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2005 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved manual and the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated, or reduced to any mac readable form without prior written approval.

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Important information for Canadian customers: Your new Media Changer/Recorder includes certa or upgrades, and Internet services or offers that are available to U.S. customers only.

Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, VAIO Digital Studio, VAIO Media, VAIO Media Music Server, VAIO Media Pho Video Server, VAIO Zone, Click to DVD, DVgate Plus, Handycam, MagicGate, Memory Stick, Memory Sti Stick logo, SonicStage, PictureGear, ImageStation, and i.LINK are trademarks or registered trademarks o

Intel and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Intel Corporation.

Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft Cor

PS/2 is a registered trademark of the IBM Corporation.

Attention Regarding DualDisc software: This product has been engineered to provide the highest ente playing standard CD and DVD discs. DualDisc used with this product may jam in the slots or racks of disc consoles and should not be used with this product.

All other trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Welcome ............................................................................................... What is VGX-XL1? ....................................................................................................... Benefits of the VGX-XL1 .............................................................................................. VGX-XL1A Features .................................................................................................... VGP-XL1B Features .................................................................................................... Getting Started .............................................................................................................

Using the Remote Control .................................................................................... Using the Wireless Keyboard ............................................................................... Getting Around Media Center ............................................................................... Adding files to Media Center ................................................................................ Using the Search Feature ..................................................................................... Support Resources ...............................................................................................

Media Center Setup ............................................................................. Settings ........................................................................................................................

General ................................................................................................................. Set Up and Window Behavior ........................................................................ Visual and Sound Effects ............................................................................... More Programs Options ................................................................................. Media Center Setup .......................................................................................

Set Up Internet Connection ..................................................................... Set Up TV Signal ..................................................................................... Set Up Your Speakers ............................................................................. Configure Your TV or Monitor ..................................................................

Set Up Remote Desktop ................................................................................................. 24 .... 25 .... 26 .... 27 .... 28 .... 29 .... 30 .... 31 .... 32 .... 33 .... 34 .... 35 .... 36 .... 37 .... 38 .... 39 .... 40 .... 41 .... 42 .... 43 .... 44 .... 45 .... 46 .... 47 .... 48 .... 49 .... 50 .... 51 .... 52 .... 53 .... 54

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Automatic Updates ...................................................................................................... Join Wireless Network ................................................................................................. Run Media Center Setup Again .................................................................................. Restore Start Page Defaults ....................................................................................... Parental Controls ........................................................................................................ Automatic Download Options ...................................................................................... Optimization ................................................................................................................ About Media Center .................................................................................................... Privacy ........................................................................................................................

TV ............................................................................................................................................. Recorder ............................................................................................................................

History ......................................................................................................................... Recorder Storage ........................................................................................................ Recording Defaults ......................................................................................................

Guide ................................................................................................................................. Edit Channels .............................................................................................................. Add Missing Channels ................................................................................................ Set Up Guide Listings ................................................................................................. Additional Guide Information .......................................................................................

Set Up TV Signal ............................................................................................................... Configure Your TV or Monitor ............................................................................................ Audio .................................................................................................................................

Pictures .................................................................................................................................... Music ........................................................................................................................................

Visualizations ..................................................................................................................... Visualizations Options .......................................................................................................

DVD .......................................................................................................................................... DVD Language .................................................................................................................. DVD Audio ......................................................................................................................... Closed Captioning .............................................................................................................

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Messenger and Caller ID Settings ........................................................................ Help ......................................................................................................................

Media Center Features ........................................................................ Experience Media Center ............................................................................................. My DVDs ......................................................................................................................

Loading and Unloading Discs ............................................................................... Viewing DVD Movies ............................................................................................ DVD Movie Controls ..............................................................................................

Online Spotlight ............................................................................................................ My Videos ....................................................................................................................

Organize Your Videos Media Center .................................................................... Play Your Videos .................................................................................................. More Information .................................................................................................. Create a DVD/CD ................................................................................................. Import/Edit Video ..................................................................................................

My Pictures .................................................................................................................. Organize Your Pictures ........................................................................................ View Your Pictures ............................................................................................... Edit Your Pictures ................................................................................................. Play a Slide Show ................................................................................................. Create a CD/DVD ................................................................................................. Picture Details ......................................................................................................

My TV ........................................................................................................................... My TV Features ..................................................................................................... Watch Live TV ...................................................................................................... View the Guide ..................................................................................................... Record and Schedule Programs ........................................................................... Watch Recorded Programs ..................................................................................

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Search for a Feature Movie ...................................................................................................... My Music .........................................................................................................................................

Organize Your Music Files ....................................................................................................... Play Music ................................................................................................................................ Queue Music ............................................................................................................................ Add Music ................................................................................................................................ Create and Organize Playlists ..................................................................................................

Create DVD ..................................................................................................................................... Main Screen .............................................................................................................................

My Changer ..................................................................................................................................... My Changer Music ................................................................................................................... Copy Music .............................................................................................................................. Archive TV ................................................................................................................................

More Programs ................................................................................................................................ Manage Discs ..........................................................................................................................

Manage Discs: Media Types ............................................................................................. Loading & Unloading Media Discs .....................................................................................

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What is VGX-XL1?........................ 2

What are the Benefits ................. 3

What are the Features ................. 4

Getting Started ............................ 6

Using the Remote Control .......... 7

Using the Wireless Keyboard ..... 8

Getting Around Media Center .... 9

Adding Files to Media Center ..... 10

Using the Search Feature ........... 11

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What is VGX-XL1? The VGX-XL1 is composed of two products combined to bring you the ultimate experience in digital home entertainment.

VGX-XL1 works just like any other computer, EXCEPT IT OFFERS MORE! More of the latest technology and excellence you have come to expect from Sony.

XL1A XL1B

Controls the combined products 200 disc Media Changer/Recorder

Leverages the latest Intel components Burning of content to optical media

Uses the latest Microsoft Windows XP Media Center operating system

Storage, archiving, and playback o your CD/DVD library

Offers High Definition connectivity for Sony HD Camcorders

Easily connects to the XL1A comp through a single i.LINK cable

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Sony establishes new standards in video and audio home entertainme content management with the VGX-XL1 Digital Living System.

Playback and manage your entire media library through your home theatre, using a remote control or wireless keyboard. View it all on your TV or monitor for the optimal entertainment experience.

Packaged Content Music CDs Movie DVDs

Personal Content Digital Pictures HD Camcorder Mini DV Camcorder

Internet Content downloaded Music Movies Pictures Recorded TV Streaming Video

Full Digital Living System fu the living room or den.

Operates using the lates Windows XP operating (MCE) augmented with VAIO functionality.

Enjoy the content of you through your TV/monitor home theatre.

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The XL1A is equipped with the following additional features:

The XL1A is a technologically advanced and powerful computer that will be right at home in your living room or den. Surf the Internet, download music and movies, record TV, watch videos, make copies of media files, and more all managed using the wireless keyboard w/intragrated pointing device and the remote control.

Cutting Edge IT Architecture Pentium D, DDR 2 RAM, PCI-E graphics, S-AT drives, RAID enabled, and multitasking.

High Storage Capacity Internal storage to 1.5 TB (one trillion bytes) w/

Enhanced Connectivity PC, wired, and wireless connectivity.

