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Welcome ® Thank you for purchasing your Sony VAIO computer ! Your new computer is a superb blend of high technology and easy - to - use functionality . The information provided here is designed to help you to become familiar with the hardware and software applications included with your system . View the Electronic Flyer , which provides updates and supplemental information about your computer .  ® View the VAIO Computer Specifications , which lists your computer's hardware specifications and preinstalled  software information , such as descriptions and contact information . Page 1
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Getting Started ® Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO computer ! Your new , high - performance , multimedia computer combines state - of - the - art computer functionality with the latest audio , video and information technology features . Unpacking your Computer  Planning An Ergonomic Work Space  Locating Controls And Ports  Setting Up Your Computer  Turning On your Computer  Registering your Computer  Setting Up your Dial - up Connection  Turning Off your Computer  Page 2
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Unpacking your Computer Your computer may not be supplied with all of the accessories shown , depending on the system configuration you purchased . For details on the accessories supplied with your computer , see the online Specifications sheet . Computer and supplied accessories ( See the online specifications sheet for details about supplied accessories . ) Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder accessories ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features ) Manuals VAIO Digital Studio Computer Quick Start — Provides basic information on setting up and registering your  computer . The Quick Start also provides resources for technical support , safety guidelines and owner's information . ® ® Microsoft Windows XP guide — Explains how to use the basic features of the latest Windows operating system .  Page 3
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Online Documentation VAIO Digital Studio Computer User Guide — Contains features and specifications of your computer . It also  includes information on the applications included with your system , how to contact software vendors , and solve common problems . To access the online User Guide : 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then click Help and Support . 2 . From the VAIO Help and Support Center menu , click VAIO User Guide . Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder — ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket ) This online guide contains  information on setting up and using the Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder equipment and software applications . The Internet Electronic Program Guide ( iEPG ) service information describes new Sony technology that is used with the Internet , to locate , record and set up timed recordings of your favorite TV programs . To access this online information : 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then click Help and Support . 2 . From the VAIO Help and Support menu , click Giga Pocket . Creating DVDs — ( For models equipped with a DVD ± RW drive ) This online guide provides information designed to  help you become familiar with your DVD ± RW drive and the DVD burning software applications included with your computer . To access this online information : 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then click Help and Support . 2 . From the VAIO Help and Support menu , click Creating DVDs . Specifications — This online specification sheet describes the hardware and software configuration of your VAIO  computer . To access this online information : 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then click Help and Support . 2 . From the VAIO Help and Support menu , click VAIO User Guide . 3 . Click the Welcome link . The Welcome page displays in the right - side frame . ® 4 . Locate the link in the text , " View the VAIO Computer Specifications . . . " Recovery CDs System Recovery CD ( s ) — Restore the software applications that shipped with your computer if they become  corrupted or are erased . The supplied System Recovery CDs can only be used to restore the hard disk of this Sony computer . Application Recovery CD ( s ) — Reinstalls individual software applications or drivers if they become corrupted or are  erased . Other Software Library containing the Microsoft software license agreement and Sony end - user license agreement . Page 4
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Planning An Ergonomic Work Space Before you set up your new computer , find the best location for your new computer and plan your work space . There are several ergonomic factors to consider when you arrange your work space : Stable work surface — Use a stable work surface large enough to support the computer and other peripheral  equipment . Ventilation — Leave at least eight inches of space on the left and back sides of your computer to enable proper  ventilation . Placement of the keyboard , mouse , and other input devices — Place your keyboard , mouse , and other input  devices so that your arms and hands are in a relaxed , comfortable position . The keyboard should be directly in front of you . Adjust the level of the keyboard so that your lower arms are parallel to the floor . Keep your wrists in a relaxed position when you are using the keyboard — not angled up or down . Use the palmrest only briefly , for resting . While typing , never use the palmrest or rest your hands on the table . Position the mouse at the same level as the keyboard . Hold the mouse with a relaxed hand , and use your whole arm to move it . Take breaks during sessions with your computer . Excessive use of the mouse or a joystick may strain muscles or tendons . Furniture and posture — Sit in a chair with good back support and armrests . Adjust the level of the chair so your  feet are flat on the floor . A footrest may make you more comfortable . Sit with relaxed , upright posture — avoid slouching forward or leaning far backward . Viewing angle of the display — Position the display 18 to 26 inches directly in front of you , with the top of the  screen at or a little below eye level . Use the display's tilting feature to find the best position . You can reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by placing the display in the proper position . Lighting — Choose a location where windows and lights do not create glare and reflection on the display . Use  indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display . You can also purchase accessories for your display that help reduce glare . Proper lighting adds to your comfort and work effectiveness . Page 5
