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VAIO® Notebook
User Guide
PCG-XG500/PCG-XG500K/
PCG-XG700/PCG-XG700K
© 2001 Sony Electronics Inc.
Reproduction of this manual and the software described herein in whole or in part without written
permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. Sony, VAIO, and the VAIO logo are trademarks of Sony.
All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
Notice to Users
Sony Electronics Inc. provides
no warranty with regard to this
manual, the software, or other
information contained herein
and information contained
herein and hereby expressly
disclaims an implied
warranties of merchantability
or fitness for any particular
purpose with regard to this
manual, the software, or such
other information. In no event
shall Sony Electronics Inc. be
liable for incidental,
consequential, or special
damages, whether based on
tort, contract, or otherwise,
arising out of or in connection
with this manual, the software,
or other information contained
herein or the use thereof.
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.
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.
As an ENERGY
STAR Partner, Sony
Corporation has
determined that this
product meets the
ENERGY STAR
guidelines for
energy efficiency.
The International ENERGY STAR Office
Equipment Program is an international program
that promotes energy saving through the use of
computers and other office equipment. The
program backs the development and
dissemination of products with functions that
effectively reduce energy consumption. It is an
open system in which business proprietors can
participate voluntarily. The targeted products
are office equipment such as computers,
displays, printers, facsimiles and copiers. Their
standards and logos are uniform among
participating nations. ENERGY STAR is a U.S.
registered mark.
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.
Sony, i.LINK, MovieShaker, PictureGear,
DVgate, Mavica, Handycam, Jog Dial, Media
Bar, VAIO and the VAIO logo are trademarks of
Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows Me,
Windows Media, Windows, Windows NT, and
the Windows logo are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation. Intel, SpeedStep, and
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Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
PS/2 is registered trademark of IBM.
i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to
designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary,
depending on the software applications,
operating system and i.LINK-compatible
devices. All products with an i.LINK
connection may not communicate with each
other.
Please refer to the documentation that came
with your i.LINK-compatible device for
information on operating conditions and proper
connection. Before connecting i.LINKcompatible PC peripherals to your system, such
as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their
operating system compatibility and required
operating conditions.
All other trademarks are trademarks of their
respective owners.
Owner’s Record
The model number and serial number are
located on the bottom of your Sony VAIO
Notebook. Record the serial number in the
space provided here. Refer to the model and
serial number when you call your Sony Service
Center.
Model Number: PCG-861A, PCG-862A, PCG8612, PCG-8622
Safety Information
WARNING
❑ To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose your notebook to rain or
moisture.
❑ To avoid electrical shock, do not
open the cabinet. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
❑ 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.
❑ Never touch uninsulated telephone
wire or terminals unless the
telephone line has been
disconnected at the network
interface.
❑ 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.
❑ A socket outlet should be as close as
possible to the unit and easily
accessible.
Serial Number:________________________
Caution- Using optical
instruments with this product
will increase eye hazard. Do not
attempt to disassemble the
cabinet because the laser beam
used in the product is harmful
to the eyes. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel only.
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Safety Information
To change the backup battery,
please contact your nearest
Sony Service Center.
For DVD-ROM: Danger - Visible
and invisible laser radiation
when open. Avoid direct
exposure to beam.
For CD-RW: Danger - Drive
emits visible and invisible laser
radiation when open. Avoid
direct exposure to beam.
Caution- Use only No. 26 AWG
or larger telecommunication
line cord to reduce the risk of
fire.
AVERTISSEMENT
❑ 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.
❑
❑
❑
❑
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.
Comme le faisceau laser utilisé
par cet appareil est dangereux
pour les yeux, ne tentez pas de
démonter le boîtier. Confiez
l’entretien de cet appareil
exclusivement au personnel
qualifié. Adressez-vous a un
agent de service qualifié.
Pour changer la pile de
rechange, veuillez contacter
votre centre de service Sony le
plus près.
Pour les DVD-ROM : DANGER :
Radiation laser visible et
invisible si ouvert. Evitez
l’exposition directe au faisceau.
Pour les CD-RW : Danger :
Radiation laser visible et
invisible si ouvert. Évitez
l'exposition directe au faisceau.
Attention : Afin de réduire les
risques d'incendie, n'utilisez
qu'un cordon de communication
N0. 26 AWG ou plus gros.
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If you have questions about this product, you
can reach the Sony Customer Information
Service Center at 1-888-4SONYPC; or write to
the Sony Customer Information Service Center
at 12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
or find Sony Customer Service on the web at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
Regulatory
Information
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
SONY
Model No.:
PCG-861A
PCG-862A
PCG-8612
PCG-8622
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.
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.
❑
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.
Increase the separation between the
equipment and the receiver.
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 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
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This equipment complies with Part 68 of the
FCC rules. On the bottom of this equipment is a
label that contains, among other information,
the FCC equivalence number (REN) for this
Regulatory Information
equipment. 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
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 equipment,
you can reach the Sony Customer Information
Service Center at 1-888-4SONYPC; or write to
the Sony Customer Information Service Center
at 12451 Gateway Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33913
or find Sony Customer Service on the web at:
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport
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
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 Chaudière, Tour centrale 1
promenade du Portage, 5ième étage Hull PQ
K1A 0N2.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
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Disposal of Lithium
Ion Battery
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
1-888-476-6972 in the United States or
1-800-961-7669 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.
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.
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
user’s 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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Industry Canada Notice
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.
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.
Caution: Users should not attempt to make such
connections themselves, but should contact the
appropriate electric 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 0.3.
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.
télécommunication. Le materiel doit egalement
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 cidessus n’empêche pas la dégradation du service
dans certaines situations.
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.
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, a 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 materiel est
de 0.3.
Avant d’installer ce materiel, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer qu’il est permis de le raccorder aux
installations de l’entreprise locale de
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Contents
Welcome ...............................................................................................13
Features .......................................................................................................13
Unpacking Your VAIO® Notebook ...........................................................14
Ergonomic Considerations ..........................................................................17
Setting Up Your VAIO® Notebook ......................................................23
Locating the Controls and Connectors ........................................................23
Connecting a Power Source ........................................................................27
Starting Your Notebook ..............................................................................34
Shutting Down Your Notebook ..................................................................35
Using Your VAIO® Notebook ..............................................................39
Using the Keyboard ....................................................................................39
Replacing a Keycap ....................................................................................44
Using the Touchpad ....................................................................................46
Using the Floppy Disk Drive ......................................................................48
Using the DVD-ROM or CD-RW Drive ....................................................53
Using PC cards ............................................................................................59
Using Infrared Communication Devices .....................................................62
Using a Second Battery Pack ......................................................................64
Using the Weight Saver ..............................................................................67
Removing the Optional Hard Drive (PCGA-HDX10) ................................68
Using Smart Connect ..................................................................................69
Connecting an i.LINK*®-compatible Device .............................................71
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications,
operating system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection
may not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for
information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINKcompatible PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm
their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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VAIO® Action Setup ..................................................................................74
Using Power Saving Modes ........................................................................78
Connecting Peripheral Devices .......................................................... 81
Connecting a Phone Line ............................................................................82
Using the Mini Docking Station .................................................................83
Connecting a Printer to Your Computer .....................................................99
Connecting an External Display ...............................................................100
Connecting External Speakers ..................................................................103
Connecting an External Microphone ........................................................104
Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device (Mouse or Keyboard) 105
Adding Memory ................................................................................. 107
Software Information ......................................................................... 113
About the Software on Your Notebook ....................................................113
MovieShaker™ .........................................................................................118
PictureGear™ ............................................................................................121
For Answers to Your Software Questions ................................................123
About Your Recovery CDs .......................................................................125
Using Your Recovery CDs .......................................................................126
Troubleshooting ................................................................................ 131
Supplemental Information .........................................................................143
Getting Help ..............................................................................................144
Specifications .................................................................................... 145
Index ................................................................................................... 149
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Welcome
Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO® Notebook. Sony has
combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and
communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.
Features
✍ For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO® notebook,
“Specifications” on page 145.
❑
Exceptional performance — Your computer includes a Mobile Intel®
Pentium® III Processor featuring Intel® SpeedStep™ technology* and a
V.90 compatible K56flex modem.†
❑
Portability — The rechargeable battery pack provides hours of use without
AC power.
❑
Sony audio and video quality — A high-resolution LCD screen enables
you to take advantage of today’s advanced multimedia applications, games,
and entertainment software.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® operating system — Your system includes
Windows® Millennium Edition or Windows® 2000 Professional.
❑
Communications — Access popular online services, send and receive emails, browse the Internet, and use the dialing and fax features.
❑
DVD drive — This new optical storage technology provides increased
storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. DVD-ROM
drives play both DVD-ROM and CD-ROM discs.
❑
CD-RW drive — (bundled with select models) This drive is that ideal
solution for making backups and archiving data, with the ability to store up
to 650 MB‡ of removable, rewritable storage on a single rewritable CD. Save
* Processor may be reduced to a lower operating speed when operating on battery power.
† Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.
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your movies to CD-R or CD-RW media and share videos and images with
family and friends.
Unpacking Your VAIO® Notebook
Remove the following hardware items from the box:
Main unit
Power cord
AC adapter
Floppy disk drive cable
Rechargeable
battery pack
Weight saver
Floppy disk drive (FDD)
DVD-ROM drive or CD-RW drive
(CD-RW drive on select models only)
Mini docking station
‡ 530 MB after formatting with Direct CD™
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FDD stand
Unpacking Your VAIO® Notebook
Manuals
❑
VAIO® User Guide — Contains information on setting up your notebook,
supplementary updates and software information. This manual describes the
features and specifications of your notebook, the applications included with
your system, how to contact software vendors, and solve common problems.
❑
Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition Getting Started manual or
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional Getting Started manual —
Explains how to use the basic features of this latest Windows operating
system.
Software CDs
❑
Microsoft® Word 2000 — Allows you to reinstall Microsoft Word to the
Sony computer you purchased.
Recovery CDs
❑
System Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to restore the software titles that
shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased. It can be
used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.
❑
Application Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to reinstall individual
applications or device drivers if they are corrupted or erased.
❑
Driver Recovery CD(s) — Allows you to reinstall individual device drivers.
Use it to restore corrupted or erased files.
Other
❑
Setting up your VAIO® Notebook (poster)
❑
Packet containing special product offers
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Ergonomic Considerations
Ergonomic Considerations
You will be using your notebook computer as a portable device in a variety of
environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to apply the following
ergonomic considerations to both stationary and portable environments.
Ergonomic Position
Computer positioned
directly in front of you
Arms at desk
level
Wrists relaxed
and flat
❑
Position of your computer — Place the computer directly in front of you as
you work. Keep your forearms horizontal, with your wrists in a neutral,
comfortable position while using the keyboard, touchpad, or external mouse.
Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Take breaks during
sessions with your computer. Excessive use of the computer may strain
muscles or tendons.
❑
Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and
armrests. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the floor. A
footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture
and avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward.
❑
Viewing angle of the computer’s display — Use the display’s tilting
feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle
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fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the
brightness setting of the display also.
❑
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.
❑
Placement of an external display — When using an external display, set
the display at a comfortable viewing distance. Make sure the display screen
is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor.
Notes on setup
❑
Do not place your computer in a location subject to:
❑
Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
❑
Direct sunlight
❑
Excessive dust
❑
Moisture or rain
❑
Mechanical vibration or shock
❑
Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
❑
Ambient temperature of more than 95º F (35º C) or less than
41º F (5º C)
❑
High humidity
❑
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The computer’s
electromagnetic field may cause a malfunction.
❑
Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal heat buildup. Do not
place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs or blankets, or near
materials such as curtains or draperies that may block its ventilation slots.
Leave a space of at least 8 inches (20 cm) behind the back panel of the
computer.
❑
If the computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one,
moisture may condense inside your computer. In this case, allow at least an
hour before turning on your computer. If any problems occur, unplug your
computer, and contact your Sony Service Center.
❑
The computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference
to radio or TV reception. Should this occur, relocate the computer a suitable
distance away from the set.
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❑
Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise,
problems may result.
❑
Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
❑
If the telephone company makes a service call to your home or office and
determines that your computer is responsible for a problem, the telephone
company may bill you for the service call. Also, if you do not disconnect
your computer when it is adversely affecting the telephone line, the
telephone company has the right to disconnect your service until you correct
the problem.
Handling your notebook
❑
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 these may damage the
finish of your computer.
❑
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the computer, shut down your
computer and then unplug it. You may want to have the computer checked by
qualified personnel before operating it any further.
❑
Do not drop the computer or place heavy objects on top of the computer.
❑
Make sure to disconnect the power cord before cleaning the computer.
❑
Avoid rubbing the LCD screen as this can damage the screen. Use a soft, dry
cloth to wipe the LCD screen.
Handling the LCD screen
❑
Do not leave the LCD facing the sun as it can damage the LCD. Be careful
when using the computer near a window.
❑
Do not scratch the LCD or exert pressure on it. This could cause a
malfunction.
❑
Using the computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual
image on the screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to
normal temperature, the screen returns to normal.
❑
The screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not
indicate a malfunction.
❑
The LCD is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may,
however, see tiny black points and/or bright points (red, blue, or green) that
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continuously appear on the LCD. This is a normal result of the
manufacturing process and does not indicate a malfunction.
Cleaning the display filter
1
Remove the clips on the top of the display before removing the optional
display filter as illustrated below.
Display Filter Clips
clips
2
Hold the display filter by its sides to avoid leaving fingerprints on the display
filter.
3
Wipe off the fingerprints left on the display filter with the filter cleaner. You
can use commercially available cleaners.
✍ Do not use solvents such as alcohol or thinner, as they may cause damage to the
surface of the display filter. When using other chemical solvents, read the instructions
thoroughly.
4
Insert the bottom of the display filter into the groove at the bottom of the
display as illustrated below. Insert the display filter so that the clips’
protruding parts face left.
5
Turn 90° to lock it in place.
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Installing Display Filter
clips
✍ Sony computer supplies, accessories, and peripherals can be purchased from your
local retailer or by accessing the Sony VAIO DirectSM Website
(http://vaio.sonystyle.com), or by calling 1-888-315-7669 (toll free).
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Setting Up Your VAIO®
Notebook
This section describes how to start using your computer and how to use your
computer’s internal and external devices, such as the touchpad, floppy disk drive,
and DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive.
