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1 Welcome ....................................................... 7 Using Your VAIO Notebook ........................ 9 Using the Keyboard ................................................... 10 Functions of the keyboard keys ......................................... 11 Combinations and functions with the Windows key ......... 12 Indicators ........................................................................... 13 Indicator lights ................................................................... 14 Combinations and functions with the Fn key .................... 15 Using the Touchpad ....

Connecting Peripheral Devices - Page 2

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 2 Using the Weight Saver ............................................ 37 To attach the weight saver ................................................ 37 To remove the weight saver .............................................. 38 Using Power Saving Modes ...................................... 39 Normal mode ..................................................................... 39 Standby mode .................................................................... 39 Hibernate mode ...........................................................

Customizing Your VAIO Notebook - Page 3

3 Connecting a TV Display .......................................... 56 To connect a TV ................................................................ 56 Changing the display resolution for TV Out ..................... 56 Notes on TV display .......................................................... 57 Connecting a USB Device ......................................... 58 To connect a USB device ................................................... 58 Connecting an i.LINK Device ................................... 59 To connect a digital video camera recorder ....................... 60 Notes ..

Adding Memory to Your VAIO - Page 4

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 4 Displaying Battery Information ................................ 75 To activate the Battery Information toolbar ...................... 75 Battery icon descriptions ................................................... 75 To display detailed battery information ............................ 76 To customize the Battery Information toolbar and alarm sys- tem ..................................................................................... 77 Selecting the Display Mode ...................................... 78 To select the display mo..

Troubleshooting - Page 5

5 Troubleshooting ...................................... 105 Troubleshooting Your Notebook ............................ 106 My notebook does not start .............................................. 106 My notebook starts, but a BIOS error is displayed .......... 106 My notebook starts, but the message “Operating system not found” appears and Windows does not start .................... 107 My notebook stops responding or does not shut down .... 108 The Power Management setting is not responding .......... 108 The sound of my notebook’s fan is too loud . .................. 109 Why does ..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 6 115 My PC Card is not working . ........................................... 115 Troubleshooting Software ....................................... 116 My software program stops responding or crashes ......... 116 When I click an application icon, the message “You must in- sert the application CD into your optical drive” appears and the software does not start ............................................... 116 I cannot use the DVgate software . .................................. 116 My computer’s start-up time seems longer aft..

Welcome - Page 7

7 Welcome Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the VAIO Notebook User Guide. This User Guide provides detailed information on all aspects of using your new VAIO computer, from keyboard functions to preinstalled software applications. In the left navigation window, click the topics you want to learn more about, and that information will be displayed in this main window.

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Using Your VAIO Notebook - Page 9

9 Using Your VAIO Notebook This section describes the following aspects of your new computer: ❑ Using the Keyboard ❑ Using the Touchpad ❑ Using the Floppy Disk Drive ❑ Using the Optical Disc Drive ❑ Using PC Cards ❑ Using a Second Battery Pack ❑ Using the Weight Saver ❑ Using Power Saving Modes ❑ Connecting a Phone Line ❑ Connecting to a LAN

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Using the Keyboard - Page 10

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 10 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 Shift Ctrl key Fn key Windows® key Alt key Applications key Numeric keypad area Navigation keys Correction keys key

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Functions of the keyboard keys - Page 11

Using the Keyboard 11 Functions of the keyboard keys 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 that you must press the Num Lock key to activate the numeric keypad. (When you do so, the Num Lock light will be on.) Navigation keys Several keys are devoted to moving the cursor on the screen. Correction keys The Insert, Back Space, and Delete keys enable you to make corrections in your documents. Function keys The twelve function k..

Combinations and functions with the Windows key - Page 12

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 12 Combinations and functions with the Windows key Windows key 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” for more information. Fn key The Fn key is used in combination with other keys to issue commands. See “Combinations and functions with the Fn key” for more information. Applications key The Applications key displays a shortcut menu of context- sensitive choices. Pressing this key i..

Using the Keyboard - Page 13

Using the Keyboard 13 Indicators Shift + + M Returns all minimized windows to their previous size. + R Displays the Run window. This is the equivalent of selecting Run from the Start menu. Fn + + Insert Displays the System Properties window. This is the equivalent of selecting Control Panel and then System from the Start menu. Indicator Function Power Light is green when the power to the notebook is turned on, flashes amber in Standby mode, and turns off when the notebook is in Hibernate mode or powered off. Battery 1 Indicates the status of the battery inserted in the battery bay on the le..

Indicator lights - Page 14

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 14 Indicator lights Light On Off Num Lock The number keys in the numeric keypad are active. The alphanumeric character keys in the keypad area are active. Caps Lock The letters appear in uppercase as you type. The Shift key lowers the case of typed letters when Caps Lock is on. Letters appear in lower case as you type (unless you hold down the Shift key). Scroll Lock The screen scrolls differently. (Exactly how it scrolls depends on the specific application. It has no effect in many applications.) Information moves across the displa..

Combinations and functions with the Fn key - Page 15

Using the Keyboard 15 Combinations and functions with the Fn key ✍ If you switch user identities during a computing session, the Fn+F7 and Fn+F8 key functionality (if available on your computer) will be interrupted. To switch to an external display or monitor, see “Selecting the Display Mode” for more information. Combinations/ Feature Function Fn+ (ESC) Standby Puts the system into Standby mode, a power management state. To return the system to the active state, press any key. Fn+ (F3) Mute On/Off Toggles the built-in speaker off and on. Fn+ (F4) Speaker volume Adjusts the built-in s..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 16 Fn+ only/ (F8) Control TV Out Toggles between LCD-only and dual LCD/TV display modes. Connect the cable before you turn on the notebook, otherwise Fn + F8 will not work. Fn+ (F12) Hibernate 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 its original state, use the power button to turn on power. Fn+ F Display control. Minimizes and maximizes the LCD..

Using the Touchpad - Page 17

Using the Touchpad 17 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. Touchpad Action Description Point Slide one finger on the touchpad to place the pointer on an item or object. Click Press the left button once. Double-click Press the left button twice. Right button Left button Touchpad Pointer

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 18 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, go to Start, select Control Panel, and click the Mouse icon. Right-click Press the right button once. In many applications, this action displays a shortcut menu of context-sensitive choices. Drag Slide one finger while pressing the left button. Scroll Move your finger along the right edge of the touchpad to scroll vertically. Move your finger al..