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Locating Controls And Ports This section is intended to familiarize you with the controls , ports and jacks on your computer . Your computer may not be equipped with all of these hardware features and the location of the controls , ports , and jacks may vary from the illustrations shown in this section . To view the specific connection capabilities for your system , see the online specifications sheet . About the Front Panel ( PCV - RZ series model )  About the Back Panel ( PCV - RZ series model )  About the Remote Control ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features )  About the Front Panel ( PCV - RX series model )  About the Back Panel ( PCV - RX series model )  Page 6
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About the Front Panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) The front panel of your VAIO Computer enables access to the optical and floppy disk drives . On certain models , the front panel also provides access to Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder jacks and ports , a Memory Stick media slot and the ® Universal Serial Bus ( USB ) , and i . LINK ports that enable you to connect compatible peripheral devices . Front panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) 1 Optical drive 1 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information . 2 Optical drive 2 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information . 3 Floppy disk drive Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5 - inch floppy disk . 4 Floppy disk drive access indicator Light is green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk . 5 Power indicator Light is blue while the power is on . 6 Power switch Page 7
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Turns the computer on and off . 7 Stand by indicator Light is red when the computer is placed in Stand by mode . 8 Optical drive access indicator Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical drives . 9 Hard disk drive access indicator Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk . 10 ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features ) S - video In jack Connection for an S - video cable ( optional ) . Video In jack Connection for a video cable ( supplied ) . Audio L In jack / Audio R In jack Connection for an audio cable ( supplied ) . 11 Optical drive 1 eject button Ejects a disc from Optical drive 1 . 12 Optical drive 2 eject button Ejects a disc from Optical drive 2 . 13 Memory Stick media slot and access indicator ® Reads and writes data from and to a Memory Stick media . The access indicator light is amber when reading or writing data . 14 Floppy disk eject button Ejects a floppy disk from the floppy disk drive . 15 Universal Serial Bus ( USB 2.0 ) ports ( 2 ) Connections for compatible high / full / low - speed USB devices . Page 8
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16 i . LINK ( 4 - pin ) S400 port ( IEEE 1394 ) Connection for a compatible digital device . i . LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection . The i . LINK connection may vary , depending on the software applications , operating system , and compatible i . LINK devices . All products with an i . LINK connection may not communicate with each other . Please refer to the documentation that came with your compatible i . LINK device for information on operating conditions and proper connection . Before connecting compatible i . LINK devices to your system , such as an optical or hard disk drive , confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions . Page 9
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About the Back Panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories . The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports on your computer . Back panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) 1 AC Input port Connection for the supplied power cord . 2 Mouse port ® Connection for a PS / 2 mouse . 3 Keyboard port Connection for a PS / 2 keyboard . 4 Printer port Connection for a parallel device , such as a printer or scanner . 1 5 Monitor port Connection for a standard display . Page 10
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6 i . LINK 6 - pin S400 port ( IEEE 1394 ) ® Connection and power for a compatible digital device such as a Sony Digital Handycam camcorder . 7 Universal Serial Bus ( USB 2.0 ) ports ( 4 ) Connections for compatible high / full / low - speed USB devices . 8 Microphone jack Connection for a microphone ( optional ) . Headphones jack Connection for the supplied speakers or optional headphones . Line In jack Connection for an audio device . 2 9 Monitor port Connection for a standard display . 3 10 Monitor ( DVI ) port Connection for a DVI monitor . 11 Telephone jack Connection for a telephone cable ( optional ) to the computer . 4 12 Speaker DC Out jack Connection for the speaker power cable . 13 S / P DIF optical out port Connection for a digital audio or optical device . 14 Ethernet port Connection for a 10BASE - T / 100BASE - TX Ethernet . ( The port marked with ( Network ) is for LAN connections only . ) 15 ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features ) Page 11
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Audio Out jack Connection for an audio cable ( supplied ) . Video / S - video Out jack Connection for a video cable adapter ( supplied ) or an S - video cable ( optional ) . Audio In jack Connection for an audio cable ( supplied ) . Video / S - video In jack Connection for a video cable adapter ( supplied ) or an S - video cable ( optional ) . 16 ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features ) VHF / UHF port Connection for a coaxial cable ( supplied ) . 17 Modem line jack Connection for the modem ( supplied ) cable to the wall jack . 1 This monitor port may have a cover , indicating that it is not available for use . O n some models , the monitor port location may be in a different location . 2 O n some locations , the monitor port location may be in a different location . 3 A DVI monitor port is available on selected models only . 4 The speaker model supplied with your computer may vary , depending on the system purchased . See the online specification sheet for information on supplied accessories . Page 12
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About the Remote Control ( For models equipped with Giga Pocket features ) 1 Giga Pocket Personal Video Recorder features are controlled with the remote commander . The remote commander can start and stop video recording and playback , select channels , and set viewing preferences . This section describes the basic functions of your remote commander . Remote control 1 MUTE button Press to turn off the sound . Press again to restore the sound . 2 Channel number buttons ( 1 - 9 ) Press to select specific channels . ( Press the ENT button to activate channel selection . ) JUMP button Press to return to the previous channel . Press again to return to the current channel . ENT button Page 13
