Sony Personal Computer PCV-L400 User manual

Sony Personal Computer PCV-L400 User manual
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VAIO Slimtop Computer/
VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer
User Guide
PCV-L400/PCV-L600/PCV-L600S
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© 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction
in whole or in part without written
permission is prohibited. All rights
reserved. This manual and the software
described herein, in whole or in part, may
not be reproduced, translated, or reduced
to any machine-readable form without
prior written approval.
Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, VAIO Slimtop,
Ergo-Angle, AutoAlert, VAIO Smart,
Memory Stick, Digital Media Park, Mavica,
and PictureGear are trademarks of Sony.
Windows and the Windows logo are
registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation. K56flex is a trademark of
Lucent Technologies Inc. and Rockwell
International. All other trademarks are
trademarks of their respective owners.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: SONY
Model No.: PCV-L400/PCV-L600/PCV-L600S
Responsible Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
1 Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Telephone No: 201-930-6970
This device complies with Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the two following
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial
number are located on the back of
your Sony computer. Record the
model and serial numbers in the
space provided here. Refer to the
model and serial number when
you call your Sony Service Center.
Model Number: _____________
Serial Number:______________
Contents
Features ............................................................................................. 4
Unpacking Your Computer............................................................ 6
Locating Controls and Connectors................................................ 8
Attaching the Stand to the System Unit ..................................... 14
Registering Windows® 98 ............................................................ 15
Registering Your Computer ......................................................... 16
Using the Programmable Power Keys (PPK) ............................ 17
Using Memory Stick Media.......................................................... 23
Using PC Cards .............................................................................. 25
Using the Standby Function ......................................................... 27
Shutting Down Your Computer .................................................. 28
Using the System Recovery CD(s)............................................... 30
Using the Application Recovery CD(s) ...................................... 32
About the Software on Your Computer ..................................... 33
For Answers to Your Software Questions.................................. 37
Troubleshooting ............................................................................. 39
Specifications .................................................................................. 43
Index ................................................................................................ 46
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Features
✍ For a complete description of the specifications of your Sony computer, see “Specifications”
on page 43.
❑
Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel®
processor and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*
❑
Ergo-Angle™ Multimedia LCD display†: The exclusive dual-hinge
pedestal provides twice the flexibility of other LCD displays. Select
the perfect viewing angle and enjoy the built-in stereo speakers.
❑
AutoAlert™ E-mail Notification System†: Custom software
automatically downloads e-mail on a pre-set schedule via Microsoft
Outlook®. A light on the LCD display instantly lets you know when
new mail is received.
❑
VAIO Smart™ convertible keyboard: The innovative palm rest
converts to a keyboard cover for a sleek look when not in use. Six
Programmable Power Keys let you launch any application with the
push of a button; dual-sided mouse connections for left- or righthand use.
❑
Sony Memory Stick™ media slot: The next generation of digital
media, smaller than a stick of gum. Easily deliver information from
one electronic device to another, so you can transfer images, sounds,
data and text between cameras, computers, and more.
❑
Compact components: Enjoy the small footprint and versatile set up
options available by positioning the components in an arrangement
of your choice.
❑
Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity 3D audio system and
high-powered 3D graphics (AGP) enable you to take advantage of
today’s advanced multimedia applications, games, and
entertainment software.
* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government
regulations.
† Available only with the VAIO Slimtop™ LCD Computer.
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Features
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❑
100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free
hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free
access expires 100 hours or 60 days after signing up—whichever
occurs first.
❑
Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is
preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.
❑
Windows® 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from
Microsoft.
❑
Communications: Access popular online services, browse the
Internet, send faxes, and more.
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Unpacking Your Computer
Computer and Supplied Accessories
Unpacking Your Computer
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Manuals
❑
Read Me First contains last-minute supplementary information and
software support numbers.
❑
The VAIO Slimtop Computer/VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer User Guide
(this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer.
It also includes information on the applications included with your
system and how to contact software vendors, get started with your
computer, and solve common problems.
❑
The VAIO Consumer Information Guide contains safety and regulatory
information, ergonomic considerations, information on help
resources, and your computer’s limited warranty statement.
❑
The Microsoft® Windows®98 Getting Started manual explains how to
use the basic features of the Windows operating system.
Recovery CDs
❑
System Recovery CD(s)
❑
Application Recovery CD(s)
Other
❑
Setting up your VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer (poster) or Setting up
your VAIO Slimtop Computer (poster)
❑
Packet containing special product offers
Software CDs
❑
Microsoft® Encarta® 99 Encyclopedia
❑
Microsoft® Money/Microsoft® Works
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Locating Controls and Connectors
Front Panel
FD
CD
HD
1
Power switch and indicator light
Turns on/off the computer and the display.
The indicator light is green while the power is on.
2
Floppy disk drive
Reads/writes data from/to the 3.5 inch floppy disk.
3
Floppy disk eject button
Ejects the floppy disk.
