HP Digital Entertainment Center
User’s Guide
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Before You Begin ..............................1
Connecting Audio ........................... 35
Welcome .............................................................. 1
Benefits and Features .............................................. 2
Audio Overview ...................................36
Functional Overview.............................. 3
Front Panel ............................................................ 3
Memory Card Reader ............................................. 5
Back Panel............................................................. 6
Cleaning the
HP Digital Entertainment Center............................ 9
Shipping the
HP Digital Entertainment Center............................ 9
Keyboard ............................................ 10
Wireless Keyboard Operation ............................... 12
Replacing the Keyboard Batteries ........................... 13
Remote Control .................................... 14
Remote Control Buttons.......................................... 14
Remote Control Operation ..................................... 16
Installing the Remote Control Batteries ..................... 17
Audio Output Connectors ......................................36
Sound Connector Jacks..........................................37
Speaker Types......................................................37
Speaker Configurations .........................................38
Typical Audio Connection ......................40
TV Audio Connection ............................41
Connecting TV Audio ............................................41
AV Receiver Audio Connection ..............42
AV Receiver Equipment Overview ...........................42
2.0 Home Stereo Installation ..................................43
2.1 Home Stereo Installation ..................................44
4.1 Home Theater Audio .......................................45
5.1 Home Theater Audio .......................................46
7.1 Home Theater Audio .......................................47
Digital Home Theater Audio ...................................48
Powered Speaker Audio Connection .....50
Safety Information ..........................19
System Audio/Video Connections......... 22
2.1 Powered Speakers ..........................................51
4.1 Powered Speakers ..........................................52
5.1 Powered Speakers ..........................................53
7.1 Powered Speakers ..........................................54
Digital Powered Speakers ......................................55
Monitor Speakers .................................................57
System Integration ................................................ 22
System Diagram ................................................... 24
Audio In Connections ............................58
Installation Guidelines ......................... 26
FM Radio Antenna ................................59
AC Power Safety Warnings ................................... 19
Installation Overview .....................21
Placement and Ventilation Requirements .................. 27
Basic Setup .......................................... 29
Setting Up the HP Digital Entertainment Center ......... 29
Inventory............................................. 31
Cables Included ................................................... 32
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Connecting Video Out..................... 61
Connecting Video Equipment...........95
Video Out Overview ............................62
Video Equipment Overview.................. 96
Video Out Connection Overview ............................ 62
Video Out Connectors........................................... 63
TV Display Overview ............................................ 64
Audio and Video Switching Overview..................... 64
Using the Remote Control with Your TV ................... 65
Using the SCART Adapter...................................... 65
Connectors ..........................................................96
Video Equipment Connection Overview...................97
Typical Video Out Connections ..............66
Video Out to TV....................................67
Video Out from AV Receiver to TV ........69
Video Out to Monitor ...........................71
Video Out to TV and Monitor................72
Connecting TV Source In ................. 75
TV Source Overview .............................76
TV Signal Source Overview ................................... 76
TV Source Connectors Overview ............................ 77
TV Source Connectors ........................................... 78
Typical Video Equipment
Connections ......................................... 98
VCR Connection.................................... 99
VCR Direct In Connection ......................................99
Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable................ 100
Video Camera Connection .................. 103
Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder ................. 103
Connecting an Analog Camcorder ....................... 106
Connecting the Network ...............107
Peripheral Connection Overview ........ 108
Typical Network Connections ............. 110
Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna .............................. 111
Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem......... 113
Typical TV Source Connections ..............79
Connecting Through a Router ............. 114
Antenna Connection .............................80
USB Device Connection ....................... 115
Antenna .............................................................. 80
Cable Only.......................................................... 81
One Cable TV Box or Digital Cable Receiver ........... 82
Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers .............................. 84
Satellite Connection ..............................86
One Satellite Receiver ........................................... 86
Two Satellite Receivers .......................................... 88
Infrared Transmitter Connection............90
Infrared Transmitter Overview ................................ 90
Infrared Transmitter Installation............................... 92
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Digital Still Camera............................................. 115
Other USB Devices ............................................. 116
Connecting an
HP Personal Media Drive ................... 117
Installing an HP Personal Media Drive ................... 118
Disconnecting an HP Personal Media Drive............ 119
Troubleshooting............................ 145
Starting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center for the First Time ..................... 122
Problems and Solutions ......................146
Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial) ................ 122
Initial Startup...................................................... 123
Syncing the Keyboard......................................... 124
Windows Welcome ............................ 125
Media Center First Run....................... 126
Required Media Center Setup .............................. 126
Optional Media Center Setup .............................. 127
If Your Connections Don’t Work ........................... 129
Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness .......... 129
Audio................................................................146
Video ................................................................148
System ..............................................................150
Getting Help .......................................156
Help and Support Center .....................................156
HP Support ........................................................156
Warranty and Support Guide ..............................157
Updates from HP ................................................159
Microsoft Web Site .............................................159
Configuring Audio ............................. 130
Appendix:
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive ...... 161
Connecting Headphones ..................................... 130
Connecting a Microphone ................................... 130
Adjusting the Volume .......................................... 132
Configuring Audio Output ................................... 133
Important Information About Recorded
TV Programs...................................................161
Procedure ..........................................................161
Configuring Video.............................. 135
Index ........................................... 165
Configuring Video Output ................................... 135
Dual screen ....................................................... 136
Adjusting the Desktop Display .............................. 139
Tuning the Desktop Display.................................. 139
Configuring the System...................... 140
Plasma TV/Display Image Retention...................... 140
Configuring the Keyboard Buttons ........................ 141
Registering with HP............................................. 141
Setting Up Virus Protection................................... 142
Transferring Information from Your Old PC
to Your HP Digital Entertainment Center............. 142
Installing Software .............................................. 142
HP Settings Utility Program .................................. 143
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Initial Configuration ......................121
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Before You Begin
Welcome
Use other entertainment equipment — like a TV, AV
receiver, satellite receiver, and digital camera — with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center to create an integrated
system. Access all of your TV programs, videos, pictures,
music CDs, and DVDs using Microsoft® Media Center
software and the remote control.
This User’s Guide helps you to set up the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to use with your audio/video
system.
Chapter Contents:
“Functional Overview” on page 3
“Keyboard” on page 10
“Remote Control” on page 14
Before You Begin
Thank you for purchasing the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Your HP Digital Entertainment Center puts you in
control of your complete home entertainment experience.
Enjoy your TV, movies, music, photos, and home videos
with one simple interface. Pause and replay live TV, and
record your favorite TV shows. Use a television program
guide without a monthly fee. Capture, personalize, and
create DVDs of your home movies, and back up your
photos, music, or favorite TV programs onto DVD.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Benefits and Features
Benefits
■
Complete home digital entertainment solution for
your living room.
■
Play DVDs in 7.1 surround sound (surround sound
system is required and sold separately).
■
Watch, pause, and replay live TV on one channel
while recording another (select models only).
■
Burn music audio CDs (for lawful use only).
■
Store audio CDs in an easy-to-use music jukebox.
■
Schedule future recordings with the complimentary
TV programming guide (no charge — separately
purchased broadband Internet service required).
■
Listen to your collection of MP3 and AAC music.
■
Burn picture slide shows to CD or DVD.
■
View and edit your favorite digital photos.
■
Store your digital content on the HP Personal Media
Drive.
■
Rear and front AV connectors:
■
Burn a DVD of your favorite TV shows or home
videos.
Product features
■
Sophisticated, sleek, stackable case fits into your
AV cabinet
■
Built-in standard-definition TV tuner
(Dual tuners for select models only)
■
Personal video recorder (PVR) with a complimentary
TV programming guide (no charge)
■
Built-in FM radio tuner
■
HP Personal Media Drive
■
Front panel media info display
■
CD/DVD double-layer, multiformat player/recorder
■
9-in-1 media card reader
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Digital Audio Out: Optical and coaxial S/PDIF
5.1 surround
■
Analog Audio Out: Up to 7.1 channels
■
Video Out: DVI, VGA, S-video, composite video
■
LAN Ethernet 10/100/1000
■
Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless
■
Front AV, USB, and FireWire® (IEEE 1394)
connectors for video capture
■
Full function remote control
■
Lap-sized, compact wireless keyboard with
integrated trackball mouse
Functional Overview
Front Panel
The following illustration shows a typical HP Digital
Entertainment Center front panel.
Your model might not have all features.
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
CD/DVD
AV inputs
Media info display
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
USB and card readers
Front panel
Item
Function
Comments
On/Standby (power) button and LED
Push to turn on. Push for standby.
Press and hold button 4 seconds to turn off.
Solid blue: On
Solid amber: Standby
CD/DVD player/recorder
Progressive scan DVD player plus
double-layer DVD+RW/DVD-R recorder
CD/DVD, multiformat
Push the Eject button to open.
Push the tray or Eject button to close.
Transport control buttons
Replay, Play, Pause, Stop, Skip, Eject
Experience mode status indicators
White indicates DVD, TV, radio, music,
pictures, videos, activities in Media Center
Personal Media Drive Bay
Removable HP Personal Media Drive
behind top right door, for additional
storage for recorded TV shows and digital
content
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Item
Function
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
EED
2.0
MMC / SD
SmartMedia / xD
SPEED
SB 2.0
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
Comments
9-in-1 memory card readers
SmartMedia/xD, MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II, Microdrive, MS/MS-Pro
USB 2.0 (2)
Card readers behind lower right door
LED: Green (with media inserted)
Off (no media inserted)
See “Memory Card Reader” on page 5.
Media info display
Front status panel for all media
information. Front-panel text content
displayed from Media Center.
Behind left door
Front AV inputs — see below
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S-VIDEO
L AUDIO R
VIDEO
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
AV connectivity for capturing analog and
digital video from camcorders
Keyboard connect switch for wireless
keyboard synchronization
Blinking green LED indicates keyboard
activity. Special blink status indicates sync
with keyboard.
S-video In
Y/C video, analog 4-pin
Video In
Composite video RCA jack
Audio In
White: Left
S-VIDEO
FRONT INPUT
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
CON
FRONT INPUT
1
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
1394
R
L AUDIO
DV IN
HEADPHONES
CONNECT
Red: Right, RCA jacks
D
1394 DV In
FireWire (IEEE 1394), 4-pin input-output
for digital video
Headphone Out
6.5 mm (1/4 inch) jack
Microphone In
3.5 mm (1/8 inch) mini-jack
MIC
1394
IO
R
DV IN
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
1394
R
4
DV IN
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Memory Card Reader
The HP Digital Entertainment Center 9-in-1 card readers
are on the front panel, located behind a door for quick
transfer of digital photos and other digital content. Four
horizontal card slots accept memory cards.
An in-use light-emitting diode (LED) indicates card reader
activity when the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
reading or writing data. Wait until the LED stops blinking
before removing media.
Digital cameras and other digital devices use memory
cards, or media, to store digital picture files.
Two USB 2.0 connectors are also included.
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Removing media when the in-use light is
blinking may cause damage.
Your model might not have all features.
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On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
SmartMedia / xD
CompactFlash I/II
MMC / SD
MS / MS PRO
Memory card readers
Item
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
Name
Slot
Supports
Insert media
SmartMedia/xD
Upper-left
SmartMedia (SM) memory card/
xD media
Facing up
MMC/SD
Upper-right
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
Secure Digital (SD) memory card
Facing up
CompactFlash I/II
Microdrive
Lower-left
CompactFlash Type I, II media
Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle
edge (holes)
MS/MS-Pro
Lower-right
Memory Stick (MS)
Memory Stick (MS-Pro)
Facing up
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Back Panel
The following illustration shows the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel.
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
VIDEO
L
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
AUDIO IN
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Supported format
Audio In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog stereo
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Surround Back
RCA jacks
Brown: Left
Beige: Right
Analog:
7.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Surround
RCA jacks
Blue: Left
Grey: Right
Analog:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1, 4.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Center/Subwoofer
RCA jacks
Green: center
Purple:
subwoofer
Analog:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1
Audio 7.1 Pre-Out
Front
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog stereo:
7.1, 6.1, 5.1, 4.1,
2.1, 2.0
Digital Audio Out
Coaxial
Orange
S/PDIF 5.1 only
L
R
SURROUND
BACK
L
R
SURROUND
L
R
CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
FRONT
L
R
COAXIAL
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Item
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
Connector
Type
Color
Supported format
Digital Audio Out
Optical
Gray
S/PDIF 5.1 only
Video Out
(Composite)
RCA jack
Yellow
Analog: Interlaced scan
S-video Out
Y/C video
4-pin
Black
Analog: Interlaced scan
Up to 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz
VGA Out
15-pin D-sub
Blue
Analog:
Up to 2048 x 1536 with
panning depending on
display size
Digital Video
Out (DVI)
DVI-I 29-pin
D-sub digital/
analog
White
Digital:
Up to 1600 x 1200
Up to 2048 x 1536 with
panning depending on
display size
USB 2.0
(high speed)
4 ports
Silver
USB 2.0
1394
(for digital video or
other device)
6-pin DV input/
output
Silver
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
Ethernet
10/100/1000
RJ-45
N/A
10/100/1000
Wireless LAN
Removable
antenna
Gold
802.11 b/g
AUDIO
OUT
VIDEO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
OUT
VGA
DVI
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S-VIDEO
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
10/100/1000
ETHERNET
WIRELESS LAN
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
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Item
802.11 b/g
ACTIVITY
LINK
R
L
AUDIO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
TV ANTENNA IN
Connector
Type
Color
LEDs (2)
Activity: Blinks
when transmits/
receives data
Link: Solid green when wireless
LAN is enabled and connected.
Blinks when wireless LAN is
scanning.
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
Audio
TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog
Video (Composite)
TV Source 1 In
RCA jack
Yellow
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
S-video
TV Source 1 In
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
TV Antenna In
Coaxial
Silver
RF with internal splitter to
dual-tuners
FM Antenna In
75 Ohm
Coaxial
Silver
FM radio, RF
Audio TV
Source 2 In (Select
models only)
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Analog
S-video TV
Source 2 In (Select
models only)
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Analog:
Up to 640 x 480 @ 60 Hz
Infrared Transmitter
Out (2 outputs)
3.5 mm
(1/8 inch)
mini-jack
Silver
Remote infrared (IR Blaster)
AC In
AC 110–240Vv
50–60 Hz
Black
Power
DUAL
TUNER
N FM ANTENNA IN
75Ω
COAXIAL
AL
ER
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
2
1
110-240V 50-60Hz
AC IN
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Supported format
Cleaning the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is a high-quality
device that requires special care when cleaning. To clean
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, follow these steps:
1 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center and
connected equipment.
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2 Unplug the HP Digital Entertainment Center from the
3 Use a soft dry cloth for cleaning.
4 Plug in the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
5 Turn on connected equipment and the HP Digital
Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners
to clean your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Do not use benzene, thinner, ammonia, or
any other volatile substances. These
chemicals may damage your unit.
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wall outlet before cleaning.
Entertainment Center.
Shipping the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Keep the original packing box in a storage area. You
may need it later if you move or ship your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Keyboard
The following illustration shows the HP Digital Entertainment Center wireless keyboard. The actual keyboard may vary
slightly in some countries/regions.
Function keys
TrackBall
Left, right
mouse button
The following table shows the wireless keyboard features and function keys from left to right.
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Item
Description
On/Standby
Turns HP Digital Entertainment Center on, when in standby.
Places HP Digital Entertainment Center in standby.
Indicator light
Amber: Caps Lock on.
Green: Key or mouse button activity.
Mouse button
left, right
Left-click, right-click.
Back
Displays previously viewed Media Center or browser page.
Forward
Displays next viewed browser page.
Internet
Opens your Internet browser.
E-mail
Opens an Internet e-mail page or your e-mail software.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Icon
Item
Description
Messenger
Opens your instant messaging program.
Minimize
Minimizes the Media Center application.
Maximize
Maximizes the Media Center application.
Media Center
Starts Media Center.
Previous
Selects previous media track.
Play
Plays media.
Pause
Pauses media.
Next
Selects next media track.
Vol –
Decreases speaker volume.
Vol +
Increases speaker volume.
Mute
Turns speaker sound on and off.
Trackball
Moves cursor on screen.
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Media
Center
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The Internet, E-mail, and Messenger buttons
can be reconfigured to open a Web site or
software program. See “Configuring the
Keyboard Buttons” on page 141. Refer to the
Software Guide.
Wireless Keyboard Operation
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center includes a wireless
keyboard that uses a built-in receiver/transmitter instead
of a connector cable to communicate. The Keyboard
Connect button, behind the lower-left door of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel, has an
LED that indicates receiver activity. Approximate range
is 3.66 meters (12 feet).
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
FRONT INPUT
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VIDEO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
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Use only alkaline batteries in the keyboard.
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KEYBOARD
CONNECT
L AUDIO R
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
Replacing the Keyboard Batteries
Keep spare batteries on hand. Battery life will vary with
the use of the system.
3 Replace the battery cover.
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1 Slide the battery cover off the back of the keyboard.
2 Insert four AA batteries (alkaline). Make sure the
battery positive and negative ends are inserted
correctly!
4 Make sure the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
powered on.
5 Test the keyboard.
The keyboard is set to connect to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center automatically.
6 If the keyboard does not operate:
a Check the battery orientation.
b Sync the keyboard. See “Syncing the Keyboard”
on page 124.
If you have no batteries and must use a keyboard, attach
a USB keyboard to the back or front panel. You can also
use the remote control for many functions as a temporary
substitute.
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Remote Control
Remote Control Buttons
(Features and location may vary. Refer to the specific documentation for other remote controls.)
A
Standby
Puts the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into or
out of a power-reduced
standby state. It does not turn
the HP Digital Entertainment
Center off.
B
DVD
Menu
Opens Play DVD window in
Media Center or opens the
main menu of a DVD movie, if
available.
C
Green
button
Opens a Teletext menu while
watching live TV.
D
Red
button
Opens a Teletext menu while
watching live TV.
E
Record
Records selected television
program and stores it on the
hard disk drive.
(Rewind) Moves the media
backward (press button for
three speeds).
G
Replay
Rewinds live or recorded TV
back 8 seconds, or to
beginning of music track or
DVD chapter.
REPLAY
PAUSE
Pauses audio and video tracks
and live or recorded TV
programs.
J
Back
Returns to the previous
window within Media Center.
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Buttons move the cursor to
navigate within all Media
Center windows. They also
move forward and backward
through slide-show images.
L
Media
Center
Opens Media Center to the
main menu.
M
Volume
Increases (+) and decreases
(–) sound.
N
Live TV
Is a shortcut to view live TV. It
also moves to the current
point in a live TV program
after pausing live TV.
O
Guide
Opens the Television
Program Guide to display
available TV channels and
programs to watch and
record.
P
Clear
Deletes the selection and
works as the Backspace key
does on a keyboard.
Q
Teletext
Turns Teletext on or off while
in live TV mode. The Teletext
page either replaces the live
TV picture or is displayed
over it; TV sound is still
available.
R
Yellow
button
Opens a Teletext menu while
watching live TV.
S
Blue
button
Opens a Teletext menu while
watching live TV.
RECORD
Rew
Pause
Arrows
DVD MENU
F
H
K
REW
TELETEXT
T
Play
Plays the selected media.
PLAY
U
Stop
Stops the selected media.
STOP
S
T
V
Fwd
(Fast-forward) Moves media forward
(press button for three speeds).
FWD
U
W Skip
Moves media forward — for
example, 30 seconds in videos and
live TV, one music track, or one DVD
chapter.
SKIP
X
More (i)
Displays available information about
a selected media file and displays
more information and options.
Y
OK
Selects the desired action or window
option. It acts as the Enter key.
A
DVD MENU
TELETEXT
C
D
RECORD
PLAY
STOP
E
FWD
REW
F
V
PAUSE
REPLAY
SKIP
G
H
J
Q
R
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i
BACK
X
MORE
Y
OK
K
L
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CH/PG
CH/PG
VOLUME
Z
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Before You Begin
B
OK
Up (+) and down (–) change the TV
channel or move pages up and
down, depending on available
options.