Locating the Controls and Connectors
Front
1
2
3
4
5
6
Power indicator
Battery 1 and 2 indicators
Hard disk drive indicator
Num Lock indicator
Caps Lock indicator
Scroll Lock indicator
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7
8
9
10
11
12
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) screen
Keyboard
Speakers
Internal microphone
Touchpad
Left and right buttons
Back
1
2
3
4
5
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Infrared port
Docking / Floppy disk drive connector
Monitor connector
USB connector
DC In connector
Locating the Controls and Connectors
Left
or
1
2
3
4
PC card slots
i.LINK® (IEEE1394) S400 connector*
Battery bay
Phone line jack
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating
system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not
communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for information on
operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals
to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their operating system compatibility
and required operating conditions.
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Right
1
2
3
4
5
6
Power button
Multipurpose bay
Jog Dial™ control
Microphone connector
Headphone connector
Intercooler flap
Bottom
1
2
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Intercooler flap lever
Multipurpose bay release lever
Connecting a Power Source
Connecting a Power Source
You can use either AC power or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source.
Using the AC Adapter
1
Slide the LCD lock lever to your right.
2
Open the computer.
Opening your Computer
LCD lock lever
3
Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC In connector on the
back of the computer.
4
Plug one end of the power cord into the AC adapter.
5
Plug the other end of the power cord into an electrical outlet.
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Connecting the AC Adapter
Notebook
AC adapter (supplied)
Power cord (supplied)
DC In
Notes on the AC Adapter
❑
Your computer operates on 100V-240V AC 50/60 Hz.
❑
Do not share the AC outlet with other power-consuming equipment, such as
a copy machine or shredder.
❑
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.
❑
Do not place heavy objects on the power cord.
❑
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.
❑
When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet.
❑
Use only the AC adapter supplied. Do not use any other AC adapter.
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Connecting a Power Source
Using Battery Power
You can use one or two battery packs as a source of power. The second battery
pack inserts into the drive bay on the right side of the computer. (See “Using a
Second Battery Pack” on page 64.) Additional battery packs are available as a
separate option.
The battery pack that comes with your computer is not fully charged at the time
of purchase. Follow the steps below to insert and charge the battery pack.
To insert the battery pack
1
Open the cover of the battery bay on the left side of the computer.
Battery Bay
2
Insert the battery pack into the battery bay.
Inserting Battery Pack
Battery pack
(supplied)
Label side facing down
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3
Close the cover of the battery bay until it clicks.
If the Mini Docking Station is attached to your computer, do not insert or
remove the battery pack. Lifting and turning the computer with the Mini
Docking Station attached may cause the Mini Docking Station to disconnect
from the computer.
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Connecting a Power Source
To charge the battery pack
1
Connect the AC adapter to the computer.
2
Insert the battery pack.
✍ The computer automatically charges the battery (the battery indicator light flashes in a
double blink pattern as the battery charges).
3
When the battery is 85% full, the battery indicator light turns off. This
process takes approximately two hours.
✍ To charge the battery completely, continue charging for an additional hour. See
“Displaying Detailed Battery Information” on page 152 in the online manual
“Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
Battery Indicators
Battery indicators
Secondary battery pack
(optional)
Battery pack (supplied)
Battery
Indicator
Meaning
1
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the battery bay on the left
side of the computer.
Indicates the status of the battery pack in the drive bay on the right
side of the computer.
2
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Battery Indicator
Light Status
On
Single blink
Meaning
Double blink
The computer is using battery power.
When BOTH the Battery indicator and Power indicator single-blink,
the battery is running out of power.
The battery is charging.
Off
The computer is using AC power.
To remove the battery pack
1
Open the cover of the battery bay.
2
Pull out the battery pack.
Removing the Battery Pack
3
Close the cover of the battery bay.
You will lose data if you remove the battery pack while the computer is on and
not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery while the
computer is in power saving mode.
Notes on battery
❑
To determine the remaining battery charge, see “Displaying Battery
Information” in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
❑
When the battery is running out of power, both the battery indicator light and
power indicator light blink.
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❑
When the computer is directly connected to AC power and a battery pack is
in the battery bay, it uses power from the AC outlet.
❑
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is directly connected to AC
power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the
computer.
❑
If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either attach the AC adapter
to recharge the battery or shut down your computer and insert a fullycharged battery.
❑
You can extend battery life by changing the power management modes in the
Power Management utility. See “Using Power Saving Modes” on page 78.
❑
The battery pack supplied with your computer is a lithium-ion battery and
can be recharged at any time. Charging a partially discharged battery does
not affect battery life.
❑
For some software applications and some peripheral devices, your computer
may not enter System Hibernation mode when the battery life is low. To
avoid loss of data when using battery power, you should save your data
frequently and manually activate a power management mode, such as
System Suspend or System Hibernation.
❑
Never leave the battery pack in temperatures above 140° F (60° C), such as
under direct sunlight or in a car parked in the sun.
❑
Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery
efficiency at low temperatures.
❑
Charge the batteries at temperatures between 50° F and 80° F (10° C to
30 °C). Lower temperatures require a longer charging time.
While the battery is in use or being discharged, the battery pack heats up.
This is normal and is not cause for concern.
❑
❑
Keep the battery pack away from all sources of heat.
❑
Keep the battery pack dry.
❑
Do not open or try to disassemble the battery pack.
❑
Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock.
❑
If you are not using the computer for an extended period of time, remove the
battery pack from the computer to prevent damage to the battery.
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❑
If, after fully charging the battery pack, the battery power is still low, the
battery pack may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.
❑
If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time,
recharge the battery.
Starting Your Notebook
1
Slide the LCD lock lever in the direction of the arrow, and lift the cover.
Opening the Computer
LCD lock lever
2
Press the power button of the computer until the green power indicator light
turns on.
Windows® Millennium Edition (Windows Me™) Only
When starting your notebook for the first time, the VAIO InitManager dialog box
will appear. Please select “OK” to begin initial setup. If you do not execute the
initial setup, you cannot use part of VAIO original hardware functions such as
Jog Dial, Power Management tool, scroll function of touchpad, and keyboard
shortcut key function combined with the Fn key.
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Shutting Down Your Notebook
Power Button
Power indicator
Power button
✍ If you press the power button for more than four seconds, the computer turns off.
3
If necessary, adjust the brightness controls for the LCD display:
❑
Decrease brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the down or left arrow key.
❑
Increase brightness, press Fn+F5 and then the up or right arrow key.
When connecting the supplied AC adapter to an AC outlet that has more than
two outlets, do not plug the AC adapter into an outlet that is obstructed by
another adapter. To prevent fire or electrical shock, the adapter must be firmly
plugged into the outlet. If necessary, use a separate AC outlet.
Shutting Down Your Notebook
To avoid potential loss of data, follow these steps to shut down your computer.
1
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar.
2
Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down
Windows dialog box.
3
Select Shut down.
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4
Click OK.
✍ Respond to all prompts that warn you to save your documents.
5
Wait for your computer to turn off automatically. The power indicator
(green) turns off.
6
Turn off any peripherals connected to your computer.
✍ During a period of inactivity, you can conserve battery life by using System Suspend
mode. See “System Suspend Mode” on page 78.
If you are unable to shut down your computer:
1
2
Close or end all operations by:
❑
Closing all applications.
❑
Removing the PC cards.
❑
Disconnecting USB devices.
❑
Ending Infrared Communication.
Restart the computer. You can restart your computer by pressing
Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time).
If you are still unable to shut down the computer, you can press the power
button and hold it for four seconds. This operation may result in data loss.
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Shutting Down Your Notebook
Closing your computer
Close the front panel
1
Hold the clip on the left top of the front panel.
✍ If you touch the LCD screen, you will leave fingerprints on the LCD screen.
2
Move the panel in direction of arrow. Completely close the front panel and
locked in place.
Front Panel
clip
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Close the intercooler flap
✍ The intercooler flap does not close automatically. You must disconnect all devices,
such as the AC adapter or monitor, which are connected to the back of the computer
before closing the intercooler flap.
1
Grasp both sides of the flap while sliding the levers with your thumbs.
Intercooler Flap
Intercooler flap lever
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Using Your VAIO®
Notebook
Using the Keyboard
Your keyboard is very similar to a typewriter’s, but the keyboard has additional
keys that perform specific computer-related tasks.
Keyboard
Escape key
Function keys
Print Screen key Correction keys
Shift key
Ctrl key
Applications key
Fn key
Windows key
Navigation keys
Numeric keypad area
✍ If the keycap comes off, put it back in its place and push down gently until it clicks into
place. If the Enter key, Space key or Shift key comes off, see “Replacing a Keycap” on
page 44. Do not take off the keycaps intentionally or push excessively when replacing
them, as this may cause the unit to malfunction.
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Key
Description
Numeric keypad area
Contains the keys found on a typical calculator. Use the numeric
keypad area to type numbers or to perform mathematical
calculations such as addition and subtraction. Note: you must press
the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so,
the Num Lock light will be on.)
Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the screen.
The Insert, BackSpace, and Delete keys enable you to make
corrections in your documents.
The twelve function keys along the top of the keyboard are used to
perform designated tasks. For example, in many applications, F1 is
the Help key. The task associated with each function key may vary
from one application to the next.
The Esc (Escape) key is used to cancel commands.
The Print Screen key takes an electronic snapshot of the screen and
places it in the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste the screen
shot into a document and print it.
Several keys are always used with at least one other key: Ctrl, Alt,
and Shift. When held down with another key, the Ctrl (Control) and
Alt (Alternate) keys offer another way to give commands. For
example, in many applications, instead of choosing the Save
command from a menu, you can hold down Ctrl and press S
(referred to as Ctrl+S). The Shift key operates the same way as on a
typewriter; it is used to produce capital letters or special symbols
such as @ and $.
The key with the Windows logo displays the Windows Start menu; it
is the equivalent of clicking the Start button on the taskbar. See
“Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key” on page 41.
Navigation keys
Correction keys
Function keys
Escape key
Print Screen key
Operator keys
Windows key
Fn key
Applications key
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The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue
commands. See “Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key” on
page 43.
The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive
choices. Pressing this key is the equivalent of clicking the right
mouse button.
Using the Keyboard
Combinations and Functions with the Windows Key
Combination
+ F1
+ Tab
+E
+F
+ Ctrl + F
+M
Shift +
+R
Fn +
+M
+ Insert
Function
Displays Windows Help.
Switches the selected button on the taskbar.
Displays Windows Explorer.
Displays the Windows Find: All Files window to find a file or
folder. This is the equivalent of selecting Find and then Files or
Folders from the Start menu.
Displays the Windows Find: Computer window where you can
locate other computers. This is the equivalent of selecting Find
and then Computer from the Start menu.
Minimizes all displayed windows.
Returns all minimized windows to their previous size.
Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting
Run from the Start menu.
Displays the Properties window. This is the equivalent of
double-clicking the System icon in the Control Panel.
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Indicators
Indicator
Function
Power
Light is green when the power to the computer is turned on. Light is
umber in System Idle mode, and flashes umber in System Suspend
mode. Turns off when the computer is in System Hibernation mode
or powered off.
Battery 1
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the battery bay on the
left side of the computer.
1
Battery 2
Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the drive bay on the
right side of the computer.
2
Hard disk
Lights when data is being read from or written to the hard drive. Do
not enter System Suspend mode or turn off the computer when this
indicator light is on.
Light
On
Off
Num Lock
The number keys in the numeric
keypad are active.
The letters appear in uppercase as
you type. The Shift key lowers the
case of typed letters when Caps
Lock is on.
The screen scrolls differently.
(Exactly how it scrolls depends on
the specific application. It has no
effect in many applications.)
The alphanumeric character keys in
the keypad area are active.
Letters appear in lower case as you
type (unless you hold down the Shift
key).
Caps Lock
Scroll Lock
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Information moves across the
display normally.
Using the Keyboard
Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key
Combinations/Feature
Function
Fn+
(ESC)
System Suspend
Puts the system into System Suspend mode, a power
management state. To return the system to the active state,
press any key or press the power switch on your computer.
Toggles the built-in speaker off and on.
!
Adjusts the built-in speaker volume.
To increase volume, press Fn+F4, then
or
.
To decrease volume, press Fn+F4, then ! or
.
Adjusts the brightness of the LCD.
To increase light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then
or
.
To decrease light intensity, press Fn+F5 and then ! or
.
Toggles through the LCD, external display (connected to the
Monitor connector) and both LCD and external display.
!
Fn+
(F3)
Mute On/Off
Fn+
(F4)
Speaker volume
!
!
Fn+
/
(F7)
Switch to the
external display/LCD
!
!
Fn+
(F5)
Brightness control
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Fn+
/
(F8)
Toggles through the external display connected to an optional
Mini Docking Station (PCGA-PSX1) and the LCD.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Fn+
(F12)
System Hibernation
Fn+D
Video Standby
Fn+S
System Idle
Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. When you
execute this command, the state of the system and state of the
peripheral devices are written to the hard disk and the system
power is turned off. To return the system to the original state,
use the power button to turn on power.
Turns off the LCD to save power. To turn the LCD back on, press
any key.
Puts the system into System Idle mode, a power management
state. To return the system to the active state, press any key.
✍ You can carry out these functions using the Jog Dial control. See “Using the Jog Dial
Control” on page 75 for more information.
Some functions are not available until Windows launches.
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Replacing a Keycap
Replace the Enter keycap, Shift keycap and Space keycap as described below. For
other keys, place the keycaps in their original place and gently push down until
they click.
To replace the enter key
Enter Key Back
projections
Attaching Enter Key
Push down
spring
projections
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Replacing a Keycap
To replace the shift or space key
Back
projections
Attaching the Shift or Space Key
Push down
spring
projections
✍ Do not use force to remove the keycaps as this may result in a malfunction.
Do not push too hard on the keycaps when placing them.
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Using the Touchpad
The keyboard contains a cursor-pointing device called a touchpad. You can point
to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the built-in touchpad.
Using the Touchpad
Pointer
Touchpad
Right button
Left button
Action
Description
Point
Click
Double-click
Right-click
Slide one finger on the touchpad to place the pointer on an item or object.
Press the left button once.
Press the left button twice.
Press the right button once. In many applications, this action displays a
shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices.
Slide one finger while pressing the left button.