Using the Floppy Disk Drive - Page 19

Using the Floppy Disk Drive 19 Using the Floppy Disk Drive Your notebook is supplied with the floppy disk drive in the multipurpose bay. To insert a floppy disk 1 Hold the floppy disk with the label side facing up. 2 Gently push the floppy disk into the drive until it clicks into place. Inserting a floppy disk Floppy disk drive Floppy disk

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To remove a floppy disk - Page 20

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 20 To remove a floppy disk 1 After you finish using the floppy disk, wait until the LED indicator turns off. 2 Press the Eject button to remove the floppy disk. To remove the floppy disk drive 1 Turn off the notebook. 2 Locate the release lever on the bottom of the notebook. Removing a floppy disk ✍ Do not push the eject button when the LED indicator is turned on. Otherwise, data may be lost. Eject button LED indicator

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To reinsert the floppy disk drive - Page 21

Using the Floppy Disk Drive 21 3 Slide the lever in the direction of the arrow. 4 Slide the floppy disk drive out of the multipurpose bay. 5 Insert the weight saver. See “Using the Weight Saver” for more information. To reinsert the floppy disk drive 1 Turn off the notebook. 2 If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. See “To remove the second battery pack” for more information. 3 Insert the floppy disk drive into the multipurpose bay with the VAIO label facing up. Multipurpose bay release lever Multipurpose bay release lever

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Inserting the floppy disk drive - Page 22

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 22 4 Continue pushing the drive into the bay until the release lever locks into place. Inserting the floppy disk drive Multipurpose bay Floppy disk drive

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Using the Optical Disc Drive - Page 23

Using the Optical Disc Drive 23 Using the Optical Disc Drive Your notebook comes with an optical disc drive, either a CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive or DVD-ROM drive, depending on the model you purchased. To insert a disc When the notebook is in Standby or Hibernate mode, you cannot insert a disc. See “Controlling Power Management” for more information on Standby and Hibernate modes. 1 Turn on the notebook. 2 Press the Eject button to open the optical drive. The tray slides out. 3 Place an optical disc on the tray with the label side facing up. For DVDs that can be played on both sides, the side..

Inserting an optical disc - Page 24

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 24 4 Push the disc onto the hub until the disc clicks securely into place. 5 Close the tray by pushing it gently. To remove a disc When the notebook is in power saving modes, you cannot remove a disc. See “Controlling Power Management” for more information about power saving modes. 1 After you finish using a disc, wait until the LED indicator turns off. 2 Press the Eject button to remove the disc. Be sure to seat the disc firmly over the hub fingers. If you do not seat the disc firmly, you could damage the optical drive and you ..

Using the Optical Disc Drive - Page 25

Using the Optical Disc Drive 25 3 If the disc does not come out when you press the Eject button, turn off the notebook and insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) into the manual eject hole. To play a DVD To play a DVD, you may use the optical disc drive and the preinstalled WinDVD® software. For more information on WinDVD, see the Help menu in the WinDVD application. Your optical disc drive can read most DVD-R media. When you are ready to play a DVD, read the suggestions below to maximize your video viewing experience. ❑ When playing a DVD on battery power, set the power m..

To play an audio CD - Page 26

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 26 to the proper dimensions. Also see “Selecting the Display Mode” for more information. ❑ If the notebook is set to the default display setting, part of the video screen will not appear. To view the entire screen, adjust the display resolution to 640 x 480. See “Connecting a TV Display” for more information. ❑ The screen resolution must be set to 640 x 480 dots in order to play a DVD while using the TV Out jack. See “Connecting a TV Display” for more information. To play an audio CD To play an audio CD, make sure th..

When using your notebook to play DVDs on your TV - Page 27

Using the Optical Disc Drive 27 ❑ When playing DVD movies on battery power, set the power management profile to DVD. With other profiles, the movies are choppy. As an alternative, you can set the power management profile to Automatic Profile Selection, which will cause the DVD profile to be selected automatically whenever you insert a DVD. See “Controlling Power Management” for information on how to set the power management profile. Notes on CD and DVD media ❑ Do not switch the power saving modes while you are playing the DVD disc. ❑ Disable the screen saver and the virus checker ..

To write data to a CD-RW or CD-R disc - Page 28

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 28 To write data to a CD-RW or CD-R disc * You can use Sony SonicStage and Microsoft® Windows® XP to write data to a CD-R or CD-RW disc. To create a CD-R disc that is readable in a CD-ROM drive, make sure you finish the writing process before ejecting it. For more information, see the instructions included with Windows® XP. ❑ 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 8x speed. ❑ Do not put your not..

PC Card release button - Page 29

Using PC Cards 29 Using PC Cards Your notebook includes two PC Card slots. PC Cards enable you to connect portable external devices such as another hard disk drive, or to connect to a network. The PC Card slots can accommodate two Type I/II PC Cards, or one Type III PC Card. These slots are compatible with CardBus. 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 1 Push the Release button. The Release button pops out. PC Card release button Release button Release button

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PC Card slot protector - Page 30

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 30 2 Press the Release button a second time. The PC Card slot protector pops out. 3 Insert the PC Card into the PC Card slot. 4 Verify that the front label of the PC Card is facing up. ✍ When you use a Type III PC Card, you need to remove both the top and bottom PC Card slot protectors. PC Card slot protector

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To remove a PC Card - Page 31

Using PC Cards 31 5 Push the PC Card slot gently into the port. Your system automatically detects the PC Card. The Unplug or Eject Hardware icon appears in the taskbar. To remove a PC Card If your notebook is turned off, you do not have to follow these instructions. 1 Double-click in the taskbar. The “Safely remove ... PC Card” dialog box appears. 2 Click the dialog box. The message, “Safe to Remove Hardware” appears. 3 Click to close the message. 4 Push the Release button. The Release button pops out. 5 Push the Release button a second time. The PC Card pops out. 6 Gently grasp the..

Notes on PC Cards - Page 32

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 32 Notes on PC Cards ❑ For some PC Cards, if you alternate between normal power operation and the Standby or Hibernate power management modes while the card is inserted, you may find that a device connected to your system is not recognized. Reboot your system to correct the problem. ❑ Some PC Cards may require that you disable idle devices when using the PC Card. You can use Sony Notebook Setup to disable devices. See “Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen” for more information. ❑ Be sure to use the most recent softwar..

Second battery in multipurpose bay - Page 33

Using a Second Battery Pack 33 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 notebook with battery power. When using two battery packs, the battery pack you insert first charges first. The second battery pack you insert charges when the first battery pack is 85 percent full. You can monitor which battery pack is charging by observing the battery indicators. To insert a second battery pack 1 If another device is in the multipurpose bay, remove the device. 2 Insert the battery pack into the mu..

Using weight saver for second battery cover - Page 34

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 34 5 Slide the lever toward the front of the notebook to lock the weight saver. See also “Using the Weight Saver” for more information. To charge the second battery pack Keep the battery pack in the notebook while it is connected to AC power. The battery automatically charges as long as the notebook is connected to AC power and turned on. The battery indicator flashes while the battery is charging. To charge the battery pack 1 Connect the AC adapter to the notebook. 2 Insert the battery pack. The notebook automatically charges t..