MUTE
AA
LIVE TV
GUIDE
Turns sound off. The word Mute is
displayed on the Media Center
screen when Mute is turned on.
AB Recorded
TV
Opens the Recorded TV window.
AC 0 to 9,
#, *
Numeric keypad buttons to change
channels or enter text into the Media
Center search or text box.
AD Enter
Selects the desired action or window
option. In full-screen mode, press
Enter to return to the last channel you
were watching.
AE Print
Prints selected content on the screen.
RECORDED TV
AB
N
ABC
DEF
1
2
3
GHI
JKL
MNO
4
5
6
PQRS
TUV
WXYZ
7
8
9
AC
[
O
AA Mute
P
*
0
#
CLEAR
PRINT
ENTER
AD
AE
Before You Begin
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Remote Control Operation
Use the remote control to open the Media Center
program; view TV, record TV programs, play previously
recorded TV programs, and play music, movies, or video.
See “Using the Remote Control” in the Software Guide for
detailed instructions on using the features of the remote
control.
To use the remote control, just point it at the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and press a button. Use the remote
control at a maximum distance of 8 meters (26 feet) from
the remote sensor and at a maximum of 45 degrees
(90 degrees total) from the center of the remote sensor.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center z545
LED
90˚
~8 meters
The remote control will not operate until the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is powered on and fully booted up.
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Media Center must be in full-screen mode
(or have focus) for consistent remote control
operation. Performance may vary.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Indicator
Light
Remote operation
Installing the Remote Control Batteries
1 Slide the battery cover off the back of the remote
control.
DVD MENU
TV
RADIO MUSIC PICTURESVIDEOS
RECORD
2 Insert the two AA alkaline batteries (provided). Make
sure the battery positive and negative ends are
inserted correctly!
PLAY
STOP
FWD
REW
PAUSE
SKIP
REPLAY
OK
3 Replace the battery cover.
4 Test the remote control by pressing any key.
The indicator light should blink.
n
Before You Begin
Use only alkaline batteries in the remote.
Before You Begin
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Safety Information
Read Instructions before installing or operating your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Follow the instructions provided.
Chapter Contents:
“AC Power Safety Warnings” on page 19
Heed all safety warnings and notes.
Refer to the Warranty and Support Guide for additional
safety information.
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Please read this important safety
information.
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■
Do not open top cover.
■
Risk of electric shock.
■
No user-serviceable parts inside top cover.
AC Power Safety Warnings
A power cord is included with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center. If another cord is used, use only
a power source and connection appropriate for this
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Install the system near an AC outlet. The AC power cord
is your HP Digital Entertainment Center’s main AC
disconnecting device and must be easily accessible at all
times. For your safety, the power cord provided with your
system has a grounded plug. Always use the power cord
with a properly grounded wall outlet to avoid the risk of
electric shock.
To reduce the possibility of an electric shock from the
telephone network, plug your system into the AC outlet
before connecting it to the DSL/telephone line. Also,
disconnect the DSL/telephone line before unplugging
your system from the AC power outlet.
This product has not been evaluated for connection to an
“IT” power system (an AC distribution system with no
direct connection to earth, according to IEC 60950).
Ground your system — To reduce the risk of electric
shock or damage to your equipment, do not disable the
power cord grounding feature. The grounding plug is an
important safety feature. Connect the equipment to a
grounded (earthed) power outlet.
For your safety, be sure that the grounded power outlet
into which you plug the power cord is easily accessible to
the operator and is located as close to the equipment as
possible.
Safety Information
19
Safety Information
Use the right AC source — The power supply is
preset for the country/region in which you purchased the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. If you move to another
country/region, please make sure you check its voltage
requirements before plugging your HP Digital
Entertainment Center into an AC power outlet.
Never pull on the cord — Disconnect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center by grasping the plug firmly and
pulling it from the power outlet. Never disconnect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center by pulling the cord.
Install your HP Digital Entertainment Center near an outlet
that you can easily reach. Do not allow anything to rest
on the power cord. Do not walk on the cord.
Use surge protection — To protect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center and other equipment, connect all
power cords for your system and its peripheral devices
(such as a printer or scanner) to a surge protection device
such as a power strip with surge protection or
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
Not all power strips provide surge protection; the power
strips must be specifically labeled as having this ability.
Use a power strip whose manufacturer offers a damage
replacement policy so you can replace your equipment if
surge protection fails.
Use the right power source — Use only a power
source and connection appropriate for this HP Digital
Entertainment Center, as indicated on the label/back
plate of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Be sure the total ampere rating of the products connected
to the outlet does not exceed the current rating of the
electrical outlet, and the total ampere rating of the
products connected to the cord does not exceed the
rating of the cord. Look on the power label to determine
the ampere rating (AMPS or A) for each device.
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Outdoor antenna grounding — If an outside
antenna or cable system is connected to the product, be
sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to
provide some protection against voltage surges and static
buildup charges. Article 810 of the National Electrical
Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with regard
to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure,
grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge
unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and
requirements for the grounding electrode. Refer to the
Warranty and Support Guide for additional safety
information.
Lightning — For added protection of any HP product
during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and
unused for long periods of time, unplug the product from
the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable
system. This will prevent damage to the product due to
lightning and power line surges.
Power lines — An outside antenna should not be
located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into
such power lines or circuits.
This chapter provides information on your system and
describes how to connect your HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your audio/video (AV) equipment in detail. You
may find connection details that won’t be in the basic
Start Here booklet.
The Start Here booklet works with this User’s Guide. Take
a few minutes to look at the Start Here booklet before you
read this chapter. You may find the information you need
there.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is very versatile
and works with a wide variety of basic, typical, and
advanced multimedia systems.
The installation process is divided into four major areas:
Audio, Video, TV Source In, Network.
Installation Overview
Installation Overview
Chapter Contents:
“System Audio/Video Connections” on page 22
“Basic Setup” on page 29
“Inventory” on page 31
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Read the important safety information before
you install the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. See “Safety Information” on page 19.
The setup can take some time, depending on your system,
and may require additional cables.
Installation Overview
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System Audio/Video Connections
System Integration
The HP Digital Entertainment Center incorporates many
functions into one unit:
■
An Internet connection through a wireless or wired
network, using an Internet service provider (sold
separately), allows the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to access the Television Program Guide and
Internet content sources.
■
A cable connection from a set-top box or antenna
hookup (sold separately) allows the TV tuner inside
the HP Digital Entertainment Center to select the TV
channels.
■
An infrared transmitter (IR blaster) connection to
a set-top box from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center allows the HP Digital Entertainment Center to
select the set-top box channels from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote control.
■
Audio outputs from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV speakers or AV receiver allow up
to 7.1 surround sound.
■
Video outputs from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV or AV receiver allow you to watch
TV and to view the HP Digital Entertainment Center
display.
■
■
An FM radio antenna connection allows the FM
tuner inside the HP Digital Entertainment Center to
select the FM radio channels.
The wireless keyboard with trackball or remote
control allows you to operate the HP Digital
Entertainment Center from the comfort of your couch.
How you connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center into
your system depends on how you want to use it. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center functions as a media
source, with DVD and personal video player/recorders
built in. Your AV receiver or TV functions as your audio/
video output switch.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
To watch and record TV, video, and audio, you must first
connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center inputs to your
video, audio, and network sources.
■
To play back audio/video, you must connect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center outputs to your
sound system and TV/display.
■
To record audio/video, you must connect the
HP Digital Entertainment Center inputs to your video
source, such as a cable set-top box, satellite receiver,
or antenna.
■
To update the Television Program Guide and use the
Internet, you must also connect to a home network or
DSL/cable modem.
If your HP Digital Entertainment Center has the dual-tuner
option, each tuner must be connected to the same TV
source. You can connect two cable set-top boxes, or two,
satellite receivers, or an antenna with cable splitter. The
Television Program Guide only supports one TV service
provider channel lineup.
Audio and video output cables from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center can be:
■
Routed through an AV receiver to provide an audio
and video signal to your TV.
Or
■
Routed directly to your TV.
Imagine the flow of your television signal into and out of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. To watch and record
TV, your TV signal (for example, from a satellite) must flow
into the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Then, for you to
watch live or recorded TV, the HP Digital Entertainment
Center must send the recorded TV shows out to your TV.
Installation Overview
The following illustration shows the audio and video
signal routed from the satellite or cable receiver source to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, then through an AV
receiver to your TV:
TV Source
Audio
Video
AV
Cable In
Network Data
Set-top-box Infrared
Transmitter
Internet
Cable Box or
Satellite Receiver
DSL/Cable Modem
or Wireless Router
Download
TV Program
Guide
TV
Source
In
Infrared
Transmitter
Data
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Digital Video
Camcorder
AV Out
Keyboard
Remote
Control
AV In
AV Receiver
TV or Monitor
Audio/Video flow
Installation Overview
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System Diagram
(Configurations may vary. Some cables sold separately.)
Back Panel
Surround
Back
Left
Cable From Wall
Surround
Back
Surround Right
Right
Front
Right
Center
Surround
Left
Front
Left
FM Antenna
Subwoofer
WiFi
Antenna
Audio/Video In
Cable
or Satellite
Set-top box 1
Speakers
SCART
adapter*
AV RECEIVER IN
NOTE: 5.1 systems do not
include “Surr. Back”
connections.
Audio In 7.1 Multichannel
Center
Pr
S-Video Video
Digital
Surr. Back Surround
Sub
Front
*Used to
connect
composite
Video Out and
Audio to TVs that only
have a 20-pin SCART input.
TV IN
Pb
OUT
Y
Optical Coaxial
Choose
one
Choose
one
Choose one
CD
Video
OUT
S-video
Composite S-video
Coaxial
Composite
or Tape Player
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
VIDEO
L
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
Wall
Outlet
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Surge Protector
Line Conditioner
Choose
one
Composite S-video
Router/
Firewall/
Switch
DSL/Cable Modem
Choose
one
VGA
DVI
MONITOR
OUT
Cable
or Satellite
Set-top box 2
iPod
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Ext. HDD
Digital
Camera
Printer
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Wall
Digital
Video Camcorder
Internet
NOTE: Connect Set-top box 2 only
(optional)
Installation Overview
Front Panel
(Configurations may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
The following illustration shows a typical HP Digital Entertainment Center system front panel installation:
Power
On
HP Personal
Media Drive
CD/DVD
Player/Recorder
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
S-VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
VIDEO
L AUDIO
R
DV IN
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
1394
HEADPHONES
HEADPHONES
MIC IN
MIC IN
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
1394
SmartMedia / xD
CompactFlash I/II
FRONT INPUT
DV IN
MS / MS PRO
Media Info
Display
USB 2.0
(x2)
Choose
one
S-video
MMC / SD
Video
(Composite)
Card Readers:
SmartMedia/xD,
MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II,
Microdrive
MS/MS Pro
1394
Analog
Video Camera
Digital
Video
Camera
Digital
Camera
Installation Overview
25
Installation Guidelines
To enhance the performance and extend the life of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center:
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An open-back is required for adequate
cooling when installing your HP Digital
Entertainment Center in an AV cabinet.
■
Keep your HP Digital Entertainment Center in a
well-ventilated area, away from excessive light, heat,
or moisture.
■
Keep ventilation slots clear of obstructions such as
equipment or papers. The HP Digital Entertainment
Center automatically turns off if it gets too hot.
■
Put your HP Digital Entertainment Center into
Standby when not in use. In Standby, the
On/Standby button is lit amber. Preset recordings
only start when the HP Digital Entertainment Center
is on or in Standby.
■
Adjust only those controls that are described in the
operating instructions.
■
Do not open your HP Digital Entertainment Center
cabinet or attempt to service this product yourself. If
your HP Digital Entertainment Center is not operating
properly or has been dropped or damaged, contact
your HP authorized dealer, reseller, or service
provider.
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Leave slots and openings in the HP Digital
Entertainment Center cabinet open for
ventilation. These openings must not be
blocked or covered. Never push objects of
any kind into cabinet slots or other openings.
432 mm
17 in
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Choosing an HP Digital Entertainment
Center setup location
412.75 mm
16.25 in
114.3 mm
4.5 in
■
This product is heavy. Exercise caution when lifting
or moving.
■
Place your HP Digital Entertainment Center on a
stable, supported surface. Do not drop or place it
on an unstable surface.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
If you intend to connect your HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your TV, a set-top box, or a surround sound
system, HP recommends that you choose a clear working
area with easy access to the connectors of these devices.
If your TV is wall-mounted, make sure that you have
access to the rear ports on the TV before attempting to
connect it to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Installation Overview
Placement and Ventilation Requirements
Cabinet Front
IMPORTANT: Use an open cabinet or shelves for best
operation of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Do not
cover vents on top, back and sides of the unit.
If you choose to use a cabinet with front doors, you must
leave the doors open when the HP Digital Entertainment
Center is powered on.
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Failure to follow these ventilation
requirements could cause the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to malfunction.
HP Digital
Entertainm
ent Center
Open cabinet (Actual home setup may vary.)
Installation Overview
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Cabinet Back
The back of the AV cabinet should be open for best
operation.
Back
View
If the AV cabinet has a back, the back must have a
hole behind the HP Digital Entertainment Center, for
air circulation, with a minimum open area of 48.3 cm
(19 inches) wide by 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) high.
See the following illustration.
48.3 cm
(19 in)
minimum
Cabinet
5.08 cm (2 in) minimum
2.54 cm
(1 in)
minimum
2.54 cm
(1 in)
minimum
16.5 cm
(6.5 in)
minimum
HP Digital
Entertainment
Center
NOTE: These clearances are
required for proper
ventilation.
Wall Clearance
The HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel must be
at least 10.2 cm (4 inches) from the wall.
Cabinet
10.02 cm
(4 in)
minimum
HP Digital
Entertainment Center
Wall
Back of
cabinet
Side View
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Follow the steps in the Start Here booklet to set up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Most of the hardware devices such as the monitor and
printer can be connected at the back panel of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Some peripheral devices, such as a digital video camera,
can be plugged into the connectors on the back panel or
the front panel (behind lower doors) of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Setting Up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The basic steps to set up the HP Digital Entertainment
Center are in the Start Here booklet as follows. Your
system may be different. See the referenced sections for
detailed information on each step.
Before you begin:
■
Read “Safety Information” on page 19.
■
Read “Installation Guidelines” on page 26.
■
Refer to the Start Here booklet as a guide to connect
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Read the important safety information before
you install the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. See “Safety Information” on page 19.
Required steps
1 Unpack the box contents.
a Take inventory. See “Inventory” on page 31.
Identify the items included with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
b Identify equipment you will need that is not
supplied.
c
Place the HP Digital Entertainment Center where
you can easily reach the back panel.
3 Connect the audio cables. See “Typical Audio
Connection” on page 40.
a Audio In (optional)
b Audio Out (to TV, AV receiver, speakers)
c
Digital Audio Out
4 Connect the Video Out to the TV or display. See
“Typical Video Out Connections” on page 66.
2 Determine how you will connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your system.
Installation Overview
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Installation Overview
Basic Setup
5 Connect the TV Source 1 In and TV Source 2 In
cables. See “Typical TV Source Connections” on
page 79.
a Connect the Cable/Antenna In.
b Connect the Source 1 In audio/video cables to
cable TV box, digital cable box, or satellite
receiver 1.
c
Connect the Source 2 In audio/video cables to
cable TV box, digital cable box, or satellite
receiver 2 (select models only).
d Connect the Infrared Transmitter 1 to cable TV
box, digital cable box, or satellite receiver 1.
e Connect the Infrared Transmitter 2 to cable TV
box, digital cable box, or satellite receiver 2
(select models only).
6 Connect the FM radio antenna. See “FM Radio
Antenna” on page 59.
7 Connect the Internet network cables. See “Typical
Network Connections” on page 110.
a DSL/cable modem to Internet (Ethernet)
b Wireless antenna
8 Pull the tab on the keyboard to activate the batteries.
See “Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)” on
page 122.
9 Insert the remote control batteries. See “Installing the
Remote Control Batteries” on page 17.
10 Place the HP Digital Entertainment Center on a flat,
stable surface with the following clearances:
■
Top: 5.08 cm (2 inches)
■
Side: 2.54 cm (1 inch)
■
Back: Open cabinet
See “Safety Information” on page 19.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
11 Turn on all equipment, and then turn on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Starting the
HP Digital Entertainment Center for the First Time”
on page 122.
12 Complete the initial startup and registration. See
“Windows Welcome” on page 125.
a Follow the onscreen instructions.
b Set up Media Center.
13 Optional step
(Recommended after basic setup)
Connect any additional rear panel devices.
a FireWire (IEEE 1394) device or digital video
camera. See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 108.
b USB devices, such as printers or scanners
(up to 4). See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 108.
14 Optional step
(Recommended after basic setup)
Connect front panel devices.
a FireWire (IEEE 1394) device or digital video
camera. See “Connecting Video Equipment” on
page 95.
b USB devices, such as printers or scanners
(up to 2). See “Peripheral Connection Overview”
on page 108.
c
VCR or analog video camera. See “Connecting
Video Equipment” on page 95.
d Insert the removable hard disk drive (optional).
See “Connecting an HP Personal Media Drive”
on page 117.
Begin using your system. See the Software Guide.
Inventory
Name
Picture
Installation Overview
The following items are supplied with the HP Digital Entertainment Center:
Description
See “Functional Overview” on page 3.
HP Digital
Entertainment
Center unit
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Keyboard
See “Keyboard” on page 10.
Remote control
See “Remote Control” on page 14.
Cables
See “Cables Included” on page 32.
FM antenna
Antenna for FM radio, 75-ohm coaxial. See
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 59.
Wi-Fi antenna
Antenna for Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g,
removable. See “Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna” on page 111.
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Cables Included
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with the following cables and adapters.
Cable
Name
Description
Stereo
RCA, red and white ends. Used for Audio Out.
Coaxial digital audio
S/PDIF. Used for Digital Audio Out.
Video (Composite)
RCA, yellow ends. Used for composite Video Out or TV Source In
connector.
Infrared Transmitter (2)
IR Blaster cable. Used for set-top boxes.
Coaxial
Used for TV source input from cable set-top boxes or antennas.
SCART adapter
Used to connected composite Video Out and audio to TVs that only
have a 20-pin SCART input.
AC Power
Black AC power cord. Used to supply electricity to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
Additional cables are sold separately. See “Optional Cables Not Included” on page 33 for additional cables that you
may need.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
You might need the following extra cables (these items are sold separately).
Cable
Name
Max quantity
Description
Stereo and Video
(Composite)
4
RCA: Red, white, yellow ends. Used for
TV Source In connector.
Stereo
8
RCA: Red and white ends. Used for
Audio In/Out connectors.
DVI-D
1
Digital video out. Connect to DVI-I or
DVI-D input of the HDTV- capable TV or
monitor.
S-video
4
Y/C, 4-pin. Plug cable into an S-video
connector such as S-video Video Out or
TV Source In connector.
S-video to composite
video adapter
1
Used with TV source input 2 composite
video input.
VGA
1
15-pin, D-sub Analog. Used for monitor
or HDTV capable TV.
Optical digital audio
1
S/PDIF. Used for Digital Audio Out.
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
digital video in/out
1
1
IEEE 1394 4-pin to 6-pin (back).
IEEE 1394 4-pin to 4-pin (front).
USB
6
USB 2.0. Used for peripheral device
connectors.
Ethernet RJ-45
1
Ethernet 10/100/1000. Used for
broadband Internet connection.
Coaxial
Extra lengths
Used for TV source input from cable
set-top boxes or antennas.
Installation Overview
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Installation Overview
Optional Cables Not Included
Additional equipment
You must have the following items to set up and properly
operate your HP Digital Entertainment Center and system
(these items are sold separately):
■
■
■
Broadband Internet equipment such as:
■
Cable/DSL modem (working connection required
for Media Center features, such as downloading
the Television Program Guide)
■
Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g network
Audio system equipment such as:
■
AV receiver with speakers
■
Powered speakers
■
TV speakers
■
Monitor speakers
Video equipment such as:
■
Monitor
■
TV
■
Video projector
■
Video output from cable/satellite box or antenna
■
Clean AC power (surge protector/line conditioner
recommended)
Additional equipment and cables are sold separately.