Move your finger along the right edge of the touchpad to scroll vertically.
Move your finger along the bottom to scroll horizontally. (The scroll
function is available only with applications that support a touchpad scroll
feature.)
Drag
Scroll
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Using the Touchpad
✍ See Mouse Properties for information on touchpad features, such as clicking both
buttons simultaneously, adjusting touchpad speed, and Easy Launcher functions. To
access Mouse Properties, click the Start button, point to Settings, point to Control
Panel, and then click the Mouse icon in the Control Panel.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
You can use the supplied floppy disk drive either as an external drive or as an
internal drive in the drive bay.
To ensure proper operation, do not insert or remove the disk drive when the
computer is in power saving mode.
To use as an external drive
Connect the floppy disk drive to the computer using the floppy disk drive cable
(supplied) with the VAIO logo facing up.
Connecting Floppy Disk Drive
Floppy disk drive (supplied)
Floppy disk drive cable (supplied)
Align the logo on the cable with the slot connection and insert the connector
straight into the slot.
✍ While using the floppy disk drive, do not put the system into power saving mode.
Power saving mode may not work properly and unsaved data may be lost.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
To use as an internal drive
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “To
remove the second battery pack” on page 66.
2
Insert the floppy disk drive into the multipurpose bay with the VAIO logo
facing up. Continue pushing the drive into the bay until the RELEASE lever
locks into place.
Inserting Floppy Disk Drive
Multipurpose bay
Floppy disk drive
✍ Do not insert the floppy disk drive while the notebook is in power saving mode.
To insert a diskette
✍ You can insert a floppy disk, even if the LED indicator is on.
If there is another drive in the multipurpose bay, click on the power icon in the system
task tray and choose “Remove multi-purpose bay device [IDE]”.
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1
Hold the diskette with the label side facing up.
2
Gently push the diskette into the drive until it clicks into place.
Inserting Diskette
Diskette
Floppy disk drive
To remove a diskette
❑
When you finish using the diskette, wait until the LED indicator turns off
and then press the Eject button to remove the diskette.
Ejecting Diskette
Eject button
LED indicator
✍ Do not press the Eject button when the LED indicator is turned on, as data may be lost.
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Using the Floppy Disk Drive
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.
To remove the floppy disk drive
When the computer is off, skip steps 1 and 3.
1
Right-click the Power Management icon
in the system task tray and
choose “Remove multipurpose bay device [FDD]” when using an internal
drive. When using an external drive, choose “Remove external FDD”
instead.
2
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of
the arrow and slide the drive out of the multipurpose bay.
3
Click OK on the message screen.
To remove the floppy disk drive using the Jog Dial™ control
(Windows Me models only)
1
Rotate the Jog Dial control to PowerPanel, and then press the Jog Dial
control. The PowerPanel window appears.
2
Rotate the Jog Dial control to Multipurpose Bay Drive, and then press the
Jog Dial control.
To remove an external floppy disk drive, select External floppy disk drive, and
then press the Jog Dial control.
The Device Swapping window appears. Remove the drive, and click OK.
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✍ Note: If your computer is turned off, you do not have to follow these instructions.
Removing Floppy Disk Drive
RELEASE lever on bottom
When the multipurpose bay is empty, attach the weight saver to it. See “Using a
Second Battery Pack” on page 64 for details on attaching the weight saver.
To remove the floppy disk drive (Windows 2000 models only)
✍ If your computer is turned off, you do not have to follow these instructions.
1
Double-click the Power Management icon
2
The “Unplug or Eject” dialog box appears.
3
In the Unplug or Eject Hardware dialog box, select the appropriate option,
and then click Stop.
4
Confirm the device and click OK.
5
A message appears informing you that the device can now be safely removed
from the system.
6
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of
the arrow, and then unplug the floppy disk drive from the computer.
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in the system task tray.
Using the DVD-ROM or CD-RW Drive
Using the DVD-ROM or CD-RW Drive
Your computer comes with a DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive. The CD-RW drive is
supplied with select models only.
✍ When the computer is in power saving mode, you cannot insert a disc. See
“Controlling Power Management” on page 147 in the online manual “Customizing
Your VAIO® Notebook” for more information on power saving modes.
To insert a disc
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Press the Eject button to open the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive.
The tray slides out.
Opening the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive
Eject button
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3
Place a DVD or CD in the tray with the label side facing up. For DVDs,
which can be played on both sides, the side of the disc facing up is the side
that plays. Push the disc onto the hub until the disc clicks into place.
Inserting a DVD or CD
Label side facing up
4
Close the tray by pushing it gently.
✍ Do not put the system into power saving mode while using the DVD-ROM or CD-RW
drive in the multipurpose bay. When the computer is in this mode, you cannot remove
a disc. Also, this mode may not work properly causing unsaved data to be lost. See
“Controlling Power Management” on page 147 in the online manual “Customizing
Your VAIO® Notebook” for more information about power saving modes.
✍ Be sure to seat the disc firmly over the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive hub fingers. If you
do not seat the disc firmly, you could damage your DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive and you
may not be able to open the tray.
When you finish using a disc, wait until the LED indicator light turns off, then press the
Eject button to remove the disc.
If the disc does not come out when you press the Eject button, turn the computer off
and insert a thin, pointed object into the manual eject hole.
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Using the DVD-ROM or CD-RW Drive
Manual Eject Hole
To play a DVD
When you play DVDs on a television connected to the Mini Docking Station
(PCGA-PSX1), a part of the video screen will not appear with the factory setting.
Adjust the display resolution to 640 x 480 as described in “Selecting the Display
Mode” on page 154 in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
✍ When playing DVD movies on battery power, set the Power Management profile to
DVD profile. With other profiles, the movies are choppy. As an alternative, you can set
the Power Management profile to Automatic Profile Selection, which will select the
DVD profile automatically whenever you insert a DVD. See “Controlling Power
Management” on page 147 in the online manual “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook”
for information on how to set the Power Management profile.
✍ Do not switch the Display Mode or the power saving mode while you are playing a
DVD.
Before you play the DVD, change the settings to disable the screen saver and the virus
checker (if it is active).
Refrain from using any resident utilities to speed up disc access because this may
cause the system to malfunction.
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Some discs recorded at 20 or 24 bits may produce noise while playing. If you
have audio devices connected, this may cause damage to your hearing and the
speakers. Reduce the volume before playing such discs.
You cannot switch between LCD and TV if you press Fn+F8 when a DVD or CD is
inserted in the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive.
To write to a CD-RW or CD-R
(For models with a CD-RW drive)
If you use DirectCD™ to write data, you must first format the disc before writing
on a new CD-RW or CD-R. If you do not format the disc, your computer will not
recognize it.
✍ If you use Easy CD Creator™ to write data to a CD-RW or CD-R, you do not have to
format the disc.
To make a CD-R to which data has been written readable on a CD-ROM drive,
you need to complete the disc when you eject it. To complete this process, follow
the instructions included with your software.
✍ For optimal writing speed, deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software
before writing data to a disc.
For best results, use CD-Rs that are compatible with 4x speed, as DirectCD™ and Easy
CD Creator™ are preset to that speed. Your notebook does not support 1x writing
speed. If you use CD-RW or CD-R writing software other than DirectCD™, use
PowerPanel to select the DVD Profile. Memory-resident disc utilities may cause
unstable operation or data loss. Deactivate these utilities before writing data to a disc.
When using Easy Creator™ Standard, be sure to close and exit all other applications.
If your notebook computer has preinstalled Microsoft® Office applications, such as
Excel, Word, and Outlook, turn off the FindFast application.
Do not put your notebook into power saving mode while using DirectCD™ to write
data, or while using Easy CD Creator™.
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Never touch the surface of the disc. Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc
may cause writing errors.
Do not strike or shake the computer while writing data to a disc.
Always use the AC adapter as the power source for your computer when you are
writing data to a CD-RW or CD-R. Using battery power may result in data transfer
failure.
To remove the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive
✍ If your computer is turned off, do not follow these instructions.
1
Right-click the Power Management icon
in the system task tray and
choose “Remove multipurpose bay device [IDE].” A message appears
informing you that the device can now be safely removed from the system.
2
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of
the arrow. Then slide the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive out of the
multipurpose bay.
3
Click OK on the message screen.
To insert the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive
✍ Be sure to insert the weight saver into the multipurpose bay when the bay is empty.
See “To insert a second battery pack” on page 64 for details on inserting the weight
saver.
You do not need to shut down the computer to insert the DVD-ROM or CD-RW
drive into the multipurpose bay.
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Inserting DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive
Multipurpose bay
DVD-ROM drive
Insert until it clicks
Notes on CD and DVD media
Handling CD and DVD media
❑
Do not touch the surface of the disc.
❑
Do not drop or bend the disc.
Cleaning CD and DVD media
❑
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.
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Using PC cards
Using PC cards
Your computer includes two PC card slots. PC cards allow you to connect
portable external devices, such as another hard disk drive, or to connect a
network.
✍ The PC card slots can accommodate two Type II PC cards, or one Type III PC card.
These slots are compatible with Card Bus. Use the lower slot for Type III PC cards. You
do not need to shut down your notebook before inserting or removing a PC card.
To insert a PC Card
Use the lower slot for Type III PC cards.
1
Pull the PC card RELEASE button away from the computer, and then push it
in toward the computer.
PC Card Release Button
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2
Remove the PC card slot protector.
3
When you use a Type III PC card, you need to remove both the top and
bottom PC card slot protectors.
Removing PC Card Slot Protector
4
Insert the PC card into the PC card slot with the front label facing up. Gently
push the card into the slot until the card is fixed into the connector. The
RELEASE button comes out. Push down the RELEASE button toward the
display panel.
Inserting PC Card
PC card
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✍ Do not force a card into the slot, as this may damage the connector pins. If you have
difficulty inserting a card, check that you are inserting the card with the correct
orientation. See the manual that came with your PC card for more information on use.
For some PC cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the System
Suspend or System Hibernation power management modes while the card is inserted,
you may find that a device connected to your system is not recognized. Restart your
system to correct the problem.
To remove a PC card
✍ If your computer is turned off, you do not have to follow these instructions.
1
Double-click
in the system task tray.
2
The “Unplug or Eject hardware” dialog box appears.
3
In the Unplug or Eject Hardware dialog box, select the appropriate option,
and then click Stop.
4
Confirm the device and click OK.
5
A message appears informing you that the device can now be safely removed
from the system.
6
Press the PC card RELEASE button to remove the PC card.
Removing the PC Card
Upper eject button
Lower eject button
7
Insert the PC card slot protector back into the empty slot.
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Using Infrared Communication Devices
When using longer PC cards (Wireless LAN card, etc.) do not move your
computer while a PC card is inserted. If the PC card gets a strong shock, your
computer may be damaged.
Do not use force to insert your PC card as it may damage your computer.
Your computer includes an infrared port, located on the left side. You can use this
port to communicate with other infrared-equipped devices with compatible
protocols, such as a digital still camera or other computers.
To use infrared communication with another computer
Align the infrared ports on the two computers so that they are in a direct line.
Connecting with Infrared
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✍ Infrared communication capability can be turned on and off. By default, it is disabled
when your system is shipped. To enable infrared use, click the infrared icon in the
Windows Control Panel and select the Enable infrared communication checkbox on
the Options tab.
You can disable infrared communication when you are not using it to conserve battery
life.
Use the infrared icon in the Windows Control Panel to enable and disable infrared
communication. Do not use the icon in the taskbar.
Check the Status tag of the Infrared Monitor in the Windows Control Panel to
determine if the infrared device is detected.
If the two devices are too far apart or too close together, data transfer may be
interrupted or there may be noise in the transmission.
Do not cover the infrared ports with your hand or any other object.
Avoid direct sunlight, fluorescent light, or flashing incandescent light near the infrared
ports.
See the manual that came with your digital still camera or other infrared
communication device for more information on installation and use.
The active area of infrared transmission extends about 39 3/8 inches (1 meter) with an
approximate radius of 15 degrees.
Infrared Range
m)
es (1
inch
8
/
39 3
Infrared port
Approximately
15 degrees
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Using a Second Battery Pack
You can purchase a second rechargeable battery pack. With two battery packs,
you can extend the time that you use your computer with battery power. When
using two battery packs, the battery pack you insert first charges first. The battery
pack you insert second charges when the first battery pack is 85% full. You can
monitor which battery pack is charging by observing the battery indicator lights.
To insert a second battery pack
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “To
remove the DVD-ROM or CD-RW drive” on page 57.
2
Insert the battery pack into the multipurpose bay.
If the battery is being used, the battery 2 indicator light turns on.
Inserting Second Battery Pack
Multipurpose bay
Battery pack
3
Attach the weight saver to the computer to stabilize the battery pack.
Insert the tab of the weight saver into the hollow of the multipurpose bay
slot, and then push the weight saver into the multipurpose bay until it clicks.
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Attaching Weight Saver
Battery pack
Weight saver
2
1
To charge the second battery pack
Keep the battery pack in the computer while it is connected to AC power. The
battery indicator flashes while the battery is charging. See “To charge the battery
pack” on page 31 for more information.
Charging Second Battery Pack
Battery indicators
Second battery pack
(optional)
Battery pack (supplied)
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To remove the second battery pack
1
There is a RELEASE lever on the bottom of the weight saver. To remove the
battery pack, slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the
direction of the arrow. See also “To remove the floppy disk drive” on
page 51.
Removing Second Battery Pack
RELEASE lever
2
Remove the weight saver, and then pull out the battery pack.
3
Reinsert the weight saver.
✍ If you attach two battery packs, you can remove either of them without shutting down
the computer. When removing one battery pack, make sure that the other battery pack
indicator is on. If the indicator of the battery pack you are going to remove is on, rightclick the Power Management icon
in the system task tray and choose “Select the
battery pack in use” window to switch it.
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Using the Weight Saver
The weight saver protects the multipurpose bay when it is empty.
To attach the Weight Saver
1
If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “Notes
on CD and DVD media” on page 58 for more information.
Inserting the Weight Saver
Multipurpose bay
Weight saver
2
1
2
Slide the weight saver in the direction of the arrow until it clicks.
To remove the Weight Saver
To remove the weight saver, slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the
computer in the direction of the arrow.
