Do’s and don’ts for computer

Use your computer on a solid, stable surface 
Use your computer on a solid, stable surface.
Using your computer on soft material can block the air vents and cause overheating.

Proper air circulation is important to reduce heat. 
Proper air circulation is important to reduce heat.
Do not
block your computer’s air vents or place the computer on porous
surfaces, such as rugs, blankets, couches, beds or near materials such
as curtains that may block its air vents.
Blocking the air vents can cause overheating, risking damage to your computer, to your property, or even personal injury.

Do not use your computer directly on your lap 
Do not use your computer directly on your lap.
temperature of the bottom of the unit may rise during normal operation
and could cause discomfort or burns with prolonged contact.

Do not use cut or damaged connection cables

Do not use cut or damaged connection cables.
Use only specified peripheral equipment and interface cables. Otherwise, problems may occur.

If your computer is brought directly from a cold location to a warm one, moisture may condense inside the computer.
In this case, allow at least one hour before turning on the computer.
If any problems occur, unplug the computer, remove the battery pack and contact VAIO-Link.

Do not place your computer in a location subject to:

  • Heat sources, such as radiators or air ducts
  • Direct sunlight
  • Excessive dust
  • Moisture or rain
  • Mechanical vibration or shock
  • Strong magnets or speakers that are not magnetically shielded
  • Ambient temperature of more than 35°C or less than 5°C
  • High humidity
Do not place electronic equipment near your computer.
The electromagnetic field of the equipment may cause the computer to

Do not drop your computer or place any objects on top of the computer.

Do not drop your computer or place any objects on top of the computer.

If you drop a solid object or any liquid onto your computer, shut
down the computer, unplug it, and remove the battery pack. You may want
to have the computer checked by qualified personnel before operating it

Cleaning your Vaio

Clean the cabinet with a soft, microfiber cloth, which is dry or lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution.

Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or solvent
such as alcohol or benzine, as these may damage the finish of your

Make sure you disconnect the AC adapter and remove the battery pack before cleaning your computer.

Using the Battery Pack

Please only use Sony original battery packs.

Sony cannot
guarantee product safety when non original replacement battery packs are
used. We recommend to purchase the battery packs directly from official
Sony resellers to avoid counterfeit products.

Do not leave battery packs in temperatures above 60°C, such as in a car parked in the sun or under direct sunlight.

Battery life is shorter in a cold environment. This is due to decreased battery efficiency at low temperatures.

Charge battery packs at temperatures between 10°C to 30°C. Lower temperatures require longer charging time.

Certain rechargeable battery packs do not meet Sony quality and
safety standards. For safety reasons this computer should only function
with genuine Sony battery packs designed for this model. If an
unauthorized battery pack is installed, the battery pack might not be
charged and the computer will not function.

While the battery pack is in use or being charged, heat builds up
in the battery pack. This is normal and is not cause for concern.

Keep the battery pack away from all sources of heat.

Keep the battery pack dry.

Do not open or try to disassemble the battery pack.

Do not expose the battery pack to any mechanical shock, such as dropping it on a hard surface.

If you are not using your computer for a long period of time,
remove the battery pack from the computer to prevent damage to the
battery pack.

If you have not used the battery pack for a considerable amount
of time, the remaining battery life may become short. However, this is
normal and does not indicate a malfunction, because the battery pack
will gradually discharge over time even when not in use. Connect the AC
adapter to your computer and recharge the battery pack before using the
computer again.

You do not need to discharge the battery pack before recharging.

If the battery pack quickly runs out of power after fully
charged, it may be reaching the end of its life and should be replaced.

Using the AC adapter

Please only use Sony original AC adapters.
Sony cannot
guarantee product safety when non original AC adapters are used. We
recommend to purchase the AC Adapter directly from official Sony
resellers to avoid counterfeit products

Make sure that the power cable is properly connected to the AC
Only use the power cable that was delivered with the Vaio and/or AC adapter.

In case the AC adapter was delivered with a 3 pin power cable,
make sure to use the AC adapter with a properly grounded wall socket to
avoid a small static charge to build up on the notebook casing.

During operation the AC adapter might get warm, make sure the AC adapter is in a well ventilated area with the label facing down.

Handling CD / DVD / Blu-ray Discs

Do not touch the surface of the disc.

Do not touch the surface of the disc.
Fingerprints and dust on the surface of a disc may cause read
errors. Always hold the disc by its edges and central hole, as shown.

Proper care of the disc is essential to its continuous
reliability. Do not use solvents (such as benzine, thinner, alcohol,
commercially available cleaners, or anti-static spray) which may cause
damage to the disc.

For normal cleaning, hold the disc by its edges and use a soft cloth to wipe the surface from the center out.

If the disc is badly soiled, moisten a soft cloth with water,
wring it out well, and use it to wipe the surface of the disc from the
center out. Wipe off any remaining moisture with a dry soft cloth.

Never affix an adhesive label to a disc. This will affect the use of the disc and may result in an irreparable problem

Ergonomic Considerations

You will be using your computer as a portable device in a variety
of environments. Whenever possible, you should attempt to take account
of the following ergonomic considerations for both stationary and
portable environments.

  • Position of your computer – Place the
    computer directly in front of you (1). Keep your forearms horizontal
    (2), with your wrists in a neutral, comfortable position (3) while using
    the keyboard, touch pad, or external mouse. Let your upper arms hang
    naturally at your sides. Take frequent breaks while using your computer.
    Excessive use of the computer may strain eyes, muscles, or tendons.
  • Furniture and posture – Sit in a chair with
    good back support. Adjust the level of the chair so your feet are flat
    on the floor. A footrest may make you more comfortable. Sit in a
    relaxed, upright posture and avoid slouching forward or leaning far
  • Viewing angle of the computer’s display
    Use the display’s tilting feature to find the best position. You can
    reduce eye strain and muscle fatigue by adjusting the tilt of the
    display to the proper position. Adjust the brightness level of the
    display as well.
  • Lighting – Choose a location where windows
    and lights do not cause glare and reflection on the display. Use
    indirect lighting to avoid bright spots on the display. Proper lighting
    adds to your comfort and work efficiency.
  • Positioning an external display – When
    using an external display, set the display at a comfortable viewing
    distance. Make sure the display screen is at eye level or slightly lower
    when you are sitting in front of the monitor.