4
CD-ROM drive
Reads data from the CD-ROM.
5
CD-ROM eject button
Ejects the CD-ROM.
6
Manual eject hole
If the CD-ROM does not come out when you press the CD-ROM eject
button, insert a thin, pointed object into this hole to eject the CD-ROM
manually.
Locating Controls and Connectors
FD
CD
9
HD
7
FD (Floppy disk drive) access indicator light
Lights in green while reading/writing data from/to the floppy disk.
8
CD (CD-ROM drive) access indicator light
Lights in amber while reading data from the CD-ROM.
9
HD (Hard disk drive) access indicator light
Lights in green while reading/writing data from/to the hard disk.
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MIC (Microphone) connector*
Connects a microphone (not supplied).
qa
PHONES (Headphones) connector*
Connects headphones (not supplied).
qs
VOLUME control
Adjusts the volume of the headphones connected to the PHONES
connector. VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer users should note that this
does not control the volume of the integrated LCD speakers.
qd
PC CARD slot (with Zoomed Video support)
A PC Card (also called a PCMCIA card) can be installed in this slot.
PC cards enable you to add functionality to your system.
qf
MEMORY STICK media slot
Insert a Sony Memory Stick™ card into this slot. See “Using Memory
Stick Media” on page 23 for details on using Memory Stick media.
qg
USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector
Connects a USB device.
* See “Using a Headphone or Microphone” on page 11 for important information about connecting a
microphone and headphone.
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Rear Panel
LINE
PRINTER
PRINTER
SERIAL
SERIAL
MONITOR
USB
MONITOR
IN
LINE
OUT
USB
IN
PHONE
LCD
LINE
OUT
KEYBOARD
LCD
1
AC INPUT connector
Connects the supplied power cord.
2
LINE jack
Connects a phone cable to the wall jack.
3
TELEPHONE jack
Connects the phone to the computer.
4
PRINTER connector
Connects a parallel device such as a printer or scanner.
5
SERIAL connector
Connects a serial device such as a digital still camera.
6
MONITOR connector
Connects a standard CRT display.
7
USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector
Connects a USB device.
8
LINE IN connector
Connects an audio device.
9
LINE OUT connector
Connects an audio device or an active speaker.
KEYBOARD
Locating Controls and Connectors
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0
LCD MONITOR connector (VAIO Slimtop LCD models only)
Connects the LCD that comes with the VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer.
Note: Do not connect any display to this connector other than the LCD
that is supplied with this system.
qa
KEYBOARD connector
Connects a keyboard.
Using a Headphone or Microphone
When you connect a microphone or headphone to your computer, attach
the supplied ferrite core at the end of the headphone or microphone cable
closest to the computer. Wrap the cable through the center of the ferrite
core. The following illustration shows how to attach the ferrite core when
you are using both a headphone and microphone.
Microphone and
headphone cables
Ferrite core
Plugs connected to
the computer
✍ The LCD and keyboard cables already include a ferrite core. Do not remove the ferrite core
from these cables. (LCD cable available with VAIO Slimtop LCD models only.)
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LCD (VAIO Slimtop LCD models only)
1
Power indicator light
Light is green while the power is on. When the computer enters the
standby mode, this indicator light is amber.
2
Information LED
Light turns red to alert the user to activities, such as the arrival of
e-mail. See “Using the AutoAlert E-mail Notification System (VAIO
Slimtop LCD models only)” on page 20.
3
Brightness control
Adjusts the brightness of the screen.
4
Volume control
Adjusts the volume of the integrated speakers on the LCD display.
Locating Controls and Connectors
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To adjust the height and viewing angle of the display (VAIO Slimtop LCD
models only)
Holding both sides of the display, push the display panel out and up, and
then adjust the viewing angle.
✍ The LCD display is designed to maintain the best ergonomic viewing angle.
Set the display height so that it does not touch the keyboard, and adjust
the viewing angle approximately 27 degrees from eye level to the center
of the screen.
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Attaching the Stand to the System Unit
The main system unit can be oriented horizontally or vertically. If you
place the system in a vertical position, you must attach the supplied stand
to ensure stability.
1
Place the system unit on its right side, with the front of the system
facing forward.
2
Insert the grooved side of the stand into the ventilation holes of the
system so that the two screw holes are aligned and the stand’s fins are
at the rear of the unit.
3
Secure the stand to the unit with the supplied screw.
Registering Windows® 98
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Registering Windows® 98
The first time you turn on your computer, you need to complete a few
steps to register and configure the Windows 98 software that is already
installed on your computer. You do not need to repeat these steps each
time you turn on your computer.
✍ You must complete the process described below before you can use your computer.
The on-screen instructions guide you through the registration and
configuration process. The following is an overview of the process.
1
Gathering information:
❑
Enter your name.
❑
Read and accept the License Agreement.
❑
Enter your Certificate of Authenticity number located on the
cover of the Microsoft Windows 98 Getting Started manual.