Release Lever
RELEASE lever
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Removing the Optional Hard Drive
(PCGA-HDX10)
Windows Me models
1
Right-click the Power Management icon
in the system task tray and
select “Remove multipurpose bay device”. The Device Swapping message
appears.
2
Slide the Release lever on the bottom of the unit in the direction of the arrow
and hold while sliding the device out of the multipurpose bay.
3
Click OK.
Windows 2000 models
1
Double-click
in the system task tray. The Unplug or Eject Hardware
dialog box appears.
2
In the Unplug or Eject Hardware dialog box, select the appropriate device,
and then click Stop.
3
Confirm the device and click OK.
4
A message appears informing you that the device can now be safely removed
from the system.
5
Slide the RELEASE lever on the bottom of the computer in the direction of
the arrow and then unplug the drive from the computer.
✍ When the computer is in power saving mode, you cannot remove the hardware device.
✍ While using the optional hard drive (PCGA-HDX10) in the multipurpose bay, do not put
the system into power saving mode. Power saving mode may not work properly and
unsaved data may be lost.
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Using Smart Connect
Using Smart Connect
Windows Me™ models
You can connect your VAIO® notebook to another VAIO computer that has the
preinstalled Windows Me operating system or the Sony Smart Connect 3.0
software preinstalled. You may use an i.LINK®* cable (optional) to connect the
two systems and then use one computer to edit, copy, or delete files on the other
computer. You can also print from a printer that is attached to either computer.
Select the STD mode in Smart Connect 3.0 software to connect with another
VAIO computer that has Windows Me preinstalled.
Connecting with an i.LINK* Cable
i.LINK* cable
Windows 2000 models
The preinstalled Smart Connect software allows you to use an i.LINK*® cable
(optional) to connect your VAIO notebook to another VAIO computer that also
has Smart Connect or preinstalled Windows Me. You can then use one computer
to edit, copy or delete files on the other computer. You can also print from a
printer attached to either computer.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may
not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their
operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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See Smart Connect online help for more information.
✍ When you connect two VAIO computers, you must assign each computer a unique
name. The computers can be identified by this unique name when the two computers
are networked together.
✍ If you have previously purchased a VAIO computer or notebook that does not have the
Windows Me operating system or Smart Connect 3.0 software preinstalled, consult
the Sony website for support options (http://www.sony.com/pcsupport).
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Connecting an i.LINK®*-compatible Device
You can connect an i.LINK*-compatible device such as a digital video camera
recorder to the S400 connector. You can then download digital pictures from
the i.LINK*-compatible digital video camera recorder.
✍ i.LINK* cables compatible with your VAIO notebook include cables with the following
part numbers: VMC-IL4415 (a 1.5-meter cable with a 4-pin connector at each end),
VMC-IL4615 (a 1.5 meter-cable with a 4-pin connector at one end and a 6-pin
connector at the other), and VMC-IL4408A (a 0.8-meter cable with a 4-pin connector
at each end). You can purchase these cables from your local retailer, through the Sony
VAIO® Direct Web site (http://vaio.sonystyle.com), or by calling 1-888-315-7669
(toll free).
i.LINK* Port
Digital video
camera recorder
To S400
i.LINK* cable
(optional)
✍ The i.LINK communication standard that is available in the Windows Me™ operating
system is not compatible with the Sony VX1000 camcorder. See the manual that came
with your i.LINK-equipped device for more information on installation and use.
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✍ The Sony digital video camera recorder is pictured; you may need to connect your
camera differently.
On Sony digital video cameras, connectors labeled “DV In/Out” or “i.LINK*” are
i.LINK*-compatible.
See the manual that came with your i.LINK*-compatible device for more information
on installation and use.
Do not connect more than one digital video camera at a time. The software supplied
with your computer will not recognize multiple cameras.
The i.LINK* connector on the computer does not supply power to external devices. If
the external device requires power from the i.LINK* connector, you cannot use the
device with the computer.
The computer supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer
rate depends on the external device.
The i.LINK* features available may vary depending on the software applications you
use. See the documentation that came with your software for more information.
The connections and features may vary depending on the i.LINK*-compatible devices.
You can connect the digital video camera recorder to your notebook or to the optional
i.LINK* port replicator. While the digital video camera recorder is connected to your
notebook or to an i.LINK* port replicator, do not connect any other device to the other
i.LINK* connector on your notebook.
DVgate™
Digital Video Captures
If your system displays the message, “Failed to record to DV deck, please check
deck’s power status, cable connection....”, while you are recording images to a
digital video device using DVgate software, close all open applications, and
restart your computer. Frequent recording of images to a digital video device
while using DVgate may cause this situation to occur.
For more information on DVgate software, see the DVgate online help.
Adjusting Image Resolution
If the images on the LCD do not display smoothly, the resolution may not be set
correctly. To check the resolution, click the Setup button in the DVgate MotionMonitor window. Point to Settings, and then select Low Resolution. The settings
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you change in this menu affect the images in the monitor window only. Movie
data imported to your hard drive and images recorded to DV devices will not be
affected.
Hard Drive Partition
In order to improve the performance of your computer’s DVgate™ Motion
software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two
partitions, C and D. The C partition holds 40% and the D partition holds 60% of
the entire drive capacity. 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 or format the
D partition regularly.
To defragment a partition
Before you begin to defragment a partition, make sure you backup all files that
you want to save.
1
Click the Start button in the Windows® taskbar.
2
Click Programs>Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. The Disk
Defragmenter window appears.
3
Select the drive you want to defragment from the list, and click the
Defragment button. See Windows® Help for more information on
defragmenting.
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VAIO® Action Setup
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer’s Jog Dial control,
internal timer, and i.LINK* interface. An overview of each of these functions is
provided in the next few pages. For more information on changing the settings
using VAIO Action Setup, right-click the Jog Dial control icon
or
, in the
task tray and click Help Topics.
Jog Dial™ Control
Your computer is equipped with a Jog Dial control on the right side of the unit.
The Jog Dial control enables you to open an application, folder, or document
from a predefined list by rotating and pressing the Jog Dial control. In addition,
when you press the Jog Dial control, you can turn on your computer
automatically and start the selected application or document. If the document you
select is a script file, you can execute a complex task, such as connecting to the
Internet and downloading your e-mail to your computer by simply pressing the
Jog Dial control.
Jog Dial Control
turn
press
Jog Dial control
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Using the Jog Dial Control
This section explains how to use the Jog Dial control. For information on how to
change the Jog Dial control’s settings, right-click the Jog Dial control icon in the
task tray and click Help Topics.
Launcher mode
The Jog Dial control window is in launcher mode until a software application is
launched or the Jog Dial control window becomes active. When an arrow is
displayed next to an item in the Jog Dial control window, you can display a
submenu of that item by selecting it and pressing the Jog Dial control button.
Using Launcher mode
To use the Jog Dial control, click the Jog Dial control window or the Jog Dial
control icon in the task tray. Alternatively, you can press the Jog Dial control
while pressing the Ctrl key on the keyboard to switch to the launcher mode.
1
Turn the Jog Dial control to select the item you want, then press the Jog Dial
control. The window switches to the guide mode and shows the Jog Dial
function.
JOG Guide Dialog Box
2
Turn or press the Jog Dial control to use the desired function.
3
To select another item, switch to the launcher mode and repeat from step 1.
Guide mode
The Jog Dial control window is in the guide mode when software is in use and
the software window is active. Depending on the software you are using, you can
select items from the displayed list using the Jog Dial control. Some Sony
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software applications have two modes in List View: Simple Menu and Full Menu.
You can switch the mode by pressing the shift key while turning the Jog Dial
control.
Guide mode
The Jog Dial control window displays Jog Dial functions.
Software that supports the Jog Dial Control
If Sony software that supports the Jog Dial control is active, you can use the Jog
Dial’s functions that are allocated to that software. For more information on
functions allocated to software, see the software application’s online Help.
Software that does not support the Jog Dial Control
If the software you are using does not support the Jog Dial control, you can scroll
the window or adjust the window size as described below:
Action
Description
Maximize Window*
Press the Jog Dial control button to maximize the size of the
active window. Press again to return to normal window size.
Press the Jog Dial control button to minimize the size of the active
window. Press again to return to normal window size.
Press the Jog Dial control button to close the active application.
Press the Jog Dial control button to begin scrolling within the
active window.
Press the Jog Dial control button to return the Jog Dial control to
Jog Launcher mode.
Press the Jog Dial control button, then use the Jog Dial control to
scroll through the active window’s toolbar.
Minimize Window*
Finish Window*
Scroll*
Jog Dial Launcher
Menu Bar
* Some software does not support these functions.
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Dialog box
When a window such as Screen properties is active, Dialog is displayed in the
Jog Dial control window. You can select an item in the window by rotating the
Jog Dial control. Pressing the Jog Dial control is equivalent to pressing Enter.
JOG Guide Dialog Box
Internal Timer
You can use the internal timer to start an application at a specific time. The timer
can start applications even when the computer is in System Hibernation mode.
i.LINK®* Interface
Your computer comes equipped with an i.LINK* port. The port is a digital
interface (IEEE1394) for high-speed communication. By using your computer, a
Sony Digital Handycam® Camcorder or other compatible camera that supports
the i.LINK* interface, you can easily create and edit your own home videos. For
more information on connecting an i.LINK* device, see “Connecting an
i.LINK®*-compatible Device” on page 71 of this manual.
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Using Power Saving Modes
When you use a battery as the source of power for your computer, you can take
advantage of power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to
the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your
computer has three distinct power saving modes: System Idle, System Suspend,
and System Hibernation. When using battery power, you should be aware that the
computer automatically enters System Hibernation mode when the remaining
battery charge drops below 5%, regardless of the power management setting you
select.
✍ If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either attach the AC adapter to
recharge the battery or shut down your computer and insert a fully charged battery.
Normal Mode
This is the normal state of your computer when it is in use. The green power
indicator light is on in this mode. To save power, you can turn off a specific
device such as the LCD.
System Idle Mode
This mode is convenient if you do not need to use your computer for a brief
period. The hard disk and video display enter a low power state, and the CPU
clock and processor stop. The power indicator light is umber in this mode.
To activate System Idle mode
Press Fn+S, the Power Management utility, or the Jog Dial™ control.
To return to normal mode
Press any key or touch the touchpad.
System Suspend Mode
The computer saves the current state of the system in RAM and switches off
power to the CPU. The umber power indicator light flashes in this mode.
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To activate System Suspend mode
Press Fn+Esc, or press the power button and release it immediately. You can also
use the Power Management utility or the Jog Dial control to enter System
Suspend mode.
To return to normal mode
Press any key or the Power button for less than 4 seconds.
System Hibernation Mode
The state of the system is saved on the hard drive and power is turned off. The
power indicator light is off in this mode.
To activate System Hibernation mode
To activate System Hibernation mode, press the key combination Fn+F12.
✍ (Windows 2000) The “Save to Disk Manager” screen appears, and then the computer
enters System Hibernation mode.
✍ Do not move the notebook until its power indicator light turns off.
To return to normal mode
Turn on the computer by pressing the power button. The computer returns to its
previous state.
✍ When returning from System Hibernation mode, the system status stored on the hard
disk is erased and the computer starts normally if you press the power button and
hold for more than four seconds.
❑
Time to return to normal mode
System Idle requires less time than System Suspend, and System Suspend
requires less time than System Hibernation.
❑
Power consumption
System Idle uses more power than System Suspend, and System Suspend
uses more power than System Hibernation.
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Connecting Peripheral
Devices
You can add functionality to your computer by connecting any of these peripheral
devices:
❑
Phone line (page 82)
❑
Mini Docking Station (page 85)
❑
External mouse or keyboard (page 89)
❑
Printer (page 89)
❑
Floppy disk drive (page 90)
❑
AV devices (page 94)
❑
Printer (page 99)
❑
External display (page 100)
❑
External speakers (page 103)
❑
External microphone (page 104)
❑
Universal Serial Bus (USB) device (page 105)
✍ Connect the power cord only after connecting all cables.
Turn on the computer only after turning on all peripheral devices.
You can select a country mode from the modem property window, but you should
only use US mode. Using other country modes is an infringement of the
Telecommunications Business Laws.
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Connecting a Phone Line
You need to connect a phone line to take advantage of online services and the
Internet.
✍ In order to register your Sony VAIO notebook, register your software online, and use
Sony Customer Support, you must connect to a phone line.
1
Plug one end of the phone cable into the phone line jack on the computer.
Connecting a Phone Line
Phone cable (optional)
Phone line jack
2
Phone line jack
Plug the other end into the wall jack.
✍ Your computer does 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). Some of these connections might result in excess electrical current and could
cause a malfunction in the internal modem.
If you connect a phone line coming through a splitter, the modem or connected device
may not work properly.
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Using the Mini Docking Station
You can use the PCGA-PSX1 Mini Docking Station to connect peripheral
devices such as a printer or external display.
✍ You must wait for the IN USE indicator to light before using a connected peripheral
device.
Front
Docking connector
UNDOCK button
IN USE indicator
DC IN indicator
RELEASE lever
Tabs
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Back
1
9
1
10
i.LINK (IEEE1394) S400
connector*
S VIDEO connector
VIDEO connector
Monitor connector
LINE OUT connector
LINE IN connector
USB connector
2
3
4
5
6
7
3
2
11
4
12
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
13
5
6
7
7
8
14
DC IN connector
/
Mouse/Keyboard connectors
OPTICAL OUT connector
CONTROL A1 connector
SERIAL/CONTROL A1 switch
Serial
Parallel (printer) connector
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating
system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connections may not
communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for information
on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC
peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their operating system
compatibility and required operating conditions.
Left/Right
Floppy disk drive connector
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PC card slot
Using the Mini Docking Station
Connecting the Mini Docking Station
Before connecting the Mini Docking Station
You must plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC IN connector on
the Mini Docking Station. Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an
electrical outlet.
The DC IN indicator lights on.
Connecting AC Adapter to Docking Station
AC adapter (supplied)
Power cord
✍ Use the specified AC adapter for the power rating of the Mini Docking Station.
To connect the Mini Docking Station to your computer
When a charged battery is inserted in your computer, you can attach and detach
the Mini Docking Station without turning off your computer.
✍ If your notebook is in power saving mode, switch to normal mode before attaching or
detaching the Mini Docking Station.
1
Open the cover of your computer.