Combination Optical Drive Allows for fast disk access and System Recove Note: This drive is read only, not write. To write use the Media Changer/Recorder.

Enhanced Remote Control Control MCE features, including surfing the Int

Improved Web Surfing Remote Control navigation and alphanumeric i

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The VGP-XL1B is equipped with the following additional features:

The VGP-XL1B is a disc media changer and recorder with an impressive ability to store 200 CD/DVD media discs. Enjoy a media library where you can view your DVD movies, listen to your CDs and have access to enhanced VAIO software that lets you do multi-disc ripping of CDs and burning of CD/DVDs.

Disc Media Storage 200 Disc capacity.

Disc Media Support CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-R/RW, DVD+R DL D media, Redbook Audio CDs, Movie DVDs (U

Note: This unit does not support DualDisc m

Ease of Use Simple iLINK connection to XL1A. Custom features: Manage Discs and My Changer control of the discs in the media changer inc ripping and multi-disc burning, and multi load

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VGX-XL1 uses the Mircosoft Windows XP Media Center Edition operating sys (MCE). This version has all of the features and capabilities of other XP operating systems, with one major differenceMedia Center. This group of advanced feat takes you into the world of digital home entertainment, bringing all of your

entertainment sources together in a single location, easily managed by the VAIO

remote control or the VAIO wireless keyboard.

This guide will focus on the living room experience, using Media Center and th remote control to perform all tasks. The next few pages provide examples of how get around and perform tasks in Media Center. Then, you will be guided through setting up Media Center, and finally, an overview of available features.

This guide provides an overview of Media Center and additional advanced features unique to VGX-XL1 Digital Living System.

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Press a Remote Control button to do the following:

Start MY TV, MY MUSIC, MY PICTURES, MY VIDEO in Media Center. Press STANDBY to place your computer in Standby mode.

Control the playback for TV, MUSIC, VIDEOS, and ends a slide show. Buttons include: STOP, PAUSE, FWD, SKIP, REPLAY, REW, and RECORD. The right arrow button serves as a PLAY button.

Use the arrow buttons to move to a specific location, the OK button to make your selection, the BACK button to go to the previous screen, and the MORE button to view additional information.

Use the START button to open Media Center. Volume Controls (VOL) are on the left and Channel (CH) or Page (PG) on the right of the START button. A MUTE button is also provided to suppress sound.

Important Note: The VAIO remote control will NOT control the sound for your TV. You must use the remote control that you are currently using to control the sound for your TV.

Open the following screens RECORDED TV, GUIDE, LIVE TV, DVD MENU. (DVD MENU is available only when Media Center is active.)

Use these buttons to change channels and enter text or numbers in a specific location.

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Below is a picture of your wireless keyboard and built-in touch pad (mouse) with specialized functions identified.

Before using the keyboard, you must activate communication between the comp and the keyboard. Please complete the following steps for keyboard installation.

Step 1: Insert the batteries Step 2: Activate Communication

Turn the keyboard over Slide the Power button to On

Open the battery compartment Turn the keyboard over

Insert supplied batteries as indicated Slide Pointing Device button to O

Replace battery compartment cover Press Connect on computerand o back of keyboard at the same time Return keyboard to its upright position

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From inside Media Center:

Select this... To do this...

Start Media Center and return to Start menu.

Close Media Center. Options for close include Media Center, Log Off, Shut Down, Restart, and Standby.

Open Media Center Help.

Press an arrow to move to a specific command or opti Then press OK to make your selection.

Highlighted command button - Performs a function.

Green Highlight - Indicates selected object. Press OK.

Option button: Highlight, then press OK to select.

Minus/Plus button: Press OK for more options in a list

Check boxes: Highlight, then press OK to select.

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You can add media files to recognized folders in the following ways:

Copy files or folders directly to recognized folders using Windows Explorer.

Download media files (Internet, Music CDs, Video) directly to recognized fold

Add additional folders, or shared folders for Media Center to recognize by pres the MORE button and selecting Add Pictures/Videos/Music/Recording from menu. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

In order to access your media files to view pictures, videos, recorded TV, or listen to music you must place the files in a folder recognized by Media Center. Media Center recognizes the following folders located in the My Documents directory.

Note: The Recorded TV folder may be located in a separate partition on your hard drive.

Each time you open My Pictures, My Videos, or My Music a message appears asking if you would like to add new media files. You must respond to continue. To add files, select Yes and follow the on-screen instructions. This method will allow you to add folders, not individual files for Me Center to recognize. If you select the Dont ask me this again check box, you m add media files by pressing the MORE button and selecting the Add menu command.

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Press a number repeatedly to scroll through the choices that are availa number. With each repeated press of a number, a different character a entering text, you can also do the following:

To switch between uppercase, lowercase, and symbol modes, pres or CH/PG- button on the remote.

To backspace, press the CLEAR button on the remote.

To enter a space between words, press the (0) button on the remote

When you find the character you want, press the ENTER button on

In Media Center, you can search through the TV listings or your media library to find just the right TV show or movie to watch, or just the right song to listen tooall by remote control.

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To access VAIO Support Central, do the following: 1 Using your wireless keyboard with intragrated pointing device, click the Wind

Start button.

2 From the Start menu, click All Programs.

3 From the All Programs menu, click VAIO Support Central. Note: You must be connected to the Internet to access some of the VAIO Support Central featu

VAIO Support Central provides you with a single location for all of your support needs and allows you to easily access valuable support and technical information from Sony and Microsoft.

Keep your VAIO computers system software and operating system updated using VAIO Web Support and Microsoft Update.

Support Resources

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Welcome to Sony VAIO and Microsoft Window

With VAIO and Media Center, you can bring all of your entertainment sourcesTV, Recording, Music, Pictures, CD/DVD Player, Internet single location. This guide will assist you in setting up Media Center fo entertainment needs, and then provide you with an overview of the ma

Media Center Setup

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Start Menu | Settings

Settings Once you have set up your computer and ha connected the Media Changer/Recorder and additional hardware devices, you are ready t set up your Media Center preferences.

The first time you start Media Center, a setup wizard (a series of setup screens) opens. T enjoy the full benefit of Media Center, it is bes complete all screens. You may return to Sett at any time to change your preferences.

Please note: The Media Center setup wizar requires Internet connection to complete the process. Also, remember to check for Windo updates before you begin to make sure Med Center has the most recent software and security updates.

Note: The Media Center Radio feature is not supported by Sony VAIO.

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Music............................... 48

DVD................................. 51

Messenger and Caller ID 56

Help................................. 57

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General The General settings are options that effect Media C some general preferences computer.

You might want to take the review all of the General s options to see what might entertainment experience.

Start Up and Window Behavior... 16

Visual and Sound Effects............ 17

More Programs Options.............. 18

Media Center Setup..................... 19

Parental Controls......................... 29

Automatic Downloads Options... 30

Optimization................................. 31

About Media Center..................... 32

Privacy.......................................... 33

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Start Menu | Settings | General

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for each optio Press the OK button to select (add a check mark) or deselect (remove a check m When finished, select Save.

Start Up and Window Behavior You can decide how Media Center starts and reacts to your environment. You can determine if Media Center:

is always the top window.

will warn you if a file or action is not designed for Media Center.

starts when Windows starts.

shows task bar notification.

shows TV tips.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for e Press the OK button to select (add a check mark) or deselect (remove To change the video background color, select the (+) or (-) button and button. When finished, select Save.