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Press to activate channel selection . See Channel number buttons . 3 SIZE button Press to view the current software in full - screen size . Press again to return the view to its original size . 4 AUDIO button Press to view available sound mode options on the monitor / display . 5 DVD angle button Press to change the camera angle during DVD playback . See the DVD player software for details . This function is not available for other software . DVD Subtitle button Press to turn on / off subtitles or to change the subtitle language during DVD playback . See the DVD player software for details . This function is not available for other software . DISPLAY button During DVD playback in full screen mode , press to show the settings window . When using Giga Pocket software , press to display the TV / Recording deck and playback deck screens . Press again to hide these views . TV / VIDEO button Press to change the on - screen image from the TV / Recording deck to external video equipment , such as your VCR . ( Note : You cannot change the input source while recording . ) 6 REW and FF buttons Press to rewind or fast - forward . PREV and NEXT buttons Press to move back to the previous screen or forward to the next screen . 7 TITLE button The function of this button may vary between DVDs . See the DVD player software instructions for details . 8 CANCEL button When using Giga Pocket software , press to close an error message dialog box . The window returns to its original size when displayed in full - screen mode . Page 14
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( Note : This function is not available for other software . ) 9 STANDBY button Press to place the system into Stand by mode . ( Note : You can not place the computer into Stand by mode when certain Giga Pocket functions are running . ) 10 MODE switch Set the switch from 1 to 3 , to change the remote commander's control between computers . The target computer's remote commander software determines the assigned number . ( Note : The default setting is 1 , if you are using a single computer . ) 11 MENU button ( upper ) Press to view a shortcut menu of available software applications . Press again to hide this window . ( Note : For Giga Pocket software , the Select Video Capsules window displays . ) START button Press to start the selected software . CLOSE button Press to close the current software . FUNCTION button When Giga Pocket software is selected with the Menu button , press to switch from the TV / recording deck to the playback deck . When using SonicStage software , press to switch from the music drive ( hard disk drive ) to the CD . 12 CHANNEL button Press to change channels automatically ( no number input required ) . ( Note : This function is available for Giga Pocket software only . ) 13 VOLUME button Press to raise or lower the volume . 14 REC button Page 15
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Press to begin recording . REC MODE button Press to select the recording mode . REC STOP button Press to stop recording . ( Note : These functions are available for Giga Pocket software only . ) 15 PLAY STOP button Press to stop playback . PLAY button Press to begin playback . PAUSE button , Press to pause playback . 16 MENU button ( lower ) Press to display the root menu during DVD playback . Press again to minimize the window . See the DVD player software for details . When using Giga Pocket software , press to display Video Capsule listings . When using SonicStage software , press to display Playlists . When using VAIO Media software , press to display the main menu . 17 Direction and ENTER buttons Press a direction arrow to navigate . Press ENTER to select . 18 RETURN button Press to return to the previous screen . ( Note : This function is not available for Giga Pocket software . ) For more details about the function buttons on your remote commander , see the Giga Pocket Help . 1 The remote commander is supplied with models that are equipped with Giga Pocket features . Page 16
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About the Front Panel ( PCV - RX series model ) The front panel of your VAIO Computer enables access to the optical and floppy disk drives . It also includes access to the ® Memory Stick media slot , Universal Serial Bus ( USB ) , and i . LINK ports to connect compatible peripheral devices . Front panel ( PCV - RX series model ) 1 Optical drive 1 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information . 2 Optical drive 2 See the online specifications sheet for optical drive information . 3 Floppy disk drive Reads and writes data from and to a 3.5 - inch floppy disk . 4 Floppy disk drive access indicator Light is green while reading and writing data from and to a floppy disk . 5 Optical drive access indicator Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the optical drives . 6 Hard disk drive access indicator Page 17
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Light is amber while reading and writing data from and to the hard disk . 7 Power button and power indicator Turns the computer on / off . The indicator light is blue while the power is on and amber when the computer is in Stand by mode . 8 i . LINK 4 - pin S400 port ( IEEE 1394 ) Connection for a compatible digital device . 9 Optical drive 1 eject button Ejects a disc from Optical drive 1 . 10 Optical drive 2 eject button Ejects a disc from Optical drive 2 . ® 11 Memory Stick media slot Reads and writes data from and to a Memory Stick media . 12 Floppy disk eject button Ejects a floppy disk . 13 Universal Serial Bus ( USB 2.0 ) ports ( 4 ) Connections for compatible high / full / low - speed USB devices . For your convenience , your computer includes USB and i . LINK ports on both the front and back panels . The 4 - pin i . LINK port is located on the front panel and the 6 - pin i . LINK port is located on the back . Page 18
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About the Back Panel ( PCV - RX series model ) The back panel of your computer contains the ports for supplied and optional accessories . The icons on the back panel locate and identify the ports and jacks on your computer . Back panel ( PCV - RX series model ) 1 Mouse port ® Connection for a PS / 2 mouse . 2 Keyboard port Connection for a PS / 2 Keyboard . 3 Printer port Connection for a parallel device , such as a printer or scanner . 1 4 Monitor port Connection for a standard display . 5 i . LINK 6 - pin S400 port ( IEEE 1394 ) Connection for a compatible digital device . 6 S / P DIF optical out port Page 19