To remove the second battery pack - Page 35

Using a Second Battery Pack 35 3 When the battery is 85 percent full, the battery indicator turns off. To remove the second battery pack If you attach two battery packs, you can remove either of them without shutting down the notebook. 1 When removing one battery pack, verify that the other battery pack’s indicator is on. 2 If the indicator of the battery pack you are removing is on, right-click the battery icon on the task tray and click the “Switch discharge battery” option. 3 Locate the release lever on the bottom of the weight saver. ✍ To charge the battery completely, continue ..

Arrow 1: Weight saver release lever - Page 36

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 36 4 Slide the lever in the direction of arrow 1, then slide the release lever on the bottom of the notebook in the direction of arrow 2. 5 Remove the weight saver, and then pull out the battery pack. 6 Reinsert the weight saver. See “Using the Weight Saver” for more information. Multipurpose bay release levers Arrow 1: Weight saver release lever Arrow 2: Release lever

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To attach the weight saver - Page 37

Using the Weight Saver 37 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 “To remove the second battery pack” for more information. 2 Fold out the hinged arm of the weight saver and then push on the hinged arm to lock it into place. Slide the weight saver in the direction of the arrow until it clicks. 3 Manually lock the weight saver’s release lever. Attaching the weight saver Weight saver (supplied)

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Arrow 1: Weight saver release lever - Page 38

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 38 To remove the weight saver 1 Locate the release lever on the bottom of the weight saver. 2 Slide this lever in the direction of arrow 1, then slide the release lever on the bottom of the notebook in the direction of arrow 2. 3 After removing the weight saver, pull out the weight saver’s hinged arm and fold it into the weight saver. Multipurpose bay release levers Arrow 1: Weight saver release lever Arrow 2: Release lever

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Using Power Saving Modes - Page 39

Using Power Saving Modes 39 Using Power Saving Modes When you use a battery as the source of power for your notebook, 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 notebook has two distinct power saving modes: Standby and Hibernate. When using battery power, be aware that the notebook automatically enters Hibernate mode when the remaining battery charge drops below 5 percent, regardless of the power management setting you select. Normal mode Normal mode is the normal..

Notes on power saving modes - Page 40

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 40 To activate Hibernate mode 1 To activate Hibernate mode, press the key combination Fn+F12, or press the power button and release it immediately. The “Save to Disk Manager” screen appears and the notebook enters Hibernate mode. 2 Press on the power button to return to normal mode. Notes on power saving modes ❑ When returning from Hibernate mode, the system status stored on the hard disk is erased and the notebook starts normally if you press the power button and hold it for more than four seconds. ❑ Standby uses more power..

Connecting a Phone Line - Page 41

Connecting a Phone Line 41 Connecting a Phone Line You need to connect a phone cable (supplied with selected models) to take advantage of online services and the Internet. 1 Plug one end of the phone cable into the modem jack on the notebook. 2 Plug the other end into the wall jack. ✍ In order to register your Sony VAIO® Notebook, register your software online, and use Sony Customer Support, you must connect to a phone line. Connecting phone cable ✍ Your notebook does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple phone lines..

To set up your ethernet connection - Page 42

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 42 Connecting to a LAN You can connect your notebook to 10Base-T and 100Base-TX-type Local Area Networks (LANs). For the detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator. To set up your ethernet connection To connect to the network 1 Click Start, select My Computer, and click My Network Places under the Other Places header. 2 Click “Add a network place” under the Network Tasks header, or click “Set up a home or small office network,” depending on your configuration. 3 Depending o..

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Connecting to a LAN 43 4 Follow the step-by-step instructions that appear on the screen.

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Connecting Peripheral Devices - Page 45

45 Connecting Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your notebook by connecting a variety of peripherals, as discussed in the following sections: ❑ Connecting a Port Replicator ❑ Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard ❑ Connecting a Parallel Port Printer ❑ Connecting a USB Printer ❑ Connecting an External Display ❑ Connecting a TV Display ❑ Connecting a USB Device ❑ Connecting an i.LINK Device ❑ Connecting VAIO computers ❑ Connecting External Speakers ❑ Connecting an External Microphone ❑ Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities

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To attach your notebook to the port replicator - Page 46

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 46 Connecting a Port Replicator Your notebook supports the use of an optional port replicator (such as the Sony PCGA-PRFX1 model). Attaching a port replicator enables you to connect additional peripherals to your notebook. To attach your notebook to the port replicator To supply power to your notebook while it is connected to the port replicator, you can connect the AC adapter directly to the port replicator. Port replicator 1 Serial port 5 USB ports 2 Printer port 6 / Mouse/Keyboard (PS/2 port) 3 Monitor port 7 DC In jack 4 Network..

Connecting a Port Replicator - Page 47

Connecting a Port Replicator 47 1 Turn off your notebook and disconnect all peripheral devices. 2 On the bottom of the notebook, slide the port replicator connector cover open. 3 Attach the bottom of the notebook to the port replicator connector until it clicks. 4 Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter into the DC IN jack on the port replicator. Port replicator connector Attaching notebook to port replicator Port replicator connector Notebook Port replicator (not supplied)

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Connecting AC adapter to port replicator - Page 48

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 48 5 Plug the power cord into the AC adapter and an AC outlet. The power indicator turns green. 6 Turn on the notebook. Connecting AC adapter to port replicator ✍ Use the AC adapter that comes with your notebook, or an optional Sony adapter. Power indicator AC adapter Power cord Port replicator connector Power Release lever

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To remove your notebook from the port replicator - Page 49

Connecting a Port Replicator 49 To remove your notebook from the port replicator 1 Turn off your notebook and the connected peripherals. 2 Pull the levers on each side of the port replicator to disengage the notebook from the port replicator. 3 Lift the notebook away from the port replicator. 4 Close the port replicator connector cover on the bottom of your notebook. Disengaging notebook from port replicator Lifting notebook Close the port replicator connector cover after removing your notebook from the port replicator. If the cover is left open, dirt may get inside and damage the notebook...

Connecting external mouse or keyboard to port replicator - Page 50

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 50 Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard You can connect an external mouse or keyboard to the optional port replicator using a similar type PS/2® plug or adapter. You can only connect one external device at a time. Therefore, you cannot connect both a PS/2 mouse and PS/2 keyboard simultaneously. To connect an external mouse or keyboard 1 Turn off your notebook. 2 Locate the mouse/keyboard port on the port replicator identified by the / symbols. 3 Plug the mouse or the keyboard cable into this port with the arrow facing up. 4 See..

