HP Media Center PC
Getting Started Guide
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Table of Contents
Before Getting Started.................................. 1
PC Setup Tips....................................................................... 1
Utility Programs .................................................................... 2
Important Safety Information About Your
HP Media Center PC ........................................................ 2
Safety and Comfort............................................................... 2
Online Guides ..................................................................... 2
Connecting to the Internet ...................................................... 3
HP Products Work Better Together .......................................... 3
Protecting the PC .................................................................. 4
Installing Software ................................................................ 4
Getting Help ........................................................................ 4
Setting Up the PC ......................................... 5
HP Media Center PC Front Connectors.................................... 5
HP Media Center PC Rear Connectors .................................... 6
Connecting a Digital Video Camera to the PC ......................... 9
Connecting to Other Devices ............................................... 10
Connecting the Television Signal ................. 11
Using TV Cables................................................................. 11
Audio and Video Cables ..................................................... 11
Connecting the TV Signal Source.......................................... 13
Connecting the Remote Sensor ............................................. 15
Connecting the TV Signal Source
When You Have an Existing Setup................................... 16
Using the TV as a Monitor ................................................... 20
Using the Media Center Setup Wizard for
Optional Setup of Your TV Display................................... 22
Changing the Display for a GeForce Graphics Card............... 23
Changing the Display for an ATI Graphics Card .................... 23
Changing the Display for an ATI Catalyst
Control Center Graphics Card......................................... 24
Changing your Display Using Windows XP ........................... 28
Configuring Speaker and
Sound Options........................................ 29
Sound Connector Types.......................................................29
Speaker Configurations .......................................................31
Connecting 2/2.1 (2 Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers .............................................................33
Connecting 4.1 (4 Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers .............................................................34
Connecting 5.1 (5 Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers .............................................................35
Connecting 7.1 (7 Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers .............................................................36
Connecting the PC to a Home Audio System ..........................37
Connecting Digital Audio ....................................................41
Configuring Audio Output ...................................................42
Configuring Audio Output with Multi-channel
Sound Manager.............................................................42
Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager ............44
Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card........................47
Configuring Audio Output with Realtek HD
Sound Effect Manager ....................................................48
Configuring the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager .................49
Configuring Multi-streaming Audio........................................50
Configuring Audio for Media Center.....................................53
Configuring Audio for InterVideo WinDVD Player...................54
Using Headphones .............................................................54
Resolving Sound Issues ........................................................55
Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Sound Card ..................56
Using the PC Hardware .............................. 61
Using the Keyboard ............................................................61
Special Keyboard Buttons ....................................................61
Using the Remote Control ....................................................63
Memory Card Reader .........................................................64
Memory Insertion Guide ......................................................65
Using Your Storage or Docking Bay ......................................68
Connecting the Wireless LAN...............................................71
Index ......................................................... 73
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Before Getting Started
This guide can help you get started using your new
HP Media Center PC. You may want to browse
some of the other documentation that came with
your HP Media Center PC.
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2
Read the “Safety Information” section in the
documentation that came with your PC.
Identify the items included with your HP Media
Center PC.
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4
Follow the setup information that came with
your PC to connect your display.
Read this guide for information about using
your HP Media Center PC.
A warning describes
information you need
to avoid possible
personal injury
or damage to
equipment or data.
Read and follow all
warnings.
PC Setup Tips
Choosing a PC setup location
Using additional sound cables
If you intend to connect your PC 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 PC.
If you plan to connect the PC audio to an amplifier
or a TV, you may need additional sound cables that
are not included with your PC. Your PC is able to
output sound in several modes. Your PC has 3.5 mm
female stereo headphone jacks for most outputs.
Many amplifiers have RCA inputs. You need one
3.5 mm male-to-RCA stereo cable for stereo sound.
You need three 3.5 mm male-to-RCA cables for
surround sound. Check the documentation that came
with your audio equipment for the best input
method.
Choosing a display
HP recommends using a PC monitor to initially set
up the PC because it may be difficult to view text
and images on a TV due to the higher resolution of
Microsoft® Windows® XP. Some high resolutions may
not be supported by some older or LCD displays.
Also, high resolutions may result in a blank display
after the Windows XP screen appears when you first
start the PC if your display does not support it.
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A note describes
important
information
you need.
Using a video game console
If you are using a video game console device, HP
recommends that you connect it directly to your
display device using video signal switching
hardware (not included) or connect it to a separate
TV, rather than connecting it directly to the PC.
Using additional video cables
If you plan to connect your TV to the PC, you may
need additional cables that are not included with
your PC. HP Media Center PC models have different
video output options, depending on your PC model.
The options are: S-video, composite video, VGA,
and DVI. For best video quality use DVI, then VGA,
then S-video, followed by composite video. Check
the documentation that came with your PC and TV to
determine which cables you need. HP does not
recommend video cable lengths over 1.5 meters
(4.9 feet).
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Component video
output is available on
select models only.
Before Getting Started
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Utility Programs
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Please read the
“Safety Information”
section in the other
documentation that
came with your PC
before installing and
connecting your PC to
the electrical power
system.
HP provides special utility programs in the
PC Help & Tools folder that provide support
information and initiate Application or System
Recovery.
To find these programs, click Start, choose All
Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then select a
program or folder.
Updates from HP
HP may send support information or special offers 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 it back on, click Start, choose
All Programs, PC Help & Tools, Updates
from HP.
Important Safety Information About Your HP Media Center PC
This product has not been evaluated for connection
to an “IT” power system (an AC distribution system
with no direct connection to the earth, according to
IEC 60950).
Safety and Comfort
After assembling your PC, but before using it, make
sure the computer and your work area are properly
set up to maintain your comfort and productivity.
See the Safety & Comfort Guide for important
ergonomic information. Click Start, choose All
Programs, PC Help & Tools, and then click
Safety & Comfort Guide.
Online Guides
You can find online guides and information for your
PC. To view online manuals for your PC, go to the
Support Web address that is listed in the other
documentation that came with your PC, and then
search for your product name and number.
Online manuals are associated with specific PC
model numbers. Some models do not have online
manuals.
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You can find important ergonomic information on
the Internet. Just type http://www.hp.com/ergo into
your Web browser address box, and then press
Enter on the keyboard.
Connecting to the Internet
As part of the startup screens, you can select an
Internet service provider (ISP). Before you can
connect to the Internet, you must sign up with an ISP.
You must have an Internet connection to use some of
the Media Center features.
Easy Internet Sign-up helps you sign up for a new
Internet account, set up an existing account, or
configure Internet access using a LAN (local
area network), cable modem, or DSL (digital
subscriber line).
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Requirements:
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A PC.
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A dial-up modem or a cable or DSL modem
for high-speed broadband connections.
Contact your Internet service provider (ISP)
for any specific software and hardware you
may need.
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Internet service with an ISP.
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A Web browser.
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4
Make sure the modem or other Internet access
cable is connected.
Sign up with an ISP. If you already have an
account with an ISP, skip this step and follow
the instructions provided by the ISP.
If Internet service was not set up during the
initial setup of the PC, it can be set up now
using the Easy Internet Sign-up or the Internet
Services wizard (select models only).
Click Start on the taskbar, choose All
Programs, Online Services, and then
click Easy Internet Sign-up or Internet
Services.
Follow the onscreen instructions to select an
ISP and set up Internet service.
Easy Internet Sign-up
or Internet Services
provides a list of
Internet service
providers; however,
you may choose
another ISP or
transfer an existing
account to this PC. To
transfer existing
accounts, follow the
instructions provided
by the ISP.
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A modem connector is
included with select
models only.
HP Products Work Better Together
HP computers include preloaded software for select
HP All-In-One, camera, scanner, and printer
peripheral products. Preloaded software simplifies
and speeds product setup for HP peripherals.
Simply connect the HP peripheral product and turn it
on, and your HP PC automatically configures it so it
is ready to use.
Before Getting Started
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Protecting the PC
HP provides a virus-scanning software program to
help protect your PC (select models only).
The virus-scanning program manufacturer provides
free virus scan updates through your Internet
connection for an initial period after your PC
purchase. You can purchase a subscription service
for updates after the initial free period expires.
New types of viruses and spyware are invented all
the time. Protect your PC by getting regular updates
of your virus-scanning software from the program
manufacturer.
If a software program or the operating system gets
damaged, reinstall the software. See the PC
Troubleshooting and Maintenance Guide that came
with your PC for information about system recovery,
application recovery and System Restore. System
Restore is a software that creates restore points, a
memory of the system file settings on the PC at a
particular point in time.
When your PC has software problems, it is possible
that a voltage spike, power outage, or brownout
has occurred. Symptoms of voltage spikes include a
flickering video display, unexpected PC startups,
and the PC 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 made for use
with PCs between the power outlet and the PC
power cord.
Installing Software
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After you’ve
completed
registering, you may
install any software
programs that may
have come on CDs or
DVDs included in the
PC box and are not
preinstalled.
After you turn on the PC the first time and restart it,
you can install any software programs that came
on CDs or DVDs included in the PC box and are not
preinstalled (select models only).
Choose software that is compatible with your PC;
check the operating system, memory, and other
requirements listed for the new software for
compatibility with your PC.
You may wish to install additional software
programs or hardware devices on your PC. Restart
the PC after each 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.
Getting Help
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.
For help on general and miscellaneous problems
you may be experiencing with the PC, refer to:
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The other troubleshooting documentation that
came with your PC.
■
The following pages in this section.
HP Media Center PC Getting Started Guide
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The topics in Help and Support. Press the Help
button on your keyboard, or click Start on the
taskbar and select Help and Support.
Setting Up the PC
Follow the steps in the setup poster to set up the PC,
and then read the topics in this section to find out
more about the location of components and
connectors on your PC, and to find out about some
setup alternatives.
Most of the hardware devices such as the monitor,
keyboard, printer, and mouse can be connected at
the back of the PC. Some peripheral devices, such
as a digital video camera, can be plugged into the
connectors on the back or the front of the PC.
HP Media Center PC Front Connectors
Connector
Icon/label
S-Video 2
Description and function
Secondary S-video connector to connect your VCR, video
camera, or other analog source to the PC
Composite
Video 2
Secondary Composite video connector to connect VCR, video
camera, or other analog source to the PC
L Audio 2
Secondary Left audio input connector
R Audio 2
Seondary Right audio input connector
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Location, availability,
and number of
connectors may vary.