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Connection for a digital audio or optical device . 7 Universal Serial Bus ( USB 2.0 ) ports ( 4 ) Connections for compatible high / full / low - speed USB devices . 8 Microphone jack Connection for a microphone ( optional ) . Headphones jack Connection for the supplied speakers or optional headphones . Line In jack Connection for an audio device . 2 9 Monitor port Connection for a standard display . 10 Telephone jack Connection for a telephone cable ( optional ) to the computer . 11 AC Input port Connection for the supplied power cord . 3 12 Speaker DC Out jack Connection for the speaker power cable . 13 Ethernet port Connection for a 10BASE - T / 100BASE - TX Ethernet . ( The port marked with ( Network ) is for LAN connections only . ) 4 14 Monitor ( DVI ) port Connection for a DVI monitor . 15 Modem line jack Connection for the supplied modem cable to the wall jack . 1 This monitor port may have a cover , indicating that it is not available for use . O n some models , the monitor port location may be in a different location . Page 20
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2 O n some locations , the monitor port location may be in a different location . 3 The speaker model supplied with your computer may vary , depending on the system purchased . See the online specification sheet for information on supplied accessories . 4 A DVI monitor port is available on selected models only . Page 21
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Setting Up Your Computer Your computer may not be equipped with all of these hardware features and the location of the controls , ports , and jacks may vary from the illustrations shown in this section . See the online specifications sheet for your system's hardware configuration . Connecting a Display ( Monitor )  Connecting the Speakers  Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse  Connecting the Power Cords  Turning On your Computer  Page 22
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Connecting a Display ( Monitor ) 1 . Plug the display's cable into the monitor port . 2 . If necessary , plug the display's cable into the rear of the display . To connect a display ( PCV - RZ series model ) To connect a DVI display ( PCV - RZ series model ) Install your equipment so that you can easily reach the power outlet in the event of an emergency . Page 23
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Connecting the Speakers 1 . Plug the cable attached to the back of the left speaker into the L Out jack on the back of the right speaker . 2 . Plug the cable attached to the back of the right speaker into the Headphones jack , located on the back panel of your computer . 3 . Plug the jack end ( yellow ) of the speaker power cable into the DC In jack ( yellow ) on the back of the right speaker . 4 . Plug the jack end ( black ) of the speaker power cable into the DC Out jack located on the back panel of your computer . To connect the PCVA - SP4 speakers ( PCV - RZ series model ) To connect the PCVA - SP3A speakers ( PCV - RX series model ) Page 24
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Connecting the Keyboard and Mouse 1 . Plug the keyboard cable into the keyboard port on the back of the computer . 2 . Plug the mouse cable into the mouse port on the back of the computer . To connect the keyboard and mouse ( PCV - RZ series model ) Page 26
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Connecting the Telephone and Modem Cables 1 . Unplug your telephone cable from the wall jack and plug it into the telephone jack located on the back panel of your computer . 2 . Plug the modem cable ( supplied ) into the modem line jack , located on the back panel of your computer 3 . Plug the other end of the cable into the wall jack . To connect the telephone and modem cables ( PCV - RZ series model ) Your computer has a protective sticker covering the Ethernet port located on the rear panel . Connect only 10BASE - T and 100BASE - TX cables to the Ethernet port . Using other cables or a telephone cable may result in an electric current overload that can cause a malfunction , excessive heat , or fire in the Ethernet port . For help on connecting to a network , see your network administrator . Page 27
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Connecting the Power Cords 1 . Plug the power cord into the back of the computer . 2 . Plug both the display and computer power cords into a grounded AC wall outlet or a power strip . To connect the power cords ( PCV - RZ series model ) Page 28
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Turning On your Computer When you start your system for the first time , your computer may detect new equipment and display a dialog box that prompts you to restart your computer . Respond to this prompt immediately . 1 . Press the power button on the computer to turn on the power . 2 . Press the power button on the display to turn on the power . 3 . Press the power button on the right speaker to turn on the power . To turn on your computer ( PCV - RZ series model with PCVA - SP4 speakers ) To turn on your computer ( PCV - RX series model with PCVA - SP3A speakers shown ) Page 29
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Registering your Computer Take advantage of Sony's commitment to quality customer support and receive these benefits by registering your computer : Sony Customer Support — Communicate with a Support Representative to troubleshoot problems you may be  having with your computer . Limited warranty — Protect your investment . See the Warranty Card for more details .  You are prompted to register your computer the first time you turn on the unit . Follow the on - screen instructions to complete the registration process . If you are not able to register your computer during the first session , you are provided with additional registration opportunities later . Page 30
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Setting Up your Dial - up Connection The first time you turn your computer on , follow these steps to set up your dial - up connection : 1 . Click Start from the Windows taskbar and select All Programs . 2 . Point to Accessories , point to Communications , and then click New Connection Wizard . The Location Information window appears . Location Information window 3 . Enter in your information as requested . Click OK . The Phone and Modem Options window appears . Phone and Modem Options window 4 . Click to select your dialing location and then click OK . The New Connection Wizard appears . New Connection Wizard window Page 31
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5 . Follow the on - screen instructions to finish setting up your dial - up connection . Page 32
