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Unformatted text preview: N User Guide Personal Computer VG N - C R s e r i e s n 2 N Contents Before Use .........................................................................................................................................................................6 Notice ...........................................................................................................................................................................7 Documentation .............................................................................................................................................................8 Ergonomic Considerations .........................................................................................................................................12 Getting Started .................................................................................................................................................................14 Locating Controls and Ports.......................................................................................................................................15 About the Indicator Lights ..........................................................................................................................................21 Connecting a Power Source ......................................................................................................................................23 Using the Battery Pack ..............................................................................................................................................24 Shutting Down Your Computer Safely .......................................................................................................................30 Using Your VAIO Computer .............................................................................................................................................31 Using the Keyboard ...................................................................................................................................................32 Using the Touch Pad .................................................................................................................................................34 Using Special-function Buttons ..................................................................................................................................35 Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...................................................................................................................37 Using the Optical Disc Drive ......................................................................................................................................40 Using the ExpressCard Module .................................................................................................................................49 Using the Memory Stick Media ..................................................................................................................................53 Using Other Memory Cards .......................................................................................................................................59 Using the Internet.......................................................................................................................................................62 Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) .....................................................................................................................................63 Using the Bluetooth Functionality ..............................................................................................................................70 n 3 N Using Peripheral Devices.................................................................................................................................................77 Connecting External Speakers ..................................................................................................................................78 Connecting an External Display .................................................................................................................................79 Selecting Display Modes............................................................................................................................................83 Using the Multiple Monitors Function .........................................................................................................................85 Connecting an External Microphone ..........................................................................................................................87 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device......................................................................................................88 Connecting a Printer ..................................................................................................................................................91 Connecting an i.LINK Device .....................................................................................................................................92 Connecting to a Network (LAN) .................................................................................................................................94 Customizing Your VAIO Computer ..................................................................................................................................95 Setting the Password .................................................................................................................................................96 Using Fingerprint Authentication ..............................................................................................................................103 Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center..............................................................................................111 Using the Power Saving Modes ...............................................................................................................................113 Managing Power with VAIO Power Management ....................................................................................................118 Configuring Your Modem .........................................................................................................................................119 Upgrading Your VAIO Computer....................................................................................................................................121 Adding and Removing Memory................................................................................................................................122 n 4 N Precautions ....................................................................................................................................................................130 On Handling the LCD Screen ..................................................................................................................................131 On Using the Power Source ....................................................................................................................................132 On Handling Your Computer....................................................................................................................................133 On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera...........................................................................................................135 On Handling Floppy Disks .......................................................................................................................................136 On Handling Discs ...................................................................................................................................................137 On Using the Battery Pack.......................................................................................................................................138 On Using Headphones.............................................................................................................................................139 On Handling Memory Stick Media............................................................................................................................140 On Handling the Hard Disk ......................................................................................................................................141 On Updating Your Computer ...................................................................................................................................142 Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................................................................143 Computer .................................................................................................................................................................144 System Security .......................................................................................................................................................151 Battery......................................................................................................................................................................152 Built-in MOTION EYE Camera.................................................................................................................................154 Internet .....................................................................................................................................................................157 Networking ...............................................................................................................................................................159 Bluetooth Technology ..............................................................................................................................................162 Optical Discs ............................................................................................................................................................167 Display .....................................................................................................................................................................171 Printing .....................................................................................................................................................................177 Microphone ..............................................................................................................................................................178 n 5 N Mouse ......................................................................................................................................................................179 Speakers ..................................................................................................................................................................180 Touch Pad................................................................................................................................................................181 Keyboard..................................................................................................................................................................182 Floppy Disks ............................................................................................................................................................183 Audio/Video..............................................................................................................................................................184 Memory Stick Media ................................................................................................................................................185 Peripherals ...............................................................................................................................................................186 Support Options .............................................................................................................................................................187 Sony Support Information ........................................................................................................................................187 e-Support .................................................................................................................................................................188 Trademarks ..............................................................................................................................................................190 n 6 N Before Use Before Use Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to the on-screen User Guide. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide state-of-the-art personal computing experience. ! External views illustrated in this manual may look slightly different from those of your computer. n 7 N Before Use Notice © 2008 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved. This manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any machine-readable form without prior written approval. Sony Corporation provides no warranty with regard to this manual, the software, or other information contained herein and hereby expressly disclaims any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose with regard to this manual, the software, or such other information. In no event shall Sony Corporation be liable for any incidental, consequential, or special damages, whether based on tort, contract, or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this manual, the software, or other information contained herein or the use thereof. In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein is governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement. n 8 N Before Use Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO computer. Printed Documentation ❑ Quick Start Guide — Describes the process from unpacking to starting up your VAIO. ❑ Troubleshooting and Recovery Guide — Contains solutions to common problems and computer malfunctions, an explanation of how to make a backup copy of your data and recover your computer system, and sources of support information. ❑ Instant Mode — Provides a guide to use Instant Mode. ❑ Regulations, Warranty, EULA and Service Support — Contains Sony guarantee conditions, safety / regulations, modem regulations, wireless LAN regulations, wireless WAN regulations, Bluetooth regulations, end user software license agreement, and Sony support services information. n 9 N Before Use Non-printed Documentation ❑ User Guide (this manual) — Explains features of your computer. It also includes information about the software programs included with your computer, as well as information on solving common problems. User Guide is provided in the PDF format, which you can easily browse through and print out. To view this on-screen guide: 1 2 3 Double-click the VAIO User Guide icon on the desktop. Open the folder for your language. Select the guide you want to read. ✍ You can manually browse to the user guides by going to Computer > VAIO (C:) (your C drive) > Documentation > Documentation and opening the folder for your language. To go to Web sites described in this manual by clicking their respective URLs beginning with http://, your computer must be connected to the Internet. ❑ Specifications — The online specifications describe the hardware and software configurations of your VAIO computer. To view the online specifications: 1 2 Connect to the Internet. Go to the Sony online support Web site at http://www.vaio-link.com. ✍ You may have a separate disc for the documentation of bundled accessories. n 10 N Before Use My Club VAIO In My Club VAIO you can find: ❑ Accessories Want to expand the capabilities of your computer? Click this icon and have a look at your compatible accessories. ❑ Software Feeling creative? Click this icon for an overview of your software and check out our upgrade options. ❑ Wallpapers Click this icon and check out our most popular Sony and Club VAIO wallpapers. ❑ Links Click this icon and check out our most popular Sony and Club VAIO Web sites. n 11 N Before Use Windows Help and Support Windows Help and Support is a comprehensive resource for practical advice, tutorials, and demonstrations to help you learn to use your computer. Use the Search feature, Index, or table of contents to view all Windows Help resources, including those that are on the Internet. To access Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support. Or go to Windows Help and Support by pressing and holding the Microsoft Windows key and pressing the F1 key. Further Sources ❑ Consult the help files on the software you are using for detailed information on features and troubleshooting. ❑ Go to http://www.club-vaio.com to find online tutorials about your favorite VAIO software. n 12 N Before Use Ergonomic Considerations You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and portable environments: ❑ Position of your computer – Place the computer directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using the keyboard, touch pad, or external mouse. Let your upper arms hang naturally at your sides. Have breaks during sessions with your computer. Excessive use of the computer may strain eyes, muscles, or tendons. ❑ Furniture and posture – Sit in a chair with good back support. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat on the floor. A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a relaxed, upright posture and avoid slouching forward or leaning far backwards. n 13 N Before Use ❑ Viewing angle of the computer's display – Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position. You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the display as well. ❑ Lighting – Choose a location where windows and lights do not cause glare and reflection on the display. Use indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work efficiency. ❑ Positioning an external display – When using an external display, set the display at a comfortable viewing distance. Make sure the display screen is at eye level or slightly lower when you are sitting in front of the monitor. n 14 N Getting Started Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑ Locating Controls and Ports (page 15) ❑ About the Indicator Lights (page 21) ❑ Connecting a Power Source (page 23) ❑ Using the Battery Pack (page 24) ❑ Shutting Down Your Computer Safely (page 30) n 15 N Getting Started Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown on the following pages. Front A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Built-in microphone (monaural) Built-in MOTION EYE camera indicator (page 21) Built-in MOTION EYE camera (page 37) LCD screen (page 131) Num lock indicator (page 21) Caps lock indicator (page 21) Scroll lock indicator (page 21) Power button Keyboard (page 32) Touch pad (page 34) Fingerprint sensor* (page 103) Power indicator (page 21) Battery indicator (page 21) Hard disk drive indicator (page 21) Memory Stick indicator (page 21) SD memory card indicator (page 21) (page 21) * On selected models only. Q WIRELESS (Wireless LAN/Bluetooth functionality*) indicator n 16 N Getting Started A B C D E F G H I J Play/Pause button (page 35) Stop button (page 35) Previous track button (page 35) Next track button (page 35) Built-in speakers (stereo) AV MODE button (page 35) Muting button (page 35) Volume buttons (page 35) CAPTURE button (page 35) DISPLAY OFF button (page 35) n 17 N Getting Started Right A B C D E F G Memory Stick slot*1 (page 55) ExpressCard/34 slot (page 49) SD memory card slot (page 59) Optical disc drive (page 40) Optical disc drive indicator (page 21) Drive eject button (page 40) Manual eject hole (page 167) H Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) port*2 (page 88) I Network (Ethernet) port (page 94) *1 *2 Your computer supports both standard- and Duo-size Memory Stick media. Supports high-/full-/low- speeds. n 18 N Getting Started Left A B C D E F G H Security slot Air vent Monitor (VGA) port (page 79) S VIDEO OUT port (page 81) Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0) ports*1 (page 88) i.LINK (IEEE 1394) S400 port (page 92) Microphone jack (page 87) Headphones jack (page 78) (page 63) *1 *2 I WIRELESS (Wireless LAN/Bluetooth functionality*2) switch Support high-/full-/low- speeds. On selected models only. n 19 N Getting Started Back A B C D DC IN port (page 23) Battery connector Air vent Modem port (page 62) n 20 N Getting Started Bottom A Air vents B Illumination lamp (page 112) n 21 N Getting Started About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights. Indicator Power 1 Battery e Functions Illuminates when the power of the computer is on, blinks when the computer is in Sleep mode, and turns off when the computer is in Hibernate mode or off. Illuminates when the computer is using battery power, blinks when the battery pack is running out of power, and double-blinks when the battery pack is charging. Illuminates when data is read from or written to the hard disk drive. Do not enter Sleep mode or turn off the computer when this indicator is on. Illuminates when data is read from or written to the Memory Stick media in the Memory Stick slot. (Do not enter Sleep mode or turn off the computer when this indicator is on.) When the indicator is off, the Memory Stick media is not being used. Illuminates when data is read from or written to the media in the SD memory card slot. (Do not enter Sleep mode or turn off the computer when this indicator is on.) When the indicator is off, the memory card is not being used. Illuminates while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use. Illuminates when data is read from or written to the optical disc media. When the indicator is off, the optical disc media is not being used. Press the Num Lk key to activate the numeric keypad. Press it a second time to deactivate the numeric keypad. The numeric keypad is not active when the indicator is off. Press the Caps Lock key to type letters in uppercase. Letters appear in lowercase if you press the Shift key while the indicator is on. Press the key a second time to turn off the indicator. Normal typing resumes when the Caps lock indicator is off. Press the Scr Lk key to change how you scroll the display. Normal scrolling resumes when the Scroll lock indicator is off. The Scr Lk key functions differently depending on the program you are using and does not work with all programs. Hard disk drive Memory Stick SD memory card Built-in MOTION EYE camera Optical disc drive Num lock Caps lock Scroll lock n 22 N Getting Started Indicator WIRELESS Functions Illuminates when the WIRELESS switch is set to ON and the wireless LAN and/or Bluetooth functionalities* are enabled. * On selected models only. n 23 N Getting Started Connecting a Power Source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source for your computer. Using the AC Adapter ✍ 1 2 3 Use your computer only with the supplied AC adapter. To use the AC adapter Plug one end of the power cord (1) into the AC adapter (3). Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet (2). Plug the cable connected to the AC adapter (3) into the DC IN port (4) on the computer. ! The shape of the DC In plug varies depending on the AC adapter. ✍ To disconnect your computer completely from AC power, unplug the AC adapter. Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. If you do not intend to use your computer for a long period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode. See Using Hibernate Mode (page 116). This power saving mode saves the time of shutting down and resuming. n 24 N Getting Started Using the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. Installing the Battery Pack To install the battery pack 1 2 Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid. Slide the battery lock switch (1) inward. 3 Slide the battery pack into the battery compartment until it clicks into place. n 25 N Getting Started 4 Slide the battery lock switch (1) to the LOCK position to secure the battery pack on the computer. ✍ When your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. ! Certain rechargeable batteries do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony batteries designed for this model. When installing another kind of battery, the battery will not be charged and the computer will not function. n 26 N Getting Started Charging the Battery Pack The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of delivery. To charge the battery pack 1 2 Install the battery pack. Connect the AC adapter to the computer. The computer automatically charges the battery pack (the battery indicator light flashes in a double blink pattern as the battery pack charges). When the battery pack charges close to the maximum charge level you selected with the battery care function, the battery indicator turns off. To select your desired maximum charge level with the battery care function, see To use the battery care function (page 28). Battery indicator light status On Blinks Double blinks Off Meaning The computer is using battery power. The battery pack is running out of power. The battery pack is charging. The computer is using AC power. ! Charge the battery pack as described in this manual from your first battery charge. n 27 N Getting Started ✍ When the battery pack is running out of power, both the battery and power indicator lights blink. Keep the battery pack in your computer while it is directly connected to AC power. The battery pack continues to charge while you are using the computer. If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack. The battery pack supplied with your computer is a lithium ion battery pack and can be recharged any time. Charging a partially discharged battery pack does not affect the battery life. The battery indicator light is on while you use the battery pack as a power source. When battery life is nearly depleted, both the battery and power indicator lights start flashing. For some software applications and some peripheral devices, your computer may not enter Hibernate mode even when battery life is low. To avoid loss of data when using battery power, you should save your data frequently and manually activate a power management mode, such as Sleep or Hibernate. If the battery pack wears out when the computer enters Sleep mode, you will lose all unsaved data. Going back to the previous work state is impossible. To avoid loss of data, you should save your data frequently. When your computer is directly connected to AC power and has a battery pack installed, it uses power from the AC outlet. n 28 N Getting Started To use the battery care function You can select your desired maximum charge level with the battery care function to reduce battery degradation. 1 2 3 4 5 Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Double-click Power Management and Battery Care Function. Click to select the Enable Battery Care Function check box. Select the desired maximum charge level. Click OK. n 29 N Getting Started Removing the Battery Pack ! You may lose data if you remove the battery pack while your computer is on and not connected to the AC adapter or if you remove the battery pack while the computer is in Sleep mode. To remove the battery pack 1 2 Turn off the computer and close the LCD screen lid. Slide the battery lock switch (1) inward. 3 Slide and hold the battery RELEASE latch (2) and slide the battery pack away from the computer. n 30 N Getting Started Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut down your computer properly, as described below. To shut down your computer 1 2 3 Turn off any peripherals connected to the computer. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down. Respond to any prompts warning you to save documents or to consider other users and wait for the computer to turn off automatically. The power indicator light turns off. n 31 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most out of using your VAIO computer. ❑ Using the Keyboard (page 32) ❑ Using the Touch Pad (page 34) ❑ Using Special-function Buttons (page 35) ❑ Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 37) ❑ Using the Optical Disc Drive (page 40) ❑ Using the ExpressCard Module (page 49) ❑ Using the Memory Stick Media (page 53) ❑ Using Other Memory Cards (page 59) ❑ Using the Internet (page 62) ❑ Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) (page 63) ❑ Using the Bluetooth Functionality (page 70) n 32 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Keyboard Your keyboard is very similar to a desktop computer keyboard, but has additional keys that perform model-specific tasks. The VAIO-Link Web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) also contains glossary information to help you use the keyboard. Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key ✍ Some keyboard functions can be used only after the operating system finished launching. Combinations/Feature Fn + 8 (F5/F6): brightness control Functions Adjusts the LCD brightness of your computer screen. To increase lighting intensity, press Fn+F6 and then M or ,, or keep pressing Fn+F6. To decrease lighting intensity, press Fn+F5 and then m or <, or keep pressing Fn+F5. Toggles among your computer screen, an external display, and simultaneous output to both. Changes the screen resolution to magnify/restore your computer's screen view. Fn + Fn + /T (F7): display output (F10): zoom ✍ The default resolutions of the standard view and the magnified view are as follows: Standard view: 1280 x 800 pixels Magnified view: 1024 x 600 pixels The magnified view is not as clear as the standard view, as it is implemented by applying a lower resolution to the computer screen with a higher resolution. This key combination may not work with graphic images as it magnifies the screen view by changing the resolution. The location and size of software windows may change when the screen view is magnified or the standard view is restored because pressing this key combination changes the resolution. When your computer's screen view is magnified, switching the view to the external display disables the function and restores the standard view. n 33 N Using Your VAIO Computer Combinations/Feature Fn + (F12): Hibernate Functions Provides for the lowest level of power consumption. When you execute this command, the states of the system and the connected peripheral devices are written to the hard disk drive and the system power is turned off. To return the system to its original state, use the power button to turn on the power. For details on power management, see Using the Power Saving Modes (page 113). n 34 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Touch Pad You can point to, select, drag, and scroll objects on the screen using the touch pad. Action Point Click Double-click Right-click Drag Scroll Description Slide your finger on the touch pad (1) to place the pointer (2) on an item or object. Press the left button (3) once. Press the left button twice. Press the right button (4) once. In many applications, this action displays a shortcut menu. Slide your finger on the touch pad while pressing the left button. Slide your finger along the right edge of the touch pad to scroll vertically. Slide your finger along the bottom edge to scroll horizontally (the scroll function is available only with applications that support a touch pad scroll feature). ✍ You can disable/enable the touch pad to suit your preference for using the mouse. See Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center (page 111) to launch VAIO Control Center. Once launched, select the topic on the pointing device and see the help file for the detailed instructions. ! Be sure to connect a mouse before disabling the touch pad. If you disable the touch pad without connecting a mouse, you will be able to use only the keyboard for pointer operations. n 35 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Special-function Buttons Your computer is equipped with special buttons to help you use specific functions of the computer. The AV MODE, Play/Pause, Stop, Previous track, and Next track buttons support Instant Mode. To activate Instant Mode, the computer must be off or in Hibernate mode. See the printed Instant Mode booklet for more information on Instant Mode. Special-function button Functions When the computer is off or in Hibernate mode: Activates Instant Mode to enable you immediately to play CDs, DVDs, and music files and view the image data stored on the hard disk drive without launching Windows. See the printed Instant Mode booklet for more information. When the computer is on or in Sleep mode: Launches VAIO Launcher for selecting the desired software. You can change the default software options in VAIO Launcher. To do so, press and hold the AV MODE button to display the setup window. Turns the volume on and off. Muting button Volume buttons Decrease (-) and increase (+) the volume. AV MODE button CAPTURE button Launches VAIO Camera Capture Utility to capture still images and movies in the finder view with the builtin MOTION EYE camera. For more information on VAIO Camera Capture Utility, see the help file on the software. Turns off the LCD backlight. DISPLAY OFF button n 36 N Using Your VAIO Computer Special-function button Play/Pause button Functions Starts or pauses playback of a CD or DVD media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Stops playback of a CD or DVD media or a music/video file stored on the hard disk drive. Stop button Plays the previous chapter/file during video playback or the previous song/file during audio playback. Previous track button Plays the next chapter/file during video playback or the next song/file during audio playback. Next track button n 37 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a built-in MOTION EYE camera. The built-in MOTION EYE camera adds video functionality to instant messaging software and video editing software and enables you to capture still images and movies with VAIO Camera Capture Utility. This utility will automatically launch when you press the CAPTURE button. For more information on VAIO Camera Capture Utility, see the help file on the software. Turning on the computer activates the built-in MOTION EYE camera, so the computer is ready for a video conference using instant messaging software. Note that launching or exiting your instant messaging or video editing software does not activate or deactivate the built-in MOTION EYE camera, respectively. ✍ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. When capturing an image in a dark place, click Start, All Programs, VAIO Camera Capture Utility, and VAIO Camera Capture Utility to start VAIO Camera Capture Utility. Click the Camera button to display the Properties window and select the Low Light check box. It decreases the frame rate and slows down the shutter speed to allow the camera to capture more light. ! The viewer window may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, if you view a rapid-moving object. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. You cannot operate the built-in MOTION EYE camera with the Microsoft Windows MovieMaker software. n 38 N Using Your VAIO Computer Capturing Still Images To capture a still image 1 2 3 4 Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. Click the Still icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer. The current image in the finder view is captured and its thumbnail image is added to the thumbnail view at the bottom of the main window. ✍ VAIO Camera Capture Utility provides many more features. See the help file on the software for more information. n 39 N Using Your VAIO Computer Capturing Movies To capture a movie 1 2 3 4 5 Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to launch VAIO Camera Capture Utility. Click the Movie icon in the right pane of the utility's main window. Turn the camera to your subject. Press the CAPTURE button on your computer to start movie recording. When finished, press the CAPTURE button once again to stop movie recording. The first scene of the captured movie is added to the thumbnail view at the bottom of the main window. ✍ VAIO Camera Capture Utility provides many more features. See the help file on the software for more information. n 40 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical disc drive. To insert a disc 1 2 3 Turn on the computer. Press the drive eject button (1) to open the drive. The tray slides out. Place a disc in the middle of the tray with the label side facing upward and gently push it until the disc clicks into place. n 41 N Using Your VAIO Computer 4 Close the tray by pushing it in gently. ! Do not remove the optical disc when your computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). Doing so may cause the computer to malfunction. ✍ If you plan to use an external optical disc drive, connect the drive before you launch any preinstalled disc operation program. n 42 N Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disc™ media, depending on the model you purchased. Check your specifications for the type of optical disc drive installed on your model. Use the table below to see which types of media your optical disc drive supports. n 43 N Using Your VAIO Computer PR: playable and recordable P: playable but not recordable –: not playable or recordable CDROM DVD±RW/ ±R DL/RAM Blu-ray Disc Blu-ray Disc Combo *1 *2 *3 *4 Video CD P P P Music CD P P P CD Extra P P P CD-R/ RW PR PR*8 PR*8 DVDROM P P P DVDVideo P P P BDROM – P P DVD-R/ DVD+R/ DVD+R DVD-R RW RW DL DL PR*1 *2 PR*1 *2 PR*1 *2 PR PR PR PR*5 PR*5 PR*5 PR*6 PR*6 PR*6 DVDRAM PR*3 *4 PR*3 *4 PR*3 *4 BD-R*9/ RE*10 – PR*7 *11 P*11 P P P Supports writing data to DVD-R discs compliant with DVD-R for General Version 2.0/2.1. Supports writing data to DVD-RW discs compliant with DVD-RW Version 1.1/1.2. The DVD±RW/RAM disc drive on your computer does not support the DVD-RAM cartridge. Use non-cartridge discs or discs with a removable cartridge. Writing data to single-sided DVD-RAM discs (2.6 GB) compliant with DVD-RAM Version 1.0 is not supported. DVD-RAM Version 2.2/12X-SPEED DVD-RAM Revision 5.0 disc is not supported. Writing data to DVD+R DL (Double Layer) discs is available only on discs supporting DVD+R DL (Double Layer) recording. Writing data to DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) discs is available only on discs supporting DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) recording. Supports writing data to BD-R Version 1.1 discs (single-layer discs with the capacity of 25 GB, dual-layer discs with the capacity of 50 GB) and BD-RE Version 2.1 discs (single-layer discs with the capacity of 25 GB, dual-layer discs with the capacity of 50 GB). Writing data to Ultra Speed CD-RW discs is not supported on models with the Blu-ray Disc drive. BD-R stands for Blu-ray Disc-Recordable in Version 1.1 format. BD-RE stands for Blu-ray Disc-Rewritable in Version 2.1 format. The Blu-ray Disc drive on your computer does not support BD-RE Disc media in Version 1.0 format and Blu-ray Disc media with a cartridge. *5 *6 *7 *8 *9 *10 *11 n 44 N Using Your VAIO Computer ! This product is designed to play back discs that conform to the Compact Disc Digital Audio standard specifications (CD Standard). A DualDisc is a two sided disc product which mates DVD recorded material on one side with digital audio material on the other side. Be aware that the audio side (non-DVD side) of a DualDisc may not play on this product because it does not conform to the CD Standard. Due to the multiple formats of discs now available, when buying pre-recorded or blank discs for use with a VAIO computer, be sure to read the notices on the disc packaging carefully to check both playback and recording compatibility with your computer's optical disc drives. Sony does NOT guarantee the compatibility of VAIO CD drives with discs that are not compliant with the official "CD" format standard (or "DVD" standard in relation to DVD drives, or "Blu-ray Disc" standard in relation to Blu-ray Disc drives). USING NON-COMPLIANT DISCS CAN CAUSE FATAL DAMAGE TO YOUR VAIO PC OR CREATE SOFTWARE CONFLICTS AND CAUSE SYSTEM HANGING. For inquiries about disc formats, contact the individual publisher of the pre-recorded disc or the manufacturer of the recordable disc. ✍ 8cm disc writing is not supported. ! To play copyright protected Blu-ray Disc media continuously, you need to update the AACS key. Note that the AACS key update requires Internet access. As with other optical media devices, circumstances may limit compatibility or prevent Blu-ray Disc media playback. VAIO computers may not support movie playback on packaged media recorded in AVC or VC1 format at high bit rates. Region settings are required for some contents on DVDs and BD-ROM Disc media. If the region setting on the optical disc drive does not match the region coding on the disc, playback is not possible. Unless your external display is compliant with the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) standard, you cannot play or view the contents on copyright protected Blu-ray Disc media. Some contents may restrict video output to be standard definition or prohibit analog video output at all. It is strongly recommended that digital HDCPcompliant environment be implemented for optimum compatibility and viewing quality. n 45 N Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Use only Sony recommended software, which is preinstalled on your computer, to write data to a disc. Other software programs may not be fully compatible and errors may result. ❑ To make data on a disc readable on the optical disc drive, you need to close the session before you eject it. To complete this process, follow the instructions included with your software. ❑ Only use circular discs. Do not use discs in any other shape (star, heart, card, etc.), as this may damage the optical disc drive. ❑ Do not strike or shake your computer while writing data to a disc. ❑ Deactivate the screen saver and exit anti-virus software before writing data to a disc. ❑ Do not use memory-resident utility software while writing data to a disc. This may cause your computer to malfunction. ❑ Before using your software application to burn discs, make sure you exit and close all other applications. ❑ Do not place your computer into either of the power saving modes while using the preinstalled software or any disc burning software. ❑ Connect and use the AC adapter to power your computer or make sure your battery pack is at least 50% charged. ❑ Make sure you use the same disc burning software to add data to a used disc. Use of different disc burning software for additional data burning may cause a failure. For example, if you have a disc with data that you burned with the Roxio Easy Media Creator software, use the Roxio Easy Media Creator software to add more data to the same disc. n 46 N Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you should follow these recommendations. ❑ Some CD players and computers' optical disc drives may not be able to play audio CDs created with the CD-R or CDRW media. ❑ Some DVD players and computers' optical disc drives may not be able to play DVDs created with the DVD+R DL, DVDR DL, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD-RAM media. ❑ Do not use memory-resident utility software to speed up disc access when playing a disc. This may cause your computer to malfunction. ❑ Do not place your computer into either of the power saving modes while your computer is playing a disc. ❑ Region code indicators are labeled on the DVDs to indicate in which region and on what type of player you can play the disc. Unless a "2" (Europe belongs to region "2") or "all" (this means that you can play this DVD in most regions of the world) is labeled on your DVD disc or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on your computer. ! If you change the DVD region code while the WinDVD or WinDVD BD software is running, restart the software or eject the disc and re-insert it to make the new setting effective. ❑ Do not try to change the region code settings of the DVD drive. Any difficulties caused by changing the region code settings of the DVD drive are out of warranty. n 47 N Using Your VAIO Computer Playing CDs To play an audio CD 1 2 Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired CD software to play the CD. If the Audio CD window appears, click to select an option. Copying Files to CDs To copy files to a disc ! Do not strike or shake your computer while writing data to a disc. 1 Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If the AutoPlay window appears, click Burn files to disc and follow the on-screen instructions until the empty disc folder appears. Open the folder that contains the file(s) you want to copy and drag them to the empty disc folder. Close the disc folder. 