Docking Station/FDD Connector
Docking/FDD connector
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2
Attach the left side tab of the Mini Docking Station to the left side hollow of
your computer.
Push the tab into the hollow firmly until it clicks.
Left Tab Hollow
3
Align the connector on the Mini Docking Station with the docking/floppy
disk drive connector on the back of your computer.
4
Firmly press the Mini Docking Station into place.
5
Attach the right side tab of the Mini Docking Station to the right side hollow
of your computer.
Push the tab into the hollow firmly until it clicks.
Right Tab Hollow
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✍ Do not lift or move the computer by holding only the Mini Docking Station as the Mini
Docking Station may separate from the computer.
Removing the Mini Docking Station from your notebook
When the computer is off, skip step 1. When the computer is in power saving
mode, switch to Normal mode, and then follow the steps below.
1
Press the UNDOCK button on the Mini Docking Station or click REMOVE
on the Start menu.
Undocking Button
UNDOCK button
2
After the IN USE indicator has turned off, pull the RELEASE lever on the
right side of your computer and release the right tab.
Release Lever
RELEASE lever
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3
Release the left tab.
Removing Mini Docking Station
✍ When the Mini Docking Station is attached to your computer, do not insert or remove
the battery. The Mini Docking Station may separate from the computer.
Do not remove the Mini Docking Station when the IN USE indicator is lit.
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Connecting an external mouse or keyboard
1
Plug the keyboard cable or mouse cable into this connector with
➠
You can connect a USB or PS/2® style mouse or keyboard.
facing up.
Connecting a Mouse or External Keyboard
PS/2 style mouse
Keyboard
✍ USB devices can be connected and disconnected while the computer is on.
If the wheel function of the PS/2 style mouse does not operate, connect the
mouse to the serial port using a PS/2 serial adapter. You can also use one or both
of the USB ports to connect a mouse and keyboard at the same time.
Connecting a printer to the Mini Docking Station
You can connect the printer to the Mini Docking Station attached to your
computer to print documents.
To connect a printer
Use the
symbol to locate the Printer connector. Plug the printer cable
(supplied with the printer) into this port on the computer.
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Connecting a printer
Printer
To
Printer
Power cord
Printer cable
(supplied with the printer)
✍ Before you connect the printer, turn off your computer and disconnect the AC adapter
and power cord from the electrical outlet.
Plug the power cord into a power outlet after completing all the connections.
Turn on the peripheral devices before turning on your computer.
If you are using a printer that does not support Windows 2000 or Windows Me, it may
not function properly.
You can connect a printer while the floppy disk drive is in use.
When using a USB printer, connect it to the USB connector of your computer or the
Mini Docking Station.
See the manual that came with your printer for more information on installation and
use.
Before using the printer, you may need to change the Printer setting in the Sony
Notebook Setup software. See Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen in the
online manual, “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” .
Connecting a floppy disk drive to the Mini Docking Station
You can use the floppy disk drive as an external drive by connecting it to the
floppy disk drive connector on the left side of the Mini Docking Station. You can
connect it without turning off your computer.
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✍ If your notebook is in power saving mode, switch to normal mode before connecting a
floppy disk drive to the Mini Docking Station.
1
With the VAIO logo facing up, plug the cable firmly into the connector and
both of the alignment posts in the guide holes.
2
With the VAIO logo facing up, plug the FDD into the other end until it locks
in place.
FDD Connecting
Floppy disk drive (supplied)
2
Mini Docking Station
left side (supplied)
1
Alignment posts
Floppy disk drive cable (supplied)
✍ When you connect the floppy disk drive to the floppy disk drive connector of the Mini
Docking Station, you cannot use the PRINTER connector of the floppy disk drive
cable. The printer can be connected to the printer port on the Mini Docking Station.
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Using the floppy disk drive stand (for the Mini Docking Station)
You can use the floppy disk drive on the Mini Docking Station by attaching it to
the floppy disk drive stand (for Mini Docking Station) as illustrated below.
1
Place the protrusions on the floppy disk drive stand (for the Mini Docking
Station) into the holes in the top face of the Mini Docking Station.
Attaching the floppy disk stand
Protrusions on the
floppy disk drive stand
Holes in the
Mini Docking Station
2
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Slide the floppy disk drive stand in the direction of the arrow.
Using the Mini Docking Station
3
Slide the floppy disk drive into the floppy disk drive stand.
4
Attach the floppy disk drive cable from the computer to the floppy disk
drive.
Do not hyperextend the LCD screen when you are using the floppy disk drive
stand (for the Mini Docking Station).
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Connecting audiovideo (AV) devices
You can use audio/video devices by connecting the AV devices to the Mini
Docking Station. See the manuals and online help that came with your AV
devices for detailed instructions. By connecting an MD deck or a CD player
which has a CONTROL A1 or CONTROL A1 connector, you can play a CD
disc, create your own CD database, or edit an MD disc.
Connecting an MD Deck or CD Player
Mini Docking Station
(connect to the computer)
SERIAL/CONTROL A1
To OPTICAL OUT
1
To Digital In
switch
To CONTROL A1*
2
CONTROL A1*
MD deck
To Digital In
CONTROL A1*
1
Optical digital cable
1
2
2
Monaural mini-plug cable
To Digital Out
CONTROL A1*
CD player
To use the CONTROL A1 connector on the Mini Docking Station, switch the
SERIAL/CONTROL A1 switch to CONTROL A1 .
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✍ Use monaural mini-plug cables shorter than 2 meters with no resistance.
*CONTROL A1 or CONTROL A1
To record music to a mini disc from a CD playing on the computer via the
OPTICAL OUT, (available by connecting to the Mini Docking Station) follow
these steps:
1
Click the Start button, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
2
Double-click YAMAHA DS-XG Audio Config.
3
Select Digital Output and click “ON [All Sources]/Analog out is muted.”
4
Click OK.
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Connecting a CD player, an active speaker, or an amplifier
Connect a CD player, an active speaker, or an amplifier to the LINE IN or LINE
OUT connector of the Mini Docking Station to play a CD and experience higher
quality audio.
Connecting Devices
Mini Docking Station
To LINE OUT
To LINE IN
Audio cable (optional)
CD player, etc.
Active speaker,
amplifier, etc.
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Connecting a Dolby Digital™ Decoder integrated device
1
Insert the DVD-ROM drive into the multipurpose bay
2
Connect the OPTICAL OUT connector to a Dolby Digital Decoder
integrated device to experience Dolby Digital recorded videos and dynamic
sound.
Connecting Audio and Video Devices
Attach optional DVD
drive to main unit
TV
To Optical Out
To Video
To Video
connector
To S Video
To S Video
connector
Digital surround headphones
Video cable (optional)
Optical digital
cable (optional)
To Digital input
✍ You can experience Dolby Digital or PCM sound from the OPTICAL OUT connector.
3
Switch the Digital output to PCM when you connect a device that does not
support Dolby Digital; otherwise, the speakers or your hearing may be
damaged by the increased volume.
4
Switch the Digital output to PCM when you play DVDs that support linear
PCM recording on the Mini Docking Station.
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Connecting a TV or a video deck
Connect the computer to a TV or a video deck using audio/video cables. Switch
the input channel of the TV to external input. You also need to set up the TV
configuration system. See “Selecting the Display Mode” in the “Customizing
Your VAIO® Notebook” manual for more information.
✍ Unplug the connecting cable from the MONITOR connector.
Connecting a TV
TV
Mini Docking Station
To
Headphone
To Video
connector
To S Video
To Video
Video cable (optional)
Audio cable (optional)
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Power
To Audio connector
To S Video connector
Connecting a Printer to Your Computer
Connecting a Printer to Your Computer
You can connect the printer to your computer using the printer cable and the
supplied floppy disk drive cable to print documents.
Before using the printer
❑
You need to install the software supplied with the printer. See the manual
that came with your printer for more information.
❑
You need to set up the printer port. See “I cannot print.” on page 142 for
more information about setting up the printer port.
To connect a printer
Plug the floppy disk drive cable to the docking/FDD connector on your computer.
Then connect the printer cable (supplied with the printer) to the PRINTER
connector of the floppy disk drive cable.
Parallel Port
Floppy disk drive cable
To Docking/FDD
connector
Printer
To PRINTER
Power cord
Printer cable (supplied with the printer)
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✍ Before you connect the printer, turn off your computer, and disconnect the AC adapter
and power cord from the AC outlet.
Plug the power cord into an AC outlet after finishing all the connections.
Turn on the peripheral devices before turning on your computer.
If you are using a printer that does not support Windows Me or Windows 2000 it may
not function properly.
You can connect a printer while the floppy disk drive is in use.
When using a USB printer, connect it to the USB connector of your computer or the
USB connector of the Mini Docking Station.
If the Mini Docking Station is connected to your notebook, you may connect the
printer directly to it without the floppy drive cable.
Connecting an External Display
You can connect an external display to your notebook. For example, you can use
the computer with any of the following:
❑
Computer display monitor
❑
Projector
✍ Turn off your computer and all peripheral devices, and disconnect the AC adapter and
power cord from the AC outlet before making connections.
Connect the power cord after connecting all peripheral devices.
Turn on your computer after turning on the power of all peripheral devices.
When you connect an external display, you may not be able to display both the LCD
and external display simultaneously, depending on the external display.
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To connect a computer display
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external
speakers and an external microphone. See “To connect external speakers” on
page 103 and “To connect an external microphone” on page 104 for details on
connecting external speakers and an external microphone.
Monitor Connector
Computer display
Power cord
To
Monitor
Display cable (optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on
installation and use.
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To connect a projector
Using a projector connected to your computer can be convenient for
presentations and slide shows.
Connecting a Projector
To
Headphone
Projector
To RGB in
Power cord
To
Monitor
Audio cable (optional)
To Audio in
RGB signal cable (optional)
✍ See the manual that came with your projector for more information on installation and
use.
To select a display
When you connect an external display to the monitor connector, you can toggle
the output among the LCD, the external monitor, or both devices.
Use the Fn+F7 keys to select a display. See also “Selecting the Display Mode” in
the “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” manual for more information.
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To
Press
Result
Switch to an
external display
Fn+F7
Toggles among the LCD, the external display
connected to the Monitor connector, and both the LCD
and external display.
Only LCD
LCD and external display
Only external display
Connecting External Speakers
You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external speakers.
✍ Check that your speakers are designed for computer use.
Shut down the computer and all peripheral devices before connecting the cables.
Connect all the cables before plugging in the power cord.
Turn on the peripheral devices’ power, then turn on your computer.
Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on.
Do not place diskettes on the speakers as the speakers’ magnetic field may damage
the data on the diskettes.
To connect external speakers
❑
Use the headphones symbol to locate the Headphone connector. Plug the
speaker cable into this connector.
Connecting Speakers
Speakers
Speaker cable
(supplied with speakers)
To
Headphone
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✍ See the manual that came with your speakers for more information on installation and
use.
Connecting an External Microphone
You can enhance the quality of sound input by using an external microphone.
✍ Shut down the computer and all peripheral devices before connecting the cables.
Connect all the cables before plugging in the power cord.
Turn on the peripheral devices’ power, then turn on your computer.
Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use. The microphone should be
compliant with the plug-in power microphone.
The microphone input is MONO.
To connect an external microphone
❑
Use the to locate the Microphone connector. Plug the microphone cable
into this connector.
Connecting Microphone
Microphone
To Microphone
✍ See the manual that came with your microphone for more information on installation
and use.
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Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
(Mouse or Keyboard)
Plug the keyboard cable or mouse cable into this connector with the
➠
You can connect a USB style mouse or keyboard.
facing up.
USB Port
USB device
To
USB
USB connecting cable
You can use the optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1/A series with this
computer. The USB mouse software driver is preinstalled in the computer.
✍ USB devices can be connected and disconnected while the computer is on.
See “Using the Keyboard” on page 39 for more information on using the keyboard.
See the manual that came with your mouse or keyboard for more information on
installation and use.
A Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1/A series (optional) is a USB device. You must
connect it to the USB connector.
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Adding Memory
You can increase your system’s memory by installing optional memory modules.
Your system comes with 128 MB of installed memory, which can be increased up
to 256 MB (128 MB x 2). You can add an expansion memory module in a slot.
Up to 128 MB expansion memory modules are available as optional memory
modules.
✍ Make sure you observe the proper safety precautions when you install a memory
module in your computer. See the bulleted list below. Be careful when adding memory.
Mistakes when installing or removing a memory module may cause malfunction.
If you are using only one memory module, you must use the slot closest to the front of
the computer.
❑
Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage disk drives and other components.
Perform the procedures described below only at an ESD workstation. If such
a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted area, and do not handle
materials that produce or hold static electricity (cellophane wrappers, for
example).
❑
Ground yourself by maintaining contact with an unpainted metal portion of
the chassis while performing the procedure.
❑
Do not open the memory module package until you are ready to install the
module. The package protects the module from ESD.
❑
Use the special bag for preventing ESD or use aluminum foil when you store
the memory module.
To install a memory module
1
Shut down your computer and disconnect all peripheral devices, such as your
printer.
2
Unplug the computer and remove the battery packs.
3
Wait until the computer cools down. Then remove the screw at the bottom of
your computer.
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Removing the Memory Module Cover
screw
✍ Remove the screw with a screwdriver of a proper size.
4
Lift the two stoppers at the bottom of the keyboard and slide the keyboard
toward the LCD display, then lift it away slightly.
Keyboard Stoppers
stopper
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5
Lift the keyboard from the LCD display side by releasing the four tabs, then
gently lean it over the display. Be careful not to detach the cable when lifting
the keyboard.
Lifting the Keyboard
Tabs
Cable
6
Remove the new memory module from its packaging.
7
Install the memory module as described in the following graphic.
Installing Memory Module
1 Slide the memory module into the slot.
2 Press the module into place until it clicks.
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8
Gently replace the keyboard, then press it into your computer. Be careful not
to detach the cable when replacing the keyboard.
Replacing the Keyboard
9
Close the computer cover, and tighten the screws on the bottom of the
computer.
To remove a memory module
1
Follow steps 1 to 5 of “To install a memory module.”
2
Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your
computer) to discharge static electricity.
3
Remove the memory module.
Memory Module
Pull the tabs in the direction of the arrows.
The memory module is released.
Pull the memory module in the direction of the arrow.
4
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Follow steps 8 and 9 of “To install a memory module.”