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Turning Off your Computer Follow these steps when you are ready to turn off your computer for an extended period of time . To avoid loss of data , do not use the Power button to turn off the computer . To turn off your computer 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then select Turn Off Computer . The Turn Off Computer dialog box appears . 2 . Select the Turn Off option . Respond to any prompts about saving your documents . 3 . Wait for your computer to turn off automatically — the power indicator light turns off . 4 . Turn off any peripheral devices connected to your computer . If you plan to turn off your computer for a short period of time , you may want to use Stand by mode instead . About the power button If your system stops responding , press and hold the Power button for more than six seconds to force your system to shut down . You may need to repeat this procedure if your system does not shut down on the first attempt . Page 33
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Configuring Your VAIO Computer This section provides basic information about managing your computer's hard disk drive performance , using i . LINK devices , Memory Stick media , PC Cards , and changing default settings . Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features described in this section , depending on the system configuration purchased . To view the specific hardware configuration for your computer , see the online specifications sheet . About Your Hard Disk Drive  About i . LINK Compatibility  About the Memory Stick Media Slot  About VAIO Action Setup  About the Sony Software Window Design  Page 34
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About Your Hard Disk Drive To improve the performance of Sony audio and video software applications , the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions , C and D . Some Sony software applications save files to the drive D partition . This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your drive C partition . To maintain optimum system performance , you should defragment your computer's D partition regularly . Defragmenting your hard disk drive If you encounter frame dropping while recording digital video onto your hard disk drive , defragmentation may be necessary . 1 . Deactivate your screen saver and close other open applications , if applicable . 2 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select All Programs . 3 . Point to Accessories , point to System Tools , and then select Disk Defragmenter . The Disk Defragment dialog box appears . 4 . Verify that drive D is selected . 5 . Select Action from the menu bar and click Analyze . It may take a long time to complete the defragmentation process , depending on the data capacity and current utilization of your computer's hard disk drive ( s ) . Page 35
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About i . LINK Compatibility ® Your VAIO computer may be equipped with a 4 - pin and / or a 6 - pin i . LINK port , depending on the system configuration purchased . A 4 - pin i . LINK port cannot supply power to a connected i . LINK device . A 6 - pin i . LINK port can supply power ( 10V to 12V ) to a connected i . LINK device , if the device is equipped with a 6 - pin connector . To view the specific hardware configuration for your computer see the online specifications sheet . The total power supplied by the 6 - pin i . LINK port cannot exceed 6 watts . The following i . LINK 400 Mbps cables are available and recommended for use with your computer : VMC - IL4415 , VMC - IL4435 , VMC - IL4615 , and VMC - IL6615 . Sony computer supplies , accessories , and peripherals can be purchased from Sony VAIO Direct through the Web site at http : / / vaio . sonystyle . com or the toll - free number , 1 - 888 - 315 - 7669 . i . LINK is a trademark of Sony used only to designate that a product contains an IEEE 1394 connection . The i . LINK connection may vary , depending on the software applications , operating system and compatible i . LINK devices . All products with an i . LINK connection may not communicate with each other . Please refer to the documentation that came with your compatible i . LINK device for information on operating conditions and proper connection . Before connecting compatible i . LINK devices to your system , such as an optical or hard disk drive , confirm their operating system compatibility and required operating conditions . Connecting an i . LINK ( IEEE 1394 ) device 1 . Use the symbol to locate the i . LINK port on your compatible i . LINK device and on your computer . Plug the i . LINK cable connector into this port . 2 . Plug the other end of the cable into the corresponding 4 - or 6 - pin i . LINK port on your computer . See the instructions that came with your i . LINK device for more information on installation and use . Page 36
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About the Memory Stick Media Slot ® Your computer may not be equipped with a Memory Stick media slot as described in this section , depending on the hardware configuration purchased . To view the specific system configuration for your computer see the online specifications sheet . A Memory Stick media is a compact , portable , and versatile data storage media designed for exchanging and sharing digital data with similarly equipped products . Memory Stick media do not support video file playback . First copy the video file to your hard disk drive and then playback the file . Inserting a Memory Stick media 1 . Use your fingertip to pull open the upper front panel cover , as shown . Opening the front panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) ® 2 . Insert the Memory Stick media into the Memory Stick media slot . Inserting the Memory Stick Media ( PCV - RZ series model ) Page 37
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3 . If the media does not insert easily , remove it from the slot and verify that it is not upside - down or backwards . Carefully reinsert the Memory Stick media , but do not force it into the slot . Removing a Memory Stick media A small portion of the Memory Stick media remains extended when it is inserted into the Memory Stick media slot . 1 . Press the extended portion of the Memory Stick media to release it from the Memory Stick slot . The media extends further , enabling you to grasp it . 2 . Remove the Memory Stick media from the slot carefully . Removing the Memory Stick Media ( PCV - RZ series model ) Do not remove the Memory Stick media while the media access indicator light is on . The media or its data may become damaged . Protecting data on Memory Stick media Memory Stick media contain a write - protect tab . The write - protect tab prevents accidental changes to information recorded on your Memory Stick media . When you slide the write - protect tab to the LOCK position , your Memory Stick media is write - protected . You cannot delete , copy , or save information on the media while the write - protect tab in the LOCK position . Page 38 When you slide the tab to the un - LOCK position , you can write to or modify your Memory Stick media's contents .