2 3 n 48 N Using Your VAIO Computer Playing DVDs To play a DVD 1 2 3 Close all running software applications. Insert a DVD into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired DVD software to play the DVD. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file on your DVD software. Copying Files to DVDs To copy files to a disc 1 2 3 Connect the AC adapter to the computer. Insert a disc into the optical disc drive. If nothing appears on the desktop, then click Start, All Programs, and the desired DVD burning software to copy files to the disc. For instructions on how to use the software, see the help file on your DVD burning software. n 49 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal ExpressCard slot* or an ExpressCard/34 slot* for transferring data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. The former can accommodate either an ExpressCard/34 (34mm wide) or ExpressCard/54 (54mm wide) module* as shown below; and the latter, an ExpressCard/34 module* only. ❑ ExpressCard/34 module* ❑ ExpressCard/54 module* Your computer is equipped with an ExpressCard/34 slot*. * Referred to as the ExpressCard slot and the ExpressCard module in this manual. n 50 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting an ExpressCard Module ! Your computer is delivered with a slot protector in the ExpressCard slot. Remove the slot protector before you use the slot. Use care when inserting or removing the ExpressCard module from the slot. Do not force it in or out of the slot. ✍ 1 2 3 4 You do not need to shut down your computer before inserting or removing the ExpressCard module. To insert an ExpressCard module Push the ExpressCard slot protector to pop it out. Gently take hold of the ExpressCard slot protector and pull it out of the slot. Hold the ExpressCard module with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the ExpressCard slot. Carefully slide the ExpressCard module into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force it into the slot. n 51 N Using Your VAIO Computer ! Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the slot when not using an ExpressCard module. Before moving your computer, be sure to insert the ExpressCard slot protector into the slot. ✍ If the module or adapter does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. Make sure you use the most recent software driver provided by the ExpressCard module manufacturer. n 52 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard module while your computer is on. If it is not removed properly, your system may not work properly. To remove an ExpressCard module ✍ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 To remove an ExpressCard module when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 7. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware window appears. Select the hardware you want to unplug. Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears. Confirm that the device can be safely removed from the system. Click OK. A message appears stating it is now safe to remove the device. Click OK. Click Close to close the Safely Remove Hardware window. Push in the ExpressCard module toward the computer to pop it out. Gently take hold of the ExpressCard module and pull it out of the slot. n 53 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Media Memory Stick media is a compact, portable, and versatile IC recording media especially designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with compatible products, such as digital cameras, mobile phones and other devices. Because it is removable, it can be used for external data storage. n 54 N Using Your VAIO Computer Before You Use the Memory Stick Media The Memory Stick slot on your computer can accommodate both standard- and Duo-size media and supports Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo formats with high speed data transfer and large data capacity capabilities. ✍ You can insert a Duo-size Memory Stick media directly into the Memory Stick slot without using a Memory Stick Duo Adaptor. ! Before using a Memory Stick Micro (M2) media, be sure to insert it into an M2 Standard-size or M2 Duo-size Adaptor. If you insert the media directly into the Memory Stick slot without the Adaptor, you may not be able to remove it from the slot. For the latest information about the Memory Stick media, visit the Memory Stick Web site at http://www.memorystick.com/en/. ! Your computer has been tested and found compatible with Sony branded Memory Stick media with capacity of up to 8 GB that are available as of September 2007. However, not all Memory Stick media that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility. Inserting a Memory Stick media with multiple conversion adapters is not guaranteed of compatibility. MagicGate is the general name of the copyright protection technology developed by Sony. Use a Memory Stick media with the MagicGate logo to use this feature. Except for your personal use, it is against the copyright law to use any audio and/or image data you recorded without prior consent from the respective copyright holders. Accordingly, Memory Stick media with such copyrighted data can be used only within the law. The Memory Stick slot on your computer does not support 8-bit parallel data transfer (high speed data transfer). The Memory Stick Micro media in an M2 Duo-size Adaptor may not operate properly if it is additionally inserted into a Memory Stick Duo Adaptor. n 55 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media 1 2 3 Locate the Memory Stick slot. Hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the Memory Stick slot. Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. The Memory Stick media is automatically detected by your system and the contents on the Memory Stick media are displayed. If nothing appears on the desktop, click Start, Computer, and double-click the Memory Stick media icon. ! Be sure to hold the Memory Stick media with the arrow pointing in the correct direction as you insert it into the slot. To avoid damaging your computer or the Memory Stick media, do not force the Memory Stick media into the slot if you cannot insert it smoothly. Do not insert more than one Memory Stick media into the slot. Improper insertion of the media may damage both your computer and the media. To view the contents on the Memory Stick media 1 2 Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window. Double-click the Memory Stick media icon to view the list of data files saved in the Memory Stick media. n 56 N Using Your VAIO Computer To format a Memory Stick media The Memory Stick media has been formatted in the factory default setting and is ready for use. If you want to reformat the media with your computer, follow these steps. ! Be sure to use the device that is designed to format the media and supports the Memory Stick media when formatting the media. Formatting the Memory Stick media erases the entire data on the media. Before formatting the media, make sure that it does not contain your valuable data. Do not remove the Memory Stick media from the slot while formatting the media. This could cause a malfunction. 1 2 3 4 Carefully slide the Memory Stick media into the slot until it clicks into place. Click Start and Computer to open the Computer window. Right-click the Memory Stick media icon and select Format. Click Restore device defaults. ! The size of the allocation unit and file system may change. Do not select NTFS from the File system drop-down list as it may cause a malfunction. ✍ 5 The formatting process will be completed more quickly if you select Quick Format in Format options. Click Start. n 57 N Using Your VAIO Computer 6 At the confirmation prompt, click OK. The formatting process starts. ! It may take time to format the Memory Stick media depending on the media. 7 8 Once completed, click OK. Click Close. n 58 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media 1 2 3 Check that the Memory Stick indicator is off. Push the Memory Stick media in toward the computer. The Memory Stick media ejects. Pull the Memory Stick media out of the slot. ! Always remove the Memory Stick media gently, or it may pop out unexpectedly. Do not remove the Memory Stick media while the Memory Stick indicator is on. If you do, you may lose data. Large volumes of data may take time to load, so be sure the indicator is off before removing the Memory Stick media. n 59 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Other Memory Cards In addition to the Memory Stick slot and ExpressCard slot, your computer is equipped with an SD memory card slot. You can use this slot to transfer data among digital cameras, camcorders, music players, and other audio/video devices. Before You Use Memory Cards The SD memory card slot on your computer supports the following memory cards: ❑ SD memory card ❑ SDHC memory card ❑ MultiMediaCard (MMC) For the latest information on compatible memory cards, see Sony Support Information (page 187) to visit the appropriate support Web site. ! Your computer has been tested and found compatible only with major memory card media available as of September 2007. However, not all memory card media that meet the same specifications as the compatible media are guaranteed of compatibility. Always insert the correct memory card into the SD memory card slot. SD memory cards with capacity of up to 2 GB and SDHC memory cards with capacity of up to 8 GB have been tested and found compatible with your computer. The SD memory card slot on your computer does not support the copyright protection and high-speed data transfer features of the SD memory card and SDHC memory card. Do not attempt to insert a memory card or memory card adapter of a different type into the SD memory card slot. An incompatible memory card or memory card adapter may cause difficulty in removing from the slot and can cause damage to your computer. Use care when inserting or removing a memory card from the SD memory card slot. Do not force the memory card in or out of the slot. n 60 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card 1 2 Locate the SD memory card slot. Hold the memory card with the arrow facing upward and pointing toward the memory card slot. 3 Carefully slide the memory card into the slot until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot. ✍ If the memory card does not go into the slot easily, remove it gently and verify you are inserting it in the proper direction. n 61 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a Memory Card ! Do not remove a memory card while the SD memory card indicator light is on. If you do, the card or its data may become damaged. To remove a memory card 1 2 3 Check that the SD memory card indicator light is off. Push the memory card in toward the computer. The memory card ejects. Pull the memory card out of the slot. n 62 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can connect to the Internet, you need to connect your computer to a telephone line with a telephone cable (not supplied) and have an account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). To connect a telephone cable 1 2 Plug one end of the phone cable (1) into the modem port Plug the other end into the wall jack (2). on the computer. ✍ Your computer does not work with party lines, cannot be connected to a coin-operated telephone, and may not work with multiple telephone lines or a private branch exchange (PBX). Some of these connections may result in excess electrical current and could cause a malfunction in the internal modem. If you connect a telephone cable coming through a splitter, the modem or connected device may not work properly. To set up a dial-up connection to the Internet 1 2 3 4 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Connect to the Internet under Network and Internet. The Connect to the Internet window appears. Click Dial-up. Follow the on-screen instructions. n 63 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Sony Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your digital devices with built-in WLAN functionality communicate freely with each other through a network. A WLAN is a network in which a user can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection. So there is no need anymore to pull cables or wires through walls and ceilings. The Sony WLAN supports all normal Ethernet connectivity, but with the added benefits of mobility and roaming. You can still access information, Internet/intranet and network resources, even in the middle of a meeting, or as you move from one place to another. You can communicate without an access point, which means that you can communicate with a limited number of computers (ad-hoc). Or you can communicate through an access point, which allows you to create a full infrastructure network. ✍ In some countries, using WLAN products may be restricted by the local regulations (e.g. limited number of channels). Therefore, before activating the WLAN functionality, read the wireless LAN regulations guide carefully. WLAN uses the IEEE 802.11a*/b/g standard or the IEEE 802.11n* draft standard, which specifies the used technology. The standard includes the encryption methods: Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a security protocol, Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). Proposed jointly by the IEEE and Wi-Fi Alliance, both WPA2 and WPA are specifications of standards based, interoperable security enhancements that increase the level of data protection and access control for existing Wi-Fi networks. WPA has been designed to be forward compatible with the IEEE 802.11i specification. It utilizes the enhanced data encryption TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) in addition to user authentication using 802.1X and EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol). Data encryption protects the vulnerable wireless link between clients and access points. Besides that, there are other typical LAN security mechanisms to ensure privacy, such as: password protection, end-to-end encryption, virtual private networks, and authentication. WPA2, the second generation of WPA, provides stronger data protection and network access control and is also designed to secure all versions of 802.11 devices, including 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, and 802.11n draft standard, multi-band and multimode. In addition, based on the ratified IEEE 802.11i standard, WPA2 provides government grade security by implementing the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FIPS 140-2 compliant AES encryption algorithm and 802.1X-based authentication. WPA2 is backward compatible with WPA. * See the online specifications to see whether your model supports the IEEE 802.11a standard and/or the IEEE 802.11n draft standard. n 64 N Using Your VAIO Computer The IEEE 802.11b/g standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth. The IEEE 802.11g standard provides high-speed communications, faster than the IEEE 802.11b standard. The IEEE 802.11a standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 54 Mbps. The IEEE 802.11n draft standard is a wireless LAN standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, and provides high-speed communications of up to 144 Mbps* on the 2.4 GHz bandwidth or up to 300 Mbps* on the 5 GHz bandwidth. * Actual communication speed varies depending on your access point settings and so on. Your computer may employ the Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N technology* compliant with the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standard and the IEEE 802.11n draft standard. * Employed only on models that support the IEEE 802.11n draft standard. Wireless LAN devices using the 2.4 GHz bandwidth and the ones using the 5 GHz bandwidth cannot communicate with each other because the frequencies are different. The 2.4 GHz bandwidth used by wireless LAN compatible devices is also used by other various devices. Although technologies to minimize interference from other devices that use the same bandwidth are employed on wireless LAN compatible devices, such interference may cause lower communication speed, narrower communication range, or broken wireless connections. The communication speed varies depending on the distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the device configuration, the radio conditions, and the software in use. In addition, communications may be cut off depending on the radio conditions. The communication range varies depending on the actual distance between communication devices, existence of obstacles between such devices, the radio conditions, the ambient environment that includes existence of walls and materials of such walls, and the software in use. Deploying IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g products on the same wireless network may reduce the communication speed due to radio interference. Taking this into consideration, the IEEE 802.11g products are designed to reduce the communication speed to ensure communications with IEEE 802.11b products. When the communication speed is not as fast as expected, changing the wireless channel on the access point may increase the communication speed. n 65 N Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network in which a LAN is created only by the wireless devices themselves, with no other central controller or access point. Each device communicates directly with other devices in the network. You can set up an ad-hoc network easily at home. ❑ If the wireless connection is initiated by the VAIO computer, channel 11 will be selected by default. ❑ If the wireless connection is initiated by peer wireless LAN equipment, the wireless LAN communication will make use of the channel selected by the peer wireless LAN equipment. n 66 N Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) ! The IEEE 802.11n draft standard, using the 2.4 or 5 GHz bandwidth, is not available on ad-hoc networks. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The WIRELESS indicator lights up. Double-click ( / ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select your desired wireless option(s) and click OK. Click Start and Control Panel. Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet. Click Set up a connection or network on the left pane. The Set up a connection or network window appears. Select an option to specify the ad-hoc network settings and click Next. Follow the on-screen instructions. ✍ See the online specifications to see whether your model supports the Bluetooth functionality, the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standard, and/or the IEEE 802.11n draft standard. n 67 N Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with an Access Point (Infrastructure) An infrastructure network is a network that extends an existing wired local network to wireless devices by providing an access point (not supplied), for example the Sony Access Point. The access point bridges the wireless and wired LAN and acts as a central controller for the wireless LAN. The access point coordinates transmission and reception from multiple wireless devices within a specific range. The access point will select which channel to use on an infrastructure network. ! For details on how to select the channel that will be used by the access point, see the manual that came with your access point. n 68 N Using Your VAIO Computer To connect to a wireless network 1 2 3 4 5 6 Make sure an access point is set up. