Sony Personal Computer PCV-L640 User manual

Sony Personal Computer PCV-L640 User manual
VAIO Slimtop™ LCD
Computer User Guide
PCV-L640
VAIO Slimtop™ LCD Computer User Guide
NOTICE
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the software described herein, in whole or in
part, may not be reproduced, translated, or
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prior written approval.
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OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS
MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR
THE USE THEREOF.
Sony Electronics Inc. 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.
This product contains software owned by Sony
and licensed by third parties. Use of such
software is subject to the terms and conditions
of license agreements enclosed with this
product. Some of the software may not be
transported or used outside the United States.
Software specifications are subject to change
without notice and may not necessarily be
identical to current retail versions.
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Updates and additions to software may require
an additional charge. Subscriptions to online
service providers may require a fee and credit
card information. Financial services may
require prior arrangements with participating
financial institutions.
Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, VAIO Smart,
VAIO Digital Studio, Media Park, DVgate,
Media Bar, Handycam, Mavica, PictureGear
and i.LINK are trademarks of Sony. Intel,
Pentium, and Celeron are trademarks of Intel
Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and the
Windows 98 logo are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation.
This product incorporates copyright protection
technology that is protected by method claims
of certain U.S. patents and other intellectual
property rights owned by Macrovision
Corporation and other rights owners. Use of this
copyright protection technology must be
authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited viewing
uses only unless otherwise authorized by
Macrovision Corporation. Reverse engineering
or disassembly is prohibited.
All other trademarks are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective
owners.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the back of your Sony VAIO
computer. Record the serial number in the space
provided here. Refer to the model and serial
numbers when you call your Sony Service
Center.
Model Number: PCV-L640
Serial Number:______________________
Safety Information and
Caution
The socket outlet shall be
installed near the equipment and
shall be easily accessible.
CDRW Laser diode properties
!
To change the backup battery,
please contact your nearest Sony
Service Center.
!
Caution - The use of optical
instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard. As the
laser beam used in this product
is harmful to the eyes, do not
attempt to disassemble the drive
cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
!
Danger - Visible and invisible
laser radiation when open. Avoid
direct exposure to beam.
Never install modem or telephone
wiring during a lightning storm.
!
Never install telephone jacks in
wet locations unless the jack is
specifically designed for wet
locations.
For CD-RW: Danger - Invisible
laser radiation when open. Avoid
direct exposure to beam.
!
Never touch uninsulated
telephone wire or terminals
unless the telephone line has been
disconnected at the network
interface.
Caution: For ADSL modem
models, to reduce the risk of fire,
use only No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunication line cord.
!
Pour changer la pile de
rechange, veuillez contacter
votre centre de service Sony le
plus près.
Laser output
1.8mW(Read)
21mW (Write)
Wave Length
773–797nm
780–795nm
(UJDA320)
To prevent fire or shock hazard,
do not expose your desktop to
rain or moisture.To avoid
electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
Use caution when installing or
modifying telephone lines.
Avoid using the modem during an
electrical storm.
Do not use the modem or a
telephone to report a gas leak in
the vicinity of the leak.
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Avertissement - L'utilisation
d'instruments optiques avec ce
produit augmente les risques
pour les yeux. Puisque le
faisceau laser utilisé dans ce
produit est dommageable pour
les yeux, ne tentez pas de
désassembler le boîtier.
Adressez-vous à un agent de
service qualifié.
!
Danger : Radiation laser visible
et invisible si ouvert. Évitez
l’exposition directe au faisceau.
!
Pour les CD-RW : Danger :
Radiation laser visible et
invisible si ouvert. Évitez
l'exposition directe au faisceau.
!
Attention : Pour ADSL modele
modem, afin de réduire les
risques d'incendie, n'utilisez
qu'un cordon de communication
N0. 26 AWG ou plus gros.
Pour prévenir tout risque d’incendie ou
d’électrocution, garder cet appareil à
l’abri de la pluie et de l’humidité.
Pour prévenir tout risque d’électrocution,
ne pas ouvrir le châssis de cet appareil et
ne confier son entretien qu’à une personne
qualifiée.
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation de fil
modem ou téléphone durant un orage
électrique.
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation d’une
prise téléphonique dans un endroit
mouillé à moins que la prise soit conçue à
cet effet.
Ne jamais toucher un fil téléphonique à
découvert ou un terminal à moins que la
ligne téléphonique n’ait été débranché de
l’interface réseau.
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Soyez très prudent lorsque vous installez
ou modifiez les lignes téléphoniques.
Évitez d’utiliser le modem durant un
orage électrique.
N'utilisez pas le modem ni le téléphone
pour prévenir d'une fuite de gaz vous êtes
près de la fuite.
L’appareil doit être le plus près possible
d’une prise murale pour en faciliter
l’accès.
For questions regarding your product or for the
Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888476-6972 in the United States or 1-800-9617669 in Canada.
Sony Customer Support can be reached at
www.sony.com.pcsupport
Regulatory Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
PCV-L640
Responsible
Party:
Sony Electronics Inc.
Address:
1 Sony Drive
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Telephone:
201-930-6972
This phone number is for FCC-related
matters only.
This device complies with Part 15 of the
FCC rules. Operation is subject to the
following two 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.
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
Increase the separation between
the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an
outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is
connected.
Consult the dealer or an
experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
Only peripherals (computer input/output
devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that comply
with FCC Class B limits may be attached to this
computer product. Operation with
noncompliant peripherals is likely to result in
interference to radio and television reception.
All cables used to connect peripherals must be
shielded and grounded. Operation with cables,
connected to peripherals, that are not shielded
and grounded, may result in interference to
radio and television reception.
FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the
FCC rules. The FCC Ringer Equivalence
Number (REN) for this equipment is 0.7. If
requested, this information must be provided to
the telephone company.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone
jack.
The REN is used to determine the quantity of
devices which may be connected to the
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telephone line. Excessive RENs on the
telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In
most, but not all areas, the sum of the RENs
should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of
the number of devices that may be connected to
the line, as determined by the total RENs,
contact the telephone company to determine the
maximum REN for the calling area.
If the terminal equipment causes harm to the
telephone network, the telephone company will
notify you in advance that temporary
discontinuance of service may be required. But
if advance notice is not practical, the telephone
company will notify the customer as soon as
possible. Also, you will be advised of your right
to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe
it is necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in
its facilities, equipment, operations or
procedures that could affect the operations of
the equipment. If this happens, the telephone
company will provide advance notice in order
for you to make the necessary modifications in
order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this modem, for
repair or warranty information, please contact
1-888-4SONY-PC, or write to the Sony
Customer Information Center, 12451 Gateway
Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913. If the trouble is
causing harm to the telephone network, the
telephone company may request that you
remove the equipment from the network until
the problem is resolved.
Repair of this equipment should be made only
by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized
agent. For the Sony Service Center nearest you,
call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
This equipment cannot be used on public coin
service provided by the telephone company.
Connection to Party Line Service is subject to
state and possible provincial tariffs. (Contact
the state or provincial utility service
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commission, public service commission, or
corporation commission for information.)
Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991
(United States)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of
1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a
computer or other electronic device to send any
message via a telephone facsimile machine
unless such message clearly contains, in a
margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted
page or on the first page of the transmission, the
date and time it is sent and an identification of
the business, other entity, or individual sending
the message, and the telephone number of the
sending machine or such business, other entity,
or individual.
In order to program this information into your
facsimile machine, see your fax software
documentation.
Telephone Consumer
Guidelines (Canada)
Please refer to your telephone directory under
‘Privacy Issues’ and/or ‘Terms of Service.’ For
more detailed information, please contact:
CRTC
Terrasses de la Chaudiére, Tour centrale
1 promenade du Portage, 5 étage Hull PQ K1A
0N2.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
Cet àppareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
DISPOSAL OF LITHIUM ION
BATTERY
!