Visual and Sound Effects Adding visual and sound effects can add a new dimension to your entertainment enjoyment.

Here you can add transition animations, play sounds when navigating Media Center, and even change your video background color.

(Background colors include Black, White and various shades of Gray.)

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Start Menu | Settings | General

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for each optio Press the OK button to select (add a check mark) or deselect (remove a check m When finished, select Save.

More Programs Options Media Center has teamed with other applications and Internet sites to not only make your entertainment experience better, but to also make it easier to create media, and to have access to more entertainment information.

You can control the media experience in Media Center and which application you can access within Media Center.

More Programs Opt ions

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Media Center Setup Media Center Setup takes basic level of settings that for you to use Media Cent

Most of these options will through a wizard (a serie to make it easier for you to Center and your entertainm preferences.

Set Up Internet Connection........ 20

Set Up TV Signal.......................... 21

Set Up Your Speakers................. 22

Configure Your TV or Monitor... 23

Set Up Remote Desktop............. 24

Automatic Updates...................... 25

Join Wireless Network................. 26

Run Media Center Setup Again... 27

Restore Start Page Defaults....... 28

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Start Menu | Settings | Media Center Setup

Set Up Internet Connection Media Center makes it easy to set up your Internet connection. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

The first thing you need to know is if your Internet connection is always on. If you do, the computer will detect the signal and finish most of the setup for you.

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move the Yes or No option. Press the OK but to select the option. Select Next to continue.

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If you choose Yes to let Media Center configure your TV signal, make the Prepare for Automatic Configuration screen carefully before con

Set Up TV Signal Media Center makes it easy to set up your TV signal for viewing. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

You will need to confirm the region that you live in and then decide if you want Media Center to automatically configure your TV signal (recommended) or if you want do it yourself.

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Start Menu | Settings | Media Center Setup

After the test, select whether or not you heard sound coming from all your speak and select Next to continue. If the test was successful, youre done! If not, Media Center will provide you with additional setting options.

Installation Note: For the best possible sound, use the HDMI cable (if possible) when connecting your speakers.

Set Up Your Speakers Media Center makes it easy to set up your speakers for your listening pleasure. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

Media Center will ask you for the number (or type) of speakers you have and then select the Test button.

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Configure Your TV or Mon- itor Settings Media Center makes it easy to set up your TV or monitor for viewing. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

Select Watch Video or Next to continue.

A video is provided that contains additional information on setting up your display and improving the quality of your video viewing.

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Start Menu | Settings | Media Center Setup

Set Up Remote Desktop Media Center makes it easy to set up your Remote Desktop. For each step, read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

Select Next to Continue.

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Automatic Updates Media Center can help you keep your computer secure and running efficiently by automatically downloading and installing critical updates from Microsoft.

You should also continue to check for additional software and driver updates on a regular basis by selecting Windows Update from the Start | All Programs menu.

Use the arrow keys on your remote move the Yes or No option. Press t to select the option. Select Next to

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Start Menu | Settings | Media Center

Important Note: You must already have a working wireless local area network to this feature. Selections made on these screens may overwrite your existing wire network settings. Please follow the on-screen instructions carefully.

Join Wireless Network The advanced features of Media Center and the Digital Living System personal computer let you easily connect to an existing wireless local area network.

Media Center will guide you through a series of screens that provide step-by step instructions for connecting to your network.

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Select Next to Continue.

Run Media Center Setup Again The first time you started Media Center, you were guided through a series of screens that helped you set up Media Center.

To go through the entire set up of Media Center againscreen by screen, select Yes.

You will be guided through two sections: Required Setup (checks for components like networking and Internet) and Optional Setup (advanced settings and features).

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Start Menu | Settings | Media Center Setup

Selecting Yes or No is the only action available for this option. Selecting Yes will automatically restore your Start page to its default settings.

Restore Start Page Defaults During the course of working with various software programs and many different types of entertainment components, you might find it advantageous or necessary to restore the Start page defaults.

Doing this will remove any changes you may have made to the Start menu and restore it back to its original state.

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Parental Controls Media Center provides a process by which selected programs can be viewing. The first time you enter Parental Control, you will be asked to e confirm a new four digit access code. Once complete, you will be given following parental controls:

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for e Press the OK button to select (add a check mark) or deselect (remove When finished, select Save.

If you turn on TV blocking, you can then sel TV ratings for viewing, and by selecting Ad can choose more restrictive rating than TV-M types of content. If you turn on movie blocking, you can then maximum allowed movie rating for viewing.

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Start Menu | Settings | General

Media Changer/Recorder Note: Make sure you select the Retrieve media information... option for proper functioning of the Media Changer/Recorder. This option must be selected to download and view additional CD and DVD informatio

Automatic Download Options With Media Center and your Internet connection, you can view media information for your CDs, DVDs, and movies. Learn interesting new details about the music and movies you listen to and watch.

You also have the option to download Guide information automatically every time you start your computer, or you can choose to download manually.

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for each option. Press th OK button to select (add a check mark or dot deselect (remove a check mark or dot). Whe finished, select Save.

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You might want to set the Optimization schedule to run when you are not need to access Media Center.

For additional information, go to Media Center help.

Optimization The Optimization feature is designed help you keep your system running efficiently and smoothly.

Select the Perform Optimization check box and then select the plus (+) or minus (-) options to set a schedule time.

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Start Menu | Settings | General

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the About Media Center m button of your choice. Press the OK button to view your selection. When finished select Save/Done or the Back button.

About Media Center About Media Center provides you with information concerning the version of Media Center that you are currently using, and Internet connections to the Guide Terms of Service from your TV signal provider, and Data Provider Credits.

Simply select an option to view the information.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the Privacy me your choice. Press the OK button to view your selection. When finishe Done or the Back button.

Privacy Settings Your privacy is very important to us. You can view Media Center and Guide privacy statements in detail directly from the vendor with your Internet connection.

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TV You can control your TV entertainme experience. Each of these options al you to set up TV viewing preference make sure you get the most out of y TV viewing.

Record shows for viewing at a late date.

Locate a show and review a brief description.

Connect your TV signal and set u your TV or monitor with ease.

Set preferences for your sound system.

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. TV programs that have encrypted (protected) b broadcaster cannot be played back on any pla the one recorded to.

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Use the arrows on your remote control to move to the menu options and each recorded program in the history list. Press the OK button to perform a menu command or to view status information about the selected show.

History Media Center stores a complete history of all recorded programing. Information such as the recording date, name of the program and the current status is stored.

The list can be sorted by Date, Status, and Title.

The information for every recording remains in the list until you select Clear History.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the (+) or (-) bu associated with the option of your choice. Press the OK button to chan When finished, select Save.

Recorder Storage Media Center provides you with complete information about where and how your recorded programs are stored. You also have the ability to manage that information and make changes, if necessary.

The Available recording time graph moves in relation to the Maximum TV limit selection.

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Start Menu | Settings | TV | Recorder

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the (+) or (-) buttons associated with the option of your choice. Press the OK button to change the op When finished, select Save.

