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Notice to Users 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. 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 ELECTRONICS INC. PROVIDES NO WARRANTY WITH REGARD TO THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR SUCH OTHER INFORMATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL SONY ELECTRONICS INC. BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE, OR OTHER INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE THEREOF.

Sony Electronics Inc. reserves the right to make any modification to this manual or the information contained herein at any time without notice. The software described herein may also be governed by the terms of a separate user license agreement.

Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, VAIO Smart, VAIO Digital Studio, DVgate, Digital Media Park, PictureGear, i.LINK, and S-Link are trademarks of Sony. Windows and the Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. K56flex is a trademark of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Rockwell International. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Safety Information

Owner's Record

The model number and serial number are located on the back of your Sony computer. Record the model and serial numbers in the space provided here. Refer to the model and serial number when you call your Sony Service Center.

Model Number:________________________

Serial Number:________________________

WARNING

To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose your Sony computer to rain or moisture.

Never install modem or telephone wiring during a lightning storm.

Never install telephone jacks in wet locations unless the jack is specifically designed for wet locations

Never touch uninsulated telephone wire or terminals unless the telephone line has been disconnected at the network interface.

Use caution when installing or modifying telephone lines.

Avoid using the modem during an electrical storm.

Do not use the modem or a telephone to report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.

The laser beam used in the optical drive unit is harmful to the eyes. Do not attempt to disassemble the cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.

Regulatory Information

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and canPage 1

radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.

Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.

Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.

Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

Only peripherals (computer input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.) that comply with FCC Class B limits may be attached to this computer product. Operation with non-compliant peripherals is likely to result in interference to radio and television reception.

All cables used to connect peripherals must be shielded and grounded. Operation with cables, connected to peripherals, that are not shielded and grounded, may result in interference to radio and television reception.

FCC Part 68

This equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC rules. The ringer equivalence number (REN) and the FCC registration number are printed on the modem board. If requested, this information must be supplied to the telephone company.

The REN is used to determine the quantity of devices which may be connected to the phone line. Excessive REN's on the telephone line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most, but not all areas, the sum of the REN's should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to the line, as determined by the total REN's, contact the telephone company to determine the maximum REN for the calling area.

This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone jack.

If this equipment causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will, when practical, notify you in advance that temporary discontinuance of service may be required. If advance notice isn't practical, the telephone company will notify you as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe it is necessary.

The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations or procedures that could affect the operations of the equipment. If this happens, the telephone company will notify you in advance, in order for you to make the necessary modifications in order to maintain uninterrupted service.

If trouble is experienced with this modem, for repair or warranty information, please contact 1-888-4SONY-PC, or write to the Sony Customer Information Center, One Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656.

This equipment cannot be used on telephone-company-provided coin service. Connection to Party Line Service is subject to state tariffs.

Repair of the modem should be made only by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized agent. For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call 1-888-4SONY-PC (1-888-476-6972).

Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a computer or other electronic device to send any message via a telephone facsimile machine unlessPag 2

such message clearly contains, in a margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted page or on the first page of the transmission, the date and time it is sent and an identification of the business, other entity, or individual sending the message, and the telephone number of the sending machine or such business, other entity, or individual.

In order to program this information into your facsimile, see your fax software documentation.

You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 4

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 5

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 7

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 8

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 9

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 11

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 12

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 13

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 14

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 15

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 16

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 17

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 19

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 20

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 22

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 23

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 24

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 26

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 27

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 28

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 29

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 30

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 31

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 32

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 34

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 35

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 37

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 38

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 39

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 41

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 42

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 43

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 44

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 45

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 46

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 47

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 49

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 50

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 52

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 53

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 54

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 56

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 57

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 58

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 59

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 60

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 61

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 62

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 64

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 65

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 67

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 68

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 69

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 71

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 72

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 73

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 74

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 75

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 76

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 77

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 79

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 80

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 82

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 83

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 84

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 86

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 87

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 88

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 89

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 90

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 91

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 92

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 94

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 95

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 97

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 98

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 99

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 101

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 102

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 103

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 104

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 105

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 106

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 107

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 109

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 110

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 112

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 113

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 114

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 116

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 117

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 118

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 119

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 120

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 121

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 122

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 124

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 125

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 127

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 128

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 129

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 131

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 132

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 133

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

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inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 135

