.LINK Device
Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port which you can use to connect an i.LINK device, such as a digital video
camcorder.
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i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK
connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK
connection can communicate with each other. See the manual that came with your compatible i.LINK device for more information on operating
conditions and proper connection. Before connecting compatible i.LINK PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or hard disk drive, confirm
their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
Notes on connecting i.LINK devices
❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to an external device. If the external device requires external
power, be sure to connect it to a power source.
❑ The i.LINK port supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps. However, the actual transfer rate depends on the transfer rate of
the external device.
❑ The optional i.LINK cables may not be available in some countries or areas.
❑ An i.LINK connection with other compatible devices is not fully guaranteed.
❑ The i.LINK connection may not be available depending on the software applications, operating system, and i.LINKcompatible devices you use. See the manual that came with your software for more information.
❑ Check the working conditions and operating system compatibility of i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals (for example, an
HDD or a CD-RW drive) before you connect them to your computer.
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Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder
To connect a digital video camcorder
Plug one end of an i.LINK cable (1) (not supplied) into the i.LINK port (2) on the computer and the other end into the DV In/
Out port (3) on the digital video camcorder.
✍
The connection procedure varies depending on your compatible i.LINK device. See the manual that came with the device for more information.
You cannot access the contents of "Memory Stick" in the digital video camcorder via an i.LINK connection.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer >
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Customizing Your VAIO Computer
This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn
how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities.
❑ Setting the Password (page 88)
❑ Using Intel VT (page 95)
❑ Using the VAIO Control Center (page 96)
Customizing Your VAIO Computer >
Setting the Password
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Setting the Password
Setting the password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access by making the user enter the password
when the computer is turned on or returns to Normal mode from Sleep mode.
!
Do not to forget your password. Write down the password and keep it in a secure place.
Type of Password
Description
Power-on password
You can use BIOS functions to set two types of passwords:
- Machine password: Allows users with administrative rights to change all the setup options in the BIOS setup
screen, as well as to start the computer.
- User password: Allows the standard users to change some of the BIOS setup options, as well as to start the
computer. To set the user password, you must first set the machine password.
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Entry of the power-on password will be prompted after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer.
!
If you forget the machine password, the password needs to be reset and a fee will be charged. To reset the password,
contact an authorized Sony service/support center. To find the nearest center or agent, see Finding More about Your VAIO
Computer (page 5).
You can reset the user password at the BIOS setup screen by entering the machine password.
Windows password
Allows users to log onto your computer and protect each user account with its own password.
✍
Entry of the Windows password will be prompted after you select your user account.
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Setting the Power-on Password
To add the power-on password (machine password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the
Enter key.
4
On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key.
The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters long (including spaces).
5
Select Password when Power On under Security and press the Enter key.
6
Change the setting from Disabled to Enabled.
7
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To add the power-on password (user password)
!
Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password.
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Enter the machine password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key.
The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters long (including spaces).
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To change or remove the power-on password (machine password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Enter the machine password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key.
To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter
key.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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To change or remove the power-on password (user password)
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Enter the user password and press the Enter key.
4
Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the
Enter key.
5
On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key.
To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter
key.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
Customizing Your VAIO Computer >
Setting the Password
Setting the Windows Password
To add the Windows password
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts.
3
Click User Accounts.
4
Click Create a password for your account under Make changes to your user account.
5
In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter the password for your account.
6
Click Create password.
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See Windows Help and Support for more information on the Windows password.
To change the Windows password
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts.
3
Click User Accounts.
4
Click Change your password.
5
In the Current password field, enter your current password.
6
In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password.
7
Click Change password.
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Setting the Password
To remove the Windows password
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts.
3
Click User Accounts.
4
Click Remove your password.
5
In the Current password field, enter the current password that you want to remove.
6
Click Remove password.
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Using Intel(R) VT
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Using Intel(R) VT
Intel(R) Virtualization Technology (VT) allows you to use hardware virtualization software for enhancing your computer's
performance.
!
Intel VT may not be available depending on the CPU installed on your computer.
For information on virtualization and how to use hardware virtualization software, contact the software publisher.
To enable Intel VT
1
Turn on your computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Advanced.
4
Press the M or m key to select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology or Intel(R) VT, press the Enter key, select Enabled,
and press the Enter key.
!
If the Advanced tab is not displayed in the BIOS setup window or you cannot select Intel(R) Virtualization Technology, Intel VT is not available on the
computer.
5
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
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Using the VAIO Control Center
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Using the VAIO Control Center
The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior.
To use the VAIO Control Center
1
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
2
Select your desired control item and change the settings.
3
Once finished, click OK.
The setting of the desired item is changed.
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For more information about each option, see the help file included with the VAIO Control Center.
Some of the control items will not be visible if you open the VAIO Control Center as a standard user.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer >
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Upgrading Your VAIO Computer
Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid
invalidation of the warranty during your product warranty period, we recommend that:
❑ You should contact your dealer to install a new memory module.
❑ You should not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer.
❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover.
Contact VAIO-Link if you need assistance.
The type of module and the amount of memory installed on your computer may differ depending on the model you purchased.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer >
Adding and Removing Memory
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Adding and Removing Memory
If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the amount of memory by installing optional
memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages.
Notes on adding/removing memory modules
❑ Be sure to place your computer on a flat surface before adding or removing memory modules.
❑ Be careful when changing memory. Improper installation of memory modules may cause damage to your system. This
damage may void your manufacturer's warranty.
❑ Only use memory modules that are compatible with your computer. If a memory module is not detected by the computer
or the Windows operating system becomes unstable, contact the sales dealer or the manufacturer of your memory module.