Connecting a Parallel Port Printer - Page 51

Connecting a Parallel Port Printer 51 Connecting a Parallel Port Printer You can connect a Windows® compatible printer to your notebook to print documents. To connect a printer 1 Locate the Printer port identified by the symbol. 2 Plug the printer cable (supplied with the printer) into this port on the notebook. 3 See the manual supplied with your printer for more information on its installation and use. Printer port ✍ 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” for more info..

Connecting a USB Printer - Page 52

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 52 Connecting a USB Printer You can connect a Windows® compatible Universal Serial Bus (USB) printer to either of your notebook’s two USB ports to print documents. To connect a USB printer 1 Plug the optional USB printer cable into one of the two USB ports on your notebook and the USB port on your printer. 2 See the manual that came with your printer for more information on its installation and use. ✍ To use a printer, first install the driver software supplied with your printer. Connecting a USB Printer Power cord USB printer ..

Connecting an external computer display - Page 53

Connecting an External Display 53 Connecting an External Display You can connect external display devices such as a computer display (monitor), multimedia computer display, and projector to your notebook. To connect a computer display 1 Locate the Monitor jack identified by the symbol on the back of the notebook. 2 Plug the display cable (not supplied) into this jack. 3 If necessary, plug one end of the display power cord into the display, and the other end into an AC outlet. 4 See the manual that came with your computer display for more information on its installation and use. To connect a..

To connect a projector - Page 54

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 54 1 Locate the Monitor jack identified by the symbol. 2 Plug the display cable into this jack. 3 Locate the Headphone jack identified by the symbol. 4 Plug the speaker cable into this jack. 5 Locate the Microphone jack identified by the symbol. 6 Plug the microphone cable into this jack. 7 See the manual that came with your multimedia computer display for more information on its installation and use. To connect a projector You can use a projector, such as the Sony LCD Projector, as an external display. ❑ See the manual that came ..

Connecting an External Display - Page 55

Connecting an External Display 55 To select a display When you connect an external display to the monitor jack, you can toggle the output between the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), the external monitor, or both devices. Use the Fn+F7 keys to select a display. See also “Selecting the Display Mode” for more information. To Press Result Switch to an external display Fn+F7 Toggles between the LCD, the external display connected to the Monitor jack, or both the LCD and external display. Only LCD LCD and external display Only external display

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Connecting a TV Display - Page 56

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 56 Connecting a TV Display You can enjoy playing audio/video by connecting optional AV devices to your notebook. See also the manuals supplied with your AV devices for more information on their installation and use. To connect a TV 1 Connect the notebook to a TV using audio/video cables. 2 Switch the input channel of the TV to external input. Changing the display resolution for TV Out Follow this procedure to change the video resolution of your display: Connecting a TV Power cord Audio cable (not supplied) Video cable (supplied) To ..

Connecting a TV Display - Page 57

Connecting a TV Display 57 1 First ensure that your notebook has been started with the TV Out jack plugged in. 2 Click Start, select Control Panel, and then click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box appears. 3 Click on the Settings tab, and click the Advanced button. The Sony Notebook LCD... dialog box appears. 4 Click on the Intel® Graphics Technology tab. 5 Click on the Graphics Properties... button. The Intel®... Controller Properties dialog box appears. 6 Click the Television icon and choose 640 x 480 as the Screen Area display resolution. Notes on TV display ❑ TV Ou..

Connecting USB device to USB port - Page 58

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 58 Connecting a USB Device You can connect USB devices such as an external mouse, keyboard, speaker, and microphone to your notebook. To connect a USB device The following steps describe the procedure for connecting a USB mouse to your notebook. Use the same procedure for connecting all USB devices. 1 Locate the USB device identified by the symbol. 2 Plug one end of the USB cable into this port and the other end into the USB device. You can use an optional Sony USB mouse such as the PCGA-UMS1 series (not supplied) with this notebook..

Connecting an i.LINK Device - Page 59

Connecting an i.LINK Device 59 Connecting an i.LINK Device Your VAIO ® Notebook includes an i.LINK ®* S400 (IEEE1394) port, which you can use to connect a compatible i.LINK device, such as an i.LINK enabled digital video camera recorder. See the manual supplied with your digital video camera recorder for more information on its installation and use. * i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 con- nection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with a..

Connecting digital video camera recorder to i.LINK port - Page 60

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 60 To connect a digital video camera recorder 1 Plug one end of the i.LINK cable (not supplied) into the i.LINK port on the left side of the notebook 2 Next, plug the other end into the DV In/Out port on the digital video camera recorder. Notes on i.LINK devices ❑ The above figure displays a connection to a Sony digital video camera recorder; your digital video camera recorder may need to be connected differently. ❑ Only Sony digital video camera ports labeled “DV In/Out” or “i.LINK” are compatible i.LINK devices. ❑ Do..

Connecting an i.LINK Device - Page 61

Connecting an i.LINK Device 61 ❑ The i.LINK features available may vary depending on the software applications you use. See the documentation that accompanied your software for more information. ❑ The 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,..

Connecting with an i.LINK cable - Page 62

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 62 Connecting VAIO computers Connecting with i.LINK You can use an optional i.LINK® * cable to connect your VAIO® notebook to another VAIO computer that has the preinstalled Microsoft® Windows® operating system or the Sony Smart Connect software preinstalled. You may use an i.LINK cable (not supplied) 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. * i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate t..

Connecting speakers to the headphone jack - Page 63

Connecting External Speakers 63 Connecting External Speakers You can enhance the sound quality of your notebook by connecting external speakers. See the manual that accompanied your speakers for more information on their installation and use. Before connecting your external speakers ❑ Verify your speakers are designed for computer use. ❑ Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on. To connect external speakers 1 Locate the Headphone jack identified by the symbol on the side of the notebook. 2 Plug the speaker cable into this jack. Do not place floppy disks on the speake..

Connecting microphone to microphone jack - Page 64

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 64 Connecting an External Microphone You can enhance the quality of sound input by using an external microphone. See the manual that accompanied your microphone for more information on its installation and use. To connect an external microphone 1 Locate the Microphone jack identified by the symbol on the side of the notebook. 2 Plug the microphone cable into this jack. ✍ Verify that your microphone is designed for computer use. The microphone should be compliant with the plug-in power microphone. Connecting microphone to microphon..

Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities - Page 65

Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities 65 Expanding Your Notebook Capabilities A Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), Wireless LAN Access Point, and Wireless LAN PC Card peripheral device can be connected to your notebook, to expand the capabilities of your computer and enhance its versatility to meet your various business or personal needs. Personal Digital Assistant A handheld PDA is the quintessential personal planner and entertainment center that fits in your pocket. With a PDA, you can easily perform the following functions: ❑ Enter your schedule details in the calendar and view them by t..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 66 Wireless LAN PC Card The Wireless LAN PC Card, which comes with the Wireless LAN Access Point, can be purchased separately and is designed for building a wireless LAN environment. The Wireless LAN PC Card can be used with or without the Access Point. With the Access Point, you can build a wireless LAN between computers that are equipped with the Wireless LAN PC Card and gain access to the Internet. Without the Access Point, you can achieve direct communication (Peer to Peer mode) between computers. ✍ For information on availabl..

Customizing Your VAIO - Page 67

67 Customizing Your VAIO Notebook The following sections briefly describe how to change your notebook’s default settings: ❑ Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen ❑ Controlling Power Management ❑ Displaying Battery Information ❑ Selecting the Display Mode

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Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen - Page 68

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 68 Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen To display the Sony Notebook Setup screen 1 Click the Start button on the Windows® taskbar. 2 Point to VAIO and click Sony Notebook Setup. 3 Select the tab for the item you want to change. See “Sony Notebook Setup Tabs” for more information. 4 After you finish making your changes, click OK. Sony Notebook Setup Screen

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Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen - Page 69

Displaying the Sony Notebook Setup Screen 69 Sony Notebook Setup Tabs Tab Description About This Computer Display system information, including memory capacity, serial number, and BIOS version. Printer Select printer port mode settings. Initial Setting Change the volume of the sounds that play while the operating system is loading. Select the order of drives and devices from which you want to load the operating system. You can specify the hard drive as well as other drives inserted into your notebook. Touchpad When you connect an optional mouse to your notebook, you can make your touchpad i..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 70 Controlling Power Management The PowerPanel™ utility allows you to control the power management of your notebook and provides key information about system activity and battery life. The following sections briefly describe how to conserve your notebook’s battery power. You can also refer to PowerPanel Help for more detailed information. To activate a profile or command, see “Displaying Battery Information” for more information. To view the Power Management status icons The Power Management status icons are displayed in the..

To customize Power Management settings - Page 71

Controlling Power Management 71 To customize Power Management settings 1 Click the Current Profile icon on the Power Management toolbar. 2 Select Edit/Create Profiles from the menu. 3 Click a profile whose setting you want to change from the list in the left field. 4 Double-click an item whose setting you want to change from the list in the right field. 5 Click the desired setting. 6 Click the File menu, and then click Save. 7 Click the File menu, and then click Exit. Power Management profiles The PowerPanel utility provides several predefined Power Management profiles. Each profile consist..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 72 the predefined profiles (except for the Disable Power Management profile), or you can create your own profile to suit your portable computing needs. The predefined profiles are: Icon Description Maximum Performance Provides the best system performance while still conserving power. Maximum Battery Life Provides power saving features to give you maximum battery life and good performance. It slows the notebook and puts it into Standby mode after a specified time period. Disable Power Management Turns off all power management feature..

Controlling Power Management - Page 73

Controlling Power Management 73 Word Processing Optimizes power management with longer timeouts on the hard disk and display screen. You can also establish settings for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby mode to optimize power management for your system. Spreadsheet Optimizes performance and power requirements for spreadsheet applications. Communications Extends battery life by initiating a quick display timeout. The Internal modem remains powered. You can also establish settings for LCD (Video) Standby, Hard Disk Standby, and Standby mode to optimize power management for y..

Power management commands - Page 74

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 74 Power management commands The PowerPanel™ utility also provides power management commands that you can use to activate specific power management functions and to control power for a specific device. You can use these commands to override a profile setting or initiate an immediate action. Conserving battery power When using the notebook with a battery, the LCD display and the hard drive can be set to switch off automatically to conserve battery power. See “Power Management profiles” for more information. Icon Description Sta..

To activate the Battery Information toolbar - Page 75

Displaying Battery Information 75 Displaying Battery Information You can display information for each of the batteries in your notebook. The following sections briefly describe how to display your notebook’s general battery information. Refer to PowerPanel™ Help for more detailed information. To activate the Battery Information toolbar 1 Right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. 2 Select Toolbars from the pop-up menu, then click Battery Information. The Battery Information toolbar appears on the taskbar. To view the total capacity remaining in the battery, place the pointe..

To display detailed battery information - Page 76

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 76 To display detailed battery information Double-click the battery icon on the task tray to display the Battery Information window. The screen appears displaying the Battery tab, which contains information such as the estimated time-to-empty and charging time. Fully charged Discharging No battery Battery Information Window Battery icon Battery status

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To customize the Battery Information toolbar and alarm - Page 77

Displaying Battery Information 77 To customize the Battery Information toolbar and alarm system You can customize the Battery Information toolbar and modify the alarm settings, to suit your portable computing needs. Refer to PowerPanel™ Help for more information.

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Intel® 82815 Graphics Controller Properties Screen - Page 78

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 78 Selecting the Display Mode This notebook uses the Intel® video controller, which enables you to select the desired display when the notebook is connected to an external monitor. When you connect an external display, you can switch the display mode between your notebook’s LCD display and the external monitor. To select the display mode 1 Click Start, then point to Control Panel. 2 Click Display to access the Display Properties window. 3 Click the Settings tab, then click the Advanced button, to display the Intel® 82815 Graphic..

To change the Window Design of Sony software - Page 79

Selecting the Display Mode 79 4 Click the Intel® Graphics Technology tab, then click the Graphics Properties button. If you want to use the TV as a display, deselect the Synchronous Display Mode box and click Apply. You cannot use the TV and another display simultaneously. 5 Click the Device tab. 6 Select the type of display. To change the Window Design of Sony software 1 Click the Start button, then select Control Panel. 2 In the left window pane of Control Panel, click "Switch to Classic View." 3 Double-click UI Design Selector. 4 Click << or >> and select the desired design...

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Adding Memory to Your VAIO - Page 81

81 Adding Memory to Your VAIO Notebook In the future you may want to install memory modules to expand the functionality of your notebook. The amount of memory on your notebook will vary depending on the model you purchased. See the Specifications flyer supplied with your notebook for the amount of memory pre-installed. Expansion memory modules are available as options. For memory upgrades, use only PC100 (CL2) SDRAM SO-DIMM (gold lead contacts). This section describes how to replace memory modules in your computer: ❑ Precautions and Procedures ❑ Removing a Memory Module ❑ Installing a..

Typical expansion memory configuration - Page 82

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 82 Precautions and Procedures The procedures described below assume you are familiar with the general terminology associated with personal notebooks and with common safety practices required for using and modifying electronic equipment. Personal injury or equipment damage may result from failure to take these precautions. ❑ Disconnect your system from its power source and from any telecommunications links, networks, or modems before you open the system. ❑ Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage memory modules and other componen..