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 136

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 137

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 139

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 140

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 142

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 143

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 144

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 146

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 147

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 148

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 149

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 150

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 151

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 152

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 154

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 155

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 157

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 158

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 159

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 161

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 162

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 163

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 164

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 165

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 166

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 167

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 169

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 170

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 172

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 173

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 174

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 176

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 177

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 178

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

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inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 180

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 181

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 182

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 184

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 185

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 187

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 188

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 189

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 191

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 192

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 193

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 194

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 195

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 196

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 197

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 199

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 200

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 202

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 203

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 204

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 206

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 207

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 208

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 209

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 210

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 211

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 212

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 215

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 217

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 218

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 219

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 221

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 222

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 223

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 224

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 225

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 226

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 227

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 230

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 232

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 233

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 234

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 236

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 237

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 238

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 239

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 240

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 241

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 242

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 244

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 245

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 247

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 248

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 249

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 251

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 252

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 253

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

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inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 255

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 256

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 257

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 259

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 260

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 262

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 263

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 264

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 266

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 267

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 268

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 269

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 270

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 271

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 272

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 274

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 275

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 277

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 278

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 279

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 281

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 282

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 283

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 284

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 285

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 286

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 287

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 289

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 290

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 292

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 293

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 294

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 296

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 297

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 298

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 299

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 300

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 301

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 302

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 304

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 305

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 307

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 308

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 309

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 311

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 312

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 313

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

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inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

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Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 316

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 317

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 320

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 322

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 323

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 324

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 326

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 327

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 328

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 329

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 330

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 331

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 332

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 334

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 335

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 337

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 338

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 339

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 341

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 342

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 343

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 344

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 345

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 346

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 347

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 349

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 350

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 352

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 353

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 354

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 356

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 357

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 358

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 359

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 360

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 361

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 362

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 365

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 367

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 368

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 369

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 371

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 372

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 373

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 374

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 375

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 376

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 377

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 380

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 382

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 383

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 384

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 386

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 387

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 388

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 389

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 390

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 391

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 392

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 394

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 395

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 397

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 398

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 399

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 401

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 402

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 403

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 404

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 405

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 406

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 407

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

Computer and Supplied Accessories Page 409

Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 410

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 412

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 413

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 414

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 416

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 417

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 418

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 419

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 420

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 421

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support/ phone 900-555-4688 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

SurfMonkey (MediaLive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.surfmonkey.com/support/Sub_support.html phone 408-556-2060 e-mail support@surfmonkey.com hours 9 AM-10 PM PT every day

WinFax Basic Edition (Symantec Corporation)

Web site http://www.symantec.com/techsupp phone 800-798-0850

fax 800-554-4403 in North America 541-984-2490 outside North America

Specifications Model PCV-E314DS Processor 400 MHz Pentium II Hard Disk Drive 10.8 GB

Standard SDRAM 64 MB SDRAM, expandable to 256 MB Video RAM8 MB SDRAM MPEG "Sony Tuned" MPEG2 Digital Video supports full-screen video and DVD playback Graphics 3D AGP graphics acceleration (Matrox) Sound Capabilities Dynamic High Fidelity 3D PCI Audio (Aureal) Diskette Drive 3.5" 1.44 MB FDD

DVD-ROM Drive Reads DVD data from 2X to 5X variable transfer rate.* Reads CD data from 10X to 24X variable transfer rate. Modem V.90 compatible data/fax modem

Expansion Capabilities One PCI slot One hard disk drive bay

Connection Capabilities (Front) USB port i.LINK port (4-pin)

