A wireless keyboard can come in very handy if your computer sits on a small desk. You can move a wireless keyboard easily and ensure that you're always comfortable when typing. Many wireless keyboards come with a mouse package, but you can find a keyboard on its own if you prefer. Sony manufactures a wireless keyboard that will work well with the Vaio computer, but you can essentially get any keyboard you want. It just has to be compatible with your Sony Vaio.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wireless keyboard kit
- Open USB port
Remove the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the keyboard and insert the necessary batteries. Most wireless keyboards use between two and four AA batteries.
Position the wireless receiver so it will effectively communicate with the keyboard. You should keep it at least six inches away from anything that can disrupt communication (monitor, computer case, lights, etc.), and position the receiver no more than six feet away from the keyboard.
Insert the software CD into your computer and follow the prompts for installation. This software will allow your computer to recognise your keyboard and is essential for proper communication between the two devices.
Make sure your computer is turned on, then plug in the wireless receiver via a USB port on your computer. Wait for your computer to configure the hardware before you begin to use it.
Open a text editor on your computer and test each button on your keyboard. If one key on your keyboard doesn't work, it is most likely a hardware problem and you will have to contact the manufacturer. If your keyboard isn't working at all, consult the troubleshooting advice that comes with the user's manual.
Remove the old keyboard from your computer if it is still connected.
Tips and warnings
- If your keyboard isn't working, you can try disconnecting the wireless receiver and holding your computer's power button for 20 seconds. Then take the batteries out of the keyboard. After this, reconnect the wireless receiver and turn on your computer. Put the batteries back in your keyboard and follow any on-screen prompts.
- Not all wireless keyboards require a software installation. Some are "Plug-and-Play." This means you will plug something into your USB port, and your keyboard will be ready to go.
- Keyboards made by some other computer companies will work with your Sony Vaio. Just make sure the keyboard is compatible with your operating system.