Adding Memory
To view the system memory
1
Turn on the computer.
2
Click the Start button, point to VAIO, and click “Sony Notebook Setup.”
The Sony Notebook Setup screen appears.
3
Click the “About This Computer” tab to view the system memory. If the
additional memory is not shown, repeat steps 1-9 of “To install a memory
module” on page 107.
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Software Information
About the Software on Your Notebook
Your VAIO notebook is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as
soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you
can perform with your software titles. For support information, see “For Answers
to Your Software Questions” on page 123.
Adobe Acrobat Reader®
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic
documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that
is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer
platforms.
Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Create amazing photo effects with Adobe PhotoDeluxe. Without learning
complex software, you can enhance, restore, and be creative with your photos.
Includes built-in guided activities, stock photos, clip art, and templates to assist
you.
Adobe Premiere® LE
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Adobe Premiere LE offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for
video, multimedia, or the Web. View source clips and edited footage
simultaneously on the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long
with complete audio-video synchronization.
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America Online® (Windows Me only)
America Online, Inc.
America Online is a popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family
and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the
latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your
interests.
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro
ArcSoft, Inc.
ArcSoft PhotoPrinter 2000 Pro is an easy-to-use, advanced printing program that
lets you quickly lay out multiple images in multiple sizes on a single sheet of
paper. PhotoPrinter Pro offers a wide selection of templates including landscape,
portrait, free style, mixed sizes, custom templates, and more. The application
includes enhancement tools and special effects for improving photos while giving
you the ability to add text to any image.
CompuServe® 2000 (Windows Me only)
CompuServe
The all new CompuServe 2000 delivers a powerful tool for Internet users who
want serious and timely information, in-depth research, and professional
communities backed by state-of-the-art technologies, including high-speed
access and powerful e-mail messaging.
Direct CD™ (select models only)
Adaptec, Inc.
DirectCD allows you to drag and drop files directly to your CD-RW drive. You
can save, rename, move or delete files right on your CD-RW.
DVgate™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK*® connector and capture
your own video clips and still images. You can edit the clips from your video, add
others, and combine clips into new movie segments. You can save your images in
a variety of popular file formats.
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EarthLink Network TotalAccess® (Windows Me only)
EarthLink, Inc.
An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to
its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail,
a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member newsletter, and 24-hour
technical support.
Easy CD Creator™ (select models only)
Adaptec, Inc.
Easy CD Creator lets you make your own data, audio and multimedia CDs. You
can back up your important files to CD, and read them back on standard CDROM drives. Create your own audio CDs right on your desktop, and play them
back on your home or car stereo CD player. You can make your own personalized
color jewel case inserts with custom text and graphics. You can even make
backup copies of your existing CDs. The easy CD Creator Wizard makes creating
your own custom CDs a simple process.
McAfee® VirusScan®
Network Associates, Inc.
Protect your computer from viruses. VirusScan can detect viruses from floppy
disks, Internet downloads, e-mail attachments, intranets, shared files, CD-ROMs,
and online services.
Media Bar™
Sony Electronics Inc.
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. In addition to audio/video library cataloging and playlist
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may
not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their
operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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management, Media Bar software includes digital video quality control and
effects features. Media Bar software seamlessly integrates a variety of new media
formats with an easy-to-use software interface.
Microsoft® Internet Explorer
Microsoft Corporation
Internet Explorer delivers the web the way you want it. It is safe, easy to use, and
you can personalize how you access the web. Outlook Express and other tools in
Internet Explorer also help you have a great experience when you are on the web.
Microsoft® Word 2000
Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Word 2000 makes it easy to create shared Web, e-mail, and print
documents for use around the world. It embraces HTML as a first-class file
format and extends Word’s ease-of-use to the Web and e-mail. Word 2000 also
extends that ease-of-use to international users, making it simple to create
multilingual documents.
MovieShaker™
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony’s original MovieShaker software creates personal movies that have
transitions, background music, and text. Just import your video clips and “shake”
with the click of a mouse. Your personal movies are easy to create and fun to
share with family and friends.
Netscape Communicator®
Netscape Communications Corporation
Netscape Communicator is an all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to
browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great
web documents.
PictureGear™
Sony Electronics Inc.
This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony
Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica® Camera. The images appear in a
convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire
folder.
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Prodigy Internet® (Windows Me only)
Prodigy Communications Corporation
An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter.
Prodigy delivers powerful online content such as sports scores, stock quotes,
news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a
competitive price.
Quicken® 2000 Basic
Intuit, Inc.
Quicken is a fast, easy way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like
your checkbook, so it is easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all your
finances, bank accounts, credit cards, investments, and loans. You can even pay
your bills online.
Smart Capture
Sony Electronics Inc.
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 that supports the i.LINK* interface. It allows you
to capture compressed video or still images that you can save or share via e-mail.
A smart solution to computer, digital audio/video and network convergence.
Smart Connect (Windows 2000 only)
Sony Electronics Inc.
Smart Connect allows you to use an i.LINK* cable (not supplied) to connect your
VAIO computer to another VAIO computer that supports Smart Connect. You can
then use one computer to copy, delete, and edit files on the other computer. You
can also print from a printer attached to either computer.
Sound Forge® XP
Sonic Foundry, Inc.
Sound Forge® XP allows you to put powerful audio processing tools and effects
to work on your desktop. Simply cut, copy, and paste your way to striking
multimedia files for use in everything from web pages to desktop presentations.
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VAIO Action Setup
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Shortcut keys and
i.LINK* interface.
VAIO Support Agent
Sony Electronics Inc.
VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive, on-line support.
MovieShaker™
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
Clip tray
Editing trays
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.
✍
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.
Importing files over 75 seconds in length may cause MovieShaker to stop
responding.
MovieShaker™
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
30-second scene.
1
Click the Shake tab.
2
Select a mood by clicking a face in the Shaker tray.
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. Limit the number of scenes placed on the
Product tray to 10 or less. MovieShaker may stop responding if too many scenes are
placed on the Product tray.
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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
Adding effects to a scene or a clip:
1
Double-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.
✍ 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.
4
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.
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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.
Exporting movies may take a long time to complete—Saving movies as DV (Digital
Video) takes the longest and Quick-Save is the fastest. MovieShaker can play video
files up to 65 MB in length.
✍ For DV playback and smooth video playback, we recommend the following resolution/
refresh rates: 1024 x 768/75 Hz or lower.
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, still pictures from MPEG, and even html photo albums.
Managing Your Pictures
Use the collection feature to manage your pictures.
1
Click the Folder tab and browse to locate your pictures.
2
Select the pictures you want to have in a collection.
3
From Collection menu, select Create New Collection.
4
Enter a name for the collection and then click OK.
Creating a Photo Album
1
Select the pictures you want to use to make an album.
2
From the Utilities menu, select Album Maker.
3
Choose the type of Album you want and click OK.
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4
Now add more pictures, frames, text, and effects.
5
When you are finished, select Create Album in File menu or click the Create
Album icon on the toolbar.
6
Designate the folder where you want to save the Album.
7
Enter the Target Album name, select Thumbnails and click OK.
8
The new album can be viewed using most internet browsers.
Using Panorama Maker
Panorama Maker stitches a group of still images into a 360 degree panoramic
picture. The source images should be the same size and overlap 20%.
How to stitch a panoramic picture:
1
Gather the source images into the same folder or collection.
2
Select the images you want to use.
✍ We recommend 12 landscaped or 16 portrait pictures.
3
From the Utilities menu select Panorama Maker.
4
Select the correct lens and click OK. (If 35mm lens is selected, the prompt
does not appear; to select a different lens, click the lens icon.)
5
Click the panoramic icon, near the bottom of the window.
6
Click Full Stitch.
Making Still Images and Panoramic from MPEG
1
Select the MPEG file.
2
From the Movie/Sound menu, select Scene break down.
3
Then select Movie Stitch, to create a panoramic picture.
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For Answers to Your Software Questions
For Answers to Your Software Questions
Acrobat Reader®, Adobe PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition, Adobe Premiere® LE
(Adobe Systems Incorporated)
Web site
http://www.adobe.com/
phone
206-675-6126 (fee-based support)
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F, 6 AM-5 PM (Pacific Time)
America Online® (America Online)
Web site
http://www.aol.com/
phone
800-827-3338
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
CompuServe® 2000 (CompuServe)
Web site
http://www.compuserve.com/
phone
800-848-8990
DirectCD, Easy CD Creator™ (Adaptec, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.adaptec.com/
phone
408-945-8600
hours
M - F, 8AM - 5 PM PT
EarthLink Network TotalAccess® (EarthLink, 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® VirusScan® (Network Associates, Inc.)
Web site
http://support.mcafee.com
phone
408-988-3832
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M-F 9AM-5PM Central Time
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Netscape Communicator® (Netscape Communications Corporation)
Web site
http://help.netscape.com/support.html
phone
800-411-0707 (fee-based support)
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
PhotoPrinter™ 2000 Pro (ArcSoft, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.arcsoft.com; http://www.photoisland.com
phone
510-440-9901
e-mail
[email protected]
hours
M - F, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM PT
Prodigy Internet® (Prodigy Communications Corporation)
Web site
http://www.prodigy.com/
phone
800-213-0992
hours
7 AM - 3 AM (Eastern Time)
Quicken® 2000 Basic (Intuit, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.intuit.com/support
phone
900-555-4932 (fee-based support)
hours
M - F, 5AM - 5PM (Pacific Time)
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
Sound Forge® XP (Sonic Foundry, Inc.)
Web site
http://www.sonicfoundry.com/
phone
608-256-5555
fax
608-250-1745
e-mail
http://sonicfoundry.com/support/SupportMail.asp (online form)
hours
M-F, 7 AM-10 PM (Central Time)
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Windows® Millennium Edition, Windows® 2000 Professional, Word 2000, Internet
Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)
Web site
http://www.microsoft.com/support/
phone
888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*
hours
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Support from 1-888-4SONY PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
Sony Service Center
For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONYPC
(1-888-476-6972) or find Sony Customer Service on the Web at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
About Your Recovery CDs
Application Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use it to
restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.
System Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This 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 this Sony computer.
Driver Recovery CD(s)
Sony Electronics
This program allows you to reinstall individual device drivers. Use it to restore corrupted
or accidentally erased files.
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Using Your Recovery CDs
The following sections describe how to use the Application Recovery, System
Recovery, and Driver Recovery utilities.
Using the Application Recovery CD(s)
The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual applications
and device drivers if they are corrupted or erased. Reinstalling an individual
device driver or software title may correct a problem you are experiencing with
your computer, and you may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard
drive. If you do need to reinstall all the software titles that shipped with your
computer, use the System Recovery CD(s). See “Using the System Recovery
CD(s)” on page 127.
✍ You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD. If you have any
questions on using the Application Recovery CD, 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 DVD-ROM drive. The Application Recovery utility loads
automatically.
3
When the Application Recovery menu appears, select the icon for the
application you want to restore and then follow the on-screen instructions to
complete the recovery process.
✍ Your system may include one or two Application Recovery CDs. If you have two
Application Recovery CDs, insert the first CD to run the Application Recovery
program. You may be prompted to insert the second CD, depending on the application
you wish to restore.
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Using the System Recovery CD(s)
You can reinstall software titles that shipped with your computer if they are
corrupted or erased. You may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard
drive. If you experience a problem with your computer, reinstalling an individual
device driver or software title may correct the problem. Use the Application
Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications or device drivers. See “Using
the Application Recovery CD(s)” on page 126.
The System Recovery CD contains a backup copy of all the software originally
installed on your hard disk drive. It can be used only to recover the hard disk
of the notebook you purchased.
The System Recovery utility gives you Full Restore with Format, that is it
formats the hard disk drive and then restores all the original software.
Full Restore with Format removes all the information on the hard disk drive. You will
lose any software you have installed and any other files you have created since you
started to use your computer. This means you will have to reinstall any applications
that were not included with the computer when you purchased it. If you have any
questions on using the System Recovery CD, contact Sony Customer Support.
To use the System Recovery CD(s)
1
Insert the Sony System Recovery CD in the DVD-ROM drive.
2
Shut down your computer as described in “Shutting Down Your Notebook”
on page 35.
3
Wait four 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.
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If your computer does not start from the Recovery CD
1
Press the power button and hold it for more than four seconds to turn off the
computer.
2
Turn on the computer. When the Sony logo is displayed, press the F2 key.
The BIOS setup menu screen appears.
3
Press the arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
4
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press the Enter
key. The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
5
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key.
6
Press the arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes) and then press the Enter
key. The message “Save configuration changes and exit now?” appears.
7
Check that “Yes” is selected, then press the Enter key. The computer restarts
from the Recovery CD.
✍ 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 from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
After recovering your system using the SRCD, you may be prompted to insert your
ARCD after restarting Windows. Insert the ARCD to automatically complete recovery
of your system.
Recovering Microsoft® Word 2000
If you recover your operating system using the System Recovery CD, Microsoft
Word 2000 will not be recovered. Use the supplied Word 2000 CD to recover this
application.
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Using the Driver Recovery CD(s)
The Driver Recovery CD utility allows you to reinstall individual drivers and
repair software applications if they become corrupted or are accidentally erased.
You can reinstall an individual driver to correct a problem that you are
experiencing with your computer, hardware, or software application. VAIO
Support Agent uses a vault feature on the Driver Recovery CD(s) to repair
software applications.
✍ You must be in Windows to run the Driver Recovery CD utility.
To use the Driver 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 Driver Recovery CD in the
optical drive. The Driver Recovery utility loads automatically.
3
When the Driver Recovery menu appears, follow the on-screen instructions
to complete the recovery process.
To repair software applications using VAIO Support Agent
The Driver Recovery CD utility has an information vault that contains the
original characteristics for the preinstalled software applications that are
protected by VAIO Support Agent.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you may encounter when
using your notebook. Many problems have simple solutions, so try these
suggestions before you contact Sony PC Support (http://www.sony.com/
pcsupport).
Troubleshooting your notebook
(Windows Me only) When starting your notebook for the first time, the VAIO
InitManager dialog box will appear. Please select “OK” to begin initial setup. If
you do not execute the initial setup, you cannot use some of the VAIO original
hardware functions such as Jog Dial, Power Management tool, the scroll function
of touchpad, and the keyboard shortcut key function combined with the Fn key.