2
Windows 98 setup: Click the Finish button on the Windows 98 Setup
Wizard screen.
3
Selecting your computer settings: If necessary, change the Time Zone,
Date, and Time on the Date/Time Properties screen.
4
Registering your computer: For details on registering your computer,
see “Registering Your Computer” on page 16. You can also sign up
for 100 free hours of Internet service at this time.
5
Learning about Windows: If you want, take the tour of Windows.
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Registering Your Computer
Take advantage of Sony’s commitment to quality customer support and
receive these benefits by registering your computer:
❑
Sony Customer Support—Talk to a Support Representative to
troubleshoot problems you may be having with your computer.
❑
Limited warranty—Protect your investment. See “Limited Warranty
Statement” in the VAIO Consumer Information Guide for details.
✍ You must register your computer to extend the warranty from the initial 90-day warranty
period to one year from the original date of purchase.
❑
Express Service—Provides convenient resolution of problems.
❑
Free Internet access—Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when
you sign up with GTE (no credit card necessary). Free access expires
after 100 hours of use or 60 days after signing up, whichever occurs
first.
If you have not already registered, follow these steps to use the computer
online registration service.
1
2
Click the Sony VAIO Registration icon on the VAIO desktop.
3
4
Click the Next button to advance to the next form.
Enter the information requested on the first online registration form.
Press the TAB key to move from box to box.
Complete the remaining forms by clicking the Next button each time
you complete a form.
The computer automatically transfers your registration information
using your built-in modem and a toll-free telephone number.
If you do not sign up for your free Internet account at the time of
registration, you can use the Easy Internet Access icon on the
Windows desktop to sign up later.
Using the Programmable Power Keys (PPK)
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Using the Programmable Power Keys (PPK)
Your Sony computer comes with technology that allows you to get to
your favorite applications easily. Each Programmable Power Key (PPK)
on your VAIO Smart Convertible Keyboard comes programmed to
launch a preset application with a single press of the key. If you wish, you
can use the PPK Setup software to change the Programmable Power
Keys’ preset functions. The PPK Setup software also allows you to set
your computer’s internal timer to launch certain applications
automatically.
The Programmable Power Keys are located at the top of your keyboard,
and are numbered P1 through P6. The keys work even when the
computer is turned off. Pressing one turns on the computer and launches
the preset application.
The six Programmable Power Keys come to you preprogrammed to
perform the functions listed in the table below.
Key
Function
P1 (INTERNET)
Starts Microsoft® Internet Explorer for Windows®.
P2 (MAIL)
Starts Microsoft® Outlook® 98.
P3 (WORK)
Starts Microsoft® Works.
P4 (FINANCE)
Starts Intuit® Quicken® 99.
P5 (SETUP)
Starts PPK Setup.
P6 (HELP)
Opens a menu of help options.
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Changing the Functions of the Programmable Power Keys
To change the function of a Programmable Power Key:
1
Press the P5 button on the keyboard, or double-click the PPK Setup
icon
on the taskbar. The PPK Setup screen appears.
2
Click the Programmable Power Key tab (“PPK1,2,3” or “PPK4,5,6”)
for the Programmable Power Key you want to change.
3
Click the icon showing the key whose function you want to change.
The Assignment screen appears.
4
Select “Change the assigned application” and click Next. The How to
Choose an Application screen appears.
Using the Programmable Power Keys (PPK)
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Using the Internal Timer
You can use PPK Setup’s internal timer to start an application at a specific
time. The timer can start applications even when the power is off.
1
Press the P5 button on the keyboard, or double-click the PPK Setup
icon
on the taskbar. The PPK Setup screen appears.
2
3
4
Click the Timer tab.
Click the clock
icon.
If an application is already assigned to the timer, the Assignment
screen appears. Choose “Change the assigned application” and then
click Next.
If no application is currently assigned to the timer, the Assignment
screen does not appear; proceed to step 5.
5
The How to Choose an Application screen appears. Choose “Select
application from Registered Files list” and then click Next.
6
The Assign Function screen appears. Select an application in the
Registered Files column and then click Finish.
7
8
The Timer tab appears. Click Apply, then click the Set button.
The Timer Schedule Setting screen appears.
❑
Select “One time only” if you want the application to launch only
once.
❑
Select “Weekly” if you want the application to start at a certain
time on a regular basis, such as weekly or on certain days of the
week.
Then click Next.
9
Specify the day and time for the timer to start. Note that the time is in
24 hour format. If you selected “Weekly” in the previous step, you
have the option of specifying more than one day. Then click Next.
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The Post Processing screen appears. Entering information on this
screen is optional. If you wish, you can set the computer to shut
down or enter system standby mode after the timer finishes
launching an application. Click the Help button for instructions.
When you have finished, or if you do not wish to choose any options
on the Post Processing screen, click Finish.
11
The Timer tab appears. Click Apply. The timer is now set to launch
the application you selected in step 5.
