Sony vgc-la3 User Manual

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User Guide
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    N User Guide Personal Computer VG C - L A s e r i e s

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    n 2 N Contents Before Use .........................................................................................................................................................................5 Notice ...........................................................................................................................................................................6 Documentation .............................................................................................................................................................7 Ergonomic Considerations .........................................................................................................................................11 Getting Started .................................................................................................................................................................13 Locating Controls...

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    n 3 N Using Peripheral Devices .................................................................................................................................................79 Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device......................................................................................................80 Connecting a Printer ..................................................................................................................................................82 Connecting...

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    n 4 N Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................................................................115 Computer .................................................................................................................................................................116 System Security .......................................................................................................................................................122 Built-in MOTION EYE Camera.................................................................................................................................123 Internet .....................................................................................................................................................................126 Networking ...............................................................................................................................................................128 Optical...

  • Page 5: Before Use

    n 5 N Before Use Before Use Congratulations on your purchase of this Sony VAIO® computer, and welcome to...

  • Page 6: Notice

    n 6 N Before Use Notice © 2007 Sony Corporation. All rights reserved. This manual and the software described...

  • Page 7: Documentation

    n 7 N Before Use Documentation Your documentation includes printed information and user guides to read on your VAIO...

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    n 8 N Before Use Printed Documentation ❑ A Setting Up Poster — Describes the process from unpacking to...

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    n 9 N Before Use My Club VAIO In My Club VAIO you can find: Documentation, which gives you:...

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    n 10 N Before Use Windows Help and Support Windows Help and Support is a comprehensive resource for practical...

  • Page 11: Ergonomic Considerations

    n 11 N Before Use Ergonomic Considerations Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic...

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    n 12 N Before Use ❑ Viewing angle of the display – Use the display's tilting feature to find...

  • Page 13: Getting Started

    n 13 N Getting Started Getting Started This section describes how to get started using your VAIO computer. ❑...

  • Page 14: Locating Controls and Ports

    n 14 N Getting Started Locating Controls and Ports Take a moment to identify the controls and ports shown...

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    n 15 N Getting Started Back A Back panel cover Remove the back panel cover to access the ports...

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    n 16 N Getting Started A Capture angle adjuster (page 38) B AUDIO INPUT (L / R) jacks Connect...

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    n 17 N Getting Started Right A Optical disc drive (page 39) B Optical disc drive indicator (page 19)...

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    n 18 N Getting Started Left A PC Card slot (page 56) B PC Card release button (page 58)...

  • Page 19: About the Indicator Lights

    n 19 N Getting Started About the Indicator Lights Your computer is equipped with the following indicator lights. Indicator...

  • Page 20: Connecting a Power Source

    n 20 N Getting Started Connecting a Power Source You need an AC adapter as a power source for...

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    n 21 N Getting Started Using the AC Adapter ✍ Use your computer only with the supplied AC adapter....

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    n 22 N Getting Started ✍ You can bundle the AC adapter cable along with other cables to keep...

  • Page 23: Shutting Down Your Computer Safely

    n 23 N Getting Started Shutting Down Your Computer Safely To avoid losing unsaved data, be sure to shut...

  • Page 24: Using Your VAIO Computer

    n 24 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Your VAIO Computer This section describes how to get the most...

  • Page 25: Using the Keyboard

    n 25 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Keyboard A wireless keyboard is supplied with your computer. The...

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    n 26 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Wireless Keyboard A Function keys Perform certain tasks. The task...

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    n 27 N Using Your VAIO Computer E Standby button H Windows key Provides for the lower level of...

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    n 28 N Using Your VAIO Computer A Keyboard feet Flip open to adjust the keyboard angle. B CONNECT...

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    n 29 N Using Your VAIO Computer Before you use the keyboard Four AA alkaline batteries are supplied with...

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    n 30 N Using Your VAIO Computer To connect the wireless keyboard ! To connect your wireless keyboard, it...

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    n 31 N Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ You can check the battery indicator ( or ) in the...

  • Page 32: Using the Mouse

    n 32 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Mouse A wireless mouse is supplied with your computer. Using...

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    n 33 N Using Your VAIO Computer Before you use the mouse Two AA alkaline batteries are supplied with...

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    n 34 N Using Your VAIO Computer To connect the wireless mouse ! To connect the wireless mouse, it...

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    n 35 N Using Your VAIO Computer 4 Turn over the mouse, slide the power switch to the ON...