Recording Defaults Media Center lets you create a list of defaults or conditions that determine the actions Media Center takes with your recorded programs. There are also specific defaults or conditions that are specific to the recording of a TV series.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the buttons for each optio Press the OK button to select (add a check mark) or deselect (remove a check m a channel. Use the keypad to change the channel number, if necessary. When finished, select Save.

Edit Channels With Media Center, you can control what channels you and your family can access. Once you select Edit Channels, a list of channels from your TV signal provider shows on your screen.

From here you can add, remove, and if needed, correct a channel number. If something goes wrong, simply select Restore Default to return the channel list to its original state.

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Use the arrows on your remote control to move to a menu option and OK button to make your selection. Use the numeric keypad to enter a and number. When finished, select Done.

Add Missing Channels If for any reason you need to add a channel to your list of available channels, you can do so through Add Missing Channels. For example, you previously deleted a channel and now want to add it back.

Simply select Add Channel and then enter the channel name. Then select Next and enter the channel number. Finally, select Done. Your added channel will be listed on the Add Missing Channels first screen.

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Start Menu | Settings | TV | Guide

Set Up Guide Listings Media Center makes it easy to set up to download and view your TV Program Guide. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

Media Center will ask you:

If you want to use the Guide

if you agree with the Guide Terms of Service

for your ZIP Code

Then, Media Center will locate and download your TV Program Guide.

To get started, Select Next.

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To immediately download TV Program Guide listings, select

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Start Menu | Settings | TV

Set Up TV Signal Media Center makes it easy to set up your TV Signal for viewing. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

As you answer the questions and progress through the screens, you are required to Confirm Your Region and decide whether to use Automatic TV Signal Setup (recommended) or complete a Manual Setup.

If you are notified that Media Center cannot detect a TV signal, you cannot watch or reco TV. Please go to Media Center Help for additional instructions.

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As you answer the questions and progress through the screens, you a Identify Your Display Type, identify your Connection Type, decide h Optimize Media Center for your Display, and Adjust your Display S here, select Adjust Display Controls, then select Next to view the sc Calibration. Here you can adjust the characteristics of your TV or mon

Note: Display setting may need to be refined using the nVIDIA utiltiy progra the utility program, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select nVIDIA D

Configure Your TV or Monitor Media Center makes it easy to set up your TV or monitor for viewing. Just read the on-screen information and answer a few questionsMedia Center does the rest!

A video is provided that contains additional information on setting up your display and improving the quality of your video viewing.

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Start Menu | Settings | TV

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the Audio, Captioning, o Caption Display (+) or (-) buttons. Press the OK button to change the TV audio selection. When finished, select Save.

Audio With Media Center, you can set up options, such as Audio (Stereo,SAP), Captioning (CC1, CC2) and Caption Display (On, Off, On when muted) that affect your TV viewing.

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Once you decide how you want to view your pictures, select the appro Use the arrows on your remote control to move to the desired option, t OK button. When finished, select Save.

Pictures Gain complete control over how you view your digital pictures.

Choose to view your pictures in order or randomly.

Choose to show pictures in sub folders or the main folder.

Choose to view picture captions.

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Start Menu | Settings

To enjoy Visualizations while you are listening to your favorite music, select one more viewing samples from the Visualizations page, and then make your select from the Visualization Options page.

Music With Media Center, you can add a vis component to your listening pleasure with Visualizations.

Visualizations are visual interpretatio of an artists music that plays on your or computer screen while you listen the music.

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Once you decide on your visualizations and how they are viewed, select the appropriate buttons. Use the arrows on your remote control to move to the desire option, then press the OK button. When finished, select Save.

Visualizations Options Media Center Visualizations are visual interpretations of an artists music that play on your TV or computer screen while you listen to the music.

You decide if you want the visualizations to start when the music plays, and if song information can be viewed during the visualizations.

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Enhance your experience from these four topics that choose and define how to DVD movies.

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Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the Subtile, Audio track, Menu (+) or (-) buttons. Press the OK button to change the language selection. W finished, select Save.

DVD Language When viewing a DVD, Media Center give you the option of changing the language for subtitles, the audio track, and menus. Choose from a list of 70 different languages, or select Title Default to play the DVD in the original language it was created in.

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Select Configuration to set up your speakers and channel mode, and Environment to choose your listening experience (Theatre, Normal,

DVD Audio Imagine yourself fully immersed

in rich Dolby Digital surround soundnot in a theatre, but in your home. Sony, InterVideo, and your Dolby Digital sources for sound bring the theatre experience to your living room.

Media Center and InterVideo helps you set up your speakers and environment to fully create the cinematic experience. Note: You must have a multi-chan

system to experience this feature.

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Start Menu | Settings | DVD

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to the Captioning or Captio Display (+) or (-) buttons. Press the OK button to change the selection. When finished, select Save.

Closed Captioning Media Center gives you the option of adding closed captioning to your DVD viewing.

Enjoy DVD movies with those who are hearing impaired, or when sound in your environment becomes a viewing factor.

You can choose the type of captioning (CC1 or CC2), and how the captions display (On, Off, or On when muted).

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Once you decide on your remote control options, select the appropriat the arrows on your remote control to move to the desired option, then button. When finished, select Save.

For additional information on using your remote control, go to the chap Getting Started.

Remote Control Options When watching your favorite DVDs, you might want to watch only certain parts of a movie or skip forward or backward to locate a specific scene. Media Center makes this easy. You can set your remote control to skip chapters and skip forward and back, giving you the control and flexibility to watch exactly what you want to. For detailed information about thes

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Once you decide your options, select the appropriate buttons. Use the arrows on remote control to move to the desired option, then press the OK button.

Messenger and Caller ID Settings Enjoy Media Center and keep in contact with friends and family. You can sign in or sign out of Messenger at any time while in Media Center. You can also:

Turn on and off the Do Not Disturb mode.

Switch between Messenger conversations.

Turn off Messenger sounds.

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Help Windows Media Center is very easy to use when you follow the on-screen instructions. However, when you do need additional information, Media Center provides you with four areas of assistance.

Media Center Help

Community Forums

Latest Tips

Help with your Hardware

Please visit each of these areas an the quality assistance Media Cente you and your family.

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Start Menu | Settings | Help

You can access Medias Centers Help areas by the following methods:

Remote Control - Press the More button, select Settings, then Help.

Remote Mouse - Move the Mouse to activate the Media Center tool bar, which appears at top of the screen. Then click the Help icon.

VAIO Support Central provides you with a single location for all of your support needs and allows you to easily access valuable support and technical information from Sony and Microsoft.

Keep your VAIO computers system software and operating system updated using VAIO Web Support and Microsoft Update.

To access VAIO Support Central: 1 Using your wireless keyboard with integrated poin

device, click the Windows Start button. 2 From the Start menu, click All Programs.

3 From All Programs menu, click VAIO Support Central.

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Remember to check regularly for Windows updates to keep the operating system updated with the latest software releases and security updates.

To start the Windows Update utility, connect to the Internet, click Start, All Programs, then click Windows Update. The Windows Update Web site opens. Follow the on-screen instructions.

VAIO Updates

Sony Support provides up designed specifically for y computer. All you need to Sonys Internet support s the model number of you

If you do not know your m number, go to the Produc select Computers & Perip Desktops. Finally, click D model. Sony Support will information specific to you

Support Internet Sites

Windows Updates http://microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/

VAIO Updates http://esupport.sony.com

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My DVDs..................................... 64

Online Spotlight......................... 70

My Videos................................... 71

My Pictures................................ 78

My TV.......................................... 86

My Music.................................... 96

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More Programs.......................... 111

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Review the following list for a high-level overview of the exciting features in Media Center.