12
Click OK to exit PPK Setup.
✍ Some software applications take longer than others to launch. It is advisable to confirm in
advance the amount of time your selected application takes to start.
Using the AutoAlert E-mail Notification System (VAIO Slimtop
LCD models only)
Your VAIO Slimtop LCD Computer can be set up to notify you with an
Information LED when new mail arrives in your e-mail mailbox. The
Information LED turns red to indicate that new e-mail has arrived. For
this AutoAlert E-mail Notification System to work, you must use
Microsoft® Outlook® 98 as your default e-mail software, and you must
have an Internet Service Provider with dial-up capabilities set up. As an
alternative, you can program PPK Setup to set the Information LED to
turn on when PPK Setup has successfully completed the task of dialing
up and connecting to receive mail; this works with Netscape
Communicator® 4.5, Microsoft® Outlook® Express, and Microsoft
Outlook 98.
See “LCD (VAIO Slimtop LCD models only)” on page 12 for an
illustration showing the Information LED’s location.
Using the Programmable Power Keys (PPK)
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To use the AutoAlert E-mail Notification System (VAIO Slimtop LCD models
only)
1
Press the P5 button on the keyboard, or double-click the PPK Setup
icon
on the taskbar. The PPK Setup screen appears.
2
3
Click the Registration tab.
4
Under “What do you want to do?” select “Get Message” and choose
Outlook 98 Mail Downloading from the drop-down list box. Then
click Next.
5
The Information LED screen appears. Select “Turn on the Information
LED when new e-mail message has arrived,” then select “MAPI,”
and then click Next.
Click the Preset Script button. The Preset Script Assignment screen
appears.
✍ This only works if you are using Microsoft Outlook 98 as your default e-mail software. If
you have chosen Netscape Communicator 4.5 or Microsoft Outlook Express instead, you
can select “Turn on the Information LED when process is finished successfully.” This
causes the Information LED to light when PPK Setup has launched your e-mail software
and checked for mail, rather than after it actually downloads your e-mail.
6
The Enter Application Name screen appears. Enter an application
name and description of your choice. For example, you might choose
“MyE-mail” as the application name and “Download e-mail” as the
description. Then click Finish.
7
Now you can use either a PPK button or the timer to download your
e-mail. Follow the instructions under “Changing the Functions of the
Programmable Power Keys” on page 18 or “Using the Internal
Timer” on page 19. When you come to the Assign Function screen,
select your newly named application from the Registered Files list.
✍ To turn off the Information LED, click the PPK icon in the Windows task tray.
Some e-mail applications are programmed to ask for a password before downloading
mail. If your e-mail software has this feature, PPK may not be able to download your
mail successfully. You can solve this problem by setting your e-mail software to
remember your password rather than prompting you for it.
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PPK Setup Software Restrictions
If you use software that uses a phone line
❑ The computer may not be able to disconnect the phone line due to
communication and server conditions.
❑
Be sure to monitor the status of the software when running PPK
Setup, and manually disconnect the phone line if you notice a
malfunction. Furthermore, when using the timer to start the software,
it is advised that you set the computer to shut down or enter system
standby mode after a certain length of time. This allows the computer
to disconnect the phone line if the computer fails to disconnect the
line normally.
If you are using the timer to download e-mail automatically
It is advisable to set up your e-mail software to redial automatically if it
does not connect the first time. It is also advisable to set the e-mail
software to disconnect the phone line automatically when all mail has
been downloaded.
If you are using your 100 free hours of Internet access
In order to use the AutoAlert E-mail Notification System with your free
100 hours of Internet access from GTE, the Dial automatically setting
must be selected in your Microsoft® Outlook® 98 software. If you have
not yet chosen this setting and wish to do so, start Outlook 98, click Send
and Receive, and then check the Dial automatically check box in the
dialog box that appears on the screen. (If the Dial automatically setting is
already selected, this dialog box will not appear.) For information on your
free GTE trial period, see page 5.
Using Memory Stick Media
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Using Memory Stick Media
Your Sony computer is designed to support the new Memory Stick IC
recording media. The Memory Stick card is a small, versatile device that
allows you to share data between various types of Sony equipment.
Your system comes with a sample 4 MB Memory Stick card for you to try.
This Memory Stick card contains images saved from a Sony digital
camera, which supports Memory Stick media. When you insert the
supplied Memory Stick card, the PictureGear™ software's slide show
application launches automatically and allows you to view the images.
See the supplied Memory Stick card package for more information on
Memory Stick card use, including information on how to create your own
slide show.
✍ If using a Memory Stick card that does not contain Sony digital camera images, your computer
automatically launches Windows Explorer. This allows you to view the contents of the Memory
Stick card.
Once you have created a slide show, you cannot rename the files in the slide show using the
Windows Rename function. To change the name of a file in a slide show, follow the
instructions on the Memory Stick card package.