Headphones Out
Microphone In
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) for mouse, keyboard, digital
cameras, or other devices with USB connectors
FireWire® (IEEE 1394) connector for video cameras and other
high-speed devices
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Setting Up the PC
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HP Media Center PC Rear Connectors
Connector
Icon/label
Description and function
Power connector
Mouse
Keyboard
SERIAL
Serial port for digital cameras or other serial devices
(Select models only)
Printer (parallel)
(select models only)
Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) for mouse, keyboard, digital
cameras, or other devices with USB connectors
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector for video cameras and other
high-speed devices
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Connector
ETHERNET
Icon/label
Description and function
ETHERNET
Ethernet LAN connector
The network interface adapter (also called a network interface
card, or NIC) connects to an Ethernet (10BaseT) or Fast
Ethernet (100BaseT) network hub. Connect this adapter in
your PC to your local area network (LAN) hub or any
broadband connection.
Plug a network cable into the Ethernet (RJ-45) port on the back
of the PC. Plug the other end of the network cable
into a 10BaseT or 100BaseT port on the network hub.
The green LED indicates a valid connection.
Digital video output connector for TV/monitor
(select models only)
See the documentation that came with your display device.
Microphone In (pink)
Audio Line Out (powered speakers, green)
OUT
Audio Line In (blue)
IN
Center
Center/Subwoofer audio (gold)
Rear
L – R rear audio (black)
Side
L – R side audio (gray)
S-video
S-video In from set-top box output connector
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Connector
Icon/label
Composite Video
Description and function
Composite Video In from set-top box connector (yellow)
L audio
Left audio input from set-top box connector (white)
R audio
Right audio input from set-top box connector (red)
TV/Cable Ant
FM Ant
TV In (TV antenna or cable input from wall outlet with
no set-top box)
FM In (radio antenna input)
Plug the FM radio antenna cable into the FM In port on the
back of the PC on the TV tuner card. You may want to extend
the ends of the cable to improve your FM radio signal
reception.
Modem (Line In RJ-11)
LINE
(select models only)
Plug the modem cable (provided in the PC box) into the
computer modem connector on the back of the PC. Plug the
other end to your telephone line wall jack connector.
Analog Video
Analog Video Out: S-video or composite video
(select models only)
VGA
digital audio
in
out
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Monitor/VGA display output
Digital audio
Digital audio input (white)
In and Out
Digital audio output (red)
Connecting a Digital Video Camera to the PC
When connecting an analog camera to the PC, use
the Video and Audio In connectors on the front of
the PC. The following instructions only apply to
digital cameras.
See the documentation that came with your digital
camera or your digital video camera.
To connect a digital camera or a digital video
camera:
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Turn on the PC, and wait for Windows XP
to start.
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Connect the video camera transfer cable into
the camera and then into an open port on the
front or back of the PC. Most digital video
cameras use either the FireWire (IEEE 1394)
or the USB port.
If a Digital Video
Device Auto Play
window appears
when you connect
your camera, click
A Found New Hardware message appears.
Wait 2 or 3 minutes for Windows to make the
necessary settings for the new device. When
installation is complete, a message appears
telling you the camera is ready to use.
Cancel.
If the PC does not recognize your digital camera or
your digital video camera:
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2
3
Click Start on the taskbar, and then click
Control Panel.
Click Performance and Maintenance,
if available, and then double-click the
System icon.
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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:
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Click Action, and then Scan for
hardware changes. Look in Device
Manager for a new addition under
imaging devices.
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Unplug the video camera’s transfer cable
from the PC, and plug it into a different
port. Look in Device Manager for a new
addition under imaging devices.
Click the Hardware tab, and then click the
Device Manager button.
Setting Up the PC
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Connecting to Other Devices
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Some peripheral
devices are not
included with the PC.
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Other peripheral devices can be connected to the
front or back of your HP Media Center PC by using
USB or FireWire ports. You can connect peripheral
devices such as a printer, scanner, video camera,
digital camera, memory card reader, and PDA
(personal digital assistant) or handheld computer to
the PC. See the documentation that came with your
device.
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Connecting the Television Signal
Using TV Cables
Your HP Media Center PC includes video and audio
cables to connect the television signals.
Use video and audio cables to connect:
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Video out from the HP Media Center PC to
the TV
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TV signal source video in to the HP Media
Center PC
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Audio out from the HP Media Center PC to
the TV
TV signal source audio in to the HP Media
Center PC
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Location and number
of connectors may
vary by model.
Audio and Video Cables
The following table shows cable types that may be
required to connect your HP Media Center PC to
your television system. The number and type of
cables included with your PC may vary by model.
Cable
Name
Description
Composite video
RCA yellow end. Plug cable into an
RCA connector such as Composite
Video Out or TV Source In connector.
S-video (Delivers
a sharper image
than composite
video by
providing
separate color
and black-andwhite image
signals.)
Y/C, 4-pin. Plug cable into an S-video
connector such as S-video Video Out
or TV Source In connector.
Analog video
cable
(Select models
only)
Used with analog video output
connector. Provides S-video and
composite video output.
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The number and type
of cables required to
connect your PC may
vary by model. Some
cables are included
for select models
only.
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Cable
Name
Description
DVI-I or DVI-D
Digital Video Out. Plug cable into a
DVI-I or DVI-D input of an HDTV
capable TV or monitor.
TV coaxial cable
Plug cable into a TV signal source
input connector from cable set-top
boxes or antennas.
Infrared
transmitter
(1 with single TV
tuner or 2 with
dual-tuner option)
Remote IR cable. Used to control TV
signal source from set-top box.
Splitter
Used to connect one signal source to
two RF inputs on your PC.
RCA stereo
RCA red and white ends. Used for TV
signal source Audio In and Audio Out
connectors to TV.
2 Way Splitter
You may need to purchase extra cables separately.
Your HP Media Center PC box may not include all
the cables you need for your PC setup and may vary
by model.
For example, you may want to use an S-video cable
to connect the TV Out on the PC to your TV, if your
TV has an S-video input connector.
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Connecting the TV Signal Source
Connect the signal source for the TV by using the
TV In coaxial connector or the composite/S-video In
connector.
Plug the connector of a coaxial cable from your TV
or from your TV cable into the TV/Cable Ant
connector on the back of the PC, and then turn the
connector to tighten it.
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Location and number
of connectors may
vary by model.
Or
Plug a cable into the S-video or composite video In
connector on the back of the PC; use an S-video
cable (not provided) or the composite video cable.
Plug the other end of the cable into your set-top box
or other device that is providing the signal source
for the TV.
You must also plug audio cables (not provided) from
your set-top box into the Audio In right (red)
connector and the Audio In left (white) connector on
the back of the PC, if you are using a set-top box
with S-video or composite video output.
Refer to “HP Media Center PC Front Connectors” on
page 5.
You must also connect the Remote Emitter cable if
you are using a set-top box. See “Connecting the
Remote Sensor” on page 15.
Connecting the Television Signal
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Connecting a dual tuner
(Select models only)
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The Television
Program Guide is not
available in all
countries/regions.
If your HP Media Center PC has the dual tuner
option, you must connect a second set of inputs if
you are using a cable or satellite set-top box. If you
are using a TV antenna or standard cable
connector, the signal is routed to both tuners
internally. Otherwise, connect a second set-top box
to the second set of back-panel connectors.
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 (Electronic) Program Guide in Media
Center, so both TV sources must have identical
Television Program Guides.
The HP Media Center PC records television and
allows you to control the television channels. The HP
Media Center PC has two tuner configurations
available:
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TV Tuner type
Description
Single-tuner TV source
A single tuner allows you to watch or record one program only
in NTSC.
Dual-tuner option
You can have dual TV inputs, if your PC includes the two TV tuner
option. You can watch a show on one channel while Media Center
records another show on a different channel. You can also record two
different programs at the same time.
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Connecting the Remote Sensor
The remote sensor is a small device that connects to
the PC and allows the remote control to work with
the Media Center program.
1
2
3
If you have a cable TV set-top box, a satellite
set-top box, or other set-top box that controls
your TV signal, connect the remote control
sensor cable (emitter) (A) into connector (1)
on the back of the remote sensor, otherwise
skip to step three. Connector (2) can also be
used if you have a second set-top box.
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Remove the paper from the backing tape on
the end of the cable (B), and then press the
end of the cable over the remote infrared (IR)
receiver window on your cable TV set-top
box (C). You can locate the remote infrared
receiver window by using a flashlight to shine
through the plastic on the front of most
devices.
Plug the remote control sensor cable into a
USB connector (D) on the back of the PC.
Place the remote sensor so that you can easily
point at it with the remote control. (An ideal
spot would be on top of the monitor or desk.)
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You can locate the
remote infrared
receiver window on
your cable TV set-top
box by using a
flashlight to shine
through the plastic on
the front of most
devices.
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2
1
A
B
D
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Connecting the TV Signal Source
When You Have an Existing Setup
This section describes how to connect the PC to an
existing setup for your TV signal source.
Wall to VCR to TV using coaxial cable
Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR,
and connect it to the input of a coaxial cable signal
splitter (not included; available at electronics stores).
Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
Connect one of these cables to the input of the VCR
and the other one to the TV connector on the back of
the PC.
Existing setup
Add the PC with a splitter
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A
B
B
C
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C
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C
C
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D
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A
Wall
B
Cable outlet
C
Coaxial cable
D
VCR In
E
VCR Out
F
TV In
G
Splitter In
H
Splitter Out
J
TV In on back of PC
Wall to cable TV set-top box or satellite
box to VCR to TV using coaxial cable
Remove the coaxial cable at the input to the VCR,
and connect it to the input of a coaxial cable signal
splitter (not included; available at electronics stores).
Connect two coaxial cables to the splitter outputs.
Existing setup
Connect one of these cables to the input of the VCR
and the other one to the TV connector on the back of
the PC. Be sure to connect the remote control sensor
cable (emitter) and position it on your set-top box or
satellite box. This allows the PC to change the
channel on the box. See “Connecting the Remote
Sensor” on page 15.
Add the PC with a splitter
A
A
B
B
C
C
D
D
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E
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N
C
J
C
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K
C
C
F
G
G
C
C
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L
F
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Wall
B
Cable outlet
C
Coaxial cable
D
Set-top box/Satellite In
E
Set-top box/Satellite Out
F
VCR In
G
VCR Out
H
TV In
J
Splitter In
K
Splitter Out
L
TV In on back of PC
M Remote control sensor cable
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Remote control sensor
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Wall to cable TV set-top box or satellite box
to VCR and TV using S-video cable or composite
video cable between the box and the VCR or TV
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2
Do not detach any cables from your existing
setup.
Connect an additional cable:
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Using S-video (not included): Connect an
additional S-video cable to a second output
on the set-top box or satellite box. Plug the
other end of the cable into the S-video In
connector on the back of the PC.
Or
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Using composite video: Connect an
additional composite video cable to a
second output on the set-top box or satellite
box. Connect the other end of the cable to
the S-video to composite video adapter
cable; connect the adapter to the S-video In
connector on the back of the PC.