My notebook does not start.
❑
Check that the notebook is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on. Check that the power indicator on the front panel of the notebook
indicates that the power is on.
❑
Check that the battery packs are inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
Make sure there is no diskette in the floppy disk drive.
❑
Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly, as described
in “Connecting Peripheral Devices” on page 81.
❑
If you plugged the notebook into a power strip or UPS, make sure the power
strip or UPS is turned on and working.
❑
If you are using an external display, check that it 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.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Do not use the notebook for at
least one hour and then turn on the notebook.
❑
Take the battery pack off the notebook, unplug the power cord and plug it
again, then turn on the power.
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My notebook starts, but my system doesn’t start properly.
❑
When the internal backup battery is low on power, it may not start your
system properly. The message “Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup”
appears at the bottom of the screen. Follow these steps:
1
Press F2. The BIOS Setup menu appears.
2
Set the date (month/day/year). Press Enter.
3
Press ! to select System Time, then set the time (hour: minute:
second). Press Enter.
4
Press " to select Exit, then press ! to select Get Default Values. The
message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
5
Select Yes and press Enter.
6
Select Exit (Save Changes), and then press Enter. The message “Save
Configuration changes and exit now?” appears.
7
Select Yes, and then press Enter. The notebook restarts.
My notebook starts, but the message “Operating system not found” appears
and Windows does not start.
❑
Make sure there is no diskette in the floppy disk drive (nonbootable).
❑
If a nonbootable diskette is in the drive, follow these steps:
❑
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1
Turn off the notebook, and then remove the diskette.
2
Restart the notebook and confirm that Windows starts properly.
If Windows still does not start, follow the steps below to initialize the BIOS:
1
Remove any diskette from the floppy disk drive.
2
Turn off the notebook.
3
Remove any peripheral devices connected to the notebook.
4
Turn on the notebook.
5
Press the F2 key when the Sony logo appears. The BIOS setup menu
screen appears.
6
Press the directional arrow keys to select the Exit menu.
Troubleshooting
7
Press the arrow keys to select “Get Default Values” and then press Enter.
The message “Load default configuration now?” appears.
8
Select Yes, then press Enter.
9
Use the directional arrow keys to select “Exit” (Save Changes), and then
press Enter. The message “Save configuration changes and exit now?”
appears.
10 Select Yes, then press Enter. The notebook restarts.
If your notebook continues to display the message “Operating system not found,”
and Windows does not start, contact Sony Customer Support.
My notebook stops responding or does not shut down.
It is best to shut down your notebook using the Shut Down command on the
Windows Start menu. Using other methods, including those listed here, may
result in loss of unsaved data.
❑
Try restarting the notebook. On the Windows taskbar, click the Start button,
click Shut Down, and then click Restart.
❑
(Windows Me) If you cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you
can restart the notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time)
twice.
(Windows 2000) IF you cannot restart as described in the preceding step,
you can restart the notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same
time) and clicking Shut Down on Windows® Security screen.
❑
If the previous step does not work, press and hold the power button for at
least four seconds. This turns off the power.
❑
(Windows Me) If your notebook stops responding while playing a CD or
DVD, stop the CD or DVD, and restart the notebook by pressing
Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time) twice.
(Windows 2000) If your notebook stops responding while playing a CD or
DVD, stop the CD or DVD, and restart the notebook by pressing
Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time) and clicking Shut Down on the
Windows® Security screen.
❑
Unplug the notebook from the AC adapter and remove the battery pack from
your notebook.
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✍ Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time) or turning off the notebook with the
power switch may result in data loss in files that are currently open.
My notebook does not enter the power saving mode I selected. (Windows Me
models only)
❑
Click Start, point to Program, point to Accessories, point to System Tools,
and then click System Information.
The Help and Support window appears.
❑
Click System Configuration Utility under the Tools menu.
❑
Click the Advanced button on the General tab, and confirm the following
information:
1
Enable Deep Sleep is selected with a checkmark.
2
The message “Standby function is enabled” is displayed. If the message
reads “Standby function is disabled,” click the Enable button.
3
The message “Hibernation feature is enabled” is displayed. If the
message reads “Hibernation feature is disabled,” click the Enable
button.
4
Click OK and restart your notebook.
✍ When using an external floppy disk drive, power saving mode may not work properly.
My system enters System Idle mode when System Suspend mode has been
selected.
❑
If you are connecting an optical drive with a PC card, disconnect it by
stopping the PC card. See “To remove a PC card” on page 61 for more
information.
❑
Make sure the PC Card is compatible with your notebook’s Windows®
operating system.
✍ (Windows 2000 only) When the notebook enters and returns from a power saving
mode after removing the optical drive, the message "Unsafe Removal of Device" may
appear and the device name is shown listed as "Secondary IDE Channel.” Click OK.
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The Power Management setting is not responding.
Your notebook’s operating system may become unstable if a lower power state,
such as system hibernation is initiated, and then changed before the notebook
completely enters the lower power state. To restore the notebook to its normal
operating stability:
❑
Close all open applications.
❑
Push and hold the power button for four seconds or longer to shut down the
notebook.
The sound of my notebook’s fan is too loud.
Use the PowerPanel utility to change the Thermal Control Strategy setting to
Quiet. This setting slows down the CPU speed. See PowerPanel Help for more
information.
The TV screen was blank when I returned from a power saving mode.
Select the TV display mode, and remove the DVD video disc if it is inserted in
the DVD-ROM drive.
Troubleshooting the LCD screen
My LCD screen is blank.
❑
Check that the notebook is plugged into a power source and that it is turned
on.
❑
Check that the power indicator on the notebook is on.
❑
Check that the battery pack(s) is inserted properly and charged.
❑
The notebook may be in LCD (Video) Standby mode. Press any key to
activate the screen.
❑
The display mode may be set to external display mode. Press and hold the Fn
key while pressing F7 several times.
My LCD screen does not restore.
Press F5 once to restore the screen.
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The image on my connected external display is not centered or sized properly.
Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the manual that
came with your display for more information.
I want to change the video resolution of my display.
You can use independent controls to change the video resolution of your display.
❑
Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then click the
Display icon.
The Display Properties dialog box appears.
❑
Click on the Settings tab.
❑
Move the Screen Area slider to change your video resolution.
I cannot switch the LCD display to TV display and vice versa.
❑
Remove the DVD disc if it is inserted in the DVD-ROM drive.
Troubleshooting the mouse and touchpad
My mouse does not work.
❑
If you are using an external mouse, check that the mouse is plugged into the
mouse connector. See “Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device
(Mouse or Keyboard)” on page 105 or “Connecting an external mouse or
keyboard” on page 89 for details.
❑
If you are using an optional Sony USB mouse PCGA-UMS1 series, check
that the mouse is plugged into the USB connector.
My touchpad does not work properly.
❑
❑
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You may have disabled the touchpad without connecting a mouse to the
notebook. To enable the touchpad:
1
Click Start, point to Programs, and click Sony Notebook Setup.
2
Select the Touchpad tab.
3
Click Use touchpad, and click OK.
If your touchpad is interpreting a single tap as a double-click, you must
adjust the button assignments. Follow these steps:
Troubleshooting
1
Click Start, point to Control Panel, and then click on the Mouse icon.
2
Change the button assignments in the Mouse Properties dialog box.
(One of the buttons is assigned to the double-click action.)
The pointer does not move while using the Touchpad or Mouse.
❑
Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar, and select Shut Down to
display the Shut Down Windows dialog box, then press Enter.
❑
(Windows Me) If you cannot turn off your notebook as described in the step
above, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time) twice to restart the
notebook.
(Windows 2000) If you cannot turn off your notebook as described in the
step above, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys (at the same time) and click Shut
Down on Windows® Security screen to restart the notebook.
❑
If you cannot restart your notebook as described in the step above, press and
hold the power button for more than four seconds to turn off the notebook.
❑
If the pointer does not move while playing a disc, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete
keys (at the same time) to stop playback and restart the notebook.
Troubleshooting drives, PC cards and peripheral devices
I inserted a compatible device into the multipurpose drive bay, but the icon
does not appear in the My Computer window.
❑
The device has not been recognized. Put the notebook into System Idle mode
by pressing the Fn and S keys and then resume.
❑
If the device is still not recognized or does not appear in the My Computer
window, remove and reinsert it.
My floppy disk drive can not write to a diskette.
❑
If the diskette is write-protected, disable the write-protect feature or use a
diskette that is not write-protected.
❑
Check that the diskette is properly inserted into the floppy disk drive.
My CD or DVD drive is not playing my CD or DVD properly.
❑
Make sure the optical drive is inserted correctly into the multipurpose bay.
❑
Make sure the label of the disc is facing up.
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❑
If the disc requires software, make sure the software is installed according to
the manufacturer’s instructions.
❑
A dirty or damaged disc may cause the notebook to stop responding while it
tries to read the disc. If necessary, restart the notebook, remove the disc, and
then check it for dirt or damage.
❑
If you see video but can not hear audio, check all of the following:
❑
Check that your DVD-ROM drive does not have the mute setting
enabled.
❑
Check the volume setting in the audio mixer.
❑
If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings, and then
check the connections between your external speakers and the notebook.
❑
Click Start > Control Panel > System > Device Manager. Check that the
correct drivers are installed properly.
❑
Do not use adhesive labels to identify the CD. The label may come off while
the disc is in use in the optical drive and cause the drive to malfunction.
❑
If a region code warning appears when you try to use your DVD-ROM drive,
it may be that the DVD you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVDROM drive. Check the region code listing on the DVD packaging.
❑
Moisture condensation may have occurred. Leave the notebook idle for at
least 1 hour with the notebook turned on.
My CD, or DVD drive tray does not open.
❑
Make sure the notebook is turned on.
❑
Press the Eject button on the DVD-ROM drive.
❑
If the Eject button does not work, you can open the tray by inserting a sharp,
pointed object into the hole to the right of the Eject button.
I cannot use digital video (DV) devices. The message “DV equipment seems to
be disconnected or turned off” appears.
❑
Check that the DV device is turned on and that the cables are properly
connected.
❑
If you are using multiple i.LINK* devices, the combination of the connected
devices may cause unstable operation. In this case, turn off your notebook
and all connected devices. Disconnect the devices that are not in use. Check
the connections for each device, then restart your notebook.
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Troubleshooting
The i.LINK*-compatible devices connected to the Mini Docking Station do
not work.
❑
Use the i.LINK* connector that is located on your notebook.
❑
If the message “There are no Digital Video devices connected to this
computer, or the power is off” appears, unplug the i.LINK* cable and try
plugging it in again.
My PC card is not working.
❑
Make sure the PC card is compatible with Microsoft® Windows®.
❑
Use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable devices you are not currently
using.
❑
If you are using two PC cards, use the Sony Notebook Setup utility to disable
the devices you are not currently using.
Troubleshooting software
My software program stops responding or crashes.
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. See
the “About Software” section of this manual.
When I click an application icon, the message “You must insert the application
CD into your CD-ROM (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) drive” appears and the software does
not start.
❑
Some titles require specific files that are located on the application CD.
Insert the disc and try starting the program again.
❑
Make sure you place the CD in the tray with the label side facing up.
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394
connection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connections may
not communicate with each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for information on operating conditions and proper connections. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their
operating system compatibility and required operating conditions.
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I hear background “noise” while using Windows Media Player to play my music
CDs.
Sony suggests using the preinstalled Media Bar software to play audio CDs.
I can not use the DVgate software.
If your notebook is using the Ultimate Battery Life profile for its power saving
mode, you cannot use DVgate or Smart Connect software. Please select another
profile.
My voice-related software does not work properly.
❑
❑
Disable echo function of the microphone by taking the following steps:
1
Click Start, point to Settings, and then point to Control Panel.
2
Click Yamaha DS-XG.
3
Click the Echo tab and remove the checkmark. Click OK.
Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support
Troubleshooting the modem
My modem does not work.
❑
Check that the phone line is plugged into the line jack. See “Connecting a
Phone Line” on page 82 for details.
❑
Check that the phone line is working. You can check the line by plugging in
an ordinary phone and listening for a dial tone.
❑
Check that the phone number the program is dialing is correct.
❑
Check that the software you are using is compatible with the notebook’s
modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.)
My modem connection is slow.
Your notebook is equipped with a 56K/V.90 compatible modem. Many factors
may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or
compatibility with telephone equipment (such as fax machines or other modems).
If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems,
fax machines, or your Internet Service Provider, check the following:
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❑
Have your phone company check that your phone line is free from any line
noise.
❑
If your problem is fax-related, check that there are no problems with the fax
machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax modems.
❑
If you are having a problem connecting with your Internet Service Provider,
check that the ISP is not experiencing technical problems.
❑
If you have a second phone line available, try connecting the modem to that
line.
Troubleshooting audio
My speakers have no sound.
❑
If the built-in speakers are turned off, press Fn+F3 to turn on the speakers.
You can also turn on the speakers using the Jog Dial control.
❑
If the speaker volume is turned to the minimum, press Fn+F4, and then press
or " to increase the volume or you can use the Jog Dial control to adjust
the volume.
❑
If nothing is displayed when you press Fn+F3 or Fn+F4.
!
1
Double click System in Control Panel.
2
Set the sound device to enable in Device Manager.
❑
If your notebook is powered by batteries, check that the battery packs are
inserted properly and that they are charged.
❑
If you are using an application that has its own volume control, check that
the volume is turned up.
❑
Check the volume controls in Windows®.
❑
If you connect external speakers, check that the speakers are properly
connected and the volume is turned up. 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 you have connected an audio cable to the Headphone connector,
disconnect the cable.
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My microphone does not work.
If you are using an external microphone, check that the microphone is plugged
into the Microphone connector. See “Connecting an External Microphone” on
page 104 for details.
Troubleshooting the printer
I cannot print.
❑
The default setting for the printer port mode is correct for most printers. If
you cannot print, try changing the printer port mode. In Sony Notebook
Setup, select the Printer tab. If the printer port mode is set to ECP, change it
to bi-directional. If the printer port mode is set to bi-directional, change it to
ECP. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in the
“Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” manual for details on using Sony
Notebook Setup.
❑
Your connected printer may not function after the computer resumes from a
power saving mode. If this occurs, follow these steps to reset the printer
connection:
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❑
Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop, and then select
Properties.