❑ Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage electronic components. Before touching a memory module, ensure the
following:
❑ The procedures described in this document assume user familiarity with the general terminology associated with
personal computers and with the safety practice and regulatory compliance requirements for using and modifying
electronic equipment.
❑ Turn off your computer and disconnect it from the power cord and from any telecommunication links, networks, or
modems before you remove any cover or panel from the computer. Failure to do so may result in personal injury or
equipment damage.
❑ ESD can damage memory modules and other components. Install the memory module 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 maintaining contact with an unpainted metal
portion of the chassis while performing the procedure.
❑ Do not open the memory module package before you are ready to change the module. The package protects the
module from ESD.
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❑ Use the special bag supplied with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD.
❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your
computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty.
❑ Do not place the memory module in a location subject to:
❑ Heat sources such as radiators or air ducts
❑ Direct sunlight
❑ Excessive dust
❑ Mechanical vibration or shock
❑ Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑ Ambient temperature of more than 35°C or less than 10°C
❑ High humidity
❑ Handle the memory module with care. To avoid injuries to your hands and fingers, do not touch the edges of the
components and circuit boards inside your computer.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer >
Adding and Removing Memory
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Removing and Installing a Memory Module
To change or add a memory module
1
Shut down the computer, turn off all peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cord and the peripheral devices from
the power source.
2
Gently face down your computer on a flat surface and wait about an hour until the computer cools down.
!
When facing down your computer, be sure to place it on a soft cloth to avoid damage to the screen frame.
3
Unscrew the screw (1) and remove the memory module compartment cover (2).
4
Touch a metal object to discharge static electricity.
Upgrading Your VAIO Computer >
Adding and Removing Memory
5
Remove the currently installed memory module as follows:
❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (3).
The memory module is released.
❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (4).
6
Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
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Adding and Removing Memory
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Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place.
!
Do not touch any components on the motherboard other than the memory module.
If you want to install only one memory module, be sure to use the lower slot.
Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open
slot. Do not force the memory module into the slot in a wrong orientation, as it may cause damage to the slot and the module.
8
Replace the memory module compartment cover and tighten the screw.
9
Connect the power cord and the peripheral devices to the computer, and then plug them to the power source.
10 Turn on all peripheral devices and then the computer.
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Viewing the Amount of Memory
To view the amount of memory
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center.
3
Click System Information and System Information.
You can view the amount of system memory in the right pane. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the
installation procedure and restart the computer.
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Precautions
This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage.
❑ Safety Information (page 105)
❑ Care and Maintenance Information (page 108)
❑ Handling Your Computer (page 109)
❑ Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen (page 111)
❑ Using the Power Source (page 112)
❑ Handling the Built-in Camera (page 113)
❑ Handling Discs (page 114)
❑ Handling "Memory Stick" (page 115)
❑ Handling the Built-in Storage Device (page 116)
Precautions >
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Safety Information
Computer
❑ Use your computer on a solid, stable surface.
❑ Do not place your computer near draperies that may block its air vents.
❑ When holding your computer, be sure to wait until it cools down. The back of your computer may be extremely hot around
the air exhaust vent (1).
❑ Do not grasp the prop-up stand or the bottom chassis frame to lift your computer as the stand or the frame may break and
cause the main unit to fall, resulting in damage to the computer or personal injuries.
❑ Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables.
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Safety Information
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Power Source
❑ Do not place heavy objects on the power cord, or this could cause a fire.
❑ To disconnect the cord, pull it out by holding the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for an extended period of time.
❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible.
Battery Cell
❑ If the battery liquid is leaking:
❑ Do not touch the battery liquid directly.
❑ Be sure to follow the instructions below.
If your eyes, skin, or clothing comes into contact with the battery liquid, wash well with pure water. If you have skin
inflammation or a wound results, consult a doctor immediately.
❑ Do not throw the battery into a fire. Never heat, disassemble, modify, charge, nor get battery wet.
❑ Be sure to use the commercially available alkaline or manganese AA batteries. Do not mix old (used) and new
batteries. Be sure to use the same type and manufacture of the battery.
Mouse
❑ Do not look directly at the red light from the bottom of the optical mouse. Doing so could cause injury.
❑ Do not look directly into the lens at the bottom of the laser mouse. Doing so could cause eye injuries. The laser light is
invisible.
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Headphones
Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud
and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.
"Memory Stick"
Keep "Memory Stick" and "Memory Stick" adaptors out of reach of children. There is a risk of swallowing them.
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Care and Maintenance Information
Computer
❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry or lightly moistened cloth with a mild detergent solution. Do not use an abrasive pad,
scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer.
❑ Make sure you unplug the power cord before cleaning your computer.
LCD Screen/Touch Screen
Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the surface of the LCD screen/touch screen. Rubbing the surface could damage the screen.
Built-in Camera
Clean the lens protection cover of the built-in camera with a blower brush or a soft brush. If the cover is extremely dirty, wipe
it off with a soft dry cloth. Do not rub the cover, as it is sensitive to pressure.
Discs
❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol,
commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc.
❑ For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edges and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.
❑ If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from
the center out. Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth.
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Handling Your Computer
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Handling Your Computer
❑ If you drop a solid object or any liquid onto your computer, shut down the computer and then unplug it. You may want to
have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it again.
❑ Do not drop your computer.
❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to:
❑ Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
❑ Direct sunlight
❑ Excessive dust
❑ Moisture or rain
❑ Mechanical vibration or shock
❑ Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑ Ambient temperature of more than 35°C or less than 10°C
❑ High humidity
❑ Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The electromagnetic field of the equipment may cause the
computer to malfunction.
❑ Your computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. If this occurs,
relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set.
❑ Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
❑ If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In
such a case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer. If any problems occur, unplug the computer and
contact VAIO-Link.