For in-depth information about each feature, go to the specific topic in this book or to the Media Center help file.

View all the DVDs in your media library. Select a DVD view programing information or to watch.

The Online Spotlight provides Internet access to the latest entertainment news and events.

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Enjoy access to all the music stored on you Organize, locate, and play your favorite mu Media Center.

Create DVDs from your favorite recorded T Select only the episodes you want to burn t

Manage your media library from your remot including auto-ripping and multi-disk burning

To enhance you entertainment experience, been included to additional programs for you Manage Discs is an important program foun Programs that gives you the tools you need discs stored in the Media Changer/Recorde

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My DVDs Watching DVD movies in Media Cen lets you take control of your movie experience.

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DVD Movie Controls.................... 68

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Loading discs in the Media Changer/Recorder creates your own pers library that you can access from Windows Media Center with the touch Your library can contain the following types of media:

DVDs Store DVDs that you buy or create

CDs Store CDs that you buy or create

Data Discs Store any type of data that you have a CD or DVD can be viewed by selecting the Windows Start but Computer, and finally selecting the drive from Dev Removable Storage.

Blank Discs Store blank discs for creating your own CDs and D example, when archiving or copying recorded TV s a message will inform you of the number of discs r copy the selected recordings

When you load discs to the Media Changer, the discs must be recognized by Media Center before viewing. Go to More Programs and select the Manage Discs option or to directly to My DVDs to view the following message. Click Yes to continue.

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Loading Media Note: It will take about 30 seconds for Media Center to scan each disc. It is recommended to insert each disc into the changer, and then let them all scan one after the other additional information, go to the Manage Discs topic in My Changer.

Loading Media Changer Unloading Media Changer

1 Make sure the Changer/Recorder is properly connected to the Personal Computer and is turned on.

Note: When loading discs, make sure that the label is facing to the right of the slot.

2 To load a single disc, press the Load button once and insert the disc in the slot. To load multiple discs, press the Load button twice and insert each disc in the slot one at a time. The drive will be blocked until the system is ready for the next disc.

3 Once the discs have been inserted, they must be scanned by Media Center before they can be viewed. Go to More Programs and select Manage Discs or to My DVDs

4 Click Yes on the NEW DISCS FOUND message to update your library with the new disc(s) information.

To eject discs using Media Center

1 From Media Center, go to My Changer and select Manage Dis

2 Select the Eject button associate with the disc you want to eject.

To eject discs manually:

1 Press the Eject button one time t eject the last inserted disc.

or

2 Press the Eject button two times eject all discs in the changer slots

This will not eject the engaged di in the changer drive. You must go Media Center to eject the last dis See steps 1 through 2 of To ejec discs using Media Center.

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Once you have loaded your DVD movies into the Media Changer/ Recorder, and they have been identified by Media Center, you can view any movie in My DVDs with your remote control.

Sort the list by title, year, or genre and then select a movie. Media Changer/Recorder will locate the movie and place it in the drive for viewing. Movies in the drive of Media Changer or the Personal Computer appear with a disc next to the movie icon. Select the movie with the disc and then select Watch from the MOVIE INFO screen.

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Media Center offers you the flexibility of using the remote control, or keyboard an mouse commands to simplify your DVD movie watching experience.

If you are enjoying the TV, Video, or Music options in Media Center and wish to v a DVD movie, simply insert the DVD and the following image appears.

If you stop your movie using the remote control, the following options appear:

Notes: (1) For DVDs, you can edit the movie title as it appears in Manage Disks or My DVDs by to Movie Info and editing as desired.(2) You can view your DVD movies in full screen, windowed, a viewport window. Select the Windows Resize button to change the viewing screen size.

Using your remote control, select Play DVD. Your mov automatically begins to play in full screen mode.

Continues playing from the stopping point.

Restarts the DVD movie from the beginning.

Returns to the DVD movies title or beginning me

Select the language preference for the Subtitle, Audio track, and Menu for the DVD movie.

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You can watch your DVD movie in a small viewport screen, which allows you access to other areas of Media Center, by pressing the Windows button on your remote control.

If you want to work and watch your DVD movie and the same time, move your mouse for the Windows resize buttons to appear. Select the Resize button.

Change DVD Language

Change the language tha movie displays for subtitle track and menus. If the m playing, press Stop on the control and then select D Languages. Select the + to choose a language.

You can also change the languages in Media Cent Start menu | Settings | D

More Movie Information

View additional information about the DVD movie you are watching by pressing the MORE INFO button on the remote control.

Information includes title, chapter title, genre, parental rating, length and current position.

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Start Menu | Online Spotlight

Online Spotlight Media Center and Online Spotlight provide you direct access to various Internet entertainment sites. You can view the sites by category by selecting a menu option.

Use the arrows on your remote control to move to a site button. Information about the site displays below the list. To select the site, press the OK button.

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Organize, store, and play on your hard drive that yo created, downloaded from or recorded from TV.

Share your video files with creating DVDs or CDs.

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Play Your Videos.......................... 73

More Information/View Details.... 74

Create a DVD/CD.......................... 75

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Start Menu | My Videos

With Media Center, it is easy to store and organize videos that you have created your digital camera, digital recorder, or downloaded from the Internet.

For you to view your videos in Media Center, the files must be stored in a location that Media Center looks in.

To view videos in My Videos, first copy and organize the files into the My Videos or Shared Video folder.

In the My Videos folder, you can create new folders or copy in other folders to better organize your files.

If you are connected to a home network and wish to share your video files with others, copy the files to the Shared Video folder.

If a video file is downloaded or stor in a folder other than My Videos or Shared Videos, you can add that folder(s) to the folder list that Media Center looks in.

From your remote control, press the More Info button, or if you are using your mouse, right click anywhere in My Videos to view this menu. Sele Add Videos and follow the on-scre instructions.

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With Media Center, it is easy to select and play a video stored anywher drive. You can view your videos in full screen, windowed, or in a viewp Viewing from an viewport window gives you access to your computer o outside of Media Center.

When the video is finished playing, the following menu appears:

To view a video, do the following using your remote

3 Press the My Videos button.

4 Select the folder where the video is stored and

5 Select a video and press OK.

The video you selected will begin to play automatic

Restart: Restarts the video from the begin

Delete: Deletes the video from your compu

Done: Returns you to your video list.

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In Media Center, its easy to find out more information about any digital video in your library. It doesnt matter if you just want to see the information before you watch it, or if youre already watching the video.

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to a video icon button. Press the OK button to select the video. From here, you can press the OK button again, or press MORE and select View Details.

If are already watching a video, simply press the MORE button on your remote control.

You can view the following video information

Thumbnail of the cover, if available

Video title

Video description

Date the video was last created or modifie

Video length. (h:mm:ss format)

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With Media Center, its easy to copy your digital videos to a CD or DVD keeping or to share with family and friends. Select a video, and then s CD / DVD. Media Center will then take you through a series of screens, simple instructions to assist you in performing such tasks as:

Note: You must insert a blank CD/DVD before starting Create CD/DVD.