You may also need the following items (sold separately;
available at electronics stores) to fully set up your
HP Digital Entertainment Center, depending on your
system audio and video requirements:
■
Audio/Video/Network cables: See “Optional
Cables Not Included” on page 33.
■
Audio Y adapters, mini-plug to 2 RCA-plugs
(for powered speakers).
■
Connect cables firmly to avoid hum and noise.
■
Match the color codes, for instance:
yellow — video, white — left, red — right.
Connecting cables
Observe the following guidelines:
■
Do not plug in the HP Digital Entertainment Center
until all connecting cables are installed.
■
Turn off power to all other equipment before
connecting cables.
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Connecting Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different audio options, sound connections, and speaker
configurations.
This chapter describes the most typical, and some
advanced, audio setup options for connecting Audio Out
and Audio In. To connect TV Source In audio and video,
see “Connecting TV Source In” on page 75.
Your system may have different components. Speakers,
AV receivers, and other equipment are sold separately.
Refer to the product documentation for these products.
Chapter Contents:
“Audio Overview” on page 36
“Typical Audio Connection” on page 40
“TV Audio Connection” on page 41
“AV Receiver Audio Connection” on page 42
“Powered Speaker Audio Connection” on page 50
“Audio In Connections” on page 58
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 59
Connecting Audio
Stereo
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Audio
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Audio Overview
Audio Output Connectors
Digital Audio Out
Audio Out
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Connector
SURROUND
BACK
L
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
Name
Color
Description
Surround
Back
Brown: Left
Beige: Right
Rear speakers in a multichannel audio
eight speaker system (7.1).
Surround
Blue: Left
Gray: Right
Side speakers in a multichannel audio
six or eight speaker system (4.1, 5.1,
6.1, 7.1).
Center
Subwoofer
Green: Center
Purple: Subwoofer
Center speaker and subwoofer in a
multichannel audio system (5.1, 6.1, 7.1).
Front
White: Left
Red: Right
Stereo speakers or front speakers in a
multichannel audio system
(2.0, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 7.1).
Coaxial
Digital Audio
Out
Orange
Coaxial S/PDIF 5.1 only.
See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 133.
Optical
Digital Audio
Out
Gray
Optical S/PDIF 5.1 only.
See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 133.
R
SURROUND
L
R
CENTER
SUB
WOOFER
FRONT
L
R
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
COAXIAL
OPTICAL
DIGITAL
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AUDIO
OUT
HP Digital Entertainment Center
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Cable
Sound Connector Jacks
The audio connectors are RCA-type jacks that connect
from the back of your HP Digital Entertainment Center to
a TV, powered speakers, or an AV receiver.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has separate Audio
In connections (analog).
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has two Digital
Audio Out connections (S/PDIF) that are coaxial and
optical. Use analog Audio 7.1 Pre-out or Digital Audio
Out connectors, but not both. Use only one Digital Audio
Out connector at a time.
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If your audio equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the audio equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Speaker Types
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker
system (sold separately).
A multichannel audio speaker system has a subwoofer,
left-right front, and left-right surround channels. The system
may also include a left-right surround back channel and a
center speaker. Surround back speakers are included in
more advanced 7.1 systems. A subwoofer provides
enhanced bass sounds.
The “.1” indicates a subwoofer. For example, 7.1
channels refer to an eight-speaker mode and uses two
front speakers (left-right), two side speakers (left-right),
two rear speakers (left-right), a center speaker, and a
subwoofer.
Audio amplifiers
The HP Digital Entertainment Center does not supply an
amplified audio signal. You can connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to:
■
Passive speakers connected through a home audio
system. A home audio system does not require active
speakers because the receiver provides
amplification.
■
Active (powered) speakers directly. An active
speaker system must have its own power cord.
See “Speaker Configurations” on page 38 for more
information on speaker arrangements.
Connecting Audio
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Connecting Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center does not have Digital
Audio In connections.
Speaker Configurations
You can set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for the following supported audio configurations:
Speaker
system
Home audio
system description
2 (stereo)
Two speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Recommended arrangement
See:
“2.0 Home Stereo
Installation” on
page 43
TV Display
Or
Front left
speaker
2.1
Two speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Front right
speaker
“2.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 51
“2.1 Home Stereo
Installation” on
page 44
TV Display
Subwoofer
One subwoofer
Or
Front left
speaker
4.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Subwoofer
Front right
speaker
TV Display
Front right
speaker
Front left
speaker
5.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
One center speaker
One subwoofer
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“4.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 45
Or
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
One subwoofer
“2.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 51
Surround
left speaker
Subwoofer
Front left
speaker
Surround
right speaker
TV Display
Center
speaker
Front right
speaker
“4.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 52
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 46
Or
“5.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 53
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Home audio
system description
6.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
Recommended arrangement
TV Display
Subwoofer
Center
speaker
Front left
speaker
Front right
speaker
One subwoofer
7.1
Two front speakers: Left
speaker, right speaker
Two side speakers:
surround left speaker,
surround right speaker
Two rear speakers:
surround back left
speaker, surround back
right speaker
If your 6.1 AV receiver
has only 5.1 (6) inputs,
see the following:
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 46
Or
One rear surround
back speaker
One center speaker
See:
Surround
right speaker
Surround
left speaker
“5.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 53
Surround back speaker
TV Display
Subwoofer
Center
speaker
“7.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 47
Or
Front left
speaker
Front right
speaker
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Surround back
left speaker
Surround back
right speaker
“7.1 Powered
Speakers” on page 54
If your 7.1 AV receiver
has only five inputs, see
“5.1 Home Theater
Audio” on page 46
One center speaker
One subwoofer
Digital
audio 5.1
Digital speakers or
digital input connector
on the audio system
Subwoofer
Front left
speaker
TV Display
Center
speaker
Front right
speaker
“Digital Home Theater
Audio” on page 48
Or
“Digital Powered
Speakers” on page 55
Surround
left speaker
Surround
right speaker
Connecting Audio
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Connecting Audio
Speaker
system
Typical Audio Connection
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system.
You can set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
the following supported audio configurations:
Audio system
Description
See:
TV
TV, monitor or display direct audio
connection with two speakers
“TV Audio Connection” on page 41
AV receiver
Home stereo or home theater audio system
with AV receiver and passive speakers
“AV Receiver Audio Connection” on
page 42
Powered speakers
Audio system with active speakers
“Powered Speaker Audio Connection”
on page 50
FM
FM Tuner In
“FM Radio Antenna” on page 59
Headphones
Speakers are muted on headphone
connection
“Connecting Headphones” on
page 130
Then see:
“Audio In Connections” on page 58
“Connecting Video Out” on page 61
“Configuring Audio” on page 130
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
TV Audio Connection
You can connect your TV, monitor, or display audio
directly to your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
two-speaker sound.
If your TV has multiple inputs, you can use your TV as a
switch for audio and video.
Connecting TV Audio
Refer to the Start Here booklet that came with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To connect the audio directly to a TV or monitor:
■
Connect an RCA stereo cable (White: Left;
Red: Right) from the HP Digital Entertainment Center
back panel Audio Out connector to a TV Audio In
connector.
For additional information on connecting the speakers,
refer to the documentation that came with your speakers
and AV receiver.
The following diagram shows a basic TV audio installation:
TV
AUDIO/VIDEO IN
Connecting Audio
TV
AUDIO IN
SCART
adapter*
*Used to connect
audio and video to
TVs that only have a
20-pin SCART input.
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Basic TV audio setup (2.0)
Connecting Audio
41
AV Receiver Audio Connection
You can connect your HP Digital Entertainment Center to
your home stereo or home theater multichannel AV
receivers or audio amplifiers using your existing
speakers.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“2.0 Home Stereo Installation” on page 43
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You can also connect video through your AV
receiver or to your TV directly.
“2.1 Home Stereo Installation” on page 44
“4.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 45
“5.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 46
“7.1 Home Theater Audio” on page 47
You can also use a digital connection.
“Digital Home Theater Audio” on page 48
AV Receiver Equipment Overview
You can connect audio and video from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, through an AV receiver, to the TV
input.
Use this method to connect AV receivers or audio-only
home receiver/amplifiers that have standard RCA-type
input connectors. You may have to select a front
panel button on your AV receiver to switch
audio inputs to hear sound.
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Use the 2.1 configuration for multichannel AV receivers
that have only left and right audio inputs.
Connecting a home stereo to an HP Digital Entertainment
Center typically requires audio cables that are long
enough to connect from the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to the stereo or AV receiver. Additional cables are
sold separately.
2.0 Home Stereo Installation
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.0)
speaker installation that uses passive stereo speakers
connected through a home stereo standard left and right
input.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled CD, DVD, or DVD In.
AUDIO IN
L
R
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
Connecting Audio
2 Channel
AV Receiver
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
2.0 audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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2.1 Home Stereo Installation
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel (2.1)
speaker installation that uses passive stereo speakers
connected through a home stereo standard left and right
input.
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Some AV receivers generate the subwoofer
output without a subwoofer input; in this
case, you do not need to connect the
subwoofer output from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. Use this configuration for multichannel AV
receivers that only have left and right audio inputs.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled CD, DVD, or DVD In.
AUDIO IN
L
R
2.1 Channel
AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
2.1 multichannel audio system connection
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
4.1 Home Theater Audio
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio four-channel 4/4.1 speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on a receiver/amplifier.
n
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
Some AV receivers generate the subwoofer
output without a subwoofer input; in this
case, you do not need to connect the
subwoofer output from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
AV receiver/amplifier audio input connectors may be
labeled Surround, 4.1 or 4 Channel inputs, CD, DVD,
or DVD In.
Connecting Audio
AUDIO IN
4.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
4.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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5.1 Home Theater Audio
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio six-channel (5.1) speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
n
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. Use this configuration for 6.1 and 7.1 AV
receivers that upmix the rear speaker(s). Use the 2.1
configuration for 5.1 AV receivers that have only left and
right inputs. Refer to your AV receiver product
documentation.
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 133 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
AV receiver audio input connectors may be labeled
Surround, 5.1 or 6 Channel Inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or
Multichannel Inputs.
AUDIO IN
5.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
5.1 multichannel audio system connection
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1
7.1 Home Theater Audio
AV receiver audio input connectors may be labeled
Surround, 7.1 or 8 Channel inputs, DVD, Ext. In, or
Multichannel Inputs.
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio eight-channel (7.1) speaker installation that
requires multichannel inputs on an AV receiver.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different. If your AV receiver supports 7.1 and has
only 5.1 inputs, see “5.1 Home Theater Audio” on
page 46.
n
n
Some AV receivers can generate (upmix) the
7.1 audio with 5.1 channels. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
Connecting Audio
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 133 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
AUDIO IN
Center
Surr. Back Surround
Sub
Front
7.1 Channel AV Receiver
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
7.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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Digital Home Theater Audio
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports digital
audio output.
■
■
For TV and music: two-channel stereo. (Your AV
receiver may separate the audio signal into multiple
channels.)
For DVD playback: the multiple channel Dolby
Digital 5.1 or DTS Digital encoded audio signal
passes to your AV receiver for decoding. Refer to
your AV receiver product documentation.
You can connect either the coaxial or the optical digital
audio cable, depending on your system. If you have both
cables, connect only one cable. Do not connect analog
multichannel speaker outputs if you connect the digital
output.
■
Insert optical cords straight in until they click into
place.
■
Do not bend or tie optical cords.
To connect digital audio from your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to an AV receiver:
1 Connect the Digital Audio Out connector on the back
panel of your HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
Digital Input (S/PDIF) on your AV receiver or digital
audio system.
2 Select the AV receiver input.
3 Use the AV receiver to adjust the volume.
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Some AV receivers can generate (upmix) the
7.1 audio with 5.1 channels. Refer to your AV
receiver product documentation.
The following diagram shows a typical advanced home
theater audio six-channel 5.1 speaker installation that
requires a digital input on an AV receiver. This is only a
suggested configuration. Your system may be different,
such as having more speakers.
n
Both Media Center speaker settings and DVD
audio settings must be changed for proper
audio setup. Go to “Configuring Audio
Output” on page 133 and note your speaker
configuration choice for later software setup
steps.
Recommended
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
for best digital
audio experience
Coaxial Optical
5.1 Channel AV Receiver
Choose one
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Connecting Audio
AUDIO IN
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Digital Audio Out
Digital 5.1 multichannel audio system connection
Connecting Audio
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Powered Speaker Audio Connection
You can connect active (powered) speakers directly to
your HP Digital Entertainment Center. An active speaker
system must have its own power cord.
You may need Y adapter cables (sold separately).
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“2.1 Powered Speakers” on page 51
“4.1 Powered Speakers” on page 52
“5.1 Powered Speakers” on page 53
“7.1 Powered Speakers” on page 54
You can also use a digital connection.
“Digital Powered Speakers” on page 55
Y adapter cables
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has RCA-type output
connectors. You may need to connect Y adapter cables
between your HP Digital Entertainment Center analog
audio output and your powered speaker inputs. You can
also use them for audio inputs depending on your
equipment.
Use Y adapter cables with one female 3.5-mm (1/8-inch)
stereo mini-jack on one end and two male RCA
connectors on the other end. These cables are sold
separately.
The number of Y adapter cables you need to connect to
your home stereo system depends on the number of
speakers you install.
Select the cable that most closely matches
your home system:
2.1 speaker system: 1 Y adapter cable
4.1 speaker system: 2 Y adapter cables
5.1 speaker system: 3 Y adapter cables
7.1 speaker system: 4 Y adapter cables
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Y adapter cables and extension cables are
sold separately.
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2.1 Powered Speakers
2 Connect the female 3.5-mm (1/8-inch) mini-jack end
To connect simple left/right stereo (2.0) active speakers:
of the Y adapter cable to the Audio Line In cable of
the speaker amplifier.
Or
To connect two speakers and a subwoofer for 2.1
speaker output:
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
4 Turn on the speaker system.
cable (sold separately) to the Front Right and Front
Left Audio Out connectors on the back of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Subwoofer
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
Connecting Audio
AC
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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2.1 powered speaker installation
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4.1 Powered Speakers
2 Connect the female 3.5-mm (1/8-inch) mini-jack end
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers,
and a subwoofer for four-channel (4.1 speaker) output:
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
cables (sold separately) to the Audio Out connectors
Front Right, Front Left, Surround Right, and Surround
Left on the back of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
speaker documentation.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
Subwoofer
AC
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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5.1 Powered Speakers
2 Connect the female 3.5-mm (1/8-inch) mini-jack end
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers, a
center speaker, and a subwoofer for six-channel
(5.1 speaker) output:
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
speaker documentation.
cables (sold separately) to the Audio Out connectors
Front Right, Front Left, Surround Right, Surround Left,
and Center on the back of your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
AC
AUDIO IN
Center Speaker
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Connecting Audio
Subwoofer
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Typical 5.1 powered speaker installation
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7.1 Powered Speakers
You can install a 7.1 audio system to your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
To connect two front speakers, two surround speakers,
two surround back speakers, a center speaker, and a
subwoofer for eight-channel (7.1 speaker) output:
4 Turn on the speaker system.
speaker documentation.
n
1 Connect the RCA connector end of the Y adapter
cables to the Audio Out connectors Front Right, Front
Left, Center, Surround Right, Surround Left, Surround
Back on the back of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
Some powered speakers can generate
(upmix) the 7.1 audio with 5.1 input
channels. Refer to your product
documentation.
2 Connect the female 3.5-mm (1/8-inch) mini-jack end
of the Y adapters to the Audio Line In cables of the
speaker amplifier.
Subwoofer
AC
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Center Speaker
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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Digital Powered Speakers
Do not connect analog multichannel speaker outputs if
you connect the digital output.
You can connect either the coaxial or optical digital audio
cable, depending on your system. If you have both
cables, connect one cable only.
■
Insert optical cords straight in until they click into
place.
■
Do not bend or tie optical cords.
n
Some powered speakers can generate
(upmix) the 7.1 audio with 5.1 input
channels. Refer to your product
documentation.
Connecting Audio
You can install a digital audio system with up to two front
speakers, two surround speakers, two surround back
speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer to your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Connecting Audio
55
2 Connect the digital audio coaxial or optical cable to
To connect six-channel (5.1 speaker) digital output to a
speaker digital input:
the speakers.
3 Plug in the speaker system power. Refer to the
1 Connect a digital audio coaxial or optical cable to
speaker documentation.
a Digital Audio Out connector on the back of your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
4 Turn on the speaker system.
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
Coaxial Optical
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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1
Monitor Speakers
You can connect powered monitor speakers directly to
your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
n
You may need Y adapter cables.
You can:
■
Monitor speaker configurations and
connections may vary. Your system may be
different.
Connect simple left/right stereo 2.0 powered
monitor speakers.
Or
■
Connect two powered speakers and a subwoofer for
2.1 monitor speaker output.
Connecting Audio
Monitor
Audio Out
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Monitor speaker installation (2.0 shown)
Connecting Audio
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Audio In Connections
The Audio In connection can be used in conjunction with
sound recording software (application software sold
separately) to record audio from other external
equipment.
You can connect your existing home stereo or home
theater audio equipment, such as a tape player or
turntable, to your HP Digital Entertainment Center using
the Audio In stereo connectors on the back panel.
The following diagram shows a typical Audio In stereo
connection. This is only a suggested configuration. Your
system may be different.
Turntable
OUT
or Tape Player
Audio In
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
Audio In stereo connection
n
A turntable might require special phono
inputs through a mixer.
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FM Radio Antenna
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes an FM radio
tuner.
The following diagram shows typical FM antenna
connections:
To connect the FM radio antenna:
■
1 Plug the FM radio antenna cable into the FM (Tuner)
Indoor antenna
Or
■
In connector on the back panel (75-Ohm Coaxial).
Rooftop antenna (sold separately)
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system may
be different.
2 You may want to extend the ends of the cable to
improve your FM radio signal reception.
FM Antenna
802.11 b/g
ENNA
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
Connecting Audio
O
S-VIDEO
ANSMITTER OUT
2
1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
FM radio antenna cable external or internal connection
Connecting Audio
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Connecting Video Out
This chapter describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to a TV or display monitor, so you
can watch TV and view the screen. It includes the most
typical, and some advanced, video output options.
You must have a display such as a TV or monitor
connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center for
proper operation. HP Digital Entertainment Centers
support many different video options, connections, and
configurations of TVs and monitors. Your system may
have different equipment.
Chapter Contents:
“Video Out Overview” on page 62
“Typical Video Out Connections” on page 66
“Video Out to TV” on page 67
“Video Out from AV Receiver to TV” on page 69
“Video Out to Monitor” on page 71
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 72
TV
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Video Out
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out Overview
Video Out Connection Overview
The back panel connector that you hook up to your TV is
labeled Video Out.
Choose a Video Out connector and corresponding cable
that attaches to the back of your TV:
The type of video cable you need depends on your TV:
■
If your TV has a composite video jack, you may need
a composite video cable.
■
If your TV has an S-video jack, you need an S-video
cable. An S-video cable provides separate color
and black-and-white image signals, and delivers a
sharper image than a composite video cable does.
■
If your TV has a 20-pin SCART input, use the
composite video output and the provided SCART
adapter. See “Using the SCART Adapter” on
page 65.
Standard definition television:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
■
20-pin SCART (using provided adapter)
High definition capable plasma, LCD, or HDTV
display:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
■
VGA
■
DVI
Monitor:
■
VGA
■
DVI
To connect a TV to the HP Digital Entertainment Center,
you may need a video cable and an audio cable. Use
a video cable to connect the Video Out on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your TV Video In. These cables
are included in the box. You may need other or
additional cables, depending on your TV or monitor.
