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Sony Notebook User Guide
Read this first nN 1 Read this first Notice © 2001 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
Read this first nN 2 RealPlayer and RealJukebox are trademarks or registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. PowerPanel is a trademark of Phoenix Technologies Corporation. Symantec Norton AntiVirus is a trademark of Symantec Corporation. ® 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 trad
Read this first nN 3 Safety information Owner's record The serial number and model number are located on the bottom of your Sony notebook. Record the serial number and the model number in the spaces provided here. Refer to the model number and serial number if you call VAIO-Link. Serial number: ________________________ Model number (product name in brackets): PCG-884M (PCG-GR214EP) / PCG-883M (PCG-GR214MP) / PCG-882M (PCG-GR215MP) / PCG-881M (PCG-GR215SP) Warnings General
Read this first nN 4 Speakers Magnets Magnetic bracelets. Audio/video Audio and picture distortion may occur if this equipment is positioned in close proximity to any equipment emitting electromagnetic radiation. Connectivity Never install modem or telephone wiring during a severe lightning storm. Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations. Be cautious when installing or modifying telephone lines. Use your no
Read this first nN 5 Regulatory information This product conforms to the following European Directive: 1999/5/EC (radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment Directive). This product complies with EN 55022 Class B and EN 55024 for use in following areas: residential, commercial and light-industrial. This product has been tested and found compliant with the limits set out in the EMC Directive for using connection cables not longer than 3 metres (9.8 feet). The optical dis
Read this first nN 6 Your notebook is equipped with an internal backup memory battery. For changing this battery, please contact VAIO-Link: http://www.vaio-link.com In some areas the disposal of lithium ion batteries in household or business waste may be prohibited. Use the public collection system. Sony Notebook User Guide
Welcome nN 7 Welcome Congratulations on purchasing a Sony VAIO notebook. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing. Here are just some of the features your VAIO notebook has to offer: Exceptional performance - Your PC includes a fast processor, a fast CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive* or DVD- ROM drive* and an internal modem. Portability - The rechargeable battery pack provides hours of us
Welcome nN 8 Documentation pack Your Documentation Pack contains printed information and online user guides on a Documentation CD-ROM. Printed documentation The printed part of your documentation contains: A Getting Started brochure, where you will find a brief description of the items in your box, some specifications of your notebook, and how to setup your notebook; A Customer Guide, where you will find all the basic information you need to start using your notebook, as w
Welcome nN 9 Glossary refers to terms used in this manual. 2 Refer to your Software Guide for information on the bundled software and the Sony applications. About the Software is a short description of the features of the software pre-installed on your system. Customizing your notebook explains how to configure your system and power management. Using the Product Recovery CD-ROMs explains how to perform a system and application recovery. 3 Consult the Online Help files of the software yo
Welcome nN 10 Your notebook and its accessories The following hardware items are in the box: 1 main unit 7 phone plug (country-specific) 2 product recovery CD-ROMs 8 phone cable 3 documentation pack 9 power cord 4 AC adapter 10 DVD-ROM or CD-RW/DVD-ROM* 5 rechargeable battery pack 11 USB floppy disk drive** 6 weight saver * Depending on your model. See the Specifications chapter. ** Optional accessory Sony Notebook User Guide
Welcome nN 11 Ergonomic considerations You will be using your notebook as a portable device in a variety of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account of the following ergonomic considerations to 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, touchpad, or external mouse. Le
Welcome nN 12 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 setting of the display as well. 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 dis
Using your notebook nN 13 Using your notebook This section describes how to start using your computer and how to use your computer’s internal and external devices. Locating controls and connectors Right 1 power button (page 26) 2 ventilation slot (page 11) 3 battery bay (page 19) Sony Notebook User Guide
Using your notebook nN 14 Left S400 1 i.LINK™ (IEEE1394) S400 port (page 77) 2 Memory Stick™ slot (page 46) 3 PC Card slots (page 43) 4 multi-purpose bay (for weight saver or (page 19) second battery with weight saver or removable CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive* or DVD-ROM drive*) * Depending on your model. Sony Notebook User Guide
Using your notebook nN 15 Front 1 LCD screen (page 99) 9 battery 1 and 2 indicators (page 33) 2 speakers (page 69) 10 hard disk drive indicator (page 33) 3 keyboard (page 29) 11 Memory Stick™ indicator (page 33) 4 touchpad (page 34) 12 Num Lock indicator (page 33) 5 left/right buttons (page 34) 13 Caps Lock indicator (page 33) 6Jog Dial™ (page 35) 14 Scroll Lock indicator (page 33) 7 Back button for Jog Dial™ (page 35) 15 power button (page 26) 8 power indicator (page 33) Sony Notebook User G
Using your notebook nN 16 Back 1 ventilation slot (page 11) 2 DC In (page 18) 3 printer connector (page 75) 4 monitor/VGA (page 62) connector 5 AV Out connector 6 Ethernet connector (network) 7 2 USB ports (page 72) 8modem connector (page 55) 9 microphone connector (page 70) 10 headphone connector (page 69) for headphone or external speakers 11 USB port (page 72) There is a ventilation slot located on the left side of the back panel. Do not cover the ventilation slot
Using your notebook nN 17 Bottom 1 port replicator connector cover (page 59) 2 memory module cover (page 94) 3 multi-purpose bay release lever (page 19) 4 tilt stands (page 11) Sony Notebook User Guide
Using your notebook nN 18 Connecting a power source You can use either an AC adapter or a rechargeable battery pack as a power source. Using the AC adapter To use the AC adapter, proceed as follows: 1 Plug the cable attached to the AC adapter (1) into the DC In connector (2) on the computer. 2 Plug one end of the power cord (3) into the AC adapter. 3 Plug the other end of the power cord into an AC outlet. Use your notebook only with the supplied AC adapter. To disconnect your notebook com
Using your notebook nN 19 Using the battery pack You can use one or two batteries as a source of power. You can insert the second battery pack into the multi- purpose bay on the left side of the computer. Additional battery packs are available as a separate option. The battery pack supplied with your computer is not fully charged at the time of purchase. Inserting the battery pack To insert the battery pack, proceed as follows: 1 Open the cover of the battery bay. 2 Insert the battery pack