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. Turn on the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. The WIRELESS indicator lights up. Double-click ( / ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select your desired wireless option(s) and click OK. Right-click or on the taskbar and select Connect to a network. Select the desired access point and click Connect. ✍ For WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK authentication, you must enter a passphrase. The passphrase is case sensitive and must be between 8 and 63 alphanumeric characters long or up to 64 characters long using numbers from 0 to 9 and letters from A to F. See the online specifications to see whether your model supports the Bluetooth functionality, the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standard, and/or the IEEE 802.11n draft standard. n 69 N Using Your VAIO Computer Stopping Wireless LAN Communication To stop wireless LAN communication Turn off the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch. ! Turning off the wireless LAN functionality while accessing remote documents, files, or resources may result in data loss. n 70 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Bluetooth Functionality The Bluetooth functionality is available on selected models only. See the online specifications to see whether your model supports the Bluetooth functionality. You can establish wireless communication between your computer and other Bluetooth devices such as another computer or a mobile phone. You can transfer data between these devices without cables and up to 10 meters range in open space. To start Bluetooth communications 1 2 3 4 Turn on the WIRELESS switch. The WIRELESS indicator lights up. Double-click Click OK. ( / ) on the taskbar to display the Wireless Device Switch window. Select the Enable Bluetooth Device option. n 71 N Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on using the Bluetooth functionality ❑ The data transfer rate varies, depending on the following conditions: ❑ Obstacles, such as walls, located between devices ❑ Distance between devices ❑ Material used in walls ❑ Proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones ❑ Radio frequency interference and other environmental conditions ❑ Device configuration ❑ Type of software application ❑ Type of operating system ❑ Use of both wireless LAN and Bluetooth functionalities at the same time on your computer ❑ Size of file being exchanged ❑ Note that due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard, large files may occasionally be corrupted during continuous transfer due to electromagnetic interference in the environment. ❑ All Bluetooth devices must be certified to make sure that the applicable standard requirements are maintained. Even if standards are met, individual device performance, specifications, and operation procedures can vary. Data exchange may not be possible in all situations. ❑ As general characteristics of Bluetooth technology, video and audio may go out of synchronization if you play videos on your computer with audio output from the connected Bluetooth device. n 72 N Using Your VAIO Computer ❑ The 2.4 GHz band, with which Bluetooth devices or wireless LAN devices work, is used by various devices. Bluetooth devices use the technology to minimize the interference from other devices that use the same wave length. Simultaneous use of the Bluetooth functionality and wireless communication devices, however, may cause radio interference and result in poorer communication speeds and distances than the standard values. ✍ Read the Bluetooth regulations guide before using the Bluetooth functionality. ❑ The Bluetooth functionality may not work depending on the third party devices or the software version used by third party companies. ❑ As general characteristics of Bluetooth technology, connecting multiple Bluetooth devices to your computer may cause bandwidth congestion, resulting in poor performance of the devices. Bluetooth Security The Bluetooth wireless technology has an authentication function, which allows you to determine with whom you choose to communicate. With the authentication function, you can avoid any anonymous Bluetooth device to access your computer. The first time two Bluetooth devices communicate, a common passkey (a password required for authentication) should be determined for both devices to be registered. Once a device is registered, there is no need to re-enter the passkey. ✍ The passkey can be different each time, but must be the same at both ends. For certain devices, such as a mouse, no passkey can be entered. n 73 N Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with Another Bluetooth Device You can connect your computer to a Bluetooth device such as another computer, a mobile phone, a PDA, a headset, a mouse, or a digital camera without the use of any cables. n 74 N Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate with another Bluetooth device To communicate with another Bluetooth device, you need first to set up the Bluetooth functionality. For setting up and using the Bluetooth functionality, search for Bluetooth information using Windows Help and Support. To open Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support. Stopping Bluetooth Communications To stop Bluetooth communications Turn off the WIRELESS switch. The WIRELESS indicator turns off. n 75 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Bluetooth Headset The Bluetooth headset (not supplied) will come in handy during a video conference over the Internet using instant messaging software. For details on using the Bluetooth headset, see the manual that came with your Bluetooth headset. To connect the headset with your computer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Press and hold the headset power button for at least five seconds to turn on the Bluetooth headset. Press and hold the volume buttons for at least five seconds until the indicator light blinks in red and green. Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Bluetooth Devices. The Bluetooth Devices window appears. Click Add on the Devices tab. The Add Bluetooth Device Wizard window appears. Click to select the My device is set up and ready to be found check box and click Next. The wizard searches for Bluetooth devices in range and lists available devices, if any. Select the device name for your Bluetooth headset and click Next. Enter "0000" for Use the passkey found in the documentation and click Next. Click Finish. The headset icon appears on the Devices tab in the Bluetooth Devices window. Follow the on-screen instructions when the settings window for the headset appears. n 76 N Using Your VAIO Computer To disconnect the headset from your computer 1 2 3 Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Bluetooth Devices. The Bluetooth Devices window appears. Select the headset icon and select Disconnect. Click OK. n 77 N Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using the various ports on the computer. ❑ Connecting External Speakers (page 78) ❑ Connecting an External Display (page 79) ❑ Selecting Display Modes (page 83) ❑ Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 85) ❑ Connecting an External Microphone (page 87) ❑ Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device (page 88) ❑ Connecting a Printer (page 91) ❑ Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 92) ❑ Connecting to a Network (LAN) (page 94) n 78 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting External Speakers You can enhance the sound quality of your computer by connecting external speakers. To connect external speakers 1 2 3 Plug the speaker cable (1) into the headphones jack (2) i. Plug the other end of the speaker cable to the external speaker (3). Turn down the volume of the speakers before you turn them on. ✍ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. ! Do not place floppy disks on the speakers; their magnetic field may damage the data on the disks. n 79 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an External Display You can connect an external display (not supplied) to your computer. For example, you can use the computer with a computer display or a projector. ✍ Connect the power cord of your external display after connecting all other cables. Connecting a Computer Display You can connect a computer display (monitor) to your computer. To connect a computer display 1 2 If necessary, plug one end of the display's power cord (1) into your display, and the other end into an AC outlet. Plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer. n 80 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Multimedia Computer Display You can connect a multimedia computer display that includes built-in speakers and a microphone to your computer. To connect a multimedia computer display 1 2 3 4 Plug the power cord of your multimedia computer display (1) into an AC outlet. Plug the display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer. Plug the speaker cable (4) into the headphones jack (5) i on the computer. Plug the microphone cable (6) into the microphone jack (7) m on the computer. n 81 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a TV You can connect a TV to your computer. To connect a TV to your computer 1 2 3 4 5 Plug the power cord of your TV into an AC outlet. Plug one end of an S Video cable (not supplied) into the S VIDEO OUT port on the computer and the other end to the TV. Plug one end of an audio cable (not supplied) into the headphones jack on the computer and the other end to the TV. Switch the input channel of the TV to external input. Set up the TV configuration system. ✍ See the manual that came with your TV for more information on installation and use. If the display resolution of your computer is more than 1024 x 768 pixels, a part of the image cannot be displayed on your TV. If you want to display the full image, change the display resolution of the computer to 1024 x 768 pixels or lower. n 82 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Projector You can connect a projector (for example, the Sony LCD projector) to your computer. To connect a projector 1 2 3 4 Connect the power cord (1) of your projector into an AC outlet. Plug a display cable (2) (not supplied) into the monitor (VGA) port (3) a on the computer. Plug an audio cable (4) (not supplied) into the headphones jack (5) i on the computer. Plug the display cable and the audio cable into the jack and port on the projector (6). n 83 N Using Peripheral Devices Selecting Display Modes You can select which display to be used as the primary monitor when an external display (desktop monitor, etc.) is connected to your computer. The procedure for selecting a display depends on the video controller used in the computer. See the online specifications for detailed information on the video controller. If you want to work on your computer screen and the external display at the same time, see Using the Multiple Monitors Function (page 85) for more information. n 84 N Using Peripheral Devices To select a display Models with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 1 2 3 Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. ✍ You may not be able to display the same contents on your computer screen and the external display or projector at the same time, depending on the type of your external display or projector. Before turning on your computer, turn on the external display. Models with the ATI video controller When the computer has an external display connected, you can change the Main/Clone setting as follows: 1 2 3 Click Start, All Programs, and Catalyst Control Center. Click CCC. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. See the help file for more information. ✍ You may not be able to display the same contents on your computer screen and the external display or projector at the same time, depending on the type of your external display or projector. Before turning on your computer, turn on the external display. n 85 N Using Peripheral Devices Using the Multiple Monitors Function The Multiple Monitors function allows you to distribute portions of your desktop across separate displays. For example, if you have an external display connected to the monitor (VGA) port, your computer screen and the external display can function as a single desktop. You can move the cursor from one display to the other. This allows you to drag objects, such as an open application window or a toolbar, from one display to the other. ✍ Your external display may not support the Multiple Monitors function. Certain software applications may not be compatible with Multiple Monitors settings. Make sure that your computer does not enter Sleep or Hibernate mode while you are using Multiple Monitors mode; otherwise the computer may not return to Normal mode. If you set different colors on each display, do not expand a single window across two displays; otherwise your software may not work properly. Set fewer colors or a lower resolution for each display. n 86 N Using Peripheral Devices To select the Multiple Monitors mode ! To find out which video controller your model includes, see the online specifications. Models with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 1 2 3 Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to change the settings. Models with the ATI video controller 1 2 3 4 5 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Adjust screen resolution under Appearance and Personalization. Click the monitor icon marked 2. Select the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor option. Click Apply and then OK. If the Monitor Settings window appears, click Yes. ✍ Additionally, you can set the display colors and resolution for each display and customize the Multiple Monitors mode. n 87 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an External Microphone If you need to use a sound input device (for example, to chat over the Internet), you need to plug in an external microphone (not supplied). To connect an external microphone Plug the microphone cable (1) into the microphone jack (2) m. ✍ Make sure your microphone is designed for computer use. n 88 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To prevent your computer and/or USB devices from damage, observe the following: ❑ When moving the computer with USB devices connected, avoid any shock or force to the USB ports. ❑ Do not put the computer into a bag or carrying case when it has USB devices connected. Connecting a USB Mouse To connect a USB mouse 1 2 Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB mouse cable (2) into the USB port. You can now use your USB mouse (not supplied) (3). n 89 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a USB Floppy Disk Drive You can purchase a USB floppy disk drive and connect it to your computer. To connect a USB floppy disk drive 1 2 Choose the USB port (1) you prefer to use. Plug the USB floppy disk drive cable (2) into the USB port. Your USB floppy disk drive (3) is now ready for use. ! When using a USB floppy disk drive, do not apply force on the USB port. This may cause a malfunction. n 90 N Using Peripheral Devices Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is on or off. Disconnecting the drive when the computer is in a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate) may cause the computer to malfunction. To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive ✍ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 To disconnect a USB floppy disk drive when your computer is off, skip steps 1 to 8. Close all programs accessing the floppy disk drive. Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar. The Safely Remove Hardware window appears. Select the floppy disk drive you want to unplug. Click Stop. The Stop a Hardware device window appears. Confirm that the floppy disk drive can be safely removed from the system. Click OK. A message appears stating it is now safe to remove the hardware device. Click OK. Click Close to close the Safely Remove Hardware window. Disconnect the floppy disk drive from the computer. n 91 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to print documents. Connecting a Printer Using the USB Port You can connect a USB printer compatible with your version of Windows to the computer. To connect a printer using the USB port 1 2 3 Plug the power cord (1) of your printer into an AC outlet. Choose the USB port (3) you prefer to use. Plug one end of a USB printer cable (2) (not supplied) into the USB port and the other end to your printer. n 92 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices ❑ Your computer is equipped with an i.LINK port, which you can use to connect to an i.LINK device, such as a digital video camcorder. ❑ The i.LINK port on your computer does not supply power to external devices generally powered by i.LINK ports. ❑ The i.LINK port supports transfer rates up to 400 Mbps; however, the actual transfer rate depends on the transfer rate of the external device. ❑ The optional i.LINK cables may not be available in some countries or areas. ❑ An i.LINK connection with other compatible devices is not fully guaranteed. ❑ The i.LINK connection varies depending on the software applications, operating system, and i.LINK-compatible devices you use. See the manual that came with your software for more information. ❑ Check the working conditions and operating system compatibility of i.LINK-compatible PC peripherals (for example, an HDD or a CD-RW drive) before you connect them to your computer. n 93 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder To connect a digital video camcorder Plug one end of an i.LINK cable (1) (not supplied) into the i.LINK port (2) on the computer and the other end into the DV In/ Out port (3) on the digital video camcorder. ✍ On Sony digital video cameras, ports labeled DV Out, DV In/Out, or i.LINK are i.LINK-compatible. The Sony digital video camcorder shown here is an example; your digital video camcorder may need to be connected differently. You cannot access the pictures stored on a Memory Stick media when using an i.LINK connection. n 94 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks with an Ethernet network cable. Connect one end of a network cable (not supplied) to the network (Ethernet) port on the computer and the other end to your network. For detailed settings and devices needed to connect to the network, ask your network administrator. ✍ Your computer can be connected to the network with the default settings. ! Telephone lines cannot be connected to the network (LAN) connector on your computer. If the network (LAN) connector is connected to the telephone lines mentioned below, high electric current to the connector may cause damage, overheating, or fire. - Home (intercom speakerphone) or business-use telephone lines (multi-line business telephone) - Public telephone subscriber line - PBX (private branch exchange) Do not plug a telephone cable into the network port. n 95 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the main settings of your VAIO computer. Among other things, you will learn how to use and customize the look of your Sony software and utilities, etc. ❑ Setting the Password (page 96) ❑ Using Fingerprint Authentication (page 103) ❑ Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center (page 111) ❑ Using the Power Saving Modes (page 113) ❑ Managing Power with VAIO Power Management (page 118) ❑ Configuring Your Modem (page 119) n 96 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the password. Once you have set the password, you will be prompted to enter the password after the VAIO logo appears to start your computer. The power-on password allows you to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Adding the Power-on Password The power-on password is provided to protect your computer from unauthorized access. There are two types of the power-on password: machine password and user password. The machine password is provided for users with administrator rights on the computer to change all the setup options in the BIOS setup screen, as well as to start the computer. The user password is provided for the standard users to allow for changing some of the BIOS setup options, as well as starting the computer. To set the user password, you must first set the machine password. ! Once you have set the power-on password, you cannot start your computer without entering the password. Make sure not to forget the password. Write down your password and keep it safe and private from other people. If you forget the power-on password and need assistance to reset it, a password reset fee will be charged, and your computer may need to be sent in for depot service for password reset. ✍ If your computer is equipped with the fingerprint sensor and you have set the power-on password in conjunction with the fingerprint authentication functionality, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when turning on your computer. For more information, see Using Fingerprint Authentication (page 103). n 97 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer To add the power-on password (machine password) 1 2 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the Enter key. On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key. The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long. Select Password when Power On under Security. Press the space bar to change the setting from Disabled to Enabled. Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. 3 4 5 6 n 98 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer To add the power-on password (user password) ! Make sure you set the machine password before setting the user password. 1 2 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Enter the machine password and press the Enter key. Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the Enter key. On the password entry screen, enter the password twice and press the Enter key. The password can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters (including spaces) long. Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. 3 4 5 6 n 99 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password (machine password) 1 2 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Enter the machine password and press the Enter key. Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set Machine Password, and then press the Enter key. On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key. To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter key. Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. 3 4 5 6 n 100 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer To change or remove the power-on password (user password) 1 2 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Enter the user password and press the Enter key. Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab, select Set User Password, and then press the Enter key. On the password entry screen, enter the current password once and a new password twice, and then press the Enter key. To remove the password, leave the Enter New Password and Confirm New Password fields blank and press the Enter key. Press the < or , key to select Exit, select Exit Setup, and then press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. 3 4 5 6 n 101 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Adding the Windows Password The Windows password comes in handy when you have to share a single computer with other people. By setting the Windows password, you can protect your user account from unauthorized access. Entry of the Windows password will be prompted after you select your user account. ! Make sure not to forget the password. Write down your password and keep it safe and private from other people. ✍ If your computer is equipped with the fingerprint sensor and you have set the Windows password in conjunction with the fingerprint authentication functionality, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when turning on your computer. For more information, see Using Fingerprint Authentication (page 103). To add the Windows password 1 2 3 4 5 6 Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Create a password for your account under Make changes to your account. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter the password for your account. Click Create password. ✍ See Windows Help and Support for more information on the Windows password. n 102 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Changing/Removing the Windows Password To change the Windows password 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Change your password. In the Current password field, enter your current password. In the New password and Confirm new password fields, enter a new password. Click Change password. To remove the Windows password 1 2 3 4 5 6 Click Start and Control Panel. Click User Accounts and Family Safety or User Accounts. Click User Accounts. Click Remove your password. In the Current password field, enter the current password that you want to remove. Click Remove password. n 103 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Fingerprint Authentication Your computer may be equipped with a fingerprint sensor to provide you with additional convenience. A small horizontal bar located between the left and right touch pad buttons is the sensor of the fingerprint reader and will be referred to as the fingerprint sensor hereinafter. See the online specifications to see whether your model is equipped with the fingerprint sensor. Once you have registered your fingerprint(s), the fingerprint authentication functionality offers: ❑ A substitute for password entry ❑ Logging onto Windows (page 108) If you have enrolled your fingerprints for your user account, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when logging onto Windows. ❑ Power-on Security feature (page 108) If you have set the power-on password (page 96), you can substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when starting your computer. ❑ Password bank for quick Web site access (page 109) You can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) required to access the password-protected Web sites. ❑ File Safe feature to encrypt/decrypt data (page 109) With the File Safe feature, you can encrypt files and folder to create an encrypted archive. To decrypt or access such encrypted archives, you can use the fingerprint authentication or enter the password you specified for encryption. ❑ Application launcher function for quick application access (page 109) Once you have assigned an application to your finger, you can then swipe the finger across the fingerprint sensor to launch the assigned application. n 104 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Precautions on Using Fingerprint Authentication ❑ The fingerprint authentication technology does not ensure complete user authentication or complete protection of your data and hardware. Sony assumes no liabilities for any problems and damages arising out of your use of or inability to use the fingerprint sensor. ❑ The fingerprint recognition rate depends on your operating conditions and varies among individuals as well. ❑ Be sure to make a backup copy of the data stored on the hard disk drive, especially in the encrypted archives created with the File Safe feature, before sending your computer for repair. Sony assumes no liabilities for any loss or modification of your data that might have occurred during the course of repair. ❑ In case the hard disk drive has to be initialized, for example after the repair work, the fingerprint templates will be lost. You will have to enroll them all over again. ❑ The maintenance and management of data concerning fingerprint authentication must be carried out at your own risk. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of your data maintenance and management. ❑ Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk drive. See Erasing the Enrolled Fingerprints (page 110) for the detailed procedure. ❑ A fingerprint sensor may malfunction or be damaged if you scratch its surface with: ❑ a solid or sharp-pointed object ❑ fine objects, for example swiping a finger covered with dirt across the fingerprint sensor ❑ Discharge static electricity from your finger by touching a metallic object especially during dry seasons (e.g. winter) before scanning your fingerprint. Static electricity may cause a fingerprint sensor to malfunction. n 105 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Enrolling a Fingerprint To use the fingerprint authentication functionality, you must enroll your fingerprint(s) in your computer. ✍ Set the Windows password on your computer before enrollment. See Adding the Windows Password (page 101) for the detailed instructions. To enroll a fingerprint ! Up to 10 fingerprints can be enrolled for each user and up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature. You can also select the finger of which fingerprint you want to use for the Power-on Security feature later. 1 2 3 Click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Control Center. The Fingerprint Control Center window appears. Click Fingerprints and Initialize. Follow the on-screen instructions. ✍ To read the detailed description, open the help file from the Fingerprint Control Center window. n 106 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer If you have failed to enroll a fingerprint, follow these steps to try again. 1 Place the top joint of your finger on the fingerprint sensor (1). n 107 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer 2 Swipe your finger perpendicularly across the fingerprint sensor. ! Place your fingertip flat in the center of the fingerprint sensor. Scan your fingerprint from the top joint of the finger to the fingertip. Keep your finger in contact with the fingerprint sensor while swiping. Fingerprint enrollment may fail if you move your finger too fast or too slow. Let the fingerprint sensor take about one second to scan your fingerprint. You may not be able to enroll and/or have your fingerprint(s) recognized if your finger is excessively dry or wet, wrinkled, injured, dirty, etc. Enroll more than one fingerprint in case of inability to recognize the fingerprint. Up to 10 fingerprints can be enrolled per person. Note that up to 21 fingerprints can be enrolled for logging onto your system using the Power-on Security feature. Be sure to clean your fingertip(s) and the fingerprint sensor before swiping in order to keep good recognition performance. n 108 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Logging Onto Your System To use the fingerprint authentication functionality in place of password entry to log onto your system, you need to set the power-on and Windows passwords and configure your computer for fingerprint authentication. For setting the power-on and Windows passwords, see Setting the Password (page 96). Logging onto Windows If you have enrolled your fingerprints for your user account, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for Windows password entry. To log onto Windows, swipe the finger with the enrolled fingerprint across the fingerprint sensor when the Windows log-on screen appears. For detailed information on logging onto Windows, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file. Power-on Security feature If you have set the power-on password (page 96), you can substitute fingerprint authentication for password entry when starting your computer. For detailed information on the Power-on Security feature, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file. n 109 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Password Bank Once you have registered your user information (user accounts, passwords, etc.) for Web sites in the Password bank, you can substitute fingerprint authentication for entering information required to access the password-protected Web sites. For detailed information on using the Password bank, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file. ! You may not be able to use the Password bank feature depending on the Web site you access. Using the File Safe Feature With the File Safe feature, you can create an encrypted archive to include a file and/or folder for protection against unauthorized access. The encrypted archive can be decrypted or unlocked for included file/folder access by swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor or entering the backup password you specified for encryption. For detailed information on using the File Safe feature, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file. Using the Application Launcher The application launcher feature is available on your computer for launching your preferred application (executable file) that is assigned to one of your fingers with the enrolled fingerprint. Once you have assigned an application to your finger, you can launch the assigned application simply by swiping your finger across the fingerprint sensor. For detailed information on using the application launcher feature, click Start, All Programs, Protector Suite QL, and Help to read the help file. n 110 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Erasing the Enrolled Fingerprints Before disposing of your computer or transferring it to a third person, it is strongly recommended you erase the fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor after erasing the data stored on your hard disk drive. To erase the enrolled fingerprints 1 2 Turn on the computer. Press the F2 key when the VAIO logo appears. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Press the < or , key to select Security to display the Security tab. Press the m key to select Clear Fingerprint Data and press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, select Continue and press the Enter key. The fingerprint data enrolled on the fingerprint sensor is erased automatically after your system restarts. 3 4 5 n 111 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center utility allows you to access system information and to specify preferences for system behavior. To use VAIO Control Center 1 2 3 Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Select the desired control item and change the settings. Once finished, click OK. The setting of the desired item has been changed. ✍ For more information about each option, see the help file on VAIO Control Center. Some of the control items will not be visible if you open VAIO Control Center as a standard user. n 112 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Changing the default illumination lamp activity The illumination lamp on the bottom of your computer illuminates depending on your actions or the computer's status. You can change this default activity of the lamp to make it stay unlit by following these steps: 1 2 3 4 Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Click Illumination LED Setting in Others. Click to cancel the Enable the Illumination LED check box. Click OK. n 113 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Power Saving Modes When you use a battery pack as the power source for your computer, you can take advantage of the power management settings to conserve battery life. In addition to the normal operating mode, which allows you to turn off specific devices, your computer has two distinct power saving modes: Sleep and Hibernate. When using battery power, you should be aware that the computer will automatically enter Hibernate mode if the remaining battery charge becomes short, regardless of the power management setting you select. ! If the battery level falls below 10%, you should either connect the AC adapter to recharge the battery pack or shut down your computer and install a fully charged battery pack. Using Normal Mode This is the normal state of the computer when it is in use. The green power indicator light is on in this mode. To save power while not working, you can turn off a specific device such as the LCD screen or the hard disk drive. n 114 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places the storage device(s) and the CPU into a low power consumption mode. The umber power light flashes during this mode. ! If you do not intend to use your computer for a long period of time while it is disconnected from AC power, place the computer into Hibernate mode or turn it off. To activate Sleep mode Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Sleep. ✍ When your computer is in Sleep mode, you cannot insert a disc. Your computer comes out of Sleep mode quicker than out of Hibernate mode. Sleep mode uses more power than Hibernate mode. ! If the battery runs down while your computer is in Sleep mode, you will lose all unsaved data. Going back to the previous work state is impossible. To avoid loss of data, you should save your data frequently. To return to Normal mode Press any key. ! If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. You will lose all unsaved data. n 115 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer If the computer is not used for a certain period of time, it will enter Sleep mode. To modify this, you can change the Sleep mode settings. To change the Sleep mode settings 1 2 3 Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan. Change the time to place the computer into Sleep mode and click Save Changes. n 116 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Hibernate Mode In Hibernate mode, the state of the system is saved on the hard disk drive and power is turned off. Even when the battery runs down, no data will be lost. The power indicator light is off in this mode. ✍ If you do not intend to use your computer for a long period of time, place the computer into Hibernate mode. This power saving mode saves you the time of shutting down and resuming. To activate Hibernate mode Press the Fn+F12 keys. The computer enters Hibernate mode. Alternatively, you can click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Hibernate to place the computer into Hibernate mode. ✍ When your computer is in Hibernate mode, you cannot insert a disc. Hibernate mode requires more time than Sleep mode to be activated. Hibernate mode uses less power than Sleep mode. ! Do not move your computer before its power indicator light turns off. n 117 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer To return to Normal mode Press the power button. The computer returns to its normal state. ! If you press and hold the power button for more than four seconds, your computer will turn off automatically. ✍ It takes more time to return to Normal mode from Hibernate mode than from Sleep mode. n 118 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Managing Power with VAIO Power Management Power management helps you set up power schemes for running on AC or battery power to suit your requirements for power consumption. VAIO Power Management is a software application developed exclusively for VAIO computers. With this software application, you can enhance the Windows power management functions to ensure better operation of your computer and longer battery life. For more information on VAIO Power Management, see the help file on the VAIO Power Management software. Selecting a Power Plan When you start the computer, a power status icon appears on the taskbar. This icon indicates what kind of power source you are using at that time, for example, AC power. Click this icon to display the window that shows your power status. The VAIO Power Management functionality is added to the Windows Power Options Properties. To select a power plan 1 2 Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Select your desired power plan. To change the power plan settings 1 2 3 4 Click Change plan settings under your desired power plan in the Power Options window. Change the Sleep mode and display settings as needed. If you need to change the advanced settings, click Change advanced power settings and go to step 3. Otherwise, click Save changes. Click the VAIO Power Management tab. Change the settings for each item. Click OK. n 119 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Configuring Your Modem Before you can start using your internal modem (not all modems are built-in), or each time you use your modem while traveling, make sure that the country of the active location defined in the Phone and Modem Options window matches the country you are dialing from. To change your modem country settings 1 2 3 4 5 6 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound. Click Phone and Modem Options. The Location Information window appears. Enter the required information, and then click OK. The Phone and Modem Options window appears. Select your location on the Dialing Rules tab. Click the Edit button to change the current configuration. The Edit Location window appears. Or Click the New button to configure your modem. The New Location window appears. Check the country/region settings, and make sure it matches the place you are dialing from. 7 ✍ 8 Pulse dial may not be supported in some counties or areas. If you modified your location settings, click Apply, and then OK. The Phone and Modem Options window appears. n 120 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer 9 Check that your modem is listed on the Modems tab. If your modem is not listed, click Add and follow the wizard. 10 Click Apply/OK. Your modem is configured. ! Before applying new country settings, make sure your phone cable is disconnected from your computer. n 121 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high precision components and electronic connectors technology. To avoid invalidation of the warranty during your product warranty period, we recommend that: ❑ You should contact your dealer to install a new memory module. ❑ You should not install it yourself, if you are not familiar with upgrading memory on a computer. ❑ You should not touch the connectors or open the memory module compartment cover. For the type of module and the amount of memory installed on your model, see the online specifications. Contact VAIO-Link if you need assistance. n 122 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of your computer, you can increase the memory by installing optional memory modules. Before you upgrade your computer's memory, read the notes and procedures in the following pages. Notes on adding/removing memory modules ❑ Be careful when changing memory. Improper installation of memory modules may cause damage to your system. This damage may void your manufacturer's warranty. ❑ Only use memory modules that are compatible with your computer. If a memory module is not detected by the computer or the Windows operating system becomes unstable, contact the sales dealer or the manufacturer of your memory module. ❑ Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage electronic components. Before touching a memory module, ensure the following: ❑ The procedures described in this document assume user familiarity with the general terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety practice and regulatory compliance requirements for using and modifying electronic equipment. ❑ Turn off your computer and disconnect it from its power source (that is, battery pack or AC adapter) and from any telecommunication links, networks, or modems before you remove any cover or panel from the computer. Failure to do so may result in personal injury or equipment damage. ❑ ESD can damage memory modules and other components. Install the memory module only at an ESD workstation. If such a station is not available, do not work in a carpeted area, and do not handle materials that produce or hold static electricity (cellophane wrappers, for example). Ground yourself by maintaining contact with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the procedure. ❑ Do not open the memory module package before you are ready to change the module. The package protects the module from ESD. n 123 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer ❑ Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap the module in aluminum foil to protect it from ESD. ❑ Introducing any liquids, foreign substances, or objects into the memory module slots or other internal components of your computer will result in damage to the computer and any repair costs will not be covered by the warranty. ❑ Do not place the memory module in a location subject to: ❑ Heat sources such as radiators or air ducts ❑ Direct sunlight ❑ Excessive dust ❑ Mechanical vibration or shock ❑ Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded ❑ Ambient temperature of more than 35°C or less than 5°C ❑ High humidity ❑ Handle the memory module with care. To avoid injuries to your hands and fingers, do not touch the edges of the components and circuit boards inside your computer. n 124 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory module 1 2 3 Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices. Unplug the computer and remove the battery pack. Wait until the computer cools down. n 125 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 4 Unscrew the screw (1) first and then other five screws (2) on the bottom of the computer and remove the memory module compartment cover. n 126 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 5 6 Touch a metal object to discharge static electricity. Remove the currently installed memory module as follows: ❑ Pull the latches in the direction of the arrows (1). The memory module is released. ❑ Make sure that the memory module tilts up and then pull it out in the direction of the arrow (2). 