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When using a composite video or S-video
cable, you must also plug audio cables (not
provided) from your satellite or set-top box
into the Audio In right (red) and Audio In left
(white) connectors on the back of the PC.
Be sure to connect the remote sensor control
cable and position it on your set-top box or
satellite box. This allows the PC to change the
channel on the box. See “Connecting the
Remote Sensor” on page 15.
.
Existing setup
Add the PC
A
A
B
B
C
C
L
N
D
D
M
J
E
P
E
O
K
F
F
G
G
E
H
E
H
A
Wall
B
Cable outlet
C
Set-top box/Satellite In
D
Set-top box/Satellite Out
E
S-video or composite cable
F
VCR In
G
VCR Out
H
TV In
J
Add an S-video or composite
cable with adapter
K
S-video In on back of PC
L
Remote control sensor cable
M Remote control sensor
N
Set-top box/Second output
O
R-Audio
P
L-Audio
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Using the TV as a Monitor
If your Media Center PC has TV-out capability (select
models only), you can connect it to a TV to view the
PC image on a TV screen. With the TV-out feature,
you can view the PC image, watch DVD movies, or
play games on your TV. This is an optional feature.
Cables for connecting to a TV
To connect a TV to the PC, you will need a video
cable and an audio cable. The type of video cable
you need depends on your TV:
If your TV has an S-video input jack, you need an
S-video cable.
If your TV has a composite video jack, you need a
composite video cable, and depending on the jacks
on the back of your PC, you may also need an Svideo adapter cable.
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Connecting to a TV
1
2
3
Turn off the PC.
Connect the TV cable using one of the
following arrangements, depending on the
connection jacks on your TV.
A
4
If your TV has an S-video jack, connect
an S-video cable (A) (not provided) from
the S-video In jack on the TV to the S-video
Out jack (B) on the back of the PC (select
models only).
B
n
There may be two
S-video connectors on
the back of the PC:
S-video Out on the
video card (select
models only) and
Video In on the TV
tuner card.
If your TV has a composite video input jack
and your PC has a composite video output
jack, connect a composite video cable (C) to
the Video In jack on the TV and to the
composite video out jack (D) on the back of
the PC (select models only).
.
C
5
Turn on the TV and select the TV In video
source; refer to the documentation for your
TV set.
D
6
Enable the image for the TV. For more
information about this step, see “Viewing the
PC image on the TV” on page 25.
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21
Using the Media Center Setup Wizard for
Optional Setup of Your TV Display
n
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.
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.
This automatic adjustment is available during the
Optional Setup, within the “Optimize how Media
Center looks on your display” option. Instead of
using the wizard for automatic adjustment, set the
TV display by using the Windows Desktop
Properties.
The following procedure describes what to do within
the Media Center setup wizard and how to use the
Windows Desktop Properties to adjust settings for
your TV display:
1
2
3
n
The type of video
card on your PC
determines how the
PC selects the TV-out
option. Some options
and menus in this
procedure may be
different for your PC.
22
4
During the Media Center setup wizard, at the
Optional Setup, after you select Optimize
how Media Center looks on your
display, and then click Next.
5
6
When the Display Configuration window
appears, click Next.
7
Select the display type for, and then select the
connection type for your TV display by
proceeding as described below:
8
■
If you choose the option Composite or
S-video, click Next, and then continue
with step 4 that follows.
■
If you choose the options DVI or VGA or
Component (YPbPr), you do not need
to continue with this procedure. Continue
using the wizard to adjust your TV display.
On the next screen, select Keep my current
Settings and continue, and then click
Next. Do not select the option Preview
Automatic Adjustment.
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Continue using the wizard, and then either
close or minimize Media Center.
Right-click a free area of the Windows
desktop, and choose Properties.
Click the Settings tab, and then click the
Advanced button on that tab.
Select the GeForce tab. If you have a
GeForce tab, see “Changing the Display for a
GeForce Graphics Card” on page 23.
Or
Select the ATI Displays tab. If you have an
ATI Displays tab, see “Changing the Display
for an ATI Graphics Card” on page 23.
Or
If you have the ATI Catalyst Control Center
graphics card, see “Changing the Display for
an ATI Catalyst Control Center Graphics
Card” on page 24.
Changing the Display for a GeForce Graphics Card
1
2
3
4
Follow the “Using the Media Center Setup
Wizard for Optional Setup of Your TV
Display” on page 22.
5
6
Click the GeForce tab.
Click TV Settings.
Select the Device Adjustment button, and
then you can select the various screen
adjustment settings.
Click Apply, and then click OK.
Click OK again to close the window.
Changing the Display for an ATI Graphics Card
1
2
3
4
5
6
Follow the “Using the Media Center Setup
Wizard for Optional Setup of Your TV
Display” on page 22.
Click the ATI Displays tab.
Click the TV button (the small bar above the
TV icon). The TV Properties window opens.
(Your TV must be connected to the system.)
Click the Adjustments tab.
.
n
You may need to click
the On button (at the
left corner of the TV
button bar) to make
the On button green,
and then click Apply.
Adjust the screen position or screen size, and
then click Apply.
Click OK as needed to close the windows.
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23
Changing the Display for an ATI Catalyst Control Center
Graphics Card
1
2
Follow the “Using the Media Center Setup
Wizard for Optional Setup of Your TV
Display” on page 22.
Right-click desktop and then select ATI
Catalyst Control Center.
3
4
5
6
7
Click the ATI Catalyst Control Center
button to open the display control window.
Click the Displays Manager button. The
Desktop and Display Setup window appears
on the right side of the window.
Select the Wizard button.
Select your display type.
Select type of content you want to view:
Windows Desktop
Or
Full screen video
8
9
Click Next.
Select Apply to enable the recommended
settings.
10 Select Yes or No to keep settings.
11 Click Finish.
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Viewing the PC image on the TV
To view your PC image on the TV:
1
2
3
4
5
Make sure the video and audio cables are
connected before you turn on the TV and
the PC.
6
7
Turn on the TV. Make sure the Video input
setting is selected, not the TV setting.
Click the Advanced button.
Look at the tabs and follow the steps that
apply to your PC:
■
If you see GeForce tab, see“Viewing the
PC image on the TV using the GeForce
graphics card” on page 25.
■
If you see the following ATI Displays tab,
see “Viewing the PC image on the TV using
the ATI graphics card” on page 26.
Turn on the PC.
When the Windows desktop appears,
right-click an empty area of the desktop, and
choose Properties. The Display Properties
window opens.
n
The type of video
card on your PC
determines how the
PC selects the TV-out
option. Some options
and menus in this
procedure may be
different for your PC.
Click the Settings tab.
Viewing the PC image on the TV using the GeForce graphics card
1
2
Click the GeForce tab.
To view the PC image on your PC monitor and
your TV simultaneously, in the nView Modes
area select Clone from the drop-down list.
Or
To view the PC image on just the TV, in the
area nView Modes, select Single display
from the drop-down list, and then, if
necessary, in the Current display area select
TV from the drop-down list.
3
4
5
Click the Apply button.
When the PC 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.
Click the OK button to save changes, and
then click OK again to close the Display
Properties window.
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Viewing the PC image on the TV using the ATI graphics card
n
Your TV must be
connected to the PC to
change the display.
1
2
Click the ATI Displays tab. This tab shows a
monitor and a TV. 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.
3
4
To view the PC image on your PC monitor and
your TV simultaneously, click the upper-left
corner of the TV icon so that it is green. Click
Apply.
When the PC 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.
Click the OK button to save changes, and
then click OK again to close the Display
Properties window.
Or
To view the PC image on just the TV, click the
TV corner so it is green, and then click the
monitor corner so it is red. Click Apply.
Enabling and Disabling the TV option using the GeForce Graphics Card
n
Your TV must be
connected to the PC to
change the display.
When you want to disconnect the TV from the PC,
you may need to disable the TV option to return your
PC display to its original resolution.
To enable or disable the TV option to view your PC
image on the original display:
1
2
3
4
5
26
Right-click an empty area of the screen, and
choose Properties.
Click the Settings tab.
6
7
Click the Advanced button.
Click the GeForce tab.
Click the Current Display drop-down list
and then select Analog Display or Digital
Display.
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Click the Apply button.
When the PC 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.
Click the OK button to save changes, and
then click OK again to close the Display
Properties window.
Enabling and Disabling the TV option using the ATI Displays Graphics Card
When you want to disconnect the TV from the PC,
you may need to disable the TV option to return your
PC display to its original resolution.
To enable or disable the TV option to view your PC
image on the original display:
1
2
3
4
5
Right-click an empty area of the screen, and
choose Properties.
Click the Settings tab.
6
Click the Advanced button.
Click the ATI Displays tab. This tab shows a
monitor and a TV. 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.
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.
When the PC 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.
Click the OK button to save changes, and
then click OK again to close the Display
Properties window.
n
Your TV must be
connected to the PC to
change the display.
Enabling and Disabling the TV option with ATI Catalyst Control Center
When you want to disconnect the TV from the PC,
you may need to disable the TV option to return your
PC display to its original resolution.
To disable the TV option to view your PC image on
the original display:
1
2
3
4
5
6
Right-click an empty area of the screen, and
choose ATI Catalyst Control Center.
.
Click the ATI Catalyst Control Center
button.
Click Displays Manager button. The
Desktop and Display Setup window appears.
Right-click the icon that represents the TV
display and select Enable.
Select Yes or No to keep your settings.
Click Finish.
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27
Disconnecting the TV
1
Disable the TV option. See the previous
procedure, “Viewing the PC image on the TV”
on page 25.
2
3
Turn off the TV and the PC.
Remove the video cable from the TV and
the PC.
Changing your Display Using Windows XP
1
2
3
4
28
Right-click a free area of the Windows
desktop, and choose Properties.
Click the Settings tab.
Select the display you want to view by clicking
the 1 or 2 in the window or by selecting the
correct display by clicking the drop-d-own
arrow under Display.
Select your display settings, and then click
Apply to save your changes.
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Configuring Speaker and Sound Options
HP Media Center PCs support many different audio
options, sound connections, and speaker
configurations. You may set up your PC for two
stereo speakers or for multichannel audio speaker
systems. Connect your speaker system to the PC,
and then configure the audio software for sound
output. For more details about connecting stereo
speakers to the PC, see the setup poster.
This chapter describes the most typical options. Your
system may have different components.
Speakers are included with the monitor (select
models only) or are sold separately.
For additional
information on
connecting the
speakers, refer to
the setup poster that
came with the PC and
the documentation
that came with your
speakers.
Sound Connector Types
Your model may include one of three analog sound
connector types on the back of your PC:
■
Three connectors
■
Six connectors
■
Sound card
The connectors are 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo
mini-jacks that connect from the back of your PC
to speakers and microphones.
Your system may also have a separate Digital Out
connection (select models only).