❑
Click the Device Manager tab.
❑
Select Refresh, and then click OK. The printer should function properly.
Supplemental Information
Supplemental Information
Switching Between NTSC and PAL Standards
Your computer is designed to allow you to switch between NTSC and PAL
standards. For details on switching from one standard to another, go to Ask Sony
at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
Selecting the Printer Port Mode for Your Printer
The default setting for the printer port mode is correct for most printers. If you
cannot print, try changing the printer port mode. In Sony Notebook Setup, select
the Printer tab. If the printer port mode is set to ECP, change it to bi-directional. If
the printer port mode is set to bi-directional, change it to ECP. See “Displaying
the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” in “Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook” for
details on using Sony Notebook Setup.
Using the Touchpad
In addition to using the left and right buttons for mouse clicks, you can tap on the
touchpad to indicate mouse clicks. By default, the tapping feature is disabled. If
you wish to turn on the tapping feature, click the Mouse icon in the Control
Panel, select the Tapping tab, and click the check box to enable tapping.
Using Optical Out to Record Onto a MiniDisc
To ensure proper operation, disable the IrDA feature before using Optical Out
(from a Mini Docking Station) to record onto a MiniDisc. To disable this feature,
from the Start menu, point to Settings and Control Panel. Select Infrared. Click
the Options tab, and uncheck the “Enable infrared communication” checkbox.
Hardware Temperature
The AC adapter or the bottom panel of your computer may become warm. This is
the result of CPU operation and does not indicate a malfunction of the computer.
The actual temperature varies depending on the peripherals and software you are
using and the length of time that the unit is in use. The AC adapter may also
become warm when the computer is off and the battery is charging.
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Getting Help
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
VAIO® Notebook User Guide
The User Guide (this manual) contains information on how to get the most from your
computer, find help, and solve common problems. It also contains product
specifications.
2
Customizing Your VAIO® Notebook
The electronic document contains additional information on customizing your computer.
You can access this guide from the Windows Start menu by selecting Programs and
then VAIO User Manual.
3
Manuals and online help files that may accompany your preinstalled
software
Most of the manuals for preinstalled software are located on your hard disk drive as
online help files. You can access the online help files from the Help menu in the specific
application. A printed manual is available for some applications.
4
VAIO Support Agent
VAIO Support Agent can be accessed from the Windows desktop. Using advanced
diagnostic technology, Sony’s VAIO Support Agent runs scheduled protections of your
applications, network settings, and other important software settings. When your
software is protected, you can use VAIO Support Agent to repair software problems by
restoring your software to any of the previously protected states.
5
Sony PC Support
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 PC Support at: http://
www.sony.com/pcsupport
6
Sony Fax-on-Demand
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 (1888-476-6972). (Requires a fax machine or your fax software.)
7
Calling Sony Customer Support
You can call and speak with a Sony Customer Support Representative without using
your computer by calling 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972). Software support is
available free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.
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Specifications
Specifications
Model
PCG-XG500/
PCG-XG500K
PCG-XG700/
PCG-XG700K
Processor
700 MHz** Intel® Pentium® III
with Intel® SpeedStep™
Technology†
750 MHz** Intel® Pentium® III
with Intel® SpeedStep™
Technology†
Hard Disk Drive
10 GB‡
20 GB‡
Standard RAM
128 MB PC100 SDRAM (One 128 MB module), expandable to
256 MB
LCD Screen
13.3" XGA TFT
L2 Cache Memory
256 KB (CPU Integrated)
MPEG
MPEG1 and MPEG2 Digital Video; supports full-screen playback
Graphics
128-bit accelerator with 8 MB Video SGRAM,
AGP, 3D acceleration
Sound Capabilities
16-bit CD-quality stereo sound
Diskette Drive
Removable 3.5" 1.44 MB
DVD-ROM Drive
Reads CD data up to 24X max. variable transfer rate. Reads DVD
data up to 8X max. variable transfer rate.
CD-RW Drive
Reads CD data up to 20X max. variable transfer rate. Writes CD-R
data up to 4X max. variable transfer rate. Writes CD-RW data up to
4X max. variable transfer rate.
(The CD-RW drive is optional on PCG-XG500K.)
14.1" XGA TFT
Laser Diode Properties DVD-ROM drive wave length 780 nm and 650 nm
laser output 30.2 µW. CD-RW drive wave length 785 nm laser
output 158 µW.
Modem
V.90/K56flex compatible data/fax modem‡‡
Infrared
Supports 4 Mbps, 1.1 Mbps, and 115 Kbps IrDA Standard
Hot-swappable
Multipurpose Bay
Supports: Floppy disk drive (included)
Second rechargeable battery (optional)
DVD-ROM drive (included)
CD-RW drive (supplied with PCG-XG700/XG700K only)
2nd hard disk drive (optional)
Expansion Capabilities Two type II PC cards and One type III PC card
CardBus support
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Model
PCG-XG500/
PCG-XG500K
PCG-XG700/
PCG-XG700K
Built-in Capabilities
Microphone, Stereo speakers, Touch pad
Telecommunication
Capabilities
Fax send/receive‡‡
Connection Capabilities USB port
S400 i.LINK®*
AC adapter
Headphone
Mini Docking Station
Infrared
Microphone
Type II (2) & III PC Cards
RJ-11 phone jack
Additional Connection
Capabilities with Mini
Docking Station
Optical digital audio output VGA monitor
S400 i.LINK*
Mouse (PS/2®style)/keyboard
Control A1 II
S Video (output)
Video (output)
Serial port
Line in
Line out
Two USB ports
Parallel (printer) port
Floppy disk drive
Type II (1) & III PC Cards
Supplied Accessories
Floppy disk drive
Rechargeable battery
AC adapter and power cord
Weight Saver
FDD cable
FDD stand for Mini Docking Station
DVD-ROM drive
CD-RW drive (for PCG-XG700/XG700K only)
Mini Docking Station
Power Requirements
73.2 watts maximum (19.5V DC/AC 100-240V)
Power Management
Energy Star compliant
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)
Battery
Lithium-ion, supports dual battery operation
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Specifications
Model
PCG-XG500/
PCG-XG500K
Dimensions
11.9"(w) x 1.8"(h) x 9.9"(d), 12.1" (w) x 1.8" (h) x 10.3" (d)
Weight
PCG-XG700/
PCG-XG700K
(303x45x
250.7mm)
(308x45x
261.2mm)
6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg) (with battery and
weight saver)
6.4 lbs. (2.9 kg) (with battery and
floppy disk drive)
6.2 lbs. (2.8 kg) (with battery and
weight saver)
6.5 lbs. (3.0 kg) (with battery and
floppy disk drive)
Operating Temperature 41º F to 95º F (+5º C to 35º C), temperature gradient less than 18º F
(10º C) per hour
Operating Humidity
20% to 80% (not condensed) provided that humidity is less than
65% at 95º F (35º C), hygrometer reading of less than 84º F (29º C)
Storage Temperature
-4º F to 140º F (-20º C to 60º C), temperature gradient less than 18º
F (10º C) per hour
Storage Humidity
10% to 90% (not condensed) provided that humidity is less
than 20% at 140º F (60º C), hygrometer reading of less than
95º F (35º C)
* i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection.
The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system and
i.LINK-compatible devices. All products with an i.LINK connection may not communicate with
each other.
Please refer to the documentation that came with your i.LINK-compatible device for informaiton
on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting i.LINK-compatible PC
peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or Hard Disk Drive, confirm their operating system
compatibility and required operating conditions.
** MHz denotes microprocessor internal clock speed; other factors may affect application
performance.
† The processor may be reduced to a lower operating speed when operating on battery power.
‡ The size of your hard disk may differ if you purchased a specially configured system. GB means one
billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity may vary.
††If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD you
are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your VAIO notebook. Region code
indicators such as a “1” or “ALL” are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can
play the discs. Unless a “1” or “ALL” is identified on your DVDs or on the packaging, you cannot
play the disc on this player.
‡‡ Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbps. Your 56K/V.90 compatible modem is capable of
downloading at 53 kbps. Your online service or Internet Service Provider, however, may not
support this technology or operate at this speed.
***Height measured at thickest point. The thinnest height is 1.5" (39 mm).
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Index
Start 35
Start (Windows)
A
AC adapter 27
AC power 27
adding
hardware 81
peripherals 81
adjusting
brightness 35, 43
Alt key 40
Application Recovery CD
Applications key 40
35
C
126
B
batteries 33
using 33
battery packs 29
charging 31, 65
indicator light status 32
indicator lights 42, 64
inserting 29
inserting into battery bay
loading 29
power status 31
rechargeable 27
removing 32, 64, 66
brightness
adjusting 35, 43
built-in speakers
See also speakers 43
buttons
Eject 53, 54
29
cables
power cord 27
canceling commands 40
Caps Lock
indicator light 42
CD-ROMs
cleaning 58
handling 58
charging battery packs 31, 65
choosing
power source 29
cleaning
CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs 58
Closing your computer
intercooler flap 38
coin-operated telephones 82
computer 144
handling 19
starting 34
troubleshooting 131, 139
connecting
coin-operated telephones 82
external speakers 103
hard drives 59
microphone 104
Mini Docking Station 85
monitor 100
multiple phone lines 82
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network 59
party phone lines 82
PBX 82
phone line 82
power source 27
connectors
DC In 27
i.LINK 25
infrared 62
monitor
printer 89
USB 24, 26
correction keys 40
Ctrl key 40
cursor-movement keys 40
customer assistance
support options 144
ejecting 54
inserting 53
DVD-ROM drive
closing tray 54
opening tray 53
using 53
DVD-ROM drive tray
troubleshooting 138
DVD-ROMs
cleaning 58
handling 58
E
Eject button 50, 53, 54
ejecting
battery packs 66
diskettes 50
DVD-ROM discs 54
electronic
documentation 144
Energy Star 3
ergonomic considerations 17
Escape key 40
external devices
display 102
See also monitor
speakers 43, 103
D
DC In 27
digital still camera 62
diskettes
ejecting 50
handling 51
inserting into drive 50
troubleshooting 137
display
options 102
See also monitor
selecting 102
display filter
handling 20
disposal of lithium ion battery 8
Dolby Digital Decoder 97
Dolby Digital™ Decoder 97
Driver Recovery CD 129
drives
installing additional hard disk
DVD-ROM discs
150
F
faxes
laws governing 7
floppy disk drive
troubleshooting 137
Fn key 40
combination commands 43
function keys 40
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Index
H
handling 19
CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs
diskettes 51
handling the LCD screen 19
hard drives
indicator light 42
installing additional 59
hardware
online support 144
Help
Mouseware 47
help 144
58
I
i.LINK 25
indicator lights 42
battery 42, 64
Caps Lock 42
hard drive 42
Num Lock 42
Scroll Lock 42
infrared communication devices 62
other computers 62
infrared port 62
infrared transmission
active distance 63
troubleshooting 63
input devices 6
Insert key 40
inserting
battery pack 29
diskettes into drive 50
DVD-ROM discs 53
installation 18
installing
hard drives 59
hardware 81
peripherals
Intercooler flap
closing 38
interference 6
81
J
Jog Dial control
using 75
74
K
keyboard
40
L
LCD
lock lever 34
selecting to display output 102
troubleshooting 135, 136
LCD screen
handling 19
lever
LCD 34
weight saver release 66
lithium ion battery
disposal 8
loading
battery pack 29
M
MD 94
Memory
adding 107
microphone
connecting 104
troubleshooting 142
Mini Docking Station 83,
85, 86,
87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 95, 96, 97
attaching 85
Back 84
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Connecting Audio and Video 97
Left/Right 84
peripheral device
audio/video (AV) 94
CD player 94
MD player 94
floppy disk drive (FDD) 90,
91
printer 89, 90
TV/VCR 98
removing 87
Undocking 87
Mini docking station
connecting
printer 89
Front 83
modem
laws governing 7
troubleshooting 140
monitor 24
connecting 100
selecting 102
switching among 43
mouse
troubleshooting 136
Mouse Properties screen 47
Mouseware
accessing help 47
features 47
MovieShaker instructions 118
multiple phone lines 82
N
navigation keys 40
network
connecting 59
Num Lock
indicator light 42
numeric keypad area 40
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O
online
help 144
opening
DVD-ROM drive tray 53
operator keys 40
output devices 6
P
party phone lines 82
PBX 82
PC card
inserting 59
release button 59
removing 61
slot protector 60
slots 59
troubleshooting 139
Type III 59
Peripheral device
printer 89
peripheral devices
connecting 81
phone
connecting line 82
jack 82
laws governing 7
Ports
CONTROL A1 84
DC IN 84
i.Link 84
LINE IN 84
LINE OUT 84
Monitor 84
Mouse/Keyboard 84
OPTICAL OUT 84
Parallel (printer) 84
S VIDEO 84
Index
Serial 84
SERIAL/CONTROL A1 switch
84
USB 84
VIDEO 84
power 42
cord 27
switch 34
power saving modes 78
System Hibernation 43,
System Idle 78
System Suspend 78
Video Standby 43
power source 28
power sources 29
connecting 27
Print Screen key 40
printer
connector 89
printer connector 89
79
R
radio interference 6
rechargeable battery packs 27,
recharging battery packs 31
Recovery CD 126
regulatory information 6
removing
battery packs 32
diskettes 50
Mini Docking Station 87
replacing
battery packs 64
restoring data 126
S
Scroll Lock
indicator light
29
second battery pack 29, 64
selecting
display 102
LCD 102
monitor 102
power source 29
setting up your PC
support 144
Shift key 40
Shut Down Windows dialog box 35
Shutting Down 35
Sony Fax-on-Demand service 144
Sony Service Center 125
speakers
external 103
switching 43
troubleshooting 141
volume 43
Specifications 145
Start button 35
starting
computer 34
startup problems 36
switching
display 43
monitor 43
System Hibernation mode 43, 79
System Suspend mode 43, 78
T
technical support
support options 144
touchpad 46
troubleshooting 131
startup 36, 131
turning on
computer 34
42
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TV
interference 6
TV or a video deck
98
U
USB
connector
24, 26
V
VAIO Action Setup 74, 118
Video Standby mode 43
W
weight saver
attaching 64
Windows
Control Panel 63
Explorer 41
Find window 41
help 41
key 40
key combinations 41
Start button 35
taskbar 35, 133
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