When using an AV receiver, the Video Out cable can be
connected directly to a TV and just the audio is connected
and switched through an AV receiver, or video and audio
are connected and switched through an AV receiver.
When using an AV receiver, do not switch video types
such as connecting a Composite Out to a Component In.
Not all AV receivers support signal conversion.
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Video Out Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
L
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
VIDEO
AUDIO
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Connector
Type
Color
Video (composite)
RCA jack
Yellow
S-video
Y/C video
Black
Cable type
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
VIDEO
4-pin
S-VIDEO
OUT
VGA
Analog:
15-pin D-sub
Video Out
Blue
Digital Video Out (DVI)
Digital:
29-pin D-sub
DVI-I
White
DVI
Connecting Video Out
VGA
Or
Analog:
Video Out
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connecting Video Out
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TV Display Overview
The HP Digital Entertainment Center allows you to
connect to a TV to view the monitor image on a TV
screen. With the TV connected, you can view the
HP Digital Entertainment Center image, watch TV or
DVD movies, or play games on your TV. See “Video Out
to TV and Monitor” on page 72.
You must manually set up dual displays. Only
either the TV or monitor, not both, will display after initial
turn on. See “Dual screen” on page 136.
Audio and Video Switching Overview
AV receiver: You can use your AV receiver as a switch
to direct the video to your TV and the audio to your
speakers from the HP Digital Entertainment Center. This
method gives you the best audio quality, and is easy to
switch audio/video inputs though your AV receiver
remote.
If your AV receiver has multiple input and output
connections, then it has front panel input and output
switches.
You must select the correct input and output on the AV
receiver front panel or remote control to hear sound and
see video.
TV: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on your TV,
you can use your TV as an audio/video switch and
control inputs though your TV remote.
If your TV has multiple input connections, then it has a
front panel input switch.
You must select the correct input and output on the TV
front panel or remote control to hear sound and see
video.
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Monitor: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your monitor, you can use your monitor as an audio/
video switch. You will probably not be able to use a
remote control to switch.
If your monitor has multiple input and output connections,
then it has a front panel input switch and output switch.
You must select the correct input and output on the
monitor front panel to hear sound and see video.
n
If your video equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the video equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Using the Remote Control with Your TV
You can use the HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control to change channels and adjust volume if you have
a cable box or satellite receiver, have installed the
Infrared Transmitter cable, and have configured the
remote control after initial turn on.
Always point the HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control at the HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel.
The infrared remote sensor, behind the front panel
window, receives signals from the remote control.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes one or two
Infrared Transmitter cables (IR blaster) that are required to
control one or two set-top boxes. You must carefully
position the Infrared Transmitter cable tip on the set-top
box to ensure the set-top box receives the IR signal from
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Infrared
Transmitter Installation” on page 92.
Using the SCART Adapter
The supplied SCART adapter enables you to connect the
composite video output of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center to TVs that only accept a 20-pin SCART input.
.
In addition to the composite video input, the SCART
adapter enables you to connect left and right channel
audio signals to your TV.
Connecting Video Out
The SCART adapter is shown in the following graphic.
Connecting Video Out
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Typical Video Out Connections
This section describes how to hook up the Video Out
connectors on the back panel of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center into your home system so you can
watch TV.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different. Select the configuration that most
closely matches your home system.
You may set up your HP Digital Entertainment Center for
the following supported configurations:
Display/video configuration
See:
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to TV through a
direct connection or SCART adapter
“Video Out to TV” on page 67
“Using the SCART Adapter” on page 65
From HP Digital Entertainment Center through an AV
receiver, to a TV
“Video Out from AV Receiver to TV” on page 69
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to a monitor
through a direct connection
“Video Out to Monitor” on page 71
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to a TV and
monitor, dual-display option
(You must manually set dual displays.)
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 72
Other Video Equipment
“Connecting Video Equipment” on page 95
Then see:
“Connecting TV Source In” on page 75
“Configuring Video” on page 135
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Video Out to TV
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your TV, you can use your TV as an audio/video switch
and control inputs though your TV remote.
Connectors: Choose a Video Out connector and
corresponding cable that attaches to the back of your TV.
(If your TV uses a 20-pin SCART input, use the composite
video output and the provided SCART adapter. See
“Using the SCART Adapter” on page 65.)
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Monitor
VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
n
If the S-video and composite Video Out
connections are not connected to a TV or
video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the
S-video and composite jacks turn off
automatically and you see no picture.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Equipment: The TV and some cables are sold
separately. Refer to the documentation that came with
your TV/display. You can also connect a video projector
using this procedure.
Connecting Video Out
Configuration: You can adjust the TV display, after
initial turn on, using the Media Center software. See
“Initial Configuration” on page 121.
Procedure: Connect a video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out directly to the
TV Video In.
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.
TV IN
SCART
adapter
S-video
Video
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
FRONT
VIDEO
L
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
TV SOURCE
DVI
R
1
ACTIVITY
LINK
IN
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
R
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
TV SOURCE
2
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
DUAL
TUNER
IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
S-VIDEO
L
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
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Video out to standard TV
HDTV IN
S-video
Video
VGA
DVI
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
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Video out to high-definition capable HDTV
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Video Out from AV Receiver to TV
Connectors: Choose a Video Out connector and
corresponding cable that attaches to the back of your TV.
(If your TV uses a 20-pin SCART input, use the composite
video output and the provided SCART adapter. See
“Using the SCART Adapter” on page 65.)
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Monitor
VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
Equipment: The TV, AV receiver, and some cables are
sold separately. See the documentation that came with
your TV and AV receiver.
Configuration: You can adjust the TV display, after
initial turn on, using the Media Center software settings.
See “Initial Configuration” on page 121.
Procedure:
1 Connect a video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out to the
AV receiver Video In.
2 Connect a video cable from the AV receiver Video
Out to the TV Video In.
Use the same connector type if your AV
receiver does not support cross-connecting.
n
If the S-video and composite Video Out
connections are not connected to a TV or
video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the
S-video and composite jacks will turn
off automatically.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
n
If your TV and AV receiver have multiple
input and output connections, then they have
front panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the TV and AV receiver front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
Connecting Video Out
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Connecting Video Out
Switching: Switch audio and video through your AV
receiver if your AV receiver switches video and has the
correct connections. This method gives you the best audio
quality, and you can easily switch audio/video inputs
through your AV receiver remote.
.
TV IN
S-video
Choose one and
keep same type
as AV Receiver In
Video
AV Receiver
AV RECEIVER IN
AV RECEIVER OUT
S-video
Video
Choose one
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
TV Out (through AV receiver)
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1394
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Video Out to Monitor
Equipment: The monitor and some cables may not be
included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See the
documentation that came with your monitor.
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your monitor, you can use your monitor as an audio/
video switch. You will probably not be able to use a
remote control as a switch.
Configuration: You can adjust the monitor display,
after initial turn on, using the Media Center software. See
“Initial Configuration” on page 121.
Connectors: For a monitor, choose one of the following
Video Out connectors and cables:
■
VGA
■
DVI
Procedure: Connect a monitor video cable from the
HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel Video Out
directly to the monitor Video In.
MONITOR IN
DVI
VGA
n
If your monitor has multiple input
connections, then it has a front panel input
switch. You must select the correct input from
the monitor front panel to hear sound and
see video.
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Choose one
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
Connecting Video Out
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Monitor out
Connecting Video Out
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Video Out to TV and Monitor
Switching: If you have multiple audio/video inputs on
your TV or monitor, you can use your TV or monitor as an
audio/video switch. You can use a TV remote control to
switch inputs. If your AV receiver switches video and has
the correct connections, you can connect your TV or
monitor through your AV receiver.
Connectors: Choose Video Out connectors and
corresponding cables that attach to the back of your TV
and monitor. (If your TV uses a 20-pin SCART input, use
the composite video output and the provided SCART
adapter. See “Using the SCART Adapter” on page 65.)
Standard
definition
TV
High
definition
display
Video
Video
(composite)
(composite)
S-video
S-video
Monitor
Procedure:
1 Connect a monitor video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel Video Out directly
to the monitor Video In. Use the VGA or DVI Video
Out connectors.
Center back panel. Use the Video (composite),
or S-video Video Out connectors for standard
definition TVs.
3 After initial turn on, you will need to activate dual
displays. See “Dual screen” on page 136.
VGA
VGA
DVI
DVI
If one display
uses:
The other display
can use:
VGA Out
Video Out (composite)
S-video Out
DVI Out
DVI Out
Video Out (composite)
S-video Out
VGA Out
You cannot view a combination of Video (composite) and
S-video Video Out at the same time with dual displays.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Configuration: You can adjust the TV and monitor
displays, after initial turn on, using the Media Center.
software. See “Initial Configuration” on page 121.
2 Connect your TV to the HP Digital Entertainment
You can use the following combinations to connect your
TV and monitor:
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Equipment: The TV, monitor, and some cables may not
be included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
the documentation that came with your TV and monitor.
n
If the S-video and Video (composite)
Video Out connections are not connected
to a TV or video input when the HP Digital
Entertainment Center is turned on, the S-video
and composite jacks will turn off
automatically.
You must restart to ensure Video Out
connection to your TV or AV receiver. Press
and hold down the On/Standby (power)
button for 4 seconds to turn off your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. After it shuts
down, press the On/Standby button to turn
on your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
n
If your TV or monitor has multiple input
connections, select the correct input on the
TV or monitor.
.
MONITOR IN
TV IN
VGA
S-video
DVI
Video
Choose one
Choose one
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Connecting Video Out
AUDIO IN
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV (standard definition shown) and monitor out
Connecting Video Out
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
This chapter describes how to connect TV source input
from a set-top box such as a cable box or satellite
receiver to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Infrared
Transmitter cable installation is also included.
You connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to an
existing setup for your TV signal source. This chapter
includes the most typical, and some advanced, input
options.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different video source input options, connections, and
set-top-box configurations, such as a cable box or satellite
receiver. Your home system may have different
components.
Cable
Set-top box
Infrared Transmitter
Connecting TV Source In
Connecting TV Source In
Chapter Contents:
“TV Source Overview” on page 76
“Typical TV Source Connections” on page 79
“Antenna Connection” on page 80
“Satellite Connection” on page 86
“Infrared Transmitter Connection” on page 90
n
For additional information on connecting the
cable box or satellite receiver, refer to the
documentation that came with your
equipment and the Start Here booklet.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting TV Source In
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TV Source Overview
TV Signal Source Overview
You must connect a TV signal to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center for proper operation.
The back panel TV Source connectors are:
■
TV Source 1 In
■
TV Source 2 In (select models only)
■
Cable/Antenna In RF
TV Sources
The back panel connectors are TV Source 1 In and
TV Source 2 In:
■
For a cable TV box, digital cable box, or satellite
receiver use TV Source 1 In or TV Source 2 In (select
models only).
■
For an analog cable RF coaxial connector use
Cable/antenna In. For dual-tuner systems, the
Cable/antenna In RF connector splits internally.
A set-top cable TV box is provided by your cable TV
provider to unscramble premium channels.
For Dual Tuner configurations, both TV sources must be of
the same type: either cable TV, digital cable TV, satellite
TV, or antenna. The TV sources must also have the same,
identical channel lineup; for example, if you are using
two satellite TV sources they must provide the exact same
channels. All TV viewing and scheduling is provided
through the Television Program Guide in Media Center,
so both TV sources must have identical Television Program
Guides.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
The HP Digital Entertainment Center records television
and allows you to control the television channels. The
HP Digital Entertainment Center has two tuner
configurations available:
Single-tuner
TV Source
1 In
A single tuner allows you to watch or
record one program only.
Dual-tuner
option TV
Source 2 In
You can have dual TV inputs, if your
HP Digital Entertainment Center
includes the two TV tuner option. You
can watch a show on one channel
while Media Center records another
show on a different channel. Or you
can record two different programs at
the same time, using two tuners.
Your standard television set-top box has one or more of
the following video output connectors and cables:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
Do not switch video types such as connecting S-video In
to TV Source 1 and Composite Video In to TV Source 2 or
a Coaxial In and a Composite Out. Not all set-top boxes
and AV receivers support signal conversion.
The type of video cable you need depends on your
set-top box:
■
If your set-top box has an S-video jack, you need an
S-video cable to connect the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your set-top box. An S-video cable
provides separate color and black-and-white image
signals, and delivers a sharper image than a
composite video cable.
■
If your set-top box has a composite video jack, you
need a composite video cable.
■
If you are connecting dual set-top box sources to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center dual tuner with a
composite video connection, use a composite to
S-video adapter (sold separately) on TV Source 2 in.
You may need other or additional cables, depending on
your TV signal source.
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
TV Source Connectors Overview
TV Source Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
TV SOURCE 1
R
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Audio TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Red: Right
Video (composite)
TV Source 1 In
RCA jack
Yellow
S-video (4-pin)
TV Source 1 In
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Cable/Antenna In
With internal splitter to
dual-tuners
Coaxial
Silver
Audio TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
RCA jacks
White: Left
S-video TV Source 2 In
(select models only)
Y/C video
Analog 4-pin
Black
Infrared Transmitter Out
2 ports: 3.5
mm (1/8 inch)
mini-jacks
Silver
L
AUDIO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
CABLE/ANT. IN FM A
DUAL
TUNER
TV SOURCE 2
R
AUDIO
2 IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
2
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Red: Right
L
1
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Cable
1
Typical TV Source Connections
Select the configuration that most closely matches your home system:
TV source type
Display/video
configuration
Connector
See:
Antenna
From antenna
TV Antenna In
“Antenna” on page 80
Cable
Cable directly from the wall
(without a cable TV set-top box
or digital cable receiver)
TV Antenna In
“Cable Only” on page 81
One cable TV set-top box or
digital cable receiver
TV Source 1 In
Or
TV Antenna In
“One Cable TV Box or
Digital Cable Receiver” on
page 82
Two cable TV set-top boxes, or
digital cable receivers
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
“Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable
Receivers” on page 84
One satellite receiver
TV Source 1 In
Or
TV Antenna In
“One Satellite Receiver” on
page 86
Two satellite receivers
TV Source 1 In
TV Source 2 In
“Two Satellite Receivers” on
page 88
Satellite
Then see:
“Infrared Transmitter Connection” on page 90 (cable TV box, digital cable receiver, or satellite receiver only)
“Connecting Video Equipment” on page 95
Connecting TV Source In
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Connecting TV Source In
These are only suggested configurations. Your system may be different.
Antenna Connection
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
Antenna
:
If you are using a broadcast television antenna (sold
separately) with no cable TV box, digital cable box, or
satellite receiver, do the following to connect the TV signal
source:
1 Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from
Roof TV Antenna
TV ANTENNA IN
your external or internal TV antenna into
the TV Antenna In connector on the back of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
DUAL
TUNER
2 Gently push the connector to ensure a good
connection.
Coaxial
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
TV signal source — TV antenna
.
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DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
1
Connecting TV Source In
Cable Only
If you are using a standard cable without a set-top box or
digital cable receiver, do the following to connect the TV
signal source:
1 Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from
2 Gently push the connector to ensure a good
TV ANTENNA IN
your TV cable (wall) into the Cable/Ant
connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. This connection
supplies the TV signal source for both TV tuners.
connection.
DUAL
TUNER
.
Cable
From
Wall
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source (cable)
Connecting TV Source In
81
One Cable TV Box or Digital Cable Receiver
Connect the TV signal source from the standard cable TV
set-top box or digital cable receiver (sold separately) into
the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
If you are using a standard set-top box or digital cable
receiver with S-video or composite video output, do the
following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
cable TV source (wall) is plugged into the set-top box
or digital cable receiver In connector.
2 Connect a video cable:
a Choose a video out connector:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the set-top
box or digital cable receiver back panel Video
Output connector.
c
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Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
3 Connect stereo audio cables (skip this step if using
coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back panel Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out
left (white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect the set-top box Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
Cable
From
Wall
Connecting TV Source In
.
Coaxial
OUT
Set-top box 1
Infrared Transmitter
Choose one
Video S-video
Coaxial
TV Source 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — one cable TV or digital cable box
Connecting TV Source In
83
Two Cable TV Boxes, or
Two Digital Cable Receivers
You must have two identical set-top boxes, such as two
digital cable receivers or two cable TV boxes (sold
separately), from the same TV source and the HP Digital
Entertainment Center dual-tuner option (select models
only) to set this up. This configuration will allow you to
watch live TV on one channel and record another channel
at the same time.
Connect the TV signal source from each set-top box or
digital cable receiver into each of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center tuners’ TV Source 1 and TV
Source 2.
If you are using two matching set-top cable boxes or
digital cable receivers with S-video or composite video
output, do the following:
1 Make sure that:
■
■
Cable TV box: A coaxial cable connector
from your cable source (wall) is plugged into
a cable splitter (provided), then into each cable
set-top box In connector. This setup is similar to
the illustration “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes” on page 85.
Digital cable receiver: A coaxial cable
connector from two cable sources (wall) is
plugged into each digital cable receiver IN
connector. See “TV signal source — two digital
cable boxes” on page 85.
2 Connect a video cable for set-top box 1.
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
3 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 1 (skip
this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect a video cable for set-top box 2:
a Choose a video out connector; use the same type
as set-top box 1:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
set-top box or digital cable receiver back
panel video output connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 2 In
connector.
5 Connect stereo audio cables for set-top box 2 (skip
this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the set-top box or digital cable receiver
back Audio Out right (red) and Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 2 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
6 Connect the set-top box 1 Infrared Transmitter cable
7 Connect the set-top box 2 Infrared Transmitter cable
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
Connecting TV Source In
(required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
.
Cable From Wall
Cable From Wall
Coaxial
Source 1
Coaxial
Source 2
Set-top box 1
Set-top box 2
VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter
Note: Connect same
set-top box only
VIDEO OUT
Choose one
Video
S-video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
Video
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Choose one
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — two digital cable boxes
Connecting TV Source In
85
Satellite Connection
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
One Satellite Receiver
Connect the TV signal source from the satellite receiver
into the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
If you are using a satellite receiver (sold separately) with
S-video or composite video output, do the following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
dish source is plugged into the satellite receiver In
connector.
2 Connect a video cable.
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
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Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
3 Connect stereo audio cables (skip this step if using
coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and Audio Out left (white)
connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
4 Connect the satellite receiver Infrared Transmitter
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
Connecting TV Source In
.
Satellite Receiver
Coaxial
Infrared Transmitter
OUT
Choose one
Video S-video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
TV Source 1
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Coaxial
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — one satellite receiver
Connecting TV Source In
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Two Satellite Receivers
You must have two identical satellite receivers from the
same source and the HP Digital Entertainment Center
dual-tuner option (select models only) to set this up. This
configuration will allow you to watch live TV on one
channel and record another channel at the same time.
Connect the TV signal source from each satellite receiver
into each HP Digital Entertainment Center tuner.
If you are using two matching satellite receivers with
S-video or composite video output, do the following:
1 Make sure that a coaxial cable connector from your
dish source is plugged into two cable outputs, and
each satellite receiver In connector.
2 Connect a video cable for satellite receiver 1:
a Choose a Video Out connector:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 1 In
connector.
3 Connect stereo audio cables for satellite receiver 1
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and the Audio Out left
(white) connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 1 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
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4 Connect a video cable for satellite receiver 2:
a Choose a video out connector, use the same type
as satellite receiver 1:
■
Video (composite)
■
S-video
b Connect the video cable from the
satellite receiver back panel video output
connector.
c
Connect the video cable into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center back panel TV Source 2 In
connector.
5 Connect stereo audio cables for satellite receiver 2
(skip this step if using coaxial [RF]):
a From the satellite receiver back panel Audio Out
right (red) connector and Audio Out left (white)
connectors.
b Into the HP Digital Entertainment Center back
panel TV Source 2 In Audio right (red) and Audio
left (white) connectors.
6 Connect the satellite receiver 1 Infrared Transmitter
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
7 Connect the satellite receiver 2 Infrared Transmitter
cable (required for signal). See “Infrared Transmitter
Connection” on page 90.