Software configuration is different for each
connector type, as noted in the instructions.
Three
connectors
Your PC model may include three sound
connectors. You can connect up to a
5.1 audio system to the PC. If you want
to connect multichannel audio, follow the
instructions carefully.
Your PC model may include six sound
connectors on the back of your PC. You can
connect up to a 7.1 audio system to the PC.
Illustration
Type
IN
Description
OUT
Connector
Six
connectors
n
3
n
Type 3 is three
connectors
6
Type 6 is six
connectors
Type S is sound card
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Connector
Description
Illustration
Type
Sound card
connector
Your PC may include a sound card. You
can connect up to a 5.1 audio system
(7.1 audio system for select models) or
digital speakers to the sound card on
the PC.
See below.
S
Use the sound connectors that match your PC model
when installing cables, as shown in the installation
procedure steps.
The following table shows the sound connectors on
the back panel of PC systems.
Sound connector
n
Type 3
Type 6
Type S
Description
Line Side (gray) for side speakers in an eight-speaker
system (7.1).
Type 3 is three
connectors
Type 6 is six
connectors
A
Line C/Sub (gold) for center/subwoofer speakers in a
multichannel audio configuration.
B
Line Rear (black) for rear speakers in a multichannel audio
configuration.
C
Line Out (lime green) for front speakers.
Type S is sound card
OUT
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Sound connector
Type 3
Type 6
IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
Type S
Description
D
Mic (pink) connects to microphone.
(Type 3: Also functions as center/subwoofer Line Out when
a multichannel audio configuration is activated.)
E
Line In (light blue) connects to an analog audio device such
as a CD player for input into PC.
(Type 3: Also functions as rear Line Out when a
multichannel audio configuration is activated.)
F
Digital Out (orange) connects to a digital audio device
with digital input (such as a home audio receiver/amplifier)
or digital speakers (select models only).
Speaker Configurations
You may set up your HP Media Center PC for the following supported configurations:
Name
Speaker system
See
Headphones
None, muted.
“Using Headphones” on page 54.
2 (stereo)
Left speaker, right speaker.
“Connecting 2/2.1 (2 Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers” on
page 33.
2.1
Left speaker, right speaker, and a
subwoofer.
“Connecting 2/2.1 (2 Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers” on
page 33.
4.1
Two front speakers, two rear
speakers, and a subwoofer.
“Connecting 4.1 (4 Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers” on
page 34.
6/5.1
Two front speakers, two rear
speakers, a center speaker, and a
subwoofer.
“Connecting 5.1 (5 Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers” on
page 35.
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Name
Speaker system
See
8/7.1
Two front speakers, two rear
speakers, two side speakers, a center
speaker, and a subwoofer (select
models only).
“Connecting 7.1 (7 Speakers and a
Subwoofer) Audio Speakers” on
page 36.
Home audio
system
Home stereo or home theater audio
system with passive speakers.
“Connecting the PC to a Home Audio
System” on page 37.
Digital audio
Digital speakers or digital input
connector on audio system.
“Connecting Digital Audio” on page 41.
Multistreaming
audio
Two front speakers, two rear
speakers, two side speakers, a center
speaker, and a subwoofer (select
models only).
“Configuring Multi-streaming Audio” on
page 50.
Speaker types
Speakers may be included with the monitor (select
models only) or are sold separately. Refer to the
product documentation for your speakers.
Your PC supports only an active (powered) speaker
system. An active speaker system must have its own
power cord. A home audio system does not require
active speakers because the receiver provides
amplification.
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel
speaker system. A multichannel audio speaker
system has a left-right front and left-right rear
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channel, and it may include a subwoofer and a
center speaker. Side speakers are included in more
advanced systems. A subwoofer provides enhanced
bass sounds.
“.1” indicates a subwoofer. For example, 7.1
channels refers 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.
Connecting 2/2.1 (2 Speakers and a Subwoofer)
Audio Speakers
To connect simple left/right stereo active speakers or
two speakers and a subwoofer for 2.1 speaker
output:
1
2
3
4
Connect the speaker cable to the lime green
Audio Line Out connector that matches the
back of your PC.
OUT
3
Turn off the PC.
5
6
7
Turn on the PC.
Plug in the speaker system power.
Turn on the speaker system.
Step 8 is optional for a two-speaker setup.
6
S
Connect the cable to the audio system. For
2.1 speakers that were shipped with your PC
(select models only), connect the Audio Line
Out connector to the subwoofer.
Connect the left and right speakers to the
subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
8
After the speakers are connected to the PC,
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
Type 3 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound
Manager” on page 42.
■
Type 6 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager”
on page 44.
■
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio
Output with a Sound Card” on page 47.
n
Type 3 is three
connectors
Type 6 is six
connectors
Type S is sound card
n
Always turn on the
PC before you turn on
the speaker system.
The following diagram shows a typical 2.1 audio installation:
OUT
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33
Connecting 4.1 (4 Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers,
and a subwoofer for four-channel (4.1 speaker)
output:
n
1
.
2
Type 3 is three
connectors
3
Connect the front speaker cable to the lime
green Audio Line Out connector that matches
the back of your PC.
OUT
Type 6 is six
connectors
Turn off the PC.
6
S
Type S is sound card
3
n
Always turn on the
PC before you turn on
the speaker system.
IN
3
Connect the rear speaker cable to the black
connector that matches the back of your PC.
6
4
5
6
7
8
9
Connect the cables to the audio system.
Connect the front and rear speakers to the
subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
Turn on the PC.
Plug in the speaker system power.
Turn on the speaker system.
After the speakers are connected to the PC,
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
Type 3 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound
Manager” on page 42.
■
Type 6 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager”
on page 44.
■
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio
Output with a Sound Card” on page 47.
S
For type 3-connector systems, the blue Audio
Line In connector functions as a Rear Line Out
when a multichannel audio configuration is
activated.
The following diagram shows a typical 4.1 audio installation:
OUT
IN
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Connecting 5.1 (5 Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers
To connect two front speakers, two rear speakers,
a center speaker, and a subwoofer for six-channel
(5.1 speaker) output:
1
.
2
3
6
S
Connect the rear speaker cable to the black
connector that matches the back of your PC.
IN
3
Connect the front speaker cable to the lime
green Audio Line Out connector that matches
the back of your PC.
OUT
3
Turn off the PC.
6
3
Connect the center/subwoofer speaker cable
to the gold (or pink Mic) connector that
matches the back of your PC.
6
Connect the cables to the audio system.
Connect the front, rear, and center speakers to
the subwoofer. Refer to the speaker
documentation.
7 Turn on the PC.
8 Plug in the speaker system power.
9 Turn on the speaker system.
10 After the speakers are connected to the PC,
n
Type 3 is three
connectors
Type 6 is six
connectors
Type S is sound card
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
Type 3 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound
Manager” on page 42.
■
Type 6 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager”
on page 44.
■
Type 6 connectors — multi-streaming: See
“Configuring Audio Output with Sound
Effect Manager” on page 44
S
For type 3-connector systems, the blue Audio
Line In connector functions as a Rear Line Out
when a multichannel audio configuration is
activated.
4
5
6
■
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio
Output with a Sound Card” on page 47.
n
Always turn on the
PC before you turn on
the speaker system.
S
For type 3-connector systems, the pink Mic
connector functions as a center/subwoofer
speaker Line Out when a multichannel audio
configuration is activated.
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The following diagram shows a typical 5.1 audio installation:
OUT
IN
Connecting 7.1 (7 Speakers and a Subwoofer) Audio Speakers
(Select models only)
To connect two front speakers, two side speakers,
two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a
subwoofer for eight-channel (7.1 speaker) output:
1
.
n
2
Turn off the PC.
4
Connect the front speaker cable to the lime-green Audio Line Out connector on the back
of your PC.
For type 6 connectors only, connect the side
speaker cable to the gray connector on the
back of your PC.
Type 6 is six
connectors
5
3
Connect the rear speaker cable to the black
connector on the back of your PC.
6
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Connect the center speaker and subwoofer
speaker cable to the gold connector on the
back of your PC.
Connect the cables to the audio system.
7
Connect the front, rear, side, and center
speakers to the subwoofer. Refer to the
speaker documentation.
8 Turn on the PC.
9 Plug in the speaker system power.
10 Turn on the speaker system.
11 After the speakers are connected to the PC,
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
Type 6 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager”
on page 44.
■
Type 6 connectors — multi-streaming: See
“Configuring Audio Output with Realtek
HD Sound Effect Manager” on page 48.
n
Always turn on the
PC before you turn on
the speaker system.
The following diagram shows a typical 7.1 audio installation:
Connecting the PC to a Home Audio System
You can connect your HP Media Center PC to your
home stereo or home theater multichannel audio
receiver/amplifiers using your existing speakers.
For example, see “2.1 home stereo installation” on
page 38, or “5.1 home audio installation” on
page 39.
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Y adapter cables
n
Y adapter and
extension cables
are purchased
separately.
Most home receiver/amplifiers have RCA-type input
connectors. You may need to connect Y adapter
cables between your PC and your receiver/
amplifier. Y adapter cables have one
1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo mini-jack on one end and
two RCA connectors on the other end. These cables
are purchased separately.
The number of Y adapter cables you need to
connect to your home stereo system depends on the
number of speakers you install:
■
2/2.1 speaker system: 1 Y adapter cable
■
4/4.1 speaker system: 2 Y adapter cables
■
6/5.1 speaker system: 3 Y adapter cables
■
8/7.1 speaker system: 4 Y adapter cables
Connecting a home stereo to a PC typically requires
audio cables that are long enough to connect from
the PC to the stereo. You may also need to purchase
RCA or mini-extension cables.
2.1 home stereo installation
The following diagram shows a typical two-channel
(2.1) speaker installation that uses passive stereo
speakers and plugs into a home stereo standard left
and right input.
A
IN
B: Y adapter cables
OUT
A: PC back-panel
connectors (type 3,
type 6, or sound
card)
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system
may be different.
B
C: Receiver/amplifier
D: Subwoofer
C
E: Front speakers (left
and right)
D
PC to 2.1 multichannel audio system connection
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E
5.1 home audio installation
The following diagram shows a typical advanced
home theater audio six-channel 6/5.1 speaker
installation that requires multichannel inputs on a
receiver/amplifier.
This is only a suggested configuration. Your system
may be different.
n
IN
OUT
A
A: PC back-panel
connectors (type 3,
type 6, or sound
card)
B
B: Y adapter cables
C: Receiver/amplifier
C
D: Subwoofer
E: enter speaker
F: Front speakers
(left and right)
G: Rear speakers
(left and right)
D
E
F
G
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5.1 home audio installation procedure
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Receiver/amplifier
input connectors may
be labeled Surround,
5.1, or 6 Channel
inputs, CD, DVD, or
DVD In.