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To protect data on Memory Stick media from accidental changes
The Memory Stick card contains a write-protect tab. The write-protect tab
prevents accidental changes to a Memory Stick card. When you slide the
write-protect tab to the LOCK position, the Memory Stick card is writeprotected, which means you cannot delete, copy, or save information on
the Memory Stick card. When you slide the tab to the un-LOCK position,
you can write to or modify the Memory Stick card contents.
To unlock
To lock
LOCK
LOCK
LOCK
To change the way the computer reacts when a Memory Stick card is inserted
into the Memory Stick media slot
Change the options on the Memory Stick tab in the PPK Setup software.
Using PC Cards
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Using PC Cards
This computer has a card bus PC card slot that supports a Type I or II PC
card. The slot also supports the ZV (Zoomed Video) port specification.
To insert a PC card
✍ You do not need to shut down your computer when inserting a PC card.
1
Open the front panel.
2
Insert the PC card into the PC card slot until it clicks into position.
✍ When the card is completely inserted, the eject button pops out. If you cannot insert the card,
do not forcibly insert it. In this case, make sure the card is not inserted upside-down or
backward, and then reinsert the card into the slot carefully.
See the manual that came with the PC card for details on using it.
To close the front panel when the eject button is protruding, fold the button down onto the
computer.
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To eject a PC card
✍ If you eject the PC card incorrectly, the system may not work correctly.
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, click Settings, and
then click Control Panel.
2
3
4
Click the PC Card icon.
5
Push the PC card eject button on the front panel of the system unit.
You may need to pull out the eject button before you can eject the
card.
Click the name of the card that you want to eject, then click Stop.
When the message “You may safely remove this device” appears,
click OK.
The card is ejected from the card connector. Remove the card by holding it
by its edge and pulling it out carefully.
Using the Standby Function
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Using the Standby Function
When you are finished using your computer, you can put it in standby
mode rather than turn it off completely. Putting the computer in standby
mode allows you to return quickly to normal computer use.
To put the computer in standby mode manually
1
Save your work and close any applications that are running. (You can
leave Microsoft Windows running.)
2
Press the
(Standby) button on the top of the keyboard.
The computer goes into standby mode.
Alternatively, you can click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, click
Shut Down, select Standby, and then click OK.
To let the computer go into standby mode on a timer
You can set the computer to go automatically into standby mode after
there has been no activity on it for a specified time. You can set this length
of time on the Windows Control Panel.
1
2
3
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar.
4
Select a time from the “System standby” list box.
Select Settings, and then click Control Panel.
Click the Power Management icon, and then select the Power
Schemes tab.
The system will enter standby mode after there has been no activity on
the computer for the amount of time you have specified.
To resume from standby mode
The best method is to press the
(Standby) button again.
✍ If the display does not return from standby when you press the
(Standby) button, your
system may be in video standby mode. Press any key on the keyboard to return from video
standby.
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Standby Mode Indicators
You can tell which mode the computer is in by the color of the power
indicator light.
Color
Mode
Amber
Computer is in standby mode.
Green
Computer is out of standby mode, ready to use.
No color
Computer is turned off.
✍ In standby mode you may periodically hear the computer’s fan turn on and off, depending on
the room’s temperature. This is normal functioning in standby mode.
Shutting Down Your Computer
When you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of
time, use the following procedure to shut down the computer.
!
To avoid the potential loss of data, do not use the power switch to shut down
the computer.
To shut down your computer
✍ If you plan to shut down your computer for a short period of time, you may want to use
standby mode instead. See “Using the Standby Function” on page 27.
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar to open the Start
menu.
2
3
4
Click Shut Down to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box.
Select the Shut Down option.
Click OK to complete the shutdown process.
✍ Respond to any prompts about saving documents.
5
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically — the power
indicator light turns off.
6
Turn off any peripherals connected to your computer. The LCD
display (VAIO Slimtop LCD models only) turns off automatically
when the computer shuts down.
Shutting Down Your Computer
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✍ You can also shut down your computer using the
(Power) button on the keyboard. Pressing
this button causes the system to perform a shutdown but does not give you any of the other
options available on the Windows 98 Shut Down menu.
About the Power Switch
If your system “locks up” or “crashes,” press and hold the power switch
for four seconds to force your system to power off. You may need to
repeat this procedure. See “Locating Controls and Connectors” on page 8
for the power switch’s location.
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Using the System Recovery CD(s)
You can reinstall software titles that shipped with your computer if they
are corrupted or accidentally erased. You may not need to recover the
entire contents of your hard drive. If you experience a problem with your
computer, reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may
correct the problem.
Use the Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications
or device drivers. See “Using the Application Recovery CD(s)” on
page 32.
The System Recovery CD(s) contain a backup copy of all the software
originally installed on your hard disk drive. They can be used only to
recover the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
The System Recovery utility gives you three options:
❑
Full Restore without Format restores all the software titles that
originally came with your computer without formatting the hard
disk.