Select your disc format. Make sure you select the Data CD/ DVD format. Give your video disc a title.

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View CD / DVD information.

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Start Menu | My Videos

Your computer comes equipped with DVgate Plus software, which allows you to import and edit videos from an external device or from recorded TV programs created with Media Center's My TV feature. You can edit the video and export it into specific folders to play back with My Videos.

For details on how to connect your digital video camera to your computer, refer to the documentation supplied with your camera or see the online

VAIO Computer User Guide.

To access DVgate Plus, click Start, point to Programs, DVgate Plus, and then click DVgate Plus. For additional operating\editin instructions for DVgate PLus, see the DVgat Plus help file. (For help, press the F1 key or click Help on the menu bar or topic screen.)

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You can watch your DVD movie in an viewport screen, which allows you access to other areas of Media Cen- ter, by pressing the Windows button on your remote control.

If you want to work and watch your DVD movie at the same time, move your mouse for the Windows resize buttons to appear. Select the Resize button.

Playing from an Externa

Media Center allows you off a disc, from a external device (such as the Medi Recorder), or off a netwo

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You can adjust your TV a from Settings | General Center Setup | Configur or Monitor. Just follow th instructions.

Separate My Videos Folders

If you set up multiple users on your computer, each user will have a separate My Videos folder that can only be opened by that user and a Shared Videos folder for sharing your videos with others.

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Start Menu | My Pictures

My Pictures Media Center makes it easy and fun look at your digital photos. From My Photos you can:

View your pictures individually or a slide show.

Edit, organize and sort your pictu by name or date.

Share your pictures with others

Create CDs or DVDs

Print your pictures

Protect your digital images

Organize Your Pictures................ 79

View Your Pictures....................... 80

Edit Your Pictures........................ 81

Play a Slide Show......................... 82

Create a CD/DVD.......................... 83

More Information.......................... 84

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Note: Pictures stored on media in the Changer will not have access to t

For you to view your pictures in Media Center, the files must be stored in a location that Media Center looks in.

First, copy and organize the image files into the My Pictures or Shared Pictures folder.

In the My Pictures folder, you can create new folders or copy in other folders to better organize your files.

If you are connected to a home network and wish to share your video files with others, copy the files to the Shared Pictures folder.

If an image file is downlo stored in a folder other th Pictures or Shared Pictu add that folder(s) to the f Media Center looks in.

From your remote control, press the MORE INFO button, Select Add Pictures and follow the on-screen inst

When you save pictures digital camera or scanne automatically stores them Pictures folder.

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Press OK to open a folder and view thumbnails of your pictures. Move to the pic you want to view and press OK again. Press BACK to return to the list of thumbn

With Media Center, it is easy to select and view digital images stored in My Pictures or anywhere else on your hard drive. Before opening Media Center and viewing your pictures, you may want to spend some time in Windows Explorer organizing your pictures by creating various subject folders in the My Pictures folder,

Use the arrows on the remote control to move to a menu option or a picture folder.

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Picture Details: Edit Your Pictures Its easy to edit your pictures directly in Media Centers My Pictures. U keys on the remote control and move to a picture. Press MORE INFO a Picture Details. From here you can:

Rotates picture 45 degrees.

If you select Touch Up, you can then choose the follo

Automatically removes red eye from people and pets

Automatically sharpens the contrast or clarity of your

The following tools are provided:

Shifts crop box in the direction of the selected arrow.

Zooms picture in and out.

Shifts orientation of picture.

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Press the OK button to select your option. For more information, see Helpful Hin

Instead of viewing your digital pictures individually, why not add some fun. Its easy to create a slide show and even add background music.

From Settings | Pictures, you can customize the settings for picture and song captions, transition type and length, background color, how pictures are displayed, and what pictures display.

Use the arrows on your remote control to select a folder, single picture or Play Slide Show

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Select disc format. Make sure you select the Data CD/DVD format. Data DVD also lets you create a DVD slide show.

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In Media Center, its easy to find out more information about any digital picture in your library.

Use the arrow keys on your remote control to move to a picture icon button. Press the OK button to select the picture. From here, you can press the OK button again, or press MORE and select View Details.

If are already viewing a picture, simply press the MORE button on your remote control.

You can also edit your pictures within Media Center. See page 81 Picture Details: Editing your Pictures.

You can view the following picture informatio

Picture title

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Select a picture from My Pictures.

Press OK once to magnify 150%. Press OK again to magnify 225%.

Now you can use the arrows to pan around the picture.

Press OK again to return the picture to its original size

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Select Play Slide Show.

Printing Pictures in Media Center

Start Media Center and from My Pictures, select the pictures you want to print.

Press the MORE button and then select Pictures Details.

Select Print and then select Print again.

Follow any on-screen instructions.

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Start Menu | My TV

My TV Watching your favorite TV program movie in Media Center puts you in complete control of your viewing experience.

What do you want to do? Media Cen makes it easy to locate, watch, or record your favorite TV program, sporting event, or movie.

And best of all, you can do all of this

directly from your VAIO computer a a TV signal connection.

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Recorded TV Record any TV show or program for later viewin a list of recorded programs by date or title, a list of p scheduled to be recorded, play a recorded program a program wasnt recorded, or add a TV recording.

Guide Download a listing of current television program your local television service provider. Set Media Ce automatically update the program guide, or manuall whenever you are connected to the Internet.

Search Quickly find a TV program or a series to watch o entering a descriptive word, program title, or progra

Movies Go online to find movies on TV to watch now or latest movie information, read reviews, see cast lists times the movie is broadcast, browse for related mo other movies with the same cast members.

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Note: You can watch TV in full screen, windowed, or in an viewport window.

Watch live TV or record your favorite shows to view later. Use the Guide to find the show you want to watch or record.

When you watch live TV, Media Center continuously captures 30 minute increments of the program. This enables you to rewind, replay, and fast forward in a TV program. This TV programming buffer is temporary and is not saved.

To view TV, press LIVE TV on your remote control or select the LIVE TV menu option.

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You can view the Guide listings at any time by pressing the Guide but remote control. Use the arrows to move to a show time, and use the C (+/-) buttons to move to any available channel. Press the OK button to program. Press the MORE button to view program details or record th

The Guide displays TV channel and program information, including titles, descriptions, categories, ratings, and program times.

You can view and scroll through the list of current and future TV shows in the Guide. When you select a program, information about the program displays below the program listings.

You can choose to have Media Center download the Guide from your provider automatically, or download updated information yourself.

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Important Information

Guide data may not be available in all countries or regions. Please consult your local TV signal provider.

Make sure you are connected to the Internet and check your TV signal and guide settings in the Settings menu.

Removing Channels from Guide

From Media Center, select Settings TV, Guide, and then Edit Channels

Follow the on-screen instructions to remove channels from the Guide listing.

Add Missing Channels

From Media Center, select Settings, TV, Guide, and then Add Missing Channels.

Select Add Channels and enter the name of the missing channel.

Enter the correct channel number and select Add.

Repeat to add all missing channels.

Select Done when complete.

Downloading the Guide

Automatically - Determine settings for retrieving information for media and Method of Download for the Guide. From Media Center, select Settings, General, and then Automatic Downloads Options.

Manually - From Media Center, sele Settings, General, TV, Guide, and then Get Latest Guide Listings.