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    n 36 N Using Your VAIO Computer Adjusting the Mouse Functions 1 Click Start and Control Panel. 2 Click...

  • Page 37: Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera

    n 37 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Your computer is equipped with a...

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    n 38 N Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ The built-in MOTION EYE camera cannot be shared by more than...

  • Page 39: Using the Optical Disc Drive

    n 39 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Optical Disc Drive Your computer is equipped with an optical...

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    n 40 N Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ In Sleep mode, inserting a disc will automatically launch Windows and...

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    n 41 N Using Your VAIO Computer To remove a disc ! The drive eject button is disabled when...

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    n 42 N Using Your VAIO Computer Reading and Writing Optical Discs Your computer plays and records CDs, DVDs,...

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    n 43 N Using Your VAIO Computer PR: playable and recordable P: playable but not recordable –: not playable...

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    n 44 N Using Your VAIO Computer ! This product is designed to playback discs that conform to the...

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    n 45 N Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on writing data to a disc ❑ Use only Sony recommended...

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    n 46 N Using Your VAIO Computer Notes on playing discs To achieve optimum performance when playing discs, you...

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    n 47 N Using Your VAIO Computer Playing CDs To play an audio CD 1 Insert a disc into...

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    n 48 N Using Your VAIO Computer Playing DVDs To play a DVD 1 Close all running software applications....

  • Page 49: Using the TV Function

    n 49 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the TV Function Your computer may have a hybrid TV tuner...

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    n 50 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Remote Commander A remote commander is supplied with your computer...

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    n 51 N Using Your VAIO Computer A Pause X button Press to pause media playback. Press again to...

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    n 52 N Using Your VAIO Computer E Guide button M More button Press to view the TV program...

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    n 53 N Using Your VAIO Computer Before you use the remote commander Before using the remote commander, you...

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    n 54 N Using Your VAIO Computer 3 Insert the supplied two AA batteries into the remote commander. 4...

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    n 55 N Using Your VAIO Computer Setting up Windows Media Center The first time you launch Windows Media...

  • Page 56: Using PC Cards

    n 56 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using PC Cards PC Cards allow you to connect portable external devices...

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    n 57 N Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ Some devices may not function properly if you continually switch to...

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    n 58 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a PC Card Follow the steps below to remove the PC...

  • Page 59: Using the ExpressCard Module

    n 59 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the ExpressCard Module Your computer is equipped with either a Universal...

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    n 60 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting an ExpressCard Module ! Your computer is delivered with a slot...

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    n 61 N Using Your VAIO Computer ! Insert the ExpressCard slot protector to protect against debris entering the...

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    n 62 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing an ExpressCard Module Follow the steps below to remove the ExpressCard...

  • Page 63: Using the Memory Stick Media

    n 63 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Memory Stick Media Your computer supports the Memory Stick media....

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    n 64 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting a Memory Stick Media To insert a Memory Stick media 1...

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    n 65 N Using Your VAIO Computer ✍ Your computer supports Memory Stick Duo media and is equipped with...

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    n 66 N Using Your VAIO Computer To format a Memory Stick media The Memory Stick media has been...

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    n 67 N Using Your VAIO Computer 6 At the confirmation prompt, click OK. The formatting process starts. !...

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    n 68 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a Memory Stick Media To remove a Memory Stick media 1...

  • Page 69: Using Other Memory Cards

    n 69 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Other Memory Cards In addition to the Memory Stick PRO/Duo media...

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    n 70 N Using Your VAIO Computer Inserting a Memory Card To insert a memory card 1 Locate the...

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    n 71 N Using Your VAIO Computer Removing a Memory Card ! Do not remove a memory card while...

  • Page 72: Using the Internet

    n 72 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using the Internet Setting Up a Dial-up Internet Connection Before you can...

  • Page 73: Using Wireless LAN (WLAN)

    n 73 N Using Your VAIO Computer Using Wireless LAN (WLAN) Using the Sony Wireless LAN (WLAN), all your...

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    n 74 N Using Your VAIO Computer The 2.4 GHz bandwidth used by wireless LAN compatible devices is also...

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    n 75 N Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating without an Access Point (Ad-hoc) An ad-hoc network is a network...

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    n 76 N Using Your VAIO Computer To communicate without an access point (ad-hoc) 1 Turn on the WLAN...

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    n 77 N Using Your VAIO Computer Communicating with an Access Point (Infrastructure) An infrastructure network is a network...

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    n 78 N Using Your VAIO Computer To connect to a wireless network 1 Make sure an access point...