Connection Capabilities (Rear) Optional Keyboard (PS/2-style) Mouse (PS/2-style) USB port Serial port Parallel (printer) Game/MIDI Headphones Line In Microphone VGA Monitor S-Link (ControlA1) S/PDIF Digital Audio Out Two i.LINK ports (6-pin) Modem line (RJ-11) Phone line (RJ-11)

Supplied Accessories VAIO Smart keyboard Sony two-button mouse RJ-11 phone cable Power cord Service 90-day limited express service. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration** Limited Warranty 90-day parts/labor standard. Extendible to one year from original date of purchase upon registration**

Power Requirements 200 watts maximum Dimensions 7" (w) x 12" (h) x 13 3/4" (d) (178mm x 304mm x 330mm) Weight 17 lbs. (7.71 kg) Page 422

Operating Temperature 50 F to 95 F (+10 C to 35 C) * Data on a DVD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 2X at the innermost track to 5X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 1385 kbytes/s). The average data transfer rate is either 3.3X (4616 kbytes/s) or 3.4X (4709 kbytes/s), depending on your specific system. Data on a CD-ROM is read at a variable transfer rate, ranging from 10X at the innermost track to 24X at the outermost track (the data transfer standard 1X rate is 150 kbytes/s). The average transfer rate is 17X (2550 kbytes/s).

Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 kbytes/s. Your modem is capable of downloading at 56 kbytes/s using K56flex technology or V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service Provider however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.

Six-pin i-LINK connectors on the rear of the system each supply 10V to 12V. The combined total wattage that can be supplied by the two connectors is 6 watts.

** Certain restrictions apply.

If a region code warning appears when you are using the DVD player, it could be that the DVD-ROM you are trying to play is incompatible with the DVD-ROM drive in your computer. Region code indicators such as "1" or "ALL" are labeled on some DVDs to indicate what type of player can play the discs. Unless a "1" or "ALL" appears on your DVD or on the packaging, you cannot play the disc on this player.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

This product meets the standards of the International Energy Star Program for energy efficiency. 1999 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in w hole or in part w ithout w ritten permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

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Read Me First

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Sony VAIO Digital Studio Computer. Sony has combined leading-edge technology in audio, video, computing, and communications to provide you with state-of-the-art personal computing.

Features

For a complete description of the specifications of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer, see Specifications.

Exceptional performance: Your computer includes a fast Intel Pentium II processor, a DVD-ROM drive, and a V.90 compatible data/fax modem.*

* Actual upload and download speeds may vary due to line conditions, ISP support, and government regulations.

Digital Versatile Disc (DVD): This new optical storage technology provides increased storage capacity and a rich multimedia computing experience. Your DVD-ROM drive plays both DVDs and CD-ROMs.

VAIO Smart Keyboard: Your computer includes a USB keyboard with programmable shortcut buttons to launch your favorite programs or access the Internet.

Sony audio and video quality: High-fidelity positional 3D audio system (A3D ), high-powered 3D graphics (AGP), and "Sony-Tuned" MPEG2 digital video playback enable you to take advantage of today's advanced multimedia applications, games, and entertainment software.

S-Link (Control-A1) connector: Store and play CDs from your CD changer. Record music to your minidisc recorder. Create libraries of titles with song names and play times, select recording lists from the library to play, edit, or record.

i.LINK (IEEE-1394) connectors: Connect a digital video camera, such as the Sony Digital Handycam, or other digital imaging devices to an i.LINK connector on either the front or back of your system. This state-of-the-art technology allows audio/video devices to function as true multimedia peripherals, creating a new interface technology between your computer and A/V products.

Optical Digital Audio Output connector: Transfer digital audio directly from your computer to audio recording devices such as a digital receiver or Minidisc recorder. Listen to high quality, multichannel DVD sound when your computer is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoder.

Digital Studio Software: Enjoy all of your computer's audio and video capabilities with component-like applications that allow you to creatively manipulate digital still images, video clips, and audio tracks.

