VAIO MicroTower System Reference

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Chapter 3

Removing, Installing, and

Replacing Components

This chapter describes removing, installing, and replacing major components for upgrading, reconfiguring, and troubleshooting the components.

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

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Removing the Left Side Panel

You must remove the left side panel to access the system board, add-in cards, power supply, battery, and internal drives.

1

From the rear of the unit, remove the two thumb screws that secure the panel to the chassis.

2

Slide the left side panel back with your right hand as you hold the chassis in position with your left hand. The panel slides back about ½ inch.

3

Pull the panel straight out to remove it.

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Removing the Bottom Panel

You must remove the bottom panel to access internal components.

1

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

2

Remove the screw that secures the bottom panel to the chassis.

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3

Pull up on the bottom panel until it stops. The panel moves up about

½ inch.

4

Pull the panel straight out to remove it.

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Removing the Front Panel

You must remove the front panel to install system memory, which requires pulling the diskette drive out about two inches.

Follow steps 1 to 3 in the sequence shown to prevent damage to the front tray cover.

1

Insert a straightened paper clip into the emergency eject hole to open the tray.

2

Pull the tray out to its normal opened position.

3

Lift up on the front tray cover to remove it.

4

Push the tray back in.

5

Remove the bottom panel (see “Removing the Bottom Panel” on page 25) to access the two plastic tabs on the bottom of the front

panel.

6

Push down and out on the two plastic tabs from inside the bottom of the chassis to release the bottom end of the front panel.

Front tray cover

Front panel

Tab

Push tabs out from inside chassis

7

Pull out the top end of the front panel to remove it.

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Replacing the Front Panel

1

Insert the two plastic tabs (located on the bottom of the front panel) into the slots at the bottom of the chassis.

2

Push the bottom of the front panel in until the tabs snap into place.

3

Push the top of the front panel until it is flush with the chassis.

4

Insert a straightened paper clip into the emergency eject hole to open the tray.

5

Pull the tray out to its normal opened position.

6

Carefully slide the tray cover down onto the CD-/DVD-ROM tray, then slide the tray in.

Insert tab here

Tab

Front tray cover

Front panel

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Replacing the Bottom Panel

1

Lay the chassis down with the open side facing up and the bottom end facing you. The arrows show the location of the slots.

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2

Position the bottom panel up against the bottom of the chassis, with the top of the panel about ½ inch higher than the chassis.

Screw goes here

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3

Slide the bottom panel down until the panel’s tabs slide into the chassis’s slots. Push down firmly until the screw hole in the chassis aligns with the screw hole in the panel.

4

Replace the screw (removed earlier) to secure the bottom of the panel to the chassis.

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Replacing the Left Side Panel

1

Position the left side panel against the side of the unit, with the left side panel offset from the rear of the unit by about ¼ to ½ inch.

2

Hold the unit in position with your left hand as you slide the left side panel forward with your right hand until the panel snaps into place.

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3

Insert the two thumbscrews (removed earlier) to secure the panel.

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Installing an Add-In Card

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

Remove the slot cover adjacent to the selected slot connector on the

system board (see “Removing a Slot Cover” on page 42).

2

Insert the add-in card into the PCI slot connector. Use a gentle rocking motion, pressing down until the card is fully seated.

Align the card's bracket so that the bottom of the bracket fits into the slot at the bottom of the chassis. Assure that the top of the bracket fits snugly against the chassis lip after the card is fully inserted.

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3

Attach any necessary cables to the card (see the instructions that came with the add-in card).

4

Replace the bottom panel (see “Replacing the Bottom Panel” on page 28).

5

Replace the left side panel (see “Replacing the Left Side Panel” on page 29).

6

Turn on the computer and follow any instructions that came with the add-in card.

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Removing an Add-in Card

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

2

Remove the bottom panel (see “Removing the Bottom Panel” on page 25).

3

Disconnect any cables attached to the add-in card.

4

Remove the screw that secures the add-in card to the chassis.

5

Remove the add-in card from the PCI slot connector and store the card in an anti-static wrapper for future use.

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Grasp the card with one hand on each end, and gently pull up as you rock the card from side to side.

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Hold the add-in card by its edges and do not touch any components or connector contacts on the card. Static electricity in your body may damage sensitive components on the card. As a precaution, touch any exposed metal part on the metal chassis (preferably the metal part on the power supply) before handling an add-in card to discharge any static electricity in your body.

6

If you do not replace the card or install another add-in card, install a

slot cover over the vacant slot at the rear of the chassis (see “Covering an Open I/O Slot” on page 43).

7

Replace the bottom panel (see “Replacing the Bottom Panel” on page 28).