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Record from the Guide by selecting a program, then select Record

Record from the Search menu, which allows you to define search c

Record manually by selecting Add Recording, then select Channe The Add Recording button shows when no other recordings are sc

Media Center lets you record the program you are watching, one scheduled to broadcast later, or a recurring program series.

To verify your program is being recorded, select My TV, Recorded TV, and then select Scheduled. The Record icon appears next to the program while you are recording.

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Standby Mode and Scheduled Recordings

Media Center will continue to record your scheduled TV shows even if you place the computer in standby or in hibernation state. The recording of TV shows will also continue even if Media Center is closed.

Set Up Recording Preferences

From Media Center, select Settings General, TV, and then Recorder. From Recorder you can define or change settings for History, Recorder Storage, and Recording Defaults.

Copying Recorded Programs to DVD or CD

If you would like to copy or archive your recorded TV shows to CD or DVD, go to Create DVD located on the Media Center Start menu and follow all on-screen instructions.

Make sure you load blank discs in the Media Changer/Recorder before you begin.

Select Stop if you need to stop or cancel a current recording.

Recording Quality and Hard Disk Drive Storage Space

Quality Space

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Better 2.4 GB/hr

Good 1.4 GB/hr

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Recorded TV is the storage place for all your recorded programs. In the Recorded TV window, you can sort your programs by name, date, or category. You can also delete a recorded program or series of programs.

To watch a recorded program, simply locate and select the program, and then select Play.

After you have recorded a TV program, you may want to save the program to a DVD. Go To My Changer and then select Archive TV Show and follow the on- screen instructions.

Use the arrows on your remote c to a menu option or program. Pre button to make your selection.

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Use the arrows on your remote to move to a menu option and press the OK butto make your selection. Use the keypad to enter a Title or keyword. Results show screen automatically.

Media Center My TV has an easy to use search feature that lets you quickly locate the program you want to watch or record.

You can search by Categories, Title, or Keyword.

The results from your search can be viewed in a list sorted by day for the number of days remaining on your current guide listing.

Once you locate the program you want to watch or record, press the OK button on your remote control.

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When you select the Movies menu option, Media Center searches your entire TV Guide listing for movies based on your input for what you want to see.

Once you make a movie selection, you can watch the movie, view additional information about the movie, or record the movie.

Note: Access to view restricted channels must be given by your TV signal provider.

Use the arrow keys on your remote to move to a menu option or movie and press the OK button.

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Start Menu | My Music

Note: You can also use the Windows Media Player to play music and add, delete, categorize, an organize your music files. However, if you use Windows Media Centers My Music for your listen entertainment needs, you will have the added benefits of Sonys VAIO enhanced features. Please Windows Media Player Help for additional information.

My Music Enjoy a complete listening experien with My Music. You can listen to CD view artist information, create and organize your own music playlists, categorize and listen to music by genres, search for music selections and more.

With Media Center and My Music, y can play your favorite music files a CDs you have added to the Windo Media Player Library.

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With Media Center, it is easy to store and organize music files that you from your favorite CDs or have downloaded from the Internet.

For you to listen to music in Media Center, the files must be stored in a location that Media Center looks in.

First, add and organize the music files into the My Music or Shared Music folders.

In the My Music folder, you can create new folders or copy in other folders to better organize your files.

If you are connected to a home network and wish to share your music files with others, copy the files to the Shared Music folder.

If a music file is downloa in a folder other than My Shared Music, you can folder(s) to the folder list Center looks in.

From your remote control, press the MORE INFO button, or right click using your mouse anywhere in My Music to menu. Select Add Music the on-screen instruction

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To listen to your music, use the arrows on the remote control to move to a menu option or music selection such as an album, artist, playlist, or song and press the button. Then select the Play menu option.

Note: You can also listen to your music from the Windows Media Player.

Once youve placed your music files in the My Music library, you are ready to listen to your favorite song, album (CD), or playlist.

Media Center provides you with several categories in which to sort your music files for easy locating.

Albums (CDs) Shows thumbnail of cover and title, if connected to the Intern

Artists Lists artist name and additional information about the artist.

Playlists Lists playlists that youve created from Media Center/-Player.

Songs Lists song title, length, and additional information, if selected.

Genres Lists genres categories, such as Classical, Jazz, and Rock.

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Play media in My TV or My Videos.

Close Media Center (This includes logging off, turning off or restarti Center computer, or putting the computer into Standby or Hibernat

In Media Centers My Music, you can line up or queue the music you want to hear. The Queue is simply a temporary list of music. By using this feature, you dont have to keep selecting new songs or albums. There can be several pieces of music lined up to play one after the other.

To add music to the Queue, use the arrows on the remote control to select music from any of the categories and press the OK button. The next screen shows information for that particular piece of music. Move to the menu and select Add to Queue and press the OK button,

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1 Press the Media Center Start button on the remote control, and then select My Music.

2 Insert a CD into the CD drive of the personal computer.

3 Select the Albums category.

4 Select the Album or CD you want to add to your music library.

5 Select Copy CD. The first time you copy a music CD, you must select your copy protection options. Follow the on-screen instructions.

As each song finishes copying, a icon appears next to the title.

Note: You can also auto-rip music CDs from the Media Changer. For additional information, see My Changer, page 105

From the Internet

Follow all on-screen instructions fr the Internet site to download musi files to your computer.

If you download your music files directly to the My Music or Share Music folders, Media Center will automatically make the files availa to you.

If you download your music files to any location on your computer, yo must add that location in Media Center by pressing the MORE INF button on your remote control and then selecting Add Music.

Locate and select the folder where you downloaded the music files an then select Finish. Media Center add the folder to the My Music library.

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A Playlist is a customized list of songs you can keep to play at a later tim CD. Using Playlists, you can group your favorite digital music files toge determine the order in which you want the files to play. You can create includes several tracks from various CDs or even a Playlist that contain music for a slide show. To create a Playlist, do the following:

Use the arrows on your remote control to move to menu options, song viewport window and press the OK button to make your selection. Use keypad to enter a name for your new Playlist.

Note: You can create Playlists in Windows Media Center or from within

1 Select a song and add to queue.

2 Move to the viewport screen and press the OK button to select it.

3 From the Queue screen, select the Edit Queue menu option.

4 From the Edit Queue screen, select Save As Playlist.

5 Enter a name for your new Playlist and select Save.

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Selecting a Visualization

From Media Center, select Settings, and then to Music. Go to Visualizations Options to choose when and how the visualizations display.

Then go to Visualizations to choose from eight different graphical patterns.

Add/Edit Queue Meta Data

From Media Centers My Music, select an album, artist, song, or playlist. Press the MORE INFO butto on the remote control, and select th Edit menu option.

From the Edit screen, enter or modi the Queue meta data as necessary.

Create a CD/DVD

From Media Center, select My Music and then select the music you want to copy.

Select Create CD/DVD and follow the on-screen instructions.

Supported File Types

CD Audio - .cda

MP3 - .mp3, .m3u

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Windows Media Audio Files - .asx .wm, .wma, .wmv, .wmp, .wmx

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Once you have selected the recording, you can do the following from the menu:

The Create DVD main screen shows you a list of all of your TV show recordings. To create a DVD, select the desired recordings from the list. With each recording selected, information about the recording and the DVD displays.