100 free hours of Internet access: Use the Internet for up to 100 free hours when you sign up with GTE (no credit card required). Free access expires after 100 hours or 60 days after signing up--whichever occurs first.

Preinstalled software titles: All the software on your computer is preinstalled, configured, and ready for you to use right out of the box.

Windows 98: Your system includes the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Communications: Access popular online services, browse the Internet, send faxes, and more.

Unpacking Your Computer

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Manuals

Read Me First (this manual) contains features and specifications of your computer. It also includes information on how to contact software vendors and last minute troubleshooting tips.

The VAIO Digital Studio User Guidedescribes how to get started with your computer, find help, and solve common problems.

The Microsoft Windows98 Getting Started manual explains how to use the basic features of the Windows operating system.

Recovery CDs

System Recovery CD(s)

Application Recovery CD(s)

Other

Setting up your VAIO Digital Studio Computer (poster)

Packet containing special product offers

Software Library

The Software Library contains the Microsoft software license agreement, Sony end-user license agreement, and the following CDs:

Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0

Gremlin Interactive Ltd. MotorHead

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia

Microsoft Money/Microsoft Works Page 425

Back Panel Overview

The back panel of your computer contains the connectors where you plug in supplied and optional accessories. The icons on the back panel serve as a map to help you locate the connectors on your computer.

For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. i.LINK connectors on the back of your system are 6-pin connectors.

Front Panel Overview

The front panel of your VAIO Digital Studio Computer allows for access to the diskette and DVD-ROM drives. It also includes USB and i.LINK ports to connect USB devices, CD changers, Minidisc editors, or other components.

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For your convenience, your computer includes USB and i.LINK connectors on both the front and back panels, allowing you to connect to either set of connectors. The i.LINK connector on the front of your system is a 4-pin connector.

Supplementary Information

For the most recent version of this manual, see the online version of Read Me First. You can access this document from the Windows Start Menu by selecting Programs/VAIO Documentation.

Hard Drive Partition

In order to improve the performance of your computer's DVgate Motion software, the hard disk drive on your computer has been formatted with two partitions, C and D. DVgate Motion saves files to the D partition. This prevents large video captures from consuming the available space on your C partition. To maintain optimum performance of DVgate Motion, you should defragment regularly. The size of the D partition is 5 GB.

Optimal DVD Performance

Due to nonstandard implementation of Microsoft Active Movie components in some DVD game titles, some DVD game titles may not play correctly. DVD standards are still evolving. Some DVD titles may require software or hardware components that were not available when your computer was designed and manufactured.

The DVD Control Panel can be accessed by right-clicking anywhere in the DVD video window andP ge 427

selecting Panel.

If you select the standby mode for your monitor and allow the system to turn off the monitor, it is recommended that you restart your computer before playing DVD titles.

VAIO Smart Keyboard Default Settings

The VAIO Smart Keyboard programmable buttons come with the following applications as their default settings:

S1 - Easy Internet Access Browser

S2 - Outlook 98 (E-mail)

S3 - MotorHead (Game)

S4 - Microsoft Works

S5 - Quicken 99 Basic

S6 - VAIO Documentation

All six buttons are reprogrammable.

Using The Standby Mode

To Put Your Computer into Standby Mode

When you are done using your computer, you can put it in standby mode rather than turn it off completely. There are four ways to put your computer into standby mode.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

Click Shut Down at the bottom of the Start menu to display the Shut Down Windows dialog box. Select Stand by, and then click OK.

Press the Standby button on the VAIO Smart Keyboard (the half moon icon).

Change the timer settings for standby mode in the Control Panel, as follows:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and click Control Panel.

2. Click the Power Management icon.

3. On the Power Schemes tab, change the Power scheme to Home/Office Desk.

4. In the list box for System standby, select an interval of time.

5. Click the OK button and close the Control Panel.

To Resume from Standby Mode

There are two ways to resume system functionality when your computer is in standby mode. Use either of the following methods.