To connect a six-channel (5.1 speaker) home audio
system to the PC:
1
2
3
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Type 3 is three
connectors
Turn off the receiver/amplifier.
Connect the front stereo mini-jack end of a
Y adapter cable into the lime green Audio
Line Out connector that matches the back of
your PC.
OUT
3
6
4
Type S is sound card
■
6
S
Connect the left and right ends of the
Y adapter cable into the rear left (L)
and right (R) inputs on the back of the
receiver/amplifier.
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S
S
If you have rear speakers, connect the rear
stereo mini-jack end of a Y adapter cable into
the Audio Line In (blue) or the Rear Speaker
Out (black) connector that matches the back of
your PC.
IN
3
If you have a center/subwoofer speaker,
connect the stereo mini-jack of a Y adapter
cable into the microphone (pink) connector or
the center speaker/subwoofer (gold)
connector that matches the back of your PC.
3
Connect the left and right ends of the
Y adapter cable into the front left (L) and right
(R) inputs on the back of the receiver/
amplifier.
Type 6 is six
connectors
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5
Turn off the PC.
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7
8
9
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Connect the left and right ends of the
Y adapter cable into the center/subwoofer
inputs on the back of the receiver/amplifier
(6/5.1 or higher channel system).
■
Plug the Y adapter cable into the
subwoofer connector on the back of the
receiver even if a subwoofer is not used.
Turn on the receiver/amplifier.
Select the receiver/amplifier input that the
Y adapter cables are plugged into.
Turn on the PC.
After the audio system is connected to the PC,
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
Type 3 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound
Manager” on page 42.
■
Type 6 connectors: See “Configuring
Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager”
on page 44.
■
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio
Output with a Sound Card” on page 47.
Connecting Digital Audio
(Select models only)
If you have a sound card and you are connecting
your home stereo AV receiver via digital out, plug
the 3.5 mm stereo plug into the Digital Out
connector on the sound card. Connect the red RCA
stereo plug on the 3.5 mm Y cable to the AV
receiver’s digital input connector. If the red RCA
stereo plug does not work, try the white stereo plug.
One of the connectors is not used.
To connect digital audio, your PC must include
a digital out connector on the sound card or on
the back panel. You do not need to connect
multichannel speaker outputs if you connect the
digital output.
To connect digital audio speakers:
1
2
3
3
4
5
6
Turn off the PC.
Connect the Digital Out connector on the back
panel of your PC to the digital input (S/PDIF)
on digital speakers or a digital audio system.
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
DIGITAL
6 AUDIO OUT
After the speakers are connected to the PC,
configure the audio software for sound output
for your PC model:
■
S
■
Audio card with digital output and type
6 connectors: See “Configuring Audio
Output with Sound Effect Manager” on
page 44. Digital audio output is already
enabled as the default.
■
Sound card: See “Configuring Audio
Output with a Sound Card” on page 47.
Follow the instructions to enable digital
audio output.
Turn on the PC.
Plug in the speaker system power.
Turn on the speaker system.
Audio card with digital output and type
3 connectors: See “Configuring Audio
Output with Multi-channel Sound
Manager” on page 42. Follow the
instructions to enable digital audio output.
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Type 3 is three
connectors
Type 6 is six
connectors
Type S is sound card
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Configuring Audio Output
You can configure your speaker’s audio output with
the following software. Use the software that applies
to your PC model:
■
Multi-channel Sound Manager (type 3
connectors)
■
Sound Effect Manager (type 6 connectors)
■
Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager (multistreaming audio)
■
Creative Speaker Settings (sound card)
■
Media Center (all systems)
■
WinDVD Player (all systems)
Configuring Audio Output with Multi-channel Sound Manager
Follow these steps after you have installed and
connected your speakers, if your PC model has type
3 connectors.
To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with
Multi-channel Sound Manager:
1
2
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Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose All Programs.
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4
Click Multi-channel Sound Manager.
The Multi-channel Audio Configuration
window opens with one of five control
screens.
■
Sound Effect — Select the environment
settings.
■
Equalizer — Equalize the audio
frequencies.
■
Speaker Configuration — Select the
number of speakers. An Audio Connector
Switch indicates the speaker configuration.
■
Speaker Test — Test all connected
speakers for correct configuration.
■
General — View driver and audio
information.
Click the Speaker Configuration tab near
the top of the window to open the control
screens. (Your speakers may need to be
plugged in to see this tab.)
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6
7
8
9
Select the option describing the number
of speakers in your system, in a range
from 2/2.1 speaker mode to
6/5.1 speaker mode.
Enable digital audio if you want digital audio
output. See “Enabling digital audio output
with Multi-channel Sound Manager (optional)”
on page 44.
Click OK.
Test the speakers. Click the Speaker Test
tab. Follow the instructions.
Configure audio output for the Media Center.
See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on
page 53.
10 Configure audio output for the WinDVD
Player. See “Configuring Audio for InterVideo
WinDVD Player” on page 54.
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Enabling digital audio output with Multi-channel Sound Manager (optional)
Your PC must include a digital audio out connector
on the back panel.
To enable digital audio output:
1
2
3
4
5
Follow steps 1 through 5 of the previous
procedure, “Configuring Audio Output with
Multi-channel Sound Manager.”
6
Place a check next to Enable digital audio
output. The Output digital and analog
option is automatically selected.
7
Connect the digital audio output connector on
the back of your PC to your home audio
system’s digital audio input.
8
Select your stereo system’s digital audio input.
Click OK.
Test the speakers. (If you test using a DVD, you
need to configure WinDVD first. See
“Configuring Audio for InterVideo WinDVD
Player” on page 54.)
Configure audio output for the Media Center.
See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on
page 53.
Configure audio output for the WinDVD
Player. See “Configuring Audio for InterVideo
WinDVD Player” on page 54.
If you select Enable digital audio output, the
microphone volume setting becomes not muted, and
the recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix. If you
place the microphone too close to the speakers,
feedback can occur.
Configuring Audio Output with Sound Effect Manager
Follow these steps after you have installed and
connected your speakers, if your PC model has type
6 connectors.
To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with
Sound Effect Manager:
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If you do not see the
device for your
configuration, change
the speaker selection
in the Speaker
Configuration
window.
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1
2
3
4
5
6
Click Start on the taskbar.
Click Control Panel.
Click Sounds, Speech and Audio
Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).
Click Sound Effect Manager. The window
opens.
Click a button near the top of the window to
see that control screen.
Select the option describing the number of
speakers in your system in a range from
2.1 Speaker to 7.1 Speaker.
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8
9
Click the Speaker Test button to test the
speakers.
Click OK.
Configure audio output for the Media Center.
See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on
page 53.
10 Configure audio output for the WinDVD
Player. See “Configuring Audio for InterVideo
WinDVD Player” on page 54.
The Sound Effect Manager control screens
■
■
Sound Effect — selects the Environment and
the Equalizer settings. You can select an
Environment such as Under Water or
Auditorium. To use the Equalizer, click the
Power button in the center of the circular
equalizer control to turn on the Equalizer. You
can click a preset button, such as Pop or
Live, or manually adjust the settings and then
save them for easy selection later.
test the speakers. A connector with no
descriptive text in the Connection Guide
indicates that the connector is not used for the
selected speaker configuration.
■
Digital Audio — selects the digital audio
output and digital audio frequency for the
digital audio connectors on the PC.
■
Audio Wizard — opens a window that
shows the connector panel on the front of the
PC. To close the window without enabling the
wizard, click OK.
Speaker Configuration — selects the
number of speakers, shows the Connection
Guide, and has the Speaker Test button to
To enable the Audio Wizard
Make sure the Enable Auto Detection check box
is selected to enable the wizard. Click OK to close
the window.
Using the Audio Wizard in the Sound Effect Manager (type 6 connectors)
The Sound Effect Manager Audio Wizard can help
you connect front-panel audio.
To use the Audio Wizard:
1
2
3
4
5
Turn on the PC.
6
Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose Control Panel.
7
Click Sounds, Speech and Audio
Devices (or Sounds and Audio Devices).
8
Click Sound Effect Manager. The window
opens.
9
Click Audio Wizard. A window opens
that shows the connector panel on the front
of the PC.
Place a check in the Enable jack detection
check box to enable the wizard.
Connect the speaker system audio cable plugs
into the connectors on the front of your PC.
The panel display highlights a cable that is
properly inserted in a connector.
Close the window.
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Retasking front-panel connectors
To retask using the Audio Wizard (type
6-connector):
With the Audio Wizard enabled, both the
microphone connector and the headphones
connector on the front of the PC can be retasked to
perform a different audio function. These two
connectors are universal audio jacks. When you
plug in a cable, the wizard asks you to select the
1
2
3
function for the cable from a list, and then it sets the
universal audio jack to perform as the selected
function. The functions are:
■
Stereo speaker (out)
■
Microphone (in)
■
Headphone (in)
■
Audio line in
Follow steps 1 through 7 of the procedure
“The Sound Effect Manager control
screens.”
When you plug in a cable, the wizard asks
you to select the device you plugged in from
a list.
Close the window.
Disabling digital audio output with Sound Effect Manager (optional)
To disable digital audio output:
1
2
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Follow the procedure “Configuring Audio
Output with Sound Effect Manager” on
page 44.
Click the Digital Audio button. Select
Digital output off (you can also select
Digital-in to Digital-out pass through
mode).
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Close the window.
If you select Enable digital audio output, the
microphone volume setting becomes not muted and
the recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix. If you
place the microphone too close to the speakers,
feedback can occur.
Configuring Audio Output with a Sound Card
Follow these steps after you have installed and
connected your speakers.
To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with
the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy sound card:
1
2
3
4
5
Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose All Programs.
Choose Creative, SoundBlaster Audigy.
Click Creative Speaker Settings. The
speaker settings window opens.
Select a speaker setting from the Speaker/
Headphone Selection drop-down menu. Enter
a speaker configuration from 2/2.1 to 2/7.1.
Enable digital audio if you want digital audio
output. See “Enabling digital audio output
with a sound card (optional)” on page 47.
6
7
8
9
Click the Channel button to test the speakers.
Adjust the speaker volume settings on the PC.
Click the Calibrate button. The wizard starts.
Follow the wizard’s basic instructions.
Close the window.
Configure audio output for the Media Center.
See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on
page 53.
10 Configure audio output for the WinDVD
Player. See “Configuring Audio for InterVideo
WinDVD Player” on page 54.
Enabling digital audio output with a sound card (optional)
To enable digital audio output:
1
2
3
4
5
Follow steps 1 through 4 of the previous
procedure, “Configuring Audio Output with a
Sound Card.”
Place a check mark in the Digital Output
Only check box.