The battery pack used in this
device may present a fire or
chemical burn hazard if
mistreated. Do not disassemble,
heat above 212°F (100°C) or
incinerate.
Dispose of used battery
promptly.
Keep away from children.
!
La manutention incorrecte du
module de batterie de cet
appareil présente un risque
d'incendie ou de brûlures
chimiques. Ne pas démonter,
incinérer ou exposer à une
température de plus de 100°C.
Évacuer promptement la batterie
usée. Garder hors de portée des
enfants.
You can return your unwanted lithium ion
batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or
Factory Service Center.
In some areas the disposal of lithium
ion batteries in household or
business trash may be prohibited.
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1888-476-6972 in the United States or 1-800961-7669 in Canada.
!
Do not handle damaged or
leaking lithium ion batteries.
!
Ne pas manipuler les batteries
au lithium-ion qui fuient ou sont
endommagées.
!
Danger of explosion if battery is
incorrectly replaced. Replace
only with the same or equivalent
type recommended by the
manufacturer. Discard used
batteries according to the
manufacturer’s instructions.
!
Une batterie non conforme
présente un danger d'explosion.
La remplacer seulement par une
batterie identique ou de type
équivalent recommandé par le
fabricant. Évacuer les batteries
usées selon les directives du
fabricant.
INDUSTRY CANADA NOTICE
NOTICE: The Industry Canada label identifies
certified equipment. This certification means
that the equipment meets certain
telecommunications network protective,
operational and safety requirements as
prescribed in the appropriate Terminal
Equipment Technical Requirements
document(s). The Department does not
guarantee the equipment will operate to the
userís satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should
ensure that it is permissible to be connected to
the facilities of the local telecommunications
company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connection.
The customer should be aware that compliance
with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
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Repairs to certified equipment should be
coordinated by a representative designated by
the supplier. Equipment malfunctions or any
repairs or alterations made by the user to this
equipment may give the telecommunications
company cause to request that the user
disconnect the equipment.
installations de l’entreprise locale de
télécommunication. Le matériel doit également
être installé en suivant une méthode acceptée de
raccordement. L’abonné ne doit pas oublier
qu’il est possible que la conformité aux
conditions énoncées ci-dessus n’empêche pas la
dégradation du service dans certaines situations.
Users should ensure for their own protection
that the electrical ground connections of the
power utility, telephone lines and internal
metallic water pipe system, if present, are
connected together. This precaution may be
particularly important in rural areas.
Les réparations de matériel homologué doivent
être coordonnées par un représentant désigné
par le fournisseur. L’entreprise de
télécommunications peut demander à
l’utilisateur de débrancher un appareil à la suite
de réparations ou de modifications effectuées
par l’utilisateur ou à cause de mauvais
fonctionnement.
CAUTION: Users should not attempt to make
such connections themselves, but should
contact the appropriate electrical inspection
authority, or electrician, as appropriate.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number
(REN) assigned to each terminal device
provides an indication of the maximum number
of terminals allowed to be connected to a
telephone interface. The termination on an
interface may consist of any combination of
devices subject only to the requirement that the
sum of the Ringer Equivalence Numbers of all
the devices does not exceed 5. The Ringer
Equivalence Number for this equipment is 0.7.
AVIS DE L’INDUSTRIE
CANADA
AVIS: L’étiquette d’Industrie Canada identifie
le matériel homologué.
Cette étiquette certifie que le matériel est
conforme aux normes de protection,
d’exploitation et de sécurité des réseaux de
télécommunications, comme le prescrivent les
documents concernant les exigences techniques
relatives au matériel terminal. Le Ministère
n’assure toutefois pas que le matériel
fonctionnera à la satisfaction de l’utilisateur.
Avant d’installer ce matériel, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer qu’il est permis de le raccorder aux
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Pour sa propre protection, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer que tous les fils de mise à la terre de la
source d’énergie électrique, des lignes
téléphoniques et des canalisations d’eau
métalliques, s’il y en a, sont raccordés
ensemble. Cette précaution est particulièrement
importante dans les régions rurales.
Avertissement: L’utilisateur ne doit pas tenter
de faire ces raccordements lui-même; il doit
avoir recours à un service d’inspection des
installations électriques, ou à un électricien,
selon le cas.
AVIS: L’indice d’équivalence de la sonnerie
(IES) assigné à chaque dispositif terminal
indique le nombre maximal de terminaux qui
peuvent être raccordés à une interface.
La terminaison d’une interface téléphonique
peut consister en une combination de quelques
dispositifs, à la seule condition que la somme
d’indices d’équivalence de la sonnerie de tous
les dispositifs n’excède pas 5. L’indice
d’équivalence de la sonnerie de ce matériel est
de 0.7.
Contents
Welcome ....................................................12
Choosing an Ergonomic Location ............................12
Front Panel Overview ...............................................14
Back Panel Overview ...............................................16
LCD Overview .........................................................18
Using a Headphone or Microphone .........................20
VAIO Action Setup ...................................21
Pre-setting i.LINK devices .......................................21
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software ....22
Programmable Power Keys ......................................22
Internal Timer ...........................................................23
AutoAlert E-mail Notification System .....................23
AutoAlert E-mail Software Restrictions ...........................24
Using the Wheel Mouse ...........................................24
Using the Memory Stick Media and VisualFlow .....25
VisualFlow ........................................................................27
Using PC Cards ........................................................28
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Sony Digital Media Park Applications ........30
........ 30
Movie Shaker ........................................................... 31
Importing Images and Sound Clips .................................. 31
Create a Movie using Shaker ........................................... 31
Editing Clips and Scenes .................................................. 32
Saving a Movie ................................................................ 33
Using Digital Video ................................................. 34
Connecting a Digital Video Recorder .............................. 34
Using DVgate ................................................................... 34
Hard Drive Partition ................................................. 35
Defragmenting your Hard Disk Drive ..................... 36
i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility .......................... 36
Enabling Smart Connect .......................................... 38
Enabling Ethernet .................................................... 39
System and Application Recovery CD(s) ...40
... 40
Using the System Recovery CD(s) .......................... 40
Using the Application Recovery CD(s) ................... 42
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Troubleshooting ..........................................43
..........................................43
To Reach Sony ..................................................................53
Notes on Use ............................................................53
On the Power Source ........................................................53
On Disposal of the Lithium Battery ..................................55
On Handling ......................................................................55
On Installation ...................................................................55
On Moisture Condensation ...............................................56
On Upgrading the System .................................................56
On Handling an LCD Display ..........................................57
On Handling a CRT Display .............................................58
On Using the Hard Disk Drive .........................................58
On Handling Diskettes ......................................................58
On Handling CD Media ....................................................58
On Cleaning CD Media ....................................................58
Resources .................................................................59
For Answers to Your Software Questions ................60
Sony Service Center ..........................................................60
Specifications ...........................................................63
Index ...........................................................66
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Welcome
Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO® computer! Your new computer is a
superb blend of high technology and easy-to-use functionality. This User Guide
contains information about the applications included with your system, contact
information for software vendors, and the specifications for your computer.
Choosing an Ergonomic Location
Before you get started, find the best location for your new computer. Here are
some things to consider when planning your workspace:
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Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support
the computer and other equipment.
Ventilation — Leave at least eight inches of space on the left and back sides
of your computer to enable proper ventilation.
Placement of the keyboard, mouse, and other input devices — Place
your keyboard, mouse, and other input devices so that your arms and hands
are in a relaxed, comfortable position. The keyboard should be directly in
front of you. Adjust the level of the keyboard so that your lower arms are
parallel to the floor. Keep your wrists in a relaxed position when you are
using the keyboard—not angled up or down. Use the palmrest only briefly,
for resting. While typing, never use the palmrest or rest your hands on the
table. Position the mouse at the same level as the keyboard. Hold the mouse
with a relaxed hand, and use your whole arm to move it. Take breaks during
sessions with your computer. Excessive use of the mouse or a joystick may
strain muscles or tendons.
Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and
armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the floor. A
footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture—
avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.
Viewing angle of the display — Position the display 18 to 26 inches
directly in front of you, with the top of the screen at or a little below eye
level. Use the display’s tilting feature to find the best position. You can
reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by placing the display in the proper
position.
Choosing an Ergonomic Location
Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare
and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on
the display. You can also purchase accessories for your display that help
reduce glare. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness.
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Front Panel Overview
The front panel of your VAIO Slimtop Computer allows for access to the diskette
and CD-RW drive. It also includes USB and i.LINK® ports to connect USB
devices, digital equipment, or other components.
Locating Controls and Connectors
Slimtop Front Panel
FD
DISC
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 and amber when the
computer is in standby mode.
2
Floppy disk drive
Reads/writes data from/to a 3.5-inch floppy disk.
3
Floppy disk eject button
Ejects the floppy disk.
4
CD-RW drive
Reads data from a CD-RW/CD-R/CD-ROM.
5
Manual eject hole
If the CD does not come out when you press the CD-RW eject button, insert
a thin, pointed object into this hole to eject the disc manually.
6
CD-RW eject button
Ejects a CD.
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Front Panel Overview
Slimtop Front Panel (cont’t)
FD
DISC
HD
7
FD (Floppy disk drive) access indicator light
Lights in green while reading/writing data from/to a floppy disk.
8
Disc (CD-RW drive) access indicator light
Lights in amber while reading data from a CD-RW/CD-R/CD-ROM.
9
HD (drive) access indicator light
Lights in green while reading/writing data from/to the hard disk.
10
MIC (Microphone) connector*
Connects a microphone (not supplied).
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PHONES (Headphones) connector*
Connects headphones (not supplied).
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VOLUME control
Adjusts the volume of the headphones connected to the PHONES connector.
Users should note that this does not control the volume of the integrated LCD
speakers.
13
PC CARD slot
A PC Card (also called a PCMCIA card) can be installed in this slot. PC cards
enable you to add functionality to your system.
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MEMORY STICK media slot
Insert a Sony Memory Stick® card into this slot.
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i.LINK (4-pin)
Connects a digital device such as a Sony Digital Handycam® Camcorder.
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USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector
Connects a USB device.
* See “Using a Headphone or Microphone” for important information about connecting a microphone
and headphone.
Back Panel Overview
The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in
supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to
help you locate the connectors on your computer.
Locating Controls and Connectors
Slimtop Rear Panel
LINE
PRINTER
PRINTER
1
SERIAL
SERIAL
MONITOR
MONITOR
USB
IN
USB
AC INPUT connector
Connects the supplied power cord.
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LINE
I.LINK S400
OUT
IN
LINE
OUT
PHONE
LCD
I.LINK S400
KEYBOARD
LCD
KEYBOARD
Back Panel Overview
2
LINE jack
Connects a phone cable to the wall jack.
3
ETHERNET connector
10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet interface.
!
The connector marked with
(Network) is for LAN.
4
TELEPHONE jack
Connects the phone to the computer.
5
PRINTER connector
Connects a parallel device, such as a printer or scanner.
6
SERIAL connector
Connects a serial device, such as a digital still camera.
7
MONITOR connector
Connects a standard CRT display.
8
USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector
Connects a USB device.
9
LINE IN connector
Connects an audio device.
10
LINE OUT connector
Connects an audio device or an active speaker.
11
i.LINK (6-pin)
Connects a digital device such as a Sony Digital Handycam® Camcorder.
12
LCD MONITOR connector
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.
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KEYBOARD connector
Connects a keyboard.
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LCD Overview
Your VAIO Slimtop Computer comes with an LCD monitor, saving valuable
desktop space.
LCD
1
Power indicator light
Light is green while the power is on. When the computer enters the standby
mode, this indicator light turns amber.
2
Information LED
Light turns red to alert the user to activities, such as the arrival of e-mail. See
“AutoAlert E-mail Notification System.”
3
Brightness control
Adjusts the brightness of the screen.
4
Volume control
Adjusts the volume of the integrated speakers on the LCD display.
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LCD Overview
To adjust the height and viewing angle of the display
1
Holding both sides of the display, push the display panel out and up.
2
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.
The LCD display is designed to maintain the best ergonomic viewing angle.
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Using a Headphone or Microphone
When you connect a microphone or headphone to your computer, attaching a
ferrite core will reduce electrical interference.
1
Attach the (supplied) ferrite core at the end of the headphone or microphone
cable closest to the computer.
2
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 a microphone.
Ferrite core
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Microphone and
headphone cables
Plugs connected to
the computer
The LCD and keyboard cables already include a ferrite core. Do not remove the
ferrite core from these cables.
Pre-setting i.LINK devices
VAIO Action Setup
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Programmable
Power Keys (PPK), Memory Stick® media, i.LINK interface, and internal timer.
An overview of each of these functions is provided below. For more information
on changing the settings using VAIO Action Setup, see the online VAIO Action
Setup help files. To access the help files, from the Start menu, point to Programs/
VAIO Action Setup/VAIO Action Setup Help.
Pre-setting i.LINK devices
You can pre-set your i.LINK-equipped devices to launch desired functions, such
as automatically starting DVgate applications or connecting two VAIO
computers.
To pre-set your i.LINK device to launch a desired function:
1
From the Start menu, select Programs > VAIO Action Setup > VAIO Action
Setup.
2
Click i.LINK.
3
Click the Advanced Setting tab.
4
Click the Enable i.LINK launcher function checkbox and click Apply.
5
Connect the device to your computer with your i.LINK cable.
6
Turn on the device.
The VAIO Action Setup dialog box appears.
7
Click OK.
8
To modify the device name, click the current device name in the list box and
click Modify device name.
9
Type the desired name and click Apply.
10 To assign an application, click Modify.
The Select Application dialog box appears.
11 Select the desired application and click Next.
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12 Click Next to confirm the application name.
The Input Application Name dialog box appears. You may change the name
and description of the application you want to launch.
13 Click Finish to complete this step.
The next time the device is connected and turned on, the assigned
application will launch automatically.
Changing the Window Design of Sony Software
To change the window design of Sony software:
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2
Click UI Design Selector.
3
Click << or >> and select the desired design.
4
Click Apply.
5
The “UI Design Selector” window design changes. The window design for
your Sony software will match the “UI Design Selector” window.
6
To try another selection, click << or >>. Then, click OK.
7
The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design
displays.
You may use the feature with UI Design Selector-compatible software only.
Programmable Power Keys
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 VAIO Action Setup
software to change the Programmable Power Keys’ preset functions.
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 of these keys turns on the computer and launches the preset
application.
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Internal Timer
The six Programmable Power Keys perform by default the functions listed in the
table below.
Key
Function
P1 (INTERNET)
Starts Microsoft® Internet Explorer for Windows® 98.
P2 (MAIL)
Starts Microsoft® Outlook® Express.
P3 (WORK)
Starts Microsoft® Word.
P4 (FINANCE)
Starts Intuit® Quicken® Basic 2000.
P5 (SETUP)
Starts PPK Setup.
P6 (HELP)
Launches demo.
Internal Timer
The VAIO Action Setup software allows you to set your computer’s internal
timer to launch certain applications automatically. The timer can start
applications even when the power is off.
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.
AutoAlert E-mail Notification System
VAIO Action Setup also enables you to set up your computer 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® Express 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 your AutoAlert E-mail Notification System to
set the Information LED to turn on when it has successfully completed the task of
dialing up and connecting to receive mail. In this case, the Information LED turns
on to indicate that your e-mail account has been accessed successfully, regardless
of whether or not you have mail; this works with Microsoft Outlook Express.
The e-mail software you choose to use with PPK must be set as your default e-mail
software.