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Locking the Memory Stick Media Page 39
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About VAIO Action Setup ® VAIO Action Setup manages the settings for your computer's Shortcut keys ( S Keys ) . Identifying the Shortcut keys The programmable S Keys are set to launch the following applications : ® ® S1 — Microsoft Outlook Express  ® S2 — Microsoft Internet Explorer  S3 — SonicStage  S4 — PictureGear Studio  S5 — MovieShaker  S5 — Giga Pocket ( On selected models equipped with Giga Pocket features . )  ® S6 — VAIO Help and Support  Changing the S key settings You can reprogram the S keys to launch other applications . 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select All Programs . 2 . Select VAIO Action Setup , then click VAIO Action Setup . You can also double - click the VAIO Action Setup icon , located in the Windows taskbar , to launch VAIO Action Setup . 3 . Click the S Key you want to change . 4 . From the Select Application dialog box , click the option for the desired type of function . The corresponding applications appear in the list box on the right . 5 . Select an application from the list . Click Next . You can drag an application to place it into the list box . 6 . The Confirmation Application Name window appears . Click Next . 7 . You may now type a new name and description , if desired . Then click Finish . Page 40
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About the Sony Software Window Design You can select from different window designs for certain Sony software applications and create your own personal computing environment . Changing the window design 1 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar and select the Control Panel . 2 . Click Other Control Panel Options . 3 . Click UI Design Selector . 4 . Click < < or > > and select the desired design . 5 . Click Apply . 6 . The " UI Design Selector " window design changes . The window design for your Sony software matches the " UI Design Selector " window . 7 . To try another selection , click < < or > > , then click Apply . 8 . When you have made your selection , click OK . The UI Design Selector closes and the Sony software window design displays . You may only use this feature with compatible UI Design Selector software . Page 41
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Upgrading and Maintaining your VAIO Computer In the future you may want to increase the functionality of your VAIO computer . This section describes how to perform basic upgrades and maintenance on your system . For more information on upgrading your computer , see your model's System Reference Manual . You can download the System Reference Manual from the Sony Web site at http : / / www . sony . com / pcsupport . Overview  About the Side Panel  About Add - on Card Installation  About Installing Memory  About the Lithium Battery  About Hard Disk Drive Installation  Page 42
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Overview The upgrading procedures described in this section assume that you are familiar with the general terminology associated with personal computers and with the safety practices and regulatory compliance required for using and modifying electronic equipment . Before upgrading your computer Disconnect the computer from its power source and from telecommunications links , networks , or modems before you open the unit or follow any procedures described in this section . Failure to disconnect your computer from its power source may result in personal injury or equipment damage . Your computer may not be equipped with all of the hardware features mentioned in this section . The interior configuration of your system may vary from the illustrations , depending on the computer purchased . To view the specific hardware configuration for your system , see the online specifications sheet . You may need to temporarily remove add - on cards or other components that may be near the slot cover you plan to remove . Electrostatic discharge ( ESD ) can damage disk drives , add - on cards , and other components . Follow the procedures described here 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 ( for example , cellophane wrappers ) . Ground yourself by maintaining continuous contact with an unpainted metal portion of the chassis while performing the procedure . Always turn the power off before you open the system or connect your computer to peripheral equipment . Otherwise , damage may occur to the integrated circuits in your computer . t Page 43
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tAbout the Side Panel Removing the side panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and disconnect any peripheral devices . 3 . Lay the system unit on its side . 4 . Locate the two tabs on the back edge of the right side panel . 5 . Press up on these tabs and slide the side panel towards you . 6 . Lift the side panel up and set aside . Removing the side panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) Removing the side panel ( PCV - RX series model ) 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and disconnect any peripheral devices . 3 . Locate the tab on the upper right side of the rear panel , and pull it back until the side panel releases . 4 . Lift the side panel away from the unit and set aside . Removing the side panel ( PCV - RX series model ) If you remove the side panel immediately after you shut down your computer , the components may be too 4hot4 Page
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to touch . Wait until the internal parts of the system unit cool down before you attempt to remove the side panel . Replacing the side panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) 1 . Lay the system unit on its side . 2 . Align the tabs on the side panel to the tracks on the chassis frame . 3 . Gently slide the side panel onto the chassis , until the tabs lock the panel into place . Replacing the side panel ( PCV - RZ series model ) Replacing the side panel ( PCV - RX series model ) 1 . Align the tabs on the side panel to the chassis rim . 2 . Press the side panel firmly against the unit until it snaps into place . Replacing the side panel ( PCV - RX series model ) Page 45
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About Add - on Card Installation Your computer may have one or more open expansion slots , depending on the model configuration . An expansion slot enables you to install add - on cards to expand the functionality of your system . The length of the add - on card should not exceed 9.05 inches . Add - on card configuration varies by model . Some models , such as Configure - to - Order ( CTO ) systems , may contain preinstalled add - on cards . Observe the proper safety precautions when you add cards to your Sony computer . See Before upgrading your computer . installing an Add - on Card 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices . 3 . Remove the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 4 . Locate an available expansion slot . Remove the slot cover's screw , and then remove the slot cover . When removing a slot cover , be careful not to damage components on the system board or add - on cards . You may need to temporarily remove add - on cards or other components that may be next to the slot cover you want to remove . Removing the slot cover 5 . Install the add - on card by inserting it into the expansion slot and secure it with the screw from the expansion slot cover . Installing an add - on card Page 46