❑ To avoid losing data when your computer is damaged, back up your data regularly.
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❑ To lift or move your computer, grasp the main unit on the sides with both hands from behind the computer to avoid any
damage to the LCD screen/touch screen. There is a risk of scratching the LCD screen/touch screen, for example with
your waist belt buckle, if you hold your computer from its front.
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Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen
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Handling the LCD Screen/Touch Screen
❑ Due to the mechanical design of your computer's LCD screen/touch screen, some areas of the screen surface may
become warm while you are using the computer for an extended period of time. This is normal and does not indicate a
malfunction.
❑ Do not exert pressure on the LCD screen/touch screen surface in any way. The LCD screen/touch screen is made of
reinforced glass to implement high durability but is not 100% unbreakable.
❑ Do not exert pressure on the LCD screen/touch screen frame. This may cause lower touch sensitivity or malfunctions.
❑ Be sure to use your finger(s) for touch works. Using a thin or thick object for touch works may result in an unintentional
operation as well as unwanted scratches on the LCD screen/touch screen surface.
❑ Keep the LCD screen/touch screen, especially the frame sill, clean for good touch sensitivity. When cleaning the LCD
screen/touch screen, be sure to use a soft, dry cloth to gently wipe its surface and the screen frame.
❑ Do not use or leave the LCD screen/touch screen under high-intensity light, for example direct sunlight, to avoid
malfunctions or damage.
❑ Using your computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the LCD screen/touch screen. This
is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
❑ A residual image may appear on the LCD screen/touch screen if the same image is displayed for an extended period of
time. The residual image disappears after a while. You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images.
❑ The LCD screen/touch screen 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 screen. This is a normal result of the
manufacturing process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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Using the Power Source
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Using the Power Source
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
❑ Do not share the AC outlet with other power-consuming equipment, such as a photocopier or a shredder.
❑ You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device helps prevent damage to your computer caused by
sudden power surges, in an electrical storm, for example.
❑ Use the power cord supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other power cord as it may
cause a malfunction.
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Handling the Built-in Camera
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Handling the Built-in Camera
❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches
will appear on the captured images.
❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the lens of the built-in camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may
cause the camera to malfunction.
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Handling Discs
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Handling Discs
❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Be sure to hold the disc by its edges and central
hole, as shown below:
❑ Never affix an adhesive label to a disc. This will affect the use of the disc and may result in irreparable damage.
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Handling "Memory Stick"
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Handling "Memory Stick"
❑ Do not touch the "Memory Stick" connector with your finger or metallic objects.
❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with "Memory Stick".
❑ Do not bend, drop, or expose "Memory Stick".
❑ Do not disassemble or modify "Memory Stick".
❑ Keep "Memory Stick" dry.
❑ Do not use or store "Memory Stick" in a location subject to:
❑ Static electricity
❑ Electrical noise
❑ Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun
❑ Direct sunlight
❑ High humidity
❑ Corrosive substances
❑ Use the storage case supplied with "Memory Stick".
❑ Be sure to make a backup copy of your valuable data.
❑ When using "Memory Stick Duo", do not use a fine-tipped pen to write on the label adhered to "Memory Stick Duo".
Exerting pressure on the media may damage internal components.
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Handling the Built-in Storage Device
The built-in storage device (hard disk drive or solid state drive) has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short
time. However, it can be easily damaged if improperly used. If the built-in storage device is damaged, the data cannot be
restored. To prevent losing data, you should be careful when handling your computer.
Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
See the specifications to find out about the configuration of your computer.
To avoid damaging your hard disk drive
❑ Do not subject your computer to sudden movements.
❑ Keep your computer away from magnets.
❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to mechanical vibration or in an unstable position.
❑ Do not move your computer while the power is on.
❑ Do not turn off the power or restart your computer while reading or writing data to the hard disk drive.
❑ Do not use your computer in a place subject to extreme changes in temperature.
❑ Do not remove the hard disk drive from your computer.
To avoid damaging your solid state drive
❑ Do not turn off the power or restart your computer while reading or writing data to the solid state drive.
❑ Do not remove the solid state drive from your computer.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems
have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before contacting VAIO-Link.
Some features and options in this section may not be available on your computer.
❑ Computer Operations (page 119)
❑ System Update / Security (page 124)
❑ Recovery (page 126)
❑ Built-in Camera (page 128)
❑ Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN) (page 130)
❑ Bluetooth Technology (page 133)
❑ Optical Discs (page 137)
❑ Display (page 142)
❑ Printing (page 144)
❑ Microphone (page 145)
❑ Mouse (page 146)
❑ Speakers (page 148)
❑ Touch Screen (page 150)
❑ Keyboard (page 151)
❑ Floppy Disks (page 152)
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❑ Audio/Video (page 153)
❑ HDMI/VIDEO Input Function (page 156)
❑ "Memory Stick" (page 158)
❑ Peripherals (page 159)
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Computer Operations
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Computer Operations
What should I do if my computer does not start?
❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on and the power indicator light shows the
power is on.
❑ Disconnect all connected USB devices (if any), and then restart your computer.
❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase, and then restart your computer.
❑ If your computer is plugged into a power strip or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS
is plugged into a power source and turned on.
❑ If the orange DISPLAY OFF indicator light is lit, press the DISPLAY OFF button.
❑ Make sure the brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly.
❑ Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source. To change the display input, press the INPUT
SELECT button on the computer or the remote commander (if supplied).
❑ Unplug the power cord. Wait three to five minutes. Plug the power cord again and press the power button to turn on your
computer.
❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour.
❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony power cord. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony power cord, which is
supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer.