7 Remove the new memory module from its packaging. n 127 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 8 Slide the memory module into the memory module slot and push it in until it clicks into place. ! Do not touch any other components on the motherboard. If you use only one memory module, be sure to insert it to the upper slot. Be sure to insert the connector edge of the memory module into the slot while aligning the notch on the module with the small projection in the open slot. n 128 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 9 Replace the memory module compartment cover. 10 Tighten the screws on the bottom of the computer. ! Do not install the screw (1) in step 4 into other screw holes, as doing so may cause damage to your computer because the length of the screw (1) is longer than that of other screws (2). 11 Reinstall the battery pack and turn on the computer. n 129 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory 1 2 3 Turn on the computer. Click Start, All Programs, and VAIO Control Center. The VAIO Control Center window appears. Double-click the System Information icon under the System Information folder. You can view the amount of system memory. If the additional memory does not appear, repeat the whole installation procedure and restart the computer. n 130 N Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer from potential damage. ❑ On Handling the LCD Screen (page 131) ❑ On Using the Power Source (page 132) ❑ On Handling Your Computer (page 133) ❑ On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 135) ❑ On Handling Floppy Disks (page 136) ❑ On Handling Discs (page 137) ❑ On Using the Battery Pack (page 138) ❑ On Using Headphones (page 139) ❑ On Handling Memory Stick Media (page 140) ❑ On Handling the Hard Disk (page 141) ❑ On Updating Your Computer (page 142) n 131 N Precautions On Handling the LCD Screen ❑ Do not leave the LCD screen facing the sun. This could damage the LCD screen. Be careful when using your computer near a window. ❑ Do not scratch the surface of the LCD screen or exert pressure on it. This could cause a malfunction. ❑ Using your computer in low temperature conditions may produce a residual image on the LCD screen. This is not a malfunction. When the computer returns to normal temperature, the screen returns to normal. ❑ A residual image may appear on the LCD screen if the same image is displayed for a long period of time. The residual image disappears in a while. You can use a screen saver to prevent residual images. ❑ The LCD screen becomes warm during operation. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. ❑ The LCD screen is manufactured using high-precision technology. You may, however, see tiny black points and/or bright points (red, blue, or green) that continuously appear on the LCD screen. This is a normal result of the manufacturing process and does not indicate a malfunction. ❑ Avoid rubbing the LCD screen. This could damage the screen. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the surface of the LCD screen. ❑ Do not change the LCD screen orientation setting in the Tablet PC Settings window even when there are change options available for selection, as it may make your computer unstable. Sony assumes no liabilities for any defects arising out of making the change. n 132 N Precautions On Using the Power Source ❑ See the online specifications to check the power operation of your model. ❑ Do not share the AC outlet with other power-consuming equipment, such as a photocopier or a shredder. ❑ You can purchase a power strip with a surge protector. This device helps prevent damage to your computer caused by sudden power surges, in an electrical storm, for example. ❑ Do not place heavy objects on the power cord. ❑ To disconnect the cord, pull it out by holding the plug. Never pull the cord itself. ❑ Unplug your computer from the AC outlet if you are not planning to use the computer for a long period of time. ❑ Make sure that the AC outlet is easily accessible. ❑ When the AC adapter is not used, unplug it from the AC outlet. ❑ Use the AC adapter supplied with your computer or genuine Sony products. Do not use any other AC adapter as it may cause a malfunction. n 133 N Precautions On Handling Your Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your computer. ❑ If you drop a solid object or any liquid onto your computer, shut down the computer, unplug it, and remove the battery pack. You may want to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it again. ❑ Do not drop your computer or place any objects on top of the computer. ❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to: ❑ Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts ❑ Direct sunlight ❑ Excessive dust ❑ Moisture or rain ❑ Mechanical vibration or shock ❑ Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded ❑ Ambient temperature of more than 35°C or less than 5°C ❑ High humidity ❑ Do not place electronic equipment near your computer. The electromagnetic field of the computer may cause a malfunction. ❑ Provide adequate air circulation to prevent internal overheating. Do not place your computer on porous surfaces such as rugs or blankets, or near material such as curtains or draperies that may block its air vents. ❑ Your computer, the AC adapter, or the battery pack may become hot during usage. This is not a malfunction. n 134 N Precautions ❑ Your computer uses high-frequency radio signals and may cause interference to radio or TV reception. If this occurs, relocate the computer a suitable distance away from the set. ❑ Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise, problems may occur. ❑ Do not use cut or damaged connection cables. ❑ If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer. In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer. If any problems occur, unplug the computer and contact VAIO-Link. ❑ Make sure you disconnect the power cord before cleaning your computer. ❑ To avoid losing data if your computer is damaged, back up your data regularly. n 135 N Precautions On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE camera, as it may cause scratches on the cover and such scratches will appear on the captured images. ❑ Do not let the direct sunlight get into the scope of the built-in MOTION EYE camera regardless of your computer's power state, as it may cause a malfunction of the camera. ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera is disabled while videos or still images are imported from an i.LINK-compatible device connected to the i.LINK port. ❑ Clean the lens protection cover of the built-in MOTION EYE camera with a blower brush or a soft brush. If the cover is extremely dirty, wipe it off with a soft dry cloth. Do not rub the cover, as it is force-sensitive. n 136 N Precautions On Handling Floppy Disks ❑ Do not open the shutter manually or touch the surface of the floppy disk. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from magnets. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. ❑ Keep floppy disks away from any liquid. Do not let them get wet. When you are not using your floppy disk, always remove it from the floppy disk drive and use a storage case. ❑ If the floppy disk comes with an adhesive label, make sure that the label is properly affixed. If the edge of the label is curled up, the label may stick to the inside of the floppy disk drive and cause a malfunction or damage your floppy disk. n 137 N Precautions On Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of the disc. ❑ Do not drop or bend the disc. ❑ Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown below: ❑ Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol, commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause damage to the disc. ❑ For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edges and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out. ❑ If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water, wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from the center out. Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth. ❑ Never affix an adhesive label to a disc. This will affect the use of the disc irreparably. n 138 N Precautions On Using the Battery Pack ❑ Do not leave battery packs in temperatures above 60°C, such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight. ❑ Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures. ❑ Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time. ❑ Certain rechargeable batteries do not meet Sony quality and safety standards. For safety reasons this computer only functions with genuine Sony batteries designed for this model. When installing another kind of battery, the battery will not be charged and the computer will not function. ❑ While the battery pack is in use or being charged, heat builds up in the battery pack. This is normal and is not cause for concern. ❑ Keep the battery pack away from all sources of heat. ❑ Keep the battery pack dry. ❑ Do not open or try to disassemble the battery pack. ❑ Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock. ❑ If you are not using your computer for a long period of time, remove the battery pack from the computer to prevent damage to the battery pack. ❑ If, after fully charging the battery pack, the battery power is still low, the battery pack may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced. ❑ You do not need to discharge the battery pack before recharging. ❑ If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount of time, recharge the battery pack. n 139 N Precautions On Using Headphones ❑ Road safety – Do not use headphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in some areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play loud music while walking, especially at pedestrian crossings. ❑ Preventing hearing damage – Avoid using headphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use. n 140 N Precautions On Handling Memory Stick Media ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick media connector with your finger or metallic objects. ❑ Use only the adhesive label supplied with the Memory Stick media as a label. ❑ Do not bend, drop, or apply strong shock to the Memory Stick media. ❑ Do not disassemble or modify Memory Stick media. ❑ Do not let Memory Stick media get wet. ❑ Do not use or store Memory Stick media in a location subject to: ❑ Static electricity ❑ Electrical noise ❑ Extremely high temperatures, such as in a car parked in the sun ❑ Direct sunlight ❑ High humidity ❑ Corrosive substances ❑ Use the storage case supplied with the Memory Stick media. ❑ Be sure to make a backup copy of your valuable data. ❑ Keep the Memory Stick media and Memory Stick Adaptors out of reach of children. There is a risk of swallowing them. ❑ When using the Memory Stick Duo media, do not use a fine-tipped pen to write on the label adhered to the Memory Stick Duo media. Exerting pressure on the media may damage internal components. n 141 N Precautions On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk drive has a high storage density and reads or writes data in a short time. However, it can be easily damaged by mechanical vibration, shock, or dust. Although the hard disk drive has the internal safety device to prevent losing data due to mechanical vibration, shock or dust, you should be careful when handling your computer. To avoid damaging your hard disk drive ❑ Do not subject your computer to sudden movements. ❑ Keep your computer away from magnets. ❑ Do not place your computer in a location subject to mechanical vibration or in an unstable position. ❑ Do not move your computer while the power is on. ❑ Do not turn off the power or restart your computer while reading or writing data to the hard disk drive. ❑ Do not use your computer in a place subject to extreme changes in temperature. ✍ If the hard disk drive is damaged, the data cannot be restored. n 142 N Precautions On Updating Your Computer Confirm that the latest updates have been installed on your computer using the following software applications so that the computer can run more efficiently. To confirm that they have been installed on the computer, follow these steps for each software application: ❑ Windows Update Click Start, All Programs, and Windows Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. ❑ VAIO Update 3 Click Start, All Programs, VAIO Update 3, and VAIO Update Options and then follow the on-screen instructions. If you have not yet installed the latest updates, install them with the above software. To download and install the updates on the computer, the computer must be connected to the Internet. For information on how to connect the computer to the Internet, see Using the Internet (page 62). n 143 N Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your VAIO computer. Many problems have simple solutions. Try these suggestions before contacting VAIO-Link. ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ Computer (page 144) System Security (page 151) Battery (page 152) Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 154) Internet (page 157) Networking (page 159) Bluetooth Technology (page 162) Optical Discs (page 167) Display (page 171) Printing (page 177) Microphone (page 178) Mouse (page 179) Speakers (page 180) Touch Pad (page 181) Keyboard (page 182) Floppy Disks (page 183) Audio/Video (page 184) ❑ Memory Stick Media (page 185) ❑ Peripherals (page 186) n 144 N Troubleshooting Computer What should I do if my computer does not start? ❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator shows the power is on. ❑ Make sure the battery pack is installed properly and charged. ❑ Make sure the floppy disk drive (if applicable) is empty. ❑ If your computer is plugged into a power strip or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), make sure the power strip or UPS is plugged into a power source and turned on. ❑ If you are using an external display, make sure it is plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the brightness and contrast controls are adjusted correctly. See the manual that came with your display for more information. ❑ Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery pack. Wait three to five minutes. Reinstall the battery pack, reconnect the AC adapter, and then press the power button to turn on your computer. ❑ Condensation may cause your computer to malfunction. If this occurs, do not use the computer for at least one hour. ❑ Remove any extra memory modules you may have installed since purchase. ❑ Check that you are using the supplied Sony AC adapter. For your safety, use only the genuine Sony rechargeable battery pack and AC adapter, which are supplied by Sony for your VAIO computer. n 145 N Troubleshooting What should I do if a BIOS error appears when I turn on my computer? If the message "Press <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup" appears at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps: 1 Press the F2 key. The BIOS setup screen appears. If not, restart the computer and press the F2 key several times when the VAIO logo appears. Set the date (month/day/year). Press the Enter key. Press the m key to select System Time, and then set the time (hour: minute: second). Press the Enter key. Press the , key to select the Exit tab, and then press the F9 key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. Select Exit Setup, and press the Enter key. At the confirmation prompt, press the Enter key. Your computer restarts. 2 3 4 5 If this occurs frequently, contact VAIO-Link. What should I do if the power indicator (Green) lights but my screen remains blank? ❑ If the illumination lamp is on, press any key. ❑ Otherwise, follow these steps: 1 2 Press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to check that the power indicator goes out. Then turn on your computer again. If your computer screen still remains blank, unplug the AC adapter, remove the battery pack, and leave the computer for about a minute. Then reinstall the battery pack, plug in the AC adapter, and turn on the computer again. n 146 N Troubleshooting What should I do if my computer or software stops responding? ❑ If your computer stops responding while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Shut Down to turn off your computer. ❑ If your computer does not turn off, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow and Shut Down. If the Windows Security window appears, click Shut Down. ! Turning off your computer with the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys or the power button may cause loss of unsaved data. next to the Shut down button ❑ If your computer still does not turn off, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off. ❑ Remove the AC adapter and battery pack. ❑ Try reinstalling the software. ❑ Contact the software publisher or designated provider for technical support. n 147 N Troubleshooting Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep or Hibernate mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating mode is changed before the computer completely enters Sleep or Hibernate mode. To restore your computer to normal operating stability 1 2 3 4 Close all open programs. Click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart. If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart. If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off. ! Turning off your computer with the power button may cause loss of unsaved data. What should I do if the battery indicator is flashing and my computer does not start? ❑ This issue could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To resolve this issue, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack. Then install the battery pack to the computer again. For details, see Installing the Battery Pack (page 24). ❑ If the issue persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the battery pack and contact VAIO-Link. n 148 N Troubleshooting What should I do if a message window, notifying of incompatibility or improper installation of the battery pack, appears and my computer enters Hibernate mode? ❑ This issue could be due to the battery pack not being installed properly. To resolve this issue, turn off your computer and remove the battery pack. Then install the battery pack to the computer again. For details, see Installing the Battery Pack (page 24). ❑ If the issue persists after performing the above, it means the installed battery pack is not compatible. Remove the battery pack and contact VAIO-Link. Why does the System Properties window display a slower CPU speed than the maximum? This is normal. Because your computer's CPU utilizes a type of CPU speed controlling technology for power conservation purposes, System Properties may display the CPU's current speed instead of the maximum speed. What should I do if Windows does not start, showing a message, when I start my computer? If you enter a wrong power-on password three times consecutively, the Enter Onetime Password message appears. If you enter a wrong power-on password three times consecutively again, the System Disabled message appears and Windows will not start. Press and hold the power button for more than four seconds to check that the power indicator goes off. Wait for 10 or 15 seconds, then restart your computer and enter the correct password. When entering the password, check that the Num lock indicator and Caps lock indicator are off. If any are lit, press the Num Lk key or the Caps Lock key to turn off the indicator before entering the password. n 149 N Troubleshooting What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing? ❑ Check the Web site of the game if there are any patches or updates to download. ❑ Make sure you have installed the latest video driver. ❑ On some VAIO models, the graphics memory is shared with the system. The optimal graphic performance in this case is not guaranteed. What should I do if I cannot remember the BIOS password? If you have forgotten the BIOS password, contact VAIO-Link to reset it. A reset fee will be charged. Why does it take time before my computer starts? If the firewall of Norton 360 is active, it may take some time before the desktop screen appears due to network security checkups. Why doesn't my screen turn off when the time selected for the automatic turn-off action has passed? The VAIO Original Screen Saver disables the timer setting, which you can select using the Windows power options, for your screen to turn off. Select the screen saver other than the VAIO Original Screen Saver. What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk drive connected to the computer? To boot your computer from the USB floppy disk drive, you need to change the boot device. Turn on your computer and press the F11 key when the VAIO logo appears. n 150 N Troubleshooting How do I check the volume of the recovery partition? Your hard disk drive contains the recovery partition where data for the system recovery is stored. To check the volume of the recovery partition, follow these steps: 1 2 Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Manage. The Computer Management window appears. Click Disk Management under Storage on the left pane. The volume of the recovery partition and the total volume of the C drive are displayed in the Disk 0 row on the center pane. n 151 N Troubleshooting System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The Microsoft Windows operating system is preinstalled on your computer. The best way to protect your computer against security threats, such as viruses, is to download and install the latest Windows updates regularly. You can get important Windows updates by doing the following: ! Your computer must be connected to the Internet before you can receive updates. 