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6 . Attach any internal cables that the card requires . See the instructions supplied with the add - on card . 7 . Replace the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 8 . Reconnect the power cord and all peripheral devices . 9 . Turn on the computer . Page 47
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About Installing Memory The amount of preinstalled memory may vary , depending on the system configuration you purchased . Your computer may ship with all available memory slots filled . See the online specifications sheet for details about the amount of memory installed in your computer . For memory replacement or upgrades , use only 2.5 V , 64 - bit , PC2700 DDR - SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Modules ( DIMM ) . You can purchase additional memory modules , accessories , and peripheral equipment from your local retailer . Observe the proper safety precautions when you add or remove the memory in your computer . See Before upgrading your computer . Removing a memory module 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and all peripheral devices . 3 . Remove the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 4 . Gently place the unit on its side . If necessary , remove any cables , add - on cards , or other components to access the memory module slots . To remove the power supply ( for PCV - RX series model only ) 1 . Remove the screw that secures the power supply unit to the chassis . 2 . Pull the tab that releases the power supply from the chassis . 3 . Slide the power supply unit up until it clears the chassis . 4 . Rotate the power supply to an upside down position and rest it beside the chassis . 5 . Locate the memory module ( s ) you wish to remove . 6 . Push down on the latches , located on both sides of the module , to gently eject it from the slot . 7 . Grasp one edge of the module and lift it out . Store the module in a static - free bag . Gently handle the memory module by the sides only . Avoid touching the pins located at the bottom edge of the module . Removing / Installing memory ( PCV - RZ series model ) Page 48
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Installing a memory module 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices . 3 . Remove the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 4 . Gently place the unit on its side . If necessary , remove any cables , add - on cards , or other components to access the memory module slots . To remove the power supply ( for PCV - RX series model only ) 1 . Remove the screw that secures the power supply unit to the chassis . 2 . Pull the tab that releases the power supply from the chassis . 3 . Slide the power supply unit up until it clears the chassis . 4 . Rotate the power supply to an upside down position and rest it beside the chassis . 5 . Remove the memory module from its anti - static package , handling it by the the edges . 6 . Locate the notch on the bottom edge of the module to align it over the open memory slot . 7 . Firmly insert the bottom edge of the memory module into the slot . Page 49
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8 . Press down evenly against the module's upper corners . The end latches snap into position , holding the module in place . To avoid damaging a memory module slot , move the end latches slightly outward to relieve pressure . The module clicks into place . 9 . Reinstall any components or add - on cards you may have removed . To Reinstall the power supply ( for PCV - RX series models only ) 1 . Rotate the power supply unit to its original position and slide it into the chassis until the tab snaps into position . 2 . Replace the screw that secures the power supply to the chassis . 10 . Replace the side panel . See About the Side Panel . Page 50
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About the Lithium Battery The lithium battery starts to weaken after several years and the system settings , such as the date and time stored in CMOS RAM , may become inaccurate . Replace the lithium battery when this occurs . There is danger of the battery exploding if it is replaced incorrectly . Replace the battery only with a CR2032 - type lithium battery . Replacing the lithium battery 1 . Write down any changes you may have made to the settings in the BIOS Setup utility . 2 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 3 . Unplug your computer and the peripheral devices . 4 . Remove the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 5 . If necessary , remove any cables , add - on cards , or other components to access the lithium battery . 6 . Remove the old battery and install the new battery with the plus ( + ) side up . Installing a lithium battery ( PCV - RZ series model ) 7 . Replace the side panel . See About the Side Panel . The values stored in the CMOS memory are now reset to the factory default values . Run the Setup utility to reset the date , time , passwords , and other changes you may have made to the BIOS settings . If you do not wish to customize your BIOS settings , do not run the Setup utility . Dispose of the lithium battery properly . In some areas , the disposal of lithium batteries in household or business trash may be prohibited . You can return your unwanted lithium batteries to your nearest Sony Service Center or Factory Service Center . To locate a Service Center near you , visit the Sony Computing Support Web site at http : / / www . sony . com / pcsupport . Resetting the computer's date and time To reset your computer's date and time : ® 1 . Double - click the time readout displayed in the Windows Taskbar Notification area . The Date and Time properties window appears . 2 . From the Date & Time tab , change the settings as desired . Click Apply , and then click OK . Page 51
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About Hard Disk Drive Installation Your computer comes with an available internal bay to hold a second standard 3 ½ - inch hard disk drive . Some models , such as Configure - to - Order ( CTO ) systems , may already have a second hard disk drive installed . Your system can support up to ATA - 100 hard disk drives . Sony recommends using an ATA - 100 hard disk drive to take full advantage of your system's features . The hard disk drive access light blinks when either internal hard disk drive is active . Using the Sony Computing Support Web site For detailed information about installing additional hard disk drives , see the System Reference Manual . You can download the System Reference Manual from the Sony Computing Support Web site at : http : / / www . sony . com / pcsupport . Your computer must have an active Internet connection to access the Sony Computing Support Web site . From the Sony support Web site : 1 . Click on PC - Desktops and click to select the appropriate model series from the submenu . 2 . Click the link for your computer model number . The model - specific support page appears . 3 . Under Documentation , click System Reference Manual or System Reference Guide . Observe the proper safety precautions when you upgrade your Sony computer . See Before upgrading your computer . Installing an additional hard disk drive 1 . Shut down your computer and turn off all peripheral devices , such as your printer . 2 . Unplug your computer and any peripheral devices . 3 . Remove the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 4 . Configure the jumpers on the new drive as a slave . See the configuration instructions supplied with your drive . 5 . Detach the power and drive cables from the original hard disk drive that is preinstalled in your computer . 6 . Unlock the drive holder from the chassis by pulling the drive holder tab up at a slight angle . To unlock the drive holder ( for PCV - RX series models only ) Unlock the drive holder from the chassis by pulling down on the tab located at the bottom of the drive holder . 7 . Slide the drive holder out . Removing the drive holder ( PCV - RZ series model ) Page 52