❑ Make sure your computer is not in Sleep mode by pressing the power button on the computer or the sleep button on the
wireless keyboard or the remote commander (if supplied). If you press and hold the power button for more than four
seconds, your computer will turn off automatically.
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Computer Operations
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What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains blank?
❑ If the orange DISPLAY OFF indicator light is lit, press the DISPLAY OFF button.
❑ Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source. To change the display input, press the INPUT
SELECT button on the computer or the remote commander (if supplied).
❑ Press the Alt+F4 keys several times to close the application window. An application error may have occurred.
❑ Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow
next to the Shut down
button and Restart.
❑ Press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to shut down your computer. Unplug the power cord and
leave the computer for about five minutes. Then, plug the power cord and turn on the computer again.
!
Make sure that the batteries of your wireless keyboard and remote commander (if supplied) are properly installed and not running out of power.
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
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Computer Operations
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What should I do if my computer or software stops responding?
❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application
window.
❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start and the Shut down button to turn off your computer.
❑ If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the Shut down button.
If the Windows Security window appears, click Shut Down.
❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
❑ Unplug the power cord. Wait three to five minutes. Plug the power cord again and press the power button to turn on your
computer.
❑ Try reinstalling the software.
❑ Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support.
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Computer Operations
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Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep mode?
Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep mode.
To restore your computer to normal mode
1
Close all open programs.
2
Click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
3
If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and
Restart.
4
If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
What should I do if my computer does not accept my password and returns a message,
Enter Onetime Password?
If you enter a wrong power-on password three times consecutively, the Enter Onetime Password message appears and
Windows will not start. Press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to check that the power indicator light
turns off. Wait for 10 to 15 seconds, then restart your computer and enter the correct password. The password is case
sensitive, so be sure to check letters for the current case before you enter the password.
What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing?
❑ Check the web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download.
❑ Make sure you have installed the latest video driver software.
❑ On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system. The optimal graphic performance in such a case
is not guaranteed.
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Computer Operations
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Why doesn't my screen turn off after the automatic turn-off time has passed?
Some software applications or screen savers are designed to temporarily disable the feature of your operating system that
turns off the computer screen or places the computer into Sleep mode after a certain period of inactivity. To solve this
problem, exit the running software application(s) or change the current screen saver.
How can I change the boot device order?
You can use one of the BIOS functions to change the boot device order. Follow these steps:
1
Turn on your computer.
2
Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears.
The BIOS setup screen appears. If the screen does not appear, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times
when the VAIO logo appears.
3
Press the < or , key to select Boot.
4
Press the M or m key to select your desired priority under Boot Priority and press the Enter key.
5
Press the M or m key to select the device to which you want to assign the priority and press the Enter key.
6
Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key.
At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key.
What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected
to the computer?
To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device.
Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears.
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System Update / Security
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System Update / Security
How can I find important updates for my computer?
You can find and install the latest updates on your computer with the software applications: the Windows Update and the
VAIO Update. See Updating Your Computer (page 20) for more information.
How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses?
The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against
security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly.
You can get important Windows updates by doing the following:
!
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click System and Security.
3
Click Action Center.
4
Follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates.
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System Update / Security
How do I keep my antivirus software updated?
You can keep the McAfee software program current with the latest updates from McAfee, Inc.
To download and install the latest security updates, follow these steps:
!
Your computer must be connected to the Internet to download the updates.
1
Click Start, All Programs, McAfee, and McAfee SecurityCenter.
2
Click the button located at the upper left corner of the window to update the software.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions to download updates.
See the help file included with your software program for more information.
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Recovery
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Recovery
How can I create recovery discs?
You can create recovery discs using the VAIO Recovery Center. The discs are used to restore your computer system to its
factory default settings. To create the discs, click Start, All Programs, VAIO Recovery Center, and Create Recovery
Discs.
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If your computer is not equipped with a built-in optical disc drive, you need to connect an external optical disc drive (not supplied).
See the Recovery and Troubleshooting Guide for more information.
How can I restore my computer system to its factory default settings?
There are two ways to recover your computer system: from recovery discs or from a recovery partition.
See the Recovery and Troubleshooting Guide for more information.
How can I reinstall the original software and drivers?
You can restore the preinstalled software and drivers using the VAIO Recovery Center. To restore them, click Start, All
Programs, VAIO Recovery Center, and Reinstall Programs or Drivers.
See the Recovery and Troubleshooting Guide for more information.
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How do I check the volume of the recovery partition?
Your built-in storage device contains the recovery partition where the data for the system recovery is stored. To check the
volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps:
1
Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage.
2
Click Disk Management under Storage in the left pane.
The volume of the recovery partition and the total volume of the C drive are displayed in the Disk 0 row in the center pane.
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Built-in Camera
Why does the viewfinder show no images or poor-quality images?
❑ The built-in camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. Exit the current application before launching
another.
❑ The viewfinder may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, when you are viewing a rapid-moving object. This
is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
❑ If the problem persists, restart your computer.
Why are captured images poor in quality?
❑ The images captured under the fluorescent light may show reflections of light.
❑ A dark portion in captured images may appear as a noise.
❑ If the lens protection cover is dirty, you cannot take a clear shot. Clean the cover. See Built-in Camera (page 108).
What should I do if captured images contain dropped frames and audio interruptions?
❑ The effect settings on your software application may cause dropped frames. See the help file included with your software
application for more information.
❑ There may be more software applications running than your computer can handle. Exit the applications that you are not
currently using.
❑ The power management function of your computer may be active. Check the CPU performance.
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What should I do if captured images flicker?
This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to a mismatch between the lighting output
frequency and the shutter speed.
To reduce flicker noise, change the direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software
applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g. light source, flicker, etc.) to eliminate
flicker noise.
Why is the video input from the built-in camera suspended for a few seconds?