1 2 3 Connect to the Internet. Double-click the Windows Security Alerts icon on the taskbar. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up automatic or scheduled updates. How do I keep my antivirus software updated? You can keep the Norton Internet Security software program current with the latest updates from Symantec Corporation. To download and install the latest security update, follow these steps: 1 2 3 Click Start, All Programs, Norton 360, and Norton 360. The Norton 360 main window appears. Click the Tasks and Settings option. Follow the on-screen instructions to select and download updates. n 152 N Troubleshooting Battery How do I find the battery charging status? See Charging the Battery Pack (page 26). When is my computer using AC power? When your computer is directly connected to the AC adapter, it uses AC power, even if the battery pack is installed. When should I recharge the battery pack? ❑ When the battery level falls below 10%. ❑ When both the battery and power indicators blink. ❑ When you have not used the battery pack for a long period of time. When should I replace the battery pack? If the battery power is still low after charging it, the battery pack may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced. Should I be concerned that the installed battery pack is warm? No, it is normal for the battery pack to be warm when it is powering your computer. n 153 N Troubleshooting Can my computer enter Hibernate mode while using battery power? Your computer can enter Hibernate mode while using battery power, but some software programs and peripheral devices prevent the system from entering Hibernate mode. If you are using a program that prevents the system from entering Hibernate mode, save your data frequently to avoid losing data. See Using Hibernate Mode (page 116) for information on how you can manually activate Hibernate mode. n 154 N Troubleshooting Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images? ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑ The video memory of your computer may have become insufficient for displaying images from the built-in MOTION EYE camera. Lowering the resolution or reducing the colors of the LCD screen might help. ❑ The viewer window may show some noise, for example horizontal streaks, if you view a rapid-moving object. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. ❑ If the problem persists, restart your computer. Why are captured images poor in quality? ❑ The images captured under the fluorescent lamp may show reflection of the light. ❑ A dark portion in captured images may appear as a noise. ❑ If the lens protection cover is dirty, you cannot take a clear shot. Clean the cover. See On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera (page 135). Why do captured images contain dropped frames and audio interruptions? ❑ The effect settings on your software application may have caused dropped frames. See the help file on your software application for more information. ❑ There may be more software applications running than your computer can handle. Exit the applications that you are not currently using. ❑ The power management function of your computer may have been activated. Check the CPU performance. n 155 N Troubleshooting Why does movie playback show dropped frames when my computer is running on the battery? The battery pack is running out of power. Connect your computer to an AC power source. Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs when you use the camera under fluorescent lights due to the mismatch between lighting output frequency and shutter speed. To reduce flicker noise, change the pointing direction of the camera or the brightness of camera images. In some software applications, you can set an appropriate value to one of the camera properties (e.g. LightSource, Flickness, etc.) to eliminate flicker noise. Why is the video input from the built-in MOTION EYE camera suspended for a few seconds? The video input may be suspended for a few seconds if: ❑ a shortcut key with the Fn key is used. ❑ the CPU load increases. This is normal and does not indicate a malfunction. n 156 N Troubleshooting Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than one software application. If another software application is using the camera, exit the application before using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑ If the problem persists, you must reinstall the driver software for the camera. Follow these steps: 1 2 3 Click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, and Device Manager. Double-click Imaging devices. Right-click the device name for your camera and click Update Driver Software. What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when it enters a power saving mode while the built-in MOTION EYE camera is in use? ❑ Do not place your computer into Sleep or Hibernate mode while you are using the built-in MOTION EYE camera. ❑ If your computer automatically enters Sleep or Hibernate mode, change the corresponding power saving mode setting. For changing the setting, see Using the Power Saving Modes (page 113). n 157 N Troubleshooting Internet What should I do if my modem does not work? ❑ Make sure the telephone cable is securely plugged into the modem port on your computer and the wall jack. ❑ Make sure the telephone cable is working. Plug the cable into an ordinary telephone and listen for a dial tone. ❑ Make sure that the telephone number the program is dialing is correct. ❑ Make sure the software you are using is compatible with your computer's modem. (All preinstalled Sony programs are compatible.) ❑ Make sure the modem is the only device connected to your telephone line. ❑ Follow these steps to check the settings: 1 2 3 4 5 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound. Click Phone and Modem Options. On the Modems tab, check that your modem is listed. On the Dialing Rules tab, check the location information is correct. n 158 N Troubleshooting Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/V.90 compatible modem. Many factors may influence modem connection speed, including telephone line noise or compatibility with telephone equipment, such as fax machines or other modems. If you think your modem is not connecting properly to other PC-based modems, fax machines, or your ISP, do any of the following: ❑ Ask your telephone company to verify your telephone line is free of any line noise. ❑ If your problem is fax-related, make sure there are no problems with the fax machine you are calling and that it is compatible with fax modems. ❑ If you are having a problem connecting with your ISP, make sure the ISP is not experiencing technical problems. ❑ If you have a second telephone line, try connecting the modem to that line. n 159 N Troubleshooting Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? ❑ Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. ❑ Make sure the WIRELESS or WIRELESS LAN switch is on and the WIRELESS indicator is lit on your computer. ❑ Make sure power to the access point is on. ❑ Follow these steps to check the settings: 1 2 3 Click Start and Control Panel. Click View network status and tasks under Network and Internet. Click Connect to a network to confirm that your access point is selected. ❑ Make sure the encryption key is correct. ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. To change the settings, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan. Click Change advanced power settings. The Power Options window appears. Select the Advanced settings tab. Double-click Wireless Adapter Settings and Power Saving Mode. Select Maximum Performance from the drop-down list both for On battery and Plugged in. n 160 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot access the Internet? ❑ Check the access point settings. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer and the access point are connected to one another. ❑ Move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. ❑ Make sure your computer is properly configured for Internet access. ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 159) to change the settings. Why is the data transfer speed slow? ❑ The wireless LAN data transfer speed is affected by distance and obstructions between devices and access points. Other factors include device configurations, radio conditions, and software compatibility. To maximize the data transfer speed, move your computer away from obstructions or closer to any access point you may be using. ❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, the device may be temporarily overloaded depending on how many other devices are communicating via the access point. ❑ If your access point interferes with other access points, change the access point channel. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 159) to change the settings. n 161 N Troubleshooting How do I avoid data transfer interruptions? ❑ When your computer is connected to an access point, data transfer interruptions may occur when using large files or if the computer is in close proximity to microwaves and cordless telephones. ❑ Move your computer closer to the access point. ❑ Make sure the access point connection is intact. ❑ Change the access point channel. See the manual that came with your access point for more information. ❑ Make sure Maximum Performance is selected for Wireless Adapter Settings in the Power Options window. Selecting any other option may result in a communication failure. Follow the steps in What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access point? (page 159) to change the settings. What are channels? ❑ Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels. Third-party wireless LAN access point channels may be preset to different channels from Sony devices. ❑ If you are using a wireless LAN access point, see connectivity information contained in the manual that came with your access point. Why does the network connection stop when I change the encryption key? Two computers with the wireless LAN functionality may lose a peer-to-peer network connection if the encryption key is changed. You can either change the encryption key back to the original profile or re-enter the key on both computers so the key matches. n 162 N Troubleshooting Bluetooth Technology What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot discover my computer? ❑ Make sure both devices have the Bluetooth functionality enabled. ❑ If the WIRELESS indicator is off, turn on the WIRELESS switch. ❑ You cannot use the Bluetooth functionality when your computer is in a power saving mode. Return to Normal mode, then turn on the WIRELESS switch. ❑ Your computer and the device may be too far apart. Wireless Bluetooth technology works best when the devices are within 10 meters of each other. Why can't my computer discover other Bluetooth devices? If the connected device is also connected to other devices, it may not appear on the Devices tab in the Bluetooth Devices window or you may not be able to communicate with the device. What should I do if I cannot find the Bluetooth device with which I want to communicate? ❑ Check that the Bluetooth functionality of the device with which you want to communicate is on. See the other device's manual for more information. ❑ If the device with which you want to communicate is already communicating with another Bluetooth device, it may not be found or it may not be able to communicate with your computer. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer check box. n 163 N Troubleshooting What should I do if other Bluetooth devices cannot connect to my computer? ❑ Make sure the other device is authenticated. ❑ To allow other Bluetooth devices to communicate with your computer, click Start, Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Bluetooth Devices, and the Options tab and select the Allow Bluetooth devices to connect to this computer check box. ❑ The data transfer distance can be shorter than 10 meters depending on existing obstacles between the two devices, on radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each other. ❑ If the device with which you want to communicate is already communicating with another Bluetooth device, it may not be found or it may not be able to communicate with your computer. ❑ Check that the Bluetooth functionality of the device with which you want to communicate is on. See the other device's manual for more information. n 164 N Troubleshooting Why is my Bluetooth connection slow? ❑ The data transfer speed depends on the obstacles and/or the distance between the two devices, on the radio wave quality, and on the operating system or the software in use. Move your computer and Bluetooth devices closer to each other. ❑ The 2.4 GHz radio frequency used by Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices is also used by other devices. Bluetooth devices incorporate technology that minimizes interference from other devices using the same wavelength, however, communication speed and connection range may be reduced. Interference from other devices may also stop communication altogether. ❑ Connection availability is affected by distance and obstructions. You may need to move your computer away from obstructions or closer to the device to which it is connected. ❑ Identify and remove obstacles between your computer and the device to which it is connected. ❑ Note that due to limitations of the Bluetooth standard, large files may occasionally be corrupted during continuous transfer due to electromagnetic interference in the environment. What should I do if my computer becomes unstable when I use a Bluetooth audio device? Your computer may become unstable if you change a sound output device to a Bluetooth audio device while audio or video playback software is running. When you listen to playback audio from your Bluetooth audio device, connect the Bluetooth audio device to the computer first and then launch your audio or video playback software. See the help file for detailed information on connecting the Bluetooth audio device. n 165 N Troubleshooting Why can't I connect to service supported by the target Bluetooth device? Connection is only possible for services also supported by the computer with the Bluetooth functionality. For more details, search for Bluetooth information using Windows Help and Support. To open Windows Help and Support, click Start and Help and Support. Can I use a device with Bluetooth technology on airplanes? With Bluetooth technology, your computer transmits a radio frequency of 2.4 GHz. Sensitive locations, such as hospitals and airplanes, may have restrictions on use of Bluetooth devices, due to radio interference. Check with facility staff to see if use of the Bluetooth functionality on the computer is permitted. Why can't I use the Bluetooth functionality when I log onto my computer as a user with a standard user account? The Bluetooth functionality may not be available to a user with a standard user account on your computer. Log onto the computer as a user with administrator rights. Why can't I connect to a Bluetooth device with a PAN? If the device to which you want to connect does not support Bluetooth communication in Personal Area Network User (PANU) mode, you cannot connect to the device with a PAN. Why can't I use the Bluetooth devices when I switch a user? If you switch a user without logging off your system, the Bluetooth devices will not work successfully. Be sure to log off before switching a user. To log off your system, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Log Off. n 166 N Troubleshooting Why can't I exchange business card data with a mobile phone? The business card exchange function is not supported. n 167 N Troubleshooting Optical Discs Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The disc that your computer is trying to read may be dirty or damaged. Follow these steps: 1 2 3 Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive. Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see On Handling Discs (page 137) for instructions. What should I do if the drive tray does not open? ❑ Make sure your computer is on. ❑ Press the drive eject button. ❑ If the drive eject button does not work, click Start and Computer. Right-click the optical disc drive icon and select Eject. ❑ If none of the above options work, insert a thin, straight object (such as a paper clip) in the manual eject hole on the optical disc drive. ❑ Try restarting your computer. n 168 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? ❑ Make sure the disc is inserted into the optical disc drive with the label facing upward. ❑ Make sure the necessary program(s) is installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. ❑ If a disc is dirty or damaged, your computer will stop responding. Follow these steps: 1 2 3 Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart to restart the computer. Remove the disc from the optical disc drive. Check the disc for dirt or damage. If you need to clean the disc, see On Handling Discs (page 137) for instructions. ❑ If you are playing a disc and cannot hear sound, do any of the following: ❑ Check if the volume is turned off or minimized by the muting or volume (-) button, respectively. ❑ Right-click the volume icon on the taskbar and click Open Volume Mixer to check the settings. ❑ Check the volume setting in the audio mixer. ❑ If you are using external speakers, check the volume settings on the speakers and the connections between the speakers and your computer. ❑ Make sure the correct driver software is installed. Follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 Click Start and Control Panel. Click System and Maintenance. Click System. Click Device Manager on the left pane. The Device Manager window appears with a listing of your computer's hardware devices. If an "X" or an exclamation point appears on the listed device, you may need to enable the device or reinstall the drivers. n 169 N Troubleshooting 5 6 7 Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc drives of your computer. Double-click the desired drive. You can confirm the driver software by selecting the Driver tab, and clicking Driver Details. Click OK to close the window. ❑ Make sure an adhesive label is not affixed to a disc. Adhesive labels can come off while the disc is in the optical disc drive and damage the drive or cause it to malfunction. ❑ If a region code warning appears, the disc may be incompatible with the optical disc drive. Check the DVD package to make sure the region code is compatible with the optical disc drive. ❑ If you notice condensation on your computer, do not use the computer for at least one hour. Condensation can cause the computer to malfunction. ❑ Make sure your computer is running on the AC power supply and try the disc again. n 170 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? ❑ Make sure you neither launch any software application nor allow any to launch automatically, not even a screen saver. ❑ Stop using the keyboard. ❑ If you are using a CD-R/RW disc with an adhesive label affixed, replace it with one with no affixed adhesive label. Using a disc with an affixed adhesive label could cause a write error or other damage. What should I do if I cannot write data to DVD media? ❑ Make sure you are using the correct DVD recordable media. ❑ Check which DVD recordable format is compatible with your optical disc drive. Note the possibility that some brands of DVD recordable media do not work. ❑ The preinstalled software on your computer does not support copying DVD movies. Macrovision or a similar video protection technology prevents users from copying DVD movies. Copying a DVD movie would be a copyright infringement and therefore illegal. n 171 N Troubleshooting Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if the computer loses power or enters a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate). If the computer is in LCD (Video) Sleep mode, press any key to bring the computer back into Normal mode. See Using the Power Saving Modes (page 113) for more information. ❑ Make sure your computer is securely plugged into a power source and turned on. Make sure the power indicator shows the power is on. ❑ If your computer is using battery power, make sure the battery pack is installed properly and is charged. See Using the Battery Pack (page 24) for more information. ❑ If the display mode is set to the external display, press the Fn+F7 keys. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 32) for more information. ❑ The LCD backlight of your computer may have been turned off. Press any key. Why can't I view the whole screen image of a DVD video on my TV screen? The screen resolution may not be properly set. We recommend that you adjust the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller, depending on the size of your external display screen. How do I adjust the image on my TV screen? Use the controls on your external display to adjust the image. See the manual that came with your TV for more information. n 172 N Troubleshooting How do I change the screen resolution on my TV screen? Your TV screen may not show the whole screen image of a video if the screen resolution is set larger than 1024 x 768. Adjust the screen resolution to 1024 x 768 or smaller. To change the screen resolution, follow these steps: 1 2 3 Right-click the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Move the slider under Resolution to the left to reduce or to the right to increase the screen resolution. How do I switch the display output from my screen to TV? See Selecting Display Modes (page 83). Alternatively, you can press the Fn+F7 keys to view the image either on your computer screen or on your TV. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 32) for more information. n 173 N Troubleshooting Why doesn't my screen display a video? ❑ If the external display is selected for the display output and the external display is disconnected, you cannot display a video on your computer screen. Stop video playback, change the display output to the computer screen, and then restart video playback. See Selecting Display Modes (page 83). Alternatively, you can press the Fn+F7 keys to change the display output. See Combinations and Functions with the Fn Key (page 32) for more information. ❑ The video memory of your computer may be insufficient for displaying high resolution videos. In this case, lower the resolution of the LCD screen. To change the screen resolution, follow these steps: 1 2 3 Right-click the desktop and select Personalize. Click Display Settings. The Display Settings window appears. Move the slider under Resolution to the left to reduce or to the right to increase the screen resolution. ✍ You can confirm the value of the total available graphics memory and video memory. Right-click on the desktop, select Personalize, and click Display Settings, Advanced Settings, and the Adaptor tab. The value may be displayed differently from the actual memory on your computer. What should I do if my screen is dark? Press the Fn+F6 keys to brighten your computer screen. n 174 N Troubleshooting What should I do if the LCD brightness of my screen changes? ❑ The LCD brightness setting, adjusted with the Fn+F5/F6 keys, is temporary and may be restored to the original setting when your computer returns to Normal mode from Sleep or Hibernate mode. To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Right-click the power status icon on the taskbar and select Power Options. Click Change plan settings under the current power plan. Click Change advanced power settings. The Power Options window appears. Select the Advanced settings tab. Double-click Display. Adjust the LCD brightness setting in the item for brightness adjustment. n 175 N Troubleshooting ❑ On models with the ATI video controller, you may find your computer screen temporarily goes blank: ❑ When you connect or disconnect the AC adapter ❑ Immediately after you start the computer with battery power To save your preference for the brightness, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound. Click Change when the computer sleeps under Power Options. Click Change advanced power settings. Scroll down the list and double-click ATI Graphics Power Settings. Double-click ATI Power Play Settings. Change the current option for On battery to Maximum Performance. Click OK. n 176 N Troubleshooting What should I do if the external display remains blank? If you cannot change the display output with the Fn+F7 keys, you need to change the settings for the external display with VAIO Control Center. To change the settings, launch the VAIO Control Center, select the control item for the external display, and then click to select the check box for changing the options to detect the external display. Then, try the Fn+F7 keys to change the display output. How do I run Windows Aero? ! This Q & A entry applies to selected models only. To run Windows Aero, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Customize colors under Appearance and Personalization. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. The Appearance Settings window appears. Select Windows Aero from the Color scheme options on the Appearance tab. Click OK. For information about the Windows Aero features, such as Windows Flip 3D, see Windows Help and Support. n 177 N Troubleshooting Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? ❑ Make sure your printer is on, and the printer cable is securely connected to the ports on the printer and computer. ❑ Make sure your printer is compatible with the Windows operating system installed on your computer. ❑ You may need to install the printer driver software before you use your printer. See the manual that came with your printer for more information. ❑ If your printer is not functioning after your computer resumes from a power saving mode (Sleep or Hibernate), then restart the computer. ❑ If the bidirectional communication functions are provided with your printer, disabling the functions on your computer may enable printing. Follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Printer under Hardware and Sound. Right-click the printer icon and select Properties. Click the Ports tab. Click to cancel the Enable bidirectional support check box. Click OK. This change to the settings disables the bidirectional communication functions of the printer, such as data transfer, status monitoring, and remote panel. n 178 N Troubleshooting Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? If you are using an external microphone, make sure the microphone is turned on and is properly plugged into the microphone jack on your computer. How can I prevent microphone feedback? Microphone feedback occurs when the microphone receives the sound from a sound output device, such as a speaker. To prevent this problem: ❑ Keep the microphone away from a sound output device. ❑ Turn down the volume of the speakers and the microphone. n 179 N Troubleshooting Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make sure your mouse is securely plugged into the port. ❑ Restart your computer with your mouse connected. What should I do if the pointer does not move when I use my mouse? ❑ Make sure another mouse is not connected. ❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart to restart your computer. ❑ If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart. If the Windows Security window appears, click Restart. ❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off. ! Turning off your computer with the power button may cause loss of unsaved data. n 180 N Troubleshooting Speakers What should I do if my external speakers do not work? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information. ❑ Make sure your speakers are properly connected and the volume is turned up loud enough to hear sound. ❑ Make sure your speakers are designed for computer use. ❑ If your speakers have a muting button, set the button to off. ❑ The volume may have been turned off by the muting button. Press the button once again. ❑ The volume may have been minimized by the volume (-) button. Press the volume (+) button to turn up the volume loud enough to hear sound. ❑ If your speakers require external power, make sure the speakers are connected to a power source. See the manual that came with your speakers for more information. ❑ Check the Windows volume controls by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar. What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers? ❑ If you are using a program that has its own volume control, make sure the volume control is properly set. See the program's help file for more information. ❑ Make sure the speaker volume is turned up loud enough and the audio option is enabled. ❑ The volume may have been turned off by the muting button. Press the button once again. ❑ The volume may have been minimized by the volume (-) button. Press the volume (+) button to turn up the volume loud enough to hear sound. ❑ Check the Windows volume controls by clicking the volume icon on the taskbar. n 181 N Troubleshooting Touch Pad What should I do if the touch pad does not work? ❑ You may have disabled the touch pad without connecting a mouse to your computer. See Using the Touch Pad (page 34). ❑ Make sure that a mouse is not connected to your computer. ❑ If the pointer does not move while a software application is running, press the Alt+F4 keys to close the application window. ❑ If the Alt+F4 keys do not work, click Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart to restart your computer. ❑ If your computer does not restart, press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys and click the arrow next to the Shut down button and Restart. If the Windows Security window appears, click Restart. ❑ If this procedure does not work, press and hold the power button until the computer turns off. ! Turning off your computer with the power button may cause loss of unsaved data. n 182 N Troubleshooting Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of your computer's keyboard is labeled on the packaging box. If you choose a different regional keyboard when you complete the Windows setup, the key configuration will be mismatched. To change the keyboard configuration, follow these steps: 1 2 3 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Clock, Language, and Region, and click Regional and Language Options. Change the settings as desired. What should I do if I cannot enter certain characters with the keyboard? If you cannot enter U, I, O, P, J, K, L, M, and so on, the Num Lk key may be activated. Check that the Num lock indicator is off. If the Num lock indicator is on, press the Num Lk key to turn it off before entering these characters. n 183 N Troubleshooting Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the drive is connected? Your computer does not recognize the floppy disk drive. First, make sure the USB cable is properly connected to the USB port. If you need to secure the connection, wait a few moments for the computer to recognize the drive. If the icon still does not appear, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 Close all programs that are accessing the floppy disk drive. Wait for the LED indicator on the floppy disk drive to turn off. Push the eject button to remove the disk, and disconnect the USB floppy disk drive from your computer. Reconnect the floppy disk drive by inserting the USB connector into the USB port. Restart the computer by clicking Start, the arrow next to the Lock button, and Restart. What should I do if I cannot write data to a floppy disk? ❑ Make sure the floppy disk is properly inserted in the drive. ❑ If the disk is inserted properly and you are still unable to write data to it, the disk may be full or write-protected. You can either use a floppy disk that is not write-protected or disable the write-protect feature. n 184 N Troubleshooting Audio/Video What should I do if I cannot use my DV camcorder? If it is prompted that the i.LINK device seems to be disconnected or turned off, the i.LINK cable may not be securely plugged into the port on your computer or camcorder. Unplug the cable, and plug it in once again. See Connecting an i.LINK Device (page 92) for more information. ✍ i.LINK is a trademark of Sony Corporation used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. The procedure to establish an i.LINK connection may vary, depending on a software application, an operating system, and a compatible i.LINK device. Not all products with an i.LINK connection can communicate with each other. See the manual that came with your compatible i.LINK device for more information on operating conditions and proper connection. Before connecting compatible i.LINK PC peripherals to your system, such as a CD-RW or hard disk drive, confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions. How do I turn off the Windows startup sound? To turn off the Windows startup sound, follow these steps: 1 2 3 4 5 Click Start and Control Panel. Click Hardware and Sound. Click Manage audio devices under Sound. On the Sounds tab, click to cancel the Play Windows Startup sound check box. Click OK. n 185 N Troubleshooting Memory Stick Media What should I do if I cannot use Memory Stick media, which were formatted on a VAIO computer, on other devices? You may need to reformat your Memory Stick media. Formatting Memory Stick media erases all data, including music data previously saved on it. Before you reformat Memory Stick media, back up important data and confirm that the media does not contain files you want to keep. 1 2 Copy the data from the Memory Stick media onto your hard disk drive to save data or images. Format the Memory Stick media by following the steps in To format a Memory Stick media (page 56). Why can't I save music files onto my Memory Stick media? Copyright protected music cannot be checked out to any Memory Stick media other than those with the MagicGate logo. ! Use of recorded music requires permission from the copyright holders. Sony is not responsible for music files that cannot be recorded from a CD or downloaded from other sources. Can I copy images from a digital camera using Memory Stick media? Yes, and you can view video clips that you have recorded with Memory Stick media-compatible digital cameras. Why can't I write data to Memory Stick media? Some versions of Memory Stick media are equipped with an erasure prevention switch to protect data from accidental erasure or overwriting. Make sure the erasure prevention switch is off. n 186 N Troubleshooting Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? ❑ If applicable, check the USB device is turned on and using its own power supply. For example, if you are using a digital camera, check if the battery is charged. If you are using a printer, check if the power cable is connected properly to the AC outlet. ❑ Try using another USB port on your computer. The driver could be installed to the specific port you used the first time you connected the device. ❑ See the manual that came with your USB device for more information. You may need to install software before you connect the device. ❑ Try connecting a simple, low-powered device such as a mouse to test if the port is working at all. ❑ USB hubs may prevent a device from working because of the distribution of power. We recommend you connect the device directly to your computer without a hub. n 187 N Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions about your VAIO computer. Sony Support Information See the following sources for answers in the sequence listed below. See Documentation (page 8) for details on the printed and non-printed documentation supplied with your computer, as well as further sources of reference. ❑ Go to the help files that accompany your software for instructions on using the software. ❑ Use the search functionality in Windows Help and Support by pressing and holding the Microsoft Windows key and pressing the F1 key. ❑ VAIO-Link Web site: If you have any problem with the computer, you can access the VAIO-Link Web site for troubleshooting. Go to http://www.vaio-link.com. ❑ e-Support: This interactive part of our Web site http://www.vaio-link.com allows you to get in contact with our dedicated support team over the Internet. Using a personalized account, you can log your technical queries with ease. ❑ VAIO-Link help lines: Before contacting VAIO-Link by telephone, try to solve the problem by reading the printed and non-printed documentation. ❑ Visit the other Sony Web sites: ❑ http://www.club-vaio.com if you want to know more about VAIO and become part of the growing VAIO community. ❑ http://www.sonystyle-europe.com for online purchases. ❑ http://www.sony.net for other Sony products. ✍ You need to set up an Internet connection before you can access the online features described here. n 188 N Support Options e-Support What is e-Support? You have searched our user guides and Web site (http://www.vaio-link.com) but have not found an answer to your question/ issue? e-Support is the ideal solution for you! Our e-Support Web Portal is an interactive Web site on which you can submit any technical query you may have regarding your computer and receive answers from our dedicated support team. Every submitted query will result in a unique 'case number' to ensure smooth communication between yourself and the eSupport Team. Who can use e-Support? All registered VAIO customers are entitled to unlimited access to the VAIO-Link e-Support Web Portal. How can I access the e-Support portal? When you register your computer, you will automatically receive an e-mail with the link to the e-Support Web Portal, your Customer ID and some basic explanation a few hours later. All you need to do is activate your account by clicking on the provided link in the e-mail. You are now ready to create your first case! You can access the e-Support Web Portal from any computer with an active Internet connection. A complete help file is available on the e-Support Web Portal to help you use our e-Support Service. Can I submit questions in my native language? Since you are interacting with our e-Support Team through a portal, which connects you directly to our central database, eSupport will only accept and deal with queries submitted in English, French or German. n 189 N Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions 24/7, but keep in mind that our e-Support Team can only treat your queries from Monday till Friday between 8am and 6pm. Is there a cost involved for using e-Support? No, this is a complete free of charge service offered to all registered VAIO customers! How do I know when the e-Support Team has handled my query/case? As soon as your case has been dealt with by our e-Support Team, you will receive an e-mail, notifying you that your case has been updated. n 190 N Support Options Trademarks Sony, Battery Checker, Click to Disc, Click to Disc Editor, SonicStage Mastering Studio, VAIO Control Center, VAIO Edit Components, VAIO Media, VAIO Movie Story, VAIO MusicBox, VAIO Power Management, VAIO Power Management Viewer, My Club VAIO, VAIO Update are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. and "Memory Stick," "Memory Stick Duo," "MagicGate," "OpenMG," "MagicGate Memory Stick," "Memory Stick PRO," "Memory Stick PRO-HG," "Memory Stick Micro," "M2," Memory Stick logo, VAIO, and the VAIO logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation. Blu-ray Disc™ and the Blu-ray Disc logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. Intel, Pentium, and Intel SpeedStep are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows Media Center Edition, MS Works, Microsoft Office 2008 Trial, Microsoft Office Ready 2008 and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. i.LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection. Adobe, Adobe Acrobat Standard, Adobe Reader, Adobe Premiere Elements, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Norton and Norton 360 are trademarks of Symantec Corporation. Roxio Easy Media Creator is a trademark of Sonic Solutions. WinDVD for VAIO and WinDVD BD for VAIO are trademarks of InterVideo, Inc. Sun Java VM is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Google Toolbar, Google Desktop Search, Google Earth and Google Picasa are trademarks of Google. n 191 N Support Options Skype is a trademark of Skype Limited. My Club VAIO uses Macromedia Flash™ Player software by Macromedia, Inc., Copyright © 1995-2003 Macromedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Macromedia and Flash are trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. The ExpressCard word mark and logos are owned by the PCMCIA and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. SD Logo is a trademark. SDHC Logo is a trademark. MultiMediaCard™ is a trademark of MultiMediaCard Association. All other names of systems, products and services are trademarks of their respective owners. In the manual, the ™ or ® marks are not specified. Specifications are subject to change without notice. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. See the online specifications to see what software is available for your model. n © 2008 Sony Corporation ...
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