I also have a Sony Vaio series desktop. Your may have giga pocket installed already, look under your start menu in your programs. Did yours come with a remore control as well? I have not fooled around with the giga pocket program yet, but am very curious about its features and abilities.
I copied some of the giga pockets program manual to give you a rough idea of what its capible of: Hope this helps you some......
"Watching and recording TV programs
Giga Pocket has two decks: the TV/Recording deck and the playback deck. You can watch a TV program on your computer's display and record it on the hard disk of your computer using the TV/Recording deck.
You can play back recorded video content using the playback deck.
Playing Video Capsules
Video Capsule (Glossary)
You can record a TV program and play back an already recorded program simultaneously, using both the recording and playback decks.
Playing back a recorded part of a program while recording it (Slip Play)
Giga Pocket has unique features.
On an ordinary VCR, if you set a timer recording for 9:00 PM, for example, and you return home at 9:30 PM, you can only play back the program after the timer recording has ended.
But with Giga Pocket, you can start playback from the beginning while continuing to record.
- Watching an in-progress recording from the beginning (Slip Play)
Setting a timer recording
Using the Timer Recording Wizard, you can set timer recordings.
- Setting a new timer recording
Timer Recording Manager can record TV programs even when you are not at home.
- Enabling/disabling timer recording
Managing Video Capsules
Giga Pocket stores recorded images, their timer recording and information in Video Capsules.
Just as ordinary video tapes are usually stored in Cabinets, Video Capsules are stored and managed in the Cabinets of Giga Pocket Explorer.
For example, just like taking an ordinary video tape from the Cabinet and loading it on the VCR, similarly you can select the desired Video Capsule from Giga Pocket Explorer and play it back with Giga Pocket.
Copying Video Capsules to video tapes
Using Giga Pocket, you can copy images from a Video Capsule (recorded on the hard disk of your computer) to an ordinary video tape.
- Duplicating Video Capsules
Operating Giga Pocket using a remote commander
You can operate your Giga Pocket using the supplied remote commander.
The remote commander allows you to switch channels, as well as select or play back a Video Capsule."
Good luck to you. I will be watching this thread as well for any others who have a Vaio with the giga pocket feature installed:)