Precautions and Procedures - Page 83

Precautions and Procedures 83 128 MB Memory Models 256 MB Memory Models Total System Memory (MB) Slot 1 (MB) Slot 2 (MB) 128 128 192 128 64 256 128 128 384 * * The 384 MB and 512 MB memory configurations may require the removal and replacement of original factory-installed memory modules. 256 128 512 * 256 256 Total System Memory (MB) Slot 1 (MB) Slot 2 (MB) 256 256 384 256 128 512 * * The 384 MB and 512 MB memory configurations may require the removal and replacement of original factory-installed memory modules. 256 256

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Removing the memory module cover - Page 84

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 84 Removing a Memory Module 1 Shut down your notebook and disconnect all peripheral devices, such as your printer. 2 Unplug the notebook and remove the battery pack(s). 3 After the notebook has cooled, loosen and remove the screw that secures the cover of the memory bay on the bottom of your notebook. Use an appropriate screwdriver. 4 Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your notebook) to discharge any static electricity. Removing the memory module cover Screwdriver Screw

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Remove the memory module. - Page 85

Removing a Memory Module 85 5 Remove the memory module. 6 Replace the memory bay cover. 7 Tighten the screw on the memory bay cover. Removing memory module 2 Pull the memory module in the direction of the arrow. 1 Pull the tabs in the direction of the arrows. The memory module is released. 1 2 1

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Removing the memory module cover - Page 86

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 86 Installing a Memory Module 1 Shut down your notebook and disconnect all peripheral devices, such as your printer. 2 Unplug the notebook and remove the battery pack(s). 3 After the notebook has cooled, loosen and remove the screw that secures the cover of the memory bay on the bottom of your notebook. Use an appropriate screwdriver. 4 Touch a metal object (such as the connector panel on the back of your notebook) to discharge any static electricity. 5 Remove the memory module from its packaging. 6 Slide the memory module into the ..

Press the module into place until it clicks. - Page 87

Installing a Memory Module 87 7 Press the module into place until it clicks. 8 Replace the memory bay cover. 9 Tighten the screw on the cover of the memory bay. Installing memory module 1 Slide the memory module into the slot. 2 Press the module into place until it clicks. 2 1

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Viewing the Amount of Memory - Page 88

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 88 Viewing the Amount of Memory 1 Restart the notebook. 2 Click Start on the Windows® task bar, select Help and Support, and click “Sony Notebook Setup.” The Sony Notebook Setup screen appears. 3 Click the “About This Computer” tab to view the amount of system memory. If the additional memory is not shown, repeat the steps described in the “Viewing the Amount of Memory” section. ✍ The amount of memory displayed in the Sony Notebook Setup screen is not always correct. The video adapter uses some system memory, and that..

About the Software on Your - Page 89

89 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 provides the following information: ❑ An overview of the various software that come with your notebook and the activities you can perform with your software ❑ Details on your Sony application, driver, and system recovery CDs

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Software Overview - Page 90

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 90 Software Overview Your computer may not be supplied with all of the software listed below, depending on the configuration you purchased. Adobe Acrobat® Reader Adobe Systems Inc. Acrobat Reader software enables 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® eBook Reader Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe eBook Reader enables you to read high-fidelity eBooks on your compu..

Software Overview - Page 91

Software Overview 91 Digital Print Sony Electronics Inc. This image management software makes it fun and easy to edit, import, and organize your digital pictures in a photo album for rich digital printing to any standard color laser or inkjet printer. Digital Print can also be used to make custom CD labels for your audio CDs. DVgate™ Sony Electronics Inc. Connect a compatible digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK® * connector and capture your own video clips and still images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments. You can also sav..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 92 Microsoft® Office XP Small Business (On selected models) Microsoft Corp. With Microsoft Office XP you’ll find a powerful new technology that will help you get work done more quickly by providing real-time, context-sensitive options for important actions, from formatting to error correction. Task panes consolidate important tasks into a single integrated view, enabling you to conduct searches, launch and format documents, and view the contents of your Clipboard from one location. Microsoft® Word Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Word ..

Software Overview - Page 93

Software Overview 93 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. Quicken® 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. RealJukebox Real Networks..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 94 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. SonicStage Sony Electronics Inc. This new jukebox application adds a host of new features to its predecessor, ..

Sony Electronics Inc. - Page 95

Software Overview 95 VAIO Support Agent Sony Electronics Inc. VAIO Support Agent provides immediate, interactive online support. VisualFlow™ Sony Electronics Inc. VisualFlow software is a state-of-the-art Sony multimedia browser designed specifically for Memory Stick® media. It displays any still picture, movie, or sound file stored in a Memory Stick® media in a visually pleasing, artistic manner. VisualFlow software not only plays a selected movie or sound file, but also enables playback of files by other applications such as PictureGear™, Memory Stick Slideshow, and Windows® Explor..

Application, Driver, and System Recovery CDs - Page 96

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 96 Application, Driver, and System Recovery CDs Your notebook comes with the following application, driver, and system recovery CDs. To use your recovery CDs, see “Using Your Recovery CDs” for more information. Application Recovery CD(s) Sony Electronics Inc. This CD enables you to reinstall individual applications if they become corrupted or are erased. Driver Recovery CD(s) Sony Electronics Inc. This CD enables you to reinstall individual device drivers if they become corrupted or are erased. System Recovery CD(s) Sony Electro..

To use the Application Recovery CD(s) - Page 97

Using Your Recovery CDs 97 Using Your Recovery CDs The following sections describe how to use the Application Recovery, Driver Recovery, and System Recovery utilities. To use the Application Recovery CD(s) The Application Recovery CD(s) allows you to reinstall individual applications if they become corrupted or are accidentally erased. Reinstalling an individual software title may correct a problem you are experiencing with your notebook or software application; you may not need to reinstall the entire contents of your hard drive. If you need to reinstall all the software titles that shippe..

Reinstalling specific drivers with the Driver Recovery CD - Page 98

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 98 your computer, hardware, or software application. VAIO Support Agent, an application repair utility, uses a vault feature on the Driver Recovery CD during its software healing process. You must be in Windows® to run the Driver Recovery CD utility. Reinstalling specific drivers with the Driver Recovery CD 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 into the optical disc drive. 3 Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then Control P..