See “LCD Overview” for an illustration showing the Information LED’s location.
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AutoAlert E-mail Notification System 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 the AutoAlert Email Notification System, and manually disconnect the phone line if you
notice a malfunction. Furthermore, when using the timer to start the
software, 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:
Set up your e-mail software to redial automatically if it does not connect the
first time.
Set the e-mail software to disconnect the phone line automatically when all
mail has been downloaded.
If you are using Microsoft® Outlook® Express:
When using the AutoAlert E-mail Notification System with Microsoft Outlook
Express, select the “Dial automatically” setting in your Microsoft Outlook
Express software. To adjust this setting:
8
Start Outlook Express.
9
Click Tools and then select Options.
10 Select the check box “Automatically dial when checking for new messages.”
11 Click OK.
Using the Wheel Mouse
For information on the Wheel Mouse, see MouseWare Help:
1
From the Start menu, select Programs > MouseWare.
2
Click MouseWare Help.
The MouseWare Help program will launch.
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Using the Memory Stick Media and VisualFlow
To set up the mouse for left-handed use:
1
Click My Computer on your desktop.
2
Click Control Panel, and then Click Mouse.
The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
3
In the Quick Setup tab, click Device Setup.
4
In the Device Setup Wizard dialog box, click Next.
5
Select the radio button next to “Left side of the keyboard.”
6
Click Next three times, and then click Finish.
7
Click Apply.
Using the Memory Stick Media and VisualFlow
You can use VAIO Action Setup to preset your computer to automatically launch
an application when you insert a Memory Stick.
Your Sony computer is designed to support the new Memory Stick recording
media. The Memory Stick media is a small, versatile device that allows you to
share data between various types of Sony equipment.
Inserting the Memory Stick Media
When you use the card, your computer auomatically launches Windows Explorer.
This allows you to view the contents of the card.
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To protect data on Memory Stick media from accidental changes:
Memory Stick media contains a write-protect tab. The write-protect tab prevents
accidental changes to information recorded on the Memory Stick media. When
you slide the write-protect tab to the LOCK position, the Memory Stick is writeprotected, which means you cannot delete, copy, or save information on the
Memory Stick. When you slide the tab to the un-LOCK position, you can write to
or modify the Memory Stick contents.
Locking the Memory Stick
To unlock
To lock
LOCK
LOCK
LOCK
To change the way the computer responds when a Memory Stick is inserted
into the Memory Stick media slot :
Change the options on the Memory Stick tab in the PPK Setup software.
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Using the Memory Stick Media and VisualFlow
VisualFlow
VisualFlow is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically
for Memory Stick. It displays in a visually pleasing artistic manner any still,
movie or sound files stored in a Memory Stick. VisualFlow not only plays a
selected movie or sound file but also enables playback of such files by other
applications like PictureGear, Memory Stick Slideshow and Windows Explorer.
To use VisualFlow:
1
From the Start menu, select Programs > VisualFlow > VisualFlow.
If VAIO Action Setup has been configured to launch VisualFlow by default upon
insertion of a Memory Stick, VisualFlow starts automatically when a Memory Stick
is put into the S:\ drive.
2
Click on an icon in the View section on the main toolbar to select a display
layout.
3
Click on an icon in the Sort section on the main toolbar to select a sorting
method.
4
Resting your cursor on the left end of the main toolbar activates the current
Memory Stick properties.
5
Resting your cursor on the right end of the main toolbar activates a
secondary toolbar with more functions.
6
Click an image to show a normal view centered on the screen.
7
Click an image to show an enlarged view.
Movie files start playback when the view is enlarged. Click again on movie
files to restore the view to normal.
While an image is enlarged, the Launch toolbar appears on the bottom of the
window. Any associated application can be activated from here.
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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.
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.
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Using PC Cards
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.
To eject a PC card:
If you eject the PC card incorrectly, the system may not work correctly.
1
From the Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel.
2
Click the PC Card icon.
3
Click the name of the card that you want to eject, and then click Stop.
4
When the message “You may safely remove this device” appears, click OK.
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.
The card is ejected from the card connector. Remove the card by holding it by its
edge and pulling it out carefully.
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Sony Digital Media Park
Applications
Your VAIO® computer comes with a collection of applications that make it easy
to use advanced multimedia formats. This section highlights the Media Park
applications and the digital video capabilities.
Media Bar™
Media Bar software is your all-in-one solution for audio/video playback. Media Bar
software handles all common computer multimedia formats, and controls selected Sony
devices. Media Bar software encompasses audio/video library cataloging and playlist
management, in addition to digital video quality control and effects features. Media Bar
seamlessly integrates a variety of new media formats with an easy-to-use software
interface.
DVgate™
DVgate makes it easy to edit digital videos. You can capture, edit, and grab digital video
clips and then assemble them into a polished home video everyone will enjoy. You can
also use DVgate to capture individual frames from digital video clips, and then save them
as graphic files. Enhance your Web page, send family and friends your favorite stills,
create your own wallpaper. The possibilities are endless.
PictureGear™
PictureGear is a digital image management application that allows you to see all the
images stored in any directory on your computer. Thumbnail views provide quick
reminders of your pictures. Brighten, contrast, enhance, resize, crop, and color-correct
your pictures. Create panoramic views, animations, screen savers, wallpaper, and even
HTML photo albums.
Smart Capture
Smart Capture is a fun new way to send multimedia messages via e-mail. Smart Capture
manages the i.LINK® connection between your computer and a Sony Digital Handycam
Camcorder, or other cameras that support the i.LINK interface. Smart Capture allows you
to capture and compress video or still images that you can save or share via e-mail.
Captures are low resolution, making it ideal for e-mail. For high-quality captures, use
DVgate.
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Movie Shaker
Movie Shaker
This application can be used to create fun and innovative movies without any
knowledge of film editing. In a few simple steps, motion pictures can be
combined with special effects, still images (pictures), and music files and then
saved in a format most computers can play.
Main Window
Working Panel
Editing trays
Clip tray
Help
Product tray
Trash
Importing Images and Sound Clips
1
Click
.
2
Find the file you want to add.
3
Select the file.
4
Click Open. The file is added to the Clip tray.
Create a Movie using Shaker
After adding clip(s) to the Clip tray, you can create a short movie using the
Shaker feature. Shaker randomly select clips from the Clip tray to create a 30second scene.
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1
Click the Shake tab.
2
Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shaker tray.
3
Click
. A thirty second scene is automatically generated and
saved to the Product tray.
4
To preview, switch the Work Panel to Product tray mode and press play.
Scenes created with Shaker begin with black frame and after processing are placed
in the first available slot on the Product tray.
Editing Clips and Scenes
You can edit your movie by adding effects and text, adjusting the color and
contrast, and modifying the length of clips.
Working Panel
Sound
Color
Monitor
Speed
Effect Palette
Trim Palette
Effect Knobs
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Movie Shaker
Adding effects to a scene or a clip:
1
Click the clip or scene to move it to the Working Panel.
2
Select the Effects tab from the Editing tray.
3
Drag and drop the Effect you want to add from the Effects tray to the Effects
palette on the Working Panel.
4
To preview an Effect, click on the clip in the Working panel monitor. Your clip
displays with the new effect on the Effect tray monitor.
See help for instructions on adjusting effect duration and replaying clips/
scenes.
Saving a Movie
1
Verify that the clip(s) you want to save is on the Product tray. See Help for
more details on saving movies.
2
Click Export.
3
Select the format in which you want the document to be saved.
4
Click Next.
5
Locate the folder to which you want the file saved.
6
Name the file.
7
Click Save.
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Exporting movies may take a long time to complete—Save movie as DV
(Digital Video) takes the longest and Quick-Save is the fastest.
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Using Digital Video
Connecting a Digital Video Recorder
Before connecting a digital video camera recorder to your computer, turn off the
power on the camera. After connecting the camera, turn the power back on. You
do not need to turn off the computer when connecting a camera.