❑
Full Restore with Format formats the hard disk drive and then
restores all the original software.
❑
Operating System Only formats the hard disk drive and restores the
Windows operating system and the device drivers that shipped with
your computer. This option is recommended for advanced users only.
!
If you choose the Full Restore with Format or Operating System Only option,
your hard disk will be formatted, which removes all the information on the hard
disk drive. You will lose any software you have installed and any other files you
have created since you started to use your computer. This means you will have
to reinstall any applications that were not included with the computer when you
purchased it. If you choose the Full Restore without Format option, you may
need to reinstall applications that were not included with the computer when
you purchased it. If you have any questions on using the System Recovery CD(s),
contact Sony Customer Support.
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To use the System Recovery CD(s)
✍ You need to complete the Windows registration process when you use the System Recovery
CD(s). Make sure you have the product ID number located on the cover of your Microsoft
Windows manual. You will need this number to complete the recovery process.
1
Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the CD-ROM drive.
✍ The System Recovery utility boots from the CD-ROM drive. It must be in the drive when
you turn on the computer.
2
Shut down your computer as described in “Shutting Down Your
Computer” on page 28.
3
4
Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer.
5
When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User
License Agreement.
✍ Your system may include one or two System Recovery CDs. If you have two System Recovery
CDs, insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program. You are prompted to insert the
second CD once the information from the first CD has been installed.
The recovery process takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
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Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual
applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally
erased. Reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may
correct a problem you are experiencing with your computer, and you may
not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive. If you do need
to reinstall all the software titles that shipped with your computer, use the
System Recovery CD(s). See “Using the System Recovery CD(s)” on
page 30.
You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD(s). The
application will not run from DOS. If you have any questions on using
the Application Recovery CD(s), contact Sony Customer Support.
To use the Application Recovery CD(s)
1
Turn on your computer. If your computer is already on, close all
applications.
2
When the Windows desktop appears, insert the Sony Application
Recovery CD in the CD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery utility
loads automatically.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or two Application Recovery CDs. If you have two Application
Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery program. You may be
prompted to insert the second CD, depending on the application you wish to restore.
About the Software on Your Computer
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About the Software on Your Computer
Your Sony computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and
communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an
overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For
support information, see “For Answers to Your Software Questions” on
page 37.
Adobe Acrobat® Reader
Adobe Systems Inc.
Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print
electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an
open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents
created on all major computer platforms.
Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition
Adobe Systems Inc.
Create amazing photo effects with Adobe PhotoDeluxe. Without learning
complex software, you can enhance, restore, and be creative with your
photos. Includes built-in guided activities, stock photos, clip art and
templates to assist you.
America Online®
America Online
America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay
in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your
personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with
thousands of others who share your interests.
AT&T WorldNet® Service
AT&T
Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T
WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page
from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages,
online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special
shopping discounts at Market Square.
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CompuServe®
CompuServe, Inc.
CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business
and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to
access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through
it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe.
Digital Media Park™
Sony Electronics
An integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs,
including Media Bar, Media Library, and Media Showcase.
Dr. Solomon's® Anti-Virus
Dr. Solomon’s Software Inc.
Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense
against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside
compressed files and automatically protects your system against viruses
sent via e-mail or Internet download.
EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess™
EarthLink Network, Inc.
An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and
assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member
benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB
web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.
Microsoft® Encarta® 99 Encyclopedia
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive
content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with
unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1999 edition, Encarta
provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive
features.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer for Windows® 98
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer delivers the web the way you want it. It is safe, easy to
use, and you can personalize how you access the web. Outlook Express
and other tools in Internet Explorer also help you have a great experience
when you are on the web.
About the Software on Your Computer
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Microsoft® Money 99
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform
your financial tasks, everything from paying bills to planning for the
future, in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay
bills and bank from the comfort of home.
Microsoft® Outlook® 98
Microsoft Corporation
Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It
combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging
systems with integrated calendar, contact, and task-management
features.
Microsoft® Works
Microsoft Corporation
Works provides users with the right set of core tools that allows them to
write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book,
manage home finances, and create a home inventory.
Netscape Communicator®
Netscape Communications
Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy
to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups, and
compose great web documents.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics
This image management software displays images from your hard drive,
a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica® Camera. The images
appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the
contents of an entire folder.
Prodigy Internet™
Prodigy Communications Corporation
An Internet service that helps you find what you need online faster and
smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content such as sports scores,
stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite™, plus a personal e-mail
account and quality customer service, all at a competitive price.
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Quicken® Basic 99
Intuit, Inc.
Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken
works just like your checkbook, so it is easy to learn and use. Quicken
manages all of your finances, bank accounts, credit cards, investments,
and loans. You can even pay your bills online.
SurfMonkey™
MediaLive, Inc.
SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that
makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children
through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud.
Children cannot go to web sites identified by the browser as inappropriate,
parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat sessions are monitored.