8

Replace the left side panel (see “Replacing the Left Side Panel” on page 29).

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Replacing the Lithium Battery

You may need to replace the lithium battery if your computer consistently loses the date or time settings after turning it off. The lithium battery has a typical life of three years, after which the battery may be too weak to power the CMOS memory.

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When you remove the lithium battery, all values stored in the CMOS memory

(BIOS setup values and Plug and Play values) may be lost. Although the computer can hold the charge for a short time while replacing the battery, it is safer to assume that the settings will be lost. When the values are lost, the

BIOS values revert to their factory-default settings (see “Accessing the BIOS

Setup Utility” on page 18).

Do not handle damaged or leaking batteries.

The lithium battery may explode if mistreated. Do not disassemble it or dispose of it in fire.

1

Reboot your computer by selecting Shut Down... from the Start menu, and then selecting Restart the computer.

2

If the error message “Error: Check date and time settings”appears during the reboot sequence, press F3, then press F2 during the reboot process to access the BIOS Setup Utility. Otherwise it is not necessary to replace the battery at this time, and you can skip all remaining steps.

3

Compare all the BIOS options to their default settings (see “BIOS

Setup Options” on page 77). Make a list of all the BIOS options that

are different from their default values. You will refer to this list when you restore the BIOS settings later.

4

Press ESC, then select Exit from the main menu using the right arrow key. The Exit Discarding Changes is automatically selected (it is the first item in the list).

5

Press Enter, type N when prompted to save, then press Enter to exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

6

Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.

7

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

8

Remove the bottom panel (see “Removing the Bottom Panel” on page 25).

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If necessary, remove any add-in cards (see “Removing an Add-in

Card” on page 31) to gain access to the battery. You may also need to

disconnect some cables.

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Touch any exposed metal part of chassis to discharge static electricity in your body before handling an add-in card or other sensitive electronic component.

10

Insert a small flathead screwdriver into the small space at the top of the battery holder.

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11

Gently pry the battery out and dispose of it according to the instructions that came with the new battery.

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Insert the new battery into the battery holder, with the plus (+) side up.

The Sony CR2032 battery is recommended. Using a type of battery other than a

CR2032 may present a risk of fire or explosion.

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Replace any add-in cards that were removed.

14

Reconnect any cables that were disconnected.

15

Replace the bottom panel (see “Replacing the Bottom Panel” on page 28).

16

Replace the left side panel (see “Replacing the Left Side Panel” on page 29).

17

Reconnect the power cord and turn on the computer.

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If the error message “Error: Check date and time settings.” appears during the reboot sequence, press F3, then press F2 to access the BIOS

Setup Utility. If no error message displays, the computer’s BIOS settings were retained during the battery replacement and you can skip the remaining steps.

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Refer to the list you made in step 3 and restore any non-default BIOS

settings (see “BIOS Setup Options” on page 77).

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Press ESC, then select Exit from the main menu using the right arrow key.

21

Select Exit Saving Changes using the down arrow key, then press

Enter to save the changes and exit the BIOS Setup Utility.

The computer’s BIOS settings are now restored.

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Installing System Memory

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

If necessary, remove the memory module you wish to replace (see

“Removing a Memory Module” on page 39).

2

Remove the new memory module(s) from its anti-static package.

Hold the memory module only by its edges to prevent staticelectricity damage.

3

Choose the size of the memory module and configuration as shown in the following table. Memory modules can vary in size and speed between sockets. The minimum memory size is 8 MB; the maximum memory size is 256 MB. The BIOS automatically detects the type, size and speed of the memory modules.

Memory module configurations (MB)

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DIMM1

0, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128

DIMM2

0, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128

* The PCV-E302DS is shipped with 64 MB. The PCV-E308DS is shipped with 128 MB. SDRAM is expandable to 256 MB for both models.

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Touch any exposed metal part of the chassis to discharge static electricity in your body before handling a memory module.

Use only 100 MHz FSB-supported memory. Do not mix 66 MHz memory with 100 MHz memory. Supports SDRAM memory. Does not support EDO memory or buffered DIMM memory.

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Align the module over the appropriate socket, noting the location of pin 1 on the module and pin 1 on the socket.

Pin 1 side

Press down here

Handles

DIMM2

DIMM1

Memory module (DIMM)

1

Indicates pin 1

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Carefully but firmly insert the edge of the module into the socket.

6

Press down firmly and evenly at both corners until the module is fully seated.

When the module is fully seated, the handles on each side are straight up and locked into the slot on each side of the module. If the handles are not totally straight upright, continue to press down on each side of the module until the handles lock into place.

7

Replace any add-in cards and other components that were removed.