Source 1
Coaxial (RF)
Connecting TV Source In
.
Source 2
Satellite Receiver 2
Satellite Receiver 1
Infrared Transmitter
VIDEO OUT
VIDEO OUT
Note: Connect same
set-top box only
Choose one
S-video
Video
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
VIDEO
L
Video
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Choose one
Pb
ACTIVITY
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DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
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Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
TV signal source — two satellite receivers (select models only)
Connecting TV Source In
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Infrared Transmitter Connection
Infrared Transmitter Overview
The HP Digital Entertainment Center includes infrared
transmitters that make it easy to control one or two set-top
boxes. If you connect a set-top box such as a digital cable
box or a satellite receiver to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, then you must also use the Infrared (IR) Transmitter
control cable.
The remote control sends commands to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, which relays these commands via
the Infrared Transmitter control cables to the cable box or
satellite receiver.
The Infrared Transmitter control cable has a sender
tip (IR Blaster) that attaches to the front of the cable box
(or other set-top box) and plugs into the back of the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
You must carefully position the Infrared Transmitter control
cable sender tip on to the set-top box front panel to
ensure the set-top box receives the signal.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
The remote receiver is on the front of the cable box,
digital cable box, or satellite receiver. It receives Infrared
commands from your cable box remote control or from
the Infrared Transmitter cable. The remote receiver is
sometimes hidden behind a panel of dark, transparent
plastic. You can use a flashlight to locate it. For more
information about the remote receiver, refer to the
documentation for your cable box, digital cable box, or
satellite receiver.
n
The Infrared Transmitter connection is
required for a signal with a set-top box.
Connecting TV Source In
Set-top box 1
Infrared Transmitter
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
FRONT
VIDEO
L
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
R
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
AUDIO
VGA
COMPONENT
VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
S-VIDEO
L
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
AUDIO
OUT
DIGITAL
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter connection (one set-top box)
Set-top box 2
Set-top box 1
NOTE: Connect set-top
box only
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared Transmitter connection (two set-top boxes; select models only)
Connecting TV Source In
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Infrared Transmitter Installation
If you have a cable TV receiver, satellite receiver, or other
set-top box that controls your TV signal, connect the
Infrared Transmitter sensor:
1 Route the Infrared Transmitter cable from the back of
the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the cable TV,
digital cable, or satellite receiver set-top box.
2 Locate the IR remote receiver area on the front of the
set-top box. This is where you aim the set-top box
remote control to change channels, change the
sound level, and so on.
■
The IR remote receiver area may be behind an
obvious window on the set-top box.
■
Use the set-top box remote control to locate its IR
remote receiver area: Hold the remote control
very close (within 2.54 centimeters/1 inch) and
press a remote button to change the channel or
power off the box. As you push a button,
gradually move the remote control across the
front of the box until the box responds.
■
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Hold a flashlight close to the front of the set-top
box, and look for a transparent window with a
small box inside. Test the area by holding the box
remote close to the window and pushing a button
until the box responds.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
3 Use a piece of tape to temporarily hold the Infrared
Transmitter cable tip over the set-top box IR remote
receiver area while you test the function.
4 Plug the Infrared Transmitter cable into the Infrared
Transmitter connector on the back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
5 Test the operation by pointing the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote control at the HP Digital
Entertainment Center IR receiver and pressing a
channel button. (Be sure you use the HP Digital
Entertainment Center remote and point it at the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.)
6 For permanent attachment, remove the paper from
the Infrared Transmitter cable tip, and press the tip
onto the IR remote receiver area on the set-top box.
7 Repeat these steps for the second set-top box.
Connecting TV Source In
The following illustration shows the Infrared Transmitter installation.
Cable or Satellite
Set-top box
Attach
to IR window
Remove tape
Infrared Transmitter
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Infrared transmitter to cable, digital cable receiver, or satellite receiver set-top box
Connecting TV Source In
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting Video
Equipment
This chapter describes how to connect video playback
and recording equipment to the HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Equipment includes VCRs and camcorders. This
chapter also includes the most typical, and some
advanced, options.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different video input and audio/video output options and
connections. Your system may have different components.
VCR
Chapter Contents:
“Video Equipment Overview” on page 96
“Typical Video Equipment Connections” on page 98
“VCR Connection” on page 99
“Video Camera Connection” on page 103
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
A stable image on your TV/display may
cause screen burn-in if left on for a long time.
Use a screen saver and low contrast colors
for desktop background images to reduce
burn-in. See “Plasma TV/Display Image
Retention” on page 140.
Connecting Video Equipment
95
Connecting Video
Equipment
w
Video Equipment Overview
Connectors
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
VIDEO
CENTER
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
Item
TV SOURCE 1
R
L
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Connector
Type
Color
Audio:
TV Source 1 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
Video:
TV Source 1 In
RCA jack
Yellow
S-video TV:
Source 1 In
Analog:
Y/C video 4-pin
Black
Cable/Antenna In
With internal splitter to dual-tuners
Coaxial
Silver
Audio:
TV Source 2 In
RCA jacks
White: Left
S-video TV Source 2 In
(Select models only)
Use S-video to composite adapter
to connect composite video
Analog:
Y/C video 4-pin
(optional)
Red: Right
AUDIO
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
CABLE/ANT. IN FM
DUAL
TUNER
TV SOURCE
R
AUDIO
2 IN
S-VIDEO
Red: Right
L
Additional cables and the S-video to composite adapter are sold separately.
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Black
Cable
1
Video Equipment Connection Overview
■
Coaxial (RF)
■
Composite
■
S-video
The type of video cable you need depends on
your video equipment:
■
■
If your video equipment has an S-video jack, you
need an S-video cable. An S-video cable provides
separate color and black-and-white image signals
and delivers a sharper image than a composite
video cable does.
If your video equipment has a composite video jack,
you need a composite video cable.
n
If your video equipment has multiple input
and output connections, then it has front
panel input and output switches.
You must select the correct input and output
from the video equipment front panel or
remote control to hear sound and see video.
You can also connect your digital video camera to
work with the HP Digital Entertainment Center
through FireWire (IEEE 1394) connectors.
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You may need other or additional cables, depending on
your video equipment.
DVD player
The HP Digital Entertainment Center has a built-in
DVD player/recorder.
n
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is
intended for legal purposes only and not
designed to record retail movie title DVDs.
n
Connect video game boxes directly to
your TV.
Connecting Video Equipment
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Connecting Video
Equipment
Standard video equipment has one or more of the
following video out connectors and cables:
Typical Video Equipment Connections
This section describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to an existing setup of your video
equipment.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different.
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system:
TV source type
Display/video configuration
See:
VCR
VCR direct to HP Digital Entertainment
Center
“VCR Direct In Connection” on page 99
From HP Digital Entertainment Center to
VCR to TV
“Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable” on
page 100
Digital
“Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder” on
page 103
Analog
“Connecting an Analog Camcorder” on
page 106
Camcorder
Then see:
“Connecting the Network” on page 107
“Initial Configuration” on page 121
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
VCR Connection
VCR Direct In Connection
You can connect a VCR to record your tapes to the
HP Digital Entertainment Center hard disk drive.
n
The HP Digital Entertainment Center is
intended for legal purposes only. Some retail
VHS tapes have content protection measures
that do not allow recording.
VCR
Note:
AUDIO IN
Do not connect audio
cables if connecting
coaxial cable.
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
Video
S-video
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
Pb
Coaxial
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Choose
one
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
VCR connection
Connecting Video Equipment
99
Connecting Video
Equipment
OUT
Wall to VCR to TV Using Coaxial Cable
1 Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR.
2 Connect the coaxial cable to the input of a signal
Cable From Wall
splitter (available at electronics stores).
3 Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
4 Connect one coaxial cable to the input of the VCR.
Coaxial
5 Connect one coaxial cable to the TV Source 1 in
back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
6 Connect a coaxial cable from the VCR out to one of
Set-top box
the TV inputs. Reserve an input connection on the TV
for the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Cable From Wall
Coaxial
Coaxial
VCR
VCR
Coaxial
Coaxial
TV
TV
Existing setups with and without set-top box
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Splitter
2 Way Splitter
Coaxial
Wall
Coaxial
VCR
VCR IN
VCR OUT
Coaxial
Connecting Video
Equipment
TV
Coaxial
TV IN 2
TV IN 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Wall to VCR to TV using coaxial cable (Add the HP Digital Entertainment Center with a splitter)
Connecting Video Equipment
101
Wall
Coaxial
Set-top box
CABLE IN
CABLE OUT
Infrared
Transmitter
Coaxial
Splitter
2 Way Splitter
Coaxial
VCR
VCR IN
VCR OUT
Coaxial
TV
Coaxial
TV IN 2
TV IN 1
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
Wall to set-top box VCR to TV using coaxial cable (add with a splitter)
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1
Video Camera Connection
Refer to the HP support Web site for detailed
information about advanced video setup. Go to
http://www.hp.com/support and select your
model number. See “HP Web Site Support” on
page 157.
Connecting a Digital Video Camcorder
Use the 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the front
or 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on the back
panel of the HP Digital Entertainment Center to connect a
digital video camera. This connector is bi-directional.
Some cameras use a USB connector. See the
documentation that came with your digital video camera.
See “USB Device Connection” on page 115.
Equipment:
Most digital video cameras use either a 4-pin to 4-pin or
a 4-pin to 6-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) video camera
transfer cable. A 4-pin to 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394)
cable to use the 4-pin FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on
the HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel is sold
separately.
To connect a digital video camera:
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and wait
for the desktop to appear. See “Initial Configuration”
on page 121.
2 Turn on the digital video camera.
3 Connect the video camera transfer cable from the
camera to a FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector on
the front (4-pin) or back (6-pin) of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
4 A Found New Hardware message appears. Wait
two or three minutes for the system to make the
necessary settings for the new device. When
installation is complete, a message appears telling
you the camera is ready to use.
Procedure:
The following instructions apply only to digital video
cameras. See “Connecting an Analog Camcorder” on
page 106 for analog video cameras.
If a Digital Video Device Auto Play window appears
when you connect your camera, click Cancel.
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Connecting Video
Equipment
Connectors:
.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
DV IN
4-Pin
FireWire Cable
(IEEE 1394)
Digital
Video
Camcorder
Connect a digital video camcorder (front panel)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
ACTIVITY
LINK
TV SOURCE 1 IN
DVI
R
TV ANTENNA IN FM ANTENNA IN
L
Pr
100-240V- 4/A 50/60Hz
AC IN
R
R
R
SUB
WOOFER
R
S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
AUDIO
VGA
VIDEO
DUAL
TUNER
S-VIDEO
75Ω
COAXIAL
TV SOURCE 2 IN
COAXIAL
10/ 100/ 1000
R
AUDIO
L
S-VIDEO
INFRARED TRANSMITTER OUT
OPTICAL
2
DIGITAL
AUDIO
OUT
HI SPEED USB 2.0
1394
ETHERNET
1
DIGITAL VIDEO OUT
6-Pin
FireWire Cable
(IEEE 1394)
Connect a digital video camcorder (back panel)
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Digital
Video
Camcorder
Recognizing the digital video camcorder
1 Start up the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
“Initial Configuration” on page 121.
2 Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
3 Click Performance and Maintenance,
if available, and then double-click the System icon.
4 Click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device
Manager button.
5 Click the plus sign (+) next to imaging devices. If the
name of the camera appears under imaging devices
the device is ready. If the name is not there, try the
following:
■
Click Action, and then Scan for hardware
changes. Look in Device Manager for a new
addition under imaging devices.
■
Unplug the video camera’s transfer cable from
the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Power cycle
the camera and plug it back in. Look in Device
Manager for a new addition under imaging
devices.
For more information about viewing your pictures or
digital video files in Media Center or copying your
pictures to CD, see the Software Guide.
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105
Connecting Video
Equipment
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center does not recognize
your digital video camera:
Connecting an Analog Camcorder
Connecting an analog camera for video input (capture)
To connect an analog video camera:
Connectors:
When connecting an analog video camera for input to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center, use the Video and
Audio In connectors on the front of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and wait
for the desktop to appear. See “Initial Configuration”
on page 121.
2 Connect the video camera transfer cable from the
Procedure:
The following instructions can also be used to connect
digital cameras with analog outputs.
See the documentation that came with your video
camera.
camera to the S-video connector or to the composite
and audio connectors on the front of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
3 Turn on the camera and use InterVideo WinDVD
Creator to capture your video recording.
.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
VIDEO OUT
Choose
one
S-video
Video
Connect an analog video camera for source input
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
Analog
Camcorder
Connecting the Network
Your system must have working broadband
Internet to operate properly.
The HP Digital Entertainment Center supports many
different network options, connections, and
configurations. You can connect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to a:
Chapter Contents:
“Peripheral Connection Overview” on page 108
“Typical Network Connections” on page 110
■
Wireless 802.11 b/g network
“Connecting the Wireless Network Antenna” on
page 111
■
Wired Ethernet port 10/100/1000
“Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem” on page 113
You can connect your peripheral devices to work with the
HP Digital Entertainment Center through USB or FireWire
(IEEE 1394) connectors.
This chapter describes the most typical, and some
advanced, options to connect your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to the Internet, to a network, and to
peripheral devices. Your system may have different
components.
Internet
“Connecting Through a Router” on page 114
“USB Device Connection” on page 115
“Connecting an HP Personal Media Drive” on
page 117
n
Peripheral devices are sold separately.
Broadband Modem
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Connecting the Network
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Connecting the Network
n
For additional information on connecting
network equipment, refer to the Start Here
booklet and the hardware and ISP (Internet
Service Provider) documentation that came
with your network.
Peripheral Connection Overview
Front Panel
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary.)
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
HP Digital Entertainment Center
1394 input/output
Connector
HP Digital Entertainment Center
SmartMedia / xD
MMC / SD
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
MMC / SD
SmartMedia / xD
HI SPEED
USB 2.0
CompactFlash I/II
MS / MS PRO
KEYBOARD
CONNECT
FRONT INPUT
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S-VIDEO
VIDEO
L AUDIO R
DV IN
HEADPHONES MIC IN
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L AUDIO
108
R
DV IN
HEADPHONES
USB and card readers
Name
Description
Behind Upper Right Door
HP Personal Media Drive Bay
Removable hard disk
Behind Lower Right Door
9-in-1 Memory card readers
SmartMedia/xD, MMC/SD,
CompactFlash I/II, Microdrive,
MS/MS-Pro USB 2.0 (2)
Card readers behind lower right door
LED: Green (with media inserted)
Off (no media inserted)
Behind Left Door
AV connectivity for capturing
analog and digital video from
camcorders.
Front button and inputs — see below
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FireWire (IEEE 1394), 4-pin DV input/output
for digital video or removable hard disk drive
MIC
HP Digital Entertainment Center
See “Memory Card Reader” on page 5.
Back Panel
(Location, availability, and number of connectors may vary. Some cables are sold separately.)
AUDIO IN
AUDIO 7.1 PRE-OUT
CENTER
VIDEO
FRONT
VIDEO
L
WIRELESS LAN
OUT
802.11 b/g
REMOVABLE ANTENNA
Y
Do Not Remove
SURROUND SURROUND
BACK
L
L
L
Pb
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Cable
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FireWire (IEEE 1394),
6-pin DV input/output for hard disk drive
Ethernet
RJ-45 10/100/1000
Wireless LAN
Removable Antenna
Coaxial wireless LAN 802.11 b/g
LEDs (2)
Activity: Blinks when transmitting/
receiving data
Link: Solid green when wireless LAN is
enabled and connected. Blinks when
wireless LAN is scanning.
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Typical Network Connections
This section describes how to connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to the Internet, so you can
download the Television Program Guide and surf
the Web.
These are only suggested configurations. Your system
may be different.
Select the configuration that most closely matches your
home system:
Connection
Network configuration
See:
Internet
From an 802.11 b/g wireless
network
“Connecting the Wireless Network Antenna” on
page 111
From a DSL modem or cable
modem to a router
“Connecting Through a Router” on page 114
Or
Fast Ethernet
(100BaseT)
From a DSL modem or cable
modem
“Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem” on page 113
Wireless or Ethernet
(10BaseT)
Or
Gigabit Ethernet
(1000BaseT)
Then see:
“Initial Configuration” on page 121
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Connecting the Wireless
Network Antenna
You can connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to a
802.11 b/g wireless network. The transceiver is built in
to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. An external
antenna is supplied with your system. You must connect
this antenna to connect to the wireless network. You need
an existing wireless LAN network with an Internet
connection (please consult your ISP for further
information).
A wireless access point and a wireless router are required
and sold separately. Wireless Internet use requires a
separately purchased Internet service contract.
Wireless Router
802.11 b/g
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center connects with other
wireless product(s) via 802.11 b/g technology. The
802.11 b/g wireless LAN function allows you to connect
to your home network and other devices that are
compatible with the 802.11 b/g wireless LAN. The
wireless LAN connects to the Internet.
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Wireless router Internet connection
Connecting the Network
You can establish a wireless network using your
HP Digital Entertainment Center as a wireless access
point, or you can use your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a client if you already have a wireless network
functioning. Refer to the Quick Install Guide and CD
manual included in the accessory box to set up the
HP Digital Entertainment Center as a wireless access
point.
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2 You may want to move the end of the antenna away
To connect a Wi-Fi antenna to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center:
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center to improve
your signal reception.
1 Screw the antenna into the Wireless LAN Removable
Antenna connector on to the back panel, as shown in
the following illustration:
3 Ensure that:
a The wireless router is connected to a DSL/cable
modem.
b The DSL/cable modem is connected to an outside
Internet connection.
c
The wireless router power LED and connect LEDs
are on.
d The DSL/cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
e Your wireless network functions properly.
4 Select how you want to set up your network:
a If you would like a wireless connection between
the HP Digital Entertainment Center and your
existing wireless network, establish a wireless
network using your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a client. The Media Center setup
wizard has a step for this option. This is the
default mode.
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b If your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
connected to the Internet and you would like to
wireless-connect other machines to this HP Digital
Entertainment Center, establish a wireless
network using your HP Digital Entertainment
Center as a wireless access point. For more
information, refer to the Quick Install Guide and
CD manual included in the Wi-Fi accessory box.
Connecting a DSL/Cable Modem
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To connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
Internet, through an existing DSL or cable modem
broadband connection:
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1 Connect an RJ-45 network cable (sold separately)
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel
Ethernet connector to a DSL or cable modem.
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2 Check the following:
RJ-45
a The DSL or cable modem is connected to an
outside Internet connection.
b The DSL or cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
DSL/Cable
Modem
Refer to your DSL/cable modem and ISP documentation
to establish a connection.
Wall
Internet
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DSL/Cable modem direct Internet connection
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Connecting Through a Router
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If you already have a home network functioning, you can
connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to a LAN
network and then to a DSL modem or cable modem. You
can use your HP Digital Entertainment Center as a client if
you already have a home network functioning.
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To connect the HP Digital Entertainment Center to the
Internet, through a router and a broadband connection:
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RJ-45
1 Connect an RJ-45 network cable (sold separately)
from the HP Digital Entertainment Center back panel
Ethernet connector to a 10BaseT, 100BaseT, or
1000BaseT port on the router.
Router
2 Check that:
RJ-45
a The router is connected to the DSL/cable modem.
b The DSL/cable modem is connected to an outside
Internet connection.
DSL/Cable
Modem
The router power LED and connect LEDs are on.
d The DSL/cable modem power LED and connect
LEDs are on.
Wall
Internet
Router Internet connection
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Refer to your router, DSL/cable modem, and ISP
documentation to establish a connection.
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USB Device Connection
Digital Still Camera
The following instructions apply only to digital still
cameras.
On /Standby
When connecting a digital still camera, use a USB
connector on the front or back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
USB 2.0
To connect a digital still camera:
1 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Wait
for the desktop to appear. Minimize or close
Media Center.
Digital
Camera
2 Turn on the digital still camera. See the
documentation that came with your camera.