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Removing the drive holder ( PCV - RX series model ) 8 . Slide the new drive into the drive holder and align the holes on each side of the drive bay . 9 . Secure the drive to the drive holder with screws , through the holes on each side of the drive holder . Attaching the drive screws Your new hard disk drive is supplied with the necessary screws . Do not overtighten these screws when securing the drive to the drive holder . 10 . Align the drive holder with the tracks on the inside of the chassis . Slide the drive holder in completely . 11 . Push down on the drive holder tab to lock the drive into position . Page 53
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To lock the drive holder ( for PCV - RX series model only ) Push up on the bottom tab on the drive holder to lock the drive into position . 12 . Reconnect the power and drive cables to the original hard disk drive . 13 . Connect the second drive connector to the new drive . Orient the connector to align pin 1 on the red side of the ribbon cable with pin 1 on the new drive . 14 . Connect the second power connector to the new drive following the instructions supplied with the drive . Replacing the drive holder ( PCV - RZ series model ) Replacing the drive holder ( PCV - RX series model ) 15 . Replace the side panel . See About the Side Panel . 16 . Reconnect the power cord to your computer . Identifying the additional hard disk space When you initialize the new hard disk , it must be configured as an extended partition in Windows NT file system ( NTFS ) format . ® 1 . Log on to Windows as Administrator . 2 . Click Start in the Windows taskbar , then right - click My Computer . A shortcut menu appears . 3 . Select Manage . The Computer Management window appears . 4 . Under the file directory on the right , go to Storage and then select Disk Management . Page 54
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5 . Right - click on the newly installed , unformatted hard disk ( Disk label identified with red marking ) . From the shortcut menu , select Initialize Disk . 6 . Click on the Unallocated area of the disk and then right - click to display a shortcut menu . 7 . Select New Partition . The New Partition wizard appears . 8 . Follow the wizard's on - screen instructions to complete the process . ® The Windows XP operating system recognizes the new hard disk drive and applies the NTFS format . Page 55
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System And Application Recovery CD ( s ) You can restore your system , individual software applications , or drivers , using the Recovery CDs . Using the System Recovery CD ( s )  Using the Application Recovery CD ( s )  Page 56
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Using the System Recovery CD ( s ) The System Recovery CD utility formats your hard disk drive and restores the operating system and all the original , preinstalled software applications . If the operating system or applications become corrupted or are erased , you can restore your computer to the original factory settings . The System Recovery CD can only be used to restore the hard disk drive of the Sony computer you purchased . The System Recovery process removes all software that you may have installed since you started using your computer . Reinstall any applications that were not included with the computer when you purchased it . If you experience a problem with your computer , reinstalling an individual application or device driver may correct the problem . You may not need to recover the entire contents of your hard drive . Use the Application Recovery CD ( s ) to reinstall individual applications . When you successfully complete your system recovery , you are prompted to complete the Windows registration process . Page 57
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System Recovery options Default System Drive Recovery ( Recommended ) All data on Drive C is deleted . The factory default settings and software applications are restored on this drive only . Change partition size and recover All partitions , custom installations , and changes are removed from the hard disk drive . You can set the partition sizes for both the Drive C and Drive D . The original , preinstalled operating system and software applications are restored . Factory Default Settings Recovery All data and partitions are removed from the hard disk drive . All original factory settings , operating system , and preinstalled software are restored . The System Recovery utility does not back up your system's data . If you wish to retain your system data , perform a back up to an external media . Page 58
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Using the System Recovery CD ( s ) Your system may take a few minutes to load necessary files . A blue screen appears during the downloading process . 1 . Press the disc eject button to open the optical disc drive and extend the disk tray . 2 . Insert the System Recovery CD ( CD # 1 ) in your computer's optical drive 1 . 3 . Press the disc eject button to close the optical disk drive tray . The System Recovery utility starts from the optical drive . The first CD must be in the drive when you turn on your computer . Inserting the System Recovery CD ( PCV - RZ series model shown ) If your system is equipped with two optical drives , insert the System Recovery CD into the upper optical drive . 4 . Turn off your computer . 5 . Wait 30 seconds and turn on your computer . Your screen displays the downloading progress , " Starting VAIO Recovery Utility . " 6 . When the VAIO System Recovery Utility dialog box appears , click Next . 7 . The Notes on Use window appears . Click Next . 8 . On the Main Menu - Product Recovery window , select the appropriate option to recover your system . Follow the on - screen instructions to complete the recovery process . Your system may include one or more System Recovery CDs . If you have more than one System Recovery CD , insert the first CD to run the System Recovery program . You are prompted to insert the next CD ( s ) once the information from the first CD has been installed . The recovery process takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete . After recovering your system using the System Recovery CD ( s ) , you may be prompted to insert your Application Recovery CD ( s ) after restarting Windows . Use the Application Recovery CD ( s ) to complete full restoration of your system . Page 59
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Using the Application Recovery CD ( s ) The Application Recovery CD utility enables you to reinstall your system's original software , drivers , and to repair software applications if they become corrupted or are erased . You can reinstall a specific application or driver to correct a problem that you are experiencing with your computer or peripheral hardware . You may not need to reinstall the entire contents of your hard drive to correct certain problems . You must be in Windows to run the Application Recovery CD utility . To reinstall all of the software that shipped with your computer , use the System Recovery CD ( s ) . Page 60
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