Using Your Recovery CDs - Page 99

Using Your Recovery CDs 99 6 Click with the left mouse button to highlight the unknown device (identified by a yellow question mark) or the device for which you wish to reinstall the driver. 7 From the Action menu, click Uninstall. This will remove the device driver from your system. Click OK to confirm this action. Repeat as necessary. 8 Reboot your computer. Click Start in the Windows taskbar, and click Turn Off Computer, then Restart. 9 When the Windows desktop reappears, Windows will automatically reinstall the device driver(s) from the Driver Recovery CD. Device Manager screen

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Reinstalling all drivers with the Driver Recovery CD - Page 100

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 100 Reinstalling all drivers with the Driver Recovery CD 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 into the optical disc drive. 3 Click Start in the Windows taskbar, then Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears. 4 Click Performance and Maintenance, then System. The System Properties dialog box appears. 5 From the Hardware tab, click Device Manager. 6 Click with the left mouse button to highlight the device for which you w..

To use the System Recovery CD(s) - Page 101

Using Your Recovery CDs 101 8 Click Reinstall Driver. The Hardware Update Wizard appears. 9 Click Next. The wizard will search for the correct driver on your Driver Recovery CD. 10 When the recovery process is complete, click Finish. Some drivers will require that you reboot the computer to complete installation. To use the System Recovery CD(s) Properties dialog box This CD restores your notebook to its original state, so user data and applications will be lost.

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If your notebook does not start from the Recovery CD - Page 102

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 102 You can use the System Recovery CD(s) to reinstall the operating system and software titles that shipped with your notebook if they become corrupted or erased. You may not need to reinstall the entire contents of your hard drive. If you experience a problem with your notebook, reinstalling an individual device driver or software title may correct the problem. Use the Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall individual applications or use the Driver Recovery CD(s) to reinstall device drivers. See “To use the Application Recovery..

Using Your Recovery CDs - Page 103

Using Your Recovery CDs 103 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 notebook restarts from the Recovery CD. After recovering your system using the System Rec..

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Troubleshooting - Page 105

105 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). Consult the following sections: ❑ Troubleshooting Your Notebook ❑ Troubleshooting the LCD Screen ❑ Troubleshooting the Mouse and Touchpad ❑ Troubleshooting Drives, PC Cards and Peripheral Devices ❑ Troubleshooting Software ❑ Troubleshooting the Modem ❑ Troubleshooting Audio ❑ Troubleshooting the Printer ❑ Troubleshooting i.LINK dev..

Troubleshooting Your Notebook - Page 106

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 106 Troubleshooting Your Notebook 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 floppy disk in the floppy disk drive. ❑ Confirm that the power cord and all cables are connected firmly. ❑ If you plugged the notebook into a power strip or uninterruptible power su..

Troubleshooting Your Notebook - Page 107

Troubleshooting Your Notebook 107 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 floppy disk in the floppy disk drive (non-bootable). ❑ If a non-bootable floppy disk is in the drive, follow these steps: 1 Turn off the notebook, and then remove the floppy disk. 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 floppy disk from the floppy disk ..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 108 My notebook stops responding or does not shut down. It is best to shut down your notebook using the Turn Off Computer 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 Start, select Turn Off Computer, and then click Turn Off. ❑ If you cannot restart as described in the preceding step, you can restart the notebook by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously and clicking Turn Off on the Windows Sec..

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Troubleshooting Your Notebook 109 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. Why does the System Properties dialog box display a slower CPU speed than advertised? This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes some type of CPU speed controlling technology, System Properties may display the CPU's current speed instead of the maximum advertised speed.

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Troubleshooting the LCD Screen - Page 110

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 110 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 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 continues to show the previous screen. Press the..

I cannot switch the LCD display to TV, and vice versa. - Page 111

Troubleshooting the LCD Screen 111 1 First ensure that your notebook has been started with the TV Out jack plugged in. 2 Click Start, select Control Panel, and then click the Display icon. The Display Properties dialog box appears. 3 Click on the Settings tab, and click the Advanced button. The Sony Notebook LCD... dialog box appears. 4 Click on the Intel® Graphics Technology tab. 5 Click on the Graphics Properties... button. The Intel®... Controller Properties dialog box appears. 6 Click the Television icon and choose 640 x 480 as the Screen Area display resolution. I cannot switch the L..

Troubleshooting the Mouse and Touchpad - Page 112

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 112 Troubleshooting the Mouse and Touchpad My mouse does not work. ❑ If you are using an external PS/2® mouse, check that the mouse is plugged into the mouse port. See “Connecting an External Mouse or Keyboard” for more information. ❑ If you are using an optional, compatible Sony USB mouse, check that the mouse is plugged into the USB port. ❑ If you are still experiencing problems, use your supplied Application Recovery CD(s) to reinstall the mouse drivers. See “Using Your Recovery CDs” for more information. My touchp..

Troubleshooting the Mouse and Touchpad - Page 113

Troubleshooting the Mouse and Touchpad 113 The pointer does not move while I am using the Touchpad or Mouse. ❑ The computer should be restarted. Follow these steps: 1 Press the Windows key. 2 Press the “U” key to select Turn Off Computer, and wait at least four seconds. 3 Press the “R” key to restart your computer. ❑ If you cannot turn off your notebook as described in the step above, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete simultaneously and click Turn Off Computer on the Windows® dialog box. Wait at least four seconds, and then restart the computer. ❑ If you cannot restart your notebook as d..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 114 Troubleshooting Drives, PC Cards and Peripheral Devices My floppy disk drive cannot write to a floppy disk. ❑ Check that the floppy disk drive is properly inserted into the multipurpose bay. See “Using the Floppy Disk Drive” for more information. ❑ Check that a formatted floppy disk is properly inserted into the floppy disk drive. ❑ If the floppy disk is write-protected, disable the write-protect feature or use a floppy disk that is not write-protected. My optical drive is not playing a CD or DVD properly. ❑ Make sur..

Troubleshooting Drives, PC Cards and Peripheral Devices - Page 115

Troubleshooting Drives, PC Cards and Peripheral Devices 115 My optical drive tray does not open. ❑ Make sure the notebook is turned on. ❑ Press the Eject button on the optical drive. ❑ If the Eject button does not work, open the tray by inserting a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) in 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® * devi..

Troubleshooting Software - Page 116

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 116 Troubleshooting Software My software program stops responding or crashes. Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. See “Software Support Information” for more information. When I click an application icon, the message “You must insert the application CD into your optical 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 t..

Troubleshooting Software - Page 117

Troubleshooting Software 117 Verify that your AOL connection still functions satisfactorily with the WAN Network Driver disabled. If you need to reverse this setting, repeat the steps above and select Enable.

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Troubleshooting the Modem - Page 118

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 118 Troubleshooting the Modem My modem does not work. ❑ Check that the phone line is plugged into the line jack. See “Connecting a Phone Line” for more information. ❑ 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.) ❑ If you are still experiencing pro..