3 Connect the camera transfer cable into the camera.
Digital still camera connection (front panel)
4 Connect the camera transfer cable into an open USB
two or three minutes for the system to make the
necessary settings for the new device. When
installation is complete, a message displays telling
you the camera is ready to use.
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Digital
Camera
Digital still camera connection (back panel)
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Connecting the Network
5 A Found New Hardware message displays. Wait
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connector on the front or back of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Most digital still cameras use
either the USB or FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector.
Other USB Devices
You can connect other peripheral devices to the front or
back of the HP Digital Entertainment Center through USB
or FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
The following devices can be connected to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center USB 2.0 high speed ports:
iPod
■
MP3 player
■
USB drive
■
External hard disk drive
■
Printer
■
Scanner
USB 2.0 (x2)
USB
drive
USB device connection (front panel)
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PDA (personal digital assistant)
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Keyboard
■
Mouse
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Portable hard
disk drive
iPod
Printer
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OPTICAL
To connect the HP Personal Media Drive to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center through a USB, see the
documentation that came with the HP Personal Media
Drive.
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Peripheral devices are sold separately. See the
documentation that came with your device. You can go to
http://www.hp.com to purchase peripheral devices
online.
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Digital camera
USB device connection (back panel)
1
Connecting an
HP Personal Media Drive
The HP Personal Media Drive can also function as an
external USB hard disk drive. You must connect an
external USB port and power cable.
You can easily insert and remove the drive from the bay
without turning off the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
You can use the HP Personal Media Drive without
installing the included software. However, HP
recommends that you install the software to have access
to additional features and read the documentation.
For more information about installing the software, refer
to the documentation that came with the HP Personal
Media Drive. For more information about using an HP
Personal Media Drive to store and transfer information,
refer to the Software Guide.
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Do not move the drive while it is operating, to
avoid hardware damage and potential data
loss. You can safely remove your drive only
after you have completely run the Safely
Remove Hardware wizard (located in the
system tray at the bottom of the screen).
After you have safely disconnected and
powered off the drive, handle the drive by
the plastic endcaps to avoid touching the
aluminum sides if they are hot.
The drive may feel warm. This is normal to
allow faster heat dissipation.
Connecting the Network
The HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel includes
a drive bay that houses the HP Personal Media Drive
(drive included with select models only). The drive bay
has an internal USB port and power connector.
HP Personal Media Drive
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Installing an HP Personal Media Drive
To connect an HP Personal Media Drive to the HP Digital
Entertainment Center:
3 Line up the ridges on the bottom of the drive with the
1 Install the HP Personal Media Drive software that is
4 Slide the drive all the way into the drive bay until the
included with the drive (select models only).
For instructions about installing and using the
HP Personal Media Drive software, refer to the
documentation that came with your HP Personal
Media Drive.
2 Open the HP Personal Media Drive bay front
two slots on the bottom of the drive bay.
drive is firmly connected to the internal power and
USB cables. Do not force the drive into the bay; it
should slide easily into the bay.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on,
the blue power LED on the front of the drive lights up
when the drive is inserted correctly.
panel door.
HP Personal Media Drive installation
Running the HP Personal Media Drive utility
To transfer files from your primary hard disk drive to your
HP Personal Media Drive, you must first run the utility for
each installed Media Drive to access the drive within
Media Center:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar,
and select Media Center.
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2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
HP Media Drive.
3 Connect the HP Personal Media Drive.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
For instructions about using the HP Personal Media
Drive software, refer to the documentation that came
with your HP Personal Media Drive.
Disconnecting an HP Personal Media Drive
You can safely remove the HP Personal Media Drive when
both the amber activity and blue power LEDs are off.
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When your HP Digital Entertainment Center is
in standby mode (a reduced power state), the
drive turns off.
4 Select the HP Personal Media Drive, and then
click OK. This name of the drive may appear as
Generic Volume, followed by the assigned drive
letter. A Safe to Remove Hardware message appears
in the system tray at the bottom of your desktop
letting you know that the device is safe to disconnect.
5 Click Close.
6 Open the HP Personal Media Drive bay front
panel door.
7 Disconnect the drive from the HP Digital
To disconnect your HP Personal Drive safely:
Entertainment Center.
1 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
be accessing your HP Personal Media Drive.
2 Double-click the Safely Remove
Hardware icon in the system tray at the
bottom of the desktop. If this icon is hidden,
click the arrows on the taskbar to display it. The
Safely Remove Hardware window opens.
3 Double-click USB Mass Storage Device to locate
Disconnecting the HP Personal Media Drive
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To avoid hardware damage and data loss,
always disconnect the drive safely, when
it is not active. When the amber LED is
blinking, the drive is active, saving or
transferring data.
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Connecting the Network
your HP Personal Media Drive. USB Mass Storage
Device may be listed twice. One may contain a
memory card reader or other mass storage drive.
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
This chapter describes how to set up your HP Digital
Entertainment Center software, including how to
configure the HP Digital Entertainment Center for proper
operation.
When you complete the procedures in this chapter, you
can use your HP Digital Entertainment Center in your
home entertainment center. Refer to the Software Guide.
Chapter Contents:
“Starting the HP Digital Entertainment Center for the
First Time” on page 122
“Windows Welcome” on page 125
“Media Center First Run” on page 126
“Configuring Audio” on page 130
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You should only perform the procedures in
this chapter after all cables have been
connected.
“Configuring Video” on page 135
“Configuring the System” on page 140
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Make sure you have followed all safety
instructions for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, especially the important AC power
information.
See “Safety Information” on page 19.
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Initial Configuration
Initial Configuration
Starting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center for the First Time
Turn power on to all connected devices such as TV and
audio equipment before turning on the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Power on only after you have
completed the full setup.
To set up your system:
“Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)” on
page 122
“Initial Startup” on page 123
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 124
“Required Media Center Setup” on page 126
“Optional Media Center Setup” on page 127
“If Your Connections Don’t Work” on page 129
“Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness” on
page 129
Installing the Keyboard Batteries (Initial)
The keyboard comes with batteries preinstalled. The
batteries are fresh from the factory.
1 Turn the keyboard over.
2 Pull the tab.
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Use only AA alkaline batteries in the
keyboard.
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After you have connected the equipment, you are ready
to turn on the system.
1 Make sure the video and audio cables are
connected before you turn on the TV and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
4 Press the On/Standby (power) button
on the front
of the HP Digital Entertainment Center. The system
starts.
Power On
2 Turn on all connected system equipment, such as TVs,
On/Standby
set-top boxes, and AV receivers.
n
Set the volume to mid-level on the AV receiver
and on the TV.
3 Plug the HP Digital Entertainment Center AC power
cable into a wall outlet.
Use a surge protector to prevent power surges or
voltage spikes.
5 See “Syncing the Keyboard” on page 124.
The display on the TV screen may not be optimized until
after you set the display settings.
Surge Protector
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Make sure you have followed all safety
instructions for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center, especially the important AC power
information.
See “Safety Information” on page 19.
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Initial Configuration
Initial Startup
Syncing the Keyboard
Test the keyboard after the operating system is loaded.
Move the trackball to see if the cursor moves.
If the keyboard does not operate, you must synchronize
the keyboard with the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
3 Press the red connect button once on the bottom
of the keyboard. The front panel Keyboard
Connect button flashes and stops, indicating a
successful sync.
Important: If you press the button twice, you will
need to repeat steps 1 through 4.
To sync the keyboard:
1 After you have made all connections and have
performed the initial startup procedure, make sure
the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on.
2 Briefly press the Keyboard Connect button on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center front panel, behind
the left door. The button will flash, indicating the
system is ready to connect (sync) with the keyboard.
4 Test the keyboard. Move the trackball, and see if the
cursor moves.
5 If the keyboard does not operate:
a Check the batteries.
b Repeat steps 1 through 4.
On /Standby
HP Digital Entertainment Center
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Windows Welcome
To set up Windows for the first time:
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the initial
Microsoft Windows setup.
6 Select Automatic Updates. Click Next.
7 Name your system. Click Next.
8 Select Finish.
A countdown displays.
■
After the countdown the screen goes blank.
■
Do not turn off your system during this
one-time setup process. This takes approximately
8 to 10 minutes.
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Windows restarts automatically.
2 Click Next to set up your system.
3 Select your country/region and language in System
Settings. Change is optional. Click Next.
4 Select your Time Zone. Change is optional.
Click Next.
9 After the system restarts, you will begin the Media
Center first run. See “Media Center First Run” on
page 126.
5 Read the terms and conditions of the End Users
License Agreement and if you agree, accept the
terms and conditions. Click Next.
Initial Setup Wait Time
After you power up your system for the first time and
complete the initial setup, you will see a welcome screen.
This welcome screen will be displayed for one to three
minutes, without any visible sign of system activity. During
this period, your system is completing your account setup
and should not be interrupted.
Please do not power off while the welcome screen is
displayed. After it completes, the desktop will be
displayed and the Media Center Setup Wizard will
automatically launch.
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Initial Configuration
The system starts and displays the initial
Microsoft® Windows® setup screen for the first power
on only. You will need the keyboard to navigate the
screens.
Media Center First Run
The initial Media Center setup wizard consists of required
setup and the optional setup.
Required Media Center Setup
The system displays the initial Media Center setup wizard
for the first power on or until the Media Center setup is
completed. The wizard includes steps for your network
or broadband connections. Connect the HP Digital
Entertainment Center to your wired network or
broadband connections before you press the
On/Standby button.
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When Media Center is open, you can press F1
on the keyboard to open Media Center Help.
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To set up Media Center for the first time:
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the initial
Media Center startup wizard. These instructions
include choosing:
■
How Media Center connects to the Internet.
■
How to join a wireless network, if you have one.
■
How to join an existing (wired) network, if you
have one.
2 The wizard sets up the required components. To
continue, set up optional components as required.
See “Optional Media Center Setup” on page 127.
This procedure for optional components within the Media
Center wizard can be completed at any time; you can
define or change these settings using the Media Center
settings.
3 Set up the TV signal, manually or automatically.
In this portion of the Media Center wizard, you will:
4 Set up and download the Television Program Guide.
■
Configure tuners, TV signal, and Television Program
Guide information.
■
Select and adjust Media Center display settings.
■
Set up speakers.
■
Teach the HP Digital Entertainment Center to control
your cable TV or satellite receiver set-top box.
To set up optional components in Media Center:
Make sure a TV source is connected. The wizard
scans for signals if you select automatic. It also sets
up a set-top box.
You need your ZIP or postal code.
5 Choose and, if needed, adjust the display settings.
6 Choose the number of speakers you have. You can
also test the speakers.
7 If you selected 5.1 or 7.1 speakers, or if you are
using S/PDIF (digital), you must set the DVD player
speaker settings. See “Configuring audio for the
DVD player” on page 134.
1 Follow the onscreen instructions for the Media Center
Optional Components startup wizard.
2 Confirm your country/region.
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When Media Center is open, you can press F1
on the keyboard to open Media Center Help.
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Initial Configuration
Optional Media Center Setup
Using Media Center Setup Wizard for
Optional Setup of your TV Display
If your TV connects to the system using a composite or
S-video connection, the Media Center Setup Wizard
cannot make automatic adjustment of settings for your
TV display. Instead of using the wizard for automatic
adjustment, set the TV display by using the Windows
Desktop Properties. See “Tuning the Desktop Display”
on page 139.
This automatic adjustment is available during the
Optional Setup, within the option Optimize how Media
Center looks on your display. During the Media Center
Setup Wizard, at the Optional Setup, do the following:
1 Select Optimize how Media Center looks on
your display.
2 Select the display type for Identify Your
Display Type.
3 Select the Connection Type for your TV display.
4 Do the following for your type of video connection:
Video Out
Option
Composite
or
S-video
Action
■
Click Next.
■
On the next screen, select
Keep my current
settings and continue.
■
Click Next.
■
See “Tuning the Desktop
Display” on page 139.
Do not select the option Preview
Automatic Adjustment.
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VGA
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Continue using the wizard
because the wizard can adjust
your TV display.
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If you choose the option Preview Automatic
Adjustment, the screen may appear black or
seem to halt for approximately 20 seconds.
Wait until the wizard screen reappears,
choose “Do not adjust any settings”, click
Next, and then continue with the next step in
this procedure.
You can use Media Center wizards to walk you through
the connection process:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings.
3 Click one of the following topics:
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General
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TV
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Pictures
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Music
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DVD
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Messenger and Caller ID
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Radio
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Help
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
5 If you cannot connect to the Internet, the wizard
displays automatically.
Adjusting the Front Panel Display Brightness
You can adjust the brightness of the HP Digital
Entertainment Center front panel media info display.
This setting does not control the brightness of the
On/Standby (power) button or Media Center mode
status LEDs.
To adjust the front panel display brightness:
3 Change the front panel brightness.
4 Set adjustment for manual or automatic. Automatic
changes the display brightness based on room light
level.
5 Click Save.
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Front Panel.
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If Your Connections Don’t Work
Configuring Audio
You may have to optimize your HP Digital Entertainment
Center audio configuration to get the best sound on your
audio system.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“Connecting Headphones” on page 130
“Connecting a Microphone” on page 130
“Adjusting the Volume” on page 132
“Configuring Audio Output” on page 133
Connecting Headphones
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center comes with a
headphones connector (6.5-mm [1/4-inch]) on the front
panel.
You can connect a mini plug adapter (sold separately)
into the 6.5-mm (1/4-inch) plug to use 3.5-mm (1/8-inch)
mini-jack headphones.
The Audio Out speakers are muted when you plug in the
headphones, but S/PDIF does not mute.
Connecting a Microphone
Your HP Digital Entertainment Center has a microphone
connector on the front panel.
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To select a sound recording device:
1 Click Start on the taskbar.
5 In the Sound Recording area, click the Volume
button, and then choose the source for sound
recording.
2 Choose Control Panel.
6 Click OK.
3 Click Sounds and Audio Devices (or Sounds,
7 Close the window.
Speech, and Audio Devices). The Sounds and
Audio Devices window opens.
4 Click the Audio tab. The window opens.
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You can
lower the display resolution to read the window. You
will need the keyboard.
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Audio distortion may occur if recording
volume is set too high.
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Selecting recording devices
Adjusting the Volume
To adjust speaker volume, use the:
Locating the volume icon
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Remote control
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TV
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AV receiver
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Buttons on the keyboard
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Volume knob on the speakers
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Volume knob on the subwoofer
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Volume knob on the monitor (if connected)
Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window
opens.
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Volume controls within a program,
such as the volume buttons on the Media Center
navigation bar or on the remote control
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You can
lower the display resolution to read the window. You
will need the keyboard.
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Volume icon on the taskbar
Double-click and adjust the volume.
If you do not see the Volume icon on the taskbar:
1 Click Start, and then Control Panel. Click
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Ensure that the mute box is not checked.
Some applications may play back at low volume, even
when the volume knob is turned to the maximum position.
If this is the case, double-click the Volume icon on the
taskbar and increase the volume.
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Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, if it is
available.
2 Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices. The
3 Click the Volume tab. Place a check in the Place
volume icon in the taskbar check box.
4 Click Apply, and then click OK. The Volume icon
appears in the taskbar.
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Volume cannot be controlled from the
HP Digital Entertainment Center remote
control if the S/PDIF digital audio out
connects to your AV receiver. Control the
sound from your AV receiver.
You must adjust the audio settings in two places after you
have installed and connected the HP Digital Entertainment
Center to your audio system.
Configure both the Media Center speaker settings and
audio for the DVD player.
Media Center
speaker
settings
(TV Audio)
DVD audio
setting
The following table shows which procedures to perform
for your audio system. If you set up speakers using the
Media Center Optional Components wizard, then set up
the audio for the DVD player only.
Procedure
2 (default)
2 speakers;
Dolby Surround
Compatible
(default)
Default, no audio output configuration required.
5.1
5.1
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for Media Center” on
page 134 and “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on page 134.
7.1
7.1
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for Media Center” on
page 134 and “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on page 134.
Digital Audio
S/PDIF on
(default)
Digital Audio
S/PDIF off
(default)
Change settings. See “Configuring audio for the DVD player” on
page 134.
If you use digital audio, the Media Center S/PDIF default setting is on,
but the DVD Player S/PDIF default setting is OFF. You must change the
DVD S/PDIF default setting to ON to hear all channels in DVD digital
audio.
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Configuring Audio Output
Configuring audio for Media Center
To configure multichannel audio output for Media Center
audio:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings, General, Media Center Setup,
4 Under Specify how many speakers you have, select
the speaker number that matches your system. For
example, select 5.1. Click Next.
5 Select Test. If you hear tones from all your speakers,
click Next. If you do not hear tones from all your
speakers, follow the onscreen instructions.
6 Click Finish.
and then Setup your Speakers. The Speaker
Setup screen displays.
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3 Click Next.
If your speaker configuration is not
displayed, click the Sound Effect (speaker)
icon in the desktop system tray.
Configuring audio for the DVD player
To configure multichannel audio output for the Media
Center DVD playback:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click Settings, DVD, Audio, and then
Configuration.
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3 Set sound output to match your speaker system.
For example, select 5.1 for analog audio
connections. If you have a digital audio connection,
select S/PDIF.
4 Click Save.
You may have to optimize your HP Digital Entertainment
Center video configuration to get the best image on your
TV/display screen.
Select the configuration that most closely
matches your home system. See:
“Configuring Video Output” on page 135
“Dual screen” on page 136
“Adjusting the Desktop Display” on page 139
“Tuning the Desktop Display” on page 139
Configuring Video Output
You can configure your HP Digital Entertainment Center
video for dual-display. For instance, you can view the
screen on your TV and your monitor if both are
connected. You can also set up additional displays. See
“Video Out to TV and Monitor” on page 72 to connect
your TV and monitor.
If you have a multichannel sound system, and the
broadcast is only 2-channel, you may not hear all the
sound; you may need to change your audio settings to
2.0/2.1. Then change the settings back for multichannel
broadcasts.
Video software changes periodically; check HP Support
for updates. Go to http://www.hp.com/support
and select your model number.
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Your TV and monitor must be connected to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center before
turning on the power to see the display on
two screens.
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Configuring Video
Dual screen
The HP Digital Entertainment Center can connect more
than one display device (CRT monitor, flat panel monitor,
TV, and so on) to the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
The display defaults to the monitor after turn on if you
have two displays connected. You must set up the TV
manually. This is also called “cloning.” The screen
resolution may change if you switch to two displays.
See “Viewing the screen image on a second display”
on page 136.
Changing screens
Once you have configured for dual screen, you can
quickly change where the HP Digital Entertainment Center
desktop appears by pressing Alt+F5. (Press the Alt key
and the F5 key on the keyboard at the same time.)
Each time you press the Alt+F5 key combination, the
HP Digital Entertainment Center desktop appears on the
next device. If Alt+F5 does not work, restart the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and try again.
Viewing the screen image on a second display
To view your HP Digital Entertainment Center screen
image on a second TV or monitor:
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1 Make sure the video and audio cables are
connected before you turn on the TV and the
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
2 Turn on the TV. Press the Video/TV button on the
TV remote control to select the Video input.
You can also click on the Display Settings
shortcut on the desktop, or right-click an
empty area of the desktop and choose
Properties. The Display Properties window
opens. Click the Settings tab.
3 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
4 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
5 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Resolution. The Display Settings window opens.
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6 Click Advanced button. The Display Properties
window opens.
7 Click Settings.
8 Click the Advanced button.
The monitors and TVs are shown. The upper-left
corner of each display icon is a button and a status
indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display;
a green corner indicates an active display.
10 Select the screen.
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Dual Screen: To view the display on your monitor
and TV simultaneously, click the upper-left corner
of the TV icon. It becomes green. Both the
monitor and the TV should have green corners.
Or
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Single Screen: To view the display on just the TV,
click the TV corner. It becomes green. Then click
the monitor corner so it is red.
11 Click Apply.
12 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new
setting before it reverts to the previous setting.
13 Click the OK button to save changes. Click OK
again to close the Display Properties window.
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9 Click the Displays tab.