WinFax® Basic Edition
Symantec Corporation
WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows
you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive
additional features.
About Your Recovery CDs
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
The Application Recovery CD program allows you to reinstall individual
applications and device drivers. Use it to restore corrupted or accidentally
erased files.
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
The System Recovery CD program allows you to restore the software
titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are
erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the
Sony computer you purchased.
For Answers to Your Software Questions
For Answers to Your Software Questions
Acrobat® Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Business Edition
(Adobe Systems Incorporated)
http://www.adobe.com/
website
phone
206-628-2746 (fee-based support)
fax
206-628-5737
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT
America Online® (America Online)
website
http://www.aol.com/
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET
AT&T WorldNet® Service (AT&T)
website
http://www.worldnet.att.net
phone
800-400-1447
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® Interactive (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)
http://www.compuserve.com/
website
phone
800-848-8990
hours
M-F, 8 AM - 1 AM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET
Dr. Solomon’s® Anti-Virus (Dr. Solomon’s Software Inc.)
http://www.drsolomon.com/
website
phone
888-377-6566
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess™ (EarthLink Network, Inc.)
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/
website
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)
http://www.encmpss.com/
website
phone
800-927-3000
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Internet Explorer (Microsoft
Corporation)
http://www.microsoft.com/support/
website
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Netscape Communicator ® (Netscape Communications Corporation)
http://www.netscape.com/
website
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Prodigy Internet™ (Prodigy Communications Corporation)
http://www.prodigy.com/
website
phone
800-PRODIGY
hours
7 AM - 3 AM ET
Quicken® Basic (Intuit Inc.)
website
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4688
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
SurfMonkey™ (MediaLive, Inc.)
http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html
website
phone
408-556-2060
e-mail
[email protected]surfmonkey.com
hours
9AM-10PM PT everyday
WinFax® Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/
website
phone
fax
800-798-0850
800-554-4403 in North America
541-984-2490 outside North America
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you may
encounter when using your computer. Many problems have simple
solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer
Support.
My computer does not start
❑ Check that the computer is plugged into a power source and that it is
turned on. Check that the power light is lit on the front panel of the
computer.
❑
Confirm that a diskette is not in the diskette drive (unless you are
using a bootable diskette).
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as
described on the color poster.
❑
If you plugged the computer into a power strip or UPS, make sure the
power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
My computer or software program “locks up”
❑ Close the application that is currently locked up by pressing ALT+F4.
❑
If you cannot restart as described in the preceding steps, you can
restart the computer by pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE or by pressing
the power switch for more than six seconds.
!
❑
Pressing CTRL+ ALT+DELETE may result in the loss of changes made to files
that are currently open.
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical
support. See “For Answers to Your Software Questions” on page 37
for a list of phone numbers and web addresses or see Read Me First.
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My CD-ROM drive tray does not open
❑ Make sure the computer is turned on.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a
straightened heavy-weight paper clip into the emergency eject hole.
When I click an application icon, a message such as “You must insert the
application CD into your CD-ROM drive” appears and the software does not
start
❑ Some titles require specific files that are located on the application’s
CD-ROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
❑
Check to make sure you inserted the CD-ROM with the label side
facing up.
My modem connection is slow
The computer’s modem uses K56flex™ technology/V.90. Many factors
influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or
compatibility with telephone equipment (such as fax machines or other
modems). If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other
PC-based modems, fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider, check
the following:
❑
Have your phone company check that your phone line is free from
any line noise.
❑
If your problem is fax-related, check that there are no problems with
the fax machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax
modems.
❑
If you are having a problem connecting with your Internet Service
Provider, check that the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.
❑
If you have a second phone line available, try connecting the modem
to this line.
My modem does not work
❑ Check that the phone line is plugged into the LINE jack.
❑
Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by
plugging in an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone.
❑
Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct.
❑
Check that the software you are using is compatible with the Sony
computer modem. (All preinstalled programs are compatible.) Call
the software publisher or Sony Customer Support.
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My microphone is too sensitive to background noise
If you find there is too much background noise when you record sound,
you should adjust the microphone gain by following these steps:
1
Right-click the speaker icon (Volume) in the lower right Windows
task tray.
2
3
Click Open Volume Controls. The Volume Control screen appears.
4
Change the setting for “Adjust volume for” from Playback to
Recording, then click OK.
5
Click the Advanced button under Microphone Balance. The
Advanced Controls for Microphone screen appears.
6
Deselect the check box for 1 Mic Gain (+20dB), then click the Close
button.
7
Close the Recording Control window.
In the Options menu, select Properties. The Properties screen
appears.
My mouse does not work
❑ Check that the mouse is plugged into one of the PS/2® connectors on
the keyboard. The other connector connects the keyboard to the
computer.
❑
There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the
mouse, follow these steps:
❑
Turn off your computer. See “Shutting Down Your Computer” on
page 28 for details.