The video input may be suspended for a few seconds if:
❑ a shortcut key with the Fn key is used.
❑ the CPU load increases.
This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction.
What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters a power saving mode
while the built-in camera is in use?
If your computer automatically enters Sleep mode, change the corresponding power saving mode setting. To change the
setting, see Using the Power Saving Mode (page 18).
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Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN)
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Networking (LAN/Wireless LAN)
What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point?
❑ Connection capability is affected by distance and obstructions. You need to place your computer away from obstructions
or move any access point you may be using closer to the computer.
❑ Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer.
❑ Make sure power to the access point is on.
❑ Follow these steps to check the settings:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet.
3
Click Connect to a network to confirm that your access point is selected.
❑ Make sure the encryption key is correct.
❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting
any other option may result in a communication failure. To change the settings, follow these steps:
1
Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options.
2
Click Change plan settings.
3
Click Change advanced power settings.
4
Select the Advanced settings tab.
5
Double-click Wireless Adapter Settings and Power Saving Mode.
6
Select Maximum Performance from the drop-down list for Plugged in.
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What should I do if I cannot access the Internet?
❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information.
❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another.
❑ Place your computer away from obstacles or move any access point you may be using closer to the computer.
❑ Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access.
❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting
any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 130) to change the settings.
Why is the data transfer speed slow?
❑ The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points. Other
factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data transfer speed,
place your computer away from obstacles or move any access point you may be using closer to the computer.
❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many other
devices are communicating via the access point.
❑ If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See the manual that came with
your access point for more information.
❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting
any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 130) to change the settings.
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How do I avoid data transfer interruptions?
❑ While your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur if a large file is exchanged or
the computer is placed in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones.
❑ Move your computer closer to the access point.
❑ Make sure the access point connection is intact.
❑ Change the access point channel. See the manual that came with your access point for more information.
❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting
any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot
connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 130) to change the settings.
What are channels?
❑ Wireless LAN communication uses divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point
channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices.
❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your
access point.
Why does the network connection stop when I change the encryption key?
Two computers with the wireless LAN function may lose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed.
You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key
matches.
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Bluetooth Technology
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Bluetooth Technology
What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot find my computer?
❑ Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth function enabled.
❑ Make sure the WIRELESS indicator light is lit on your computer.
❑ Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices are within
10 meters of each other.
What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device I want to communicate with?
❑ Check that the Bluetooth function of the device you want to communicate with is on. See the other device's manual for
more information.
❑ If the device you want to communicate with is already communicating with another Bluetooth device, it may not be found
or it may not be able to communicate with your computer.
❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the Bluetooth device icon and click Bluetooth settings.
3
Click the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to find this computer check box.
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What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer?
❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device I want to communicate with? (page
133).
❑ Make sure the other devices are authenticated.
❑ The data transfer distance can be shorter than 10 meters depending on existing obstacles between the two devices, on
radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer
to each other.
Why is my Bluetooth connection slow?
❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstructions and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave
quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move Bluetooth devices closer to your computer.
❑ The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth
devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength, however,
communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also stop
communications altogether.
❑ Connection capability is affected by distance and obstructions. You need to place your computer away from obstacles or
move the device to which it is connected closer to the computer.
❑ Identify and remove obstacles between your computer and the device to which it is connected.
Why can't I use the services supported by the connected Bluetooth device?
Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth function. For more details, search
Windows Help and Support for Bluetooth information.
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Why can't I use the Bluetooth function when I log onto my computer as a user with a
standard user account?
The Bluetooth function may not be available to a user with a standard user account on your computer. Log onto the computer
as a user with administrative rights.
Why can't I use the Bluetooth devices when I switch users?
If you switch users without logging off your system, the Bluetooth devices will not work. Be sure to log off before switching
users. To log off your system, click Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Log off.
Why can't I exchange business card data with a mobile phone?
The business card exchange function is not supported.
What should I do if I do not hear sound from my headphones or audio/video controller?
Check the SCMS-T settings. If your headphones or audio/video controller does not support SCMS-T content protection, you
need to connect the device using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP). Follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the icon for the device that you want to connect using the A2DP and select Control.
3
Click SCMS-T Settings.
4
Click to cancel the Connect to a device only if it supports SCMS-T content protection check box.
Troubleshooting >
Bluetooth Technology
What should I do if the Bluetooth icon is not displayed on the taskbar?
❑ Make sure that the switch next to Bluetooth is set to On in the VAIO Smart Network window.
❑ To display the Bluetooth icon on the taskbar, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the Bluetooth device icon and click Bluetooth settings.
3
Click the Options tab and select the Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area check box.
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Optical Discs
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Optical Discs
Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc?
The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps:
1
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer.
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Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys may cause loss of unsaved data.
2
Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
3
Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see Discs (page 108) for instructions.
What should I do if the drive tray does not open?
❑ Make sure your computer is on.
❑ Press the drive eject button or the Fn+E keys.
❑ If both buttons do not work, click Start and Computer, right-click the optical disc drive icon, and select Eject.
❑ If none of the above options work, insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) into the manual eject hole on the
optical disc drive.
❑ Try restarting your computer.
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What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer?
❑ Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label side facing toward you.
❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.
❑ If a disc is dirty or damaged, your computer will stop responding. Follow these steps:
1
Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer.
!
Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys may cause loss of unsaved data.
2
Remove the disc from the optical disc drive.
3
Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see Discs (page 108) for instructions.
❑ If you are playing a disc and cannot hear sound, do any of the following:
❑ The volume may have been turned off by the muting button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander (if
supplied). Press the button once again.
❑ The volume may have been minimized with the volume down button on the wireless keyboard or the remote
commander (if supplied). Press the volume up button to turn up the volume loud enough to hear sound.