  • Page 79: Using Peripheral Devices

    n 79 N Using Peripheral Devices Using Peripheral Devices You can add functionality to your VAIO computer by using...

  • Page 80: Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device

    n 80 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Device To prevent your computer and/or USB...

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    n 81 N Using Peripheral Devices Disconnecting a USB floppy disk drive You can disconnect a USB floppy disk...

  • Page 82: Connecting a Printer

    n 82 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Printer You can connect a Windows-compatible printer to your computer to...

  • Page 83: Connecting an i.LINK Device

    n 83 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting an i.LINK Device Notes on connecting i.LINK devices ❑ Your computer is...

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    n 84 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder To connect a digital video camcorder Plug one...

  • Page 85: Connecting to a Network (LAN)

    n 85 N Using Peripheral Devices Connecting to a Network (LAN) You can connect your computer to 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T-type networks...

  • Page 86: Customizing Your VAIO Computer

    n 86 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Customizing Your VAIO Computer This section briefly describes how to change the...

  • Page 87: Setting the Password

    n 87 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Setting the Password Use one of the BIOS functions to set the...

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    n 88 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer To add the power-on password 1 Turn on the computer. 2 Press...

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    n 89 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Changing/Removing the Power-on Password To change or remove the power-on password 1...

  • Page 90: Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center

    n 90 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Setting Up Your Computer with VAIO Control Center The VAIO Control Center...

  • Page 91: Using the Power Saving Modes

    n 91 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using the Power Saving Modes In addition to the normal operating mode,...

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    n 92 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Using Sleep Mode Sleep mode turns off the LCD screen and places...

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    n 93 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer If the computer is not used for a certain period of time,...

  • Page 94: Configuring Your Modem

    n 94 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer Configuring Your Modem Before you can start using your internal modem (not...

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    n 95 N Customizing Your VAIO Computer 9 Check that your modem is listed on the Modems tab. If...

  • Page 96: Upgrading Your VAIO Computer

    n 96 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Your VAIO computer and memory modules use high...

  • Page 97: Adding and Removing Memory

    n 97 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Adding and Removing Memory If you want to expand the functionality of...

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    n 98 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer ❑ Use the special bag delivered with the memory module or wrap...

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    n 99 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Removing and Installing a Memory Module To change or add a memory...

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    n 100 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 4 Unscrew the screw (2) and remove the memory module compartment cover...

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    n 101 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 7 Remove the new memory module from its packaging. 8 Slide the...

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    n 102 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer 9 Replace the memory module compartment cover and tighten the screw. 10...

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    n 103 N Upgrading Your VAIO Computer Viewing the Amount of Memory To view the amount of memory 1...

  • Page 104: Precautions

    n 104 N Precautions Precautions This section describes safety guidelines and precautions to help you protect your VAIO computer...

  • Page 105: On Handling the LCD Screen

    n 105 N Precautions On Handling the LCD Screen ❑ Do not leave the LCD screen facing the sun....

  • Page 106: On Using the Power Source

    n 106 N Precautions On Using the Power Source ❑ See the online Specifications to check the power operation...

  • Page 107: On Handling Your Computer

    n 107 N Precautions On Handling Your Computer ❑ Clean the cabinet with a soft cloth, which is dry...

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    n 108 N Precautions ❑ Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables; otherwise, problems may occur. ❑ Do...

  • Page 109: On Handling Floppy Disks

    n 109 N Precautions On Using the Built-in MOTION EYE Camera ❑ Do not touch the front mirror plate...

  • Page 110: On Handling Discs

    n 110 N Precautions On Handling Discs ❑ Do not touch the surface of the disc. ❑ Do not...

  • Page 111: On Using Headphones

    n 111 N Precautions ❑ An 8cm disc adapter exclusively designed for your model is provided for use of...

  • Page 112: On Handling Memory Stick Media

    n 112 N Precautions On Handling Memory Stick Media ❑ Do not touch the Memory Stick media connector with...

  • Page 113: On Handling the Hard Disk

    n 113 N Precautions On Handling the Hard Disk The hard disk has a high storage density and reads...

  • Page 114: On Updating Your Computer

    n 114 N Precautions On Updating Your Computer Confirm that the latest updates have been installed on your computer...

  • Page 115: Troubleshooting

    n 115 N Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This section describes how to solve common problems you might encounter when using your...

  • Page 116: Computer

    n 116 N Troubleshooting Computer What should I do if my computer does not start? ❑ Make sure your...