Connect the digital audio output connector on
the back of your PC to your home audio
system’s digital audio input.
Select your stereo system’s digital audio input.
Play a DVD to test the speakers.
6
7
8
9
Adjust the speaker volume settings on the PC.
Click the Calibrate button. The wizard starts.
Follow the wizard’s basic instructions.
Close the window.
Configure audio output for the Media Center.
See “Configuring Audio for Media Center” on
page 53.
Configure audio output for the WinDVD
Player. See “Configuring Audio for Media
Center” on page 53.
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Disabling digital audio output with Sound Effect Manager (optional)
To disable digital audio output:
1
2
Open the Sound Effect Manager:
Click Start, Control Panel, Sounds,
Speech and Audio, and then Sound
Effect Manager.
Click Audio Wizard. A window opens
displaying the connector panel on the front of
the PC.
3
4
Click the Digital Audio button. Select
Digital output off (you can also select
Digital-in to Digital-out pass through
mode).
Close the window.
If you select Enable digital audio output, the
microphone volume setting becomes active, the
recording source is fixed in Stereo Mix, and if you
place the microphone too close to the speakers,
feedback can occur.
Configuring Audio Output with Realtek HD Sound Effect
Manager
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If you do not see the
device for your
configuration, change
the speaker selection
in the Speaker
Configuration
window.
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Follow these steps after you have installed and
connected your speakers, if your PC model has type
6 connectors and is capable of multi-streaming
audio.
To configure multichannel audio output for PCs with
Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager:
1
2
3
Click Start on the taskbar.
Click Control Panel.
Click Sounds, and then Speech and
Audio Devices (or Sounds and Audio
Devices).
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5
Click Realtek HD Sound Effect
Manager. The window opens.
Click a button near the top of the window to
see that control screen.
The Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager control screens
■
■
Sound Effect — selects the Environment and
the Equalizer settings. You can select an
environment, such as Under Water or
Auditorium. To use the Equalizer, click the
Power button in the center of the circular
equalizer control to turn it on. You can click a
preset button, such as Pop or Live, or
manually adjust the settings and then save
them for easy selection later.
■
Audio I/O — selects the number of
speakers, shows whether the plugs are analog
or digital, and selects the digital audio output
and digital input device. Only speakers being
used are displayed.
■
Microphone — allows fine control over the
microphone/recording quality. Includes
buttons for noise suppression and acoustic
echo cancellation.
Mixer — allows control over
volume, playback, mute, recording
and multi-streaming audio. Click the
Multi-streaming setting button to set
up multi-streaming.
Configuring the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
1
2
3
4
Select the option describing the number
of speakers in your system — for example,
7.1 speakers.
To hear DVD movies recorded with multi-channel
audio from all speakers, change the audio
properties for the DVD player software program to
match your speaker configuration (if your DVD
program supports more than two channels).
Only connectors being used are shown; if the
connector is not shown it means that it is not
used for the selected speaker configuration.
To use a microphone or set up the PC for recording,
see “Configuring sound for recording with the
Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager” on page 50.
Click OK.
To use Multi-streaming Audio, see “Configuring
Multi-streaming Audio” on page 50.
Click the Audio I/O tab.
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Configuring sound for recording with the Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager
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The front pink and
green connectors can
be retasked to
perform other audio
functions; refer to
“Retasking front
panel audio
connectors” on
page 50.
The microphone connector is ready to use for
recording sound. If you want to use another
connector for recording, such as the Digital Audio In
connector, use these steps to select it:
1
2
3
Click Start on the taskbar; Control Panel,
Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices,
and then Realtek HD Sound Effect
Manager.
Click the Mixer tab.
In Record click the drop-down list. Choose:
4
■
RealTek HD Digital Input to use the
digital audio in connector (select models
only).
■
Line in/Mic in to use the Audio Line In
(In) or the Microphone (Mic) connectors.
Click OK to close the window.
Retasking front panel audio connectors
The pink and green connectors on the front of the PC
connectors can be retasked as needed.
1
2
3
Click Start on the taskbar; Control Panel,
Sounds, Speech, Devices, and then
Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager.
Click the Audio I/O tab.
4
Select Enable Jack detection when device is
plugged in, and click OK.
The front pink and green connectors can now be
used as input or output devices.
Click the Tool icon in the Front Panel
section. The connector settings
window displays.
Configuring Multi-streaming Audio
The Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager software
allows you to listen to two different audio sources on
two different speaker sets.
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For example, you hear one audio source through a
rear-panel speaker connection and a second source
through a front-panel headphone or speaker
connection. You must configure Multi-streaming
Audio for your system if you want to hear two audio
sources on separate speakers.
Audio output overview
The front-panel audio output is the stereo
headphone (green) connector only.
The rear-panel outputs are the speaker connectors
that can be set up as multi-channel out from stereo
(2.0) to 7.1 (select models only) configurations.
Refer to your user documentation for powered
speakers or AV receiver setup information.
Audio input overview
You can select two of the following audio sources to
play through front-panel headphone and rear-panel
speaker connectors:
1
From an externally connected device source,
such as:
■
■
Windows Media Player
■
WinDVD
■
Other installed media player software
For online gaming, where you hear 5.1 game
sound on your AV receiver or powered
speakers: while you also hear gaming
conversation on your headset. See “Example
1: For Online Gaming” on page 52.
■
While you also hear your PC headphone
or powered speakers that are connected to
the front panel green headphone jack,
from one of the following external PC
audio sources:
For digital home entertainment, where you
hear:
a Front panel Line In
■
2
A microphone with cable connected to
Mic In (pink).
HP Personal Media Drives, or any connected
device. Play internal media files through
programs such as:
An MP3 player cable connected to
Line In (blue).
From an internal source inside, or directly
connected to, the PC, audio files may reside
on: hard disk drives, DVDs, CDs, USB drives,
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Digital Audio In
cannot be multistreamed.
When to use multi-streaming audio
You may multi-stream two audio sources as
described in the following typical examples:
1
2
■
DVD sound on your living room TV/display
or AV receiver from the rear speaker
connections.
b Internal source residing on: a hard disk
drive, DVD, CD, USB Drive, or other
external device.
See Example 2.
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Setting up multi-streaming audio
Example 1: For Online Gaming
To configure multi-streaming audio output for online
gaming with Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager, you
must enable Voice-Over-IP software (software used
to converse over the Internet). Other players hear
your voice from the microphone via the Internet and
you hear the game audio from the rear speakers:
1
Connect the audio input and output
connectors to:
■
A headphone set to the front Headphone
Out (green) connector.
■
A microphone to the front Mic In (pink)
connector for online conversation.
■
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To ensure you have
sound output, go to
the Mixer window
and check that the
setting of the front
pink microphone is
not on mute.
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2
3
4
5
6
A set of powered Stereo 5.1, or 7.1
speakers to the rear Speaker Out
connectors for gaming sound output.
Click the Realtek HD Audio
Manager icon on the system tray to
open the Realtek HD Audio Sound
Effect Manager window.
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8
Choose the Mixer tab.
Click the Multi-streaming
setting audio button. The dialog
box opens.
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Select the Enable multi-streaming
playback check box.
Select one of the following options to
determine how you would like to hear your
own voice.
■
Check the Output Mic In/Line In to
front panel check box, and select OK.
■
Check the Output Mic In/Line In to
rear panel check box, and select OK.
Select Realtek HD Audio rear output
from the drop-down list.
Start the game that you are about to play. You
should hear the gaming sound on the rear
stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 speakers.
At the Mixer tab, select Realtek HD Audio
front output to enable audio conversation
with your teammates.
Example 2: For Digital Home Entertainment
To configure multi-streaming audio output for digital
home entertainment with Sound Effect Manager:
1
Connect the audio output connectors to:
■
■
2
3
4
5
A headphone set or powered speakers
connected to the front Headphone Out
(green) connector for stereo music
playback.
A set of powered stereo, 5.1, or 7.1
speakers connected to the rear Speaker
Out connectors for DVD playback sound
output.
Click the Realtek HD Audio
Manager icon on the system tray to
open the Realtek HD Audio Sound
Effect Manager window.
6
7
8
9
Select Realtek HD Audio rear output
from the drop-down list.
Open WinDVD to play a DVD movie. You
should hear the DVD sound on the rear
speakers.
Select Realtek HD Audio front output
from the drop-down list.
Open Windows Media Player to play music.
You should hear the music sound on the front
headphone connection.
10 To hear an external device source from the
Line In or Mic In connection:
a Click the Multi-streaming
Choose the Mixer tab.
setting audio button. The dialog
box opens.
Click the Multi-streaming setting
audio button The dialog box opens.
b Check the Output Mic In/Line In to front
Select the Enable multi-streaming
playback check box, and select OK.
panel check box in the dialog box, and
select OK.
Configuring Audio for Media Center
Follow these steps after you have installed,
connected, and configured your speakers.
To configure multichannel audio output for the
Media Center:
1
2
3
Click Start on the taskbar, scroll down, and
select Media Center.
Click Settings, click DVD. Scroll down and
click Audio.
Select Speaker Configuration.
4
5
6
Select your Speaker Configuration by clicking
on the (+) or (–). If you select Analog-2
Channel, then select the channel mode by
clicking the (+) or (–).
Click Save.
Close the window.
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Configuring Audio for InterVideo WinDVD Player
Follow these steps after you have installed,
connected, and configured your speakers.
The InterVideo WinDVD program (select models
only) is set up for two-speaker (stereo) output. To
hear all speakers from DVD movies recorded with
multichannel audio, change the audio properties
for WinDVD to match your speaker configuration
(if your InterVideo WinDVD program supports
more than two channels).
If you want to play a stereo DVD, you may change
the audio properties of WinDVD to match the
recorded DVD audio output.
1
Insert a DVD.
Or
Click Start, choose All Programs,
InterVideo WinDVD, InterVideo
WinDVD Player, and then click
InterVideo WinDVD. The WinDVD video
window opens.
2
Right-click anywhere in the WinDVD video
window, and then click Setup. The Setup
window opens.
3
4
5
6
Click the Audio tab.
Select Audio Output Configuration.
Choose Analog or Digital (S/PDIF).
Click Apply.
Select Audio Speaker Configuration.
Click the option for the number of speakers to
match your multichannel speaker system.
You can click the Test button to test the
speakers. You should be able to hear the
speakers. Click Stop, and then click OK.
Using Headphones
You can also connect headphones to the
Line Out connector (lime green) on the back
of your PC.
Using a 2.1 speaker system with headphones
For select models with the 2.1 speaker system, look
for the headphones connector on the right side of
the main speaker. When headphones are plugged
in, the sound to the speakers and the subwoofer is
muted.
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Your PC comes with a headphones connector
(lime green) on the front of the PC. The
headphones connector is labeled with a
headphones icon.