❑ Right-click the volume icon on the taskbar and click Open Volume Mixer to check the settings.
❑ Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
❑ If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings on the speakers and the connections between the
speakers and your computer.
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❑ Make sure the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click System and Security.
3
Click System.
4
Click Device Manager in the left pane.
The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices.
If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the driver
software.
5
Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer.
6
Double-click your desired drive.
You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details.
7
Click OK to close the window.
❑ Make sure an adhesive label is not affixed to a disc. Adhesive labels can come off while the disc is in the optical disc drive
and damage the drive or cause it to malfunction.
❑ If a region code warning appears, the disc may be incompatible with the optical disc drive. Check the package to make
sure the region code is compatible with the optical disc drive.
❑ If you notice condensation on your computer, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Condensation can cause the
computer to malfunction.
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What should I do if I cannot play Blu-ray Disc media or my computer becomes unstable
during Blu-ray Disc playback?
❑ Check if your optical disc drive supports the Blu-ray Disc media.
❑ You may not be able to play some Blu-ray Disc content on your computer, or the computer may become unstable during
Blu-ray Disc playback. To play content normally, download and install the latest updates for the WinDVD BD using the
VAIO Update.
For information on how to use the VAIO Update, see Updating Your Computer (page 20).
What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media?
❑ Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver.
❑ If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using
a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage.
What should I do if I cannot write data to DVD media?
❑ Make sure you are using the correct DVD recordable media.
❑ Check which DVD recordable format is compatible with your optical disc drive. Some brands of DVD recordable media do
not work.
Why can't I write data to Blu-ray Disc media?
❑ Check if your optical disc drive supports the Blu-ray Disc writing function.
❑ BD-R Disc media are not rewritable. You cannot add or erase data to or from the BD-R Disc media.
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What should I do if my external optical disc drive does not work properly?
Make sure that your external optical disc drive is connected to an AC power source and the USB port on your computer. If it
is not connected, the external optical disc drive may not work properly.
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Display
Why did my screen go blank?
❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer enters Sleep mode. If the computer is in Sleep mode, press any key
to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Mode (page 18) for more information.
❑ Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source. To change the input source, press the INPUT
SELECT button on the computer or the remote commander (if supplied).
❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on and the power indicator light is lit.
❑ The LCD backlight of your computer may have been turned off. Press the DISPLAY OFF button.
What should I do if I do not see proper images or videos?
❑ Be sure to select True Color (32 bit) for the display colors before using video/image software or starting DVD playback.
Selecting any other option may prevent such software from displaying images successfully. To change the display colors,
follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click Advanced settings.
3
Click the Monitor tab.
4
Select True Color (32 bit) under Colors.
❑ Do not change the display resolution or colors while using video/image software or playing DVDs, as it may cause
unsuccessful playback/display or unstable system operations.
Additionally, it is recommended you disable your screen saver before starting DVD playback. If the screen saver is
enabled, it may be activated during DVD playback and prevent the playback from running successfully. Some screen
savers have been found to even change the display resolution and colors.
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Why doesn't my screen display a video?
The video memory of your computer may be insufficient for displaying high resolution videos. In such a case, lower the
resolution of the LCD screen.
To change the screen resolution, follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Screen resolution.
2
Click the drop-down list next to Resolution.
3
Move the slider up to increase or down to decrease the screen resolution.
✍
You can check the total amount of the graphics and video memory available. Right-click on the desktop, select Screen resolution, and click Advanced
Settings and the Adapter tab. The displayed value may be different from the actual amount of memory on your computer.
What should I do if my screen is dark?
Make sure the computer input is selected as the audio/video input source and press the Fn+F6 keys on the wireless keyboard
to brighten your computer screen. To change the input source, press the INPUT SELECT button on the computer or the
remote commander (if supplied).
How do I run Windows Aero?
To run Windows Aero, follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
2
Select your desired theme from Aero Themes.
For information about the Windows Aero features, such as Windows Flip 3D, see Windows Help and Support.
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Printing
What should I do if I cannot print a document?
❑ Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and your computer.
❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer.
❑ You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer. See the manual that came with your printer
for more information.
❑ If your printer is not functioning after your computer resumes from Sleep mode, then restart the computer.
❑ If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer may
enable printing. Follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Devices and Printers.
2
Right-click the printer icon and select Properties.
3
Click the Ports tab.
4
Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box.
5
Click OK.
This disables the bidirectional communication functions of the printer, such as data transfer, status monitoring, and
remote panel.
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Microphone
What should I do if my microphone does not work?
❑ If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the
microphone jack on your computer.
❑ Your sound input device may have been incorrectly configured. To configure the sound input device, follow these steps:
1
Close all open programs.
2
Click Start and Control Panel.
3
Click Hardware and Sound.
4
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
5
On the Recording tab, select your desired device for sound input and click Set Default.
How can I prevent microphone feedback?
Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker.
To prevent this problem:
❑ Keep the microphone away from a sound output device.
❑ Turn down the volume of the speakers and the microphone.
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Mouse
What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse?
❑ Make sure the power switch on the bottom of the wireless mouse is in the ON position.
❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected.
❑ Make sure the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.
❑ Press the CONNECT button on the wireless mouse and then on your computer within 10 seconds to re-establish the
connection between the two devices.
❑ The supplied AA batteries may have run out of power. Replace the batteries.
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What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse?
❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected.
❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window.
❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, press the Windows key once and then the , key several times, select Restart with the
M or m key, and press the Enter key to restart your computer.
❑ If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys, select the arrow next to the Shut down button with the
m and , keys and then Restart with the M or m key, and press the Enter key to restart your computer.
❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off.