8

Replace the bottom panel (see “Replacing the Bottom Panel” on page 28).

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9

Replace the front panel (see “Replacing the Front Panel” on page 27).

10

Replace the left side panel (see “Replacing the Left Side Panel” on page 29).

Your computer automatically recognizes the extra memory and will configure itself accordingly when you turn it on. No further action is required.

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Removing a Memory Module

You may need to remove a memory module if you change the memory configuration or replace a bad module.

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

2

Remove the bottom panel (see “Removing the Bottom Panel” on page 25).

3

Remove the front panel (see “Removing the Front Panel” on page 26).

4

Slide the diskette drive out approximately two inches (see

“Detaching the Diskette Drive” on page 41).

5

Remove any add-in cards (see “Removing an Add-in Card” on page 31) and other components as needed to access the memory

modules.

6

Locate the memory module you wish to remove.

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Push out the handle on each side of the memory module to eject the module from its socket.

Push out

Handles

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Lift the memory module out by grasping it by its edges. Store the module in a static-free bag.

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Touch any exposed metal part of the chassis to discharge static electricity in your body before handling the memory module.

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Detaching the Diskette Drive

You need to detach the diskette drive and pull it out approximately two inches to access the system memory.

1

Remove the two screws that secure the diskette drive carrier to the chassis.

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2

Slide the diskette drive carrier out approximately two inches (enough to provide access to the memory modules).

Be careful not to hook the plastic LED and power-switch cover when sliding the diskette drive in or out. The metal tab on the diskette drive may come close to the plastic cover. If the plastic cover is accidentally removed, reattach it by inserting the plastic tabs into the slots in the chassis.

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3

Unplug the flat ribbon cable and power connector (P4), as needed.

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Removing a Slot Cover

You remove a slot cover when you install an add-in card that occupies a previously-empty slot.

1

Locate the slot of the cover you want to remove.

2

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

3

Lay the system on its side with the open side facing up.

4

Carefully remove the screw from the slot cover.

5

Carefully remove the loose slot cover and retain it for future use.

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Covering an Open I/O Slot

Slot covers prevent air from escaping through the empty hole. If air escapes, the components inside the computer cannot be properly cooled.

This may damage some components, especially the main processor

(which generates the most heat).

1

Fit the tip of the slot cover (removed earlier) between the chassis and system board.

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2

Push the slot cover down until it rests firmly on the lip in the chassis.

All add-in card brackets and slot covers rest on this lip.

3

Replace the screw (removed earlier) to secure the I/O slot cover.

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Installing an Internal Hard Disk Drive

Your system comes with an available bay to hold an additional hard disk drive. The drive you install must not require front panel access. The hard disk drive access light blinks when either internal drive is active.

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Before opening the system unit, save any open files, exit Windows, turn off the power of the computer and all attached peripherals, and then unplug the power cord.

1

Configure the jumpers on the new drive as a secondary master (see your drive’s documentation for configuration instructions).

Power connector

Jumpers

Drive connector

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2

Remove the left side panel (see “Removing the Left Side Panel” on page 24).

3

Remove the front panel (see “Removing the Front Panel” on page 26).

4

Remove the bottom panel (see “Removing the Bottom Panel” on page 25).

5

Lay the system on its right side (left side faces up — see diagram that follows).

6

Remove the two screws (A) that secure the drive holder.

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7

Slide the drive holder forward (B), and then out (C).

Disk drive holder

C B

A

A

8

Place the drive holder upside down on top of the power supply.

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Drive holder

First hard disk drive

Second drive connector

Second power connector

First power connector

First drive connector

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Slide the new drive into the drive holder and align the holes on each side of the drive holder.

Align holes

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Secure the drive to the drive holder using any two of the three holes on each side of the drive holder (screws are provided with the new drive). Do not overtighten the screws.

11

Connect the second drive connector to the new drive.

12

Connect the second power connector to the new drive.

Second power connector

Second drive connector

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Place the drive holder against the inside of the front chassis and slide the drive holder back. Be sure to align the slots (A) on the drive holder with the tabs (B) on the inside of the chassis. Be sure to slide

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the drive holder back so that the tabs slip into the notches at the bottom of the slot (C).

Slot on drive holder

Tab on chassis

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Replace the two screws that secure the drive holder to the chassis.

15

Replace the bottom panel (see “Replacing the Bottom Panel” on page 28).

16

Replace the front panel (see “Replacing the Front Panel” on page 27).

17

Replace the left side panel (see “Replacing the Left Side Panel” on page 29).

18

Reconnect the power cord and then turn on your computer.

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Your computer automatically recognizes the new drive and configures itself accordingly when you turn it on. Format and partition the new drive following the instructions provided with the drive.

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