Using DVgate
When capturing clips:
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Do not use DVgate when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer
Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.
Captures larger than 2 GB (9 minutes and 30 seconds) are automatically
continued in a second file.
You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add
audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.
You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform
a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.
DVgate does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk
compression if you are planning to work with DVgate.
Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not
transferred to tape by DVgate.
To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen
saver.
The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate
compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.
For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information
displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.
Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned.
Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other
particles on the video head.
The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The
frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.
Hard Drive Partition
When recording AVI files to tape:
Do not use DVgate when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer
Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.
You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.
To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple
frames, close other applications on your system while recording.
You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files
that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but
must be recorded separately.
Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.
DVgate does not support hard disk compression. Do not use disk
compression if you are planning to work with DVgate.
In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not
available while you are recording.
If DVgate indicates that frames have been dropped, close all open
applications, or defragment your hard drive.
Hard Drive Partition
In order to improve the performance of your computer’s DVgate software, the
hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and
D. DVgate saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from
consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum
performance of DVgate, you should defragment your D partition regularly.
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Defragmenting your Hard Disk Drive
If you encounter frame dropping while recording digital video onto your hard
disk drive, defragmentation may be necessary.
To defragment your hard disk drive:
1
Deactivate your screen saver, if applicable.
2
From the Start menu, select Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk
Defragmenter.
3
Run Disk Defragmenter.
It may take more than a couple of hours to complete defragmentation,
depending on the data capacity and utilization of your computer’s hard disk
drive(s).
i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility
Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the
system and a 6-pin i.LINK connector on the back of the system.
A 6-pin i.LINK connector can:
!
supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is
equipped with a 6-pin connector, and
supply 10V to 12V.
The total power supplied by the 6-pin i.LINK connector cannot exceed 6 watts.
A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.
The following Sony i.LINK 400 Mbps cables are available and recommended for
use with your computer: VMC-IL4415, VMC-IL4435, VMC-IL4615, VMCIL4635, VMC-IL6615, and VMC-IL6635. Sony computer supplies, accessories,
and peripherals can be purchased from your dealer or by contacting Sony at http:/
/www.sony.com/accessories.
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i.LINK (IEEE1394) Compatibility
To connect an i.LINK (IEEE1394) device
Use the symbol to locate the i.LINK connector. Plug the i.LINK cable into
this connector.
See the manual that came with your i.LINK (IEEE1394)-equipped device for more
information on setting it up and using it.
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Enabling Smart Connect
Your computer comes with preinstalled Smart Connect software. To enable faster
startup, your computer ships with this software disabled.
To enable Smart Connect:
1
From the Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Click the System icon.
The System Properties window appears.
3
Click the Device Manager tab.
4
Click Sony i.LINK(1394) Adapter.
The Sony i.LINK(1394) Adapter window appears.
5
Click the Enable Device button.
6
Click OK.
The Sony i.LINK(1394) Adapter icon should no longer have an “X” on it.
This means Smart Connect is now enabled.
7
Close all windows and restart your computer in order for the new settings to
take effect.
Now your Smart Connect software is ready to use.
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When you use Smart Connect to connect two VAIO computers, you must assign
each computer a unique name by which it can be identified when the two computers
are networked. See the Smart Connect online Help for more information.
Enabling Ethernet
Enabling Ethernet
Your computer comes with a preinstalled Ethernet interface. To enable faster
startup, your computer ships with this function disabled. You may, however,
enable Ethernet connectivity by following the instructions below.
To enable the Ethernet connection:
1
Right-click My Computer on the desktop and select Properties.
2
Click the Device Manager tab.
3
Select “Realtek RTL8139 (A/B/C/8130) PCI Fast Ethernet NIC” under the
Network Adapters category.
4
Click Properties.
5
Click Enable Device and then click OK.
6
Click Close.
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System and Application
Recovery CD(s)
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.
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.
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 program to reinstall individual applications or
device drivers.
The System Recovery utility provides three options:
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Full Restore without Format — restores all the software titles that
originally came with your computer without formatting the hard disk.
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.
Full Restore with Format — formats the hard disk drive and then restores
all the original software. If your hard drive is partitioned into C and D drives,
the computer will offer you the option to reformat the drive into a single
partition.
Using the System Recovery CD(s)
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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. You must
reinstall any applications that were not included with the computer when you
purchased it.
To use the System Recovery CD(s):
1
You need to complete the Windows registration process when you use the System
Recovery CD(s).
Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the CD-RW drive.
The System Recovery utility boots from the CD-RW drive. It must be in the
drive when you turn on the computer.
2
Shut down your computer.
3
Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer.
4
Click OK to signify you have read and accept the Microsoft End-User
License Agreement.
5
When the System Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the recovery process.
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.
After recovering your system using the System Recovery CD(s), you may be
prompted to insert your Application Recovery CD(s) after restarting Windows. Insert
the Application Recovery CD(s) to complete full recovery of your system.
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Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD program allows 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).
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-RW drive. The Application Recovery utility loads
automatically.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen
instructions to complete the recovery process.
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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.
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.
Topic: 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 Universal Power
Supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS is turned on and working.
Check that the display is plugged into a power source and turned on. Check
that the brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the
manual that came with your display for details.
Check that the computer is not in standby mode.
Topic: My files are corrupted or deleted and I want to recover applications or
drivers that came with my computer.
See “Using the Application Recovery CD(s)” in this manual.
Topic: My computer or software program “locks up.”
1
Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to close the application that is currently “locked up.”
2
In the Close Program dialog box, scroll down until you locate “(Not
responding)” next to an application.
3
Select this application and click End Task. Windows attempts to close the
application. If the attempt is unsuccessful, a second dialog box appears.
4
Select End Task again.
If you are unable to “unlock” the application, repeat the above steps but
select Shut Down when the Close Program dialog box appears.
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If the above steps fail to “unlock” your computer, try the following steps:
1
Save any unsaved work, if possible.
2
Press Alt+F4.
3
Select Restart.
4
Click OK.
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 twice consecutively 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 the contact information in this manual.
Topic: Why does Windows lock up during shutdown?
The Windows® operating system may not shut down properly for many reasons,
including incompatible or conflicting drivers, damaged files, or non-responsive
hardware. For troubleshooting information, you can search Windows Help.
1
From the Start menu, select Help.
2
Click the Contents tab.
3
Click Troubleshooting and then click Windows 98 Troubleshooters.
4
Click the subject for which you want information, and then answer the
questions that are appropriate for your problem.
Topic: How do I change the parallel port type to ECP, EPP, or bi-directional?
You can change the parallel port type using the System Setup utility (CMOS
Setup Utility). To access System Setup:
1
From the Start menu, select Shut Down, and then select Restart.
2
When the Sony screen displays, press the F2 key on your keyboard.
3
Select the Advanced tab from the CMOS Setup Utility screen.
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4
5
Select “I/O Device Configuration” and use the arrow keys to highlight
Parallel Port Mode.
You can toggle between the Normal (bi-directional), EPP, ECP, and ECP+EPP
options using the Plus (+) or Minus (-) keys.
When the desired setting displays, press the Escape key.
Topic: My CD drive tray does not open.
Use the eject button
1
Make sure the computer is turned on.
2
Press the Eject button on the drive.
Use the My Computer icon
1
Click the My Computer icon on the Windows® desktop.
2
Right-click the CD-ROM icon.
3
Select the Eject option from the pop-up menu.
Topic: I cannot play a CD-ROM.
After inserting your CD, wait a few seconds for it to be detected before
trying to access it.
Make sure you place the disc in the tray with the label side facing up.
Make sure the software is installed according to the program’s instructions.
If your drive reads some CDs, but not others, check the shiny side of the disc
for dirt or scratches. You may also need to clean the disc drive lens with an
appropriate cleaner.