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Turning off your computer with the power button may cause loss of unsaved data.
❑ Avoid using any wireless devices that exchange radio signals on the 2.4 GHz frequency band near your wireless mouse.
These devices may cause interference, causing your mouse to stop working properly.
❑ Do not place metal furniture near your computer or wireless mouse, as this may create interference, causing your mouse
to stop working properly.
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Speakers
What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers?
❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the
program's help file for more information.
❑ The volume may have been turned off by the muting button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander (if
supplied). Press the button once again.
❑ The volume may have been minimized by the volume down button on the wireless keyboard or the remote commander
(if supplied). Press the volume up button to turn up the volume loud enough to hear sound.
❑ Check the Windows volume controls by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar.
❑ Your sound output device may have been incorrectly configured. To change the sound output device, see How do I
change the sound output device? (page 153).
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What should I do if my external speakers do not work?
❑ Check the suggestions in What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? (page 148).
❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the
program's help file for more information.
❑ Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound.
❑ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use.
❑ If your speakers have a muting button, set the button to off.
❑ If your speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the manual that
came with your speakers for more information.
❑ Check the Windows volume controls by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar.
❑ Your sound output device may have been incorrectly configured. To change the sound output device, see How do I
change the sound output device? (page 153).
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Touch Screen
What should I do if the touch screen does not work?
❑ The HDMI input or the video input may be selected as the audio/video input source. Press the INPUT SELECT button on
the computer or the remote commander (if supplied) to switch the input source to the computer input.
❑ You may have disabled the touch screen. Use the wireless mouse to click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound,
and Pen and Touch, and then click to select the Use your finger as an input device check box on the Touch tab.
What should I do if I cannot tap on the exact spot that I intend on the touch screen?
Changing the aspect ratio along with the screen resolution may cause loss of correct coordinates on the touch screen. In such
a case, follow these steps to calibrate the touch screen with the Control Panel.
1
Click Start, Control Panel, and Tablet PC Settings with the wireless mouse.
2
Click Calibrate on the Display tab.
3
Follow the on-screen instructions.
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Keyboard
What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong?
The language layout of your wireless keyboard is labeled on the packaging box. If you choose a different regional keyboard
when you complete the Windows setup, the key configuration will be mismatched.
To change the keyboard configuration, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Clock, Language, and Region, and then Change keyboards or other input methods under Region and
Language.
3
Click Change keyboards on the Keyboards and Languages tab.
4
Change the settings as desired.
What should I do if I cannot use the numeric keypad to enter numbers?
If you cannot use the numeric keypad, Num Lk mode may not be activated. Check if the green Num lock icon is on the taskbar.
If the Num lock icon is not on the taskbar or is white, press the Num Lk key to activate the mode before entering numerals.
What should I do if my computer does not recognize my keyboard?
❑ Make sure the power switch on the wireless keyboard is in the ON position.
❑ Make sure the supplied AA batteries are properly installed.
❑ Press the CONNECT button on the wireless keyboard and then on your computer while the connect indicator light
blinking rapidly to re-establish the connection between the two devices.
❑ The supplied AA batteries may have run out of power. Replace the batteries.
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Floppy Disks
Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is
connected?
Your 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 are accessing the floppy disk drive.
2
Wait until the indicator light on the floppy disk drive turns off.
3
Push the eject button to remove the disk, and unplug the USB floppy disk drive from your computer.
4
Reconnect the floppy disk drive by plugging the USB cable into the USB port.
5
Restart the computer by clicking Start, the arrow next to the Shut down button, and Restart.
What should I do if I cannot write data to a floppy disk?
❑ Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive.
❑ 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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Audio/Video
What should I do if I cannot use my digital video camcorder?
If a message appears stating that the i.LINK device is disconnected or turned off, the i.LINK cable may not be securely
plugged into the port on your computer or camcorder. Unplug the cable, and plug it in once again. See Connecting an i.LINK
Device (page 85) for more information.
How do I turn off the Windows startup sound?
To turn off the Windows startup sound, follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Hardware and Sound.
3
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
4
On the Sounds tab, click to cancel the Play Windows Startup sound check box.
5
Click OK.
How do I change the sound output device?
If you do not hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the USB port, HDMI output port, optical output port, or
headphones jack, you need to change the device for sound output.
1
Close all open programs.
2
Click Start and Control Panel.
3
Click Hardware and Sound.
4
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
5
On the Playback tab, select your desired device for sound output and click Set Default.
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What should I do if I do not hear the sound from the sound output device connected to the
HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack?
❑ You need to change the sound output device if you want to hear sound from the device connected to a port, such as the
HDMI output port, optical output port, or headphones jack. For the detailed procedure, see How do I change the sound
output device? (page 153).
❑ If you still hear no sound from the sound output device, follow these steps:
1
Follow steps 1 to 4 in How do I change the sound output device? (page 153).
2
On the Playback tab, select the HDMI or S/PDIF icon and click Properties.
3
Click the Advanced tab.
4
Select the sample rate and bit depth (for example, 48000 Hz, 16 bit) which the device supports.
5
Click OK.
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How do I output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound through an S/PDIF-compatible device?
To output the Dolby Digital or DTS sound from a disc through an S/PDIF-compatible device connected to your computer,
follow these steps:
1
Click Start and Control Panel.
2
Click Hardware and Sound.
3
Click Manage audio devices under Sound.
4
On the Playback tab, select the optical out icon and click Properties.
5
Click the Supported Formats tab.
6
Click to select the DTS Audio and Dolby Digital check boxes.
7
Click OK.
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If the Dolby Digital or DTS output is connected to a device that does not support it, the device will not play any sound. In such a case, cancel the DTS
Audio and Dolby Digital check boxes.
