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Sony VAIO Desktop User Guide
This section refers to terms used in this manual and elsewhere in the VAIO world. These terms and
definitions have been compiled to provide you with a better understanding of your VAIO computer.
The <F1> key gives you access to the online help of most software.
Ethernet system providing data transfer rates of 10 Mbps (megabits per second) and
100 Mbps. The 100BASE-TX is a very direct derivative of 10BASE-T. Its 100 Mbps speed is
achieved by simply sending the signal 10 times faster.
Short for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface, a power management specification.
ACPI enables the operating system to turn peripherals on and off and to control the amount
of power given to each device attached to the computer. With ACPI, a CD-ROM player can
be turned off by the operating system if it is not in use.
An acronym for Basic Input/Output System. The BIOS is a program that enables the computer
to start when you turn it on. It monitors the data stream between the operating system and
the computer’s hardware devices.
Abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory. A high-capacity optical disc, usually
650 MB in size, capable of being read from but not written to.
Short for Compact Disc-ReWriteable. Compact Disc that can be used to write or rewrite data
to it. A CD-RW can be written to several times, a CD-R can only be written to once.
Short for Communication and Networking Riser. A hardware device that plugs into a
motherboard and holds chips for functions like modems and audio devices.