Using a 5.1 to 7.1 speaker system with headphones
For select models that include a 5.1 or higher
speaker system, a headphones connector is located
on the right side of the control tower.
■
Push and hold the On button on the control
tower for several seconds to enable sound
from the speakers.
If the control tower displays HP (for headphones),
the headphones are enabled; the sound to the
speakers and the subwoofer is muted.
■
Press the On button briefly to enable the
headphones.
Selecting recording devices
(Type 6 connectors only)
To select a sound recording device:
1
2
3
Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose Control Panel.
Click Sounds and Audio Devices (or
Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices).
The Sounds and Audio Devices
window opens.
4
5
6
7
Click the Audio tab. The window opens.
In Sound Recording, select a recording
device; for example, Realtek HD Front
Pink Jack.
Click OK.
Close the window.
Resolving Sound Issues
If you don’t have sound from your speakers, check
the following:
■
Check volume and mute settings. See “Using
Headphones” on page 54.
■
Some programs may result in 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.
■
Use active, powered speakers, or speakers
with an amplifier.
■
Verify sound cable connections.
■
Make sure the software program and sound
software are configured.
Reconfigure the sound software for
surround sound.
■
■
Reinstall the sound card drivers by using
HP Application Recovery. See “Application
Recovery” in the PC Troubleshooting and
Maintenance Guide.
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Using the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Sound Card
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For additional
information on
connecting the
speakers, refer to the
documentation that
came with your
speakers.
This section provides an overview of connecting to,
configuring, and recording with the Creative Sound
Blaster X-Fi sound card.
Connecting the speakers
Connector
Description
AD-Link for AD_Link X-Fi I/O Console (the X-Fi Console is sold separately)
Line Out_3 (orange or yellow)
5.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer
_3
6.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer, and rear center
7.1 audio setup: Front center, subwoofer, and side left
Line Out_2 (black)
_2
4.1, 5.1, 6.1 audio setup: Rear left and right
7.1 audio setup: Rear left, rear right, and side right
Line Out_1 (lime green)
_1
2/2.1 audio setup: Front left and right
FlexiJack (white) for Line-In, Microphone, Digital In/Out
The FlexiJack supports three functions. You must select the function in the Creative
Console Launcher. See “Configuring the FlexiJack connector” on page 58.
To connect the X-Fi Sound card to your speakers:
1
2
3
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Use the audio connection table to connect
your audio system to the sound card.
Turn on the PC.
Plug in and turn on the speaker system power.
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After connecting the speaker system to the sound
card, follow the steps in Configuring the sound card
software section to configure the speaker settings in
the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi software.
Configuring the sound card software
Follow these steps after you have installed and
connected your speakers to configure multi-channel
audio output for PCs.
1
2
3
4
Click Start on the taskbar.
5
Choose All Programs.
Choose Creative,
SoundBlaster X-Fi
and then click Creative
Console Launcher.
The Entertainment Mode
window displays. If a different mode displays,
click the Mode button and then select
Entertainment Mode.
6
If your speakers support digital audio, and
you want to enable digital audio, see
“Configuring the FlexiJack connector” on
page 58.
Close the window.
Now that the sound card software has been
configured, you need to configure audio output for
your media software program. The procedure is
different for each program. See the instructions that
came with the media software program.
n
Three modes are
available;
Entertainment Mode
is selected here. For
information about
other modes, see
“Sound Blaster X-Fi
configuration modes”
on page 59.
Select a speaker setting from the Speakers
and Headphones Selection drop-down
menu. Select speaker configuration from
2/2.1 to 7.1.
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Configuring the FlexiJack connector
The FlexiJack connector performs three functions:
n
If you are using the
FlexiJack as your
Digital In
connection, and you
want to connect
digital speakers as
your output device,
you need a special
connector from
Creative.
■
Digital Input/Output
■
Line-In
■
Microphone
You must select the function in the Creative Console
Launcher.
1
2
3
4
5
Connect your audio cable to the FlexiJack
connector on the sound card (white).
Follow steps 1 through 4 of the “Configuring
the sound card software” on page 57.
Click the Digital I/O button. The Digital I/O
window displays.
Under FlexiJack Mode, select either Digital
I/O or Mic-In/Line-In.
Close the window.
Recording with the sound card
The Sound Blaster X-Fi enables sound recording
from multiple audio sources using Smart Recorder.
1
2
58
Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose All Programs, Creative,
SoundBlaster X-Fi, and then Smart
Recorder. The Smart Recorder window
displays.
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Smart
Recorder
Tools
Description
RecordNow
Configure settings for
audio source, recording
format, output location,
and audio quality on one
screen.
Record Wizard
Configure recording
settings with the help of a
wizard.
Schedule
Set Smart Recorder to
automatically record at a
time of your choosing.
My Recording
Access your saved
recordings.
Sound Blaster X-Fi configuration modes
The Sound Blaster X-Fi sound card includes three
modes: Audio Creation Mode, Entertainment Mode,
and Game Mode.
The main functions, such as speaker configuration,
equalizer, and volume control, are available in all
three modes. However, each mode optimizes the
sound card resources to provide the best audio
performance for the activity.
Audio Creation Mode
Optimizes the sound card for advanced recording
functions.
Available features:
■
Recording from several audio sources
■
Mixer settings
■
Applying studio quality effects
■
Equalizer settings
Entertainment Mode
Optimizes the sound card for playing movies and
music.
Available features:
■
Configuring speakers and headphones
■
Volume, base, and treble controls
■
Configuring surround sound, DTS, and THX
■
Mixer settings
Game Mode
Optimizes the sound card for playing games.
Available features:
■
Volume, base, and treble controls
■
Configure speakers and headphones
■
Mixer settings
■
Configure surround sound
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Using the Sound Blaster X-Fi documentation
For additional information on configuring and using
the sound card:
1
2
3
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Click Start on the taskbar.
Choose All Programs, Creative,
SoundBlaster X-Fi, and then click
Documentation.
Click Online Manual.
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Using the PC Hardware
Using the Keyboard
Your PC may include a standard keyboard or a
wireless keyboard.
A standard keyboard connects to the keyboard
connector in the back of the PC.
A wireless keyboard (select models only) uses a
receiver/transmitter, instead of a connector cable, to
communicate with your PC. A light on the receiver
indicates receiver activity.
The keyboard has an arrangement of standard keys,
indicator lights, and special buttons.
Special Keyboard Buttons
Your keyboard may not include some of the buttons
listed.
Access buttons
Icon
?
Feature
Description or function
Standby
Puts PC into or out of power-saving mode. May take
10–30 seconds before screen reappears.
INFO
Opens the Help and Support Center.
Internet
Opens your Internet browser. Can be reconfigured to open any
Web site or software program.
Search
Opens a Web page designed to search the Internet. Can be
reconfigured to open any Web site or software program.
E-mail
Opens an e-mail program. Can be reconfigured to open any
Web site or software program.
HP Club
Links to an HP Web site.
hp
Club
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Media control or playback buttons
Icon
n
The Volume knob can
continue to be turned,
even after maximum
sound has been
reached.
+
n
The number, location,
and labeling of
buttons may vary by
keyboard model.
Label
Description
Eject 1
and Eject 2
Opens or closes upper and lower optical drive trays.
Rec
Starts recording to selected media.
Stop
Stops media.
Play/Pause
Plays or pauses media.
Prev
Rewinds media.
Next
Fast-forwards media.
Volume
Volume knob controls speaker volume.
Volume
Volume buttons control speaker volume.
Mute
Turns speaker sound on and off.
Customizing the keyboard buttons
n
Clicking the Restore
Defaults button on
the Buttons tab
restores all of the
buttons to factory
settings.
1
2
3
4
5
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Click Start on the taskbar, choose Control
Panel, and then click Printers and Other
Hardware, if it is present.
Double-click Keyboard.
In the Keyboard Properties window that
opens, click the Buttons tab.
On the Buttons tab, double-click the button
you want to change.
Click the Down arrow to the right of the list
and choose the button capability.
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7
8
9
Enter a display label and address information.
For a Web page, enter the complete URL in
the Address box.
Click OK.
On the Buttons tab, click Apply.
Repeat steps 5 through 9 for each button you
want to customize.
10 Click OK to finish.
Using the Remote Control
Use the remote control to open the Media Center
program, and use it to view TV, record TV
programs, play previously recorded TV programs,
and play music, movies, or video.
To open Media Center using the remote
control, simply point it at the remote sensor
and press the Start button.
n
Use alkaline batteries
in the remote control.
Use the remote control at a maximum distance of
8 meters (26 feet) from the remote sensor and at a
maximum of 22.5 degrees (45 degrees total) from
the center of the remote sensor.
Troubleshooting the remote control
If your remote doesn’t work:
■
Make sure that the batteries for the remote
control are charged and installed correctly.
■
Make sure the front of the remote sensor
(IR receiver) is not blocked.
■
Point the remote control within a 45-degree
angle range and less than 8 meters
(26 feet) away.
■
If a pressed key repeats itself or sticks, unplug
the remote sensor from the USB connector,
wait 1 minute, and plug the remote sensor
back in. Try altering the lighting conditions in
the room or moving the location of the remote
sensor if this continues.
■
Press the Enter button on the remote control
after changing a channel.
■
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 PC, and then open Media
Center again.
■
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.
45˚
26 feet
(8 meters)
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Remote sensor is not receiving a signal from the remote control
If a faint red light doesn’t appear when you point
the remote control at the remote sensor and press
the OK button, try the following:
1
2
3
4
Click Start, right-click My Computer, and
then select Properties.
Click the Hardware tab, and then click
Device Manager.
5
6
Click the plus (+) sign next to Universal Serial
Bus Controllers.
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.
Unplug the end of the USB cable on the
remote sensor from the PC, and plug it into the
same USB port.
Disconnect all other USB devices, leave the
remote sensor plugged in, and then restart the
PC. Plug in other USB devices after the remote
sensor appears in the Device Manager
window.
Memory Card Reader
Digital cameras and other digital imaging devices
use memory cards, or media, to store digital picture
files. The optional memory card reader can read
and can write to a variety of types of memory cards
and the Microdrive disk drives.
The card reader is accessible directly on the front of
the PC. It has four horizontal card slots, which
accept the memory cards and the Microdrive disk
drive.
You can place media in one or more of the card
slots and use each media independently. Place only
one piece of media in a slot at one time. Each card
slot has its own drive letter and icon. When you
insert media, the display label may change to the
title of the media, if the title is present.
Formatting a memory card
If you have not used the memory card before, you
may need to format it first.
n
1
Some memory cards
have a lock position.
To view or edit your
photos, make sure
the memory card is in
the unlocked position.
Or
Insert the media into the correct card slot on
the reader until it stops and locks into place.