Sort Sort the list by date or name (title)

Option Takes you to the DVD Settings screen where you can select theme or category and playback settings for the DVD. Select Configuration to choose the drive for creating the DVD.

Burn Starts the Creating DVD process. A progress bar displays.

Help Opens the Click to DVD Help file for reference.

Please read and follow all on-screen instructions.

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My Changer Music (Media Changer/Recorder) and My Music (Media Center) a distinct areas in your entertainment system and offer separate features. My Chan Music does not display music discs or files that have been copied to the My Mus Shared Music folders on the hard disk drive. The only Media Changer/Recorder audio CD available in My Music is the current disc in the Media Changers drive

My Changer Music

My Changer Music is a gallery or list of all albums (audio CDs) that are stored in the Media Changer/ Recorder and that have been scanned and identified by Media Center.

From this gallery, you can play an album, and view additional information about an album such as artist, title, and cover art. Select any album to start playback of that CD.

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Select albums/discs to copy by selecting them individually, or by choos All button. When complete, select the Copy Music command. The Co screen shows only those albums selected for you to review. Select Sta begin the copying process. As each disc is copied, a check mark will a each completed album in the list. An X appears next to albums that f successfully.

Note: This process can be time consuming. The time required to copy with the number of discs selected and the length of each disc.

Copy Music

Copy Music is a feature that lets you copy multiple discs to the My Music folder on the hard disk drive. Once discs are copied, they will show as gallery albums in My Music where you can access the files and play the albums as you normally would in Media Center.

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Playing Copied Music

Even though you can play your music from My Changer, it is recommended that you take advantage of the Copy Music feature, which allows you to rip your music CDs to your hard disk, where you can take full advantage of the many My Music features in Media Center.

Eject Copied Discs

Once you have ripped your selected music CDs to your hard disk, you might want to remove the copied discs from the changer since the music can now be access from My Music. Select the Eject Copied Discs option to eject all discs that were successfully copied to the hard disk.

Multi-tasking During Ripping

Once the ripping process begins, a progress bars appears in the list on the album currently being copied. Since the ripping process can be time consuming, you can leave the progress screen to do other activities.

If you leave the progress screen, you can return by going back to My Changer and selecting Copy Music.

Trouble Shooting

If an album does not successfully copy, eject the disc and check for scratches on the surface of the disc and then try again.

Warning: During the ripping proces do not try to access the changer fro My DVDs or Manage Discs.

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Archive TV The Archive TV feature is used to create DVDs of an entire recorded TV series or selected episodes of a series. The Archive TV screen displays a list of all recorded TV series. After selecting a series, the Select Episode screen displays a list of all episodes for the series.

After selecting episodes for archiving, a message appears informing you of the number of blank discs required and whether there are enough blank discs in the Media Changer.

This process can be time consu time required varies with the nu length of each episode selected Note: This feature should not be u third partys copyrights.

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Before You Archive

In order not to have your archiving process interrupted, insert the required number of blank DVDs into the changer before you begin and then go to My DVDs or More Programs > Manage Discs so the blank discs can by scanned and identified by Media Center.

Trouble Shooting

Please check your media type.

Note: Archive TV Show supports Dual-Layer DVDs (DVD+R DL).

Required Blank Discs

When archiving TV shows, My Changer provides an estimate of the number of blank discs needed to record or archive the episodes you have selected to make sure the archiving process in not interrupted.

Note: Calculations are based on the assumption that all discs used for archiving are single-sided.

Copy Protected Shows

You may not be able to archive som TV shows because they may be cop protected. If you select to archive a show that has been copy protected, the following message appears.

This show has been encrypted (protected) by the broadcaster and cannot be copied and played back o any player other than the one recorded to.

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Create CD/DVD Burn pictures for slide shows, video files, and reco

Create DVD VAIO added value program to archive recorded TV

Internet Explorer

Opens a version of Internet Explorer that can be through your remote control.

InterVideo Allows you to define audio and visual settings.

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Start Menu | My Changer

Manage Discs Tools:

Scan and identify new discs in the changer and update disc data in the library

Sort the changer library by name or type. Type allows you to verify the numbe discs in the changer for each type of media. This is useful when archiving a T series or creating other DVDs to determine the number of blank discs availab

Eject discs. Remove media from the changer by selecting the Eject button.

Note: Any disc in any drive can also be accessed from Windows Explorer or My Computer.

Manage Discs The Manage Discs feature gives you the tools you need to control the portion of your media library stored in the Media Changer.

The main screen shows a list of all media in the changer sorted by name or type. If no metadata is found, the volume name displays.

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DVD Plays DVD movies. For additional features, lin Media Centers My DVDs by selecting the view

Data CD/DVD Places the data disc in the drive. To access the Windows Explorer or to My Computer. The c drive appears as DVD-RAM drive in My Comp

Blank CD/DVD Records videos, pictures, recorded TV, or mus

Error Displays if disc is inserted wrong or is unreada

Supported Media

CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+-R/RW, DVD+R DL Double Layer Media, Redbook Audio CDs, Movie DVDs (Region 1, U.S.is default.)

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Loading Media Changer Unloading Media Changer

1 Make sure the Media Changer/ Recorder is properly connected to the Personal Computer and is turned on.

Note: When loading discs, make sure that the label if facing to the right of the slot.

2 To load a single disc, press the Load button once and insert the disc in the slot.

To load multiple discs, press the Load button twice and insert each disc in the slot one at a time.

3 Once the discs have been inserted, they must be recognized by Media Center before they can be viewed.

Go to More Programs or My DVDs and select Manage Discs.

4 Click Yes on the NEW DISCS FOUND message to update your library with the new disc(s) information.

To eject discs using Media Center

1 From Media Center, go to My Changer and select Manage Dis

2 Select the disc you wish to eject.

3 The disc moves to the drive. Then select the arrow to eject the disc.

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To use your remote control, must perform the following setup procedur

From Internet Explorer, go to Tools > Remote Control Option an Enable Remote Control ... check box.

When you first open Internet Explorer using your remote control, you w Operation Guide located at the bottom of the screen. From here, you various Modes such as scrolling, navigation and others.

Use the Channel +/- button on the remote control to access the Op

Manualsnet FAQs

If you want to find out how the VGP-XL1 Sony works, you can view and download the Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide on the Manualsnet website.

Yes, we have the Entertainment Guide for Sony VGP-XL1 as well as other Sony manuals. All you need to do is to use our search bar and find the user manual that you are looking for.

The Entertainment Guide should include all the details that are needed to use a Sony VGP-XL1. Full manuals and user guide PDFs can be downloaded from Manualsnet.com.

The best way to navigate the Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide is by checking the Table of Contents at the top of the page where available. This allows you to navigate a manual by jumping to the section you are looking for.

This Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide consists of sections like Table of Contents, to name a few. For easier navigation, use the Table of Contents in the upper left corner.

You can download Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide free of charge simply by clicking the “download” button in the upper right corner of any manuals page. This feature allows you to download any manual in a couple of seconds and is generally in PDF format. You can also save a manual for later by adding it to your saved documents in the user profile.

To be able to print Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide, simply download the document to your computer. Once downloaded, open the PDF file and print the Sony VGP-XL1 Entertainment Guide as you would any other document. This can usually be achieved by clicking on “File” and then “Print” from the menu bar.