My speakers make no sound. - Page 119

Troubleshooting Audio 119 Troubleshooting Audio My speakers make 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 control the volume. ❑ If nothing is displayed when you press Fn+F3 or Fn+F4. ❑ Double click System in Control Panel. ❑ Set the sound device to enable in Device Manager. ❑ If your notebook is powered by batteries, check that t..

Troubleshooting the Printer - Page 120

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 120 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” for details on using Sony Notebook Setup. Your connected printer may not function after the notebook resumes from a pow..

Troubleshooting i.LINK devices - Page 121

Troubleshooting i.LINK devices 121 Troubleshooting i.LINK devices I cannot establish a connection between two VAIO computers when using an i.LINK cable. 1 Disconnect the i.LINK® * cable from both computers and reconnect it. 2 Wait for the computers to respond. If neither computer responds after a few moments, restart both computers. . * i.LINK is a Sony trademark used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 con- nection. The i.LINK connection may vary, depending on the software applications, operating system, and compatible i.LINK devices. All products with an i.LINK connect..

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Getting Help - Page 123

123 Getting Help Sony provides you with several support options to answer questions about your VAIO® Notebook or the preinstalled software. Refer to these resources in the order they are listed.

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VAIO® Notebook User Guide - Page 124

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 124 Support Options 1 VAIO® Notebook User Guide and VAIO® Notebook Quick Start The online VAIO® Notebook User Guide and printed VAIO® Notebook Quick Start provide you with information on how to maximize your notebook capabilities and solve common problems. To access the online user guide, click Start on the Windows® taskbar, select Help and Support, and click on VAIO User Guide. The Quick Start is supplied in the box with your notebook. 2 Manuals and Online Help Files The software preinstalled on your notebook may come with an ..

Support Options - Page 125

Support Options 125 6 Sony Fax-on-Demand This service, which requires a fax machine or your fax software, provides answers to commonly asked questions. You can use this automated service to request a list of available topics, then select the topics that you want to receive. To contact the Sony fax-on-demand service, call: 1-888- 4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972). 7 Sony Customer Support Software support is available free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. You can call and speak with a Sony Customer Support Representative without using your computer by calling: 1-888-4-SONY-..

Software Support Information - Page 126

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 126 Software Support Information Adobe Acrobat® Reader, eBook Reader, Photoshop® Elements, Premiere (Adobe Systems, Inc.) Apple QuickTime™ (Apple Computer Inc.) Norton AntiVirus™ (Symantec Corporation) PC-Cillin® (Trend Micro, Inc.) Quicken® (Intuit Inc.) Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-675-6126 (fee-based support) e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PST Web site http://www.apple.com phone 800-692-7753 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/ phone 800-927-3991; 900-6..

Software Support Information - Page 127

Software Support Information 127 RealJukebox, RealPlayer (Real Networks, Inc.) Sony Applications (Sony Electronics Inc.) Sound Forge® XP (Sonic Foundry, Inc.) Windows® Operating System, Internet Explorer, Word (Microsoft Corp.) WinDVD® (InterVideo, Inc.) Web site(s) http://service.real.com/rjoptions.html http://service.real.com/help/call.html phone 206-674-2680 fax M-F, 8 AM-6 PM PST; Sat-Sun, 7:30 AM-4 PM PST Web site http://www.sony.com/pcsupport phone 888-4-SONY-PC (888-476-6972) * * Support from 1-888-4-SONY-PC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase. hours ..

Sony Service Center - Page 128

Change text in this variable definition to document title. 128 Sony Service Center For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4-SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972) or find Sony Customer Service on the Web at: http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

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Index - Page 129

129 Index A About This Computer tab 69 AC power setting 72 Access Point, Wireless LAN 65 adding hardware 45 memory 81 peripherals 45 printers 51, 52 adjusting brightness 15 volume 15 Alt key 11 Application Recovery CD 97 Applications key 12 attaching port replicator 46 audio troubleshooting 119 Audio tab 69 B Basic/Advanced tab 69 battery information 75 battery pack inserting a second 33 battery packs charge status icons 75 charging 34 indicator lights 13, 33 removing 33, 35 brightness adjusting 15 built-in speakers See also speakers 15 buttons Eject 23, 24 Start (Windows) 68 C camera digit..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 130 multimedia computer display 53 network 29 parallel port printer 51 phone line 41 port replicator 46 projector 54 to another computer 62 TV display 56 USB device 58 USB port printer 52 weight saver 37 correction keys 11 Ctrl key 11 cursor-movement keys 11 customizing your computer 67 D digital video camera 60 display connecting a monitor connecting a multimedia computer display 53 connecting a projector 54 connecting a TV 56 mode 78 options 55 selecting 55 troubleshooting 110 Driver Recovery CD 97 drives floppy disk 19 installing..

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Index 131 Smart Connect 62 IEEE1394 60 indicator lights 13 battery 13, 33 Caps Lock 14 hard drive 13 Num Lock 14 Scroll Lock 14 Insert key 11 inserting CD-ROM/DVD-ROM discs 23 PC Cards 29 second battery pack 33 installing hard drives 29 hardware 45 memory module 86 peripherals 45 J jacks multimedia computer display 53 port replicator 46 K keyboard connecting external 50 keyboard, using 10 L LCD selecting to display output 55 troubleshooting 110 M Maximum Battery Life power setting 72 Maximum Performance power setting 72 memory adding 81 viewing the amount of 88 memory module expansion 82 in..

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Change text in this variable definition to document title. 132 PBX 41 PC Card inserting 29 slots 29 Wireless LAN 66 PC Cards removing 31 troubleshooting 114 PDA 65 peripheral devices troubleshooting 114 Personal Digital Assistant 65 phone connecting line 41 jack 41 playing DVDs 25 port replicator connecting 46 ports printer 51, 52 serial port 46 power indicator 13 power management settings 70 Power Management Off power setting 72 Power On Password tab 69 power saving modes Hibernation 16, 39 Standby 39 power setting AC 72 Maximum Battery Life 72 Maximum Performance 72 Power Management Off 7..

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Index 133 Printer tab 69 Touchpad tab 69 setup tabs 69 Shift key 12 Smart Connect 62 software troubleshooting 116 Software list 89 Sony Fax-on-Demand service 125 Sony Notebook Setup screen 68 Sony Service Center 127 speakers external 63 switching 15 troubleshooting 119 volume 15 Standby mode 15, 39, 74 Start button 68 support options 123 switching display 15 monitor 15 T television connecting 56 touchpad troubleshooting 112 Touchpad tab 69 touchpad, using using touchpad 17 troubleshooting audio 119 drives, PC Cards and peripherals 114 general 105 LCD screen 110 modem 118 mouse and touchpad ..

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