Topic: I want to play a CD with my Microsoft CD Player.
When you insert a music CD, the Sony Media Bar™ automatically launches to
play your CD. When the Sony Media Bar is running, the Microsoft CD Player
does not have access to the CD. Close Media Bar to use the Microsoft CD Player.
If you do not hear any music, check all your volume controls.
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Topic: When I click an application icon, a message such as “You must insert
the application CD into your drive” appears and the software does not start.
Some titles require specific files that are located on the application’s CDROM. Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
Check to make sure you inserted the CD-ROM with the label side facing up.
Topic: Why doesn't my CD-RW drive record at the highest speed?
You must use 4x CD-RW/CD-R media to achieve optimum performance.
The VAIO Slimtop computer has a maximum record rate of 4x for both CD-R and
CD-RW media.
If you must use other media and are having difficulty formatting non-4x CD-RW
media, change the write speed from 4x to a lower setting. To change the write
speed from the default to a lower speed:
1
Click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
2
Right-click the CD-RW drive icon.
3
Select Properties.
4
Select the Settings tab.
5
Change the “Current Write Speed” field to 2x.
6
Click OK.
Your CD-RW drive is assigned drive G as its default.
1X writing is not supported.
Topic: How do I change the video resolution of my display?
1
From the Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel.
2
Click the Display icon and select the Settings tab.
3
Move the Display area slider to change the resolution.
4
Click OK.
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Troubleshooting
Topic: Why is there no sound in any application?
There are independent controls for your system volume.
Check that the speakers are plugged into the HEADPHONES connector.
If the speakers have a mute button, make sure it is off.
If the speakers are powered by batteries, check that the batteries are inserted
properly and that they are charged.
If the speakers use an external power source, make sure that the power cord
is plugged into a grounded wall outlet or power strip.
If the speakers have their own volume control, check the volume level.
If the program you are using has its own volume control, check that the
volume is turned up.
Check the volume controls in the application, in the audio mixer, and in
Windows. There is a volume control
on the Windows® taskbar. Click the
icon and slide the level bar up to increase the volume.
Check that the Mute check box is not selected in the Windows volume
control .
If you connected headphones to the computer, you will not hear sound from
the speakers.
Topic: My modem connection is slow.
The computer’s modem uses Lucent 1648 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.
For optimum performance, ensure you are calling an Internet Service
Provider number that is V.90-compliant.
If you are having a problem connecting with your Internet Service Provider,
check that the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.
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If you have a second phone line available, try connecting the modem to this
line.
Topic: 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.
Verify that the software you are using is appropriately configured to
recognize and interact with the Sony computer modem. Call the software
publisher if you do not know how to configure the software to recognize the
modem. All programs preinstalled by Sony are compatible.
If you suspect your modem is not functioning, you can perform a simple test
to find out.
1
Click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
2
Click Control Panel.
3
Click Modems.
4
Click the Diagnostics tab.
5
Select COM3.
6
Click More Info.
If your modem is functioning, a More Info dialog box will display. If your
modem is not functioning, an error message will appear.
Topic: How do I change my modem to rotary or Touch-Tone dialing?
1
Click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
2
Click Control Panel and then click Modems.
3
Click Dialing Properties.
4
Select the Tone dial or Pulse dial radio button next to “Dial using.”
5
Click OK.
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Troubleshooting
Topic: How do I set up faxing capability in Windows® 98 Second Edition?
Windows® 98 Second Edition does not provide a built-in fax utility. Sony has
included the Symantec WinFax™ Basic Edition software for your faxing needs.
1
From the Start menu, select Programs > Symantec WinFax Basic Edition >
Configure WinFax Basic Edition.
2
Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the fax utility.
Topic: My microphone does not work.
Check that the microphone is plugged into the MIC connector.
Topic: 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
Click Open Volume Controls.
The Volume Control screen appears.
3
In the Options menu, select Properties.
The Properties screen appears.
4
Change the setting for “Adjust volume for” from Playback to Recording,
then click OK.
5
Decrease the microphone level.
6
If available, click the Advanced button under Microphone Balance.
The Advanced Controls for Microphone screen appears.
7
Deselect the check box for 1 Mic Gain (+20dB), then click the Close button.
8
Close the Recording Control window.
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Topic: My mouse does not work.
Check that the mouse is plugged into the MOUSE connector on the keyboard.
There may be dust or dirt inside the mouse mechanism. To clean the mouse,
follow these steps:
1
Turn off your computer and turn the mouse upside down.
2
Remove the mouse ball cover on the back of the mouse by turning
clockwise the ring that covers the mouse ball.
3
Turn the mouse upright, and drop the mouse ball into your hand.
4
Using a piece of tape, remove any dust or dirt on the mouse ball and
inside the mouse ball socket.
5
Return the mouse ball to the socket, and replace the mouse ball cover.
Secure the cover by turning the ring counter-clockwise.
Topic: My mouse needs to be set up for left-hand use.
1
Click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
2
Click Control Panel, and then click Mouse.
The Mouse Properties dialog box appears.
3
In the Quick Setup tab, click Device Setup.
4
In the Device Setup Wizard dialog box, click Next.
5
Select the radio button next to “Left side of the keyboard.”
6
Click Next three times, and then click Finish.
7
Click Apply.
Topic: My keyboard does not work.
Check that the keyboard is plugged into the KEYBOARD connector.
Topic: I cannot find the Windows® taskbar.
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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.
Troubleshooting
Topic: Why is my system running slowly?
The system responsiveness varies depending on the number of applications
that are open and running. Close any applications that you are not currently
using.
Increasing the system memory may also help. The computer has two
memory slots. For memory upgrades, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM
DIMM modules. For information on installing memory, please see the online
document Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO® Computer.
Sony computer supplies, accessories and peripherals can be purchased from your
dealer or by contacting Sony at http://www.sony.com/accessories.
Topic: My i.LINK® peripheral does not appear on the desktop.
1
Turn off and disconnect your peripheral.
2
Reconnect your peripheral.
3
Then turn on the power.
Topic: My connected printer doesn't function after the computer resumes from
a power saving mode.
When this occurs, follow the procedures below to reset the printer connection:
1
Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, and then select
Properties.
2
Click the Device Manager tab.
3
Select Refresh, and then click OK.
4
The printer should now function properly.
Topic: How do I enable my Ethernet interface?
1
Right-click My Computer on the desktop and select Properties.
2
Click the Device Manager tab.
3
Select “Realtek RTL8139 (A/B/C/8130) PCI Fast Ethernet NIC” under the
Network Adapters category.
4
Click Properties.
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5
Click Enable Device and then click OK.
6
Click Close.
Topic: How do I install a printer?
Always check the printer manufacturer's website for the latest drivers for Windows
98 before proceeding. Some printers do not function properly without updated
drivers for Windows 98.
If the printer has a USB connection, do not follow the steps below. Have the
customer contact the manufacturer of their printer as they may have updates, other
devices, or other information that the customer may need.
1
From the Start menu, select Settings > Printers.
2
Click Add Printer.
3
Click Next.
4
Select Local Printer and click Next.
5
Select the appropriate manufacturer and model and click Next.
If the printer is not included in the list and the printer manufacturer included a
disk with a Windows 98 Printer driver, choose Have Disk, enter the appropriate
path for the disk or CD and click OK.
If the printer is not included on the list and no drivers are included with the
printer, choose a driver for a printer that the printer emulates (acts like). Refer
to the printer user's manual for specific emulation information.
6
Select LPT1 and click Next.
7
Click Yes to have Windows-based programs use this as the default printer.
8
Click Next.
9
Click No and then click Finish.
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If prompted for a path to the windows files, use C:\Windows\Options\Cabs.
Notes on Use
Topic: Why is there unusual activity on my floppy disk drive?
If you notice that your system is slow to respond due to unusual floppy disk drive
activity, it could be due to Find Fast. Removing Find Fast, if present, may help.