Why do sound interruptions and/or dropped frames occur when I play high-definition
videos, such as those recorded with the AVCHD digital video camcorder?
Playing high-definition videos requires substantial hardware resources, such as CPU, GPU, or system memory performance
on your computer. During the video playback, some operations and/or functions may become unavailable, and sound
interruptions, dropped frames, and playback failure may occur depending on the configuration of your computer.
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HDMI/VIDEO Input Function
What should I do if I cannot change the volume with the Up/Down buttons?
You cannot change the volume with the V/v (Up/Down) buttons while the computer input is selected as the audio/video input
source. Press the INPUT SELECT button on the computer or the remote commander (if supplied) to switch the audio/video
input source to the HDMI input or the video input.
✍
The INPUT SELECT and HDMI/VIDEO indicator lights illuminate in green when the HDMI input or the video input is selected as the audio/video input
source.
What should I do if I cannot change the volume or LCD brightness with the wireless
keyboard?
You cannot change the volume or the brightness with the wireless keyboard while using the HDMI/VIDEO input function. Use
the OSD menu for brightness control. To change the volume, use the V/v (Up/Down) button on the right of your computer or
the remote commander (if supplied). See Using the HDMI/VIDEO Input Control Buttons (page 50) or Using the Remote
Commander (page 53) for more information on volume control.
✍
The INPUT SELECT and HDMI/VIDEO indicator lights illuminate in green when the HDMI input or the video input is selected as the audio/video input
source.
How do I view the Windows desktop?
To display the Windows desktop, make sure your computer is turned on, and then press the INPUT SELECT button on the
the computer or the remote commander (if supplied) to switch the audio/video input source to the computer input. If your
computer screen remains blank, see What should I do if the green power indicator light turns on but my screen remains
blank? (page 120).
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How can I save audio/video signals receiving with the HDMI/VIDEO input function into a
file?
You cannot capture audio/video signals coming from the device connected to the HDMI INPUT port or the VIDEO INPUT
jacks and save them into a file on your computer. It is logically impossible because the audio/video input source must be
either the HDMI input or the video input to receive such signals and, to access Windows for any file operations, you must
change the input source to the computer input.
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"Memory Stick"
What should I do if I cannot use "Memory Stick" that was formatted on a VAIO computer
on other devices?
You may need to reformat your "Memory Stick".
Formatting "Memory Stick" erases all data, including music data previously saved on it. Before you reformat "Memory Stick",
back up important data and confirm that "Memory Stick" does not contain files you want to keep.
1
Copy the data from "Memory Stick" onto your built-in storage device to save data or images.
2
Format "Memory Stick" by following the steps in Formatting "Memory Stick" (page 61).
Can I copy images from a digital camera using "Memory Stick"?
Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with digital cameras that are compatible with "Memory Stick".
Why can't I write data to "Memory Stick"?
Some versions of "Memory Stick" are equipped with an erasure prevention switch to protect data from unintentional erasure
or overwriting. Make sure the erasure prevention switch is off.
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Peripherals
What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device?
❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital
camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the
AC outlet.
❑ Try using another USB port on your computer. The driver software could be installed to the specific port you used the first
time you connected the device.
❑ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information. You may need to install software before you connect
the device.
❑ Try connecting a simple, low-powered device such as a mouse to test if the port is working at all.
❑ USB hubs may prevent a device from working because of a power distribution failure. We recommend you connect the
device directly to your computer without a hub.
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Trademarks
The trademarks, including but not limited to SONY, the SONY logo, VAIO, and the VAIO logo are either trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
"BRAVIA" is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
and "Memory Stick", "Memory Stick Duo", "MagicGate", "OpenMG", "Memory Stick PRO", "Memory Stick PRO
Duo", "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo", "Memory Stick Micro", "M2", and the "Memory Stick" logo are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Walkman is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation.
Blu-ray Disc™ and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association.
Intel, Pentium, Intel SpeedStep, and Atom are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows, the Windows logo, and BitLocker are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in
the U.S. and other countries.
i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection.
Roxio Easy Media Creator is a trademark of Sonic Solutions.
WinDVD for VAIO and WinDVD BD for VAIO are trademarks of InterVideo, Inc.
ArcSoft and the ArcSoft logo are registered trademarks of ArcSoft, Inc. ArcSoft WebCam Companion is a trademark of
ArcSoft, Inc.
ATI and ATI Catalyst are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by
Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
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The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under
license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
SD Logo is a trademark.
SDHC Logo is a trademark.
CompactFlash® is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing
LLC.
"PlaceEngine" is a registered trademark of Koozyt, Inc.
"PlaceEngine" was developed by Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. and is licensed by Koozyt, Inc.
, "XMB," and "xross media bar" are trademarks of Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
"AVCHD" is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
All other names of systems, products, and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ®
marks are not specified.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
Not all the software listed above may be delivered with your model.
See the online specifications to find out what software is available for your model.
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Notice
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This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any
machine-readable form without prior written approval.
Sony Corporation provides no warranty with regard to this manual, the software, or other information contained herein and
hereby expressly disclaims any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose with regard to this
manual, the software, or such other information. In no event shall Sony Corporation be liable for any incidental, consequential,
or special damages, whether based on tort, contract, or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this manual, the
software, or other information contained herein or the use thereof.
In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified.
Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time
without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
Sony Corporation is not liable and will not compensate for any lost recordings made to your computer, external recording
media, or recording devices or any relevant losses, including when recordings are not made due to reasons including your
computer failure, or when the contents of a recording are lost or damaged as a result of your computer failure or repair
undertaken to your computer. Sony Corporation will not restore, recover, or replicate the recorded contents made to your
computer, external recording media, or recording devices under any circumstances.
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