Disabling the dual screen option
When you want to disconnect the TV from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center, you may need to disable the TV
option to return your HP Digital Entertainment Center
display to its original resolution.
To disable the TV or monitor dual screen option and view
your HP Digital Entertainment Center image on the
original display:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Resolution.
3 Click OK at the prompt to open the display settings
window.
4 Click the Advanced button.
5 Click Advanced button. The Display Properties
6 Click the Displays tab.
The monitors and TVs are shown. The upper-left
corner of each display icon is a button and a status
indicator. A red corner indicates an inactive display;
a green corner indicates an active display.
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You can
lower the display resolution to read the window. You
will need the keyboard.
7 Click the upper-left corner of the TV icon so it is red,
and then click the upper-left corner of the monitor
icon so it is green. Click the Apply button.
8 When the HP Digital Entertainment Center image
appears on the TV screen, click Yes to keep the
setting. You have 15 seconds to accept this new
setting before it reverts to the previous setting.
9 Click the OK button to save changes, and then click
OK again to close the Display Properties window.
window opens.
Disconnecting the TV
To disconnect the TV:
1 Disable the TV option. See “Disabling the dual
screen option” on page 138.
2 Turn off the TV and the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
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3 Remove the video cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center Video Out and TV In.
b At the Settings tab, select the resolution that
provides the best viewing.
Some tasks on the HP Digital Entertainment Center require
that you leave Media Center and use the Windows XP
desktop. Because Windows XP is not specifically
designed for TV, some messages and dialogs may be
difficult to read on some TVs.
Lowering the display resolution can make messages and
dialogs easier to read by enlarging the text. This utility
has three common resolutions. This utility does not change
the resolution within Media Center, but raises or lowers
the resolution of the Windows XP desktop display.
This window is easier to read on a monitor. You
can lower the display resolution to read the
window. You will need the keyboard.
6 Click Apply.
7 Click Exit.
To adjust the Windows desktop display resolution:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Settings, and then
Resolution.
3 Click OK.
4 Choose your display resolution: High, Medium,
or Low.
To open the Display Properties window from the
Windows desktop:
5 Select advanced display settings if the resolution
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provided in the utility still cannot display on your
TV well:
Or
a Click the Advanced button. The Windows
Display Properties displays.
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Right click on the desktop. Select Properties.
Click Start, Control Panel, Appearance, and
then click Display (recommended for monitor
display).
Tuning the Desktop Display
The HP Digital Entertainment Center desktop default
screen resolution is 800 by 600 pixels. In the default
format, the Windows desktop on your TV/display screen
may show a black border around it. You may also see
that the video image is larger than your TV/display
(overscan).
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Adjusting the Desktop Display
Configuring the System
You can customize your HP Digital Entertainment Center
system settings.
See:
“Plasma TV/Display Image Retention” on page 140
“Configuring the Keyboard Buttons” on page 141
“Registering with HP” on page 141
“Setting Up Virus Protection” on page 142
“Transferring Information from Your Old PC to Your HP
Digital Entertainment Center” on page 142
“Installing Software” on page 142
“HP Settings Utility Program” on page 143
Plasma TV/Display Image Retention
Your plasma or LCD display may permanently retain an
image if a still image is displayed for prolonged periods
(plasma TVs are particularly susceptible to image
retention). To avoid image retention, follow these
guidelines:
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Always use a low-contrast screen saver from your
HP Digital Entertainment Center display settings
(select Start, Control Panel, Appearance and
Themes, Choose a screen saver).
Avoid keeping a stationary (static) image on the
screen for extended periods. Stationary images
include, but are not limited to:
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Media Center User Interface or PC desktop.
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Still images and photos, or video paused for
prolonged periods.
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Use low-contrast colors for desktop background
images.
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Reduce TV brightness to around 50 percent.
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After displaying any still image, play back a video in
the Wide or Full screen setting for over three times
longer than the previous still image was displayed.
You can configure some of your HP Digital Entertainment
Center shortcut keyboard buttons.
5 Choose the button capability from the drop-down list.
Enter the Display label and Address information.
For a Web site, enter the complete Web site URL in
the Address box. Example:
http://www.hp.com/support
1 Click Start on the taskbar, choose Control Panel,
and then click Printers and Other Hardware, if
it is available.
2 Double-click Keyboard.
6 Click OK.
3 In the Keyboard Properties window that opens, click
7 On the Buttons tab, click Apply. Repeat steps 4
through 6 for other buttons.
the Buttons tab.
4 Double-click the button you want to change.
8 Click OK when you are finished.
Registering with HP
To register with HP to receive changes, updates, and
support:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, HP Support, and then
Register Now.
3 Follow onscreen instructions, using the keyboard and
trackball.
You can also register with HP in the following ways:
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Double-click the registration icon on your desktop,
and follow onscreen instructions.
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Register online at:
http://register.hp.com
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Configuring the Keyboard Buttons
Setting Up Virus Protection
You should use virus protection if you connect to the
Internet. Refer to the Software Guide to set up the virus
protection software.
Transferring Information from Your Old PC
to Your HP Digital Entertainment Center
See the built-in Microsoft Windows Help and Support
Center; search for transfer wizard and select the overview
article, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Overview. This
information describes a Microsoft solution for moving
your files to your new HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Installing Software
After you turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center the
first time and then restart it, you can install any additional
software programs that came on CDs or DVDs included in
the HP Digital Entertainment Center box (select models
only).
Choose software that is compatible with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center; check the operating system,
memory, and other requirements listed for the new
software for compatibility with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
You may wish to install additional software programs or
hardware devices on your HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Restart the HP Digital Entertainment Center after
installation.
Install the new software according to the directions
provided by the software manufacturer. Check the
manufacturer’s documentation or customer service
information for help if you need it.
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HP provides special utility programs in the HP Digital
Entertainment Center Media Center that configure the
desktop display, adjust front panel brightness, and setup
the HP Personal Media Drive.
To use Media Center utility programs:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs and then HP Settings.
3 Select a program or folder:
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DVD
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Front Panel
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HP Media Drive
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Video Settings
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HP Settings Utility Program
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Troubleshooting
Chapter Contents:
To solve audio problems, see “Audio” on page 146.
To solve video problems, see “Video” on page 148.
To solve system problems, see “System” on page 150.
For other sources of information, see “Getting Help” on
page 156.
Troubleshooting
This section contains possible solutions for some problems
you may be experiencing with the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Problems and Solutions
Audio
Find the description that most closely matches your audio problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
I don’t have sound
from my speakers.
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Use active, powered speakers or speakers with an amplifier.
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Verify sound cable connections.
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Check Volume and Mute settings. See “Adjusting the Volume” on page 132.
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Reconfigure the software for surround sound. See “Configuring Audio Output” on
page 133.
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Reinstall the sound card drivers by using Application Recovery. See the Warranty
and Support Guide that came with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
I have low volume
sound from my
speakers.
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Check volume and mute settings. See “Adjusting the Volume” on page 132.
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Some programs may result in low volume, even when the volume setting within the
program is turned to the maximum position. If this is the case, double-click the
Volume icon on the taskbar and increase volume.
My TV audio
volume increases
or decreases when
I change channels.
Reduce the volume level before changing channels. Your analog audio levels may be
noticeably higher than your SD/HDTV channel audio levels. The channel sound
volume is controlled by the content provider.
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Solution
The HP Digital
Entertainment
Center doesn’t
make any sound.
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Check that the AV receiver or powered speakers are turned on and are set to the
proper input.
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Increase the volume on the AV receiver or the HP Digital Entertainment Center
remote control.
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Press the Mute button on the HP Digital Entertainment Center keyboard or on the
remote control to see if the Mute feature is turned on.
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Use the keyboard controls to increase the volume.
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Click the Volume icon on the Windows taskbar. Increase the volume, and make
sure the Mute box is not checked.
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Double-click the Volume icon on the Windows taskbar. The Play Control window
opens. Make sure none of the Mute check boxes are selected. Adjust the volume
slide bars to increase volume.
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If your speakers have a Power button, check whether it is turned on and whether
the power supply is connected to the power source.
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Check the speaker connections.
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Remove any connected headphones.
Surround sound
isn’t working.
Troubleshooting
Problem
See “Configuring Audio Output” on page 133.
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Video
Find the description that most closely matches your problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
I am using a TV with
the HP Digital
Entertainment
Center, but I cannot
see anything.
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Check that the correct input source is selected on the TV.
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Check that the TV is connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Video
Out to TV” on page 67.
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Check that the TV Out image is enabled. See “Configuring Video” on page 135.
I cannot see
anything on the TV. I
can hear it, though.
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If the Video Output S-video and composite connections are not connected to a TV
or Video Input when the HP Digital Entertainment Center is turned on, the S-video
and composite jacks will turn off automatically. You must turn off, by pressing and
holding down the On/Standby (power) button for 4 seconds, and restart your
HP Digital Entertainment Center to ensure Video Out connection to your TV or AV
receiver.
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Check your input switches.
My HDTV displays a
distorted screen
instead of a blank
screen (blue or
dark). The screen
may be cropped or
display dark
borders.
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Refer to http://www.hp.com/support for additional information on
adjusting the display or updating the drivers.
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If you see a blank screen, you cannot perform recovery or certain activities with
DVI. Change your Video Out connection to VGA or S-video, recover your system,
and then reconnect the DVI connection.
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Connect a monitor to your HP Digital Entertainment Center. See “Video Out to TV
and Monitor” on page 72.
My screen flickers
during startup.
If your TV is connected with S-video or composite video out connection, the screen
may flicker/flash during power-on to windows desktop process. Wait; the screen
should display normally after the desktop displays.
The HP Digital
Entertainment Center
doesn’t recognize
my digital video
camera.
See “Recognizing the digital video camcorder” on page 105.
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Solution
My remote control
doesn’t work.
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Check that the remote control indicator light on the remote lights up when you
press a button. If it does not, replace the batteries.
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Make sure that the batteries for the remote control are charged and installed
correctly.
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Make sure the front of the remote sensor on the HP Digital Entertainment Center is
not blocked (behind display window).
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Point the remote control at the HP Digital Entertainment Center (not at the TV)
within a 45-degree angle range, and less than 26 feet (8 meters) away.
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If a pressed key repeats itself (or sticks), try altering the lighting conditions in the
room or moving the location of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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Press the Enter button on the remote control after changing a channel.
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Point the remote control toward the remote sensor, and press a button. A faint red
light should appear on the remote sensor. If the light appears, then the problem
is probably in the Media Center software. Close Media Center, restart the
HP Digital Entertainment Center, and then open Media Center again.
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If the remote control works in Media Center but not when changing channels, you
need to reconfigure the Media Center software settings for the cable set-top box
or satellite receiver. Refer to the Software Guide.
My remote sensor
is not receiving a
signal from the
remote control.
If a faint red light does not appear when you point the remote control at the front
panel remote sensor and press a button, try the following:
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Check that the remote control indicator light on the remote lights up when you
press a button. If it does not, replace the batteries.
Or
1 Click Start on the desktop, right-click My Computer, and then select
Properties.
2 Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.
3 Click the plus (+) sign next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
4 If the eHome Infrared Receiver is listed under Universal Serial Bus Controllers,
Windows is properly detecting the IR receiver. If it is not listed, go to the next step.
5 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center. Remove all external USB devices.
Remove the power cord for 30 seconds. Then reconnect external devices and
power. Repeat steps 1–4.
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Problem
System
Find the description that most closely matches your problem, and try the corresponding solution.
Problem
Solution
My HP Digital
Entertainment Center
won’t turn on at all.
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When you press the On button on the front of the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, the following events should happen:
a The HP On/Standby (power) button should light and the front display
should light up.
b The hard disk drive and fans spin.
c
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center makes one beep, indicating it is
operating properly.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center doesn’t go through the previous
procedure, check the following:
a The power cord and all cables are securely plugged into the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
b The power cord is plugged into a grounded outlet. Check to see whether
the outlet works by plugging another item into it.
c
Look inside the rear fan. If you see a green LED, then AC power is
available.
d The TV or monitor is connected to the HP Digital Entertainment Center,
plugged in, and turned on.
e Make sure that the HP Digital Entertainment Center is not too hot, and that
vents are not blocked.
I installed a new printer
or other device, and it
won’t work.
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Be sure that you installed the device drivers that came with the new device.
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You may need an updated driver for Windows XP. For non-HP peripherals,
contact the vendor directly. For HP peripherals, visit the HP Web site. Refer to
the Warranty and Support Guide for details.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Problem
Solution
The HP Digital
Entertainment Center
(or part of it) doesn’t
seem to be working.
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The HP Digital Entertainment Center is in standby mode (the On button power
indicator light is solid amber). Press the Standby button on the keyboard or
the Standby button on the remote control to turn on the unit.
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Make sure the keyboard syncs with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 124.
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Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
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b Click Turn Off Computer.
c
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Click Restart.
If the HP Digital Entertainment Center shows no response to trackball or
keyboard actions, reset the HP Digital Entertainment Center:
a Press and hold the On button for more than 4 seconds until the HP Digital
Entertainment Center turns off.
b Wait a few seconds, and turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center back on.
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A software program, software driver, or the operating system software may
be corrupted, erased, or damaged. You can use Application Recovery or
System Recovery to reinstall the software. Refer to the Warranty and Support
Guide that came with your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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It’s possible that a voltage spike, power outage, or brownout has occurred.
Symptoms of voltage spikes include a flickering video display, unexpected
HP Digital Entertainment Center startups, and the HP Digital Entertainment
Center not responding to your commands. A voltage spike can occasionally
corrupt or destroy files, so it is a good idea to consistently make backup
copies of your data files. Prevent voltage spikes by installing a surge
suppressor between the power outlet and the HP Digital Entertainment Center
power cord.
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Using the On
button to reset
the HP Digital
Entertainment
Center is not
recommended
and should be
used only as a
last resort.
a Click Start on the taskbar.
Problem
Solution
When I push one of the
special or multimedia
buttons on the
keyboard, nothing
happens.
■
Check that the standard keyboard keys and trackball work properly.
Or
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Check the button configuration.
To configure the button:
1
2
3
4
5
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click Control Panel.
Click Printers and Other Hardware, if it is available.
Double-click Keyboard.
In the Keyboard Properties window that opens, click the Buttons tab.
Double-click the button you want to change. The button configuration window
opens.
6 Choose the button capability from the drop-down list. Enter the Display label
and the Address information. (For a Web site, enter the complete Web site URL
in the Address box.)
7 Click OK and then on the Buttons tab, click Apply.
8 Repeat steps 5 through 7 for each button you want to configure.
9 Click OK when you are finished configuring the keyboard.
My keyboard or the
trackball doesn’t work
even though the
HP Digital
Entertainment Center
and TV or monitor seem
to work.
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Make sure the keyboard syncs with the HP Digital Entertainment Center. See
“Syncing the Keyboard” on page 124.
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Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
a Click Start on the taskbar.
b Click Turn Off Computer.
c
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Click Restart.
Problem
Solution
The TV or monitor
doesn’t work, even
though the HP Digital
Entertainment Center
appears to.
■
Make sure the TV or monitor is turned on — it has its own Power button.
■
Make sure the proper TV or monitor input is selected.
■
Check the cable connection between the monitor and the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. The cable connectors must be pushed in all the way
prior to powering on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Ensure that the cables to your monitor and your TV connect to the Video Out
connectors on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
■
Make sure the monitor power cord is plugged into a grounded outlet. Check
to see whether the outlet works by plugging another item into it. (If the light
on the front of the monitor is lit, the monitor is getting power.)
■
Try restarting the HP Digital Entertainment Center as follows:
a Click Start on the taskbar.
c
■
Click Restart.
Adjust the brightness and contrast controls on the monitor.
My software stopped
working.
Refer to the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center to reinstall a software program. If your program came on
a CD, follow the instructions that came with the software to reinstall it.
I cannot remove a
CD or DVD.
You cannot remove a CD or DVD after you have turned off the HP Digital
Entertainment Center. Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center, and press the
Eject button to extend the tray.
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b Click Turn Off Computer.
Problem
Solution
The memory card
reader won’t read my
memory cards.
■
The memory card reader is a device that uses the Safely Remove Hardware
task. This appears as a Windows system tray icon next to the time. Do not
click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window. If you do click Stop, the
drive is disconnected. If this happens, restart the HP Digital Entertainment
Center.
■
Do not insert or remove memory cards when the in-use light is flashing. To do
so may cause data loss, or it may permanently damage the card reader.
■
Format a memory card before you use it. Click Start, and then click My
Computer. Under Removable Storage, right-click the memory card icon and
select Format. Click Start. Click OK on the Format Complete Window, and
then click Close to finish.
■
Some cards have a read/write or security switch on the card. Make sure
the read/write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write
data to it.
■
Make sure the amount of data you are storing has not exceeded the storage
limit of the card.
■
Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash I/II
and Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia, Secure
Digital, SmartMedia, or /xD.
■
Make sure the memory card is fully inserted into the correct slot.
■
Remove the memory card when the light is not flashing, and shine a flashlight
into the empty slot. If any of the pins are bent, have the HP Digital
Entertainment Center serviced if a pin is touching another pin.
■
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for dirt or material closing a hole or
spoiling a metal contact. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small
amounts of isopropyl alcohol. Replace the memory card if necessary.
■
Your file may be corrupt or in an unsupported format. Open the video file in
a video editor such as WinDVD Creator, and then resave the file in a
supported format.
■
There may be a problem with the codec. For more information, look in
Windows Media Player Help, and then search for codec.
My video is
experiencing errors.
Codec errors are
occurring when I play
certain files.
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Codec is an abbreviation for compressor-decompressor. A codec is software or
hardware used to compress and decompress digital media.
If you get a codec error when playing an audio file, open the file in Windows
Media Player. Configure Windows Media Player to automatically download
codecs. You must be connected to the Internet to download the codec file.
HP Digital Entertainment Center
Solution
My DVD won’t play.
■
You can put data files on a DVD to store them or transfer them to another
HP Digital Entertainment Center. However, data files on a DVD do not play in
a DVD player. Rerecord your files to a file format that can be read by some
DVD players.
■
Check your DVD country/region.
My DVD won’t play a
DVD audio disk.
This format is not supported by the DVD player.
I keep running out of
disk space.
■
Burn some big files to DVD and remove them from your hard disk drive.
■
Upgrade your hard disk drive. The hard disk drive is user replaceable.
I am getting disk
errors.
■
Run disk recovery.
■
Replace your hard disk drive. The hard disk drive is user replaceable.
My music files
don’t appear in the
Media Library.
■
Make sure you use Windows Media Player to add your music files to the
Media Library.
■
Check whether the Windows Media Player setting for access rights of other
applications is set to No access. It must be set to Read only or Full access for
your music files to appear. Refer to Windows Media Player Help for more
information.
■
Use supported audio file formats. Refer to the HP Tunes library.
n
If you need more information about using or
troubleshooting Media Center, refer to the
Media Center online Help or Help and
Support in the Start menu.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Getting Help
Help and Support Center
For help, press the Help button on your
keyboard, or click Start on the taskbar and
select Help and Support.
The Help and Support Center is onscreen
Help information about your HP Digital Entertainment
Center. Here you can find:
■
Links to reinstall drivers.
■
Access to technical support options.
■
Answers to commonly asked questions about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To open the Help and Support Center:
1 Press the Help button on your keyboard (the ?
button).
Or
Start Media Center. Click the Help (?) icon at
the top left of the screen.
Or
Click Start on the taskbar, and click Help and
Support.
HP Support
HP Support provides important support information
about your HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Here you can find:
■
Your product number, model number, and serial
number.
■
Registration information and link (monitor and
keyboard recommended).
■
Where to find more information about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
To open HP Support:
1 Press Media Center on the remote control.
You can also click Start on the taskbar, and
select Media Center.
2 Click More Programs, and then HP Support.
3 Select a program or folder:
■
Register Now
■
An HP Digital Entertainment Center hardware test.
■
Learn More
■
How to contact HP.