Press any key, such as the Enter key.

Tap the power switch on the front panel.

It may take up to 30 seconds for your system to recover stored information and resume functionality. The screen remains blank while the system is resuming functionality.

Applications That Use the TWAIN Driver

Digital imaging applications, such as Adobe PhotoDeluxe, allow you to transfer images to your computer from external devices, including scanners or digital cameras. For some devices, a TWAIN driver window appears on the screen. Always close the TWAIN driver window before exiting orPage 428

minimizing a digital imaging application.

Restoring Outlook 98

For the Add New Components functionality to be available with Microsoft Outlook, you must first run the installation program for Outlook from the Application Recovery CD. When prompted to install the program, select Exit. This decompresses the software, making the Add New Components functionality available.

Inserting Add-in Boards

Your VAIO Digital Studio Computer accommodates PCI add-in boards up to 7.7 inches in length.

Using Devices Connected to the i.LINK (IEEE-1394), S-Link (Control-A1), and Optical Digital Audio Output Connectors

For the latest information on devices known to be compatible with the state-of the-art audio, video, and graphics capabilities of your VAIO computer, check the Sony web site at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.

Connecting to i.LINK Ports

Your VAIO computer includes a 4-pin i.LINK connector on the front of the system and two 6-pin i.LINK connectors on the back of the system. A 6-pin i.LINK connector can supply power from the computer to the connected device if the device is equipped with a 6-pin connector. A 4-pin i.LINK connector cannot supply power to a connected device.

Capturing and Editing Digital Video Images

You can capture digital video images using a digital video camera recorder and DVgate Motion software. Once the images are saved as AVI files, they can be edited using DVgate Motion, DVgate Clip, or Adobe Premiere LE. You cannot capture digital video images directly using the Capture menu in Adobe Premiere LE. Adobe Premiere LE supports an analog capture board for capturing images. Your VAIO computer is designed for digital video input.

If there is no audio data associated with an AVI file, the message "Codec compression error" appears. If you do not wish to associate audio with your AVI file, you can add muted sound data by recording audio with the mute option enabled.

For best performance, when editing AVI files in Adobe Premiere LE, you should use the default setup parameters that shipped with your system. If you change the default setup and want to reinitialize the parameters, follow these steps:

1. In the Adobe Premiere LE application, select Compression from the Make menu. The Compression Settings dialog box appears.

2. In the Method list box, select Sony DV software CODEC.

3. Click OK to close the screen.

4. From the Create menu, select Preset. The Preset dialog box appears.

5. Select the parameters for Time Base, Compress, Output, and Preview Option settings as indicated below.

[Time base]

Time base - 29.97fps (required)

[Compress]

File type - AVI (required) Compress Program Method - Sony DV software CODEC (required) Compress Program Depth - Millions colors (No other options) Quality (No control for this item) Option: Frames per second - 30 (required) Option: Basic Key Frames (No control for this item) Page 429

Option: Optimize Still Off (recommended) Data rate - Recompress Off (recommended)

[Output options]

Video - On (required) Video Size - 720x480 Video VH Ratio - Off (required) VideoType - Field 2 (recommended) Audio - On (required) Audio Rate - 44kHz (required) Audio Format - 16 Bit Stereo or 16 Bit Monaural (required) Audio Type - Uncompress (required) Audio Interleave - 1 frame (recommended)

- Less than 30 frames (required) Audio Sync - 1.0 (required) Audio Skew - 0.75 (recommended)

- Less than 1.0 (required)

[Preview Option]

Preview Window Size - 360x240 (180x120)

Note that Adobe Premiere LE does not save the Preview Window Size, but uses a default size of 320 x 213 each time the application launches. We recommend that you change this setting to 360 x 240 to improve the quality of preview images when editing AVI files.