The light on the reader lights, and the
computer automatically detects the media.
2
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Format your memory card in your digital
camera. Follow the instructions that came with
your digital camera.
Click Start, and then click My Computer.
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4
5
6
Under Devices with Removable Storage,
right-click the correct memory card icon.
Select Format, and then type a label name
into the label field. For best compatibility,
select FAT as the file system settings.
Click Start.
Click OK on the Format Complete window,
and then click Close.
Using the memory card reader
1
3
Insert the media into the correct card slot on
the reader until it stops. The activity light (A)
on the memory card reader lights, and the PC
automatically detects the media.
2
An Autoplay window opens. Select a program
to access your files. The PC opens a program
so you can access the media contents. You
can copy files from or to the media.
When you are finished, right-click the drive
icon, select Eject, check that the activity light
is on but not blinking, and then remove the
media. A steady light indicates that the PC is
not reading or writing the media.
w
Do not try to remove
media when the inuse light is blinking.
Doing so may cause
loss of data.
Or
If the Autoplay window does not open, you
can click Start, click My Computer, and
then double-click the memory card icon to
display the files on the memory card.
Understanding the activity light
The memory card reader activity light is off when
there are no media cards plugged into the four slots.
The light turns on when a media card is inserted into
a slot. The light blinks when data is being
transferred between the card and the PC.
Memory Insertion Guide
A
B
D
C
E
In-use light (indicates data is being
read or written)
D
MMC/SD (MultiMedia Card/Secure
Digital)
B
SmartMedia/xD
E
C
CompactFlash I/II or Microdrive
MS/MS-Pro (Memory Stick or Memory
Stick Pro)
A
n
Media must be
inserted correctly.
Note the direction of
the notched corner on
the media. See the
“Memory Insertion
Guide” on page 65.
CompactFlash and
Microdrive are keyed
and cannot be
inserted incorrectly.
Insert the receptacle
edge (holes) of this
media into the slot.
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65
n
Some memory cards,
such as CF Ultra/III,
are not compatible
with the memory
card reader that
came with your HP
Media Center PC.
Card
Insert the media
4-slot reader location
CompactFlash Type 1 media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
CompactFlash Type II media
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
IBM Microdrive disk drive
Receptacle edge (holes)
C (lower-left)
Secure Digital (SD) memory card
Facing up
MultiMedia Card (MMC)
Facing up
D (upper-right)
D (upper-right)
Memory Stick (MS) memory card
Facing up
Memory Stick (MS-Pro) memory card
Facing up
E (lower-right)
E (lower-right)
SmartMedia (SM) memory card
Facing up
B (upper-left)
xD media
Facing up
B (upper-left)
xD
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Troubleshooting the memory card reader
If you are having problems reading to or writing to
a memory card, try the following:
■
■
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 want to
store is not larger than the storage limit of the
memory card.
■
Make sure the memory card is one of the
supported types: CompactFlash Type I and II,
Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro,
MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital,
SmartMedia, or xD media.
■
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, replace the
memory card reader, or have the PC serviced
if a pin is touching another pin. To straighten
slightly bent pins, use the tip of a fine-point
retracted ballpoint pen with the computer off.
■
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for
anything that could be blocking a proper
connection. Clean the contacts with a lint-free
cloth and small amounts of alcohol. Replace
the memory card, if necessary.
■
The memory card reader is a device that uses
the Safely Remove Hardware task. This
appears as a 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 PC.
■
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. See
“Formatting a memory card” on page 64.
n
CompactFlash and
Microdrive are keyed
and cannot be
inserted incorrectly.
Insert the receptacle
edge (holes) of this
media into the slot.
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Safely Remove Hardware Utility
w
Do not click Stop in
the Safely Remove
Hardware window
while the USB Mass
Storage Device is
selected. Doing so
removes the
operating system
recognition of the
memory card reader
from your PC. You
must restart the PC to
use your reader
again.
If you inadvertently open the Safely Remove
Hardware window, click Close.
If you click Stop while the USB Mass Storage
Device is selected, the operating system will not
recognize the memory card reader. You will need to
restart the PC for it to recognize the memory card
reader.
Using Your Storage
or Docking Bay
Your PC may have a storage or docking bay (select
models only) on the top of the PC. You can use the
docking bay to:
■
Store CDs, DVDs, or memory cards.
■
Dock a peripheral device, such as a digital
camera docking station.
■
Install a special cover (optional) and an HP
digital camera and HP digital camera docking
station. (Both the HP digital camera and the
camera docking station are sold separately.)
Storing CDs, DVDs, or memory cards
To store your CDs, DVDs, or memory cards in the
storage bay, gently press down the CD storage lid
and slide it open.
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■
The bay design of the PC allows you to place
a device and thread a FireWire (IEEE 1394)
or USB data cable and power cord
underneath the rear top cover to the
connectors on the back of the PC.
Installing an HP Camera Docking Station
Some HP Media Center PCs include a camera
docking bay. This bay is designed to hold an HP
camera docking station and some HP digital
cameras. The following items are optional and can
be purchased separately:
■
Camera docking station
■
Digital camera cables
■
PC camera docking bay lids
■
HP digital camera and bracket
To install the HP camera docking station:
1
2
3
Gently press down the CD storage lid and
slide it open.
B
Place the camera docking station (A) on the
top of the PC.
Place the camera bracket (B) that came with
your digital camera on the camera docking
station.
A
n
.
4
The camera bracket
clips onto the camera
dock base. This
bracket comes with
the digital camera.
Thread the cables (C) that came with your
camera docking station through the cable
tunnel, starting from the back of the PC and
threading them to the front of the PC. Pull
cables to the center.
DC IN
C
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Connect the cables:
■
Plug the USB cable into the back of the PC.
(The location of USB ports varies by PC
model.)
■
Plug the red and yellow connectors (not
shown) into a TV if you want to view the
camera images on a TV (optional).
■
Plug the power cord into a power outlet.
■
DC IN
.
■
SERIAL
Refer to the instructions that came with the
HP camera docking station.
ETHERNET
IN
OUT
TV-OUT
R
LCD
L
VID IN
S-VID IN
TV
6
7
8
Place the correct camera docking station lid
(D) on top of the PC. Gently guide the edge
of the lid into the top of the PC.
E
Place the HP digital camera (E) into the
camera docking station.
Follow the instructions that came with your
camera docking station.
D
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Connecting the Wireless LAN
(Select models only)
n
The wireless LAN
antenna connector is
located in one of the
I/O slots on the back
of the PC.
You can connect the HP Media Center PC to an
802.11b/g wireless network. 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 with an Internet
connection (consult your ISP for further information).
You can establish a wireless network using your
HP Media Center PC as a wireless access point or
you can use your PC as a client if you already have
a wireless network functioning.
An external antenna is supplied with your system
and must be connected to the 802.11 module to
increase the range and sensitivity of the radio.
1
2
72
Screw the wireless LAN antenna into the
wireless LAN connector on the back of the PC.
You may want to move the end of the antenna
away from the PC to improve your signal
reception.
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Index
A
audio connector 7
audio connector switch 43
Audio Line Out (powered speakers) 7
digital audio connector 45
retasking (multi-streaming) 50
B
batteries
installing in remote control 63
type for remote control 63
buttons
media control or playback 62
C
cables
connecting PC to TV 20
included 11
TV 11
camera docking station, installing 69
coaxial cable
connecting the TV signal source 17
CompactFlash reader 65
Composite Video In connector 8
computer
connecting the remote sensor 15
connecting the TV signal source 13
getting started 1
connecting
digital video camera 9, 37
headphones 54
connector
Audio Line In 7
Audio Line Out 7
back panel 6
Composite Video In 8
FireWire (IEEE 1394) 5, 6
FM In 8
front panel 5
headphones 5
keyboard 6
Microphone In 5
modem 8
monitor 7
mouse 6
printer 6
S-video In 7
TV/Cable Ant 8
USB 5, 6
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Sound Card
audio modes 59
configuring 57
recording 58
using 56
D
devices
connecting 10
digital camera
connecting 9, 10
using 64
digital video camera
connecting to PC 9, 37
recording videos 9, 37
troubleshooting 9
documentation
online guides 2
drives
memory card reader 64
E
equalizer
Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager 49
Ethernet network hub 7
F
FireWire (IEEE 1394) connector 5, 6
FM In connector 8
FM radio antenna
connecting 8
Found New Hardware message, connecting
a digital camera 9
H
headphones
connector 5
using 54
home stereo system
connecting to the PC 37
home videos 9, 37
HP
updates from 2
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I
N
installing
camera dock 69
camera docking station 69
Internet
Internet service provider 3
signing up with an ISP 3
network interface adapter 7
K
keyboard
connector 6
keys 61
using 61
keyboard buttons
access 61
configuring 62
media playback 62
special 61
L
LAN
antenna 71
M
Media Center
opening with remote control 63
memory card reader
in-use light 65
troubleshooting 67
using 64, 65
memory card, formatting 64
Memory Stick (MS) reader 65
Memory Stick Pro (MS-Pro) reader 65
Microdrive reader 65
microphone
connector 5
modem
connector 8
monitor
connector 7
mouse
connector 6
multi-channel speakers
configuring 49
MultiMedia Card (MMC) reader 65
Mute button 62
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P
PC
choosing a setup location 1
connecting the remote sensor 15
connecting the TV signal source 13
connecting TV signal source with
set-top box and VCR 17
front-panel connectors 5
protecting with virus-scanning software 4
setup tips 1
virus scanning program 4
printer
connecting 10
connector 6
R
recording
videos from digital video camera 9, 37
with Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager, 50
remote control
range 63
type of battery to use 63
using 63
remote sensor 64
connecting 15
using 63
S
T
Safely Remove Hardware utility 68
safety information 2
ergonomic information 2
scanner, connecting 10
Secure Digital (SD) reader 65
serial port connector 6
settings
remote control and remote sensor 64
SmartMedia (SM) reader 65
software
installing 4
sound
using additional sound cables 1
speaker systems 29
speakers
configuring multichannel audio for
Sound Manager 42
connecting multichannel audio speakers to
the PC 30, 33–41, 44
enable digital audio output 44, 46, 48
multichannel audio
connecting 48
resolving sound issues 55
setting up digital speaker output 47
standby mode
button 61
stereo
connecting to the PC 37
S-video In connector 7
troubleshooting
remote sensor 64
TV
connecting 20
connecting the TV signal source 13, 16, 18
disabling the TV option 27
disconnecting 28
setting up 25
using as a monitor 20, 21
TV tuner
connecting TV to PC 21
signal source 13
U
USB
connector 5, 6
utility programs 2
V
video game console
using 1
video, using additional video cables 1
videos
working with home videos 9
virus-scanning program 4
X
xD reader 65
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