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    n 117 N Troubleshooting What should I do if a BIOS error appears when I turn on my computer?...

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    n 118 N Troubleshooting What should I do if the power indicator (Green) lights but my screen stays blank?...

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    n 119 N Troubleshooting Why doesn't my computer enter Sleep mode? Your computer may become unstable if the operating...

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    n 120 N Troubleshooting What should I do if my game software does not work or it keeps crashing?...

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    n 121 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot boot my computer from the USB floppy disk...

  • Page 122: System Security

    n 122 N Troubleshooting System Security How can I protect my computer against security threats, such as viruses? The...

  • Page 123: Built-in MOTION EYE Camera

    n 123 N Troubleshooting Built-in MOTION EYE Camera Why does the viewer window show no images or poor-quality images?...

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    n 124 N Troubleshooting Why do the images captured by the built-in MOTION EYE camera flicker? This problem occurs...

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    n 125 N Troubleshooting Why can't I use the built-in MOTION EYE camera? ❑ The built-in MOTION EYE camera...

  • Page 126: Internet

    n 126 N Troubleshooting Internet What should I do if my modem does not work? ❑ Make sure the...

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    n 127 N Troubleshooting Why is my modem connection slow? Your computer is equipped with a V.92/ V.90 compatible...

  • Page 128: Networking

    n 128 N Troubleshooting Networking What should I do if my computer cannot connect to a wireless LAN access...

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    n 129 N Troubleshooting Why is the data transfer speed slow? ❑ The wireless LAN data transfer speed is...

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    n 130 N Troubleshooting What are channels? ❑ Wireless LAN communication occurs on divided frequency bands known as channels....

  • Page 131: Optical Discs

    n 131 N Troubleshooting Optical Discs Why does my computer freeze when I try to read a disc? The...

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    n 132 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot play a disc properly on my computer? ❑...

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    n 133 N Troubleshooting 5 Double-click the optical disc drive device to open a list of the optical disc...

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    n 134 N Troubleshooting What should I do if I cannot write data to CD media? ❑ Make sure...

  • Page 135: Display

    n 135 N Troubleshooting Display Why did my screen go blank? ❑ Your computer screen may go blank if...

  • Page 136: Printing

    n 136 N Troubleshooting Printing What should I do if I cannot print a document? ❑ Make sure your...

  • Page 137: Microphone

    n 137 N Troubleshooting Microphone What should I do if my microphone does not work? ❑ If you are...

  • Page 138: Mouse

    n 138 N Troubleshooting Mouse What should I do if my computer does not recognize my mouse? ❑ Make...

  • Page 139: Speakers

    n 139 N Troubleshooting Speakers What should I do if I do not hear sound from the built-in speakers?...

  • Page 140: Keyboard

    n 140 N Troubleshooting Keyboard What should I do if the keyboard configuration is wrong? The language layout of...

  • Page 141: Floppy Disks

    n 141 N Troubleshooting Floppy Disks Why doesn't the Safely Remove Hardware icon appear on the taskbar when the...

  • Page 142: PC Cards

    n 142 N Troubleshooting PC Cards What should I do if my PC Card does not work? ❑ Make...

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    n 143 N Troubleshooting Why doesn't my computer recognize attached devices? For some PC Cards, if you alternate between...

  • Page 144: Audio/Video

    n 144 N Troubleshooting Audio/Video What should I do if I cannot use my DV camcorder? If the message...

  • Page 145: Memory Stick Media

    n 145 N Troubleshooting Memory Stick Media What should I do if I cannot use Memory Stick media, which...

  • Page 146: Peripherals

    n 146 N Troubleshooting Peripherals What should I do if I cannot connect a USB device? ❑ If applicable,...

  • Page 147: Sony Support Information

    n 147 N Support Options Support Options This section contains information on where to go for answers to questions...

  • Page 148: e-Support

    n 148 N Support Options e-Support What is e-Support? You have searched our user guides and Web site (http://www.vaio-link.com)...

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    n 149 N Support Options Can I submit my questions at any time? Yes, you can submit your questions...

  • Page 150: Trademarks

    n 150 N Support Options Trademarks Sony, Battery Checker, Click to DVD, Click to DVD BD, DVgate Plus, SonicStage...

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    n 151 N Support Options MultiMediaCard™ is a trademark of MultiMediaCard Association. All other names of systems, products and...

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    n © 2007 Sony Corporation

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