Using Alternate Browsers with America Online

To use Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator as your browser with America Online, follow these steps:

1. From the Start menu, point to Settings and then click Control Panel.

2. Click the Internet icon.

3. Click the Connection tab.

4. Click the "Connect to the Internet using local area network" radio button.

5. Click OK.

Using DVgate Motion

When capturing images:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, since this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

The maximum length of AVI files that you can record is approximately 9 minutes 30 seconds.

You can record stereo audio (stereo 1) while capturing video. You cannot add audio on the stereo 2 track after capturing the video data.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. You should perform a separate capture for each audio mode you wish to use.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

Title data is saved in the flash memory of a digital video camera and is not transferred to tape by DVgate Motion.

To avoid interruption of capture sessions, you should disable the screen saver.

The drop frame compensation feature does not provide accurate compensation adjustments for tapes recorded in LP mode.

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For tapes that include a mixture of both SP and LP mode, the information displayed by the capture progress indicator may not be accurate.

Make sure the video head of your digital video device is properly cleaned. Anomalies that you see in captured data could be due to dust or other particles on the video head.

o The last frame captured is one frame before your selected [OUT] point. The frame you see immediately after clicking the [OUT] button is not captured.

When recording AVI files to tape:

Do not use DVgate Motion when the connected digital video peripheral is in Timer Recording mode, as this could produce a malfunction in the peripheral.

o You can record only AVI files. MPEG files cannot be recorded.

To avoid recording problems, such as a single frame appearing in multiple frames, close other applications on your system while recording.

You cannot use different audio modes on the same tape. If you have AVI files that use different audio modes, they cannot be recorded at the same time, but must be recorded separately.

Do not attempt to work with AVI files that are smaller than 4 MB.

DVgate Motion does not support hard disk compression. You should not use disk compression if you are planning to work with DVgate Motion.

In order to maximize recording capabilities, video and audio data are not available while you are recording.

If DVgate Motion indicates that frames have been dropped, you should try closing all open applications, or you may need to defragment your hard drive.

Restoring Audio Drivers

When you restore the audio drivers from the Application Recovery CD, you need to restart your system to use these drivers. In the Add New Hardware wizard that appears when you restart, click the Next button until you are prompted for the location of the drivers. The audio drivers are located on the Application Recovery CD in G:\drivers\audio\AL98091701\English.

Using AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output

Minidisc player/recorders, DAT player/recorders, and older digital receivers do not support Dolby Digital (AC-3). You should not use the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option unless you are using a device that supports Dolby Digital. Please refer to the manual supplied with your equipment to determine if it supports Dolby Digital. If you are unsure and you have selected the AC-3 to Optical Digital Audio Output option, turn down the volume on your equipment before using the DVD player.

Using America Online or Sony Online Support with WinFax Basic

Once you have configured WinFax Basic, it is automatically available for your use. You cannot use America Online or Sony Online Support when the automatic fax receive feature of WinFax Basic is on. To disable this feature, right click the WinFax icon in the task tray at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select Exit.

Memory Upgrade Specifications

When upgrading memory, use only 3.3V 64-bit PC-100 SDRAM DIMM module. For more information on Digital Studio Computer compatible memory, call Sony at 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).

Application Recovery CD Content

The Application Recovery CD(s) allow you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers if they are corrupted or accidentally erased. The User Guide explains how to use the ApplicationPage 431

Recovery CD(s). The contents of the Application Recovery CD(s) are as follows:

Audio Video

o Adobe Premiere LE

o MiniDisc Editor8

o Sony Digital Media Park

o Sony DVD Express

o Sony DVgate Motion

o Sony DVgate Still

o Sony PictureGear

o VDO Codec

Business

o Adobe Acrobat Reader

o WinFax Basic Edition

Drivers

o 1394 Driver

o Audio Driver

o DSC Twain

o DVCR Mini Driver

o Modem Driver

o MPEG Decoder

o Video Driver

Documentation

o Sony Online Support Help Files

o VAIO Digital Studio Read Me First

o VAIO Digital Studio User Guide

Internet

o America Online

o AT&T WorldNet Service

o CompuServe

o EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess

o Netscape Communicator

o Prodigy Internet

o Microsoft Outlook 98

o Real Player Page 432

o Sony VAIO Registration

o SurfMonkey

o VoiceView Client19

Utility

o Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

o IntelliLight Manager

o Shared Library/SX BIOS

o Sony DV Shared Library

o Sony VAIO Smart Keyboard

About the Software On Your Computer

Your VAIO Digital Studio computer is ready to help you work, play, learn, and communicate as soon as you turn it on. This section gives you an overview of the activities you can perform with your software titles. For support information, see For Answers to Your Software Questions.

Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated

Acrobat Reader software allows you to view, navigate, and print electronic documents in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), an open file format that is intended to preserve the fidelity of documents created on all major computer platforms.

Adobe Premiere LE Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe Premiere offers an interface and editing tool for producing movies for video, multimedia or the web. View source clips and edited footage simultaneously in the monitor window. Create video clips up to three hours long with complete audio-video synchronization.

America Online America Online

America Online is the world's most popular Internet online service. Stay in touch with family and friends with Easy-to-Use E-mail, manage your personal finances, get the latest news and sports scores, and chat with thousands of others who share your interests.

Application Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The Application Recovery CD allows you to reinstall individual applications and device drivers. Use this CD to restore corrupted or accidentally erased files.

AT&T WorldNet Service AT&T

Fast, reliable Internet access from AT&T WorldNet Service. AT&T WorldNet Service provides web-based e-mail, a personalized start page from Excite, easy access to the Excite search engine, free web pages, online and live agent technical support, instant messaging, and special shopping discounts at Market Square.

CompuServe CompuServe, Inc.

CompuServe is the most comprehensive source of organized business and educational information online today. CompuServe allows you to access the vastness of the Internet, without wasting time wading through it. Maximize your time online with CompuServe. Page 433

Digital Media Park Sony Electronics

This integrated suite of multimedia cataloging and playback programs let you manage your music and create custom MiniDiscs.

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus

Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus provides the most comprehensive defense against the spread of viruses, including macro viruses. It can scan inside compressed files, and automatically protects your system against viruses sent via e-mail or Internet download.

DVgate Motion Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video clips. You can save your images in a variety of popular file formats.

DVgate Still Sony Electronics

Connect a digital video camera recorder to the i.LINK connector and capture your own video images. You can edit clips from your video, add others, and combine clips into new movie segments.

EarthLink Sprint TotalAccess EarthLink Network, Inc.

An Internet Service Provider that supplies access, information, and assistance to its customers, introducing them to the Internet. Member benefits include e-mail, newsgroups, a Personal Start Page, a free 6 MB web site, a member magazine, and 24-hour technical support.

Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia combines current, comprehensive content with up-to-date multimedia technology providing users with unique, engaging learning experiences. With the 1998 edition, Encarta provides a wealth of information resources and unique interactive features.

Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows 98 Microsoft Corporation

Internet Explorer 4.0 delivers the Web the way you want it. It's safe, easy to use and you can personalize how you access the Web. Outlook Express and other tools in IE 4.0 also help you have a great experience when you're on the Web!

Microsoft Money 99 Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Money 99 is personal finance software that lets you perform your financial tasks-everything from paying bills to planning for the future-in a smarter, faster way. With Money's online services, you can pay bills and bank from the comfort of home.

Microsoft Outlook 98 Microsoft Corporation

Outlook 98 is Microsoft's premier messaging and collaboration client. It combines the leading support for Internet standards-based messaging systems with integrated calendar, contact and task-management features.

Microsoft Works Microsoft Corporation

Works 4.5 provides users with a set of core tools that allows them to write letters and reports, track family and friends with the address book, manage home finances, and create a home Page 434

inventory.

MotorHead Gremlin Interactive Ltd.