1
Right-click on the Windows taskbar and select Properties.
The Taskbar Properties dialog box appears.
2
Click the Start Menu Programs tab.
3
Click the Remove button.
The Remove Shortcuts/Folders dialog box appears.
4
Click on Startup to see its list of shortcuts.
5
Click Microsoft Find Fast.
6
Click the Remove button.
7
Click Close.
8
Click OK.
To Reach Sony
For further assistance, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
Notes on Use
On the Power Source
Your computer operates on 100–120 V AC 50/60 Hz only. If you are
operating this computer outside of North America or Japan, please verify
that the local AC specifications match before plugging in the computer.
The total power draw of installed add-in cards must not exceed the
specifications for the power supply. Do not overload the system by installing
add-in cards that draw excessive current. The system is designed to provide 2
amps (average) of 5V power for each card in the system not to exceed a total
of 10 amps. The total from +5V current draw in a fully-loaded system (with
all the add-in card slots filled) must not exceed 10 amps. If you add
components to the system that draw current from the power supply, the
maximum combined +3.3V and +5V output must not exceed 70 watts.
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Plug all the power cords for your computer and its peripheral equipment into
the same AC supply line. AC derived from different supply lines may result
in voltage differences that can cause unstable operation or unwanted weak
currents at the time of connection.
Do not share the AC outlet with any other power-consuming equipment,
such as copying machines or shredders.
You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device prevents
damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges such as those that
may occur during an electrical storm.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent power fluctuations, you may
want to purchase a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply). This device contains
both a surge protector and a battery backup. The surge protector prevents
damage to your computer caused by power surges. The battery backup
safeguards your data during a brief period of power loss.
The power control button on the front panel does not turn off the system AC
power. To remove power from the system, you must shut down the computer
as described in the User Guide and then unplug the AC power cord from the
wall outlet or power strip.
Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.
Do not operate the system with the cover removed. Always reinstall the
cover before turning on the system.
To disconnect the cord, pull it out by the plug. Never pull the cord itself.
Unplug your computer from the wall outlet if you will not be using the
computer for a long time.
Before touching anything inside the computer, turn the system off and let it
cool for ten minutes. This will ensure that the processor heat sink will not be
hot.
Do not attempt to open the power supply. There are no user-serviceable parts
in the power supply. To avoid personal injury or damage to your equipment,
refer the repair or replacement of the power supply to qualified personnel
only.
Notes on Use
On Disposal of the Lithium Battery
Dispose of the lithium battery properly. In some areas, the disposal of lithium
batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited. You can return your
unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory
Service Center. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONY-PC
(1-888-476-6972).
!
Do not handle damaged or leaking lithium batteries.
!
The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or
dispose of it in fire.
!
Replace the battery with a Sony CR2032 lithium battery. Using a type
of battery other than a CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.
On Handling
Clean the cabinet with a soft, dry cloth or a soft cloth lightly moistened with
a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as it may damage the finish of
your Sony computer.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the cabinet, keyboard, or mouse,
shut down your computer and then unplug it. You may want to have the
computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.
On Installation
Do not place your Sony computer 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 95ºF (35ºC) or less than 50ºF (10ºC)
High humidity, moisture, or rain
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s
electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
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Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat build-up. Do not
place your computer on loose surfaces (such as rugs or blankets) or near
materials (such as curtains or draperies) that may block its ventilation slots.
Leave a space of at least 8 inches from the back panel of your computer.
The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference
to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the computer a suitable
distance away from the set.
Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise,
problems may result.
Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
Always switch the power off before connecting your computer to peripheral
equipment; otherwise, damage may occur to the integrated circuits in your
computer.
Your computer, keyboard, and mouse consist of high-precision electronic
parts. Do not drop them or bump them against other objects.
Your Sony computer will not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a
coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines or a
private branch exchange (PBX).
If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and
determines that your computer is responsible for the problem, the telephone
company may bill you for the service call. Also, if you do not disconnect
your computer when it is adversely affecting the telephone line, the
telephone company has the right to disconnect your service until you correct
the problem.
On Moisture Condensation
If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture
may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an hour before
turning on your computer. If any problem occurs, unplug your computer, and
contact your Sony Service Center.
On Upgrading the System
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The procedures described in the online document “Upgrading and
Maintaining Your VAIO® Computer” assume familiarity with the general
terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety
Notes on Use
practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying
electronic equipment.
Disconnect the system from its power source and from any
telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system
or follow any of the procedures described in the online document
“Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO® Computer” . Failure to do so may
result in personal injury or equipment damage.
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives, add-in cards, and
other components. Follow the procedures described in the online document
“Upgrading and Maintaining Your VAIO® Computer” 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.
When removing a slot cover, be careful not to damage components on the
system board or add-in cards. You may need to temporarily remove add-in
cards that are next to the slot cover you want to remove.
On Handling an LCD Display
Do not leave the LCD directly facing the sun for a long period of time as it
can damage the LCD.
Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This could cause
malfunction.
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual
image on the screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to
normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
A residual image may appear on the screen if the same image is displayed
for a lengthy period of time. The image disappears after a period of time.
You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images.
The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not
indicate a malfunction.
The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may,
however, see tiny black points and/or bright points (red, blue, or green) that
continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the
manufacturing process and does not indicate a malfunction.
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On Handling a CRT Display
Do not place the display near a strong magnetic force.
Do not block the ventilation slots on the display.
On Using the Hard Disk Drive
Do not place the computer in a location that is subject to vibration or shock.
Do not move the computer during operation.
Do not subject the computer to sudden changes in temperature.
Do not turn off the power while the computer is accessing the hard disk
drive.
On Handling Diskettes
Do not open the shutter manually and touch the surface of the diskette.
Keep diskettes away from magnets.
Keep diskettes away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.
On Handling CD Media
Do not touch the surface of the disc.
Do not drop or bend the disc.
On Cleaning CD Media
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Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Proper
care of the disc is essential to maintain its reliability. Do not use solvents
such as benzine, thinner, commercially available cleaners or anti-static spray,
as they may cause damage to the disc.
For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edge 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.
Resources
Resources
Sony provides several support options for your Sony computer. When you have
questions about your computer and the preinstalled software, check these sources
for answers, in the following sequence:
1
Quick Start
Contains information on how to set up your computer
quickly and easily.
2
User Guide
Contains information on how to get the most from your
computer, find help, and solve common problems. Also
includes product specifications.
3
Electronic
Documentation
QuickStart and the User Guide are available electronically
on your hard drive. Two additional documents, “Upgrading
and Maintaining Your VAIO® Computer” and
Troubleshooting Help are also available. To access these
documents, click the Start button, point to Help Center, and
then point to the desired document.
4
Manuals and online
help files that may
accompany your
preinstalled
software
Most manuals for preinstalled software are located on your
hard disk drive as online help files. You can access online
help files from the Help menu in a specific application. A
printed manual is available for some applications.
5
Knowledge
Database
Provides instant access to information on commonly
encountered problems. Enter a description of your problem
and the Knowledge Database searches for the corresponding
solutions online. You can access the Sony Knowledge
Database at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
6
Sony Fax-onDemand
This service provides you with answers to commonly asked
questions. You can use this automated service to request a
list of available topics and then select the topics that you
want to receive. To contact the Sony fax-on-demand service,
call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). (Requires a fax
machine or fax software.)
7
Software Updates
You can download the latest software updates and software
patches for your Sony computer by selecting Software
Updates on the Sony PC Support web page at http://
www.sony.com/pcsupport
8
VAIO Computer
Reference Manual
Provides detailed technical information about your
computer's hardware. This document is available from
Sony's website at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
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For Answers to Your Software Questions
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-4766972). This service is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of
purchase.