■
Test Hardware
■
Contact HP
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Warranty and Support Guide
See the HP Digital Entertainment Center Warranty and
Support Guide, included with the documentation, for
detailed information on:
■
HP Web site Support addresses
■
HP Support telephone numbers
■
HP Technical Support information
■
HP Web site Online Guide addresses
■
Application and System Recovery programs
■
The terms of your HP limited warranty
■
License information
HP Web Site Support
To use the HP Web site:
■
Supplemental information about the HP Digital
Entertainment Center and products
■
HP Support contact information
■
■
Software updates
Or
■
Software patches
■
■
Online Information and technical support for your
HP Digital Entertainment Center
■
Online manuals for your HP Digital Entertainment
Center
1 Connect to the Internet:
Open your Web browser.
Press Connect on your keyboard.
2 Access the HP Support Web site. Type
http://www.hp.com/support into the Web
browser address box. Press Enter.
3 Select your country/region from the drop-down list.
Press the arrow button next to the list.
4 Use the Web site addresses listed in the Warranty
and Support Guide for information about your
HP Digital Entertainment Center and your technical
support needs.
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Troubleshooting
The HP Web site provides:
HP Technical Support
You can get help over the telephone from HP. When you
call HP Technical Support, have your model number and
serial number available.
See the keyboard or the Warranty and Support Guide for
the support telephone numbers.
Online Guides
You can find online guides and information for your
HP Digital Entertainment Center. To view online manuals
for your HP Digital Entertainment Center, go to the
Support Web address that is listed in the Warranty and
Support Guide that came with your HP Digital
Entertainment Center, and then search for your product
name and number.
Online manuals are associated with specific HP Digital
Entertainment Center model numbers. Some models may
not have online manuals.
Application and System Recovery Programs
The HP Digital Entertainment Center uses the operating
system and installed software programs during normal
operation. If your HP Digital Entertainment Center works
improperly or stops because of the software, you may be
able to repair it by restarting the HP Digital Entertainment
Center, using System Restore, or using other methods
including the System Recovery programs.
Recovery discs (DVDs) are included with the HP Digital
Entertainment Center system. You need recovery discs for
some repairs that use the system recovery programs.
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For instructions on using recovery discs, repairing and
recovering your software, and more information, refer to
the Warranty and Support Guide that came with your
HP Digital Entertainment Center.
Problems with software programs may be caused by
corruption or damage to an individual program
(application or software driver) or to part of the operating
system software.
Updates from HP
HP may send updated information or patches to your
desktop (not available in all countries/regions). You must
be connected to the Internet to receive these updates. If
you have turned off the Updates from HP feature, you will
not receive these updates.
To turn updates back on:
1 Click Start, choose All Programs, and then
PC Help & Tools.
2 Click Updates from HP, and then click
Re-enable Updates from HP.
Microsoft Web Site
You can also use the Online Spotlight link to get to the
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Web site.
To get the latest news and information about your
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center program:
1 Press the Media Center button on your remote
control.
2 Select Online Spotlight from the Media Center
Start menu.
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Troubleshooting
Search the Microsoft Web site
(http://www.support.microsoft.com) for
Knowledge Base articles and updates on
Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004.
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Appendix:
Replacing the Hard Disk Drive
Important Information About Recorded
TV Programs
When you replace the hard disk drive, you lose any files
or software that you created, saved, or installed on the
HP Digital Entertainment Center. Because of this, you also
lose a special code that Microsoft includes in the files of
recorded TV programs. Without the code, Media Center
cannot play TV programs previously recorded to disk or
copied to DVD or to other media.
For more information about safeguarding your recorded
TV programs, refer to the Software Guide.
Procedure
Before you begin
Replace the internal hard disk drive only if it has failed.
Do not replace the internal hard disk drive until HP
support has diagnosed it as the point of failure. HP
recommends to upgrade hard disk drive capacity using
the HP Personal Media Drive.
Before you begin to replace the internal hard disk drive:
1 Make sure you have the recovery discs (DVDs)
included with the HP Digital Entertainment Center
system.
2 Back up your data to the Personal Media Drive or
Only advanced users should attempt to
perform this procedure.
3 Close Media Center and all other programs that may
be accessing the hard disk drive.
4 Turn off the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
5 Disconnect the power cable from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
6 Disconnect all other cables from the HP Digital
Entertainment Center.
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Appendix: Replacing the
Hard Disk Drive
w
burn it to DVD.
Removal
To remove the internal hard disk drive:
4 Disconnect the hard disk drive cables.
1 Turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center upside
down.
2 Remove the hard disk drive cover from the chassis.
After loosening the screw, slide the hard disk drive in
the direction of the screw.
A
B
5 Remove the hard disk drive screws.
A
3 Lift up the hard disk drive from the chassis.
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B
Replacement
4 Place the hard disk drive into the chassis. Position the
To replace the internal hard disk drive:
1 Replace the old hard disk drive with the new hard
metal tabs.
disk drive.
2 Replace the hard disk drive screws. Tighten the
screws an additional half-turn only after the screws
contact the rubber washer.
B
A
5 Replace the hard disk drive cover on the chassis.
B
A
Appendix: Replacing the
Hard Disk Drive
3 Reconnect the hard disk drive cables.
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163
6 Turn the HP Digital Entertainment Center right
side up.
7 Reconnect the power cable and all other cables to
the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
8 Turn on the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
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9 Test the HP Digital Entertainment Center for proper
operation.
10 Recover your system using the recovery disk.
11 Restore your data.
Index
1000BaseT (Ethernet connection) 110
100BaseT (Ethernet connection) 110
1394 (FireWire) 7, 103
2.0 multichannel audio system 43
2.1
home stereo installation 43, 44
multichannel audio system 44
powered speakers 51
3.5 mm headphone jack 130
4.1
home theater audio 45
powered speakers 52
5.1
home theater audio 46
multichannel audio system 46
powered speakers 53
5/4.1 home audio installation 45
7.1
home theater audio 47
multichannel audio system 47
powered speakers 54
802.11 b/g 111
9-in-1 card readers 5
A
active (powered) speakers 50
adapter, SCART 62, 65, 67, 69, 72
additional equipment 34
adjusting
desktop display resolution 139
front panel brightness 129
speaker volume 132
volume 132
Alt+F5, dual screen display 136
analog camcorder, connecting 106
antenna connection
FM radio 59
television 80
Wi-Fi 112
application and system recovery 158
audio
7.1 Pre-Out 6
A/Video setup (illustrated) 23
additional equipment 34
Audio In connection 58
Audio Out connection 133
configuration 130
files
codec errors 154
troubleshooting 155
settings 133
troubleshooting 146
TV setup (2.0) 41
typical connection 40
upmixing signals 48, 54
Index
Numerics
B
back panel
location of connections 6
system diagram 24
video connector locations 78
basic setup 29
batteries
keyboard
installing 122
replacing 13
type 13
life of 13
remote control
installing 17
type 17
before you start
additional items necessary 34
cables you may need 33
components supplied 31
safety information 19
benefits 2
brightness, front panel 129
broadband Internet 34, 107
Index
165
buttons
configuring keyboard 141
remote control 14
C
cabinet clearance 27, 28
cable
direct 81
inputs 79
modem 113, 114
receiver
connecting 82, 84
dual tuner option 76
setting up using Media Center 126
set-top box 75
TV Antenna In 8
without set-top box 81
cables
included 32
not included 33
camcorders 95, 98
cameras, digital
still, connecting 115
video, connecting 103
capture (video input) 106
center channel output 6
changing screens (dual display) 136
clearances, space for HP Digital Entertainment Center 30
cloning (dual displays) 136
codec errors 154
combinations 72
CompactFlash I/II 5
composite video
connectors 77
output 7
with SCART adapter 62, 65, 67, 69, 72
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configuring
audio
DVD player 134
headphones 130
Media Center 134
microphones 130
keyboard buttons 141
Media Center
audio settings 133
cable or satellite receiver 126
DVD player 134
front panel display brightness 129
multichannel audio 134
optional display 127
required steps 126
selecting recording devices 131
speaker setup 127
TV tuner and program guide 127
sources and video output 135
system 140
video 135
connecting
2.0 speaker system 43
2.1 speaker system
passive speakers 44
powered speakers 51
4.1 speaker system
passive speakers 45
powered speakers 52
5.1 speaker system
digital speakers 56
passive speakers 46
powered speakers 53
with digital input on AV receiver 48
7.1 speaker system
passive speakers 47
powered speakers 54
connector locations
audio output 36
back panel 6
front panel 3
video output 63
contacting HP
Technical Support by telephone 158
using the Web 157
Index
antenna, broadcast TV 80
cable
boxes, two 84
modem 113
camera, digital still 115
digital audio to AV receiver 48
DSL/cable modem 113
DVD player 97
FM radio 59
game boxes 97
headphones 130
HP personal media drive 118
microphone 130
monitor speakers 57
peripherals 108
powered speakers 50
remote IR sensor 92
routers
Internet 113
LAN 114
satellite receivers 86, 88
tape player using Audio In connections 58
TV
audio 41
displays 62
view one channel, record another 76
USB devices 116
VCRs 95, 99
video
analog camera 106
digital camera 103
game boxes 97
overview 98
video digital camera 103
connections
overview 22
system diagram (illustrated) 24
troubleshooting 129
D
data
files on DVDs, troubleshooting 155
lost ii
transferring PC data 142
desktop
display 139
Device Manager 105
digital
5.1 multichannel audio system 49
audio
cable 48
home theater 48
powered speakers 55
supported formats 48
system 55
camera
camcorder 103
still 115, 116
video 116
connecting speakers 55
Video Out 7
disabling the dual screen option 138
disconnecting TVs 138
display
overview 64
resolution, adjusting 139
video configuration 66
Index
167
documentation
conventions, notes and warnings ii
HP support information 157
online manuals 158
Dolby Digital 48
DSL
connecting 113
networking 114
order of powerup 19
DTS Digital encoded audio 48
dual displays
changing screens 136
configuring with Media Center 127
disabling 138
overview 64
switching between 136
dual-tuner input 8, 76
DVD player
configuring audio settings 133
data files 155
location of connectors 97
recovery discs 31
resolution 139
retail DVDs 97
settings 133
troubleshooting 155
using with Media Center 134
DVI (video output connector) 7
E
error messages
codec errors 154
from hard drive 155
Ethernet 7
external hard disk drive 116
F
FAQs, how to find 156
Fast Ethernet (100BaseT) 110
feature overview 2
files, moving 142
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finding
FAQs 156
help 156
HP Digital Entertainment Center hardware test 156
Media Center utility programs 143
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
digital camcorder connection 103
input-output, location on front panel 4
FM antenna, connecting 59
Found New Hardware message 115
front panel
adjusting brightness 129, 143
connections (illustrated) 25
functions list 3
G
getting help (customer support) 156
Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT) 110
H
hard drive
connecting HP Personal Media Drive 117
location on front panel 3
recovery disc, using 164
replacing 161, 162, 163
running out of disk space 155
troubleshooting 155
hardware test, for HP Digital Entertainment Center 156
headphones
connecting 130
location of output on front panel 4
help
Help and Support Center 156
how to find 156
Microsoft Web site 159
high definition capable plasma, LCD, or HDTV display 62
HP Digital Entertainment Center
box contents 31
recovery after a power outage 151
reset procedure 151
support for 156
I
image retention 140
indicator light, keyboard 10
infrared transmitter
cable 92
installation 92
introduced 90
one set-top box 91
See also: remote control
sensor 92
two set-top boxes 91
initial
configuration
HP Digital Entertainment Center 121
Microsoft Windows setup screen 125
setup wait time 125
installing
additional software and devices 142
batteries
keyboard 17
remote control 122
HP Personal Media Drive 118
infrared transmitter 92
overview 21
software 142
internal splitter 8, 78
Internet
DSL/cable modem 113
router
wired 114
wireless 111
service contract 111
typical configurations 110
iPod 116
IR Blaster
See: infrared transmitter
irrecoverable data loss ii
Index
HP Help and Support Center 156
HP Personal Media Drive
automatic on and off feature 117
connecting 117
disconnecting 119
installing 118
removing 119
running the media drive utility 118
utility programs 118, 143
HP Settings utility program 143
HP Support 156
HP Technical Support, contacting by telephone 158
HP Web site 157
K
keyboard
batteries (initial) 122
buttons 141
configuring buttons 141
function keys 10
Keyboard Connect button 12, 124
mouse buttons 10
replacing batteries 13
synchronizing 124, 152
troubleshooting 124, 152
USB port 116
L
LAN 111, 114
LCD displays, preventing image retention 140
light-emitting diode (LED) 5
location 26
M
Media Center
adjusting desktop display resolution 139
configuring audio settings 133
dual display option
disabling 138
enabling 136
Microsoft Web site 159
obtaining update information 159
registering for updates 141
Index
169
required configuration 126
setup wizard 125, 128
speaker settings 133
testing system connections 129
troubleshooting 129
utility programs 143
viewing on a second display 136
Media Library, troubleshooting 155
memory card reader
location of slots on front panel 5
supported types 5
troubleshooting 154
Memory Stick (MS) 5
Microdrive 5
microphone
connecting 130
location of inputs on front panel 4
Microsoft Web site 159
mixer (phono) 58
MMC/SD 5
monitor
connecting 62, 72
inputs, switching 72
outputs 71
speakers 57
troubleshooting 153
mouse
buttons on wireless keyboard 10
connecting optional 116
moving files 142
MP3 player 116
MS/MS-Pro 5
MultiMediaCard 5
multiple audio/video inputs 67
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N
network
connections
back panel 109
front panel 108
supported 107, 110
equipment 107
requirements 107
no picture with S-video or composite output 67
notes and warnings (document conventions) ii
O
obtaining updates 141, 159
On/Standby (power) button 10, 123
online documentation 158
Online Spotlight, accessing Microsoft.com 159
open cabinet, ventilation issues 27
optical cords 48
optional setup steps 127
overview
connecting
audio devices 36
video devices 98
features 2
TV signal sources 76
video
input connections 77
output connections 62
P
PDA 116
peripheral devices 108, 116
Personal Media Drive
See: HP Personal Media Drive
phono mixer 58
pixels 139
Placement 27
plasma TVs, preventing image retention 140
R
receiver/amplifier (audio) 42
recognizing the camcorder (digital) 105
recorded TV programs, protecting 161
recording devices
configuring with Media Center 131
selecting 131
recovery disc
about 158
after replacing hard drive 164
supplied 31
registering for updates 141
remote control
batteries 17
button functions 14
infrared transmitter
cables 65, 92
connecting 92
connectors (illustrated) 91
introduced 90
placement 90
See also: infrared transmitter
troubleshooting 149
with cable box or satellite receiver 90
installing batteries 17
maximum range 16
troubleshooting 149
using with your TV 65
removing
CD/DVD 153
HP Personal Media Drive 117, 119
replacing
batteries
keyboard 13
remote control 17
hard drive 161, 162, 163
required setup, Media Center 126
requirements, network connections 107
resetting, HP Digital Entertainment Center 151
resolution, adjusting desktop display 139
retail VHS tapes 99
RJ-45 113
rooftop antenna connection 80
routers 114
Index
power
(On/Standby) button 10, 123
outage, recovery from 151
powered speakers 50, 57
preventing image retention 140
printer
connecting 116
troubleshooting 150
problems and solutions 146
product features 2
programs, system recovery 158
S
Safely Remove Hardware wizard 117
safety information 19
satellite receivers
connecting
illustrated 87
one unit 86
overview 75
two units 88
connection types 79
dual tuner option 76
setting up using Media Center 126
scanner
connecting 116
USB port 116
scanning for hardware changes 105
SCART adapter
illustrated 65
using 62, 65, 67, 69, 72
second display, adding 136
selecting recording devices 131
sensor, remote IR transmitter cable
See: infrared transmitter
Index
171
setup, basic 29
signal
conversion 77
source 76
single-tuner 76
SmartMedia (SM) 5
SmartMedia/xD 5
software
initial configuration 121
installing additional 142
updates 141, 159
speakers
2.0 system setup 43
2.1 system setup
passive speakers 44
powered speakers 51
4.1 system setup
passive speakers 45
powered speakers 52
5.1 system setup
digital speakers 55, 56
passive speakers 46
powered speakers 53
7.1 system setup
passive speakers 47
powered speakers 54
configuring
audio settings 133
using Media Center 127
connecting monitor speakers 57
testing using Media Center 134
troubleshooting
surround sound 147
volume issues 146
types supported 37
volume 132
standard definition television 62
Start Here booklet 21
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starting the HP Digital Entertainment Center for the
first time 122
subwoofer
digital speaker setup 55
monitor speaker installation 57
output (illustrated) 6
support for HP Digital Entertainment Center 156
supported
5.1 digital audio formats 48
memory card types 5
network connection types 107
speaker types 37
surge protector 34, 123
surround sound
audio outputs 6
outputs (illustrated) 6
troubleshooting 147
S-video
adapter 77
connection requirements 62
connector (illustrated) 7
jack and cable compatibility 97
location on front panel 4
output with SCART adapter 62, 65, 67, 69, 72
to composite adapter 96
switching
audio and video, overview 64
between audio and video 67, 69, 71
dual displays 136
monitor inputs 72
synchronizing the keyboard 124, 152
system
components, inventory of 31
integration, overview 22
problems and solutions 150
recovery programs 158
restoring 158
utility programs 143
tape player (analog), connecting 58
Technical Support (HP Technical Support) 158
testing
audio settings using Media Center 134
system connections using Media Center 129
transfer wizard 142
transferring data from PC to HP Digital Entertainment
Center 142
troubleshooting
application and system recovery programs 158
audio problems 146
digital video camera connection 105
DVD player 155
hard drive 155
infrared sensor 149
keyboard 152
Media Center 129
memory card reader 154
monitor 153
music files 155
power up of HP Digital Entertainment Center 150
printer 150
remote control 149
removing CD/DVD 153
speaker volume 146
special keyboard buttons 152
surround sound 147
system connections using Media Center 129
TV problems 148, 153
unexpected startups 151
video errors 154
tuner configurations 76
tuning the desktop display for S-video and composite
video connections 139
turning on
location of power button 3
troubleshooting 150
turntable 58
TV
adjusting desktop display resolution 139
antenna 8, 80
audio connections 41
configuring with Media Center 127
disconnecting 138
display 128
monitor outputs (illustrated) 73
output to AV receiver (illustrated) 70
plasma, protecting 140
preventing image retention 140
Source 1 In 8
Source 2 In 8
Source In 75
sources 75, 77, 78
troubleshooting 148, 153
viewing PC image on a second TV 136
Index
T
U
updates, obtaining 141, 159
upmixing, audio signals 48, 54
USB
connecting
digital cameras 115
optional devices 116
port 2.0
connectors 5
illustrated 7
utility programs 143
Index
173
V
W
VCRs
connecting 95, 99
direct output to hard disk drive 99
typical configuration 98
ventilation issues 27, 28, 30
VGA output 7
video
additional equipment 34
configuration 135
connecting
analog cameras and camcorders 106
digital cameras and camcorders 103
FireWire 4
typical configuration 98
connectors (illustrated) 96
display flickering 151
output
connectors 63, 66, 67
high-definition capable HDTV 68
monitor 72
overview 62
standard TV 68
system
errors 154
location of output connectors 62
troubleshooting 148
video games, connecting 97
virus protection 142
volume, adjusting 132
wall clearance 28
warnings
against removing media while LED is blinking 5
disconnecting disk drive while it is operating 119
document conventions ii
loss of recorded programs 161
moving personal media drive while it is operating 117
order of power connection 19
use of correct AC power source 19
Warranty and Support guide 157
Web address
HP Customer Support 157
Media Center information 159
registering your HP Digital Entertainment Center 141
Wi-Fi 112
Windows setup screen 125
wireless
access point 111
keyboard, activity LED 4
LAN 7, 111
network 110, 111
router 111
X
xD media 5
Y
Y adapter cables 50
Y/C video 78
Part Number: 5991-2391
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HP Digital Entertainment Center
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