MotorHead is realistic arcade-racing; high-velocity entertainment that puts you behind the wheel for 3D pure racing action. Power across Europe and USA in the Transatlantic Speed League, where second place is simply not an option.

Netscape Communicator Netscape Communications

Netscape Communicator is the all-in-one Internet tool that makes it easy to browse the web, send Internet e-mail, chat, read newsgroups and compose great web documents. Netscape Communicator is the most widely used World Wide Web browser in the world.

PictureGear 2.5 SE Sony Electronics

This image management software displays images from your hard drive, a Sony Digital Still Camera, or a Sony Mavica Camera. The images appear in a convenient light-table format, so that you can easily view the contents of an entire folder.

Prodigy Internet Prodigy Communications Corporation

An online service that helps you find what you need online faster and smarter. Prodigy delivers powerful online content, such as sports scores, stock quotes, news, and easy access to Excite, plus quality customer service, all at a competitive price.

Quicken Basic 98

Quicken is the fastest, easiest way to organize your finances. Quicken works just like your checkbook, so it's easy to learn and use. Quicken manages all of your finances-bank accounts, credit cards, investments, loans. You can even pay your bills online.

SurfMonkey MediaLive, Inc

SurfMonkey is a web browser and online service for kids ages 6-12 that makes the Internet safe, fun, and easy. A talking monkey guides children through web sites and chat rooms, and can read their e-mail out loud. Children cannot go to inappropriate web sites, parents can screen e-mail messages, and chat messages are monitored.

System Recovery CD Sony Electronics

The System Recover CD allows you to restore the software titles that shipped with your computer if they become corrupted or are erased accidentally. It can be used only to restore the hard disk of the Sony computer you purchased.

WinFax Basic Edition Symantec Corporation

WinFax Basic Edition incorporates an easy-to-use interface that allows you to send and receive faxes easily. Upgrade to WinFax Pro to receive additional features.

For Answers to Your Software Questions

Sony Service Center

For the Sony Service Center nearest you, call at 1-888-4SONYPC

(1-888-476-6972). Page 435

Acrobat Reader, Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Adobe Premiere LE

(Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Web site http://www.adobe.com/ phone 206-628-2746 (fee-based support) fax 206-628-5737 e-mail techdocs@adobe.com hours M-F, 6 AM-5 PM PT

America Online (America Online)

Web site http://www.aol.com/ phone 800-827-3338 hours 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 PM ET

AT&T WorldNet Service (AT&T)

Web site http://www.att.net/ phone 800-400-1447 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

CompuServe (CompuServe Interactive, Inc.)

Web site http://www.compuserve.com/ phone 800-848-8990 hours M-F, 8 AM - 1 PM ET, S-S 10 AM - 10 PM ET

Dr. Solomon's AntiVirus (Dr. Solomon's Software Inc.)

Web site http://www.drsolomon.com/ phone 888-377-6566 e-mail support@us.drsolomon.com hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

EarthLink Sprint Total Access (EarthLink Network, Inc.)

Web site http://help.earthlink.net/techsupport/ phone 800-395-8410 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Easy Internet Access (Encompass, Inc.)

Web site http://www.encmpss.com/ phone 800-927-3000 hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

MotorHead (Gremlin Interactive Ltd.)

Web site http://www.gremlin.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972) hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Windows 98 Operating System, Works, Money, Encarta, Internet Explorer (Microsoft Corporation)

Web site http://www.microsoft.com/support/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Netscape Communicator (Netscape Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.netscape.com/ phone 888-4SONYPC (888-476-6972)*

hours 7 days a week, 24 hours a day * Support from 1-888-4SONYPC is free of charge for 90 days after the original date of purchase.

Prodigy Internet (Prodigy Communications Corporation)

Web site http://www.prodigy.com/ phone 800-213-0992 hours 7 AM - 3 AM ET

Quicken Basic (Intuit Inc.) Page 436

Web site http://www.intuit.com/support