❑
Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by
turning the ring that covers the mouse ball counter-clockwise.
❑
Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.
❑
Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball
and inside the mouse ball socket.
❑
Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball
cover. Secure the cover by turning the ring clockwise.
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I cannot find the Windows taskbar
❑ Check that the taskbar is not hidden or shrunken.
❑
Use the mouse to point to the left, right, top, and bottom edges of the
screen.
✍ See Read Me First for additional information on using your Sony computer.
To Reach Sony
For further assistance, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
Specifications
Specifications
Model
Processor
Hard Disk Drive
Standard SDRAM
Video RAM
Graphics
Sound Capabilities
PCV-L400
PCV-L600
400 MHz Pentium® II
500 MHz Pentium® III
6.4 GB Ultra DMA
10.8 GB Ultra DMA
64 MB PC-100 SDRAM,
expandable to 256 MB
128 MB PC-100 SDRAM,
expandable to 256 MB
4 MB SGRAM
2X AGP 3D graphics hardware acceleration
(ATi Rage LT Pro)
High fidelity 3D PCI audio (Yamaha YMF-724)
Diskette Drive
3.5” 1.44 MB FDD
CD-ROM Drive
24X CD-ROM drive (max.)*
Modem
Expansion Capabilities
K56flex technology/V.90 compatible
data/fax modem†
One PCI slot
Connection
Capabilities (Front)
PC card
Zoomed Video and card bus support
USB port
Microphone
Headphone
Memory Stick media slot
Connection
Capabilities (Rear)
USB port
Modem line (RJ-11)
Phone line (RJ-11)
Parallel (printer)
Serial port
VGA monitor
LCD display**
Line In
Line Out
Keyboard
Connection
Capabilities
(Keyboard)
Mouse (PS/2-style)
left and right connectors
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Model
PCV-L400
PCV-L600
Supplied Accessories
Stand (for vertical installation)
Power cable
Phone cable
Keyboard cable
Mouse
VAIO Smart™ Convertible Keyboard
LCD display**
Spacers (for bottom of the system)
Sample 4 MB Memory Stick card
Service
90-day limited express service ††
Extendible to one year from original
date of purchase upon registration
Limited Warranty
90-day parts/labor standard††
Extendible to one year from original
date of purchase upon registration
Power Requirements
Dimensions
Weight
Operating
Temperature
200 watts maximum
CPU: 11.2” (w) x 3.6” (h) x 13.4” (d)
(280mm x 90mm x 335mm)
Display**: 14.9” (w) x 12.6” (h) x 6.9” (d)
(372mm x 316mm x 172mm)
Keyboard: 15.9” (w) x 1.8” (h) x 7.1” (d)
(398mm x 45mm x 178mm)
CPU: 11.9 lbs. (5.4kg)
Display**: 6 lbs. (2.75g)
Keyboard: 2.9 lbs. (1.3kg)
50º F to 95º F (+10º C to 35º C)
* Data on a CD-ROM disc is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10.3X at the innermost
track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The
average data transfer rate is 17X or 2550 kbytes/s.
† Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at
56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet
Service Provider, however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.
** VAIO Slimtop LCD models only.
†† Certain restrictions apply.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
A
AC input connector 10
Application Recovery CD 32
AutoAlert E-mail Notification System
20
B
brightness control, on LCD 12
C
CD-ROM drive 8
CD-ROM, troubleshooting 40
cleaning, mouse 41
computer, troubleshooting 39
line jack 10
line OUT connector 10
M
Memory Stick media
slot 9
using 23
microphone connector 9
using 11
modem, troubleshooting 40
monitor connector 10
mouse
cleaning 41
troubleshooting 41
mouse (pictured) 6
P
headphones connector 9
using 11
PC (PCMCIA) card, using 25
PC card slot 9
phone cable (pictured) 6
power cable (pictured) 6
power indicator
on LCD 12
on system unit 8
power switch 8
printer connector 10
problem solving 39
Programmable Power Keys (PPK),
using 17
I
R
E
eject button, for floppy disk 8
eject hole, for CD-ROM 8
F
ferrite core (pictured) 6
ferrite core, connecting 11
floppy disk drive 8
H
Information LED, on LCD 12, 21
K
keyboard
(pictured) 6
cable (pictured) 6
connector 11
L
LCD
(pictured) 6
adjusting 13
connector 11
line IN connector 10
registering Windows 98 15
registering your computer 16
S
serial connector 10
software, bundled 33
software, support contact numbers 37
spacers (pictured) 6
stand
(pictured) 6
attaching 14
standby mode 27
System Recovery CD 30
system unit (pictured) 6
Index
T
telephone jack 10
troubleshooting 39
turning on and off the computer 8, 28,
39
U
Universal Serial Bus (USB) connector 9,
10
unpacking the computer 6
unpacking, system (pictured) 6
V
volume control for headphones 9
volume control, on LCD 12
W
Windows 98 15
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