Acrobat® Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe®, Adobe Premiere® LE (Adobe
Systems Incorporated)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com/
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)
Web site
http://www.aol.com/
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET
AT&T WorldNet® Service (AT&T)
Web site
http://www.att.net/*
phone
800-400-1447
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* You must be a WorldNet Service customer to access online support.
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe Interactive Services)
Web site
http://www.compuserve.com/
phone
800-848-8990
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For Answers to Your Software Questions
DirectCD, Easy CD Creator™ (Adaptec, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.adaptec.com/
phone
408-945-8600
hours
M - F, 8AM - 5 PM PT
EarthLink TotalAccess™(EarthLink Network, Inc.)
Web site
http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/
phone
800-395-8410
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
McAfee’s VirusScan® (Network Associates, Inc.)
Web site
http://support.mcafee.com
phone
408-988-3832
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M - F, 9 AM - 5 PM CT
PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro (ArcSoft, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.arcsoft.com; www.photoisland.com
phone
510-440-9901
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M - F, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM PT
Quicken® Basic (Intuit, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support/
phone
900-555-4688
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Sony Applications (Sony Electronics, Inc.)
Web site
http://www. sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Sound Forge® (Sonic Foundry)
Web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/support/
phone
608-256-5555
fax
608-256-7300
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M - F, 8 AM - 7 PM CT
Windows® 98 Second Edition Operating System, Internet Explorer,
Outlook® Express, Word 2000 (Microsoft Corporation)
Web site
http://www. sony.com/pcsupport
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
WinFax™ Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)
Web site
http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/
phone
800-798-0850
fax
800-554-4403 in North America
541-984-2490 outside North America
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Specifications
Specifications
Model
PCV-L640
Processor
700 MHz* Pentium® III
Hard Disk Drive
30 GB†
Standard SDRAM
128 MB PC-100 SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB
Video RAM
8 MB SDRAM
Graphics
2X AGP 3D graphics hardware acceleration
(ATi Rage™ 128 Pro 4XL)
Sound Capabilities
High fidelity 3D PCI audio Aureal AU8810
Diskette Drive
3.5” 1.44 MB FDD
CD-RW Drive
20X max. CD-ROM reading,
4X max. CD-R writing,
20X max. CD-R reading,
4X max. CD-RW writing,
14X max. CD-RW reading‡
Modem
Lucent 1648 technology/V.90 compatible data/fax modem
(REN 0.7)**
Expansion Capabilities
Two PCI slots (both already filled)
Connection Capabilities
(Front)
PC card (Card bus support)
USB port
Microphone
Headphone
Memory Stick media slot
i.LINK (4-pin)
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
i.LINK (6-pin)
10Base-T/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)
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Model
PCV-L640
Connection Capabilities
(Keyboard)
Mouse (PS/2-style)
left and right connectors
Supplied Accessories
Stand (for vertical installation)
Power cable
Phone cable
Keyboard cable
PS/2 Wheel Mouse
VAIO Smart™ Convertible Keyboard and palm rest
Four rubber feet (for bottom of the system)
Ferrite core
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Specifications
Model
PCV-L640
Service
90-day limited service. See Warranty Card.††
Limited Warranty
90-day parts/labor standard. See Warranty Card.††
Power Requirements
130 watts maximum
Dimensions
CPU: 11.2”(w) x 3.6” (h) x 13.4” (d)
(280 mm x 90 mm x 335 mm)
Keyboard: 15.9” (w) x 1.8” (h) x 7.1” (d)
(398 mm x 45 mm x 178 mm)
Display: 16.1” (w) x 13.1” (h) x 6.9” (d)
(403 mm x 327 mm x 172 mm)
Weight
CPU: 11.9 lbs. (5.4kg)
Display:7.7lbs.(3.5kg)
Keyboard: 2.9 lbs. (1.3kg)
Operating Temperature
50º F to 95º F (+10º C to 35º C)
* MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application
performance.
† GB means one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.
‡ The CD-RW/CD-R/CD-ROM data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s.
Data on a CD-RW is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 6X at the innermost track to 14X
at the outermost track. The average data transfer rate is 10X(1500 kbytes/s).
Data on a CD-R/CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 8X at the innermost track
to 20X at the outermost track. The average data transfer rate is 14X(2100 kbytes/s).
Data on a CD-RW/CD-R is written at a constant transfer rate of 2X or 4X, depending on the speed
you select.
** 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.
†† Certain restrictions apply.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
A
AC input connector 16
adding additional hardware
precaution 54
adjusting voltage settings 53
air circulation 56
Application Recovery CD 40, 42
applications
launching
problems with 46
B
battery
disposing 55
brightness control, on LCD 18
C
cables 56
CD tray
opening
problems with 45
CD-RW drive 14
CD-RW drives
troubleshooting 45
choosing locations 12, 55
cleaning
computer 55
mouse 50
computer
adjusting voltage settings 53
cleaning 55
condensation and 56
disposing of battery 55
lithium ion battery 6
removing cover 54
setting up
precautions 55
shutting down 54
starting
problems with 43
upgrading 56
connectors
power cords 53
precautions 56
CRT display 58
customer assistance
support options 59
D
disconnecting power cords 54
diskettes
handling 58
displaying the taskbar
problems with 50
displays
problems with 43
setting up 12
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disposal of lithium ion battery 6
E
eject button, for floppy disk 14
eject hole, for CD-RW 14
electronic
documentation 59
equipment 55
European power settings 53
F
ferrite core, connecting 20
floppy disk drive 14
G
glare 13
H
handling diskettes 58
hard disk 58
hardware
adding additional
precaution 54
troubleshooting 43, 50
headphones connector 15
using 20
help 59
I
i.LINK devices, connecting 36
IEEE1394 devices, connecting 36
Information LED, on LCD 18
input devices
setting up 12
installing additional hardware
precaution 54
interference 56
K
keyboard 12
connector 17
troubleshooting 50
L
launching applications
problems with 46
LCD
adjusting 19
connector 17
line IN connector 17
line jack 17
line OUT connector 17
lithium ion battery
disposal 6
safety precautions 6
locations, choosing 12, 55
losing power 54
M
Media Park applications 30
Memory Stick media
slot 16
using 25
microphone connector 15
using 20
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VAIO Slimtop™ LCD Computer User Guide
microphones
troubleshooting 49
minimizing glare 13
modem
troubleshooting 47
monitor connector 17
mouse 12
cleaning 50
troubleshooting 50
O
online
help 59
support options 59
opening
applications
problems with 46
CD tray
problems with 45
P
palmrest 12
PC (PCMCIA) card, using 28
PC card slot 15
phones
service precautions 56
PictureGear 30
power cords 53
disconnecting 54
power fluctuations or loss 54
power indicator
on LCD 18
on system unit 14
power source, precautions 53–54
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power switch 14
printer connector 17
problem solving 43
Programmable Power Keys (PPK),
using 22
R
radio interference 56
reducing glare 13
removing computer cover 54
S
screens, reducing glare 13
selecting
locations 55
serial connector 17
setting up your computer
precautions 55
shutting down your computer 54
Sony Fax-on-Demand service 59
Sony Multimedia Computer Display
problems with 43
setting up 12
Sony Online Support
options 59
speakers
precaution 55
starting your computer
problems with 43
surge protectors 54
system
troubleshooting 43
System Recovery CD 40
T
W
taskbar
problems viewing 50
technical support
support options 59
telephone jack 17
troubleshooting 43
turning off your computer 54
turning on and off the computer 14
turning on your computer
problems with 43
TV interference 56
Wheel Mouse 22
window design of Sony software 22
Windows taskbar
problems viewing 50
work surfaces 12
U
Universal Serial Bus (USB)
connector 16, 17
upgrading your computer 56
UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)
54
V
VAIO Action Setup 21
ventilation 12, 56
viewing the taskbar
problems with 50
voltage settings 53
volume control for headphones 15
volume control, on LCD 18
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